Tech Dirty to Me
This column has explored a lot about cam girls — most recently, for instance, I learned that some of them are making around a million bucks a year. But with all this talk about female webcam performers, a number of people have asked me: Are there also webcam boys?
They’re certainly not as numerous as their female counterparts, but yes, male webcam performers exist. After a couple weeks of searching, I managed to track one down. He goes by the name Mike Hard, and he’s a performer on camming site Streamate. He agreed to chat with me about what it’s like to be a cam boy.
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Still trying to figure out how to impress your romantic partner in the bedroom this Valentine’s Day? Adult entertainment site Cam4 wants you to know it’s totally cool and healthy to check out some porn together.
If you’re looking to indulge your charitable side but don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home, a new startup called Benevidz can help you with that. There’s only one catch: you have to be okay with everyone in the entire world being able to see you naked. Cool? Cool.
Weird guys spying on women through their webcams sounds like something your dad made up in high school to keep you from getting a MacBook. Actually, it’s very real–and very creepy. [Ars Technica]
Some awww for your Monday morning: a dad hacked Donkey Kong so that his daughter could play as Paulina and rescue Mario. Who run the world? [Reddit]
“In fact, ‘innovation’ is something of a magic word around here, shape-shifting to fit the speaker’s immediate needs.” Finally someone fucking said it. [San Francisco Chronicle]
If you can’t catch a cab at SXSW, employees of ride-sharing service Lyft will give you a piggy back ride. Gimmicky! [AllThingsD]
Hookup app Grindr is responsible for revolutionizing the way we connect with each other? Sure why not. [New York Times]
What do you give a 125-year-old oxidized green statue for her birthday? Webcams, of course! This coming Friday, to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886, five cameras will be switch on in the monument’s torch, which stands about 305 feet off the ground.
The webcams will allow any internet user to “gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time,” reports the Associated Press. Those views have been unavailable to the public since 1916.