pneu*mat*ic (adjective) 
1 : of, relating to, or using gas (as air or wind): 
     a : moved or worked by air pressure 
     b (1) : adapted for holding or inflated with compressed air 
        (2) : having air-filled cavities 
2 : of or relating to the pneuma. spiritual 
3 : having a well-proportioned feminine figure; especially : having a full bust 
fe*tish (noun)
1 a : an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion 
b : an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence 
is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is 
an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with 
complete sexual expression
2 : a rite or cult of fetish worshipers



Admittedly, I’m late. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of this web site was actually two weeks ago (give or take). I really should have put together something more monumental as is warranted by such a milestone. But real life has been a bit hectic, and I’ve never been good about anniversaries. Heck, it’s been five years since I celebrated my own birthday.

Fixed Maximum Image File Size

It was brought to my attention that the image gallery would throw an error indicating that there was no file attachment if a user tried to upload a file larger than 2MB. While the max file size was set to 6MB in the web site config, the PHP configuration still had the default 2MB limit set. I neglected to adjust this when I rebuilt the site.

I've increased the limit to 30MB. Have fun with it.

User Registration Enabled

I've re-enabled user registration. If you tried to register previously and didn't get an email to set your password, you should have received one in the past half hour or so.

User Registration Temporarily Disabled

First major hiccup of the relaunch: User registration isn't working, so I've disabled it for now. I'll get running as soon as I can.

Rising from the Ashes

Keywords: is back.

On a side note, yesterday was the site's 24th anniversary. Pretty crazy.

I'm just going to go over the basics. Someday I'll share the full saga that was The Great Server Obliteration of 2020.


The Bad News

Back Online

The site's been fully patched, so we should be good. Please report any anomalies you encounter.

Anti-spam controls are offline, so user registration requires manual approval until I work out another solution. If you're creating a new user account, be sure to fill out your information in a way that makes it clear that you're not a spambot, otherwise I won't approve your account.

I apologize for the long delay. Real life was unexpectedly intrusive, but should be less so going forward.

XX, Redux


It was on this day twenty years ago (give or take a day) that I first published the Body Inflation Home Page to my web space at America Online. That site would grow and evolve and eventually become

I should have planned something with a bit more fanfare, but 2016 has been a rather hectic and unpleasant year. I had my doubts as to whether the site would make it to this milestone, but here we are. It’s kind of mindblowing.


“Some enthusiasts favour inflation. It's cheap, simple and as near as your local filling station. But there's a very serious risk of being carried away, as many inflation writers have discovered. Many promising young ladies have exploded at the hands of the inflation addicts. That's if they haven't drifted away over the rooftops…”

     Research and Development newsletter, Issue #1

A shocking state of affairs, to be sure, but largely apocryphal. Best as I've been able to determine, this issue went out sometime around September, 1995. At the time, popping stories were pretty much non-existent. Certainly there was a lot of talk about it, and writers would often hint that an explosive outcome was a possibility, but it never actually happened. The first popping stories wouldn’t appear until 1997.


The most commonly used keyword to tag stories on this site is “floating”. Second is “helium”. So clearly there’s some interest in the subject. It’s fairly common for people in inflation stories to be filled with helium to the point of becoming airborne. How much helium this requires varies widely from story to story.

So today we address the question: How much helium would it really take to make someone float?

Short answer: a lot.

The long answer involves some math.


“Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”
    Robert DeNiro as Neil McCauly, Heat (1995)

This quote has nothing to do with this blog post. I just like Heat.

Heat makes things expand. This occasionally gets used as a plot device in inflation stories. So today we’ll be taking a look at thermal expansion.

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