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2020.10.06 21:03 autotldrMale chastity gadget hack could lock users in
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A security flaw in a hi-tech chastity belt for men made it possible for hackers to remotely lock all the devices in use simultaneously. This could be useful to anyone still using the old version of the app who finds themselves locked in as a result of an attacker making use of the revelation. Pen Test Partners believe about 40,000 devices have been sold based on the number of IDs that have been granted by its Guangdong-based creator. The cage wirelessly connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth signal, which is used to trigger the device's lock-and-clamp mechanism. The security researchers said they discovered a way to fool the server into disclosing the registered name of each device owner, among other personal details, as well as the co-ordinates of every location from where the app had been used. These could be used to make the server ignore app requests to unlock any of the identified chastity toys, they added, leaving wearers locked in.
Climbing out of the pool, they are once again in a different existence. They’re right in the middle of a myriad of bright colors, filled with all manner of objects, plants, animals, and humans. Life flows freely and everything is mindlessly busy. At random, a whistle blows and every single thing is instantly changed to another.
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:15-16
This is where it all started, you know. Lyrically, I mean. Willow Farm is a very silly place, and Peter Gabriel is a very silly person. Sometimes. And so, given a piano and a moment to play it without Anthony George Freaking Banks tsking over his shoulder, Peter Gabriel found himself in the position to write a very silly song.
Peter:One of the great troubles with the mind is that it’s always lost between two extremes. That’s partly what Willow Farm is about. Wherever you are and whatever you do, there’s always a left and right, an up and down, a good and bad.1
Whatever you do, there’s always something done, and wherever you go, there you are.
Steve:I don’t think it’s crazy… I wouldn’t say it’s particularly misunderstood, either. Though it is hugely open to interpretation.2
Was this song a loon or simply a tune? Was it profound, out of bounds, or underground? Or was it he or she? Who sung it?
Ah yes, pigs from a gun, we’ve had that I suppose. Cornflakes still to come, don’t you worry about that. Well. Now that we’re here and gorgeous as geese (they’ll make a comeback too, mark my words!) I suppose we ought to look for some hidden doors, eh? Like maybe this whole jumbling jambalaya jamboree has secretive little nook of its own, oi? The shift is the thing, know what I ming? You gotta get in to get out - the egg was a bird and the bird bird bird, bird is the word, and the Word was made flesh, ya dig? What am I saying, of course ya dig; you’re under the soil.
Tony:We got to the end of the [previous] section and had this idea to stop and do Willow Farm, a complete song written by Peter that had nothing to do with anything else - just to put two completely different things next to each other to see what the effect was. Once we’d done that, what came after was obvious and the whole song developed from there... Since Peter had written a lyric for Willow Farm as a complete song, he wrote the lyrics for the rest around it. The way it turns out gathers momentum and has a very strong overall mood, which makes it our most successful song from those early days.3
Yes, the path is clear, though no eyes can see; hmm, best then to tidy the floors.
Tony:We had this completely distinct song that Peter had written on piano called Willow Farm. I took the left-hand part and played it on the Mellotron brass, and played the right-hand part on the organ, which created this rather ugly sound, and the first run-down had a very strange note in it that made you sit up.4 Tony:And that suddenly took the whole song to another dimension, you know? Suddenly the drums were in, everything was going, and the second half of the song becomes very electric.5
Ah yes, much better, wonderfully clean in the morning. And now, if you please, I’d like some more applause.
Tony:Well Peter had started trying to find things to do on stage, which developed into wearing these kinds of masks and everything, which on “Supper’s Ready” worked really well. I mean the flower idea at the time seemed very crass, but it just worked so well. At that point in “Supper’s Ready”...the music went from pretty to silly, and he just suddenly said, “A flower” and stuck this thing on his face. And it was a great musical moment.5 Steve:I like to think we conjure up mental pictures for people and create moods. When Peter wears a flower on his head or shouts “All change!” it could mean nothing. But within the context of the music, it can help get the number across. We all relate to fantasy…6 Peter:I want to create a fantasy situation. The flower head should be hamming it up. It’s consciously supposed to be unreal. I don’t specifically want to frighten… In fact the flower walk was probably more influenced by Shirley Temple…6
And time! Time time time, never enough time. We’ve been here all the time, but need to be here more. Or is it a need to time there longer? Hmm...bears further study.
Tony:When I write a lyric, I try to think of Peter, who has to sing them. Peter’s own lyrics tend to be more abstract and I tend to have reservations about obscurity. I think he wrote “Supper’s Ready” too hurriedly.6 Phil:“Supper’s Ready” was left till last, really. Peter was rushing through the lyrics while we were putting down the backing tracks. Perhaps more time would have made it better.7
Ah well. We all fit in our places, don’t we? Yes, I’m sure it’ll work out all right. You’ll like what you’ve got.
Mike:One of the things I’ve always loved about this business as a writer, and you learn it as you go along, is luck. I mean luck does come into it. And things that seem quite effortless, as this was, are always good. You know, we weren’t aware when we put it all together that we had a really strong thing. We thought it was good, but the things that happen without feeling you’re trying are often the best things, I think. And I think “Supper’s Ready” had that sort of feeling about it.5
Tony:It’s a number of contrasts. It’s the loud against the soft and the very romantic against the incredibly stupid. And by doing that you make the romantic more romantic, and the stupid more stupid.8
Awright, ‘at’s enuff changin’ fer now. ‘Owzabout a flute solo?
Tony:We kinda put [our individual bits] all in the same song, and then it was the kind of filling out stuff that almost ended up being the strongest stuff though… So yes, I think we were writing well together.5 Steve:We’d gone out on a limb. It was labyrinthine. It was like when The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and then they worried whether they’d gone too far and might get the thumbs-down. Except we didn’t have their number of fans!1
Mmm...melancholy, reflective, somber, transformed seeds scattered like dust into the world they call home. Let’s burn it down.
VI. Apocalypse in 9/8 (Co-Starring the Delicious Talents of Gabble Ratchet)
At one whistle the lovers become seeds in the soil, where they recognize other seeds to be people from the world from which they had originated. While they wait for Spring, they are returned to their old world to see the Apocalypse of St. John in full progress. The seven trumpeteers cause a sensation, the fox keeps throwing sixes, and Pythagoras (a Greek extra) is deliriously happy as he manages to put exactly the right amount of milk and honey on his corn flakes.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Revelation 20:7-8
First off, who is Gabble Ratchet?
Tony:Fictitious, I’m afraid. [It would be] nice to give some sort of different answer to that, but that’s the way it goes.9
LIES! Everyone lies! Gabble Ratchet is also known as “Gabriel’s Hounds,” (referring to the angel Gabriel, but you know what you’re doing, Pete) which are sometimes called the Hounds of Hell, but also sometimes depicted as wild geese, because it’s just that kind of world. And indeed, if you listen to the studio version of the song closely just before the section’s big climactic moment, aye...thar be geese. So despite what BIG LIAR Tony Banks has to say about it, Apocalypse in 9/8 actually does, in fact, co-star the delicious talents of Gabriel’s Wild Geese, and is all the better for it. Now that we’ve rectified that grave injustice, let’s talk jams. A musical jam is where you kind of just sit there and make it up as you go along. That resonates with me because that’s exactly how I write most of the time and exactly what I’m doing right now, in fact. There are multiple kids downstairs screaming, it’s hard to hear myself think, and I’ve got no real plan. What better mindset for writing about Apocalypse in 9/8?
Tony:The main bit I think we wrote sort of on the spot really was bit that was called Apocalypse in 9/8. Mike had this idea of just alternating between bass pedals and his guitar...but [in] very random fashion. He wasn’t doing anything particular at all. And then Phil had the idea of sort of trying to tie it down to a riff.10
Oh, so Phil was there too?
Phil:I am absent...for a few hours one day, and when I return Tony, Mike, and Steve have messed around with a riff in 9/8.11
Oh OK, so it wasn’t Phil with the riff, it was Steve.
Mike:The Apocalypse in 9/8… Peter wasn’t there, so Phil, Tony, and I started working on it; Steve didn’t have much to do at that point. And it marked a start of what was later going to be the three-piece unit. And in a sense the piece was less written; the chords were set up and the mood was there. It was more like a group composition in that sense because the music was in place and Peter came in with the vocals afterwards.4
Oh OK, so Steve and Phil were actually both there, but Steve was just kind of watching it all unfold.
Phil:[Apocalypse in 9/8 is] the best thing we’ve done. It started off as a jam. Steve and Peter were away for some reason and Mike started playing this movement on bass pedals - totally abstract with no time signature at all. Then we tied it down and we worked it out to a two-bar riff. I just knocked a beat out and it became a bar of nine. That’s the way things are often done in the band and that’s the sort of thing I’d like to work more to, because I personally like playing in [unusual] time signatures.7
Oh OK, so Steve wasn’t actually there at all, but Phil was there and did help tie it down to a riff.
Mike:The first time it happened like this - the second half, you know, keyboard solo to the end - it showed a bit more freedom. You know what I mean? The keyboard solo was just really myself, Phil, and Tony and Steve just sort of jamming. Tony writing stuff over that riff that’s playing all the time on the bottom.5
Oh OK, so Steve actually was there and he was part of the jam too, so it was actually all four of them.
Phil:The big stuff on “Supper’s Ready”, like the big instrumental stuff, I remember we were rehearsing it...and I had something to do in the afternoon. And I came back, and Mike and Tony had written basically the Apocalypse in 9/8. That’s what it ended up being called. This was just this riff...and I said, “Oh, that sounds good!” And Tony had written - not thinking about the time signature - he’d sort of written this keyboard thing and actually the thing was in 9/8. So I maybe played it once or twice but never really thought about it too much.5
Oh OK, so Phil wasn’t actually there and Mike and Tony did all the work while Schrödinger's Steve either was or wasn’t there. Glad we got that sorted. I’ve got to say, this keyboard solo is phenomenal, yet if you asked me to talk about epic keyboard solos it would take a long time for this one to pop into mind. I think it’s because it’s all so tied into the rhythm and the momentum of the larger piece. This isn’t a keyboard solo where Tony just shows off his fancy finger moves to the oohs and ahhs of the evening crowd at the local lounge. This is a solo moving like fine brush strokes, painting a picture.
Tony:The organ solo started out as a very tongue in cheek thing. I thought I would play like Keith Emerson to see what it sounds like. There were little phrases in there that were supposed to be almost humorous in a way.12
At first it’s exciting, especially after the raw weirdness of Willow Farm: oh boy, a fun keyboard solo! But the fun fades and the stakes rise, and soon you’re not even listening to a keyboard solo at all; you’re listening to the relentless march of the armies of Hell as they scour all life from the Earth. This only works because Tony - meandering, long-form Tony - had the sense to tell Mike to limit himself as he played. Mike listened, and Tony crafted a masterpiece of menacing mood atop the backdrop of otherworldly rhythm.
Tony:The section of “Supper’s Ready” called Apocalypse in 9/8 was the best instrumental piece we’d created up to that point. Mike had a way of playing bass pedals and then putting guitar chords across it, which just sounded great. And I said, “If you can tie it down so you’re playing an E on the bass, and then just play an F# and B at the top, don’t play any other notes. Then I can play any chord I like on top of that which will give me great freedom to write a solo on top of that.” Mike and Phil created a 9/8 riff, but I didn’t want to be tied to the time signature so I just took it as a 4/4 thing and played right against their riff, starting off with cheeky little major tunes, almost a pastiche, and then slowly making it more and more sinister and unsettling, so you’re not quite sure where it’s going to go.4 Mike:There’s no movement [in the bass riff], so he can move around the chords a lot.5 Tony:The idea of that part was to use a riff and not give myself any boundary with the chords, just virtually using any chord in it. The way you can change the character of a riff just by putting different chords with it is amazing. It’s something which has always interested me. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. It was all done on organ - before the synthesizer days.8
It’s the drumming, that’s what it is.
Phil:Some of my best playing is on the 9/8 things on “Supper’s Ready”. It’s interesting to play.6
Interesting to play, because he has no idea what he’s even doing. Just pick up the sticks, point them at the drums, and pray.
Phil:I haven’t a clue what is happening, and just start to play. At some points I play with the riff, at others I join Tony. I’m still immensely proud of the final recorded performance of the piece which became Apocalypse in 9/8, which captures me making it up as I go along.11
That’s the thing that’s so gripping about this. You expect the drummer to hold down the groove, especially if the keyboardist admits he’s going rogue and just doing any old thing. And much of the time, he does. He’s keeping that 9/8 beat with Mike, but then instead of random flairs and fills, he just goes off script and follows his wayward keyboardist. Shoot, sometimes he does a third, unrelated thing instead! So you get one rhythm in the low register, constant, cold, cruel, the demonic legions spilling forth. Up top you have what seems like it might be a second rhythmic pattern, but is really just a wild man with crazy eyes raving about the end times - and unfortunately this particular doomsayer happens to actually be correct. And then in between them you get the panicked throng running with percussive footsteps between them, or else off in random directions in search of non-existent safety. It’s intense, man.
Phil:Of course, we went in to record it, still not really knowing what it was. But it was just like one of those moments where the tape was playing, and you’re recording, and it was just captured. That’s one of our best spontaneous moments. I still listen to that and can’t quite work out how it just all happened at the right time.5
It all makes for a natural build until a high organ note starts oscillating, wild geese take off in flight, and you just know something has to give. The intensity is like a dam about to burst...but into what?
Tony:And then I brought in the really big chords again, finally going back out of the minor key to an E major chord, which created this very serene, simple chord sequence; a strong, uplifting moment. It’s like the angels have arrived, the heavens have opened. And it had taken about twenty minutes to reach this point: that was what was so great about it, and people don’t often understand that. You have to have twenty minutes of build up, and then you get to that moment and wow, it really gives it to you. I like those moments which can send a shiver up the spine.4
Tony’s choice of words there is interesting. Is he saying it’s like the angels have arrived because that’s how he always envisioned it even when the whole song was just an instrumental thing? Or is he saying that because of what Peter transformed it all into?
Tony:It was a coincidence to some extent what happened there. Again, it was another one of those places where I had this keyboard solo and it ended on these big chords, and I thought, “Yeah, big chords!” you know? I had this idea of just vocal harmonies going “Ahhhhhhh,” you know? And then again Peter started singing on top of it, you know? And I thought, “Ah s---, here he goes again!”5 Mike:But the moment when we built to that “666” bit, it was one of those few moments in your career where you actually got a great sounding thing, and Pete came in with a vocal line we hadn’t sung together. He laid it on top. He hadn’t been rehearsing it that way. He just came in...it just sounded fantastic...Laid this vocal down and it’s like, “FANTASTIC.” So strong.5 Tony:When I brought in this big sequence at the top of the solo, I’d assumed that there would be no lead vocal… But I have to say, this time it only took me about ten seconds to think, “This sounds fantastic; it’s so strong,” even though that hadn’t been my plan. That taught me another lesson, that however much you can climax a keyboard solo, if you have a vocal or even a guitar to finish it off, it takes it onto another level.4 Peter:I felt like I was singing from my soul - almost like singing for my life.13
You wouldn’t expect a line that starts “Six-six-six” to be the most hopeful, brightest moment of the song, but that’s what Genesis achieves here. It’s one more transformation: dark to light. “666 is no longer alone.” Who? Who has joined him? The Hosts of Heaven, that’s who. It’s a piercing ray of light shattering through the cloud cover. Shivers up the spine, marrow from your backbone. The seven trumpets sound salvation; God has said “No more.” When this bit plays, and the powerful vocal-less chords that come after it, I can see the imagery play out in my head. When people think of the denizens of Heaven, they tend to think of what are essentially humans with kind faces, long hair, white robes, and feathery wings. Maybe toss a golden halo on there. We’ve associated the image of the angel with cherubic babies, Cupid, the tops of fir trees in the holiday season. We like to think of heavenly beings as sweet, peaceful, gentle souls. The heavenly host are the soldiers of God. They are armed and extraordinarily dangerous. They may be beautiful to behold, but only in an awe-filled, raw terror kind of way. They will eradicate, without mercy. And God has turned them loose on the demonic hordes. Listen to these bright chords over this dastardly beat and see in your mind’s eye the scores of glowing beings rocketing down through a hole in the sky. See their streaks of gold violently sweep across the legions of darkness, blades of holy fire cutting down all shadow until only light remains. This isn’t a battle, it’s a massacre. It’s a purging of all evil on Earth, forever.
Tony:The concept of the lyric was good in the sense that it was completely over the top: a fight between good and evil. I think that on most levels it worked very well, although it was perhaps something of a fluke - I have to say that.12
Now we find ourselves safe but afraid in this new, holy world. What’s next?
VII. As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men’s Feet)
Above all else an egg is an egg. “And did those feet…” making ends meet.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God. Revelation 19:16-17
Ohhhh, those tubular bells. Is there a more victorious sound in all of music than these three chimes to open this final section? It’s, well, divine.
Peter:It does feel like we captured some emotion there, particularly at the climax. For my part, it was influenced by John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, as, later, was The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. It was that idea of a journey… I still enjoy it now; I’m still attracted to it.1
The lovers, with whom we’ve taken this massive journey, are restored to their proper bodies, and united at last. Simultaneously comes the “marriage of the Lamb,” where Jesus Christ is restored to the bride, which is the church. And so this reprise takes on the weight of two romances: one between the song’s lyrical couple, their bond now made unbreakable by the experience they’ve shared; and one between God and His people. “I’ve been so far from here...but now I’m back again, and babe it’s gonna work out fine.” This line is so powerful because it’s coming from both sources.
Peter:There’s a line in Revelations [sic] which says, “This is the supper of the mighty one”...Anyway, there are very straightforward levels at which you can take the lyrics if you want.14
And then as the warmth of all of that floods over us and the drum fill brings some rhythm back in, we hit my personal favorite moment of the entire thing.
Tony:The reprise of The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man at the end was good...The idea of doing it at the end of the song with the Mellotron was something that never occurred to me, but it sounded great. There is some lovely guitar at the end there too. There are just lots of little bits that came together.12
Think all the way back to the first time we heard the section known as The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man. “Can’t you see he’s fooled you all?” That’s the melody. It’s a warning about this guy, but the music doesn’t feel like a warning at all. It feels strong, powerful, really good. We can know that this section is bad news a-brewin’ but we sort of don’t care, because it sounds triumphant. Here the same melody kicks in on “Can’t you feel our souls ignite?” and the difference in atmosphere is palpable. There’s a night and day difference between the first time we hear that melody and its reprise. This is strength. This is power. This is truth. It’s so immediately and utterly convincing that we almost look back and wonder why we thought that previous section was so strong to begin with. And the answer is because that section was the false prophet. He was selling a lie based on a distortion of the truth, and it sounded good only because we didn’t have the actual truth in front of us. Once you’re experiencing real eternal sanctuary, you become immune to attempts to convince you about false ones. He's returned to lead His children home, and there's no need to sell when you're homeward bound. It’s a lyrical and conceptual master stroke; the words elevate the music and the music elevates the words. It’s awesome, in the most literal sense of the word.
Peter:I think “Supper’s Ready” was again one of these journey songs where we were really trying to take people along this dream journey. When it worked, and we got to the sort of New Jerusalem stuff at the end, you could really feel you were touching people in quite a deep way. There was a guy who...when he heard “Supper’s Ready” for the first time he invited us to perform it at his church in Normandy. And this was a guy who didn’t normally relate to rock music… And there were things like that that were sort of growing in the music, that sometimes you’d get a feeling and get an area that you could harvest in different ways. And I think capture people’s imagination.5 Tony:It just worked well. The ending was sort of like a nice, relaxing, quite triumphant sort of bit.10 Phil:The last bit, you know, New Jerusalem. I think that’s fantastic. So that’s probably my favorite song on that [album].5 Steve:Many people’s favorite moment. This is Pete really giving his all on vocals here.15 Mike:That end section happened effortlessly, as good music often does. The act of doing “Supper’s Ready” seemed quite easy. If things take too long, it’s a bad sign… The game got raised.1
[Jerusalem=place of peace.]
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4
Tony:When we first heard it back, having written and recorded it - we hadn’t heard it all back! We actually stuck it together with Mike and I going to another studio, because we’d actually run out of studio time. And actually sticking these two parts together, which incidentally was slightly out of tune, so we had to slow down the track in order to make it work, which we were able to rectify on the remixes obviously. And just hearing it back all as one thing, I thought, “Well this is fantastic. This is so much the best thing we’ve ever done. I’m really excited by this.” So it was a very strong moment.5 Phil:I have very fond memories [of recording the album]... Hearing those things, and hearing “Supper’s Ready” put together, it was very strong. We were actually getting somewhere.5 Mike:Obviously “Supper’s Ready” is a huge piece...one of our best moments.5
Nobody knew it was great when making it; everyone knew it was great once it was made. But would the fans?
Steve:I thought, “No one’s gonna buy this, because it’s too long. The references are too far-flung. It’s totally ambiguous.” I thought the first time [Charisma Records head] Tony Stratton-Smith heard it he was gonna say, “Sorry boys, game’s up, contract’s cancelled; you’ll be hearing from our lawyers.”2 Phil:Most of all, credit must go to Tony, Mike, and Peter for seeing that all those parts could fit and be more than just five songs strung together over twenty-three minutes… Genesis are literally pushing the boundaries of what bands can do on an album.11 Tony:Well Foxtrot was the first album I think where we sounded convincing to the outside world. I think we sort of convinced ourselves with the [previous] two albums, and convinced maybe our fans. I think doing “Supper’s Ready” just took it on slightly another level. People could hear this album who had never heard Genesis before and be interested in it. I think that was a significant moment.5 Steve:When we finished “Supper’s Ready” I wasn’t sure whether anyone would like such a great long piece of music. The word Elgar comes to mind for some reason, Elgar on acid perhaps. We weren’t on acid, we weren’t on drugs: we were on beer and wine and Earl Grey. I thought the game was up, no one was going to like it, the record company were going to sack us, and we would disappear into a black hole. I was proved so wrong and I’ve never been so happy to be proved so wrong: it ended up becoming the band’s anthem.4
Epilogue II: Meals on Wheels
Steve:You know, if you really want to truly inhabit the fairy tale regions, then we needed as wide a canvas as possible. I remember being against doing "Supper's Ready" live before we had all these [additional] things, because I felt it wouldn’t work. I remember it was me and Pete and the two of us were saying, "We shouldn't do it unless we've got all the sound effects: of the train doors slamming, and Uncle Tom Cobley, and all," because we had performed a number of these type of things live and people just wandered off to the bar. We wondered, “Why?” It wasn't because the sound wasn't enough, and so we really had to get the whole production together before things started clicking [live] with Genesis in those days.16 Phil:Performing “Supper’s Ready” [live] brings its own challenges. The first dozen or so times we do it...the five of us are constantly trying to catch up with each other, such is the concentration needed to perform a long piece of music. However, from the off, it’s a hit with our audiences, and we always breathe a sigh of relief when we reach the end. Especially if we reach the end at the same time.11 Peter:At the end of “Supper’s Ready”, I had this 666 character in a big, heavy cloak with a fluorescent six-sided headpiece which would drop away to reveal a hammy but light lamé costume, a white out of black moment, the moment of ascent to heaven. It was supposed to be partly humorous but I think it ended up, in that great tradition of Spinal Tap, a little more humorous than I’d intended. In London you only needed one guy to operate the fly wire but in America there were about four to do the same job. This nearly ended up killing me because the person operating the wire was out of sight of the person giving the cue and they lifted me up before I was ready. I’d got a wire for the harness twisted around my neck in putting this mask on, which was serious because there was enough weight there to hang me. The clock was ticking and I had to get this wire off my neck. I didn’t really want to take the mask off because it would blow the visual moment but in the end I hid behind a piece of stage prop while I readjusted my hoisting wires and survived to live another day. But it was scary at the time.4 Steve:I guess it’s Genesis at its most adult, with all these kind of philosophical themes. So many things. I think it marks the beginning of the band moving into what was known by the Americans as theatrical rock. I think it’s because we were presenting the band with a light show, with a singer who was depicting the action, [using] a white muslin backdrop and ultraviolet lights. So you got the full whack of it. I know that Peter Gabriel and I were very keen on, if we were going to do something the length of “Supper’s Ready” in front of new audiences, it really had to engage visually as well as musically. So I think it marks a change with the band taking a leap into the unknown. I remember doing this for the first time in London at the Rainbow Theatre, and when the concert started there was a guy in the audience started out over the strains of the keyboards that kicked off. He shouted out, “Genesis is the best band in the world!”... And for that moment in time, the band WAS the best band in the world. I certainly felt I was playing guitar with the world’s best band at that time.15
I must admit, for as good as the studio track is, whenever I want to listen to “Supper’s Ready” I find myself almost exclusively choosing the Seconds Out version.
Tony:The one big advantage to [Seconds Out] was that we hadn’t included “Supper’s Ready” on Genesis Live and we were playing it so much better now. That’s such a strong song from our past; on Foxtrot the final parts sound great but the early parts are a bit rough. Seconds Out was a chance to do the whole thing with some flow to it, which it didn’t have before.3
Often imitated, never duplicated; the single most important piece of music Genesis ever created. Let’s hear it from the band!
Steve:Sometimes you get a great crystallization. You may not fully recognize it at the time - as musicians you may still be searching. But the audience, the true owners, will see it as a Mona Lisa. They’ll say, “Look no further, we’ve found it.”1 Tony:I was never really happy with the title… I wanted it to sound more epic, I suppose.10 Peter:Either “Supper’s Ready” or something from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway...I think those two areas are my favorite from Genesis material.17 Tony:It was a very important piece. It justified its length, which is quite difficult to do sometimes... There are one or two parts that in reality we shouldn’t have stuck with if we had the chance to review it, but all the parts stand up pretty much. They flow nicely from one to the other.12 Phil:A lot of Genesis “heads” regard it as our magnum opus, and I’d go along with that. It’s greater than the sum of its parts, though some of those parts are brilliant; notably Apocalypse in 9/8 and As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs.11 Tony:It’s funny, because it’s not kind of quoted as much as it used to be. Back in the 70s I remember they used to have these sort of polls on...radio. And the #1 sort of rock track of all time was “Stairway to Heaven”. Inevitably, I suppose. But #2 was “Supper’s Ready”. Well, that wouldn’t happen now. One of the reasons for that I think is because “Supper’s Ready” never gets played, because it’s too long. No radio station is going to play a song that’s [that] long. And that applies even in England. So it’s not really known about much apart from people who know the group and like the group. Who bought the album, I suppose, and the live shows… So it’s a little bit forgotten, but I think it’s a very strong moment. We were always tempted to try and do it on stage, but it is 26 minutes of a show, and that’s an awful lot to give over to one piece from that period.5 Steve:The fact that audiences responded so readily to it gave us a kind of go-ahead to start doing things of endless complexity. It’s very strange that that is our most successful song because it’s really quite difficult to listen to. It does go through so many changes. And so in a way it meant that all things are possible, really.8
2020.09.23 12:23 Timeywimey1994How to fully get over a rough LDR breakup
Hey all, I hope this is the right place to post this. I was in a pretty serious long distance relation with my ex from October 2017 to December 2019, she was in Mexico and me here in the UK. Was probably both the best and worst experience of my life and I’ll never forget the rush of flying over to see her whenever I got the time off holiday and the pain of the goodbyes - we even got engaged pretty quickly and for a time I was sure she was ‘the one’ and was very very much in love with her. For a couple of years I basically devoted myself to planning our future and being there for her if she ever needed me. Cue to Autumn last year and roughly about 4 weeks after our final in person meeting she becomes incredibly cold and takes longer and longer to talk to me. For about a month I put up with this before my friend told me that he saw her on OkCupid and that she was saying she was single. Was both shocked and heartbroken. I called her (she refused to talk via video call to my further upset) and she just said that she did not love me and felt incomplete and needed something else. Before the call ended she blurted out that she might regret this and that she did not want to lose me. I have since that call blocked her on every social media platform and have been no contact. It’s coming up to a year and I still feel really hurt over this and feel like I’ve never really been able to say a proper goodbye and know that I am never ever going to speak or see someone who was a massive part of my life for a time - I know she treated me very badly and doesn’t deserve my time, but part of me wants to reach back out to attempt to make amends (I know I shouldn’t). Has anyone ever been in a similar position here? Thanks for reading. Edit: I’ll add that I feel stupid for caring almost a year later
2020.09.06 13:25 topperdoggleUpgrade from OnePlus 3T, developer friendly, not break the bank if possible
So after three years of great service, my OnePlus 3T has developed screen issues following a bodged attempt to replace the battery. I've had the phone replaced once, but the phone is on life-support now and I need to buy a replacement so I don't get caught short. I am a kind of power user, but not in a gaming type way. As much as I dislike using my phone (addiction), it's an integral part of my life (work in technology, need to be available, social media etc). My typical apps:
Tinder / OkCupid etc
Hangouts Meet / Zoom / Teams / etc
And I'm on it for probably a couple of hours a day. I know that these may not seem like resource drainers, but for example it's amazing how slow Gmail and Google Maps are these days as they've bloated them. Generally, my experience is a bit laggy but if the battery hadn't gone downhill (then the screen issue), I'd still be satisfied with the 3T overall, I really rate it and I'll even be sad to move on. I wouldn't like to buy the most expensive device out there because I always feel that the prices are most reasonable in the middle and the depreciation is highest at the high-end. Plus there's the chance of it getting lost or stolen - even more painful for a more expensive phone. But I appreciate that (to an extent) you get what you pay for. OS-wise, I like a vanilla experience (that's why I'm still using Paranoid Android even though it's an old version). Something rootable, AOSPA-like, decent dev community, minimal bloatware. I use Nova Launcher but still I don't need the hardware manufacturer's attempts at software delight. I take a fair amount of photos and videos, but I'm not a camera snob. I can see that the 3T's camera can be improved, but I don't find it offensive. I love my music, so a 3.5mm jack would be great, maybe I'm a philistine, but it's kind of obscene how they just removed them in some models and called cutting off access to most IEMs progress. Oh, I live in Israel where consumer electronics are expensive, but I'm going to the UK soon so I should have a good choice available at reasonable prices, if not USA prices. Look forward to hearing your suggestions and happy to clarify anything necessary. Edit: 5G and NFC would be nice. I don't upgrade too often. 5G will be rolled out at some point and NFC is uncommon here but nice for travelling and may come here soon.
2020.09.02 15:39 Robert_de_Saint_LoupWhy has our generation embraced online dating?
I was born in 1995 and back in the day there was this thing called the “personals” section of the newspaper. It was made for people who wanted to connect with a potential partner. A person would look at the personals and if they saw the information and picture of someone they liked, they would contact them. My aunt implored with tears her coworker at the time not to date a man in the personals section. It was considered shameful to do such things and the proper way was considered either an introduction to a mutual friend or go to particular spots such as the beach, gym, bar, etc... such was dating back in those days. Online dating started becoming more popular when eHarmony and Match came out. But this was more for middle aged people and it was also a paid service. But a 22 year old in 2006 for example, wouldn’t go on Match or Eharmony. Online dating for young adults didn’t really kick until after 2009 or so. And when OkCupid and Tinder got started, it gained a mass following of young adults and college students. Such was the attraction of Tinder at that time. Today, due to society’s conditions, there is Hinge, Coffeemeetsbagle, Bumble, Happn, Tinder, OkCupid and a ton of other ones. But how did this happen? Granted it’s predominantly common in large and medium cities. The people of the country, following the traditions of our ancestors, aren’t so quick to throw themselves into online dating and resort to more conventional forms of dating. And our fellow millennial peers in the East are much more attuned with the conventional forms of dating. Same thing with the mediterranean nations and Latin America. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist over there, it’s just not as common with our peers as it is over here in the Western English nations, USA, Canada, UK. In Latvia, our fellow millennials rejoice during the Jāņi and sing songs of summer and joy. They start a fire and all the civil servants of the city flock to the scene of merriment to join their community. So great is the attachment to the ancestors and the community. Here, everybody is on dating apps sharing spongebob memes and talking about identity politics. In Puerto Rico, the islanders aren’t as keen on online dating. Same thing with many of the people in other areas. Why do we assume we are superior? We tech-obsessed young people. Why do we embrace online dating and suggest it for our friends when many of our peers don’t do this. How did this happen?
At different points in my life I consumed unbelievable amounts of content on money/careers/pua/health/fitness/nutrition and general alpha content. Here are the most important links that apply to most young men. At different stages in your life different things matter. At age 18-20 nobody cares about careemoney - your height/money/face/dominance/status matter. At age 26 careenetwork/apperance matter. Really to succeed at life/serotinin/socially-perceived-success you should try to maximise the integral of your sexual desirability over life. We use Richard Dawkins' Selfish Gene Framework, Jordan Peterson Framework and Machiavelli Framework here. Don't be the Napolean Dynamite "highschool quarterback making $40k/year". Dont be the 30 year old 5'5'' iBanker marrying a goldigger who hates you and will cuckold and divorce you. If you are a guy be the 7/10 appearance average dude who slept with 30+ women and is lucky to be making 200K+/year and marrying a 9/10 appearance smart woman. Spiritually we approve/endorce/love the women who are 7/10 in genetic appearance and dating 9/10 men (a great subreddit for this is /FemaleDatingStrategy/). We care about teaching everyone to maximise their social status/class/whatever - no matter where they started in life - social mobility is the ultimate form of equality (see the Sunday Times Of London Rich List which has shown how entreprenuership is the ultimate path to wealth in the UK while it was not 30 years ago (this is even more true in the USA)) - but the author of this subreddit only can speak for men because he is a man. The author will be teaching his daughters to follow /FemaleDatingStrategy/ and his sons to follow /theredpill - but at the same time you must be honest and good while appreciating the machiavellian strategies.
Both men and women will try to stop you from breaking out of your genetic/sociological/fiscal status - no matter who you are, NO MATTER YOUR RACE, YOUR GENDER - you must IGNORE them, DEFEAT them, EXCEED their expectations, DEFEAT their preconceived definitions of what you may obtain and MAXIMISE YOUR POTENTIAL NO MATTER WHAT THEY TELL YOU, NO MATTER WHAT SOCEITY SAID YOU MAY HAVE, AND REJECT EVEN WHAT YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ALLOWED TO GIVE YOURSELF. God speed.
Being rich/high-income-potential becomes FAR more important after age 23. See OkCupid datascientist blog data for undeniable proof of the irrelevance before and the predominance afterward. The sooner you care/start the better; some attractive 23 year old women are very interested in rich 40 year olds. If you are not genetically hot as a male then money/status will help you - a 6/10 can become an 8/10, an 8/10 can become a 10/10. The game of life is VERY cruel and men rate women on physical appearance (genetics) far more than men rate women. Women are more rational/fair than men and care about life success / accomplishments. We care about youth/fertility/waist-hip-ratio. Society will demand men prject the opposite and women project the opposite, in the name of equality (which is not a bad thing for soceity to do - you should encourage it - but it is a shit-test and bad for you personally - I just gave you 2 years of discovery/wisdom/truth-finding for free so upvote this post you cunt. If your career tops out at $100k or $250k a year then you should be working on your side hustle and trying to build a business on the side. The sooner you start the better. Amazon FBA (/fulfillmentbyamazon) was very hot back in 2015 for this but not so hot now. NoCode, Shopify and some other models are hot ways to make $200k+ outside of a career in 2020 - search Twitter for people talking about this stuff and follow people who are making 200k/year or more. I recommend the "My First Million" podcast most of all - listen to all of them and learn about business models that are trending. Ideasex those biz models. Follow their guests on twitter. Learn from people who "make it" who have <1k followers. Apply what they say and start your own businesses, put in 3months+ work, then message them, thank them for the inspiration, tell them how you applied their methods, then ask for SPECIFIC advice. They will 80%+ reply because the see themself in you - congrats you have a mentor who will take you to $5M+ networth if you DONT fuck up with stupid questions.
Building relationships with women:
https://www.youtube.com/c/AskToddV/videos - ToddV was one of the PUAs in the book The Game. He was part of RSD then they all fell out. Of all the PUA content out there, all the channels, all the blogs - I think his two youtube channels are the best foundation and with content for all skill levels.
/theredpill does have some good stuff, try different search terms and sort by top of all time.
Cold approach Day Game and Social Circle game are the absolute best. TindeBumble/Hinge are great if you are very good looking (6 foot tall and good muscle mass and face). In college Social Circle Game is supreme: At university I went from 0 to 50 sexual partners using social circle game / charisma, and I was sleeping with 9/10s while physically I was a 7 or 8/10 (skinny, bad clothes, bad haircut, decent height, good face). Become president of college societies & DJing are great. Also great in early 20s: being in a band, being in some distinct subculture (e.g. if you are chinese then being involved in chinese societies within your western university are great to be high status in a chinese crowd) (if you are in highschool and goths).
https://www.youtube.com/c/MorePlatesMoreDates/videos - content on steroids/hairloss/height/face/asthetics. I advise against steroids and dont take them. Absolutely do not do them without getting tonnes of bloodwork and genetic testing and checking your arterial stiffness with cardiologist.
fast hack: wear red. one study showed a red T shirt makes a man rated by women as 7/10 get rated as 8/10.
cologne: get Armaf club de nuit. Its a spin off clone of Creed Aventus (very expensive). on the perfume forums both creed aventus and Club De Nuit got maximum scores for "what cologne makes female strangers come up and compliment you most" - the most important metric.
Wear boots for an inch in height it makes a surprising difference. more plates more dates on youtube tested this.
nobody notices or cares about watches, but you can save a lot of money getting a superclone, see reptime . at the very least do not buy a genuine watch that has superclones or expect anyone to notice your watch.
women do however notice shoes and clothes. But the right clothes depend so much on context/age/location that it is not worth going into here.
Read and apply How to Win Friends and Influence people. Using names, eye contact, asking questions - it really is the cheat code to being loved, increasing serotonin, being happy and fulfilled, making sales, being a leader.
buy frozen mixed veg. e.g. "frozen soffrito mix", "frozen mediterranean veg mix". Buy as many varieties as you can. Put 250g of two different bags in a frying pan with olive oil. Add a spice mix (buy many different spice mixes). Add a squirt of tomato paste and a lot of meat. Drink it with small glass of juice. This meal is 8 of your 5 a day, it takes 10 minutes with minimal effort/prep and only a pan/plate to wash up. If you are aiming to lose fat then do OMAD or IF 20:4 and make this your main/only meal of the day.
If you are not bulking always do intermittent fasting 20:4, life is just so much better on it.
Stan Efferdings vertical diet is great for bulking but dont do it without blood tests and worry about clogging your arteries. They dont get unclogged.
read about spices/supplements on ergo-log.com. did you know garlic triples testosterone in rats? did you know a teaspoon of dirt cheap paprika has more micronutrients than a full handful of blueberries (considered an expensive superfood?).
2020.08.24 17:01 autotldr'Creepy men' message women on Scrabble Go app
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 70%. (I'm a bot)
A number of women who play online Scrabble on the Scopely app Scrabble Go say they are being messaged by "Creepy men" within the game's chat function. They begin a game and then start asking where the women live and whether they are married and want to continue chatting via other messaging apps such as WhatsApp. "In Scrabble Go, players are able to access mute and block functions within the chat feature, as well as the 'mute public chat' privacy setting," a spokeswoman said. "When enabled, players will only receive chat notifications and messages from players they already know and are connected with as a Facebook friend, favourite, or via their synced contacts." It became the official Scrabble app in June, when the Mattel franchise ended with games giant EA. It says it has 2.5 million daily players. One woman who signed the petition three days ago, wrote: "I do not like being targeted by creepy men who want to chat not play Scrabble."
2020.08.02 15:41 BenedickCabbagepatchWhen should you tell someone that you're a divorcee?
Hi guys, This is probably going to sound incredibly un-worldly of me, or might just be regarded as a daft question outright, but please do hear me out. I'm a UK native, but I lived in Russia for six years. During that time I got married to a girl because we both wanted to open an English school. We kind of got swamped up in that euphoria of working toward a mutual goal and things were good for a while but, in the end, it didn't work out and we realised we didn't have much else left. We were totally different characters that, pragmatically speaking, complemented one another when it came to running a business but we didn't really share common values. Anyway, I'm not going to pretend for a moment that all that wasn't a mistake or that I wasn't exceedingly immature for getting married under those circumstances, but the past is the past. We were married for two years, didn't have any mutual property nor did we have kids. We separated amicably and no longer communicate. Now during my remaining time in Russia, I dated. When it came to online dating (mostly through Tinder), I would get talking to a girl and then, round about the point we were ready to swap numbers I'd say something to the effect of "Hey, I'm sorry if this is a little forward but, just in case it's a dealbreaker for you, I wanted you to know that I got divorced last summer. Might be a bit odd to mention it but I feel happier knowing all the cards are on the table." Nobody ever took issue with it. I can't say to what extent it was cultural differences (divorce being rather easy out in Russia and exceedingly common) or just because, as a Westerner, I was quite desirable there. It's not proven the case on OkCupid. Three times now I've had nice conversations going, I've reached that point that we've both mentioned meeting up and then I drop something similar about being divorced and, each time, I just got ghosted. I don't mean to whine with this post, nor am I disputing that people have the right to be discerning of anything about a match and that their tastes/values are entirely subjective and their own business. My motive in making this thread is to simply ask just what the best way is to approach my divorce with western women? As, obviously, it's not something I'm really experienced with. My sister told me I should wait until I'm actually on a date with them, but that feels manipulative to me. In honesty this is proving a bit of a hangup for me and I'm not sure how to deal with it. I want to honestly present information to people before they feel like they're wasting their time with me, in the event that my being a divorcee is a dealbreaker. When should I break the news and how should I present it? As I said, we were married for two years. We didn't own any property together nor did we have kids. Really it's no different from any other relationship. Divorce in Russia is easy peasy and we have no existing connections nor are we really in contact. At the same time, though, I recognise that it was a legal union and that, perhaps, it might make me "tainted goods," so to speak. So, yeah, I'd be grateful for any advice please :) And just to iterate one more time out of paranoia, I'm not trying to express frustration or dissatisfaction at people exercising their preferences. They are welcome to do so. I just want to give them the information at the correct time and present it in the best way.
2020.07.30 06:40 meijishoI think my mom is getting scammed and I have no idea how to make her understand.
UPDATE: i talked to her this morning and she blocked him and said she's not dumb and that she just wanted to see how far he would go. After dinner i saw her get a notification and i saw it was this same guy, I confronted her about it and she said she wants someone to talk to and basically said that I stalk her???? and that he doesn't ask her for money. I'm so upset rn I don't even want to see her. My mom (50) met this guy on OkCupid around a month ago, he said he is from Norway but currently living in the US and that he works as a welder. At first I was like ok whatever, be careful I guess, although I had some suspicions because we live in Italy so I was confused why this guy was so interested in her despite the distance, but I've been in ldr's myself so I guess it can happen at an older age too. He was saying how he is tired of being single and really wants to settle down. The number he uses to talk with her (they talk through WhatsApp) is an US number. At first I thought he was a regular welder, but then she tells me he would have a welding job in Germany and after 2 weeks he wanted to come over to meet her(this will also be relevant later). Apparently it's an underwater welding job, and he's on one of those platforms in the middle of the sea. He was also saying how much he wanted them to go back to the US together. I have no idea why you would say something like this to someone you know after only 2 weeks (at the time). She also told me he talks in a very romantic way. Then the real bs happened. One day she shows me some pictures, but the resolution and size seemed off. Definitely not a picture you'd take with a smartphone in this day and age, so I told her to send them to me. Obviously I found them on Google. I got really angry and told her to just block him because they barely knew each other anyway + he's a liar. She doesn't say anything, some days pass and I thought she had blocked him. BUT NO. one day I notice her getting a text from him, I ask her why and she says he was "embarrassed" by his room (the pic he sent was from an asian touristic ship, then he sent her a pic of a 2 person mattress just sitting on the floor, and tbh the room just looked like a 3rd world country room, he also said he was sharing the bed with some other guy). There were some other pictures too but idk if she confronted him about those. ALSO, it's important to add that I never searched the pictures of this man, the pictures I searched were of a person welding underwater, a bedroom and a man holding a huge fish. I also don't know if they videochatted. Fast forward to today, I had to check her email for some things that she needed help with, and I find this email supposedly from the place where he's working at currently, the email isn't official in any way (it repeats the name 2 times, first time misspelled), it's written bad English (example from the email: " we regret that it can only be granted if the due charges are meet and you would shoulder the charges attached to the contractor leaving the sea " ???) AND it basically says if he has to leave the job there is a fee that has to be paid (3150 euro, to a bank account). I also found an email she sent where she was asking for permission for him to leave and saying she is his fiancee (lol?). Wouldn't he ask for permission himself if he wanted to leave??? Obviously if any of this made sense. Also wasn't it a 2 week job?! Not to mention, I searched online this email (nothing came up, but there exists a platform with this name) and this ship or platform or whatever it is isn't even in Germany but in Panama. I confronted her yesterday, before knowing about this email, and asked why she still talks with someone that lied to her, what's the point... She just doesn't want to understand there are major red flags, and with this EVEN BIGGER red flags, I'm honestly baffled she would rather trust some random weirdo online and not her daughter that obviously wants the best for her. Also I looked up the name that was written along with the bank account, I found some people but I'm not sure if it can be them, but all people I found under this name are nigerian and living in the UK. I'm worried, I don't want her to get scammed or hurt and she won't listen to me. I will confront her about this email when she wakes up but I don't see her ending the relationship. Sorry for no TLDR, it's such a mess I have no idea how to summarize.
2020.07.19 21:43 tutetibiimperesNugu Roundup #48 - On Again Off Again - 200719 + Album Giveaway
Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup! What is this?: This is a weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below! Last week we got to know the socially conscious idol group Flor_us. This week let's check out a boy group who was recently on MNet's Road to Kingdom, let's spend some time with ONF! Look at the first comment below for the winner of the third Nugu Roundup Album Giveaway, plus details on this week's album up for grabs! What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition. Let's get on with the show... ________________________________________________________ ONF Who are they?: ONF is a six member boy group under WM Entertainment. Their name means 'On N Off' meaning they want to show different sides of themselves as if they were turning on and off. The group is subdivided into two three-member lines, the vocal-centric 'On' line, and the dance/performance-centric 'Off' line. Their fandom name is Fuse, which they say is a combination of 'ONF' and 'Muse' meaning their fans are their inspiration, plus a Fuse protects and electrical circuit and in the same way they protect each other. Company: WM Entertainment is most well known for the girl group Oh My Girl and the long-running boy group B1A4. The company was founded by singer Lee Won-min, previously known as Kim Jung-soo, who was a singer himself and former manager of 1st-gen girl group Papaya. Group Interviews
Facts: He began studying music at the International University of the Arts but dropped out, later completing a degree in Japanese through the online Hanyang Cyber University. He won a singing competition in school covering a 4Men song. He competed in MixNine where he came in 2nd overall and would've debuted in the group had YGE any intentions of debuting a boy group at the time. He is said to resemble the Pokemon Dedenne. He is good friends with Inseong from SF9 and has been good friends with J-US, the ONF 'Off' team leader, for over 10 years. He studied piano for five years when he was younger and can still play. He likes spicy Buldak noodles. He is very dedicated to improving himself as a singer and practices between 3-6 hours per day and has done so for years. While some people assume he is the leader of the overall group he says that he and J-US are equals as leaders, and that he is the more cheerful and playful leader while J-US is the more strict leader.
Facts: He is from Jeonju, a city in southern Korea famous for the natural lands surrounding it and for many historical buildings and traditional foods, including being the birthplace of the famous Korean dish Bibimbap. He has a degree in Japanese from Hanyang Cyber University and can speak Japanese and Chinese. He was on MixNine. His stage name comes from combining the E in his surname with 'Sensation'. He has been praised by a Monotree producer for his ability to express emotion through his voice. He had met Hyojung from Oh My Girl at a music school and she was his inspiration to try out for WM Entertainment. Though he is in the vocal line he is very interested in dance and has been taking lessons to improve his dancing. He is also interested in design and designed the group's official T-shirt and hoodie.
Facts: When he was growing up he wanted to become a trot singer and practiced singing trot for years. He was on the No.Mercy survival show that created Monsta X as well as MixNine. His stage name means 'Min Karat'. His parents run an ice-cream shop and had he not become an idol he'd be working with them at the shop. He is very fond of animals and has fed stray cats in his neighborhood as well as taken an injured bird and cat to the animal hospital. He has a Soundcloud where he posts song covers. He has trained for seven years, including a period of time at Starship.
Position: Off Team Leader, Lead Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist
Facts: He competed in MixNine and was eliminated right before the final group selection. He attended the International University of the Arts studying music but dropped out. He wanted to become a professional table-tennis player when he was young and even went to a school that specialized in training for it, but due to the strictness of the program he left. His stage name comes from the 'Joon' in his name and 'Us' meaning everyone. His grandmother died on the day of MixNine auditions be he carried through knowing she would've wanted him to be responsible. He is good friends with Minhyuk of Monsta X. His older sister is a nurse and she once tried to practice finding a blood vessel with a needle on him while he was sleeping but missed and stabbed him then fled, leaving him to wake up confused with a hole in his arm.
Facts: He made it to the final round before the final group selection in MixNine with J-US. He is known for his broad shoulders and deep voice, and ran a special 'Good Night' series on Vlive where he'd woo fans to sleep with his deep voice. While he was born in Seoul he lived in Kazakhstan for five years when he was younger because of his father's work and attended an International School where the lessons were taught in English so learned English in Kazakhstan. He says his stage name means 'Brave'. His nicknames include 'Gorilla' and 'Princess', he prefers Gorilla. He is a big eater and especially love hamburgers and pizza, sometimes eating four hamburgers and three slices of pizza at a time. He had to teach himself to eat more slowly however as he gave himself diverticulitis.
Position: Main Dancer Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae
Facts: He is from Osaka, Japan and is a former JYP trainee where he grew close to Yuto of Pentagon and Sana of Twice who were Japanese JYP trainees at the same time. His Korean is excellent and the other members have given him the Korean name Kim Yuto. When he went back to Japan for a while he took a job at a Korean restaurant in Japan so that he could keep practicing his Korean and not forget. He competed in MixNine and made it to the second-to-last round. He is the first Japanese person to debut with WM Entertainment. He elected to move to Korea to train with JYP instead of finishing high school in Japan. When he first moved to Korea he says that Kimchi was too spicy for him, but his tastes have evolved and he now enjoys spicy Korean food. He faced a minor controversy when uploading a picture of himself as a child on his birthday because the photo showed him holding a poster that had an image reminiscent of the Japanese war flag on it, which he quickly deleted after it was brought to his attention.
Debut: August 1st, 2017 with On/Off (MV) Live Stage (link) Dance Practice (link)
Song: The lead single from their debut EP On/Off. According to WM the song is in the 'Chill-Out House' genre, which seems adjacent to tropical house, but has a nice relaxing and fresh presentation. With a pleasant melody, some surprisingly potent vocal moments, and a very cool breakdown in the latter part of the chorus this debut manages to toe the line between trendy and unique expertly. The MV features some cool space themes.
Composers/Producers: NOPARI (MonoTree) (Nature - Girls and Flowers, Ladies' Code - Galaxy, Red Velvet - Blue Lemonade), Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (GFriend - Apple, KARA - With, Loona - Hi High)
Most Recent Comeback: October 7th, 2019 with Why (MV) Special (choreo) MV (MV) Live Stage (link) Dance Practice (link)
Song: The lead single from their most recent EP Go Live, this is a dark synth-driven track that still features a strong anthemic chorus and moody emotional vocal lines. The MV is shot beautifully with an obviously high budget and features a very cool sci-fi/cyberpunk/augmented-reality theme.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above), MK (group member)
Song: The third promoted single from their debut EP On/Off, this down-tempo R&B song features some lovely crunchy harmonies and is a beautiful showcase of the vocal line.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above), NOPARI (MonoTree) (see above)
Complete (MV) Live Stage (link) Dance Practice (link)
Song: The lead single from the group's 2nd EP You Complete Me, this release is bright and relentlessly upbeat and one of the freshest boy group comebacks I can recall. Eschewing the common trap-break tempo slowdown in the rap section and switching the expected EDM drop for a bright sax-and-synth driven instrumental interlude this song keeps a smile on your face as the boys dance around in another expertly-shot high-budget MV.
Producers/Composers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above)
Song: The second promoted single from their You Complete Me EP, this is another chance for the performance unit to shine with some fun choreography. Light EDM dance makes way for a very fun and unexpected sax-driven dance break towards the end.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above), Lee Joo Hyung (MonoTree) (B1A4 - Only One, SNSD - Wait a Minute, Taeyeon - When I Was Young)
Song: A special WM Family Winter Song collaboration between Oh My Girl, B1A4, and ONF.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above), Mimi (Oh My Girl group members), Wyatt (group member)
We Must Love (MV) Live Stage (link) Dance Practice (link)
Song: The lead single from the group's third EP We Must Love, this is described as in the 'Future Bass' genre and features a strong penetrating bass synth in the arrangement. Some vocal elements still shine through, and the MV features some beautiful set pieces and continues with the group's sci-fi/techno themes.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above)
Song: The second promoted single from their third EP We Must Love. Another performance-team showcase with the as-always-excellent choreography, this one immediately jumped out at me as I was listening because I'm just a sucker for prominent string parts in songs. The unexpected jazz breakdown towards the end is just as much a special treat.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above), NOPARI (MonoTree) (see above), Choi Young Kyung (최영경) (MonoTree) (Dreamcatcher - R.o.S.E. Blue, Heejin (Loona) - Vivid, CLC - Breakdown)
Song: While not promoted on music shows, this is the 2nd song from their fourth EP We Go Live to receive a promotional video. The MV shows a backdrop of their travels during their live concert tour.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above), NOPARI (MonoTree) (see above), Justin Reinstein (N.Flying - Good Bam, GFriend - Creme Brulee, GWSN - All Mine (Coast of Azure)), Aurori (오로리) (no other credits found)
Song: The third promoted single from their fourth EP Go Live, this dark and moody vocal driven song does sound like it as some Eastern European influence. With subdued vocal lines in the verse, an intense but low-key rap segment, and a rich chorus this is a treat for the ears.
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above)
Song: Described as a 'gift film' this special non-album single did not receive any promotion, and appears to be a special song for the fans. It's a beautiful ballad with a nice upbeat groove underneath.
Song: The original song released by ONF for the Road To Kingdom Finale, this song packs a ton of different styles into itself but remains high energy throughout (and as a side note the tweeting in the instrumental interlude momentarily made me think a bird had gotten into my house)
Composers/Producers: Hwang Hyun (황현) (MonoTree) (see above)
Trivia: The group came in 2nd place overall in the recent MNet competition show Road to Kingdom, losing out to The Boyz who will be moving to the full Kingdom competition show. The group's first stage appearance was as backup dancers for B1A4 in the 2016 Dream Concert. The group has toured around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Switzerland, Russia, and Bulgaria. They had plans to do a Latin America tour, but it was canceled due to COVID-19. Other candidates for the group's name before debut were MeToo and Zero. The group has had large gaps between comebacks due to various issues but has recently been gaining attention due to their appearance in Road to Kingdom. ________________________________________________________ Soloist of the Week Yukika Who is she?: A Japanese female soloist under Estimate Entertainment. She has had a varied career in Japan before moving to Korea to further pursue music in the Korean Market. Her Korean solo releases have been in the City Pop genre. Company: Estimate Entertainment represents Yukika as well as Soloist Sungtae. They also represent composers ESTi (known primarily for writing game music, but has also written for Yukika, the IDOLMASTER Project Kdrama, and most recently Dreamcatcher's game-CF song R.o.S.E BLUE), Seibin (also known primarily for writing music for games), and Benicx (no info found). In addition the represent voice actress Gyeyun Lee and voice actor Kim Hyesung. Real Name: Teramoto Yukika Age: 27 (IA) Solo Debut: February 22nd, 2019 with Neon (MV) Live Stage (Link)
Song: Breezy and innocent with a nostalgic production in both the music and the MV this song was a strong statement of Yukika's intent in the Kpop market.
Composers/Producers: OREO (production team of Iggy (of GFriend fame), C-no, and Woong Kim) (Haseul (Loona) - Let Me In, Ladies' Code - The Rain, Melody Day - Color)
Most Recent Comeback: July 9th, 2020 with Yesterday (MV)
Song: The pre-release single for her upcoming album Soul Lady, this takes the City Pop sound and adds a rich tough of '90s R&B/New Jack Swing into the mix for a unique and compelling track.
Trivia: Yukika first entered the entertainment as a teen model for Japanese magazine Nicola, a fashion magazine targeted at teen girls. She appeared in the live-adaptation of the Shojo Ramen ChocoMimi alongside AKB48 member Masuyama Kayano and then worked as voice actress for a variety of anime projects. After finishing school she came to Korea and took part in The [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), a drama that resulted in the project group Real Girls Project which she also took part in. She competed in MixNine, leaving in the 2nd round. She says she has the food tastes of an old man and has had good luck going to restaurants where she sees a lot of old men eating. She is fond of gopchang and makchang (grilled intestines), sundae (blood sausage), chicken feet, bone soups, grilled pork belly, and liver dishes. She is a fan of the Swedish cartoon character Moomin. She taught herself Korean after joining The [email protected] show and fuller immersed herself to learn quickly, refusing to speak in Japanese to her family and friends in Japan. She is a fan of the game League of Legends and in an interview with noteworthy streamer of the game he mentioned that her ability to trash talk while playing makes her almost Korean. ________________________________________________________ IN MEMORIAM CUPID Who were they?: A four member girl group under IN Entertainment and Narda Entertainment. They were plagued by a rapid succession of member changes during their short run, having 9 members come through the group during three years. Releases
Song: Their debut, April 29th, 2015. An EDM-Dance style song. The group's lineup was interesting for a four-member group with two rappers.
A Woman on the Beach (with Rion Five) (MV) Live Stage (Link)
Song: Their first special summer collaboration song. Before this release members Sarang and Nanayuri left the group, being replaced by Amin and Pureum. However the group then changed companies leading to Amin, Pureum, and original member Jenna leaving, with Amin staying with the old company to redebut in Fantastie. After the move original member Nanayuri rejoined the group for this comeback.
Song: The group's second special summer collaboration single. There was a special Christmas single between this and the last, however any videos of performances seem to no longer exist online. In between this and the last comeback two new members, Dohee and Seolyi joined the group, with Seolyi leaving before this comeback. They also added a new member Hyemi, who then changed her stage name to SaetByeol, then back to Hyemi. Nanayuri left the group for a second time, the members competed in MixNine, and then came back as a trio to collaborate with Chic Angel for this song, which would be their last.
Composers/Producers: Jang Young-jin (no other credits found)
Active Between: April 2015 - Sometime in 2019 Reasons for Disbanding: While no official statement was given, the rapid-fire membership changes and reliance on collaborations with other groups along with switching companies seems to indicate a lack of financial stability for the group. Trivia: Member Dohee, who has also gone by Blue Berry and Solhee, has been involved in other groups including ICIA, Scarlet, and Pocket Girls. She is now a soloist and recently released Rain Drop (audio). Member Amin, who has also been a member of Honey Girls, HeyMiss, and Fantastie, was recently announced as a new member of HeyGirls using the stage name Jein following the departure of original member Jandi and member Siyeon. ___________________________________________________ That's it for today, let's get the discussion on! As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below. Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
2020.07.16 23:18 34534grBest ways to meet girls like this?
Disclaimer: This post talks about my preferences in a partner. I feel kinda gross for even bringing it up, but know that I'm not cutting down girls who aren't my type--ya'll wonderful and beautiful!--I'm just looking to see if I can better find folks I'm interested in, or even if they exist! So I guess I'm superfical in a way lol: the girls I've grown close to before have interested me very soon after I've met them (I'm not sure slowly growing close to someone works for me?). I'm attracted to pretty femme, more or less conventionally attractive girls. Lipstick lesbians, I guess, though in a sort of old-fashioned "wears a tea dress to a picnic late on a Sunday afternoon" way rather than girls who hit the clubs and bars. Usually arty/creative, into vintage stuff, and with a sort of eccentricity about them that's not necessarily loud or glaring I guess? Oh, and expressive and sort of good-natured, more than using dry or sarcastic humour (since I'm awkward and non-neurotypical I don't always "get" if someone is being sardonic!). Pretty much shy hobbit girls really lol. I've been on dating apps for a while now, specifically OkCupid and Bumble, but I've not really had any luck. OkCupid recommends me almost exclusively 19-21 year old femmes (bit too young for me, I'm in my late 20s), very adventurous butches, couples looking for unicorns, and poly folks (I'm strictly mono). I seem to get a wider "range" of girls on Bumble, but I suspect most aren't lesbians since their profiles often mention guys! So where do I find girls like this? I live in London, UK, if it helps. I've gone to bar-based Meetups (before Covid) and I've met lovely girls, but I guess those places tend to attract more extraverted types? Hope I don't sound like I'm looking for a complete fantasy here!
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2020.05.29 22:04 rogerrocket480[For Sale] Original & Modern Pressings - Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Bon Iver, Death Grips, Radiohead, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Billy Joel and LOTS More...
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SOLDThe Beatles - self-titled (The White Album) (Capitol) 1976 2LP repress with orange Capitol labels. Gatefold jacket. Includes poster, but missing the photo set. VG+/VG+/VG $15 PENDINGBerlin - Love Life (Geffen) Original 1984. VG+/VG+ $4 SOLDBikini Kill - The Singles (Bikini Kill Records) 2018 compilation. With insert. VG++/VG++ $10 SOLDBlood Orange - Cupid Deluxe (Domino) 2014 2LP repress. VG++/VG++/VG+ $15 SOLDBon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) 2008 repress. With insert. NM/VG++ $10 SOLDBon Iver - 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) Original 2016. With booklet and gatefold jacket. NM/VG++ $12 SOLDDavid Bowie- Hunky Dory (Parlophone) 2015 European reissue. 180 gram vinyl. VG++/VG++ $15 SOLDKate Bush - The Whole Story (EMI America) 1986 compilation. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG+ $15 The Call - Modern Romans (Mercury) Original 1983. VG+/VG+ $4 Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate (Columbia/Legacy) 2016 German repress.180 gram vinyl. NM/VG+ $12 SOLDLeonard Cohen - Songs From A Room (Columbia) Mid-late 1970's repress (PC 9767). VG+/VG+ $15 Cream - Disraeli Gears (RSO) 1977 repress. Vinyl has a very slight warp that does not affect playback. Jacket VG+ $6 SOLDDeath Grips - The Money Store (Epic) Original 2012. VG++/VG++ $15 SOLDDeath Grips - No Love Deep Web (Harvest/Third Worlds) Original 2013 with uncensored cover, but missing the plain black outer cover. NM/VG++ $20 SOLDDeath Grips - Year Of The Snitch (Harvest/Third Worlds) Original 2018. VG++/VG++ $12 Deep Purple - self-titled (Tetragrammaton) Original 1969 with unipak jacket. VG/VG+ $15 Deep Purple - In Rock (Warner Bros.) Mid 1970's repress with Burbank/Palm Tree label. Gatefold jacket. VG/VG $6 SOLDBob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (Columbia) 2LP 1972 repress with red/orange Columbia labels. Gatefold jacket has a couple small seam splits. VG+/VG+/VG+ $25 SOLDBob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks (Columbia) Original 1975 pressing with black liner notes and maroon card stock inner sleeve. VG+/VG+ $20 SOLDEarth, Wind & Fire - All 'N All (Columbia) Original 1977 with poster. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG+ $5 SOLDEcho And The Bunnymen - self-titled (Sire) Original 1987. With 'Lips Like Sugar'. VG+/VG+ $15 SOLDFather John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop) 2015 2LP. Gatefold jacket. With both inserts. NM/NM/VG++ $12 SOLDThe Fixx - Shuttered Room (MCA) Original 1982. VG+/VG $4 SOLDThe Fixx - Reach The Beach (MCA) Original 1983. VG+/VG+ $4 SOLDThe Fixx - Walkabout (MCA) Original 1986. VG+/VG+ $4 SOLDFleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.) 2014 reissue. Jacket still in shrink with hype sticker. VG++/NM $15 SOLDIsaac Hayes - Black Moses (Enterprise) Original 1971 2LP with fold-out jacket. Jacket has a couple of small seam splits. VG+/VG+/VG $12 Joe Jackson - Look Sharp (A&M) 1982 repress on brown translucent vinyl. VG+/VG+ $5 The Jackson 5 - Maybe Tomorrow (Motown) Original 1971. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG+ $8 SOLDThe Jesus And Mary Chain - Psycho Candy (Reprise) 2017 180 gram vinyl repress. VG++/VG+ $15 Billy Joel - The Piano Man (Columbia) Early-Mid 1980's repress with UPC code on the jacket. VG+/VG+ $4 SOLDBilly Joel - The Stranger (Columbia) Original 1977. VG+/VG+ $4 Billy Joel - 52nd Street (Columbia) Original 1978. VG+/VG+ $4 SOLDLed Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door (Swan Song) Original 1979. Missing the paper bag outer sleeve. VG/VG $5 John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (Capitol) Late 1970's repress with purple Capitol label. VG+/VG+ $10 Level 42 - Running In The Family (Polydor) Original 1987. VG++/VG+ $5 SOLDBob Marley And The Wailers - Legend (Tuff Gong/Island) 2009 180 gram vinyl reissue. Non-gatefold jacket. VG++/VG++ $15 SOLDGeorge Michael - Faith (Columbia) original 1987. With lyric insert. VG+/VG+ $15 Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark (Asylum) 1974 quadraphonic pressing. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG+ $12 SOLDMy Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Reprise) 2015 2LP reissue. Side 4 is etched. Gatefold jacket. NM/NM/VG++ $15 Randy Newman - Little Criminals (Warner Bros.) Original 1977. Includes 'Short People'. VG+/VG+ $3 SOLDOutkast - Stankonia (Arista) Original 2000 2LP. NM/NM/VG++ $20 SOLDPink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd Records) 2016 180 gram vinyl reissue. Gatefold jacket with a kind of rubberized feeling outer cover. Includes posters and postcards. NM/VG++ $18 SOLDPrince - Purple Rain (Warner Bros./NPG) 2017 180 gram vinyl reissue. Includes poster. VG+/VG++ $15 SOLDQueens Of The Stone Age - Like Clockwork (Matador) 2017 2LP reissue. Gatefold jacket. VG++/VG++/VG++ $15 SOLDRadiohead - OK Computer (Capitol) 2015 UK 2LP 180 gram vinyl reissue. Bar code box has no text other than the UPC code.. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG+/VG+ $20 SOLDLou Reed - Berlin (RCA) 1973 UK pressing. VG+/VG+ $15 SOLDLou Reed - Transformer (RCA) 2016 reissue. VG+/VG++ $12 SOLDLou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side The Best Of Lou Reed (RCA) 1980 Canadian pressing. Cut corner on jacket. VG+/VG+ $7 Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry (RCA) Original 1975. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG $7 The Rubinoos - From Home (Yep Roc) 2019 black & yellow splatter vinyl pressing. Still Sealed. $14 SOLDSly & The Family Stone - Stand! (Epic) Original 1969 with yellow Epic label. Unipack jacket. VG+/VG+ $8 SOLDSly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Going On (Sundazed) 2007 red vinyl reissue. Gatefold jacket. NM/NM $15 SOLDSteely Dan - Katy Lied (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) 1978 Half-speed original master recording. Missing the insert. Vinyl visually grades VG, but play grades VG+. Jacket VG+ $30 SOLDVampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City (XL) Original 2013 with poster. VG++/VG++ $10 SOLDThe Velvet Underground & Nico - self-titled (Universal) 2017 180 gram vinyl reissue. Gatefold jacket with banana peel sticker still attached. Includes booklet. VG+/VG++ $15 SOLDAmy Winehouse - Back To Black (Republic) 2019 silver vinyl reissue. NM/VG++ $20 SOLDStevie Wonder - Innervisions (Tamla) 1973 record club issue. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG++ $10 SOLDStevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (Tamla) Original 1976 2LP. Missing the bonus &", but does include booklet. Gatefold jacket. VG+/VG+/VG+ $10 PENDINGFrank Zappa - Apostrophe (Discreet) Original 1974. Vinyl looks rough, but plays fine with some light surface noise. Jacket VG+ $5
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Last week, courtesy of the Telegraph, we were treated to a blistering scoop that was, refreshingly, more about sex than death. Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, the leading virus modeller for the Government and the man whose dire warnings in March triggered the decision to enter lockdown, was discovered to have had his lover round shortly thereafter - including on days he went on the Today programme to warn people about the perils of breaking the rules. Which include seeing people outside your household. The details of Prof Ferguson’s relationship with his lover, Antonia Staats, caused almost as much surprise as his imprudence: the pair turn out to be in a polyamorous arrangement. She is married, and apparently in an open relationship with her husband. Not only does he seemingly know about his wife’s relationship with Ferguson, the two men are said to be friends. Ferguson – who is estranged from his wife, with whom he has a child – is presumably allowed to have other girlfriends, too. Polyamory is touted as a philosophy, one rooted in the sinister-sounding concept of 'radical candour' and 'compersion', which means taking pleasure in your partner getting their kicks elsewhere. It is taken up with particular relish by lefties, for whom it seems to bolster a caring-and-sharing self-image. Indeed Staats, by all reports a very nice lady, is a left-wing campaigner. Ferguson and Staats met on OkCupid more than a year ago - again, no surprise. The dating site has become the stomping ground of left and far-left sexual adventurers, with those after anything like traditional monogamy, or even traditional hook-ups, becoming a fast-dwindling bunch. Wading through its sea of faces and profiles, it soon feels like everything is being offered with lashings of kink one can hardly bear to repeat – often in addition to your more common or garden polyamory. Take the following fairly typical OkCupid bio. Its author, a man, as well as outlining an eye-watering fondness of terrifying-sounding things like ‘group play, burner games, torture garden’, has devoted a section to his preferences where monogamy is concerned. ‘If I'm being super honest,’ he writes, ‘I've been in open relationships in the past, and I believe that open relationships/polyamory/relationship anarchy can be an amazing thing. But as I've mentioned, finding a primary partner is definitely something that I want to explore.’ It was nice to know that if I could pass through his 1,200-word obstacle-course of wants, I would get to be in the running to be ‘explored’ as a ‘primary partner’. Compared to the norm among his online stablemates, Ferguson’s sexual arrangements seem almost quaint. There may be something counterintuitive about the idea of geeky science types having polyamorous lovers round, but once again Ferguson is pretty on trend. Techy sorts can be strongly drawn to novel-sounding sex lives. The preference of Silicon Valley brains for ‘bold, unconventional’ lifestyles, featuring ‘exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties’ was laid out in Emily Chang’s 2018 bestseller Brotopia. Meanwhile, the polyamorists that I’ve encountered around dinner tables have almost all been involved in maths, science or tech.
2020.05.10 23:56 WearyThanksNerds are the sexiest. Silicon Valley brains are driven to "bold, unconventional" lifestyles, featuring ‘exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties’
Take heart, nerds. Nerds are the sexiest people. From the UK's Telegraph today, May 10, 2020:
There may be something counterintuitive about the idea of geeky science types having polyamorous lovers round, but [...] techy sorts can be strongly drawn to novel-sounding sex lives. The preference of Silicon Valley brains for ‘bold, unconventional’ lifestyles, featuring ‘exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties’ was laid out in Emily Chang’s 2018 bestseller Brotopia. Meanwhile, the polyamorists that I’ve encountered around dinner tables have almost all been involved in maths, science or tech.
The United Kingdom was recently hit by the scandal of Professor Ferguson, their chief epidemiologist, a wiry bespectacled pencil of a man, being caught breaking lockdown by having an affair with a married woman. Meanwhile, in many countries, the health professionals fronting for daily Covid-19 media briefings have become national sex symbols. For instance, in my country of New Zealand, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. Previous to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Who was also most watched by women.
I've been doing it wrong all this time. It really hurt last night having my girlfriend last night ask if I could role play as Ashley and that she was "wet for doctor." I think I would like to have a Eyes Wide Shut orgy or even a mere threesome. I've never managed this as a regular rugby loving handyman sort of bloke. Time to reinvent myself, don the pocket protector and thick-framed glasses, puff myself with helium during the Zoom meet cute, be sexy for once, and try this polyamory thing on OK Cupid. I can't be furious with Professor Ferguson. Polyamory is more normal than you think - Telegraph
Last week, courtesy of the Telegraph, we were treated to a blistering scoop that was, refreshingly, more about sex than death. Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, the leading virus modeller for the Government and the man whose dire warnings in March triggered the decision to enter lockdown, was discovered to have had his lover round shortly thereafter - including on days he went on the Today programme to warn people about the perils of breaking the rules. Which include seeing people outside your household. The details of Prof Ferguson’s relationship with his lover, Antonia Staats, caused almost as much surprise as his imprudence: the pair turn out to be in a polyamorous arrangement. She is married, and apparently in an open relationship with her husband. Not only does he seemingly know about his wife’s relationship with Ferguson, the two men are said to be friends. Ferguson – who is estranged from his wife, with whom he has a child – is presumably allowed to have other girlfriends, too. Polyamory is touted as a philosophy, one rooted in the sinister-sounding concept of 'radical candour' and 'compersion', which means taking pleasure in your partner getting their kicks elsewhere. It is taken up with particular relish by lefties, for whom it seems to bolster a caring-and-sharing self-image. Indeed Staats, by all reports a very nice lady, is a left-wing campaigner. Ferguson and Staats met on OkCupid more than a year ago - again, no surprise. The dating site has become the stomping ground of left and far-left sexual adventurers, with those after anything like traditional monogamy, or even traditional hook-ups, becoming a fast-dwindling bunch. Wading through its sea of faces and profiles, it soon feels like everything is being offered with lashings of kink one can hardly bear to repeat – often in addition to your more common or garden polyamory. It was nice to know that if I could pass through his 1,200-word obstacle-course of wants, I would get to be in the running to be ‘explored’ as a ‘primary partner’. Compared to the norm among his online stablemates, Ferguson’s sexual arrangements seem almost quaint. There may be something counterintuitive about the idea of geeky science types having polyamorous lovers round, but once again Ferguson is pretty on trend. Techy sorts can be strongly drawn to novel-sounding sex lives. The preference of Silicon Valley brains for ‘bold, unconventional’ lifestyles, featuring ‘exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties’ was laid out in Emily Chang’s 2018 bestseller Brotopia. Meanwhile, the polyamorists that I’ve encountered around dinner tables have almost all been involved in maths, science or tech.
2020.04.30 06:28 GurojDaskInternational Dating Laws US and UK
So first of all this is a throwaway account. I [28F] have been talking to someone I believed was 18 (Non-binary). We met on OkCupid and added each other on Facebook and were flirting, sent some photos to each other and I agreed to be their girlfriend. I learned today that they are 17, my question though involves the fact that they live in the UK where they are considered a Legal Adult and I live in Florida where they would be considered a minor? I do really like this person but I want to know what the legal options are here? Do I need to delete the pictures from messenger on my side and ask them to do the same on theirs? Is this legal because they're considered an adult in their country? I feel it's important to note this is all long distance so both of us are still in our native countries. They seem to be understanding that this may change our relationship if not cut it off entirely. I'm still processing how I feel about everything but I need to know legally where this all stands. TL;DR I need to know the legal laws around dating someone who is an adult in their country but a minor in mine. Edit: Since Reddit wants me to specify, they are in Scotland.
2020.04.30 06:08 GurojDaskLegal Advice for International Dating
So first of all this is a throwaway account. I [28F] have been talking to someone I believed was 18 (Non-binary). We met on OkCupid and added each other on Facebook and were flirting, sent some photos to each other and I agreed to be their girlfriend. I learned today that they are 17, my question though involves the fact that they live in UK where they are considered a Legal Adult and I live in Florida where they would be considered a minor? I do really like this person but I want to know what the legal options are here? Do I need to delete the pictures from messenger on my side and ask them to do the same on theirs? Is this legal because they're considered an adult in their country? I feel it's important to note this is all long distance so both of us are still in our native countries. They seem to be understanding that this may change our relationship if not cut it off entirely. I'm still processing how I feel about everything but I need to know legally where this all stands. TL;DR I need to know the legal laws around dating someone who is an adult in their country but a minor in mine.
I hate technology I hate absolutely all of modern technology. That computers, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and camcorders. The lot. Where do I start. Let’s begin with the longevity of the technology that we are dealing with. I don’t know about you, but I want my photographs, videos, documents, the things that are vitally important to me to out live me. These are often the most important thing you own as it’s the only connection you have to your long lost relatives. If they were lost it would be an absolute disaster and I’m certain that you would do anything to get them back. I want them to be seen by my friends and family when I’m dead and buried (assuming that they care enough about me and that they out live me.) and then to be seen by as many generations of their friends and family as possible. The average life expectancy for a hard drive is realistically 5 years, at best. Ten years if you use a SSD. This means that you’ll only be able to see those photographs/videos/documents etc for about ten years at best before you need to buy new hard drives and replace the old ones. The vast majority of the population do not do this. I am aware that there will be many Redditors in the comments who will say something stupid like ‘BuT i KnOw HoW To BaCk Up My FiLeS!’ Yes you might. But that is because Reddit might as well be renamed as ‘What the average mid 20s White Male who works in IT thinks about life’ because that’s the demographic that Reddit appeals to. The amount of the general public who don’t know how the three - two - one rule of backups work is even less. Therefore thousands of people will loose decades (I can use decades because the general public have been storing files digitally for around twenty years now) simply because they cannot backup their files. I’ll get some response saying something on the lines of ‘oh but it’s only you saying this, nobody else in the world actually thinks this. Technology is here to stay and it’s only you who doesn’t know how to backup your files.’ This is untrue. The Vice President of Google has also said this. Similarly my family has photographs that are from the 1850s, only 30 years after the invention of photography itself. The photograph is a bit bashed but you can see the people in the photograph very clearly. It’s a similar story with archiving film (home videos) . If you leave a roll of film (I mean like the traditional ones) say on a shelf it will probably last say 70 years at best. So therefore it will probably outlive you. By contrast with digital film, unless you keep constantly backing it up onto new hard drive, SSDs etc, you will eventually loose them. Someone will inevitably say ‘BuT yOu CaN uSe ThE cLoUd!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1. The cloud is not a permeant backup solution. Accounts can be hacked with ease and cloud services can be entirely erased (anyone remember MobileMe?) leaving the user without their files. I lost three of the best years of my life when my hard drive crashed, it ruined me and I still haven’t got over it even six years later. Hundreds of memories (family photos, videos, school documents etc) vanished into thin air. You could say that it’s possible to loose all your photos videos etc in a house fire, flood etc. Although this happens it doesn’t happen very often. In the UK there were 37,740 house fires during 2017/2018. Although every house fire is utterly awful and I am not downplaying the risk, the risk of getting your files corrupted/ your external hard drive not working etc is far greater than having your photos/videos be destroyed in a house fire. It’s worth noting that a large proportion of fires (10%) were actually caused by electrical appliances, which is another reason not to use technology! I believe that 150 million hard drives fail per year in the US alone (can’t find the source) which is another reason not to use technology... Let’s go onto thinks which we use technology for like applying for jobs. Applying for jobs using technology is like pulling your teeth out. I would rather chop my balls off with a samurai sword than apply for jobs online. This is especially true of low paid jobs. Often I have to answer questions that would normally be answered during the interview (Do You Work well as a team? If you find a mouldy product in stock would you remove it? etc) in order to even be able to get to the interview stage in the first place. This would not happen if we couldn’t apply for jobs online. Also another thing is that often you have to submit a form of ID online to get to the stage where your application has to be considered in the first place. Previously when I have done this the company processing my ID has not revealed what their data processing/removing strategy is, so potentially I could be putting my identity at risk by applying for a job. Some of you may say that ‘You don’t have to submit your ID to them online’ but unfortunately it was compulsory. I didn’t even get the fucking job so it was a waste of time. It frustrates me how politicians are surprised when so many people who are low paid/unemployed are depressed when all you do to look for jobs is look into a black box (your phone/tablet/laptop etc) which inside, often with no sunlight or contact with the outside world. It would make anyone depressed. Also technology is expensive. It might not seem so expensive to you if you are living in your nice middle class home somewhere in sunny California, but to people on low incomes it’s a huge expense. Let’s total this up shall we... So to fiction in modern society tech wise you probably need:- Smartphone: £150 Laptop:£300 External Hard Drives: £100 That’s £550 just to be able to function in modern society. Up to 50% of UK households can’t afford a £500 bill Lets move onto social media. I find social media useful however the cons outweigh the positive aspects in my view. It’s nice that I have an easy way to talk with friends who live half way round the world, but it does get incredibly frustrating when my friends who live in the same town as me don’t want to talk to me because ‘it’s easier to talk online.’ (Their words). Needless to say this also makes me incredibly depressed and sad. But what about finding relationships online! They’ll be someone in the comments who will say ‘BuT I found my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend on TindeMatch.com/OkCupid etc and we’ve been together for x number of years and we’re really happy together!’ That’s great. Does that make up for The people who have committed suicide due to cyber bullying . I didn’t think so. Also does you finding your soul mate make up for romance scams which the FBI estimates that $220 million dollars have been lost due to online relationship scams as of 2016. Also the internet is addictive and that can cause major problems. Thats not counting pornography addiction. You could say that technology has made it easier for people to express themselves to the world though YouTube,Instagram,Tik Tok etc. You could say for instance, that I was working in a warehouse but then I started making a YouTube channel making drawings and then I was able to quit my job and do the drawing videos full time and now I’m super happy etc! If you try to do that now, I guarantee that your video on YouTube will get less than maybe 10,000 views. Although YouTube/Instagram etc has enormous scale it’s impossible to get noticed and more often than not it’s the people making the shittiest content (Clickbait content- 5 Minute Crafts, Content specifically made for children etc - cocomellon etc) that will get the most views. Also two factor authentication (which is designed to make your accounts unhackable) often locks people out of their accounts permanently, defeating the purpose of a more secure log in system! It’s also worth noting that the smuggling and exportation of minerals needed in electronics has been one of the factors that’s caused the deaths of 5.4 million people since 2003 in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Is your iPhone worth the deaths of 5.4 million people? No. Exactly. And that’s just the start. I haven’t even mentioned conspiracy theories and electronic waste...
I hate technology I hate absolutely all of modern technology. That computers, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and camcorders. The lot. Where do I start. Let’s begin with the longevity of the technology that we are dealing with. I don’t know about you, but I want my photographs, videos, documents, the things that are vitally important to me to out live me. These are often the most important thing you own as it’s the only connection you have to your long lost relatives. If they were lost it would be an absolute disaster and I’m certain that you would do anything to get them back. I want them to be seen by my friends and family when I’m dead and buried (assuming that they care enough about me and that they out live me.) and then to be seen by as many generations of their friends and family as possible. The average life expectancy for a hard drive is realistically 5 years, at best. Ten years if you use a SSD. This means that you’ll only be able to see those photographs/videos/documents etc for about ten years at best before you need to buy new hard drives and replace the old ones. The vast majority of the population do not do this. I am aware that there will be many Redditors in the comments who will say something stupid like ‘BuT i KnOw HoW To BaCk Up My FiLeS!’ Yes you might. But that is because Reddit might as well be renamed as ‘What the average mid 20s White Male who works in IT thinks about life’ because that’s the demographic that Reddit appeals to. The amount of the general public who don’t know how the three - two - one rule of backups work is even less. Therefore thousands of people will loose decades (I can use decades because the general public have been storing files digitally for around twenty years now) simply because they cannot backup their files. I’ll get some response saying something on the lines of ‘oh but it’s only you saying this, nobody else in the world actually thinks this. Technology is here to stay and it’s only you who doesn’t know how to backup your files.’ This is untrue. The Vice President of Google has also said this. Similarly my family has photographs that are from the 1850s, only 30 years after the invention of photography itself. The photograph is a bit bashed but you can see the people in the photograph very clearly. It’s a similar story with archiving film (home videos) . If you leave a roll of film (I mean like the traditional ones) say on a shelf it will probably last say 70 years at best. So therefore it will probably outlive you. By contrast with digital film, unless you keep constantly backing it up onto new hard drive, SSDs etc, you will eventually loose them. Someone will inevitably say ‘BuT yOu CaN uSe ThE cLoUd!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1. The cloud is not a permeant backup solution. Accounts can be hacked with ease and cloud services can be entirely erased (anyone remember MobileMe?) leaving the user without their files. I lost three of the best years of my life when my hard drive crashed, it ruined me and I still haven’t got over it even six years later. Hundreds of memories (family photos, videos, school documents etc) vanished into thin air. You could say that it’s possible to loose all your photos videos etc in a house fire, flood etc. Although this happens it doesn’t happen very often. In the UK there were 37,740 house fires during 2017/2018. Although every house fire is utterly awful and I am not downplaying the risk, the risk of getting your files corrupted/ your external hard drive not working etc is far greater than having your photos/videos be destroyed in a house fire. It’s worth noting that a large proportion of fires (10%) were actually caused by electrical appliances, which is another reason not to use technology! I believe that 150 million hard drives fail per year in the US alone (can’t find the source) which is another reason not to use technology... Let’s go onto thinks which we use technology for like applying for jobs. Applying for jobs using technology is like pulling your teeth out. I would rather job my balls off with a samurai sword than apply for jobs online. This is especially true of low paid jobs. Often I have to answer questions that would normally be answered during the interview (Do You Work well as a team? If you find a mouldy product in stock would you remove it? etc) in order to even be able to get to the interview stage in the first place. This would not happen if we couldn’t apply for jobs online. Also another thing is that often you have to submit a form of ID online to get to the stage where your application has to be considered in the first place. Previously when I have done this the company processing my ID has not revealed what their data processing/removing strategy is, so potentially I could be putting my identity at risk my applying for a job. Some of you may say that ‘You don’t have to submit your ID to them online’ but unfortunately it was compulsory. I didn’t even get the fucking job so it was a waste of time. It frustrates me how politicians are surprised when so many people who are low paid/unemployed are depressed when all you do to look for jobs is look into a black box (your phone/tablet/laptop etc) which inside, often with no sunlight or contact with the outside world. It would make anyone depressed. Also technology is expensive. It might not seem so expensive to you if you are living in your nice middle class home somewhere in sunny California, but to people on low incomes it’s a huge expense. Let’s total this up shall we... So to fiction in modern society tech wise you probably need:- Smartphone: £150 Laptop:£300 External Hard Drives: £100 That’s £550 just to be able to function in modern society. Up to 50% of UK households can’t afford a £500 bill Lets move onto social media. I find social media useful however the cons outweigh the positive aspects in my view. It’s nice that I have an easy way to talk with friends who live half way round the world, but it does get incredibly frustrating when my friends who live in the same town as me don’t want to talk to me because ‘it’s easier to talk online.’ (Their words). Needless to say this also makes me incredibly depressed and sad. But what about finding relationships online! They’ll be someone in the comments who will say ‘BuT I found my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend on TindeMatch.com/OkCupid etc and we’ve been together for x number of years and we’re really happy together!’ That’s great. Does that make up for The people who have committed suicide due to cyber bullying . I didn’t think so. Also does you finding your soul mate make up for romance scams which the FBI estimates that $220 million dollars have been lost due to online relationship scams as of 2016. Also the internet is addictive and that can cause major problems. Thats not counting pornography addiction. You could say that technology has made it easier for people to express themselves to the world though YouTube,Instagram,Tik Tok etc. You could say for instance, that I was working in a warehouse but then I started making a YouTube channel making drawings and then I was able to quit my job and do the drawing videos full time and now I’m super happy etc! If you try to do that now, I guarantee that your video on YouTube will get less than maybe 10,000 views. Although YouTube/Instagram etc has enormous scale it’s impossible to get noticed and more often than not it’s the people making the shittiest content (Clickbait content- 5 Minute Crafts, Content specifically made for children etc - cocomellon etc) that will get the most views. And that’s just the start. I haven’t even mentioned conspiracy theories...
2020.04.17 09:25 Estrasoft33 [TF4T] Portsmouth, UK - Pan, polyam trans woman LF dating & long-term IRL relationship(s)
Ohai there! I'm Sky, I'm a 33 year old pansexual polyamorous kinky neurodivergent trans woman living currently in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK but I may be moving to Southampton or Brighton soon. I'm poly and currently in two relationships but certain, let's say life changes are underway and I'm hoping to meet other trans people in general (especially trans woman and transfemme enbies) in the area for IRL dating and hopefully something long-term if things work out! A little about me, I'm currently 3 1/2 years into transition and trans activism is important to me. I'm hoping to start a kind of trans safe house / support network in the new future and my new future plans revolve around helping other trans people get out of bad situations and get the support that we all need. My education was in IT but I'm hoping to retrain into beauty and related fields with an aim towards offering trans/queer specific beauty services at some point in the future. Work-wise, I'm self-employed as an independent escort. Interests include video games, IT/tech stuff, Beauty & makeup, photography, kink stuff, activism, medical stuff and a bunch of other special interests which are currently shelved. I also have a few Mental Health things going on, including Autism, BPD, Depression and ADHD. These do affect my daily life and I think it's only fair to be upfront about this. I love pets! I currently have 5 Giant African Land Snails and one Royal Python, and am hoping to eventually have kitties again. I am also keen on kink stuff and like to attend local munches and play events when possible. I'm a sub-leaning switch, bottom and prefer RACK over SSC. Kink stuff is also an SI for me and I'm happy to discuss my philosophies about this :P. In terms of poly, I'm ethically non-monogamous but also I am not a relationship anarchist (although I do follow some of the principles). I'm looking for more serious, settle-down / move-in kinds of relationships rather than anything too open/ephemeral. Hookups and short-term doesn't do it for me. Physically I'm about 6'2", brown eyes and blue/green dyed hair, facial piercings and tattoos (they are very important to me), a bit overweight (but hey that just means I'm cuddle :P) and very affectionate. Ideal dates include the usual coffee lunches, meals out, walks along the beach etc but also just cuddled up on a sofa, playing games or watching TV shows/anime/whatevs together, going to pride or other events together, all sorts! My current relationships are a (Cis, Bi F) nesting partner and a (Trans, Bi F) long distance partner in the US - both of which I'm happy to share contact details with :). I have Telegram, Discord and an OkCupid profile so if you're interested - HMU! (P.S. I'm currently out in the 'states and will be back in the UK mid-late May but very happy to start chatting and getting to know each other now)
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