HOPE X: The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker

“Being a nerd is not about what you love; it’s about how you love it.” Wil Wheaton’s words ring true for many self-identified geeks and nerds. But what happens if what you love is “love,” or even “lust”?

On July 19, 2014, I presented a talk entitled “The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker” at HOPE X. Below the video, you’ll find my slides, references, and lots of additional resources.

Latest update (July 29, 2014): I’ve posted video of the talk as well as some resources to help answer the questions that were asked during Q&A.

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Open Source Dildo Generator is Awesome

We are living in the future.

As reported on MotherboardIkaros Kappler has created Dildo-Generator.com: a free, open-source tool that lets you design your own dildo. 

My first dildo created on dildo-generator.com in less than 5 minutes.

What’s neat about this tool is that once you’ve got a design that you like, it can generate a file which can be used to 3D print a mold for your toy.  Once you’ve got a mold, you can cast your toy in your preferred silicone:

I haven’t had time to go through the whole process, but I’m definitely looking forward to giving this a try!

“The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker” 7/19 in NYC

I’m attending the conference HOPE X in NYC for the first time this year, and I’ll be giving a talk called “The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker” on Saturday, 7/19 (details on Facebook and FetLife).

Kristen with the Fremont Troll

My recent visit to the Fremont Troll in Seattle.

Will I end up trolling an entire conference of mostly cisgender, heterosexual male hackers?  It could happen. You’ll just have to attend the talk and find out.

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Startup Stories: YKINMK (Your Kink Is Not MasterCard’s Kink)

"For Everything Else, There's MasterCard"...Except Really Kinky Stuff

With the latest news of financial institutions shutting down bank accounts of porn performers and crowdfunding platforms shutting down a porn performer’s medical fundraiser or refusing to pay out funds to porn performers,  it seems like a good time to share one of the discoveries I’ve made while trying to understand how payment processing works:

When it comes to porn and erotica, credit card companies have more say in what you can and can’t buy than the government does.

Check out the full story on the Passionate Produce blog.