Thoughts, Musings, News About The Site And My PhotographyIf you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I will try to answer.
Upgrade Problems21st January 2021 10:27 It's getting really annoying now. We still haven't got the new server running properly, they can't get the webservice to start. I'm running out of ideas... I have had to stop new memberships - there is no point in letting people join as I'm not getting any payments from Zombaio, and the more members there are, the more complicated the migration will be. I've also temporarily pulled Artcore's Shows as we are using the domain for testing. I will keep publishing the updates, and hopefully will get migrated to the new server, and to ccBill, in the next few weeks. Update 22nd January: Yippee! We've got it working. Hopefully everything will be moved over by Monday, and I get the membership database set up in a day or two after that. ccBill here we come :)))))
Hardware Upgrade8th January 2021 16:26 We will be doing the migration to the new server over the next few days. There may be periods where the site goes down, and sometimes some recent updates may briefly disappear. Let's hope it goes alright, then I will finally be able to migrate to ccBill and get some money coming in :) Update: 15th January. Artcore's Shows is down as we are using it to test the new server - and having a lot of problems!
Plans For The Future3rd January 2021 11:02 Yes, it has been a weird time... I have plans, and will be busy for a long time, even if I can't go out and shoot! 1: I'm in the middle of a major hardware upgrade on my own computer at home. 2: We are building a new server to host the website. This is so that... 3: ... I can dump Zombaio (who owe me over $2000 and are showing no signs of paying) and switch to ccBill. 4: Then, a huge job, I am going to completely redesign the website. The current software isn't "responsive", which means it isn't capable of determining what type of screen it is being viewed on and displaying appropriately. That is why it only has 3 thumbnails in each row, and on a pc only takes up the middle of the screen - so it would work reasonably on a mobile. The software has moved on a lot in the last 7 years, and it is time for me to move with it! It will require a mammoth upload. I must be mad :)
Happy Christmas, Such As It Is25th December 2020 14:15 A nice, rather old, picture of Luna :) I didn't really plan on sitting here at home on my own for Christmas, but none of us have a lot of option right now! I haven't even seen Su for 10 months :( I've been missing some of the other girls in my life too! Let's hope we get free again soon. If you're on your own this Christmas, do your best to enjoy yourself. I've just eaten a huge dinner!
Coronavirus Update 418th December 2020 16:47 We are still in lockdown. In fact, the area I live has just been put into the highest tier. I am waiting a vaccination - due to health issues I am in a relatively early group to get it. I won't be shooting, except maybe in a studio after Christmas. I have enough material to keep publishing, but I really miss the shooting! In fact, right now, I really miss my life :(
Hardware Upgrade4th December 2020 18:27 We can't get the software upgrade to work, and have finally decided to build a complete new server. This will cost me quite a bit, which is a pain as the reason I'm doing it is that I need to change billing systems as Zombaio haven't been paying me recently! Anyway, there may be some service interruptions over the next 2 or 3 weeks while we are migrating. Update 18th December: The engineer is having to self isolate as his brother has covid. God knows when we'll get it done!
Absolutely Terrible News23rd November 2020 16:43 I've just been told the heartbreaking news that Galina M was drowned a few weeks ago. She wasn't just a beautiful model, she was a beautiful spiritual person. I'd say she was one of my favourite 2 or 3 models ever. I had only shot her twice, but we had plans to meet up again - if it hadn't been for the virus we would have done. There was a real spark working with her. I'm looking at all the photo sets and movies we made together, in fact I published a set only yesterday on the cafe and there is a movie scheduled for Saturday here. All the girls on here are pretty, and most are sexy, but every so often you get someone really special. She loved what she did, it wasn't just for money. As she said on her Instragram profile, "Just a woman enjoying life". I have decided to carry on publishing her material as planned, it seems appropriate. However, I won't use it for advertising. RIP Galina Fedorova
Software Upgrade30th October 2020 15:22 We have a compulsory software upgrade to do, either Sunday or Monday. There may be a short downtime, longer if something goes wrong! Update 5th November: Well, that failed :( Now the town where the webhost is located is in a full Covid lockdown, so we don't know when it will be done. It doesn't matter to you, but it's a pain for me as I want to change the billing system and I can't until the upgrade is done! Update 22nd November: We will be having another go tomorrow.
Coronavirus Update 327th October 2020 18:23 As you will have seen if you look at the Schedule page, over the last few weeks I have been shooting again. However, the pandemic seems to be taking hold once more. We are still in the lowest tier where I live, but I'm not sure how long this will last. I only have one shoot scheduled right now, I still plan on doing this but I will be in contact with the model beforehand. Apart from that, it's back to shutdown! I have plenty of material, don't worry, even several new models. Let's hope we get a vaccine soon, I really need to travel again!
Insta-Bastard-Gram16th October 2020 22:31 Sorry for using the donkey again, sometimes you just have to... If you do something Instagram doesn't like, they don't warn you. They just let you carry on working, building a following, making new contacts. And then, at some moment convenient to them, with no warning or redress, they wipe your account. Bastards. I have created a new one, and this time I will be making a separate note of all the contacts. I also won't be posting as much on it. Anway, here's my new Instagram page.
A Bit Humpty27th September 2020 17:51 We all know Twitter is a bit of a cesspit. I am only on it for business reasons, but recently I have been getting a bit humpty on there. I can't abide racists, xenophobes, homophobes, or sexists, and there are plenty on Twitter! I will try to get back to what my followers from here want, posting porn! For once in my life I will try to let the bigoted scum pass me by.
A Small Advert16th September 2020 18:47 I thought I'd show you how I look at my own photos :) A monster old 55 inch tv helps, connected to a desktop that I use to store all my photos and videos. Just a beat up old thing that has taken several generations of increasingly huge hard drives - 28 TB now! A couple of people over the years have said that a lot of my pictures have a bit of a colour cast when they look at them. This is actually due to them using a crap browser or image viewer which ignores the colour calibration data in the jpg file. I found that old versions of IE on Windows 7 did it, but newer browsers like Chrome are fine. I use free software called "Free Photo Slide Show". It is seriously quick to load, has a ton of different options, and nails the jpg colours perfectly. I often have it running more or less as a screen saver for hours, picking images at random from my entire collection. Well cool :)
Efficiency Drive4th September 2020 16:08 I've found a way to make the internal links in the site more efficient, so they won't force your computer to bounce back to the DNS server and re-route the request. I should have done this years ago! Anyway, I will be gradually modifying a lot of the links in the website manually over the next week or so. If you find a broken link drop me a line and I'll fix it. And here's Selene! Cool, isn't she! I shot her last week, but because of the Coronavirus backlog (its complicated) you won't be seeing more of her until next year.
Internet Complications15th August 2020 16:28 A member got blocked from the site due to some weirdness with the cdn Cloudflare. I think it was a freak one-off, and I have applied a fix which should stop it happening again. But - it has changed what happens every time you log into the site, so we might have a problem. I will check a lot over the next few days to keep an eye on it. If you can't get into the members area, please be patient, email me on artcore-cafe (at) outlook.com and I'll fix it as soon as I can.
Performance11th July 2020 17:29 We have finally nailed the performance issue, there was some obscure little switch in the data centre between my server and the outside world which had a fault. The issue is that my website size & membership have grown, so this is by a long way the largest site that they host. It will run fine, but there isn't a lot of resilience. They are, however, very friendly, helpful, and cheap!
An Extraordinary New Camera8th July 2020 20:35 I wasn't happy with the camera I bought recently, and sweet talked the dealer into taking it back if I bought a new Q2, the new version of the Q I original sold. I did a test shoot with Blue Lah (I shot her a couple of weeks ago, obviously nothing published yet except on the blog), and got some amazing results. The video quality is ridiculous. The pictures are 47mp, but I have no intention of publishing that - the server would die and the disk would fill up in no time. It does, however, give me the flexibility to crop with no loss of quality. I now have to work out how to pay my next credit card bill! I've only so far processed some stuff we shot for the Cellar, but take a look at this :)
You're Welcome1st July 2020 13:49 I was doing my monthly checks, and I saw that there has been a huge increase in membership. Hi! You're all welcome :) I guess a lot of people are locked in at home... I hope you like what you find and continue your membership for a while, if not forever :) I also hope the site isn't too slow for you - there is still a bit of a problem. And here's Galina, from my pre-lockdown trip to Riga. Coming soon!
Another Break19th June 2020 18:37 I bought a new camera as I thought it would make a better backup/video camera than the Q. Unfortunately it had a fault and has gone back to the factory. On top of that, my dear faithful old M has developed a viewfinder problem and has been sent away too. I have no camera! This is Blue Lah. We had a socially distanced shoot with longer lenses and me standing at the end of the room. She's crazy hot and next time we definitely won't be socially distanced :) She will be back as soon as lock down is over and I have my cameras back!
Performance29th May 2020 09:19 Sorry, the site is a bit slow. It looks like there is an issue with the network at the service provider. We are looking into it! Update: Still not great. I would suggest you don't stream videos. I would suggest that anyway as the downloaded version is much higher quality :)
Grunge, Grime And Grain4th May 2020 19:07 I've been stuck in my house for a month! I have just finishing processing all the material shot in Riga. I had planned 4 shoots in a studio and a couple of fetish shoots in my apartment. I couldn't use the studio as it was closed, and the fetish shoots were cancelled as the models didn't want to shoot because of the virus. So, I ended up doing a huge amount of shooting in the apartment, doing a lot more shoots than planned, and a lot longer. It was a dark basement apartment and almost all the material has come out grimy and grainy. So, get your art appreciation goggles out!
Coronavirus Update 214th April 2020 07:58 It looks like we will be shut down for a long time. Due to underlying health issues I am in a high risk group, so I will be very restricted until we get a vaccination. Although I am unlikely to be shooting for a while, there is plenty of material waiting to be released! I have shed loads from Riga :) You may have noticed that once a month a publish a very old set from 10 - 15 years ago - I may have to publish a few more for a while. I may also struggle to keep to my normal plan of publishing 1 or 2 new models every month. You will, however, get the usual amount of updates :) The Cafe is well stocked, but I may have to cut down on Cellar updates for a while. There is plenty of material for the Shows website, but I definitely won't be going to any more shows until we have a vaccination. Anyway, stay home and stay safe.
A New Favourite Model5th April 2020 19:02 Roze has retired from adult modelling, but I have found a new girl who is, if anything, even more uninhibited! I had a supposedly art nude shoot with Edite when I was in Riga where she ended up having 4 orgasms. For obvious reasons I brought her back and she came a whole lot more times. Riga may be further than Blackpool, but given the cheap flights it's easier for her to get here. We are already planning a trip for as soon as this Coronavirus lockdown is finished :)
Joining Instagram2nd April 2020 14:25 I've passed some of the time while locked up by joining Instagram. I've been told its a good way to find new models but I'm not so sure. Anyway, it might drum up some business! The trouble is, very few of my pics are "instagrammable" :) This one of Lauren is, just about! Anway, here's my Instagram page. At least you can look at it when you're at work. If we ever get back to work, that is...
Coronavirus Update27th March 2020 15:28 I got home from Riga ok. The flight was fun. The crew were all in full HazMat outfits! I took a picture of a stewardess, but I didn't think it was appropriate to publish here. Anyway, having stayed longer in Riga than intended I have an enormous amount of new material. For obvious reasons all shoots are on hold while we are under lockdown. Stay at home, stay safe. Some day we will be back to normal :)
What-A Mistake-A Da Make-A20th March 2020 10:25 I had my trip to Riga all booked, but with the Coronavirus I wasn't really sure... I checked as I went to the airport and Ryanair were still selling tickets for the flight back (today), so I decided to go through with it. The next day they cancelled all flights, with no date to restart, and have switched off all their help lines. Typical Ryanair. I have booked a flight on another airline via Stockholm for Sunday 29th, but I have no faith in that either. There was an emergency repatriation flight today but I didn't find out until too late. So, I've booked several more models, and two models I saw this week (Edite & Galina Fedorova) will be coming back! I will have no money, no clean underwear, and a mountain of new material - but I hope to get home one day! Update 21st March... The Latvian government are running repatriation flights (NOT the British government!). I will be home Wednesday :)
Finally A New Computer12th March 2020 13:01 I've been maintaining the site since 2014 using my dear old Windows 7 laptop, now held together with sticky tape and hope. So, the time has finally come to splurge on a new beast of a laptop which will maintain the website, do the photoshopping, and eventually the video editing too! The migration is a nightmare...
Back From Eros Porto9th March 2020 11:22 The show at Porto was absolutely superb this year. Normally is has been OK, I go because it is cheap and quick to get to and a nice town. This year, they really pushed the budget and put on really big sex shows. I think they are trying to take over from the fiasco that the Barcelona show has become. Anyway, a great weekend :)
From The Shows4th March 2020 16:44 All the way back in 2015 at the festival in Brussels, for once in my life, I really nailed it. The show's budget was much higher then, and they had performances from Carla Cox & Lena Love, and Lauren Crist & Victoria Sweet. It was the first time I met any of them. The setting was really good, and I was brave enough to use the M. The results were the best photos I've ever done at a festival. They've been published in a lower resolution on Artcore's Shows. Given that I've shot all the girls since, and have age verification and all that guff, I've decided to publish them here. There's a lot of material, and it will probably take a couple of years, but it's some seriously good stuff :)
Home Again1st March 2020 10:08 I'm finally going home. For 2 days! Then a weekend at the show in Porto, a couple of shoots in Southampton, and a big trip to Riga the following week with a lot of new models. I'm also planning a trip up north for April. Then again, I might stay at home and sleep for a few weeks!
Performance Problems6th February 2020 07:58 You may have noticed that the website performance is impossibly slow. Apparently it has been for a few days. Big thank you to the member who contacted me about it! I am travelling at the moment and I'm not checking as much as normal. The webhosts have found the problem, it is an internal issue in the data centre. They're working on it. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed soon. Update 11:40. The server needs a new network card. They will install it tomorrow or Saturday Update 16:18 8th Feb. Back to normal :)