⑨ Reports of Fur Affinity’s Demise has been greatly exaggerated 说FA“时日不长”为时尚早

I signed up for Weasyl and Inkbunny a month ago! Because of the IMVU thing, you know.

My weasyl account:

My inkbunny account:

I haven’t posted anything there yet, since I haven’t taken any furry-related photos to post recently. I might go and post some pictures of Pom, though.

And I’m not leaving FA. IMVU hasn’t done anything yet, so I don’t see any reason to leave. And, despite the deluge of journals last month, most accounts I follow on FA hasn’t migrated to Wzl or IB.

I’m currently watching about 350 accounts on FurAffinity (a bit too much, I think), and I’ve went through all of them trying to see how many have Weasyl or Inkbunny accounts. Of the 350 accounts I watch on FA, just 60 are on Weasyl, and only 19 are on Inkbunny.
我目前正在 FA 上关注350左右个账户 (我觉得有点多),于是一个一个地看了一下多少有 Weasyl 或 Inkbunny 账户。这350个账户中,只有60个在 Weasyl 上有账户,而 Inkbunny 上只有19人。

To find Weasyl and Inkbunny users in accounts I follow on FA, I searched (manually) through their user profile page and journal page. FA users can add their Inkbunny account to their contact information, but there is no such option for Weasyl, so some users link to their Weasyl account in their profile. Others announce their in Wzl/IB account in journals.
这件事比我想的要麻烦。FA用户可以把他们的 Inkbunny 账户添加到联系方式中,但是不能添加 Weasyl 账户。于是有些用户将他们的 Weasyl 账户放在个人简介中。其他人则在日志中公告他们的新账户。

Of course, this is just one person’s anecdote. Many of the 350 are inactive accounts, or multiple accounts held by the same person (for multiple characters, or separate business and personal accounts). It doesn’t count people who didn’t publish their Weasyl or Inkbunny accounts, people who deactivated their FA account, or people who never had a FA account to begin with. And Inkbunny allowing only people aged 18+ to register, means a lot of minors don’t have an account. Not to mention that Recaptcha does not load for Chinese users, so they can’t register… (Maybe I should sign up for Pixiv as well?)
当然这只是一个人的经历。350个帐号中,很多是不再活动的帐号,或者是一个人持有的多个帐号 (例如多个角色分别有一个帐号,或者商务个人分两个帐号)。其中没有不在FA公布Weasyl或Inkbunny帐号的人,禁用了FA帐号的人,以及从没有在FA上注册的人。Inkbunny只允许18岁以上用户也意味着许多未成年人不会有帐号。更不用说中国的用户打不开验证码注册不了…… (是不是该注册一个Pixiv帐号了?)

Still, I think it’s clear that FA is here to stay. And while the new UI beta is not Ferrox, I can appreciate giving FA a new coat of paint that works well with modern devices.
不管怎么说,我觉得要说 FA 时日不长,还是为时尚早。

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!


据Nintendo Power称《库洛诺亚·通往幻梦界之门》Wii重制在五月份发行。五月份……计划说是回上海的。就是从eBay上进口也一定要入手!不过听说如果没有修工程统计的话明年选课会有些难呢?
As told by Nintendo Power, the Wii remake of Kuronoa: Door to Phantomile is to be released in May. May… I planned to go back to Shanghai. But even if I have to import it from eBay, I’ll do all I have to to get it! But it’s said if I don’t take Statistics for Engineers it would be difficult to choose courses for next year?

WikiFur中文版最近开张了!卡库尔是创始人之一。……其实没做什么事。目前总共也只有5条条目而已。不过我希望能够通过建立中文的兽人爱好者资料库,在华语圈内能够创造更多的毛毛迷 (顺便把人气从白牙那里全部拉走(误))。第一条条目是库洛诺亚
The Chinese WikiFur is open! Kakurady being one of the founders. …didn’t do much actually. There’s currently only 5 articles. But I hope by creating a Chinese furry fan database, create more furry fans in the Sinosphere (and pull all the popularity from Alphawolf Kiba (no, that’s not true)). The first article is Klonoa.

但是如果是兽人百科全书的话,第一条条目应该是兽人才对吧?问题是,“兽人”在中文兽人次文化中至少有四种不同的解释 (还不算最流行的绿皮肤的那一种)。
But if it’s a furry encyclopedia, you would expect the first article to be about furry, right? The problem is "beast man" has four meanings in the Chinese-speaking furry/therianthrope subculture (that’s not counting the most popular green skin one…).

看到Vista一个月没有更新才意识到半个月一直都在使用Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 内测版。安装Alpha版本的动机很简单:因为专有软件的第二人生语音组件(由Vivox提供的)经常把PulseAudio声音服务器弄瘫!升级到9.04以后,Pulse果然不瘫了……但是Vivox语音却霸占一个内核,让XOrg, Pulse和第二人生只能分着另外一个内核……性能可想而知。
It’s upon seeing that Vista hasn’t been checking for updates for a month did I realize that half a month have I been using Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope alpha. The motivation to install an Alpha is simple: because the properitary Second Life voice component (provided by Vivox) often collapses PulseAudio audio server! After updating to 9.04, Pulse stopped failing… but Vivox voice keeps one core to itself, leaving XOrg, Pulse and Second Life to the other core… you can imagine how painful the performance is.

9.04另外一个很明显的改变就是新的争论重大的通知系统 (notify-osd)。Windows 通知区域有时候也会冒出来几个气泡,气泡本身可以点,还有一个叉子可以按。GNOME桌面一直也是这样的。但是Canonical 的用户体验工作小组却想出来一个完全只能看不能摸连个记录都没有的通知守护进程。……其实这倒和《洛奇》的通知挺像。不过一定要用默认的图标才有音量显示么?
Another visible change is the new and controversal notification system (notify-osd). The Windows Notification Area sometimes pops up some bubbles, too, the bubbles themselves are clickable, and there’s a cross to push. The GNOME desktop has been like this way too. But the Canonical user experience group made up something that you can only look but not touch and doesn’t even keep a record that kind of notification daemon. … it kinda feels like the notifications in Mabinogi. But does the default icon set have to be used to have volume changes displayed?

Another annoyance is XOrg. No pressure for stylus, eraser tracking needs to be configured in command line, unplug the Apple Mighty Mouse (a USB mouse) and the whole X server collapses!

The junk all over the room is cleaned all right, but the homework is piled up again! Although, I was playing Okami in the weekends. Writing two journal entries takes four hours?!


Come to think of it I shouldn’t have worked on this picture to go with this post for another hour (kaboom