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

Prose That Blows X

Prose That Blows X: We're Dedicated Swallowers of Fashion is now upon us. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2013.

You can find the details of the competition here: Prose That Blows

More on Gender

In a previous post, I looked into gender as it relates to inflation stories. This time around, I focus on the users.

There’s been much speculation about the gender ratio in the community. You can indicate gender in the current user profiles, but most haven’t. That’s not all that surprising; the feature’s only been there since 2011 and most accounts are older than that. But I do have about 1800 data points to deal with. That’s enough to have a bit of statistical fun.

First, the overall Gender breakdown:

Male: 79.6%
Female: 15.9%
Other: 4.5%

Text Adventure Games

A long time ago, 12 years if the file timestamps are to be believed I was fiddling around a bit with making an inflation-themed text-based adventure game (or “interactive fiction” as it’s apparently called these days). I checked out the various development systems available at the time. I decided to see what I could do with TADS.

User Registration Back Online


Let's hope the spammers don't evolve too quickly.

New User Registration Temporarily Offline


I've disabled the creation of new user accounts due to an issue with the spam filter. I'll re-enable it once I've got the problem worked out.

Story Stats

I recently noticed that the Library now has over a thousand stories in it. We actually hit that milestone back in January.

Congratulations to the community and thank you to all of the authors who have contributed over the years.

Of course I did what I usually due when presented with a large data set. I crunched some numbers.


Gender in Inflation Stories



One thing that completely blindsided me when I switched the site to Drupal was the spam problem. I never needed an anti-spam system when I used CPG-Nuke. It was rare enough that I could handle it manually.

Within a week of the site revamp, I was seeing about 50 fake user registrations per day. I installed the Mollom module for Drupal, and it's been a lifesaver. Yesterday it blocked over 700 spam attempts.

Back Online

New server is online.

There will probably be some hiccups over the next week or so as I go about fixing some minor issues with the switchover, but it looks like the important stuff is all running properly.

Temporarily Back Online

On Tuesday, the server crashed. After some investigation, I determined that it was most likely a dead motherboard. I ordered a replacement, but for reasons unknown it appears to be delayed.

Right now the sites running off of some spare hardware I've cobbled together. I don't know if this will work as a near-term solution, but I figure it's better than being completely offline.

Expect sporadic downtime until I can work out a permanent solution.

Upcoming Downtime


At some point today the site will be going offline. Please don't panic, it shouldn't be down for long.

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