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Date lines for Gay Men | Looking for Mr. Right online or on the phone

Date lines for Gay Men | Looking for Mr. Right online or on the phone

Date lines for Gay Men Looking for Mr. Right online or on the phone “Looking for someone special to date, fall in love with, or just have some fun? You’ve come to the right place!” Perfect. I click “sign-up free”, where I’m told I’ll be able to view member ads and pictures, post my own identity, and receive messages from other Manhunt members. Dating has never sounded easier. Manhunt encourages me next to “upgrade to full member status” by clicking the “purchase” button. I guess that’s where the real thrills start, where I can send e-mails to anyone I want (five credits), send instant messages to others online (10 credits an hour), or send a text-to-speech message to phone members, whatever that means (two credits). I’m asked to choose my secret ID. I choose “Topgun” because it sounds date-worthy, but that name is a no-go. It’s taken already. The system offers “Topgunl5” as an alternative, and I scoop it up right away before I’m bumped to something tacky like Topgunl6. I enter my basic stats as requested, and as honestly as I can. Before typing a description of myself in the large space Manhunt has provided, I read the terms outlining what constitutes “unacceptable text”. Among several don’ts, I’m warned not to include such personal information as full name, e-mail address, ICQ number or phone number. Reasonable enough. After all, they gots to makes their money somehow. Horny gay men looking for sex and love Men forking out the bucks to help themselves find a suitable date is nothing new and Manhunt β€” offering both phone and online introduction services β€” isn’t the only business out there for the relationship-challenged. The catchphrase of one of its competitors β€” “Want it? Get It?” β€” has been burned into the psyche of thousands of gay males thanks to Cruiseline’s huge advertising campaign spearheaded by its owner-operator parent. Outpersonals β€” available in seven major cities across the worldβ€” is best identified by gay men for its “casual encounters.” But the service also caters to men seeking long term relationships, via its talking personal ads, filled with lots of guys looking for love. Like Manhunt, certain features of Outpersonals cost nothing. Of course, these are also the features that β€” if on their own β€” would be absolutely useless to the man trying to make a connection with that unknown special someone. The general rule with these services is that you gotta pay up if you wanna get down. Still, it’s a win-win situation, for the company and the client. It lets a hesitant newcomer get a decent foot in the dating door by allowing him, for instance, to record his own ad without having put any money up front. Once the responses to the ad pour in, it’s not so easy for the hopeful Valentino to refuse “upgrading to full membership status” to discover who among the masses may be Mr. Right. And that’s when he’ll want to have his credit card standing ... Read More »

Men forking out  bucks to help themselves find a date is nothing new

Men forking out bucks to help themselves find a date is nothing new

Written in 1999.. nothing has changed… “Looking for someone special to date, fall in love with, or just have some fun? You’ve come to the right place!” Perfect. I click “sign-up free”, where I’m told I’ll be able to view member ads and pictures, post my own identity, and receive messages from other Manline members. Dating has never sounded easier. Manline encourages me next to “upgrade to full member status” by clicking the “purchase” button. I guess that’s where the real thrills start, where I can send e-mails to anyone I want (five credits), send instant messages to others online (10 credits an hour), or send a text-to-speech message to phone members, whatever that means (two credits). Packages start at 50 credits for US$9.95, which basically means I can send 10 e-mails for 10 bucks, plus the gouging Canadian exchange rate. I’m asked to choose my secret ID. I choose “Topgun” because it sounds date-worthy, but that name is a no-go. It’s taken already. The system offers “Topgunl5” as an alternative, and I scoop it up right away before I’m bumped to something tacky like Topgunl6. I enter my basic stats as requested, and as honestly as I can. Before typing a description of myself in the large space Manline has provided, I read the terms outlining what constitutes “unacceptable text”. Among several don’ts, I’m warned not to include such personal information as full name, e-mail address, ICQ number or phone number. Reasonable enough. After all, they got’s to makes their money somehow.   Men forking out the bucks to help themselves find a suitable date is nothing new and Manline β€” offering both phone and online introduction services β€” isn’t the only business out there for the relationship-challenged. The catchphrase of one of its competitors β€” “Want it? Get It?” β€” has been burned into the psyche of thousands of Canadian gay males thanks to Cruiseline’s huge advertising campaign spearheaded by its owner-operator parent (and Xtra! publisher) Pink Triangle Press (PTP). Cruiseline β€” available in seven major cities across Canada β€” is best identified by gay men for its “casual encounters.” But the service also caters to men seeking long term relationships, via its talking personal ads, filled with lots of guys looking for love. Like Manline, certain features of Cruiseline cost nothing. Of course, these are also the features that β€” if on their own β€” would be absolutely useless to the man trying to make a connection with that unknown special someone. The general rule with these services is that you gotta pay up if you wanna get down. Still, it’s a win-win situation, for the company and the client. (PTP, for example, raked in S3.4 million from its phone services in 1999, including nearly $2 million from Cruiseline memberships.) It lets a hesitant newcomer get a decent foot in the dating door by allowing him, for instance, to record his own ad without having put any money up front. Once the responses to the ad pour ... Read More »

Current Gaydar erotica site evolved from amateur male site amateurzone

Current Gaydar erotica site evolved from amateur male site amateurzone

Not a paid advertisement by Not Victor   Surfing & Cruising I haven’t written about any of my own sites. Mainly, I didn’t think it appropriate to use my column as a way to promote my own stuff. One of my sites has been attracting so much attention, though, it’s becoming unavoidable to address. So here goes: The site that I created and maintain is AmateurZone a gay male amateur site. In a nutshell, it’s a gallery of naked men. Guys send in their photos and I load them to the server, along with their personal info and e-mail addresses. It’s been in several different forms for almost two years now. Gay Website Accolades I guess the thing that sent the site into high gear was a review from HX magazine in New York City. Back in December, they named it the “Best No-Bullshit Site” of the year. From there things really took off. Every month things get more and more interesting. A couple of weeks ago the site was receiving 12000 unique hits a day and currently, gets between 7000 and 8000. For a gay site, that’s pretty good β€” for a site that I maintain from my living room that’s damn good. There are other amateur sites out there and I don’t claim to have the best but it is becoming one of the largest and most visited. Of any of the sites that advertise their hits, my site appears to be right up there. Hunkhunter is the only other one that I can think of and some weeks I do get more traffic. Celebrity Connections Last month, Thorn Collins submitted his pictures. That was a big thrill for me. as I still have the Genre magazine wherein he was featured. Thorn is very active in HIV awareness, in case you don’t know of him, plus he was a Playgirl model. Two weeks ago, Erik Yorke, the former porn star, added his pictures to the Escorts section. I had to create special categories to accommodate them. Just recently, A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood contacted me and asked how they could help promote my site to their customers. That was a total surprise, as they were one of the sites that I had written about in my first article for this magazine. California Loves me Strangely or not so strangely, my biggest support comes from Southern California and Germany. I’m sure because California has the great weather it strips away (literally) the inhibitions. Germany, I still haven’t figured that out. New York City also seems to be a hot bed for contributors. Not too many Canucks though β€” guess we’re a shy bunch! There are drawbacks to running the site. Including the reality that it’s becoming a lot for me to maintain by myself. It was supposed to be a spare time affair but lately, there isn’t a day that I don’t work on it. Other sites have ripped me off, including stealing the images for their ... Read More »

Being gay seems to mean its all about just sex or is it more than that ?

Being gay seems to mean its all about just sex or is it more than that ?

Surfing & Cruising by Not Victor No more sex please Lately, readers I talk with about my column come up with the suggestion that I need to put a little more sex into it. It’s everyone’s favorite subject and we never seem to get bored of it. Well, I hate to say it, but frankly I’m bored. As the Webmaster of one of the largest gay sex sites on the Net, my yearning for sexual imagery has long piqued, climaxed even. For the past four years I’ve worked in the online sex industry β€” straight, gay, bi, trannies, grannies, you name it, I’ve seen it. Even though I haven’t participated in it, I feel as though I have through the pictures. Bored of naked men Let’s admit it. When you first had online access, what was the first thing you did? Didn’t you type in all the dirty words, like you did when you first opened up the dictionary in kindergarten? Of course you did. Then, didn’t you spend hours looking at naked men before you realized you should go to bed? Of course you did! And it was fun… but eventually you got bored of it and you moved on. Has it hurt you? Has this hurt me? Probably. Will I stop it … probably not. It does have its moments. I think that if I were looking at pictures of clothed people day in and day out, I would feel the same way. Too much is just too much of anything. However, it has affected my sex life, only in a conservative way. I haven’t found myself craving orgies β€” it’s the opposite: I’d much rather watch a movie with someone and look in their eyes. To me, that’s more arousing than viewing buff naked men (who probably wouldn’t give me the time of day in real life, anyway). I’ve had discussions with people regarding the Net and the way they feel it replaces “real” relationships. I, like many others have never been a good “picker-upper” in club land. I see boy but am too afraid to talk to boy. If anything, the Net gives me the opportunity to talk to boy, without the embarrassment of being shot down in flames. Sure, I’ve had sex from the Net, but I’ve also met good friends and acquaintances. It’s more than sex. Loss of drive This week, I was running out of hard drive space and realized the reason was because of my e-mail attachments (they were being saved in my system folder). Guys have sent me close to 10,000 graphic images over two months, occupying close to a gig of storage. I might seem to be the envy of many but it’s only a photograph. Sexually explicit but nonetheless just a photograph. A lot of our need for pornography (I think) stems from being gay itself. Gay basically, means that we have sex with men. We are inundated with sexual images of perfect men, why would the Web be ... Read More »

Fave male celebrities with clothes on

Fave male celebrities with clothes on

Sexy guys from the television screen David Paul Boreanaz One of my all time fave sexy dudes.. You don’t get much better than this. Supposedly he got discovered while he was walking his dog.. And I believe it – if a guy that sexy was walking his dog – I would ‘discover him’ I watched every single episode of Buffy hoping that he was show up. And I bought all 5 seasons of Angel – even though the show wasn’t that great.. he was worth every drop… Adam Rodriguez He is just a really sex guy.. I cant explain his sexual aura. But he really has it. All the CSI shows are the same.. but the Miami one stands out because I just love looking at him. He get points for being in 6 ft Under – even though – you have to look real quick – but he is there.. and I have scoured the net – looking for any shirtless photos of him and have come up empty – So – he gets even extra bonus points for leaving it up to the imagination…       Jeremy Samuel Piven Another guy that just has a sexual feeling to his being. He’s on Entourage now.. but remember when he was on ‘Ellen’ – and the Ellen before she came out – and after.. !.. That has to count for something.. Plus he was roomies with John Cusak.. – so, that is sexy too. Imagine the shower scenes… He’s a little shorter than the average stud – at 5’9″ but his body is so portional and his chest – which is normally hairy – is well — you get the idea.. Rent Very Bad Things – to see him at full hunk-a-rama…..   Read More »

Some people think that music is dead

Some people think that music is dead

some cool current music videos Some people think that music is deadΒ  but thats because they watch american idol the voice etc that is just karaoke stop listening and buying crap there are tons of amazing acts look for them Read More »

Hamilton student hopes to learn how to create change

Conference call The coordinator of the gay students group at McMaster University in Hamilton is packing his bags and heading to Oakland, California to learn more about providing services to queer students on campus. “I feel honoured and privileged,” says Derek Billsman. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to a conference where I’ve heard there will be over 2000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) activists. I can imagine the vibe will be incredible.” The conference, called Creating Change, is organized annually by rhe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a US-based political lobbying organization. Billsman admits the conference is designed for American student leaders but there’s nothing comparable offered in Canada. Scheduled for Nov. 10 to 14, the gathering hopes to give delegates the tools they need to do their jobs better. “I am going to learn from other campus activists who are trying to accomplish the same things I am at McMaster,” Billsman explains, “to provide a well-rounded and well funded service to GLBT students.” Billsman says the skills he hopes to bring back are especially important since the GLBT Centre at McMaster is relatively new. “It is at a crucial stage where it needs support, ideas and strategies from others who have done the same,” he explains. “The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is really forging the way in Canada for the services it is providing its GLBT students.” The university’s GLBT Centre was founded in March 1998 after students lobbied the MSU to change the Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Association of McMaster from a club β€” equivalenr to the juggling club or chess club β€” to a service. “We believed that the funding and support we received from the MSU was not comparable to the service we provided on campus,” recalls Billsman, who was involved with the group since the start of the 1997 school year. He was hired as the new service’s first co-ordinator and is now in his second year in the position. Billsman says its impossible to count the number of GLBT students at McMaster but the GLBT Centre has more than 30 volunteers and about 850 members of the Ally Program β€” a program that includes students of any sexual orientation. The centre provides support, referral and resource services to McMaster students. Billsman says he first heard about the Creating Change conference last summer and quickly submitted a proposal to the MSU, which eventually approved the funds required to send him. “Canada has always been a bit behind the US in the student service department. And while Canada does provide a more equitable distribu-rion of services to all of its students at all post secondary institutions we do not match the level of service provided to students at the top US universities,” explains Billsman. “Nor should we, since equal treatment for all is better than superior treatment for some and worse treatment for others. That said, there is still much we can learn from the US on how to ... Read More »

Gad Beck survived Hitler’s army to find true love with Manfred Lewin

A love story Gad Beck, 76, remembers falling in love with Manfred Lewin, another Jewish gay teenager who lived in a poor Berlin neighbourhood in Nazi Germany. Hitler had been crowned chancellor nine years earlier, in 1933, when Beck was just 10 years old. By the time Beck realized he was attracted to men, though, Germany’s burgeoning gay movement embraced by the Weimar Republic had been all but crushed. Over 100 gay bars and political organizations had been wiped out in Berlin and Hitler himself later boasted the Third Reich had slaughtered a million gay men between 1938 and 1944. “I had no place [to go],” Beck says today. “So I was a bit lonely.” Until he met Lewin. But it was October 1942 and the Nazis were transporting Jews east. When Lewin’s family was rounded up by the Gestapo, Beck β€” classified a half-Jew by authorities β€” borrowed a neighbour’s Hitler Youth uniform and marched into a transit camp in a bid to free his first love. He convinced an officer to put Lewin into his custody temporarily. But once outside the camp Lewin stopped dead in his tracks and said, “I will never be free if I am not near my family. They are old and ill and I have to help them.” “[So] he went back to the locker without saying goodbye to me,” Beck remembers. “I never saw him again. His entire family died in Auschwitz. It was then I decided to help my friends before they [too] were put on the list.” Within a year Beck was leader of Chug Chaluzi β€” The Pioneer Group β€” which helped feed, shelter and transport over 100 Jews as part of the Europe-wide Zionist resistance organization Hechaluz, the Pioneers. Beck’s Pioneer group included his twin sister Miriam. “We had very good help from The Pioneers in Switzerland,” he says. “I got from their Swiss attache’ money and information β€” I learned what was happening and what would happen.” Beck states unequivocally that his sexuality didn’t motivate him to fight the Nazis – “For them I was Jewish” β€” but it did influence the way he fought back. “Every night I thought, ‘Tomorrow I will be sent to the camps.’ But every night I was not alone. Love was the only thing that gave me strength to fight Hitler and his politics.” Beck was honoured last October by the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission during a US lecture tour promoting his memoir An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin (University of Wisconson Press). He was also a keynote speaker when the US Holocaust Museum dedicated its gay and lesbian fund in 1996 and rode in NYC’s Gay Pride Parade the following year. “It was the first time and it was the last. It was very nice and they made me feel like a hero β€” ‘You are our hero!'” Beck explains, but then tells me, “Dah-ling, it is not serious! I am not ... Read More »

Some of the reviews are comical, “You’ll see cum stains on the floor”

Cruising for sex online by NotVictor Irony of ironies, I write a column but I am not into water sports and I know nothing about automobiles. I find it even more ironic that I have taken it upon myself to write an article about the art/act of cruising, specifically cruising for sex. I approached my friends for help but they turned out to be as clueless as I am on the topic (so they claim). The stoop outside my apartment seemed appropriate until I realized that everyone cruising was looking for guys in dresses who might accept money for “special” services (definitely not me!). Cawthra Park (cruising park) was my next best idea, but I ended up falling asleep in front of the memorial and woke up with a dog licking my ear (definitely not into bestiality). I had also chosen a bad summer; the nights were too cold or rainy to find anything worth taking note. Not off to a good start. What do you do when you need resources on something you know nothing about? You turn to the Web and that’s where the next stage of my journey into the secret world of gay cruising begins. (CFS) was the first site that I visited. Around since 1996, it’s often quoted in the media and huge traffic comes as a result of various articles. The intro page boasts that it’s receiving an average of 1.2 million visitors a month, or roughly 40,000 per day. It’s a busy place, which is why I was disappointed by the information that I found here. There are a few articles about the joys and pains of cruising β€” including one by fellow columnist Kirk Read β€” however, most of the articles are old and the listings don’t seem to be updated very often. To make my visit at CFS even more annoying, every time I hit the back button a pop-up console blocks my browser. No doubt, this site has taken advantage of its traffic and turned it into an online commercial for porn sites. Some of the reviews are fairly comical, including this helpful bit on how to find the bathroom at the Mall: “You’ll see the stains on the floor.” My next visit was to Squirt.org (owned by Xtrafs parent company) which is a much better site with far less advertising and much more information than CFS. In less than three clicks, I’m on my way to the Toronto section where Parks, Washrooms, Rest Stops, Gyms and Bathhouses are categorized by location. The venues are then rated by a 5 Penis system, which are submitted by the cruisers themselves. Again, the reviews are often funny, a headline for “Smelly but Fun!” offers this nugget: “A hot guy with a pierced dick is there a lot, and lives nearby. Happy Hunting Men Be careful out there ! I now know where to go, I just don’t know how to go about it. That dilemma takes me to Facebook Clubs), the place ... Read More »

Protecting your privacy online safely easily using Google and Twitter

Seeking privacy while on line To see how much information there was about myself on the Internet, I visited a spooky site where the chilling tag line is “find anything, anyone, anywhere.” After a quick search I found that I am thankfully not in their database . Those who are in the database, though, have their names, addresses, postal codes, phone numbers and e-mail addresses listed. Even scarier is a map link showing exactly where that person lives. Some of these sites have good intentions β€” to make information easily available. Unfortunately, it can be used by the wrong people. If online privacy is a concern, I offer a few suggestions: Do a Google Search on yourself..and check Facebook 2 Don’t give out your real e-mail address.That is the equivalent of giving your phone number. Use a Gmail address. It’s a free service accessible everywhere. Never give personal information. Phone numbers and addresses are not something that you want to pass on freely. I always use an alias when filling out online forms. Be careful what you post on a personal homepage and be extra careful when registering a domain. When you register a .com, .org or .net domain, the Internic posts all of that data, including your name, address, e-mail and phone number. Read about the software you use and learn about its privacy features. Gmail offers e-mail filtering but also asks that you fill out a personal profile in the address book. If you feel a need for privacy protection, software is available to encrypt e-mail and online conversations. Symantec the most common and offers different types of services   Read More »

Pop Singer Cyndi Lauper gives fun phone interview from New York City

Pop Singer Cyndi Lauper gives fun phone interview from New York City

Girls (and boys) just wanna have fun Cyndi Lauper calls in on her cell phone from New York City, where she has been having an “insane” day. “The cat groomer was coming so there was that trauma,” she explains. “The kid was sick, the nanny was sick, the phone was ringing.” Still, Lauper’s anxious to talk about Unity 2000, the Pride weekend extravaganza she is coming to Toronto to take part in. “I think it’s going to be fabulous. I’m very excited about it,” Lauper says of the June 24 event in the Automotive Building at the CNE. “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m a little nervous about it but I don’t care. I’m doing it and it’s going to be great.” Cyndi Lauper shows her true colours at Pride Lauper’s appearance at Unity 2000 is a bit of coup for organizers since the star insists that she doesn’t like circuit parties and has refused to appear at events like The White Party in Palm Springs. “Here’s my problem with it: it’s like an open orgy. It’s like a drug party and orgy,” explains Lauper. “And let me tell you, AIDS is not over with. There’s a super-virus out now because people are screwing around with their drugs β€” they’re on the cocktail, they’re off the cocktail, they’re having unprotected sex, there’s a whole new thing about barebacking which is really, really dangerous.” Lauper says gay men need to know how to have fun without being self-destructive. “I mean, I know that sounds like I’m a big old drag,” she adds. “There is no reason in this day and age that you have to be insane. And if you are insane β€” like most of us are a little screwed up anyway β€” you don’t have to be self destructive. You can actually live happy.” Lauper’s doing Unity because she feels it’s important to give back to a community that has supported her from the beginning. “I knew I had a following because of the letters that I’ve gotten after I did True Colors,” she says. “Mostly my crowd is people who are different β€” it doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight β€” if you’re different, those are the people who kind of feel a kinship with me. And I with them.” Lauper describes the gay and lesbian community as her family. “As somebody who has friends and family in the community I feel very strongly that you have to stand up and participate, and be there and be proud of your friends and your family,” she says. “Because if you don’t I think it can be very mistaken about how many of us there are.” Only Lauper’s most ardent gay fans know that in the opening scenes of her first video, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Lauper dances down Gay Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. “Is that wild? That was just coincidental. The street is a winding street and ... Read More »

Gay escort sex trade flourishing online for men looking for quickies

Gay escort sex trade flourishing online for men looking for quickies

Online sex trade trade flourishes by Not Victor Last year on my 33rd birthday I was walking just south of “Boystown” on College St, when a car pulled up next to me, I assumed that the driver was going to ask me for directions but instead he pulled out a large wad of bills and asked if I would like to “go for a ride.” Being approached for sex It wouldn’t have struck me as odd (aside from the fact that I’m hardly rent boy material) but three days earlier the same thing happened – except online. I had posted new pictures of myself at my personal Web site and that very day I received an e-mail from an older man. He wondered if I was willing to fool around with him for a hundred bucks and he even included his phone number and home address. After talking to other guys in chat rooms and in person, I realized that it’s become a fairly regular occurrence. In a way it makes sense: If you’re shopping for a couch you go to the store and sit on it before you buy it. If you’re searching for an escort, it’s important to see a photo of what you are paying for before they arrive at the door. The biggest problem that I see with this is unwarranted propositions. Had I been an escort, I would have advertised my specific services online and included the appropriate contact information. If I were a rent boy (a rather old one),.I would have stood at Grosvenor and Bay, showing a little desperation. Searching for Online Escorts Anyone searching for a paid sexual encounter has several places to turn on the Web. Gay magazines have large classifieds sections with various specific categories. The Male to Male Rentboys category is for those seeking services and those who are selling their services, with lots of discussion in between. If you plan a purchase, many of the ads include detailed descriptions, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and some have Web sites where you can view the “total package”. Another place to find $$$ company is at the Escorts4You Web site. The escort listings are from around the world (great for business travelers) and the Canadian section has two pages of men seeking cash in return for favours. With a ManCheck password, you can also view them in their full glory. Where not to look for hookers A place I suggest that you don’t try to find this type of encounter is online It’s really not the proper environment and reading the chat guidelines will reveal that soliciting or advertising escort services is not acceptable behaviour. Friends that have been propositioned on Gay.com, say that it’s usually by out-of-towners looking for a quickie in their hotel room. Like most things, it pays to do the research ahead of time; you’ll get a better deal and impulse shopping is something you’ll regret it. Also, remember soliciting is still illegal, so shop with caution. ... Read More »

Gay artist David Wayne talks about music as being naked exhibitionist

Gay artist David Wayne talks about music as being naked exhibitionist

Music for the masses surfing & cruising by Not Victor David Wayne is a gay artist who writes, performs and produces his own music. I asked him about his career and how the Web has helped him share his music You have two CD’s available David Wayne and Life Among the Waves. When did they come out and how would you describe your sound? My first CD came out in 1999 and Life Among the Waves came out late last year. People say my vocals sound similar to Depeche Mode but the instrumentals have more groove. I think the new CD better shows the type of music I like to listen to. I enjoy listening to so many genres of music and Life has a nice variety of genres. That’s what I like about having my music online I’m free to put what I like on the CD without having some record company breathing down my neck. Has the Internet been a good place to sell your CDs? It has been a great site, not only to sell the CDs, but also to enable people around the world to hear the music. As you probably know, artists are now paid when people just listen to or download the music You performed at Boston Pride this past year β€” what was it like? [It] was really fun. I had a great time. After spending so much time in the studio, it’s great to finally be able to share the work with people and hear their immediate response. You are also a bit of an exhibitionist. Has that helped or hindered your career as a singer? Do people still take you seriously? This probably sounds crazy but I think of my pictures and music as forms of expression rather than just exhibitionism. I’ve always been interested in art and photography, so it’s fun (and work) to get the right composition and get the lighting correct. Part of the challenge is getting a picture that looks presentable. You see, I’m actually kinda skinny so I use that technique of filling my chest with air to make me look a bit bigger. I would say it has helped the career. It is so encouraging and satisfying to get e-mails from people of every corner of the world saying how the music has affected them. Of course, I don’t have anything to compare to, so I can’t say for sure if it has helped. It has been such a positive experience that I would do it the same all over again. People do seem to take me seriously. It may be the pictures that get them to the site, but it is the music that keeps them there.   Read More »

My recent chat and interview with Mark Allen who runs a Web cam site

My recent chat and interview with Mark Allen who runs a Web cam site

Profile of a cam man   Surfing & Cruising by Not Victor My recent chat with Mark Allen, who runs a Web cam site, was one of the most bizarre I’ve ever had. Where are you located? What do you do? Born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Typical southern Baptist white suburban mall kid. I live in New York City now and worship our Dark Lord Satan (Oh Satan! Please give strength during this interview!) – going on 10 years now. I have a lot of weird jobs for work. My social life and work tend to blur together. I used to work as a go-go boy, then a host/promoter, then one of those horrible velvet rope door people. I model sometimes and do acting occasionally – whatever comes along. I do some desktop publishing and Web design. The other day I was helping a friend build the interior for a club, so I guess I do construction work too. I’ll do any job if it pays right. I like to keep cash in a jar on top of the refrigerator. Keeps my PCP, crack and ether habit in steady supply… How long have you had your Web cam and why? I’ve had it for almost a year now. I have a Web Cam to make sure the “Internet people” hear my side of the story. You see, about a year ago, Dan Rather snuck into my apartment and placed a tiny transmitter in my brain while I was sleeping, (I know because my tulip garden had been trampled). He uses this transmitter to broadcast my secret thoughts to the world. He’s on CBS Nightly News right now talking about my secret thoughts! Turn it on and you’ll see! Sometimes he talks to me right through the screen! Anyway, the whole mainstream media is in on it together to destroy me. I set up a Web Cam, so I could have a voice too, to set the story straight. I need a voice too. Hey, wait…you don’t know Dan Rather do you? You tend not to have any nudity on your Web cam… are you staying away from that on purpose? Yes. There is so much of that around. Plus, I did a porno magazine layout a long time ago for Freshmen magazine. So, that’s like a million, zillion years ago for me. Although, I just moved into a new apartment with my friend Michael and he is a nudist so you will probably be seeing a lot of HIM nude. Have you had any weird experiences from the cam? Stalkers, excitable fans, etc.? I’m always excited about fans! Oh…THAT kind of “excitable” fan. I have had one or two “excitable” fans. I had them murdered though. One weird thing I’ve noticed about the cam is that when it’s on in my room, people’s issues about how the world works or how they view themselves really seems to be proved THROUGH my cam. People seem initially fascinated by it and ... Read More »

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