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The Auction Block / Manufacturers and vendors
« Last post by noquiexis on Today at 07:48:26 AM »
Note to manufacturers and vendors

     Manufacturers and vendors of dolls and doll-related products, other than TPE products, are restricted to one (1) sales topic on The Auction Block. Anything they want to change or add must be on that one (1) topic. Posting multiple sales topics will be considered as spamming.
     Manufacturers and vendors are not allowed to put website sales links in their signatures. Any such links will be removed. A second offence will result in that account being banned.
     Manufacturers and vendors, other than those who deal in TPE products, are welcome to participate in discussions on any board so long as they comply with these rules.

Reasoning:

     It has been noted on other doll-related forums that some manufacturers and vendors spam the boards of those forums with advertisements. This includes adding a website sales link to their signatures, and then starting or replying to topics just to give that website link maximum coverage. Such behavior is not allowed here

     The registration agreement and the Colony Rules both prohibit spamming. Those who deal in TPE-related products got so bad at it that they are absolutely restricted to one (1) topic on one (1) board. Here that board is TPE Marketplace.

     It is not the intention of the website owner that members never see links to the products that they want. That would defeat one of the reason why they join forums like this. Manufacturers and vendors should be glad that they get free advertising at all. They should also remember that this is NOT their sales floor.

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Anatomical Doll / Shard & Shield
« Last post by noquiexis on July 18, 2019, 12:13:28 PM »
Shard & Shield

     For the launch of her new book Shard & Shield, author Laura Van Arendonk Baugh offered a sweet deal for those who pre-ordered -

"a special advance purchase swag bag with:
◾cool new character art
◾a full-color digital map of Chrenada and the surrounding lands
◾a prequel story (novelette, really)
◾and most exciting, you’ll help [a charity*] fight human trafficking and chattel slavery, as [see important charity update].

"It was through research for Shard & Shield that I actually first learned of how persistent and prevalent slavery still is. So let’s celebrate the book’s release by doing something about that." - Laura VAB

*International Justice Mission (IJM)

     Laura had a contest for those who sent in (forwarded) a proof-of-purchase email.
"By sending that email, you’ll also be entered to win one of three limited-edition collections of loot:
◾a small crystal Shard fragment of your own
◾a lovely printed map
◾gorgeous character cards featuring that cool new art (they look like bubble gum trading cards)
◾a personalized signed paperback of Shard & Shield" - Laura VAB

Right-click to open larger images in a new tab or window.


"To the lovely Feodora and Terry - Always be brave! Laura VAB"


The swag, crystal (lower center of the map), and signed paperback.


Feodora and noquiexis with the signed paperback and Kindle book cover

     I did not have another necklace chain, so I hung the crystal on one of the four Dogeared necklaces by using a paper staple. Feodora is also wearing the ever-present Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon from Avon. We are both wearing the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital magnetic logo pins.

     Feodora is wearing Jennifer Morrison's "Be the hero of your own story" tee shirt. I put that on her specifically for this Thank You picture. I am wearing one of the annual Komen Toledo Race for the Cure tee shirts. This is the picture that I sent to Laura.

     I support Dressember, which supports International Justice Mission (IJM) and others through their Grant Partner program. When I read of the Laura's promise to donate $2 to IJM for every preorder, I made a special donation to IJM. When I read about Laura's legal complications ("No good deed ever goes unpunished."), I made another donation to IJM.

8) :D 8)
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Anatomical Doll / The Arrival of Beatrice
« Last post by noquiexis on July 04, 2019, 01:12:23 AM »
The Arrival of Beatrice

     We are celebrating the arrival of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting "The Salutation of Beatrice" (a poster print). As always, right-click on any picture for a larger image.


Feodora and Beatrice

     The original work is located in the Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 32. Of all the treasures in the museums collection, this painting is by far my favorite.

     From the Publication Entry:
     Pale faced, full–lipped, with a thick head of wavy chestnut hair, this image of medieval Florentine gentlewoman Beatrice Portinari embodies the Pre-Raphaelite ideal of beauty. The group of British artists and writers calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood aspired to an aesthetic based on early Italian Renaissance art and the direct observation of nature, in contrast to what they saw as the overblown and insincere British academic style.


Feodora's Zoo Pets

     From the Publication Entry:
     Rossetti found a rich source of inspiration in the works of his namesake, thirteenth-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri. In 1861 Rossetti published a translation of Dante’s Vita Nuova (New Life), a series of autobiographical sonnets detailing Dante’s unrequited love for Beatrice Portinari. The Salutation of Beatrice illustrates lines from the second sonnet in Vita Nuova, which Rossetti inscribed on the gilded frame he designed specifically for the painting: My lady looks so gentle and so pure / When yielding salutation by the way / That the tongue trembles and has naught to say / And the eyes, which fain would see, may not endure. Beatrice walks toward us, dominating the composition, while Dante, in the background, is sheltered and comforted by the red-robed figure of Love.


The white rectangles on the wall are my indoor TV antennae.

     From the Publication Entry:
     Rossetti’s model for Beatrice was Jane Morris (1839–1914), wife of his friend the artist and designer William Morris (1834–1896). She became Rossetti’s muse (and possibly his lover), particularly after the death of his wife and model, Elizabeth Siddal, in 1862. He allegedly associated his feelings for Jane Morris with Dante’s for Beatrice, adding a personal note of longing to this, his last large-scale painting.


Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British, 1828–1882), The Salutation of Beatrice.
Oil on canvas, 1880–82. 60 3/4 x 36 in.

     I looked online many times for a poster print of this painting, at a price that I was willing to pay, and for the quality that I wanted in the poster. A trip to the museum convinced me that I should get this poster now.



     The Arthur Hughes painting of Ophelia (about 1865) is also in Gallery 32.

     
The painting and the poster

     Finding a quality poster at a good price is not that easy. Another of my favorite paintings is one of the three done by John William Waterhouse. Based on an 1832 poem by Alfred, Lord Tenneyson, The Lady of Shalott (1888) illustrates the unknown Lady seated in a boat and contemplating her fate. I bought one, did not like the color cast (too dark), and bought a second poster print. They are both in the same frame with the brighter one in front. The original painting is in the Tate Britain, London.

     
Feodora and The Lady of Shalott

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General Discussion / Pi Day 2019
« Last post by noquiexis on March 15, 2019, 06:58:10 AM »
Hello math lovers!
3.14 (March 14) of 2019
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson posted this picture on his Twitter page:
 

"Gotta love pumpkin Pi."

From "Wandering For Life" (Twitter)


 
Let us not forget Pizza Pi


Image credit: http://cogansghent.com/sh-html/
 
or Apple Pi
 

Image credit: https://patch.com/michigan/detroit/pi-day-2017-deals-pizza-pies-metro-detroit
 
Slicing a pie (pizza or other) would be an interesting way to teach fractions. The students would just eat it up!

 :tasty: :tasty: :tasty:
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General Discussion / Re: Chinese Domain Name Scam
« Last post by noquiexis on March 12, 2019, 08:15:40 AM »
Follow-up on the Bitcoin scam

     I found a few links about the Bitcoin scam. Apparently, it has been around for a while.

What should you know about the Bitcoin Email Extortion Scam?

Get an extortion scam email? Here’s what to do

University of Michigan
NOTICE: Extortion scam emails with stolen passwords not credible (updated)

From the U of M article:
References

Sextortion Scam Uses Recipient’s Hacked Passwords (Krebs on Security, 7/12/18)
Don't Fall for This Scam Claiming You Were Recorded Watching Porn (Gizmodo, 7/17/18)
A frightening email that is spreading online (Kim Komando, 7/10/18)
Phishing scam known as 'sextortion' is using people's real passwords to blackmail them for supposedly watching porn (Mirror, 7/16/18)
How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam
Scam Alert: Sextortion Email Using Real Passwords (Infogressive, 7/13/18)

If you want to report the scam, go to:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center

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General Discussion / Re: Chinese Domain Name Scam
« Last post by noquiexis on March 08, 2019, 12:09:51 PM »
Bitcoin scam

     On March 8, 2019 I received a scam e-mail at this website that was forwarded to my primary e-mail address. Most likely it came from the same scammer as above. By the time I looked for the original message at Arimecibo, the system software had already deleted it.

     I did not open the e-mail to read it, but extracted the text by checking Properties in my mail client (Windows Mail {WinMail.exe} on Windows 7). The text of that e-mail is posted below as a warning to everyone. My comments are in Maroon.



From: "HACKED" <Phony e-mail address>
To: oquiexis@arimecibo.com This message would never find me!
Subject: IMPORTANT! You have been recorded masturbating!

Text:
Hi there,

The last time you visited a porn website with teens, you downloaded and installed the software I developed.
I do not visit porn websites, so this is bullshit.

My program has turned on your camera and recorded the process of your masturbation.
I do not have a camera on either of my computers.

My software has also grabbed all your email contact lists and a list of your friends on Facebook.
Seriously?

I have the - Oquiexis.mp4 - with you jerking off to teens as well as a file with all your contacts on my computer.
More bullshit. The dufuss could not even get my name right!

You are very perverted!

If you want me to delete both the files and keep the secret, you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you 72 hours for the payment.

If you don't know how to pay with Bitcoin, visit Google and search.

Send 2.000 USD to this Bitcoin address as soon as possible:

<-- link obfuscated by noquiexis -->
(copy and paste)

1 BTC = 3,850 USD right now, so send exactly 0.524689 BTC to the address provided above.

Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it. I am tracking all actions on your device.
More bullshit. The message came in as plain text. There is nothing that can track my keystrokes or mouse movements.

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know when you send the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my program.
More bullshit. If this dufuss had the goods on me, he would milk it for all he could.

If you don't send the payment, I will send your masturbation video to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact lists I hacked.

Here are the payment details again:

Send 0.524689 BTC to this Bitcoin address:

----------------------------------------
<-- link obfuscated by noquiexis -->
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You саn visit police but nobody can help you. I know what I am doing. I don't live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.

Don't try to deceive me - I will know it immediately - my spy software is recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press. If you do - I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know, including your family.

Don't cheat me! Don't forget the shame and if you ignore this message your life will be ruined.

I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment. You have 72 hours left.

Anonymous Hacker



     As I mentioned above, this message is posted as a warning. Do not fall for this bullshit.

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General Discussion / Chinese Domain Name Scam
« Last post by noquiexis on March 08, 2019, 12:03:48 PM »
Chinese Domain Name Scam

     I received a few e-mails at Arimecibo that looked suspicious. In the messages, someone claimed to attempt registering my Domain Name and Internet Keyword in China.  I contacted my web host to find out what they thought. Upon further investigation, I found this article:


     The text in the article was almost word-for-word as in the e-mails. Apparently these scammers are using the same translation. I know that a few members here have websites for their own businesses and other hobbies, so be forewarned.

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Anatomical Doll / St. Patrick's Day 2019
« Last post by noquiexis on March 05, 2019, 12:59:04 AM »
"Luck of the Irish"

     It is a bit early, but since I was doing a shoot for the Photo Challenge on another website, I figured that I might as well kill two birds with one stone.

     Feodora once met Brian Conners, King of the Leprechauns while she was exploring the ruins at Knocknasheega (Cnoc na Síge), which are situated on top of the Fairy Mountain. King Brian granted her three wishes, but she did not believe him and did not make the wishes.

     I asked her what she would like to do for St. Patrick's Day, and she offhandedly wished for a crock of gold.






Alternate photo made for the Photo Challenge ("Film Nior").


I used this picture for the Photo Challenge.

Some nice Irish music is always nice!
 
Celtic Woman
Mo Ghile Mear
Níl Sé'n Lá
Tír na nÓg
 
Enya
The Celts
Boadicea
The River Sings
 
Jethro Tull
Cup of Wonder
Jack In The Green
The Whistler

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General Discussion / Homes4Families (Veterans)
« Last post by noquiexis on March 02, 2019, 08:29:01 PM »
     In another topic, I posted a few pictures of Feodora that show our involvement in various fundraisers. I do not currently have any pictures of her to support this message, but if I take any, I will post them here.

     As a fan of actor Sean Maguire, I follow him on Instagram and Twitter. He wrote, "@homes4families {corrected link} is an amazing organization that helps vets and their families get the homes so they richly deserve. If you can spare a buck or two you’re giving to those that really earned it with what they’ve sacrificed."
 
     Not everyone is in a position to help, but you may know someone who is. If so, please forward this message to them. Sean is on a team called Celebs4Vets Winter 2019. Here is Sean Maguire's Homes 4 Families page.


     Homes4Families (on the FirstGiving platform) "was founded in Los Angeles in 2008 and exists to meet the significant need for affordable housing and effective, no-cost services that equip and prepare veteran families for home ownership and movement up the housing ladder. With the support of CalVet and generous corporate sponsors and individual donors, we have helped over 365 low-income families achieve their dreams of safe, affordable home ownership. This includes 138 low-income veterans and military families. In the next few years, we will add 86 additional homes to this number."

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