Archive for January, 2010

Franklin Spanks Computer

Posted in Article with tags , on January 30, 2010 by Radagast

Edison? Maybe Tesla? Anyway, I’ve just spent a lovely week digging my way out of the wreckage left by a dead computer.

My previous laptop, bought from a company that is a four letter word beginning with “A”, decided to have its motherboard fry itself. I’m not sure what I did but I have an inkling that I may have overworked it by trying to run a program that overheated the old thing so much that it said “bye”. There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling you get when a computer shuts down spontaneously and refuses to start up no matter what you do. After a little bit of online research, I quickly figured out the problem was not a faulty battery or power supply and realized the worst had happened. The computer itself is no big deal because one can go out and buy a computer with little effort or cost these days. The trouble is always the data that one had stored on the dead unit and whether it can ever be retrieved. Luckily in my old age, I’ve gotten a lot wiser about computers and less panicked when things go wrong.

I bought a computer (this time a four letter word beginning with “D”) and set about learning to use it while I researched what to do about my old data. I bought an enclosure for the hard drive in the old computer and after playing with the tiniest screws I’ve ever seen, was able to hook it up to the new laptop via USB and voila — I had all my data plus the added bonus of a new external 120 gig drive.

Now that I’m in the process of learning Windows 7 after years of using XP (no Vista for me), I can finally get back to my daily computer routines.

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Privacy And Its Malcontents

Posted in Article with tags , , on January 26, 2010 by Radagast

Enough of this waiting. I’ve been writing and rewriting this damnable post for days and I’m honestly quite sick of it. I think my thoughts on this subject are as clear as they are going to be even if that means they are utterly opaque. Anyway, here goes.

When two or more people are involved in any activity but especially something as intimate as spanking, is there an expectation of privacy for what goes on between them? Should there be? Is privacy a quaint notion that is dead in this day and age?

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Is Anyone Else Bored?

Posted in Article with tags , , on January 21, 2010 by Radagast

After weeks of intense spanking and BDSM discussions, arguments, conferences, engagements and acts, I find myself so bored with it all that I can’t think of anything to write that’s related to spanking. Honestly, right now I’m more excited that  that Star Trek® Online is going to start up in February giving me the chance to live, explore and battle in one of my favorite settings (not that I’ll have the money for the monthly fee). But spanking related discussion? Right now, not so much.

It might just be burnout or a brief respite from the spanko grind. My mind has been on other things of late, especially the daily creative work I do at my job. I am currently in a pretty good creative spurt and my energy seems to be focused on that. It’s not that I’m suddenly uninterested in spanking — not true. I still enjoy doing it and playing with people it’s just that the idea of writing about it seems, I don’t know, dull right now.

Party this weekend so at least I’ll get to actually do instead of merely talk. I’ll be in a spanking mood so all comers will be accommodated. You might have to talk Star Trek® with me but that’s the psychic price you’ll have to pay. Maybe I’ll have something to write about afterwards.

The Age Of Enlightenment

Posted in Article with tags , on January 16, 2010 by Radagast

Although I got bitten by the spanking fetish bug early in life, I did not “come out” until the age of 41. I think about this a lot.

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Are We Conservative?

Posted in Article with tags , , , on January 13, 2010 by Radagast

This is something that has been in my mind about the spanking corner of the BDSM world. It comes from watching people in the public scene and their reaction to things around them. When compared with people who would consider themselves part of the larger BDSM scene, are people into spanking more conservative?

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The Happy Recap

Posted in Article with tags , , , on January 10, 2010 by Radagast

For some reason, I’ve been quoting a Michael Jackson song the past few weeks. Although it is probably my favorite song from his career, my quoting of it started out as a joke about the “philosophy” of the song. The line goes:

If you want to make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and make a change

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Calling All Paddlers

Posted in Article with tags , on January 8, 2010 by Radagast

And I don’t just mean those people who enjoy using a paddle.

I’m putting out a call for all interested parties to come out to the NYC BDSM Community Open Forum, Saturday, January 9th, 7pm at Paddles, 250 West 26th St. (just east of Eighth Avenue). It will not only be a discussion about the future of Paddles itself but a lively discussion about the scene in NYC — where it was, where it is and where it’s going. My wife, Sandy/Cassandra and I will both be there along with kinksters of all ages and different groups.

I’ve already said my piece in the last post on this blog and in various places on Fetlife. What I’m hoping for is openness and honesty regarding the scene itself and what can be done to make it better. I’m also hoping it doesn’t turn into bickering between various groups and/or generations, each thinking that they are the “leaders” of the scene and bucking heads in the process.

On a personal note, I don’t believe in leaders nor have a desire to follow any. I sort of pick and choose who I listen to based upon whether I think they make any sense or not. I don’t go to a discussion like the one on Saturday night thinking that such and such person should be listened to any more than anyone else. I am just a firm believer in airing things out and seeing where the talk takes you.

Who knows? Maybe it will erupt into verbal fisticuffs or real fisticuffs (or fist fucks) — in that case it will be interesting enough for several more posts on the subject.