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Why the YouTube of AR won’t be YouTube

Technology

November 29, 2017

 A couple of years ago when I was working at Samsung, around the time the GearVR was being launched, there were lots of ideas flying around regarding the services to offer alongside the device. Many (most) of these ideas were related to hosting 360 Video content, and our boss David Eun (ex-YouTube) often reminded everyone that YouTube will be the YouTube of VR. He meant that the content on… Read More

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Huge security flaw lets anyone log into a High Sierra Mac

Technology

November 28, 2017

by Devin Coldewey TechCrunch

Update: Apple has acknowledged the issue and is working on it. Statement and workaround below.

Wow, this is a bad one. On Macs running the latest version of High Sierra — 10.13.1 (17B48) — it appears that anyone can log in just by putting “root” in the user name field. This is a huge, huge problem. Apple will fix it probably within hours, but holy moly. Do not leave your Mac unattended until this is resolved.

The bug is most easily accessed by going to Preferences and then entering one of the panels that has a lock in the lower left-hand corner. Normally you’d click that to enter your user name and password, which are required to change important settings like those in Security & Privacy.

No need to do that any more! Just enter “root” instead of your user name and hit enter. After a few tries, it should log right in. There’s no need to do this yourself to verify it. Doing so creates a “root” account that others may be able to take advantage of if you don’t disable it.

The bug appears to have been first noticed by Lemi Orhan Ergin, founder of Software Craftsman Turkey, who noted it publicly on Twitter.

Needless to say, this is incredibly, incredibly bad. Once you log in, you’ve essentially authenticated yourself as the owner of the computer. You can add administrators, change critical settings, lock out the current owner, and so on. Do not leave your Mac unattended until this is resolved.

So far this has worked on every preference panel we’ve tried, and when I used “root” at the login screen it immediately created and pulled up a new user with system administrator privileges. It didn’t work on a 10.13 (17A365) machine, but that one is also loaded up with AOL bloatware — sorry, Oath bloatware — which may affect things.

Apple offered the following statement:

We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.

You can find Directory Utility via the instructions in that link, but you can also hit command-space now to open Spotlight and just type it in. Once it opens, click the lock and enter your password and then under the Edit menu you’ll have the option to change the root password. It looks like this:

Anything’s better than nothing, which is the password the root user has now, but make it strong just in case.

We hope Apple has a fix soon because even though this workaround exists, we can’t be sure of the extent of this particular flaw until Apple takes a look. No one should leave their Mac unattended until this is resolved.

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Becoming a Filmmaker

Film, Photography

November 27, 2017

As someone who makes films for a living, I’m often asked by people who want to pursue a career in film “how do I start?”

It's a valid question but one that's very difficult to answer. Filmmaking means different things to different people. Every culture, every country, every community has their own filmmakers and use filmmaking for their own ends.

I think it's really great to have mentors, even if those people don't know that you're their mentor. By this, I mean filmmakers and artists whose career and work you admire.

You can use what they do as a template and a roadmap for where you want to go. You can go back and watch their early work and see where they started – what they attempted and how they failed.

The next step to becoming a filmmaker is to try and have the experience of doing the work behind the camera – see how much work and labor goes into producing a film and telling a story.

I think a lot of people like the idea of filmmaking, just like a lot of people like the idea of being a pro athlete, but when you actually get down to it, they don't want to put in the work needed to make a career.

I really admire musicians and I love listening to their music. I know for a fact that I'll never be one: I just don't have the patience for that kind of practice. A big difference between filmmaking and music or being an author is that filmmaking is almost always a team effort.

Its a much more inter-human art form. It's also something that involves a lot of gear, a lot of people, a lot of time and a lot of coordination. You have to have a head for the logistics of it and to be a people person. I big part of filmmaking is being able to get what you want from people and not burn your bridges.

I tell people who want to be filmmakers, go out and make a film. Everyone has a camera or an iPhone, and everyone has a computer. They're part of our everyday lives now. So make a film but make a small one.

Make a really simple, achievable. Smaller than you think is small. It can just be one simple thought or a recreating of a scene from your favorite film. Shoot it on your iPhone and edit it on your laptop. This exercise will give you an idea of what filmmaking really is, not the Hollywood dream that they sell you.

You’ll see the amount of time and effort that goes into getting what it is that you want to represent. In my experience, 80% or 90% of the people that attempt this will never go further when realizing how many hours go into every minute of film. It takes much more concentration and discipline than you think. It is nice to have creative control but that comes with a huge responsibility that is too much work for most people.

When you are an actor or part of the crew, you learn your lines and give your performance – that's your piece of the puzzle.

Then you leave and go on to the next project. The director spends a year before and a year afterward putting all those pieces together into something that they can tell a story. That's a whole different type of challenge. It can be a very difficult personal complicated experience. There’s no map for it.

When a lot of people decide to make a film, they have a tendency to go big. They think “well, I'm already spending this money, I'm already asking these favors. Why don't I make something that will really show the world what I can do?”. That's great, but if you don't understand what the process is and if you don’t yet know if you enjoy that process, then you can bite off more than you can chew. You get stuck halfway and you lose energy. The film will never see the light of day.

Get your hands dirty – start small and then get feedback on your idea once you've finished the film. Find people that you trust to tell you if they like what you’ve made and if they think it makes sense. This being your first outing, the chances are that the film won't make sense. It really takes a humble, mature person to see that a lot of the work, if not all, of the work they’ve done was for nothing. But to be a filmmaker, and to grow as an artist, you need feedback to be part of your process. You have to take advice from

people who around you and go back and work until you have something that fulfills your original intent.

The internet has become a great place to share your work and get feedback. It has the advantage of letting you learn different parts of the filmmaking process as well. Probably the best part of being a member of an online filmmaking community is the encouragement. Everyone who's made a film knows one of the biggest struggles isn't financial or technical, it's a struggle for energy.

Once you put your heart and soul into something and no one understands it, it’s critical for other people with similar tastes, wherever they are, encourage one another and help one each other take the next step.

YouTube, in particular, can be invaluable. You can connect with people who like what you do. We are no longer captive to the Hollywood tastemakers and the Network TV. We’re able to build a community around the work that you love to do and find collaborators.

So make a film. After you’re done, you'll have a pretty good idea if you like kind of grind, intensity and monotony it takes to turn an idea in to a moving image. If it gives you a buzz, makes you feel alive and makes you feel like this is something you could do for a living, then choose a bigger project. Branch out slowly and surely.

You need to put some part of yourself into your work and you need to get something out of it.

Happy filmmaking!

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How Hollywood Quality Cameras went from Costing More than a Lamborghini to Less than a Secondhand Moped

Technology

November 21, 2017

The Hollywood quality digital cinema revolution

Ten years ago, when I was directing TV commercials in Australia, there was one game in town if you wanted to shoot a feature film and have it play in cinemas: film. You had to buy undeveloped stock by the foot; you had to rent a film camera (because no one owned them) and pay a professional cinematographer to make a lot of educated guesses on set on how to expose it, so the stock wasn’t ruined. You then you had to have the film processed (expensive), then you had to have the film Telecined, meaning transferred from film to video.

All those steps were costly and time-consuming, but that was a there was no real way to get a cinematic image without them. The only alternative to all that expense and time of film was a video camera. These were big bulky things, like the Sony Betacam. They had fixed lenses that were very slow (they needed a lot of light) and have a very deep depth of field. They were also very contrasty they didn't have much dynamic range. In short, they looked like television and not like film.

Video cameras had made some strides in looking better, but few manufacturers wanted to develop a more filmic image and instead settled for video cameras with more features. Filmmakers wanted an image that looked like film because film looked expensive and prestigious.

Interestingly, the first couple of video cameras that shot a filmic image didn't solve the expense problem but were made to overcome other limitations of shooting on film. The Thompson Viper was the one of the first used on feature films, used on Collateral and Zodiac. It cost more than $100,000. It was very pretty large and needed a team of technicians to keep it running.

The two main reasons that the that those directors, Michael Mann and David Fincher, used that camera used it was that it could do more extended takes than the eight or the twelve minute take that a film camera was capable. David Fincher could do his 400 takes without cutting to get the performance he wanted. They could also shoot much more low-light and get shots of cities at night (which is the primary setting for both of those films).

Then the guy that founded Oakley Sunglasses, James Jannard, wasn’t happy with the cameras he was using for his commercials and decided he wanted to be in the film business. Unlike all the other camera manufacturers, he had no existing business to lose by doing digital, and he developed the Red camera.

The red one came out it was $20,000. You had to spend around $40,000 in accessories like hard drives and all the things you need to use it, but it had interchangeable lenses and gave by far the best digital image so far and was cheaper than shooting on film. You could attach very high-end PL lenses, the same lenses that film cameras use

The Red One got an image that was versatile, and easy to grade. It was a pain to use though, taking three minutes to start up. It would overheat or shut down in the middle of a take. It was cutting-edge technology, and that isn’t always what you want when you’re burning through money on a film set. Another problem was that the image that it produced was very digital – it felt cold and impersonal. It wasn’t video, but it didn’t feel like film either. It wasn’t immediately apparent how to make Red footage look like film.

A company called Arri which made most of the film cameras saw the writing on the wall and decided to develop a sensor and create a digital film camera before Red got their act together and put them out of business. They came up with a camera called the Arri Alexa This fulfilled all the hopes that people had had for the Red camera. It was dependable, efficient to shoot with, the image was beautiful and very gradable and very filmic straight out of the camera.

Around 2010 Alexa transformed first the advertising industry, then was adopted by most TV shows. By 2015, most of the film nominated for best picture at the Oscars were shot on the Alexa, and it had become the industry default instead of film.

The Red and Arri systems still cost $60,000 and up. At the same time this was happening, Canon, which made stills cameras decided they would enable video mode their new camera, the 5d mark ii. This camera cost under 5k and had interchangeable lenses like every DSLR. People worked out how to get an amazing image out of this camera and the indie film industry was really transformed, almost overnight. People were able to get use incredibly fast, cheap stills lenses to get an incredibly shallow depth of field and make an image that was much more filmic.

In the wake of that camera being released in 2008, every other manufacturer rushed into the market and tried to produce digital cinema cameras. A couple of years later, a new class of camera emerged that had interchangeable lenses, sophisticated audio inputs and shot an image that was not made to come straight out of a camera but was made to be graded in post-production.

The footage these cameras shot gave control in post-production, rather than something that was ready to upload right away. Probably the last the last big thing to come to digital cinema cameras was a raw workflow. Still, photographers had been using raw for years at this point. Raw means capturing images separately in red, green and blue so that you can mix the colors in post and have a lot more flexibility.

When the first digital cinema cameras appeared, they were in the tens of thousands of dollars range. The second generation was around $10,000 and now Canon and Panasonic have released $7000 versions that shoot Raw in 4k and has a whole bunch of other tools that let you create a cinematic image.

The latest cameras also have tools that film couldn’t even be dreamed of. Dual pixel autofocus means that the camera is able to pick an object, like a person's face, then track with it without having to manually adjust the focus.

Filmmakers used to have to replace street lamps when they want to shoot a scene outside at night. Digital video cameras are able to get ISO images, then clean up the graininess and post with different algorithms.

Digital cameras do have some downsize. The more flexibility you want in post, the more you have to pay for that in file sizes and processing times. This camera produces huge files, almost 500gig per.

At the end of the day, a filmic image was always about more than the camera. You will always need preparation, great lighting, camera movement and all manner of other things to create images that seem ‘cinematic’, but one of the biggest hurdles, the camera itself, is now within the reach of most aspiring filmmakers.

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Guide for Those New to Casinos

Gambling, Hobbies

November 21, 2017

The initial visit to a casino can be something to behold. Sights of flashing lights, audible bells and alarms consistently rings, and other such attention-getters are plentiful. It can be a bit to digest, making it difficult to post a game plan or strategy once you have entered this new-found kingdom. If there is one thing you can do before trekking these new grounds, it is to study up. Materials detailing casino games, odds-making, and other such content associated with these mainstays is publicized heavily. The internet is the primary source, but many people have found success writing books and publications about casinos and their games. We have built this guide to help you find your footing in this space. Who knows, you may even win some money if you pay attention to the prescribed signs and advantages we are about to present to you.

New to Casinos, at First Glance

When you first step into a casino, you will notice many different visuals that seem appealing. Sounds will encompass the airwaves, helping to perk up your ears and listen in. These main attractants are the first representations of discourse. Following these noises and sights is a step in the wrong direction. Casinos will host equip their most quirky machines with these items. They may look nice, but don't touch. These machines are loaded with longshot odds, often carrying the largest advantage to the casino on the entire floor. This is a common practice for most casinos. They will draw in those who have little knowledge of the casino space by catering to the main senses: sight and sound. Hold your reins tight and avoid this initial draw.

Your first area of scope should be the player's club. These are incentive programs that casinos offer their players. Enrollment is often free, and the player stands to receive some sort of playing credit or bonus just for applying. If you find yourself handing over credit card information and other such banking information, back out. Some of these programs are dedicated to the VIP players or players who spend way too much dough at these establishments. Ensure you are aware of the difference between these two programs so you don't begin by signing your personal belongings away to the casino. These programs won't disrupt your life, but there should be a free player's club offering. Shoot for this model. Most casinos will start you off with minimal amounts of free playing credits, sometimes as high as $20, which starts you off in the green or in an optimal position to sample the gameplay options.

You should also set your eyes on a comfort or cool down place. There are many different lounges that are housed in these casinos. Some casinos also feature a resort add-on. There should be a few different “safe” areas for you to sample from. While you may find a coffee shop with astronomical prices, this can mark a perfect cool down spot. Most of the lounges and other little shops will feature a clock, which is something you should also be consistently aware of. It is easy to lose yourself in the sights and sounds of a casino. You can lose track of time easily. You will also find that there are no visible timepieces or time clocks on the machines. This is by design. The more time you play, the better chance the casino has at draining your stream of funds. You cannot win forever, so finding a place to sit back will you are ahead or re-group when you have burned through your allocated gambling funds is good practice. Source: Casino Report

Knowing the Games

The second stage revolves around some understanding of the different gameplay offerings a casino holds. There are many different instances of gaming. Some hold better odds for the players, while others act as prayers for large payouts that usually keep the casino's piggy bank full. The first thing to know is the house always wins. Casinos implement proprietary strategies and functions that will always keep them ahead. Do you ever notice how very few stories are released regarding casino bankruptcy? In partner to that, how many stories do you hear about people losing it all at a casino? The results are skewed in favor of the casino 10 times out of 10. There is no gaming strategy that you can implement that could cause for a casino takedown, so save your dreams for your pillow. With knowing and recognizing this information, there are certain games that benefit a user. The odds will never be stacked in your favor, but instances of increased chances are not uncommon.

Most of the increased instances of chances reside in the strategy space. Games like Blackjack, Video Poker and other such games that involve a sense of thought are catered towards the player. The first instance of increase comes in the knowledge advantage. Study up on the history of the game, going over certain odds streams and other such patterns. Using Blackjack as an example, you can actively increase your chances as the game progresses and with numerous opponents at the table. A single deck gameplay fashion also suits your odds, due to understanding remaining card types. For example, in the game of Blackjack, there are 16 different cards in the deck that hold a value of 10. An Ace holds the value of a 1 or an 11, whichever benefits the user. Since all cards are shown during the course of a game, one can actively view the availability of these sought-after high cards. If you are playing at a table with 4 other players and no face cards are shown for their 2-card draws, your odds of landing one of those increases. While this remains slight in scope to a 52-card deck, it is an advantage none-the-less. Locating the novice player or one that seems to be meaninglessly throwing away money can be an instance of success. These users will be more likely to take a “hit” on their draw in hopes of landing the famed “21” hand or “Blackjack”.

Video poker is the rare unicorn in the casino room. Some machines will feature a user advantage, albeit slight. Casinos range anywhere from a 0.40-0.60 advantage on video poker machines. Some simple math will show that the amounts coming in less than 0.50 to the casino's advantage would favor the player. Keeping this thought in the back of your head, your odds are increased in the video poker space. Basic card knowledge should still be applied, and these numbers should never be assumed. Most casinos will list these advantages somewhere on the outer portion of the machine or within the subcategories on the touchscreen.

Other card games, that include the element of human error and gutsy decision-making skills, give you the best odds of winning at a casino. These games are not for the meek and honing up on your skills prior to playing is highly recommended. With the many different applications available to users in the free space, you can download simple, mimicked versions of these games. This will give you a basic feel for how the playthrough occurs and allows you to track your instances of wins to losses. While this isn't an all-inclusive tool, it is something you can use to gain your footing before landing at a home-based casino.

After tailoring some of the best gameplay options, there are many instances that you should stay away from. Reverting to our initial entry to this guide, the flashing lights and loud sounds are just a distraction. They attract users to machines that host some of the highest casino advantages across the casino floor. They represent an instance of compromise, a draw for those who aren't as strong-minded as you are about to be. These games operate purely on chance and luck. There is no form of applied skill that one can use to calculate instances of winning and whether a machine is hot or not. Viewing someone wasting away hundreds of dollars and then trying to play is not a sure thing. Everything is calculated, and most of this calculation comes on an individual basis. Casinos will track user play and they know when to start someone off on a positive note. If you find success in the slot space, get out while you can. This is a glimmer that often loses its luster in quick fashion.

The same can be said for the table game of roulette. Notice, when you view a roulette table, how the color coding goes. There are red numbers, black numbers, and two green numbers. Almost immediately the user is attracted to the green numbers due to the difference in color. Would it surprise you to know that selecting a green number, as opposed to another number, carries the exact same odds? Most get lost in the sauce of color coding and brighter, larger spaces. This is yet another instance of casino calculation. They take their hardest instances of winning and display them in big, bright letters and colors. While these instances also mark the largest portions of winnings, the luck element does not disappear. If you must play roulette or like tracing your eyes in endless circles as the ball traces the playing field, bet the colors or even/odd instances. This is a 50/50 chance that pays out double what you bet. Not enough to make a living or a killing at the casino, but enough to gain the satisfaction of playing the game.

Setting Your Limits

The novice user often goes into this experience with high expectations and low amounts of funding. Anything we have ever been told associating to casinos and gambling is that life-changing instances can happen. Speaking of things that can happen, you could get struck by lightning in broad daylight. Is it likely? No. Can it happen? Sure. I think you've got the point on that comparison. It is important to set a limit to keep yourself in check. The best way to make this happen is to leave the debit and credit card at home. Withdraw your maximum playing amount and split it into sections. You can spend all your amounts on one game, but it is fun to explore a little.

Section your playing funds into separate patterns and periods. For example, if I have $100 to play with at a casino, I will dumb that $100 into 5 $20 bills to start. I will place $20 in my vehicle and only take $80 into the casino. Separate these funds into different pockets or areas of your checkbook. Start with only using one $20 bill. See where this takes you. If you find success from this initial amount, use your winnings as your playing cash. If you aren't successful, find that cool off place that you selected previously before returning to the playing room. A little time to regroup and calm yourself can bode well for continuing to play at a casino. Spending all of your funds quickly will only spoil your experience.

If, at any time, you exceed your initial playing amount, ensure you take the proper proceedings. The best course of advice is to secure your initial starting amount and lock it away in a safe place. This will not only make your winnings gravy, it will also help keep you sane in the light of victory. Remember, it is common for users to find initial success at whichever machine or table game they play. This initial stream of success is most common in the slot machine space. While this may seem all fine and dandy, it remains highly calculated and right on schedule with the casino's strategy. You have to be able to differentiate between dollar signs and stop signs. The second the dollar signs start to pop up is when you should begin to tamper your excitement and playing amounts. It is often downhill from there, leaving you with your own prescribed ways to rely on. Apply a proper gambling strategy and know your limits.

Carry Yourself Correctly

No one likes the guy who goes on a drunken tirade after consuming too many of the free cocktails. Others don't appreciate the loud screamer and attention-grabber that lets the whole room know when they have won $1.50. Carry on your way much like you would if you were in any other public establishment. There are many different individuals walking around a casino, all coming from different walks of life. Chatter and small-talk are okay but refrain from drawing too much attention. The casino is always at high attention, understanding the moves and counter moves of all patrons. If they notice you making a scene, you may be asked to leave or may even see a decrease in the success of play.

At the table games, refrain from touching your cards unless you are told to do so or are playing a game that requires you to do so. Performing this action may disqualify you from a hand or may cause for you to be banned from playing that game. While the dealing of bans is rare, it is not impossible. Respect the space and the fact that there is money on the line. Everyone is there for the same purpose: to leave with more than they started with. With all of the same mindsets floating around in one space, it is easy to get carried away. Keep your reverence, act accordingly, and respect the space like you would when entering someone else's home.

Those who act accordingly also stand better chances at being comped meals, playing funds, or even gaining insights from the dealers. Dealers have been perfecting their craft for quite some time and can tell when a player is new to a game. They may give you small tips, which is completely legal, to help you out. Their advice is free and often unbiased; take these little helpers when you can. They aren't going to tell you to hit on an 18 in a game of Blackjack, but they will recommend that you stay and verify your decisions in certain situations. These aren't little voices in your head, these are opinions of individuals who live and breathe this life day in and day out. Take little pointers, it can't hurt.

Check Your Point Earnings

Casinos are consistently running promotions and contests. When you visit, it is important to ensure you have your player's card ready and are using it for all forms of gameplay. Go over your course of play for the day or night and check your point balance at the end. You may be able to reach levels that allow you to additional playing credits or prizes. These points accumulate at every game you will play at the casino, causing them to add up quickly. Maybe you can leave with a little casino swag such as a t-shirt, hat, gloves, or a souvenir. At other times, new players receive an increased point amount for their time spent playing. These points can equate to credits for additional play. It is important to save this check for the end of the night and after you have reached your cash-out level or have spent your limit. It can represent the cherry on top of a successful night or can be that last hope at reaching the green. Whatever the case may be, do not ignore the free promotional offers. They are there to benefit your course of play and give you an extra boost when you are down. If it's free of strings and doesn't require forking over too much personal information, it is a program you can get behind as a player. Sourcehttps://www.onlinecasino.org/resort-casino-travel/

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James Bond Movies with Villains and Bond Girls

Film

November 18, 2017

Dr. No

After a catchphrase-making encounter with Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson, dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl), “Bond, James Bond” (Sean Connery) is called to investigate the murder of the SIS Stations Chief in Jamaica. There he outwits the assassin Miss Taro (Zena Marshall), meets the tough yet beautiful shell diver Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and defeats mad scientist Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman), who plans to disrupt Project Mercury with an atomic-powered radio beam.

From Russia With Love

Bond (Sean Connery) is still dating Sylvia Trench, but gets called away to stop SPECTRE agent Col. Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) from stealing a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviet Union, which they plan to later sell back to them for a small fortune. Working with Ali Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz), Bond is also aided by Klebb's pawn, Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), but the two are pursued by Klebb's loyal agent, Donald “Red” Grant (Robert Shaw).

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Goldfinger

Bond (Sean Connery) stops Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) from cheating at a card game by seducing his minion, Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), as she uses binoculars to help him; she is then killed in retribution and left, covered in gold paint, on Bond's bed. As he continues to investigate Goldfinger's plan to rob Fort Knox, Bond manages to also seduce the villain's pilot, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), who claims to be a lesbian. Meanwhile, Jill's sister Tilly (Tania Mallet) tries to avenge her.

Thunderball

When an Avro Vulcan plane with two nuclear bombs on board is captured by SPECTRE, Bond (Sean Connery) teams up with his friend Felix Leiter (Rik Van Nutter) to investigate. They suspect Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi, dubbed by Robert Rietty), a wealthy black marketeer. After the murder of liaison Paula Caplan (Martine Beswick), Bond convinces Largo's mistress, Domino Derval (Claudine Auger) into helping them by revealing that Largo murdered her brother.

You Only Live Twice

An American spacecraft is hijacked, and Bond heads to Japan to investigate. With the help of agents Ling (Tsai Chin) and Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama), he fakes his death and goes undercover as a Japanese man. Along with Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), a Japanese secret agent and ninja, he discovers the plot is masterminded by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence), the “Number 1” SPECTRE agent, along with a businessman named Osato.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond (George Lazenby) prevents the suicide of Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), and receives information from her father, a European crime lord, about the whereabouts of Blofield. Having set up a phony allergy treatment facility, the SPECTRE agent is actually hypnotizing his female patients into helping him plant a crop virus. After stopping the plot, Bond marries Teresa, only for her to be immediately murdered by Blofield's henchwoman, Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat).

Diamonds Are Forever

Disguised as a professional criminal named Peter Franks, Bond (Sean Connery) investigates an international diamond smuggling ring. After intercepting the jewels from criminal Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), he follows the trail to a casino owned by one Willard Whyte (Jimmy Dean). Initially a suspect, Whyte is actually a pawn of Blofield, who has created a weaponized satellite that he plans to auction off.

Live and Let Die

Three MI6 agents are killed while investigating Kananga (Yaphet Kotto), a Caribbean dictator who moonlights as a crime lord. Bond (Roger Moore) goes to stop him, but Kananga has two advantages: double agent Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry), and more notable Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a captive who has fortunetelling abilities for as long as she remains a virgin. (Spoiler alert: Bond finds a way to neutralize this advantage.)

The Man With the Golden Gun

Bond (Roger Moore) is trying to locate a scientist whose invention could solve the energy crisis, but is taken off the case when M learns that famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) is targeting him. Working unofficially, he locates Scaramanga's enslaved mistress, Andrea Anders (Maud Adams) with help from Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland). Ultimately he recovers the device back from Scaramanga.

The Spy Who Loved Me

After two submarines and some microfilms for a submarine tracking system are stolen, Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with KGB agent Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) to find the culprit. The trail leads them to Karl Sigmund Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), who reveals that he plans to destroy both Moscow and New York, so that a nuclear war will wipe out all civilization and allow him to build a new one from its ashes.

Moonraker

Looking into the details of a Moonraker spacecraft hijacking, Bond (Roger Moore) investigates Sir Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), whose company made the craft. One of Drax's scientists, Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), turns out to be a CIA agent also working on the case; together the two spies learn that Drax is planning to use a poisonous gas to kill all human life on the planet, while he and his mooks survive in a space station.

For Your Eyes Only

A device called the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC) is stolen by an assassin; while investigating the case, Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with the victim's daughter Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) to find out what happened. The trail ultimately leads to Greek businessman and KGB operative Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover), whom Bond must fight in order to recover the deadly machine.

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Octopussy

Bond (Roger Moore) is looking into the murder of a fellow agent, which leads him to an auction house and exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan. The prince is working with Orlov, a Soviet general, as well as Octopussy (Maud Adams), who runs an all-female circus that is actually a front for a smuggling operation. Orlov, however, has a bigger plan: detonating a nuclear weapon and tricking the European nations to favor disarmament, allowing the Soviets to expand their territory.

A View of a Kill

As an industrialist named Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) tries to corner the market on microchips, Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), heiress of a company that Zorin is trying to obtain. Zorin is eventually revealed to be a rogue KGB agent and the product of a Nazi genetic experiment, who seeks to destroy Silicon Valley so that he will have a monopoly on microchips.

The Living Daylights

Bond (Timothy Dalton) is assigned to product a KGB officer, General Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé) as he defects to the West. It soon emerges, however, that Koskov is working with arms dealer Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) to embezzle Soviet funds, buy diamonds and then convert them into a drug empire. Bond teams up with Koskov's girlfriend, Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo), who helped the general fake an assassination attempt.

Licence to Kill

When Felix Leiter (David Hedison) is crippled by, and loses his wife to, the drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), Bond (Timothy Dalton) becomes a rogue agent to avenge his friend. He meets with Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell), a military pilot and CIA informant, who helps him disguise himself as a member of Sanchez's staff and take down the criminal's business from within. He is also aided (not entirely willingly) by Sanchez's lover, Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto).

GoldenEye

The criminal organization called Janus sends its agent, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), to steal the GoldenEye electromagnetic pulse and kill nearly everyone involved in its creation. Bond (Pierce Brosnan) learns from one of the survivors, programmer Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), that his old colleague Alec “006” Trevelyan (Sean Bean) faked his death and is the mastermind behind Janus. Trevelyan plans to steal millions and then use the GoldenEye to erase all records and cover his tracks.

Tomorrow Never Dies

An international incident occurs when a British warship winds up in Chinese waters, and Bond (Pierce Brosnan) teams up with Chinese agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) to investigate. They learn that Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a media mogul, arranged the incident in order to start a war and increase news ratings. Bond has an in, though, as Carver is married to one of his ex-lovers, Paris (Teri Hatcher), who provides him with information that helps him and Wai Lin prevent a war.

The World is Not Enough

After an oil tycoon is murdered, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect his daughter, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau). She had previously been kidnapped by the terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle), who is suspected of the new crime. Bond follows the trail to Russia, where he meets American nuclear physicist Christmas Jones (Denise Richards). Together they uncover some surprising information which reveals that Renard is working with an unlikely ally.

Die Another Day

Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is officially suspended after being tortured in North Korea, but he uses gene therapy to disguise himself and pursues the case. Eventually he learns that North Korean colonel Tan-Sun Moon has had the same procedure and is disguised as a British billionaire named Graves (Will Yun Lee and Toby Stephens, respectively). Along with NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry), he must stop Moon/Graves from using a superweapon to conquer South Korea, and also face off against Graves' associate, double agent Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike).

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Casino Royale (2006)

This film is a reboot, beginning a continuity unrelated to the above movies.

Bond (Daniel Craig) faces off against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), who uses acts of terrorism to aid his financial interests. When Bond foils one of his plans, he arranged a high-stakes poker game to try and recoup his losses. Bond is sent along with fellow agent Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to win the match. Along the way he is captured and tortured, and learns that Lynd is a double agent, albeit one who is conflicted about her ultimate loyalties. Le Chiffre is aided by another villain named Mr. White (Jesper Christensen).

Quantum of Solace

Bond (Daniel Craig) investigates the organization Quantum, which Mr. White from the last film belongs to. They uncover a plot by environmentalist Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) and General Medrano (Joaquín Cosío) of Bolivia to put the latter in power, with the former getting a monopoly on the nation's water supply. Bond goes with fellow agent Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) to stop them, and teams up with Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), who wants revenge on Medrano for murdering her family.

Skyfall

After Bond (Daniel Craig) seemingly dies during a mission in Turkey, an investigation begins on whether M (Judi Dench) is qualified to lead MI6. Bond soon returns, however, and begins to investigate a former agent named Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a cyber-terrorist who blames M for his capture and torture on a mission. He is aided by a field agent named Eve (Naomie Harris) and Silva's not-quite-willing mistress, Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe).

Spectre

In the aftermath of the previous film, Bond (Daniel Craig) pursues clues left by M about the mysterious organization called SPECTRE, which is led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). Working with psychiatrist Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the estranged daughter of Mr. White, Bond follows a trail that will lead to startling revelations that tie the villainous leader to his own past and loved ones.

“Bond 25”

This film is currently scheduled for release on November 8, 2019. As of yet, not much is known about the plot, though it is confirmed that Daniel Craig will reprise the role of James Bond, with other returning cast members rumored. The screenplay will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have done every other James Bond film since The World is Not Enough.

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Thirty Human Rights You Might Not Know

Trivia

November 16, 2017

Thirty Human Rights You Might Not Know You Have

Article 1 Right to Equality
Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security
Article 4 Freedom from Slavery
Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
Article 6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law
Article 8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal
Article 9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
Article 10 Right to Fair Public Hearing
Article 11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty
Article 12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence
Article 13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Article 15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It
Article 16 Right to Marriage and Family
Article 17 Right to Own Property
Article 18 Freedom of Belief and Religion
Article 19 Freedom of Opinion and Information
Article 20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association
Article 21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections
Article 22 Right to Social Security
Article 23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
Article 24 Right to Rest and Leisure
Article 25 Right to Adequate Living Standard
Article 26 Right to Education
Article 27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community
Article 28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document
Article 29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Flowers, N. (2017, February 6) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (abbreviated). Retrieved from
http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/edumat/hreduseries/hereandnow/Part-5/8_udhr-abbr.htm

http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

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Subscription Boxes for Men

Lifestyle

November 16, 2017

Whether you're looking for a gift idea for a friend or loved one, or just want to treat yourself, there are subscription boxes for men out there for every taste and budget. The boxes listed below are just the tip of the iceberg for what you might find at your doorstep each month!

Five Four Club

If your wardrobe needs an update, the Five Four Club subscription service might be a good option to try. You start by taking a short style quiz that helps them figure out what your fashion sense is.

After that, you'll get about two clothing items a month in styles that range from hipster to classic: past boxes have included items like button-down shirts, chinos, and jeans.

Five Four costs about $60 a month and offers free size exchanges.
 
 
 
 

Harry's

Harry's was founded in 2013, so they've been in the subscription box service for a pretty long time.

They're a company that ships you razors and other shaving accessories.

Harry's offers different “shave plans” that starts with a free trial and can be built to recurring shipments of blade and gel refills.

 
 
 
 

Hello Fresh

If you're more of a foodie, Hello Fresh lets you make about 3-4 meals per week, depending on the plan you pick and how many people you're cooking for.

You can choose from one of 13 recipes each week and the menu is always changing. (They even offer a “veggie” plan for vegetarian/vegan chefs.) Each box has a clear recipe card and ingredients that are already portioned out.

Hello Fresh has a wine club in addition to their regular recipe box. The wines are curated to complement each Hello Fresh meal.

There's a mixed wine plan, but you can also choose a specifically red or white plan depending on your taste preferences. Each wine box includes six bottles and has an online segment with tasting notes and advice on food pairings.

 
 
 
 

Tasting Room

The Tasting Room box lets you unleash your inner sommelier with new wines every month. The company sends you full-sized bottles of either red or white wines, and you can choose how many bottles you want per shipment.

You establish your taste profile by rating a kit of six mini bottles. After that, you can continue to refine your preferences by rating each new bottle that Tasting Room sends you.

As a subscriber, you also get to preview your orders and cancel any wines that don't look good.

 
 
 
 

Bespoke Post

Bespoke Post sends boxes that fit a specific theme. While the theme changes each month, some common categories are related to drinking, travel, and grooming supplies.

You'll get things like whiskey, cigars, sunglasses, and hair gel that are all from the indie brands that Bespoke Post partners with.

You have the option to skip a theme that doesn't interest you. Bespoke Post also offers a single-month box for a trial run.

 
 
 
 

BattlBox

Battlbox is specifically designed for the outdoorsman in you, whether you're roughing it in the wild for days at a time, or just going fishing for the afternoon.

The monthly themes are called “missions.” Past missions have been called “Deep in the Woods,” “Zombie Box,” and “Self Reliance.”

Each box has a “mission card” that gives a situation report telling the story behind the box's contents. Boxes typically include items like knives, self-preserving food, and tactical gear.

You start at the “basic” level, which typically has about 4 items per box, but can spend more to upgrade to the “advanced,” “pro,” or even “pro plus” levels for more specialized equipment.

The website lets you preview the box's contents and purchase the items directly.
 
 
 
 

Loot Crate

Satisfy your inner nerd with the geeky contents of a Loot Crate. The company's monthly boxes are specifically designed around fandom – whatever that means to you.

There are different themes that you can choose from. Some boxes are for pop culture and television or film fans, while others are for gamers.

Sometimes LootCrate also sells limited-edition boxes that are one-off collections based on popular series such as Stranger Things. There are even Loot Crates for pets. If you don't want a particular theme, you can also order general apparel boxes (or “LootWear”) that offer t-shirts, socks, and underwear.
 
 
 
 

Gentleman's Box

The Gentleman's Box subscription is very similar to Bespoke Post in that it is also oriented around sending unique lifestyle items from smaller brands. The Gentleman's Box is partnered with GQ, so each box includes a one-year subscription to the magazine. You also get about 4-6 items such as accessories and grooming supplies. The monthly theme is a type of gentleman, from a “space officer” to a “master distiller.”

Not only are there themed boxes, but you can also choose the “mystery box” at either the $100 or $200 value range.

The mystery box is a blend of products from previous boxes. If you want to narrow down the Gentleman's Box offerings even further, the company has an apparel subscription service with their “tie of the month” or “sock of the month” clubs. The premium box subscription is a quarterly box shipment that sends you of $300 worth of a variety of accessories at $100 per quarter.
 
 
 
 

MistoBox

This particular subscription is a good choice if you're a true coffee connoisseur. MistoBox curates your monthly coffee shipment based on a brief taste quiz. Select your preferred roast level, type of coffee (or decaf), and how often you drink it. Finally, you choose what “experience” you want. The “favorites” option will send you the same coffee in every delivery.

The “adventure” option will send you 80 different coffees at once, from over 25 different roasters. You can pick if you're shopping for yourself or sending the MistoBox as a gift.

The coffee in the personal boxes is roasted and shipped immediately. Gift boxes are sent on a scheduled basis and you have the choice to include coffee accessories like a mug.

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The Terzo Millennio Lamborghini

Luxury

November 16, 2017

In the world of supercars, Lamborghini has always held a special place. For the past several decades, Lamborghini has been producing some of the most recognizable supercars in the world. Owning a Lamborghini has become a symbol of wealth and opulence in a way unique to this brand. We have come to expect not only excellence from Lamborghini but also cutting-edge styling. Each new Lamborghini is a hard, flat wedge of futuristic technology and aggressive lines that are sure to turn heads everywhere it is driven. The question becomes, what is next? Where is there to go from here for Lamborghini? And with oil prices rising, the future of the supercar is starting to look a little uncertain. How can companies continue to make these fuel hungry machines as the world's supply of fossil fuels begins to dwindle? Never to be left behind, Lamborghini is currently working on the answers to these questions, and the results thus far are impressive.

What if the new Lamborghini didn't need gasoline at all?

What if it were all electric? And what if it were made of futuristic materials that are self-healing? That's right, self-healing. This is what Lamborghini has in mind for its new concept car, the Terzo Millennio, which literally translates as Third Millennium. This car pushes the boundaries in a way never before seen by Lamborghini or any other supercar producer working today. The car itself is supposed to be completely electric. No Lamborghini V12 roaring away from the center of the vehicle as we have come to expect from this Italian maker. They are proposing an all-electric car. At this point, many of us are familiar with more than one brand of electric car and we know that battery packs for electric cars take up a lot of space and weight a ton, so how does Lamborghini intend to address this obvious obstacle to performance and speed? They are going to craft the body panels from the battery material itself.

This may sound crazy, but the plan is to craft body panels for the Terzo Millennio which function as the part which will store the electricity needed to operate the vehicle. Lamborghini claims that these panels will also be self-healing. The car will be able to run a self-diagnostic check to identify cracks in the body panels and will then heat up the material around these cracks and fuse the edges back together seamlessly, effectively healing itself. They plan on accomplishing this by utilizing supercapacitors instead of traditional batteries. Supercapacitors are much lighter than traditional batteries and they are able to discharge their stored energy much faster than traditional batteries, permitting much faster acceleration than even the Tesla Model S. This technology sounds completely impossible to produce, but reserve any judgement, because Lamborghini has teamed up with some of the most gifted and talented minds available today at the labs inside of MIT.

Teaming up with the smartest engineers they could find at MIT proves that Lamborghini is committed to seeing this concept car become a reality. Unlike so many concept cars that are never put into production, Lamborghini fully intends to produce this car. The Lamborghini research and development team is partnering directly with MIT in a collaboration that has never been seen before. This partnership is already producing some incredible ideas. For instance, the system of getting power to the wheels in the Terzo Millennio is a brand new idea: each wheel will have its own electric motor which operates independently from the rest and will glow bright red while in use. This feature will give the car incredible maneuverability and handling while having the added benefit of looking incredible as the electric supercar goes whizzing by.

The styling seen in the concept images of the Terzo Millennio is outlandish, even by Lamborghini's standards. Yes, it is another hard, flat wedge of incredible technology, but it is so much more than that. The glowing engines on each wheel draw the eye instantly to the bottom of the car where we see that rather than tucking the wheel in close to the inside of the car like we are sued to seeing with the Gillardo, Lamborghini has chosen to sculpt gorgeous, curved fenders around the futuristic wheels. The body of the car is filled with tunnels and channels which are all part of the aerodynamics of the car and add to the cutting edge look of the whole picture. The car will most likely be available in Lamborghini's famously garish color pallet, but the concept version of the Terzo Millennio is black, and it is stunning. The dark color allows the futuristic wheels to steal the show, and the final product will also most likely look best in a similarly dark color.

So is this truly the future of supercar technology? We have already seen a turn toward hybrid technology with the Porsche 918, a hybrid supercar which utilizes both a gas motor and an electric motor together to produce incredible horsepower. Since the hybrid supercar barrier has already been crossed, it was only a matter of time before one of the manufacturers took the next logical step and produced an entirely electric version of the supercar concept. The excitement surrounding the development and eventual release of the Terzo Millennio is undeniable, and leaves onlookers asking just one question: when can we buy one?

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Dating and Polyamorous Relationships

Sex

November 16, 2017

Monogamy is the traditional format for a relationship between two people. This includes heterosexual and homosexual people. Pairing is simply the expected way of doing things, but this format is not ideal or preferred for many people. Given the high rate of divorces among monogamous people and the substantial number of divorces related to infidelity, some people who have tried to monogamous in their relationships have failed to do so successfully.

While monogamy does work well for many couples, others have adopted a non-monogamous lifestyle. Some of the non-monogamous configurations are polyamorous relationships, polygamous relationships, swinging and more.

For some, polyamory is a new concept that they are only starting to learn about. Others have been living in a polyamorous relationship with multiple people for years. This type of relationship configuration departs from the norm and offers individuals in polyamorous relationships with new experiences. However, there are some potential issues that could develop and that could disrupt the harmony and compatibility of these relationships. In addition, there are other types of non-monogamous relationships that also should be considered and explored.

Understanding the Polyamorous Configuration

Polyamory is a type of an open relationship, but it is a specific type of open relationship. This does not describe “sleeping around” openly without discretion. Instead of describing open promiscuity, it refers to individuals in a committed relationship also having romantic relationships with other people. Note that these are relationships rather than casual flings or one-night stands. Furthermore, all relationships are known to all parties in a polyamorous group. There is no secrecy or cheating.

In a general open relationship, two individuals who are otherwise committed to each other may openly date around or have flings. They may even bring someone else into the bedroom for a threesome. However, romantic feelings and long-term side relationships are not the norms. Instead, a general open relationship usually has one significant, romantic relationship and multiple one-night stands or purely sexual relationships with people on the side.

How a Polyamorous Configuration Is Different From Polygamy

Some people confuse polyamorous and polygamous configurations. However, these are very different concepts. You should understand that polygamy means that you have multiple marriages with different people or that you have marital-type relationships with multiple people. The Mormon religion is known for polygamy, and this type of relationship usually features one man with multiple sister-wives. They may all live together under one roof and raise children from the one man together.

A polyamorous relationship, on the other hand, means a relationship with many loves. There are many configurations for these relationships. For example, a primary couple may each have their own secondary romantic partner who they also spend time with. Another configuration is a threesome couple where all three individuals are romantically connected. Marriage does not necessarily enter the picture with these types relationships. With polygamy, the term most often refers to heterosexual relationships. A polyamorous configuration may include a combination of heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

A truly polyamorous configuration implies openness. All of the individuals in the romantic group are usually aware of each other, and they may have met on multiple occasions. In some cases, they may even all live in the same house. These are not secretive relationships, but the closeness of the various partners varies from relationship to relationship.

How a Swinger Is Different Than a Polyamorous Participant

Some people think that a swinger is in a polyamorous configuration, but this is not the case. Typical swingers are a committed couple exploring other sexual partners openly. In some cases, the couple may bring one other person, another couple or even multiple people into their sex life. This may be for one encounter or several, but the gatherings are purely sexual. In some cases, this type of sexual encounter is also called wife-swapping. This is when two couples switch sex partners for one or more experiences.

As swingers, the couple may have a primary goal of exploring their sexual fantasies or to live out their bisexuality in a way that is not considered to be cheating. With swingers, the couple usually has little or no contact with the other sex partners outside of the bedroom. Therefore, there is not a chance for romantic feelings to develop and to interfere with the couple’s relationship. Many swinger couples find that this type of configuration brings them closer. However, if jealousy develops, this configuration could potentially destroy the relationship.

The Benefits of a Polyamorous Configuration

While a polyamorous configuration is not suitable for everyone, it does offer substantial benefits for those who have chosen to practice it. While this configuration is considered to be an open type of relationship, it is closed in a way. For example, the individuals in the group sleep with each other based on their own unique relationships, but they typically do not bring others into the relationship unless they are starting a full relationship with them. With this in mind, concerns about introducing sexually transmitted diseases into the group may be substantially reduced.

Because this type of configuration is about loving relationships rather than purely sexual relationships, individuals can enjoy different types of relationships with their various partners. For example, a person may enjoy outdoorsy activities with one partner and attend musical events and concerts with the other partner based on their unique interests. This variety may extend into the bedroom as well. Each sexual partner may have different techniques and styles, and this creates variety and adds spice in the bedroom.

Some people may use these substantial differences between various relationships to grow as a person and even learn more about themselves. They may not have the opportunity to have so many unique experiences with a single partner.

Who Should Consider a Polyamorous Configuration

A polyamorous configuration offers many benefits, but this is a type of relationship that should not be rushed into. Individuals should do some soul-searching to determine if they have the right personality type to thrive in this type of relationship configuration or if another type of non-monogamous configuration is more beneficial. There may be times in a polyamorous configuration when one person only has one other partner for a period of time and when the other primary person in the relationship may have two or more other partners. For individuals who are jealous or who have a tendency to feel left out, a polyamorous setup can be difficult on an emotional level.

Jealousy may also arise in some people when others in the group are on dates, are sharing a romantic moment together or are behind closed doors. Keep in mind that some polyamorous relationships involve all partners in the group in a loving relationship with all other partners. Many polyamorous relationships, however, are more complex. There may be a core couple in the configuration, and multiple side relationships may spin off of this. Any time two or more individuals may pair off from others, there may be a human tendency in some people to feel jealous or left out.

A polyamorous configuration is well-suited for individuals who have trouble accepting the concept of monogamy or who know that a commitment to a single person is not right for them. These may be individuals who have tried monogamy in the past and have failed at it. These may also be individuals who easily get bored with one partner and who enjoy variety. Some people in polyamorous configurations simply want to love more than one person. They do not feel the need to limit their love to one individual.

What to Expect From a Non-Monogamous Relationship

For those who are thinking about transitioning from a monogamous relationship into a non-monogamous relationship, it is important to be open with your primary partner about your goals and desires for doing so. The primary partner ideally will be fully comfortable with the concept and open to the idea. Both individuals need to discuss what they are comfortable with and what limits they want to establish. For example, some couples are only comfortable with exploring sexual activities with other people and do not want their partner to develop a romantic relationship with someone else. In this case, swinging may be a better idea than a polyamorous relationship.

If the couple pursues a polyamorous configuration, the partners should be aware that side partners will not always be found within the same time period. While non-monogamy is a rather popular type of relationship, there may be some taboo about it. Because of this, it can be difficult to identify individuals who may be open to a polyamorous relationship and who there is a connection with. There may be weeks or even months when one partner has a side relationship and the other primary partner does not.

What Is Required to Make a Polyamorous Format Successful for All Individuals

In a truly polyamorous relationship, individuals must spend ample time nurturing each relationship. They also must allow each other person in the polyamorous configuration ample time to nurture their other relationships. While a polyamorous relationship has exceptional benefits, it can also take more time and effort to ensure that all relationships are healthy and that all members of the group are happy. In a monogamous relationship, two individuals must nurture their relationship. In a polyamorous relationship, each individual may have to nurture two or more relationships. This can be emotionally draining and even time-consuming for some people.

There must be understanding and leniency when two or more individuals have a disagreement, as is common in some relationships. Maturity, patience, and understanding are important traits for all partners in the configuration. Each relationship in the configuration is unique, and each partner must make a special effort to treat their various partners as individuals with different needs and desires.

Transitioning From a Monogamous to a Polyamorous Relationship

While some people will begin their adult lives knowing that they want a polyamorous relationship and will never explore monogamy. Others, however, will spend at least a few years or longer in a monogamous relationship. Some will move into a polyamorous configuration after ending a monogamous relationship. In some cases, the monogamous couple will decide together to open up their relationship to multiple partners.

Polyamory often may start as dating other people and having long-term romantic relationships. However, many of these relationships become more serious. As is the case with a monogamous relationship, some couples may decide to move in together. Because each relationship is unique, the couples in the configuration may reach this stage at different points or may never reach this point. This means that two or more people in the configuration may live together and others will not.

This can be difficult in some situations because one individual may share a home with two or more partners. The question of which person he or she should share a room with or spend the night with may be a point of contention. All members in this type of configuration should be open and flexible. However, they also should be honest about their unique needs and desires. In the event that agreements cannot be made that are suitable for all individuals, a relationship may need to end. Even though these are not marital relationships, these are romantic relationships with true feelings. The feelings may be intense and deep, and ending this type of relationship can be emotionally hard. However, despite going through this type of emotional distress, the individual may still have to focus on relationships with other partners.

Just as there are pros and cons associated with a monogamous relationship, there are also pros and cons associated with a polyamorous configuration. Remember that polyamorous relationships are varied and unique. More than that, because the partners in this type of configuration may change from time to time, polyamorous configurations are fluid. For individuals who are looking for something more than monogamy, a polyamorous configuration may be an excellent option to consider.

However, there are many variations of non-monogamous relationships available. For example, swinging, open relationships and polygamy are also options to consider. Each individual should be honest with himself or herself about personal needs and desires. Couples may need to explore their own desires as well as their partner’s needs and desires to find a suitable configuration that works well for both partners.

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