Some of you may have noticed that a ton of images on Retrospace are displaying an error message. Evidently Flickr experienced some serious problems on a global scale (via a hack/virus). I'll spare you the details except to say that Retrospace was seriously affected. Of our 20,000+ images, nearly 5,000 were screwed.
Fortunately, I still have the images, but the links to Flickr are all busted. Thus, I will have to go in and manually fix them. This will be exceedingly time consuming and a pain in the ass. I actually contemplated taking this as a sign that maybe Retrospace needed to be retired.
Needless to say, I am going to keep at it, but I am going to retire Flickr. The initial problem wasn't their fault, but their response sucked, and honestly I should have ditched Flickr years ago for a number of reasons.
Many of you may also remember my recent struggles with Rapidshare. Basically, all my hard work making downloads of catalogs, comics, mix tapes, etc. available to the Retrospace audience went bye-bye overnight. Between the Rapidshare fiasco and now Flickr, you maybe can understand my frustration. Retrospace has been a source of relaxation for me since 2008- an enjoyable little hobby. Sadly, of late it's become a headache.
I'll spare you any further sob story. Perhaps, Retrospace will end up better in the long run. Certain images will be forever "dead links", but I can hopefully get things presentable. And if you're wondering why I should even bother with old posts, know that a ton of folks land on Retrospace via Google searches. Plus, a lot of hard work went into creating them - it'd be a shame to let them die.
So, stay tuned and be patient. Things may look ugly on this site for a bit. I'll be making changes, but things should be back to normal soon. I've got a six pack of Blue Moon beer and some nachos to ease the pain - it's going to be a long day!
Posted by Gilligan Newton-John at 9:27 AM