How much money does it take to change the world? Well, it takes more than I have now but less than I was afraid I’d need.
At Arisia 2015, Jimmie P. Rodgers (@jprodgers) and I hosted a teasecraft meetup and gave a presentation entitled “Fun with Silicone!” We covered some basics of casting and moldmaking specific to working with body-safe silicone, and we also touched on body casting and some advanced casting techniques.
Update, 7/20/16: At long last, here’s the video of the session!
Here are the notes from our talk (presented as a slide deck):
As I try to put together a budget and financial projections for my new nonprofit, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the data that I’ve pulled together on non-mainstream crowdfunding sites. Go check it out on the Passionate Produce blog!
TLDR: I have a new preferred name and preferred pronouns. As of January 1, 2015, I’m asking people to call me “Kit,” and to refer to me using the pronouns they/their (and other gender-neutral terms).
In my quest to build a sex toy or piece of BDSM equipment using every workshop at Artisan’s Asylum, a while back I took a screenprinting class. My t-shirt isn’t exactly a toy, but…whatever. ;)
If I’m going to recruit board members or try to find another nonprofit to be a fiscal sponsor to mine, I need to give them a document which explains what my organization is trying to do, where it’s at now, and where it’s headed.
Behold: The Strategic Plan.
Read the rest of this post on the Passionate Produce blog!
I wanted to give a quick shout-out to an awesome Kickstarter project: Ph.D. student Justin O’Hearn (@justinohearn) is going to buy one of only two known copies of a piece of Victorian erotica which Oscar Wilde may have a hand in writing. The public has never had access to this book before!
New blog post on the Passionate Produce blog: “So, what do you do for a living?” When I’m in my sex-positive bubble, this isn’t a difficult question to answer. Out in the Real World, though, if you’re older than me — especially if you’re an older man — I’m not likely to tell you the truth.
“If you could talk to your teenage self, what would you tell them about sex and sexuality?”
And so my letter begins:
I know how much time you’ve been spending with certain books lately — the ones with the steamy scenes that Mom and Dad would probably not approve of, if they knew. Oh, don’t worry — it’s okay with me. …
As I was working on creating my drag king persona (doing brainstorming and collage), I knew that I wanted to work up some kind of short performance piece. I didn’t have an audience in mind…until the sex/tech conference Arse Elektronika announced its theme for 2014: Trans*.*. Perfect for a little gender play!
What would I, as a guy, say to a bunch of other nerdy guys? See for yourself:
As “Adam James”, I performed an excerpt from Arthur Chu’s amazing essay, “Your Princess is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds.” I had to make a few cuts and rework a reference to Elliot Rodger at the beginning of the passage, but the rest is from the essay verbatim. (Any other deviations were my own mistakes while performing it.)
While I was originally interested in performing with a playboy, ladykiller persona, once I realized I had the opportunity to reach out to this very specific audience, I didn’t want to waste it. Chu’s essay has already reached a huge number of people, but I thought there might still be some nerdy guys at Arse Elektronika who weren’t familiar with it.
That’s how Adam James was born: “Adam” since he is my first guy character; “James” after my father and grandfather. He’s basically a dude version of me, a nerdy guy who’s tried to dress up a bit since he’s talking in front of an audience. Adam is talking about a subject he feels passionately about, since he’s grown up with geek culture (like I have).
Judging from the number of guys shifting awkwardly in their seats during my performance, I’d say I nailed it.