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Hey, akira114, are you out there? Can anyone else who knows him confirm he's still alive and squirming? [Edit: all clear! A great relief, even if there remains some geographical repositioning to be accomplished]

I'm curious - what made you choose your species? Is it a life-long affinity, or something more blown across by the winds of fate? If you've changed species, do you know why that happened?

otter3 noticed the latest in SCEA's PixelJunk series, Eden. Very odd, very interesting looking; reminiscent of Loco Roco as if designed by Drum Machine's creator in a mellow mood. I may yet have to put a PS3 on the wishlist.

Ooh, I may have to pick up a few shirts - Rabbit Valley's currently running an offer via FA for $5 delivery on orders over $50. (Shirts can't be digitally delivered, whilst comics can, so I don't mind ordering the former, especially when the Coyote River, FurAffinity: United, and Obey the Ferrox ones are just calling out for good homes) You'll have to visit FA to find out the coupon code, though. *grin* (On which theme, does anyone have recommendations for furcon shirts? ISTR MFM having some good designs, but I can't find anywhere on their site to buy previous ones)

Tired of the 1998-style "portal" that the Dilbert site recently transmogrified into? Here's the fast version, crisp, crunchy, and almost Googlian in simplicity.

And the music? Over here - and there's much more where that came from. ^_^
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No, the Kzinti themselves were pulled in for ``The Slaver Weapon'', the adaptation of ``The Soft Weapon''; they were also referenced in a few other episodes. This was done, mind you, with Larry Niven's full awareness and reasonable eagerness. About the same time he also wrote for Land of the Lost, which was also being made through David Gerrold's effort. (In fact, the Kzinti existing in the Animated Trek universe meant that as Filmation collapsed this threatened to complicate efforts to license spinoff projects for both Animated Trek and for Known Space, which very likely contributed to the infamous memo about not using Animated Trek references in tie-in products: it wasn't as clear who had rights to what as would be convenient.)

Anyway, the point is, the Caitians were put in because it was finally no particular budgetary cost to have more aliens in the cast, and it opened up the show's scope, and cat aliens are always popular. Early tie-in stuff tried to put in a link between Caitians and Kzinti, which probably reflects awareness that Lincoln Enterprises and Larry Niven knew if they could sell the same stuff to two fanbases they were making both richer.

As for my species: basically, as I was thinking of characters -- I had the name picked out first, actually -- I realized I really quite liked raccoons, but would prefer something stranger. So I was looking about in the Encyclopedia-on-CD which came with my Performa 6115 and ran across a picture of the coati: an animal very much like the raccoon, but stranger. Perfect. Haven't looked back.

I started as a perfectly normal coati, but allowed the transformations other worked to have their effects. As a result on Spindizzy he's perfectly elastic, and silver-furred (a side effect of Shiny Weekend). On Furry he's gigantic, with glowing, minty fur. On the lamented FurToonia, he's a clay elemental. I'm sorry I can't roleplay with that more.