Recently, we learned about a new 3D virtual reality film in the works called Rainbow Crow from Baobab Studios. The idea is to make a short film where the viewer can step into a different world and interact with animal characters as they tell you a story. In this case, it’s a Native American legend about how the crow saved his fellow animals from a harsh winter frost — and in so doing, gained his famously black feathers. Directed by Eric Darnell from Dreamworks (Antz, Madagascar), Rainbow Crow stars the voices of singer John Legend, Diego Luna, Constance Wu, and Randy Edmonds. A short preview film (about 4 minutes of the final 40) made the rounds recently at Tribeca and other film festivals. Road To VR has an article about the production of the film.
From Kurst on alt.fan.furry: "...FurEcard is a free web site that specializing in providing tools for
furry artists to build their own customizable free email card site! In
minutes an artist can have his or her own branded web site..." The site also incorporates a picture gallery site featuring "...html templates and a thumbnail engine..." Looks promising. Anyone put it to use?
Simba Wiltz has begun serializing his furry novel, Mainframe at this website. The last time I read a serialized work on the web was probably Regan Pylman's Tails of the City, which was actually quite good (Blue Horizon isn't really a serialized novel as much as it is a collection of related short stories). Has anyone had a chance to read the inital chapters of Mainframe?
Some of you may have notices subtle changes around the website; we're now running the latest version of PHPNuke. In the process, I've also updated the FAQ. Next on my list of things to do is to implement the reviews manager portion of the code, and update the Cornwuff Press website.
I'm still rescuing some content intended for Fuzzy Logic #10. The following is an article by Allen Kitchen on the future of publishing--specifically the advent of print-on-demand publishers, and e-books. Read on...
For those of you considering attending the annual Worldcon this year, MilPhilCon, note that the membership rates have been raised to $170. Another hike will go into effect May 31st. Hotel information is also now available.
Anyone planning on going to the con? Drop notes in the comments if so!
A brand new arts association has been created, dedicated to public education about the anthropomorphic arts. The Academy of Anthropomorphic Arts and Sciences homepage at www.furshrine.org broke ground last month and a call for charter members was announced by the Academys creator Eric Stout. "We need charter members with experence in the anthropomorphic arts community to help us get off on the right foot".
It is hoped that this body will serve as both a educational forum for the public and a resource to the artists themselves. Come check out the website as they get off the ground.
From Ted Blasingame on alt.fan.furry: "I have registered a new domain specifically for various fur projects to free
up space on my Blasingame.net domain for other non-fur related interests. The BLUE HORIZON website has been moved to FurStuff.com and is already
One of our members helps maintain the web page for the Kalahari Raptor Center, which is how I found out about this sanctuary. There are plenty of splendid photographs of the birds of prey and small mammals that make their home at the Center, so even if it's unlikely you'll visit anytime soon, you can still check out the animals.
This just off Jennifer Roberson's webpage: the eight books of the Cheysuli series will be available soon in four omnibus editions. Good news for those of us tired of loose books. For those who haven't read them, the Cheysuli books are about a magical shapechanging race whose members can become animals by bonding with a special animal companion. I did a review of the first book in the series for Fuzzy Logic a while back.
Robert A Heinlein is a well-known and popular author. But what even the hardcore fans often don't know is that he graduated from the US Naval Academy (class of 29.) Now the Academy has created an Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering to honor him and to provide "vision and direction for the USNA's astronautical engineering curriculum, our small satellite program, and our satellite ground station."
An earthquake estimated between 6.2 and 7.0 centered approximately 30 miles southwest of Seattle shook the pacific northwest at 10:55am. Four serious injuries had been reported by about 1 pm local time. A large number of buildings in the state capital of Olympia were damaged. Tacoma and Seattle experienced less damage.
The language is pretty inflammatory, but it's worth going to Friends of the Tahr to read about the plight of the mountain goats at the Cape Peninsula National Park.
There's a yearly lecture at the Eastern New Mexico University named in honor of Jack Williamson which takes place March 1st. This year's topic is "New Science for a New Century" and features editor Scott Edelman and authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith as well as Dr. Williamson. More info at the university web page, for you New Mexico fans.
From Karl F. Meyers on alt.fan.furry: "Hiya, folks! We're mere days away from Furry Spring Break, and it's
shaping up to be a good con...just a couple of things to bring up
before the big show."
As you may have noticed, we have a new news catagory: Commentaries. Fairly self-explanatory. I'm interested in recieving contributions for this catagory. Suggested topics include fandom (SF and furry) issues, rebuttals to previous commentaries, conventions reviews, and other feature-length articles. Take a look at some of the previous Fuzzy Logic issues for examples.