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Recuperating   Leave a comment

Oh, good Lord, what a headache that was! Lots of nice cold towels to help ease the pain; I wet them in the river cutting across my property, and I kick back in the lower gazebo.

If you take any looks at my Flickr stream, you may have recently seen a picture of Doctor Evil, saying “The I. T. Department is ‘working on it.'”  I know the I. T. department I’d like to have working on it right now….  The only thing I can decide, based on recent evidence, my repairman and my own limited experience with computer hardware, is that the last Big Update to Windows 10 decided it didn’t like my video card.  Or that it was incompatible driving a Windows 8 video card — which was fine with Windows 10 until a week after said Big Update hit.

Any road, I’ve been down for several days.  And the only way to bring it back up, since the crash seemed to kill the boot sequence for the computer, was to unload every single program.  Oh, and I also, of course, don’t have the video card anymore — which was running on an HDMI cable to the monitor.

And I no longer had a standard VGA cable.  We didn’t discover that until I’d gotten the computer home — 35 miles from any stores that carry supplies.  Of course, once I got a cable, I had to start reinstalling everything; and Second Life clients, in this case, rank somewhat low on the priority scale.  I’m still getting stuff reinstalled, and I’d have needed to do without Office until my next machine, since I no longer have the serial number to activate it, except that my daughter (a lovely young lady who alternately delights and infuriates me with being almost exactly like my sister-in-law) is willing to let me borrow a license slot to her university-installed Office 365.  I could get by with OpenOffice, except for some serious differences between Word and OpenOffice Writer .docx files.

But I’ve finally had a chance to experiment, and it looks like I can run with high graphics and shadows without that video-card memory, at least for a limited time.  It’s probably time for a new tower, though, and I’ll tackle that within a year.  For now, until I can get rid of other priorities, this seems sufficient unto the cause.

Posted May 11, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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Never Hunt Alone!   Leave a comment

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MLS soccer season is on us again, and the Lions opened at home once more — three years in a row!  You can’t beat that luck.

Well, actually, we did — WE WON!!!  No nerve-straining, pull-it-out-at-the-last-minute draw this year; it’s a clear win, and a full three points on the standings — and we did it before a sold-out house once more, in a brand-new, LOUD stadium all our own.  I only wish I could have attended this year, but schedules didn’t work out in my favor this time.  I’ll have to hope that I can get down to Orlando sometime during the season, so I can scream my lungs out for another year.  And watch for when Orlando City drives up the Interstate to Atlanta to play United there.

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Posted March 6, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Sports

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A Fast Correction — YS & YS Skin   Leave a comment

I want to make a fast correction before I go in to work this morning.  In the OFPC Update 3 article, I said that I wasn’t happy with the YS & YS skin I had on in there, because of the shine on my face.  I just couldn’t seem to dim down the gleam anything I did.  Well, since then, I’ve tried the Akeruka stock skins as well, and I still seem to be awful shiny under high-quality lighting setups with WindLight and shadows engaged.  It may be the shadows and materials are what’s creating the situation.  The strange thing is that Jem was using the same settings, and her face didn’t shine like that.  We’ll need to experiment some — and I can foresee a lot of lindens going to skin people, or at least a lot of questions.  In any case, I want this on the record, along with an apology to YS & YS for my mistake.  I’ll be leaving this piece up for about two weeks, and I’ll go correct the referencing article right now.

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Posted February 28, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Meta, Retractions

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Amazing Photo Shares   Leave a comment

If you’ve been to my Flickr stream, you’ll see that I put up most of my photos under Creative Commons sharing allowances.  As long as you attribute who took the photo, I’m usually cool with the use.  Well, Cajsa Lilliehook added a plurk tonight, talking about some of the…interesting…uses her own photos have been put to.  Someone apparently illustrated an article on food spots in Palos Verdes, Calif. with a photo of a kale burrito she took one time.

That made me wonder where my own photos have been to, so I Googled “photo by Harper Ganesvoort”, and this is what I’ve found:

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A Bitch of a Year

Just the latest —

2016

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Posted December 28, 2016 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

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9 Down and 1 to Go

9th-anniversary

Nine years.

That’s not a record, and it probably never will be.  Hamlet Au’s been writing New World Notes for years longer, I’m sure.  But it’s still something of an achievement, and definitely one for me.  My old RL poliblog, which I wrote during the second GWB administration, went only four years, and I ended it with Barack Obama’s inauguration, and I was terribly sputtery by the end — because I’d started writing this blog.  This one has been written continuously, if irregularly, since before Obama was elected the first time!

WordPress nicely breaks down the total number of articles to indicate how many I wrote — by far the lion’s share, of course, since I lured (or is that lulled?) Jem and Conan into writing with me only a year or so ago.  But in nine years, I’ve done 1,266 pieces, counting this one.  That works out to a little under 12 articles a month, or just under three articles a week.  The quality I leave to your judgment, as always; but I will claim determination at generating all those words, if nothing else.  How many words?  Well, if you assume 500 words to an average article, that would be over 600 thousand words in nine years!  It won’t be that many, I’m sure; many have been shorter, especially the pure poetry or lyrics pieces.

In the end, it’s all up to you, my readers, how well I’ve done in all that time.  As I ever wish, I hope I’ve entertained you, informed you where it was a news piece, given you something to think about once in a while, and introduced you to good art, fashion and photography across all of that time.  Many of you have been generous with your praise, for which I thank you most gratefully.  I hope I continue to justify your following me.

I’m looking forward to next November 20, I promise you.  When that one comes along, look for a new header to celebrate our tenth anniversary!  In the meantime, I haven’t given up on the plans I’ve made for a radical change or two, and you should watch following Christmas for our yearly tradition, as Oscar voting season kicks off and the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest opens up.  (That will be the eighth edition when that opens, and there’s another thing that just may be a record; has any other photo contest run so continuously in Second Life, or given away so much money?  L$166,500 over seven years, and there should be at least another L$40,000 come next February.  Time to start thinking about finding a good gown….)

As always, especially in these parlous RL times, peace be with you, and I hope you’ll stay with me for another year.

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For Our Veterans

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Harper put up an excellent pair of pieces for her Veterans Day writing this week, but I decided to do something of my own.  In Canada, we call this Remembrance Day, and it’s more specifically to honour the soldiers and sailors who have fallen, like America’s Memorial Day, since the day’s origin lies in the end of what was then called the Great War, now World War I.  The Flanders poppy in my lapel derives from the poppies that dotted the northern European landscape, thus the inspiration for Canadian army doctor John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields.”

Je me souviens….

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