Daily Archives: November 7, 2011
How can I be sure I am having an orgasm?
~The Big “O”
Dear The Big “O,”
When I was younger, I remember having it described to me as an explosion.
When I finally had my first orgasm, that definitely wasn’t the case, and my reaction was, “That’s it?”
This doesn’t mean this is how it is for everybody. Orgasms can still be “mind-blowing” at times.
Experiencing orgasms is different for everyone and varies each time from smaller, fleeting sensations to more exhausting or intensely demanding body reactions.
There can be a warm sensation, numbness in some areas, toe curling or vibration of the legs or other parts of the body.
Sometimes people are quiet, while others may have an uncontrollable need to cry out. Generally, there is a feeling of release.
Men and women both have full-body responses, but they orgasm differently.
Women are able to orgasm more than once.
Men have more parts that are involved than women and commonly ejaculate when they have an orgasm.
Men can, however, orgasm without ejaculating.
Women also have the ability to have a similar ejaculation experience called squirting.
This can take a lot of concentration on her part that can be difficult to accomplish because it feels similar to relaxing to pee, and the woman needs to feel comfortable.
While it is easier for men to have an orgasm during intercourse, not all women are able to.
There is the mysterious G-spot that can cause some women to orgasm when stimulated.
This can be reached more easily in different positions, such as doggy style or raising the hips by placing a pillow under them.
Many women can also reach orgasm by stimulation of the clitoris.
This can be done with one or more fingers or orally.
When aroused, the clitoris becomes larger and firmer, making it easier to find under the hood at the top of the pubic area.
While in a relationship, or with a continuous sexual partner, you should not fake an orgasm to try to make the other person happy.
An orgasm is a form of sexual communication that means something is being done right.
Faking can lead to different expectations and your needs being unmet.
The best way to find out if you are having an orgasm or how you react when you have one is practice.
Yes, I do mean go play with yourself. Find a private setting and have fun. It may take a while, but it’s worth it.
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“Attack the Block,” although attention-grabbing because of its promise for action and drama, really isn’t all its cracked up to be.
Although the director has created successful movies before, “Attack the Block” didn’t live up to expectations.
“Attack the Block” is written and directed by Joe Cornish, who brought us “Hot Fuzz.”
It’s the story of a teenage gang in London and their unlikely battle against a group of aliens who have landed in their neighborhood.
I enjoyed “Hot Fuzz,” and the trailer for “Attack the Block” looked pretty good, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
The alien invasion story is a bit overused, and this story wasn’t anything fantastic.
The humor wasn’t there, and I could hardly understand what anyone was saying because of the accents.
There wasn’t anything special about this movie, and overall, it wasn’t that entertaining. I give “Attack the Block”: 6.5/10.
Hayden Mace/For the Review
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Atlanta-based rock group, Elevado, brings a blend of ’70s and ’80s melodies to the alternative stage with a retro-futuristic approach that proves to be enticing for listeners of multiple genres.
Psychedelic guitar riffs and original rhythms give the group solid weapons for its arsenal to pursue higher levels of the music industry.
Elevado’s album, “This World is on Fire,” provides a great sample of the group’s upbeat, eclectic tunes.
Comprised of Cain Wong, Don Dudenhoeffer, Justin Hughes, Justin Sias and Ripley Torres, Elevado looks to mix live electronics with alternative music and produce unique music.
The track “Song of a Purple Man” opens with the daring guitar riffs that make this group something special.
The vocals and overall rhythm certainly strikes a chord with its post-punk classifications and reminds the listener of another retro-like band, The Killers.
The title-track crosses between early Police and some of the United Kingdom’s early ’80s anarchist bands and gives Elevado strong footing in the alternative world of music.
“Indigo Torch Serenade” proves to be the psychedelic love song on the album.
A smooth electronic beat in the background leads the way for a sensual guitar riff that gives the track the intimate feel that makes it a highlight of the album.
The lyrics show dark declarations of love in a cool way: “She’s my valentine, love cannibal, and I’ll kill anyone who tries to take her away…”
It sounds like something from the diary of a mad man, but it is a big part of what makes the group so unique and interesting to listen to.
The song “Our Turn Came Tonight” is a great representation of the ominous style the band pursues.
The track is marked by sharp, stinging guitar riffs set against a danceable, pounding rhythm one would find in a New York City underground venue.
With a sound similar to that of Depeche Mode, the track serves as something you can both dance to as well as jam to while in the library.
Elevado could be described as New-Wave, Electronica, Post-modern, as well as many other genres, but the best thing about this group is that it has the ability to appeal to those who listen to all types of genres.
Its upbeat rhythms make anyone want to put on the dancing shoes, and its superb musical talents call for musicians to strive to learn their stuff.
Look for Elevado on the KSLC airwaves; it is definitely worth a listen.
James Testa/KSLC 90.3 FM
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Musician Jared Mahone is a grab bag of music—soul music, rap, beat-box, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas and Disney.
On Nov. 3, the Ohio native returned to Linfield and showcased his multi-faceted musical talent to Linfield students.
The musician began singing a slow song with his guitar, followed by a song with beat-box. Meanwhile, the size of the audience doubled to a few dozen.
When asked how many of them had seen the last show, about a quarter of them raised their hands.
Throughout the night, Mahone kept interacting with his audience. He jokingly asked them not to get up and dance or to bob their heads. Instead, he told the audience to nod to themselves, to him or to their neighbors. The crowd was amused by his demonstration of these “proper responses.”
Before continuing, Mahone revealed the secret of his richly layered music—sound panel.
He explained that his music is rhythmic and needs the layers. Thus, when his band members are absent, he will record part of his music when playing a song and keep replaying it throughout that song to make up for the missing parts.
After that, he talked about his inspirations. He once wrote a song inspired by a girl with whom he has gone from dating to breakup to reunion within a week in a summer camp.
The musician also said he was raised with soul and hip hop music, which inevitably became a big influence in his music.
However, inspirations also included theme songs of TV or radio programs and Disney songs.
“The common factor is me,” Mahone said.
Then before anyone expected it, he performed an a cappella version of one of his childhood favorites—“Part of Your World.”
After the Disney song, he started beat-boxing and sang remixes of pop songs. Meanwhile, he controlled his imaginary DJ panel and gave different effects.
Following the performance, Mahone said that of all his artistic inspiration, there was one who influenced him the most. He then revealed the answer with Michael Jackson’s “Do You Remember.”
Mahone, who has been challenging himself to write a song a week, finished the show with his latest songs. The songs drew inspirations from daily life and people around him.
These songs include “He Doesn’t Get It,” a song about lopsided relationships, and “From: Joe To: Betsy,” a touching song about his late grandmother from his grandfather’s perspective.
Although the audience was not passionate during the show, they generally enjoyed and appreciated Mahone’s performance.
Sophomore Francesca Walpole said that he was versatile.
In return, Mahone was satisfied with the audience response.
“They were chilled and enjoyed the way they wanted to enjoy,” he said, explaining that the night was more of a song writing discussion and showcase of new songs.
Having been working as an independent artist for six years, he said he enjoyed what he did and was not interested in chasing after a deal from record companies who could restrict his creativity.
“I am an independent musician from the mid-west who loves music,” he said.
Cassie Wong/Staff writer
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