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Appropriate Conduct in the Vicinity of My Labia

In Because I Think I Deserve It, Rikka, Vulva Love on August 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

“That was amazing, but if we’re going to do it again, you’re going to have to shave your twat.”

I sat on the edge of the bed in shocked silence, not certain if I had heard correctly. My performance was spectacular, but there wouldn’t be an encore unless I altered my physical appearance? Did someone actually say that to me?

“I don’t like body hair. It’s disgusting,” he elaborates. Ah, wonderful.

I gathered up my clothes and left, feeling dirty and ashamed, mortified that my ladybits were, apparently, an overgrown forest that, to some, was disgusting. Even after they had enjoyed the privilege of frolicking in my meadow.

I understand that some people have preferences for that kind of thing, and sure, I’ll be happy to discuss those preferences. But “you’re going to have to shave” because “body hair is disgusting?” Please. I mean, really, what gives you the right to dictate my genital grooming habits? Read the rest of this entry »

Books We’ve Never Finished, or the Collected Works of “Screw it.”

In This verges on the ridiculous, Unabashedly Epic Group Posts on October 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

So sometimes, we here at Res Ipsa Etc. have issues doing posts consistently – no shit, say the three blog subscribers – and in an effort to alleviate that, we’ve decided to do regular post prompts  to encourage us to get to typing.  (Like weekly to biweekly, say.)  For this first outing, we’re all big readers, devotees of GoodReads and whatnot, and one day, the question of books we never finished came up on gchat.  How?  We have no idea, and no one feels much like checking.  Regardless, there’s somehow something strangely telling, or at least interesting, about the books an avid reader just hasn’t managed to complete, for whatever reason.  With that in mind, then, your authors present selected works we never finished . . .

John Waters on Books

We don't care if they've finished them, though.

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An Open Letter To

In Because I Think I Deserve It, My Letter Game is On Point, Rikka on September 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

Dear Amazon,

You offer a year of free Amazon Prime to students, which I think is great. I mean, we all know students have lots of credit cards and are pretty good at acquiring debt, right? Just take a look at the student loan market! That probably works out great with your new Chase credit card offer with the low, low interest rate of 21%! Read the rest of this entry »

MixDrive: USB Cassette Tapes Made Easy

In I Make Things, Rikka on July 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

*UPDATE* I’ve entered the USB contest at! If you’ve enjoyed this post, please go here and vote for my instructable!

I remember the days of the mixtape. Requesting songs from the local radio station and sitting by the cassette deck, finger on the record button. I remember the glorious day I got a dual cassette deck so that I could copy music from one tape to the next. Spending hours making mixes for friends, coloring cassettes with permanent markers or nail polish or glitter. Whatever I had lying around that could safely go into the tape deck probably ended up there at one point or another. They weren’t just plastic cassettes filled with noise, they were little works of art.

With the advent of digital music, it’s all too easy to just send an iTunes gift card and a song list. The tangible aspect of the gift is lost- it becomes wholly intangible. Just a few digital files. It’s not something you can see or touch. As an expression of affection, I feel that this is lacking.  Or would, if it weren’t intangible.

I still want to make mixes for people. I love to give the gift of music. But I want it to be something they can hold. A real world item that they can take out and look at. A gift that has a physical presence. Thus, the MixDrive. Read the rest of this entry »