This is a short story, but it takes a long time to tell it, so I'll just give you a short version of the short story. I created a Second Life avatar (call it/him/her/me AM for now). My IBM colleagues in Europe created a shape/skin/clothing package that looks frighteningly like me. I imported the outfit and put it on. AM now projects Grady in the virtual world. So far, so good.
But wait: the SL servers undergo a major upgrade. Login for AM fails, because of problems in converting my inventory to the new Second Life database. Messages to Second Life support go unanswered for a week and the time for my event rapidly approaches. In desperation, I create a new Second Life avatar (call it/him/her/me AM'). I login as AM', have my IBM friends send me the Grady shape/skin/clothing package a second tim, I import it and put it on: huzzah! for AM' now projects Grady in the virtual world. Clearly the problem lay in the Second Life database conversion mechanisms, over which I have no control.
So, I now "live" in a virtual world in two places: as AM and AM'. To confuse matters more, I created the AM avatar as a male and the AM' avatar as a female (don't ask, that's a really long story that takes a really long time to tell). Ergo, I am both identity- as well as gender-confused in my virtual life. If you encounter my virtual self, you'll see me as either the female AM' (for now) or the male AM (when support finally fixes their conversion bug).
I need to sit down for a moment, my very real world is making my head spin.
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