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Saturday, January 18, 2003
Off to the computer show this morning; I'm undecided as to whether to get a new video card or a new CD-R/RW drive, though right now I'm leaning toward the video card; my current Cyberdrive 16x/12x/40x is a good, serviceable unit and the video card I have right now (ATI Radeon 7200), while very good, is a basic unit which might not be capable of handling the new version of DirectX coming down the pike. Therefore, right now I'm looking at getting a Radeon 8500 or 9000 if I can get a good price; I'm not really interested in nVidia GeForces because I had bad experiences with a GeForce MX440 last summer - though, to be candid, that was probably due to the fact that the no-name 350W power supply I had at the time simply couldn't handle the load, whereas the Antec TruePower 430W behemoth I now have _can_. We'll see.

Today's picture, from The Paulette Goddard Glove Gallery, is a return to classic Hollywood black-and-white glamour photography, showing Ms. Goddard in period costume, including net-veiled hat (I love that type of hat!) and white kid mousquetaires:

Friday, January 17, 2003
Light coating of snow on the ground this morning; I don't think it'll really impede the commute, especially as this time there was plenty of advance warning and the road crews were (or should have been, for obvious reasons I haven't ventured outdoors yet) on the alert. There's a long holiday weekend coming up, in any case.

I don't think I've featured Jayne Mansfield yet in the POTD series, so I'll remedy that lack today. The source, naturally, is The Jayne Mansfield Glove Gallery, and the item is a very fine portrait (shot from the back, so sorry, no naughty bits!) of Jayne wearing a fur wrap slung low around her waist, a pair of white kid mousquetaires, and a serious expression:

Thursday, January 16, 2003
Feeling pretty groggy this morning, folks; that may be a function of the cold snap we've been having - at least it's supposed to snow again this evening, or maybe not - or I might be coming down with a cold; I guess I really do have what I called yesterday "the January blahs". I did get in another movie via mail yesterday; it turned out not to have anything in the way of usable stuff, but I reviewed another movie (Brigitte Bardot's "Her Bridal Night") and did find several usable scenes.

Again, while groggy, I'm not so groggy as to forego posting today's POTD. I like the fashions of the Napoleonic period (what just about everyone else calls the Regency era, really), so, drawn from The Jacqueline Bisset Glove Gallery, here's a real nice portrait of Jackie B. in her title role in "Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story" (as Josephine, not Napoleon!):

Wednesday, January 15, 2003
SSDD (which is a bowdlerized way of a rather profane way of saying that nothing much worth reporting happened yesterday). Traffic was much better yesterday, but it looks like there's going to be some snow here this week, though I don't yet know how much. I'm expecting some new stuff to come in via mail, but it's not here yet and won't likely be here for at least another day or so. And yes, I know, I'm dragging my feet on the update after all my big talk. Call it the January blahs...

I'm not so torpid, though, that I won't post a POTD. Today, from The Marilyn Monroe Glove Gallery, you are seeing a rather rare, very early glamour image (dating from 1949) of MM in black opera gloves on the front lawn of somebody's house:

Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Same old same old as yesterday. I really didn't get anything accomplished because I got stuck in traffic on the way home and took more than twice as long to get back as usual; some kind of repair work was being done on a water main or something. Also, a magazine I had been expecting came in today but proved not to have the kind of pictures (i.e., opera-gloved) that I had been expecting/hoping for. Consequently, I wasn't in much of a mood to work on the site when I returned home. Maybe today will be better...

From The Diana Dors Glove Gallery, today's POTD shows "Britain's Marilyn Monroe" black-opera'd in a wicker chair:

Monday, January 13, 2003
Not much to talk about this morning, but then it's Monday - though it's very cold, if that matters to readers; just the kind of weather for women to put on long gloves.

The POTD for today, as I'm feeling slightly outre, comes from The Dita Von Teese Glove Gallery, and shows everyone's favorite latter-day pinup and burlesque queen on a balcony in Victorian-bordello-style pink-and-black-striped corset and black operas:

Sunday, January 12, 2003
My video capture card is working properly in all respects; I grabbed the glove scenes off "I Can Get It For You Wholesale", the 1950's Susan Hayward classic, today. I also went by a big antique show/flea market and picked up a couple of books with lots of good pictures which I'll be scanning in short order; also found, for almost a literal song, a lovely pair of powder-blue 1950's vintage suede/kid operas which I'm going to set up as a display (it's _extremely_ rare to find opera-length leather gloves, vintage ones, of colors other than white/off-white or black, or sometimes tan).

Getting on to the POTD (which, of course, is late, the reason why having been explained in the previous paragraph), we go back to the zenith of the opera glove, the Edwardian period, with a selection from Opera Gloves in Edwardian Fashion, depicting a plush and curvesome bride in the height of 1900's matrimonial fashion, including snow-white kid opera gloves: