You know, I've been writing about Second Life for over 10 years, and I've written a lot about what I thought the future of SL would bring. It would be the next generation of the Internet, I suggested. It would disrupt the entire entertainment industry, I implied. It would remake whole industries, I averred, as they learned to incorporate Second Life as a prototyping and content sharing tool with thousands and thousands of real world use cases. It would become a crucial platform for political and economic reform, I speculated. And so on. I wrote things like that, oh yes I did.
But somehow, for some reason, I never, ever imagined its 10th anniversary would include a commemorative bear. That's right, a bear. But right there is the bear, unbearably laid bare for me to bear.