What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing In a Place Like This?

It all began with a book.

Specifically, it started with professor Lawrence Lessig's book Code 2.0, which explores the relationship between cyberspace, society, and the law.  It's a thoughtful and provocative book, designed to set people thinking about how the rules we live by are--and will continue to be--increasingly determined by code.

Professor Lessig referred to Second Life on several occasions.  It piqued my curiosity.  So after upgrading the household computer I created an account one night.  (The pic was my very first profile picture, created before I left Help Island.)

It was clear in the first couple of visits that your options were greatly increased by owning your own land.  So within a week I had a mainland 512 and a treehouse, and figured I'd be content to wander around every so often for $9.95 a month and no land fees.

As a Latter-day Saint, I went searching for other Mormons in this brave new world.  I didn't get to Adam ondi Ahman right away.  It came up in searches but the words island and islanders initially warned me away.  Those people have a lot more money than I do for this, I thought.

Eventually I visited Adam ondi Ahman, which I learned much later was only one week older than I was.  (AoA rezzed on 9 March 2007; my rez-day is 16 March.)  It was half full then, and an avatar in a boy's form was building something that looked like the famous Mormon Tabernacle.

It was indeed a replica of the Tabernacle, the "boy" was island owner Skyler Goode, and by the time we chatted for close to an hour I knew I needed to be in AoA.  On the 30th, two weeks after coming to Second Life, I took possession of 2016 m2 on the south coast of Adam ondi Ahman.  I had discovered things like miniature golf and bowling in-world, and figured that some family-style activities near the educational sites already built would be true to our values and make this new place a better place to live.

Val's Minigolf Club was about to appear, and my worlds would not be the same.


Baron K. Wulfenbach said...

Val's Minigolf Club was about to appear, and my worlds would not be the same.

There is something that strikes me as inherently amusing about Second Life minigolf being a life-changing experience.



Klaus Wulfenbach, Baron
Consulate of Europa Wulfenbach

Quaintly Tuqiri said...

Hi, I've been looking to purchase a tree house. May I ask where you bought yours? Thank you so much!