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Current Topic: Relationships
Topic: Relationships 12:08 pm EST, Feb 28, 2005

Fun idea. A dating site targeted specifically to gamers.

I just heard about it over the weekend so haven't checked it out yet, but anecdotally I've heard that it has thousands of members. On the downside, most of them appear to be on the West and East Coast, and not too many where I'm located in the Midwest yet.

Registration is free. Contacting someone has a cost (I think it's $19/90 days).

It might be worth it though to have a more focused search. I find that in my own quest for compatible dates, I tend to gravitate towards gamers, or at least geeks. :)

Elsie Ivancich Dunin
Topic: Relationships 5:31 pm EST, Feb  3, 2005

] Elsie Ivancich Dunin has been Professor Emerita (Dance
] Ethnology), University of California at Los Angeles
] (UCLA), since 1994. She is currently associated as a
] dance research adivsor with the Institute of Ethnology
] and Folkore Research in Zagreb, Croatia. As a Dance
] Ethnologist (in Europe, the term is Ethnochoreologist),
] Elsie specializes in Croatia, Macedonia, and Romani
] (Gypsy) in Macedonia. Her current field research is
] reported in Cross-Cultural Dance Resources at
] (see Elsie Ivancich Dunin in "Notes From the
] Field"). Elsie was active with the Folk Dance Federation
] of California (South), including chairperson of their
] Archives Committee. For several years, Elsie directed
] Betyarok, a performing group dedicated to Hungarian
] Dance.

Found a webpage devoted to my mom . . .

Elsie Ivancich Dunin

Viagra flops for brainy women
Topic: Relationships 6:53 pm EST, Mar  2, 2004

] Mitra Boolel, who is in charge of the company's
] sex-research team, explained that his findings showed
] that arousal and desire were experienced very differently
] by men and women. A woman's arousal is triggered by
] complex combinations of emotional, intellectual and
] relationship-based factors, while a man's is a simple
] physical response.

Duh! And they had to spend how much money to figure this out?

Viagra flops for brainy women

For the Kibologists: Cones in Love
Topic: Relationships 9:13 pm EST, Jan 25, 2004

This'll make sense for those who follow the path of Kibo. :) For everyone else, you can safely ignore this one.

For the Kibologists: Cones in Love

Online Surveillance Among Spouses Grows
Topic: Relationships 5:25 pm EDT, Jul 31, 2003

] Suspicious husbands and wives who once might have hired a
] private eye to find out if their spouses were cheating
] are now using do-it-yourself technology to check on an
] increasingly popular hideaway for trysts -- the
] Internet.

I actually know people who have done this -- Used their tech skills and knowledge to spy on their spouse's chatroom habits because they feared infidelity. Though in my opinion, when communication has broken down that far in a relationship, it's probably doomed anyway. The couple needs to turn off the spy-gear, and get themselves to counseling, ASAP!

Online Surveillance Among Spouses Grows

(not safe for work!) l33t p0rn
Topic: Relationships 12:53 pm EDT, Jul 28, 2003

An oldie but a goodie: ASCII pr0n

(not safe for work!) l33t p0rn

'Naked Bambi' Hunts in Nevada
Topic: Relationships 4:17 pm EDT, Jul 18, 2003

] Krekelberg said the company has so far hosted 18 "Bambi"
] hunts in undisclosed locations around Las Vegas. In each,
] a hunter faces off with two women dressed in nothing but
] sneakers, each of whom receive $1,000 and can earn up to
] $2,500 if they make it through the hour without being
] struck by the paintball

Of course, there are all kinds of groups trying to protest and get it shut down, but I actually think it sounds kind of fun...

More information here:

'Naked Bambi' Hunts in Nevada
Topic: Relationships 6:02 pm EDT, Jul 14, 2003

There's a URL for *everything* these days ...
Topic: Relationships 4:31 pm EDT, Jul  5, 2003

] Pavlov found that the best way to prolong a behavior is to
] reward it intermittently. If you only get hope-inducing
] positive responses from your LO (limerent object) half the time
] you see him or her, your limerence will last a very long time.
] It's the roadblock induced by doubt that keeps it alive.

This is a blog of a guy who's been posting from October 2002 until today (July 2003), documenting his various "limerent episodes", and his ponderings about limerence. There's no clear bio or description of who he is, but from various references in his blog, he seems to be around 35-45, recently divorced, getting huge crushes at the drop of a hat to all the wrong girls.

I found reading the blog fascinating, as he documented the ups and downs of his crushes and limerence. I *so* identify with this right now!

Topic: Relationships 1:10 am EDT, Jul  4, 2003

] Limerence has certain basic components:
] - intrusive thinking about the object of your
] passionate desire (the limerent object or 'LO'),
] who is a possible sexual partner
] - acute longing for reciprocation
] - dependency of mood on LO's actions or, more
] accurately, your interpretation of LO's actions
] with respect to the probability of reciprocation
] - inability to react limerently to more than one
] person at a time
] - some fleeting and transient relief from unrequited
] limerent passion through vivid imagination of action
] by LO that means reciprocation
] - acute sensitivity to any act or thought or condition
] that can be interpreted favorably, and extraordinary
] ability to devise or invent "reasonable" explanations
] for why the neutrality that the disinterested observer
] might see is in fact a sign of hidden passion in the LO
] - buoyancy (a feeling of walking on air) when
] reciprocation seems evident
] - a general intensity of feeling that leaves other
] concerns in the background

Good definitions and FAQ on "limerence", a state in which I occasionally find myself.


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