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Next to the overexcited amateurs, professional dominatrix Natasha Strange stuck out like a sore, er, thumb (her web site).

Not just by her appearance - although her exaggerated breasts, corseted waist, and alluring smile would stop many a Register reader in his tracks - but by an explicit and honed knowledge of sex and stimulation.

People pay her to dominate, tease, and humiliate them, and she's good at it.

As she beckoned "Pet," a naked, smooth-skinned stud walked out and lay on his back on the head table. "Pet is not nervous at all, is he?<tinkly laugh>" "Yes, mistress." She fitted him with LED relaxation goggles and headphones - "Spread 'em Pet!" - and inserted a massive metallic butt-plug connected to an electro-stim box. The current turned on; he turned on; people applauded his visible response.

"I think the humiliation will keep this erect," she mocked with a silvery laugh, turning up the juice.

As he moaned and twitched, she gracefully explained electrical "play": the equipment, sensations, dangers. She explained that the electrical butt-plug gives a "thrusting, fucking" sensation, but admitted that the other electro-stim "toys" tend to produce more pain than pleasure. At which point she wrapped "Pet" with a conductive scrotum-band, and inserted a conductive urethral catheter, wiring them into the circuit.

The audience (and your reporter) squirmed in sympathy, the young man groaned and trembled, the erection disappeared. We felt even guiltier when the current was driven by a microphone, so every laugh or grunt produced more pain.

Don't get your hopes up

This woman knows sensation, teasing, and desire; for her, electrical gadgets are just tools, no better than whips or ropes. Her expertise was the most authentically sexy, but it still involved fringe sexuality: degradation, domination, and pain. Especially pain, which is what electrified genitals tend to feel. Electricity is not the path to mutual pleasure.

Judging by these presentations, and by the wares on sale at San Francisco's premier sex shop Good Vibrations, pleasure technology is still built around dildos, viagra, and especially vibrators. The self-proclaimed technologists aren't yet discussing the psychology and physiology of sexual pleasure; their technology only offers new ways to adjust the motors. So don't wait up.®

Bill Softky has written a neat utility for Excel power users called FlowSheet: it turns cryptic formulae like "SUM(A4:A7)/D5" into pretty, intuitive diagrams. It's free, for now. Check it out.

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