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What Are You Searching For?

Porn-wise, natch, not “where’s the best doughnut shop?” or “what the hell is Instagram really FOR??”

Some of the answers surprised even me, a long-time curator of a fairly wide variety of porny GIFs (there are now well over 4,000 GIFs stashed all around the site.) I will admit, though, that most of the content here is probably pretty mainstream – in part because I’m not interested in getting prosecuted for a hobby.

The internet knows, because of course, what you all are searching for, and not just on Pornhub (that’s material for another pretty humorous post….)

This came to my attention through an article in The Atlantic, discussing and laying out an interview by article author Olga Khazan with book author, and former Google data scientist, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. The article, Our Searches, Ourselves is a good read in general, and the book, Everybody Lies,is at the top of my to-get list.

Khazan writes:

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google, used his data-analysis skills to learn what was really on Americans’ minds. The result … shows how the terms and questions people type into search engines don’t at all match what they claim on surveys.

“So for example,” he told me recently, “there have historically been more searches for porn than for weather.” But just 25 percent of men and 8 percent of women will admit to survey researchers that they watch porn.

So, what are some of the findings that struck me? Let’s take rough sex, which is politically incorrect these days for sure.

gif of blonde gasping as she is roughly fucking from behind

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Your Devices Are Whispering – and you can’t hear them

Occasionally, VERY occasionally, I visit the subject of digital freedom and privacy, a topic of interest to we enjoyers of internet carnality.

Today’s post explores the latest variation of tracking – how “they” watch and use our habits and visits and clicks from our email and web site views, and build databases and profiles of us to sell us their stuff.

I wrote before about Locally Shared Objects, (LSOs), also known colloquially as “flash cookies” or “supercookies,” which can remain on a computer even if a user tells his or her browser to delete all
cookies. More on that HERE . And that’s not just on desktops; just for one example, did you know that Verizon’s supercookies (also known as zombiecookies) – a snippet of code injected into mobile users’ web requests — silently identify and track its customers, sharing the information with AOL’s wide-reaching ad network? Continue reading →

How to Back Up Your Tumblr Adult Blog and Save It From Yahoo Oblivion

Few know better than I that sinking feeling of popping open the computer one morning and finding you’ve been erased – Blogger/Google did that to me almost three years ago now, and my Blogger blog was simply shut down, no warning, no appeal, never to be seen again. All images uploaded (I had over 700) simply vanished and could be be found or rescued. They killed my entire Google account including my gmail address. And all, I believe, because “someone” complained.

The same thing happened to Garm, who was, and still is but not on Blogger, marvelously creative at image reworking and manipulation. I warned him when it happened to me, to no avail. Happily I archived a number of his images which are scattered through the collections on the pages under Galleries up top, and I featured his work in three of the DJs of Porn posts (first, second, and third).

So. What about this Tumblr dustup?

Now Yahoo has bought Tumblr, and for some weeks before the deal was announced, Tumblr had been making the Tumblr porn blogs invisible to search engines, especially Google, by the way it handled the robots.txt file. Sex blogger Bacchus at ErosBlog (not on Tumblr :)) who has been blogging on sex since 2002, has documented this and come up with detailed instructions and a rationale for you all out there in carnal land to back up your porn Tumblr blogs and save them from possible no warning doom. Here is his post reblogged in full, and props to him for taking the time, energy and interest to offer this solution: Continue reading →