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Yes, yes, they're cheesy as all get out, but I couldn't argue with this:

What Otherkin Are You? by GFwolf
When Will You Be Awakened:October 24, 2004
What Powers Will You Have:Read Souls
Created with quill18's MemeGen 3.0!

Blagh! Looks like BT Openzone is trying to emulate the cascading success of T-Mobile's WLAN hotspots (eg SFO) - yes, you too can have wireless access for a paltry £6/hr, or £15/day. *cough* Doesn't it occur to any of these clowns that a net.cafe has storefront costs, upkeep and purchase of entire systems and staff, and still manage to turn a profit on around £2/hr? How, then, can it be reasonable to charge a couple times more, when all that's required is a single wireless router per large room? Ah well. The best comparison I've read, I feel, is when air conditioning hit the US in the 1950s - it was promoted within retail stores as a benefit of shopping there, rather than somewhere else; an ancillary cost to the storekeeper, as an inducement to the patrons. Indeed, there are plenty of WLAN offerings entirely gratis along those lines, such as the coffee house on Church & 15th, or the Chapter, which illustrate the practicality of offering such a service at no additional cost - still, if some people can make a brief living out of such minor scams, I can hardly begrudge them their good fortune.

(I'm afraid that's about as close as I come to a rant. Sorry..)

From the pen of the inimitable Molly Ivins: "As Ann Richards once observed of a controversial star on top of the Texas state capitol: "Oh, I hate to see them take that down. This could be the only chance we'll ever get to find three wise men in that building."

And the horridly sketchy thing I referred to earlier which escaped from my paws is now within view. I'd apologise for the quality of the scan, but that still wouldn't cover the contents. ^_^; It's a fairly wretched example, but, maybe it can be viewed as the head-end of a long-term mental blockage only now getting cleared out. Not quite sure why the somewhat spaced out expression.. it's all my subconsciousness' fault!
Why bother with fabric when you have fur?

Oh, don't expect argument from this corner. ^_^ Although, of course, as the esteemed huskyteer might agree, there can be considerable appeal (not to mention utility) in ornate attire and uniforms. (Whatever happened to hats on men? They were everywhere up to around 1950, and then suddenly were all wiped out by a virulent, silent plague, or so it seems. Why couldn't the world have lost ties instead? Perhaps a dashing cravat could take its place..)

I've seen it mooted that lycra would be inconvenient for furries - possibly surprisingly, I don't expect that to be the case, unless the fit were uncomfortably tight. That's part of the wonder of lycra - it feels so light on one.

Capped, too? Egad.. especially when they're charging that much! Bizarre.. ah well. Another case of eager executives being seen to be Doing Things, without apparently thinking through who would be liable to use such services, and why. (And how they can justify charging so much more than a cybercafe, too.. erf!)

It'd be interesting to see how McDonalds' experiment has fared, yes. I'm guessing not well, as they'd otherwise have made a good fanfare of the trial - if it's due to go, I'd imagine it'll just be quietly bundled into a car around the back at midnight.

Perhaps it wouldn't be uncomfortable, but my impression of how lycra -- and spandex, and latex, and all those other fabric type materials -- would fit are based on the drawings at SCFA and Velar and such, and I've opened up a semi-theoretical file with orv called ``Subcutaneous Clothing'' to describe the usual results. (I do not believe in elastic clothing sculpting to one's overdeveloped muscle groups, sorry. I've simulated solutions to the Laplacian.) In fact, I can only think of one drawing (Flinthoof, drawing a mink, reposted on Velar recently) showing what looked like fur underneath a reasonable layer of clothing. So maybe my scepticism is inspired both by being quadruped and by finding few good examples of what a lycra-clad fur would look like.

Nifty drawing, by the way; I don't know what you were so apologetic about. I hope there's more in the future.