Written 24 January, 2011
Whimsy Lies on a Virtual Fault Line
Awhile back I solved one of Second Life's mysteries-- at least it was a mystery to me.
I couldn't figure out why I could see some particles at a distance while others would disappear.
One day I realized that the distance at which particles could be seen was related to the size of the prim that made them. Big prims made particles visible at a longer distance than did small prims.
To check my hypothesis, I flew up to the volcano Pele and enlarged the scripted prims that create her smoke and lava particles. Ever since then, her eruptions are visible over most of the Whimsy sim.
Here are some shots I took today when a visitor provoked Pele and put her into erupt mode.