Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mixed Reality Art Show and Dueling Tag Clouds

I've recently accepted an invitation to participate in a mixed reality art exhibition. I'll be leading one of five teams creating 1/2 sim installations in Second Life that will be captured via machinima and still imagery for presentation in a number of RL galleries. My topic is "The Ambiguity of Identity." I'll provide more details here soon.

Here's the latest snippit from some of the research I've been doing on the expression of my own identities across social networks. These images were created in Wordle and reflect Delicious tags. The first is Botgirl's ; the second is Human's. It seems Human is a bit more well-rounded!

Tag Cloud for Botgirl's Delicious Accoutn

Tag Cloud for Human's Delicious Account

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Having Genius vs. Being Genius

My experience of giving birth to a creative work typically includes long stretches of concerted effort punctuated by periods of both blissful rapture and excruciating despair. In the video below, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert shares some thought-provoking insights on how we might reframe our perception of the creative process to reduce its personally-destructive aspects.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Twitter Lemmings Fall Over Cliff of Dalai Lama Stories

dalai lama twitter - Google News

The verdict is still out about whether the Twitter identity attributed to the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was created by an authorized entity. Although it's been reported that the account was closed by Twitter today because it was created by an impersonator, there is no official information from Twitter or H.H. Could be Chinese misinformation to thwart the 20,000+ followers. Or could be a total fake to start with.

I'm just going to sit on the edge of the cliff and wait to make any conclusions.

(An hour or so later)

Okay, looks like it was an impersonator. But it was a good idea. Maybe the real H.H. will sign up.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Plurk Goes Crazy for Fake Lindens Today Thanks to ArminasX Saiman

ArminasX Saiman started a micro-fad on Plurk today by changing his display name to Armi Linden. Chaos erupted as Second Life Plurkers began channeling fake Lindens and posting all kinds of ROLF messages.

A few were displeased and one notable person whose name I won't mention here dropped all of the participants from his timeline.

Here's a shot from my December post on creating a Botgirl Linden identity on OpenLife.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Original Concept Sketch For Botgirl vs. Human Comic

I recently found a number of misplaced sketches that were behind the Botgirl vs. Human Comic and some other projects. Here's the first:

Botgirl vs Human Original Sketch

Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm #2 in The Metaverse on the Twitter Elite List

Twitter Grader has some secret-sauce algorithm to create a list of Twitter Elite in each region. On a whim, I queried "The Metaverse" and I came in at #2. I don't know quite what to make of this, but it makes for a fast blog post.

Second in the Metaverse

BOTGIRL VS HUMAN: Twitter Follower's Word Clouds

Twittersheep creates word clouds based on your Twitter friends' profile text. As you can see, there's a definite difference between Botgirl and Human.

I've set up an open Avatar vs. Human Flickr group for people to post their own "avh" images. Feel free to add visualizations from social networks, results of psychological tests, or actual snapshopts of your human and avatar selves.

Followers' Wordclouds: Botgirl vs. Human

Botgirl in Chronological Order


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