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Saturday, October 12th, 2019
10:20 am
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.
Friday, October 11th, 2019
4:32 pm
Con-Roster Meme (October 11, 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

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
Friday, October 4th, 2019
10:53 pm
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 7
Angry Birds Toons - season1/volume 1
Archer - season 9
Arrow - season 5

Better Call Saul - season 3
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

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 5
How I Met Your Mother - ???

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

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
Space Dandy - season 2 / complete
Super Mansion - season 1
Superstore - season 2

Teen Titans Go! - ???
Titans - season 1
True Blood - season 7 / complete
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
Thursday, June 13th, 2019
10:54 pm
Repairman Jack
Back in 2016 I felt a craving to read a horror story taking place in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. I did a bit of a search and one anthology caught my eye: The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson. I hadn't read this author before, though I did find myself enjoying the stories. Then I got to one of the stories which came with a forward mentioning that the character in the next story was someone a lot of his fans had pleaded for more stories of, so the author wrote a short story... and then found himself writing a whole series with the character as the protagonist. I read the short story and it definitely peaked my interest, I was curious to read more. I found that the character originally appeared in book two of the author's grand series (The Adversary Cycle) and his fate was kinda up in the air by the end of that book but because of his popularity he was brought back and had his own series which ended up paralleling the final three years of The Adversary Cycle. And I don't know how much the final book of that series (Nightworld) was revised to accommodate that change but wiki says it was "heavily revised" in the 2012 edition.
Just to give you an idea, the first book with the Repairman Jack was in 1984, then the short story where he reappeared was in 1998 - however the final book in the Adversary Cycle (where Jack appears as one of the major characters) was written in 1992... so I'm kinda curious what differences the two versions have.

Anyways I had found myself a new book series to read - The Repairman Jack series, and book fifteen ends just a few months before the events of Nightworld; on my commute home from work today I finally finished book fifteen - The Dark at the End. Now I just need to go back and finish the final four books of The Adversary Cycle (I ended up reading Jack's first book/AC's second book The Tomb, then completed the first book in the Adversary Cycle titled The Keep - which takes place about sixty years before Jack's story)... this may be a little tougher series to complete because the library I've been using doesn't seem to have any copies of the remaining books in the series.

Definitely recommend this series - it's sorta a hodge-podge of mystery, fantasy, and scifi with an increasing horror element that takes more center stage as the final book approaches. The main character is someone who will grow on you, a mercenary who uses brains and brawn. I haven't read the series outside one of the short stories but I've gotten the sense it's a little bit like the Dark Tower series from Stephen King.
Monday, June 10th, 2019
9:56 pm
Furry Picnic 2019
Attended the Furry Picnic this past weekend with happypup, Parker, and Soron. First time I've been able to attend, looks like it's the sixth year this event has happened. Was a lot of fun and tasty food; also managed to chat with coyoty while there.
Day before I stopped by the CT Diner Meet, I think the last time I attended was the year before... and the time before that was, I think after seeing Iron Man 2? ^.^;;;

Wandered around the park after filling up on food, lots of nice gardens of different styles. Also managed to wander around the small aviary they had there. Hopefully I'll be able to attend again next year though might have to skip it, this was the same weekend as my college reunion - this year was an off year so it was an easy decision to side with attending the event where I'd catch up with friends I haven't seen in awhile. However next year will be a milestone, twenty-year reunion so I'll likely attend that if the weekends overlap again; I haven't been to my college since my fifteen year, there is also some family from my dad's side that lives in that area that I've visited in the past so gotta go with that hopefully next year.

On drive home I decided to take a detour and visit a brewery that a friend recommended in New Paltz, the Gilded Otter. Had a couple of their local beers, was tasty; I plan to revisit that place again when I'm not fully so I can also try their menu ;)
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
9:57 pm
PAX East / MoCCA Fest 2019
Thought I’d jot down a quick entry for both these conventions.

Attended Pax this past weekend, another year of seeing a large selection of games. I haven't been playing board games too often these days but did manage to pick up a couple (Trash Pandas and a battle game involving samurai - though the name escapes me at the moment). Met up with banditkir and his friend, grabbed lunch at a nearby restaurant and caught up a bit; later met for drinks and dinner after the convention. Played a number of indie games, including Feral Frontier which is something I've been following on twitter for awhile.
Because I didn't know my schedule in advance for this weekend, when I bought the tickets for PAX back in November I decided to go for both Saturday and Sunday - in hindsight was a bit of a mistake. Because of quarter close at my job I couldn't take monday off so I decided to leave early on sunday, and I had mostly seen everything that interested me in general anyways. I did manage to play Brawhalla, they had it set up so challengers could face one of the creators. Guy was an excellent player, he barely got any losses against all challengers. I had played this game once before at the previous year's PAX so I knew I wasn't going to beat him but tried anyways, as a goof I decided to play Rayman with the demonic skin, he played the frog guy from that same game with a similar skin. It was mostly me smashing buttons but I did manage to knock him out once which entitled me to win a pin. That was pretty much the highlight for sunday, ended up leaving hours early so I could make it back to NY for another grueling week at work.

The following weekend I attended MOCCA Fest, an indie comic book festival. Ran into mister_f who I haven't seen in a long time and chatted for a bit. Nothing really stuck out for me comic book wise but I found myself doing my usual thing of not seeing anything at all that I wanted the first go around but then picking up a number of books the second time walking around both floors. I've been pretty much burned out on the mainstream comics these days, always looking for something new that clicks with me. As mentioned there was nothing that really sparked joy-joy feelings but I did pick up some books that looked interesting enough. I neglected to list the pick-ups the past year or so but have them set aside as I write this post so I don't do that again this year ;)
Of the stuff I picked up, A Lone Deer At the End of the World (very little dialogue but pretty art, a deer walking around an dilapidated but futuristic mall after the end), Above the Timberline (great looking book, what caught my eye was the creator was there so I saw decided to pick up a copy and get it autographed. It's mostly a novel with illustrations on most pages, makes me think of a cross of Dinotopia and the Golden Compass). Vincent Book One - Guide to Love, Magic and RPG (cute book with anthro characters, I think the author described it as sorta 'How I Met Your Mother' type storyline, I haven't gone through it yet to confirm or not). The Circus (short comic about a circus that uses people transformed into animals). Also bought a 2018 special issue release of Regular Show, couldn't remember if I had already owned it or not. And lastly, bought some stickers and birthday cards I'll probably use for upcoming birthdays of friends and family. Because I didn't see a whole lot to buy I decided not to return for a second day, that and the entrance fee this year seemed like it had increased from last year.
Sunday, January 27th, 2019
10:58 pm
I've begun creating my 2019 list of books read, adding the eleventh book of the Repairman Jack series to it - getting close to finishing that series (assuming my library carries all the remaining books). But it got my curious about all the other unfinished book series that I've begun so I went back through my yearly lists of books read. Funny thing is I started keeping track of which books I've read over the year about ten years ago - my first list beginning in 2009.

Quite a few series I can spot along the years where I have unfinished business... I think the Dexter series stands out the most but there's also some like the Mollisan Town Quartet and the Grimm trilogy where I'm just one book shy of finishing their respective series. Still haven't gotten around to reading This Book is Fully of Spiders, which is the sequel to John Dies at the End. The Star Wars Republic Commando series I think I only got tow or three books in, I remember enjoying it... must've gotten sidetracked. The Bas-Lag trilogy I only got one book in, it was weird but great though the other two I think are less direct sequels and more set in the same world. And the Alvin Maker series was off to a great start... just I never followed up finding the second book. I'd almost forgotten about the Anonymous Rex trilogy (only got one book into that as well). There are probably a few more I didn't name... and that's only going by the lists of books I started to keep track of, who knows what series I started prior to that that I've completely forgotten about - not to mention stuff that is currently ongoing (such as the Destroyermen and the Caeli-Amur series) ^.^;;;

I guess this post is more a reminder to me that I have a lot of reading left to do.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
2:05 am
Year in Review: 2018
Once again, Happy New Year! ... And now for one last look to this year passed :)

I'm keeping the format from the previous review, so if it looks a little deja-vu - it's because I'm overwriting the old stuff with updates.

WorkCollapse )

ConventionsCollapse )

EntertainmentCollapse )

TripsCollapse )

Health & FitnessCollapse )

Friends & FamilyCollapse )

So there's my year in summary, sucks I know... I kinda half-assed this one but I may want to a sketchy outline of what was going on in my life someday to look back on ;)

Hope everyone else had better 2018's... and hopefully all of us have a better 2019.

One last thing, resolutions!
So off the top of my head I didn't really accomplish anything. However I did put together a photo album which I gave to my parents, added it to the pictures displayed during their Christms Party. Not the usual type of album thing, more of a standing photo album, it took something like sixty photos so I'm still gonna count this as a completed resolution!

For this new year... let's just say the usual: lose weight, exercise more, write more, travel more, etc. And make at least a passing attempt to getting a bucket list item done (like skydiving or a really awesome trip or something...). Keep it simple and vague and you have a better shot of doing something which qualifies as a win I'd say ;)
Monday, December 31st, 2018
8:52 pm
Books 2018
1. The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack book 6) by F. Paul Wilson
2. Backbeard: Pirate for Hire by Matthew McElligott
3. Night Animals by Gianna Marino
4. Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
5. Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
6. Strange Objects by Gary Crew
7. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
8. Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley
9. Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner
10. Gateways (Repairman Jack book 7) by F. Paul Wilson
11. More Bloody Horowitz by Anthony Horowitz
12. Night Visions: 6 edited by Paul Mikol
13. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mark Twain
14. Zootopia Read Along adapted by Vickie Saxxon
15. Doctor De Soto by William Steig
16. The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Clifford Stoll
17. Crisscross (Repairman Jack book 8) by F. Paul Wilson
18. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver
19. River of Bones (Destroyermen book 13) by Taylor Anderson
20. Infernal (Repairman Jack book 9) by F. Paul Wilson
21. Harbingers (Repairman Jack book 10) by F. Paul Wilson
22. Fox 8 by George Saunders
8:44 pm
Movies 2018
1. Memento (2000)
2. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
3. Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
4. Colossal (2016)
5. Black Panther (2018)
6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
7. Punch Drunk Love (2002)
8. The Crying Game (1992)
9. Batman The Dark Knight Returns part 2 (2013)
10. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
11. Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion (2012)
12. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
13. Atomic Blonde (2017)
14. Boss Baby (2017)
15. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
16. It (2017)
17. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
18. The Dark Tower (2017)
19. La Grande Bouffe (1973)
20. The House (2017)
21. American Made (2017)
22. Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
23. Despicable Me 3 (2017)
24. American Assassin (2017)
25. Bladerunner 2049 (2017)
26. Cinderella Once Upon a Time... In the West (2012)
27. Raw (2016)
28. Logan Lucky (2017)
29. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)
30. Batman vs Two-Face (2017)
31. Arctic Adventure on Frozen Pond 2016)
32. The Adventure Club (2017)
33. Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2014)
34. The Cat Returns (2002)
35. Trolls (2016)
36. The Boxtrolls (2014)
37. My Little Pony The Movie (2017)
38. Madly Madagascar (2013)
39. Coco (2017)
40. Sheep & Wolves (2016)
41. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
42. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
43. Happy Death Day (2017)
44. Deadpool 2 (2018)
45. Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (2017)
46. Peter Rabbit (2018)
47. Hedgehogs (2016)
48. Tad, the Lost Explorer (2012)
49. The Shape of Water (2017)
50. Daddy's Home 2 (2017)
51. Annihilation (2018)
52. The Boneyard (1991)
53. Isle of Dogs (2018)
54. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017)
55. Gods of Egypt (2016)
56. Trailer Park Shark (2017)
57. The Commuter (2018)
58. Ferdinand (2017)
59. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
60. Moving Violations (1985)
61. Jurassic World (2015)
62. The Transporter Refueled (2015)
63. Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
64. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
65. Empire of Dust (2011)
66. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
67. Pan (2015)
68. Air Bound (2015)
69. Jungle Tales (2010)
70. Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
71. Game Night (2018)
72. Super Troopers 2 (2018)
73. Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
74. Fabricated City (2017)
75. Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)
76. Accident Man (2018)
77. The Adventurer (2014)
78. Venom (2018)
79. Halloween (2018)
80. A Quiet Place (2018)
81. Intruders 2015)
82. The First Purge (2018)
83. Creed 2 (2018)
84. Borg vs. McEnroe (2018)
85. Tomb Raider (2018)
86. People's Republic of Desire (2018)
87. Lights Out (2016)
88. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
89. Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2016)
90. Just Getting Started (2017)
99. The Meg (2018)
100. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
101. Liquid Sky (1982)
102. Bumblebee (2018)
103. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
104. Another Wolfcop (2017)
105. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
106. The Room (2003)
107. Ocean's 8 (2018)
108. The Disaster Artist (2017)
109. American Animals (2018)
110. Blood Feast (2016)
Sunday, December 30th, 2018
9:37 pm
Furpocalypse 2018
This post is months late but I thought I'd jot it down for posterity's sake just the same... at least what I remember.

My furry con days seem to be in their sunset period, I didn't attend any in 2017 and almost didn't attend any this year... but I found the thought of skipping them all again depressing so I made the effort to attend one day of Furpocalypse in Connecticut. It's within driving distance of my parent's home so it's a doable day-trip, so long as I plan the weekend for outside NYC.

The saturday morning of the convention began very slowly, I saw very few people milling about or registering for the day... which seemed off because parking was mostly full at the hotel (though in part because apparently the parking garage roof is under repair and this cut off at least two rows of spaces. Was a bit disappointed that when I registered I found that they had run out of con-books (though I found an abandoned one late in the day which I snagged for myself).
Honestly the convention for myself is very low-key these days, don't hang out with too many locals anymore so I spent the first half of the day basically wandering around from the Dealer's Den (which felt a tad light this year) though I did run into beerhorse, the game room, and just around - snapping pictures of fursuits that caught my eye and such.

Of course I ran into panzier which was cool that I had a chance to chat with, been over a year since I had seen him last - maybe a Kidz Expo from a couple years earlier or the last Penguin Plunge event we did?
Shortly thereafter I set myself up in a decent spot for the fursuit parade, while waiting there I was spotted by cubbi , another person I haven't seen in a long time (thinking maybe the Long Island meet back in like 2014?). Lot of stuff going on in his life, as I said been out of the loop with a lot of local people I'd known in the past.
Parade starts, some nice costumes, and very cool to also spot two I recognized: Mustel and Warzy... and when the parade reached its last suitor I follow so I could snap some group shots of everyone. Unfortunately the weather was shit that day (though that helped me find a parking space since the car show was rescheduled for the following day) but the rain kept the parade completely indoors - so instead of the spacious parking lot it instead ended cramped in the zoo area. Not even enough space to get in for a picture, though I did get some heavily cropped shots from an adjacent window.

At that point the convention was essentially over for me, there weren't any folks left to chill with, not really much left to do there, I spotted some panels, stopped by the game room, checked out the movie room (caught the beginning sequence of Labyrinth), and then did one last scan of the dealer's den (bought a flask)... so I decided to head out a little early.

I ended up almost getting to my car when someone else I haven't seen in forever spotted me - athauglas. Another long chat to catch up on details I'd been out of the loop on for awhile, hung out with him for a bit as he tried to help some stranded furs start up their car, then unfortunately we had to part ways - his convention weekend was just starting, mine ending.

Headed out to the nearby Friendly's for dinner (love their sundaes and there are none near my home).

Overall, except for again the saving grace of seeing people I haven't seen in ages, a rather tepid convention. As a note, the hotel has changed hands - I believe it's now part of the Red Roof Inn, I forget the previous owners. But they've still got a bit of work ahead of them, the hotel was seriously going downhill the last time I'd been there, it didn't look nearly as bad this year but I wasn't in any of the rooms so I can't speak for that (I know some have reported splotchy carpets and worse). Frankly I miss some of the previous locations (when it was in its previous FurFright incarnation)... but I guess those days are long gone and I'm assuming the hotel gives the convention a great rate or something to warrant staying there.

We'll see what happens in 2019, at some point I'd like to start attending conventions again that are outside a day-trip driving distance. I'll make an effort to attend this one again next year but likely 2020 is out, my sister is planning her wedding to take place on Halloween of that year... and FP seems to be gravitating towards that holiday weekend these days.

Sorry for any people or details I missed, like I said - I should have made this post back in October rather than at the tail-end of the year. I've been not doing great with getting out of this rut of apathy.
Thursday, October 25th, 2018
12:39 am
The Barber
As long as I'm marking things down for posterity, over this past weekend I finally got around to seeing my barber's new location. Sometime last year there was a bit of a flood at his old location. He used to be situated at a nearby subway terminal, he was near the turnstiles for 63rd Drive but located under a bar or strip joint... I forget what it was. But they had something happen overnight one day and their sprinkler system went off and caused enough damage to leak through the roof of the unit beneath them. I remember going in one day last year for a haircut and there was a giant hole in the ceiling. At that point I was told they'd be moving at some point (the barber and his wife both worked together). But every two or three months when I'd stop by for a haircut they were still there, and the damage was repaired so I wasn't sure what was going to happen.

The previous haircut I received was apparently during their last week at that location, but I had already given him my contact info so he could let his regulars know so I expected a text in near future. And then fast forward to several days ago... I finally got to see the new location. I would have not given it a second glance had I not had the address - it's basically a woman's hair stylist set up! No sign of his wife but there were a few female hairstylists working there. Eventually I spotted my friend in the back and flagged him down to get my usual haircut... I was a little worried maybe his price went up (and maybe it had) considering the place looked so much fancier but he told me the price I'd paid previously so I'll put aside my misgivings about the place.

I will definitely miss the previous place, a small nook hidden away near my old subway stop, a basket full of health magazines, issues of Maxim and Playboy for people to flip through while waiting. It had its charms... and I'd been using this guy for the better part of a decade so he knew exactly how I wanted my hair cut, plus the price is on the cheaper end (especially for NYC). Hopefully I can continue to utilize him as a barber, hopefully the new location and set-up works out for him.

Ah and as for that bar/strip joint that was located above him and flooded... as far as I can tell it's still boarded up, looks like it was abandoned quite awhile ago and nothing has replaced it.
Monday, October 8th, 2018
10:26 am
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)

* 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)

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
Monday, May 14th, 2018
10:48 am
Sheep & Wolves / The Cat Returns
Not going to go into any kind of depth with these two movies, just a very vague sense of what I liked/disliked.
A week ago I rented the movie Sheep & Wolves, a movie that first came onto my radar something like... four years ago? I can't even remember, there was a short trailer in Russian which caught my eye and seeing the plot was mostly about transformation it caught my interest as well, it helped that the animation looked halfway decent also :)

Short synopsis: Wolf who constantly acts immature accidentally changes himself in a sheep. Collapse )

Now another movie which I saw about a couple months ago - The Cat Returns. Short synopsis here - girl rescues a cat and finds that there are a society of cats who are now indebted to her, but the gift(s) cause more trouble than they're worth. Collapse )

For the tl/dr crowd, both movies worth watching - I recommend both, especially if you're into talking animals ;)
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
3:51 pm
Two cons
This past weekend I participated in two convention/events that have become a rather regular occurrence for me: MoCCA Fest and PAX East. It kind of worked out alright for me this year, regularly PAX tickets for saturday sell out super fast - as with the last year or two I only managed to buy a sunday pass, but MoCCA is a two day event so I was able to juggle both.

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Monday, April 2nd, 2018
2:07 pm
The trainwreck of an old alumnus
I'm in a posting mood today I guess so I think I'll add in some notes to myself about a guy I kinda/sorta knew back in High School who it might be worthwhile to chronicle some of the gossip I'd heard about him for the past... decade or so (my memories on the timeline of events is a bit blurry so I'm pretty sure most of what I'm about to share has happened in that timeframe). Bear with me, this is going to be a messy post as I ramble on about this guy.

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EDIT: I don't think it's mentioned in the above, soon after I made the above post I found out that Brett was fired for drinking at work. So now the mom is apparently worried about him while she's aways, she apparently asked his sister to keep an eye on him during those times. Then I found out I guess the last time he was over her apartment while he was drunk he got a little... slappy? with the baby (the baby is not quite a year old). I don't think Mary has told anyone else this, really she should because something like that should mean he never sees the baby without someone else there to supervise him, certainly never there while drunk, and maybe never again at all in my personal opinion. So, further downhill for him.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
5:09 pm
2018: Calendar of Upcoming Events
Since this came in so handy last year, I'm again going to us lj to keep track of my upcoming races/registered events.

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09/15 (Sat): Citifield Color Run 5k
0924 - 09/28: (PTO)
09/30 (Sun): NYRR Bronx 10M

10/06 (Sat): NYC Comic Con
10/07 (Sun): NYC Comic Con
10/14 (Sun): NYRR Staten Island Half
* 10/27 (Sat): Furpocalypse

11/04 (Sun): NYC Marathon
11/05 - 11/09: PTO

* indicates un-registered events, blocking off dates on calendar.
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
7:20 pm
The Crying Game
Yesterday I finally watched this movie from the nineties, it’s one of those flicks a lot of people know about (especially it’s “twist”) but few have actually seen. Maybe it’s because I rewatched Ace Ventura Pet Detective not long ago but curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up at the library.

It was not what I expected. I didn’t even realize Forest Whitaker was in it, I had to look it up on IMDb because I swore his voice sounded so I odd it had to be dubbed... nope. The story itself just kinda odd, involving IRA soldiers and some odd turns in the plot. As for the twist itself... I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed by its tameness. It’s nothing like the parody done in Ace Ventura. Also overall kinda anticlimactic... honestly the movie is pretty forgettable, even for that one scene the parodies will be remembered far longer.

But at least I can scratch this off movies I’ve been wanting to see.
Monday, January 1st, 2018
4:46 pm
Year in Review: 2017
First off, Happy New Year; now for one last look to this year passed...

This time I'll order it with the 'not much of an update' and "fluff" before getting to more serious topics, so bare with me.

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Sunday, December 31st, 2017
6:57 pm
Movies: 2017
1. April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
2. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
3. Odd Thomas (2013)
4. Why Stop Now (2012)
5. The Final Girls (2015)
6. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
7. Wolf Children (2012)
8. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
9. Victor Frankenstein (2015)
10. Fantastic Planet (1973)
11. Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
12. Fabled (2002)
13. Knock Knock (2015)
14. Indigenous (2014)
15. Holidays (2016)
16. Bad Santa 2 (2016)
17. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
18. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
19. Don't Think Twice (2016)
20. Swiss Army Man (2016)
21. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
22. The Book of Life (2014)
23. Welcome to the Punch (2013)
24. Furious 7 (2015)
25. Now You See Me 2 (2016)
26. Fate of the Furious (2017)
27. Monkey King 2 (2016)
28. Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)
29. Urge (2016)
30. The Founder (2016)
31. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
32. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
33. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
34. Alien: Covenant (2017)
35. Re-Animator (1985)
36. Surf's Up 2: Wavemania (2017)
37. Howl (2015)
38. Nerve (2016)
39. Wonder Woman 2017)
40. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
41. God Bless America (2011)
42. Rock Dog (2017)
43. Justice League Dark (2017)
44. Life (2017)
45. The Monster (2016)
46. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
47. Free Fire (2016)
48. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
49. The Belko Experiment (2016)
50. The Void (2016)
51. Ip Man 3 (2015)
52. Masterless (2015)
53. Masterminds (2016)
54. Split (2016)
55. War on Everyone (2016)
56. The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
57. A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002)
58. Spark: A Space Tail (2016)
59. Christmas Eve (2015)
60. Cybernater (1991)
61. The First Men on the Moon (1964)
62. John Wick 2 (2017)
63. The Hunstman: Winter's War (2016)
64. Get Out (2017)
65. Maximum Ride (2016)
66. Logan (2017)
67. Rescue Rabbit (2016)
68. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012)
69. Wild Things (1998)
70. Boo!: A Medea Halloween (2016)
71. Breakin’ (1984)
72. Ice Station Zebra (1968)
73. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
74. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
75. Assassins Creed (2016)
76. The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002
77. Top Cat: The Movie (2011)
78. Kong: Skull Island (2017)
77. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
78. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
79. Sahara (2005)
80. Jumanji (2017)
81. Downsizing (2017)
82. A Cure for Wellness (2016)
83. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
84. Fist Fight (2017)
85. Ocean's Eleven (1960)
86. La La Land (2016)
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