Sunday, 21 September 2014
061: Walking around Governor Linden's Mansion
What you won't grasp if you just look at the pictures here is that this is ... well, I suppose I'd have to call it a historic build. This construction was done in 2003, as I
So, yes, that's why it looks so primitive; primitive in that it's not very sophisticated, and primitive in that it's made out of primitives, which you probably know better as "prims". This is not a very pretty build, but it's certainly instructive in one respect; it lets you
Yes, folks, this is what it used to be like in the old days. I must confess I never saw the old days this long ago, my first Second Life account was a few years after this house was built. But I do remember buildings like this, where it
I wanted to point out particularly the two monuments, photographed at the top of this page. One is from the Lindens to the beta testers and the other is from the beta testers to the Lindens. You know, take a minute and think about that. When was the last time you saw the Lindens and Residents putting up monuments to each others' good behaviour and helpfulness? It made me stop and think for a minute. Yes, we can put textures on walls, but we've lost a certain spirit of cooperation over time, which is sad to contemplate.
There is more to see here; I should mention there is a kind of museum in the basement that contains a time capsule, a photographic exhibit, and some helpful materials about public information sessions. I actually did take photographs of these things, and they were up to my usual standards of off-kilter polaroids, but my computer decided to squirrel them away in some as-yet-unknown location. But honestly, I do recommend you give this build a few minutes of your time; the SLURL is here.
I started out by thinking that this funky old build would amuse me for a few minutes and I'd get to take some silly photographs and make you all chuckle at the good old days. After I'd spent a few minutes there wandering around, it made me think about the work that people put in to beta test Second Life, and what it must have been like as virtuality pioneers, where if you wanted to build a house you had to make it out of prims yourself and spend hours making sure everything lined up and was the right colour instead of just going and buying it on Marketplace or picking it up as a group freebie or from a gacha machine. Are we too spoiled? No, I think we all have to work hard in different ways keeping up with the capacities of Second Life. We cope with technical issues that would have been incomprehensible to the beta-testers. It's just that, every once in a while, it's nice to contemplate that we should be grateful for "the tools to create this amazing world". This historic exhibit may help you do that.