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Memories of Furrydom

July 31st, 2016

I had a dream last night, a dream about something I rarely think about these days, that’s my life in furry fandom, more specifically, about how fun it used to be to hang out on the furry MUCKs.  Yes, I was a proud and active member of furrydom, once upon a time.

Because honestly, it was fun, back at the beginning.  Before the dark times.  Before the perverts.  And sometimes, as bad as the bad times were, the good times were really fantastic and I really wish that those could come back.

So here’s what I remember most fondly about those times.

Wondercon 2015 Day 3

April 5th, 2015

Wondercon 2015 BadgeWell, this is the last day, and as usual, it’s going to be the slowest day.  As always, this is “kid’s day” with a lot of programming for kids and the young at heart.

There’s my badge to the left, it’s going to join a big pile of hanging badges from past conventions next to my desk including all of the Wondercon Anaheim badges and, for some weird reason, a couple badges from San Diego Comicon 2007.  I have no clue why that’s there but it is.  Maybe I ought to pack some of these away. A long time ago, I did a big photo spread on all of my recent convention badges that ran from the late 90s to somewhere around 2010 but I can’t find it, maybe it’s been lost to the winds of time.  I’ll have to go looking for it again.

So let’s take a look at the final day of this year’s convention.

Prop Replicas and Copyright

March 15th, 2015

Prop ReplicaThis is a position I’ve had for a long time, but I’m just starting to run into it again, now that I’ve joined the Replica Prop Forum, a forum dedicated to creating prop replicas, following a suggestion from, well, someone well known who shall go unnamed who frequents the place.

However, I’m seeing the same kind of gross hypocrisy there that I’ve seen before and I just had to say something about it, somewhere safe where I can’t be banned because I have an unpopular opinion.

Densha Otoko and the World of Fandom

August 30th, 2014

Densha OtokoBack in 2005, I think Densha Otoko was the first J-drama I ever saw.  It was something that just flew completely under my radar, I was into anime and tokusatsu, but the idea of watching regular Japanese TV never occurred to me. However, some of the people I knew had seen it and liked it and encouraged me to give it a try so my wife and I sat down and watched this 11-episode drama and you know something?  We loved it.

But more than just the series, the story spoke to me and, thinking back on it now, I think it’s just as important today as it was a decade ago. Therefore, I wanted to revisit Densha Otoko, not as a review per se, but as a statement on fandom.

Spending Time With the Fanatics

July 8th, 2014

Superman fanaticAs time goes on and I spend more and more time around people that I would consider fanatics in their particular corners of fandom, I see that they are all essentially the same.  Fanatical comic book fans are no different than fanatical bird keepers and they’re no different than fanatical action figure collectors or board gamers.  They all have problems and their problems, almost exclusively, stem from their fanaticism.

BoardGameGeek Gets Dumped

May 26th, 2014

BoardGameGeekToday, I deleted my account on BoardGameGeek and removed it from my list of forums, although by the time you read this, it will have been several weeks, at least, in the past.  It’s something I should have done long ago, I’ve written several times, far too often, truth be told, about how distasteful I found a lot of people over on the Geek and how little I really enjoyed being on there.  Finally, I had enough and I decided that my frustration at being around those idiots vastly outweighed any information or enjoyment I got.

Therefore it’s gone.

Why I’m So Negative: The Hobby Edition

May 9th, 2014

Being Negative

I posted something on negativity over on my other blog but I thought I needed to touch on it again here with regard to hobbies.

Without going into the same spiel, I want to say that no matter how much you enjoy a thing, whether it’s a political position or a hobby or anything else, it can always be improved.  Nothing is ever perfect and it’s only by examining it critically and rationally, with an eye toward making it better that we actually can make it better.  Far too many people want to pretend that there just is nothing bad, everything is great, the world is perfect and can’t be made any better so let’s not even mention the bad, it doesn’t exist.

I point out a lot of places where hobbies can, and in my opinion should, be made better but I’m always met with resistance by people who are ultimately fanatics. Fanaticism is, like it or not, the downfall of most hobbies.  So long as you are a fanatic, utterly obsessed with your hobby, you’ve lost any objectivity when it comes to quality. If you love Star Wars and will buy anything that someone stamps a Star Wars logo on, regardless of quality or price, you are part of the problem.  If you can’t talk about the issues with a particular franchise because your emotions are clouded with your overwhelming love for that franchise, you are part of the problem.

There are lots of people who are part of the problem.

With action figures, there are lots of people who can’t be bothered with the problems that have existed for years, such as piss-poor case packs, bad quality sculpts, cheap paint applications and an ever-decreasing complexity.  Just keep those hunks of badly-formed plastic coming or they’ll go into withdrawal!

How about stamps?  Get them by the ton, even if you don’t need them and don’t have the time to look at them!  Shove them into albums!  Mindlessly support the post office because you can’t imagine new stamps not coming out every five minutes!  Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy and then buy some more.  That way you can sit around and whine that you can’t recoup on your “investment”.

With board games, it doesn’t matter if the same game has been released a dozen times before with a different name, you have to keep buying!  Buy buy buy!  Buy everything Kickstarter has to offer at the highest level of commitment so you can have those useless extras that you’ll never look at again!

Birds, let your emotions rule the roost!  Don’t worry about what you can afford, don’t worry about what you can reasonably maintain, fill the house from top to bottom with as many birds as you can get, bankrupt yourself with bird toys, fill every second of  your day with baking bird bread and other treats, then complain that you’re totally overwhelmed!  But wait, there’s another bird in need on Craigslist!  Get it!

These are all problems, yet most people just don’t want to talk about them.  They want to pretend everything is great, the world is wonderful and nothing could possibly improve their fandoms.  People need to be realistic when it comes to their fun and it’s an unfortunate reality that most simply are not.  It’s why I don’t fit in anywhere because I am a realistic person and most fanboys hate the realistic.  They want to live in a fantasy.  That’s not me.

I guess I have to continue being negative because that’s the only way things improve.

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