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Second Life, a good, clean place to live. Or is it ? | December 2, 2005

Linden Labs not Eco Friendly ?

So after spending some time with friends in SL, I was using the map tool to check if some other friends were home before I tp’d in on them. I use a graphics tablet to control mouse movements in SL, something which the map interface does not like, so I had to zoom out.

What I discovered.

What I discovered was a large stretch of ocean between the main continent and the north continent of the SL Grid. So I teleported over, and had to fly the rest of the way (an experience soon to be gone, hopfully). What I found was a little odd. An oil rig in Second Life.

A little investigation lead me to a pipe terminating 3 sims away !! That’s a fair distance in SL. I tried to enter it and had to make a mini-me so I would fit (I’m quite a tall feller). I could go much further than a couple of bends, due to some barriers in the way.

Returning back to the Oil Rig, I manage to obtain the following information:

  1. Hamlet Linden knows of it’s existance.
  2. Hamlet Linden has a sense of humour (he made jokes about Greenpeace furries chaining themselves to the rig, which never took place of course).
  3. Bub Linden denies it’s existance.
  4. Bub Linden denies the existance of Hamlet Linden.
  5. Bug Linden wears breathing apperatus to protect himself from the noxious fumes emmited into the SL Biosphere.
  6. The Rig appears to be Govenor Linden’s office, although it is made by Eric Linden and others.
  7. The office appears to contain a few post-katrina B&W shots.
  8. The map in the office indicates it supplies quite a few regions with something. And I mean quite a lot.
  9. The Rig appears to produce prims. Constantly.


Yes it appears that the prims in Second Life are produced in much the same way oil is- an entirely non-eco friendly process.


I took a lot of photos. Just short of 70 in fact. These photos, and others will be uploaded to my Flickr account once I have upgraded it to premium. If I upload all the photos onto my Flickr account, everything else will get chucked off/hidden.

Photos, along with conversations with Bub and Hamlet Linden will be posted eventually, if not shortly.


  1. now ,time to visit your flickr…

    Comment by M. Liang Liu — December 2, 2005 @ 4:08 am

  2. any link to this place, would like to see it
    also can’t see any photo’s yet on your flickr account – any update on when they will be posted?

    Comment by Dartavia — December 26, 2005 @ 7:58 pm

  3. I’m still in the process of moving, yet to get a nice fat pipe installed to play SL on.

    Photos will be up in the new year.

    Comment by SignpostMarv — December 27, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

  4. The photos, along with the backlog of everything else are now up on my flickr feed.

    Comment by SignpostMarv — January 15, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  5. Is this rig still there?
    Why in SL would they do that? There’s enough crap IRL

    Comment by kai — April 23, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  6. yes it’s still there, I do believe it is a poltical comment about the US Government drilling for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, since the region it’s in is called “ANWR”.

    Comment by SignpostMarv — April 24, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

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