Wed, Oct. 30th, 2013, 05:56 pm
Attending a funeral gives one cause to consider one's own mortality. It included an exhibition of her life, photos from her life and things important to her. Such an exhibition for me would of course have Rattus as the centrepiece, but what if he could be more than that? What if he could be a participant too? I would love for Rattus to be sitting there among my much-loved plush, but then he could surprise people by actually having someone inside! Rattus is a simple creature; he has no regrets for the past or fears for the future--he lives only in the now. He would help to make the funeral what it should be: a celebration of my life. And it would firmly show where I stand on the debate about what should happen to a dead furry's fursuit. :)
Of course, I would neither know nor care. You could dump me in the tip and say good riddance to bad rubbish. But I hope there will be something better than that for my fursuits and most beloved plush.
Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013, 08:03 pm
I got this lovely anonymous artwork for my birthday doing some word play on my age, but I don't know who the artist is so I don't know if it would be okay to share.
As foreshadowed in my earlier Roophilia post, I am basically giving the old 1.0 website
a rest. Breeding photos (if I take any again) may still go there, but otherwise new content will go to Roophilia 2.0
. The old site was important in its day, but that day has passed. Putting it up on Flickr in fact gives it a new lease on life, because I will be able to throw stuff up much more quickly and easily in the future. At least that's the idea, so long as I don't get bogged down with descriptions and shuffling sets.
You know the scene in the Dr Who
episode "The Big Bang" where Amy's guardians take her outside and show her the night sky and berate her for believing in stars? Is that a metaphor for urban living? I vividly remember the simple joy I felt on seeing the stars in the outback when I was roadtripping with colifox
. I could see the whole swathe of stars in the Milky Way! I had forgotten what it was like. I may be a city rat at heart, too much in love with city comforts, but I am glad there is still an untamed wilderness I can retreat to.
No, you still can't vote online in Australia (or any other democracy to the best of my knowledge--there are serious identity issues that would need to be overcome first), but at least I've worked out how to make it easier to number below the line on the unwieldy Senate ballot paper. I'm a big fan of numbering below the line because I'm not happy with any party's preference allocations and it's due to back-room preference deals by the major parties that we get anomalous results like Family First winning a Senate seat in Victoria on 1.8% of the primary vote. The problem is, Senate ballot papers are becoming harder to number below the line. For example, Queensland has 82 candidates and 36 groups. Most people don't do it because it's so hard, and so easy to get it wrong and invalidate your vote. What we really need is voting reform where we can number the groups above the line and just have that count as allocating our preferences in order down the group, but that will be a long time coming. In the meantime, you can get a spreadsheet program to help you get it right, but be warned this is not for the faint of heart. If you're unsure, you're better off just numbering "1" above the line in the box corresponding to your preferred party so you don't waste your vote.
EDIT: Antony Green provides some useful websites for automating this process
and points out that you only have to 90% of the squares and still be valid. You can also put a "1" above the line as insurance in case you get your below the line voting wrong.)( Click here for instructions...Collapse )
I have a tradition of making a Furry Party of Australia flyer every federal election, updated to reflect the themes of this election. You will probably have to be a political junkie (like me) to get all of it, but that's okay.
Sat, Aug. 10th, 2013, 08:43 am
FurJam or bust
Who from Brisbane is going to FurJam? Does anyone want to road trip with me? Being able to share driving is good but not essential; the main thing is that I want you to share costs.
Ratstep? I normally wouldn't spam my LJ with links to funny videos (that's what FB is for!) but YouTube now has a link for sharing to LJ and I wanted to try it out. Please forgive me. I'll leave LJ for serious stuff now.