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Walls of text

Pynasta Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist
If there is anything that annoys me, there is walls of text, it doesn't matter where they show up, or in what context, but they make me want to poke my eyes out with a spoon. Or something. One thing is when you find it in random places on the internet, but my new history book has them. Or, it's not really walls of text, but instead of doing the normal thing, having an empty line between things, they just have one space. Like this: . That much space on the next line before they start babbling again, it makes reading almost impossible. On top of that the text is tiny, I wonder who thought that was a good idea. I'd like to find him, and tell him politely that it might be a bad idea. Then there is the stuff in internet forums. You find this post with an idiotic statement, and the poster says "don't argue if you haven't read the post", and then you have this meter long wall of text. Sometimes I try to read it, and it doesn't even make any sense, it wouldn't surprise me if half of it is just chatter about how handsome Justin Beaver is. How come some people do so many silly things, there are many other silly things people do that I don't really understand. For example wearing their pants on their knees, why on earth do they do that, it makes walking difficult. And why do people paint their faces, and shave off their leg hair? Speaking of shaving, I think more guys should have moustaches, like, those pretty twirly things. Only old men have moustaches these days, more young guys should have them. I'm sure, if women had facial hair they'd have all sorts of fancy things going on, colouring, curling, braiding, and probably some spectacular moustaches. But the boring guys just shave it all off. Why do so few people these days appreciate nature, I go outside, and just "YAY TREES", but nobody else I know seems to like it. Wind is fascinating, the way it works, and can get so powerful that it breaks stuff. And fire is fascinating, it can destroy almost everything, but at least here in the north we would probably be doomed without it. And water, water does that too, just that it does it very very slowly, but we would be doomed without that too. Come to think about it, if nature suddenly decided it hated us, we'd be dead in no time, no time at all. I think that maybe I'll just pour out everything on my mind now. Some atheists are obnoxious, okay, you believe in evolution, and you think I'm an idiot, I get it, now shut up. Not all of them though, some of my best friends are atheists, and some are actually Satanists, apparently. Oh well, I'm a Christian, and I don't think any of you will ever change that... Because... Because I've WITNESSED things! That means I'm either insane, or something is out there. Thinking like this, that should actually be proof that there is nothing out there at all, since it's established that my mind doesn't work correctly, but.... Oh well, but who decides what is correct anyway, maybe my mind is working correctly, and all of you people have minds that are broken, thought about that, huh? HUH? I feel like singing a song now. Nah, I won't. Now you've probably already gotten my point about walls of text, but I'll continue anyway. Does this forum even have a character limit? I think I'll tell you the h2g2 entry on Guinea Pigs now, because Guinea Pigs are awesome. Now wait a second, copy would ruin this, wouldn't it? Of course, I can't copy paste, and I probably have to make some sort of sense too, right? I think I'll write a poem. But don't poems get rubbish when writing them on a single line? I'll write a poem anyway, here goes. O little leaf lying on the ground, so delicate and round. Did you die by the frost, or did you get stuck in a pater nost.. er elevator? Now that is a poem worthy of a daily deviation, you guys should try a paternoster elevator some time. Also you should try Nordic humour, we find it hilarious, but you'd probably just find it sad. It's like, these super tragic things, and we call it comedy. I'm gonna watch some of it tonight. Okay, now I give up, I think this character limit is really far out there, so I'll give you the h2g2 entry on Guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are smallish, furry things that squeak. A lot. Loudly. They are cavies, a sort of rodent related to the squirrel and coypu. Capybaras are massive versions of guinea pigs that live in rivers and look at things with silly expressions, but guinea pigs are cheaper to feed and louder. They eat vegetables and can be trained to squeak at the sound of the word 'lettuce'. Like rabbits, they eat their own droppings in order to let them have two trips through the digestive system. Now that was only a part of the article, I think that's enough now. I'll find something else fun. Let's have a minutes silence for the victims of 9/11 now. There, now a minutes silence for the victims of the 22'nd of July. And the Chinese children who were stabbed, and the people that were negatively affected by that meteor in Russia. And for suicide victims. Now, let's look at this fact about Lars Monsen, taken from this website [link] , and translated by me: One time, when Lars Monsen and Chuck Norris me tin the woods, Lars Monsen shouted so loudly that Chuck Norris got red hair and freckles. Do you want another fact? Okay then. Lars monsen is 1.83m tall, when he stands on his hind legs he is 5.27m tall. Okay, one last one, but then we have to do something else. Lars Monsen can do with both his hands on his back. Okay, that's enough, let's look at the last thread written by Illastrat. "5.) They don't plan their compositions. If you are going to do a oil painting you should know your palette and decide how to implement the principles of design. Noobs never sketch out their compositions and they just jump right in. This is wrong.4.) They don't use references. References give your oil painting structure and takes off some of the strain of composition. Combining references is a great way to use them creatively.3.) Dirty colors. When you paint, ALWAYS clean your brush after each pulled color. If you are going for vibrant colors this is a must. Lack of color control is one of the main noob mistakes.2.) Using pure white for highlights and black for shadows. Pure white should never be used for highlights unless you are making an artistic point. Black should not be used either. Instead, you should mix white with a hint of chosen pigment and for shadows use deep purple or mixed blue and brown.1.) Lack of drawing skills. Drawing is a fundamental element. IF you can't draw you should work on that because that means you will never be able to reach your full potential as an artist. Your oil painting will only be as successful as your drawing ability. Painting is the evolution of drawing. If you can draw you should learn or kiss your oil painting aspirations good bye. And this brings me to my complaint, even though this list is concise and helpful, why are you going to scrutinize me? All that hate you have that you are manifesting, why? I am tired of noobs thinking they can be vocal and a critic when they don't even know what to do a partial contour drawing. I think people should humble down and study. But yeah, noobs will always exist but they should know their place." That was interesting, now let's carry on. You got my point yet? No, okay. Now let's sing a song. Bæbælillelam. No wait I don't want to. Let's look at Pakaku's latest thread then. "Or am I.It's been five whole hours and no new threads have been made? You guys are letting me down. Seriously letting me down.I had a silly idea for all of us to collaborate in, but no one is paying any attention! Oh no! Stop reading this instant and go to that journal, give me your thoughts, and continue on.Call-out threads are cool. Especially when you're the one being called out. This will be fun to play wi- Wait, Neuro locked the thread before I could comment??? Oh for fucks sake, you wily bastard, I wanted to have fun with it. Stop getting so excited over things, it's not natural.Somebody's mom wants me to design them a logo. For free. Come on, friend's mom, my art skills are worth some payment, don't you think? Oh, you need the logo by tomorrow? It's almost midnight? Well, don't expect fucking much. And sending the image is proving more difficult than it should be. GodDAMMIT.My attention span is down the shitter. I've been working on the same picture for the past week, since I had no school and piss all to do. It's saturday night and I'm on here, crying my heart out, and basically doing anything except for working on the drawing. Because I can't work on something for a week straight. (Disclaimer: going to force myself to finish it, because it is fucking worth finishing.) WHY IS ART SO HAAARD???Finally, if this complaint is overshadowed by another thread posted within ten seconds or so, I am going to bust out the Jack Daniels so hard you don't even KNOW it. Or maybe. I bought a small bottle out of peer pressure (you folks know who you are), but I'm just that paranoid about not liking a drink. I'm strange. Really....I don't have anything else for you. Sorry." That was a nice one, I'll give you the whole h2g2 article on fish now.FishFish are animals that live in water. They swim about and generally make their environment look a bit prettier1.
How do I know it's a fish?If it lives in water and has gills2, then it's likely to be a fish. Fish, as animals on Earth, have been about for a long time3. They are cold-blooded vertebrates that often have an interesting odour4. Some fish live in the sea, others in rivers and more can be found gleefully swimming about in lakes. Some even exist in ponds. Fish don't live in trees, so don't go looking for them there.There are many creatures that swim in water but aren't fish. The bigger ones you might see are whales and dolphins. These aren't fish, they're mammals. Then there are squid and octopuses. These have legs, which most fish do not. If fish have legs then they have either:Evolved.Mutated.Had them stuck on by someone with an absurd sense of humour.Other sea creatures include turtles, jellyfish, sponges, crustaceans (like crabs and lobsters), molluscs (like mussels and oysters), and smaller lifeforms such as krill (a variety of shrimp) and sea monkeys. None of these things are fish. They might live in the water and smell like fish, but they are not. Don't be fooled.Types of FishThere are many varieties of fish on the planet. Some live in cold water, others live in tropical waters. Some like seawater and there are those that prefer fresh water. There are big fish, like sharks. Then there are smaller fish, like salmon, tuna or barramundi. Then there even smaller fish that are lots of pretty colours, like angelfish or tetras. Some fish are poisonous and others are weird shapes and sizes, like swordfish, stonefish and flying fish. Some have interesting talents and others glow like neon signs. There are even fish called seahorses that aren't horses and don't look at all like fish, but are. Confusing isn't it? There's pretty much a fish for any occasion.Where to See FishThe best place to go and see fish is in their natural habitat - water. If you can't scuba-dive, or swim, you could try going to an aquarium. Many aquariums offer visitors wonderful experiences like 'touch pools' (where you can play with little sea creatures), 'feeding time' (where you can feed the fish) and expensive soft toys.If you have no money to pay the admittance charge to an aquarium your next best option is to visit a pet shop. They won't charge you for going in and looking and you could see some other nice animals too5.Another option is to try getting on a submarine. These vehicles can transport you under the waves into the realm of the fish, but a lot of them don't have windows so you may not see many fish. Lots of sweaty sailors, but no fish6.If all else fails you might try befriending someone who owns either a fish tank of their own or a pond7. Then you might see some fish. And have a nice cup of tea too.If you can't be bothered leaving the house to see fish you could just watch the television. From David Attenborough's Blue Planet through to fishing shows like Rex Hunt's Fishing or Fishing with John, you should catch a glimpse of a fish. Or nod off, which isn't bad either.Catching FishNot as easy as simply holding out your hand and letting a fish fall into it. Catching fish is not like catching a cold - it is an art form, which many people enjoy as a hobby. It is known either quite simply as 'fishing' or by the more technical term 'angling'. Fishing is undertaken in a variety of places throughout the world - be it on rivers in Germany or lakes in America, on the ice in cold places like Alaska or simply off a pier. It is generally done where you would expect fish to live8. Don't go fishing in an inner-city car park as you are unlikely to catch a fish, but more probably an irate motorist. There are places that fishing is prohibited due to environmental reasons, these may include: over-fishing, pollution or it being breeding season.If the traditional rod, line, hook and a worm method of catching a fish isn't your idea of fun, you could always try noodlin', a less expensive and far less effective form of fishing. Whatever method you prefer, once you have caught a fish you have a number of choices: Let it go. Just be happy you have touched one of nature's magnificent creations.Take it home and put it in a fish tank to look at.Kill it and eat it.Eating FishIf you choose option three, it is best you also know how to properly prepare a fish for eating and what beverage to drink alongside your meal. White wines are usually found to accompany fish well, although a good lager can be just as nice. Indeed, a clear, cool, refreshing glass of water would do9. Then there's also the matter of what cutlery to use. Eating fish can get very complicated...Fish, for the most part, have a poor lot. They are food for many other animals, such as bigger sea creatures, birds, bears and pets. Fish are enjoyed either as a main meal or just a snack and can be consumed raw or cooked. Humans in particular have developed many methods for serving fish. Recipes involving many different types of fish and just as many different cooking styles are found worldwide. In Japan sushi is popular, while in Britain the fish and chip shop is king of the take-away restaurants. It is a well-known epicurean fact that the battered fish (usually cod) goes alongside the chip as assuredly as the sky is up.In Asia and Europe soups and stews made from fish are common, while in the Americas and Australasia people prefer their fish grilled, fried or barbequed10. It is wise to eat fish freshly-caught, as it can cause stomach upsets if left for too long11. A general rule of thumb, which can be attributed to Benjamin Franklin, is: 'Fish and visitors smell in three days.'Fish - What Do They Represent?The word fish comes from the Old English word fisc and is related to the German fisch, the Dutch vissen and even the Latin piscis. George Bernard Shaw found it more interesting to use the word to highlight odd inconsistencies in the English language. He suggested that perhaps fish should be ghoti. The gh as in tough, the o as in women and the ti as in station. Whatever the explanation, it wouldn't really matter if fish were called bunkwobbits12, humans would still find them useful and exciting.Some cultures have worshipped fish as gods or higher beings. The Masai of Africa do not eat fish as they are considered sacred, in much the same way cows are sacred to the Hindus. Other religions have chosen the fish to symbolise their beliefs. Ancient civilisations have seen fish in the stars, the zodiac sign Pisces being represented by two fish. The story is as follows: Once upon a time, a big monster13 appeared while Aphrodite and her son, Eros, were bathing in the Euphrates River. They turned into two fish (Aphrodite being the larger one) to hide from said monster. The goddess Athena later put the two fish in the sky, the constellation Pisces being the end result.Fish are often used ornamentally, both as real-life additions to the decor and pictorially through the eyes of an artist. Many artists have drawn inspiration from fish, from the creators of Roman mosaics through to notable artists such as surrealist Salvador Dali and MC Escher.Some people have even invented fish, for example Douglas Adams created the Babelfish to explain why aliens all speak English in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. There are also many songs and stories about fish, like the traditional children's rhyme: One, Two, Three, Four, Five Once I caught a fish alive.And of course, this couldn't be a comprehensive guide to fish without mentioning Monty Python's Flying Circus's 'fish-slapping dance'. If it weren't for fish, many other parts of human life would be devoid of interest."So long, and thanks for all the fish." - Douglas Adams Attributed to space-travelling dolphins in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy1Except for the ugly fish.2The bits of a fish that act like lungs. They absorb oxygen and remove carbon dioxide so the fish can breathe. Nifty, eh?3Scientists believe that about 450 million years ago the first fish sprang out of the primordial ooze.4Probably giving rise to the phrase 'There's something fishy going on here.'5Birds, kittens, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and dogs. If you are extremely lucky you may find rats, snakes and spiders also.6For a deep sea submarine experience, there is the possibility of visiting a centre like The Deep.7Both of which are usually filled with the worldwide favourite pet fish - goldfish.8However, don't take a rod and reel to an aquarium, the staff won't like it at all. For that matter, the fish probably won't be that thrilled either.9Although WC Fields cautioned against drinking water, because (paraphrasing slightly) fish fornicate in it.10While in Iceland they do some interesting things with fish.11Although dried fish can be nice, and this involves leaving them out in the sun for a bit.12This is a made-up word.13Possibly a Megalodon. That was bautiful, Let's now look at an extract from the wikipedia article on idiot. Idiot as a word derived from the Greek ἰδιώτης, idiōtēs ("person lacking professional skill", "a private citizen", "individual"), from ἴδιος, idios ("private", "one's own"). In Latin the word idiota ("ordinary person, layman") preceded the Late Latin meaning "uneducated or ignorant person." Its modern meaning and form dates back to Middle English around the year 1300, from the Old French idiote ("uneducated or ignorant person"). The related word idiocy dates to 1487 and may have been analogously modeled on the words prophet and prophecy. The word has cognates in many other languages.An idiot in Athenian democracy was someone who was characterized by self-centeredness and concerned almost exclusively with private—as opposed to public—affairs. Idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born and its opposite, citizenship, was effected through formalized education.In Athenian democracy, idiots were born and citizens were made through education (although citizenship was also largely hereditary). "Idiot" originally referred to "layman, person lacking professional skill", "person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning". Declining to take part in public life, such as democratic government of the polis (city state), was considered dishonorable. "Idiots" were seen as having bad judgment in public and political matters. Over time, the term "idiot" shifted away from its original connotation of selfishness and came to refer to individuals with overall bad judgment–individuals who are "stupid". According to the Bauer-Danker Lexicon, the noun ίδιωτής in ancient Greek meant "civilian" (ref Josephus Bell 2 178), "private citizen" (ref sb 3924 9 25), "private soldier as opposed to officer," (Polybius 1.69), "relatively unskilled, not clever," (Herodotus 2,81 and 7 199).The military connotation in Bauer's definition stems from the fact that ancient Greek armies in the time of total war mobilized all male citizens (to the age of 50) to fight, and many of these citizens tended to fight poorly and ignorantly.In modern English usage, the terms "idiot" and "idiocy" describe an extreme folly or stupidity, and its symptoms (foolish or stupid utterance or deed). In psychology, it is a historical term for the state or condition now called profound mental retardation.Okay, if you have actually read what I told you, then you should be getting my point now, if not you are probably an Idi... uhm.. You have different opinions than me, and I respect that.

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The furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at conventions. According to fandom historian Fred Patten, the concept of furry originated at a science fiction convention in 1980, when a character drawing from Steve Gallacci’s Albedo Anthropomorphics started a discussion of anthropomorphic characters in science fiction novels. This led to the formation of a discussion group that met at science fiction and comics conventions. The specific term furry fandom was being used in fanzines as early as 1983, and had become the standard name for the genre by the mid-1990s, when it was defined as "the organized appreciation and dissemination of art and prose regarding 'Furries', or fictional mammalian anthropomorphic characters." However, fans consider the origins of furry fandom to be much earlier, with fictional works such as Kimba, The White Lion released in 1965, Richard Adams' novel Watership Down, published in 1972 (and its 1978 film adaptation), as well as Disney's Robin Hood as oft-cited examples. To distinguish these personae from seriously depicted animal characters, such as Lassie or Old Yeller, cartoon animals are referred to as funny animals, a term that came into use in the 1910s.During the 1980s, furry fans began to publish fanzines, developing a diverse social group that eventually began to schedule social gatherings. By 1987, there was sufficient interest to stage the first furry convention. Throughout the next decade, the Internet became accessible to the general population and became the most popular means for furry fans to socialize. The newsgroup was created in November 1990, and virtual environments such as MUCKs also became popular places on the Internet for fans to meet and communicate. The furry fandom is male-dominated, with surveys reporting around 80% male respondents. In Japan, the fandom and artwork is known as kemono (ケモノ?, from the Japanese for beast [獣], but always written in katakana). Allegorical novels (including works of both science fiction and fantasy) and cartoons featuring anthropomorphic animals are often cited as the earliest inspiration for the fandom. A survey conducted in 2007 suggested that, when compared to a non-furry control group, a higher proportion of those self-identifying as furries liked cartoons "a great deal" as children and recalled watching them significantly more often, as well as being more likely to enjoy works of science fiction than those outside of the community. Most furries believe that visual art, conventions, literature, and online communities are strongly important to the fandom. Some furry fans create and wear costumes, commonly known as fursuits, of their characters.
Fans with craft skills create their own plush toys, sometimes referred to as plushies, and also build elaborate costumes called fursuits, which are worn for fun or to participate in parades, convention masquerades, dances, or fund-raising charity events (as entertainers). Fursuits range from designs featuring simple construction and resembling sports mascots to those with more sophisticated features that include moving jaw mechanisms, animatronic parts, prosthetic makeup, and other features. Fursuits range in price from $500, for mascot-like designs, to an upwards of $10,000 for models incorporating animatronics. While about 80% of furries do not own a full fursuit, often citing their expensive cost as the decisive factor, a majority of them hold positive feelings towards fursuiters and the conventions in which they participate. Some fans may also wear "partial" suits consisting simply of ears and a tail, or a head, paws, and a tail. Furry fans also pursue puppetry, recording videos and performing live shows such as Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends and the Funday PawPet Show, and create furry accessories, such as ears or tails. Anthropomorphic animal characters created by furry fans, known as fursonas, are used for role-playing in MUDs, on internet forums, or on electronic mailing lists. A variety of species are employed as the basis of these personas, although many furries (for example over 60% of those surveyed in 2007) choose to identify themselves with carnivorans. The longest-running online furry role-playing environment is FurryMUCK, although it has been eclipsed in the area of text-mode role-playing by Tapestries MUCK. Another popular online furry social game is called Furcadia, created by Dragon's Eye Productions. There are also several furry-themed areas and communities in the virtual world Second Life. Role-playing also takes place offline, with petting, hugging and "scritching" (light scratching and grooming) common between friends at social gatherings. Fursuits or furry accessories are sometimes used to enhance the experience. Sufficient interest and membership has enabled the creation of many furry conventions in North America and Europe. A furry convention is for the fans get together to buy and sell artwork, participate in workshops, wear costumes, and socialize. The world's largest furry convention, Anthrocon with more than 4,000 participants, held annually in Pittsburgh in June, was estimated to have generated approximately $3 million to Pittsburgh's economy in 2008. Another convention, Further Confusion, held in San Jose each January, closely follows Anthrocon in scale and attendance. US$470,000 was raised in conventions for charity from 2000–9. The first known furry convention, ConFurence, is no longer held; Califur has replaced it, as both conventions were based in Southern California. A University of California, Davis survey suggested that about 40% of furries had attended at least one furry convention. The Internet contains a multitude of furry websites and online communities, such as art community websites Fur Affinity, Inkbunny, SoFurry and Furocity; social networking sites Furry 4 Life and FurNation; and WikiFur, a collaborative furry wiki. These, with the IRC networks FurNet and Anthrochat, form a key part of furry fandom. Newsgroups like, popular from the mid-1990s to 2005, have been replaced by topic-specific forums, mailing lists and LiveJournal communities. There are several webcomics featuring animal characters created by or for furry fans; as such, they may be referred to as furry comics. One such comic, T.H.E. Fox, was first published on CompuServe in 1986, predating the World Wide Web by several years, while another, Kevin and Kell by Bill Holbrook, has been awarded both a Web Cartoonists' Choice Award and an Ursa Major Award. The phrases furry lifestyle and furry lifestyler first appeared in July 1996 on the newsgroup during an ongoing dispute within that online community. The Usenet newsgroup was created to accommodate discussion beyond furry art and literature, and to resolve disputes concerning what should or should not be associated with the fandom; its members quickly adopted the term furry lifestylers, and still consider the fandom and the lifestyle to be separate social entities. They have defined and adopted an alternative meaning of the word furry specific to this group: "a person with an important emotional/spiritual connection with an animal or animals, real, fictional or symbolic." In their 2007 survey, Gerbasi et al. examined what it meant to be a furry, and proposed a taxonomy in which to categorise different "types" of furries. The largest group — 38% of those surveyed — described their interest in furry fandom predominately as a "route to socializing with others who share common interests such as anthropomorphic art and costumes." However they also identified furries who saw themselves as "other than human", and/or who desired to become more like the furry species which they identified with. According to four different surveys, 14–25% of the fandom members report homosexuality, 37–52% bisexuality, 28–51% heterosexuality, and 3–8% other forms of alternative sexual relationships. Of the furry fans that reported being in a relationship (approximately half of the surveyed population), 76% were in a relationship with another member of furry fandom. Examples of sexual aspects within furry fandom include erotic art and furry-themed cybersex. The term "yiff" is most commonly used to indicate sexual activity or sexual material within the fandom—this applies to sexual activity and interaction within the subculture whether in the form of cybersex or offline. Sexual attraction to furry characters is a polarized issue within the fandom; in one survey with 4300 furry respondents, 37% answered that sexual attraction is important in their furry activities, 38% were ambivalent, and 24% answered that it has little or nothing to do with their furry activities. In a different online survey, 33% of furry respondents answered that they have a "significant sexual interest in furry", another 46% stated they have a "minor sexual interest in furry", and the remaining 21% stated they have a "non-sexual interest in furry". The survey specifically avoided adult-oriented websites to prevent bias. A portion of the fandom is sexually interested in zoophilia, or in fursuiting, although a majority take a negative stance towards the former. In a survey conducted by David J. Rust in 1997-1998, about 2% of furry respondents stated an interest in zoophilia, and less than 1% an interest in plushophilia, though the survey's accompanying study doesn't comment on these results, and in another survey in 2008 attempting to replicate the results, 17% of respondents reported zoophilia. The survey's accompanying study suggested that the older, lower results were due to respondents being susceptible to social desirability bias. Early portrayal of the furries in magazines such as Loaded, Vanity Fair, and the syndicated sex column "Savage Love" focused mainly on the sexual aspect of furry fandom. Fictional portrayals of furry fandom have appeared on television shows such as ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Drew Carey Show, Sex2K on MTV, Entourage, 1000 Ways to Die, and 30 Rock. Most furry fans claim that these media portrayals are misconceptions, while the recent coverage focuses on debunking myths and stereotypes that have come to be associated with the furry fandom. A reporter attending Anthrocon 2006 noted that "despite their wild image from Vanity Fair, MTV and CSI, furry conventions aren't about kinky sex between weirdos gussied up in foxy costumes", that conference attendees were "not having sex more than the rest of us", and that the furry convention was about "people talking and drawing animals and comic-book characters in sketchbooks. In October 2007, a Hartford Advocate reporter attended FurFright 2007 undercover because of media restrictions. She learned that the restrictions were intended to prevent misinformation, and reported that the scandalous behavior she had expected was not evident. Recent coverage of the furry fandom has been more balanced. According to Ian Wolf, a 2009 article from the BBC entitled "Who are the furries?" was the first piece of journalism to be nominated for an Ursa Major Award, the main awards given in the field of anthropomorphism. Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Jim Powell was sharing a hotel with Anthrocon 2007 attendees a day before the convention and reported a negative opinion of the furries. Several downtown Pittsburgh businesses welcome furries during the event, with local business owners creating special T-shirts and drawing paw prints in chalk outside their shops to attract attendees. Dr. Samuel Conway, CEO of Anthrocon, said that "For the most part, people give us curious stares, but they're good-natured curious stares. We're here to have fun, people have fun having us here, everybody wins". According to Furry survey, about half of furries perceive public reaction to the fandom as negative; less than a fifth stated that the public responded to them more negatively than they did most furries. Furry fans' belief that they will be portrayed as "mainly obsessed with sex" has led to mistrust of the media and social researchers.
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Ceibita Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I bet walls of text in Chinese are 100x scarier.
ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
一個牆上的文字是,在最令人難以接受的,其實幾乎所有的互聯網社會,包括論壇,聊天板和偽基百科。你不應該做牆的文本,因為它可以讓你禁止在任何地方,除非它是一個地方,鼓勵牆壁的文字。我很懷疑任何地方不支持的刺激性和惱人的,但任何的東西可以存在,但不是真的,因為除非你是在天上,然後可能會發生。但居然沒有一個人知道,這僅僅是一個假設,這是一個跛腳的。其實不是真的瘸了。您可以創建一個網站的文字牆,但如果你這樣做,你會恨,不這樣做。但是你可以,​​如果你喜歡,但我勸阻了。現在的實際牆的文本信息。牆上的文字發明了上網的時候被發明,但實際上當時它是緩慢的。因此,一旦它變得快。但有需要的人一些自由或不自由的社會,而社會能夠有牆壁的文字。但是,社區可能不會實際上已經發明了牆上的文字。因此,基本上,除了上帝和戈爾沒有人知道何時何地或如何牆上的文字存在/被發明。 NOOBS可能發明的,但可能不是。誰知道。文本的牆壁通常是充滿了大量的無用信息和垃圾。信息和垃圾可以是相同的,但如果是垃圾信息或垃圾信息。但是誰在乎呢。內牆上的文字信息/垃圾的地方位於牆上的文字,但最好牆的文字,這實際上是最讓人頭疼的,最吸引眼球的出血的,是完全隨機的。牆的文本通常可以使的讀者asplode或他們的眼睛流血,掉出各自的插槽中。有許多人可以忍受,但無法讀取它們。其實,有些人可以站在他們。這些人沒有短的注意力。這些枯燥,有耐心的人有沒有生命在自己手中所有的時間,這是相同的,但不是真的。什麼樣的文字牆的處罰各不相同的嚴格的社會。但它並不重要。無人問津。文本的城牆遺址的整體目的的罵名牆壁的文本,因為它應該是免費的環節,不同的字體顏色,奇怪的字符,這是那些在社會中的其他符號,大寫字母。這使得他們看起來他媽的愚蠢和怪異的。文本的牆顯然是巨大的空間和出色的事情,比如大寫字母。當然,第絕不應的壁中的文本。壁是已知的文本創建噁心,混亂,頭爆炸,和其他。其他的東西,我不認為或者是因為我懶,如果我不喜歡它,我不能想到的任何東西。喜歡什麼他媽的?這是一個反問。怎麼回事?你實際上是沒有要求一個滿意的答复,你剛才說,因為你嘗試很有趣,或者你覺得喜歡它,如果你生氣。你必須得到適當的母狗打耳光停止牆的文字,但如果你是奇怪的,並不適用於您。刪除或分割成段的文字被擊敗的牆壁。或者一些其他的東西,將工作,但將需要幾個小時才能想到。人們被認為是滋擾,如果他們創造文字的牆壁。這可能是結束。如果你希望這是最後,我不知道。但是,如果我不知道,那麼我不會說。我應該知道。或者我應該嗎?做一個更好的和牆上的文字是最好的方法,複製並粘貼您先前輸入的或寫的。嘿,這讓我想起了。牆的文本並不總是在互聯網上!它們可以在任何地方,能夠以產生符號。 D'哦。一個牆上的文字是,在最令人難以接受的,其實幾乎所有的互聯網社會,包括論壇,聊天板和偽基百科。你不應該做牆的文本,因為它可以讓你禁止在任何地方,除非它是一個地方,鼓勵牆壁的文字。我很懷疑任何地方不支持的刺激性和惱人的,但任何的東西可以存在,但不是真的,因為除非你是在天上,然後可能會發生。但居然沒有一個人知道,這僅僅是一個假設,這是一個跛腳的。其實不是真的瘸了。您可以創建一堵牆的文本支持網站,但你會恨如果你這樣做,所以不要。但是你可以,​​如果你喜歡,但我勸阻了。現在的實際牆的文本信息。牆上的文字發明了上網的時候被發明,但實際上當時它是緩慢的。因此,一旦它變得快。但有需要的人一些自由或不自由的社會,而社會能夠有牆壁的文字。但是,社區可能不會實際上已經發明了牆上的文字。因此,基本上,除了上帝和戈爾沒有人知道何時何地或如何牆上的文字存在/被發明。 NOOBS可能發明的,但可能不是。誰知道。文本的牆壁通常是充滿了大量的無用信息和垃圾。信息和垃圾可以是相同的,但如果是垃圾信息或垃圾信息。但是誰在乎呢。內牆上的文字信息/垃圾的地方位於牆上的文字,但最好牆的文字,這實際上是最讓人頭疼的,最吸引眼球的出血的,是完全隨機的。牆的文本通常可以使的讀者asplode或他們的眼睛流血,掉出各自的插槽中。有許多人可以忍受,但無法讀取它們。其實,有些人可以站在他們。這些人沒有短的注意力。這些枯燥,有耐心的人有沒有生命在自己手中所有的時間,這是相同的,但不是真的。什麼樣的文字牆的處罰各不相同的嚴格的社會。但它並不重要。無人問津。文本的城牆遺址的整體目的的罵名牆壁的文本,因為它應該是免費的環節,不同的字體顏色,奇怪的字符,這是那些在社會中的其他符號,大寫字母。這使他們看起來他媽的愚蠢的,奇怪的和愚蠢的。文本的牆顯然是巨大的空間和出色的事情,比如大寫字母。當然,第絕不應的壁中的文本。壁是已知的文本創建噁心,混亂,頭爆炸,和其他。其他的東西,我不認為或者是因為我懶,如果我不喜歡它,我不能想到的任何東西。喜歡什麼他媽的?這是一個反問。怎麼回事?你實際上是沒有要求一個滿意的答复,你剛才說,因為你嘗試很有趣,或者你覺得喜歡它,如果你生氣。現在,我只是複製和粘貼的部分,這巨大的牆上的文字,這實際上是不。等待什麼呢?很高興吧? BA吊桿反問。這是結束的理智你的眼睛嗎?你他媽的做什麼實際讀取到了這裡?還是你跳到接近尾聲,並讀取此?無論哪種方式,你在生活中失敗。只是在開玩笑。是我嗎?哦。恭喜你,還是不行,其實不然。現在的生活。我生活在eBay上發現了一個便宜的,但便宜的生活中是罕見的。好了,找到一個好運氣。不!好了去殺死自己,但我並沒有這意味著。所以,坐在你的房子的角落裡。我不關心,只是呆在那裡和腐爛。如果你不是在一個地方的一個角落裡,然後你真幸運。如果你能找到一個。有沒有其他選擇,因為我說的話。現在,如果你委屈了自己最喜歡做的閱讀,然後做一些富有成效和有益的環境。我的天啊。好了,這是我在這裡。我開始一個新的這篇文章部分。我沒有在這上面的文章在這裡讀什麼,但請不要介意,因為我有重要的事情說了,你真的要讀。因此,只要跳過上述一切,只是來的這部分,並開始閱讀和同意。牆上的文字發明的工程師使用打字機。一切都在,因為它是由打字機,打字機字體( - 還記得當我解釋說,在前面的句子嗎?)和點使用的所有紙張,由於紙張是非常昂貴的,它剛剛被發明,我認為。所以無論如何,這一點是沒有利潤的頂部或底部或側面。如果你離開四分之一英寸的紙張的兩面,這是非常不好的。指導原則是:“這是很難寫的,所以它應該是很難讀”。因為他們是軟件工程師,而不是寫工程師。即使是有這樣的事情的書面工程師嗎?也許吧。但無論如何,請回到本文開頭的讀一遍。後約你讀它,你會得到一點。 10至15倍。 OK,你現在還好嗎?好。現在,讓我們說實話 - 你不讀了這一步。是你嗎?沒有人會讀這一步,除非他們是一個瘋狂的人。你是一個瘋狂的人嗎?你可能會。現在,我害怕 - 這是只有我一個人,一個瘋狂的人。沒有其他人讀這一步,只是你,所以只有我們兩個人單獨聚集在這裡。你打算做一些瘋狂的嗎?也許你會。請不要傷害我。如果你能保證不傷害我,我給一個免費的大滿貫丹尼的早餐優惠券好。 OK?現在只是做這一件事情對我來說,閱讀文章再次,只是一個更多的時間,而如果你真的真的不同意一切,那麼好,我會從我的工作與退休的鐵路和我們“會打電話給整個事情,只是去跳舞,只有兩個人使用,我(作者),你(完全隨機的瘋狂的人,實際上已經讀了這一步),男孩將我們不回頭,當我們查看Donner黨與整個洛克菲勒中心(Rockefeller Center)在拖!我們將整夜跳舞株檸檬吹笛,而意大利的第12裝甲師防止盟軍從我們的後方衝斷成!啊,我們會做什麼回憶,我永遠不會忘記你的,我完全瘋了素不相識的人。順便說一下,這是壯觀的例子牆上的文字。你必須要驕傲你讀它。現在,請再次閱讀文章,這個時候要注意。
Ceibita Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ParadeDemon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Artist
So I walked over to click this and expected a really short complaint to tell people to stop making walls of text. I did not get what I expected. Then I proceed to chuckle quietly to myself at this insane wall of text because it's exactly why the complaint is. Now I understand you've filled your wall of text with random stuff, so I must do the same. Here, I'll just stick my cat on the keyboard: My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue. I was wearing my favorite shirt - sleeveless, white eyelet lace; I was wearing it as a farewell gesture. My carry-on item was a parka. In the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington State, a small town named Forks exists under a near-constant cover of clouds. It rains on this inconsequential town more than any other place in the United States of America. It was from this town and its gloomy, omnipresent shade that my mother escaped with me when I was only a few months old. It was in this town that I'd been compelled to spend a month every summer until I was fourteen. That was the year I finally put my foot down; these past three summers, my dad, Charlie, vacationed with me in California for two weeks instead. It was to Forks that I now exiled myself - an action that I took with great horror. I detested Forks. I loved Phoenix. I loved the sun and the blistering heat. I loved the vigorous, sprawling city. "Bella," my mom said to me - the last of a thousand times - before I got on the plane. "You don't have to do this." My mom looks like me, except with short hair and laugh lines. I felt a spasm of panic as I stared at her wide, childlike eyes. How could I leave my loving, erratic, hair-brained mother to fend for herself? Of course she had Phil now, so the bills would probably get paid, there would be food in the refrigerator, gas in her car, and someone to call when she got lost, but still... "I want to go," I lied. I'd always been a bad liar, but I'd been saying this lie so frequently lately that it sounded almost convincing now. "Tell Charlie I said hi." "I will." "I'll see you soon," she insisted. "You can come home whenever you want - I'll come right back as soon as you need me." But I could see the sacrifice in her eyes behind the promise. "Don't worry about me," I urged. "It'll be great. I love you, Mom." She hugged my tightly for a minute, and then I got on the plane, and she was gone. It's a four-hour flight from Phoenix to Seattle, another hour in a small plane up to Port Angeles, and then an hour drive back down to Forks. Flying doesn't bother me; the hour in the car with Charlie, though, I was a little worried about. Charlie had really been fairly nice about the whole thing. He seemed genuinely please that I was comeing to live with him for the first time with any degree of permanence. He'd already gotten me registered for high school and was going to help me get a car. But it was sure to be awkward with Charlie. Neither of us was what anyone would call verbose, and I didn't know what there was to say regardless. I knew he was more than a little confused by my decision - like my mother before me, I hadn't made a secret of my distaste for Forks. When I landed in Port Angeles, it was raining. I didn't see it as an omen - just unavoidable. I'd already said my goodbyes to the sun. Charlie was waiting for me with the cruiser. This I was expecting, too. Charlie is Police Cheif Swan to the good people of Forks. My primary motivation behind buying a car, despite the scarcity of my funds, was that I refused to be driven around town in a car with red and blue lights on top. Nothing slows traffic down like a cop. Charlie gave me an awkward, one-armed hug when I stumbled my way off the plane. "It's good to see you, Bells," he said, smiling as he automatically caught and steadied me. "You haven't changed much. How's Renee?" "Mom's fine. It's good to see your, too, Dad." I wasn't allowed to call him Charlie to his face. I had only a few bags. Most of my Arizona clothes were too permeable for Washington. My mom and I had pooled our resources to supplement my winter wardrobe, but it was still scanty. It all fit easily into the trunck of the cruiser. "I found a good car for you, really cheap," he announced when we were strapped in. "What kind of car?" I was suspicious of the way he said "good car for you" as opposed to just "good car." "Well, it's a truck actually, a Chevy." "Where did you find it?" "Do you remember Billy Black from La Push?" La Push is the tiny Indian reservation on the coast. "No."
WalkingRen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
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