Friday, October 20, 2017

Closed Captioned BDSM Content Available from Wasteland.com

(Note: Press Release)

Seminal site to expand inclusivity by meeting hearing impaired member needs

October 16, 2017 (Cyberspace) -- Wasteland.com is pleased to announce closed captioning for the hearing impaired on their BDSM content. The seminal site recently made two captioned titles available -- “The Interrogation of Delirious Hunter” and “Vyxen Steel - BDSM Test Pilot” -- and is working steadily to increase the number of captioned titles available in its library.  



Wasteland founder and CEO Colin Rowntree explained, “So much of what makes a BDSM scene erotic and intense is the dialogue between performers. We want all our Wasteland.com members to be able to enjoy the full experience of our content, so making captioning available only makes sense.”

 
“The Interrogation of Delirious Hunter” and “Vyxen Steel -- BDSM Test Pilot” are two of Wasteland’s most popular and dialogue-intensive recent releases, which prompted Rowntree to make these among the first captioned titles available.

 
In “The Interrogation of Delirious Hunter,” Master Joseph has caught Delirious Hunter snooping around his estate, obviously up to no good. He takes her to his interrogation room and proceeds to question her with a series of psychological games, intense impact, and sensation play culminating in orgasm denial. “Vyxen Steel - Test Pilot” takes place inside a secret subterranean experimentation facility located just outside London. Thanks to a beautiful volunteer from France (Vyxen Steel), Q and his men will be testing some new and interesting equipment guaranteed to make their subject show if she is qualified to be an agent.

 
“The manual workflow to add captioning to plot-heavy titles like ‘The Interrogation’ and “BDSM Test Pilot’ is pretty intense,” Rowntree added. “We feel very strongly about making our films accessible though, so it’s worth the effort!”  

 
Wasteland is also in the process of adding audio versions of all their fiction and how-to articles, specifically for the vision impaired.

 
Cutting-edge since the 1990s, Wasteland is committed first and foremost to member experiences via safe, sane, ethical, and authentic BDSM content. Closed captioning content to better meet members’ needs is a natural extension of this wider commitment.

 
About Wasteland.com

Founded and launched in 1994, Wasteland.com is the Internet's oldest and most esteemed BDSM, Fetish and alternative sexuality site. Priding itself on the quality of its authentic bdsm movies, Wasteland has produced over 1400 original bdsm films featuring lifestyle kinky folks performing a vast array of bondage, fetish, and sex acts that appeal to bondage aficionados around the world.

 
Image: Delirious Hunter and Joseph D. Copyright 2017 Wasteland.com

Thursday, October 19, 2017

J.K. Rowling's 'Very Good Lives'

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of ImaginationVery Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This should be required reading for everyone. J.K. Rowling doesn't just donate a portion of her wealth to Amnesty International -- she used to work for Amnesty International, taking testimonies of African victims of torture. She's seen the absolute worst humanity can do, so when she writes about evil, she knows of which she speaks.

This deeply wise woman addressed her remarks to Harvard's graduating class of 2008, but her words apply to every human life on this planet.

The illustrations are also delightful. I read this as a library e-book on my phone, but some day I'll purchase the hardcover book so I can enjoy the illustrations properly.



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Monday, October 9, 2017

What Would These Harry Potter Characters Do in Real Life?

What might our favorite Harry Potter characters do for a living if they lived in the Muggle world? Based on their magical careers and personalities, these occupations might suit these Harry Potter main characters in the real world.

Please note that some of the character information used in this post is derived from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you haven’t read that book or seen the play yet, be aware that you may be reading spoilers.

Harry Potter


We know that in the magical world, Harry James Potter became an Auror, a magical law enforcement officer. He rose through the ranks and by the time he was forty he became head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

In real life, Harry would be a police officer or a detective. He would most likely be a detective, responsible for gathering evidence and assembling the facts of criminal cases in preparation to go to trial with them.

Harry might be a criminal investigator for a territorial police force, or he might work for one of the United Kingdom’s national investigation agencies such as the National Crime Agency, the Ministry of Defence Police, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, or the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. His experience with Voldemort’s terrorism would make him a good candidate for the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

Author: Bagui

Ron Weasley


Ronald Bilius Weasley worked with Harry as an auror for a time, but his law enforcement career didn’t last long. He left the Ministry of Magic to work with his older brother George at George’s retail store, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, the joke shop located at Number 93 Diagon Alley.

As the manager of a store selling props for magic tricks, novelties, candy, and fireworks, Ron would be classified in the real world as a "first-line supervisor of retail sales workers" (in the language of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). If he lived in the U.S., he might run a seasonal pop-up store that sold Halloween costumes and decorations. Given his wife’s more high-paying career, it’s also likely Ron would take some time off from retail sales to be a stay-at-home dad to his daughter Rose and son Hugo.

Hermione Granger

Hermione Jean Granger, despite being the daughter of two dentists, grew up to work her way through the Ministry of Magic and rise to the rank of Minister for Magic.

In the real world, Hermione Granger would work her way up from local politics to be elected to the House of Commons. After years of dedicated service to the people, her party, and the Crown, Hermione would be appointed Prime Minister. We’d refer to her as The Right Honourable Hermione Granger (or, internationally, Her Excellency).

Ginny Weasley


Ginevra Molly “Ginny” Weasley is a former professional athlete, sports reporter, and sports editor for the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet. Her sport is Quidditch; she played chaser for the Holyhead Harpies.

In the real world, Ginny’s sport might be football (soccer to U.S. sports fans). While real Quidditch teams do exist (minus the magic, of course), women in England have been playing football for over 100 years.

Ginny would likely be a midfielder in the Football Association Women’s Premier League. With her football experience and, perhaps, a degree in communications, her career path of player to reporter to editor makes as much sense in the real world as it does in the magical one.

Neville Longbottom


Neville Longbottom, like Harry and Ron, started out as an Auror. Then he switched career paths and went on to teach Herbology at Hogwarts.

Since Herbology is not a subject taught at postsecondary institutions in the U.K., real-world Neville might be a professor of biology specializing in plant science. His students might be working toward degrees such as Plant and Soil Science or Molecular Biology (or Cellular Biology) with a concentration in Plant Science.

Luna Lovegood


Notoriously eccentric, Luna Lovegood became a magizoologist, specializing in the study and care of magical creatures. This career choice was, no doubt, influenced by her marriage to Rolf Scamander, the grandson of Newton “Newt” Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In the real world, Luna Lovegood might be an eccentric blogger, perhaps specializing in the field of cryptozoology. As a Ravenclaw, she would naturally be drawn to seek out knowledge and the field of writing. Writing about cryptids such as the Loch Ness Monster would allow her to express her creativity and exercise her curiosity. Her careful attention to SEO (seach engine optimization) would help her find a wider audience and display her Ravenclaw erudition.

Since Neville would work in a hard science field related to biology, he and Luna would have a lot of interesting discussions. He would probably try to explain to her why cryptozoology is classified as a pseudoscience. She would probably remind him of the Dingiso and other cryptids that turned out to be real and encourage him to keep an open mind.