Meet baby Linden, above right, citizen of the United States and child of Second Life, born in the early hours of August 17, all of 9 pounds and 13 ounces, new son to a young British-American couple, famously known in Second Life as Damien Fate and Washu Zebrastripe. Among the very first members of SL (Washu's account goes back to 2002, shortly after which she became an early avatar fashion innovator), I wrote about their metaverse-driven courtship in 2004, which began virtually but moved fairly rapidly to real world meetings via international flights, and a marriage that moved Ms. Zebrastripe from the American Midwest to the UK, and together back again to the States.
This child will be raised in part from funds earned in Second Life's economy, because Washu and Damien have long made their real world living through SL, via their content creation and real world contracting assignments; currently, their main business is Loco Pocos, a collection of insanely adorable avatar creatures. (Want to help pay for young Linden's college fund? Buy a Loco Poco today.)
As you might have guessed by now, the baby's name is not coincidental. "The word Linden has a lot of meaning to Washu and I," Damien tells me. "Through Second Life we have found each other, our livelihoods and now our son. I couldn't think of a more appropriate name with such meaning for us." Photo courtesy Mr. Fate; Loco Pocos pic via locopocos.com/blog