What The Fur review

上次 FE 展后回顾所列的愿望:
Wishlist from Further Equinox’s review:

Some things to improve next con: take more photos, post more on Twitter, practice fursuit movements before con, mingle with non-fursuiters more, drink more water, and DON’T STAY IN FURSUIT for all of the dance competition.
下次去兽展,希望能: 拍更多的照片、发更多的推、走之前练习兽装动作、和非兽装穿着者互动更多、喝更多的水、还有不要整个舞蹈比赛都穿着兽装。

  • 拍照片——大约200张,其中64张能看的。 FE: 150张
    Photos — about 200, 64 of which looks okay. FE: 150
  • 发推——两次
    Tweeting – twice
  • 练习……根本没有时间啊
    Practising… no time!
  • 更多互动——缺乏,一穿了兽装就坐不下来,更不要说什么谈话或画图之类的事情了。
    More interaction — lacking. Once I put on fursuit, it’s impossible to sit down and stay put, let alone anything like chat or doodling!
  • 喝水——穿兽装每半小时休息,喝一杯水。所以,这次没有头疼,没有感冒,也没有展会综合征/水土不服之类的事情。
    Drink — break between every half an hour, and drink a glass of water. So no headaches, no flu, and no con crud this year!

I’m still disappointed that at fur cons, people stay up late and sleep in, so there aren’t much stuff happening in the mornings.

This year What The Fur has moved to Delta Centre-ville. The bad is it’s a large, expensive hotel, so there are many other guests staying. Also, the convention floor is underground and completely lacking in natural light, so photography is hard. The good is that the convention floor is spacious, and has a hub-and-spoke arrangement, so it’s easy to find and mingle with people. Also, there are many other guests staying, including families, tourists, and engineering students here for the annual concrete canoe competition (seriously)!
今年What The Fur 移动到了Delta Centre-ville. 不好的地方是这是个大型酒店,价格不菲,其他宾客也很多。另外,整个会议中心在地下二层,完全没有自然光,所以照相难。好处是会议中心面积很大,并且呈放射性排列,所以很容易和大家打成一片。另外,其他宾客也很多,包括家庭、游客、以及来这里参加每年的混凝土划艇比赛的工程系学生们 (真的) !

(How spacious is the convention floor? Every year in January, the very same hotel plays host to CUSEC, the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference. This year, 12 universities in Canada have have sent delegations, each having about a bus full of attendees. And 18 organizations set up tables at the career fair after lunches.
会议中心有多大?每年一月,CUSEC ——加拿大大学软件工程会议——在该酒店举办。今年 12 个大学派了代表团来,每个至少坐满了一车。午饭后的招聘会,有18个组织设展位。

I went to CUSEC this year. It’s actually kind of weird to come to the same convention space for a completely different convention.
我今年也参加了CUSEC. 在同一个会场参加完全不同的展会感觉好奇怪。)

Furnal Equinox epilude


And I’ve finally got around to say something about the first Furry Convention I’ve been to in almost a year and a half! (Not for lack of trying, though.) My last convention was Condition:Red in 2011, and after that I’ve been to several local anime conventions, and they have very awesome people as well, but it’s just not the same…
自2011年的Condition:Red之后一年半没有去过兽展之后(动漫展虽然强人很多,但是毕竟不一样)按耐不住决定去了多伦多的Furnal Equinox。今天终于有机会写一下回顾了。

Unfortunately I had a cold that week, so I couldn’t be fursuiting on Friday. That said I took the time to take some photos, which are on Flickr if you haven’t seen them! And also this time I finally got to hear one of Nuka-kitty‘s lectures sessions panels on furry psychology in full. Because SCIENCE! And of course the improv night was hilarious, especially with Nuka in fursuit. Almost braved and went in fursuit too, but I decided to make sure not to overexert myself.
不行的是去之前感冒了,所以周五没有机会穿兽装。不过趁这个机会照了些照片,传到了Flickr上,没看的话赶快去看。 (很抱歉,Flickr在大陆不能正常访问。)另外,终于能够从头到尾地听一次Nuka 的兽控心理学讲座了。(国内动漫展好像没有讲座的样子?)科学万岁!还有晚上的即兴表演,笑翻天笑死人不偿命~特别是当Nuka穿兽装上去的时候!

(Second time to a con with a flu this year, why… just why?)

Woke to an early start on Saturday and fursuited as much as I can. The sponsor pizza party was cool, although the first batch of pizza was a bit stale (later batches are fine) and I can’t decide which table to sit at. Did a little fursuit dance then went to bed.
周六早晨提早起床,尽可能地多穿兽装。升级到赞助者级别彻底发挥作用了:早饭是赞助者休息室的火鸡三明治,午饭是赞助者休息室的火鸡三明治,晚上是赞助者休息室的匹萨派对……不过第一批匹萨有点潮了(后面几批都没问题). 晚上稍微跳了一下舞就睡觉了。

On Sunday I went to watch the dance competition. I could still hardly believe that this is the first time Furnal Equinox hosted a dance competition, and the first time almost all the contestants are participating! (And almost all of them didn’t sleep or eat much…) All 9 of them are full of energy and rhythm, and their performance are very fun to watch, as well as full of surprises! Especially the first place :snapback:, who built their own suit and is just as adorable as an otter can ever be; yet on the dance floor, she is a force to be reckoned with. Kudos to all the participants – the Original Nine Crew!
周日早晨去观看了舞蹈比赛。记忆已经模糊,但忘不了的是参赛的九位兽装穿着者,每个都那么充满了活力和激情。真不能想象这都是他们第一次参加舞蹈比赛 (而且大多都没吃饭没睡觉),也不能想象这是第一次 FE 举办舞蹈比赛……特别要提一下的是第一名 Snapback, 平常是再可爱不过的小水獭,一到舞池就成为一股不可抗拒的力量。而且ta的兽装是自己做的,这家伙有多厉害?!这里再次对所有参赛者致敬!

The con wasn’t as exciting as I thought, as a whole, and perhaps it’s because the novelty has worn off, or perhaps because I was too worried about school; but nevertheless it was full of highlights!

A lot of time was spent at the sponsor lounge eating and mingling. Food at the sponsor lounge is simple, but the turkey sandwich was okay and at least I didn’t go hungry. But I did not eat much and moved a lot, so I lost a kilogram (2-3 pounds) during the convention. It would have been even better to have someone to go together to Tim Hortons for breakfast, but I don’t know any people who sleep and wake early at fur cons…
这次到FE, 很多时间在赞助者休息室吃东西聊天。休息室供应的食品很简单,但是火鸡三明治还凑合,至少没饿着肚子。不过我吃的不多,动得很多,所以整个兽展瘦了一公斤。如果早晨有人能陪我一起去 Tim Hortons 吃早饭就好了,不过我不认识谁在兽展那么早就起床的……

(Off topic: At Anthrocon 2011, I’m always the first to rise, and bring a box of donuts to the room after breakfast.)

There are a couple people I thought I would see but didn’t, like :linkbattykoha: and :linkErisValgen:, and some people I expected to see like :linkAmico: and :linkblondiepup:, some I didn’t expect to see like Zanni (:linktherian:). Some people I just get excited to finally see in the fur like :linkflowkitty:. And then there are new faces like Kelsey (karlounichou) (finally I get to see a :iconKalamari: fursuit in meatspace!) and :snapback: of course!
有几个人想见到没有见到,例如 battykoha 和 erisvalgen,但还是见到了Amico 和 blondiepup,以及没有预料到能见到的像是 Zanni. 有些终于能亲眼见到,例如 Flow, 以及新面孔,像是Kelsey和Snapback!

Some things to improve next con: take more photos, post more on Twitter, practice fursuit movements before con, mingle with non-fursuiters more,  drink more water, and DON’T STAY IN FURSUIT for all of the dance competition. (I was dehydrated on Sunday and came back home with a headache! Buying a sport drink at the bus rest stop helped, though.) A final regret is haven’t bought the “Blueperhand puppet. (Practically 20% off if you figure in shipping!)
下次去兽展,希望能: 拍更多的照片、发更多的推、走之前练习兽装动作、和非兽装穿着者互动更多、喝更多的水、还有不要整个舞蹈比赛都穿着兽装。 (周日走的时候严重脱水, 头痛! 乘车停下来的时候买了瓶运动饮料好像对此有一些作用。)最后的遗憾是没有决定买下 “Blueper手偶. (加上送货费相当于打八折!)

A shout out to :icondizzywizzy: for running the sponsor’s lounge, :iconskyr3der: for organizing the dancing competition, and :iconolefin: for the con videos, as well as thanks for rest of the staff and attendees! Another to my roommates :linkdarkysabretooth: :linkspikekitty69: :linkGozob:. And finally another round of applause to :iconSnapback:, you’re the most awesome ever!
感谢Wizzy看管赞助者休息室、Ronnie组织舞蹈大赛、Olefin录像、以及Furnal Equinox的所有其他工作人员和参加者! 还有我的室友们 Darky, Spike 和 Garou! 最后请为 Snapback 热烈鼓掌——你是最棒的!


Oh yes and :linkPazzix:! Long time no see!