Welcome to Dmuth dot org

Ferris Wheel at Funtown Pier

Welcome to my website! I've been on the web in some form or another since 1996. Even though social media is all the rage these days, I feel it is important to have one's own presence on the web. So I continue to write here as often as I can.

If you'd like to get in touch with me, feel free to reach out! All of my contact info can be found here.

-- Doug

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Anthrocon Role Change

Just to put this out here as well, after serving on Anthrocon's Board of Directors for 14 years, I am stepping into an Emeritus Director position.

I forsee no short-term changes in my responsibilities, and you can read more about the change and why I made it over on Facebook.

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What’s Taking Up So Much Space in AWS S3?

Do you use Amazon S3 for file storage? Ever wonder what is taking up so much space and causing your bill to go up?

Well, I wrote some software to help me answer that question: https://github.com/dmuth/s3-disk-usage

You can also read the blog post where I went into more detail about this over on Medium.

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Midwest FurFest 2017 Con Report

I attended Midwest FurFest back in December, where I served as a staff member in VIP Relations. The con did amazingly well, with 8,700 attendees and they raised $85,000 for their charity, CRISP.

This was the convention's first year in the Rosemont Convention Center, and the extra space was welcome for places like the Dealers Room and the Art Show. It also gave the game room space to expand into. This gave the con a much bigger feel to it was very different from me from past FurFests. Not that I still didn't enjoy it. I got to see a lot of friends again and catch up with them.

As usual, I took a few pictures:

Asriel Dreemurr and Frisk Snow Leopard photoshoot (with cheetahs perching!) Snow Leopard photoshoot (with cheetahs perching!) Snow Leopard photoshoot (with cheetahs perching!) Kwisa! MFF-2017-217

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Dockerizing the Discord Musicbot

I recently Dockerized the Discord Musicbot. You can view my GitHub repo of that project over here.

After Dockerizing it, I then moved that Docker container into Amazon Web Services, specifically into their Elastic Container Service. You can read more about how I did that over on Medium.

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Examining 12 Months of SEPTA API Queries

Wanna see what 12 months of API queries to SEPTA's Regional Rail API look like?

Go check it out on Medium.

The numbers might surprise you!

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Western PA Furry Weekend 2017

So I fibbed a little in the last con report--I had said the Midwest FurFest would be my next furry convention, because at the time I didn't know if I'd be able to make Western PA Furry Weekend at the end of October.

Fortunately, I was able to make it there, and had a great time! The weather held throughout the weekend, and I had a great time! Met a few new friends, reconnected with some old ones, and was even able to enjoy a few beers this time around.

By the end of the weekend, the con had 280 attendees and raised $7,336 for White Oak Animal Safe Haven. Here are some selected pictures at the event, with links to my full set of photos at the end:

Laika and Saflek Ozzy and Squiggles WPAFW-2017-042 "Welcome to WPAFW" WPAFW-2017-034 WPAFW-2017-030 Zarkey and friend WPAFW-2017-058 Playing with a giant parachute

If you're looking for the rest of my photos, they can be found over on Flickr as well as on Facebook.

So--I and mean it for real this time--my next furry convention will be Midwest FurFest. Smiling It will be held from November 30th to December 3rd at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare just outside of Chicago. As stated previously, due to their continued growth and moving into the nearby Rosemont Convention Center, I expect that MFF 2017 will break Anthrocon's attendance record of 7,544 and set a new record. As someone who attends (and staffs) both conventions, I'm excited to see this happen, because it means that our fandom is continuing to grow.

Hope to see you there so we can make furry history together. Smiling

-- Giza

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3 Cons in 3 Weeks

Back in August, I attended 3 cons in 3 weeks! This wasn't planned, but just happened to work out due to the dates of the conventions and the logistics of getting to each con (two of them were day trips) If you told me 10 years ago this would actually happen, I wouldn't have believed it. But here we are. Smiling

The 3 cons were BronyCon, Furrydelphia, and Furry Migration.


The first con of the three, since BronyCon was held in Baltimore, I made a day trip down there via Amtrak and spent all of Saturday there. Attendance wasn't as high as previous years, due to a conflict with Otakon in DC that same weekend, but they still managed a very respectable 6,319 attendees.

I also attended because I wasn't able to make the 2016 and 2015 conventions due to injury and missed out seeing a bunch of folks I knew there. Being down there allowed me to say hi to people and reconnect with them. Definitely gonna try and make it again next year!

Welcome to BronyCon! BronyCon-2017-006 BronyCon-2017-024 BronyCon-2017-007 BronyCon-2017-023 Fursuiter photoshoot Fursuiter photoshoot Fursuiter photoshoot BronyCon-2017-008

The rest of my photos from BronyCon can be found on Flickr and on Facebook.


The second con was Furrydelphia, which was at the same hotel where Anthrocon was held in 1999 and 2000, and was literally up the road from me. So for a $15 Uber ride, I could get there and back.

I attended for the Saturday of the convention, and was pleased to see that they had a whopping 718 attendees, which is a fantastic number for a first year convention. They also raised $4,260 for their charity, Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue. I am looking forward to their 2018 convention.

Furrydelphia-2017-035 Furrydelphia-2017-039 Furrydelphia-2017-041 Furrydelphia-2017-047 Boozy Badger with his fursuit head Furrydelphia-2017-054 Furrydelphia-2017-055 Furrydelphia-2017-040 Furrydelphia-2017-020

The rest of my photos from Furrydelphia can be found on Flickr and on Facebook.

Furry Migration

The last convention I attended was Furry Migration. It was held in Minneapolis, a city I had been meaning to visit for some time. I also staffed this convention in Operations. Between the location and the people I knew who attended, I would say that this felt to me like a smaller version of Midwest Fur Fest in terms of general atmosphere.

Aside from attending the convention proper, I also spent some time exploring Minneapolis, as we were just a few blocks away from downtown. I found a pizza place called Cheetah Pizza and obviously took a few meals there. It's the first cheetah-themed business outside of furry, and I rather liked it! I'm going to see if I can organize a group trip there next year. Smiling

Attendance for Furry migration was 929, an increase from 876 the previous year.

Due mostly to the enjoyable atmosphere I experienced there, I fully intend to return again in 2018!

Fursuit Parade Fursuit Group Photo Fursuit Group Photo Furry-Migration-2017-042 Downtown Minneapolis Cheetah Pizza Logo Cheetah Pizza Downtown Minneapolis Furry-Migration-2017-043 Furry-Migration-2017-046 Furry-Migration-2017-050 Mastel Furry-Migration-2017-058 Furry-Migration-2017-057 Furry-Migration-2017-051

Ramulus Furry-Migration-2017-044 Dougal's Buttstripe Furry-Migration-2017-053

The rest of my photos from Furry Migration can be found on Flickr and on Facebook.

My next furry convention will be Midwest FurFest from November 30th to December 3rd in Chicago. Between their continued growth and moving into the adjacent convention center, I expect that the MFF 2017 convention will make furry history and break Anthrocon's furry convention attendance record of 7,544 attendees from this past summer. As someone who attends (and staffs) both conventions, I'm excited to see this happen, because it means that our fandom is continuing to grow.

Oh, and I'll get to see a bunch of friends there again as well. Smiling

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Anthrocon 2017 Con Report

This year's Anthrocon was, and continues to be a big hit! Our attendees (all 7,544 of them) loved us, as did the City of Pittsburgh, and our charity, Hope Haven (for whom we raised $37,598).

For me, my convention experience was a little different this time around. Instead of hanging out in Room 309 in the DLCC I instead worked out of the Programming Office in the Westin along with my deputy Jade. The environment was quieter, which made it a little easier for us to focus on social media-related issues, and being co-located with Programming staff turned out to be a big win, as they could communicate with us directly on changes to Programming which required announcements on social media.

If you've been following the furry convention scene over the last few years, you may have noticed that our friends at Midwest FurFest have been catching up to us. If you've been wondering, "Will MFF's attendance overtake Anthrocon's?", the answer is "Yep, most likely!". In addition to being well-placed in a central city that is a transportation hub (Chicago), MFF's venue is well-equipped to handle large conventions (Anime Central has over 30,000 attendees, for example).

Having attended and staffed Midwest FurFest, I can also state that it's a damn fine furry convention. Smiling

All that said, wondering why the delay in writing this particular con report? As it turns out, I attended no less than 3 other conventions over the month of August--It was a busy month! So that pushes things back a little. I will write about all of those conventions in due time, of course! But for now, have some pictures from Anthrocon 2017:

Anthrocon-2017-002 Anthrocon-2017-006 Anthrocon-2017-053 Ransu Cheetah

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Think Your Anker Powercore 13000 Will Charge Overnight? Don’t Be So Sure.

So I made a new blog post:

Think Your Anker Powercore 13000 Will Charge Overnight? Don’t Be So Sure..

Go check it out over on Medium. Smiling

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