We apologize for the ongoing problems

apologies

June 23, 2015

We are in the process of experimenting with a new content delivery network to host our photo galleries externally. Please check out our gallery for Boy Bar – Aug. 22, 2008 and let us know in the comments if you encounter any problems. Bear with us — this nightmare could soon be over!

April 20, 2015

We’re experimenting with some changes that might allow us to use our old gallery software if it works. If you don’t mind, please poke through some galleries while we monitor CPU usage. If our CPU numbers spike, we might have to abruptly turn off our galleries again. Apologies in advance if that happens while you’re exploring. Update 1:45 pm PDT – Unfortunately, our test appears to have been unsuccessful. We’ve hd to disable our galleries again for the time being.

April 19, 2015

We are experimenting with a few different options to see how they affect performance and usability. One such option is our coverage of the April 2015 World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco as well as our Tribute to Cookie Dough. Check them out and continue to poke around. We’ll continue to update this post with more news of our progress.

April 18, 2015

Please accept our apologies for the ongoing issues with the photo galleries. We are working very hard to bring them back online.

The issue began about a month ago when our hosting company informed us that we were using an excessive amount of their server’s CPU. Our site is on a shared server, and our hosting company was forced to reduce our memory usage, preventing any page with a photo gallery from displaying.

After extensive testing, we were able to confirm that it was our photo gallery plugin that was eating up CPU processing. When our site was smaller, this effect wasn’t really noticeable. But as we’ve grown — we now have more than 25,000 photos posted in over 360 posts — it began to use up more and more of the CPU capacity. In one test, we were using over 12% of the CPU’s capacity with only a few hundred page views.

Since this is a hobby site that has never generated any income, we cannot afford to upgrade to a plan that would allow us to have a dedicated server. We’ve been forced to disable the galleries while we seek a solution.

One option would be to use WordPress’ native photo gallery functionality. Our fear is that we won’t know until we’ve uploaded 25,000 photos whether that also has performance problems on our shared server, and if it does, it won’t be as easy to roll back as it was to deactivate the plugin we were using.

We have therefore been looking at other photo sharing services that would allow us to post the photos on another site with the galleries displayed here. Unfortunately, the risque nature of many of our photos — go-go boys in jockstraps, lube wrestling, strip poker, the World Naked Bike Ride, and more — limit our options.

Flickr seemed like a great option at first. We’d have the robustness of Yahoo’s servers to power us, and they allow for risque content provided it is flagged as moderate or restricted so that users who only wish to see safe photos can filter those out. And we like how their galleries display. Unfortunately, they only allow safe photos to be displayed externally. That puts us in an impossible bind: either we only display safe photos here, which wipes out most of our best content, or we improperly mark our risque photos as safe, which runs the high risk of Flickr deleting our account.

We’ve been looking at other external photo hosting options without success. Picasa, 500px, SmugMug, and Zenfolio all prohibit photos with nudity, as far as we can tell. Instagram has content restrictions as well, and doesn’t appear to have a gallery option. Dropbox is a cloud storage service that has photo-sharing capabilities, but they have bandwidth limits that could create problems down the road.

We’ve looked at a few sites that advertise as adult photo hosting sites, but so far, none have gallery options, just individual photos.

We thought about using Flickr for the safe pics, like drag shows and the Castro Street Fair, while having the more risque photos here using WordPress’ native galleries, but since the risque photos constitute a substantial majority of our content, that probably won’t help much.

If you have any suggestions, please let us know!

If you know of any photo hosting services that will allow posting photo galleries on an external site and allows for photos with nudity, please let us know! (We’re fully expecting that anything that suits our needs will not be a free service.) Please post a comment here with any suggestions you have.

In the meantime, we’ll continue our hunt for other options. We’ll post on Twitter as soon as everything is back to normal.

Thank you for your patience!

Boy Bar – Aug. 22, 2008

Go-go boys in red jockstraps at Boy Bar, the Friday night party at The Cafe in San Francisco.

August 22, 2008 Another Friday night at Boy Bar, Gus Presents‘ weekly party at The Cafe, the Castro’s largest gay bar. In between go-go sets, a spontaneous game of spin-the-bottle broke out at the lower pool table (which was then covered to provide a platform for the go-go boys, who dance for a half hour every hour on the hour, followed by a half-hour break). Lots of kissing, but sadly, it wasn’t a game of strip spin-the-bottle. Even so, fun! Note: we are experimenting with a new content delivery system for our photo galleries to address an issue that has … Continue reading

World Naked Bike Ride – April 2015

Riders gathered naked before the April 2015 edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco.

April 18, 2015 Today San Franciscans bared all to participate in the annual Earth Day edition of the World Naked Bike Ride, which tends to be the smallest of the four WNBR events in the City. (The largest, which coincides with the Northern Hemisphere ride, is in June.) Riders typically gather behind the (currently dry) fountain at Justin Herman Plaza. For the first time, a park ranger actually shooed the riders away and made them congregate on the sidewalk of the Embarcadero. I’ve heard conflicting stories of why. One report said that a longtime San Francisco ordinance from the 1970s (or … Continue reading

World Naked Bike Ride – March 14, 2015

Mooning the cameras at the World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco.

March 14, 2015 Today was the first of the four annual World Naked Bike Rides that San Francisco participates in. The March WNBR is done in coordination with the Southern Hemisphere rides, which SF can get away with due to our moderate weather. (And today happened to be humid and hot.) San Franciscans do another ride in April in conjunction with Earth Day. The big Northern Hemisphere ride, which tends to draw the most participants here, is in early June. The final ride of the year is held in July to coincide with the more northern rides in Canada. For the … Continue reading

Mother @ Oasis – Feb. 14, 2015

Heklina and Putanesca co-hostessing Mother, the weekly drag show at Oasis in San Francisco.

February 14, 2015 For over a decade, Heklina held her drag show Trannyshack every Tuesday night at The Stud. But over time, she needed to take some time off to recharge her energy and her creativity, and Trannyshack’s Tuesday night run at The Stud ended with a big blow-out bash at the Regency Center. Eventually, Heklina revived Trannyshack as a monthly Saturday night show at the DNA Lounge. Controversy erupted last year when some accused the show’s name of being a slur against transgender people. Heklina toyed with changing the name to T-Shack, but then a new opportunity arose. Late last year, … Continue reading