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

Regarding Pornography

“The Net plays host to a range of formerly unimaginable erotic specialisms, but we know this one is a joke, if only because of its (compressed) air of innocence.”

- The Independent, referring to the Body Inflation Home Page, the predecessor to (March 4, 1997)

New Spam Countermeasure


I've implemented a new antispam technique. Initial trials have been promising, but there is the potential to block legitimate users.

Recently there's been a huge surge in spam attempts. For the past month or so, I've been seeing about ten times the normal volume. This has the potential to be problematic if left unchecked.

Prose That Blows X: Voting is Now Open

Voting is now open for Prose That Blows X. Voting will close on November 12.

Vote Here

Back Online

Decided to use the unexpected downtime to upgrade some woefully out-of-date server components. It didn't all go as planned. The search index is rebuilding so search will be spotty for a bit. Everything else should be working.

Prose That Blows X Deadline Extended

You now have until September 30 to submit entries.

Go on, get to it.

Details here: Prose That Blows

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.

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