The Ten Oldest Objects in Second Life
circa 1999: Philip (Rosedale) Linden starts Linden Lab.
February 11, 2002: James Linden applies a photographic texture of a US 5-cent piece (“nickel”) to a circular primitive (actual size unknown, but closer to that of a quarter) as a proof-of-concept; hence, creating The Oldest Object to still be found in Second Life. An instance of it is now displayed in a museum setting in the region called I-World Island.
March 13, 2002: Steller Sunshine becomes the first person not an employee of Linden Lab — i.e., The First Resident — to enter “Linden World”, a 9-region grid which is the alpha phase of what will become Second Life. Legend has it that she stayed logged in overnight, and created a small cabin (which did not survive), and The Beanstalk (now located in Welsh); hence, the Oldest Resident-created Object to survive to the present, and the Second Oldest overall.
[Update, June 29, 2010] – Found online: a screenshot Steller took in Linden World of her cabin at the base of the original Beanstalk.
April 29, 2002: Philip Linden creates a Beachball, scripted to behave like one; i.e., it bounces lightly when pushed. This “object” — in actuality, an object file — is the Third Oldest, but the Most Ubiquitous. It becomes an entry in the Library of the default Inventory, and survives all subsequent revisions. Every avatar in SL has a copy of that file.
July 10, 2002: Steller Sunshine makes a “dinning” [sic] chair, copies of which end up in Dawson Murphy’s Hideaway in Welsh. Fourth Oldest — Surprise!
July 11, 2002: Steller Sunshine builds a villa as residence for herself, which eventually is donated (for purposes of preservation?) to Linden Lab as the Mansion of the otherwise-fictitious “Governor Linden”. It eventually is sited in Clementina when that region comes online in the first expansion of Second Life beta, and becomes the Fifth Oldest, by a day.
July 19, 2002: oldjohn Linden creates “The Man”, an abstract anthropomorphic statue for the town square of an un-named urban area of Linden World. It is later placed in Natoma (October, 2002), and is the Sixth Oldest.
August 7, 2002: Paul Zeeman builds a TV. It is now located in a group-owned house in Shipley, and supplants Philip’s Piano (next item) as Seventh Oldest.
[Update, July 3, 2010]
September 19, 2002: Philip Linden creates “Piano”, an octave’s worth of piano keys, each scripted to play a note when right-clicked. An instance of this object was placed in a piano-themed build in Minna in 2008; by dint of creation date (and with reference to the Beachball as precedent), it is the
Seventh Eighth Oldest.
October 9, 2002: Alberto Linden makes what he calls a “Corbusier” couch. Two copies of this Ninth Oldest Object are known to persist in SL: this one, in Sturm Valen’s unfinished March 2003 build in Federal; the other, in Mystic Sunshine’s house in Da Boom. [updated July 9, 2010]
circa mid-October 2002: Linden World is taken down, after certain object files are copied from the servers (including The Man and the Mansion), or saved by their creators into their own inventories. 16 new empty regions are created, given names of streets and alleys near Linden Lab’s headquarters of the time, the entire project is re-branded Second Life, and it begins its closed beta phase.
October 18, 2002: Alberto Linden erects The Grand Arch, overlooking Second Life’s original Welcome Area in Natoma. It is, by this humble investigator’s judgement, the
Eighth Ninth Tenth Oldest.
June 23, 2003: Second Life officially comes out of beta — at which time it is more than 15 months old.
June 23, 2010: Second Life officially celebrates it’s 7th Birthday — at which time it is 8-1/4 years old.