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2010-04-02 03:07 pm

Thursday Night Board game night

So, I'm looking to set up a fairly regular game night.

I'd like to know who would be intrested in doing that as a fairly regular activity.
Not every week, but with pretty fair regularity.

We would be starting around 6 or 7, what do you guys think?

Thursday is the day Fuzz is off doing his podcast, and so I won't be bugging him having a bunch of people over.
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2010-01-01 02:31 am

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A decade ago...

I was graduating high school with a scholarship in hand to go to UTD, a fine university here in Dallas.

I didn't know anything about the fandom that is now a huge part of my life, and which i hope i have given something back to.

In the last decade, I went to college, where I started my real life.

I met some of the best friends I've ever had at UTD, people I am happy to say I rang the new year in with tonight.

I met Fuzzwolf, my mate, and wandered into the Furry fandom, where I am happy to have found a home.

I graduated college, got pretty much the exact job i wanted when i started college, and now support myself despite all the economic mishaps of the last few years. I'm not rich, but I'm doing good and living the life i wanted to when I majored in computers.

the last decade has been pretty good to me, over all. It's had down as well as ups, I've mad e a lot of friends and lost some along the way, but it's been a grand old time.

I can only hope the next decade is as good.
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2009-10-09 07:30 am

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dude! The President won the Nobel Peace Prize!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33237202/ns/politics-white_house/

Take that Olympics!
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2009-10-01 01:31 pm

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Anybody I know who is going to Fur Fright, and would be willing to do me a favor there?
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2009-09-24 12:43 am

Pro tip:

If you wander around a gym locker room naked for 15+ minutes, even going so far as to shave slowly at the sinks while naked before your shower?

Do not become upset when somebody looks at you in the shower.
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2009-09-17 11:53 am

Last travel log, several weeks late of course.

Day 12 on road to arches

Well today was good, if much much to hot.

Eddie McStiffs did not live up to it's reputation as a restaurant or as an amusing name. Terrible service for the lose.

Moab is full of kitchy shops. Death by sticker shock and kitchy doodads is a sevear risk.
It is over all pretty good.

Day 13 on road to Mesa Verde

The day begins with a hike to through Devil's Garden, a very beautiful spot in Arches National Park.

Landscape Arch is freaking amazing. Over a football field long and yet only 6 feet thick at one point. Nature makes some weird shit man.

At Mesa Verde we did two walking tours of cliff side dwellings. The first started with a 31 foot tall, no side rails, old style wood ladder to get up to the dwelling. It went, metaphorically, downhill from there.

The ancient puebloians did not have walls along the edge, so there were no walls to stop you from falling into the canyon. They were also petite sized, meaning they though nothing of building tiny tunnels to connect the sections of the town. I will never forget the image if Dan's butt wedged in their doorway, no matter how much bleach I use. He will never forget the sight of me squeezing through because the bastard took photos. (I had a camera? Why did I miss that opportunity?)

The final ascent out consisted of a 20 foot ladder, a 25 foot scramble across a weathered set of steps carved into the cliff face, and another 18 ft ladder. I did not look down, but the damn ranger was kind enough to point out the 600 foot cliff behind me right as i got on the second ladder, the jerk. Thank god for the wrought iron railing, even if it was made out of loose chains.

Day 14 on road to Santa Fe

We don't have time to try it, since the stove ran outta fuel, but Mocco Soco Cocoa sounds reaaaaaly good....

Driving is... driving. It takes a lot less time to get to Santa Fe then Megan thought.

The coyote rooftop cafe was deliciousness... granted it was just enchiladas but still. Being clean and eating good food is heaven.

Day 15 heading home

Farmers market is full of produce and Dickens. I mean seriously, there's an eight or nine year old boy in a top hat and tails playing the violin. His whole family looks like they just escaped a Victorian poor house. His sister plays an oboe! It lends a very weird atmosphere to the whole thing. Victorian Hillbilly. Oh well, apples are tasty.

Driving is driving. Megan has the wheel and will not let go. She in fact drives all the way home. We stop for Dairy Queen blizzards, marveling at how far off the freeway we have to drive to find one. And that girl scout cookies now come in blizzards. Unholy.

Got home, got my stuff outta the car, kissed the mate (love you honey) and collapsed into bed. Trip over. Pictures forth coming...

Final tally? Missing only 4 license plates.
Got 5 Canadian and 2 Mexican provinces, along with the Government plate and the freaking District of Columbia.

Very sweet trip.
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2009-09-17 08:21 am

Shadowrun Info for Saturday....

... well maybe.



Just... awesome ain't it?
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2009-08-18 07:01 pm

Travel log 3

Day 9 going to cabin

Dear GOD am I glad that Dan's dad drove his suv up here. Rutted, potholed, and steep cliff dirt roads are sooo not cool x3

The cabin is neat. Running water (of limited supply) solar power, and a deck which looks out over the canyons behind us. Funny thing was, I had no signl on the highway up here, had it on the dirt road, then lost it just as we got to the canyon ^.^ oh well.

Day 10 at cabin

Read books, watched nature, fire feed, cooked marshmallows. What's there to say about staying in a secluded mountain cabin beyond that it's really nice? Listened to Dan's dad tell good stories. Good day.

Oh, and I shocked everybody by how fast I read. "First and Last", the first Gaunt's Ghosts novel from the Warhammer 4k universe was good. I quite got into it in fact, and the author even psyched me out and pulled a bait and switch at the end. Very good.

I did have trouble getting into the world. Much like most fantasy, high science scifi tends to replace common stuff with new names. In this case, Radio is now Vox. In fantasy its usually the Horse which gets remade.

But I read the thing in about 4 hours of solid reading, and I liked it.

Day 11 back from xabin

Sleeping up here is weird. I'm horribly uncomfortable till I'm asleep then dead to the world and happily asleep.

Saw so deer on the road. Very skitish. Heading back into salt lake.

"She's got music, she's got rhythmn, and that's why we have three kids now."

You know the Catholics only approve of two different birth control methods. Rhythm and Blues.

Back in civilization. Or at least as close as Salt Lake comes to it.
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2009-08-14 11:50 am

Travel log 2...

Day 6

Left the Grand Canyon and drove to Bryce canyon. Theme developing.

Campsite is full of idiots. Arson may be our only recourse.

Day 7

Hoodoo voodoo? Bryce Canyon do voodoo.
Seriously, this canyon is full of freaking hoodoos.

Had a nice hike along the rim trail. Europeans continue to display Ameican Insanity syndrome, where in coming to america cause them to lose all common sense and hike a 4 mile trail without shirt or sunblock.

Bryce canyon is nice, but a hell of a place to lose a cow.

Day 8

Blisters mostly gone now. As are all clean clothing except for one pair, which I intend to save for when we hit Salt Lake and take showers. We'll be buying Dan's parents dinner in exchange for allowing us to destroy their showers.

Sunsreen at this point is mearly a way of smearing the dirt evenly across the body.

We've been playing the liscence plate game and only need.h

> Alabama
> Alaska
> Delaware
> Kansas
> Kentucky
> Maine
> Montana
> New Hampshire
> North Dakota
> West Virginia

We also have seen 4 canadian provences and Mexico.
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2009-08-11 02:43 pm

trip log...

Day 1: the book "Soon I will be invincible" is a great read and puts me in a good headsapce for a mutants and masterminds game.

Claines corner New Mexico : you have not entered kitchy hell until you have been to this store....

Albequerque has nice hotels and good spicy mexican food. Been a long while since I had it New Mexico style.

Day 2:
You forget, living Texas where the world is as flat as a pancake, that stuff really way off in the distance actually does looky hazy and tinted blue, just like in video games when you turn the draw distance waaaay up. It takes there being mountains to remind you of this.

Petrified forset has wifi.... why? Because it can.
Drinking fountains? Not so much.

Total count : wifi 2 waterfoutains 0

Also? The liscence plate game is easy with a camera.

Painted dessert is very pretty, and since we started there and worked back towards the main section of petrified forest I saw a lot of stuff I don't remeber seeing before.

And, we saw our first satakite tonight while star gazing.

Day 3
Note to self: lava rocks make poor bedding material.

Additional note to self: if in future it is my turn to guard the keys at night, I will place them somewhere that I cannot roll over on the at 1 am and set of the van's panic alarm. Which, because this is a rental, we don't know how to turn off...

And perhaps I should have emptied out my cameras sd card prior to coming on the trip...

As kurt pointed out, vacations are so much better with technology. I agree.

Ancient indian ruins are so cool. Though god peopke have a weird idea about what ancient people were like.

The Grand Canyon is big... so damn big.

Saw several meteors. We're traveling during a big meteor shower. Spotted jupiter, 2 satalites, scorpio, casiopia, pegasus and sagitarius.

People tried to camp steal twice during the night, and there were coyotes howling at 3am.

Day 5

Megan is Serious Business hiking today the rest of us are going easy.

Rim trail hiking today, lots of fun. Taken neary 500 picture s of the canyon. Got lost getting to rim trail, nature made up for it with a deer
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2009-08-08 09:20 pm

Travel Log Day 1: Abusing the hotel wifi

Day 1: the book "Soon I will be invincible" is a great read and puts me in a good headsapce for a mutants and masterminds game.

Claines corner New Mexico : you have not entered kitchy hell until you have been to this store....

Albequerque has nice hotels and good spicy mexican food. Been a long while since I had it New Mexico style.
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2009-08-08 03:05 am

Road Trip : The Beginaning

So, today I leave on the big summer road trip with some buddies from college. We're doing the camping road trip across America thing. Should be great fun.

Where are we going? Well We leave Dallas today, headed for Albuquerque, where we will crash for the night before moving on to state parks on the way to the Grand canyon. Then, up to Salt Lake to take advantage of Family relations and stay in a cabin in the woods.

I'll see if i can post about the trip as we make pit stops in civilization, but don't expect me to get cell phone signal in the desert :)
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2009-07-23 11:14 pm

I need a hero...

I'm looking for help with an idea. Specifically, I need a idea for a hero in my upcoming Mutants and Masterminds game.
(If you don't know what that it, its a superhero RPG.)


See, I've been helping out [livejournal.com profile] ziabandito555 out a lot lately, and he's writing a book about furry superheroes. (Okay, so it's kinda several books now whatever.) And while i've been having tons and tons fo fun doing that.... it's made coming up with a human superhero for my M&M game that's interesting very hard.

SO! I'm outsourcing this to the Intertubes. Bring me something interesting!

The setting is 1980's San Fransisco. The only other character in the game so far is The Comrade, an ex-Soviet Scientist who defected to the USA because Russia is no longer looking out for The People. She is crazy mad science at it's best.

The template I'd like to play? A paragon style hero (Think Superman/Wonder Woman). Possibly a star spangled hero even. But I haven't gotten the hook yet to make that Interesting.


Throw me some random ideas here folks. Anything, throw everything at the wall and we'll see what sticks. Though honestly any idea that isn't a Speedster, another inventor, or Multiple man will help. (All are previous characters and repeating is no fun.)
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2009-07-12 05:46 pm

Five words from Zia

So, this is my five word meme, and the words were given to me by [livejournal.com profile] ziabandito555

It was fairly fun to do, heh, though i think som eof my answers might surprise Zia. Oh, heh, and I had to cut the entry for Streak short since I started talking waaaay to much.


Texas

So, Texas is where I live.... and that's really the only nice thing I have to say about the state as a whole. Dallas is nice. Okay, parts of Dallas are nice. But the state as a whole is boring, semi flat, and filled with little of interest besides the people who live here. (hey there all you Texas furs!)

I've often said that people live in Texas for two reasons, family and jobs. You're either born here, or lured here by the prospect of work. It's why my family moved here, and it's why I've stayed here. (The job part, my parents would ironically be more likely to visit me if I lived in the Colorado mountains rather then across the metroplex.)

Texas isn't a BAD place to live, nor is it the wore state to live in. I'd much rather live here then most of the rest of the south, but... well it's not exactly an enchanted place.


Fuzz

My boyfriend Fuzzwolf, who I've been with several years now. He's a sweet guy, even when he's trying to help. (Yes, that's a inside joke.)

We've been together a long while now, since 2001 in fact. It started out as a long distance relationship, and now we've lived together since 2004. It's been a fun and rocky road and I love him. The big lug.

Games

Gaming is a passion of mine. I play D&D avidly, love strange card and boards games, and run a Shadowrun game that's been going over a year. Add in World of Warcraft and other video games, and I spend a lot of my time gaming. Thankfully, I am in remission from my addiction to CCGs.

Fuzzwolf wonders what the devil I see in all of it.

Streak

Streak, or Joseph Baker, is a character I help introduce into the superhero world of Zia's forthcoming book Save the Day.

He won't actually appear in that book, since his story takes place later, but he's in the world.

Streak is his nickname in real life since he's a gay black and white wolf whose fur looks like somebody streaked white paint into a black wolf's fur, but it's also his nickname because his superhero identity is The Silver Streak. He's a speedster with electrical powers who wears a silver and black costume, and rarely appears as more the a streak of color since he moves so fast.

Streak is part of Zia's second generation of super powered furs, and frankly a rather unlucky guy. Streak started out because K9 drew a damn damn sexy picture of a badger, and Zia has a really interesting badger character in the series... and I totally wanted to see the badger get laid.

And because I can never just write a character into a scene for no reason, I ended up making a fully fleshed out character, back story, and a full fledged romance plot full of unrequited love just so that one sex scene made sense.

Gym

The gym, just behind my apartment complex, is something I have been missing a lot in the last few weeks. AC prep took up to much time for me to go work out after work each day, and now I'm getting back into the habit. And dear god do my muscles hurt. At least some days there are sexy muscle guys to look at while torturing myself.

The gym also brings up the fact that well I'm a tubby guy, but I Wish I was a muscle bound stud, because I find muscle bound guys hot as hell. Personally though I'd just like to be less fat. Not twig thin swishy, though that would make my boyfriend most happy, just have less meat on the bones.
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2009-07-09 10:42 pm

Not posting bout AC yet... The Philosophy of Ambiguity

But instead, some things my mom sent me.



The Philosophy of Ambiguity

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY,

AS WELL AS THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH:


Please enjoy and understand the following


1. DON'T SWEAT THE PETTY THINGS AND DON'T PET THE SWEATY THINGS.

2. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.

3. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.

4. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?

5. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE..

6. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, "WHERE'S THE SELF- HELP SECTION?" SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.

7. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?

8. IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?

9. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?

10. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?

11. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO "GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?"

12. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?

13. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?

14. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?

15. WHY DO THEY LOCK PETROL STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?

16. IF A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?

17. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?

18. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

19. WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?

20. HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?

21. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

22. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

23. DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGEBRA?

24. DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?

25. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?

26. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?

27. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?

28. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?

29. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD 'LISP' TO HAVE 'S' IN IT?

30. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED "HEMORRHOIDS" INSTEAD OF "ASSTEROIDS"?

31. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN'T SHOOT AT THEM?

32. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?

33. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES, DO THEY BECOME DISORIENTED?

34. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?


My mother was always so mean to our foreign exchange students.
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2009-07-01 12:00 am

I sneeze blue...

True to form, yesterday one of the toner cartridges we use for our big color laser printer, the one we intended to print lots and lots of stuff on to take to AC, exploded inside the printer.

And yes, I mean i had to take a vacuum and suck blue powdery toner out of the machine so it would stop making everything a sickly shade of green. It felt like deja vu, since the blue toner cartridge was what exploded before the last big con.

In fact, this sort of thing seems to happen right before Every con.

But! It was okay, I mean we'd planned for this! We'd ordered two sets of toner cartridges, I'll just lean over and pop in the second blue toner cartridge, and sure we won't have quite as many copies but...

*puffy cloud of blue toner in the face as the backup cartridge turns out to be trash too*
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2009-05-31 11:07 pm

Wedding Fun

So, normally that massive post would be enough to fill folks in on what I spent my weekend doing.

But, I would be horribly remiss if I did not congratulate my friends Sarah and Chris on their magnificently fun wedding, which I went to on Saturday. Yes, I totally skipped out on Mark, leaving him at the table all day Saturday to go to a very fun and very touching wedding.

There aren't really words to do a good wedding justice.

If you've ever seen two people who are truly in love exchange beautiful vows, articulating things that became true so long ago that neither person professing their love could live without the other anyway.... it's a moment to be watched and savored. i've seen it twice now, once this Saturday and once at Mark's sister Sara's wedding. Both were beautiful, and I'll never forget.


Chris and Sarah, it was fabulous to be there, and I'm sure you will both have as much fun and happiness as a married couple as you have the last ten years together.

Congratulations.



Oh, heh, and I caught the garter. Watch out Texas!
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2009-05-31 10:19 pm
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A-kon 09 - Worst. Con. Ever. Maybe... Sort of? Is maybe an answer choice?

So, as you can guess I and Furplanet went to A-kon this weekend.

Problem is... well I don't know. by the pure numbers Sales wise, the con stunk.

As in, that was the worst sales weekend we've ever had at a convention so far. Below even Oklacon last year, where I spent the weekend in a dealer's den located in the back woods of Oklahoma populated by the same number of kangaroos as dealers. (One is the loneliness number...) No offense to the folks who put on Oklacon, it was a very nice con, but the backwoods of Oklahoma is not what anyone woudl describe as a "shopping" experience.

This is not to say I didn't enjoy A-kon, it was a over all fun experience. I got to see some nice cos-players as they were shuffled by my table while standing in line for the dealer's den to open. I got the chance to sit and talk with my friends for several long hours without interruption and no set agenda, and that was actually really nice.


I have to say, the merchant scene at the con was not very good. Perhaps I'm not used to Anime convention dealers rooms, or at least what they have become in the last five years since I went to Anime cons with any regularity. There were some booths there that were freaking brick and mortar gaming or Anime stores, which must have closed down for the weekend, marked up all their merchandise, and carted it into the convention center to sell to the attendees.

There were many many booths selling exactly the same thing, but at wildly different prices from each other. In fact, the only constant about the prices were that they were a significant mark up from anywhere else you could buy the merchandise being sold. And I'm not talking about specialty buttons or limited run T-shirts. that kind of convention swap I expect to cost much more then the price it cost to make. That is stuff you can only buy at cons really.

I'm talking mass market board games, role playing books, the Manga currently available in Barnes and Noble, or the DVD's you can order in a hundred different places online or just get from Netflix. I took one major pass through the dealer's room on Friday and called it quits as far as buying anythign major went. I ended up buying only some board games on Sunday, when magically all the prices fell back to their normal retail prices.

I hear from folks more into the Anime con scene that this is a very normal practice. That Sunday is when the dealers stop gouging the customer and start selling it at "discount" aka the normal price, hoping not the take the stuff home with them. Wouldn't it just be better to price things reasonably to begin with?

It's a recession people! A Bad one. Things are not going good out there. People, especially young people who love anime, do not have much money! don;t mark stuff up mark it down! That's how you drive sales.

Then, add in the fact that there were just so MANY dealers tables... 150 in the artist alley where we were alone. And the Dealer's den was even bigger then us...

The net effect was that everybody had very little money and that it would buy even less then it would have before. It made sales take a nose dive and I'm not sure what to think about that.

Was the con a bust becuase it's an anime con? I don't think so. I think there were plenty of furs there intrested in our stuff. I met and talked to most of them at length. But unlike a normal conversation at a con booth that ended in a sale, they generally too a business card and promised to check us out online.

I guess the real upside was that we got to introduce a whole group of new people to furry, including a lot of artists. We might be seeing some new comics and books come out of the visit hopefully.

That was rather a cruel trick on my part really. there were a lot of folks not used to seeing furs at the con. I don't know why, Radio Comix has been there for 20 years I think, Daria magrain was there, the folks from Happy Jackal were there. There were plenty of furries at A-kon before Furplanet showed up. But I got asked a lot of questions and a lot of people were unsure about us. That's where the cruel part comes in.

My usual answer to the question "Umm... is it all animal people? Don't you have any regular Anime?" Was basically to say, "Well no actually, I don't. None of my current artists draw that. Do you have a comic I could publish?" This was also what i said when ever someone asked for a straight or additioanl clean comics.

I got several rather shocked looks, and several mumbled answers of "Um yes, but it's not finished..." to which I replied, "Well I can't publish it until you're done drawing! Here's my card. Email me." It was quite fun to turn the fact that I didn't have exactly what they wanted back on them and say, "Well I'd love to publish that. Know anybody with a comic?"

The only thing I feel particularly bad about is that the email on the back of those cards was not my own, but my mate's. I hope he doesn't hate me for the coming flood.

And so well... I'm just not sure what to think about Akon this year. I mean on the one hand sales are sales. Every comic we sell is a good thing, more royalties for the artists, more readers for the sequels. Part of me would love to sell that much every weekend. And the convention was fun.

I had fun there anyway, but... just not sure if it was worth the cost of a weekend this close to AC.
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2009-02-22 11:42 pm

Returned from Furry Fiesta

Yes yes, I don't post much. But I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention the convention I just got home from. considering it took all of like five minutes to drive home, and my mate is one the staff. XD

Furry Fiesta turned out to be fun. Having Fuzzwolf on staff and helping with registration the first day made it so I had to be running the table the whole day, and that kinda sucked cause i never made it to the gaming room, Saturday was good fun. Got to play games and do stuff with folks I don't see much. We had a very nice dinner with Kyell Gold and his mate.

I had only two minor problems with the con itself. Dealer's registration was a bit wonky, since there was a miscommunication with Shiva and the dealer's had to go back to normal reg to finish things up. That'll be different next year for sure and so its all good.

Second was the con suite. I feel bad, since i know they had food for like half the number of people who were there, so i'm not gonna mention the food itself. That was out of their hands, but good GOD they needed caffeine. Soda people, Soda. This is a con, people wish to stay up all night long. Make it easy for us! Better yet, get a sponsor and sell Bawls like every convention in the last year has. that seems to be a huge hit.

But those are both minor quibbles, easily overlooked in a con that went far better then a first year con would be expected to go, especially once you factored in that twice the number of people showed up as expected. I commend the staff for their hard work making all this go well.


For us personally, Furplanet did well in the dealer's den, even though it was a very strange sales weekend. I was expecting sales to suck frankly. Small con, bad economy, a whole bunch of the attendees being people we know who already have our stuff? Not the best selling environment. I was expecting some minor sales and that was gonna be cool. I mean, I drove home to sleep every night in my own bed. there were going to be no complaints if the dealer's room doesn't explode with money, the cost of going to this con was so low it wouldn't matter.

But looking at our sales, you'd have thought we were at a much bigger con. I guess to some degree we were, with the con's attendance being over 500 when they had expected 250, but I think we saw a big bump because we had a lot of the SofaWolf novels and comics, and so we kind of counted as two dealers instead of one. I like doing that cause we make good money and so do they. next time, I'd like to have a bigger selection of the Rabbit Valley Products, so we can count as all three dealers.

From what the other dealers said they did well also. Or at least all the big name artists like Heather and Dark Natasha who sat across from us and talked all weekend did. I hope the rest of the room did well too.

And once I finally got to the game room I had a lot of fun playing my new game Power Grid, even though i have yet to win it in the five times I've played. Mark of a very good board game for me, that i enjoy playing and losing so much.

So I say good job to the folks on the Furry Fiesta staff, some of whom I know are reading this. You put on a good con, and next year is looking good too.

Just, get yourself some more help cause you guys were looking pretty damn tired by Sunday night. I felt especially bad for Guardian, Celyddon, and Istanbul, all who looked liked death reheated three times by the end. You guys worked yourselves much to hard. I want to see FF2 succeed, but I also don't want to see you guys die doing it. :)
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2009-01-12 08:55 pm

President elect proves he can have his cake and eat it too, because he is that cool.

I believe the Gay community just got faced by Obama. Just try complaining now, because if you do you deserve to be beaten and thrown out of politics.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090112/FRONTPAGE/901120347

Folks like Rick Warren and James Dobson, and other gay hate mongers have always been part of things like the inauguration and running of the country. those dick have always been abel see see the president, no matter what party there were from.

But no other president would have dared invite an openly gay bishop to give a prayer at any event, no matter how much the gay community may have bitched and moaned. But Obama has.

Obama has done a lot of things that no other politician would have ever done, and he has failed to receive credit for that. I think what has bothered me most about politics since election day has been the irrational expectations placed upon the president elect.

Obama's not even in the job yet, and pundits from both sides have been complaining and complaining that Obama hasn't changed things like he promised. that his appointments are people who have experience and qualifications to do their jobs, as opposed to completely unknown people who had never been to Washington. As if things would magically change over night on November 5th once Obama had ridden in on his flying unicorn.

Well guess what folks, Obama has been changing things. For once in the history of America, we've got a president who considers gay people to actually be people with rights. He's changing things in a big way.

He's making changes slowly, carefully, and with a whole hell of a lot of planning so that everything changes smoothly, but he's damn well bringing change to the nation. I for one am damn glad he is moving slowly and planning ever step out carefully, because I want things done right.