Imagine Facebook with safe words

May 18th, 2014

After visiting's studios at The Armory,1 Kate Losse shares Further Notes on Kink as a Platform:

The first thing our tour guide wanted to make sure we understood was that not only is tourist photography fine at Kink, it is also encouraged, as is posting photos from Kink to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. "If you feel inspired to enter a cage and pose for pictures, please do!" the guide said enthusiastically, cautioning us only that the professional performers in the building were not fair game for photos/friend requests unless asked. "Just because you've seen someone's asshole doesn't mean they want to be your friend on Facebook," our guide admonished.

This was the first of many uncanny moments I felt during the tour, where a porn platform representative was laying down rules for social media that are more explicit than those of social media companies themselves. When was the last time a social media platform told you the house rules for friending or distributing information? For social media platforms, all information flow is good flow. At Kink, there are rules, and the proprietors of the platform wanted to make sure we knew them. […]

[Via The Baffler]

  1. Home page link contains only one image, perfectly work-safe – it's of a building! – but may be deemed by some employers to be NSFW even so, because the page mentions what sort of activities go on inside. Links deeper into the site are almost certainly NSFW.

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Not Excel

April 19th, 2014

Spreadsheets, the app:


Spreadsheets \'spred-,-shets\ , verb,:=

  1. Using technology to track sexual performance?
  2. The act of sexual intercourse?

"Spreadsheets and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you're not good at them." – Kevin Costner (revised)

"Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer Spreadsheets raises some pretty good questions" – Woody Allen (revised)

What is Spreadsheets?

Spreadsheets is a mobile app that monitors your performance in bed to provide statistical and historical feedback. Find out how many thrusts per minute you’re averaging, how long you go for, and exactly how loud it gets. Keep a record of your encounters, date, time, and performance.

How does it work?

Spreadsheets monitors data from user’s movement and audio levels through the accelerometer and microphone to provide statistical and visual analysis of their performance in bed.

Spreadsheets does not record or playback audio or video. That would be creepy. […]

Right. That's where you draw the 'creepy' line.

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

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Making purple

October 29th, 2012

Elizabeth Williamson of the Wall Street Journal has coined what might well be the definitive metaphor of the 2012 US presidential election campaign. Or at any rate, the most memorable:

In this neck-and-neck, ideologically fraught presidential election season, politically active singles won't cross party lines. The result is a dating desert populated by reds and blues who refuse to make purple.

I'm pretty sure I've read a story like this about whether people of differing political inclinations can get (it) on away from the polling station and the political fundraiser at some point during every presidential campaign I've followed – when was the last time a campaign was other than fraught/divisive/momentous?1 – but I don't think the prospect of couples declining to … ahem … make purple has come up before.

[Via The Awl]

  1. I suppose it would have been one of the campaigns where the outcome wasn't in that much doubt and the challenger was something of a sacrificial lamb. Clinton vs Dole? Reagan vs Mondale?

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Gay Squid Sex. Or – more accurately – Bisexual Squid Sex.

September 22nd, 2011

Over at collision detection, a post on squid sex that includes the phrase "This behaviour further exemplifies the 'live fast and die young' life strategy of many cephalopods." Of course you want to read the rest.

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You mustn't think I'm mad, Principal Peters…

April 26th, 2011

Miss Lovecraft's Sex Ed class.

[Via jwz]

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Data transfer

October 7th, 2010

Factoid of the Day:

A single sperm has 37.5MB of DNA information in it. That means a normal ejaculation represents a data transfer of 1,587.5TB.

A very respectable peak data transfer rate. It's a pity throughput is so bursty.

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

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February 18th, 2010

.sigfile of the day:

Any idiot, upon seeing the first automobile, could easily predict that it would revolutionize transportation. Only someone with exceptionally keen insight could have foreseen that it would also revolutionize the sex lives of teenagers.
— Isaac Asimov

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'Avatar' reviewed

December 23rd, 2009

Danny DeVito: painting pictures with words on Twitter.

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Context is for the weak

June 5th, 2009

Comment of the Week [MeFi edition]:

I'm just looking for a girl who can make grilled cheese sandwiches the way Mom used to.


posted by Parasite Unseen at 2:17 AM on June 5 [36 favorites +] [!]

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Safety Cricket

April 6th, 2009

I'm having severe difficulty visualising Safety Cricket, a mobile phone game promoting safe sex that has reportedly been downloaded by 10 million Indians:

The game teaches young people about preventing HIV transmission while they indulge in India's favorite sporting pastime. Offered in regional languages and in low-resolution form, the game praises high scorers for being faithful to their sexual partners. Protective cricket helmets are equated to condoms.

Protective cricket helmets are equated to condoms. How would that work in a gaming context, exactly?

[Via Net Effect]

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