So, let me get this straight. The guy that wrote, produced, and directed an amazingly successful blockbuster movie about how greedy, evil people were mining the natural resources of another planet to the detriment of the habitat and natives is now funding mining on extraterrestrial bodies?
/via The “I said hot when I meant warm” Verge.
Jorge Quinteros on Avatar:
“Itâ€™s by far James Cameronâ€™s finest pieces of work and although Iâ€™ll be one of the many to grab a Blu-Ray copy, seeing it in theatre is an experience you should not miss out on regardless of how big your Hi-Def TV is. Even the 3D-glasses supplied were a considerable upgrade from the tradition paper and plastic ones so I kept them as a souvenir.”
Agreed, I will too, yes you should, and I did too (twice).
I’m sort of following Fred Wilson‘s lead here (simply because he did it first) but I’ve been thinking about explaining my somewhat odd avatar for a while. The story of Fred’s avatar is much more interesting so I’ll forgive you if you leave to read his instead of mine. *sniff*
My avatar is meant to be a metaphor. Back in the late-1990s we had a time period of business in the world of technology known as the dot-com bubble. Although not for the same reasons I felt some of the effects of the bubble bursting. I had several opportunities that otherwise dissolved during that period.
So, here we are in the now late first-decade of the 21st century and I’m onto other things. Many lessons were learned during that bad time period by everyone involved. Whether or not your company was built on speculation or not – if you made it through the late-90s you no doubt learned something. I know I did.
So now we hold the bubble. It wasn’t in our hands then. Well, it certainly wasn’t in mine at the time (I was only 19). It just got bigger and bigger and then burst. But now the bubble is pressed firmly in my hands, your hands, our hands. We have the control of whether or not it bursts. A bubble made with good materials can get quite big indeed without bursting.
So, that is why I chose my current avatar. I’m holding the bubble. I’m controlling it. I’m not going to let it burst. Yeah, I went there.
Photo credit: Eliza.
My friend Anton Peck, who is an amazing artist, is offering to illustrate an avatar for you from a photo for only $65USD. Â Here is more on what he is offering to do.
“The Original ArtworkÂ - You’ll get a large (600 pixels square) layered photoshop document, created in a way that will allow you to change the colors, or modify the image any way that you’d like. Once you’ve bought it, it’s yours to modify as much as you like. It will be yours to keep.
“Page LinkÂ - I’ll give you a link to any URL you’d like from this very page. As illustrations are created, the thumbnails will be posted here with your name and and website. So, you get to be a rock star right here, with all the Google-happinessâ„¢ that goes along with it.”
In the late 1990s I commissioned an illustrated avatar for myself that cost a lot more than $65USD so this is a steal across the board. Â So not only do I recommend it based on price, but I also recommend it based on the quality of the work that I know Anton can do. Â In fact, I have one of his original pieces hanging on the wall right in front of me.
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