the extra factor

canon victor: hard-working, intelligent, diligent, affectionate, observant, sociable, smart with his money, touchy, charismatic, witty, talented, attentive of yuuri’s attitudes, media-savvy, dedicated to becoming a better person, constantly working on improving himself

fandom victor: a slob, childish, flat, sometimes plain dumb, oblivious, extra for shock factor, saying stupid shit on impulse in front of reporters, spending his money on useless shit, ignoring yuuri in general, emotionally manipulative, cold, abusive, playboy, mean for absolutely no reason, scared of his own shadow

I’ve been chitchatting with my coworkers about the new Samurai Jack season, and a lot of ‘em seem surprised that he’s got a minigun.

I dunno, man, I think that’s PERFECTLY IN-CHARACTER for Jack.  His whole deal is, like, he’s supposed to be the world’s greatest warrior, versed in every kind of fighting technique there is, right?  Gotta be ready for anything and everything.  Of course he’d be willing to to pick up whatever weapon is available to him – whatever it takes, he’ll use it.  It’s not like he hasn’t used guns in the original series.  A common move of his was to take the guns wielded by his foes, still held in their hands, and aim that at his other enemies.

Jack’s a wily little ruthless bastard when fighting.  I’m stoked to see him with a minigun.

YG, BTS AND MAMA’17

i’m not trying or intentionally shading other fandoms because we all want what’s best for our faves and that’s perfectly fine. but i’m just gonna say one thing. if you’re crying because your fave is going up exo and they’re probably going to win and boohoo, you’re right. they are. but are you actually shocked?

ikon and winner, having dropped new songs this year and won awards not only in korea but all over the world is not nominated for a single relevant category, or at least one they deserved to be in. but wannaone is nominated for BOTH new best male and best male?

blackpink, the #1 group of 2017 for having the most number of views within 24 hours is not nominated for best music video when the estimated cost for having filmed AIIYL was millions? yet their counterparts that had less views were nominated?

honestly at this point, i’m not even going to begin with how bigbang, kings of kpop, aren’t nominated for anything. and how kwon jiyong, with a full tour, has been inappropriately nominated.

and no, i didn’t forget the others. akmu, leehi, ohyuk and all of ygs sublabel artists aren’t nominated for categorys they DEFINITELY should’ve been nominated for.

and you know what, let me throw in one for BTS. a group that has literally put in so much effort into their music has been misappropriately nominated too, or more, nominated against competition that shouldn’t even have been nominated in the first place, just for that extra shocking!!! factor !

i didn’t come to hate on groups, i came to drop facts and back up my favourite company after years of Mnet’s twisted ways of changing nomination criterias so that yg doesn’t get awards every year. jiyongs diss rap in 2015 really explains it all. and tablo’s tweet about bts and bigbang just goes to show how the whole industry knows about it too, but nobody dares go up against mnet. and if you’re wondering why YG finally couldn’t take it after all these years of bad treatment and decided to pull his artistes out of MAMA last year, this is why.

Hey uhh… I am all for animal welfare. Working with ethical taxidermy and zoological specimens, Animals are perhaps the most important thing to me.

I’ve heard some things in the animal welfare/vegan/animal rights communities that are concerning.

I’m talking things like

“fur farm animals are skinned alive”
“Race horses have their vocal cords cut so they don’t scream out in pain”
“Pigs are killed by being electrocuted through the anus” “slaughter house workers work there because they love killing and feeling blood on their hands”

And umm…. WHAT. I

I understand that things like bull fights and dirty mass slaughter houses are bad and need a serious change. But spreading strange and dramatic lies like that don’t help make your cause any more trustworthy.

There is no need to add extra shock factor. Especially to already shocking things. Please… this is coming from someone who is a huge advocate of animal welfare.

A HIGHER EDUCATION - PART SIX

Summary: Shawn and yourself are best friends at University. 

Word Count: 6,052

A/U: So I do already have another 3K words written so chill. Still no idea what I’m doing here. 


Your name: submit What is this?

“Fuck,” Shawn muttered on my bare shoulder. “Why can’t I fucking get that right!”

Still breathless I was unfazed by what Shawn was referring to.

“What?” I said through my spacey mind.

That. I can’t keep myself together long enough.” His voice told me he was upset with himself.

Turning my head I found a head full of messy brown curls. He was upset because he came before me again, it was the fifth time now.

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johnlarens  asked:

prompt idea: trimberly going on a picnic together where Trini used to meditate! :-)

“Where are you taking me?”

“Don’t peek yet, we’re almost there.”

“I’m blindfolded. I’m pretty sure I can’t see a thing.”

Stumbling along uneven footing, Trini hears the chirping of birds off in the distance and feels the shifting ground crumbling beneath her feet and she knows they’re in the quarry. Kimberly had the bright idea of surprising her for their first year anniversary, which resulted in Trini blindfolded for that extra ‘wow’ factor.

Kimberly’s unbridled excitement and giddiness makes Trini’s heart do flips, and despite the cheesiness of it all, she’s always secretly wanted this lovey dovey shit but just never imagined it would ever come true; until now.

They stop after several more minutes and a couple more stumbles. Kimberly’s firm grip on her hips leaves and is replaced with rustling.

“Can I take this damn thing off?”

“No!” Kimberly shouts in a panic. “Just - just give me two more seconds.”

Trini chuckles sarcastically before muttering into the wind. “You know, when I first pictured us using blindfolds, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.”

She can practically feel Kimberly’s embarrassment radiating off her body, but then firm hands grip her shoulders and then rotates her to the right.

“Okay, now you can open your eyes.”

Ripping off the offending itchy cloth, Trini blinks momentarily from the sunlight before her eyes widen in awe.

They’re on top one of the highest cliffs in the quarry, one of the many places that Trini would visit in her own solitude to clear her mind, far away from the tumultuous clamor of the city. When being in the house became too much or when the disappointment in her parents’ voices weighed heavily in her heart, this became her home away from home.

A square red and white checkered blanket like something straight out of a romance movie lay safely from the edge with a woven basket and a bottle of wine sticking out of the lid. Trini doesn’t question how Kimberly got her hands on it, but she knows she has family problems of her own and doubts that her parents would even miss it.

Trini’s absolutely speechless.

She’s never had anyone do this for her. Nobody ever made her feel so special, let alone give her the time of day, but here Kimberly has done it all and gone above and beyond.

Kimberly fidgets in place, her eyes trained nervously on the shorter girl.

“I hope you like turkey sandwiches. I wanted to keep it kind of simple so… yeah.”

Trini’s eyes sweep over the spread, over the love that’s gone into the whole preparation, over the entire location. She feels the welcoming breeze on her skin and sees the overlooking town and it builds and builds until her heart burgeons with such powerful emotion that she can barely contain it from exploding out like the fourth of July.

“Trini…?”

There’s a crackling in her chest and the fireworks light up the sky in her heart and she realizes it’s far too late to hold it back.

Her vision starts to blur and it’s taking all her strongest willpower for it not to flow out like a river, but Kimberly sees the mist in her eyes and her expression turns to one of utter disbelief.

“Oh my god, are you crying?”

Trini punches her girlfriend in the shoulder before pulling her into a tight hug. Kimberly’s arms wrap around her smaller frame and she feels warm and safe and everything that a home should feel like.

“Thank you.”

Kimberly ruffles her hair and smiles. “Happy anniversary.”

anonymous asked:

Recently you talked about reflex sights - what are the differences/pros and cons of reflex vs red dot vs holo sights?

The short, slightly sarcastic, and not completely inaccurate answer would be, holo sights cost a lot more.

Reflex sights are optics that use a semi-reflective surface to provide targeting information. These will bounce a light off said surface, usually a red or green LED, which when viewed from the appropriate position, will tell you roughly where the object is pointed. I’m phrasing it like this because reflex sights are actually used for a lot of different things, including nautical navigation tools, telescopes, and even some disposable cameras.

The advantages for reflex sights are that they’re relatively cheap, and they usually have a fairly substantial battery life. The internals are just an LED and a reflective glass layer. (Technically, there are a few variations of the technology; for convenience I’m describing the one used with firearms.)

Holo sights are, as the name suggests, actually holographic. They use a laser diode to create the targeting reticle in three dimensional space. This opens up some additional functionality that’s either difficult or impossible to obtain with a reflex sight. The big feature is the ability to adjust for range and windage. Finally, unlike reflex sights, they don’t need to have a tinted layer to catch the reflected light, so the optics are slightly clearer.

The most common firearm reflex sights are red or green dot sights. These use a red or green LED to create the targeting point. That said, some holo sights use a dot aim point. In that sense a red dot sight is more descriptive than an identifier.

Picking a color comes down to user preference. In general, red light has the least affect on night vision. Also because of the prevalence of ruby lasers and red LEDs, some people do approach firearms with the feeling that red is the “right” color.

The human eye is more sensitive to subtle differences in green than any other color. This is part of why some night vision setups display their feedback in green monochrome. In theory, this makes green dot sights easier to see. For some people this honestly seems to be the case. Also why you’ll sometimes see green lasers used as targeters on firearms.

Red and green aren’t the only options. Common LEDs include blue, white, and yellow, so if someone wanted an amber dot sight, that is an option. (Though, you’re going to be paying extra.)

There are other factors. Red was used because red LEDs were very cheap to produce until relatively recently. Blue LEDs only date back to the 1990s. There’s also the direct physiological factors. Historically red light has been believed to produce limited or no eye adaptation, and had the least effect on night vision. My understanding is, that’s not really true, and that green/blue light actually interferes less with night vision, but this is a discussion I’m not fully versed in.

The idea of a dot sight, as opposed to other reticles is purely preference. A dot has a cleaner profile, but provides less information to the user. Just a simple, “bullets go here (we think).” Ring sights, or lines can be useful for judging drift, and can help the user adjust their aim. Alternately, the reticle selected may simply be to speed up target acquisition. This one really is about personal preference. A ring sight isn’t better than a dot sight, it’s about which works for the user.

On more expensive reflex sights (and most holo sights) it’s fairly common to have the ability to switch out the reticle on the fly. So, picking the right one is sometimes about choosing what’s right for this moment, not just picking one and sticking with it.

I will say, video games tend to gloss over these things. I can’t remember the last time I played a game that actually tinted the window for a reflex sight (maybe Far Cry 4), and I don’t think I’ve ever played one that attempted to display a holo sight properly.

Incidentally, some stuff that you can, technically do, includes open reflex sights, where the glass layer exposed to the air. You probably wouldn’t want to do this, because of the potential for damage, but it is a real option, and (partially) open reflex sights do exist. Ultimately reflex sights do need a surface to bounce off of. The name “reflex,” is a shortening of, “reflective,” not a reference to the user’s ability to react quickly.

One thing you can’t do is have a free floating hologram over the weapon. Existing technology doesn’t really allow for this, so you can’t have those neat holographic heads up displays you’ll occasionally see in sci-fi. That said, it’s just not something we can do today, not something that’s impossible.

-Starke

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El sexo es la ecuación perfecta pues la mujer eleva el miembro a su máxima expresión, lo encierra entre paréntesis (:-), le extrae el máximo factor y por último lo reduce a su mínima expresión.

When I was in high school I worked at milk queen. I was opening with a supervisor and pulled out a vine with about 6 tomatoes on it to get ready to cut them up for sandwiches. When I pulled them out they were absolutely covered in mold with a few good parts. Let’s say 50/50. But all of the tomatoes had some mold. I showed my supervisor who obviously told me to throw them away and she would call our manager and ask her to pick up some more. Manager says “pick them out of the trash, cut off the bad parts, and slice them up like normal.” We told her they were covered. She didn’t care she said she was not buying any more. My supervisor and I both new we would be in serious trouble if those tomatoes weren’t cut when she got there so we cut off what we could, and sliced them. And served them. Worst job I’ve ever had.
Just for the extra ick factor: in school we learned that by the time mold reaches the outside of something to where it is visible, it has already infested the inside.

anonymous asked:

I've noticed that in Spain where there are many street dogs/homeless dogs, the majority of them seem to be similar in breed, even though they're all mixed. Could this be some sort of "average" dog? Instinctually, my guess is that those dogs that survive into adulthood in homelessness are also kind of a healthy breed, is there anything to that? Question tax: came for similar to wadtt, stayed for fascinating in depth discussion of fantasy anatomy

With a feral dog population, the phenotypes probably do trend toward an ‘average’ dog with some regional variation. The genepool will be most heavily influenced not only by those dogs that are best at surviving, but those that are best at evading spay/neuter programs.

Depending on their location and food source, while you would expect multi-generation street dogs to be reasonably well adapted to their local environment, they may not necessarily be the ‘healthiest’ example structurally or genetically. Putting aside all the diseases and conditions that can afflict a dog living with no veterinary attention, think about where they get their food from.

Feral dogs are not really hunters. They’re more scavengers. They often congregate around tips and human settlements.

Now, if you see street dogs begging for food, which ones are you most likely to feed? My guess would be:

  • The cutest ones,
  • or the ugliest, hardest done by, most pitiful ones.

These types of dogs may have a survival advantage because they receive more food based on their appearance. Which strategy is more successful will depend on the human population.

It’s also possible for a single male who has evaded the local spay/neuter program to happily inseminate a large portion of the unspayed female population in a given year, resulting in many of these dogs being half-siblings.

So there are a few extra factors at play with street or feral dogs, because even though they’re unowned humans are still heavily influencing them.

egregiousmeme  asked:

I absolutely love your taako design. Every aspect of it is great in it's own right, equally. Period. Also paired with your fabulous style just brings out that extra "dude fucking yes" factor. I'm sorry if you had a rough introduction because of it, but I just want to let you know that there are people out there like me that appreciate the effort that goes into your work. Thank you for gracing my eyes with a beautiful treat that is your art.

awwwweee dude thats really lovely to hear —and yo the “dude fucking yes” appeal is exactly what i was trying to go for im glad you like it! Thank you for the kind words friend

Power Rangers Relationship Headcanons - Trini and Billy

Grumpy Cat and Soft Tall Boy. From Trini’s perspective.

  • It’s hard not to know who Billy Cranston is after the locker accident. But Trini has seen him around. It’s hard to ignore him in the halls as well, since he’s so god damn tall. 
  • It kind of pisses Trini off how tall he is like jesus christ. She can barely make it to his shoulders even in heels. 
  • He’s sweet though, Trini has to admit. It’s tooth-rotting amounts of sweet how innocent and shy and geeky he is compared to the of them and he needs to be protected at all costs. 
  • Trini kind of gets annoyed by his mother-hen behaviors and how he always make sure she isn’t hurt, even after the least-injury provoking events. But she does think it’s nice of him to care about her, since she’s never had a friend who’d show worry about her like that. 
  • After they start to bond she becomes very protective of him? Like she shoos bullies off of him and it kinda gets to a point where he physically has to stop her from getting to a fight and putting a bully in the hospital. Which leads to her wriggling in his arms and yelling angrily while being carried away.
  • Acts as his tech translator for the team but starts off a bit rocky. ‘So what does this thing do exactly?’ ‘Awesome science shit, that’s what.’
  • Going with the theory that Billy’s dad passed away, Trini helps him build an altar for his dad on Día de los Muertos along side the rest of the altars Angel Grove makes on the day. It’s small but Billy brings the items that were his Dad and Trini helps him decorate it. 
  • ‘I don’t know what loss like that feels like, I really don’t. But please know I am here for you, and you are not going to face this pain and grief alone.’
  • Trini being Billy’s ultimate wingwoman??? He’s so shy and bumbling around girls (and guys) he’s attracted to and Trini just smiles as Billy wants back with a number in his hand and a smile on his face.
  • She decides to channel her inner Jason and protect Billy whenever Rita targets him??? Like that green hard candy bitch is certainly not going any where near Billy.
  • Trini actually gets hurt trying to defend him and it goes to show how far their friendship has come if it means risking her life to save him.
  • ‘If I run and leap at Billy he’ll most certainly catch me.’ ‘COMIN’ IN!’ ‘NO I’M HOLDING COFFEE!!!!!’
  • Sometimes she just plonks down into his lap without any prompt and will just sit there. He’s taken by surprise at first but he quickly gets used to it.
  • They work out together during their free time in some cases. Trini actually convinces Billy to get a gym membership with her.
  • She sometimes will substitute herself in for a weight when he’s practicing lifting.
  • Trini will also use him as a weight because sometimes you just need that extra challenge and awesomeness factor.  
  • Trini’s parents really like Billy? They really think he’s a positive influence on Trini and how nice and kind he is. Her brothers think he’s alright though, not as cool as Jason.
  • She really likes him! At first she thought he was a massive dork and a nerd but he’s so sweet??? He’s such a good and pure force on this team and honestly really needed someone like him in her life, to make her feel wanted and needed and she couldn’t ask for anyone better.

Power Rangers 2017 Relationship Headcanons (9/40)

BEHOLD! MY GREATEST CRIME

My friend @batter-sempai mentioned how their version of @deitaleau Papyrus being dainty and wearing a long flowing gown was incorrect and if Papyrus was a god he’d be buff as hell and half naked so I drew this abomination where Papyrus looks like a Greek god with muscle shaped bones and a backdrop of flames for extra cool factor.

And now I’m posting it to make you all suffer like I did while making it.

anonymous asked:

Sid getting turned into the fattest penguin and insistently clambering his way into Geno's lap and Geno trying very hard to make sure he doesn't fall and break his tiny penguin face. Geno awkwardly cradling a penguin that turns back into human Sidney Crosby in his lap. Geno making squawking noises that would do a penguin proud. Sid being all nervous and ashamed to have imposed on Geno like that until Geno confesses he misses penguin Sid bullying him into cuddles. Geno holding human Sid properly

Nothing better on a shit night than ideas like this, Nonny, thank you. I needed that. 

One of the things that first sucked me into hockey rpf? All the magical realism stuff.

Also for some reason I am picturing Sid as an Adelie Penguin for extra nonsense factor (their little facessss). 

There’s totally a fic where Sid becomes a penguin, but also another where Geno is the one cursed but I can’t seem to find it in my bookmarks anywhere?

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Universal Studios Florida’s World Expo is kind of like Disneyland’s Tomorrowland in a way.

Both have a World’s Fair theme with retro sci-fi elements, but all of that has been overshadowed by their disorganised reputation since day one.

anonymous asked:

Not sure if this has already been answered but the anon who talked about the interview where jean was described as handsome is in his SNK smart pass au interview (can be found at luckiestunluckyguy . wordpress. com )

Hi anon! I looked at the translation you suggested (this one, I believe?) and could not find a reference to him being handsome. Here’s all I could get about Jean’s appearance from it:

He has that innocence look of a youngster, but also the maturity (face) of an adult – Jean is just that real of a young man.

Jean Kirstein has the same young face as everyone, though he’s also the teenager who brings with him that special determination of a soldier.

I don’t know Japanese, unfortunately! So I can only go by this translation; this says he’s young but also kind of mature looking. Which is interesting, but not a confirmation of him being handsome.

Later on it reiterates that he looks like a “bad-guy”: 

Jean Kirstein, contrary to the reputation of having a bad-guy face and cocky attitude, gave the answers that you’d expected from a mature adult.

I think this interview–which is interesting, thank you for sharing it!–actually confirms my initial reading of Jean; his looks belie his real personality a bit. I remain unconvinced that he is actually supposed to be handsome. 

As @mirandafandomette pointed out to me, there’s also this Q&A with Isayama where he sounds very condescending about Jean’s appearance:

Q: Is there any reason why Jean grew his hair out?
A: Because he still believes in his own potential.

Again, I don’t know Japanese, but in English this sounds a bit like, “Jean’s trying to do the best he can with what he’s got.” ^^’ Maybe we can read this in a more hopeful way; perhaps Isayama still believes in him too? Either way, Jean’s handsomeness seems under question …

Look, I’m going to pull a leaf from Jean’s book and be extra honest: even factoring in Isayama’s style, Jean is not traditionally handsome. It’s even a plot point that people misjudge him based on his looks. That doesn’t mean that I and many, many others don’t find him attractive! For example, here is one of my absolute favorite Jean faces from chapter 81.

Look at that face! It’s heart-breaking! And, as I said in my original response, very expressive! <3 

So I’m sorry anon, I’m still not convinced! But thank you for the note! :)

Men’s hairstyles, ca. 1830

Massive post today, as usual for my fashion posts.

Talking about men’s hair is funny, because when I just line up a bunch of portraits of guys from this period, it inevitably becomes a bit of a collection of hot period pin-ups.  Who says women don’t objectify men, I guess.

In my post on ladies’ hats, I said that hats are designed to suit hair.  Now, the more I think about it, the more this only seems to apply to ladies, whose hairstyles and hat styles are in fairly frequent flux.  For gentlemen, whose hairstyles and hat styles change more slowly over time, it seems that it may be the hair that must suit itself to the hat and not vice versa.  Chicken or egg question.

Now men’s hats ca. 1830 were of two basic varieties: the brimmed cap (for working-class men, young boys, and occasionally hunting/riding), and the top hat (for pretty much all well-dressed guys).  Just as with women, there was other “shit men could put on their heads,” but these were the two basic hats, as in, “shit men could wear outdoors and not look weird.”

^^^Riding cap ca. 1830.

^^^Top hat, ca. 1830.

Let’s ignore the cap for the moment, because we’re talking about fashion, and the cap sadly has little place in fashion ca. 1830.  The top hat was what fashionable men had to contend with, and it was what they had to suit their hair to.

Men had basically two strategies for getting their hair and their hats to work together.  The first strategy I will call “vertical,” the second, “horizontal.”  The vertical solution is to pile all your hair on top of your head, or else comb it in that direction for us sad straight-haired people (who were surely resigned in this period to being plain).  This allowed for the hair to mostly sit beneath the hat.  The horizontal solution was to pile/comb the hair to the sides of the head, leaving the top of the head pretty much smooth.  This allowed for the hair to sit outside the hat (or rather, for the hat to kind of sit on the piles of hair).  Both of these methods worked, since neither allowed the hat to crush the hair.  And when a dandy takes so long to get his hair just so, nothing is worse than getting hat hair.

^^^The vertical solution.

^^^The horizontal solution.

Just like their female counterparts, fashionable men were meticulous with their hair.  They used many of the same products and methods of grooming that the ladies did, including pomade for smoothing and holding the hair in place and curling tongs, papers, and cloths for curling it.  The hair could be parted pretty much anywhere, though in the earlier years of this period (ca. 1825-1827) they were still favoring the no-part, Napoleonic-type combed-forward or piled-on-top styles, while throughout the rest of the period (ca. 1827-1835) most men favored a side part.  Side parts could even be extreme, as in, just over one ear.  The hair was often brushed forward over the temples, but expansive, unblemished foreheads were thought to be a mark of masculine beauty, and so the hair was usually brushed up and away from the forehead to leave it bare.  In describing Enjolras’ beauty in Les Misérables, Victor Hugo wrote appreciatively:

“Much forehead in a face is like much sky in a horizon.”

(He may have been a little biased.)

Curls and waves were all the rage throughout the 1820s and 1830s, and these guys had them in abundance (or made sure they obtained them in abundance).  Really, that’s all you need to know about men’s hair ca. 1830: curls, curls, CURLS.  It’s all about the curls.

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^^^Gotta say, this guy’s got nice hair, but he looks like a total douchebro.  One day I’ll post the whole painting, and then maybe you’ll see what I mean (body language speaks volumes), but really, if this guy was standing at the other end of the bar, giving you this look, I’ll bet you wouldn’t give him your number, would you.

^^^Even Louis-Philippe is stylin’.

^^^Ohhh, I dunno, Charles X is pushing it a little.  Those curls aren’t too curly…walking on the edge of uncool.

Because let’s face it, anybody born with stick-straight, uncurlable hair was simply screwed and should have just sat out the 1820s-1830s, because they were never going to be hot and popular.  However, they did try to make do with some sad, sore-loser comb-overs.

Or they could try to coax it to flip up…

…or forward…

…or back…

…or…whatever the hell this is:

(Also, extra points for extra skeezy facial hair on that last one.)

Sometimes they just gave up and cropped their hair:

^^^I assume this is Blanqui’s “prison chic” look, ca. 1835.

Textured hair also makes for great 1820s-1830s hair.  It’s all about the shaping: you can rock it up…

…or down…

…or Dumas, which is always the sexy choice:

In a society that values huge piles of luscious curls, the bald or balding probably had an even rougher time of it than the straight-haired guys.  Victor Hugo implicitly acknowledges how unfortunate male baldness is: being bald at twenty-five comes first in a litany of unlucky things in Laigle’s life.  Unlike for ladies, there weren’t too many opportunities for guys to cover their hair constantly with caps and kerchiefs, so a few false curls tied on in front weren’t going to go very far for them.  Of course, being that high foreheads were cool, a balding guy could always live in denial for a few years, but eventually fate would catch up to him.  Now, he could age gracefully, as I’m sure many did…

…but there were of course full and partial wigs available too for men’s use.  I haven’t yet found an extant example of such a thing, but if I ever come across one, I’ll be sure to share.  I can’t begin to imagine how they would have held these wigs securely on their heads, but there you have it.

Unlike the ladies, of course, men also had facial hair to contend with.  Facial hair was extremely popular ca. 1825-1835, even more so than in earlier decades.  Of course typical sideburns, mutton chops, and mustaches were common, but the most striking and unusual style of facial hair of this period is what I can only call the “under-the-chin beard.”  I have no idea if there is a more concise name for this odd thing, but I just call it like I see it.  This beard sits, well, under the chin and extends along the jawline, all the way up to the hairline.  Like so:

Sometimes, for the extra ick factor, it can be paired with a mustache, thusly:

This beard is extremely (extremely!) common in fashion plates ca. 1830.  It is less common in portraits of the period, but by no means absent.  Yes, guys did have these proto-Abe-Lincoln beards, and they rocked them, I must say.

^^^Work it, Champollion!  He cracked the Rosetta Stone code with the sheer force of his bushy whiskers!

As anyone who has had elaborate facial hair knows, it requires a good deal of maintenance: not only cleaning and grooming the hair itself, but shaping it and shaving the areas around it.  Just as there were professional hairdressers for ladies, there were professional barbers for gentlemen.  (And no, they didn’t all slit your throat and make you into meat pies.)

I’m sure gentlemen who could afford it either visited “tonsorial parlors” or else had barbers come to their homes, but seeing as stubble is constantly requiring attention, I think lots of men dealt with their whiskers themselves, to the best of their ability.  With straight razors, of course.  What could go wrong?

The result is some pretty fantastic facial hair.

The artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s self-portraits from this period show a perfect progression from 1820s to 1830s facial hair:

^^^Young Winterhalter in the mid-1820s.  Abundant curls, no facial hair.

^^^Not-quite-as-young Winterhalter ca. 1830.  Abundant curls, side-whiskers, and the beginnings of a little mustache.

^^^Mid-1830s Winterhalter.  Abundant curls (seeing a pattern here?), and full-blown under-the-chin beard with thick mustache.

And among all these perfect little Beau Brummell types who pet and cherish and maintain their hair daily, there are a number of 1830s guys who plainly don’t give a shit.  To those guys: cheers, it’s all good.

Of course, in the Romantic period just as in today’s bedhead fashion, it’s hard to tell if guys just don’t give a shit about their hair, or if they are taking, like, an absurd amount of time and effort to make it look like they don’t give a shit.  Hmmm…

Among guys not giving a shit, I should also file the long-haired dudes.  Long hair, i.e., hair down to your shoulders, no matter what you’ve been told by a million Les Mis fanarts (including my own past stuff), is not a thing in this period.  Repeat: long hair on men is not a thing.  It is the kind of hair worn by a few eccentrics, but it is by no means a thing.

^^^Audobon.  An eccentric.

^^^Paganini.  An eccentric.  (It suffices to say “artist,” right?)

^^^Liszt.  Artist.

No matter what the Japanese want you to think, Enjolras, that stern, severe “soldier of democracy” and “priest of the ideal,” would not have had a gorgeous, flowing waist-length pony.  

Sorry, it’s just not true.  It’s a little white lie, like the Tooth Fairy: harmless in the moment, but creates an atmosphere of distrust for the long run.  Consider this my PSA for the fandom: stop the long-hair madness!

Long hair looks strange and bohemian, but the award for absolute weirdest male hair I have come across in this period (aside from runner-up “prison chic” Blanqui) goes to famous caricaturist Honoré Daumier in a ca. 1829 portrait:

…Um, okay.  A straight-haired comb-over.  A kinda under-the-chin-beard.  But with, like, totally shameless panache.  Like, “What, so my hair is straight?  Fuck it, I will rock this straight hair!  I will draw further attention to it with this over-the-top flip and uncomfortably long length!  I will also make my under-the-chin beard as off-putting as possible!  I will confuse you by growing out the goatee part of it but refuse to style it sensibly!  I also will not pair it with a mustache, that is too mainstream!”  I love his confidence, but then, I guess if you’re going to spend your life mooning the government without fear of repercussions and generally being the South Park of the mid-19th century, why worry about “fashionable” people’s dumb opinions?  Instead, you should go draw a caricature of fashionable people’s dumb fashions.

After shaming movie hair design last time, I feel like I ought to go out on a positive note:

^^^Yeah, I like.  And it’s funny, too, because there’s a montage in which Pip is transforming from poor kid to fashionable gentleman, and he does suddenly go from straight-haired bedhead to 1830s dandy curls, which I really thought rang true to (1830s) life.  Sadly, the ladies’ hair didn’t live up to the example set by the gentlemen.  BBC Great Expectations (2011).

^^^His hair’s okay, but it’s really his overall look that’s so perfect.  His features are really sensual, and he has that strange 1830s dandy je-ne-sais-quoi.  To me, this is Courfeyrac, right here.  Une vieille maîtresse (2007).

^^^Slightly later period, but still pretty admirable hair design.  The Young Victoria (2009).

^^^For those of you who have spent the last two years bitching about this wig, I have a message for you, straight from the 1830s: Stop.  Just stop.  You’re wrong, and you’re making a fool of yourself.  It’s glorious.  It’s full of curls.  It’s side-parted.  It doesn’t have a ponytail.  It’s BLOND.  It’s everything that historically-accurate Enjolras hair ought to be but never has been in a movie version before.  It’s probably the best thing in this movie, and that’s saying a lot.  The first time I saw a photo of Tveit in this wig, that’s the moment I knew they were serious about this adaptation.  Musical!Enjolras has come a long way from the 1980s fro with rat-tail look:

(It’s okay, I still love the hell out of your Enjolras, Anthony Warlow!)

Marius’ hair design in the 2012 Les Mis movie is also good–suitably goofy, but still totally period:

^^^Horizontal and vertical hair strategies, you see?

I approve.  Now if you boys could just convince Fantine and Cosette to put their hair up…