Linden avatar footprint offset solution at last!

Last updated on May 20th, 2017 at 07:25 am

A question that may have landed you in an asylum if asked only ten years ago:

Have you given any thought to your avatar’s carbon footprint?

Since you’ve asked: No. But do continue:

Well, there may be a solution now. Second Life Carbon Offset Exchange is an offshoot of carbon offset retail site 4offsets.com, and if you have a Second Life account you can visit the company’s SL headquarters. Then if you have enough Linden Dollars, the world’s official currency, you can start buying the offsets.

I have no idea what any of that means.

(Via the WSJ’s Keith Johnson)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/19/2008 at 02:35 PM
    1. I think it means that there are ecomorons among the Second Life losers, too.

      Posted by SoberHT on 2008 04 19 at 02:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. It means there’s money to be made in them thar virtual hills.

      Posted by Burbank on 2008 04 19 at 02:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, there may be a solution now. Second Life Carbon Offset Exchange is an offshoot of carbon offset retail site blahblahblah…

      NOOOOOOOO!

      Gah! These people are quite insane.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 19 at 02:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Jesus Christ on a saltine!

      The Eco-tards have invaded geek space.

      Guess we’ll have to update P.T. Barnum’s famous line to-

      “There’s a sucker born every microsecond”

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2008 04 19 at 03:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Not a problem at all…

      Carbon Offsets

      Posted by Rotorhead on 2008 04 19 at 03:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have no idea what any of that means.

      Real weirdos/losers who believe the make-believe nonsense that humans are causing global warmening have convinced themselves that their make-believe characters in a make-believe CGI world are causing make-believe global warmening in their make-believe CGI world so they’re buying make-believe carbon offsets with make-believe money, which costs actual real money to get, IIRC – so I think some clever weirdo/loser is making real (not make-believe) money off of his fellow (less-clever) weirdo/losers.

      Make sense now?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 19 at 03:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think some clever weirdo/loser is making real (not make-believe) money off of his fellow (less-clever) weirdo/losers

      Exactly:  my first though was “damn, why didn’t I think of this first!”

      Posted by frogbeard on 2008 04 19 at 03:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. This is why deep-souled ecophiles have been buying Perfectly Authentic Carbon Offsets from Paco Investments (Cayman Islands) for years. Not only does the purchaser’s money help save the environment – by enabling the CEO of Paco Investments to lay down bamboo flooring in his new vacation home in Naples, Florida, instead of using the alternative Brazilian cherry – but the method of payment helps recycle plastic bags (most purchasers prefer to pay for their offsets with plastic bags full of cash at the offsets window at our many conveniently-located branches; the bags are loaded, in bulk, onto rockets and launched toward the sun, where they are burned harmlessly in our solar system’s natural incinerator).

      Paco Investments: “Green Has Always Been Our Favorite Color”

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 19 at 04:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. I am extremely lazy today, drove to the bank that’s 2 blocks away and then to the beer store 1 more block away.  Suffice to say, I was almost too lazy to even login.

      But whilst in the car, I heard the dj announced that, to make her home kid-friendly for Earth Day, she’d let the baby go diaperless all day.

      That is so fucking stupid that I just had to login to tell you.  paco, that dj is ripe for any PACO product you have in inventory.

      Posted by ushie on 2008 04 19 at 04:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Paco, your entrepreneurial skills are a joy to behold.
      I am so glad that I made that large purchase of shares in Paco Investments.
      BTW, when can we major shareholders expect to see the first distribution of dividends?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2008 04 19 at 05:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Please tell me there isn’t a Black Sun in Second Life.

      Posted by lotocoti on 2008 04 19 at 05:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Linden is the name of a town in New Jersey, close to Rahway on one side and the oil refineries on the other.
      It’s a dump.

      Posted by Merlin on 2008 04 19 at 05:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Get yer Perfectly Acceptable Carbon Offsets ‘ere. Goin’ for throopence a pair.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 19 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Perfectly Authentic??

      Are you competing with me Paco? My offsets may not be authentic, but they are quite acceptable, for the less well-off that is.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 19 at 06:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Fake money for a fake solution to a fake problem in a fake reality.

      Posted by JSchuler on 2008 04 19 at 06:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #10 Skeeter, I’m so glad you asked about that. Unfortunately, the dividend checks for Australian investors in Paco Investments, Inc., were being sent via mail sack aboard a Japanese whaler that was sunk by Captain Paul “Peg-Leg” Watson. We suggest that you all look to him for indemnification.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 19 at 06:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Jeebus H Christo in a chickenbasket alright. How do I get in there to sell them a virtual Harbour Bridge?

      Posted by CB on 2008 04 19 at 06:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merlin, it is a shame that the town of Linden is a dump because Linden is also the common name of a beautiful tree, Tilia europaea (the Lime Tree)

      Posted by TimH on 2008 04 19 at 06:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. I didn’t even know I had an avatar, let alone one that was leaving sooty footprints around the place.

      avatar
      /avuh’tah/
      noun
      1. Hindu Mythology the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.
      2. a supreme manifestation; embodiment.
      [Skt. avatara descent]

      Does this mean that us atheists don’t have avatars?
      Paco, I want my money back.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2008 04 19 at 06:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Instead of avatars, do non=Hindus have “theophanies”?

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 04 19 at 07:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19: Not to worry, Skeeter; we want all of our investors to be happy. A check for an amount equivalent to your original investment has been placed in an empty bottle of Yoo Hoo, and set adrift in the Pacific Ocean. If it does not wash up on the beach near your house in the next six or seven years, let us know.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 19 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20 Sounds reasonable to me AS, although there have been very few authenticated examples of theophanies in recent years.
      Well, certainly not enough of them to leave significant carbon footprints.#21 Thanks, Paco. You don’t know how relieved I am to hear that my money is on its way home. I hope you post-dated the cheque. Stale cheques (older than one year) are difficult to negotiate in Oz.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2008 04 19 at 08:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. #22: “Stale cheques (older than one year) are difficult to negotiate in Oz.”

      Oops! (Voids check, writes a new one, downs another bottle of Yoo Hoo…)

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 19 at 08:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. If only it could be proven that “a punch in the head” has the same eco-value as a carbon offset dollar.

      I’m ready and willing to start administering the medicine to these fucking oxygen bandits…

      Posted by Abu Chowdah on 2008 04 19 at 08:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Heh-heh. Paco said “the check’s in the mail”.

      =^D

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 19 at 09:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Guess we’ll have to update P.T. Barnum’s famous line to-

      “There’s a sucker born every microsecond”

      I believe you mean “there’s a sucker born every processor cycle.”

      Posted by PW on 2008 04 20 at 12:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. More seriously, the first time I’d heard about Second Life was maybe two years ago, when it apparently had been going for another two years or so already. My first reaction was “how come I hadn’t heard of this until now?” Reaction #2 was, “wow, that sounds infinitely more stupid than MySpace et al.”

      And then the short-lived media storm died down again, and the next time I saw an article on it a few months ago the theme was basically “Hey, Whatever Happened To Second Life?” I dare say the eco-morons discovering it as a playground is a good sign that it’s utterly doomed now.

      At any rate, it’s probably a good idea for them to get a headstart at pushing a virtual, make-believe AGW doomsday scenario, what with the real thing probably falling apart soon enough.

      Posted by PW on 2008 04 20 at 12:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. I have no idea what any of that means.

      I was going to answer, but #15 summed it up rather nicely.

      Posted by Major John on 2008 04 20 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

  1. Seems like they’re saying that with worthless currency (“Linden dollars”) you can buy something worthless (“offsets”). There’s a certain logic to it.

    Posted by DK on 2008 04 21 at 11:40 AM • permalink