tl;dr: Broken image links…?

Posted on 11th March 2020 in Administrivia

I don’t think anyone actually reads these, but just in case…

As I may have mentioned before, I’ve filled up all the storage space on this account with pictures. Actually, there seems to a periodic fluctuation between being slightly over my allotted quota and being at about 80%; I don’t know what accounts for that. I know it’s not saved logs because I tried deleting them and it made only a negligible difference.

Anyway, once I’m over quota, I can’t upload anything new. Even worse, I can’t update the WordPress software running the site. I can only take advantage of those few moments when the amount of storage used drops down by itself. I’ve tried deleting old jpegs from the archived Old Site and linking to the new versions in WordPress, but there aren’t enough of them to make a difference.

Worst, my webhost has a fixed set of tiered services that they can’t deviate from. To go from the plan I’m on now to next highest would be at least four times as expensive as what I’m on now. I could shop around for a new host, but I like these guys. They’re a small business and have been extremely responsive whenever I’ve had a problem, but unfortunately that smallness seems to come with a lack of flexibility in pricing.

So this current time my storage has dropped low enough for me to make changes to the site, I installed an add-on that lets me serve images from Google Cloud. I already know it works for new items because that’s where the photos from my last post are coming from. I’m going to try moving the jpegs from all the old posts there next, but I don’t know how well that will work, since I tend to link to images directly from the text of posts. So, like the title of this post says, a lot of image links may break. If that happens, please let me know, but don’t complain about it unless you’re willing to pay me to fix them.

Then I’ll see what the Google bill is. I may yet have to find another webhost.

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Just letting you know, assuming there’s anyone reading this…

Posted on 20th September 2015 in Administrivia

September 28 is the anniversary of this blog going “live.” On or about that date, I’m going to update the display theme. That may very well break my tweaks to it, and screw up the format. But, I hope it will make it easier to tweak some other things I think need tweaking, and not take too much fixing.

So, if things here look a little off come October, that’ll be why.

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Posted on 9th August 2015 in Administrivia

This week, the fee for the webspace and domain name is due. For the last few years, it’s been about $50. This year, it’s about $75.

As well, new items turn up sporadically. I’ve spent about $65 in the last two weeks adding to the collection.

I’d probably do that anyway. I’d probably keep the web thing going as well anyway. But, it’s not free, and it does require a moment’s thought each time, to decide if this next expense is really worth it. And, sometimes the answer is no.

I’ve had ads in the site since last December. So far they’ve earned 18ยข. I’ll probably get rid of them. I’m looking into setting up a Patreon thing. If you don’t want to wait for that, you can send donations through PayPal if you’re so moved, to jd[at]robinjohnson[dot]net.

What I’m saying is, I’ll probably keep collecting RJ material whatever happens. The time and expense of sharing it with the world, well, that could become problematic (though it isn’t yet), and I’ll gladly take all the help I can get.

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You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here

Posted on 28th September 2014 in Administrivia

October 17, 1980. My mom drops me and my friend Kurt off at the Quakerbridge Mall, where they have a movie theater with an astonishing four screens. One of these screens is showing the new Tim Curry movie, Times Square. Die-hard Rocky Horror fans that we are, we just had to be there opening night. The fact that the film seems to have something to do with punk rock doesn’t hurt.

I leave the theater hopelessly smitten with its star, Robin Johnson. She turns up on the Merv Griffin show, and rumors go around that she’s recording an album, but instead she disappears for several years. On cable I catch her in a bit part in the film Baby, It’s You, then a few years later she co-stars in the series Code Name: Foxfire for its half-season… then nothing.

Fast-forward fifteen years. The Internet makes it easier and easier to do research on arcane topics, and to find artifacts of a rapidly receding cultural past. I amass a collection of images and objects and information about this vanished actress, and in August 2003, I make the first version of this page, discovering in the process that I’d just missed her career in radio, which she had left only weeks before I had found she’d even had one.

Fast forward another six years. A small group of like-minded fans has coalesced around my website, message board, and especially my Yahoo! group. One of these fans proves to be Robin’s aunt, who, astonished at the very fact that are people who remember Robin with such verve and affection, begins acting as a go-between between us and Robin. Almost overnight, all the action leaves Yahoo! for Facebook, where we discover at least one person masquerading as Robin, using as their profile photos pictures I had scanned and posted ten years before. So, 2010, to combat this scourge, Robin makes my site and Facebook fan pages Official, and grants me the use of some personal pictures to establish that status.

And that’s about the last time I updated the main site. The message board has malfunctioned in a way I can’t fix easily. And it’s about time the whole thing got a redesign anyway.

So, 2014, a blog.

I have a lot of stuff about Robin Johnson. I’d like to share it with you.

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