Financial Times has a quirky profile of Philip Rosedale, juxtaposing his attempt to create the next generation of virtual worlds in High Fidelity while renovating his real world home in San Francisco's super suave Pacific Heights neighborhood. Back when Linden Lab was still a tiny startup, Philip used to host regular (and increasingly drunken) Friday night poker parties at his place for the whole team, so it's personally interesting to get an inside look at his place. This might not have been the reporter's intent, but it also evokes the tension of trying to create a virtual world better than the real one, while living in one of the real world's most desirable cities:
Rosedale doesn’t just believe he can make a convincing virtual world. Unfettered by the constraints of traditional reality — the laws of physics, for example — he believes he can make a better one. “If you could work, play, meet, go to school, if you could do all these things in a virtual world then why would you not think that these spaces could become more important than this [real] one?”
I kinda doubt any virtual world location will ever be more important than San Francisco, and no virtual house will ever beat the view from Philip's home.