Notice of Closure

As some regular visitors to this blog -- those who dig, and dig deep, into our archives -- may have noticed, a significant, bordering on vast amount of our past content is no longer visible. There is a reason for this. Between 2006 and 2009, roughly, thousands of images on this blog were initially uploaded to Photobucket. It seemed like a good idea at the time and, indeed, the images were preserved and hosted well. I had no complaints.

Very recently, however, Photobucket has drastically changed its policy with respect to 3rd Party hosting. Where before they hosted images gratis, or for a very small monthly fee, now they seek the sum of $400 per year for this service. And until such time as payment is made, we learn, none of the uploaded images will be visible anywhere they were meant to be seen. This has caused something of a controversy among existing Photobucket users. Words of condemnation and great censure have positively filled the air in some quarters. I will not argue with them (indeed, I could probably add a few).

A few years ago, I toyed with closing this blog, since its visitor stats were dwindling and its days of glory (such as they ever were) were fading in the rear view mirror. A few of you might remember that I actually announced such a closure at one time. I couldn't do it. Whatever the lack of new content and however low the stats had fallen, I found I couldn't bring myself to remove this blog from a blogosphere it had occupied, to some acclaim, since 2004; largely because I felt that its archive of images represent, in the aggregate, a somewhat valuable survey of mass culture of the past.

That's how I felt then; it's how I feel now. Sue me.

In any event, I realize now that I would have kept this blog going forever, even if not one further image had been posted by anyone. Just for the archives; no other reason. Unfortunately, Photobucket's decision to take their uploaded images hostage is forcing my hand in a manner I did not ever expect to encounter. I don't have $400 a year to give to these cannibals; not now, nor at any other time. So it is with the deepest regret in the world that I am closing this blog as of now.

In a few days I will post a link to a new blog I'm starting, somewhat (hopefully not too much) along the lines of this one. I'm calling it Facsimile: 'Gunslinger' in Exile, and it's going to be a mix of old and new material (images, podcasts, whatever else comes to mind; the old material repurposed and born anew). It is my hope that visitors to this blog will find something worthy of their time and attention at that one. I'll have it up and running within a couple of weeks. You will be the first to know when it goes live.

Unlike this venture, Facsimile will not be a collaborative enterprise. Other words, I'm flying solo on that one. Therefore, I want to extend my greatest thanks to my co-conspirators: anyone who at any time contributed images to this blog. I also want to thank everyone who ever visited us over the last 12 years, even those of you who hated it. Whatever you thought, you at least saw the images. That's all that matters.

If anyone has any questions about this, or the new blog, please post them in the comment section.

Thank you for your time.

42 comments:

  1. Your blog has been on my newsreader feed for a good many years now, and I've always enjoyed it. I'm sorry that greed has taken over Photobucket, but I'm glad to know that the blog will continue in a new form. I'll be adding it to my reader as soon as you release the URL.

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  2. Hi Tom, some friends of mine had a similar problem re Photobucket's bullshit and their food blog (Where's The Beef), and one of their readers created a script that would migrate their photos from Photobucket to Google Photos, and then update all their Blogger posts with the new links. Perhaps this is something you could consider? https://jamesoflol.github.io/photobucket-blogger-migratinator/

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  3. Hey Tom
    I've been following the blog for years, thank you for all the cool posts!
    Looking forward to your new endeavor.

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  4. I've enjoyed your blog for many, many years and it's a shame to see it end. Best wishes for the future.

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  5. Thanks a lot for all your work during all these years. As the comments before, you've been in my feed service since I can remember. I'll be adding your new url as soon as you post it. It's a shame that some services behave like this. Good luck in your new blog's life.

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  6. I have enjoyed your blog over the past 6 years, guilty of viewing this on a feed reader. Wishing you the best with the new blog! Would you also consider mirroring this content on say, Instagram, so that you don't need to be held to the whims of a hosting service?

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  7. You have a god eye - i'm glad the the greedy bastards aren't forcing you to squander it.
    eddie g

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  8. Sad News. God Speed & 'Looking Forward To Your Blog.Bestest Wishes ,Tony.

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  9. Thanks for creating and maintaining Gunslinger as long as you have despite the vicissitudes of the internet. Good luck with the next blog. Live long and prosper.

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  10. Thanks for letting us all know, and thanks for all the great, nuanced and illuminating blogging for all these years. I look forward to enjoying Facsimile. All the best!

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  11. I'll look forward to your future endeavours. Like so many others, when I first came across Charlie a few years back, I spent many an idle hour trolling back through all the wonderful posts. Learned a helluva lot and enjoyed every minute!

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  12. Sic transit gloria Gunslinger. It was a helluva ride. I will look for Facsimile, to be sure.

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  13. Glad to hear that you will keep at it, looking forward to the new site

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  14. Tom, thanks for keeping this site running for as long as you did! It was a great run! I look forward to checking out Facsimile.

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  15. In every end, there is also a beginning....
    Thank-you Tom.

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  16. looking forward to new digs, your work is much appreciated. the phrase "and then it was ephemera" is lodged deep inside my psyche, part of the ay i experience the world. Thank you

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  17. Mr. Sutpen, Et. Al.,

    I could never craft a 'thank you' that measures up to the joy and appetite ICPW… has stirred for me.

    Too much information, my discovery of your site coincided with my relocation to a place where the past is chewed up and spat out to make way for…?

    There's an irony to me about this, as this town -- for as young as it is -- is overbrimming with history. Then again, I say that about The Past in general.

    Much obliged to you and your colleagues for pointing me to many rabbit-holes in many different media, moreover pointing out the marvel of coincidence that hurls people, places, and things together less like a naturally-staged chemical reaction than a pile-up of texting morons on the 405.

    I cannot wait to crack open the next chapter.

    Thank you,

    Paul
    In the rising shadow of the "H"

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  18. leider ist mein english so schlecht,dass ich nur wenig verstehe,nur so viel,dass wir wieder von dir hören werden und das ist eine grosse freude.i am waiting for you very,marietta.mike eschbach hat recht!you are very welcome sinsa lot of weeks rock`on

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  19. I have enjoyed Gunslinger for many years, and I'm glad to see you will continue it in some form or another. As a blogger myself for over 7 years, I have to ask why you use an image hosting service instead of just embedding the picture in your post blog. There you always have a google server backup???

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    1. I started to use Photobucket in, about, 2006 due to the limitations of Google/Blogger when it came to hosting images. At that point, one was unable to post an image to the exact specifications one desired. You had to choose between 'small', 'medium' and 'large'. Once Google/Blogger modified its selection to include uploading images in their original size (this was, I think, around 2009), I dropped Photobucket.

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  20. Echoes of the above comments, particularly the ones of gratitude and appreciation. If it is any consolation, Photobucket will learn in very short order what their service is actually worth. At that time, they will themselves become ephemera.

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  21. Thanks for keeping up this blog for as long as you have. Sad to think that the Legends will Gather no more, there will be no more scenes to Tricky's life, there are many Heretofore that will remain Unmentioned, and (worst of all), no more Sex Education lessons. Farewell.

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  22. Hi Tom, I have no words to write nor to think to tell the world how sad the notice of closure makes me feel. I want to thank you, to thank both your intelligence and sensibility, for all the amazing things you shared here and in Radio Free Gunslinger. This blog was, is and will always be one of my favourite place to be. Off course, I will follow your next blog :)

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  23. Thanks, everyone.

    'Facsimile' impends! :)

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  24. very sad and thank you for all your efforts!

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  25. too bad / always fun stuff / keep going / the struggle continues

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  26. Thank you for all of your efforts, I always enjoyed your work.

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  27. Even the dead gunslingers are sad to hear the news and salute you.

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  28. Thanks so much for your work on this blog .. very much appreciated and enjoyed.

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  29. Many thanks for a mighty effort from all the Gunslinger regulars and commiserations at the demise of a truly monumental blog. I will indeed seek out your new abode Tom and wish you the very best with it. And when the band you're in starts playin' different tunes- I'll See you on the dark side of the moon...

    Kerry Baker

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  30. This would be the only site I would gladly donate money to for it to continue on in it's original form.

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  31. I am sooo sad to read this. Last couple of years i have looked on your blog almost every day. X

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