I never had an Avatar before. At least not one that I thought represented me very well. So today, while waiting for hundreds of megabytes of data to transfer from one place on the Internet to another, I made an Avatar.
It represents me pretty well, I think. First off – it has my faithful colleague, Yoshi. Since I work out of my home office, Yoshi is always at my side – often sleeping with his head on the legs to my chair (he’s gotten VERY good at detecting when I may be getting up, and he moves out of the way extremely quickly!)
I am wearing a suit, which shows I can be serious and “do business”. But it also has the whimsical – the pirate hat, indicating my desire to live my life just a little bit differently than most; the cigarette in the mouth, and the beer in the hand also will be familiar to people that know me.
The glasses are a constant with me – I don’t go outside without sunglasses – ever. I am easily blinded by bright lights. Sun on snow is a killer (one of the many reasons I choose to live in South Texas!)
The contrasting flooring and background symbolize to me the complex and confusing patterns of life that we all deal with – some better than others. Controlled chaos.
Anyway, now I have an Avatar. I created it on Wee-Mee.com, and I don’t link to them directly because after spending some time creating my avatar, the site refused to save it. It just said, “I can’t save it”. No clue why. Frustrating – because the actual Wee-Mee would have been animated. Would have cost me three bucks. But because their service was broken I just did a screen shot of my Avatar instead. Saved three bucks, but lost the animation.
I love these creative web sites, but they just HAVE to work – especially when it comes to saving my work. That’s why I trust little to “online applications”.