Jun. 20th, 2012 11:15 am
kiranlightpaw: (pissedoff)
This is why we can't have nice things.
Are you fucking kidding me?

Now, in the case of the first one, the assault apparently happened after Anthrocon was over, and it's not certain that the person was actually an attendee. Whenever you get that many people in one place, there's bound to be at least one creep. So I don't "blame" Anthrocon, and there will always be people shitty people who will do shitty things, although that hardly matters to my main point below. The incident at FurBQ, on the other hand, is absolutely inexcusable.

There are two things that connect both of these incidents: they occurred in public at furry events, and in both cases no one did anything until it was too late. All I can ask myself is "Why?"

Why did no one go up to that person sexually assaulting that woman and say, "Hey, you should stop doing this immediately before I call the police." Why did no one go up to the two jackasses fucking in fursuit on the hood of a car in broad fucking daylight, in front of children, and say, "Hey, you should stop doing this immediately before I rip your dick off and feed it to you. Take it to a room!"

Why? Because it's uncomfortable. I get that. No one likes to have to be "that guy" that has to break up the "fun." In the back of our heads, we know what we're seeing is wrong. We tell ourselves, "well, it doesn't involve me" or "someone else will talk to them." But no one ever does because everyone always thinks it's someone else's problem. Everyone always passes the buck to someone else who's supposed to be responsible. And because people were too busy looking away, a woman was sexually assaulted and two furs fucking in public cost an ambulance service hundred of thousands of dollars and (apparently) several people their jobs.

I am saying this clearly, without any equivocation: every person standing in front of the Westin when that woman was assaulted, and saw it happen, bears some responsibility for what happened, because you did nothing to stop it. Every person who attended FurBQ and saw those two morons fucking on the hood of the car bears some responsibility for what happened, because you did nothing to stop it.

We furries have got to begin to police our own. I'm sorry, but "it's someone else's problem" is no longer a justifiable attitude to have as long as you are part of a community and live in civilized society. When you see something like this happening, you have a choice to make. You can take the easy road and say, hey, it's not my problem. Or, you can do something about it. If you choose the first option, you bear the same shame as the offender.

It is your moral obligation to look out for others and the community.

Any time you, as a furry, are in public or at a furry event in public, always remember:

Your behavior reflects on us all.

Especially fursuiters, because you are the most visible members of the fandom to non-fandom members.

When you fuck in fursuit on the hood of a car in broad daylight, average people think all furries fuck on the hoods of cars in broad daylight. You may think that all furries do (or would, given the change) but, news flash Sparky, they wouldn't. Most wouldn't. Some wouldn't. A few wouldn't. In fact, it may just be you, ya damn fools! So quit taking it on yourself to give us all a negative image!

The sexual assault incident should never have happened. It was in public, in front of a hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. But it did, and more than anything that's sad and infuriating.

Now, I've ranted enough about this. Instead of sitting back and just shrugging, I'm going to do something positive to offset this. I'm not sure what yet, but I'll find something. If you are looking to help:
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Anthropomorphic Radio Productions is an idea I've been kicking around for a few years now that I think could be a lot of fun.

The idea is to produce "radio dramas" in the spirit of the golden age of radio, which lasted from the early 1920s through the introduction of the first televisions in the 1950s. This was an era that produced many of the most famous productions of old radio (think Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air, War of the Worlds, the Sherlock Holmes radio dramas, etc). I'm envisioning going beyond just "audiobooks" - just one or more people reading a story - to a full adaptation and production, including music and sound effects.

In order to pull this off, we're going to need a wide range of talent:
  • Writers and radioplay adapters. There will be a role for both original content and adaptations of stories from other furry mediums.
  • On-air talent. Obviously we'll need voice actors. :)
  • Sound effects. We need people to research sound effects for the productions as well.
  • Musicians. While I'd love to have some original music, this may be the single biggest obstacle to overcome, so we may need to look into royalty free music.
  • Audio technicians. We need talented folks to mix a lot of sound together in a way that sounds awesome.
  • Producers and directors. Somebody's gotta shepherd a production from idea to completion.
  • IT/Web hosting. We'll need a website and a place to host the files. I'd like to see them available through iTunes and the like as well.
  • Sales? I kinda had this idea of selling advertisements as well. This is up for debate though.
Interested in helping? Join up!
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For me, August 23, 2003 will always hold a special place in my heart. On that day, I got in my car and drove from my home in Auburn an hour and a half to Atlanta. I was lured by a chance email I just happened to see on a mailing list and knowing only one person who would be at the meeting, and him - Flain - I had only met a month before in a chance meeting on a flight to Philadelphia.

On that day, in Tiger Paw’s living room, we laid down the plans for the first Furry Weekend Atlanta. In the intervening months, we worked like crazy. And, at the end of it, a staff of about 12 people, in seven months pulled a convention out of nowhere.

Ever since that day, FWA has been a part of my life. In the time between then and how, I’ve held three jobs, moved three times, and had three cars. I’ve graduated college, bought a house and gotten married. To put it another way, FWA has been the one constant in a period of unbelievable chance in my life.

But to all good things must come an end.

With increasing responsibilities in other areas of my life, I can no longer dedicate to the con the attention that that a great convention like this deserves. Therefore, I announce that I am retiring from my positions with Furry Weekend Atlanta. It’s something that I have given a lot of thought - perhaps one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. But I feel the time is right.

The reasons for my departure are personal and solely due to changes in my life; it is in no way a reflection of the convention. I would strongly encourage everyone to continue to attend the con - as I intend to! I just feel that, at this time, I need to go in a different direction in my life.

Growing FWA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have had the chance to learn things I never would have been exposed to and met many, many wonderful people.

I want to thank the board - all its members over the years - and especially Tiger Paw. You guys are like family to me, and, Tiger, you’ve been like a brother to me. Just because I’m not actively involved in the con anymore, don’t think you’re gonna see me any less. In fact, there’s a fair chance you may see me more.

I want to thank my staff - not just this year, but all the people I’ve worked with over the years. I hope you know how much working with you has meant to me. You are all wonderful, amazing people.

Most of all, I want to thank you - our attendees. Without you, FWA would never have gotten out of Tiger Paw’s living room back in 2003 and wouldn’t be where we are today. You are, without a doubt, the heart and soul of the fandom and the reason we do this. From the very beginning, FWA has been about you, and my sincere hope is that it will continue to be a con focused on the attendees.

I firmly believe that life is full of chances, and the only regret you can have is the chance you didn’t take. I was so worried that day when I set off from Auburn to drive to Atlanta. But I took a chance. When I took a chance on driving to Atlanta in 2003, I had no clue what the outcome would be. Without a doubt I can say, eight years later, it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Thank you for making the last eight years one amazing ride for this collie.

- Kiran Lightpaw
Director of Operations, 2003-2011
Furry Weekend Atlanta


Mar. 25th, 2011 11:01 am
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I've been kind of inspired by the GeorgiaFurs community they've been building the next state over. So I decided to throw something together for us here in Alabama.

kiranlightpaw: (pissedoff)
Since I was drunk last night I didn't get to post this in real time, so excuse me for flagellating a deceased equine.
Dragoneer: No more cub porn on FA.

Kiran: *popcorn*

Normal, Sane Fur: That makes sense and is an appropriate policy. Kudos to you for implementing it.


Moron Fur: This is a slippery slope, I tells ya! Next it'll be ferals and quadrapeds! Then furries with rubber mallet porn getting taken away! There's no end!

Pseudo-Intellectual Fur: Well, you know, they shouldn't say we can't do that because technically it's never been proven illegal in a court of law.

Fursecurtion Fur: OMFG FURSECUTION!!!!!!1!!one

Seriously - I saw each of these happen on either Twitter or a blog post.

Everyone really needs to shut the fuck up. Furaffinity is a private site, and can make changes to their terms as much as they like. They're not stopping you from drawing that shit, they're just telling you not to post it there. This, I think, is a sane and reasonable course of action given the nature of the material and the risks they take financially by hosting it.

It's easy to bitch and be macho when someone else is sticking their neck out - legally and financially - for you. It's a lot harder to assume those risks yourself. If you want to post cub porn, get your own web host and post it there. Seriously. Godaddy hosting starts at $4.99 a month. If it's so important to you, make it happen!

Or, to put it in perspective:
Soldier in Afghanistan: Wow. It sure sucks that I might die in this shithole today...
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Auburn Trip

Oct. 4th, 2010 09:45 am
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Me, in front of my first dorm room - F-106 - 10 years later

Wife and I went down to Auburn to watch the Tigers destroy Louisiana-Monroe 52-3. We actually left Friday night and stayed at a Best Western in Alexander City, Alabama (about 30 minutes from Auburn), driving the rest of the way to Auburn the next day since kickoff was at 11am in the morning!

It was a fun game to watch, such a difference from the last couple Auburn games which haven't been decided until the final minute of the game. Afterwards, we went to Momma G's in Auburn - the original. The food at the one in Huntsville is the same, but you can't beat the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, neither of us had had very much to eat all day other than a small breakfast and some popcorn at the game. While I'm a fatty and can deal, Sarah nearly passed out in the restaurant while we waited for ah our to get our food. Thankfully, the lady behind us was diabetic and gave her some sugar pills to get her blood sugar back up.

Afterwards, we drove over to Opelika to visit [livejournal.com profile] sarakazi, [livejournal.com profile] snowmew, [livejournal.com profile] ceralor and other members of the current [livejournal.com profile] auburnfurs at Sarakazi and Mirage's house. Nice place they have there, and I got to ride with Mirage in the Lotus. And yes, we did top out at over 100mph at one point. :P

Then, it was a long, boring drive back to Huntsville. We stopped outside Birmingham and ate dinner at a Dairy Queen before continuing the rest of the way back home.

FWA 2010

Mar. 30th, 2010 03:37 pm
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I was telling [livejournal.com profile] koakako on the drive back from Atlanta how odd it is. You go into your insular little bubble that is a furry con, and come out five days later. And ... what? The world is still here. It has kept moving while you were gallivanting around in your own little world for a few days, and it's odd that you now have to catch up with everything that happened in those five days.

You half expect to see a fursuiter bouncing down the hallway and not think anything of it, but when you don't see it, you're kinda disappointed.

FWA went off well this year. In fact, I think this might have been one of our best so far. A big shout out to all my staff, who worked so hard this weekend to make all the magic happen. And a big shout out to the 1,564 furries who took over a block of downtown Atlanta and turned it into a giant furry castle.

We had a few problems (we always do), but those will be dealt with over the course of the next year.

Now, time to do the normal post-con wrap up stuff in putting 2010 to bed. But stay tuned for Furry Weekend Atlanta 2011: Furries in Wonderland.
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Home. Truck unpacked. Bags unpacked. Food procured.

Survived another FWA.

More later.

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You know, I remember when Livejournal was, more or less, the center of my online social life. Almost all my friends were on LJ and posted regularly. Especially in "the fandom," it seemed like it was almost a requirement. It was easy, because it was the only thing I had to keep up with. Hell, even when I'd go to a lab at Auburn, LJ was the first thing I'd hit.

These days, my attention is [not so] equally divided between:
  • LiveJournal

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • A handful of other sites I visit every so often.
Each of these services seems to have their groups of users that don't overlap very much. That is, a lot of people I know on Facebook (which is mostly family and friends "outside the fandom"). Twitter has its own group of people I follow. And then there's LJ, which has always been here. It's just strange how most of these groups don't overlap except peripherally.

It's almost like social networking overload, and I wonder how much more I can subdivide my attention.

Note to self: figure out a way to backup my LJ in case they croak.
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So I can't use award miles for the trip to FC. The have the flight out there, but no flights back.

Still, I'm seriously considering going. The last time I went to a con just for fun - not to work or for work - was Anthrocon 2007. I'd love to go to a con and just hang out, veg, and not do too much.
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So I'm idly toying with the idea of going to Further Confusion this year.

I have a free ticket on Delta, but even if I don't use it, the airfare from HSV is only $316 including tax, which isn't very bad at all. I'd leave after work on Thursday (the flight departs HSV at 5:45), and land in SFO at 12:11am. I'd have to leave the con early on Sunday (2:20 flight to HSV) and get back around 10:45.

I'd have to rent a car, probably, to get from SFO to the new hotel in San Jose.

Who else is going? Anybody I could room with?
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Last night, [livejournal.com profile] brodycatsmouth, [livejournal.com profile] hawthornegem, [livejournal.com profile] kyoht, [livejournal.com profile] gre7g, Brenna and I went to "The Princess and the Frog" last night at the Monaco. I'm always a little bit leery going into a Disney movie, mostly because I wonder which Disney it's going to be. Is it going to be Lion King Disney, or is it going to be Home on the Range Disney?

It was a great movie! In fact, as I was reflecting to Brody in the car ride home, it felt like the "old Disney," that gave us Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, and the Lion King. Disney's bread and butter has always been fairy tales, and this one is no different. The animation was also the same stunning beauty and quality as the older ones, as well. There's something about the hand-drawn beauty of traditional 2D cell animation that all the advanced computers at Pixar just can't seem to duplicate.

The music was also great. A nice combination of Jazz, Zydeco and Gospel.

So go check it out, especially if you like Disney "fairytale endings."


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