Some sad Second Life news has floated by as I idle away my unemployed days.
Farewell, Pathfinder Linden!
I enjoyed happy hours rummaging through your bookshelves, playing your harpsichord, dredging through the copy-mod transferable sheet music, peeking at your personal real life family photos, and perusing the CD cases you thoughtfully left strewn about on the floor of your in-world office.
Although rumored to be aloof, Pathfinder a.k.a. John Lester was an effective advocate of educational applications for Second Life, and a contributor in the healthcare field. I wish Linden Lab kept him on staff, rather than eliminating his job.
On the Viewer War front lines, many have noted the banning of Neil, creator of the “NeilLife” version of SL viewer, that has a lot of theft and griefing features. Neil seems to have risen to blog again… maybe.
I was also sad to read of the demise of Luna viewer, discontinued on Agni and no longer running anywhere else as of March 22. N3X15 Online experienced no end of complications, ranging from Linden Lab’s viewer policies to the negative impact of copybot activity on N3X15’s SLX-type product, FlexMarket.
I dedicate this post to the deities of the internet and transformation: Horus and Hermes, Legba and Shiva.
T.S. Eliot always says it best, in Four Quartets, mostly part II. East Coker:
In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass…
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility. Humility is endless.
What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make and end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.