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25 Stunning Entries for National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012 The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is over and the judges are about to announce the winners. Over 12,000 amazing images were submitted from all over the world in these four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. National Geographic will announce the winners next month and meanwhile we are sharing 25 of our favorite entries. When I look at these spectacular photos I start to think that maybe my photography teacher was wrong after all. He used to say that we should leave our DSLRs at home when traveling. “Take point-and-shoot camera instead – it’s either a holiday or you are working,” he said. If these travelers would have followed this advice, I wouldn’t be sharing these breathtaking pictures today. What about you? See all entries here: Via: Demilked, Modern Met and The Atlantic Lava Kiss Good Bye Old Friend Fly By “This photo was taken on the ice near Arctic Bay last month. Spiral Down Milking a Yak

Avatar (computing) The word avatar originates in Hinduism, where it stands for the "descent" of a deity in a terrestrial form. (Deities in India are popularly thought to be formless and capable of manifesting themselves in any form.) In Norman Spinrad's novel Songs from the Stars (1980), the term avatar is used in a description of a computer generated virtual experience. The galactic receiver is programmed to derive species specific full sensory input data from standard galactic meaning code equations. From the last page of the chapter titled "The Galactic Way" in a description of an experience that is being relayed via the galactic receiver to the main characters: You stand in a throng of multifleshed being, mind avatared in all its matter, on a broad avenue winding through a city of blue trees with bright red foliage and living buildings growing from the soil in a multitude of forms. Some avatars are animated, consisting of a sequence of multiple images played repeatedly.

55 sites pour créer son avatar en ligne Créer son avatar en ligne: une sélection de 28 sites pour créer un avatar en ligne sans besoin de logiciel. (revenez régulièrement car ce billet est mis à jour très souvent). Je fais revivre ce billet, car depuis le début de sa création, un nombre incroyable de services a disparu. Il a donc fallu que je refasse un sérieux lifting de ce billet. Figures imposées avec ce site qui a maintenant 15 ans d’existence avec de nombreuses options. Si vous avez aimé le film AVATAR, vous allez aimer ce gadget avatar. Plutôt manga pour ce site, mais quand on aime les mangas c’est le bon endroit pour créer son avatar. L’avatar googleplus on croit rêver, mais il est très important de créer un avatar sur googleplus. Et oui, on est geek ou on ne l’est pas! Permet de créer un avatar (ou autre chose) à partir de son avatar twitter, facebook ou myspace! Ce site est en japonais, mais on arrivera rapidement à comprendre comment il fonctionne. Menino (garçon) Menina (fille). mises à jour

The Winding Path, a photo from Zuid Holland, South Critiques | Translate v_vicky Hello Pepijn, it seems like a path from a fairytale!! I like the colours and the atmosphere. Bravo! My regards Vicky foibles3 This is a classic shot. divail Bonsoir Pepijn, C'est un sentier qui dégage une atmosphère de mystère. tendzin (0) 2009-09-01 13:29 Well, yes, nice image but... has nobody noticed how all the leaves have *exactly* the same shade of green? These clues all point to this being a hand-tinted black-and-white photo. Excellent tinting on the trees, though. ambivalens lovely photo:) TFS fatma Pilote26 (154) 2012-01-31 11:25 Bonsoir Pepijn, Agréable photo, le chemin beau et le cadrage sympathique. chintudutta (32) 2012-02-28 1:29 Hello Agnostic wonderful composition specially the contrast between shrub and the path.lovely texture and curve.good work. blueaquan I wouldn't be surprised if a shining Knight on a steed would suddenly appear there! The Trees on the right doesn't seem to be in focus and is straining my eyes. Cheers, Blue drt100 David ManishaJain

Yahoo! Avatars Nature photography by Patrick Zephyr Posted on March 17, 2011 in Photography If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter . Thanks for visiting! Rate this Post (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5) Loading ... So... Check this out on our Partner Network

How your brain sees virtual you - life - 06 November 2009 As players who stay up all night fighting imaginary warriors demonstrate, slipping into the skin of an avatar, and inhabiting a virtual world can be riveting stuff. But to what extent does your brain regard your virtual self as you? Brain scans of avid players of the hugely popular online fantasy world World of Warcraft reveal that areas of the brain involved in self-reflection and judgement seem to behave similarly when someone is thinking about their virtual self as when they think about their real one. Disentangling how the brain regards avatars versus real individuals may help explain why some people spend large chunks of their life playing immersive online games, says Kristina Caudle, a social neuroscientist at Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire, who led the study along with her adviser William Kelley. "It's hard to imagine from an outsider's perspective what might drive someone to spend 30 hours a week immersed in a completely imaginary world," she says. Self-reflection

Awe-inspiring scenes from Mother Nature Summer is the perfect time to get out and see how much nature has to offer. Photo from EarthAirFire You Might Also Like: Comments: Leave a reply: New research: What does your avatar say about you? Public release date: 26-Jul-2010 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Fiona 514-848-2424 x2518Concordia University This press release is available in French. Old or young, beautiful or sinister - the choices are endless when designing an avatar or a virtual alter ego. "It is estimated that by 2011, 80 percent of Internet consumers and Fortune 500 companies will have an avatar or presence in a virtual community," says Dr. Second Life a burgeoning virtual world Dr. Avatar-creators were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their personalities and these characteristics were compared with the impression their avatars made on viewers. "Overall, the impressions made by the physical traits of the avatar match certain dimensions of the true personality of the creator," says Dr. "This correlation between avatar and creator helps identify the consumers behind the avatars and will lead to improved avatar-marketing strategy. About the Study: On the Web:

Learn More: Avatars « LibraryStream [This is the first in a series of self-paced discovery exercises for library staff venturing into the social web.] Let’s start our wandering with a little fun. Let’s create a few avatars. We exist as flesh and blood in the real world, but we don’t transmit that way in the digital world of the Internet. Avatar comes from a Sanskrit word. Avatars come in many styles. Others are photographs (like abchick‘s buddy icon, right) or three dimensional animated figures within a virtual world or online game. The term “buddy icon” is often used interchangeably with avatar, by the way. Meaning for libraries The social web is populated by avatars. If your library is venturing into the social web, you might want a library avatar. Learn more by participating Let’s make a few avatars of the cartoon variety this week. Set aside time (10-15 minutes might do the trick) on at least two different days this week.On the first day, create an avatar from one of the sites listed below. If you already have a Yahoo!

Technology Review: My Avatar, My Self by David Kushner It’s a quiet day over here. The ground outside my window is caked in snow. The driveway is icy, the car waiting to be freed. But as always, there’s plenty happening over There. I don’t take it personally. Over the years, the quest to build a compelling virtual world has been a case study in vaporware. For people like Harvey, this is more than just another fad; it is a whole new style of online personal interaction that could become as commonplace as e-mail. Over at the spa, Lexxa helps me reconfigure my avatar.