Category Archives: Shooting the Bull

Henri Pachard and Rabbit Holes

[UPDATED 15 Dec 2013: I found the articles. They’re linked in the text now.]

pachardemailI had to search thru an old email program today for something that came up 10 years or so ago, and I stumbled upon one of four emails that Henri Pachard wrote to me back in November/December 2002.

I had written an article somewhere that I can’t find (FOUND IT!) that approved of something Pachard wrote.  At the time he was a columnist for AVN Insider and for some other outfit I can’t quite place, YES something I think — yesportal.com! thanks Rog! — and he had written an article about awards shows and the positive effects they have on a group of people who mostly suffer from low self-esteem which I thought was particularly astute (FOUND IT!), and I wrote a reply to it somewhere which found its way into his hands.  He sent this along:

Thanksgiving Day, 2002, 3:40 pm

Dear Jeff, (I hope this reaches you)

Dave Cummings forwarded me your recent post on r.a.m.e about myself and my writing. After reading your comments and descriptions about myself – more than once, I admit – and your beautiful sentiments, I printed it and took it to my wife to read it to her. 

I told her that I finally know, now, why I keep writing like I do, and asked her to listen. 

After I read your comments to her, I nodded my head to her, and she knew – for the next few seconds or so – that I would not be able to speak from fear of my voice breaking. So she waited until I could.

“This is why I do it.” I whispered, and she nodded her head to me.

Fuck, man; you touched my heart. It’s guys like you that will keep me writing as long as I’m able.

It’s guys like you that make it a privilege.

Sincerely,
Henri Pachard

Holy shit!

I wrote him back:

> On 28 Nov 2002 at 15:46, Henri Pachard wrote:

>     Fuck, man; you touched my heart. It’s guys like you that will keep
>     me writing as long as I’m able.
>     It’s guys like you that make it a privilege.

Wow.  That’s heavy, man.  I’m glad you’re out there filming people fucking and writing about it.  I’ve long been a champion of yours — you had me with DMJ2 and I’ve been with you ever since — and am glad I’ve had the opportunity to tell you.

If you’re going to be in Vegas for CES (or whatever the hell we’re calling it these days) I hope our paths cross.  I’ll be the geek in the iafd.com shirt. :-) 

At the AVN Expo in 2003, I had the great pleasure of meeting him, and we had a very nice conversation about the business, the IAFD and RAME, various fan websites, fans in general, the internet, the classics, and generally mutually admiring one another.  (Which still boggles my mind.)

So, after I found those emails, I went off in search of the original article, and couldn’t find it, but I did spend WAAY too much time browsing thru the Internet Archive’s snapshot of the AVNInsider site and Pachard’s columns.  They’re well worth a visit, and that’s really the purpose of this post — go read Pachard.  (The link takes you to his first column.)

(I’d also like to take a minute to plead with someone to make these articles available somewhere else.  AVN’s current site? eBook?  Something?)

Ask the IAFD: Who Are The Tallest MODERN Pornstars, 2013 Edition

So, when we first listed the tallest adult film actresses, we (and our fans) discovered that the tallest female pornstars are from a bygone era. So, we made a list back in 2012 of the modern stars, and now we’ve updated it for 2013.   Our goal was to list the Top 20 actresses by height, but since there is a huge tie in the 5’11” (180cm) range, we’re listing 31 performers.  We’ve added men this time, too, and to even out the ties, we’re listing 21 guys.

The Women

Ava Koxxx
Active: 2013-2013
Height:190 cm / 76 inches
Jordin Skye
Active: 2006-2013
Height:183 cm / 73.2 inches
Angel Long
Active: 2001-2013
Height:183 cm / 73.2 inches
Misa F.
Active: 2007-2013
Height:183 cm / 73.2 inches
Kitty Jane
Active: 2010-2013
Height:183 cm / 73.2 inches
Laureen Pink
Active: 2009-2013
Height:182 cm / 72.8 inches
Alexandra Stein
Active: 2013-2013
Height:182 cm / 72.8 inches
Mandy Slim
Active: 2011-2013
Height:181 cm / 72.4 inches
Alysha Rylee
Active: 2011-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Misty Law
Active: 2013-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Sonia Rey
Active: 2012-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Violett
Active: 1996-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Athena Pleasures
Active: 2010-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Kitty Caulfield
Active: 2007-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Jordan Kingsley
Active: 2008-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Annette Schwarz
Active: 2003-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Holly Michaels
Active: 2011-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Allaura Sweet
Active: 2006-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Emma Butt
Active: 2007-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Sabrina Deep
Active: 2007-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Chyna
Active: 2004-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Faith Leon
Active: 2004-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Suzie Diamond
Active: 2004-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Lexi Bardot
Active: 2005-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Jolene Parton
Active: 2009-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Zoey Paige
Active: 2012-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Sabrina Fox
Active: 2007-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Alison Tyler
Active: 2010-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Alexis Grace
Active: 2009-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Alia Janine
Active: 2009-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches
Tootsie
Active: 2008-2013
Height:180 cm / 72 inches

The Men

Carlo Minaldi
Active: 2007-2013
Height:199 cm / 79.6 inches
Diesel Washington
Active: 2006-2013
Height:198 cm / 79.2 inches
Flash Brown
Active: 2010-2013
Height:198 cm / 79.2 inches
Carlo Carrera
Active: 2008-2013
Height:196 cm / 78.4 inches
Hef Pounder
Active: 2005-2013
Height:196 cm / 78.4 inches
Nubius
Active: 2007-2013
Height:196 cm / 78.4 inches
Christian XXX
Active: 2003-2013
Height:196 cm / 78.4 inches
Lucas Stone
Active: 2008-2013
Height:196 cm / 78.4 inches
Pornfighter Long John
Active: 2002-2013
Height:194 cm / 77.6 inches
Ethan Cage
Active: 2005-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Sergey Davidov
Active: 2004-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Jordan Ash
Active: 2005-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Jett Slatter
Active: 2007-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Eric Swiss
Active: 2006-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Frank Towers
Active: 1993-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Tyler Reed
Active: 2005-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Derrick Paul
Active: 2009-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Lance Navarro
Active: 2008-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Jesse Jackman
Active: 2012-2013
Height:193 cm / 77.2 inches
Aaron van Damage
Active: 2008-2013
Height:191 cm / 76.4 inches
Lee Bang
Active: 2004-2013
Height:191 cm / 76.4 inches

When Was The First Anal Scene Released?

Woke up to a tweet from the lovely and talented Tristan Taormino and we had a nice little back and forth:

So, I’m, back in the office and can look such things up, so here are the exciting results — the first ten movies we have that mention anal sex.  It’s by coincidence that that’s everything before 1974.

I do not really consider this definitive, but it’s a good starting point for a discussion…

Exxxotica Florida 2013

Went to the first Exxxotica Ft. Lauderdale after it had moved from nearby Miami. Did it as a spur of the moment thing only telling my closest colleagues of pending plans. Okay, twittering them is still somewhat public. As for the show, the weekend was overtaken by storms and the dreary weather probably tempered attendance. Yet I didn’t see much difference between attendance compared to when the show was in Miami.

Remy Lacroix on the Bangbus
Click on Remy for the photos

Some observations:

  • I was delighted to see Remy Lecroix and she is the main reason for my spur of the moment decision to go.
  • Her booth, Bangbros, was easily the most popular of the convention. Ron Jeremy was the most popular porn star as people lined up to see him. He looked much frailer than in recent years but that is understandable considering his recent heart issues.
  • Jynx Maze and Veronica Rodriguez looked amazing
  • Had fun with Andy San Dimas and Amy Brooke at their party but these Florida dance clubs have to turn the volume down.
  • Meeting Farrah Abraham of MTV’s Teen Mom was somewhat surreal. When I asked to take her photo, she had to get her manager’s clearance since I was media. Except the manager was not around, so I only got random candid shots of her. Other girls signing around her commented she was standoffish towards them. I’ve never watched either of her MTV shows so I don’t know if that was just her normal personality or she was disgusted by her surroundings.
  • Met a new yet familiar webcam model named Bridgette who was one of the most beautiful girls at the show. At first I thought it was because she looked a cross between Jana Jordan and Franziska Facella, but later on I realised she was a popular glamour model  that my friends have shot.