As you already know, Dr. Faustus is at once a busy blogger and a patron of the arts. I am delighted to report that he also gave me a generous commission as soon as he learned of my new porn research and attribution service. He writes:

If you’re like me, you find yourself frequently enchanted by the gorgeous parade of erotic imagery that spills forth all over the Internet, yet often puzzled, vexed even, when confronting some especially appealing image that seems to completely lack provenance. It sits there in cyberspace, titillating you and raising questions: “Who created this?” “What was its original context or meaning?” and of course the all-important “And where can I find more like it?” There are a lot of image-search tools in the world, Google and Tineye and so forth, but there’s still something formidable about having a human being — a human being with a highly-developed erotic consciousness and an ability to identify with those of fellow human beings — look into matters.

As some of you already know, I run a bunch of tumblr blogs on the side, one for erotic mad science/sci-fi images, one for somewhat-ickier-than-usual erotic mad science/fantasy images, and one for miscellaneous erotic imagery I just happen to like. (And if you must know, I also run three PG-rated tumblers, devoted respectively to libraries, cities, and examples of cool classic technology.) I sifted through my erotic tumblrs and pulled down twenty images that I enjoyed but which I wished I could know more about. Shipped to Bacchus, and within a few days had at least something on all of them.

I owe thanks to Dr. Faustus not only for his patronage and his faith in me, but also for omitting to mention that my record was not really 100% on his commission. My own assessment was that I more-or-less failed on three of his twenty images, being able to find out little or nothing about them. But I sent him 17 attribution reports I was proud of, and he published three of them in full with his post. So that’s the place to look if you want to see some examples of what to expect from my little service.

As an update on that, several of my other paying customers to date have seemed more interested in “how do I find more like this” than in the “tell me what this is” service I’m currently offering. So I’m tempted to branch out. Is the world ready for personal porn concierges? Should I become a Rule 34 consultant?

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