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Anatomical Doll / Shard & Shield
« Last post by noquiexis on Today at 12:10:05 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.

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Announcements / Trash Bin topic recycled
« Last post by noquiexis on July 15, 2019, 09:28:12 AM »
     On July 15, 2019 I cleaned out the Trash Bin (accessible only to forum management). Some of those topics had been there for years.

     Due to a blunder on my part, the Welcome Guests and New Members topic languished in the Trash Bin along with other forum refuse.  I cleaned off the coffee grounds and fruit rinds (did some editing) and recycled that topic.

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General Discussion / Re: Helping with sails fundraiser
« Last post by noquiexis on July 14, 2019, 10:20:44 AM »
     In point of fact, I do not pay taxes. There are deductions from my pay sources, but the amounts are small and I get them all back when I file my tax returns. Last year I got a whopping $34 back. It is no more than  no-interest loan to the United States government.

     I support these various charities because I believe in what they are doing, not to get a tax break. Others may choose what to do with the information that I provide.

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General Discussion / Re: Helping with sails fundraiser
« Last post by odc061210 on July 14, 2019, 06:50:55 AM »
Just a rant about donations not being tax deductible any more. It's purely a practical thing. Trump's tax law changes (yeah, yeah - he only signed them) raised standard deductibles and limited the deductibility of state and local taxes. The net effect is that donations are not deductible for me any more unless I start donating tens of thousands of dollars to get my total over the new standard deduction. I suspect there are plenty of people in similar circumstances. I read the news. So I understand that the new tax laws have been a tremendous economic stimulus and I assume that was their intention. But I wonder what the impact has been on charitable donations.
Anatomical Doll / The Arrival of Beatrice
« Last post by noquiexis on July 04, 2019, 01:07:53 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 / Helping with sails fundraiser
« Last post by noquiexis on June 25, 2019, 09:03:39 PM »
     Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, owners of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, is attempting to raise funds to replace the aging sails on their vessels.

     "Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain urgently need your help.  {We} need to raise $120,000 for critical repairs and maintenance this summer for these two tall ships. The biggest need we have is new sails. Our old and worn out sails have seen 4000 days of howling wind, bright sun, rainstorms, and salt air. The crew has done their best to repair our existing sails, but after 10 years it is time for a permanent replacement."

     "Your gift matters. For just $12 you can replace one foot of sail canvas. The impact of your gift will be felt by the thousands of people who take part in our educational field trips, public sails, workforce development programs and more. Your gift will also sponsor the costs of rigging repairs and upgrading the tall ships' navigation and weather systems."

     "Please donate by July 31st to ensure critical replacements and maintenance work can be completed without interfering with our program schedule."

Lady Washington

Hawaiian Chieftain

     Donations can be made on the Donor Online page. You can also become a member at any of five levels:
   Sailor level: $25
   First Mate level: $60
   Captain level: $120
   Commodore level: $200
   Admiral level: $325

     From FAQs: "Q: Is my donation tax deductible?

A: Yes. GHHS is a designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and your monetary contribution is 100% tax deductible. Memberships are deductible above the value of any gifts included in your membership level.

Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain
500 N. Custer St., PO Box 2019
Aberdeen, Washington 98520

General Discussion / Re: Locked In Irons
« Last post by noquiexis on June 16, 2019, 12:15:27 PM »
Piracy on the high seas will not be tolerated!  :scold:

     "besoo" is has been dis-membered!. His religious post was word-for-word the same as "phall", who was keel-hauled a couple of years ago. I moved his post to the trash bin. Regular Members of this forum will note that the Trash Bin is accessible only to Administrators and Moderators. After a respectable amount of time, besoo's post will be forever deleted from the forum.

     There are a lot of places on the World Wide Web where people can express political and / or religious views, but this website is not one of them. Let this be a warning to those who would ignore the warnings!

:spoiler: :spoiler: :spoiler:

     Since "phall", "besoo", and "barad" posted the same message, word for word, they might be the same person. I put the "barad" message in the Trash Bin and dis-membered him. If these jokers want to spread their religious message, they can do it elsewhere.

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Dolls in general / Question from Davecat
« Last post by noquiexis on May 29, 2019, 09:29:18 PM »
Question from Davecat

     Davecat (Twitter, Shouting to hear the echoes blog) is considered by many to be the Doll Ambassador due to him having given many interviews. He is not averse to appearing on camera, and is quite public about his love for artificial women.

     He recently asked me about doll owners' reactions to being public about the hobby. With his permission, I post his question and my reply.

     Davecat wrote, "Speaking of iDollator culture, here's a question for you: why do you think most iDollators are averse to having more of a public presence, in the context of the culture, not necessarily as individuals? Personally, most of the things I'm keen on lean towards the obscure, as I feel that those interests are more 'mine' if fewer people know of them, but the one thing I would love to see become a mainstream thing would be iDollator/robosexual culture. If there are more of us that let traditional society know there's nothing wrong with the partners we choose, perhaps more people would be open to joining our ranks. I realise that's being far too optimistic about human nature overall, but I'm allowed five minutes of optimism every month, so there's that sorted."

My reply:

     While most doll owners think of real women as 'people', I believe that in the back of their minds, they still think of dolls as sex objects. Most bought dolls for sex, but realized later that they are much more than that. Since they associate dolls with sex, they expect the general public to do the same. I believe this is an error (paranoia), and that belief exists only in the minds of doll owners. We are mistakenly taught that sex is something dirty or sinful, which is wrong on both counts. Sex is a requirement for the continuation of our species. Anybody's god who believes sex to be sinful only has himself to blame, since that god designed the system.
     Some doll owners have stated that they believe family, friends, neighbors, and employers would think less of them, disown them, or fire them if these people knew that they have a doll at home. They do not know this for sure, but they think it to be true. My thought is that what I do in the privacy of my home is my business, not theirs. If they cannot accept me for who I truly am, then they are not worth my time.

     Some people say "doll", "manikin", "love doll" and call themselves a "doll lover". "Sex doll" and the even worse "fuck doll" or "doll fucker" is self-debasing language. People who think that of dolls or themselves must perceive that the general public would do the same. No married person thinks of his wife (or her husband) as a "fuck woman" (or "fuck man"). If they did, they would not stay married for long!
     Popular fiction, including television and movies, has been preparing the public conscious to accept dolls, robots, and cyborgs for decades, if not centuries. Many doll owners have artificial plants and artificial animals, some of which are quite realistic. Why do they draw the line at artificial humans? They may have paintings and sculptures of women or men, but still have a problem with rubber sculptures of humans. My motto is: "We do not objectify women. We personify dolls!"
     You, I, and folks like us see dolls for the beautiful works of art that they are. To some degree, we associate them with living people, the same as those paintings and sculptures. We are not "lonely, horny old men", so it would not be impossible for any of us the form romantic relationships with women. We simply choose not to do so. Many women choose not to marry, whether or not they date anyone. Either they choose career over family, or they do not want to burden themselves with another human. Some single men and some single women foster or adopt children, and that is enough for them. A lot of people have living animals as pets, and think of those pets as though they are family.
     With your permission, I would like to post your question and my reply (above) on the forums. People fear what they do not know, or what they perceive to be true. Education is the only defense against fear.

Follow-up email to Davecat,

      I am too much within myself - I prefer time spent alone.
     Sex is not a big thing for me. I 'tried' all of the dolls I have owned, but found sex with them to be more work that it was worth. I still enjoy the companionship, and I do give Feodora an occasional hug and kiss. Most of the time she is just 'room decoration'. It will not bother her if she is ignored for days at a time. I never change her clothes except for a photo shoot. She has been wearing the same pantyhose for years. (I never take them off of her.) I do change her brassiere occasionally (she has four colors) to match her dress or top.
     Feodora stands next to 'my' computer (picture from 9/3/2017) all the time except for photo shoots. ("Feodora's computer" picture). Anyone who comes to the apartment will see her. It is a testament to the Camp / incred doll stand that she is on it almost always.

Davecat responded,

"  Thanks for the answers you'd provided! All of the points you'd mentioned are ones that I'm (all too) aware of, but I was asking you to see if there's any perspective I may have missed. It goes without saying that you can totally post my question on ODC, of course! I need to pop in and see the responses! I need to pop in, in general...

  Like you, I prefer to be alone 90% of the time. Unlike you, I'm quite keen on sex. :-) With a Doll, and in the future, with a Gynoid, I'm able to enjoy both aspects of life — wonderful, fulfilling lovemaking, as well as being alone whenever the urge strikes me. Frankly, it's the best of both worlds, and it's mindboggling why more people aren't iDollators/robosexuals! But we've covered that.

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Anatomical Doll / Re: Be The Hero!
« Last post by noquiexis on May 22, 2019, 10:03:41 PM »
The tee shirts are in!

     Those of you who have been drooling over Bex may enjoy these snapshots of Feodora in her new tee shirt! While I was at it, I got one for myself, too!

Feodora donned her Dressember cap

     Actor Danny Thomas, a native of my hometown - Toledo, Ohio - founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Danny's vision, stated on the back of Feodora's tee shirt is that "No child should die in the dawn of life." I am wearing the "Dawn of Life T Shirt".

     In addition to the tee shirts, Feodora and I are wearing the St. Jude Magnetic Lapel Pins. Feodora's is Silver. Mine is
Gold. Feodora is also wearing the Silver Bangle Charm Bracelet (if you do not see it now, they might be sold out), the Silver Stud Earrings, and the Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon from Avon.

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General Discussion / Send your name to Mars
« Last post by noquiexis on May 22, 2019, 07:34:55 AM »
Send your name to Mars

NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

(Edited to remove my real name)

Two Tickets To Paradise - Eddie Money

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