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Feb 03 2011

The Kinky States of America Map

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by thepleasurechest

We’re honestly a little puzzled about how to read the map above, but the overall project is pretty damned fascinating. Here’s an explanation from artist R. Luke Dubois:

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Each word appears in the place it’s used more frequently than anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy.

Some initial findings?

New York City’s most frequently used online dating word, for example, is ‘Now’—confirming just about every Type A stereotype of our town’s inhabitants. (In Chicago, incidentally, it’s ‘Always’. And in L.A., ‘Acting.’)

Having some familiarity with the online dating scene in Los Angeles, we downloaded a map of the words associated with our neck of the woods, and the results are fascinating.

We really wish the artist had identified the actual zip codes and neighborhoods these words correspond to, because frankly, we’re not too familiar with maps of LA. But, if we’re reading this map correctly, Westsiders used words like “enchanting,” “lingerie,” “beingness” and “sexual” but also “misanthropic,” “misogynistic,” and “phony.” Equally jarring, in South LA, is the prominence of the words “suicidal” and “inmate,” sandwiched between “waif” to the west and “neurosis” to the east. We’re guessing “chutzpah” designates the Fairfax District, while “augmentation” and “screenwriter”  identify that amorphous area known as Hollywood. And, of course, the word “gaffer” is unique to LA!

If you want to see which words define the singles scene in your neighborhood, you can view and download maps for your city or state here.


Jan 20 2011

After Hours with the Club Vibe

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by thepleasurechest

Jenae, our intrepid Sex Specialist, popped the Club Vibe in her pants and hit the dance floor. Here’s the buzz.

I might be a club-goer. I might be that girl who happens to be at every party you thought you couldn’t get on the list for. My friends call me Lesbian Google, because I can find any good club night within a 15 mile radius.

Yup. I’m that girl. The girl who is always ready for a club night and a good time. The Club Vibe is “Pleasure Remixed” and I got a chance to remix some pleasure one night at a Chicago hotspot. The club I chose is open till 4am and known for attracting local oddities so I knew I wouldn’t look out of place with a wire sticking out of my pants. Yes, the Club Vibe is wired from bullet to remote. So it’s not a discreet as some might like.

The remote is actually a little receiver that picks up ambient noise from whatever space you’re in. If you are wearing the receiver box like a pager, be aware your clothes will be creating most of the shuffle noise you are “receiving” in your pants. I decided to go for the gusto and not care if anyone saw the wire poking out of my dress. I stealthily inserted the little bullet into the panty gusset and turned it on.  In the bathroom the club vibe picked up on the bass right away. There was a steady “boom boom boom” that got me really excited to join in on the fun!

I walked outside and got a HUGE jolt. The Club Vibe definitely picks up on all the noise around you and does not have discernible taste. Once it hears the nightlife, it’s got to boogie and that boogie will burn your clit off!  My advice? Steer clear of the clubs with this vibe but definitely take it out to any smaller bar with a nice back beat and lots of strangers conversing. You will definitely not be bored with the background chatter!

Dec 27 2010

So Many Nice People, Just One Club Vibe

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by thepleasurechest

In last week’s Club Vibe giveaway, we asked you to tell us something nice about someone special on your gift list. There were so many great answers that it was tough to pick just one. We were especially touched, however, by this from Shannon in California:

I have started a new relationship with a woman who got back from Iraq last year. She’s had a few surgeries as a result of her tour. Consequently, sex is not in the shape 2 lesbians “normally” have sex. We have had to be creative with positions. At the young age of 51, I thought I knew all there was about my having an orgasm. Thankfully, due to these changes, I have discovered some interesting ways to be pleasured. And, for these amazing changes, I would love to thank her. I hope I thank her enough everytime I see her, but just in case, a little help of thanking her from your friends never hurts! Even if we don’t win, I really want to thank you Pleasure Chest for all you do. I’ve been coming to your store since 1979. You’ve made me a happy girl for a long time now! I hope you all have an amazing holiday!

Thank you for that, Shannon. You win the Club Vibe for your partner!

Eric in New York won the runner-up prize of a $20 gift card for his future wife Constance who just discovered she’s expecting their first baby!

“She is a beautiful, happy, smiling person and her usual glow is near blinding these days.”

Finally, Aida in California won the Jimmyjane Afterglow Massage Candle for her thoughtful partner, of whom she said:

“I really thought good men didn’t exist anymore until I met my sweetheart.”

Congratulations to all three of our winners, and to everyone who wrote us to testify about the wonderful people in their lives. We hope you all had a very happy holiday!

Dec 20 2010

Win a naughty Club Vibe for someone special. Isn’t that nice?

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by thepleasurechest

Last week’s Club Vibe giveaway was so popular, we’re going to do it again!

The Club Vibe is a high tech toy that buzzes along with your iPod, MP3 player and even the sound of your partner’s voice. We think it’s a great gift. And since the holidays are about giving,  here’s your chance to win the Club Vibe for someone special in your life. Here’s how:

  • Simply post a comment on this blog entry and tell us about the person on your gift list who most deserves the Club Vibe.
  • Then, tell us something nice about that person! Yes, nice. Be generous. Be specific. Singe their praises.
  • You don’t have to use your real name (or theirs), but please make sure to use a valid email address.

On Thursday morning at 10AM PST we’ll award the Club Vibe to our favorite entry!

In addition, we’ll also award a fig-leaf scented Jimmyjane Afterglow Massage Candle to the sexiest answer, and a $20 gift card to the funniest answer. That’s three ways to win.

So, hop onto our lap, and tell us why your special someone deserves the Club Vibe. And please don’t tug on the beard.

Dec 17 2010

Your Club Vibe Pleasure Playlist

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by thepleasurechest

On Monday, we introduced you to the Club Vibe, a high tech toy that vibes along with your favorite tunes. We asked you to tell us which song you’d most like to get off to. This morning, we shuffled the playlist. And the winner is…

“Shawna”  from Chicago! Her favorite song was Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop.”

We also asked you to tell us why you wanted a particular song on your Club Vibe playlist. There were many creative answers. Some of you get off on the lyrical content of the song. Others geeked out on the rhythmic patterns, bass sounds and tonal properties. But our favorite response, hands-down, for most creative answer was…

“E,” also from Chicago, who wrote the following:

Though I would dearly like to say “The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space” by noise band Bull of Heaven – because it is the single longest recorded song (over 2 months long), and because I am both a hierophiliac and desperately interested in prolonged forced orgasms. Unfortunately, I fear that it would either result in burning a hole in my clit or causing some very deeply disturbing interactions with my coworkers. Plus, I mean, after the first 3 hours or so, I’m bound to develop a rather intense case of laryngitis and potential arrest. So! I’m going to go with track 1 from the solaris soundtrack (Cliff Martinez) because nothing says climax like a moody, transporting film score in space. And it begins gradually, slowly crescendos, then intensifies for a full two and a half minutes of relentless teasing. It’s like I’m begging for permission to come already.

I think we can all agree that “E” deserves the $20 gift card!  Congratulations to both of our winners. And while we couldn’t find every song you all suggested (that 2 month long noise song would probably crash our computer), we did put together this playlist of the contest entries. So, plug in your headphones or Club Vibe and get off. This is your Pleasure Playlist.

Dec 13 2010

What’s on your pleasure playlist? Tell us & win a Club Vibe!

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by thepleasurechest

Introducing the Club Vibe, the latest high-tech toy from OhMiBod. The Club Vibe is a bullet-shaped vibrator that can be plugged in to your iPod or MP3 player, enabling you to get off while listening to your favorite tunes. It’s like having a playlist in your panties!

Speaking of panties, the Club Vibe actually comes with a pair of black thong panties (“one size fits most”), a velvet privacy pouch and 2 AA batteries to get you started. It also has an ambient mode, which means that it will vibrate in response to the sounds around you, including your lover’s voice. If you’re not in the mood to be aurally aroused, you can always switch to manual mode and choose from 7 different vibration patterns.

To celebrate its release, we’re giving a Club Vibe away to one lucky reader this coming Friday. Here’s how to enter:

  • Simply post a comment on this here blog.
  • Tell us which song (artist & title, please!) you’d most like to get off to with your Club Vibe.
  • Tell us why! We’ll award a $20 gift card to the most creative entry.

On Friday morning at 10AM PST, we’ll shuffle the playlist, and if your song comes up first, you win the Club Vibe! We’ll also award a $20 gift card to the entry with the most creative answer. You can use any name you like when commenting on our blog, but please be sure to use a valid email address so that we can reach you. Good luck!

Nov 12 2010

“The best little vibrator I’ve ever had.”

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by thepleasurechest

Mary from our LA store took home the Jimmyjane Form 2. She’s been abuzz about it ever since…

The Form 2 is the best little vibrator I’ve ever had. Despite its size, the vibration is surprisingly strong when you turn it up. The intensity of the sensation seems to come from the vibrations in each ear bouncing off of each other. I’ve never been much for pulsations but when the separate motors in the ears get going on the stuttering mode it feels so good, it’s almost overwhelming.

"When the separate motors in the ears get going on the stuttering mode it feels so good, it’s almost overwhelming."

The vibration on the highest setting is comparable to the Hitachi Magic Wand but without that vibe’s noise, size and cord tethering you to the wall. It’s super quiet and small and holds its charge for a very long time. I really couldn’t recommend it more. I’ve gotten really into using it in combination with my other favorite toy– the Pure Wand from Njoy – the best G-spotter of all time.

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 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.