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For those not in the know, the Republican (the US right-wing, conservative party, otherwise known as the GOP, or Grand Old Party) presidential nominee competition just wrapped up this spring. It was a rather fierce battle with the contenders trying to outdo each other in terms of how far right on the political spectrum they sit. As commentary on the process, Mathew Epler put together the following project:
Whether you’re Democrat or Republican, you’ve probably grown weary of the endless circus that is the electoral process. It is painful. But it shouldn’t be that way. As a member of a free democratic state you should feel exhilarating pleasure when exercising your right to choose your leader.
Grand Old Party demonstrates that as a people united, our opinion has real volume. When we approve of a candidate, they swell with power. When we deem them unworthy, they are diminished and left hanging in the wind. We guard the gate! It opens and closes at our will. How wide is up to us.
In an age of information, we rely on hard facts. Each of the shapes you see here come directly from poll data collected by Gallup. This data reects approval ratings for each GOP candidate among registered Republican voters from December 10, 2011 to April 1, 2012. Each shape’s girth is a reflection of popularity while their height is a reflection of time.
The contours of these delightful shapes conjure up the waves of amber grain and those lapping at the rim of our great nation spanning from sea to shining sea. As the battle for the Presidency rails on, we must remember that Americans may may have achieved freedom through war, but they are also a people of love. After all, in the end all we have is each other.
And the video:
More unusual sex toys, this time from Necronomicox.
From the company's website:
Necronomicox was founded by a collection of artists with a love for the macabre. While the toy industry is full of a bewildering array of designs, there was nothing that fit with our twisted sensibilities. We saw a niche that needed to be filled, so to speak.
Toys designed for the dark side of your psyche. Sculpted and produced by hand with customizable colour schemes, each toy is made-to-order in body safe platinum cure silicone.
From The Guardian:
Improbable research: experiments with inflatable dolls
A rather exceptional experiment has shown that you can get gonorrhoea from an inflatable doll.
A generic life-size doll, with no modifications, was the key element in at least one unplanned experiment — the experiment documented in a 1993 monograph called Transmission of Gonorrhoea Through an Inflatable Doll, published in the journal Genitourinary Medicine. But generally, scientists who conduct planned experiments that rely on life-size dolls prefer to carefully optimise, or even create, their own doll.
That unplanned inflatable doll experiment centred on a ship's captain who "with some hesitation … told the story" while being treated at a sexual disease clinic in Greenland. The captain had without permission entered an absent crewman's cabin, borrowed a piece of equipment, and later suffered the consequences.
That inflatable doll was not purpose-built for scientific use. Only through delightful happenstance did it satisfy the scientists', as well as the captain's, needs. Most scientists hate to depend on serendipity, especially if they have to depend on a doll.
A new study called Convective Heat Transfer From a Nude Body Under Calm Conditions: Assessment of the Effects of Walking With a Thermal Manikin [mannequin] exhibits the forethought and niggling care that can go into acquiring a suitable nude doll.
Five mechanical engineers at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, wanted to study how, as a person strolls in the open air, heat flows both away from and into the skin.
They obtained "a Pernille type thermal mannequin named Maria", which "is articulated and divided into 16 parts independently controlled by a computer". Maria features "a fibreglass armed polyester shell covered with a thin nickel wire wound around all the body to ensure heating and temperature measurement".
Read about more sex doll science here.
Davecat is a visionary in the robot-human intimacy world. He is a "doll husband", probably the first ever. His relationship with Sidore, a Real Doll, is going on ten years plus, although she's recently worn out and has been reincarnated (i.e., replaced with the same model).
From an Asylum article about Dave and Sidore:
Let's pretend, for a second, you're a lonesome guy who has bad luck with women. You buy an upscale silicone love doll and grow attached to "her"; but, after a decade of lovin', she starts to fall apart.
What's a man to do?
If you're 37-year-old Michigan telemarketer Dave Cat, you have the $6,500 rubber lady "reincarnated." Which is to say, you commission an exact replica of her to be stripped, molded and painted. And you bring her back from the freakin' dead.
Dave considers himself a "doll husband" and hasn't dated a flesh-and-blood woman since he bought his Real Doll -- a synthetic female with a skeletal frame, joints, and rubber sex organs -- in July 2000.
So imagine his sense of horror when, a few months ago, he noticed an 8-inch tear in her lower back, where her plastic hips connect to a spine. "She was literally bed-ridden," he tells Asylum. "I couldn't take her downstairs, and the sex was very limited."
Worried, he called Real Doll founder Matt McMullen, who is the mad scientist of the sex-doll industry. "He asked us to save her,'" McMullen says. "To me it was really touching."
Dave spent years conceiving his doll's personality and back story. He'll tell you her name is Sidore -- "friends call her Si-Chan" -- and that she was born near Tokyo, but later moved to England. She's a Goth and is "partial to Joy Division, Mecha-based video games and foot rubs."
The rest of the article is here.
Dave has blogged extensively about his relationship, and it's fascinating on many levels. From his bio:
Long-term partner to Synthetik Goth girl Sidore Kuroneko, Davecat spends his days sleeping, (barely) restraining his contempt for popular culture, researching developments in Gynoid and high-end dutch wife production, listening to Power-electronics and Sixties yé-yé in equal measure, pretending he’s a bon vivant, overshooting his spending limit, and writing about himself in the third person. He lives in a city on a land mass, somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
His blog can be found here.
The idea of human-robot relationships is nothing new. For example, in the 1982 film Blade Runner (which rules, and you should see it if you haven't), Harrison Ford's character falls in love with a female replicant. The trailer:
Is this what the future holds for us?
"My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience. Levy recently completed his Ph.D. work on the subject of human-robot relationships, covering many of the privileges and practices that generally come with marriage as well as outside of it.
At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, "but once you have a story like 'I had sex with a robot, and it was great!' appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I'd expect many people to jump on the bandwagon," Levy said.
The rest of the article, including discussion of robot love, ethics, and more pragmatic issues, can be found here.
The idea of having sex with life-sized dolls is nothing new. As a matter of fact, there are already piles of sex dolls on the market, most of which are inflatable. For the DIYers out there, you can also make your own like these:
Instructions and more images can be found here.
But Roxxxy is different. She has five different personalities to choose from, and rudimentary artificial intelligence. Roxxxy doesn't come cheap, though, at $7000 US.
From an article on gizmag.com:
When it comes to technology, the sex industry is no laggard, and as robotics become more human-like in their appearance and abilities, US-based company TrueCompany is poised to launch Roxxxy – the world’s first "sex robot" that has many more capabilities than your average sex doll. Apart from having better defined physical features than previous dolls, Roxxxy has been programmed with her own personality and her manufacturers say she can listen, talk, carry on a conversation, feel your touch and respond to it, as well as move her private areas inside when she is being “utilized” to deliver an unforgettable erotic experience. There are even plans for a male version - Rocky the Robot.
The full article, with image gallery, is here.
Roxxxy made her debut at last year's AVN expo:
Roxxxy's webpage is here.
Trailer for the upcoming movie: