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Playboy Bunny manualJun 14 2011

Here's a Playboy Bunny employee manual from 1969.

Bunnies must allow enough time before going to their assigned rooms to report to the Bunny Mother for appearance inspection. The Bunnies' hair, nails, shoes, makeup and costume must be "Bunny-perfect" and no Bunny is permitted to begin working unless appearance specifications are met. Demerits may be issued for carelessness in this regard. When the Bunny reports to her scheduled room, the Room Director, too, will note her appearance and suggest improvements if necessary.

NSFW if having "PLAYBOY BUNNY" on your screen in huge pink letters is not safe in your workplace.

Playboy and Deep ZoomMar 18 2009

The new version of Microsoft Silverlight (their answer to Flash, a question that no one asked) has a feature called Deep Zoom that Playboy is going to use to provide free access to 54 full issues of Playboy magazine.

After EXTENSIVE testing, I have determined that Silverlight's Zoom isn't nearly so Deep as one can imagine. (via jimray)

Survival of the fittest Playboy PlaymateOct 17 2008

In lean times, men look for women who can work and in times of plenty, they want women who can reproduce.

The Environmental Security Hypothesis says that in tough times men will prefer women who are good at production, generally older, taller, heavier, less curvaceous women with less body fat. In good times, they will prefer women who are good at reproduction, generally younger, shorter, lighter, more curvaceous women.

A pair of social psychologists looked for signs of this in the pages of Playboy magazine.

Consistent with Environmental Security Hypothesis predictions, when social and economic conditions were difficult, older, heavier, taller Playboy Playmates of the Year with larger waists, smaller eyes, larger waist-to-hip ratios, smaller bust-to-waist ratios, and smaller body mass index values were selected. These results suggest that environmental security may influence perceptions and preferences for women with certain body and facial features.

Playboy interviews Ayn RandJul 11 2008

A 1964 interview of Ayn Rand from Playboy magazine.

Galt's statement is a dramatized summation of the Objectivist ethics. Any system of ethics is based on and derived, implicitly or explicitly, from a metaphysics. The ethic derived from the metaphysical base of Objectivism holds that, since reason is man's basic tool of survival, rationality is his highest virtue. To use his mind, to perceive reality and to act accordingly, is man's moral imperative. The standard of value of the Objectivist ethics is: man's life -- man's survival qua man -- or that which the nature of a rational being requires for his proper survival. The Objectivist ethics, in essence, hold that man exists for his own sake, that the pursuit of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose, that he must not sacrifice himself to others, nor sacrifice others to himself. It is this last that Galt's statement summarizes.

Rand is nothing if not decisive and consistent in her answers...except where she contradicts herself. (Aside: I would love to read a blog written by Fake Ayn Rand where she reviews current movies. Someone start that up, please.)

Jason Salavon's Field Guide to Style &Nov 15 2007

Jason Salavon's Field Guide to Style & Color, a reproduction of the 2007 Ikea catalog with everything but the structure and color excluded. You may remember Mr. Salavon from his composite photographs and videos of blowjobs, late night talk show hosts, and Playboy centerfolds.

Playboy lists the 25 sexiest novels ever written.May 18 2006

Playboy lists the 25 sexiest novels ever written. I've read only 2 of the 25: Lolita and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Probably a little NSFW.

Averaging Gradius is a movie of 15 simultaneousJan 26 2006

Averaging Gradius is a movie of 15 simultaneous games of Gradius layered on top of each other. Robin says: "So what you see, instead of a single ship going at it, is a fuzzy cloud of ships -- bright where strategies overlap, faint where someone does something especially daring (or dumb)." Very cool; reminds me of Jason Salavon's amalgamation of Playboy centerfolds.

Playboy in braille? Yup, they're produced byJan 04 2006

Playboy in braille? Yup, they're produced by the Library of Congress.

Clever billboard advertisement that changes when it rains. Somewhat NSFW.Oct 24 2005

Clever billboard advertisement that changes when it rains. Somewhat NSFW.

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