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boxduty
07-13-2005, 05:30 PM
I've just looked it up in a dictionary, and I never knew it meant that... Interesting.
(to me anyway!)

Sorry. OT and a bit dull and boring...

boxduty
07-13-2005, 05:30 PM
I've just looked it up in a dictionary, and I never knew it meant that... Interesting.
(to me anyway!)

Sorry. OT and a bit dull and boring...

new-fherathras
07-13-2005, 06:12 PM
what did it say it ment? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

MEGILE
07-13-2005, 06:56 PM
People with avatars have issues...


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

zjulik
07-13-2005, 07:31 PM
avatars are buddhist godlike figures.

Zyzbot
07-13-2005, 07:39 PM
Hmmm.....never heard of a Buddist connection...

I know that one definition of Avatar is the incarnation of a Hindu deity in human or animal form.

arcadeace
07-13-2005, 07:41 PM
An avatar is hope you don€t get lost in the jungle.

Is there a definition for stating computer specs?

han freak solo
07-13-2005, 09:29 PM
Original: An earthly manifestation of one of the gods in human or animal form, eg, Krishna is an avatar of Vishnu, Jesus is an avatar of Jehovah. A being through whom God manifests himself. The spiritual founder of an age or a dynasty. Such a one has supposedly progressed beyond the need to be reincarnated.
http://www.reiki.nu/treatment/healing/dictionary/dictionary.html

Techno: The software representation of a person as the person appears to others in a shared virtual universe. The avatar may or may not resemble an actual person. ic2.epfl.ch/doc/java/j3dguide/glossary.doc.html

han freak solo
07-14-2005, 01:11 PM
You've seen my avatar. Now, here's the real me.

http://www.lssdigital.com/innawildcat.jpg

Slechtvalk
07-14-2005, 01:15 PM
You wearing lipstick?

stathem
07-14-2005, 01:20 PM
But who first coined it's use in Tech?

I'd have a stab at Gibson, but i'll stand to be corrected.

han freak solo
07-14-2005, 01:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Slechtvalk:
You wearing lipstick? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's a tongue!

That's the expression that takes place when you're outnumbered and you say over the R/T to your missing wingmen, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif.

han freak solo
07-14-2005, 01:32 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stathem:
But who first coined it's use in Tech?

I'd have a stab at Gibson, but i'll stand to be corrected. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't know who was first. Here's another one.

AVATAR:
This term refers to an interactive representation of a human in a virtual reality environment; term was popularized by Neal Stephenson's novel "Snow Crash."
http://www.epibiostat.ucsf.edu/epidem/WWWglossary.html

ploughman
07-14-2005, 03:52 PM
An avatar is a 'lesser' aspect of the 'whole' and is sometimes incarnated to perform a task or represent the 'whole' in a particular area. Most incarnations of an avatar have the avatar performing a 'ambassadorial' role for the deity it represents. Often the supreme being in question is so powerful that mortals could only actually survive being exposed to a fraction of the god in question, hence avatars are used to preserve the mortal from the lethal awesomeness of the god who wishes to interact with them. As such, in the sense of this forum, the avatar is the member's representative to the other members.

In a religious sense an avatar may be an aspect of a supreme being, say his/her destructive aspect, or an angel that is both part of the god-head and yet considered distinct from it. An avatar may, like an angel, have it's own characteristics, personality, and history and yet still be ultimately derived from the god-head. In this sense that Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all avatars or 'aspects', if you like, of God. There is also the Vox Dei, or voice of god (I think) with is also a lesser aspect of the Supreme Being and whilst awesome and mighty in its own right is not actually lethal to the listener.

The notion of avatars being used in a cyber world to represent human users has existed in science fiction for many years and, I think, pre-dates the earliest days of the internet. Greg Bear readers will remember the use of avatars in his books Eon and Eternity. In advanced cultures described in science ficiton, avatars are even projected into the real world and do tasks that the human/entity from which they are derived would rather not perform such as negotiatiing with lawyers, visiting mothers-in-law, going to work etc. I'm sure we all look forward to the day when users' avatars emerge from our monitors and interact with us in a very real, and non-lethal, sense, with the possible exception of Hristos. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

stathem
07-14-2005, 04:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by han freak solo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stathem:
But who first coined it's use in Tech?

I'd have a stab at Gibson, but i'll stand to be corrected. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't know who was first. Here's another one.

AVATAR:
This term refers to an interactive representation of a human in a virtual reality environment; term was popularized by Neal Stephenson's novel "Snow Crash."
http://www.epibiostat.ucsf.edu/epidem/WWWglossary.html </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ah yes, superb book that, long while since I read it. That might be where I was getting mixed up.

BaldieJr
07-14-2005, 07:28 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
An avatar is a 'lesser' aspect of the 'whole' and is sometimes incarnated to perform a task or represent the 'whole' in a particular area. Most incarnations of an avatar have the avatar performing a 'ambassadorial' role for the deity it represents. Often the supreme being in question is so powerful that mortals could only actually survive being exposed to a fraction of the god in question, hence avatars are used to preserve the mortal from the lethal awesomeness of the god who wishes to interact with them. As such, in the sense of this forum, the avatar is the member's representative to the other members.

In a religious sense an avatar may be an aspect of a supreme being, say his/her destructive aspect, or an angel that is both part of the god-head and yet considered distinct from it. An avatar may, like an angel, have it's own characteristics, personality, and history and yet still be ultimately derived from the god-head. In this sense that Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all avatars or 'aspects', if you like, of God. There is also the Vox Dei, or voice of god (I think) with is also a lesser aspect of the Supreme Being and whilst awesome and mighty in its own right is not actually lethal to the listener.

The notion of avatars being used in a cyber world to represent human users has existed in science fiction for many years and, I think, pre-dates the earliest days of the internet. Greg Bear readers will remember the use of avatars in his books Eon and Eternity. In advanced cultures described in science ficiton, avatars are even projected into the real world and do tasks that the human/entity from which they are derived would rather not perform such as negotiatiing with lawyers, visiting mothers-in-law, going to work etc. I'm sure we all look forward to the day when users' avatars emerge from our monitors and interact with us in a very real, and non-lethal, sense, with the possible exception of Hristos. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I got to the part about "lethal awesomeness" and stopped reading. I felt compelled to tell all about it. I don't know why.