White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

Checking In

Hey everyone, it's been, like, 7 years since I posted here last. I saw another LJ friend made a check-in post, and thought I'd do the same and talk about what's happened to me over the last 7 years or so!

In no random order:

  • Still a software engineer, now working for a larger international company that you've heard of before. Been there for 6 years now, got promoted once, and generally enjoying it there!

  • Still living in Philadelphia, in the same place, even! While part of me regrets not buying a home, this one bedroom apartment isn't so bad, either. I don't have any hobbies that require a lot of physical space, and I can still get by without owning a car. Uber and Lyft make this even easier!

  • Got tired of random passwords, so I built a password generator that lets you create passwords you can actually remember.

  • Furry Connection North folded. I still miss that con.

  • Built a website called Is SEPTA Fucked? with real-time status of Philly public transit as a joke. It turned out to be BY FAR my most popular project. I even won an award for it. What what!

  • Anthro New England started, and I eventually became staff there and met a lot of cool people.

  • Built a more professional site called SEPTA Stats with more detailed stats on Regional Rail trains but nope--it's still not as popular as the other website. *sigh*

  • takaza passed away rather unexpectedly.

  • Built a website called All About Cheetahs. GUESS WHAT IT'S ABOUT!

  • Converted my website from Drupal over to WordPress. Wish I had switched a long time ago. Drupal just ain't the same CMS anymore.



So I think those are the major things, and as you may have figured out, building software and systems and participating in the furry community continue to be major parts of my life.

Want to get in touch with me? Here's my contact page!

Feel free to let me know what you're up to the comments as well.

-- Giza
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

Last LJ Entry for Awhile

As fun as LiveJournal has been over the years, it is increasingly being overshadowed by the likes of Facebook and Twitter, and even Tumblr a bit. I've seen many friends posting less and less here on LJ, and it seems I'm doing the same myself.

I'm not totally abandoning my Journal, but defintely won't be posting here nearly as often. So, here is some contact info for me on other social networking sites:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmuth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmuth


And finally, my personal website:

http://www.dmuth.org/


I'll see you out there.
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

Midwest FurFest 2011 Con Report and Pictures

Well, this year's MFF came and went. And man, did it ever go well. This was one of those conventions for me where everything seemed to go right and fall into place. It was a rare moment at the con when I didn't have something to do or someone to chat with.

As is my tradition with attending conventions, I tend to work them too. This year, I worked in Operations for Puma and his staff. It was a different experience, and overall I enjoyed being in more of an attendee-facing role at this year's MFF.

As I mentioned in a previous comment, Raptor Red was there, in a new version of his fursuit. He was rather expressive, which is normal for him:

Raptor Red Raptor Red Raptor Red

The fursuit parade had 574 fursuiters this year:

Fursuit Parade Fursuit Parade Fursuit Parade

On Friday evening, Duncan da Husky and Takaza J. Wolf had a proper civil union done, as those are now legal in Chicago. This was most excellent!

The Cake Kane borrows my White Mage hoodie So I borrowed Kane's fursuit...

DSC_5422 So I borrowed Kane's fursuit...

Somewhere in there, kanehusky thought he would be clever and borrow my White Mage hoodie and tail. So I promptly borrow his fursuit head and paws. Then we spent the evening confusing a whole lot of people! We need to do this again sometime.

Then it was back to work, followed by taking even more pictures of fursuiters.

Midwest FurFest Operations Staff Fursuiters at 4 AM on Monday Fursuit Parade

Fursuiter Kojac and Finnish A purple cheetah Kane Husky

The con ended wherein I had a few drinks on Sunday evening and was followed around by a couple of Germans for a bit:

Big Blue Fox and Tillikum

The rest of my pictures, as usual, can be found on Flickr.

The verdict? A++, would totally back up the con chair in a knife fight.

Next con for me is Furry Connection North in the spring. I hope I'll see all of you there!
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FurFright 2011 Wrapup

FurFright went well for me this year.

I don't have much specifically to say, because other than working security, socializing with old friends (and making a few new ones), and catching up on my sleep, I didn't do much else. But that's the kind of convention experience that I'm okay with.

Fursuit Parade Fursuit Parade Fursuiter

Fursuit Parade Fursuiters Fursuiter

Nyan Cat

Wanna see the rest of my pictures? They're over here.

Next con for me is Midwest FurFest, which is just around the corner. I'll be working in Operations there (huge surprise, I know). See ya soon!
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

My FurFright duty hours

Wow, it's been awhile since I've written to my LJ.

I want to update here more, but it seems like people are using LJ less and less. While I like Twitter, it's really difficult to post anything meaningful there, such as schedules. Oh well.

Anyway, here are the hours I'll be on duty at FurFright this weekend:

Friday: 4 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM to Noon, 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sunday: 12 AM to 4 AM, 4 PM to 8 PM

My position is "sergeant", which means I'll be based at the security desk, but walking around a fair bit, checking with people who are working at the various badge checkpoints in case they need to take a bathroom break, doing an occasional rove through the guest floors, etc.

Essentially, if I'm wearing my beret, it means I'm working.



Since someone asked me awhile back, the closest thing we have to "ranks" in the Dorsai Irregulars is for individual contracts that are worked. We have at least one "Duty Officer" (or DO for short) who is on duty at a all times. They're the person who is "in charge", who usually makes log entries (yes, we keep event logs at all contracts), and who usually interacts with the hotel's security people. For larger contracts (such as Anthrocon), it is a position that rotates between more than one individual every 6-8 hours.

Next in line, we have 1 or more "Sergeants" each shift. Sgts usually work at the security desk, but they are also tasked with doing the occasional rove, as well as periodically visiting each of the badge check points and checking in with the person working said point, seeing if they need a bathroom break, or if they're coming to the end of their shift and need a replacement, etc. This is a position I frequently work at conventions.

After that, we have "regular security people". In addition to manning the badge checkpoints, they also do "roves", which constitute walking though the guest floors and public areas of the hotel, making sure that there aren't any excessively noisy parties, nor is there anyone intoxicated to the point of needing assistance. Most hotels really like this function of security, because if we deal with a noisy party before any complaints come in to the hotel, the hotel has less work to do. :-)

Finally, at some contracts we also have "medics". These are people with formal medical training (EMTs, etc.) who respond to any medical situations that may arise. Whether we have medics on a given contract is based on a variety of factors, including: the size of the convention, who on the contract has medical training, and state liability laws.

An interesting note is that membership in the DI is not a requirement for any of the previously mentioned roles. I've worked Sgt positions before being a member of the DI, and I've worked badge checkpoints and done roves while as a member of the DI. It comes down to experience, and what roles need to be filled.

It's also worth pointing out that people who work Dorsai contracts either wear the Dorsai logo (seen on the right) somewhere on their person in the form of a beret or armband, or wear a highly-visible t-shirt that says "(event name) security" on it. I only mention this, because in recent years I've noticed people at furry conventions wearing black berets as part of their costume, and I don't want there to be any confusion... :-P
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Beach Trip!

Last weekend was quite fun, as some other furries and myself went to the beach. It was a bit of a remedy for the events of last summer, which included some health issues I was dealing with, as well as someone I who trusted doing something stupid.

I actually didn't drink all that much this weekend, only a beer or two at the hotel and a few drinks at meals (where our servers did shots with us). Instead of destroying myself with alcohol, I instead destroyed myself by bodyboarding for about 8 straight hours on Saturday. The sunburn isn't that bad, but am I ever sore. I'm sore even today, 2 days later.

Anyway, here are some pictures:

The Beach Bar and Grill Waves breaking Ferian flying his kite

Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier T-Rex at Funtown Pier

The rest of my pictures? They're at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157627496725724/. Enjoy!
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

My God, it's full of ponies...

I'm still not sure how this happened, but while visiting chefmongoose the other weekend, he somehow talked film2edit into making some artwork of me as a Brony:



...and another version with a shaved mane (since I shave my head IRL):



What what!

Did I mention that I'm not really a fan of the show? (Though some of the fan-made videos are pretty funny!)

While visiting, we also spent a Saturday afternoon at the USS Nautilis Subarmine Museum. I got some nice pictures:

Entrance to the USS Nautilus Submarin Museum USS Seafox USS Nautilis

The full set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/sets/72157627300718103/

Enjoy!
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

My Anthrocon 2011 Report

This year's Anthrocon went pretty well for me, at least from a staff/Operations standpoint! This being our 6th year in Pittsburgh, things went rather smoothly. Equipment arrived when it was supposed to, nothing went horribly wrong or got broken, and set up and teardown went fairly well. In that aspect, the con was somewhat "boring" for me, which is actually fantastic.

During my slow days (Friday and Saturday), I actually got to spend some time out enjoying the con, dropped in on a couple of panels, and got some facetime with some folks. My socializing was to such an extent that I didn't even drink all that much, which my wallet had no issues with.

Fursuit group shot

Total stats for this year's Anthrocon were 4,400 furries from 39 countries, 854 fursuits in the fursuit parade, and $11,522 raised for The Toonseum.

Kane Husky All cheetahs look alike Fursuit Parade

Silent Ravyn Bierzun and Kalira Fursuiters chasing a helicopter

Here's a picture of the Toonseum folks (except for the chef, which was Chiaroscuro):

Toonseum

There's not much else for me to add, because the con was more of the same awesomeness that I'm used to experiencing.

Naturally, I have many more photos than are show on in this post The full collection can be found here, with my "main" pictures found here.

Enjoy!
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

Back from Anthrocon

I rolled in from Anthrocon around Midnight on Monday, and slept in yesterday. I then spent the rest of the day hosting staghorne and Joel Fox (both visiting from Sweden), along with doing laundry, chores, catching up on email, etc.

In the evening, I showed them both Final Fantasy: Advent Children, and then we tried the Swedish comedy "Fyra år till" (Four More Years), but ran into problems with region encoding. So we instead settled on watching opinionated reviews of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I haven't yet uploaded my pictures, but here's a teaser pic, taken of me by Randorn:

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