You Know Nothing, Nath Pevensey.

So after a dogged search early on in my SL career for a hair to replace the one that a DB glitch had eaten, I had started to consider that I knew a bit about hair in SL.  Especially, hair for us boys. 
No.  No, I was ignorant and dim. 
Why do I say that?
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So I was chatting with a friend (BlackLabelMenswear Resident) last night, and bouncing things around he made surprised noises that I had not heard of a particular shop, and threw me a LM.  This means that I finally went hair-shopping at Argrace last night.  Wow!

Quite a few things really awed me about the hair there.  First off, the textures.  Rich, deep dark black (I always wear black hair, it’s my thing, shut up), or lushly bright red/ginger tones (which I won’t show you, because I didn’t buy it in those colors, I just played with the demo).
Secondly, speaking of the demo… there are forty colors in there.  40.  I think we’ve all had the experience of visiting a hair shop and think ‘well… I doubt I’d ever wear this in neon green, but I can tell I like the shape anyway. Hope the hair texture’s any good!’, haven’t we? Argrace doesn’t want you doing that.  Argrace, apparently, want you to be able to try it on and go ‘yeah, that’s the right color value for my complexion, the right shape for my face’ all at once.  The blonde and ginger/redhead values are some of the best I’ve ever seen, as well.
There are several different hairs in their shop: I just bought the one named Peyton, in the ‘Blacks’ pack because I’m predictable like that.
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Again with the full-on.  What about the rest, then??

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Profile view. It bears note that the sort of spotty-looking locks in front of the ear are on my skin rather than on a hairbase Argrace gave me. It also bears note I didn’t resize this at all, or photoshop (if I had I’d’ve gotten rid of that nagging bit where the jacket’s poking through the scarf, wouldn’t I?).

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Third, here’s a serious tip on how to impress me with the clothing/hair/skin/whatnot you’ve made in SL.  You want to do that?  Then just make the back as detailed as the front.  I’ve seen hair where the back of it was as even and regular as a hedgehog’s spines, rather than having any variety to it – even though the front view was terrific.  I’ve seen lackluster texturing in back, too.  What, nobody ever sees the back of an avatar, so you can do these weird… pinched-in textures on the back of a jacket?  You can ‘get away’ with just copy-pasting the same lock across the back of the skull over, and over, and over?  Nobody ever looks at the back of their avatar’s skull while out and about in SL?
See, if you give me a back to the hair you’ve built that at least has a bit of variety or texture to it?  It makes me take a second look, it makes me appreciate the little fussy bits you’ve put in that I might otherwise overlook.  That might just be me, though.

Argrace does women’s hair as well as hair for men: I’d strongly recommend checking them out.  They also keep a blog on a website (scroll down, I linked it below)! 
Okay, one last look before we leave…

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You can visit Argrace at their website, or inworld at their store.

Stylecard:

Jacket & Shirt: Aitui ‘Layered Jacket – Black’
Skin: Logo ‘Eternity Tristan – pale – clean shaven bk’
Eyes: FATEwear ‘FATEeyes’
Hair: Argrace “Peyton A [resize] – Black”
Scarf: Mr.Poet ‘Wide Scarf’

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So yeah, I lied

I’m not going to sit around the house RL tomorrow night, I’ll be at one of all tomorrow’s parties.  Probably not QUITE this dressed up…

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If you need an elegant bar for your own NYE bash inworld, hey, I just blogged about one over at Homestuff!

And for your listening pleasure: All Tomorrow’s Parties, by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Stylecard:
Tuxedo: Lapoint & Bastchild ‘Classic Black Tuxedo: Open’Hair: Wasabi Pills ‘Zack – Midnight’
Skin: Logo ‘Eternity Tristan – pale’
Eyes: FATEeyes
Shoes: L&B “Dress Shoe” Buckled Loafer

Christmas Wrapping

“Bah, humbug” no, that’s too strong
‘Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year’s been a busy blur
Don’t think I have the energy

To add to my already mad rush
Just ’cause it’s ’tis the season
The perfect gift for me would be
Completions and connections left from

Last year, ski shoppin’
Encounter, most interesting
Had his number but never the time
Most of ’81 passed along those lines

So deck those halls, trim those trees
Raise up cup’s of Christmas cheer
I just need to catch my breath
Christmas by myself this year

Calendar picture, frozen landscape
Chilled this room for twenty-four days
Evergreens, sparkling snow
Get this winter over with

Flashback to springtime, saw him again
Would’ve been good to go for lunch
Couldn’t agree when we were both free
We tried, we said we’d keep in touch

Didn’t, of course, ’til summertime
Out to the beach to his boat could I join him?
No, this time it was me
Sunburn in the third degree

Now the calendar’s just one page
And, of course, I am excited
Tonight’s the night, but I’ve set my mind
Not to do too much about it

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
But I think, I’ll miss this one this year
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
But I think, I’ll miss this one this year

–The Waitresses, ‘Christmas Wrapping’

I love the holidays, no really I do!  But this year has frankly been a hellscape.  I’m glad for all the great gifts I’ve gotten from people (incuding the new Slink hands!!) and I’m glad for the cooler winter months.  And most of all, I’m glad to see the last of it, and to hell with the lot.  Hope you all had great holidays, and I hope you have a great New Year, and please don’t think to look for me.  I’m gonna hang out with the cat.

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Stylecard:
Mohna Lisa Couture – Biker Man Cigarette (part of the Biker Man outfit)
Jacket – Lapoint & Bastchild Swear Jacket – “Classic” Black Leather Multi
Shirt – Lapoint & Bastchild Swear T-Shirt AddOn (part of the jacket above)
Skin – Logo ‘Eternity Tristan Skin – Pale – Clean Shaven Bk’
Eyes – FATEeyes
Left Hand – Slink “Male Hands (AvEnhance) M L – Victory”
Right Hand – Slink “Male Hands (AvEnhance) M R – Cigarette”
Hair – UncleWeb Studios “Sepia-Hair (Resize) Black”
Scarf – [ContraptioN] “Shifter Scarf *knit light* M 2”

This is no longer my only blog…

…though it is still my blog, and I will still be blogging in it.  I got the honor of blogging for the Homestuff group about goodies from the designers, about the hunt when it rolls around, about… well, stuff for in your home.  Hence, Homestuff. 😉
You can read my first entry (and find other entries as they come) by clicking here.  Hope you enjoy!

Oh irony.

A while back I wrote this blog post, about keeping your render weight down when you go to a runway show.  Today, at 4 SLT, I went to a runway show to cheer on a friend as he did his first walk for a major designer, and got ejected from the parcel and banned by one of the folks from the modeling agency.  This was half an hour after the show started.

This sort of came out of the blue, so I IMed him to ask:

‘Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering why I got ejected and banned?’

No reply.  Talking to another friend who was at the show got that friend to ask him: apparently I had a lot of scripts going on and therefore merited being thrown out and ignored completely.  I was a bit mystified, as I’d thought I had stripped all the scripts I had off, so I dug around…

…and realized I had my chim on.  Ooops!  Well there’s a ton of scripts… stupid me.

I’m not naming names because I don’t actually want to give anyone grief over it.  I was in the wrong: I shouldn’t have been running a ton of scripts at a show, as I had said was a bad thing to do to the folks at a show.

It might have been worthwhile to say something like ‘you are running a lot of scripts.  Please take off the scripts you are running, or leave.’ before banning someone from the sim where you do your modeling forever and ever and ever.  I think anyone who was seeing that would realize they were doing something inappropriate and stop it.

My two cents worth, anyway.  But hey, first location I’ve ever gotten banned out of, in 5 and a half years? I guess I’ve been mostly doing it right.

Tinker, Tailor, Avatar, Spy?

Bear with the link, it starts with ‘WoW is something totally fascinating and virtual and stuff’ and carries on to talking about how there are (or at least were) so many spooks in SL that they had to distribute amongst themselves data about who was who, so as to avoid attempts at counterintel against themselves.

Interesting reading!

 

Meanwhile, for those of us who don’t give a damn, a picture:
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This dinosaur hat is the rare in a gacha by Zenith that is at The Chapter Four.  I like it because it’s such serious business!