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  1. "It's really important for comfortable and sexy to work together." Dolly Singh is the founder and CEO of Thesis Couture, a fashion-technology company working to reinvent the stiletto. She spoke with Bloomberg about the benefits of hiring astronauts and rocket scientists to create the world’s first “high performance, high fashion” high heels. Singh was a speaker at the Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference and is featured in Bloomberg Businessweek's 2015 Design Issue. (Video by Jennafer Savino, Amy Marino) https://youtu.be/gNQDx59c7Uk
  2. Outstanding! And your Google Translate is working perfectly. Totally understand. A proposito, ho trascorso i primi tre anni della mia vita a Napoli. Ho imparato a parlare italiano correntemente, per un bambino di tre anni. Fino ad oggi, posso rilassarmi, bere un bicchiere di vino o tre, ascoltare un film italiano e capire abbastanza per seguire la trama. Quello che stai leggendo, qui, tuttavia, è anche Google Translate. :)
  3. My advice is to wear what you want and let your significant other wear what they want. Relationships built on mutual acceptance and respect work well. Relationships built on trying to get the other to do something you want but which they may not want tend to crumble.
  4. Really? Time for a DECADE MEET.
  5. Excellent point, Tech. I noticed I've done that in the past. I endeavored to delete pictures in the replies today.
  6. Top pic is B. Just a guess... Hiya, Kneehighs.
  7. Interesting casino stories! Vegas is the first place where I explored heeling beyond the security of my own home. I must have visited more than two dozen casinos while heeling in Vegas, as well as many restaurants. Never heeled during the day. Just night, usually in blue jeans and a pair of medium-heeled pewter sandals. As a registered statistician, however, I never tried to "beat the tables" or the house. Rather, I concentrated on playing perfect video poker, thereby minimizing my losses to less than $5 per hour. Every once in a while I'd win considerably more than I was playing, quit, and pocket my winnings. But gambling is by and large a steady trickle of one's wealth down the drain... In Europe I'd sometimes wear an ankle skirt with flat sandals, but I don't recall ever pairing skits and heels in public.
  8. Aye, that was a bit wordy indeed. Fortunately, it's taking off like wildfire.
  9. Excellent sandals. I have a pair from Val Eli, though not so similar to yours. I do have a pair of Clark's low-heeled (no-heeled, is more like it) sandals that I've worn pretty much ever day for something like 8 years. I cannot believe how durable they've been, not to mention comfortable. I've only worn them on my own carpeted floors (except the kitchen and BA), so the soul is mostly there, and the leather foot bed remains in astonishingly good shape, as well.
  10. Lots of bongo playing going on there! I'm not a percussionist per se', but I've played bongos for 40+ years, including in various musical performances. Never in heels (sigh).
  11. Thanks, HappyinHeels! Aye, yes. Just finished moving, the last move for a very long time, I hope. Everything ached for a week! At my age (mid-50's) moving yourself isn't well-advised. Well, it looks like I'm back again, as I figure out some next steps in life...
  12. Not really "new" shoes, but I recently moved to a much nicer place than my old apartment. It was a bit of a dive, a stop-gap measure. Anyway, digging shoes out of storage I found a number of "old" booties that don't have much wear -- hardly any at at all. It's like opening a box and finding a bunch of stuff you'd forgotten you had! In fact, it's EXACTLY like that. Most of them are 10+ years old, and as feet continue to grow very slowly, they're all a bit more snug. Some are uncomfortably tight. "One of these days..." (I've been saying that for a decade) when I lose more weight, I'll be able to wear some of them around the house in comfort. Cheer me on! I need all the weight-loss encouragement I can get... Bambam: "New sandal, really starting to love sandals. Any advice on how to wear them? I'm a tall skinny guy, usually only wear boots out and about." Have you considered wearing them on your feet? Lol, sorry, I couldn't resist. I think they would look peachy with a mid-calf light brown linen skirt, but that's just my humble opinion.
  13. Good to see you back! Yes, I remember you. I've been gone for quite a while, too. I posed once or thrice way back when, but have been largely absent for several years, myself. Good to hear you're free of constraints!
  14. I should have moved to London. You meet there ALL the time!
  15. Insofar as I have a pair of heels like these that I wear often, yes.
  16. Can anyone who could play an instrument before wearing heels somehow not play it while wearing heels?
  17. I'm comfortable with any heel height between a 0.5 to 3.5 inches. As for shaft, I prefer ankle boots but have a couple of knee-high boots. These are my favorites in airports, as they don't attract too much attention. I'm not an exhibitionist by any stretch of the imagination.
  18. I've worked with blockchain and dozens of other means of encrypting and authenticating information and transactions. With all due respect to Marc Andreessen, who is quite adept at programming in communication environments while maintaining information integrity, he is nevertheless not an expert on information and transaction security. For example, "Andreessen is a proponent of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency[ and has described the technology as "innovative and radical"." I do not agree. Wikipedia states the issue clearly: "Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without alteration of all subsequent blocks, which requires consensus of the network majority. Although blockchain records are not unalterable, blockchains may be considered secure by design and exemplify a distributed computing system with high Byzantine fault tolerance. Decentralized consensus has therefore been claimed with a blockchain." The key here is the term "resistant." Blockchain requires a lot of computing power to verify each transaction. But that doesn't make it hack-proof, and the computing power required is a serious if not severe impediment to its use in commercial endeavors, particularly when infinitely less power-hungry means of providing both information and transaction security are available. In fact, there are a number of hacks out there right now. The most widely known such method uses TLS (transport layer security) by employing third-party certificate authorities whose number and credentials are tightly controlled. You experience this every time you visit a website beginning with https, including hhplace and your bank. Although some people claim "TLS can be hacked," the reality is that it securely handles billions of dollars of transactions each day. See the comment here for TLS 1.2 details. While TLS provides browser to server security, however, you're trusting your bank, Amazon, and others to perform transactions properly. Nothing beats a printed statement and meticulous check/transaction records. I stopped using credit cards altogether because there's no third-party verification of the bank's records except my own records. I use a debt card and manually transfer funds as required. But I haven't trusted any financial institution with any line of credit since 2011, when my credit card account at my now former bank jumped from a balance of $0 to more than $3,500 in three days and my bank refused to acknowledge the security breach, much less return my illegally obtained i.e. stolen funds. Throughout the lawsuit, the bank routinely sent bad credit information to the credit bureaus. I won the lawsuit in 2013 and they returned the funds, but they refused to lift a finger to help me repair my credit. That took another four years. So you see, in addition to my background in information/computer/networking security, I have just a *bit* of a personal perspective. Back to transactional security... Providing security for transactions, financial or otherwise, requires both parties have access to a second and secure avenue of communication, and for really important transactions, a third means, as well. It also requires the ability to record and store all steps of the transaction with a trusted third party, one beyond influence by either party. Consider the following hypothetical: You're buying a used car. Eight months ago you signed up with Consortium IV, a fictional third-party transaction security group comprised of 56 members. Your bank also uses Consortium IV, but the seller and his bank use e-Verify IX, another fictional third-party transaction security group. After all the legal paperwork is done, you need to pay for the car. The seller posts the car for sale on Amazon but with a private buyer, you, as identified by your Amazon username. You log in, verify the VIN matches the one on the car and the paperwork, as well as the negotiated sales price. You hit buy, then confirm. Because the price of $15,000 is more than the maximum $2,000 limit you set months ago, the system kicks it over to Consortium IV for authentication/verification/validation. You receive an e-mail, click the link, and type in the 12-digit alphanumeric code that was sent in a second e-mail. But you're REALLY careful, so you signed up for additional authentication on any purchases over $5,000... You receive a phone call and the robocaller describes the item and the price, then asks you to press 1 to confirm the transaction and 9 to cancel it. You press 1 and the transaction is primed to go. Meanwhile, the seller goes through the same process through his e-Verify IX, and when he completes his phone call, his side of the transaction is primed, as well. Since both e-Verify IX and Consortium IV are members of a larger, world-wide group of such services, they "trust" each other, but no further than they can spit. Since both sides have provided the necessary information and multiple confirmations of the order, it goes through. Both companies record the transaction, to which both parties have access and to both companies, but the transaction is encrypted and also stored with all companies party to this group for "distributed safe-keeping." Only the two parties and their respective companies can unlock the encrypted copy, which is kept on everyone's servers, along with various transaction verification codes. This sounds like a long process, but both users completed it in less than 60 seconds and the computers involved completed it in a microsecond, using less than one-millionth the electrical power of blockchain, which is WHY blockchain will never become any sort of widespread hit in the corporate world. It's the same concept -- decentralized consensus -- with the same if not greater security, but without all the hype.
  19. Hi, all, it's been a long time! Without waxing on ad nauseum about health issues, just let me say we're all a bid older but things are looking up and I'm thankful. Hello to all my old friends and a welcome to new ones.
  20. Hiya, JeffB - Long time no see! I'm so glad you're still posting here. It's been a year or three since I was here, and my first view of your thread was your first post, whereupon I thought, "Waitaminute... That's one of his earliest photos..." Then I found your latest and I thought, "Ah-ha! Now this makes sense." Keep on posting!
  21. My eight-year rut is largely very non-descript heels in public or the occasional mannerrock (German for "men's skirt" usually worn with boots). At home, though, I'm usually in a sarong and loose, long shirt and sandals. Society still isn't ready to both see me and employ me.
  22. No. They treat me like a guy who wears heels.
  23. kikepa

    Just do it!

    I have observed that our world has evolved to two (bimodal) areas of response: "Ok" and "WTF." If you're anywhere in the city, chances are you'll encounter an "Ok." The WTF category is far less common no matter where you go these days than it was when I began heeling fifteen years ago.
  24. I've traveled through several countries on four continents in heels. That has always seemed to be the least of my worries, as things are largely anonymous and security just isn't concerned about folks like us.
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