Sunday, 30 September 2012
The Making of History: SL's Oldest Object
“We cannot escape history.”
- Abraham Lincoln, 1862
The oldest object on the Second Life (SL) grid is ‘The Man’ created by Oldjohn Linden on Friday 19th July 2002, over ten years ago.
One of the interesting things about this object is that it actually pre-dates Oldjohn’s rez date by around six weeks! The reason for this, according to the Second Life wiki, is that it was originally built in the Alpha stage of SL then known as ‘LindenWorld’. It was built before any non-employee users had even logged into SL on a region called Natoma, in a test-city informally named “
Town” or “ ”.
It formed the centre piece of a town square behind a City Hall. Linden City
Although the city was deleted before SL opened to the public in Beta, ‘The Man’ object was somehow overlooked and managed to survive!
A small number of coveted copies of ‘The Man’ exist in some oldies Inventories. Philip Linden, for example, has a copy. Another copy is owned by Erwin Solo who told me about its existence and got me interested in ‘The Man’s’ history.
‘The Man’ has passed into Second Life lore and some residents have been known to leave “offerings” to it. Indeed, some even say that good fortune will come to those who stroke against it.‘The Man’ is still at Natoma region situated on a grassy knoll called ‘Philip’s Hill’. Go visit and be part of history!