With just about one day and 10 hours to go before the fantastic @cartoon has a new set out, I'd like to drum up some more love and support for her two last sets still in MR - both very deserving of Front Page, methinks:

SICK MIND

(this one's just a few little hearts shy of 2,000)

AMERICANA

aaaand don't forget to
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cartoon:
<3 you are amazing <3 thanks!!!

Happy New Year, and Happy New Beginnings to everyone! Hope 2017 will surprise us all on the upside. For me, the new year is starting on a positive note... after half a year of frustrating job search, I'll be starting in a new job a few days from now.

Happy as I am about that, I'm also a little ambivalent about it... on...
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deesilvs:
On the plus side... you have a job! And at least you'll be able to advise unemployed people from a sympathetic point of view - I'm sure that would go a long way. Wishing you the very best of luck with it for 2017!
sumodiste1:
Good luck in your new endeavor, Kaicito. Is there every enough pay I often ask myself. Try and stop in from time to time, if only to put up a quick blog   H N Y!!
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The average SGer is probably more familiar with Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher, but I have been a fan and admirer of her mother Debbie Reynolds since forever. We went to London 5 years ago to see her perform in what was to be her last tour, and I'll always treasure the signed picture of her she sent me many years ago. While she...
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Ever since I've been a member here, I've wanted to do a real great Xmas post, with a longish text in rhyme about all my fave friends and SGs and how I love being here and all that jazz. Sadly, this year I fail once more, but I shall return with greater resolve next year.

Meanwhile, here's wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas...
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jozsef:
That's very nice, thank you. The rapping paper is terribly funny, I must say. Your English is fantastic and I'm reminded of another German gentleman who spoke this language with impeccable grammar and an exceptionally extensive vocabulary which quite frankly put mine to shame. He's dead now so interpret that how you will but in this holiday season I thought the least I could do is point out that danger can lurk in the most unlikely places. The pen is mightier, etc., etc.  Don't let it get you too. 😉
sumodiste1:
Rapping paper indeed.  Ho ho ho,    
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I've recently thought about a few questions I have regarding the inner workings of SG, so excuse my rambling train of thought please. This was partly prompted by a post from Nate @karanlit who was in a sad mood because she couldn't understand why her latest and very beautiful and popular set hadn't (at the time of this writing) been picked up...
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kaicito:
@cersei Good point. But many Hopefuls and probably members live under the impression that it's their likes and comments that are essential in turning someone pink, and if that's not solely the case, SG is being just a little unfair. Mind you, I'm really torn about that - I dislike the intransparency and arbitrariness of the process, but it would also take some of the fun out of SG if it were all about numbers. I imagine for the (relatively few) photographers it's very much like you say from your experience. As for SGs, I guess there are many different stories of what the site means to them. I don't follow all that many, but I'd say the ones that are really competitive and networking/ marketing oriented are not so numerous. Some took the SG route as a means of establishing their model brand and are not so interested in the community, others are not so ultra-serious about their modeling but are interested in being a part of the community. Different strokes for different folks, in other words?
arroia:
Honestly, I stopped thinking about it a while ago. I doubt I'll ever again have a set of the day, but I'll probably shoot a couple more simply because it's fun.
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The cool thing about the season is that you get to participate in so many giveaways on facebook and other places! Even I, who never ever wins anything, gets lucky now and then - just "won" (got drawn out of a hat, is more likely) to win 30 minutes of fishies nibbling at my feet, how cool is that? I'd been to the place www...
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jozsef:
God gave us dead skin for a reason. You young people always trying to upset the natural order of things are just heading for trouble.
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It boggles my mind that the total number of SGs is slowly approaching 3,000 - amazing! Obviously it's nearly impossible to make a choice of favorites, but I'm here to attempt the impossible, listing 10 beauties who always brighten my day when they pop up on my SG, IG and/or FB feeds. While I haven't had a more meaningful contact with...
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kaicito:
I swear it's coincidence that two of my faves, @fay and @vayda have fantastic new sets in MR in the last 24 hours...
cartoon:
I love you Kai <3
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It's not Christmas unless and until I post my all time favorite christmas-y song. Fun fact: after my fifth glass of wine, I begin to sound much like Dean Martin...at least to my ears ;-)

torlano:
One of my "guilty pleasures" is music from the ROC, particularly around this time of the year. Here are a few examples.
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Not as if anyone cares, but I first saw this from @clem and it originated with @camy I think and it's fun to fill out:

📏height: 181 cm (5'11")

⏳ age: 52 years

👀 eye color: green-greyish

♒️ sign: gemini

💁 hair color: grey (used to be red back in the day)

🎲 favorite thing: books

🎨 favorite color: royal blue

🍝 food: Italian...especially vitello tonnato

⏰ favorite time of...
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deesilvs:
I'm just trying to imagine you as a redhead haha. We have similar mentalities in a lot of areas; I also like to keep very small friendship groups and stay in at home! Politics does interest me a great deal as well, but reading too much about it makes me depressed sometimes - the news cycle is very negative in my mind. Great blog!
portraitguytwo:
Great post! Very interesting. That's my favorite emoji, too!
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If you're like me, you don't look at the queue too often... I like to be surprised by new sets. But sometimes, when Hopefuls alert you selflessly that a set is coming up, I'll take a peek to see the more or less exact release time.

Of the Hopeful sets hitting MR next week, the one I'm looking forward to most...
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almost_missed:
@wonkameow is stunning in this sneak can't wait! and also, We can watch the queue?! Omg i seriously didnt know hahaha
wonka:
@kaicito thank you very much 🤗😘