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July 03, 2006

Ace of Spades Lifestyle (TM) Double Alert

Horse-sex case to be made into a movie. Yup, the guy who had the wrong kind of sex with a horse, and then died from it, is gonna be wearin' gold-plated diapers. In heaven.

Thanks to RLW.

Sci-fi dating service. No, it's not the fornication-transporter from Logan's Run, but it does help lonely geeky morons -- like yourselves -- meet up with other lonely geeky morons to have coffee, see a movie, and compare Bionic Woman paraphrenalia.

The glam shot on the homepage: a milky-white alien with an enormous head. The motto: Love Long and Prosper. The disclaimer: Xenophobia Strictly Prohibited. Welcome to Trek Passions, an online dating site for the science-fiction set.


It was after a wildly unsuccessful run with Esquire.com Personals, a paid service affiliated with the men's magazine, that "S" (he asked that his name not be used) sought out Trek Passions. The final straw came when he was rejected by a woman with whom he had nothing in common. "She was the complete and total opposite of me in every way," he confesses. When the self-proclaimed "Spock-like personality" turned out not to be "fashionably ironic," she was disappointed. (He doesn't think his day job as a janitor helped his cause any.)

"S" says that he's been told: "Weird people should date other weird people β€” the normals don't quite understand."

So one night, after Googling "geek" and "nerd" and "dating," he came across Trek Passions β€” one of more than 100 niche sites launched in 2004 under the umbrella of a larger service called Passions Network. (Jdate for Jewish singles, considered the yenta of the niche world, goes back to 1997.)

Initially "S" signed up for a number of the free sites, including Nerd Passions and Intellectual Passions. A bit like Goldilocks and her porridge, though, he found Nerd Passions to be "too generic" and Intellectual Passions to be "even more generic." But Trek Passions felt just about right.

"People seem to resonate with that one," he says. "They're more likely to look for people based on" an interest in science fiction.

Set phasers for romance.

I'd like to think of this site as a geek dating service.

Well, it's not that I like to think of it that way, so much as I'm horrified to realize that's what it's become.

Thanks to JackM. of Desolation Row, who's not only a tipster, but also a member, under the DateTrek name of "Captain'sLog69."

Link fixed.

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