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Year in Review - 2019

Once again, Happy New Year! yada yada yada, I'm posting another year in review synopsis.

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Resolutions:
The usual list of things that I've been doing very badly on completing. I definitely need to lose weight, getting to that age where it could have some serious repercussions if I don't get it under control. Although this isn't really a resolution, I plan on taking a trip with a friend to Ohio. He mentioned a store out there he'd been wanting to visit so I agreed to go with him, just gotta nail down the date. Also of note, will be going to my twenty year college reunion. I haven't been up there since the fifteenth, not much of a turnout for my class but maybe this next one will be better? In any case, love the area so even if the reunion itself fails to live up I'll enjoy the trip.
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Movies 2019

1. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
2. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
3. World on a Wire (1973)
4. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
5. I, Tonya (2017)
6. Fire & Ice (1983)
7. Cold Pursuit (2019)
8. Dog Soldiers (2002)
9. Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn (2019)
10. The Dirt (2019)
11. The Grinch (2018)
12. Monkey King 3 (2018)
13. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
14. John Wick 3 (2019)
15. Detective Pikachu (2019)
16. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
17. Incredibles 2 (2018)
18. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
19. Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
20. Vice (2018)
21. The House with a Clock in the Walls (2018)
22. The Foreigner (2017)
23. Red Sparrow (2018)
24. The Missing Lynx (2008
25. Aquaman (2018)
26. Glass (2019)
27. The Happytime Murders (2018)
28. Promare (2019)
29. Holmes and Watson (2018)
30. Small Foot (2018)
31. Shazam! (2019)
32. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
33. Rottentail (2019)
34. No Chance (2017)
35. Wonder Park (2019)
36. Hotel Artemis (2018)
37. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017)
38. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)
39. Brightburn (2019)
40. Child's Play (2019)
41. Joker (2019)
42. The Sting (1973)
43. The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
44. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
45. Insidious (2010)
46. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
47. Hellboy (2019)
48. Missing Link (2019)
49: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
50. Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017)
51. Life of the Party (2018)
52. Captain Marvel (2019)
53. Anna (2019)
54. Ad Astra (2019)
55. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (2019)
56. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
57. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
58. The Dead Don't Die (2019)
59. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (2017)
60. Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans (2019)
61. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
62. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
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Books 2019

1. Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
2. Bloodline (Repairman Jack book 11) by F. Paul Wilson
3. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
4. By the Sword (Repairman Jack book 12) by F. Paul Wilson
5. Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
6. Ground Zero (Repairman Jack book 13) by F. Paul Wilson
7. Fatal Error (Repairman Jack book 14) by F. Paul Wilson
8. Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy
9. Love You Too by Alastair Heim; illustrated by Alisa Coburn
10. I'm Awake! by Maxwell Eaton III
11. Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson
12. Dark at the End (Repairman Jack book 15) by F. Paul Wilson
13. Steelheart (The Reckoners book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
14. The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather MacDonald
15. When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus by Tom MacRae / illustrated by Ross Collins
16. Red Prophet (The Tales of Alvin Maker book 2) by Orson Scott Card
17. Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan and Zhu Mo
18. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang / illustrated by Max Lang
19. Prentice Alvin (The Tales of Alvin Maker book 3) by Orson Scott Card
20. Pass of Fire (Destroyermen book 14) by Taylor Anderson
21. Alvin Journeyman (The Tales of Alvin Maker book 4) by Orson Scott Card
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Con-Roster Meme (December 30, 2019)

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
Rock and Shock: 2011
Special Edition NYC: 2014, 2015
What The Fur: 2011

Miscellaneous:
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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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?

Missing
* 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)

Found
* canj (NYC for awhile then I think he moved?) Appears to have moved to Ohio, on twitter under bitwiseyote (updated status as of 4/27/16)
* 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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Vegas

Fuck it, I'll add a post for this trip as well. This past week I took a trip out to Las Vegas, I think it's been at least five years since I last traveled there. Went there on my own, decided to take the trip as sorta a birthday present to myself (though with availability I ended up flying out there the day after my birthday :P ).

Just over a year ago I decided to listen in on one of those timeshare scams, I traveled out to to the Poconos, sat down with one of their salesman for a few hours, and then repeatedly told them that no I am not interested in buying (boy they are persistent though, it really helped that they were asking for an outrageous sum, no way in hell I would pay that). So in exchange I received two tickets as a gift. One would include airfare and three night stay (a choice between Orlando and Vegas, I didn't want to have to rent a car so I knew right away I'd be doing Vegas - and I sorta had in mind about trying to schedule it around my birthday time, and the weather there during winter had to be better than in New York) and another would be I think a weekend stay (I haven't used this one yet but I'm planning on going to Niagara Falls sometime in early spring).

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American Horror Story

I've really come to love this show, it doesn't even feel that long ago when I first started watching it - maybe three or four years ago? I rapidly went through a lot of the completed seasons in a hurry.

I don't think it gets a lot of love but possibly my favorite season was Roanoke. It was such a departure from the other seasons, filmed as if it was a reenactment television show so they had two sets of actors - the "real people" and the actors meant to reenact the stories.

Just tonight I finally finished watching the eighth season, Apocalypse. I'd say my feelings on it are mixed, and some spoilers are below in case you plan on watching it...
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Panama Cruise - 2019

I meant to write this post earlier, but now is better than never. The week before Thanksgiving I headed down to Florida with my parents for a cruise that we'd been planning for awhile. Arrived in the Miami airport then had to take a shuttle to Fort Lauderdale (which was the most iffy part of our journey, with our scheduled flight arrival we had roughly three hours to make it to the ship before it left, so we really hoped there were no flight delays... and thankfully, there weren't).

This Holland America cruise stopped at Halfmoon Cay, then Aruba, Curacao, Panama, and then Costa Rica. My father has been wanting to go to the Panama Canal for years so we finally made it happen.

Can't say much for Halfmoon Cay (private island owned by the cruise line) I remember stopping there a few years back on a different cruise, though this time we skipped the excursions and just enjoyed the beach. Was a very good idea to bring our own masks and snorkels, though not a lot to see.

Aruba as well do not have much to talk about, the ship arrived relatively late (around noon) and since this trip there weren't a lot of chances for swimming excursions I decided to do one here. Our boat took us near a beach area and then a sunken ship for snorkeling. Honestly, not that impressive compared to some of the other snorkeling trips I've been on - but this is the first time I've snorkeled around a sunken ship so that was different at least. Not a lot of time left on the island after we returned, I decided to walk around town for a little while just the same. Most stores at this point were closed, I did manage to find a small casino and spent a little time there.

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NY Comic Con 2019

Meant to make this post last weekend, but just as a recap I attended NYC Comic Con 2019 this past sunday. Got a late start in attending, job required being on a call in the morning... which wasn't completely awful since it meant I missed standing in line and I ultimately didn't stay until closing time so I think I pretty much got all I wanted out this year.

Convention... I don't know if it was just my state of mind or I've attended too many times, did not enjoy it as much I used to. And perhaps it was just because it was a sunday (usually known as the family day of the con, a lot of people with strollers) but didn't see as many costumes as I normally have - which meant fewer pictures (posted what I did take to facebook already).

Didn't buy much, bought a sketchbook from James Silvani (he's done a lot of Disney comics, including Darkwing Duck - a collection I bought I think last year or the year before when he attended). Also bought a cute comic Petals (saw this for sale during my weekly comic shopping at Midtown Comics earlier this year or late last year, glad I decided against picking it up at that time because I was able to get this copy autographed by the creator), and lastly just a bunch of older comics I bought on the cheap - some I may have already owned but I felt like getting something more this year and picked out some various issues I thought I might enjoy.

But what really stood out was running into mightyomnivore, haven't seen him in years (I think I last saw him was at another comic book event, MOCCANY, like... the better part of a decade back at least). Was walking past him and I looked at him like... is that Boomer? Luckily he recognized me and said something or I might have kept walking just thinking it weird I saw someone who looked familar :P
Chatted for a bit and caught up, he sounds like he's doing well but like a lot of the NY furs I used to know, have drifted their away and really don't interact with each other anymore.

So I'm feeling a bit jaded about the convention at this point, wondering if I should attend next year. I'll probably make an effort to attend again, at the very least it breaks up the routine and can have some surprises.
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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.

Agents of SHIELD - season 1
American Horror Story - season 8
Angry Birds Toons - season1/volume 1
Archer - season 9
Arrow - season 6

Better Call Saul - season 4
Better Off Ted - season 2 / complete
Big Bang Theory - season 11
Black Dynamite - season 1
Boardwalk Empire - season 5 / complete
Bob's Burgers - season 4
Bojack Horseman - ???
Bored to Death - season 3 / complete
Breaking Bad - season 5 / complete
Bump in the Night - season 2 / complete
Burn Notice - ???

Castle - ???
Community - season 6 / complete

Desperate Housewives - season 1
Dexter - season 1
Disenchantment - season 2

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

Game of Thrones - season 7
Gotham - season 5 / complete
Gravity Falls - ???

House of Cards - season 6 / complete
How I Met Your Mother - ???

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - season 12
iZombie - season 3

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - set 2
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 9
Monk - ???

Once Upon a Time - season 7 / complete
Orange is the New Black - season 4
Over the Garden Wall - season 1 / complete

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

Rick and Morty - season 3

Samurai Jack - season 5 / complete
Silicon Valley - season 4
Sons of Anarchy- season 7 / complete
Sopranos, The - season 1
Space Dandy - season 2 / complete
Super Mansion - season 1
Superstore - season 2

Teen Titans Go! - ???
Terror, The - season 1
Titans - season 1
True Blood - season 7 / complete
Turbo Fast - season 1
Twin Peaks - season 1
Tyrant - season 1

Veep - season 6
Venture Brothers, The - season 7
Vice Principals - season 2 / complete

Walking Dead, The - season 8
Wayward Pines - season 1
We Bare Bears - ???
White Collar - season 6 / complete
Workaholics - season 7 / complete