Newsbytes archive for October–December 2012
I sure have been using the words “technical difficulties” a lot recently, but here is another series of articles delayed due to technical difficulties.
Newsbytes are provided by individual contributors, and are lightly edited for style, punctuation, capitalization, spelling and if absolutely necessary, grammar. Contributor lists appear before each month’s Newsbytes. Happy new year!
GreenReaper: Some bats fear the moon.
GreenReaper: In rural Oregon, pig eats you.
Fred: A binturong, a muntjac, a serow, and others. Four months of Indonesian rainforest wildlife camera-trapped in 8:44 minutes.
crossaffliction: Holy @#$%, Ted’s hosting the @#$%ing Oscars!
crossaffliction: Rise of the Guardians hasn’t even had its premiere yet, and it won an award. From Vanity Fair, of all things. [Guy Lodge/In Contention]
GreenReaper: Disney plays with 3D-printed toys.
Higgs Raccoon: Coyotes never cheat on their mates.
raynevandunem: Art archive SoFurry now allows users to add a new submission to existing or new folders from the new submission page before uploading.
GreenReaper: Inkbunny has various performance and BBCode updates as well. Meanwhile, FA is working on a new theme.
Rakuen Growlithe: Yahoo reveals six odd facts about Pokémon. They aren't that surprising but it's nice to remember the franchise.
RingtailedFox: Lioness adopts baby antelope in Ugandan wildlife park (Courtesy: ABC News and Yahoo! News)
Rakuen Growlithe: Two otters are selling paintings from their aquarium home.
crossaffliction: I don’t know how All New X-Men’s stupid concept can possibly beat the Uncanny X-Men reboot. Oh, and ponies. [Sethisto/Equestria Daily]
crossaffliction: Rise of the Guardians to play AFI Fest.
Higgs Raccoon: A Cat in Paris arrives on dvd.
Equivamp: Citizens for Animal Protection have the dogs dressing up this Halloween.
Higgs Raccoon: An abandoned treatment of Jurassic Park 4 was to feature dinosaur/dog/human hybrids.
Fred: The furry future of data storage: gerbil-backed computers.
GreenReaper: Images are working again on our Facebook page. Not yet a fan? Add us now, and share Flayrah with your friends!
RingtailedFox: Female otter pup rescued in Alaska.
GreenReaper: Is Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! actually about rabbits? Perhaps not, but we'll see once it's published.
dronon: A Totoro bed.
Higgs Raccoon: Drawing porn on Fur Affinity: "I was young and needed the money." (Not an actual quote.)
GreenReaper: Furry is South Dakota's Soldier of the Year.
Sonious: Anthropologist laments about the lexical evolution of the shorthand "anthros".
GreenReaper: Humans 'have no monopoly' on morals.
crossaffliction: Kristopher Tapley of In Contention has seen 17 of the 18 contenders for Best Animated Feature. He likes Brave.
Fred: This list of 18 contenders does not include Ted. The CGI teddy bear is inserted into the live-action movie so seamlessly that it is easy to forget that it is not completely a live-action movie. Ted is definitely an animated movie, and an excellent one even though I do not care for the macho stud plot.
Patch Packrat: Furaffinity owner reports harassment by volunteer con security.
Rakuen Growlithe: Housepets is on-hold for at least a week while artist Rick Griffin is in hospital.
GreenReaper: FurFright petitioned to remove Dorsai as con security.
RingtailedFox: Bambi was seen swimming on a beach in front of the Four Seasons Hotel in Maui. (Courtesy: TMZ.com, alt. link at My Vidster)
GreenReaper: Mysterious man in horse mask runs shirtless through storm. [tip: Anthael Whiskers]
GreenReaper: Rome cat sanctuary faces eviction.
mwalimu: Several random furries from Fangcon wandered to the nearby GMX con and ended up appearing in a Professor Shyguy video.
RingtailedFox: Yahoo! Photo Gallery of pets rescued from Hurricane Sandy.
GreenReaper: ”Gangnam Style” robot wins dance contest.
Higgs Raccoon: Wilfred to return for season 3 in 2013.
GreenReaper: CNN calls furry 'lifestyle choice'.
GreenReaper: MFF hotel limits parking to one per room.
Fred: Belo Horizonte's dog brothel.
Higgs Raccoon: The Funday PawPet Show will return in 2013 after raising $7161 in the annual telethon.
GreenReaper: What 15,000 redditors look like on the Flayrah/WikiFur server. (Varnish/APC FTW.)
Equivamp: Furries in high school are the biggest dorks.
mwalimu: RainFurrest is now ahead of FurFright in the list of conventions by attendance, marking the first change in the top 5 since 2007.
dronon: The animal photography of Tim Flach.
Patch Packrat: Well known metal musician Devin Townsend's music video "lucky animals" uses fan sourced clips, includes several fursuiters.
dronon: A recent episode of Nature about different species becoming friends: ”Odd Animal Couples” (U.S. only).
RingtailedFox: Waterton Lakes National Park's "critter cam" captures skunk vs. cougar encounter.
RingtailedFox: Speaking of Kickstarter... Chris Tremblay is in the process of making a Kickstarter project to revive his old animated series, Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron! Swat Kats Revival and Swat Kats Revival Promotion (both on Facebook)!
Higgs Raccoon: Scottish man dresses as giraffe, does good deeds.
Patch Packrat: Are bronies changing the definition of masculinity?
Patch Packrat: io9: Why do geeks like kinky sex?
GreenReaper: Can 'ugly' animals be saved?
GreenReaper: Are fishermen attacking dolphins?
GreenReaper: Fox hunts without the foxes in SA.
GreenReaper: Japanese fursuiter looking for work? Get training at the mascot school.
GreenReaper: Diatryma: Big-beaked predator or gentle giant?
Patch Packrat: Hoof Beat 2, an illustrated "adult pony fanbook" sold at MFF 2012, beats $400 in auctions. (Furbuy has several copies priced at hundreds at time of posting.)
GreenReaper: Sometimes red is better . . .
dronon: Shapeshifting from lizard to human form is great for controlling Earth so you can mine gold to save your dying homeworld, but it's not so great for your skin.
GreenReaper: Humans are not best suited to eating live cockroaches.
bersl2: Send the furry snuff fetishist in your life an early gift for the holidays: Via Boing Boing, "medieval manuscript marginalia show rabbits executing a hound".
RingtailedFox: Christian Tremblay answers Swat Kats fans' questions!
dronon: To see more animal drawings from the same manuscript (ca 1400), see the British Library page.
Higgs Raccoon: (c/o Cartoon Brew) Quit Smoking PSAs (with traditionally-animated monkeys on the smokers' backs).
GreenReaper: China's People's Daily Online falls for Onion coverage, reports naming of Kim Jong-un as "Sexiest Man Alive". (In fairness, he's on a cute horse.)
GreenReaper: The monkeys are cute, but it's no PSA - QuitSmoking.com is a thinly-veiled store for smoking cessation products. Try SmokeFree.gov.
Fred: If you want cute horses, the Turkmenistan government held its second annual horse beauty contest for "the most beautiful horse of the year" in April in Ashgabat, the capital, during the Day of Turkmen Race Horse national holiday. The president of Turkmenistan personally awarded the prize to the horse and rode him around the racetrack.
Fred: I don't see the Quit Smoking monkeys. Do you mean this article on the Cartoon Brew?
GreenReaper: Yes, Higgs linked it above.
Higgs Raccoon: Furry claims to have changed name to "Wolf Morningstar" via deed poll.
GreenReaper: Germany considers outlawing amateur attempts at human-animal hybridization. (Depictions are already illegal.)
Higgs Raccoon: The Onion also has a raccoon on their writing staff. :P
Equivamp: The curious case of Benjamin Jellyfish.
Equivamp: PETA is protesting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on grounds of animal cruelty.
RingtailedFox: A cute fox attempts to sing!
Equivamp: A man and woman in Texas indicted over videos of animal torture. (Does not link to video.)
Contributors include crossaffliction, dronon, Equivamp, Fred, GreenReaper, Higgs Raccoon, mwalimu, Patch Packrat, raynevandunem and RingtailedFox.
GreenReaper: Irish puppy farms: they sound cute, but they're wrong.
GreenReaper: Next great idea: fursuit trophies.
GreenReaper: Russian tiger kits adopted by dog.
RingtailedFox: BC man charged in death of Captain, the german shepherd dog.
RingtailedFox:The quick brown fox sends quirky iPhone text message!
GreenReaper: Kotaku exhibits MLP cosplay.
Equivamp: Logo is producing a documentary on otherkin. (Although they seem to be confusing the terms "otherkin" and "therian".)
RingtailedFox: From seeing-eye dogs, to chauffeurs? NZSPCA teaches dogs to drive!
GreenReaper: Flayrah now has a valid HTTPS cert (if you care about such things).
mwalimu: A recent YouTube video entitled "Girlfriends in the Wild" includes a random appearance of a Michele Light T-shirt.
GreenReaper: She's also wearing a cat-ear hat, there's an orangutan painting at 2:44, and another girlfriend really likes her china cat.
Fred: To comment on the NZSPCA teaching dogs to drive post, there used to be a Drive-Rite Driving School in or around Los Angeles whose advertising logo was "We taught a horse to drive" with a cartoon of a horse driving a speeding car. There was a rumor that it got a legal threat for false advertising, which it defended against by claiming that the advertisement was an obvious humorous exaggeration that nobody would take seriously. It is gone today.
Fred: South Louisiana rice farmers switch to farming for the crayfish in their watery paddies. Is anyone anthropomorphising crayfish?
Patch Packrat: "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde, secretly a Victorian era fursuiter
Patch Packrat: McSweeney's: Your spirit animal is a tech guy named Paul.
Higgs Raccoon: Flying Dragon debuts at Walt Disney World for New Fantasyland grand opening.
GreenReaper: Bronies decry expense of 'last pony' in MLP app.
GreenReaper: "They clipped my wings, and all I got was this lousy cart."
Equivamp: Therianthropy portraits (possibly NSFW).
Higgs Raccoon: "Have you seen this head?" - fursuit maker Fenrirs Child reports a fursuit head stolen from her workshop.
Equivamp: I'm sure everyone is aware of the New York Post's shocking subway photo, and while not furry-related, it's still important to know tips for your own survival should you ever find yourself on the tracks.
Equivamp: Animal rights group in Canada demands grocery chains force their pork suppliers to end cruelty against the pigs.
GreenReaper: Porcupine barbs aid penetration.
Patch Packrat: 43 people you won't believe actually exist - of course there's a furry (and a guy in a cow suit.) Imagine a party with them all.
GreenReaper: How was the Gruffalo drawn?
dronon: Captain Carrot returning?
GreenReaper: Slow loris is cute, not tasty.
GreenReaper: Modified fish embryos 'grow hands', die.
RingtailedFox: Bear Force: The ORIGINAL Bear Cavalry?
Fred: Ha! Ha! Ha! When Eng's The 0th Dimension was published by FurPlanet in January 2007, I got a whole three pages into it before giving up in disgust and confusion. Maybe he has rewritten and improved it? I don't think that I want to ask for a new copy to find out. P.S.: I liked the 2007 cover better.
dronon: This ad for the French pay-tv channel Canal+ is one of the winners of the 2012 Cannes Lions.
dronon: Are you afflicted with crocodile?
Patch Packrat: Christmas movie furry cameo: In Scrooged (1988), Bill Murray plays the TV fursuit mascot "Frisbee the Dog" as his younger self revealed by the Ghost of Christmas Past (played by David Johansen, no stranger to costumes as cross-dressing member of The New York Dolls, AKA Buster Poindexter).
Fred: Would they release Rise of the Guardians in Uzbekistan? Presumably not.
raynevandunem: Since it hasn't been mentioned here yet, here's a two-month-old animated video from 2012 Web phenom Gotye.
GreenReaper: FA goes responsive [design]?
dronon: Charlie the Unicorn, episode 4.
crossaffliction: Cracked.com presents 34 famous movies that would be better with animal actors, as Photoshopped by its readers. I like 31 and 7 myself.