Monday, July 02, 2012

Height inflation revisited

Mock Cosmetics has one of the "show your height" objects that you click on, but alongside it are three objects whose labels you can't see in this photo, but which should be by every single "show your height" object in the entire grid. From left to right:
  • Average height for American women, 5'4"
  • Average height for American men, 5'9"
  • The height of Robert Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived, 8'10"
Alas, they are behind a counter, so I couldn't take a picture showing them in their entirety--that does magnify the differences as per Darrell Huff's classic How to Lie with Statistics, but I didn't have a choice.

Things are so askew in SL that avatars of RL average height or even taller get accused of being child avatars. Maybe this sort of display would help were it more common.

(No discussion of scale and height in Second Life should be without a reference to Penny Patton's "A Matter of Scale". If you've not read it, I hope you will.)

1 comment:

Susyn Stenvaag said...

HI MELISSA! (waves)
Thanks to Ceri Quixote (whom I never would have found without the mention here) I can now wander around SL at about 5 meters or even 8 meters tall using a mesh avatar. Her mesh giants move flawlessly and (in my opinion) have some nice skin tones.
Best part is they work very well with prim breasts and prim clothing. I've only begun to experiment but this has a LOT of potential.