POINTZ – A Standard of Measure — (RubberMetrics)

POINTZ – A Standard of Measure — (RubberMetrics)

Suppose someone tells you “I wore a lot of rubber yesterday”.
OK, what does a “lot of rubber” actually mean?  Did he wear some rubber gloves for a few hours or was he Totally Enclosed for the entire night? Being in a “lot of rubber” is actually a matter of his perspective which may, or may not, coincide with yours. See the problem?  In most cases, it is purely subjective and relative to an individual user.
Suppose, however, there was a standardized, reasonably objective way to measure both the amount and duration of our rubbering sessions that was the same for everyone? This “universal standard” would allow all of us to describe our rubbering experiences with consistency and accuracy. It would also allow us to track or journal our sessions in a more meaningful way, as well.

The “Pointz” system has been around for years but has been presented mostly as a vehicle for bondage and role play. However, at it’s heart is a simple standard of measure that could be used by Rubberists to accurately describe the intensity and duration of their rubber experiences. Ignore the bondage aspect for now – think of Pointz simply as a way to measure and track your rubbering experience. (If you want to include some bondage, that’s fine but it is not required.)
How it works: In the Pointz system standard is based on the duration a garment is worn in proportion to its total body surface area (TBSA) and is expressed in “minutez”. (Note the “z” at the end.)  A “100%” TBSA situation would be to be entirely enclosed in rubber from head to foot with no skin anywhere on the body exposed to the air.  Rubberists call this “Total Enclosure” or “TE”.
The basic idea is actually very simple. The formula is: % of TBSA times duration in hours = Pointz.
If you are in 100% Total Enclosure for 100 minutes you earn 100 Pointz.  If, however, you wear some item that covers, say, only 50% of your body for 100 minutes, you would acquire 50 Pointz (Abbreviate as “50z”) .  If you wore that same item for 60 minutes, your Pointz score would be 50% of 60 = 30z.
Where is becomes a bit more complicated is trying to objectively determine what % of the Total Body Surface Area that a particular garment covers. T-shirts, stockings, etc. can be a bit challenging to assess. Fortunately, there is a fairly universal standard used by medical people for assessing burns to the body called the “Rule of Nines” which makes this fairly easy to do.
The Rule of Nines defines each of the following eleven body areas as being approximately 9% of Total Body surface Area. (Genitals make up the final 1%)
  • Head
  • Right arm
  • Left arm
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Upper back
  • Lower back
  • Right thigh
  • Left thigh
  • Right leg (below the knee)
  • Left leg (below the knee)
(Also see Lund-Browder Chart for diagrams and much more detail.)
So, for example, a hood would cover 9% of your body. If you wore that hood for 100 minutes, you would earn 9 Pointz.  Also using this chart, a catsuit with gloves and feet but no hood would cover the entire body except the head, and, therefore would provide 91% coverage. If worn for 100 minutes, you would earn 91 Pointz (91z)
Of course, large numbers of Pointz (minutes) can also be expressed as “Hourz” by dividing by 60. It’s just simple time math.
Using the Pointz system you can create journals or diaries for  documenting your sessions and tracking their cumulative intensity and duration. I have used an OpenOffice Spreadsheet to track my Pointz for several years. (It does all of the datemath and provides interesting analyses of usage.) The spreadsheet has a line for each item I have worn and includes start and end times, Pointz earned and cumulative totals in hourz.  A reference list helps me keep track of the Pointz % values I have assigned to  each garment I have. 
If you are not inclined to use an electronic spreadsheet, you could journal your Pointz  in a simple paper diary or accounts book.  Just make some columns for start, end, time in minutes, % coverage, item total and cumulative total. Enter and calculate these values for each item you wear.  Keep a reference in the back of the book for listing the TBSA %’s for each of your garments.
Why Bother? Calculating and logging your Pointz is a way of celebrating your fetish. It adds a new dimension to your rubbering sessions by giving you a numerical measure of their intensity and duration as well as a sense of accomplishment as you watch your cumulative totals grow. This “universal standard” also makes communicating about your sessions with other Rubberists more accurate and understandable.  Once you get into the habit of logging your sessions you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing this years ago!

Here is extensive discussion about the PointZ System.


What is consciousness?

What is consciousness?

 

What is Consciousness?
Consciousness can be described as “awareness with focus”.
Western culture has always been deeply suspicious of alternate states of consciousness (ASC) and has, in fact, often demonized anyone whose focus on reality has fallen outside the cultural norm. In contrast, other cultures, such as the Hindu, Japanese and Chinese have venerated, honored and widely promoted the exploration of ASC’s. It’s built right into their culture and the way they view life and the universe. 

For example, Sanskrit has about 20 nouns for “consciousness” or “mind” compared to only a few in western languages. How many English words can you think of for it?
Our consciousness — our focus of awareness– has been defined and “installed” in us by our parents, mentors and culture since our earliest infancy. What we focus our awareness on — what we perceive as “reality” — is governed by the consensus of our culture. Other possibilities are inherently excluded.
Consensus reality is a kind of “democracy of reality” based on what the majority thinks we should perceive — a sort of “truth designed by a committee”.
Most of us are trapped in this and are not even aware of it. Our egos are inherently designed to “protect” us from wandering into other states of consciousness outside of our cultural norm. We are unable to even consider the existence of other possible focuses for our awareness.
As Gurdjieff so succinctly put it, “We are asleep…”
Once in a while, however, a few of us wake up, even for just a moment or two, and get a glimpse of something way beyond our current “focus of awareness”. We “transcend” the consensus reality to a whole new level of being. Something very exciting and profound happens to us – we realize that our world can be much, much richer than we thought. A door is opened…
We may also discover that the words of consensus reality are wholly inadequate to describe the new realms of mind we have found. It’s like trying to describe the taste of orange juice to someone who has never eaten an orange.
Exploring alternate states of consciousness is one of the highest “calls to adventure” known to mankind. It greatly transcends the quest for power and wealth and may give our lives a whole new meaning and Purpose.
Fewer than 1% of us will hear that calling. The remaining 99% of us will be the critics, the nay-sayers, the ones who role their eyes and ignore… the “sleepers”.
Are you listening? Or will you remain asleep?

Carpe Rubber Diem!

Carpe Rubber Diem!Seize the Rubber Day!

Your fetish is a gift. Celebrate it!

One way to do celebrate it by wearing rubber mind fully and with a sense of purpose and devotion to yourself. Let it add new levels of richness, passion and depth to your life well beyond the sexual side of it. Make it “sacred” in your mind. Ritualize it. Wear your rubber as a “symbolic action with style” which speaks to your mind and heart but does not need to make sense in a literal context. Cultivate a sensitivity to symbolism and metaphors. Use your rubber rituals to provoke your imagination and creativity in the mundane acts of everyday life.  In a life animated by rituals there are no insignificant things. Think of your garments as a “shrine” to your inner being.  Try doing simple rubber acts every day, solely and deliberately, for the purpose of doing those acts as an end in themselves. They do not need to be grandiose or lengthy or involved. Doing them with regularity is much more important.  Focus your attention on the “now” of the rubber on your body. Practice rubber mindfulness. Keep in mind that rituals are symbolic acts. Wear rubber for the sake of wearing rubber.

(Note that a “ritual” is an act or symbolic gesture deliberately intended to mark an event as special or sacred. It need not be logically connected to nature of the event itself. Shaking hands when you meet someone is a classic example of a ritual to symbolically mark the occasion as being special. It can be totally spontaneous, unrehearsed, unscripted and it need not be repeated. It is the intent of the ritual that matters. It is very different from a “habit” which is mindless repetition of a mundane act. A “habit” lacks the deliberate intent of a ritual.)

This does NOT mean that you have to wear several layers of rubber for hours and hours, totally enclosed, etc.  Certainly, these more demanding, intense activities can be rituals, but there are also many, many much simpler, much less demanding rituals as well. For example, you might keep a box of disposable latex gloves in your car and create a daily ritual of deliberately wearing a rubber glove only on your left hand during your commute to work.  This simple act, done regularly and with a sense of purpose and ritual symbolism, becomes an act of devotion. It is a way to “seize the rubber day” and express your life more creatively as an “art”, which makes it more worth living.

Research the concept of “mindfulness”. This is a very simple meditative technique that anyone can do virtually any time, any where and for very short bursts of time — even just a few seconds at a time.. It can be readily adapted to your rubber rituals and will add significant depth to them and, ultimately, richness to your life.

Be an explorer of your soul — a pioneer. Look for possible pathways to spirituality through your fetish. Think of yourself as a kind of “Priest/ess” of your own temple. Seek value, virtue and substance well beyond mere sexuality in your fetish. Use your fetish energy to create a personal culture to improve the quality of your life and, perhaps, enhancing it’s spirituality whilst not disturbing or conflicting with your real “religion”. Think of it more like an “art of living” concept much like Yoga or meditation.

For whatever reason, your fetish is part of you — it runs deeply within you. It’s a fundamental part of your identity.  Do something positive with it! Make it a creative expression of your soul.

Make your fetish your “art”! Celebrate rubber!

Seize the Rubber Day! Carpe Rubber Diem!

Seize the Rubber Day! Carpe Rubber Diem!

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