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Oct. 30th, 2003

09:27 pm - CSI: As If Furry Cons Could Afford Las Vegas

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Perhaps the silliest thing about the show was the PAF CON schedule, seen in one scene. I freezeframed and copied it down:

 9:00 a.m. breakfast & orientation
10:30 a.m. lecture #1
            - DOE EYES: INNOVATIVE
              TECHNIQUES IN LOOKING
              FOR LOVE
11:45 a.m. furry raffle (main lobby)
12:00 p.m. lecture #2
            - FUR-EVER YOUNG
 1:00 p.m. banquet lunch (banquet hall)
 3:30 p.m. lecture #3
            - CLAWS AND EFFECT: A LOOK
              AT THE LEGAL ISSUES REGARDING
              FUR IN THE WORKPLACE
 4:45 p.m. vineyards & vendors
 7:30 p.m. banquet dinner (banquet hall)
 ?:?? p.m. pile-on-party (main lounge)

This resembles no furry con I've ever been to! Where's the Masquerade? Where are the art panels? The Meet the GOH panel? The video room? The DDR tournament? Furry cons have opening ceremonies and panels, not orientations and lectures! What is this, a yoga retreat? And BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER provided by the CON??? Hahahahaha I WISH!

Also, the people acted nothing like anybody I know. They were all Hollywood drama creations. Where's the sense of fun and humor? The sense of netgeeky camaraderie?

Here are a few telling quotes from my friends on IRC:

"this con they're at has the highest fursuit-to-nonfursuit attendance ratio of any con ever... it seems to be about 2:1"

"My mom is watching CSI right now."
"What's she think of it so far?"
"She's stated that they must not be doing their homework, because if cons were as boring as they made them look no one would go."




Edit: Just now on IRC, youngvanwinkle made a very good point I wish I'd thought of. He says:

You know, something just occurred to me about tonight's CSI ep.
Something that'd definitely happen at a furry con, but that I didn't see (might've happened, but I missed it, but I didn't get the feeling it did)
At least under the circumstances of the show's plot.
That'd be furries running around all over the place going "OH MY GOD, ROCKY WAS MURDERED?!?" and generally getting all concerned as a community.
And probably bombarding the police with offers to help catch the guy who did it.
I thought that was *really* missing.

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From:sky
Date:October 30th, 2003 08:23 pm (UTC)
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It looks like a professionals conference like the one Rowe set up for the Society of Women Engineers. :p I think they missed the point of the word con.
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From:wbwolf
Date:October 30th, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm curious at the con that would provide a wine tasting, but only three panels... where are the video showings? Pawpet Funday? Aren't cons usually at least a two day affair? This looks like a one day deal...
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From:boixboi
Date:October 30th, 2003 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Well it's a four day con, as you see on his calendar...but I think it started on Thursday, which is a little odd.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 30th, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, most cons are three days long, covering Fri, Sat & Sun. The one exception is Further Confusion, which this year started going for five days (Thu - Mon).
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From:catwoman69y2k
Date:October 30th, 2003 08:38 pm (UTC)

CSI---furry politics?

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So is this another Sex 2k kind of conversation? I hope not.

I avoid furry politics like the plague.
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From:masstreble
Date:November 1st, 2003 04:07 am (UTC)
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You avoid the plague? Excuse me, but as an anthropomorphic plague, I'm offended greatly! *Wink!*

Seriously, though, I don't think this is going to turn into anything except, well, what it is. Just a minor discussion of the show, perhaps some goofy comments here and there. I mean, look at our company! Do we seem like the angry types?
(I think I may be the most uptight person here!)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 31st, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, KT's Furry FAQ page 4 will probably be "Are furries like what I've seen on TV?" I could mention MTV, TLC, CSI, TMBG, CSNY, NRBQ... oh wait, those last three are what I'll be listening to while doing the artwork.
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From:xydexx
Date:October 30th, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)

They didn't do their homework...

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CLAWS AND EFFECT: A LOOK
AT THE LEGAL ISSUES REGARDING
FUR IN THE WORKPLACE


*snicker*

My comment when they were first walking into PafCon:
"Ha. Yeah, right. We wish we had that many folks in fursuit at a convention."

"What's Wrong With This Picture?" moments: The room full of fursuiters listening to the lecture. Fursuiters removing heads in public is also a big nono, IIRC. And I can only assume I'm just not getting invited to the right room parties at cons...
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:17 pm (UTC)

Re: They didn't do their homework...

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Not to mention fursuiters (without articulated jaws) talking in public!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 30th, 2003 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Whoa, you mean a Bruckheimer production got something wrong?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Shocking, I know!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 31st, 2003 12:32 am (UTC)
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my world is shattered. SHATTERED i tells ye! :(
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From:prismo
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Basically, my two observations were this:

1) I have never, EVER, seen anyone in a gorilla costume at any con. Nor an elephant suit. I was expecting them to pull up a three-toed sloth costume for this show.

2) There were WAY too many slim, attractive females in suit there. And nobody seemed to be over 240 lbs.

I did like the lady's reaction to all this, though. Heh. Serves you right for being in law enforcement! ;)
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From:prismo
Date:October 30th, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Actually, it was interesting that the suspects for the other case in the episode looked like far more stereotypical "mungy, scruffy, anti-social suspicious" types.

Granted. Heh. I thought they were going to tie the two together by saying one of the overweight bearded guys was one of the furs from the previous section. ;)

Never said the girls at the cons aren't pretty, but the show did overrepresent the number of knock-down bombshells there. In the foyer, all the girls seemed to be tall, slim, well-toned and sexy looking - like the female cast of 'Cats' got out early. While there are some good looking women in the fandom, their numbers are woefully few.

Basically, they took liberties with representation of who makes up the fandom. The show didn't give info the public didn't already know. :)
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From:kohath
Date:October 30th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)
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I have never, EVER, seen anyone in a gorilla costume at any con.

seeingi had one, at Chattacon '03. Of course that's borderline since it was a "Robot Monster" suit. [Image here.]

There were WAY too many slim, attractive females in suit there. And nobody seemed to be over 240 lbs.

How terrible. Taking out everything I go to cons for :p
[I have yet to see the CSI in question. I'll probably get the chance tomorrow.]

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From:jdm314
Date:October 31st, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
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Rho-Mans go home!
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From:baxil
Date:November 2nd, 2003 12:57 am (UTC)
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I love your icon! Takes me way back to eight-bit days. RCR rocked. :)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 30th, 2003 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I've very rarely seen an odd species costume. (Saw a warthog once...) But no apes. ("Freaky monkey fuck suit" indeed!)

And where are all the college-age fellas with backpacks and T-shirts from last year's con?

Ooh! And where are all the harried staff members carrying microphones and crates of Mt. Dew around? And where's the art show

Oh, and not to mention that furpiles aren't printed on the schedule and held in the main lounge; they're held in Wolfpaw's room (714) and, if not a private affair between a few close friends, they're spread by word of mouth or a tacked-up handwritten note.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 12th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)

Revisiting this thread

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Actually, I saw a gorilla suit at FC 2006: Ultra-Gor, the gorilla superhero. He's this gorilla wearing a colorful spandex outfit. It's a hoot!
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From:chocorisu
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:12 am (UTC)

oh the irony

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Figures that the first show giving furries a serious mention airs and all the furries are complaining that the furry con wasn't kooky enough and there weren't enough fat losers and freaks...
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 31st, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)

Re: oh the irony

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Oh, they were freaks; they just were freaky in all the wrong ways, dammit!
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From:vermillionfox
Date:October 31st, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: oh the irony

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Exactly! What kind of Furry keeps *THAT* clean of a house and can afford it on their own! *giggle*
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