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August 2010

Morphicon August 2010 newsletter

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Morphicon's latest newsletter details their End-of-Summer Picnic and the Woollybear Festival.

FC2011 August Newsletter

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FurConIn this issue:

  1. Convention Dates Changed
  2. Hotel News
  3. Registration Price Change
  4. Badge Art Wanted!
  5. Art Show Sales Open
  6. Dealer Room Waiting List Application on website
  7. Furry Market Place spaces go on sale starting August 1st
  8. Next Staff Meeting

Eastern U.S. bats on verge of extinction

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Bats in eastern parts of the United States and Canada are dying out from a new disease.

White-nose syndrome, named for the white fungi on muzzles and wings, makes bats restless, depleting their reserves of body fat during hibernation. The fungi – first found in February 2006 in a New York cave – are considered the likely cause of the disease.

According to a Wired article, biologist Winifred Frick said: "Yes, we had the empirical observations that cave floors were littered with dead bats. [...] But nobody had quantified the impact to the populations. We didn’t know what those die-offs meant to population viability as a species."

Frick and her colleagues analyzed the last 30 years of population data for the most common and most-studied species of bat in North America, the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). If recent trends continue, the researchers predict a "99 percent chance of regional extinction of little brown myotis within the next 16 years."

Video: Solatorobo, Tail Concerto's 'spiritual successor'

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A trailer for Solatorobo, the 'spiritual successor' to anime-style action-adventure/platformer Tail Concerto, has been published. [tip: Goldkin]

The Nintendo DS game will be released October 28 in Japan. Import pre-orders are available; the collector's edition includes an artbook and soundtrack.

Preliminary results from May fandom and convention survey

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Preliminary statistical results from May's fandom survey are now available. Furry fandom was well-represented, but the survey was intended to reflect fandom generally.

Over 50% of respondents were under 25, and the vast majority were Caucasian. 62% were single. Over three-quarters came from the US, with another 10% from Canada, the UK and Australia. Nearly 70% were enrolled in or had graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree. Non-students tended to be in computer or customer-service related occupations.

Bad behaviour was selected as the worst issue at conventions, with overcrowding a distant second. Other people's hygiene and overall cost took third and fourth place.

Urban fox hunting film a fake, creators claim

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The creators of a widely reported video of urban fox-hunting in London's Victoria Park now claim it was a hoax, the Guardian reports.

The group set up a blog, "Urban Fox Hunters", and posted videos on YouTube seeming to depict a hunt. But the foxes shown were not killed – instead, a dog with a fox pelt attached was chased down the streets by the bat-wielding hoaxers.

The media response was intense in the wake of a recent fox attack. Several groups offered significant rewards to identify those in the video.

'Obscene' furry work banned from Lulu.com

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A Dragon's Poison, a erotic work by Roland Giscard sold until recently on Lulu.com, has been withdrawn by the on-demand publisher due to 'obscenity'.

The author said that 30 digital downloads of the 164-page novel were sold.

According to Kamicheetah, several other artists have similar material on Lulu.

BBC Three's 'Mongrels' exposes puppetry to adult audience

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'Mongrels' charactersUK animal-lovers are getting a treat with Mongrels, an urban animal puppet comedy by TX Media, now airing on BBC Three.

Subtitled "a puppet show for adults," the show is described by director Adam Miller as "Avenue Q meets Family Guy but with puppet animals."

Each episode features a song; topics include God, lesbians, pedophiles and the middle class. The show is also peppered with in-jokes about celebrities and random humour.

Bonus: Go behind the scenes to learn more about Marion and Nelson from their creators.

U.S. judge reinstates Rocky Mountain wolves' protection

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WolfWolves in Montana and Idaho can breathe easier after a federal judge reinstated their protection this Friday.

Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted northern Rocky Mountain wolves after the population reached 1,200 in the winter, claiming that "all threats to the wolf population [...] have been resolved."

But Judge Molloy wrote "the plain language of the Endangered Species Act does not allow the agency to divide a [population segment] into a smaller taxonomy."

Furnal Equinox opens 2011 preregistration

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Furries across Canada and beyond can now prepare to come out of hibernation next spring. Preregistration is open for Furnal Equinox, taking place March 11-13, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Guests of Honour FirestormSix and ZEN.

In 2010, FE became Canada's largest furry event with attendance of over 300 at the Doubletree Toronto Airport. For 2011, programming has been expanded to three days. Early bird registration lasts until November 30; new dealers' rates combine tables and registration.

Nostalgia Critic talks to Slappy Squirrel, 'Animaniacs' creators

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In an hour long interview, the Nostalgia Critic celebrates the Animaniacs, with guests Tom and Nate Ruegger, Sherrie Stoner, John P. McCann, and Paul Rugg.

The Nostalgia Critic covers a fair amount of ground with the crew, including the abundance of freedom granted to the writers, sneaking jokes by the censors, the music, the differences between animating studios, creative influences, and Cartoon Stars' addictions. Unsurprisingly, there is also a lot of ribbing and joking around to be had.

Animaniacs ran to 99 episodes from 1993 to 1998, and one movie, Wakko's Wish, in 1999. The series also produced a spin-off: Pinky and the Brain.

Boomer The Dog seeks legal name change

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Boomer The Dog

Boomer The Dog is attempting to change his legal name, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

I want to have my own identity. Everyone should have their own, and if it means having another name than what they were given, then they should go for it.

At the courthouse, Judge Ron Folino warned that he might veto the change if it "causes confusion in the community" or would be "seen as bizarre."

Update: Boomer's petition was denied; Judge Folino ruled the change to "The Dog" could risk public welfare. His closing statement: "Although Petitioner apparently wishes it were otherwise, the simple fact remains that Petitioner is not a dog."

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