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Saturday, 7 November 2015

And just like that...GONE!!!



I've lost ALL the 'draft' post for the upcoming Twin Peaks article...this hopeless Google blogger interface has destroyed all my hard work and (somehow) overwritten the piece, with my recent 'preview' post!


Sorry guys, but that is it....2-3 weeks of intensive work gone and in an instant, no way of recovery.

It seems that this is not a unique issue and I've found dozens of other folk who have experienced the same type of 'draft overwrite' (through no fault of their own).

 The 'draft' post(s) are/were inside the yellow box, yet when the title (via a bug) gets overwritten with the 'Coming soon...' post title,  the 'Twin Peaks - Eraserhead - Muholland Drive" post, no longer exists, because it has been overwritten!  I never even typed in the 'title' (which you'd expect to have to do, to make a new post!) for the duplicate post, it just appears as a result of the glitch.

 Here's a user who had this problem...'two posts with the same name' and the important work gone!


Another here...two posts the same, a duplicate and the important work gone!

So much for Google, being at the cutting edge of tech, they can't even deal with and fix a simple glitch like this!

I'm out...sorry, but I cannot justify spending weeks doing this kind of thing, only to see it disappear in a flash and not from my own incompetence!  The post was going to be an absolute monster (it was almost finished) some of the best stuff that I've done...and that only makes things worse.

Hudson (Paxton) sums it up beautifully...

 Yes, this is me, officially 'bowing out' of blogging.
 I won't be coming back, after this recent disaster and I'm sure (and hope) that you'll understand.

Thanks for all your support and best wishes to everyone.


Oh the irony...I only wrote the following comment (below) a few weeks ago...recalling what happened with my Mulholland Drive post from 2012.  The same thing happened there...all my work getting overwritten and I ended up rewriting it from scratch!
 
Now I've been hit twice...and both 'coincidentally' with Lynch pieces!

  Believe me, it was no mean feat rewriting, just look at how long and extensive my Mulholland Drive post is...it was a monumental task, having to get over the disappointment and then rewriting it again and all from scratch!  This upcoming Twin Peaks post, was even longer and more extensive than the MD one...that is why I am hurting so much.

 
I probably put in 60/70+ hours of work into that upcoming Twin Peaks post, maybe even more?
Yes, 'hindsight' now kicks my ass (and hard) about backing up the data, but I didn't and everything seemed fine with blogger etc.  I'd always thought the mishap with writing Mulholland Drive (post) was just a 'one off'. 


16 comments:

  1. That is real tragic news not only for you HP, but for us Peak-heads who were looking forward to reading it. Being a blogger myself I can well understand the frustration that you must be going through, although your posts contain hours of work compared to mine, so the frustration must be immense and I can understand wanting to throw in the blogging towel after something like this.
    I remember when David Plate (who loves your blog BTW) lost all his fine You Tubes when You Tube decided to pull them all and he lost hours and hours of work.
    Could it be possible to redo the work in the post not as a blogger post for this blog, but as a book, or article for say a group like Sync Book Press, who I know are big fans of your work?
    I would have really loved to have read that article that you were working on, so I guess I'm just trying to find ways to put you back on the horse so I can eventually read it, but I can well understand you wanting to give up blogging, but if you do writing future posts, at least leave your old material up for people like me who love the work.
    You certainly have a talent,as your blog-work has shown us.
    All the best with whatever you decide to do in the future.

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    1. Thanks for your well thought out and sympathetic response. Here I sit with the entire post still locked inside my mind...so I've still got all the work to hand. Clearly, this is now about whether I can find the motivation...and of course, at the moment that motivation is depressed. I'll take a bit of time-out and see how I feel in a few days...comments like yours can only help in regard of my motivation. Thanks again for all the positive feedback, much appreciated and very generous of you...I really needed it, tbh.

      The time consuming and labourious element is the 'arrangement' (with so many elements) of the post itself, the content isn't really the issue (it's all inside my head). I really wanted to publish this post too, especially with the 3rd series in the process of being made. For the first time, having constructed the (now deleted) latest post...I really felt like I have gotten to the bottom of Twin Peaks and especially from the esoteric POV. The whole show now makes some kind of cohesive sense and I had managed to decipher some of the most veiled, surreal and 'WTF?' aspects (of which there are plenty) from the series and film.

      Yes, I'm quick to throw my toys out of the pram, after setbacks...but I tend to find that I need a little grieving time, when things like this happen.

      Thanks again Darren...I will keep you posted on developments and hopefully I can salvage something out of all this.

      Best wishes.



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    2. No issues with leaving all the 'old stuff' up, I wouldn't take it down. The 'now infamous and deleted post' was a more straightforward piece (than typical), more like the Mulholland Drive one, more focused and it would've 'stood alone' as a piece and one that Peaks fans could appreciate, even without knowing my other work etc. If anything, I just wanted to have my own version of the Twin Peaks (+MD/Eraserhead) mystery out there. I've watched it loads over the years and quite a lot in recent ones, so I thought I might as well write about it etc.

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  2. Fuck... Sorry to hear man. Always sucks when something like this happens.

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    1. Aye...it's been an absolute nightmare. You can't even use your internet history to obtain an earlier version of a post edit/preview. I had previewed the post countless times (for purposes of seeing how it displayed and how it was developing) yet none of them are recoverable! You can actually see the post 'title' (Twin Peaks - Eraserhead - Mulholland Drive) from previews I'd made, via my internet history (jpeg above) that was the 'actual' piece...the glitch (which duplicates a previous post and overwrites the current one) makes them unrecoverable!

      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. you were revealing too much? it was a targeted "accidental" deletion?
    why not switch to a more reliable blog site

    Check out "Lost River" the first film directed by actor Ryan Gosling for symbolism.

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    1. Hi, I don't think that there has been any nefarious activity in regard to my post. it is just one of those things...a blogger glitch and one that google won't rectify. This is the second time (last one was 2012) that this has occurred and I did get a 'deja-vu' moment, when it happened. There is a problem with the 'draft' version of posts...posts that are written/partly written and not yet published. If an issue occurs with your 'draft' (like mine) it is almost impossible to recover...it seems to be quite a common issue, judging by what I've found. If I do this again, I will be taking precautions and backing-up.

      Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Just finished reading through your Mulholland Drive article for a second time. It's terrible news that you're upcoming Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead work has been deleted as I'm sure it would be extremely enlightening to read. I really hope you don't give up on blogging altogether as you've got a terrific talent for this puzzle unraveling and I find it very useful as I can imagine many other people do to. I'll keep checking for any future updates!

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    1. Thanks for the support anon...really decent of you to say so. I think I will get around to doing it again...just need to rinse the setback out of my system first, regroup and then work away at it. The likelihood is that, as a result, the post will probably end up better than the original...strange as that may seem. It will take a while though...hang in there and hopefully I can deliver.

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    2. That's fantastic news it really it! I'll be doing some re-watching of Lynch in the meantime. Looking forward to your future updates. And yeah I bet it will be better than the first one, and hopefully it will be quicker to write too! Thanks for all your hard work!

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  5. Hope you just let the dust settle and forget about this for a while because that kind of frustration can only be let go of. It's a relief to hear that the various elements are still in your head I'll be looking forward to you blowing my mind yet again

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  6. Can you use Microsoft Word to do the draft and then pasted it on the blogger site? For future reference of course.

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  7. As a writer and researcher myself I can only imagine what it'd feel like to lose something I've worked so tirelessly on. Take a break if you must but PLEASE do not walk away all together. Your research and analysis into the realm of synchromysticism is unparalleled and I check your blog often for insight.

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  8. Also... as you would be the one to ask, where do you draw the line between the deliberate insertion of symbols into these films and just pure synchronicity. I'm a big Kubrick/Lynch fan so I know the tremendous effort put forth in the details. Still though I'm inclined to believe some details just manifest themselves, without the intent of the director, simply due to the realms they tap into. Just curious your thoughts if you have time. Thanks.

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  9. Your blog has some really fascinating and unique insights especially concerning Lynch, whose work I subjectively find fascinating but difficult to grasp mentally. I would be very sorry if you gave up on blogging, even though I understand the frustration you must feel. You have also done some really excellent work on John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick.

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