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This piece considers how we choose who to spend time with and how in the process we shape personality and even visual appearance.
I ascended from Second Life on 16 October 2010. Since I don’t live there anymore, yet have a “fully loaded” avatar, it seems like such a waste of juicy pixels.
I therefore have constructed for your social or other applications, 10 personas you may choose from.
The idea for this project actually came about from a random IM some stranger sent to a friend of mine. The friend normally wears a black skin, but also has images of herself in a white skin on her profile. One day she got a random IM, Can I meet you as the white girl?
I thought it was kind of interesting that someone would tell you that they want to meet you, but you in their flavor of you.
has done lots of work about how the nature of 3D Virtual Worlds allows the data about body appearance, location, position, attitude, and so on, to be constantly streamed to the multiple participants in a given virtual space. The way Reaction Grid, Blue Mars, WoW, and most of the grids I’m aware of currently work, is to stream “unfiltered” data. But it really doesn’t require any new technology to stream “filtered” data. Flitered by the goals, preferences, and desires of the sender and/or the receiver. Here at iRez it has not escaped our notice that there may be a lot of this activity in the days ahead. You might choose to perceive me more as you like if we’re social partners, I might choose to subtly modify myself to match you if I’m a marketer or politician.
We all get that Identity and Persona and Appearance are VERY fluid in the 3D Virtual Worlds of 2011… but it’s barely the tip of the iceberg!
Anyway, since I’m not a programmer and can’t actually write those few lines of code that let you perceive your time with me as time with Philip or Teagan or whoever you like…
I’ve created 10 “alt-vatars”… that is, 10 versions of “me”… but not “alt accounts”… they’re all housed in my regular old raging pixels. And now, thanks to the SL Viewer2 Outfit Folders, Paste as Link, and, of course, Display Names… you can experience the companionship of the me of your choice!
Why suffer thru a life where your friends and lovers are who they are and all you can do is deal with it? Now they can be whoever you choose them to be!
Now MY identity is YOUR Pancake House Menu Item! No longer will you be stuck with whoever shows up, now YOU can specify what ethnicity, hairstyle, wardrobe, etc… for your social companion! Welcome to 2011, it’s all about YOU, it’s all about choice!
10 Avatar Auctions – 10 Saturdays – 10am SLT
The Vaneeesatar auctions will be held on the beach at Biscuit Bay, An Li:
DATE — GUEST AUCTIONEER
• 12 Feb — Sledge Roffo
• 19 Feb
• 26 Feb
• 5 Mar
• 12 Mar
• 19 Mar
• 26 Mar
• 2 Apr
• 9 Apr
• 16 Apr
At the conclusion of each week’s auction the winning bidder may select which of the 10 altvatars s/he would like to spend time with for the week. I’ll change my Display Name to that altvatar and I will transform into that altvatar for the entire week without exception.
I’ll make myself available for at least 4 hours of Dancing, Art Opening Attending, Shopping, Lounging, and any other social activities of the winning bidder’s choice. Any hours that week where I am online without the bidder, I will remain in that persona.
When I change my display name for that week, the altvatar last name may optionally be the winning bidder’s last name.
I can optionally become the winning bidder’s SL Partner for that week if desired.
Whatever proceeds the auctions generate will be donated to charity. It would be nice to donate to an organization working with Abuse or Human Trafficking, but as I presume the auction revenues will be small in FL terms, it might be best to put the funds to good use right here in SL, so I will donate the funds to the Afghanistan Museum of Second Life.
As Southeby’s prepares our auction catalog you may preview the items in three exciting ways!
Of course you know about Match.com (you tried that before turning to SL, right? 🙂 but do you know about AvMatch.com? You can visit there and look at the “Frisky Flirt” profile:
You can also visit the AvMatch HQ in-world at:
At AvMatch you can see headshots of all 10 personas. If you mouseover the thumbnails it will show you their names, and if you click you’ll see a larger image. You can message me/her/it/them right on AvMatch.
2. Profile Picks
I’ve changed my profile picks. Instead of 10 cool places around the grid, they now feature your 10 persona choices:
Or, if you want to be oldschool about it and forgo the conveniences of modern social arrangements, you can just read the content below, right here on this very blog! 🙂
These 10 avatars represent the designs of many wonderful Virtual World Avatar Designers, and also a couple of examples of my beloved Viewer 1.22.11 Shape Randomize button.
Most of the hair was designed by my friend Carina Larsen / Amacci
Most of the eyes were designed by Winter Ventura / Eclectic Randomness
Also the photo backgrounds were all shot in-world by long-time VBCO/Multiverse supporter Fross Maruti, founder of the SL Free Photo Studio
This cloud doc has a full listing and is live-updated. The jewelry and AO’s are especially still under development.