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Here's a good peek at fandoms, though regrettably brief, courtesy of NPR, based on the author's book, "Who Are You People?" (Congrats to Sunshine Skunk for her appearance on the cover!) You can listen to the eight minute segment as streaming RealAudio or WMA, or a downloadable AAC file here.

"But truth be known, I admired the rock collector. She had something I didn't - passion. A passion so deep she was never at a loss for what to do with her weekends. A passion so consuming, she just had to share it with others. A passion so meaningful and enriching she burned to excite in others her love of droolers, quartz and feldspar.

Me, all I had were three pieces of chipped pottery and some memories of running topless in the woods with a crystal around my neck."

It's well worth listening to, as she's genuinely inquisitive about people's passions; and early on, we get a glimpse into another fandom's supportiveness in a time of need. This isn't shock journalism.

stego_s_aurus pointed out this very strange site with a sort of mascot theme. Requires Flash and any spare psychoactives.

A Beginner's Guide To Faking Your Death On The Internet.

Want free stuff, at the expense of a major gay-bashing organisation? Look here for a healthy source of pocket money. ^_^ (Amongst other items offered is The Chronicles of Narnia on DVD)

Interesting summary of US intelligence claims regarding Iranian weaponry, from the Cato Institute.

drhoz noticed this review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, over at The Panda's Thumb.

Here's a well-constructed montage of all the Doctor Who themes and titles, each performing a seamless segue into the next.

Oh, jolly well done, that chap. James Hawes and Steven Moffat just won a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. [Edit: apparently followed in second and third places in the voting by Dalek and Father's Day!]

Odd.. any icon I choose is getting forced to 100x100. Anyone else finding this?

Eat them up, yum!
Hee...odd coincidence. I'm just about to toss some laundry in and then head out to the local bookstores to see if they have Who Are You People?
Hee! Let us know what it's like! She does seem genuinely interested in the people she's encountered. I was most impressed in that little radio segment that she refuted the idea the net's brought about greater social isolation - I feel very much as she does, that the net's made getting together vastly easier, as people with all these specific passions can find each other. Trying to hammer the idea of people spending lots of time on their computers into the hole of proof that they're being less social really is quite nonsensical, once you see what they're spending all that time online for.
Want free stuff, at the expense of a major gay-bashing organisation? Look here for a healthy source of pocket money. ^_^ (Amongst other items offered is The Chronicles of Narnia on DVD)

Woohoo! I just got a Narnia DVD and a radio play of 'The Horse and his Boy'. :D
Ooh, not bad going! I need to see if I can avail myself of their generosity - I've still not seen the recent version of TLtWatW. Wonder if they're planning on adapting other books from the series? The box office takings seemed quite healthy, as I recall.

Still wish we could see Spellsinger on the big screen, though. ^_^
Oh, thank you for Fish Heads!

I had a memory so dim of a video to that song that I thought I might have made it up. Now I know: it was their wackiness, not mine.

I wish I'd come across Fish Heads much earlier. ^_^ And the work of The Residents, for that matter - seen their Renaldo and the Loaf video, f'rex? Wonderfully surreal and creepy. (Their Icky Flix DVD is a very good compilation - most tracks have original and reworked audio track choices, amongst other goodies)

Of course, I can never see Lennier on Babylon 5 without having the memory of that song pop up.. =:) (And gods, he still looks hawt)
Mummy! :)

The Doctor Who video makes me squeak with editing-skill envy!

Gods, that one had to be the creepiest of the recent episodes by far. The cliffhanger had me out in goosebumps. I hope little children enjoyed it as much. =:)

It's really quite impressive to see the level of editing skill some people display - anime music videos are another good source, too, sometimes even managing to fake lip-sync to the song. (Seen Serial Experiments Lain? Absolutely excellent mindbender of a show. Someone came out with a priceless video based around that, A Complete Waste of 6'39", which I believe balor introduced me to. Indeed, if you're all set up for playing DVDs, I could lend you the discs - Region 1, but I'd imagine that wouldn't pose a problem)

I followed the steps carefully and should have a couple of Narnia movie DVDs in my PO box in a week or two. This is a test run to see if this works. If it does work, I will go back and get more stuff.

Muahaha and chortle-chortle.

Ooh, c'n I have a copy? ^_^ I've still not seen the recent production. (Lacking much lapine presence, as I recall, but none the worse for that)
Yeah, I ordered the 'Who are you people' book after hearing Sabot talking about it. Hopefully should be here in a couple more days :)
Aw, you don't feature in it? ^_^ I did love her talking about stepping into Califur/ConFurence in that clip.. it's so refreshing to see someone "from the outside" genuinely inquisitive as to what all this means, no axe to grind. About the only nit I'd pick with the book, I think, is trying to paint it all as particularly American as such - a lot, if not all, of these interests and fandoms are truly worldwide phenomena. Certainly, we see there's no shortage of furriness across Europe (excluding Wales, for some reason), Australia & New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, and more - in large part due to the prevalence of the net. (It's always fun seeing the sheer diversity of locations represented when on a torrent. I love the wondrous international nature of the net)
One Naria DVD coming my way~ whee.

I felt bad, but only until I wandered over to the homosexuality section and saw the assort... to be gentle, "crap", they had there...
I've not yet dared venture into that section, I admit.. it'd surely be horribly depressing.

It's awfully generous of them to offer such goodies, though. ^_^ I admit, the whole religious angle quite escaped me when I first read TLtWatW - it's a wonderful series, regardless of part of the motivation for its creation. (I went atheist at about age six, I think. I don't mind religions per se, so much as the rigid conservative fundamentalism they can foster in a minority of their adherents - missing the woods for the trees, really)
Hey, thanks for the info about Who Are You People-- I'm considering buying it for myself. Always glad to see some more good coverage of furry in the media. =:)

Is it just me, or are all those optimistic predictions about how we'll soon find acceptance in mainstream society slowly beginning to play out?
Hmm.. wonder if the Daily Show might want her as a guest? ^_^ I did like her noting that whilst furries may seem odd at first sight, we're also very often quite intelligent sorts, with a broad background of occupations and aspirations. And I have to give her credit for noting the leash at the con without being judgmental about or disdainful of it.

We definitely do seem to be heading increasingly mainstream - eg this clip. I wonder if there's any chance we might yet see Spellsinger, or the Chanur saga, on the big screen.. (or, wandering off topic, Doctor Who)

I'm sure there'll always be the SA sorts, out to poke cruel fun, but that's just an inevitable part of life, it seems - there's always someone willing to try making your day that bit worse. But there are so many other positives to be found, far outweighing such tiny bitterness.

Whenever it does finally become possible to change one's phenotype, maybe all this can serve as a positive backdrop, to better facilitate the "real" furries' acceptance. That's probably some time off yet, but still, a lovely dream.. imagine feeling the gentle breeze of a summer's day whispering through one's soft lapine fur. It'll happen. ^_^