Look alike Someone like You :-)


Thanks to Strawberry Singh and her freshest blog challenge I have to disclose the secret of my new shape… Her instructions: Share a selfie of your avatar and a picture of the person you feel most looks like your avatar, or someone people have told you looks like your avatar or someone you tried to base your avatar’s looks on.

Only a few weeks ago I changed my shape for the very first time after my start in Second Life in 2009. I always had been quite proud of my first, my „original“ shape, because I managed that my avatar resemble a bit like my Real Life appearance. And I was overjoyed when Zee made me this compliment about that. Of course I saved my original shape – but for the last weeks I have been very happy with my new one.

This is the very first picture I took of my new appearance:

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To tell you the truth: I became crazy about an avatar and I wanted to look like her. Her name is Evangelical Resident and this was the first blog post of her which I noticed – and from this moment I was thrilled by her current look. Her blog has got the litle Someone like you so this is the key to my post headline … What happened next after I found the blog of Evangelical Resident might sound a bit crazy but I did it: I bought a skin from Fade Lei / Ugly Duck (SLURL) as she is always wearing Ugly Duck skins. I bought my hair at Dura (SLURL) as I like her most with her unisex Dura hair. And I tried out to imitate her shape… For me it’s a really new experience to have such an androgynous appearance.

So this is the whole story about my Look Alike… I hope you will recognize that I still got my own style… 😉

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UPDATE, 5th Nov 13

Gosh! I tried out the using this Celebrity Look A Like Generator mentioned in Berrys post and these are the results:

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Mixed Reality No. 1


Maybe this is just another answer to
the question of Strawberry Singh:
“What does your avatar get up to after you log out?” –
She is following my footprints in Real Life…!

I.

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II.

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III.

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Paul Milgram, Fumio Kishino:
A TAXONOMY OF MIXED REALITY VISUAL DISPLAYS, 1994

„An (approximately) three dimensional taxonomy is proposed, comprising the following dimensions: Extent of World Knowledge („how much do we know about the world being displayed?“),  Reproduction Fidelity („how ‚realistically‘ are we able to display it?“), and  Extent of Presence Metaphor („what is the extent of the illusion that the observer is present within that world?“).“

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CREDITS

Hair: Dura – Girl**03 (Red)

Skin: Ugly Duck – Nana II (Pinched Dark)

Earrings: {Zaara} ZC : Tarika Turquoise Earrings *silver*

Glasses: * S O R G O – Other WOOD (SG)

Necklace: Locked ! Necklace :: Primitive Design ::

Top: ZC :  Anjuna white tank

Skirt: DeeTaleZ Skirts highwaist folds Skirt „Candy“
bought at the current Boho Culture Fair (SLURL) – event ongoing until Oct 31st

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Google Me(me)


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Thanks, Berry, for this Monday Meme:

Meme instructions: Google your SL name and answer the following questions. Don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your post so we can all drop by, read and be nosy. Optional: click over to Emily’s blog and do her Google challenge as well. Don’t forget to leave a comment in her post if you end up doing it, so she can come stalk you guys too!

Part I – Questions of Strawberry Singh

  1. Google your Second Life name in “quotations” and share your results.
    About 2.570 results.
  2. What is the first link that comes up?
    The link is to my twitter profil @doraquar – which I set up already four years ago and which is therefor by far the oldest social media account of my SL avatar.
  3. Which link were you surprised to see?
    I was surprised to find at no. 8 of the results an empty blogspot blog under the name Dora Quar which I never ever started… I think I should delete it immediately.
  4. Click on the “Image” tab and tell us where the first 5 pictures listed are from.
    Two are from this blog, one is from my Twitter account and two are from German SL blog posts about my inworld readings back then in 2010 and 2011. I was very pleasantly surprised to find these memories…
  5. Click on the “more” tab and then click “news” and share your results.
    No results at all. .-)

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Part II – Questions of Emily from SLTimeWellWasted

  1. How did the two digital footprints compare, and did that surprise you?
    10.500 results for my RL name Dörte Giebel – no surprise there as my last job for over eight years were the one of a spokeswoman.
    2.570 results für my SL name Dora Quar. Again no surprise: Both results mix up with each other as my current SL blog has been my personal RL blog for many years and it still includes the old posts. And it has never been a cagey about my SL activities as I have been exploring the benefits of Second Life for eLearning in Real Life.
  2. Does anyone interesting share your name?
    Well, for me all the people I am connected with and interact with at the web are interesting. 😉
  3. Are you happy with the size of your digital footprint, or do you wish either one was larger/smaller?
    I am fine with both. No compromising pictures, no distressing content. Nothing I couldn’t stand by.
  4. If you woke up/ logged in one morning to discover over night you had suddenly gained rock-star status, and everybody knew who you were and wanted to know what you were doing… what would you do?
    Well, it is as sure as eggs are eggs that this will never happen! 😉 But if… I would sit down and write my memoirs as I really have a story to tell about some taboos in our society – and I know it would help to be a rock-star to be heard with such a story…

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Avatar out of Control


Your Avatar’s Private Life Challenge

Meme Instructions:
1. What does your avatar get up to after you log out?
2. Blog about one of your closest friends in Second Life.
Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments and if you decide to do any pictures with this challenge, please share them in the Blog Memes flickr group.

What a great blog challenge of Strawberry Singh this week! Here is my story:

Have you ever asked yourself why it sometimes takes so long until your avatar actually occurs after your log in? The lapidary statement that the clothes have yet to be charged has never convinced me…

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And after I have now racked my brain since I read Berry’s Monday Meme what Dora actually drives in my absence, she mercifully appeared to me this morning with her „original“ lokk – as she bums around in times I do not control her body measurements and clothing.

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On the left hand you see Dora Quar as I left her alone last night – on the right hand you see her uninfluenced appearance this morning. For me this was really a special lesson! As you can see I forced Dora to wear a MESH dress from Maitreya, for which I had to make her waist even narrower and her breasts bigger and firmer. In addition, the muscles of her legs had to be adjusted and her overall body fat reduced. We all know, that these are the ties of MESH: Our avatars become more and more stencils of the beauty industry.

When Dora alone can decide she throws away all MESH clothes, she takes a deep breath and she treats herself to a real belly and a big portion of love handles. Then she picks her favorite t-shirt out of the inventory – the one with the Anarchy A front on it – and a body suite that surrounds every (!) body shape gently …

… and then finally she uses our sailboat in the harbor of NetzFaktorei (SLURL) to that for which she with me never comes: She sails! The seas of Second Life are full of surprises, there are more sims to explore than galaxies in the recent decades of “Enterprise”…

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She told me this morning that she is accompanied on her sailings by her best friend Barlok Barbosa. He was also there when we bought the sailboat. It was he who built a wonderful port facility for the boat and around it so much more (come and visit my underwaterworld)! The parcel of land NetzFaktorei is our common work, but without the builder Barlok it would not exist (because I do not really understand much of building in SL).

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Unfortunately – and this is also the reason for Dora’s tears – Barloks RL avatar Bernhard Bettschen (an impressive Swiss sculptor) is very upset about the new Terms of Service of Linden Lab so he wants to withdraw from Second Life . This is a sad loss – and I can only hope that the protests (even supported by Bryn Oh) move Linden Lab for inspection…

Thankfully I call Bernhard a friend in real life, too, and I am very happy about the time we both have spent together in Switzerland or Germany over the last two years. It was great fun to do my very first sculptur under his guideance – but hav a look at his ones, real art!

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And since Bernhard and I are familiar to virtual travels I trust that we will find us anywhere if we only want to… So we will not lose ourselves – and Dora and Barlok also have their friendship without Bernhard and me. Knowing this gives me great peace.

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In German:

Habt Ihr Euch auch schon mal gefragt, warum es manchmal so lange dauert, bis Euer Avatar nach dem Einloggen auch wirklich erscheint? Die lapidare Begründung, dass die Kleidung erst noch geladen werden müsse, hat mich nie überzeugt. Und nachdem ich mir nun seit Montag den Kopf zerbrochen habe, was Dora in meiner Abwesenheit eigentlich treibt, hat sie sich heute morgen erbarmt und ist mir gnädigerweise genau so erschienen, wie sie sich in Second Life rumtriebt, wenn ich ihre Körpermaße und Kleidung nicht kontrolliere…

Links seht Ihr Dora Quar, wie ich sie gestern Abend zurück ließ, rechts ihre von mir unbeeinflusste Erscheinung heute morgen. Für mich war dies eine besondere Lehrstunde!

Links trägt Dora ein Mesh Kleid von Maitreya, für das ich ihre Taille noch schmaler und ihre Brüster größer und straffer gestalten musste, damit es überhaupt passt. Auch die Muskeln ihrer Beine musste ich reduzieren sowie insgesamt weniger Körperfett einstellen. Dies sind die Knebeln von Mesh, denen wir seit geraumer Zeit sklavisch gehorchen und die unsere Avatare immer mehr zu Schablonen der Schönheitsindustrie werden lassen – Modelmaße soweit das Auge reicht.

Wenn Dora allein entscheiden kann, wirft sie alle Mesh-Klamotten von sich, atmet tief ein und gönnt sich einen echten Bauch und eine große Portion Hüftgold. Dann holt sie sich ihr Lieblings-T-Shirt aus dem Inventar, das mit dem Anarchie-A vorne drauf, und einen Body Suite, der jede Körperform sanft umschließt…

… und dann nutzt sie unser Segelboot im Hafen unserer Partelle NetzFaktorei endlich zu dem, wozu sie mit mir (bzw. ich mit ihr) nie komme: Sie segelt! Die Meere von Second Life stecken voller Überraschungen, es gibt mehr Welten zu entdecken als Enterprise in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten Galaxien erkunden konnte.

Ich bin mir sicher, dass sie auf ihren Segeltörns von ihrem besten Freund Barlok Barbosa begleitet wird. Er war damals auch dabei, als wir das Segelschiff gekauft hatten. Er war es, der eine wunderbare Hafenanlage fürs Schiff gebaut hat und drumherum noch so viel mehr! Die NetzFaktorei ist unser gemeinsames Werk, doch ohne den Builder Barlok würde sie nicht existieren, denn ich verstehe vom Building nicht wirklich viel.

Leider – und das ist auch der Grund für Doras Tränen – ist Barloks RL-Avatar Bernhard Bettschen (ein beeindruckender Schweizer Bildhauer) von den neuen Bestimmungen, die Linden Lab veröffentlicht hat, so enttäuscht, dass er sich aus Second Life zurück ziehen will.

Das ist ein herber Verlust – und ich kann nur hoffen, dass die Proteste, die ja sogar von Bryn Oh unterstützt werden, Linden Lab zur Einsicht bewegen.

Zum Glück nenne ich Bernhard auch im echten Leben einen Freund und bin glücklich über unsere Begegnungen in Real Life. Wir werden uns also nicht verlieren – und Dora und Barlok haben auch ihre Freundschaft ganz ohne Bernhard und mich. Das zu wissen, beruhigt mich sehr.

Und da Bernhard und mir das virtuelle Reisen jenseits der Materie vertraut ist, vertraue ich sowieso darauf, dass wir uns finden werden, wenn wir uns suchen.

My Autumn Meme


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Sorry for reblogging this picture but it fits so well to Berry’s Monday Meme today and to be honest: I am a bit keen on showing it to a larger audience. I am quite proud of my disheveled hair which I bought at the Designers United Event (open until 4th Oct).

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My answers to Berry’s questions

Is autumn your favorite season? Why or why not? – I love the Indian summer in late August (my birthday month). In Germany we call it „Altweibersommer“ what means something like „old shews summer“. It’s a wonderfull period with still warm days for the best campfire evenings…

Do you call it Autumn or Fall? – Well, I am German, so I say „Herbst“. 😉 When I switch into English I love the word „Fall“ due to the symbolic impact.

What kind of weather does your area get during this season? – Some say it is rainy and windy the whole time in Germany but the my truth is: There are only lovely days for a walk through the forrests with yellow and red leaves and always more than a handful chestnuts..

Which color do you always associate with autumn? – The chestnut colour: brown.

Which Autumn themed sim is your favorite at the moment? – I took this picture at Small Town Green (SLURL) which I first noticed in a post of Zee a couple of weeks ago and which I felt in love with not only because of the wonderful autumn scene but in addition because of the marvelous water side where I took some pics with a special melancholic mood.

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CLOTHES

Jacket / {ZAARA} ZC : Inka jacket
Shirt / {ZAARA} ZC : 3 Isis shirt *pitch*
Pants / FAV FADED JEANS (old stuff in my inventory)

ASSECCOIRES

Glasses / !! NE! Monocle* (old stuff in my inventory)
Earrings / {ZAARA} ZC : leaf bunched
Necklace / {ZAARA} ZC : Parnini Necklace *amber* (chest)

AVATAR

Skin / -Glam Affair- Leah Tan – 01 BL HB
Eyes / pc eyes by LL – poison ivy – medium
Hair / [INK] Hair___SURREALISM for DU5 ::BrownGRD

LOCATION

Location / Small Town Green (SLURL)

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Me, myself and I @ Facebook


Seit zehn Tagen hat Dora Quar eine eigene Facebook-Seite. Ich poste dort vorrangig auf deutsch über spannende Events, interessante Projekte, bemerkenswerte Locations und alles, was mich in und an Second Life begeistert – und hin und wieder natürlich auch mal ein Selbstportrait… 😉 // It was just ten days ago that I startet with my Facebook Fanpage Dora Quar. It was the same day I decided to become an avatar blogger and to reform this private blog. And of course I myself (my „RL avatar“) was my first fan. 😉

The same day when I started this fanpage I also signed up at Flickr – so now I guess I have enough accounts for the legitimation to the Social Media Meme of Straberry Singh – here we go answering Berry’s questions:

What was the first social network you joined using your SL Avatar?
Twitter in 2009 – that means: until now over 800 tweets and nearly 300 followers! Ich twittere übrigens meistens auf deutsch.

Which social networks are you currently on using your SL Avatar?

Which network is your favorite?
I have discovered Bloglovin just some days ago and I have fallen in love immediately! It’s more than a blog feed reader, it reminds me of Twitter as you can follow other users and you can highlight/bookmark and share your favorite blog posts in your timeline. And the way the posts in the timeline are represented is really smart. Just have a look!

Which network is your least favorite?
Non of these four. 😉 But there are many I do not use at the moment as an SL avatar like Google+ because I do not see what I get there other ore more than at these four.

Which network do you have the most amount of connections?
Twitter. But I have to admit that the others are too fresh for a comparison.

How/Where do you usually read/use most of your networks?
On my iPad – on the way or before sleep.

What are your favorite social networking apps? (if applicable)
To be honest: I am not an app geek, I do not use any…

What do you like most about social networking sites?
I love the effect of seredipity! I love to be connected in a way that so much interesting information reaches me without searching after them…

What do you like least about social networking sites?
For the same reason (see answer above) I hate the perpetual risk of procrastination…

Do you feel social networks are a good way to promote you/your brand/your work?
Let me quote the very wise words of Straberry Singh answering this question – they reflect my opinion: „I feel that there is a trick to every social network. Before you sign up and just start spamming your information, it’s good to get a feel of what the community there is like and how to use the network efficiently.“

What is your main reason for using Social Networks?
It is great fun and deeply satisfying to find communities with the same interests. And I have been impressed for several times by the readiness to help and the cooperativeness of the people I am connected with. Beyonf that I have made the experience that it is possible to know each other in a deeper sense without having any contact from face to face.

For that I am very thankful for the opportunities trough social media – and I hope to meet YOU, too!

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>>> Werde Fan von Dora Quar! <<<

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