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Didn’t we say a while back we’d introduce a sweet Japanese Supergirl? Today we just shot three new sets featuring Yurie, our cute new Japanese heroine to join our super lineup! There’s something about a cute innocent Japanese honey in a superheroine costume, cape and boots that make my heart race, SuperKana Zor-El will vouch for that! She might be cute on the outside, but as our promos show, she’s a cute kickass caped goddess!

Yurie (short for Yuriko) is an ex Martial Arts student of Kana’s who spent three years learning the arts of self defence, Kana became really close to her as a friend, she has now backed up her skills with the iconic and equally colourful cape, costume and boots of everyone’s favourite female sci-fi superheroine! She loved every minute of it, and we love her <3

These promos are full size, click them for the full image, feel free to save them too, and let SuperYurie save you in your dreams 🙂 She blew us away when she jumped into the costume for us, the colours really suit her:

Set 1: SuperYurie kicks alien facehugger/lobster ass!

This set shows how Yurie has turned from a sweet innocent Japanese angel into a kickass caped and booted superheroine, all thanks to her real life training with Kana at White Tiger Martial Arts Academy. An alien lobster/crabby/facehugger thing appears, and she kicks it straight to crustacean hell, all the while looking really mean and sexy throwing high kicks! But, in the full set, it comes back and illuminates itself with a Kryptonite coating, revealing itself as a KryptoKrab (TM KanaPhotographics), weakening our cute heroine. What will happen next?



Set 2: SuperYurie is cornered and conquered by her evil clone SuperAkiko!

In this set SuperYurie gets a surprise, out of nowhere an evil (and rather curvy and cuddly!) clone Supergirl appears who goes by SuperAkiko, and proceeds to conquer and defeat SuperYurie. Can Yurie survive? She must try to, SuperAkiko would wreak havoc if she got away:

With the KryptoNecklace round her neck, SuperYurie must be doomed…..or must she? Find out when they’re released! We are actually shooting two different endings…..

UPDATE Oct 2017 – Set 3 – SuperYurie is confronted by Catwoman & the Alien Facehugger KryptoCrab

Catwoman and Supergirl are long term enemies, and SuperYurie has luckily managed to avoid being prowled on! Until now, that is! Catwoman catches up with her after the facehugging KryptoKrab weakens her, trapping her for Catwoman to tease and play with her new mouse in a cape!

Once Catwoman catches up with her, she befriends SuperYurie, and places a KryptoNecklace round her neck, weakening her. Catwoman is then free to toy with her new caped mouse as she pleases. A lick here, a scratch there, or maybe worse?

We’re trying a new mix of heroine peril, as the superheroine always winning can get boring. Just ask SuperKana Zor-El after I trapped her in KryptoGunge recently, she wasn’t expecting her superhero to turn nasty on her (lovingly, of course, I wanted to see if she still had her acting skills, which she did!)

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CAUTION: NOT suitable for reading by minors, contains mild sexual content.

Polyamory won’t always fix your problems or save your relationship, but it may help you grow.

I have had comments about my polyamorous lifestyle, some great, some not so great, so I thought I’d write an article explaining the different aspects of it. To explain it I’ve had to go into quite some detail, so if sexual content offends you, stop reading. I have been with my girlfriend, Kanako, for thirteen years. And our girlfriend, Mika, has been with us for nine and a half. Before I found myself in one, I actually resisted the idea of a polyamorous relationship—I made fun of my friends who were in “triads.” I thought the whole concept was ridiculous. But when we met Mika, my perspective shifted. Let me give you some insight into how my poly relationship blossomed.

How it all started

Kana and I met in Malaysia in 2002. I had gone to Japanese Touring Car race with a Malaysian friend, Allan Phang, at Sepang Raceway. She was working as a racequeen (pit girl), and as Allan had a pass, she invited us down. I was mesmerized by her sweet smile, warm brown eyes and equally warm golden skin. She took to me immediately, we got chatting and it went from there. She finished her racequeen tour, and came back to the UK a month later. In 2004 tragedy struck for us, and following the stillbirth of our daughter (I can’t go into detail, it’s too upsetting and personal), and then the death of Kana’s best friend Ryoko in 2005, both within a year of each other, we were both in a really bad place, and it all took a worse toll on Kana, who sunk really deeply into depression, crying herself to sleep during the day, locking herself away in our bedroom. I was scared to death that she would commit suicide, all alone in our room. So, I camped outside the room, and gave her time and space, talking to her gently. She must have felt so alone, even though I’d been there for her in the hospital, and during the hard time after Ry’s death, just being her shoulder to cry on, holding her tightly, kissing her gently, to let her know I was there with her, forever, no matter what.

Kana had made who I thought was just a good friend in Japan, who’d come over to offer assistance and friendship during our hard time. Her name was Mika, and she is the cutest girl you could ever ask for as a girlfriend. Big brown eyes, sweet petite 5ft stature, cheeky smile, in fact I actually thought she looked a lot like Kana when she smiled. Needless to say I saw how Mika made Kana smile, all three of us had a great rapport together, Kana & Mika were so cute, like innocent Japanese girls, laughing and joking. Kana even started referring to Mika as her “little Mika-chu!!”, she loves Pokemon and Mika’s name is very similar to Pikachu! I thought it was all so cute, and I really started warming to Mikachu! The way Kana came back out of her shell again was amazing. She had always been mentally strong, but even I thought there was no going back after she hit a proverbial iceberg and nearly sunk.

The night things changed

Anyhow, one night we were all in a club together, we’d had a few drinks. I noticed how Kana and Mika were being even more girly together, holding hands, embracing each other round the waist, that kind of thing. I’d gone to the toilet, come out, and caught Mika and Kana snogging each other’s faces off. They hadn’t seen me. I was both turned on, and horrified. Everything slowed right down, in fact it stopped, just they themselves carried on.

Part of me thought, “Shit, she’s fallen for a woman, after all we’ve been through! The hot lovemaking, giggles, warm cuddles, as well as the tears and fights! What the f*ck?”

And the other part of me was thinking, “Awwww, they’re snogging, wahey, aren’t they so CUUTEE!”

I was frozen to the spot, and then they SAW ME WATCHING THEM! The look of horror on Kana’s face was saddening, Mika turned away, then rushed out of the club. I was heartbroken. I felt like everything was over. I gently and calmly walked out of the club, and went back to our house, completely stunned, as you are. As it turned out, I had COMPLETELY misjudged Kana’s loyalty, and had jumped to conclusions in my head. She came back home about three hours later, with Mika in tow. Mikachu came to me and threw her arms around me. “I’m sorry, JayJay (my pet name from her which she still uses!), we need to talk to you.”. “This is it”, I thought, “this is the moment I lose my Japanese goddess”.

Kana and Mika sat down, and in a nutshell, Kana calmly but tearfully explained that she had been exploring bi-sexuality for quite a few years (I suspected her and Ryoko were closer than close before Ry died), and she had found Mika during her depression, when she went back to Japan for a few weeks to be with her real parents. She explained that she was not in love with one or the other of us, but both of us. “I love you both so much, I want you both to be with me forever!”, she choked, crying softly. Mika started crying gently then, they both cuddled sweetly, and I think I had tears in my eyes, or was it a waterfall? I don’t remember.

Awwwwww. My heart literally melted right there and then. My assumptions were wrong. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a big softie where cute warm women, and animals are concerned. That to me, was what I lived for. Loyalty. I knew all along Kana would never betray me, the fact that she was so loyal she wanted both of us spoke volumes about her. We’d only been together since 2003 (it was then 2006), I absolutely adored the sweet little lady with cheeky playful smile, golden skin, warm sparkly brown eyes, lovely slender legs (that looked great in shorts and a pair of knee high boots!) and now I had her beautiful friend in our life!

Adjusting to poly life

As Mika entered our life, Kana and I tried to control the situation as best we could. We kept everything in our little triage, openly discussing fears, worries, loves and likes together, always involving Mika. She never felt like an intruder, as I had got to know her a lot, and actually did feel sexually and emotionally attracted to her. Equality is essential to making relationships work. If I kissed Kana, I kissed Mika. If I bought Kana 25 roses, I bought Mika 25 as well. During lovemaking it had to be the same as well, all three of us making each other happy, with no-one left out. If we were really going to do this new thing with Mika, Kana and I would have to change how our own relationship operated, it wasn’t just me and her anymore. But we had no role models to teach us how to do this thing—so Kana and I joined a Polyamory group with Mika, meeting other poly people in their relationships, whether they were guys with guys, girls with girls, or girl-girl-guy, or even more than three participants, to talk about how they did things, we even explored sexual adventures with some of the geekier ones, involving roleplay, that kind of thing.

People reach out to me all the time with questions about jealousy and insecurity: How do you avoid becoming jealous if your partner is sleeping with other men/women? I’ve found that if I ever feel jealousy, the root of that emotion almost always comes from not feeling good enough for Mika or Kana. Jealousy always equals insecurity for me. It’s feeling that you’re not good enough for something, so you become jealous of those that are. It’s like when you see a hot girl/guy in the street, and you mentally tell yourself he/she is out of your league. That is insecurity in yourself.

Jealousy is perfectly normal and human, like making mistakes—it happens all the time, no matter what kind of relationship you’re in. It’s part of being human. But at the end of the day, it’s how we react to that jealousy that matters. I constantly have to remind myself to shift the focus of my thoughts back to me: What am I really afraid of? Why do I not believe I am deserving of all this love? Falling in love with Mika—and watching Kana fall in love with Mika—taught me that there is more love out there in this world than I had ever imagined. But we struggled in the process. Three-way lovemaking is hot; three-way fighting is a nightmare.

Fights can be vicious and scary

Once, I received an email from a reader who had started dating a new guy with her girl partner. The three of them had their first fight, and she felt like her partner and their boyfriend were ganging up on her—had I or one of my partners ever experienced that? Sure we had. In a relationship between three people, it is almost impossible for someone not to feel like the odd (wo)man out.

I remember a fight Mika, Kana, and I had. Kana is a photographer as well as a Martial Arts & fitness instructor. We run a superheroine photo website as part of her photography venture, and we had just shot a new photoshoot for our superheroine site, one of Kana’s female Martial Arts instructors, Kate, had volunteered to wear my personal Superman costume, and during the photoshoot I could see that Kate’s tight rippled physique under my skintight costume she was wearing was driving Kana mad, as well as me (a woman wearing a man’s superhero outfit is hot to me!). I got Mika to wear my costume during a lovemaking session, whilst Kana made love to her pretending she was Kate. Mika loved the role as a sexy caped superhero, but it wasn’t enough for Kana and she took it a step too far. She invited Kate round to our house, gave her my Superman costume, complete with cape and boots, jumped into her own Supergirl outfit, and literally flapped her cape at Kate and then made hot love to her in a superhero roleplay peril-sex session, while me and Mika were away. She sent me pictures via email and had a blast thinking she’d get away with it.

Until Mika walked in from work early and caught them at it, that is. Kate still had my costume on, quite literally got caught with her trunks down, in a compromising doggy position with Kana, and flew out the door in a blur so fast I actually thought she was SuperKate! Mika had come home early to pack as she was about to go away for six months to work on a Japanese TV show, and we were spending a last few days together, just the three of us. I came home about three minutes after Mika, to see Kate flying out the door still in my full superhero costume (almost literally, her cape was flapping so furiously, she ran out so quick!), hearing Mika screaming her head off at Kana that she was an unfaithful bitch (mostly in Japanese, some in English!), and why hadn’t she asked first? Kana was still stood there in her Supergirl costume like a rabbit in headlights, a large strapon sticking out under her skirt! I had never seen sweet Mika-chu so angry before!

I was personally turned on at the thought of Kana and Kate in a superheroine tryst, but Mika was furious, it made her feel jealous, insecure, unloved and afraid that Kate and Kana were falling more in love with each other than with her, and I was angry that the loyalty Kana had showed the three of us at the start seemed to be fading. Familiarity breeds contempt almost seemed true. I was the one who begged Mika not to leave, but she went anyway, saying she needed time and space, after snogging my face off to let me know it wasn’t me she was angry at. Kana and me argued, me furious that she hadn’t involved her and had gone behind Mika’s back. I had assumed Kana had asked her.

Moral of the story, NEVER assume anything, it can break any relationship up, especially a super-fragile poly one.

Eventually Mika did come back once her 6 month presenter contract was up, but it wasn’t a good 6 months for Kana and me, not knowing if our cute Mikachu would ever forgive Kana and come home to us. Things weren’t great for about two months after that. I had to sleep alone, as if I slept with Kana or Mika (who themselves slept apart) it would have caused anger and jealousy. I missed seeing them all snuggled up like cute kittens together!

Combating jealousy and insecurity, and accepting boundaries

You can overcome insecurities, and make the relationship stronger. We managed to get Mika to accept other people in the relationship, first by introducing girl-girl porn into our lovemaking, and then as recent as two years ago we stepped it up by visiting a swinger’s club, where she watched Kana and I make love to another woman, where she became very aroused and masturbated to a massive orgasm. To prove my security to myself, I even shared Kana with another man, which was something I had never done before. I discovered that male-female-male spit-roasting was actually quite hot, and the massive extent of Kana’s stamina! She wasn’t just a cutie with a rippled physique, she had the power to back it up!

Obviously there are some things that are just completely out of bounds, things that are an absolute no-no. For example, Kana has a fantasy of seeing me have full sex with another guy. I am not even bi-curious, only fully straight, so that will never happen. I kissed a really handsome guy for her in a drunken sex game at the swinger club, and didn’t enjoy it, I still regret it, even though Kana still uses the mental image during sex and can orgasm over it. One thing that works for one person, doesn’t always for another. You all have to accept that and try finding other stuff that turns you on that all partners enjoy. In our case it turned out to be sexual role-play mud wrestling, it was a fantasy of mine, the girls tried it, and now it’s a regular thing, amongst others!

How to manage coming out to friends and family

People often ask me how we handled “coming out” as a polyamorous couple to our family and friends. There’s no easy answer for that, and my parents still don’t know the full story. Kana and I introduced Mika to our family and friends at our 6th year relationship anniversary, where Kana also came out of the closet about her bi-sexuality. It seemed, at the time, to be a good idea—everyone would be in one place at the same time, and we wanted Mika there, to be part of that experience with us. Looking back, I can only imagine how hard that was for Mika, and for those closest to Kana and me. And today, my advice is to use caution and not open yourself up too quickly to the scrutiny and judgement of those who love you.

While they may seem normal when you’re part of them, polyamorous relationships are far outside the norm, and it’s hard to expect everyone to just accept what we know: that love is vast, and that there are many ways to experience and express it. Polyamory scares people. For some, it challenges everything they believe to be true about love. Isn’t that what we’re fighting so hard for—the right to live how we choose? To not have my love and sexual desires dictated by some arbitrary social structure? Why should anybody tell me how and who to love?

Then, there is the ultimate question: With all the complications and struggles, why do it? I don’t have a simple answer. I have been called greedy and selfish, I don’t think I am those things. Maybe this is just part of my nature. As far as I’m concerned those men that cheat on girlfriends with other women behind their backs are the heartless, greedy selfish bastards. I’m not cheating or hurting anyone, as all three of us love, care and nurture each other. Again, the ones that call me selfish are the insecure, jealous ones, because they can’t have what they don’t understand. The last guy on social media to call me selfish turned out to be a lying cheating, adulterous scumbag hypocrite!

I don’t believe this kind of relationship is for everyone, and I don’t think that polyamory is better than monogamy, or vice versa. I just think we find what works best for us. And I am happier this way. I am happier with Kana and Mika, and I am happier that we are in an open relationship, and I get to meet and spend time with other women, although I keep it platonic. I am happier knowing that Mika and Kana get to explore and play and fall in love, too.

Being poly will not save your relationship. It won’t always solve any of your problems. Everything that scares you about it might come true. But it will also open doors inside you that you never knew existed—and it may even bring an opportunity to grow and change. And that opportunity is what I love Kana and Mika for the most.

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Today was another tinker day for me, and this time another YouView box from Humax. The T2100 replaced the ageing T1000 which was beset with issues, notably power supply issues with bad capacitors, as well as HDMI handshake problems, and just general reliability and use issues, such as recording failures (attributed to PSU issues, capacitors in the HDD 12v feed rail going dry or high ESR), freezing, and refusal to power on.

Most of the problems were down to the built in PSU which was fully onboard. The latest boxes, the T2100, T2110 and the newer 4K T4000 boxes are much smaller, and now use an external PSU brick, as well as smaller 2.5″ SATA HDD from a laptop, allowing Humax to shrink it massively. I have actually repaired a few in the past, mainly HDD failures due to 24/7 use and the Bathtub curve of HDD reliability being so unpredictable, but it’s the first time on TideLog for me to show you the wonderful neat innards, and much improved electronic design!

The only thing that’s needed is a Philips screwdriver. 4 screws on the bottom (self tappers into plastic, eurgh!) one of them under a warranty sticker (those things are just BEGGING to be peeled off!), remove the machine screw above the SCART socket, and off pops the cover!

I love the inside of these, I just love a neat circuit board, they’re a beautiful work of art in their own right. So, bottom left, the hard drive, which is a standard 2.5″ 500GB AV grade HDD, mine has a Western Digital AV-25 WD50000LUCT, which are designed for CCTV and PVR use, so are fine for 24/7 use. 4 screws underneath it hold it into place, the motherboard has to come out to remove it as it is actually screwed into the mainboard, not the chassis. One nice thing is that Humax have used rubber bumpers with the screws to shield it from knocks (not dropping it down stairs, as some of my repaired ones have been!) and also so that the screws are not in direct contact with the PCB.

To the bottom left of the HDD sits one of the box’s two USB ports, with the other being on the rear under the Ethernet port. To the right of the hard drive is what I assume to be the 12v regulator choke for the HDD, digitally controlled. To the right of that are the 4x1GB Samsung RAM chips, making a total of 4GB, which gives the box its stability power during marathon record 2-programmes-watch-another stints, to save it constantly caching everything to the HDD when rewinding, pausing or fast forwarding live TV, which, when recording two programmes and watching one would cause buffer issues, recordings would be glitched and the HDD under massive load.

Above the RAM is the CPU (possibly an ARM 2 or 4 core, I’ve never looked under the heatsink in one), under the big finned heatsink, which unlike the T1000, does not have a noisy fan cooling it down, it is fully passive, where the heat from it rises naturally out the top vents on the top cover. To the right of the RAM is the digitally controlled, beautifully intricate (shucks, I’m a true nerd!) 3 phase power regulation system. This splits up and regulates the 12v from the external brick, into all the voltages required by the components, and the CPU, which requires an ultra stable, clean and spike free supply. The HDD 12v regulator is fed from this system too.

The Broadcom Ethernet & dual-tuner control chips are to the top of these. This area also contains the white harness connector for the top cover switch block wiring which you can just see in the top of the image above. The switch block in the top cover is nothing special, just a PCB with switches soldered on 😉

There are still a few of the dodgy SamYoung (which brand does that sound like?) Chinese electrolytic capacitors in these units as there were with the old T1000 series. Luckily in the new T21xx series there are only 3 (the T1000 had 10), the rest are solid state, the ones in my unit are fine but we’ll have to see how long it is before they get binned for Japanese RubyCon YXF ones! There are two in the voltage regulation section, and one in the top left of the box below the DC IN switch/plug socket block that will likely be the first electrical repair I do 🙂

There’s not much info on the chips in these, I couldn’t make out the model numbers and a schematic is not in the wild. A future update to this article will be a teardown of the external brick, me using my magnifier (when I find it) to identify the chips and CPU, and exactly where that HDD regulator goes, if it is even for the HDD…

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Recently, using ReactOS Build Environment, I started to get weird errors when trying to update my ROS source. It would say weird things like, “RosBE is outdated. Installed version: 2.1.3 Recent version: .” and also upon running the ssvn update command, I’d get, “The selected branch does not exist or the Internet Connection is down.

It appears that the servers moved to HTTPS, and there’s a bug in the batch files that control the wget commands. Kana suggested to change all the wget command lines in the sSVN.cmd file, adding “–no-check-certificate” to the ends, this fixes the problem!

 

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After a slightly longer hiatus than normal due to mine & Kana’s work lives getting busier, the superheroine site also took a break. Today though we had a bit of messy roleplay fun together! Kana decided to transform into Kana Zor-El for me, swooping around the house, she does it a lot as she knows I really like her as my own personal superheroine, with her fitness and sexy physique, the Supergirl costume makes the fantasy even more real, especially when she shows off her Martial Arts skills, as a sexy caped-and-booted superheroine it’s much more erotic to me. Except today, Ms Zor-El was in she-devil mode, and didn’t want to allow me to touch her, as she knows she really turns me on in costume, you know what that leads to 😉 She kept swooping away from me every time I tried embracing her, the cheeky minx! I could never catch her!

I didn’t drive all those miles the early hours of this morning, to see my sexy superheroine, only to have her rebel against me! So, I decided to be Kana Zor-El’s enemy, instead of her Superman, and concocted a rather messy trap plan with Mika. I told her that Mika needed her in the spa room, once we trapped her, Mika embraced her, got her down on the floor, kissed her a few times, and then suddenly began covering her in KryptoGunge! SuperKana soon weakened up, and couldn’t swoop off, lying there writhing on the floor in (pretend) agony, covered in debilitating green goo!

Look at her trying to resist it! Her costume and cape’s all gooey so she ain’t getting away! Mwahahaha! I finally got SuperKana in front of the camera, begging us not to humiliate her! She’s so cute when in gooey Krypto-peril! She’s a really good actress and played the part well 🙂

She’d hidden my Superman costume, too, so this was perfect payback to get her to tell me where she’d hidden it (I couldn’t rescue her until I was in it!), and I could be her enemy until she did! It reminded me of the scene from the 1984 Supergirl film where Helen Slater falls into the pit of blue gunge after being lured to the Phantom Zone, and gets weaker and weaker trying to escape as she has no superpowers there. It was the best part!

I’m tempted to fill our outdoor pond and have SuperKana re-enact that in our tasty green goo! To stick to the family friendly nature of TideLog, let’s just say what happened next was very messy, naughty and energetic (I “rescued” her but she had to love-wrestle me first to get me back for trapping her!), but the WAM fans in us loved it! That is what roleplay love is all about!

Don’t worry, our KryptoGunge doesn’t ruin the sexy costumes, it’s actually edible, but I’m not giving the recipe! It isn’t washing up liquid, that foams up too quick even without contact with water. It was all good pretend messy tasty fun. No superheroes, superheroines or their costumes were hurt 🙂 You need to be careful what you use for things like this, as the colours of the costume can be affected by certain substances. Kana and I have really expensive Supergirl/Superman costumes for conventions, which are replicas of film/comic ones, and then we have the cheaper ones for our WAM and private sexual play which don’t really matter as they can be replaced if damaged.

Kana’s back on the seasonal Martial Arts school shifts this month until August, to keep her superhuman strength in check 🙂 We’re working on some new content too, and not all clean as it has been previously, but a bit messier than SuperKana above 🙂

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