Mr. Defaulthead

Mr. Defaulthead

A few years ago, I would classify as an abominable anomaly anyone –usually a hardcore oldie with very practical ends (just being a landlord and collecting rent, for instance)– sporting a naturally-rendered wig: the default system hair. Even in 2007, they looked like aliens from outer space next to an avatar wearing avant-garde prim hair. So cool, wasn’t it? Flexiprims were so in for their “natural-looking” waving when you walked around (me roll eyes today).

Now I think that, in a way, I’m facing the same dilemma, not because I’m too circa 2007, yet for a pretty similar reason: my looks are too 2014. The what? Yes, I transitioned to mesh clothes and mesh hair a long time ago, but I’m resisting going full mesh. For what I regularly do in SL, a mesh body is not a requisite… even less a mesh head. Yet, that’s the dominating trend, especially since 2015, and I’m starting to feel like the out-of-place guy when going to SL events because my hands are so splayed and rigid (yeah, because mesh hands are so flexible), and because my face is so passé.

I’ve seen lots of advantages in wearing mesh bodies and heads (and don’t forget mesh eyes as well) mostly in photography, but that’s not one of my main SL pastimes. Yet, despite criticizing the default –and bumpily ugly– SL body more than once before, I feel their mesh counterparts, while masterly curvy and smooth, are also turning SL into a Barbie-like world, where everybody has to be stylish and clean-cut 24-7. There’s never been so much diversity in SL –not that the old-time skins made you so unique– but it seems there’s only two or three well-built pre-approved mannequin templates walking around today, and you must be one of them to fit in. If you’re male and want to look a little bit different, your only choice is wearing a mesh beard (and me roll eyes again).

I’ve always thought that if you really appreciate SL you should embrace whatever new technology is introduced right away because that’s the way to properly show your support to the platform you freely adopted as your world. Yet, fear of homogenizing the scene too much and not finding a reason to be a mesh model myself are holding me back this time, to the point that I’m afraid I may end my SL1.x days like this oddball friends are trying to convince that a system body is that scary thing of the past you must conceal from view behind the transparent alpha mask your elegant mesh body needs anyway. (Uff, that was a long sentence, wasn’t it?)

Not a fashion post

Sorry Gabriel

My avie changes outfits like once or twice a year (yep, that’s true), so with such low fashion requirements to satisfy you can guess I’m mostly out of date when it comes to knowing where to go and when, when it happens I decide I need a change. Fashion blogs help a lot, but when I finally find something appealing to me it’s usually no longer available… or so it seems. I hate that, really.

Today was one of those rare instances when I realize a change was in order. Browsing some blogs, I quickly came across a pair of strap pants from a store named Gabriel, which look pretty cool and apparently were available in a fashion event called Monsieur Chic, of which I’ve never heard of, of course. I teleported there, and thankfully one of the first booths turned out to be Gabriel’s. Lucky me!

The pants were still on display, and they indeed looked nice (I got a demo to try them out), but what I really liked was a stripped flower jacket from the same store I fell in love with immediately. Due to my ignorance of sale schedules, these products are limited editions, and all the jackets sold before I even knew about them. Introduce a huge “sigh” here.

Another sigh… Something tells me I’m keeping this year-old outfit a little longer…

Winter solstice 2015

Winter solstice 2015

It was going to be a mild winter this year in Bay City, with no white Christmas expected this week. After all, having a snow blanket in a static place that actually has no need to change is not a must. Most of SL is like the tropics: one season all year round. But then I asked myself, what’s the point of being in a world that doesn’t want to change? So change the plot I did, in time for the second solstice of the year (just a few hours away). And then I had some fun taking a few pictures in a dense fog intended to hide what lies behind. Don’t expect a full scan of the build, as it wasn’t so attractive from a distance. If I were to give each picture a name, it would go something like this… (Click the pictures for larger versions).

Winter 2015
Utility poles, Douglas firs and some wintry trees
Winter 2015
Douglas fir in the foreground; wintry trees and Aspen
Winter 2015
A little bit of Douglas, the Scots and some other trunks
Winter 2015
It’s not Halloween in winter
Winter 2015
Don’t know… but this one reminds me of a train (go figure)
Winter 2015
Perspective on the utility poles with wintry trees of all sorts
Winter 2015
Stereo view it’s not
Winter 2015
The arrival (whatever)
Winter 2015
That little streak in the upper right corner…
Winter 2015
Shrubbery in the snow

Well… I needed to place something between the pictures to break the monotony. Products showcased: Studio Skye, Botanical, Happy Mood, and {anc} (left that one for last on purpose, since it’s from the December 2015 Arcade round).