My latest post from the Blue Mars blog (which I'm developing as a consultant): "The starting avatars in Blue Mars look strikingly different from those of any virtual world I've ever played. In fact, originally being from Oahu myself, I'd say that many or most of the starting avatars look like Hawaii locals -- that is, various blends of Asian, white, and Polynesian. (Interracial marriage in Hawaii is extremely common; nearly 55 percent of the resident marriages in 2007 were inter-ethnic or interracial.) Did the Hawaii-based developers of Blue Mars intentionally create beginning avatars who look like they're from Hawaii? I put that question to Koji Nagashima, the Avatar Reality engineer who developed them." Read the rest here.