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Show status

Television shows - Last Season Watched
??? = Either reminder of show I'm interested in seeing or don't have a season completed yet
This is more of a note to myself, mostly shows I've been purchasing or borrowing from the library.

Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., The - season 1 / complete
Agents of SHIELD - season 1
American Gods - season 2
American Horror Story - season 8
Angry Birds Toons - season1/volume 1
Archer - season 9
Arrow - season 8 / complete
Ash vs Evil Dead - season 3 / complete

Better Call Saul - season 5
Better Off Ted - season 2 / complete
Big Bang Theory, The - season 12 / complete
Black Dynamite - season 1
Boardwalk Empire - season 5 / complete
Bob's Burgers - season 4
Bojack Horseman - season 2
Bored to Death - season 3 / complete
Boys, The - season 1
Breaking Bad - season 5 / complete
Bump in the Night - season 2 / complete
Burn Notice - season 7 / complete

Castle - season 8 / complete
Castlevania - season 3
Chernobyl - miniseries / complete
Community - season 6 / complete
Creepshow - season 1

Desperate Housewives - season 1
DC's Legends of Tomorrow - season 5
Dexter - season 8 / complete
Disenchantment - season 2

Fear the Walking Dead - season 4
Final Space - season 1
Flash, The - season 6
Fresh Off the Boat - season 4 (missed season 3)

Game of Thrones - season 8 / complete
Gotham - season 5 / complete
Gravity Falls - season 2 / complete

Happy! - season 2 / complete
Harley Quinn - season 2
House of Cards - season 6 / complete
How I Met Your Mother - season 9 / complete

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - season 14
iZombie - season 3

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - set 5
Justified - season 6 / complete

Larry Sanders Show, The - season 6 / complete
League, The - season 7 / complete
Lilyhammer - season 1
Limitless - season 1 / complete

Middleman, The - season 1 / complete
Mike Tyson Mysteries - season 1
Modern Family - season 11 / complete
Monk - ???
My Hero Academia - season 4

Once Upon a Time - season 7 / complete
Orange is the New Black - season 7 / complete
Over the Garden Wall - season 1 / complete

Parks and Recreation - season 7 / complete
Penny Dreadful - season 3 / complete
Portlandia - season 8 / complete
Preacher - season 3
Psych - season 1

Rick and Morty - season 4

Samurai Jack - season 5 / complete
Silicon Valley - season 6 / complete
Sons of Anarchy- season 7 / complete
Sopranos, The - season 6 / complete
Space Dandy - season 2 / complete
Stranger Things - season 2
Super Mansion - season 1
Superstore - season 2

Terror, The - season 1
Titans - season 1
Tripping the Rift - season 2
True Blood - season 7 / complete
True Detective - season 3
Turbo Fast - season 1
Twin Peaks - season 2
Tyrant - season 1

Veep - season 7 / complete
Venture Brothers, The - season 7
Vice Principals - season 2 / complete

Walking Dead, The - season 9
Wayward Pines - season 1
We Bare Bears - ???
White Collar - season 6 / complete
Witcher, The - season 1
Workaholics - season 7 / complete

Yellowstone- season 2
Young Justice - season 3
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So as of tonight I have finished reading Winds of Wrath, book 15 and the final installment of the Destroyermen series. I first started reading these books a decade ago beginning in 2011. And if I remember correctly I first became aware of it through TV Tropes.

I’m a fan of stories involving parallel worlds and through following those tropes I saw a series of some World War II ships and their crews being pulled into a more savage world. A world filled with dinosaurs and two warring factions of species that resembled talking humanoid lemurs and what appeared to be intelligent descendants of dinosaurs. I mean how could I resist?

The early books quickly pulled me into the series and I couldn’t get enough. I caught up to where the author had published but thankfully Taylor Anderson is very timely with his series, he managed to release a book a year - routinely publishing the next installment sometime in the summer.

I mean I will say the series started feeling stretched out around book 9 or 10, the pace felt slowed down. Honestly I wasn’t sure if he wanted to finish the series. Because of the lockdown I started reading book 15 a year later than I normally would have (have I mentioned all these were library copies?). So after I started the book I wondered if the following book was released yet... and found instead that this was the final book. It’s five hundred pages long but felt a bit rushed in wrapping up the storyline, at least compared to the previous few books.

However I am very glad this was the conclusion even if I think at least one more book could have been published. I was losing some interest in the series but I am happy how it ended... and that I can now spend more energy reading some other series I started reading years ago ;)
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People Status

As an aside, this original post was made I think sometime in 2016... so some of the stuff below may have timing issues, the important thing is the list at the bottom. I keep revising the post date so it doesn't get lost in the jumble of other posts... as few as those seem to come these days.

A post on Twitter caught my attention and I thought I'd mark it down here - and maybe some input in the comments section could help also. It's in regards to people that were known but seemingly dropped off into limbo - either in terms of intentional or unintentional disappearance.

Just curious what happened to folks, especially people I interacted with at some point over the years and... I don't know where they've gone to. Friendships can end or drift apart and that's depressing enough, I think it may be more depressing to remember someone and have close to zero idea whatever happened to them. It's weird how online social networks can open up new worlds in terms of meeting people but it can also make you more vulnerable if a lot of your communication proceeded over those sorts of channels - in some cases I don't even know the person's RL name, just whatever alias they used.

I know it's nice to have known people and that they've had some sort of impact on your life (whether you really know it or not) but... I don't like not knowing, I'm odd like that :P

Starting with a quick list, anybody know what happened to these folks?

* alias_pup (Only met the guy once, can't remember if he was a friend of Grizz or just joined out of the blue but he helped out at the MS Walk with taking photos. Seemed like an interesting guy but he quickly dropped off the grid, I think he moved out of the area a long while back (California?). LJ account hasn't been updated in years.) (status as of 4/27/16)
* bennetfox (Don't even remember last time I saw him, at a con years ago?) (status as of 4/27/16)
* boixboi / Benji(?) (I think this was the name he went by in the fandom, although lj account I knew him by hasn't been updated in years. First met him I think at MFM 2003, he was one of the people that joined pandaguy's group for the zoo trip. Remember seeing him at other cons, definitely some of the FC cons when it was still at the DoubleTree.) (status as of 4/27/16)
* cyberwolf80 / WhiteWolf Darkpaw (Last saw him at MidWest FurFest several years back, last conversation on LJ found out he moved to California in 2013) (status as of 4/27/16)
* internetjello (This one is a longshot, I only knew them briefly through my version_zero community and their _eek_thecat_ community; deleted their account a long while back. I liked their contributions on both sites, was sad to see them vanish) (status as of 4/27/16)
* killen / shepherdbear (Knew him from... I think people I had met in Connecticut. I think the last interaction I had with him was about 2005, though there could have been some after under his other lj account which apparently was deleted while his original was just forgotten. It looks like he moved overseas sometime 2005 or 2006 but that's about as current an information that I have on him) (status as of 12/19/16)
* lecarick (Did not know him that well, knew he had some heavy substance issues... really just curious what happened to this guy) (status as of 10/14/16)
* suicidehelmet / Death Panda(?) (I think that was a furry name he used at like the only time I met him, which I think was MFF maybe? Remember so little about this guy, mostly just had interactions on livejournal back in the day :/ ) (status as of 12/29/16)
* Totems (Comic artist on FurAffinity, really enjoyed his stuff. There’s been no activity on his account in years) (status as of 5/11/2021)

* canj (NYC for awhile then I think he moved?) Appears to have moved to Ohio, on twitter under bitwiseyote coyotegrins/ (updated status as of 3/31/20)
* cnipur / Luchy / Chano / chanobear (Dropped off facebook, far as I can tell, at least a couple years ago... not to mention the other sites listed on his wikifur entry. I know he was originally located in Canada but got the impression he was thinking of relocating to the United States after he finished with school.) Found on LinkedIn, depending on how recent it has been updated... appears he's working and doing well in Canada. Friended on Facebook, he's currently married and looks happy. (updated status as of 10/12/19)
* mightyomnivore / Boomer Skunk / Guillermo (He purged his lj account years ago; last saw him at MOCCANY a few years back, I heard he was still in NYC but people I know who saw him occasionally haven't heard from him in a long while; he hasn't answered emails, one person stopped by his apartment last year but there was no response so not sure if he's even still living there or not). Found on Facebook under real name, seems to be doing well. Ran into at NYCC 2019 and caught up for a bit. (updated status as of 10/12/19)
* morganbatness (I know he moved down to Florida at one point...) Since moved to California, on twitter as moonlitwingsx (updated status as of 4/27/16)
* plushielove / Galliga (He was an upstate NY fur but moved out to California around 2008 Apparently changed his fursona to Bearhardt Honeybone. He has a recently abandoned FurAffinity account under that name, looks like his Twitter and instagram accounts are maybe a little more recently maintained) (status as of 10/24/18)
* StickDevil (Artist who drew the icon I'm using for this post, I know he left the furry fandom some years back and deleted (as far as I know) all his online accounts and put a block on his Wikifur bio). While doing asearch on DA someone provided a link, looks like he changed his profile to Ducky / DuckDraw. Drawing style has changed, but appears to be same person. (updated status as of 4/27/16)
* tigerfoxx (Another who I used to keep in touch with but haven't heard from in at least a couple years, briefly ran into him during FAU when it was in NJ) He's shown life again on livejournal, so at very least reviewing lj or twitter. Later ran into him at a CT Diner meet in 2018. (updated status as of 09/12/18)
* vindonnus previously known as dragoon3428

And per TJ's post, although I didn't know Santa Fox personally I had seen him at a number of the earlier conventions I went to and really thought he a great fursuit performer - apparently he had left the fandom years ago (sometime prior to 2016 it appears).

I'm sure there are more, I'll update as the list gets expanded. Anybody know anything about these people or want me to add to the list?

Additional list on tjcoyote's account

Final note, a little bit more morbid than with the above, just wanted to note the existence of the furs_remembered community. Unfortunately it seems like I'm the only one still posting there, whoever created it used a sock account that not long after was deleted. Sadly because of that no new members can be added. I'm only updating that community with people I knew personally, even if it was only slightly - so thankfully it doesn't get updated often. Still... there are people listed there who should be remembered.
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Sorry to Bother You (film)

So I just got around to watching this weird 2018 film, somewhere on Twitter someone pointed out the bizarre body transformation stuff that goes on in the second half of the movie and I'll admit my curiosity was tickled.

Interesting film, a lot of surreal stuff going on, dark comedy - and the transformation stuff was interesting though I wish the look was a little more polished. But yeah I'd recommend seeing it.

And since I just finished watching the second season of Happy! a couple weeks back (damn I wish they made a third season), I enjoyed that Patton Oswalt had a voice acting appearance in this.
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Con-Roster Meme (March 30, 2020)

There was a gap of updating this list between 2013 and 2016 so... I might be missing some stuff, tried to update it as best as I could remember and am going to try and update this as I attend new conventions/years. Attendance can blur year over year which is why I'm trying to keep at least a somewhat accurate list :P

AnimeNext: 2003
Anthrocon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Chiller Theater: 2006
FA United: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
FurFright: 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Furpocalypse: 2014, 2016, 2018
Further Confusion: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016
HELIOsphere: 2018
Horrorfind: 2003, 2004, 2005
I-Con: 2005
Lunacon: 2004, 2014
Mephit FurMeet: 2003, 2004
Midwest FurFest: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013
NY ComicCon: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
PAX East: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, , 2019, 2020
Rock and Shock: 2011
Special Edition NYC: 2014, 2015
What The Fur: 2011

FEDGE: 2005
Furryball: 2009
Furry Picnic: 2019
FoxMAS: 2008, 2010, 2016
MoCCA: 2003(?), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Pandaguy Picnic: 2004
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A series of books...

Series Unfinished:
Cali-Amur by Rjurik Davidson - book 2
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon - book 8
Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley - book 1
The Executioner by Don Pendleton - book 371*
The Grimm Trilogy by Adam Gidwitz - book 2
Dragons by Robert Asprin - book 1
The Adversary Cycle by F. Paul Wilson - book 2
Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn - book 2
Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card - book 4
Mollisan Town Quartet by Tim Davys - book 3
John Dies by David Wong - book 1
Star Wars Republic Commando by Karen Traviss - book
Bas-Lag Trilogy by China Mieville - book 1
Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia - book 1
Switchers by Kate Thompson - book 1
Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison - book 1
Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Shane Schofield by Matt Reilly - book 4*
Gateway to the Realms by Dave Gross - book 4*
Man-Kzin Wars by Larry Niven - book 11

Series Complete:
Dexter by Jeff Lindsay - book 8
Atlantis by Harry Turtledove / complete
The Sparrow by Mary Doris Russell - book 2 / complete
Dune by Frank Herbert - book
Eastwickq by John Updike - book 2 / complete
The Daemon by Daniel Suarez - book 2 / complete
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - book 3 / complete
John Justin Mallory Mystery by Mike Resnick - book 3*
Dragonback by Timothy Zahn- book / complete
MaddAddam Cycle by Margaret Atwood - book 3 / complete
Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson - book 15 / complete
Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer - book 3 / complete
The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson - book 3 / complete
Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson - book 15 / complete

* Either a series that I didn’t d not start at beginning, or a series that I’m not sure has more books.
** Making an attempt to completion of remaining books of series I had read over the years.
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Year in Review... 2020

So yeah... 2020. What can I really say about this year other than it happened, a real monkey wrench in the cogs of our life.

Not sure about structuring this recap like I’ve done others since feels like far less to say. Two notable traditions in my life were maintained before my life went into lockdown. I attended PAX East and enjoyed volunteering/fursuiting with the usual crew at the Kidz Expo.

Oh another item I’m glad to have accomplished before the lockdown, I managed to see the updated Muppet exhibit in February at the Museum of the Moving Image. Specifically because it had on display items from Dark Crystal Age of Resistance tv show. I still have yet to see this show and... it didn’t get renewed for a second season, but the display was fantastic. And I did manage to watch some clips of the show so there’s that also - looked cute.
I think it has been about six years or so since I last stepped foot in this museum, also to see some muppets on display. Oof, I wonder if I’ll ever get to do that again or other fun memories I have of being in the city - more and more feels like all that is firmly stuck in the past with no chance of revisiting outside my memory.

Then pretty much immediately after that, in March things just... kinda came to a halt. Not time of course, that marched on, but living. To the point that the remainder of the year became a blur.

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Movies 2020

1. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
2. El Camino (2019)
3. Angry Birds 2 (2019)
4. The Hoard (2018)
5. Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver (2013)
6. It: Chapter Two (2019)
7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
8. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark (2019)
9. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018)
10. The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (2006)
11. Squeal (2008)
12. The Stuff (1985)
13. We Are What We Are (2013)
14. Starcrash (1978)
15. ThanksKilling (2008)
16. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)
19. The Death of Superman (2018)
18. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018)
19. The Devil’s Sword (1984)
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I haven’t made an update here in a long time, even longer since an actual update rather than just fluff like what I’m watching or reading. Before I get to real news, finally been playing with my PS4. Played a bit of Conan Exiles, some Sekiro, and a few of the indie games I’ve picked up - really loving Dead Cells, super addictive.

Back to real life...

A week ago from today I had another operation on my foot, yes that saga continues and feels never ending. I’ve been seeing a new podiatrist for the past 2+ years roughly and she told me awhile back the only real way to alleviate my constant pain would require another operation. So with the lockdown and working from home, I figured the time was perfect to go through with it. My plans haven’t quite worked out as I’d hoped because I wanted to actually lose weight before the operation and that’s... not happened.

Prior to the operation I was told that the way my foot had healed from my previous bunion surgery I would have to have the bone repositioned, this would require breaking the foot, using a screw to keep it in the new position and let it heal. I was also recommended shortening my second toe (long story short, the first bunion surgery resulted in my big toe being a little shorter so my second toe was now longest and I frequently deal with developing calluses). I thought about that recommendation but decided against it, you lose a lot of movement in that toe because they fuse a joint, I’m not ready for dealing with another long term consequence like that.
Anyway, day of the operation as I’m sitting in the surgical gown my doctor and the other podiatrist who would be assisting tell me they talked it over and don’t think my operation will require more than just removing some bone and shaving the sesamoid bone.

So I’m off from work this week recovering and hoping this fixes the issues I’ve been dealing with the past six years (namely daily pain in my foot). As has been stated before, wish I never got that bunion surgery in 2014. A classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.

I should also mention that back in August I was transferred to a different group at my job. I was asked back in January, maybe a little earlier, that they were thinking of doing a re-org and was I interested in moving to this other group, who my manager told me would be a great move and he was sure I’d love - it also sounded like more work with no new pay. I told him I was comfortable where I was so sorry no. Flash forward to July and I’m told you’re moving to the new group in two weeks. So there’s been that added pressure on me this year...

I’d also like to mention even shittier news. But first I’ll go on a bit of a tangent... so a couple weeks before surgery I was able to reschedule my six month cleaning at the dentist, because I’d rather not have to go there while still in recovery mode or skip it entirely. My operation was originally scheduled for Thursday the 12th, I luckily made a dentist appointment for that Wednesday morning. Then Monday I’m called by podiatrist asking if they can reschedule my surgery to Wednesday (keep in mind I scheduled this surgery time almost two months ago), I’m like sure but gotta be in afternoon because I have a morning appointment - so told 3pm (which means I have to arrive at 2pm for pre-surgery prep). Then I’m at the dentist, I just got new x-rays and they’re gonna start the cleaning and I get a call from surgical center saying can I come in an hour early? Ugh, I’ll try. I did manage to get there early so I’m glad at that at least, though I didn’t get out of dentist until a little after 11 so I was worried I wouldn’t make it.

Had to get that gripe down, but now for the shitty news. So when I first arrived to dentist office I found out my dentist Dr Shin had passed away earlier this summer. I last saw him in July but apparently he had a heart attack in August. He was only 41. Good dentist. Really liked the guy, RIP :(