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Here's a sculptor, Yong Ho Ji, with something of a difference in his approach.. his materials are used tires, resin, steel and foam, and his subjects include anthros of various kinds.

ibneko pointed out a story about Oregon Zoo releasing Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. ^_^ For now, they're still protected within a six-acre enclosure, safe from predators. "Although there are pygmy rabbits in other states, the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit has been separated from other populations for thousands of years and is genetically distinct. Over time, as sagebrush steppe was converted to agricultural land, the rabbits were edged out of their habitat. By 2002, only 15 Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits remained in the region." I'm hoping they'll be able to change that. ^_^

If you're within reach of Bristol or Manchester, and have an interest in the combination of barbecue, beer & cider, and music, you could really do much worse than attending Grillstock, May 11/12 (Bristol) and June 8/9 (Manchester). ^_^ The housemate and I went along last year, and had a fantastic time, perhaps aided by the weather keeping some people away - it was changeable to the extreme of needing to keep the hood up sometimes to keep the rain off, and shielding your eyes from the sun, at the same time. ^_^; The primary cider suppliers were Orchard Pig, with all manner of tasty meatiness available, and vendors offering hot sauces and suchlike; this year, the key brewer'll be Brooklyn Brewery, of New York. =:9 Music, as you might recall, included folks like Sicknote Steve and Alabama 3. And at only £10 for Saturday, £7.50 Sunday, or £15 for both, you aren't really risking much. ^_^ If you feel like making a weekend of it, but not exclusively at the festival, you could consider a side-trip to the extraordinarily picturesque town of Bath, or for a scenic walk, travel to Weston-super-Mare, and up to the Brean Down Nature Reserve, with views extending for many miles.

Speaking of food (which happens so rarely here), I thought I'd note one of my dinner concoctions as worth repeating. =:9 Started with a smoked haddock fillet, simmering in tiny bit of water, until partially defrosted, then adding some chopped up asparagus and dwarf beans, plus about a third of an onion, finely chopped. To liven it up: a good dash of fish sauce, some Berbere seasoning, a little lemon juice, a sprinkle of mango powder and mace, a heavy teaspoon of mustard, and a bit of oyster sauce. Finally, some tiny prawns, a small handful of a stir-fry mix (mostly finely grated carrot, lettuce, and sprouts) for variety, and a package of cheap (and reasonably low calorie, at about 450) macaroni cheese. It's emphatically not a subtle dish. ^_^

A cheery little drawing/lottery from ThinkTank and Sigma: win one of Sigma's new 35mm f/1.4 lenses plus any of ThinkTank's bags. Seems like you can tweet about it in any way that includes that URL, or subscribe to ThinkTank's newsletter. It mentions US-only for the lens, but the bag can go anywhere. (The lens itself is rather nice, eg DPReview's review, "It's remarkably sharp, even wide open, outperforming not only its Canon, Nikon and Sony equivalents, but also the far more expensive Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 in lab tests.")

Bloom: Memories is an OS X/Windows action-adventure/RPG project you could back on Kickstarter - well worth a look, with rather more style and substance than is the norm. Linux support depends on reaching a stretch goal, so it's there, if people want it, and will shell out for it.

I haven't highlighted any furry art in a while - so, have a bunny, in Thirty One Days, by Demicoeur. (Entirely safe for all) And, this scalie by Rotarr is rather a nice depiction. (Questionable safety: topless female dragon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
By 2002, only 15 Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits remained in the region." I'm hoping they'll be able to change that. ^_^

Well, they're rabbits... if they're gonna live the least bit up to their reputation, I'm sure they will. ;)

And, this scalie by Rotarr is rather a nice depiction. (Questionable safety: topless female dragon)

Oh, that should still be safe — after all dragons aren't mammals, so they don't have... oh. Oh my. ^^

Beautiful, though!
Indeed, the Zoo notes one doe, Shasta, lived to a grand old age of five, and gave life to a remarkable 67 kits. ^_^; Even for a leporine, that does seem quite exceptional.

I suppose the only downside of it all is that the programme did, in the justifiable aim of genetic diversity (viz cheetah..) mix up the lineage a bit, with other relatively nearby pygmy buns, so they're not strictly Columbia Basin sorts at this point - but that seems like a reasonably judged choice, faced with such a tiny (in every sense =:) population.

*grin* Even if designed, I could very easily envisage future species opting for a curvaceous sexual dimorphism. ^_^ Hell, if it were up to me, I'd give all the 'morphs curves regardless of jiggliness. =:D
Mmm, with that kind of cooking you could safely put up with a crocodile in the household ^^
We otter meet up someday. ^_^ Will you be coming along to the GBBF, perhaps? I'm very tempted to get along to that again, having missed the last two. It's returned to Olympia, a far more fun venue than the cavernous depths of Earls Court, with all the character of an interstellar cargo ship hold, and this year, they're promising some 800 beers and ciders. Indeed, have you ever been to the GBBF? If not, it's laid out regionally, with large "bar" island for brewers from different UK regions/counties - everything's on casks on gravity, perhaps needless to say, other than some of the international offerings; those include the likes of rare Belgians and interesting outfits like Dogfish Head.

The tutored tasting sessions can be worth going along to, as well, with the brewers present to tell you more about the creation and making of the beer you're about to sample. The food options are always decent, too - tasty and fairly priced, ranging from Thai and Indian curries, through Krakower and Bratwurst, to well-stuffed pasties. =:9

Only real downside is they absolutely never have enough seating, so it's fairly hit and miss whether you'll be able to park your tail while eating, but there's plenty of floor space. ^_^
Yeah, we should, especially since we live in the same country :P I have taken part in a few beer festivals, although I'm not sure if they were part of the GBBF. Sounds like an enormous event, bet the venues are just as impressive. No chance of sampling all those hundreds kinds of beers there, although the temptation is there for sure.

Lack of seating seems to be the downside if every beer festival I've been to before...not that it matters much anyway, good company and beer is what you go for ^^
Just ran across something browsing Reddit, thought you might find it interesting...

http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/1b2vp2/catering_a_party_last_night_party_ends_take_some/

(Also farther down in the comments /u/AWildSketchAppeared made a sketch based on the subject of the post.)
Ha! Oh, that's way too cool. =:D I'd love to have a chance to photograph that.. one could work wonders with suitably atmospheric lighting, in a low-key shot, f'rex. ^_^
Now that I have TV, I was watching BBS world news and caught a report that HMV (his master's voice) will survive, but only about 1/2 the stores and 1/2 the staff will remain :-(

Just like NYC now that Tower Records, Border's books & records, the Virgin megastores and such are all gone.
Thankfully, the one near me is one of the survivors - and, apparently, they're learning, with the announcement they'll be dropping their attempt to sell tech/gadgets, and instead, will focus on music and video. Imagine! =:)

I'm amazed how some of those properties just sit vacant for so long. The downtown San Francisco Virgin Megastore's been empty for, what, five years?

I do rather miss Tower. The one in UTC/La Jolla had a brilliant magazines section, including shinywear publications like Skin Two, and the one near the Castro had a good spread of international goodies and esoteric cult flicks. I still have my membership card from them, as a souvenir of sorts. ^_^