Calypso Applewhyte at Black Label in Second Life

Black Label Exhibition Centre: Calypso Applewhyte

Now open at Black Label Exhibition Corner is an exhibition by Calypso Applewhyte entitled Feelings, a selection of her distinctive self-portraits offering a mix of monochrome and colour images.

Self-taught with Photoshop, Calypso entered Second Life in 2010 with – as she describes it herself – “no specific goal”, but while exploring the grid, she found an outlet in Second Life photography. As her interest grew, so did a parallel interest in both her own avatar and the ability to use this virtual domain as a means to explore emotions and feelings.

Black Label Exhibition Centre: Calypso Applewhyte

This is powerfully reflected the selection of pictures displayed within this exhibition, as indicated by the title. Reached via teleport from the Black Label Exhibition Corner (please read the notes there about viewer settings), Feelings presents Twenty-one images by Caly (some of which are intentionally duplicated to offer a different means of presentation). Some of the pictures have appeared in selections of Caly’s work seen in other exhibitions, but which in their inclusion here certainly fit the theme.

Each piece captures Caly’s avatar in a variety of looks and poses, some with a science fiction edge to them, others leaning towards steampunk or fantasy and others more classical in nature. All of them are drawn together by the depth of emotion each conveys. In this, we often use the phrase “the eyes are the windows of the soul”, but Caly proves feelings and emotions can be conveyed through pose and / or look even when the eyes themselves are unseen: just take Romeo and Juliet, CA-418 and CA-395 as examples of this.

Black Label Exhibition Centre: Calypso Applewhyte

Although that said, there is no denying  those images that do show Caly’s eyes have a particular emotional attraction, as shown with the likes of Green Girl and a piece I’ve seen previously seen exhibited and have admired: La Tristesse.

When visiting – and as per the instructions at the landing point – it is essential you have Advanced Light Model active in your viewer (Preferences → Graphics), or what I’ll refer to as “The Mirror” mini-collection of four projected images within the main exhibition will not be visible.

Black Label Exhibition Centre: Calypso Applewhyte

Another engaging exhibition by Calypso, perfectly presented by the Black Label Exhibition Corner, managed by AnnaFrancesca Kira.

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2019 Simulator User Group week #40: Sept. 27th/28th rollback

Highland Hills, August 2019 – blog post

Simulator Version Rollback September 27th / 28th

A rollback was performed across the grid on September 27th/28th, which apparently moved all regions  back to server release 2019-09-06T22:03:53.530715, first deployed to an RC channel on September 10th. This was due to widespread issues being reported across the grid in relation to the script timing / performance fixes that were deployed – and which revealed a further underpinning issue. See the conversation in this forum thread and this status update for more.

Commenting on the situation, Simon Linden stated:

We had some chaos last week after our main channel roll exposed some “interesting” issues with the server update. That was all reverted early Saturday morning. We’re on track to have another update tomorrow morning [Wednesday, Oct 2nd] which should bring back the script performance work as well as fixing the issues we discovered.

[The Issue] was an ugly timing issue involving rezzing and starting up scripts … and unfortunately would work in some circumstances, not in others, or fail once and then work fine the next time you tried it. So it was tough to catch as well as sort out.

Mazidox Linden added thanks from LL to all those hitting script-related issues who took time to dig into matters, try to identify causes and raise bug reports, allowing the Lab to get a fix in the works.

While the offending code had only been deployed to the SLS (Main) channel on Tuesday, September 24th, it had already seen the light of day on an RC channel in previous weeks (server deployment 2019-09-13T19%3A08%3A35.530941, September 11th); so in order to completely remove it from the grid, a full rollback was performed and place the grid on the same simulator version.

It had been hoped that the fix mentioned above would be ready for an RC deployment on Wednesday, October 3rd. However, a late-breaking issue with the fix meant that the deployment of the update had to be cancelled,

This topic – including what might be done to avoid it in future, what was and wasn’t affected, what might or might not have been contributing factors – e.g. heavy region loads (pointed to as a possibly contributing reason), etc.

SL Viewer

A new RC version of the Love Me Render viewer was released on Monday, September 30th, version, containing a handful of reported fixes:

  • SL-12025 (non-public) – “Animated mesh objects are disappeared when avatar rendering parameter is off”.
  • SL-11656 (non-public) – “Alpha textures with Alpha mask cut-off of 255 look glitchy while ALM is off”.
  • SL-11614 (non-public) – “Rotating objects flicker if Render type Avatar is disabled”.
  • BUG-2635 Objects rotating with llTargetOmega now “vibrate” on spin axis when the camera is focused on them.
  • BUG-225300 Disabling avatar rendering removes static objects.

The remainder of the official viewer pipelines remain unchanged, as follows

  • Current Release version, formerly the Umeshu Maintenance RC viewer, dated, September 5th – No Change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version, September 17th. Covers the re-integration of Viewer Profiles.
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version, September 11th.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version, July 16th.
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17th, 2017 and promoted to release status 29th November 2017 – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.