The Opera Glove Blog
Friday, January 31, 2003
Sorry for the three day's delay in reporting, I've been working on resolving the situation with the site outage. It develops that I've had to move yet again. I have just opened an account with a new host, which means For the Love of Opera Gloves is moving to a dedicated server. As the move will bring additional expenses (the new monthly cost of hosting is expected to run from $70 to $100 per month, depending on various options selected for the site and also use of bandwidth), I am once again soliciting donations via PayPal or Amazon.com (click the links on the left side of this screen).
The previous host was forced to disable DNS services (essentially, turn the site off) because there was a _huge_ spike in traffic on Monday which resulted in severe strain on server system resources, which in turn negatively impacted the other sites hosted on that machine. As my previous hosting arrangement was a "shared" one (meaning that I shared machine space and resources with other sites), this was a serious problem. The best solution to the problem was to go to a dedicated server, so I spent some time looking for the best-priced option I could find.
As soon as the server is set up, I will begin uploading material. More posts will come as the situation develops.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
PROBLEM: For some reason, my hosting provider has disabled the site, and possibly deleted it entirely. I don't know what's wrong yet, and hope it's just temporary - I have contacted the provider to try to get an answer. I will let you folks know as soon as I hear something.
Not much to report today, except that I plan to do some more MPEG creation/vidcapping this evening if I have the time. Scanning too, maybe; I have a stack of nearly 30 British Royalty books from the 1950's with hundreds of pictures. In any case, today's POTD is of the person who you can blame, indirectly, for my having started For the Love of Opera Gloves in the first place, Shania Twain. The picture below is from her 1999 Grammys performance of "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" in which she wore what still is one of the most striking pairs of operas I've ever seen:
Monday, January 27, 2003
Well, I got those DVD vidcaps done yesterday before the Super Bowl, so now I can cycle them back in for the next lot of discs (but there's still a stack of DVD's of my own collection waiting to be vidcapped!). Not much in the way of news to report otherwise, though Monday is already shaping up to be a heavy-traffic day for the site. (Judging by the statistics analyzer provided for me by my hosting service, which appears to be more accurate than either Extreme Tracking or XtremeStats, I've had over 100,000 visitors in the last two months, generating over 9 _million_ hits.)
Opera gloves are commonly thought of as being snug, tight-fitting items of clothing, but that's not necessarily so; in the Regency era, for example, long gloves were often made so as to fit loosely on the arm (which is why many pictures and fashion plates of the period show glove-wearers with garterlike bands on their upper arms to keep their gloves up). This tendency continues even today, as you see in this photograph of Jerry Hall modeling Vivienne Westwood couture in 1997 from The Jerry Hall Glove Gallery
Sunday, January 26, 2003
Another late post this afternoon - hope you're all enjoying the new images; the comics collection seems to be a hit. I MIGHT put up some new vidcap sets later this week; there's a large stack of them that's been weighing down my hard drive for quite some time now, and those need to go on up so that room can be made for new vidcap sets.
Truth to tell, I don't really have any particular scheme or sequence for selecting POTD's; I generally just select whatever collection strikes my fancy on any given day and put up a representative picture. In that spirit, and not making any judgment on what it has to do with anything, here's a promo still of Joan Collins in "Seven Thieves" as today's POTD from The Joan Collins Glove Gallery: