Thursday, August 24, 2006
Nearly a month ago, I happened on to a generator of avatars-- an avatar-assistant. It presented one with a sequence of choices: gender, hair style, color, eyebrows, eye color, glasses, facial hair (I did the one for males), mouth, and so on, down to shoes and accessories (like tennis racket, dog, cat). I really liked it. I even tried to improve my German vocabulary by making my choices with the German labels (I didn't figure out how to switch to English until I was almost done, and had my German-English dictionary at hand). The result was the image herewith. I think it is quite "me".
- My beard is more "grau" than "braun", but that was not an option. The shape is correct.
- Why are the "katze" only offered in "braun", "grau", and "schwartz"? I guess "grau" is closer to "weiss" (the color of my cat) than none at all, but I would have preferred a pink nose (for the cat).
- Where was this avatar-assistant? I can't find my way back to it, to play again (or recommend it to you, the world). As I recall, I began by comparing image gallery software at opensourcecms.com, but it might have been from clicking on a link in a gallery someone had built with Coppermine. That in turn led me to consider (and compare) the two alternatives for image manipulation, GD and ImageMagick and wonder why PIL, the Python Image Library, was not an option. Anyway, somewhere in that wandering I saw a comment posted by that author of the avatar-assistant describing it and giving a link...I suppose that since he/it uses GD2, it would have been on the boutell.com site...or was there a forum I haven't refound?
If anyone who reads this knows where to find the avatar assistant that would have produced this image and given it a name like "1153987301_ddf0e114d7e102ab5b18df5517a04602.png" PLEASE tell me.
Tags: gdlib : avatar assistant