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Oct 19 2010

Is that a hard drive in your pants, or…?

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by thepleasurechest

Did you know that a single sperm has the same amount of data as a CD? It’s true! Quoting from “psychoceramist” Kentaro Mori’s definitive blog post on the topic:

Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

This is all well and good you say, but how much “data” do men, uh, “upload” during a typical ejaculation. Well, for that you’ll need to determine the “human penis data bandwidth.” (Duh). This can be calculated using the simple formula below:

(6.2 x 10^9 bits/sperm) x (100 x 10^6 sperm/ml) x (2.25 ml) / 5 seconds
=
1395 x 10^15 bits / 5 seconds
=
2.8 x 10^17 bits/sec

According to these calculations, Mori claims that the average dude data dump is an impressive 31 petabytes (not to be confused with these) per orgasm. Put another way:

That’s more than all data processed by Google every day; two times all the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider per year; thirty times all the users’ photos in Facebook – already roughly 10 billion photos.

And that’s based on a 5 second climax. If it’s been a long time since you defragged your libido, you may need to double these figures. Just think about that the next time you’re “updating your firmware.”

All this tech talk has us looking at our laptop with a lecherous eye, but society is still a long way off  from recognizing human/machine relations. So, while the lawyers and religious folks work out the ethics of robot love, it’s best to back up that hard drive, and keep your analog viruses to yourself. In the meantime, you can still make love to your iPod or get busy with your Wii.

Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

Now, as a side information, we are in fact diploid, having two of each autosome and two sex chromosomes. Meaning we have double that calculated value of data in our cells, which amounts to 1,44 Gigabytes. Each tiny one of your 100 trillion cells has double the data of a CD encoded in a tiny strand of DNA.

But back to the human penis data bandwidth.

The human sperm is indeed haploid – half the data that will be joined with the other half in the human egg –, which means that it does have around 740 Megabytes of raw genetic data as we calculated at first.

Which also means it’s a funny coincidence a single sperm has around the same amount of data as a single CD. Sperm data capacity is a reference far more interesting than Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, by the way.

Oct 12 2010

Big Bang Sale in New York this weekend!

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by thepleasurechest

It’s not just a theory. The Big Bang Sale is real and it’s coming to our New York store for just 3 days! Stock up on sex toys, condoms, lube, porn & much, much more.

  • At least 25% off everything in our store
  • Deep discounts & specials
  • Free Happy Hour from 6-9 on Friday & Saturday

The annual Big Bang begins on Friday morning at 10am and ends when we close on Sunday night at 12am. This sale only applies to our New York retail store, not to web purchases. So sidle up to our complimentary bar, grab a shopping basket and pick up that toy you’ve been dreaming about. We have a theory that you’ll be happy you dropped by.

Oct 11 2010

It Gets Better

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by thepleasurechest

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. — Quentin Crisp

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, we’re throwing our support behind Dan Savage and his It Gets Better viral video campaign to combat homophobia and suicide among queer youth. The project has resulted in some surprising and candid videos from a number of folks in the sex positive community,  but we’d like to give a special shout out to porn star Buck Angel for this heartfelt message.

Savage’s campaign is so popular that even The White House tried to co-opt his rhetoric, with an opportunistic speech by presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett at the HRC dinner this past weekend.  Well, Savage ain’t havin’ it. We’re happy to see him standing his ground, and helping to spread the message.

Last but not least, here’s lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, with a hilarious take on coming out. When it comes to comedy, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Oct 08 2010

Reid Mihalko’s secret to Negotiating Threesomes

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by thepleasurechest

Sex educator and cuddle party creator Reid Mihalko recently taught a workshop in our LA store on “Negotiating Successful Threesomes.” Curious couples and sexy singles turned out to learn how to fulfill one of the most popular and enduring sexual fantasies.  For those who missed it, here’s a peek at Reid warming up the crowd.

If you’re the kind of student who needs a cheat sheet, here’s Reid sharing the top secret on how to transform an awkward moment into an awesome threesome.

We’re offering workshops all through the month, including “Blowjobs & Beyond” with porn legend Nina Hartley, and “Spanking & Sensation Play” with Mistress Melissa. They’re always fun, and they’re always free.

Oct 05 2010

Can Google read your dirty mind?

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by thepleasurechest

If you hadn’t noticed Google recently launched a search feature called Google Instant, which seems capable of reading your mind. That’s true, unless you have a dirty mind. As many people have noted, Google is censoring results that could lead you to porn. It seem that somewhere in the tangle of tubes and wires on Planet Google is a list of banned words and phrases. It’s not surprising to discover that bukkake and fudgepacker made the blacklist, but what about words like lesbian, latina, vulva, bisexual and adult? (Yes, the word “adult” is supposedly a gateway to porn!)

You'll never find the G-Spot on Google Instant.

Google claims that the blacklist is based on some top secret algorithm that identifies the most common porn searches. They also point out (accurately) that you can still do a traditional search for all of these banned terms– they’re just hidden in the real-time Google Instant search bar.

Searching for the "clitoris" may result in painful inflammation.

Fair enough. But a lot of the words on this list seem downright arbitrary. After a tip from Violet Blue’s blog, we took Google Instant out for a spin and discovered that Pleasure Chest and fellow sex toy merchants Babeland were both on the blacklist. Us? We’re downright wholesome, but we join a distinguished list of sex educators, porn stars, body parts and sex acts that are supposedly too hot for Google Instant. Hacker site 2600 is still building its master list. Find anything they missed? Search your dirty mind, and let ‘em know.

Sep 28 2010

Big Bang Sale in LA & Chicago this weekend!

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by thepleasurechest

It’s not just a theory. The Big Bang Sale is real and it’s coming to our Chicago and LA stores for just 3 days! Stock up on sex toys, condoms, lube, porn, leather, lingerie & much, much more.

  • At least 25% off everything in our store
  • Deep discounts & specials
  • Free Happy Hour from 6-9 on Friday & Saturday
  • Live DJs in store!

The annual Big Bang begins on Friday morning at 10am and ends when we close on Sunday night at 11pm. This sale only applies to our Chicago and Los Angeles retail stores, not to web purchases. So sidle up to our complimentary bar, grab a shopping basket and pick up that toy you’ve been dreaming about. We have a theory that you’ll be happy you dropped by.


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