Distinguished Aesthetics

unabashed commentary & reviews by a gentleman of the grid

About this Blog

Elric Anatine is an apothecary in Second Life with a penchant for exquisite apparel (especially canes), Victorian & Elegant Gothic (and inspired) fine fashions, and intoxicating absinthe. Within this blog will reside his reviews and thoughts regarding these very important topics.

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Silent Sparrow’s Gloomy

Posted By on April 28, 2010

Knowing I wished to make use of a Silent Sparrow suit, when I asked Hya which ensemble of hers I should feature on the upcoming cover of “Acquiring Gentleman’s Victorian and Victorian Inspired Attire”, she suggested Severin or Gloomy. As I’d already blogged Severin, I thought that I would choose Gloomy, even though it’s not completely Victorian, the elements are present and regardless, it IS a stunning suit. And I trust that my gentleman readers are interested in fine fashions even if they stray a little from the traditional.

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Name of Ensemble: Gloomy (Soot)

Creator: hyasynth Tiramisu

Shoppe: Silent Sparrow


I really try not to be biased, and objectivity is something I strive for. But where Silent Sparrow is concerned, such goals are swept away by the truth of perfection. I have never found a clothing creator in Second Life that is as accomplished and astounding as Silent Sparrow is presently. Hya is in a class unto herself for consistently evolving and producing spectacular suits and ensembles. There are other creators I enjoy very much, and I am ever on the look-out for new and exciting tailors, and others who are also developing their craft. However, I really find myself stricken with sadness between Silent Sparrow suit releases… mind, that does make me cherish them all the more.

But I digress…



Posted By on April 7, 2010

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Alkahest presents… Tentacles!

Visit the waterfront of Alkahest to view these and more.


Whimsical Candy Outdoor Foliage & Furnishings

Posted By on March 25, 2010

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Alkahest presents… Experiments in Candy! Yes, Dr. Anatine has lost his collective mind and blames other medicinal experiments for this lapse.

New items will be created through Spring and possibly Summer 2010, so visit the inworld Shoppe and receive updates via the subscribe-o-matic.


A Digression… and flamingos

Posted By on March 9, 2010

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Where have I been?

First, I will lay the blame of this post entirely on my current course of medication. This, along with other events, will partially explain my absence from my blog and life in general. As I am not one to whinge about personal matters, suffice it to say that my health has been in less than stellar condition of late and we shall simply leave it at that.

Moving right along, I am grateful for my friends and one lady in particular (/me casts a sidelong glance at Lady Pipsqueak Fiddlesticks). A more recent friend, Kulta Hannu, has declared me an enabler with my suggestions of shops for clothing and landscaping — everyone should know that I am only too happy to help others spend their Linden Dollars on fine fashions and foliage. But I will now point my paw at Kulta-chan and cry out: “Enabler!”, for there is nothing more terrifying than two women conspiring against a poor old fox.

Attend… a travesty of epic proportions…


Winter Ensemble 3: Falln’s Winter Wonderland Suit

Posted By on December 14, 2009

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Name of Ensemble: Winter Wonderland Suit (Aqua)

Creator: Azriel Demain

Shoppe: Falln


This is the third in a series of several entries regarding Wintry Ware.

Pardon the enormous image sizes, but I confess to showing off not only the ensembles, but my recently winterized lands as well. Please do come and visit; Syzygy is mostly open to public exploration and enjoyment.


Winter Ensemble 2: AVid’s Fur Coat (male)

Posted By on December 13, 2009

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Name of Ensemble: Fur Coat (male)

Creator: Darwin Mizser

Shoppe: AVid


This is the second in a series of several entries regarding Wintry Ware.

Pardon the enormous image sizes, but I confess to showing off not only the ensembles, but my recently winterized lands as well. Please do come and visit; Syzygy is mostly open to public exploration and enjoyment. We have skating and… Falln’s legendary twisted snowmen…


Winter Ensemble 1: M’Lady’s Candy Man

Posted By on December 11, 2009

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Name of Ensemble:Candy Man

Creator:Teaa Demina

Shoppe: M’Lady


This will be the first in a series of several entries regarding Wintry Ware. It’s a favourite time of year in SL; when landscapes become chilly, foliage is frosty and we are compelled to adorn ourselves in appropriately warmer attire (except for those adventurous among you who are driven to romantic encounters atop the ice — for you, I suggest at least a blanket).

And speaking of sex on an icy beach, these next few entries will take me out of the Photosphere and onto my own lands. This is also the reason that I have not blogged of late — I’ve been a tad occupied transforming four sims in a winter wonderland with my Lady and neighbours. As most of the lands are open to the public, please do come visit any time. Our winterization, while still a work in progress in areas, will be active until March 1, 2010.

Pardon the enormous image sizes, but I confess to showing off not only the ensembles, but my lands as well.


Second Life Male Shapes

Posted By on November 19, 2009

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I often say that avatars come in all shapes and sizes, and it is this variety that maintains avatar diversity Second Life, which in turn is what makes Second Life such a fantastic realm to explore. However, for some, as it was for myself, creating a pleasing shape shortly after entering Second Life can be a daunting task. Nearly three years ago, whilst travelling the Grid with newbie eyes wide open, I observed that most males had extremely broad shoulders and thick limbs that would put Arnold Schwarzenegger to shame. Moreover, most men’s heads were either far too small or even too large for their bodies – usually the former.


An Apology & Clothing Permission Commentary

Posted By on November 15, 2009

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First, I would like to make a public apology to Calamity’s creator, Ariel Zuhal, for inferring severe malcontent with one of her creations in one of my recent blog posts. My intent is never to malign – if it were, I would write day and night about creators and creations that are not sympathetic to consumers, but that is seriously not my desire. I would sooner spend money on amazing outfits and share my findings with my fellow fashion-lovers.


Second Life Item/Object Resizing Tutorial

Posted By on November 8, 2009


With all of my ranting these days and railing against improperly used resizing scripts, I thought that I would locate some item resizing tutorials. I found a resizing tutorial for hair (always useful) where the techniques outlined can easily be applied to any other worn object. There are more tips and tricks that could be utilized in resizing non-hair objects, and as I find other tutorials, I will post their links here. If anyone reading my blog knows of any others, I would also be grateful for links.

Elric Pondering