Yeah, I know… it’s been a month. But I was also up against the Squarespace renewal deadline, and we know what the outcome of that was — you’re looking at it :) Still not 100%, but presentable enough to begin posting new stuff here, so…
Last year, during SL8B, I posted about Linden Lab’s love/hate relationship with how old Second Life is: how they provided the regions and many of the public builds (performance venues and the like), but made no attempt to actually look at the history of the grid they run.
It’s not like they have any pride in how old Second Life is, after all. They might even be a tad embarrassed about how little improvement they have to show for the years they’ve existed… and they should be, even without factoring in the cyclical blunder that Marketplace has become, or the money and time thrown away during M’s years on shiny like SLEnterprise.
“We’re the oldest virtual world of our kind, and some shit’s still broken.” is not gonna be a winning ad campaign…
That’s from May of this year, not long after Teh Lab decided to rescind all support of the Birthday celebrations, except for listing any that Residents might want to do themselves in the Destination Guide. (Anyone have a handle on how well that worked out?)
Lo and behold: take the Lab out of Second Life’s Birthday, and not only did it happen anyway, there were four or five exhibits which intentionally reviewed SL History — and in keeping with this blog’s recurrent theme, they needed one last look.
The first one I visited resulted from an IM from its creator, Campanula Aeon, who pinged me to say she got many hints about pre-Opening days from the Seconderth series here.
The second held a collection of artifacts from prior Birthdays, all the way back to the time capsule “buried” at the first one, in 2004.
DrFran Babcock contributed a bunch of dioramas, where one could pose in historical settings… I had to choose this scene from Luskwood’s 3rd birthday in 2006.
I wish I had remembered to grab the name of the creator of this exhibit — but its content is one of the many free Linden houses that were available in the Elder Days. This one was made in September 2003 by one of the most prolific of the Linden builders, Ryan.
I said “four or five” up above for a reason, because of this last one:
Not what you would call “canonical”, but I loved it because it was so damned silly.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from SL9B, it may be this: “If you want something done right, don’t rely on the Lindens.”
Resis do it better!
If you need more, the full collection of SL9B photos is here.