ChaosXplained
7Dec/1223

2012 Holiday Marathon! Thank You Loyal Members!

    2012 Holiday Marathon

    2012 Holiday Marathon

    YEP! THINGS ARE HARD!
    It is that time of year again where I try to give everyone more bang for their porn budget!

    This Yearly Summary is a bit preachy, so sorry in advance!

    Things have definitely tightened up this year. Piracy via tube sites, Twitter, and Tumblr, as well as the poor economy have made it super hard to keep the pace I have set for the site.

    These people who share full-length scenes are killing the industry that they seem to love so much. They are killing it faster than any super conservative could ever do.

    I am not saying ChaosMen is going to crash and burn anytime soon, but you may have noticed a crap ton of sites have "50 Percent" sales, as well as "Join for a $1" type of promotions to get paying members back in the door. That is no coincidence.

    The writing is on the wall guys.

    It is time to encourage friends and fellow porn aficionados to stop pirating porn. Everyone loves free stuff on a tube site, but chances are very good that if it is a studio-based porn, it was not uploaded for free by the studio itself. Viewers may not upload the videos, and likely gloss over the fact that it is likely stolen, but every view is a chip away at our ability to create new content.

    Free stuff is great, but many boutique sites can not keep pace with the volume of piracy.

    Tube sites SHOULD be about people uploading their own homemade porn, or even sneak previews of videos. I have two anti-piracy companies doing their best to try to remove it as fast as it is posted, but the pace is astounding. Tumblr seems to be the latest trend in swapping full-length videos, increasing astronomically how often a video is shared.

    PORN IS EXPENSIVE!
    What would it take to get you to do porn? How much would it take for you to have sex with someone you are not attracted to? Be sure to include in the estimate missing two or more days of work and/or school due to travel time. Maybe you wouldn't charge much if you love porn or cock a bunch, but most guys are not performing with scene partners that are their first choice. If they are going to put their private parts online, they usually expect to be compensated a decent amount.

    I have always loved doing what I am doing because it impacts the performer's lives. They could make some good money, get on top of their issues and stabilize their lives. I have seen many Blog sites talk about the depressed industry and models not being up to snuff, well, I believe we are all seeing what lower budgets do to the industry. My guess is by 2015-16 there will be very little porn being produced. Why make it when it just ends up on a tube site or being shared? For that matter, why buy it when it is out there for free?

    It is very expensive to make porn. Take "Travel" for example.

    I book all my model's travel on a credit card that gives me points. It is the only thing I place on this credit card. I am not a big fan of credit cards. I am more of a "do without until you can pay cash" kinda guy. But I can get a free flight now and then by booking on the card. Since it is all on one card, it really shows how much I spend on Travel each month.

    Last month, my travel bill was over $10,000! Yep! 10K! And that was just for air travel/hotel. Sure I could try to find more local models, but any producer will tell you that you have to go far and wide to keep finding new guys to do adult work. A typical ticket costs $500-600 these days, so that is roughly 20 flights. With two performers in every scene, that is 10 videos. I air 12-15 videos each month. So you can see how it adds up and why I do so few 3-ways or group stuff. Just because I add more players into a video, does not increase sales, but eats into the profit. It is just a matter of math.

    I have tried to get guys to perform in more than one scene while here, but I have found the guy's performance is not great after the first video. They get tired, have less than stellar cumshots. Assembly line shoots are very noticeable in the final product. Jury is still out on marathon shooting spree. My gut tells me it is better to space them out to keep the guys fresh

    THANK YOU LOYAL PAYING FANS!
    Ok, so I am likely preaching to the choir on this. If you are reading this, it is likely you are already a member of ChaosMen, or have joined at least once this year. THANK YOU! I can't do this without you! I can't pay the travel bills, the models, heat, electricity, server storage, bandwidth, gadgets/equipment....LUBE!! with out you loyal members!

    Many sites have been having sales. I even had a small one for the 3 marathons that aired this last part of the year. But I am not a big fan of sales because it rewards Non-Members and not your loyal already Paying Members.

    So I have always worked hard to double or triple the output of videos a couple times a year to not only encourage new members to join, but to reward current paying members with some extra treats. A 50% Off Sale doesn't reward current members.

    I started slowly with a Halloween Marathon, ramped it up some more for the T-Day Marathon, and have really blown it out for the Holiday Marathon. There are some amazingly hot videos coming out at the end of December 2012!

    Before I give you some sneak peeks a few of the videos airing, I do want to thank you for reading this post, but also for sticking with me, especially when I know members have tight budgets as well as plainly seeing there is plenty of pirated material to consume.

    Your continued support is totally appreciated and once again, I hope these marathons are a great way for me to thank you for your continued support.

    Keep bucking the trend and helping the industry that gives you so much enjoyment and will keep the guys cumming!

    Casey & Gavin RAW!

    Casey & Gavin RAW!

    Casey & Gavin RAW!

    Casey & Gavin RAW!

    Silas and Tatum RAW!

    Silas and Tatum RAW!

    Silas and Tatum RAW!

    Silas and Tatum RAW!

    Allen & Bishop RAW!

    Allen & Bishop RAW!

    Allen & Bishop RAW!

    Allen & Bishop RAW!

    Carter & Jacek RAW!

    Carter & Jacek RAW!

    Carter & Jacek RAW!

    Carter & Jacek RAW!

    Carter & Jacek RAW!

    Carter & Jacek RAW!

    Chaz & Cruz RAW!

    Chaz & Cruz RAW!

    Chaz & Cruz RAW!

    Chaz & Cruz RAW!

    Chip & Stone RAW!

    Chip & Stone RAW!

    Chip & Stone RAW!

    Chip & Stone RAW!

    Chip & Stone RAW!

    Chip & Stone RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Haigan & Solomon Bossy RAW!

    Bryan & Jamison RAW!

    Bryan & Jamison RAW!

    Bryan & Jamison RAW!

    Bryan & Jamison RAW!

6May/124

What a Yucky Week!

    Hackers are Yucky!
    As most of you guessed, last week ChaosMen.com was being hacked by a persistent hacker. Most adult websites deal with this routinely. DOS (Denial of Service attacks) are pretty common. Unfortunately, this was not one of those. This one really kept at it, and as we sealed up one hole, he would take advantage of another. Finally, he got frustrated and posted a homophobic remark on the site, and we finally blocked several key "hacky" countries while we continued to search for security holes.

    ALL sites get hacked. The FBI, CIA, Sony Playstation, Twitter, Facebook... No matter how good you are, someone with determination will keep trying. For almost a decade we have kept them at bay, and longtime members have endured several DOS attacks where the site slows to a crawl. We do our best, but we aren't security professionals here. No one really is. I think security companies and even the FBI end up employing hackers rather than putting them in jail.

    I am always aware the site is under constant attack. At least once a month I am reminded while someone noses around the site. I even made it part of the Terms and Conditions page, that this site WILL get hacked, and will go down. It's just a given. The site stores no personal information, and all transactions occur at CCBill and Epoch. Injecting code and virus, well that just ain't good!

    I had 3-4 very nice emails from members who work for private companies telling me horror stories of how their mail server was hacked, or their private server was hijacked. Of course there were some angry member and non-members(?!?) quite upset that the site was not up, but also trying to redirect and infect their computers. Understandable. I apologize for not being able to fend this one off!

    Having said that. . .

    Wear a Condom on Your Computer!
    All I can tell you, is much like my Condom Use Statement, you have to protect yourself. Go to downloads.com and try some of their top-rated security software. Also, get a copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and at least once a month scan your computer.

    Windows Security Software at Download.com

    Every week I am updating usernames and passwords for 2 to 3 members who have had their credentials lifted directly from their computer or using an insecure wireless connection. The only pattern I can see are members who use the same login at every site, and also join the site many times with the same credentials, which likely means they use the same login everywhere. It is bound to get out there!

    I update their login, and advise them to scan their computer aggressively. I have done this for members hundreds of times over the years, and thankfully I have yet to see a repeat where that usernames gets lifted again. I never take the stance that members deliberately share their login info. Users are bound to get hacked too!

    If you are looking for a cool Password Manager, check out Splash Data's SplashID. Usually they have a free mobile app, and you just need SplashID installed on your computer($40). It will sync your information with your phone, so you have your logins with you at all times! It will generate usernames and passwords, for people like me, who aren't very creative.

    Yes the software is currently listed for $39.95, but I gotta tell you, and perhaps I have many logins for many things, but this software keeps me sane, especially when you have it synced with your phone!

    Don't be an Apple Lemming!
    I love Love LOVE Apple stuff! Great gadgets and computers! Awesome design! I am an Apple Lemming myself!

    Apple has done a fine job letting everyone know how bad Microsoft's OS is, and how perfectly safe their OS is. Well that has come back to haunt them as the latest news reports are that if you own a Mac, you are now a prime target for hackers. I find most users with password sharing issues are on Macs. You make up much more of the market share, and most user don't have even the most basic protection setup, believing their computer is secure.

    It is not. Lots of great software now to protect your investment and identity. Go to downloads.com and search on Security Software for the Mac and find the highest ratings one and install one now.

    Mac Security Software at Download.com

    Apple is having to change it's party-line on how secure they are. They have thrown down the gauntlet to hackers... which leads me to another point…

    Making Bold Statements During A Hack Attack!
    I did do a press release to CCBill, Epoch, and all active affiliates about the hacking. But because the hacker was still around, posting a message on the site that it is "perfectly safe and under control" would likely not only increase their attack, but also, invite others to join the hacking frenzy. No sense advertising vulnerability.

    It took us about 4 hours last Monday to rebuild what was damaged. Later that day, we decided to refresh the username and password files, as both Epoch and CCBill were unable to add new members or delete lapsed ones when the site was down. They both ended up nuking each other's logins over and over. Thankfully my web-hosting team was there to make sure the names got added back in. CCBill continues to lose about 300 names during these re-adds, and I now have a special message for members to see when their login fails to contact Support.

    I have a rather high opinion of my members. They are smart enough to know when something is happening. If the site is acting crazy or terribly slow, we are likely under attack, and they know it. Many sent me Trouble Tickets, Thank you! Everyone keep your AV software updated, and scan your computer, which you should be doing already.

    Use the Trouble Ticket System!
    A few of you will report to CCBill or Epoch an issue. I understand that you might need to if the site is DOA. But I find many users feel cheated or just don't email or use the trouble ticket system to allow us to troubleshoot their issue. WE WANT TO HELP!

    I check it often, and my server team also jumps in when I am filming, sick, or otherwise unable to timely respond. We often will escalate video playback issues and will even offer to remote into your computer to help trouble shoot an issue that is not easily resolved.

    You don't even have to create an account, just Submit a Ticket by Clicking the Next Button!

    THANK YOU!
    For all the members who stuck by while this attack happened. I prefer not to run and hide when an anti-porn or homophobic attack happens. I am glad to see many of you are as determined as me! I would love to say it will be the last, suspect it won't be,  but let's keep our fingers crossed!

    Bryan Ockert
    ChaosMen.com

12Aug/1126

Foster Edge – Rugby Dominance

    Foster Edge

    Had a lot of positive feedback on the recent Edge video with Foster and Vander. I think most comments really liked the way Foster was dominated and made to suck Vander's big dick.

    If you haven't seen it, it would be nice if you would join the site, -and not on some tube site.

    I feel the need to remind fans that most videos on Tube sites, torrents, etc aren't actually free but stolen. I can't keep making videos if stolen content is out there. I saw a video that had been viewed over a million times. If i had a dollar for every view, i could buy a server farm, and increase download speeds, even upgrade AEBN feeds. But alas, the temptation to see it for free is strong.

    It is highly likely that by 2015 there will virtually no new porn on the net as production companies can not monetize their videos, nor will (straight) models be willing to fuck for mere dollars. The younger generations seems to think porn should be free. Given how much they enjoy it, they are basically, often unwittingly, killing the industry. So please, if you don't join my site, join another. Support us small studios whenever you can. We cant keep making it if its all out there for free.

    Eventually porn viewers will not see much new on the net. It may take them a couple years to consume what is out there, but it is highly conceivable that if this trend continues, very few companies will be producing new porn.

    I know my site specializes in a somewhat niche market, but I need everyone to spread the word and encourage friends to help support the site. Otherwise many of their favorite sites will just have to stop producing content.

    There is no other paradigm for me to make money and to pay models and my bandwidth. I need members, plain and simple. So even if you can't join recurring, please consider joining on occasion to help keep my site, and even my competition site's, in the green.

    Piracy is a big deal right now and most Tube site visitors have no idea that what they are watching is likely stolen. If you love porn, make sure you support to producers directly.

    I understand everyone loves free porn. and economic times are tough, but at this rate, things could get grim.

    This Foster Edge video was very popular on the message boards, but sales were not what they should be. People seek out a free version if they can find. Just know, if you love my work or even other sites, you are basically making it so that we can;t make new content.

    If you are current member, than THANK YOU! I have two 7-day marathons planned by the years end, and a few over the top videos that surely will make you creme your jeans. Just make sure you are getting it from the source.

    So pull those wallets out and spread the word!

Filed under: Drama! 26 Comments
28Apr/114

Bar Event April 1 – May 1 Cancelled.

    Well, it came down to the last minute, but it appears we had a miscommunication about what the models would be earning during this two day event.

    After doing some math, I decided that there was just no way the guys would make enough money to justify losing their entire weekend. (actually, 3 days with travel)

    The main issue is the guys aren't strippers or dancers, so most will be shy and not get out and try to hustle tips. The clubs feel that a minimum amount should be given to 'dancers', and that they can make the rest up in tips. That's not exactly how I had it planned. My guys are adult entertainers

    Sorry I dont even call them porn models. I dont consider myself as part of the "Porn Industry" but the Adult Industry. You may think I am splitting pubic hairs, but there is a palpable difference between the two. My guys have 9-5 jobs, show up once a month to do their gig, and there is no fan fare, drugs, limos, cocktail parties yadda yadda. None of the stereotypical porn trappings you might imagine.

    So they aren't naturally entertainers. Sure, they are eager to meet people who think what they do is awesome, but it is a bit intimidating for them, as their time doing Adult work is so separate from their everyday lives.

    I was of course covering the costs of airfare and hotels for all of them, and putting in some funds myself, but again, it just was not going earn the guys what they would if they stayed home and worked their current jobs.

    Bar events are a tough sell.  The fans that can make it to them LOVE to meet the guys, but I def. don't get a ton of new memberships. In  this economy, I know it would be more about PR for the site, but it needs to at least be worth it for the models.

    I think Micah and Mason are the most disapointed. Mason has been working out realllly hard and he just looks more amazing everytime I see him.  Micah loves to party and ever since he found out about events, he has wanted to be top of the list.

    Valentino is a natural showman, and in a couple weeks his Oral video will air (sorry if you have been waiting, but I am trying to space out the Serviced videos so Ransom isn't there every Wednesday)

    BTW, for those of you who keep asking. Tobin will be back next week for a sex scene, and I believe he has a couple more set to air in the coming months. Valentino is part of the team and has filmed two sex scenes as well. Lots of fan faves Vander, Taylor, Micah and Kristopher too!

    So I apologize if you were making a special trip to Austin. Splash is still an amazing event, and everyone should come at least once to experience Splash!

Filed under: Drama! 4 Comments
21Apr/115

Went to the Dermatologist today

    And all I can point to is this Viral video you likely have already scene, but it is always nice to re-visit

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ7AzBIJoI

    The  plea to sign petitions is quite interesting, although I dont know why they picked this video to tag it with. It certainly hasnt got them a lot of views. You can skip past it by clicking the video behind.

    Nothing serious on my end, just lots of freezer burn....but of course.....always...wear...sunscreen.

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27Feb/1112

To Pee or Not to Pee

    Taylor & Vander

    Taylor & Vander

    Recently I was taken by surprise when CCBill told me I was in violation of their Terms by posting a video with person-to-person piss play.  No one was gargling in it. Just a model peeing on another persons’ leg, butt or cock.

    I have been with CCBill 6-7 years now, and haven’t looked at those Terms since I signed up. I didn’t really recall watersports as being a problem.

    Plus companies like SXVideo have tons of watersports, AND bill through CCBill.

    They asked me to remove the video or edit out the content, which I did. It was quite a stressful day.

    While pissing isn’t for everyone, it IS very popular. At any given time if you check the top DVDs or plays at sites like TLA or AEBN, there is usually one or two titles with piss action goin' on in their Top Ten.

    Taylor & Vander

    Taylor & Vander

    The Taylor & Vander RAW PISS video aired at 12:00am PST, and by the time I got up that morning at 7:00am, new sales had literally quadrupled.  Sure it was a hot pairing, but the audience was clearly hungry…um… thirsty, for something a little wet.  It is safe to say I lost a lot of revenue having to censor parts of that video.

    I am only thankful for one thing. If it had remained up as it was, my guess is the site would have crashed under the onslaught. I was not prepared for that much interest!

    I got a lot of positive emails, and read some comments on blogs, something I rarely do.

    It was funny to see people say they are grossed out, and”What the Hell am I thinking?”, or it is the end of ChaosMen as they know it. ?!?!?! Pee debates broke out and one popular site, had the most comments ever on a particular video release.

    Taylor & Vander

    Taylor & Vander

    I sure wouldn’t know that pissing is “gross” by the huge amount of sales that day!

    A lot of members wrote to CCBill and very kindly asked them to not Censor the video or to change their policy, often pointing out sites that they were billing for piss play. Some didn’t care about the pissing, they just didn’t like Censorship. Why censor somthing that is out on the net everywhere?  Pissing can be found at such illustrious sites as - Lucas Films to Raging Stallion.

    CCBill of course blames their credit card processor.  I believe that. I think CCBill realizes that the audience finds pee play ok..and therefore profitable. But still they are locked into their Terms with their card company.

    The biggest irony is of course I can use my Visa card to join AEBN and watch piss play, got to RagingStallion.com and purchase with my credit card a hot piss video with the only Porn star that I know by name- Damien Crosse.  Damn, he is such a great performer!

    Taylor & Vander

    Taylor & Vander

    Even Epoch, arguably CCBill’s biggest billing competition, allows watersports.

    Lots of public comment and emails saying “Lose CCBill!!” “Switch to Epoch” “Why are you staying with CCBill?”

    Well, I have seven years of billing with them. If I simply turn off billing with them, I could survive a while on the rebills, but if I started airing piss videos, they would stop sending me those rebills.

    I could ask everyone to quit CCBill and join via Epoch to try to get everyone shuffled over, but the Affiliates, who make money off of directing you to my site, will feel like (and justifiably so) I am doing an End Run on them, and they will no longer get credit for the new sales, nor the rebills.

    I just can’t up and leave at this point in the game. My expenses are a lot higher, I pay the models plenty, and I would have to shut down production for months while everything gets switched over.

    El & Vander

    El & Vander

    I looked at adding CCBill and Epoch jointly, making CCBill more expensive; therefore people would be more likely to join Epoch, phasing CCBill out slowly. But then members would cancel their CCBill memberships and rejoin at Epoch’s better rate, leaving the Affiliates are out of the loop again.

    I want to keep affiliate happy. I don’t do any advertising, and they pretty much spread the word about the site.

    I actually spoke to the Vice-President of CCBill about the issue.

    He explained a lot, and did tell me he is pushing for watersports to be allowed, but to not hold my breath. (Or bladder!)

    They changed card companies several years back and any site that had piss play already on it, were allowed to remain as CCBill customer nor had to change their content. So SXVideo was grandfathered in, and that is why it seems like there is a double standard.

    Eli & Vander

    Eli & Vander

    Oh if I had only released a piss video at the beginning of the site!

    So all my eggs are in one CCBill basket. But I will be adding Epoch as a second processor, because it scared the shit out of me when I realized that I only had one source of revenue. Affiliates should be mindful of this if they don’t like the idea of multiple affiliate programs.

    I encourage everyone to write CCBill and tell them to change card processors or continue to get their current card processor to change its’ policy.

    I did learn something about this airing this content.

    If they ever do allow it, I think I will release a pee-free version of every video right alongside the pee version so the squeamish can enjoy. But  by the number of sales and interest, I think the pee video will win out in a viewing landslide.

    Jake & Vander

    Jake & Vander

    MOVING ON

    The Taylor & Vander video is available at AEBN. The price point is not the greatest. I will continue to add these as “Director’s cut” there. Perhaps try to get them all as one collection. It's not a elegant solution, so haven't been advertising it.

    I could release a DVD with the four piss videos I have shot, but that’s a pretty short DVD. I haven’t filmed more for fear of not having a way to get the videos out on the site.

    Jake & Vander

    Jake & Vander

    I would like to get these out to fans in HD format. I am working on a way to do this, but it might be a bit costly considering you can get the censored version on the site. But it IS super hot with the piss-action, and doesn't have those jarring edits.

    Just know, if you have even a slight pee fetish going on, I am working on ways to get the videos into your lubey hands!