Friday, January 30, 2009

My Future Resort (p3.1) - Water

There are two types of water, the stuff that comes from the faucet, and the stuff that goes down the drain. The clean, drinkable water comes from a well or a city-wide system. The wastewater goes to the sewer. As far as most people are concerned, this is it.

Come to find out, potable water (the water we can drink) is an expensive resource. With a city water system, there is a lot of processing that goes on to make it drinkable. That is, if there is a source of water to use. Many desert cities, California, Africa, Australia, and other places around the world have a hard time finding enough water. Ocean water is not an option, because it takes a lot of resources to get the salt out. Saving water is good for your local water supply, and it'll reduce your water bill. For those resorts that have a well, reusing water can reduce your electric bill to pump the water.

More types of water exist than just the two I listed at the top of the post.
  • Potable water, or whitewater -- safe to drink.
  • Rainwater -- usually safe to drink, but is better used for other things.
  • Greywater -- water from sinks, showers, washers, can be reused.
  • Blackwater -- water from toilets, unusable.
Reusing greywater for toilets yields up to a 30% reduction in water usage. Since people at nudist resorts are often required to shower before and after the pool or hot tub, reusing all that shower water is a good idea. Water from the showers would be more than enough to flush every public toilet in the resort, and the slightly soapy water would help keep them clean as well.

Watering the plants is easy, and should never require potable water. Plants by the washers could receive that water. Plants by the showers could receive that water. Plants by the kitchen sink could receive that water. (The bits of food are good fertilizer.) The only worry is which soaps can be used, as some may damage the plants. Of all three sources, the sink probably has the least amount of soap in it. Plants anywhere else can get water from a simple rain catch and a barrel, or be xeriscaped.

For more serious usage of rainwater, consider a complete rainwater harvesting system for your buildings. In places with lots of rainfall (or a big roof), collecting it would reduce your water bill to almost nothing. With moderate rainfall, you would only pull water from the city system when you've run out of rain.

To calculate how much rain you can collect from a building, you need the size of the building and annual rainfall amount. With a typical single-wide mobile home of 18 ft. by 90 ft., and a rough average of 3 inches of rain per month during the Wisconsin summer, at 85% recovery, this calculator says we can get over 2,500 gallons of water each month. With alow-flow showerhead (a very wise choice to save water) running at 1.3 gpm, the rain would supply 33 hours worth of showering, or 396 five-minute showers. Remember though, this is just from a mobile home and only 3 inches of rain per month. Bigger roofs and/or more rain would make this number a lot bigger!

Another place to conserve water, if applicable, is the toilets. No-flush urinals and dual-flush toilets save a lot of water! The urinals supposedly save 40,000 gallons per year, and the toilets save 67% of the water they would normally use. If you don't have an abundant supply of greywater, these solutions would be ideal. For more information on water reuse, here's another good resource and a smaller guide.

For my rural hilltop resort, I probably won't be connected to the city water supply. There may be added cost with pumping water from a well up to that height, so conserving water would reduce the electric bill. Rainwater will certainly be collected, greywater will be reused in the toilets and for the plants, low-flow showerheads, no-flush urinals, and dual-flush toilets will all be installed. For the number of years that the water system will last, it may or may not be cost effective depending on the cost of the rainwater collection system. (The rest is fairly cheap.) It has to be close though, so it's worth doing even if it's just for bragging rights.


Friday, January 23, 2009

My Future Resort (p3) - Sustainability

Go Green!

That is the message for the next three weeks, and there are some simple reason why everyone should:
  1. We have to in order to survive. Seriously, our world is in trouble and we need to fix it before it's too late.
  2. Going green shows other people that you are smart. You're trying your best to fix it and encouraging others to fix it as well.
  3. Profit.
I understand that many people are turned off by the ideas of recycling, paying more for environmentally friendly items, carbon credits, picking up litter, planting trees, and other stuff like that. All that is important too, but I'll instead focus on how to get profit from going green. There are thousands of great ideas out there, but many just aren't worth the time or money. I'll point out the practical and worthwhile ones that will maximize profit.

There are two ways to make profit: Charge more, or spend less. Everyone in America has heard of Wal-Mart, the world's largest public corporation by revenue. How is it that they are so successful? Part of it is that they crunch down their spending, and then reduce their prices to below all their competition while still making profit. They are more efficient than the competition. Nudist resorts can do the same, and can probably undercut traditional textile places in the process if they act soon. If it's cheaper to stay at a nudist resort instead of a motel, I bet more people would try it. We don't have many hostels in the US, so there is certainly potential.

Wal-Mart's goal is to cut spending to a bare minimum, and they have realized that going green is a way to do it. According to their initiatives: "In October 2005, Wal-Mart announced it would implement several environmental measures to increase energy efficiency." Their new stores include plenty of natural lighting, bio-fuel capable boilers, water-cooled refrigerators, xeriscape gardens, wind turbines, solar arrays, and they have acted to reduce packaging and reduce transportation costs. Coca Cola and UPS are deploying fuel-efficient vehicles. Culvers recycles their waste vegetable oil into fuel. Many new buildings are going for LEED certification. The world is going green, and making profit from it, so we need to get with the trend.

Things are rapidly changing in green technology, which makes investment difficult to justify. Why pay $1,000 for something when it'll probably be $500 next year? Another way to look at it is that it's estimated to save you $10,000 over the life of using it, so your ahead either $9,000 or $9,500. If you wait a year before buying it, and keep waiting year after year to maximize the profit, you'll end up without it and without any of the rewards. To get the reward, the loop needs to be broken, and you need to commit to buying the item even though it'll be cheaper (or better) next year.

Technology exists for a wide variety of uses and climates. To evaluate if something is a worthwhile investment, you need to figure out the cost of going without it and the cost of purchasing it and using it. This is difficult, because it relies on a lot of assumptions and estimates. Going without it should produce a cost/time graph with a straight line that rises over time. For example, a light bulb that costs $1 to buy (or $0 if you already have it) plus $1 every month will cost $13 after a year. The alternative is a compact fluorescent, which costs $10 to buy, plus $0.25 per month. The CF is a bigger investment, but the cost line rises much slower over time. After 1 year, both options end up costing $13. This is the point where the CF investment has "paid for itself". The CF will be the cheaper option every month beyond that. After 10 years, you'd save a total of $81 by replacing that one bulb with a CF.

If the light bulb in the above example is hardly ever used, a CF in it's place may take 100 years to be cheaper over-all. If this is the case, buy a bulb. Neither option would last 100 years anyway.

How do you calculate the number of years it'll take to have a green technology "pay for itself"? This is based on the intersection of two lines. Assume that the green technology is more expensive initially, and that it is cheaper per month. Let GI = green investment cost, NI = normal investment cost, GM = green monthly cost, NM = normal monthly cost. Find the length of time (in months) it'll take with: (GI - NI) / (NM - GM)

In the next three parts, I'll focus on water, electric, and heat/AC. The goal of my resort is to come as close as possible to eliminating those utility bills!


Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Bra-Free Lifestyle

Often enough, my girlfriend will go on rants about nudist-related topics. I always tell her to write them down, but she's not very good at writing and decides not to. Well, this time she did! I helped with a revision or two, but the writing is all hers.

Note that I've known about and have appreciated her choice since I've been with her. It goes well beyond a simple novelty -- she's pushing against culture and speaks her mind to anyone who pushes back. Why is a bra needed? It's not, in most cases. I know a couple of guys that go without underwear, because it's not really needed either. (I'm considering this as well.) Anyway, onward to her story...


Women being forced to wear bra’s in the 21st century.

Has anyone ever noticed how men and women treat other women who choose not to wear a bra? Well I have because I never wear a bra unless I am required to wear one.

What do I normally get from complete strangers? Here are some the reactions:

Men normally come up to me and start to flirt. They act like I'm easy just because of the clothing that I wear. Generally I wear low cut or thin shirts where it's easy to tell if I am wearing a bra or not. In my past of dating men Doug is the only one that didn't care whether I wore a bra or not.

Now for the woman, so men don’t feel that they're being targeted. I have a story for you. I was at a bridal shop trying on my bride’s maid dress that my friend had picked out. When I came out of the dressing room wearing the dress, the seamstress said to me "Should I get your bra for you?" I asked "why?" She said, "Well aren’t you going to wear a bra on her wedding day?"

I looked at her and said, "no why should I?" I have never seen a face like that before until I looked at the seamstress. She had the look of disgust and surprise at the same time. I of course had to ask her, "is there something wrong?" The woman looked at me like I was the most horrible person in the world for saying that I don’t want to wear a bra.

She paused and realized that I was serious and said "Well it’s more appropriate if you wear a bra. So should I go and get your bra?" I replied, "No you shall not because I choose not to wear a bra." Is it such a horrible thing that a woman should have the ability to choose between wearing a bra and not wearing a bra?

According to the Wikipeida:
Some have questioned the practical need for the bra given that some women prefer to go without a bra on a regular basis. The bra has become charged with political and cultural meanings that overlay its practical purpose. Traditionally it is viewed as symbolic of a young girl's coming of age. It can also be interpreted as a feminine icon. On the other hand, some feminists consider the brassiere a symbol of the repression of women's bodies. It was originally developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

I work in a nursing home and I sort of understand their reasoning for staff to wear bras. Because the breasts are pieces of skin that attract men to the woman. The other reason is for women's safety with dangerous residents, which they like to grab on to available parts of skin. Sure I guess I could understand that is it’s a safety issue. I just wish people would be more accepting of my decision, and treat me the same as a bra-wearing woman. For the only difference between a woman who wears a bra and a woman who doesn't wear a bra is the bra.

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Future Resort (p2) - Land

Personally, I find land to be a wonderful investment. It is my life goal to scoop up as much as I can, because I know that with the exponential increase in population and simple supply/demand economics, my land will be worth exponentially more later on. I would prefer to buy land instead of a new car, nice house, vacations, gadgets, or most anything else. The more land I get, the merrier. I'll continue on this topic later on...

What would make an ideal nudist venue?
1. Seclusion -- So nobody can peek in, and to avoid trouble with the laws.
2. Sunshine -- Just because it makes us happy.
3. Space -- We need room to run around.
4. Accessibility -- It should be easy to get to.
5. Comfortable -- Few bugs, clean air, good weather, etc.

Let's start with an idea that's way out there -- a space station! I don't see any reason why the residents of the International Space Station should wear clothes. Maybe they don't when they're not on TV, who knows! This type of venue has plenty of seclusion, an unhealthy abundance of sunshine, and I'm sure it's comfortable since the environment is completely controlled. However, there isn't much space (inside) and it isn't accessible by any practical means (yet). The price is the killer, since it's far beyond what we can spend. Along similar lines, a nice tropical island has a lot more space, but isn't too accessible either. Let's move on to the slightly more realistic ideas...

Caves and other underground dwellings are an interesting option. They have plenty of seclusion, are somewhat accessible, have all the space that can be dug out, and are are free from most pests. Sunshine can be brought in for lighting and heat. Several places exist that look comfortable, like the vapor caves, Ainsworth hot springs, Banff hot springs (with natural light), most of Coober Pedy, Cheyenne Mountain, and many people's homes. I haven't investigated this option much, but it seems like it would be expensive to dig. Even natural caves require a lot of work to make comfortable and safe.

How about something extremely accessible? For the city-based nudist venue, we have a few different options. A typical house could be a nudist venue, except that it lacks on several of the requirements above and wouldn't be successful. For added space, a warehouse could be made into a nudist rec center, but it lacks sunshine and fresh air.

There is a possibility that is the size of a warehouse but also includes sunshine -- a castle. Many castles that I've seen have a large open lawn within the compound. Honestly, a castle-type structure would work nicely as an urban naturist retreat, since it mostly satisfies the requirements above. Walls would maintain privacy from all the neighbors, so that a large lawn could remain secluded. Like any castle, the building part can hold all the facilities, guest rooms, weapons, and gold. Although a real, big, brick castle is beyond practicality, one could take ideas from it to build a structure that has large walls on all sides, thereby making a large secluded lawn in the middle. I know this has been done already by a lot of resorts, since it seems to be the ideal solution for urban nudism.

Maybe the best option, and most realistic option, is to stick with rural land. It lessens the accessibility, but can greatly increase the space for the same amount of money. Although location is important, the quality of the land needs consideration as well.

Valleys and sometimes flatlands are bad because there tend to be a lot of bugs. Flatlands are generally more windy, but in order to have seclusion and privacy there needs to be trees or some sort of wall. These block the wind, so that bugs can't be blown away. Also, both of these places don't really have the best privacy, since someone can easily peep through the trees.

Here's a piece of advice for any venue which has a bug problem: Build or buy bat-houses. They're almost free, and the increased number of bats will cause a huge reduction of bugs. For specific types of bug problems, do some research to see what the natural predators are, and lure them in.

My ideal solution, and the land that I hope for, is 100 or so acres that covers an entire hill. This isn't cheap, maybe $400k around my area, but it's the ideal place to have a nudist venue. The hilltop provides privacy with both trees and steep land, so that it's highly unlikely that anyone would climb it just to peep. This allows only one point of entry -- the road up. This is similar to the castle-type structure I mentioned before. The higher altitude means it's breezy, so all the bugs get blown into the valleys. There's plenty of sunshine, and plenty of room. This is my choice for the rest of the series, although I do have one other tempting option.

For about the same price as my big chunk of land, I can buy something else which has plenty of seclusion (castle-style), sunshine, a reasonable amount of space, limited but easy urban accessibility, reasonable comfort, and has a proven track record for filling up with nudists. Boats! I don't mean little boats either, for around $300k I could buy a pretty big cargo vessel. Then, astroturf (or an eco-friendly alternative) could be laid on the deck. Or, better yet, thick carpet could make the floor more comfortable than hard metal. Add in a hot-tub, pool, and some games and we're set! This nudist venue could travel all around the world. It could park at profitable cities during their summer as an ad-hoc urban nudist resort, and it could offer specialty cruises for less than the giant cruise ships. Later on we could always upgrade vessels, or add to the fleet with other boats like a floating hotel. This makes for a tempting idea -- is anyone willing to do a joint venture? It would be nice if nudists had their own permanent cruise ship, instead of borrowing others for a very limited time. The only problem is fuel costs, but engineers are working on that.


Friday, January 9, 2009

My Future Resort (p1) - Intro

There are a lot of people who dream of someday owning their own nudist resort, but for many resort owners it's not the relaxing job that they were expecting. Some venues are finding success with the rise of clothing-optional recreation, while many are operating on a shoestring budget and just doing well enough to survive (mostly by hard work from the owner). If I had a clean slate and some seed money, here's how I would build my future venue.

The ideas presented in this series are free for anyone to use. Some might be brilliant and just what a venue needs, while others may not work. All venues are currently working towards "local maximas", and are in need of some mutation in order to find the "global maxima". (huh?) If you don't care about the theory details, ignore the paragraphs in italics for this series.

Genetic algorithms, a model based on evolution, make a great way to illustrate the life-cycle of venues. Draw a squiggly horizontal line. The top of the highest hump is the global maxima -- leave that one alone for now. Somewhere along the line in one of the other humps, put a dot, and label it "Terra Cotta Inn". This hump represents the luxury resorts. One of the other humps can represent the campgrounds, etc. Now, a lot of copycats that are similar to the Terra Cotta Inn open up, all with slightly different features. They would be represented by dots that are very close to the Terra Cotta. Some might be higher up, and be better. Some end up being lower, not as good, and will eventually die out (just like the weakest animals via natural selection). Keep repeating this process with the new venues, and the dots will get closer and closer to the "perfect" top of the hump. They have hit the local maxima, and can't possibly be any better at what they do.

But wait, the global maxima is still out there! It might not have the typical look and feel of a luxury resort, or campground, but it is a place or process where everyone is happier. If the dots only work their way to the top of their respective humps, how can they find this new, unexplored, and possibly better hump? The answer is mutation, by disruptive technology, to put a dot in a random place along the line mentioned above. Mutation occurred when people thought up the radical ideas of a nude cruise on a huge ship, or creating a clothing-optional city, both of which have been successful and are creeping up to their local maximas. Other mutations die out quickly, like those clothing optional flights to nudist destinations. As a result of this series, I hope that a higher rate of mutation occurs in the industry, so we can find local maximas quicker and maybe even hit the global one. If not, I'll just have to open up my own resort and enjoy my theory-driven success.

This series is a collection of my radical ideas, and how they have been coming together into a fresh approach to nudist venues. Sometimes a fresh approach is all we need to break out of tradition and end up with a better solution. I hope that you all take these ideas with an open mind, and participate in developing them via the comments. (I may eventually move these to a Thinkcycle-type page on the WWNCW.)

It's hard to stay on specific topics with this series, because they all become so intertwined. There are 7 main posts, one of which is split into 4 posts because it's a big topic. There will likely be more than that, and the whole series will remain a work in progress as new ideas emerge or improve. I'll probably be posting addendums for years... For now though, I have them scheduled to be published on Friday mornings each week for the next couple of months. This way, you can take the weekend to ponder the ideas, and consider what you could do to help your local venues.

The next post will be a brainstorming session, but after that I plan to write some well-thought-out ideas and provide supporting evidence of how they might work.

  1. This Intro
  2. Land
  3. Sustainability
    1. Water
    2. Electric
    3. Heat and AC
  4. Diversification
  5. Economics of Crowdsourcing
  6. Resource Sharing
  7. Community Involvement
Parts 2, 3, and some of 4 deal with the physical layout of the resort, and how to make it efficient. Parts 4, 5, 6, and 7 deal with the social framework. See all parts (and future parts) by clicking the tag "future_resort" in the right-side menu. There is no conclusion for the series, so hopefully you can put the concepts together yourself as you read.

From my perspective, the social frameworks for resorts are in more need of help than the physical layout. As my game theory book author describes: "Nobody would ever propose constructing an aeroplane or a bridge without giving a great deal of thought to how the mechanism would stand up to the stresses and strains it will face when built, but the idea that one should give the same care and attention to the design of social mechanisms is typically greeted with scorn."

I might just be the first person to put such serious thought into improving the social aspects of naturist venues. In my mind, alternative methods exist and they solve a bunch of problems that resorts currently face. (These are described in parts 4+.) I would love the opportunity to test these new methods and see how they stand up to the stresses and strains they will face, even if I have to build a resort myself.


Friday, January 2, 2009

RSS Feeds 101

I've noticed that there are a number of readers who stop by the site occasionally and catch up with my posts. How do I know this? It depends on when new comments are posted:
  • Comments on really old posts are likely from search engine hits.
  • Comments on posts 1 or 2 weeks old are probably from non-RSS readers.
  • Comments within a day have to be from RSS readers. (Good job!)
So, in my continued effort to point out the best tools for naturist use, I'm doing a quick post on RSS feeds for all those who don't use them. RSS feeds will allow you to keep up with all of your favorite blogs or sites without having to visit each of them separately.

What are RSS feeds? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. If you read the news, online or in print, you may notice a lot of content from the Associated Press (AP). What happens is that one Associated Press reporter writes a story, then the story gets syndicated (sent) to every newspaper that subscribes to the AP. Then, the newspaper editors decide if they want to include the story that day or not. This process is way better than having every local newspaper send reporters all over the world just to write stories for them!

The same process exists online as well, and are called RSS feeds. When you visit a blog or news site, look for the little orange icon that says "RSS", "XML", or "ATOM" (all are the basically same thing). When you subscribe to a feed in your reader, you'll get all of the new content in your reader.

Different programs handle RSS in different ways. Internet Explorer will display the feed as a webpage, which I find a bit useless since you might as well go to the webpage itself: (Click the images for screenshots.)
Firefox is a bit better. It will add the RSS feed as a simulated folder. When you point to the folder, it'll show an auto-generated list of the newest posts as bookmarks:
Neither of these built-in options will filter out which posts are new and which you've seen before, and neither allows searching. If you end up being on vacation for a week, you might even miss some posts since they only update when you click on them. For more advanced (and useful) features, there are two main options -- stand-alone and web-based. There are a bunch of stand-alone RSS readers. One that I used to use is called FeedReader:
It has searching and will make unread stories bold. Although the stand-alone programs are good, they need to be installed and run all the time. The web-based one that I use, and have used since it was brand new, is Google Reader. It's free, online, efficient, and will grab the latest news even when your computer is off. I love it!
They also have an off-line mode that is good for dial-up users, and a mobile mode that is good for PDA's and cell phones. When I travel, I use the mobile mode with my PDA.

Currently, I use Google Reader with 105 RSS feeds. (The nudist-related blog folder is partly shown in the screenshot.) This is equivalent to me surfing a list of 105 websites just to see what's new -- a task which would take most people all day. If any of the sites have anything new, it's shown right in Google Reader, and I can be up-to-date with everything in minutes. Notice in the screenshot that the Hack-A-Day site just posted a new item 9 minutes ago, and I can read it already. Other features include:
  • Podcasts -- these are audio shows like the "Naturist Living" show. Google Reader has a built-in media player to let me listen to each show.
  • Picture Feeds -- Flickr has RSS feeds for tags, I use this to view all new "burningman" pictures.
  • Comments -- Blogs allow comments for each post. Comment feeds will show you every new comment on every post. There's no way you could keep track of these manually, since you'd need to visit the page for every post.
  • Wiki's -- Most wiki sites have a wide variety of RSS feeds. Wikipedia has a lot of options. Any page edit or new page is shown in the RSS feed.
  • Stuff -- Browsing Craigslist takes too long, but using their RSS feeds I can see new listings as they are posted. Acting fast can score you a cheap item that someone is selling.
  • Deleted Posts -- Sometimes bloggers like to post something, then take it away. It still exists in the RSS reader.
  • Searchability -- With Google Reader, I can quickly search through every blog post and news item that I have ever received over RSS. It's very handy!
  • Unclog your Inbox -- Yahoo groups and mailing lists fill your email inbox. I turn off the email, and subscribe to the RSS feed instead. It's just as fast, but keeps each group separate and makes each post easier to read.
There are plenty of tutorials on getting started, so why not give it a try? Stop browsing to every site and scrolling through old posts -- learn to use RSS and have every new item all in one place. It'll save you a lot of time, and will keep you up-to-date with everything your interested in.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Missed News (1/2009)

I survived the holiday season! I ended up driving 708 miles to visit family and friends, and never left Wisconsin! Google says this is almost 18 hours of driving. This is about the same amount of time that it would take us to drive one-way to TNS East this summer in Massachusetts.

Santa was good to us this year -- the theme from the family was a Wii. After I buy 2 more wiimotes, this will certainly be a hit at any future nude parties! It'll go great with my projector -- both are very portable and all I need is a power outlet.

I signed up with Skinbook on Tuesday. In 48 hours, I've had 32 email messages from them, 23 of which are people adding me as a friend. Unlike Facebook, people seem to add each-other for no reason at all. I haven't been adding them as friends because I have no idea who they are. (And most seem to be in the UK anyway, so I'll never meet them.) Sorry guys, but "friends" should be friends, and not everyone that exists. Feel free to add me as a friend if you actually know me somehow, and please state how you know me. I don't mean to be rude, but I'm not going to add everyone that exists on the network as a friend.

Onward to the missed news:
  • I drove through PdC several hours before the event, but was unable to stay for their annual Carp Drop. Hey, it sure beats a chicken nugget! My girlfriend wants to be the Carp Queen next year, so we'll try to charm the screening committee with some muddy water skinny dipping stories.
  • It's a sad day for privacy on the nude beach when people have a camera implanted in their eyeball.
  • Speaking of cameras, researchers have used them to create body-swap illusions. It's a bit creepy, actually. It may eventually be the cheap way to vacation naturally.
  • Jennifer Aniston's bodyguard spoke out about how she rarely wears clothes. She was recently naked on GQ, and gave her famous tie to Letterman.
  • I'm a fan of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and thought it was humorous that John Barrowman exposed himself during a radio show. Hey, they asked for it...
  • At least John didn't do any swaffling. What? You've never heard of the word? It is the Dutch word of the year! It also happens to be my word of the year for 2009.
  • Recently, All Nudist and I were complaining about the cold Wisconsin weather. You know it's cold when a dog gets frozen to the sidewalk!
  • All Nudist was brave (crazy?) to make a naked snow angel (which we will follow up on sometime this winter), but I think naked snorkeling in Minnesota has him beat! Hear that Steve? You have a new challenge!
  • Check out this flasher -- I'm surprised she wasn't arrested.
  • I can't seem to find this shirt, or this shirt online anywhere -- anyone know where they're from? I at least found this good one while looking.
  • Here's the latest from the naked pumpkin run -- Instead of "indecent exposure", they got citations for "disorderly conduct" and at least one has accepted the plea deal and the cops are defending their bullying.
  • In Paris, models braved the cold nude to protest the ban on artist's tips.
  • A French court awarded Carla Bruni damages for unauthorized use of her nude photo on handbags.
  • Here's a cute video of what to wear to different beaches and resorts.
  • If "disorderly conduct" and "disturbing the peace" aren't enough, a city (or two) in Michigan can ticket you for just being annoying. Make sure to call the police for every offence you encounter every day!
  • Remember the old lady that was arrested for not returning a football that landed in her yard? She's suing the parents now.
  • Here's another old lady that gave a naked intruder "the squeeze" to chase him off. This raises a lot of questions: 1. Why on earth would he be naked? They didn't say "pants down" or anything, just naked. 2. There's no mention of attempted rape, so what was going on? Swaffling? 3. What is "private indecency"? I've never heard of that charge before... I always thought it was legal to be indecent in private.
  • There's another war going on that is similar to the war on nudity. Instead of nudists being arrested and charged as sex offenders, chemists are being arrested and charged as terrorists and illegal drug producers. At least they caught him with his pants down!
  • There's a new nudist "podcast" (online radio show) called the Naturist Living Show. It's shaping up to be a worthwhile listen with some big name interviews.