Thursday, February 26, 2015

Irena has been here all week, as we have been shooting a pair of videos for my website, one pure porn, a striptease and masturbation scene while the other depicts preparing and traveling to a date. Friday we will travel to DC to join Anne Marie and Hannah at Rachel and Amy's and then fly to Vieques and the house we've rented there.

Initially it was to be the 5 of us plus child, but I began feeling like a spare tire, as the others have become good friends and frankly, I'd like to get a relationship started with Irena. Her friends, my friends all say the we both care about the other and want something, but each time we try, she slips away. She's so damn fey.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I've figured it out, Google's new porn sniffing technology is code named Potter Stewart.

Regarding my prior post on Google's new adult content policy for Blogger, for the time being I'm going to sit tight and see if Mercurial Girl is shut down. If it is this will probably be good-by. 

If it is, I can be found at tumblr, also Mercurial Girl, where I've maintained and image blog for a few years.


Google has announced a new "Adult Content Policy on Blogger"

Google has announced a new "Adult Content Policy on Blogger"

Starting March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger. 
What does that mean? Define sexually explicit and graphic nudity. How will bloggers know what offends Google's censors?

Note: We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.
What is "substantial public benefit" and define "artistic?" Again how will we know what offends the Censors?

Settings you can update for existing blogs

If your blog was created before March 23, 2015, and contains content that violates our new policy, you have a few options for changing your blog before the new policy starts:
If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog's text and images using Google Takeout.
 My this is draconian. 

As a practical matter Mercurial Girl has nearly 1100 post of which roughly 10% of those posts have a picture to enhance the content and some of those pictures show nudity and some sexual congress, lets call it 1% of all posts. So Google is going to shut Mercurial Girl (and other blogs) down for something I have no idea that I'm in offense of?

It is obvious that Google is not going through every blog, post by post to see what is there, they will either use complaints or some technology to sniff out the offenders. Since this is the case why don't they notify the blog owner of the specific offensive posts and allow the the blogger to remove or modify the post.

If this notice came out April 1, I'd think it was a joke.

Just tried complaining to Google and either they've turned off their complaint forum or it is overwhelmed.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Following my announcement a month ago, I quickly received the inquiry about NY and the invitation to Davos and then it was quiet. The silence was disconcerting, but I kept telling myself that the inquiries would come and they have. With the first being the last person that I expected to hear from, Jacques. In fact it had been my intention not to send him the announcement, but I didn't notice that he had two entries in my distribution list.

It has been a long time since I've seen him, with our last contact being his abrupt resignation letter from the board of advisers of Kim & Co. I understand that he was reacting to the pressure that he was receiving from his wife, but it angered me that given our history, he couldn't pick up the phone and call to tell me the reason for his action.

So I was surprised to receive a voice message asking to see me at the apartment on a Tuesday afternoon and asking that I not call to confirm but to look for an email from a new address. I considered denying his request, but didn't and when I received his email, I confirmed.

He arrived precisely at 13:00 as scheduled. Looking at him via the door, video feed, I could see he was fidgeting, which wasn't Jacques like. When he entered the apartment he placed an envelope on the side table and looked around, commenting that it was a nice place. I offered something to drink and we accepted water. We chit-chatted for a few minutes, but frankly it was strained and I was regretting setting the date. Abruptly he asked about the toilet and shower and I directed him there, relieved that we would quickly get to sex.

While he showered, I went to the bedroom to remove my dress and wait for him sitting on the end of the bed. He entered the room wrapped in a towel that he let fall. I sucked him hard and put a condom on him. Motioning to the lubricants on the bedside table I crawled to the center of the bed. Jacques likes anal and knowing that his recovery time precluded multiple shots on goal...

After we lay intertwined with the other not speaking. His eyes were closed but he wasn't sleeping and I acknowledged to myself how diminished we both were. After a bit he got up saying it was time to go and left the room to find his clothes. I put a wrap on and waited for him in the living room where we exchanged parting pleasantries and I expected him simply to leave, but he surprised me by asking if he could see me in two weeks at the same time, I told him I would.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

A blogging friend asked that if I had seen 50 Shades of Grey, I hadn't and told her that my own Christian Grey was visiting Paris, Joseph was here. He wanted to see me, and I, with trepidation, him. After dinner we returned to the Pullman, where his room had a view of the Eiffel Tower off a small balcony. Despite the cold night air I went on to the terrace and stared at the lights of the tower while gripping the railing. Joseph came up behind me, his hands were warm on my bare shoulders, he nuzzled my neck and asked if I wanted to make love. "Of course," I quickly replied, "that is why I'm here.

Making love, is a relative term for Joseph, a euphemism for something darker. His second question got to the point, "Do you want it rough?" I appreciated his asking, rather than assuming, but it took longer to give him my answer, as I knew what would follow. "Yes," I told him in as soft, reluctant voice and he asked to repeat my answer and I told him yes again this time with affirmation. He slipped my dress off and I was naked in the night air, his hands caressing me till I began to forget what was coming, but it came. When it was over he gathered me into his arms and comforted me till I cried myself to sleep.

Joseph has returned to Columbia and he has asked that I join him. Though tempted, I won't as I have a desire for self preservation. But now that the bruises and black eye have faded along with the marks from the whipping, I've wakened in the night missing him.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In the spirit of the oh so French, grand, empty gesture, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, has proposed banning motorcycles made before 2000 and other vehicles with dates of manufacture varying from 1995 to 2001. 

Being the owner of a vintage motorcycle, I joined a few thousand others in a protest yesterday, a protest that was officially banned by the police. It happened anyway with police escorts.

Hidalgo is a Socialist, and in France the Socialists are the party of the bourgeoisie and entrenched interest groups rather than as you might think, the poor and working class. While for me and for many of my fellow protestors, yesterday, our complaint is ephemeral to our daily lives, an ever more restrictive ban on older vehicles will be a double whammy on the lower classes. It will crush the value of their current vehicles and force them to buy more expensive newer vehicles or go without. This at a time when large sections of French society is experiencing unemployment of 25-30% and economic growth is been so flat for so long that the country and Europe is facing a deflationary spiral. Interestingly, the city council will not vote on this measure as it will be imposed by executive fiat under a previously passed pollution control law.


Friday, February 06, 2015

I came across this article on autonomous cars paired with Uber-like request/dispatch applications,

that reminded me of a research project that Kim & Co participated in.

The project was essentially, how will emerging technologies like autonomous cars and social trends such as car-sharing effect the auto industry and specifically we were asked to examine luxury brands. At the time, applications such as Uber and Lyft didn't exist and we weren't creative enough to conceive of them, so that technology didn't enter our analysis. It was our opinion that boutique brands such as Ferrari and perhaps Porsche would survive with challenges, along with pinnacle luxury brands such as Rolls Royce and Bentley. But brands that were near mass market and focused on driving experience were in for a rocky future. Brands such as BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Jaguar would be at great risk in the coming decades.

After all, who cares if you are in the ultimate driving machine, when a robot is plodding along at the posted speed limit.


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

When I met with Rebecca before Christmas, she mentioned that one of the women that shared the in-call had left the business and she needed to find someone to replace her. And if I was thinking about returning to the business...

The pied-à-terre is on a busy alleyway not far from Shakespeare and Company in the 5th. The building is a 5 story walk up, with 8 apartments and retail on the street level. It is about perfect for an in-call as it has no doorman and only two apartments per floor. Our unit is on the second floor and has the added benefit of having the door away from the landing. The other unit on the floor is an AirBNB-like, short term rental, whose changing cast of residents, don't notice our changing cast of residents with their gentleman callers.

The apartment itself is small, a living room/dining room, a tiny kitchen and bathroom and the bedroom. In the bathroom storage closet there is a small washer-dryer, Prostitutes spend a lot of time changing and washing bed linen. The decor of the apartment is très féminin, with mauve over cream being the dominant color pallet. There are lots of faux family pictures, acquired at flea markets with the hutch displaying only a couple of place settings. Whoever has the first appointment each day is responsible for buying flowers for the many vases. 

The furnishings in the living room are a couch and side chair, leather for easy cleaning, coffee and side tables, a desk and chair and a bar cart with libations. The kitchen has a Keurig machine with tea and coffee, a refridge with water and wine, a few glasses of various types and that's about it. 

The bed nearly fills the bedroom and has a plastic cover over the mattress, again for ease of cleaning. There is one of three side stands by the bed, where we keep toys. The other two are stored in the closet and we each have one for our own apparatus. The closet also contains 3 small safes and lots of bed linen.


Yes the moats are filled and the crocodiles released with the guards waiting for the drawbridge to be raised.