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I haven't written here lately because I've been very busy at work, and taking care of some real life stuff that came up. As they say, "stuff happens".

I did however get to travel out to Pittsburgh last weekend to work Confluence with the Dorsai Irregulars. It was a smallish science fiction con, with about 300 people in attendance. The shifts I work consisted of an occasional rove through the hotel and badge checking at the door to the Dealers Room.

The DI working the contract were Rene, Steve Simmons, Mark Bernstein, and a few other folks whose names I can't remember right now. :-P Also in attendance from the furry community were [ profile] tchall, [ profile] swift_fox, [ profile] mrianti, [ profile] boomeroo, and [ profile] unclekage. At any rate, it was great to see all of those folks again!

I didn't take many pictures at this convention, since I spent most of the time either working of socializing with folks. The full archive is at for those who are interested. What follows are a few choice shots.

Mrianti and Uncle Kage

I had to work a shift with these guys.

One of these things is not like the others...

One of these things is not like the others... anyone who got caught drinking the "odd one out" was cut off from drinking the rest of the evening.

Saturday's Play: "The Doctor's Sarcophagus"

The highlight of the con was a play that is put on no Saturday evening. A different script is written every year, usually involving parody of current events. This year's play was called "The Doctor's Sarcophagus". I did not get to watch it, as I had roving duty at the time. :-)

The party, as seen through my scotch glass

After finishing off the scotch that was in this glass, I pretty much called it a night. My room was right next door to the Dorsai Room, so I could hear them singing through the wall. It didn't keep me awake, but it was kinda funny drifting off to sleep hearing filk music being sung.

Oh, and thanks for singing The Dorsai Cadet Song, guys. Can we just induct somebody newer already? :-P
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The below video is a speech made by Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern at a gathering in her district. There were 50 people present when she went on this anti-gay rant.

She did not know she was being recorded.

This is rather frightening that there are still people in this country--elected officials at that, who think these things, and rail against homosexuality.

Of course, after looking at this slightly creepy picture of her, I think I am going to question what her realities consist of:

Sweet Jesus.

If the world were a perfect set of teeth, Sally Kern would be plaque.
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It's been a busy week for me! Between work and home, I've barely been in IM.

Work has been... work, and at home I've been playing with the nginx webserver. It's lightweight, configurable, and fast. I already have PHP and Drupal running under it at a pretty reasonable speed.

Been to Anthrocon at the Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh? If you were and you ate at the Orchid restuarant, you may have been served by a waiter known as Randy. You'd remember this, beacuse he was a very animated guy--to say the least. Well, it turns out that he is just that animated in real life, too. This article talks about some of his artistic ventures when not working at the Westin, such as this one:

I think this sort of volunteerism and community spirit sets a fine example that we can all try live by.

Oh, and I found this lovely video of snow leopards, too:

Happy Thursday!
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Seen in a Friends-only entry, so I'm keeping the source anyonmous:

PITTSBURGH -- Tourism is a multibillion-dollar business and fighting for a slice of the action means getting the word out about your city's offerings.

Pittsburgh is trying to attract more gay and lesbian visitors, but that means battling a few misconceptions about the town.

The city wants to show the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community or GLBT, a group that accounts for 10 percent of the U.S. travel market, what the city has to offer.

"Statistics tell us there is a lot of money to be had, a lot of money to spend," said Beverly Morrow-Jones of Visit Pittsburgh. "They like spending money and they like having a good time, and I think, just like everybody else, the gay and lesbian community wants to feel welcomed."

So, Visit Pittsburgh is making its pitch, selling the city through inclusion in the gay-friendly NaviGaytor travel guide.

The rest of the article is at:

And... NaviGAYtor travel guide...? I have got to get my hands on one of these.

'cause I never go to Pittsburgh, you know. :-)

[Edit: [ profile] talvinamarich pointed out that the guide has a website at]
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Apparently since the Brewers were in Pittsburgh during Anthrocon, they have done pretty poorly as far as winning games goes. They used to be in first place, and they have since slid down to second in their division. Here are the stats. If you look closely, they have lost 7 out of the last 10 games.

Also, if you look at their July schedule, they really got spanked in Pittsburgh. And this is coming from having won 7 of the prior 10 games to Pittsburgh. The second half of the season looks even worse for them so far.

Full article: Brewers suffer the "Curse of the Furries"

If there is anything for the Brewers team to learn from, it may be this: don't be so uptight when you're around something you don't understand. Just relax and let other people do their own thing.

Also, I'd like to thank co-worker M for explaining to me how baseball stats work. I think it's the first time I ever closely examined them. My male ancestors must be so proud of me right now. :-P
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I spent the weekend out in Pittsburgh to do inventory of the Anthrocon storage locker. I had originally expected this to take most of Saturday afternoon, it ended up only taking about an hour and a half, thanks to our hard working volunteers: [ profile] swift_fox, [ profile] silaria, [ profile] cadpigjr, [ profile] firefoxbc, and [ profile] sinha_lion.

This then left us with the rest of Saturday to spend as we like. We walked around downtown Pittsburgh and visited the art festival that was in town. Afterward, Swift Fox thought it would be a good idea if we uh, "stress tested" some fire equipment. Here's me trying not to get knocked off my feet:

Back at the station, Swift Fox shows us that Firefighters have a sense of humor:

Also, Taz was apparently a new hire in the department:

Later in the evening we went to one of the many observation points on the side of a hill in Pittsburgh and I was able to get some nice night-exposure pictures of downtown Pittsburgh:

On Sunday morning, we visited The Pittsburgh Strip for breakfast. The strip is within a reasonable walk of the Westin, and is not unlike Philadelphia's Italian Market. Since I had less than 4 cups of coffee, I wasn't awake enough to take pictures from there. :-P

I then hopped in my rental car (yay AVIS!) and drove back home.

From my stay there, I gotta say that Aspinwall was a really nice town. It reminded me of Emmaus, PA, a town which I visited frequently in my youth (and was also on the side of a mountain).

The rest of my Pittsburgh at night pictures can be found here and additional pictures of testing the fire equipment can be found here.


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Douglas Muth

April 2012



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