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Jul 8, 2013 Hover Dog commented on The Ender's Game Boycott Has Already Begun.
My personal policy (and I haven't had to exercise it much - just a paperback Ender's Game and then Shadow Complex on XBLA) has been to make a price-equivalent donation to the HRC.

I figure that more than balances out whatever Card could do with my money, and I can enjoy his work guilt-free.
Apr 1, 2013 Hover Dog commented on Apps Are the New Dot.Com.
@11: It's marginally less sketchy because there's a records database, but these services are basically just tech-savvy hitchhiking. The people who use them are aware of the risks and do it anyway.
Apr 1, 2013 Hover Dog commented on SL Letter of the Day: Her Little Pudding Pot.
Dan, I think you named the letter-writer in Tip #3.
Mar 25, 2013 Hover Dog commented on SL Letter of the Day: Closed Door Etiquette.
The letter #5 references, for the lazy:

Well hello there, Mr. Savage. I'm the woman who had that boy tied up in my bedroom during a party this summer. I knew that one of my guests happened upon him before I read your column last week, because he told me about it. I wish I knew which one of my guests it was—I was hosting my firm's summer barbecue on my deck and there were a lot of people here—because I would like to thank her for not calling the police!

Do your readers want the rest of the story? I'm sure they do. The boy is not quite half my age: He's 21, I'm 38. He worked at a Starbucks in my office building. He noticed me noticing him, we flirted a bit, and then one night I ran into him in a bar. We ditched our respective friends, and slipped out to get a drink together.

At the next bar, he asked me if I was married. I told him I was recently divorced, having waited way too long to DTMFA. I asked him if he wanted to fool around. He said yes (actually he said "fuck, yeah!"), but our age difference was an issue for him. I promised to obey the "campsite rule," i.e., I would leave him in better shape than I found him (no broken hearts, no diseases, no unwanted babies). That's when he told me that he was submissive and into bondage and S&M. He offered to fulfill any fantasies I might have, telling me he was GGG. It was then that we realized we had been speaking entirely in Savage Love code.

He's been reading your column since he was 15, and says you're the reason he can be so open about his kinks. I've been reading you since I was 29, and you're the reason I wasn't shocked by his kinks. We had oodles of fun this summer—which included, yes, me keeping him tied up in my bedroom while other people were in my apartment. And we have you to thank, Dan!

Budding Fem Dom

P.S. Provided neither of us is seriously dating anyone by then, we're planning on getting together around Christmas. And no more leaving him tied up alone, I promise! And the woman who "accidentally" found him while looking for the bathroom? She had to walk past two bathrooms before she got to the one nearest my bedroom. She was snooping!


Dan's response:
You're welcome, BFD, and thanks for sharing.
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Mar 11, 2013 Hover Dog commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Hey, Faggot?.
@16: I don't believe I used the word 'concern'. And no, I don't believe I mistook what was happening in that video. Using a slur in passing doesn't count as harassment, but following someone around yelling at them does. Neither party in this encounter was acting appropriately.
Mar 11, 2013 Hover Dog commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Hey, Faggot?.
Question about a small part of this:

Slick is walking away the entire time, asking to be left alone, etc. Turtle keeps following him with his phone camera. At one point, Slick pushes Turtle, and Turtle says, "That's assault."

Is it? I mean, homophobe/asshole aside, at that point it seemed like Turtle was just harassing the guy. And Slick got agitated and got physical... if it had escalated and Slick had actually attacked him, would that have qualified as illegal assault? What are you supposed to do when someone's following/harassing you like that?
Mar 8, 2013 Hover Dog commented on SL Letter of the Day: Shut Up and Don't Do Porn!.
This response had me grinning from ear to ear.
Mar 7, 2013 Hover Dog commented on If You Watched House of Cards, You Might as Well Watch Hemlock Grove.
House of Cards looked amazing, and it was amazing. This looks like shit.
Mar 6, 2013 Hover Dog commented on What Will You Be Reading at the Reading Party in Three Hours?.
I was planning on The Prince, but B&N didn't have it in stock (seriously?). I ended up springing for Catch-22.

I'm trying to raise the bar for my reading material. I have no idea how successful I'll be.
Feb 26, 2013 Hover Dog commented on The Right to Choose Your Next-of-Kin.
I'm not exactly Sullivan's biggest fan, but I do read the Dish on occasion. The guy isn't a dyed-in-the-wool Republican by any means. I think it's important to make a distinction between when a person calls himself 'conservative' and when that same person aligns with the fringe right wing. Sullivan does the former, but I haven't seen much fringe out of him. That said, I didn't start reading him at all until around 2011, so I may be missing some history there.