How did we miss this? We just discovered Zabezoo — Ears n’ Tail, a new animated series for preschoolers that’s making quite a splash on the Internet. Created by an international consortium of artists, the series follows the title character Zabezoo, a young mixed-race girl with a monkey father and a rabbit mommy. The series sets out to teach young children to accept and even celebrate each other’s differences. Originally released in Russian, some episodes have been translated into English — and there are more to come. The L.A. Weekly out of Los Angeles recently interviewed the creator, Eugene Lobachev.
ConFurence Group creates new annual awardsPosted by Fred on Fri 3 Aug 2001 - 21:05
Along with the ConFurence's name-change from ConFurence 13 to ConFurence 2002, last year's special Awards for Best Anthropomorphic Motion Pictures and TV Series of the 20th Century are transforming into a new series of annual Awards: the Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts of the Year Awards. (We debated giving them a cute nickname similar to the Oscars, Emmys or Hugos, but it was felt that such a nickname should arise from popular use among the fans rather than being imposed by the administrators.)
'Tiger man' wants fur graftPosted by Anon on Fri 3 Aug 2001 - 21:02
Full article here, including picture.
Dennis Smith is tattooed from head to toe with orange and black stripes and his teeth have been filed to needle point.
He has also had latex whiskers implanted and surgery to his lips so he has a permanent snarl. He now wants a surgeon to graft tiger fur on to his skin, like a perma-wig.
Mr Smith, who has changed his name by deed poll to Cat Man, said: "I have a collection of old tiger pelts from the days of hunting. I want these grafted on to me. It will cost another $100,000 but will be worth it.
"When I have the coat of a tiger, I feel I will have reached my goal in life."
New Kangaroo Fanzine AnnouncedPosted by Flinthoof on Fri 3 Aug 2001 - 16:32
Jarlidium Press is announcing plans and actively soliciting submissions for a new fanzine title, ROOTOPIA, a publication dedicated to fans and enthusiasts of kangaroos and other marsupials. Text stories, illustrations, comics, kangaroos in the news, and photos of the real animals will be included in this 64 page digest sized fanzine. Reproduction will be done in 256 greyscale black and white interiors with cardstock covers. Jarlidium Press has a lot of experience in producing high quality publications including Hot To Trot, Dallas Brawl Update, Dela The Hooda collections, Three Apples, and North American Fur.
Researchers identify possible dog laughPosted by GeneBreshears on Thu 2 Aug 2001 - 14:28
Science News reports on a study which may have identified a sound dogs make while playing that is different than sounds made during other activities, and which seems to induce other dogs to join in the play.
The full story includes some comments about similar behavior in other mammals, and includes some links for further reading.
How to grow a wildlife-friendly gardenPosted by GeneBreshears on Thu 2 Aug 2001 - 12:52
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an article about a Washington State program to help people turn their gardens into wildlife sanctuaries. The article includes an interview with a gardener who has grown such a garden since 1992--with enough tips to get you started on making your own.
Run for It! Thousands of Mink EscapePosted by Cyber-Dillo on Wed 1 Aug 2001 - 15:51
Odd News from Reuters Updated: Wed, Aug 01 12:30 PM EDT
MADRID (Reuters) - Villagers and police armed with nets and gloves hunted for thousands of missing mink on Wednesday after the animals escaped from a fur farm in central Spain, officials said.
Poul Anderson died last nightPosted by GeneBreshears on Wed 1 Aug 2001 - 13:44
Just found this on the Jerry Pournelle website, posted today, August 1:
Poul Anderson, mentor, author, colleague, and friend, died last night about midnight. It wasn't unexpected. He was at home with his wife and daughter and friends, having long ago declined to be frozen and possibly take part in the nitrogen party at the end of time. I will be doing a memorial piece for Locus and other science fiction publications. We don't do Viking funerals any more. We should.
Anthrocon 2001 ReportPosted by Aureth on Tue 31 Jul 2001 - 23:10
I was a good news editor, today, and sat down to write out my Anthrocon report. Click below to read it!
Salt-Tolerant CamelsPosted by Micah on Tue 31 Jul 2001 - 12:07
Camels that can make use of salty water have been found in China. This article is worth reading just for the final paragraph, which displays the dry sense of humor commonly associated with people in the UK. *grin*
Mailbox Books purchases Bronzebear DistributionPosted by GeneBreshears on Mon 30 Jul 2001 - 22:00
RABCO, the parent company of Mailbox Books, announced to their mailing list the purchase of Bronzebear Media's inventory, service mark, and customer information.
Click "Read more..." for the full announcement.
Microsoft: Xbox graphics to include 'furry engine'Posted by Rankin on Mon 30 Jul 2001 - 20:59
Sorry, this article may appeal to gamers and game developers only. I ran across this article on Microsoft's research site, stating the abilities of the Xbox's graphics engine to produce fur.
That's right. Fur.
Finally, as well as your phong shading over your polygons, you now get to have fuzzy characters. It reads like standard Microsoft PR garbage, but if you anticipate purchasing an Xbox, perhaps you wish to have a look at the article at:
Anthrocon ClosesPosted by Aureth on Sun 29 Jul 2001 - 19:50
Anthrocon finished up today, after a very successful weekend. Total paid attendance for the weekend was 1457 people--a confirmed number, straight from the head of Anthrocon registration. I will have a full report in a couple of days.
New furry Online RPGPosted by Anon on Sat 28 Jul 2001 - 17:54
There's a brand new family-friendly furry RPG and chat club for nonmorphic furry fans interested in roleplaying the Pleistocene (aka "Stone Age") epoch: Paleofurs RPG :)
Micah's Note: Looks like a mailing-list/BBS style game.
Tribe fights to save North Cascade mountain goatPosted by GeneBreshears on Fri 27 Jul 2001 - 13:32
In the language of the pacific northwest Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, the name for mountain goat translates as "our-brother-the-color-of-snow." Now the 200-member tribe is fighting to save its brother from the brink of extinction.
Click "Read more..." for more details and the link.
Dinosaurs Grew Really Really FastPosted by Micah on Fri 27 Jul 2001 - 12:00
Never really thought about how quickly dinosaurs must have grown, given their size... the recent Nature had an article on the growth rate of dinosaurs, which is summarized in this Yahoo newsbit. Apparently they didn't grow at the same rate that modern reptiles do.
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