Furstarter is a brand new blog created by Corbeau Fundhound. It describes itself as “A weekly look at furry and fur-friendly crowdfunded projects”. Here’s his announcement: “Howdy howdy – I’m working on a blog focused on upcoming furry and fur-friendly kickstarter projects. Just now beginning week 2, so no promises on longevity of this, but I’ve been working on other blog projects for several years now without totally blowing my deliverables. I’m still tweaking the look and feel of the place, it should be a little more visitor-friendly once some of the art commissions I’ve got in place come through, but since by definition the information is time-sensitive I wanted to get content up and running!” Check it out at http://www.furstarter.com.
Dog meat, a long time traditional food of many cultures, has been outlawed in Korea, but legislators want to push a bill to change that. They say the lack of regulation leads to the inhumane killing and unsanitary handling of dogs in markets currently, which in turn is the primary target for the animal activists against the practice. The opposition to the bill is not only comming from Western animal rights people, but humaine groups in the country as well. Similar bills have been unsucessful.
From a wiltzworks.com press release. Anthropomorphic animals are often the material of children's books and Disney movies, but Simba Wiltz, author of the newly released novel MainFrame- Beginnings (Xlibris, $19.54, ISBN: 1-4010-2287-1), had very different intentions in the creation of his characters.
As reported in the Washington Post, a man is wanted in Poolesville, Maryland (a town northwest of Washington, D.C.) for abandoning a 10 week old kitten in traffic. The kitten is doing well after being rescued from a sewer into which it fled. A $250 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest, which could earn the perp a $5000 fine and up to three years in jail.
From a National Zoo press release: The Sumatran tiger cub born on September 18 at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park made its public debut December 27 at 11 a.m. At the debut, the 20-pound, three- month old male cub, named Berani (Bahasa Indonesian for brave) was on view for the first time inside the large glass-fronted enclosure opposite the Bat Cave at the Zoo's Great Cats exhibit. His eight-year-old mother, Soyono, is nearby, or with Berani, as she chooses. Berani is still too young to venture out into the outside yards (particularly in cold weather).
Also, on January 10, 2002, the National Zoo will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Giant Panda Exhibit with Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, followed by Panda Day on January 12.
It's that time of year for all the 'Best of 2001' lists, and the science fiction world is no exception. Locus, the sci-fi industry's major news rag, has a compilation list of the Best SFFH Books of 2001, as compiled from several different sources. Take a look at it, and check out what you'll probably see appearing on next year's Hugo ballot. The New England Science Fiction Association has some suggestions, too.
It's been said many times before, but it's well worth saying again. Do not buy or adopt animals for pets during Christmas. Several shelters are holding off adoptions due to worries of pets given as gifts. Pets are even abandoned BEFORE Christmas, to make way for the new animal presents or to to avoid the difficulties of animal care at this time of year.
And it's not just dogs and cats that can be abandoned by an unprepared owner after Christmas.Ferrets, rabbits,
and other critters are left homeless too after the holidays.
What can you do instead of buying a pet for yourself or a loved one? Why not donate to an animal charity instead?
Elbow squid! Elbow squid! Elbow squid! Now that I have your attention, scientists have discovered a neat new squid species in the dark depths of the ocean. Unlike regular squid, who have eight arms and two specially adaptive "grabbing" tenticles, this creature, dubbed "Mystery squid", has ten indistinguishable arms, which project out like bicycle spokes, bend at 'elbow' points and dangle down from the squid's body for about 20 feet. That and it's huge, winglike mantle make it unique in the cephalopod world.
Scientists point out that this new discovery shows how little we know about the ecosystem and animals of our oceans.
describes a very unfortunate event on a train: In Helsinki, a train's television screens started showing a very graphic animal slaughter video, repeatedly. The article reads that the video "turned out to be the conductor's home video".
My only question... what kind of person would make a home video of "Images of a big white goose-like bird being slaughtered with an axe, including a close-up of the sliced neck" and "images of a pig split in half and hung from its feet with hooks"?
The Olive Ridley turtle is heading for land at this time of year, to make the trek up beaches to lay it's eggs. But in one of their major nesting areas, thousands have been killed before even reaching the shore. Intangling fishing nets and fatal propeller injuries from illegal fishing trawlers have been responsible for an estimated 1,300 turtle deaths in the last few days.
Officals estimate many more will die before the end of the laying season, as they suspected 50,000 died last year at the same time, but feel powerless to stop illegal fishing in the area where nesting is taking place. The high casualties may drive this turtle to extinction.
Taken from alt.fan.furry, as posted by Mike Curtis: "Dan DeCarlo, creator of JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, and the ARCHIE character Cheryl Blossom, died this morning." Mr. DeCarlo was the Guest of Honor at this year's past Anthrocon. Read on for the rest of Mike Curtis' post.
After a very successful run in FURRLOUGH, TALL TAILS returns to its self-publishing roots in the form of a trade paperback now available from Dream Weaver Press.
The Collected TALL TAILS Vol. 1 collects issues 1 - 4 including the very first preview originally printed in Golden Realm's REVELATIONS. The trade is hitting comic stores as we speak and retails for $14.95.
What better place to start a story than from the beginning so hop on!
For more information or to purchase your copy online, visit the official TALL TAILS website.
From cartoonresearch.com: Internet cartoon QUEER DUCK is staging a major comeback with SHOWTIME both online and on air beginning in January.
For those who may have missed this phenomenon, five episodes of QUEER DUCK, created and written by three-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss ("The Simpsons,'' "The Critic''), premiered online on Icebox.com in October 2000.
Another furry novel list has recently made its debut on the web. The new Furry Book List is maintained by Xenia Arrick, aka Swandog.
The original, of course, is the Furry Novel List originally created by Dan Lorey and currently maintained by Dave Farrance (this is the one that gets posted to alt.fan.furry and a couple of other newsgroups twice a month).
KATU is reporting that a Portland student will not have her picture in the yearbook because she has her pet rat on her shoulder. The picture is in the article.
From cartoonresearch.com: A VH1 Press Release says:
"Ren & Stimpy,'' the classic, music-filled cartoon about a churlish Chihuahua and his brain-frazzled feline friend -- and their outre adventures with hairballs, George Liquor, rubber nipples and screamin' lederhosen -- have returned to TV every night on VH1 at midnight, all through December through New Year's Eve.