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Saturday, March 08, 2003
OK, got that problem (referred to in yesterday's post) straightened out. Apparently that other suspicious transacton got sneaked in under the wire just before the card was suspended, and I did get this month's server fees charged properly to my other card. Let all this serve as a reminder to all of you to be _very_ careful about how you use your credit or check cards online (though I'm still not sure that my numbers didn't leak because of something that happened offline.)

I'm going to go ahead and start work on the next update this weekend, though I'm still not sure whether it'll be vidcaps or something else. To keep you company, allow me to introduce you to Natalie Wood in a promo shot for "The Great Race", including long black gloves with her costume:

Friday, March 07, 2003
I was afraid that my site was going to go down again for a while there. You see, I've been having problems with suspicious/unauthorized charges to my check card recently; this posed a real problem as it was the medium of payment I was using to transfer server fees for the website. I reported it to the bank the other day, and apparently my check card has been suspended until a new card can be issued. Fortunately, I gave the host the proper information for my other card, so the charges were properly transferred last evening. It's just as well because I think I found _another_ suspcious charge, which is peculiar because I thought the card had been suspended. I'm going to check that with the bank today.

For today's enjoyment, I present Jane Russell in black lace slip and black operas!

Thursday, March 06, 2003
Upon reviewing my system mail from last night, I find that there was yet another failure in key services (from which, fortunately, the system was able to recover automatically). My web logs show that somebody yesterday was downloading 131 MB in one visit. People, this kind of thing has to stop. It's placing extreme stress on the box and that's why we're having all those crashes and outages. I _will_ block anyone whose IP I can identify who I determine to be a bandwidth abuser, so take note.

May I present Joan Fontaine in black shoulder-length lace operas from "The Affairs of Susan":

Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Good morning, folks! We had an outage yesterday afternoon because the server went down for some still-unknown reason, but it's been rebooted and should now be operating properly. (At this time, I should remind you again that using excessive - and I mean, really _excessive_ - amounts of bandwidth, like, say, 500 MB in a single visit, is a good way to get your IP blocked from accessing the website. I have to *pay* for excess bandwidth now, so I'm going to enforce a zero-tolerance policy on bandwidth abusers.)

I'm still trying to decide what should be posted for the next update, so bear with me. Hopefully I can start work this weekend, but my parents are coming up for a visit, so we'll have to see.

Presenting: Elizabeth Taylor, white-gloved, with one of her Academy Awards!

and, from her movie, Beau Brummell:

Tuesday, March 04, 2003
Good afternoon, folks. Sorry not to have posted this morning; I had an emergency to resolve with my checking account (now, happily, taken care of), and since today's my birthday, I've been taking the afternoon off (I found a nice book on Oscar fashions that has quite a few good opera-glove pics!) Going out to dinner with my sister and brother-in-law in a little while. Again, contributions to help defray the cost of running the website are muchly appreciated - it's that time of the month for paying the host - in any amount. :)

For today, here's a lovely shot of my beloved Lollo - Gina Lollobrigida - having her white-mousquetaire'd hand kissed: (big picture!)

and a shot from her hard-to-find movie Imperial Venus:

Monday, March 03, 2003
Just to repeat what I posted on Saturday morning: The dunning for donations continues. :) Anyone who wants to help For the Love of Opera Gloves cover its monthly costs is more than welcome to drop something into the Amazon and/or PayPal tip jars on this page, or at the website itself (Citibank's c2it is also available at the website). It's my birthday tomorrow, so feel free to be generous. :) I may go ahead and start working on the next update sometime this week, goodness knows I have plenty of material to work with!

Here's Sophia Loren many a year ago, in the 1950's, in black elbow-length leather:

Sunday, March 02, 2003
No new news today. Dullsville. I spent most of the day defragging my hard drive and fiddling around with various computer games. I'm only making this blog entry so nobody complains at me. :)

This is Ava Gardner in a glittery purple gown and white kid operas, sometime in the 1960's:

From the vidcaps archive, here's a still from A New Kind Of Love, starring Joanne Woodward (on the bicycle, in white opera and blonde beehive, having her gown torn off) and Paul Newman: