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I blinked a bit when I saw the word "fursuits" in the title of the latest comic from the good folk behind Oh Joy Sex Toy, which usually reviews sex toys and sexual practices. But, no, it's a genuine examination of just what it is that appeals about 'suiting, and correctly notes that sex in the fur is quite rare, and far from the primary motivation to spending anything upwards of a few thousand dollars. (The comic is completely SFW, but some of the page furniture might raise eyebrows =:)

Sort of relatedly, Christopher Guest (This is Spinal Tap, Best In Show) is cooking up Mascots, a comedy film project for Netflix, coming on Oct 13 2016, set in "the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy". ^_^;

Music video of the day: Yelle - "Ba$$in". The track itself is a fun bit of electropop, but it's the video that makes it - delightfully odd. =:) And then there's Morcheeba - "Enjoy the Ride", a mellow, funky track, with the video showing an unexpected outcome of attempting to raise the dead. (Only a 240p file, though - if anyone knows of a better quality version, give a shout)

Rather a fun International Space Station patch: starring Rocket Raccoon and Groot. =:D

I hope everyone already knows of Derek Lowe's legendary "Things I Won't Work With" series. =:) If not, well, imagine the wonderful world of chemistry, where you might, at times, be faced with trying to produce or use extraordinarily feisty molecules. Here's one entry on peroxide peroxides. Not only do you get to read about just how very difficult these kinds of compounds can be to - well, not even work with, so much as have nearby. "There are a lot of things, unfortunately, that can lead to peroxide decomposition – all sorts of metal contaminants, light, spitting at them (most likely), and it doesn’t take much. There are apparently hobbyists, though, who have taken the most concentrated peroxide available to them and distilled it to higher strengths. Given the impurities that might be present, and the friskiness of the stuff even when it’s clean, this sounds like an extremely poor way to spend an afternoon, but there’s no stopping some folks." "But I have to admit, I’d never thought much about the next analog of hydrogen peroxide. Instead of having two oxygens in there, why not three: HOOOH? Indeed, why not? This is a general principle that can be extended to many other similar situations. Instead of being locked in a self-storage unit with two rabid wolverines, why not three? Instead of having two liters of pyridine poured down your trousers, why not three? And so on – it’s a liberating thought. It’s true that adding more oxygen-oxygen bonds to a compound will eventually liberate the tiles from your floor and your windows from their frames, but that comes with the territory."

From the BBC: Is my brain male or female? (There is some trickery =:)

A sort of game recommendation: Abyssrium. It's not really a game as such - actually more of a clicker. But.. it's actually really pleasant. And there is no need to pay money. There are means, but that's entirely optional. You can simply enjoy letting things happen. ^_^ The setting is centered around a lonely coralite, which you can help to grow, along with various corals, seaweed, and suchlike, as well as zapping into existence new fish, cetaceans, and jellyfish. It's quite beautifully presented, and makes a superb screensaver - though, being quite graphically intensive does mean your iPad or suchlike will become quite hot around its GPU; I wouldn't recommend it for prolonged periods when running off battery.

TIL that the oldest church in England still in regular use has a single pew for four people, and standing room for another six. ^_^

Thursday night was an unexpected film night: Into the Forest, being a drama set in a time where something's happened to basically end electricity and much of civilisation, leaving a family stuck in their woodland home, trying to make the best of things. Their situation changes again before too long (avoiding spoilers here), however, with things never easing up. It's not survivalist porn, though - more of a "slice of life" in tone. Overall, I wouldn't say anybody needs to go out of their way for it, but it's a decent production, with very good performances from the leads.

I rather like this. Someone put out a "free mattress", sufficiently worn looking that it attracted no interest as a mattress, but some as a canvas. =:)

Here's an interesting little cinematic tidbit: a visit, in 1944, to the Nippon Kogaku Totsuka (now known as Nikon) factory, Yokohama. Being wartime, it's intended to convey the diligence and craft exercised in the creation of the optics required. What elevates this six minute short above mere propaganda, however, is its director: Akira Kurosawa. =:D
 
 
 
 
 
 
I blinked a bit when I saw the word "fursuits" in the title of the latest comic

Good strip. A+, would read again.

Instead of having two oxygens in there, why not three: HOOOH? Indeed, why not? This is a general principle that can be extended to many other similar situations. Instead of being locked in a self-storage unit with two rabid wolverines, why not three? Instead of having two liters of pyridine poured down your trousers, why not three?

I like the way he's thinking. :)
It's worth following. ^_^ They're very open minded, happy to review any toy, porn provider, or even seemingly sexually related practices. *grin* And they're routinely, thoroughly entertaining, even if what they're looking at isn't of particular interest.

I always enjoy his style. =:D Not that I ever got to engage in anything even remotely hazardous, of course, but I'd relish the opportunity to return to a well equipped organic lab. People like him and Bruce Schneier - they're worth listening to, versus the babble of most politicians, f'rex, happy to "postpone" renewables for another decade or so until they're out of power - tragic enough a result in itself, let alone the converts to this bizarre school of thought that global warming is some kind of UN-backed conspiracy, regardless of the evidence of an increasingly warm, ice-free Arctic, and receding glaciers everywhere.

But yes, I can roll with that school of risk assessment. If you're going to fall 4000', why not 8000'? =:) (Just a matter of avoiding that first step, really)


Edited at 2016-08-06 10:53 pm (UTC)
Wowie! That art by Grey-White is really charming!.. very nice and softly-explained point of view on the fursuiting thing too... a tale which sadly will need to be explained over and over until it becomes mainstream understanding. Even some people in the fandom have a skewed understanding of it!... so imagine how tuff it can be for the rest of the world.. or at least the ones that think of 'that' .... luckily I think most don't.

Thanks of course for the many other great links too, especially like Mascots and the Nikon ones!
I suppose the "trouble" is that 'suiting is such a strongly visual thing, so when you get a big furcon, with dozens and dozens - hundreds, even - of these amazingly, lovingly crafted furs strolling around, that's what sticks in the mind of not only outsiders, but furries too. (And I certainly aim to play my part, when I bring my SL self into RL, which is now looking much more plausible. Embedded animation controller ahoy! That's going to be a brilliantly fun project. I want my ears to be plausible, not to mention my tail and nose)

Thankfully, I don't think that many people, by and large, are even aware of fursuiting - the fandom tends to latch onto particular bits of coverage and consider them to be the general public's lens, but I tend to feel that's only a small part of how furrydom's perceived.

It's definitely going to be fun to see how Mascots shapes up! I've no idea if Guest had anything to do with fursuiters or mascots before all this - who knows? I do recall a brilliantly fun interview with Christopher Walken on.. Conan O'Brien's show, I think? There, he rather lamented humans had lost their tails. ^_^ Maybe this'll be the 'suiting version of Galaxy Quest? It poked fun relentlessly, but was never, ever mean.

Ah, are you a camerafur as well? It's okay to admit it. =:)


Edited at 2016-08-07 12:34 am (UTC)
Well-said! Let us indeed hope that the sensationalism seen by the fandom is exaggerated and not so widespread... although I can tell you that over here, that MFF poison gas incident attracted nationwide coverage, and it was the talk around the office for a few days, as are many news stories. Whether anyone here or in general public will remember it with any sort of gravitas, only time will tell.

If mascots could be like galaxy Quest... oh MAN! Bring It ! :D

Did you say an embedded anim controller will bring your SL char to RL? .... ooo... I'd love to hear more about the actual application/rendering of this possibility......!

(and oh ,...heh.... yes, the whole Nikon thing was my first big career passion!)

Edited at 2016-08-08 08:37 am (UTC)
Ooh! I was aware of Mascots but not that it was a Christopher Guest production - I love his films, especially A Mighty Wind.
That Nikon/Kurosawa film is great! I only wish it had subtitles. Watching old propaganda is always an interesting slice of life. I've seen both Triumph of the Will and Birth of the Nation, and they're quite something to analyse. One thing that I REALLY want to do if I ever get back to Germany on an unstructured trip is to visit the Zeiss/Leica works. They still hand-paint the markings on their lenses! I'd also like to visit Hasselblad: it's always neat to see the probably unattainable. ;-)

Speaking of dangerous chemicals, a friend showed me this really cool 1940s fire extinguisher that he found in a thrift shop. Turns out that the extinguisher chemicals are a little twitchy: if you spray them on too hot a fire, they aerosolize and create phosgene gas! Fun for the whole family! So the question is: how much and how difficult is it to get it properly cleaned so that it can be appreciated as an artifact?

The Mascots movie sounds great! Is Reiner involved? All of their mockumentaries are so well done.
Nice fursuit comic- I showed it to my son on the iPad, which doesn't block the ads I missed on my kindle. He pointed out the little page forward/back icons, too... :D

The artwork style is very familiar. Is it original to the author or just something borrowed, do you know?