Baku Talks Bluntly About the Changes on FetLife. 

18 01 2017

I’ll let his words speak for themselves, but I will say it was a through and thoughtful post.

MV





FetLife’s Great Purge

17 01 2017

Looks like our favorite fetish social network is purging again, and has been silent on it again too. Right now there is no credit card payment option, no add new group link, and groups and fetishes on the banned words list are disappearing. The only official word on the recent actions taken were on a post about removing blood photos and that it was due to the new political climate here in America.

I’ll post any updates I find out.

MV





NC Contemplates Same Legislation that Has Indiana Flummoxed

31 03 2015

On the heels of the legislation that has Indiana wishing they had smarter legislators, NC Legislator Paul Stam (R) proposed House Bill 348 NC, or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Last I checked religious freedom wasn’t a problem. Bigots and small minds was one though. If you live in NC, write your local representative. If you aren’t, make sure your state isn’t.

MV





Preventing Date Rape with Date Rape Drug Detection

25 08 2014

So we have a big issue of women and men setting down drinks and getting them dosed with some sort of drug. This ends up with robbery, rape or worse.  I ran across some interesting stories in the news where technology is being leveraged to combat this. The first story was on Gizmodo and Jezebel  via the Daily Mail about some people at NC State Material Science department creating nail polish that detects drugs in drinks.

 

That is in the future, in the now, LifeHacker has a story about coasters and strips that can detect tainted drinks.  Perhaps you should get some.





Black BEAT 2014: A Call for Presenters

18 11 2013

BlackBEAT

Black BEAT 2014

August 14-17- Maryland

A Call for Presenters

A. Black BEAT’s educational program provides opportunities for learning through watching, listening, practicing and sharing our knowledge and experience! We are currently seeking a limited number of presenters for

·Beginner, intermediate and advanced topics (i.e., extreme edge play, spiritual classes and everything in between).

·Hands on and interactive classes (i.e., flogging, knife play, bondage are also of special interest, although we are open to all topics submitted).

B. BB’s goal is always to provide educational variety that is beneficial to our community.We want something for every style of learner and are looking for Presenters to make this year’s program the most varied ever!

C. To submit your proposal:

1. Prepare a bio of no longer than 1 page consisting of some background about you as a member of the community, your vanilla and lifestyle interests, any awards or previous presentation opportunities, and any additional information you think may draw people to your class.

2. Send a photo of your representation. We understand that for some may not want their face published on the internet. Provide a picture or a picture/avatar that we can use for you.

3. Prepare summaries of no more than 1 page each for a maximum of 3 classes. This is your chance to show off what you know. What can they expect from your class? Who should attend your class? Why should they attend? How long have you been doing this class? Where else have you presented it? Be sure to include if you require a volunteer to assist you or any audio/visual support. Please be prepared to teach ALL of the classes you submit. If you submit 3, you may be asked to present 3.

4. Presenters will be chosen based on a combination of the completeness of the proposal, classes offered, experience of the presenter, and support requirements.

D. Please submit your application by December 8, 2013. Those accepted to present will be notified by December 20, 2013.

Please Apply Here: http://www.blackbeatinc.org/presenter_info.htm





FetLife’s Dirty Little Secret

28 10 2013

FetLife has a secret. There are things it has not been telling you. There are things FetLife doesn’t want you to know about. Things FetLife has been strangely silent on. There are things there (some of which are allowed still by FetLife’s terms of use) that you cannot find.  When you search for these words, you won’t find Groups, Fetishes or even Users who have these words in their names or profile.  Some of these terms are understandable, some are not.

Strangely, even though there have been several posts on the FetLife tech support group about this, there has been no official response from FetLife or John Baku. We know this is deliberate, and not some sort of bug, because at one point you could search the terms using quote marks and then all of a sudden you couldn’t. We know these aren’t necessarily banned terms, because if you can find a user with them in their profile and click on them you can find them. And Hypnotism isn’t banned and returns results that include the banned terms.

Below is a list of terms compiled by a FetLife user named Snakeman. He did a lot of work (which I have’t done the research to verify, but you should be able to find out for yourself by clicking on the links.

Frankly some of this disturbs me deeply. FetLife used to be a safe place for kinksers to meet and discuss taboo topics.  I still think it is the best place to connect with other members of my community, but it seems it is no longer a place to discuss taboos.  I will be emailing John Baku for his official statement and to why there has been no official word as to why this has been kept quiet.





BlackB.E.A.T. 2013 Canceled

17 02 2013

BB2012

Sad news folks. I received word yesterday that BlackB.E.A.T. won’t be happening this year. While the details as to why the event was canceled, they did say that they were looking for volunteers to run the event in 2014.  You can read more about it here. As avid readers of my blog already know, I have attended many of these events over the last decade and have served as the director of security for them for a number of occasions. I do hope that they are able to find someone to take over for them, or to assist them in bringing back the conference.

That said, a few individuals are wanting to meet at the same weekend. I like the idea, and if I can get away, I might just join them.  You can find out more on FetLife.

 

MV








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