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Last weekend was quite fun, as some other furries and myself went to the beach. It was a bit of a remedy for the events of last summer, which included some health issues I was dealing with, as well as someone I who trusted doing something stupid.

I actually didn't drink all that much this weekend, only a beer or two at the hotel and a few drinks at meals (where our servers did shots with us). Instead of destroying myself with alcohol, I instead destroyed myself by bodyboarding for about 8 straight hours on Saturday. The sunburn isn't that bad, but am I ever sore. I'm sore even today, 2 days later.

Anyway, here are some pictures:

The Beach Bar and Grill Waves breaking Ferian flying his kite

Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier T-Rex at Funtown Pier

The rest of my pictures? They're at Enjoy!
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I had a pretty awesome Memorial Day weekend last weekend. I went up to my parents' place for the first time since Christmas. They're fine, the cat is stupid fine, and the rest of my family is fine.

I've been wearing my knee braces whenever I walk around, just like my doctor told me to, and they've gotten much much better. I have an MRI scheduled for this coming Wednesday, so we can see what precisely is going on inside the knee. Still, I can walk for considerable distances and feel well enough to do my normal thing at Anthrocon at this point.

(PROTIP: Want to get the smell out of neoprene knee braces? Soak in 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup hot water for an hour. That kills the fungus.)

Speaking of Anthrocon, I spent yesterday working with registration laptops, giving funny looks to MSIE 8, and testing all of our badge printers. Everything still works, and I feel more confident about onsite registration this year (not that last year didn't go fine) because my code has remained largely unchanged since last year, and I made more documentation for troubleshooting purposes, should anything go wrong.

While visiting my parents, I took a trip to the old neighborhood where I grew up, walked around, and took many pictures. Once again, the UV filter on my camera did its job.

Shepherd Hills Golf Course

Driver Place Greens Drive Greens Drive

And here's the whole set, browseable in Flash:

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Last weekend I headed down to Washington, D.C. to visit November and see the Cherry Blossom Festival.

I don't have much else to say about the festival, because it was a bunch of cherry trees, really. :-P We walked around for a bit and I took a ton of pictures:

Cherry Blossom Trees The Lincoln Memorial The Washington Monument

Cherry Blossom Trees Cherry Blossom Trees Cherry Blossom Trees

And here's the full slideshow:

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Last weekend I flew out to the Chicago area to visit [ profile] duncandahusky, [ profile] takaza, and the usual bunch of folks I know in the midwest at Wuffmeet.

Like the one I went to 2 years ago, I had a good time. Spent a few days hanging out with people, socializing, and sampling some interesting mixed drinks. I also took a few pictures:

DSC_0305 DSC_0280 DSC_0310

Rockband Takaza makes drinks Closeup of booze

Other than that, most of my shots were of a few dogs that joined us:

Dogs! Dogs! DSC_0302

Malamute closeup!

Don't get me wrong, I don't have any sort of personality trait that gets dogs to pay attention to me. I just made sure to have a cookie in my hand. You'd be amazed at how well that gets the attention of dogs!
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This year's Furry Connection North was another heck of a convention! With 727 attendees, the convention's attendance nearly doubled over last year! Clearly, the current state of the economy did not hurt this year's event.

I did something a little different this convention. A few months back, I made it a point to start saving all of my $5 bills when getting change. By the time FCN rolled around, I have a few hundred dollars in $5s. Aside from the strange looks I got from my bank teller when turning all of those $5s into larger bills, this provided me with a convenient way to set aside some spending money for the convention. Even though my total amount of money did not change, being able to set aside cash meant that I actually spent more on artwork and books at this convention. That's a win-win for everybody!

The one downside about this convention for me was that I didn't get to see as much of the convention as I would have liked to, due to some of the shifts I worked on security (provided by the Dorsai Irregulars this time around). I worked 2 shifts that were from midnight to 6 AM, and 1 shift from 6 AM to Noon. This left me sleeping during the mornings and early afternoons so I didn't get to see as much of the con or my friends as I would have liked (sorry [ profile] cliff_husky!). I did get to make up for this on Sunday though, by attending closing ceremonies, the live Method 1 show, and Gir's dance, which totally rocked.

This new hotel was also full of win. The staff loved us. One of the bartenders decided on Saturday afternoon that she just had to have a tail to wear, so I ended up loaning her one of mine. I am told that this boosted the amount she received in tips. :-)

Other things that made FCN cool:

- All the food places within walking distance.

- The "I'm on a boat" song.

- Everytime someone said the word "asshole" and [ profile] film2edit was in hearing distance, she would pipe up with "100% asshole?"

- The few noise complaints I handled, the occupants of the rooms were very nice and very apologetic. That made the con that much more enjoyable to work.

- The bar having $8 Long Island Iced Teas.

- A reasonably priced lunch/dinner menu at the hotel's restaurant.

- Cardboard cutouts of Obama and George Bush. They made for nice party items.

- Getting to chat with [ profile] duncan_the_dog, who swung by Con Ops in the middle of an otherwise boring late night security shift.

Oh, you wanted to see some pictures? Sure!

Chillymouse Duncan the Dog and friends Duncan the Dog Whitefeet and George Bush... sort of

Moving the giant freezer A fursuiter gets a massage Lasers at the dance

Duncan the Dog gets a beer Fizz and crew Ciaphas, Eddidiums, and Dark Tigger

The full set, as always, can be found on Flickr:

My next non-furry con will be Anime Central, which I will be working security at. And I leave for that, uh... tomorrow morning! My next actual furry con after that will be Anthrocon.
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Myself holding [ profile] film2edit:

...which incidentally, is about the closest I will come to picking up women at furry conventions. :-)

I'm still writing my con report and tagging my pictures. I'll post 'em here when I'm all done.

Other than recovering from the con, I've been busy catching up with other things, like writing some more unit and function tests for the Anthrocon Reg system. Earlier today, I got a nice "critical mass" of tests written, so that I can start adding features and fixing bugs, yet be fairly confident that I haven't broken anything. We'll see how that works out!
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I drove down to Virginia for KainCon this past weekend and made a few side trips along the way.

On Friday night, I met up with Loki ([ profile] joshvon) for dinner. It was the first time I really got to hang out with him since he got out of the military.

I made it down to Kain's place late Friday night and hung out through early Sunday afternoon. I got to see [ profile] creatureshock, [ profile] davinwarter and [ profile] drakien1 again. Bill Cosby [ profile] stahi was around, too. [ profile] talon2303 was also there.

There was something about a pretty crazy game of Wii Tennis with [ profile] sirkain, who totally stomped me in a Best 3 of 5 match.

On Saturday evening, we took a trip to the Todai sushi buffet, and I saw this on the way out:

Got soy sauce?

More pictures from KainCon:

Wii Sports kaincon Creature

The full archive of pics is at, for anyone who is interested. I also created a Flickr group for KainCon photos at

On Sunday, I went a little out of my way to visit [ profile] ryvex in Maryland. It was the first time I saw him in uh, about 3 years or so. We grabbed a late lunch and got to play catchup on recent events in our lives.

I finally got home just after 9 PM that night. It was a fun and busy weekend.

Photo meme

Sep. 21st, 2008 02:36 pm
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Ganked from [ profile] kaarlo.

Take a picture of yourself right now.

Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.

Post that picture with NO editing.

Post these instructions with your picture.

As an aside, all the stuff that made it into the background was interesting and completely unintentional on my part. I count a few plushies, Dolph, and my DI beret.
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If you don't recognize the number, [ profile] tailen sums it up in his LJ. The short short version is this: MPAA demanded the takedown of that string of numbers, claiming that it was "copyrighted". Thousands of geeks promtply said, "fuck you, MPAA" and began posting the number in their blogs, on YouTube, etc.

In other news, I have been having a lot of fun with Flickr lately. They have uploading tools available which you can download and install on your computer. Then, when you want to upload a bunch of files, you can just queue and upload an entire directory (optionally specifying a set for them to get into and tags for that set), and walk away from your computer while the entire upload happens.

I should mention that ever since I got a digital camera back in the summer of 2004, I've taken lots of pictures, given any excuse. I've taken pictures of conventions, parties, places that I've visited, people that I visited, etc. The last I checked, my entire "pictures/" directory on my hard drive totals 2.1 Gigs over the last 2.5 years. That means there is plenty more for me to upload!

Here are highlights from the 3 sets that I've uploaded so far:

Pictures taken at Roadside America, a rather large miniature village:

Pictures taken at The Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage (Anthrocon's charity in 2006):

And finally, pictures taken at The Dexcon 9 gaming convention last July:

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Over the weekend, [ profile] film2edit and [ profile] lockemaison came up to visit. On Saturday, we did a day trip to Centralia, PA. For those not familiar with the name, it is the town that has been on fire for many years. Or rather, its coal mines have been on fire.

See, in this part of Pennsylvania, the veins of coal run vertical, and some reach the surface. Sometimes they are at the bottom of sinkholes. Some of these sinkholes were used as convenient ways to dispose of trash. One of these sinkholes caught on fire in the 1960s and subsequently ignited the vein of coal underneath. The resulting fire has proven to be impossible to put out -- the mine is too well drained to use water, and the fire burned too fast for engineers to cut it off by removing part of the coal vein.

So, the town was evacuated, and most of its structures were knocked down and removed. The only remaining structures are a few houses of people who refuse to leave. The town's population is currently about 20. Also, the Postal Service revoked the town's Zip Code, so there's no longer mail delivery anymore.

Just outside of town:

Real estate is really cheap:

This is the extent of the tourist facilities available:

The center of town:

About the dining in hell part? We brought some food and ate it when we were in town. :-)

We also walked on the abandoned section of Route 61. It was closed and built around as the roadway kept buckling and cracking. The steam pouring out didn't help either. :-)

I'm having trouble making out the words on this sign. I think it says "Please Explore":

A wee bit of steam was coming up from the road. What's even more amazing is that PennDOT had nothing to do with it!

Others appear to have preceded us:

We also visited the Pioneer Tunnel, a mine that is open for tourism purposes. That, and the rest of my pictures can be found in my collection on Flickr. Enjoy!


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April 2012



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