About Us

One avatar's journey

Francesca Bergamasco, Avatar.

I began this blog to reflect on my experiences in Second Life, to talk more broadly about the larger Metaverse, and to discuss new technologies as we move closer to online virtual reality.

My thoughts have evolved, and I find increasingly that I want to talk about many aspects of life and experience. With that, I have decided to publicly connect my human self and my alter ego: Francesca and Ann, Ann and Francesca. Ann’s site is here at anncavittfisher.com.

Ann Cavitt Fisher, Ann Fisher

Ann Cavitt Fisher, Human.

In 2007, I stepped through the looking glass into a metaverse called Second Life. Second Life® is a 3D online world created by Linden Lab that opened to the public in 2003.

Over the last eight years, I’ve been in and out of the world as Francesca. I’ve run a sim (island region), learned to terraform, run a fantasy hotel, built houses, made clothes and participated in various role-play sims. It has been a hobby that I have returned to time and again to experiment with and to try new things. I’ve met people from all over the world. Four have become real world friends.

About my avatar: I chose the last name Bergamasco from the Linden Lab list (see Choosing a Name in Second Life) because I love Italy, and then of course I had to have an Italian first name. Francesca comes from The Bridges of Madison County. Over the years, I have met many SL residents who struck up conversations with me over my Italian name. In real life, I now travel regularly to Italy. Francesca is close to many things I hold dear.

Avatars are such wonderfully personal expressions of ourselves. I found after my nearly two year absence from Second Life that I was in the mood for a change. I have always had a fairly traditional, human avatar. After the death of my husband and a cancer fight of my own, my mood meant that I wanted to find something other-worldy. The blue skin suits me.

Then who is the human? I am a sixth generation Texan, named for a multi-great grandmother who arrived in Texas in 1836 weeks before the battle at the Alamo. I have worked in higher education for over twenty years in many capacities. I have a darling teenage daughter who is less than two years from college. I have been divorced and am now widowed. Finally, I am a recent colon cancer survivor.

Chemo at Texas Oncology

Taking chemo at Texas Oncology (Folfox combination treatment).

You will find a second contributing writer on the site. My mother is now 74, and she has been in Second Life since 2007 as well. Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, often talks about how interesting online virtual reality is for people who are less mobile. Betsy is writing about her experiences in-world, and delighting all of us.

****Second Life® is owned by Linden Lab. Any views or opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of Linden Lab.

9 responses to “About Us

  1. I’ve never been in a simulation before, but your description makes it sound interesting. Do you also have comedians and talk-shows in the sims?

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      • Yes, I think that’s a very wise idea — be sure she is comfortable with it. I’ve met people in there from all over the world, though as you ask the question . . . I don’t think I have from India.

        If you decide you are interested, go to Second Life to look at system requirements for running the viewer. Then when you make an account, be aware that the user name you choose will be part of your identity — so choose a name that you like. And finally, when you use the “search” feature in SL, by default all levels of content are turned on — General, Moderate and Adult. Just toggle off the Adult option in the search (near the top of the search feature) — and you’ll have to do that each time. It’s something I plan to email Linden Labs about — I think it should remember our preferences.

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      • I’ll check it out. Sometimes I think I’d love to have a second life – especially when two urgent assignments popup on the same day. I’d like to be Chef in a hotel, or a CEO of a dot.com, adopt four huskies, and get a house with a swimming pool.
        Thanks for the info…perhaps one of these days, you’ll see me there.

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      • Thanks Francesca. It may be a while before I find my way there, but it’s definitely something that I want to try. I hope we’ll stay connected nevertheless.

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