All About Alphas

If you’ve ever purchased clothing or accessories in Second Life you’ve probably run into alphas. But what are they exactly, what are the different types, and which ones should you use? That’s what I’m here to help you with!

What Are Alphas

A woman's thighs are shown as she sits. Without the alpha her leg shows through her pants. With the alpha her leg does not show through her pants.

Before mesh body parts were a thing we used alpha layers to hide sections of our avatars. These layers were (and still are) a type of texture in our inventories that we wear. Once mesh bodies came out they needed ways to hide sections as well. Designers built alphas into the mesh itself to replicate what we were already doing with the alpha layers. These new alphas were (and still are) controlled by HUDs.

You most likely have used at least one of these alpha types before. And if you’ve used both types you probably know that, while handled slightly differently, they are both really similar and easy to use.

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Regeneration… Regenerated!

Yup, you read that right! I can’t very well tell y’all that anyone can regenerate without doing it myself, can I?

So… What Happened?

When I started the blog was found over at regenerationshapes.com. The site went by Regeneration back then, and shapes was just some blah addon because regeneration.com was already taken. I blogged multiple times a week for about a year – around 200 posts! Then life happened, like it does, and I had to stop for a while. A while turned into a while longer, and well, you get the drift. While I was away from blogging my domain expired, and I took that as an awesome sign to get a better one. So now I’m back with something that fits a bit better, Digital Regeneration! I’m cool with being referred to as Regeneration or Digital Regeneration, either is totally fine.

Changes Beyond The Name

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Regeneration is Regenerating!

Hey everyone! Today’s post is a little more personal than most, so you’ve been warned!

What’s Going On?

After a year of blogging I realized Regeneration wasn’t quite where I’d envisioned it. What started as an avatar creation blog morphed into more of a fashion blog with some helpful posts mixed in. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with fashion blogs (there are many awesome ones!) but that just wasn’t my goal for Regeneration. You all seem to agree! My top posts are all informative posts, things like how to use appliers, organizing your inventory, and if Gacha games are worth it. So I decided that 2018 would be the year Regeneration got back to its roots of helping you find the info you need to make your avatar exactly what you want.

Well 2018 came and along with it lots of off grid challenges, those of which I’ll spare you the details of. Lately I’ve been so busy, in fact, that you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been able to post as frequently as I used to. Again I had to figure out what direction Regeneration would be going. And where is it going?

What To Expect!

Regeneration is not going anywhere. What? Yeah you read that right. For now I, along with Regeneration, am taking a break. I need to focus on my off grid commitments and get my RL sorted before I can make time to focus on blogging. This is a good thing though! When I do continue you can expect the quality, informative posts you’ve come to love. I plan to branch beyond basics too, including avatars such as mermaids and children.

You may still see a post from me here or there about Free Dove (which I truly believe is one of the best first stops for new avatars) or other names you’ve gotten to know through the past year. Fear not, those names aren’t going to be forgotten or abandoned! They’ll still pop up, I promise. I’ll let you know when regularly scheduled blogging comes back.

Thank you all for your patience, your time, and your love. I really appreciate you.

Love,
Asia


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Taking Time

I’ve had a lot of unexpected changes in my life off grid recently. The side effects of these are taking up more and more of the time generally reserved for blogging. For an indefinite time I’ll be reducing my posting frequency. Don’t worry, you’ll still be getting all your Free Dove Fridays and posts about Fashion …

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Taking A Quick Break!

Hey everybody! Just a quick note from me, Asia, to let you know I’ll be away until September. Until I get back there will be no new posts, but there are lots of older posts you can check out while you wait!

I encourage you to visit the pages in the Info Hubs menu at the top of the page or search for content you may be interested in. Feel free to check out some of our most visited posts of all time: they’re listed below.

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What’s Changing With The Second Life TOS Update?

This is something I’ve seen a fair amount of buzz over so I’d like to cover it for you guys even though it’s not directly avatar related. Second Life’s TOS (Terms of Service) has been updated and goes into effect July 31, 2017. As of this weekend you cannot log in without accepting the new agreement. So what does that mean for you? Probably not too much. I highly doubt this will change the way most of you use Second Life. Due to the nature of the content this is a very text heavy post.

What’s Changing?

Linden Lab stated in their announcement, “We’ve restructured the Terms of Service to contain terms and conditions that apply to all Linden Lab products, and we have separated out product-specific references (such as Linden Dollar and LindeX for SL) into product-specific policies. The new Second Life Terms and Conditions contains all the Second Life-specific references that were previously in the Terms of Service.”

Most of the changes appear to be tidying up the document and clarifying things. For example the content covered in the old Infringement Notifications section was split up throughout the document a bit differently. There are some changes, however, that are still likely to stick out when looking it over. Though they may look scary (as policy changes often do) they really aren’t anything to worry about.

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Found In Real Life: ft. Phedora, Addams, Caboodle, and KC Couture

Have you ever found a product in Second Life and really wanted to find something similar to wear off the grid? That’s what the Found In Real Life series is all about! While we know we likely won’t find exact versions of products this series will focus on looks that are pretty close. Keep reading to find not only the Second Life credits but also links to the featured off grid products on Amazon.

Today we’ve found comparable off grid products for this entire outfit! Featuring in world items from Phedora, AddamsCaboodle, and KC Couture.
Fun Note: I threw this whole outfit together and didn’t realize until writing up the post that every item is a freebie or a group gift. What a pleasant surprise! Clicking on the group links may open a blank tab in your browser, however if your viewer is open it’ll open the group in your viewer instead.

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July At 7 Deadly s{K}ins

It’s a new month and you know what that means! 7 Deadly s{K}ins has new group gifts out and new events coming up!

Group Gifts


As per usual you will find free Omega skins at the main store for both genders this month. The women’s gift is Marigold in the skin tone Sand. It comes with a freckled and non freckled version. The men’s gift is Earth in the tone Caramel. It comes with both a clean shaven and a short bearded version. Both gifts have paid versions which offer various other skin tones for L$75 each. There are demos available for all available skin tones on the shelves to the right of the group gifts.

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100 Subscribers – Thank You!

When I started this blog back in January I was hopeful that some people may enjoy it. Fast forward to this past week when we hit 100 subscribers. I never imagined so many people would be so interested so soon. Thank you, all of you. I’m glad to have helped so many of you, or at least entertained you! To celebrate I’ve put together some fast facts about the site, things you may not know we have, and a new section announcement!

Quick Regeneration Stats

In celebration here are some fun stats.

  1. Regeneration’s first blog post was January 2, 2017 on WordPress.com.
  2. January 9, 2017 the blog migrated to digitalregeneration.com
  3. Regeneration has had over 5.5k views since starting 4 months ago
  4. Our most popular post is “Are Second Life Gacha Games Worth Your Time?
  5. Organizing Your Second Life Library“, released just two days ago, is currently our fourth most popular of all time. It’s well on its way to being #1!

Did You Know?

Regeneration is more than just a blog. Have you explored everything yet?

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