One of the client projects I’m working on in the virtual world of
Second Life involves
generating different effects at different times of the (virtual) day. Second
Life’s virtual day runs six times faster than the real world’s, and there are
other interesting differences (the Sun and Moon move in unison, for example) so
I thought it would be useful to make a reference movie to show what things look
like over a complete cycle.
Let me therefore present One Day in Europa (57MB
QuickTime movie), a time-lapse film of a static view from a parcel of land I own
in the Europa sim. This reduces the virtual 24-hour day (4-hour elapsed time)
to three minutes plus credits. If 57MB seems a bit much, there is a
smaller version (23MB) available.
If you click on the thumbnail, you can see the information panel in more detail.
The first line includes the number of seconds past local midnight, followed by
that same number expressed in hours, minutes, and seconds; finally, the
rightmost value gives you the equivalent time on a 24-hour scale.
My thanks to Nick Rothwell of CASSIEL for permission to use a track from their album Listen/Move.