Nouveau chez / New release at: “Diversity Hair” (Aleri Darkes) and “SF Design” (Swaffette Firefly)

Aleri Darkes for Diversity Hair has released two new men’s hair styles. I’ve followed Aleri’s work for months, and I dare say she rivals the best makers in SL with her last release. I’m showing today “Jeremy,” medium length, lightly messy hair. It is comfortable and masculine, attractive and tamed enough to fit an official suit.

The pack of 6 natural colors is sold for 300 Lindens, other packs of 4 close colors and/or tipped versions are sold for 175 Lindens, and you can get the “mega pack” of 65 colors (wow!) for a low 1000 Lindens.

Swaffette Firefly of SF Design has released a new color for her famous “Executive Suit.” This purple tone gives it a new dimension, less formal and very interesting in my opinion! You can have it for 300 Lindens, including two white shirts offering different matching ties.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
Jeremy - Deep Orchid,
by Aleri Darkes,
@ Diversity Hair, Dacham (77, 100, 48)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Dark - Baby Face,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural. (Emerald),
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ PixelDolls, Port Seraphine (45, 131, 27)

• Costume, Chemise / Suit, Shirt:
In “SF Design Executive Purple”:
sfd Executive purple pants,
sfd Executive purple jacket,
sfd Executive purple skirt,
sfd Executive purple Shirt2,
Tie Clip,
Cufflinks,
by Swaffette Firefly,
@ Innisfree Home of SF DESIGN - Mens fashions (192, 54, 537)

• Souliers / Shoes :
FNKY! Styles-Penny Black,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Bague / Ring:
Silver Elephant Hair Ring 2 Knots,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

Slmen’s favorite colors for “Jeremy” by Aleri Darkes for Diversity Hair
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Left to Right and Top Down
Jeremy - Eclipse
Jeremy - Pewter
Jeremy - Hot Chocolate
Jeremy - Poinsettia
Jeremy - Mochachino
Jeremy - Champagne

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Spécial créateur : Redgrave by Emilia Redgrave

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
Mystikal Grownout Mahogany,
by Mystikal Faddoul,
@ Mystikal Hair Designs in Bali Hai, Bali Hai (27, 233, 28)

• Skin:
Emil - Skin medium *REDGRAVE*,
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
Eyes BLUE-Water *REDGRAVE*,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Pull, Pantalon / Sweater, Pants:
01 Cashmire SWEATER Grey Bright *REDGRAVE*,
CARGO Pants Darkgrey,
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Chaussures / Boots:
KangarOOs- B’Leather Dude,
by Leyla Firefly,
@ Boulevard Mystique (97, 117, 22)

• Collier, Bague / Necklace, Ring:
Air vial thong Mens pendant necklace,
Silver 3 band Ring with Air Vial,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

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Body Positive: Ariantho’s Angels, Body Politik, Nora Entice and RaC

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

A shape and 3 skins, as usual. I chose the skins which offer the best fit for the face contour, then the best fit for the body, and I tried to avoid the one you can see everywhere ;-)

The shape is shown “As is.” Jadenne Ariantho for Ariantho’s Angels did it. Jadenne offers a few very original shapes of both human and elf, adults, teens and even children. Of course, as all quality skins from good and fair creators, these skins are modify, so you will be able to adapt it to your own taste and to fit all shoes, attachments and clothes with simple minor modifications.

I wanted to show you today “more than pale” skins. Diarmuid from Ariantho’s Angels was one of the very few shapes which could match pleasantly the three interesting skins that attracted my attention. I chose Diarmuid because it was the thinnest one, and I thought a pretty thin body was the best match for that kind of skin.

Diarmuid is an adult human male. He is 6‘7“, so a pretty good height in SL, he is in shape without being overmuscled or beefy. He will please those who want an original masculine tall shape without looking like one of the millions of Hulks we can see on the grid.

For further information about the choice criteria, please read this Introduction.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Shape:
AA-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male - (6‘7“) - 800 Lindens,
by Jadenne Ariantho,
@ Ariantho’s Angels SHAPES, Green Goblin (143, 135, 501)

• Skin (Top down)
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner (bald) - 1000 Lindens,
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B - 1750 Lindens,
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::., Eventide South (52, 177, 36)

<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design - 4000 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Mallory Cowen,
@ =RaC=, RaC City (188, 136, 27)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The Good Life - Menace - White - 199 Lindens,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Eyes - Frosted - Black (No Veins) - 100 Lindens,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Boxer / Boxer Briefs:
DMC Boxer Brief Black - 50 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ The Block - Desert Moon Clothiers, Varado (108, 102, 31)

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• Shape:
Ariantho’s Angels-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male
• Skins:
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner
<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B
<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design

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• Shape:
Ariantho’s Angels-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male
• Skins:
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner
<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B
<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design

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Nouveau chez / New release at: “Damselfly Hair” (Shylah Honey) and “Suite 17″ (Twob Larsen)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

New hair for men is always a good thing! These are from Shylah Honey (Dragonfly Design), come in twelve colors and two versions.

I just discovered the work of Twob Larsen (Suite 17) who offers us a series of sunglasses in a “show off” style, meaning indispensable for hanging out on trendy beaches and places! :-)

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
*~* Damselfly*~* Delta - Auburn (275 Lindens for a pack of 3 colors),
by Shylah Honey,
@ DragonFly Designs - DamselFly Hair, DragonFly Oasis (111, 56, 25)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Stubble (1850 Lindens),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Eyes - Frosted - Black (No Veins) (100 Lindens),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Chemise, Jean / Shirt, Jeans:
in “Sexy Retro set Pack” (200 Lindens/pack: 1 shirt + 1 pair of jeans; 1100 Lindens/fatpack: 6 shirts and 3 pairs of jeans):
**DD**White Retro Snaps Button Down,
**DD**Retro Dark Lowrise Demins,
by Tommy Fairplay,
@ DragonFly Design- Male Casuals, DragonFly Oasis (38, 114, 27)

• Lunettes de soleil / Sunglasses:
SUITE17 Sunglasses NEW JETSETTER (250 Lindens),
by Twob Larsen,
@ .:SUITE17:., Redspire (40, 22, 65)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
[Renegade] White Stitches Street Shoes (199 Lindens),
by Kaejo DaSilva,
@ [Renegade], Berard (83, 161, 310)

• Montre / Watch:
Outdoor Time - Boating (399 Lindens),
by Fim Fischer,
@ Fim Fischer’s Watches at Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Bracelet:
-V- Dainty.Chained.Bracelet (85 Lindens),
by Venom Quine,
@ :::-V-::: Jewelry - Accessorie, Diecicento (160, 35, 21)

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Nouveau chez / New release at: “Angry Monkey” (Vas Legend) and “Sidewalk” (Rhyph Somme)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Introducing today the range of boots and accessories by Vas Legend for his brand “Angry Monkey.” They have style, they are more than well done, so you really should find something for yourself — steampunk, neko, grunge, warrior… go take a look!

New shredded and spoiled clothes by Rhyph Somme for Sidewalk. They are really destroyed! Acid, blood, various tortures, this Rhyph is dangerous!

I just discovered a little shop full of jewelry, piercings and other items, cheap and original. I found there my rope bracelet for 20 Lindens. Thank you Venom Quine! Her shop is called “-V-”, simply.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO: Jack Hair - Mocha (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colors),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Dark - Rugged Soul (1850 Lindens),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Blue Steel (o) Outdoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada - stunning shapes and eyes, Kusawa (221, 115, 36)

• Débardeur, Jean / Tank Top, Jeans:
[Sidewalk] Acid Damaged Tank Top (untucked) (75 Lindens),
[Sidewalk] Grunge Jeans (Tight Fit) (99 Lindens),
by Rhyph Somme,
@ [Sidewalk] Clothing, Isle of Tharen (20, 221, 33)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
SD Unisex Tribal Armband Henna Tattoo (75 Lindens),
by Lexi Morgan,
@ ::: STELLAR DESIGNS :::, Stellar Isle (111, 129, 24)

• Bottes / Boots:
[Angry Monkey] Road Warrior Boots (300 Lindens),
by Vas Legend,
@ [Angry Monkey] Main Trading Post, Eternity (130, 161, 535)

• Montre / Watch:
BroGear [Black Label] - ROGUE Leather Watch (BROWN) (190Lindens),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ BroGear, Isle of Tharen (38, 171, 33)

• Bracelet:
RopeBracelet* (20 Lindens),
by Venom Quine,
@ :::-V-::: Jewelry - Accessorie, Diecicento (160, 35, 21)

• Collier, Balluchon / Necklace, Bindle Stick:
[Angry Monkey] JunkBead (200 Lindens),
[Angry Monkey] No Place Like Home (220 Lindens),
by Vas Legend,
@ [Angry Monkey] Main Trading Post, Eternity (130, 161, 535)

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Remember: Project Open Letter

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Monday, August 20th, 2007

Lest news from Project Open Letter :
It has been a little over three months since the original letter was sent to Linden Lab, and both sadly and not so surprisingly, things have gotten worse. It is time to take drastic immediate action. Planning has begun for the next steps to take. If you would like to be involved in this process, watch this space for updates on when in-world and also forum chat meetings will be scheduled.

The letter to Linden lab:

In the past eighteen months, Second Life has expanded, growing from a small community of early adopters to a platform supporting millions of users. Linden Lab has created a world that inspires a deep level of passion in its users and provides unprecedented opportunities to share creatively, socially, and financially.

With explosive levels of growth often come unexpected problems. In keeping with your company’s policy and rich history of resident involvement, we the undersigned would like to take this opportunity to address some concerns that we feel have gone unanswered for too long.

There are some consistent, ongoing problems that are getting worse under heavy load, not better, and are not simply irritants but problems that are causing financial loss in some cases, which is unacceptable. Here is a brief list of the main concerns:

* Inventory loss - this is a devastating problem that is worsening. We have no ability to protect our own inventories through backups, and are trusting you to protect that data. This is the highest priority. Sensible inventory limits (on non-verified accounts only), combined with better management tools and ways to protect our inventory ourselves would help to mitigate the problem as well. Regardless, this cannot continue - we will not accept financial loss as a feature of Second Life. It is your responsibility as service provider to ensure our data is not lost, and you are failing us.

* Problems with Find and Friends List - we continue to see search outages on a far too regular basis. It is bad enough trying to get anywhere without being able to use search, but many users are also paying money for classified ads. Our friends lists just do not work reliably any longer, after years without an issue with them. If America Online/MSN/Yahoo can provide presence information for hundreds of millions of users, surely there is a way to make our friends lists work again.

* Grid stability and performance - teleports fail quite regularly, especially under heavy load. Attachments end up in places they did not start out in, and sim performance varies wildly. None of this makes for a very pleasant experience for users. Long promised improvement to physics and scripting would help dramatically to reduce these problems, but there are a lot of other scalability issues as well. It often feels like the grid is coming apart at the seams. The promised use of limiting logins of non-verified accounts during peak load has been severely lacking. This would be an effective interim solution to load issues, but Linden Lab seems unwilling to use it.

* Build tool problems - the importance of build tools that actually work as promised cannot be overstated enough - we rely on them to create content. Prim drift, disappearing prims, imprecise placement, problems with linking and other issues with the tools need to be addressed. Too much time is being spent trying to work around the problems.

* Transaction problems - inventory deliveries are failing with an alarming (and annoying) frequency, leaving merchants with the burden of replacing missing content and having to try to confim the transaction in the first place. We trust that our L$ balances are accurate, but given recent problems, that is a cause for concern as well, and one we place our full trust in you to ensure its accuracy.

We remain fully supportive of Second Life and are more than willing to continue doing our part to help, but our confidence is steadily being eroded due to a general lack of communication and the apparent failure to successfully address the many issues detailed above. What we are asking for is that these problems are addressed immediately, ahead of new features, and that we are able to see tangible improvements. We accept that this will not happen overnight but it also cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely either.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Sincerely,


The Undersigned


http://www.projectopenletter.com/

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Nouveau chez / New release at: “Aspire” (Tsubasa Ferraris) and “Moderno” (Starley Thereian)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, August 20th, 2007

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
The Good Life - Delinquent - Dark Brown (199 Lindens),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Dark - Stubble (1850 Lindens),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Forest (o) Outdoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada - stunning shapes and eyes, Kusawa (221, 115, 36)

• Tee-Shirt / T-Shirt:
*MODERNO: Bande Tee Untucked - Army (100 Lindens),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Jean / Jeans:
[ASPIRE] -TF-LowriseTBDenim3 (80 Lindens),
by Tsubasa Ferraris,
@ *ASPIRE* main store, Takaraduka (224, 33, 33)

• Chaussettes “Pieds nus” / Bare Feet Socks,
Tintable Barefoot Socks - setting : Color RGB (79, 79, 79) (FREE),
by Robin Sojourner,
@ Robin Sojourner, Livingtree Island Center, Livingtree (44, 42, 53)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
FNKY! Kicks (Yellow) (550 Lindens),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Montre / Watch:
BroGear [Black Label] - ROGUE Leather Watch (BLACK) (190Lindens),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ BroGear, Isle of Tharen (38, 171, 33)

• Collier, Bracelet / Necklace, Bracelet:
BroGear - Improv Necklace (70 Lindens),
BroGear - Beaded Bracelet (65 Lindens),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ BroGear, Isle of Tharen (38, 171, 33)

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