Friday, September 30, 2005
Posted by Aimee Weber
While snoozing under my virtual apple tree in Midnight City, it suddenly struck me. An apple that is ... right on the noggin! After telling Forseti to clear out of my tree, I pondered a rather blaring omission from our Second Lives. We in Second Life are blessed with a physics engine that, like an unruly police officer, "plays by its OWN rules!" But if every artwork has its critic, every dog has its day, and every cowboy has his sad, sad song ... why does our physics engine lack physicists?!
What is the nature of inertia in Second Life? Is SL's acceleration 9.8m/s^2? How do pendulums behave with respect to mass and arm? How many clowns can you fit inside a humorously small automobile? I DEMAND ANSWERS! I'm shocked that some of the more details oriented SLers haven't taken time away from learning Klingon in order to quantify the world we second live in!
To be fair, Second Life DOES have its very own Galileo Galilei, known as Ezhar Fairlight. Ezhar performed an exhaustive study of Second Life's sun, providing detailed position information and even discovered the presence of seasons! Sadly, Ezhar's work is no longer available on the wiki pages (presumably burned by atheists who took offence at Ezhar's finding that the sun moved around the grid!). But what about the rest of SL's unnatural sciences?
I for one would love to see our greatest minds quantify and develop a unified theory to explain the nature of the invisible semi viscous fluid through which we must all struggle known as LAG! If we could find a way to measure the lag produced by every kind of prim, cut, and texture we could develop the periodic table of lag! Such knowledge would help content creators answer questions such as "should I use a 512x512 texture on a single prim to display doors and windows? Or should I use 30 prims without textures to build the same doors and windows? Which would cause less lag?"
While some research into the details of our physical Second Lives may not SEEM immediately practical, there may very well be secrets locked up in the complex array of physical interactions that the Lindens never even imagined. YOU could be credited for finding a new way to teleport, to make lag-less hoochie hair, or even maximize the clown/automobile ratio.
Posted at 9/30/2005 02:25:00 PM