Resource List for teasecraft at Arisia 2014

teasecraft-boston, a meetup group for sex/kink-positive makers, held its January 2014 meetup at Arisia.  The following is a list of resources which were discussed by participants at the event:

MatWeb (database of materials data / safety info): http://www.matweb.com/

Jay Wiseman (kink educator with a background in law and medicine): jaywiseman.com

Kink Aware Professionals (nationwide registry): https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom: http://ncsfreedom.org
“The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions.”

The PSIgasm Project (buttplug with embedded sensors): http://psigasm.net

Arse Elektronika (sex/tech conference): http://www.monochrom.at/arse-elektronika/
Arse Elektronika mailing list (very low traffic; mainly for announcing conf. dates and call for submissions): http://lists.monochrom.at/mailman/listinfo/ae

Tristan Taormino has interviewed a couple of people who have talked about toy safety and some of the substances to avoid:

Smooth-On Platinum Cure Silicones: http://www.smooth-on.com/Silicone-Rubber-an/c2_1115/index.html
Dragon Skin, Dragon FX Pro, and Ecoflex in particular have been endorsed by Smooth-On reps for use in penetrative toys (although you may still wish to check the Materials Safety Data Sheets for yourself).

In the Boston area, Reynolds Advanced Materials carries Smooth-On products: http://www.reynoldsam.com/p41/Locations-%7C-Reynolds-Advanced-Materials—Boston,-MA/pages.html
RAM staff are extremely helpful and have no problem talking about sex toys.

Clarissa Cupcake showed off some of her sexy scrapbooking. She’s also made toys of glazed ceramic and is a burlesque performer. You can find her at http://lace-exoskeleton.com .

Kristen Stubbs showed off her latest prototype of The Hammer. You can find her blog at http://toymakerproject.com and her crowdfunding startup at http://passionateproduce.com .

Did we miss anything? Feel free to contribute your resources in the comments below!

Seeking contract sysadmin for Passionate Produce

Update, 1/29/14: We’ve ended our search and are excited to work with our new sysadmin. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in this position!

Many of you may know that I’m launching a new startup called Passionate Produce – a radically inclusive, sex-positive crowdfunding platform. Now that the site is open for beta testers, I’m looking for a contract sysadmin.

This is a part-time job that will require working with Linux, Postgres, and Nginx; setting up automated backups; and maintaining uptime on a production server. Previous experience with Rails, Memcached, and scaling production sites a plus. Compensation is negotiable (1099).

Interested? Please email me your resume.

Upcoming Talk: Arse Elektronika 10/5 (SF)

Are you in the San Francisco area? Come hear me speak at Arse Elektronika 2013!

If you had the chance to take your favorite hobby and turn it into a business, would you?

What if that hobby were sex?

Dr. Kristen Stubbs shares her adventures as a sex-positive entrepreneur, including her lessons learned and advice for folks who are interested in founding sex-positive businesses of their own.  Kristen will discuss pseudonymity, dealing with the sex-negative world, finding collaborators, and more.

No prior business experience is required or assumed — Kristen didn’t have much when she started, either!

What: Sex-Positive Startup Stories or: Phase 1: Sex / Phase 2: ? / Phase 3: Profit
When: Saturday, October 5, ~1:30pm
Where: The Center for Sex & Culture (1349 Mission b/w 9th and 10th, San Francisco)

Arse Elektronika is an incredibly fun meeting of the (pervy) minds: here’s the complete schedule. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

RSVP (not required, but it’s nice to know who I might get to see!)
FetLife event: 
https://fetlife.com/events/201593

Google+ event: https://plus.google.com/events/c50oc3578q8ceqi3j8el5v9ok20

I hope to see you next weekend!

Startup Stories: Release the Hounds!

Er, I mean…

Passionate Produce has opened for beta testing!

Passionate Produce is my new startup: a radically inclusive, sex/kink-positive crowdfunding platform. If you’re subscribed to our newsletter, shortly you should be receiving an email invite.

This is one of the scariest things I’ve done in a long time.  I want to push the site forward and get good feedback, but it’s hard to invite folks in when I know about all the things that still need tweaking.  Will people come away with a positive impression of my company, or have I just made an epic mistake?

All I can do is take a deep breath and see what happens!

Video: The Toymaker Project at the Phage Seminar Series 2013

At Burning Man 2013, Phage invited me to speak as part of their seminar series. I talked about technological empowerment for sexuality and pleasure, and I gave a live demonstration of The Hammer: Burning Man Edition! Below you’ll find the video of my presentation as well as a copy of my slides.

If you’ve ever watched an online lecture and thought, “Gee, this could really use a glowing, rainbow-colored penis,” you’ll love my talk.  (And if you’ve read this far, there’s a good chance you’ll like my talk anyways.)

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The Hammer goes to Burning Man!

I just got accepted to present as part of Phage’s lecture series during Burning Man!  If any of you will be out on the playa, please come and see my talk.

  • What: Me talking about DIY sex toys complete with a toy prototype demo (a new version of The Hammer)
  • When: Monday night (8/26). Lectures start at 8pm, I’m slated to be last speaker (theoretically starting at 8:45pm-ish)
  • Where: The Phage dome. Phage is part of The Institute (with False Profit and the Relaxomats) at 5:00 and Esplanade, between Death Guild and the Red Nose District.

Can’t make my talk? Assuming the playa isn’t too hard on my prototype, I expect to be wearing it most evenings. After all, how could I go to Burning Man without a large, glowing, rainbow penis?

See you in the dust!

In Defense Of PonyGasm

In which I examine PonyGasm, an erotic comic which began as a crowdfunding project mocked on Tumblr and then taken down by IndieGoGo. My rating: Five fingers up.

Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of my own sexual experiences. If reading about my sex life might be TMI for you, then you’ll want to skip this post. (Especially if you’re not interested in 1980’s toys.)

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Seeking sex-positive Ruby on Rails developer for short-term project

These days I’m spending most of my time launching my new startup, Passionate Produce (passionateproduce.com) — a sex-positive, kink-positive crowdfunding platform. I’m looking for a Ruby on Rails developer for contract work leading up to launch; if things go well, I’d also be interested in further site maintenance and enhancements.

The website is a whitelabel crowdfunding platform based on Catarse, and now I need someone to do customization (Somerville/Cambridge/Boston-area preferred). I’m estimating it’s around 20-40 hours of work. Experience with Heroku and/or Cloud 66 is a plus. Compensation is negotiable (1099).

Interested? Please email me a resume and code sample.