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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!
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. ^_^