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On the theme of "how are furries and furrydom seen from the outside?", I found Michel Gagné's report on Anthrocon, as one of the GoHs, beautifully affirming. But then, he does sound like a cool guy.

Plus, there's really quite a good article on furries, from a Philly-based paper, also looking at Anthrocon. (Thanks to loganberrybunny)

Pretty nifty.. this guy carves out coins, leaving the figure in question smoking. ^_^ He also carves out coins from around the world, including the particularly furry currency of Australia. (Sadly not including the 5¢ echidna - presumably too small to work on) Dragon lovers, meanwhile, might like the Chinese section.

A very short story: The Orange. It's anthropomorphic, inasmuch as most oranges don't talk; or rule the world, for that matter.

Another set of coins, this time in full color. Wonder how that's achieved?

The iTMS now has 36 sessions of the 9/11 Commission available; search on "commission" at the Store, and they'll turn up.

Interesting. There's a bill in the works mandating the provision of photovoltaic panels on an undetermined percentage of new Californian houses. Given there's sufficient solar energy even in the UK to provide for most heating needs (which, of course, needn't be room heating, but hot water also), it does seem strange that there's negligible utilisation of the resource in California, whether photovoltaic or simple heat absorption.

I'm curious: does anyone know of examples of mythology or other folk tales involving red pandas? Oddly, I'm having a terrible time trying to find any.. I mean, yes, we're good at not being seen, and like keeping a low profile, but there's surely some legends from China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, or Myanmar involving my kin.

Whilst I can't say I thought terribly highly of the anime series Texhnolyze, I'm quite caught by the diverse domain of its soundtrack.. one track's highly processed 90s guitar thrash, the next is exclusively gentle, melancholic classical strings, followed by energetic kodo and mellow jazz cornet.

Let's play Spot the Difference!

A nice screensaver for Panther - it spins a metal clock, whilst overlaying the output of your choice of RSS feed. (From the "Why? Because we can!" department)

Western civilisation marches on: the Sack O' Sauce in a Can O' Meat. And remember: wherever there's Squirt, there's fun! (Come on, can you say that without giggling?)

A handy guide to the easy way to getting Nessus, a particularly handy security tool, installed under OS X, along with some other handy tools, like ethereal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
At first when you mentined carving out coins, I thought of hobo nickels. Back in the Great Depression, hobos and other transient laborers would often take worn-down Buffalo nickels (a particular design of nickel minted here between 1913 and 1938) and would use knives to carve elaborate drawings onto the design, often transforming the Native American on the front into a soldier or a lady, or doing something equally creative. Some people would take a well-carved nickel in exchange for a day's worth of work or food. This guy is a modern-day hobo nickel carver, and has some very creative work up on his site. I like "Buffalo Wings" myself:



Oh, and the coloring on those Chinese coins was done by first applying a layer of enamel to the metal, then effectively laminating the picture on top. The Chinese especially use it a lot for commemoratives, but it's catching on in other places as well.

::was once a numismatist::
Buffalo nickels (a particular design of nickel minted here between 1913 and 1938)

Ahh, no wonder I didn't recognise the base design.

It's a fascinating idea. I think I'm going to have to look around now, and see if there are some Depression-era hobo nickels to be seen. It's easy to conceive of some people becoming particularly skilled in the art, over time, as happened with scrimshaw. I'd hope the recipients actually did keep them, of course.

(Wish I'd taken a little footage of it.. once saw a superb piece of scrimshaw, depicting a red panda in a tree, quite prominently, blended in with a scene from an old Chinese market village, carved onto about a foot of a tusk. Absolutely gorgeous work, but at $4000 - this was, after all, on Fisherman's Wharf, an erstwhile San Francisco tourist trap - a tiny bit out of reach :)

Ahh, an enamel layer as a substrate for the printing! Ingenious. I'd like to see such a coin in person sometime, though I doubt I'd be welcome to handle a proof personally.

I also spent a little time indulging numismatic interests. ^_^ (What can I say? Ringed tails and shiny things seem to go together naturally) I don't have that (very modest) collection any more, but, I suppose now I can enjoy as broad a range of these works of official art as I could hope for, from countries all around the world. Truly, the web is a wondrous creation.