Archive for November, 2007

Chyler Leigh Kissing Her Brother Video

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I don’t watch very much TV, but I saw this item on YouTube and thought it was funny. Back when cute Grey’s Anatomy actress Chyler Leigh was 15 years old, she was in a movie called “Kickboxing Academy”. As if the name of the movie isn’t bad enough, her brother is also in the movie, staring as her love interest – complete with brother/sister kissing scenes. Check out this YouTube video of Chyler Leigh and her brother and see if it doesn’t make you laugh just a little:

As far as you can tell by listening to the guys in the video, and by the fact that she’s only 15 years old, there are probably no sex scenes in the movie. But this still might scare some of the incest-queasy viewers out there. And, it’s probably something that makes Chyler Leigh cringe now that her acting career is taking off. Of course, she isn’t the only one in Hollywood who’s made questionable early career decisions. :)

Zoey Zane – Missing Student Had Had Secret Porn Career

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

One of the top stories on many of the big news websites right now is about a college student named Emily Sander who, like some other adult website models, kept her porn career hidden from most of her friends and family. The 18 year old Sanders was allegedly also known as Zoey Zane, an amateur teen porn model with a website featuring nude pictures and videos. Unfortunately, her secret has been exposed because Emily Sander has gone missing under some very suspicious circumstances:

Emily Sander (aka Zoey Zane) was last seen leaving a bar in El Dorado, about 30 miles from Wichita, with a man identified as Israel Mireles. Sander and Mireles had met that night at the bar. His motel room was found to appear in great disarray, and a large quantity of blood was found in the room.

There is a nationwide manhunt going on for 24 year old Israel Mireles and his 16 year old girlfriend Victoria Martens. If you think you might have any information useful to police, you can contact the National Center for Missing Children.

Emily Sander
Photo: Emily Sander, Israel Mireles, and Victoria Martens.

Emily Sander’s disappearance itself doesn’t, so far, seem like it’s related to her porn career, but the media will take any opportunity they can get to link porn to bad news, so that’s the sensational headline of many of the stories about her right now.

The story does bring up one point that seems lost on some adult internet models (and other people) until it’s too late. If you post naked pictures or nude videos of yourself online, eventually someone (or more likely everyone) you know is going to find out. In this case, the secret was exposed by a horrible turn of events, but even if nothing had happened to Sander, it’s likely that one of her jealous friends, ex-boyfriends, personal enemies, or any number of other people would have eventually found the pictures and started telling others about them. It’s almost impossible to hide that sort of thing from everyone around you. (Look at all of the celebrity sex videos out there to see how hard it is to keep sex a secret!) In fact, if you read some of the news stories on this case, it seems that Sander recently told her boyfriend about her adult modeling career and he broke up with her as a result.

In case you are curious, below are some links to pictures of Zoey Zane from her adult modeling website. Be warned that the pictures do contain nudity (of course) and I have no relationship with the websites listed, so visit at your own risk.

Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 1
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 2
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 3
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 4
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 5
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 6
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls 7
Zoey Zane at Your Daily Girls
Zoey Zane at Teen Galleries
Zoey Zane at Teen Queens 1
Zoey Zane at Teen Queens 3
Zoey Zane at Teen Queens 4
Zoey Zane at Sugarpimps
Zoey Zane at BodsForTheMods

I may post more updates on this story later if anything interesting shows up in the news. Hopefully, it will have a happy ending, but it doesn’t sound very likely at this point.

Update: I was reading a few blogs about this case and there are a couple of other things I wanted to mention.

1. Emily Sander’s body has been found. There will be no happy ending to this story. :(

2. According to adult industry press, this girl was not a pornstar, just a nude model. That means she didn’t have sex with people on camera, she just posed for solo nude pictures and maybe the occasional girl-girl pictures for her website. Maybe it’s still porn to some people, but there seems to be a line drawn by many girls at hardcore and this girl chose not to cross that line. Perhaps none of that matters much anymore, but I wanted to make it clear as it seems important to some of the people who knew her.

“Add To Favorites” Feature Launch

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Today on Literotica, you should start seeing the appearance of the “Add To Favorites” feature. It isn’t actually a feature on its own, but a small improvement (we hope) of the already existing Literotica Favorites feature. It may take a few days for this upgrade to appear on all story and member pages.

The already existing Literotica Favorites feature allows registered users to add Stories, Poems, and Authors to their favorites list. This allows users to share their favorite parts of Literotica with others, and also allows users to keep track of their favorite items for later reference. We then use the data from everyone’s combined Favorites to create the Literotica Favorites Portal, which will soon be re-launched with a new and improved design.

The new part of the Favorites feature which is being launched today is a simple modification of the Story and Poem pages and the Member pages that allows you to simply click a link to add a user, story, or poem to your Favorites list. In the past, you would have to go into your member admin and manually add items to your Favorites list. Now, with the new feature, you can just click on a “Add To Favorites” link directly on the item which you are interested in.

Here are two examples: An updated story page and an updated author page.

On the updated Story page, you can see the Add To Favorites link in two places: at the top of the page to add the author to your favorites and at the bottom of the page to add the story to your favorites.

On the updated Member/Author page, the Add To Favorites link appears at the top right of each tab.

Once you click on the “Add To Favorites” link, a box pops up and you are able to add the item to your Favorites without leaving the page.

Please take a look at the new upgrade and let me know what you think.

One issue I was thinking about is whether we should put the Add to Favorites option for the author at the top of each story or just on the author page? If a reader is reading a story, how would they know if they wanted to add the author to their favorites at the top of a page (seemingly before reading the story)? On the other hand, if we add it to the bottom, where we already have the option to add the Story to Favorites, will that cause confusion? For now, we’ve included the option to add the Story to your Favorites at the bottom of the page and the Author to your Favorites at the top of the page, as well as adding the Add To Favorites to every Author/Member page.

Again, please take a look and let me know your thoughts on the upgrade. Thank you! :)

The New Literotica Search

Monday, November 19th, 2007

The first of the new features that I want to discuss with you and get feedback from you on is the new Literotica Search.

The new Literotica Search was first launched a few months ago in BETA mode. Since then, thanks to a lot of feedback from users, we’ve released several upgrades and bug fixes. We still consider the search to be in BETA, but it seems to be pretty stable now and most of the initial issues have been resolved.

The goals of the new search included:

  • Full text search of the stories and poems
  • Fast search and less overloading during heavy usage
  • Create a scalable search that can grow with upcoming features
  • Make it easy to use and with better design than the old search

The first and second goals were solved by adding a dedicated server just for the search and using software that was specifically written for high volume full text searching. So far, we are happy with the speed of the search and the full text capabilities. There are a few small issues related to wildcards in searches and in calculating the exact number of results for a given query, but overall it seems to be working fine.

The third goal, creating a search that can grow with some of the new features we’ll eventually be adding is not really relevant right now. We’ll see how that works in the future. :)

The fourth goal is probably the one that we need the most feedback on. When we first rolled out the new search, the number of complaints that I got via email was pretty high. Part of that was that we annoyed just about everyone by adding a CAPTCHA to the search for non-logged in users. We also had a few technical issues with the search and even a couple of design issues with some of the less used browsers. It wasn’t a perfect launch, but we didn’t expect it to be. However, after a few days of updates and changes (and the removal of the CAPTCHA except for flood control), we got past most of the major problems.

What we were (and are) left with was a variety of differing user opinions. Some of you love the new design and some of you hate it. Some of you find it easier to use and some of you have said it’s confusing. It’s a big departure from the look of the old search, that’s for sure. During the design stage, Laurel and I wondered whether the tabs were the best way to navigate between different types of search (Stories/Members/etc.), and if the ajax “Advanced Search” was too tricky, and if the big “search” button was too big, and we had many other questions.

But, we can’t answer those questions ourselves. That’s why we went live with a BETA version of the search when we did. Basically, it works. Now we need to know – does it work for you? Not just work, but work in the way you want it to work? What would you do to improve it? What would you change? Do you love or hate the design? Does it make your eyes burn or bleed? How can the results formatting be improved? Are there any obvious options or features that you think are missing?

Now you know the story of the new Literotica Search. I want to read your opinions and suggestions (and even complaints) relating to this feature. Don’t be shy!

I guess that’s all I’ve got on the Search feature for now. There are a lot of other features coming soon, so get ready for lots of post and (hopefully) lots of comments from all of you.

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you very soon! :)

Comments Captcha Gone For Now

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Well, I’m still messing around with my blog to try to get it back up to speed. I turned off ReCaptcha and turned on Akismet anti-spam. It’s catching close to 1000 spam comments a day to start with. I’m not sure why so many spammers have decided to attack Planet Manu. Maybe because it’s been around for so many years, I guess.

The potential problem with Akismet is that blogger report that it sometimes tags real comments as spam. If you leave a comment and see a message telling you that your message has been tagged as spam, please contact me and let me know so that I can remove your post from the spam filter. Because this site has adult content, and some of the links that you might post could be to adult content, there is a risk that the spam killer could think you are spamming. We had that problem sometimes with the Literotica newsletter – big ISPs would see it as spam because it had adult content, even though it was a double opt in.

Let me know if you have any problems with the commenting system or anything else on the site and thank you again for reading!

Welcome to the new Planet Manu!

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Well, it’s been a couple of years since I was last updating this site. I’m not sure if anyone missed it but, regardless, Planet Manu is back in active mode. This time around things will be a little different. I’ll probably still be posting links to interesting articles when I see them, but what really motivated me to upgrade the blog and bring it back to life is the coming onslaught of upgrades and BETA features at Literotica.com.

Those of you that have been around Lit for a few years know that we have been working hard on about a million upgrades to the site. Well, some of those changes are starting to see the light of day. As the new features are put into BETA mode, I want to have a place to post about them and, very importantly, get feedback from all of you about what you think is going wrong or right.

For example, when we changed the front page of Literotica.com from an old HTML table layout to a modern CSS tableless design, there were (as expected) some problems with a few of the less-used browsers. Lit members were nice enough to email me with their problems and we were able to overcome most (hopefully all) of them. However, if there had been a central depository for complaints/reports, I think bug fixes could have happened quicker. Right now, the communication is only between myself and each user via email. With this blog, and the comments on each blog post, we can do better by including user-user communication in the equation. When more than one user is having the same problem, together we can try to figure out quickly what those users have in common (browser, OS, ISP, etc.) and quickly resolve the problem.

So, the overall idea behind bringing Planet Manu back (other than posting links to random celebrity sex scandals around the world) is to create a place where I can share information on the ongoing Literotica upgrades and you can share your opinions of the upgrades and let me know about any problems you encounter. That’s the idea, at least. We’ll see what happens!

Thanks for reading and, once again, Welcome Back!

First post after the WP upgrade

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Ok, WordPress is upgraded to the latest stable version and I’ve added the ReCaptcha plugin for new comments. The spammers were running wild, so had to add the captcha. Sorry about the hassle, but it seems pretty readable. Let me know if you are having any problems posting or reading Planet Manu now that we’re up to date..