The Other Me

Mardi Gras Mask

First of all, my apologies for not posting here in a while. As you might have noticed from the news channels, there’s a pandemic going around the world, and I’ve had to make some adjustments to my life as a result. I’m OK now, but it has been a bit stressful the last few weeks due to concerns over shopping for food and getting medication. I’m in an at-risk group because I need to take medication that suppresses my immune system, so I need to stay at home for the foreseeable future and avoid contact with others.

So now I have no more excuses for putting off writing this post, which I’ve been meaning to do for several months now.

Today, I’m not going to speak to you as Supermarine Spitfire, the blue rainbow-speckled alien, but as Alan, the real-world person behind the avatar.


Why am I doing this? Partly because I’ve done a lot of stuff as Spiffy that I want the world to know about, and partly because I’m at a point where I don’t feel nearly so self-conscious about who I am and how I choose to present myself.

So, here I am. Hi there! 🙂

Portrait of the author in real life
Portrait of the author in real life

I guess I should give you a bit of background about the meatspace version of myself.

I’m in my 50s and live just north of London, UK. I’ve been a software developer, graphic designer and tech-support person in my time, as well doing quite a bit of print pre-press work, audio/video editing and authoring, plus some web design. Away from work, I’ve dabbled in photography and digital art, plus writing and blogging.

I’ve been online a long time, ever since I got my first dial-up modem in 1989. I started on the online services such as CompuServe and AOL, before getting an account with the first public ISP, Demon Internet, in 1992. I’ve been in quite a few online communities over the years, and as a result have a fairly thick skin when it comes to dealing with trolls and other miscreants.

I have another blog where I post stuff relating to my personal life, as well as links to things I come across in my travels around the Internet.


In a future post, I’ll expand a bit more on how many real life has shaped my Second Life.

I hope you are all well, wherever you are. Hopefully, my posting frequency here will improve over the coming months. 🙂

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