ZONIECON INFO

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Hiya Kiddies! Several folks have been bending our ears here in Tucson about the slowness of the upgrades to the ZONIECON website(s). Here's the straight dope. The Geocities site has been all screwed up for a while now. Our Web-monkey, The WhiteWerewolf is clanging away at it and will soon have the new info up for yer perusal. For those of you who don't know us, we are the new punks in the convention field with three years gone and our forth rapidly approaching.

Pern Pilot Green Lit

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Ronald D. Moore--who recently received the go-ahead from The WB for a series based on the Dragonriders of Pern novel series--told SCI FI Wire that he hopes to remain faithful to Anne McCaffrey's books, with some concessions to TV. "The show will be an interpretation of Anne's books, my take on Anne's world," Moore said in an interview. "It's how I see it successfully moving into television."

Upgrade Underway

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Dealing with last week's problems delayed the roll-out of PHPNuke v4.4 (the code that drives Flayrah.com). I've started tweaking the code to my specs on a copy of the database. However, I did upgrade the poll code on this site, so the annoying bug of posting comments with no usernames should be fixed. At a first glance, the upgrade contains a number of other bug fixes, both noticable (poll comment fix) and not (lots of html code optimizations). There's also an included bulletin board and user-messaging system, as well as an FAQ manager, reviews manager, and a few other interesting things. Assuming nothing blows up this week, look for the new features towards the end of the week.

Over the Hedge Film Optioned

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Michael Fry, co-creator of the Over the Hedge comic strip, told the Comics2Film website that DreamWorks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg has picked up the strip's concept for development as a computer-animated feature film. Pacific Data Images (Antz) would reportedly develop the film. Hedge centers on a talking raccoon and turtle who live near suburbia.

FC2001 Artshow Checks Mailed Out

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The Further Confusion Artshow checks hit the mail today. While I am still awaiting the final report with all of the numbers from the Artshow Staff, I do have the following numbers:



FC2001: Artshow Thruput: $37,554.08.

Days after con til last artshow check mailed: 18



FCY2K Thruput: $35,570.88

Days after con til last artshow check mailed: 27



If you were an exhibitor with sales and do not receive a check from us in the next week or so, please drop us a line at artshow@furtherconfusion.org



Thanks,


David Cooksey

The almost ex chair of FC2001

More Problems

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The comments table in my MySQL database appears to be corrupted. I'm communicating with my web provider (who cited an MySQL error in the problems that occured last night), to see if the data can be recovered.

Conifur Artshow Director Steps Down

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On alt.fan.furry, Dan Caanan writes: "Effective February 13th, 2001, Rich Chandler has chosen to resign his
position as Art Show Director of Conifur and we are sad to see him go.
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Rich posted quite a rant on aff about his reasons for leaving, as well. More fallout from Vanity Fair. Click below to read the rest of Conifur's press release.

The Vanity Fair : What it means to us, and thoughts about it.

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Well, the much hated, feared, and anticipated article from Vanity Fair is out. As has become common knowledge, there was a reporter from the magazine at Midwest FurFest 2000, who interviewed several people in the furry fandom and spent some time at the convention.

Data loss

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Last night, Flayrah.com's web provider evidently moved the site to a new server without advance notification. I recieved notification only this morning when I checked my mail; the move evidently happened in the early morning hours. As far as I can tell, they used a slightly dated backup when moving the site. As a result, we lost a couple days worth of posts and comments. I'm not happy with this, but there appears to be nothing I can do to recover this data.

Interview with Author of "The Fox Woman"

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SFSite has an interview this issue with the author of The Fox Woman, a fantasy novel about a kitsune. I haven't read this one, but I've read some of Johnson's other work and found it intriguing. The interview's neat... anyone read the book yet? This is the site's review of it.

Giant Rhinestone-Encrusted Fish Invade Baltimore

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From the Baltimore Sun: 'There's something fishy going on in Baltimore.



The city plans to mount 200 rainbow-colored, rhinestone-encrusted fish statues this spring on busy downtown street corners to boost local morale and reel in tourists.'

Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons

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One of Cordwainer Smith's stories, Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons, is available online. Smith is one of the great classic authors of science fiction and is highly recommended. If you haven't read any of his stories, this is as good a place as any to start.

Zen Online Comic

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I found Journey to the West by accident. It's a daily online strip in color about... well, a zen coyote, a fox who's a cross between Agent Scully and Lara Croft, an alien and his Siamese wife and a bigfoot. Oh, and the Men in Black. It's funny, but in a Zen sort of way, and some strips are little exercises in meditation. Additionally, it's drawn in a very artistic style. Much fun, and very unusual. Check it out!

Mice Comics

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You know what? I'll bet you want to be amused by Mice Comics. Sure you do. Mary Minch says you do, so go check it out.

Furry Spring Break -- Progress Report #4

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Hey, folks! Time once again to bring you up to date on what's happening at Furry Spring Break.



Furry Spring Break will be held March 2-4, 2001, at the Ramada Conference Center and Resort, 7400 International Drive in scenic Orlando, Florida. Our Guest of Honor is Phil Morrissey, whose
brilliant work frequently graces the covers of Furrlough and Genus.

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