The Opera Glove Blog
Saturday, February 08, 2003
*groan* Drank too much sangria last night to celebrate getting the site back online. I didn't used to have headaches when I was younger, but I sure as heck do now! Anyway, I hope everyone's having a good time with the newly-restored galleries. Remember - while the website has a generous bandwidth allowance, it's also a _finite_ bandwidth allowance, so I'm going to be keeping a close eye on just how much traffic comes through over the next few weeks. Everything looks all right so far but I don't want people to go hog-wild, OK? (That means, if you please, in particular, no download managers...)
As the bandwidth usage from POTD's on this blog actually seems to be fairly minimal, I think it's OK to go back - cautiously - to posting them, so without further ado, here's today's offering, from The Marilyn Monroe Glove Gallery, showing Marilyn in black velvet operas in a color promo pose about the time of "All About Eve":
Friday, February 07, 2003
To celebrate, I think I _will_ restart the POTD after all, and see how much that affects the traffic/bandwidth statistics. For the first POTD from the new server, I present an image from The Lisa Fonssagrives Glove Gallery, showing the first great supermodel in black operas on a '40's Vogue cover:
EVERYTHING'S FINALLY RESTORED TO THE NEW SERVER. Thank heaven that's over. Now I can get a full night's sleep without having to wake up every couple of hours to check to see if the FTP connection is still up. Have a good time with the pictures, all!
The tragic murder of B-movie queen Lana Clarkson this past weekend (and I express no opinion at this time about whodunnit, though Phil Spector has some very hard questions to answer, for sure) probably has some of you wondering, are there any pictures of her wearing opera gloves? The answer, in a word, is yes, and on searching last night, I found some very fine ones.
Next question: Will those pictures go up anytime soon? Probably not. Third question: Why not? Answer: Chiefly because I don't feel right about doing it at this time, after her death in such a cruel and violent fashion. However, at a later time hopefully not too far off in the future, when the emotions have calmed and the legal process has done its work, I do expect to post some of these pictures. (Anyone, of course, who has good pictures of Lana in operas to contribute may send them to either of the email addresses given on the left side of this window.)
All's going well with site restoration, in fact, the task is only a few hours away from completion (if my FTP connection holds steady!) I am uploading the last couple of folders in the Vidcaps 3 directory now, and after that, there's only about 140 - 150 MB of files in the Vidcaps 1 and 2 directories. I'll be making a couple of corrections after that, and then I believe I can declare the site open for business once again!
Note to visitors to the Opera Glove Message Board: The package for my website includes software for a message board, which I am considering creating as an alternative to the current EZBoard forum. There would be some changes from the current setup - exactly how things will change, I have yet to determine - but if I am not mistaken, there will be no popup ads on this new board (if it is created), which will be a BIG advantage. (Did I ever mention that I consider popups to be a curse and a murrain?)
The website package also contains chatroom software, but I don't think I'll install it; for one thing, it would use up a good deal of additional bandwidth (whereas the message board, as currently constituted, probably doesn't use up more than 1 or 2 MB a day, especially as there've only been about 550 posts to the main forum in the entire history of its existence), and for another thing, there are already plenty of other highly adequate avenues for real-time chatting, whether it be MSN Messenger, AOL IM, or even good old IRC. (In fact, I am considering opening up an IRC channel if I can find a suitable place to do so - it's been a couple of years since I regularly took part in IRC but I figure it's like the old saying about knowing how to ride a bicycle.)
I have noticed that among the most popular URL's from the site, according to the various tracking programs, are some of the pictures that have appeared here in this blog! As it doesn't seem to use up all that much bandwidth, I _may_ resume the POTD tomorrow morning. If you like, email me to let me know whether you think that would be a good idea.
Oh yeah, and _please_ donate something to help with the costs of keeping For the Love of Opera Gloves running! :) (Sorry folks, I'm just going to have to be more aggressive about drumming up donations from here on out since I have decided - at least for the near future - against turning the site into a pay one...)
As before, I ask for your help in recouping the costs of maintaining this site ($99/month) via Amazon.com's Honor System and PayPal. If there's anything I've learned from the last few months, it is that "unlimited" bandwidth really isn't, and that a site like this really needs its own dedicated server; and also that whatever's really worth having is usually more expensive than whatever _sounds_ like it's worth having.
No final decision yet on the POTD's, but all POTD's posted over the last two months should now be accessible in the archives.
Uploading is nearing completion. All non-vidcap images are in place, and I estimate that about 1/2 of vidcaps have also been re-posted to their proper place. The various directories of Vidcaps 3 top-level directory are uploading now; if I can get them all posted today, I hope I can take care of the other two directories (Vidcaps 1 and 2), less than 150 MB, tonight and finish the whole process by Saturday morning. I'm using WinSCP 2, a SSH-based, encrypted file-copy/transfer application which seems to be a good deal more stable than WS-FTP.
Thursday, February 06, 2003
Updating continues. Classic Stars and Modern top-level directories with all subdirectories are now 100% complete. Modern Stars and Superstars are partially completed. I am uploading Vidcaps 3 (over 800 MB!) at this time. I've been having trouble with WS-FTP so have switched over to WinSCP, which uses SSH and encryption and appears to offer more stable connections. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Uploading continues. The Brides, Classic, Companion Girls, Companion Girls 2, and Fashion directories with all galleries and images therein have now been completely uploaded to the server. Classic Stars is about 2/3 complete, Modern is about 1/2 complete. The Modern Stars directory is uploading at this time, to be followed (if the FTP connection stays up) by Superstars and Vidcaps 1/2/3. In short, the process of bringing the site back online continues!
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Apologies, once again, for the delay in posting to the blog. I'm very glad to announce that For the Love of Opera Gloves is getting back on its feet again. The new server has been set up and is working properly, the DNS record has been updated and is propagating worldwide, and I'm uploading the site data to its new home, a bit over 500 MB has been put up so far. It will take a couple more days to get everything back up and online, so expect numerous broken links for the next 24 to 48 hours.
I continue to solicit donations for site upkeep and maintenance via Amazon.com and PayPal. The costs of running the site are now fixed at at least $99 per month ($69 for base server rental and $30 for the software needed to maintain the server and site.) Please contribute!
The POTD _may_ return by the weekend, but since I am now running in a finite-bandwidth situation, I need to consider whether that would be the best path. It is going to be necessary in future to keep bandwidth consumption as low as possible in order to save money.