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...I have decided to help fuel the orgy of capitalistic excess with some special offers of my own!

As a Twitter friend of mine put it (and who says Twitter is always insipid?), the biggest shopping day of the year is a good time to support artisans and small businessmen you like. So with that in mind, I've set up two special deals on my own Web site!

The first is the "Get One, Give One" deal on the poster version of the Map of Human Sexuality. Looking for a cool, fun gift for someone on your Christmas list of naughty people? Want something cool to hang on your wall that will get people talking? Running short on funs in the recession? The Get One, Give One deal is your answer! Buy a poster, get a second poster for half price and I'll even ship it to a second address for free if you like!

The second is a Sexual Explorer's Wilderness Survival Kit. Buy a copy of the Map of Human Sexuality and get ten dollars off the registration for Onyx, the Game of Sexual Exploration. Onyx helps you explore, and the Map lets you know where you've been! The only thing missing is a canteen. And a compass. And, y'know, one of those wilderness adventure knives with the little thing on the handle that you can unscrew and put matches in so they don't get wet.

Sound interesting? Clicky the link to learn more!


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Nov. 28th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Actually, those knives are pretty much crap. It's a lot better to get a full tang knife and an old prescription bottle for the matches.

...hey, I'm an Eagle Scout, this sort of thing is required to know.

(Also, I blame Boy Scouts for me being perverse and kinky, so.)
Nov. 28th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
I'm sorry this is off-topic but may I pick your brain about something, Franklin? If I may...

Have you heard anything positive/negative about:

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships?

Or rather you recommend: Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless & Hopeful

or something entirely different?

Thank you, I respect your opinion muchly.
Nov. 30th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
I have a copy of Opening Up.

It's kind of put me in a bind. I wanted to talk about it in my LJ, but Tristan is on my friends list and I quite like her, and I didn't much like the book.

I think it's a good read for folks who are asking the question "What is polyamory? I keep hearing about it but I don't quite know what it is," but to me it fails to live up to being a guidebook to making poly relationships work. Granted I'm not the book's target demographic, but even so, it reads to me like a birds-eye overview of poly from 30,000 feet, without really going into things like "here are problems you may encounter" and "here is a toolkit for dealing with those problems."

"Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless & Hopeful" is a book I can't really get behind. It desperately, desperately needs an editor, and it makes a big deal about how hard polyamory is--whereas I tend to find that if you do the work in building a good set of tools for communication, honesty, integrity, self-knowledge, and conflict management, then any kind of relationship--including polyamory--isn't that hard. Or, to put it another way, if relationships are hard you're doing something wrong. :)

"Roadmaps for the Clueless & Hopeful" is also extremely strongly oriented toward one very specific form of polyamory: the core, established couple who adds other "secondary" relationships. If that particular model isn't for you--and frankly, I think that model has a lot of weaknesses--you might not find much in the book of value.

I don't see any poly books out there I really love. Jenny Block's book about her open marriage is a good read, though again it's based on a "one real relationship plus other secondaries" model. "The Ethical Slut" isn't really about polyamory--it's got great advice about managing multiple sexual relationships and dealing with insecurity, but precious little about dealing with multiple ongoing romantic relationships.
Nov. 28th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
...which reminds me...

I keep meaning to ask you if you have/are planning on having an iPhone app for Onyx. Laptops are prohibitively expensive (sadly), and I would love to not have to run relay races from the computer to the bed and back during gameplay.

Nov. 30th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
I'd love to do Onyx for iPhone. Sadly, I doubt Apple would approve it, even in their new "mature" classification.
Dec. 1st, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh geez... silly me... I keep forgetting people are squeamish about that sort of thing in the real world. Ah, well.... Lemme know if that ever changes!

(walkingbear is on the team working on Nokia's shiny... wonder if he could slip in a backdoor for you?)

Nov. 28th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
so want one of those maps *smile*- so how do Bu & I get one? :)
Nov. 30th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
Hmm. You mean other than ordering one? :)
Nov. 30th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
you posted a link to order one didn't you?
Nov. 30th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
ok... I need to ask a question- so how do you become a "member?"- It's confusing me & I'm going round in circles...
Dec. 3rd, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't need to become a member of anything! All you need to do is use the shopping cart here. :)
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
so wht exactly am I supposed t do on *this* page?
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Ah, there is a section that says "New? Please provide your billing information." I wonder if I should make that more prominent?
Dec. 5th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
This has nothing to do with black friday, but the following comic made me think of your lovely map. Enjoy! :)

Nov. 30th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
One of my favorite XKCD strips, no doubt about it!
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