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Violet Blue Turns Sexuality Social During Gnomedex


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Why do we not discuss sex? According to Violet, America (and much of the world) has become so puritanical that we equate sex and sexuality with something negative or bad. There is a real fragility in having these types of conversations and building these communities. She’s seen many online communities falter over the years. Sometimes, they are disposed of due to a particular service being closed or sold. However, there are times when the almighty Terms of Service are evoked and she watches people’s voices be stifled once again.

Violet didn’t set out to be a tech Geek. Her “AH HAH!” moment came years ago when she realized that the media either wanted to pretend sex didn’t exist or they wanted to discuss it as though it is a bad and scary thing. She realized the best thing she could do with her life is to change the conversation by changing the distribution routes.

Sadly, it’s difficult to build sustainable and stable social media models. This frustrates her to no end, as it does many of the rest of us. Her passion for the work she does came from seeing problems. The more she learns, the more she realizes how large the black hole is when it comes to sexuality being discussed openly and with honesty.

Many sites – Facebook included – take the stance of either contextualizing the hell out of sex or pretending it doesn’t even exist. This is a problem that will continue to make social media structures fragile and makes us vulnerable as a culture. Violet is working on shattering her way through issues such as these by opening the eyes of one person at a time.

If you thought the social graph would save us all, you are sadly mistaken. You just might be that poor dude trapped in the seatbelt of your car while Google Streets drives by to snap a picture.

Don’t let the gatekeepers decide what you should discuss. Make your voice heard… whether you are talking about sexuality or whatever else it may be that drives your passion.

Violet is a Forbes “Web Celeb”, a high-profile tech personality and one of Wired’s “Faces of Innovation.” She is regarded as the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology, a sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (MacLife, The Oprah Winfrey Show, others) and is regularly interviewed, quoted and featured prominently by major media outlets.

Violet has many award-winning, best selling books; her books are featured on Oprah’s website. She was the notorious sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. The London Times named Blue one of the 40 bloggers who really count (2010).

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How to Mix Sexuality with Technology

Violet Blue is definitely not shy by anyone’s account. She’s quite good at making people blush and stammer. She’s hilarious, smart and sweet. Violet happens to be a technology Geek who also likes to talk (and write!) about human sexuality. She’s going to be joining us on stage at Gnomedex in August, and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

Violet Blue is a Forbes “Web Celeb”, a high-profile tech personality and one of Wired’s “Faces of Innovation.” She is regarded as the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology, a sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (MacLife, The Oprah Winfrey Show, others) and is regularly interviewed, quoted and featured prominently by major media outlets. Violet has many award-winning, best selling books; her books are featured on Oprah’s website. She was the notorious sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. The London Times named Blue one of the 40 bloggers who really count (2010).

There are still several tickets available for the event, which runs from August 19th through the 21st this year. We’ll once again convene in the uber awesome and comfortable Bell Harbor Conference Center in downtown Seattle. We hope to see you there.

How to Add More Music to Your iPod or iPhone

If you’re a music fanatic, I bet you’ve griped many times about the lack of space for tunes on your Apple device. With the release of the new version of iTunes today, those rants will hopefully be relegated to the past. Apple has added a feature to reduce the size of the music files on your iPod or iPhone by converting the bit rate to 128 kbps. Most of you will never notice a difference in the quality of what you’re hearing when playing back your selections.

Install the update and begin your sync. Make sure to check “Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC” when you plug in your device. The sync will take longer than usual, because the application will need to convert all of the media to the new specification. You will be rewarded for the wait, though. Your iPhone or iPod will now be able to hold up to twice as many individual tracks as before.

This feature has been available on the iPod Shuffle for a while now, and many of us are happy to see that it has been extended to other popular Apple gadgets. Keep in mind that your original files in iTunes will not change. They will still have the same high quality as they had prior to the changes on the device.

What tech developments have come to your attention today? If you have anything to pass on that we may have missed on this blog, feel free to drop us a line.

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Who is Violet Blue?


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I happened to run into Violet Blue while I was attending the SXSW conference recently, and she agreed to sit and talk with me. Violet is an awarded author, a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, a magazine columnist, an all-around web celeb, and damn sexy. You might have seen her in Macheads (and if you haven’t, there’s no time like the present to watch the movie).

She tells it like it is, holding nothing back. She does so in a way that will make you stop and think about things – making you laugh all the way.

Given the subject material at hand (sex!), you’d think that a person would be uncomfortable talking to Violet about it. However, that isn’t the case at all. She may be open and direct, but it is also obvious that she is an amazing communicator – even if I happened to stumble here and there. Okay, so this is something I’m not used to talking about (certainly not on video).

Violet has written several books on the subject of sex. Many of them are non-fiction works, discussing different aspects of human sexuality. Others are collaborative efforts with several other writers (including a book full of short erotic stories).

Violet’s career is something she never planned on, though. She carved her path for herself purely by accident. In 1998, she was hired as a copywriter for a women-owned sex store, reviewing all of their books and movies. There, she wrote a lot for the website and magazine (helping them launch their online presence altogether). She started being approached by editors wanting to publish what she was up to, then subsequently launched her own site.

Violet recently had a run-in with Steve Jobs (!) while attending Macworld. Violet took a chance, walked up to him, and asked to take his picture. She admits that took a lot of guts, but figured it was worth a shot. When she asked him if he would take a photo with her, Steve turned to her and suggested that she was rude. Violet was shocked; she figured if he didn’t want to be around people or be bothered by them… why be on the floor at all? Steve’s entourage started to giggle, which only fueled the fire in Violet. She turned around and ended up taking a picture of Steve’s back (as well as his hyenas). She then just happened to run in to Robert Scoble, who was live streaming. Robert picked up the story and ran with it on his stream. The rest is history.

If you had just one question to ask Violet, what would it be?

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