feren: Feren in profile (sakuranym_profile)
Well, that's that. I will not be attending MFF this year.
feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-hyperdrunk)
This was my first year off the staff roster of Midwest FurFest, also known simply as "MFF." I don't know where to start! The Friday Night Dressup? Poor [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon being sick for the entire weekend? Being able to roam from area to area at whim? Visiting for hours on end with [livejournal.com profile] arphalia and others? Meeting [livejournal.com profile] steelhelix? Buying awesome art? There's just too much to process. I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I planned, coming in at just a bit over 250 frames. As I skim through I've found a number of them disappointing in that no amount of post-processing is ever going to save them; such a pity that things worked out as they did. But I'm only now engaging in a more detailed processing of them all, so maybe I shouldn't give up hope! Regardless of quality I thought I would share a few images that have already made me grin tonight.

Toy Soldiers Recruit... the Undead?
Toy Soldiers Recruit... the Undead?
Beetlejuice made an appearance at con. I was out in my Toy Soldier uniform, so it was only fitting I try to recruit the Ghost with the Most to help spread the good word of Doctor Steel.
Toy Soldiers and Time Lords
Toy Soldiers and Time Lords
The tenth Doctor also made an appearance at con. Of course I had to get a few pictures with him. He looks dapper, I look... not so dapper.
Triple Threat
Triple Threat
Security (Datahawk on left, WyldeKyttin on the right) brackets the Artist Alley director (Genet) to become the ultimate triple threat!

Breakin' my back just to know your name
feren: I AM THE MAN (Jack)
As a good many of you know, I worked a convention this year the same way I have every November since 2000. I'll go into the details about it at some later point (Although the illustrius [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin has an excellent write-up in her journal: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). What I'm writing about now, however, is more current. For this to make sense to you it is important to know that I got home from con at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I started back at work today. Here's an overview of the running "cost" so far, as it applies to my workplace:

  • 196 unread e-mails in my inbox (non-listserv related)
  • 439 unread listserv or otherwise automated e-mails
  • 6 pads or more of Post-It notes that my coworkers used to prank my cube (Amusing and awesome pictures coming soon)
  • 4 voicemails on my work-provided cell phone from our idiot Operations team, all from this morning
  • 1 phone call from our idiot Operations team to the house at 0433 this morning, which woke me up
  • 1 voicemail on my desk phone at work from our idiot Operations team
  • More than 18 new tickets in my individual helpdesk queue

The list goes on like that, but I'll spare the fine details. Suffice to say that the first two stats alone make my brain bend in unusual ways, because I was only out of the office for four business days! This is why I don't take vacations.

Speaking of vacations, 2007 is coming and this will be the first time in at least six years that I don't roll 40 hours of vacation time (or more, back before $EMPLOYER put a cap on it) into the new year's vacation allotment. I remarked on this to my manager and he was somewhat surprised. "Hey," he said. "We finally got you to use most of those 160 hours (four weeks) of vacation you've got! In fact, you're only going to roll over about 24 hours of vacation time this year!" He seemed pretty amazed and happy about this. He wasn't so happy and amazed when I observed that, Yeah, I did use my vacation time this year. And all it took was two deaths in my family, too. He sorta stopped being so jovial about it at that point.

Now I'm going to go call [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon and finalize my plans for Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.

You live your life apart now
feren: I AM THE MAN (mischief)
Shamelessly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky and reposted here. Dunc has already done all the formatting and legwork, I'm just making sure y'all see it...

Midwest FurFest announces Guests of Honor, theme for 2006

Midwest FurFest
Hyatt Regency Woodfield
Schaumburg, Illinois
November 17 - 19, 2006

Midwest FurFest is happy to announce that the theme for MFF 2006 will be: Midwest FurFest County Fair!

We are also proud to announce our Guests of Honor for 2006:

We are pleased to welcome the talented artist Heather "Kyoht" Luterman. Kyoht's work has been featured by Australia's National Dinosaur Museum, and Scholastic, the world's largest publisher of children's books and media. You can see more of Kyoht's work at her website, http://www.kyoht.com

We also welcome Whitefox (aka Whitey Fawks), noted costumer and co-owner of Arend Studios (http://www.arendstudios.com). You can find examples of Whitefox's work at any furry convention, and he has created numerous retail, nonprofit, and sports mascots.

Finally, we are happy to be joined by Jen Seng (aka Spunky). Jen is a talented artist and cartoonist whose work has been featured by Sofa Wolf Press, among others. Her work can be found at http://www.toonapalooza.net
Midwest FurFest is a production of Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc.
For more information go to http://www.furfest.org

feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-devious)
During the Opening Ceremonies for MFF 2005, somebody assassinated [livejournal.com profile] unclekage. Don't worry, this year's theme was "Who Dunnit?" so the killings were all staged... or were they?

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] greenreaper we have photographic evidence of the crime!

Too graphic for LJ )

The hit man with the knife looks strangely familiar to me...

Came in on a rainy Thursday
feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-gruntle)
I was talking a bit with [livejournal.com profile] points after posting the previous entry and I thought I'd share this small snippet of conversation. Points, I place the blame for the repressed memory you triggered squarely upon your shoulders.

Points says, "At least it wasn't a whole line of people going 'y'know, if you let me take everything over and redo everything from scratch, I could do it better.'"

Feren says, "I had that last year."

That's when I realized I'd forgotten to mention in the previous diatribe that I actually had people recoil and fucking hiss like cornered, rabid weasels when they heard the Windows "Booting up" chime come from my laptop. Seriously people, what the fuck is your damage? Every operating system serves a niche. I am not about to use your favorite flavor of Linux just because it gives you a warm chubby one and allows you to delude yourself into thinking that you're running your operating system without all that "bloated, poorly-coded overhead." What the hell is your problem, you sacks of disease? Don't tell me you really think that window transparency and antialiased fonts shouldn't count as overhead? Get a goddamn grip!

Allow me to make this painfully clear (I even promise I won't use big words as I try to explain this to you): I use the tools that meet my needs. Some of those tools run under Windows. In the words of The Great Sage and Eminent Junkie (I speak of the character "Henry Dean," from Stephen King's Dark Tower series) you need to accept this fact and just "deal." Acting like a complete idiot who just shit his pants all because of a SOUND FILE isn't going to convince me to "convert," and it sure as hell doesn't endear me to your cause. Mostly it just reaffirms my belief that you have the personality of a wet gym sock and makes me wish I had the power to get you forcefully sterilized for the good of our species.

Seriously, I think I'll put in a line item in the budget for a tazer. First person to be "clever" in a similar manner next year gets 50,000 volts to the reproductive organs.
feren: I AM THE MAN (card)
Seeing as how I've neglected my house for the last two weeks in favor of other, convention-like things I decided that my free time this evening would be best spent by putting aside the bottle of gin and at least sorting the mail that was threatening to take over my kitchen. [livejournal.com profile] tarinfirepelt and [livejournal.com profile] fiskblack can attest to the mountain of envelopes, boxes and bags that were laying claim to my dining space -- having successfully overrun the usual resting place of the butcher block, they'd moved on to my kitchen table and were making plans to annex my countertop and sink. If I allowed that to happen these postal marauders would have the high ground and could launch a full-blown assault upon my den that might prove to be unstoppable.

Read on for a rant... )

It would seem there's just something about me that attracts this type of foolishness (How is it I alone am so lucky?). Being on staff means I have to spend the entire convention trapped behind the table, so I guess situations of this nature are inesecapable. I wonder if next year somebody will attempt to chastize me for using electricity to run my machines. That would be beautiful (And, I dare venture, will undoubtedly have to be written upon my admittance form for the psychiatric ward).

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] takaza? Is there any chance you can coax the board to ratify a provision for health insurance in the case of a complete mental break?

You see little sister don't miss when she aims her gun
feren: I AM THE MAN (Default)
Well, con is over. My "weekend" started on Wednesday afternoon and didn't end until approximately 11:30PM Monday night.

Highlights include, but are not limited to:
  • Kicking much ass in Art Show with [livejournal.com profile] yotogi, [livejournal.com profile] moryssa, [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] hightensile, [livejournal.com profile] genet and [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin. We really outdid ourselves this year as we managed to shatter last year's sales record of $10,000 by achieving over $13,700 this year. We had about the same number of artists as last year, but we displayed about 150 more pieces than we did in 2003. All told, things went really well. I would say "Next year should go even more smoothly," but I don't want to think about next year just yet. I'm still recovering from this year.
  • Seeing [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin again. It's hard to believe it's been almost a year!
  • Late-night runs to CompUSA to make speaker purchases -- had to combat music from the ballroom next door!
  • [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin proving she is wickedly talented at both data entry and fashion modeling. Long live the Cheb in the shiny bodice.
  • New sketches in my sketchbooks.
  • Unseasonably good weather and light traffic on the roads whenever I had to drive.
  • Getting [livejournal.com profile] moryssa laughing so hard she nearly choked.
  • [livejournal.com profile] ashryn not calling me "Captain America."
  • "Christmas Sack."
  • Story time with [livejournal.com profile] yotogi.
  • Seeing all the other "out of town" folks again. It's been too damn long.
  • Meeting [livejournal.com profile] fiskblack in person.
  • Watching the video of the CONvergence 2004 opening ceremony and knowing I had a hand in its creation.
  • Dinner and whoopie cushions from BD's.
  • Meeting [livejournal.com profile] luminesc and [livejournal.com profile] lostwolf in person.
  • Having [livejournal.com profile] onceagainplease come down to experience the con first-hand. He made quite an impression with his singing.
  • Having the Expedition. It came in quite handy moving people and equipment. There's something wholly satisfying in being able to haul most of my materials from the house to the hotel, and from the hotel back to the house in one shot.
  • Not having to go in to work on Monday morning.

    That's the long and the short of it for me. My plan for the remainder of the week is simple: I'm back to the grind at the office for today and most of tomorrow. After that I get another extended weekend (four days, again) because of the Thanksgiving holiday. As an added bonus both days are considered paid holidays by my employer, so I still have a few days left of vacation to use this year.

    Passion or coincidence
  • feren: I AM THE MAN (Default)
    I came home after today's MFF meeting to find the following tidbit posted by [livejournal.com profile] crackjackal, and I just had to share it here.

    I Did It Again

    Another quick short. This time featuring Feren and his favorite way to die (which he does wonderfully) in Halo. Keep in mind, these are all for fun-- I'm seriously not looking to be professional. Just goofy. :P

    This has positively made my day ... we all know the Schticky plasma grenades = lurve, right? ^_^

    Tune into the program
    feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-hyperdrunk)
    Neil Young is playing on my entertainment system, and [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin is coming to MFF.

    Someday you'll find everything you're lookin' for...


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