March 20

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon/evening at Søllerød Golf Klub, documenting a night run we organized to launch a little campaign for one of the agency’s clients (I went there to help with the production and oversee the shoot for a short film we plan to release sometime next week). Got home around 9pm, so tired that I didn’t have the energy to stand in front of my computer to do my 25-minute a day training program, which I started on Tuesday.

My friend Carlos told me about this Focus T25 workout program that promises to “push you as hard—or harder—than any hour-long workout you’ve ever done. A workout that will have you dripping with sweat after 10 minutes, and totally done in 25.” Sounds too good to be true but let me tell you something, they were right about the “dripping with sweat after 10 minutes” bit. I was fucking dying. Despite missing my second day of training, I plan to take this seriously – not because I’m jumping on the “Summer is coming, I need to get fit!” bandwagon but because I feel like I really need to look after myself a bit better; too many nights out, too much alcohol and just too little exercise. Nothing good can come out of that. So, I’m doing this 25-minute a day workout, I’m eating healthier and now that Spring is almost here, I might as well start playing tennis again, too.

However, if you ever find me considering the possibility of getting a spray tan, please STOP ME right there!

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For a while, I have been wondering if it could be possible to turn porn into something more meaningful than it actually is; you know, just not video content you wank to but something that could actually have a positive impact on society. Can porn, let’s say, be used as a platform for social good? I know it’s hard to imagine, considering the social stigma it carries, but then again such ubiquitous and powerful industry, with such strong influence, certainly must have the means to become a driving force of positive change if it wanted to. I’m not sure what kind of change it could possibly be, though. That’s what I keep asking myself. Maybe it’s just a stupid idea, a dead end, but I have been playing with this thought for a while and I hope one day the pieces fall into place inside my head and I can come up with some game-changing idea that will revolutionize the porn industry.

While that happens, I encourage you to check this out; it’s a slide deck by Steve Johnson entitled “Relieving Frustration – The UX of Porn”, which he presented a SXSW this year. It’s fascinating. Basically, what he argues is that the porn industry is at the forefront of digital innovation, embracing new technologies and really making an effort to understand their users’ changing needs. They can teach us a lot about immersion, too; anyone who has ever visited a porn site knows what I’m talking about.

On that same note, read this interesting article about “How to make better porn” and when you’re done, watch this:

“Using as her source material a segment of 1970s European softcore pornography, Naomi Uman created this derived piece by painstakingly removing the female from each frame using bleach and nail polish remover, thus presenting the viewer with a bizarre, ghostly effect of a figure; a blank void of a woman.”

BONUS: In case you missed it, Reddit asked its users to sum up their first sexual experiences in SFW gifs and the contributions are HILARIOUS. If you don’t fancy going through the whole thread, here’s a little best of.

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