New guests at ConFurence 2003: The Furry West

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We just got permission to announce: Joining us at ConFurence 2003 will be CHARLES ZEMBILLAS.
(Who?)
Charles is the founder of The Animation Academy, a school for aspiring animators and cartoonists in Burbank. Previously, Mr. Z worked as a game designer for Sony -- where he designed the characters of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Jak & Daxter.

Horses robbed of manes and tails

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Police are trying to find out who is stealing (and why) the mane and tail hair from horses in Edmonton, Canada. While the horses have been left unharmed by their shear-wielding assailants, authorities are most confused as to the motive for the thefts.

"There is speculation that it (the hair) is being used for jewelry, to make flies for fly fishing, for makeup brushes or for violin bows. But none of that seems to make much sense. It could also be just senseless vandalism."

Welcome to The Jungle! Nerd persecution explained

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http://www.paulgraham.com/nerds.html

If you stop there, what you're describing is literally a prison, albeit a part-time one. The problem is, many schools practically do stop there. The stated purpose of schools is to educate the kids. But there is no external pressure to do this well. And so most schools do such a bad job of teaching that the kids don't really take it seriously-- not even the smart kids. Much of the time we were all, students and teachers both, just going through the motions.

Camp Feral! 2003 Registration Opens!

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Short and sweet: Registration for Feral! 2003 is now open!

Go to http://www.campferal.org/register.shtml to register.

See you there!

Anthrocon 2003 Charity Auction Information (2/03)

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Anthrocon 2003 is coming soon! The charity for Anthrocon 2003 is Support Our Shelters (www.supportourshelters.org), a ferret rescue organization. You can read more about them in the Charity Auction FAQ on the Anthrocon website (www.anthrocon.org) in the FAQs section. If you would like to participate by donating merchandise, artwork, or legal services to the Anthrocon Charity Auction, follow the steps below:

1. Visit Anthrocon 2003's homepage for convention details ( 3. Contact me at charity@anthrocon.org to confirm your participation or to sign onto the informational mailing list.

Once signed up, you will be added to a mailing list which will receive information about the Charity Auction up through contime, how to donate, and how the Charity Auction will work.

If you have any questions about the Anthrocon 2003 Charity Auction, you can also send them to charity@anthrocon.org for a prompt reply.

Hope to hear from you!

Anthrocon 2003 Masquerade Information (2/03)

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Anthrocon 2003 is coming soon! If you are a costumer, plan to attend Anthrocon 2003, and would like to participate in the Masquerade, here is what you should do:

1. Visit Anthrocon 2003's homepage for convention details (http://www.anthrocon.org).
2. Review the latest draft of the Anthrocon 2002 Masquerade rules and regulations on the Anthrocon webpage in the Events/Charity Auction/"Masquerade rules" link.
3. Contact me at masquerade@anthrocon.org to confirm your participation or to get on the informational mailing list.

Once signed up, you will be added to a mailing list which will receive information about the Masquerade up through contime, how to prepare for it, and how things will be organized.

If you have any questions about the Anthrocon 2003 Masquerade, you can also send them to masquerade@anthrocon.org for a prompt reply.

Hope to hear from you!

FurBid server downtime

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During a normal replacement of a CPU fan, it was discovered that FurBid's power supply, after two years of dedicated service, has gotten tired. A new PSU was installed, but it was discovered to be inadequate for the power needs of the beast.

So, a new power supply has been placed on order. The problem is, we're not sure when it will get here, due to the mail stoppage until Tuesday. My colo admin has gone to purchase a new power supply today, so hopefully we will be back online before the end of the day. If not, definitely on Thursday. Damn hardware always fails right when it's needed.

The downside of professional fursuiting

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When Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish tore out the tongue of Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound a few weeks ago, it was yet another reminder that the life of a sports mascot is anything but warm 'n' fuzzy -- no matter how warm 'n' fuzzy their costumes happen to be.

For more insights into the hazards of professional mascoting, read the full article here.

Furtopia Poetry Contest! (2-14-03 to 3-15-03)

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A happy Valentine’s day to everyone!

I would like to officialy announce Furtopia’s next “Poetry Contest”! :) Any fur may apply and does not have to be a Furtopia member. Users may post there submissions or comments here in the poetry corner: On March the 15th, Furtopia admins will all cast their vote. The selected poetry (and some runners up) will be linked up in the web world light with some selected reviews on the writing.

Poetry submitted cannot be of a content rating greater than PG. Poetry submitted should express some relationship or feeling to Furrydom. Furtopia staff will have final say in any question of suitability.

RIP, Dolly the Sheep

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Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult, was euthanized after being diagnosed with a progressive lung disease, her creators said Friday. She was born in 1996 and revealed to the world in 1997; scientists studied her as she began to exhibit symptoms of aging as though she were much older than she was, and she began to exhibit signs of arthritis before her sixth birthday. She was six and a half years old when she died, and is survived by her five children.

More information can be found at the Washington Post.

Yo yo yo! Breakdancing Fursuiters!

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UK hip-hop performer DJ Format has a video out for his song "We Know Something" featuring five different fursuiters and some wild breakdancing. Lots of fun! (Requires Quicktime) See a pic from the filming of the video below...

Gaming to be offered at Megaplex!!

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Hey!

Megaplex is going to happen again March 21st to the 23rd in Orlando.

Last year in just two months we managed to put together 28 games in short
notice. We hope to have more to offer this year.

Megaplex is a multi venue con featuring performances, acting, a stage show,
gaming, costumes and much more.

If you are interested in joining in, in running or playing around check out
the website: http://ppmp.info/

Thanks for your time,

Garfield and Anthony
Con Gaming Organizers

Further Pheremone Findings

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Neurobiologist Lawrence Katz and his colleagues have been conducting research on the pheremonal responses of mice, measuring the impulses from individual neurons in their brains.
Katz's team were able to observe the activity of the "auxiliary olfactory bulb", which receives information from an "auxiliary nose" that detects pheremones.

Museums Battle for Possession of Horse's Head

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"Old Baldy" - the horse of Civil War General George Meade - continues to wade through battle 121 years after his death. The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and the Civil War Library and Museum both claim ownership of Old Baldy's head and want it for their own.

Gaming fun and good for you

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OMGr0x0r!! It seems that gamers aren't the antisocial malcontents that the media so often likes to paint them. Professor Talmadge Wright and colleagues at Loyola University, Chicago, have been studying Counter Strike culture, and have discovered that it's, amazingly enough, okay to shoot stuff.
Not only that, the social fun and humour of the game was not lost on them. "It gives people an option of actively participating in some kind of fantasy role they could not do in real life that allows them to play with their own feelings," said Prof Wright, pointing out that these online communities both build good teamwork and freindships while allowing people to blow off steam and relax. The study also notes that other researchers are often clouded by the idea that "mindless activity" has no place in a world that demands visable productivity.

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