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Friday, October 10, 2021

I’ve yet to visit New York’s own Museum of Sex. But I’ve passed by it a few times, and it’s usually worth looking up from the sidewalk to see what they’ve got in the window.

Like the above display, showing off current exhibit “The Sex Lives of Animals”. I liked the caption enough to cameraphone the scene, and luckily enough the picture came out pretty clear:

“Female elephants have been observed masturbating one another using their trunks.”

Note that the accompanying image of the two pachyderms doesn’t suggest girl-on-girl action involving trunks, as much as traditional male-female copulation. I guess the Museum wanted to let the verbiage speak for itself, without too-graphic detail.

As usual, I’ve loaded up the embiggened version of the above photo to Flickr. Enjoy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/10/2021 06:18:09 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Photography, Science
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Although the hardcore downloaders have long since moved on to torrents, peer-to-peer greybeard Lime Wire still commands a dominant chunk of the illicit music/media file-swapping landscape. Figuring it can’t hold off the RIAA hitmen forever, the provider of P2P software is signing distribution deals with indie bands and trying to position itself as a social network, all toward going legit.

“We’d love to work with the entire music industry,” said Lime Wire CEO George Searle. “I think there are some people in the majors who see the potential of Lime Wire.”…

The Lime Wire Store has only been open since March, but it offers almost two million independent label songs for 99 cents from bands like Death Cab for Cutie and The Hold Steady. The company added music by these two popular bands and many more through a deal announced in August with The Orchard, a big online music distributor.

All nice. But as for that “potential” toward becoming a commercial concern: Just about zero. You only have to look to Napster’s sorry fate, selling itself to Best Buy last month after years of futilely trying to shake off its illegitimate origins, to figure that Lime Wire will face the same challenges — and probably wind up with the same result.

I also notice that no sales figures are provided for the Lime Wire Store. I’m sure it’s doing just about zero business as well, since the Lime Wire P2P software itself undercuts it with all that free selection. This is going to be one long, drawn-out joke, ending in either the recording industry finally shutting Lime Wire down, or else a quick-and-dirty asset sale based solely on the 70-million user data the company holds.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/10/2021 05:53:39 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Pop Culture
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