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Pic for the day: Ultraviolet's Gimme a shot. (Not work safe.. and speaking of which, these furs, of lupine and lapine interest, appear to be from a new comic - did anyone catch it at AC?)

Not that I was able to go along, but these photos from the AC2005 Morimoto dinner, posted by kaputotter, suggest the food was orgasmically good.

And elsewhere at AC2005, a rocking fox. Every home should have one.

As you know, Roy Disney and friends have been crusading against the Disney company's mismanagement in recent years. It seems that's now at an end, with Roy Disney announcing the closure of SaveDisney. Too late to save the 2-D animation teams, at least as they were, but maybe they and the company can rise again. Speaking of whom, they'll be handling the US release of the animated avian feature Valiant on August 19th.

A new furry adventure, gorgeously illustrated (and with lemurs too): The Katurran Odyssey. Be sure to check out the full-size sample pages.

Another source of military news: the Moscow Defense Brief. An example of the stories featured is a look at Russian cooperation in India's nascent independent space industry.

Dino folks might like to know there's a CG feature film version of GON coming in 2007. Surprisingly, very little I found noteworthy was announced at the recent Anime Expo, though I did notice The Fuccons being picked up - the everyday tale of a family of three American mannequins who've moved to Japan. I think I'll want to see this.

For anyone stuck on dialup at the moment, there is quite an intriguing Inmarsat-based option, offering 144kbps in a tiny portable unit. There is a small catch in the airtime pricing, however.

A new study concludes that organic farms produce the same yields as conventional farms: '"First and foremost, we found that corn and soybean yields were the same across the three systems," said Pimentel, who noted that although organic corn yields were about one-third lower during the first four years of the study, over time the organic systems produced higher yields, especially under drought conditions. The reason was that wind and water erosion degraded the soil on the conventional farm while the soil on the organic farms steadily improved in organic matter, moisture, microbial activity and other soil quality indicators.'

Via rabitguy:

  • Copy and paste your LJ Friends List into an update and leave behind an LJ Cut.

  • If you've met them in person or otherwise know them from the offline world, bold their screenname. If you've only talked to them on the phone, italicize their name. If you've only talked to them online, leave their name alone. If you have someone on your Friends List who has multiple LJ's, only use one and get rid of the rest from the list.

    aethwolf, akira114, amelitatwinstar, arakinuk, arbutus, arokh, austin_dern, avon_deer, balor, bayshore, befrafa, bosn, brigus, butterscotchvix, cashewlou, coongt, coyo, dagoski, dakhun, danur, digeri, discosnorlax, dronon, ducktapeddonkey, eliki, enteirah, ethethlay, fairbear, fairybear, fangwolf, foofers, foxcoon, foxxfire, foxymoonheart, freakylynx, funos, gatcat, giro_batol, growlcoon, huskyteer, ibneko, jainasia, jharish, jirris_midvale, kaputotter, kaysho, keithikins, kiinasscribbles, kiroo, kuma_chan, kurtmrufa, kyhwana, loganberrybunny, marko_the_rat, masem, mejeep, merik, mirawais, momentrabbit, morganbatness, mycroftb, mythos_amante, n, nagisa_kaworu, neonbunny, nibblescoon, omega256, orona_red, paka, pandaguy, patch_bunny, plushlover, pocket_entropy, porsupah, princebambi, purplecat, pyesetz, qj_productions, quentincoyote, rabbitswift, rabitguy, radjin, raz_raccoon, rcking, rcoony, rigelkitty, ristin, rose_quoll, rubberskunk, rummy_raccoon, runtt, rustyfox, savak, shadowolf, shep_shepherd, silvertomcat, skylerbunny, sloblock, slycat, sockscatt, spaceroo, sphelx, spidermouse, stego_s_aurus, terminotaur, tgeller, thewerewolf, thunderhoof, tigerwiccan, tilton, tirran, titanwolf, toraneko, tuskyn, vandringar, vincent_x, windmist, wolff_slaven, xolo, xydexx, yagfox, ysengrin, zrath

    I've been a bit on the conservative side, as I know I've met more at cons, but I wanted to keep the bold type for folks I've met more generally. (And yes, there's no italics.. maybe I'll revisit that poll with italics for anyone you speak with on a matter of routine, whatever the means)

    Oh dear. I think my parody meter just blew.. Snopes actually has an entry documenting Rubber Johnny - Mutant?

    I was saddened to read of BoingBoing's note that Bob Moog is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

    Finally, please enjoy a couple covers of Teen Spirit, by Paul Anka, and the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain.

    No, I couldn't end an entry like that. ^_^ Here's the best in show, best comedy, and fan favorite, of the Anime Expo 2005 anime music video contest: The Wizard of Ozaka (16.6MB). (The full-size 82MB version's available from animemusicvideos.org, but you need to have had your (free) registration for two weeks, IIRC, before downloads are available) Knowledge of the series used isn't required - just think of a 3m36 version of The Wizard of Oz, as an RPG..
    It's such a neat idea! And really rather well done, too.. notice the little knee supports? Of course, as is the way with these things, I've no way of finding out who that was.

    Wonder if he appeared in the art show, amongst the NFS items? ^_^

    BTW, if you spot any video footage of the con around, give a shout! There are loads of photos to be found, but video's much more scarce, and with fursuits, I'm always keen to see how they move, especially tailwise. ^_^ ISTR Vicky Rabbit's tail bobbed nicely, and Red's of course has a gentle sway by itself, though that can be something to take into account at a furdance.. not that I'd hurt anyone with it, but it might come as a bit of a surprise. :)
    After a bit of searching, I believe the fox in question is indeed fayfox, per her pictures at http://www.carouselfox.com, including detailed information on creation of her fursuit.

    And sorry, I seriously doubt she's for sale, but if she were I'm sure she'd be a serious collector's item. ^.^

    As for video footage of Anthrocon, I'm afraid I haven't seen anything, yet. As for my own tail, it's so huge, I ended up finding some innocent victim to carry it for me much of the time. They certainly didn't seem to mind. ^.^
    Oh, finestkind! I'll have to let the procyonid know. ^_^ (Are we procyonids too today? I can never keep track..) That does look like a nifty gallery - I'll have to try remembering to link to it in the next entry, I think. Hmm. Carousel Panda, I wonder? ^_^

    I ended up finding some innocent victim to carry it for me much of the time

    Hee! Ah, it's a tough life being a panda.. so much grooming required, to stay in properly floofy shape. I think if I saw that, I might have to start humming "Here comes the bride".. ~ducks~

    (Would red panda protocol require one bridesmaid to hold the tail, and one either side to guard the train, as it were?)
    You know, I thought red pandas were procyonid, but I think I was looking at an old classification. Some scholars classify us under ursidae, or under our own unique family of ailuridae. I guess they're not certain just where we belong. ^.^

    As for dealing with tails, may I direct you here. =)

    I'm glad you like the idea and how the carousel fox was implemented. I'm really quite flattered. Thank you!

    Now, a carousel Red Panda would be a fine addition, and motivation for me to go past the rocker and build a mini carousel to pose on. Hmm.. ;)

    Oh, it was such a neat idea! As soon as I saw the pic in reveille_d's journal - I wander through Friends of Friends now and then - I knew I had to point it out in mine. ^_^

    Naturally, I'd have to consider a red panda a fine addition to the nascent carousel. ^_^ And of course, there's the obvious addition, too.. bunnies!

    A miniature carousel? Now that'd be a positively wonderful idea.. difficult, certainly, but potentially so very rewarding.