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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.
 

BronyCon

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.
 

Furrydelphia

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.

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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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My Fur Squared 2017 Con Report

A few weeks ago, I attended Fur Squared. Fur Squared is a smaller, relatively new furry convention held in the Milwaukee area. This year it was held February 24th-26th. I did not staff this con but instead opted to be a regular attendee so I could enjoy more of the con.

The convention did quite well, with 963 attendees and 232 fursuiters in the Fursuit Parade. They also raised $15,000 for the Human Animal Welfare Society.

I did end up getting drafted to be on a few panels, however. I was on the "Con Horror Stories" panel as well as the "How To Start A Con Panel". At both panels I got to tell stories of my past years organizing conventions. We laughed, we cried, we had flashbacks.

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I tried a new trick for my photography this year--I dual-wielded both my DSLR and my iPhone. My DSLR has a 35mm prime lens which is great for shots that aren't wide field (such as a single fursuiter from 5 feet away), and the iPhone worked well for groups for multiple fursuiters from close up. I think I'm going to use that approach at future cons.



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My Anthro New England 2017 Con Report

A few weeks ago, I attended Anthro New England, which is a furry convention that was held over January 19-22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

All things considered, the con went really well! They had 1,384 attendees and raised $15,000 for Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog. I myself got to be on staff this year, working in Commerce Operations for Kotanu Cheetah. (possibly the first time I have ever taken orders from a cheetah!)

Anthro-New-England-2017-013 A white and blue crux! Anthro-New-England-2017-034

Kieran grumping Cheetah Obscura and Tungro Kieran is grumping again

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My Midwest FurFest 2016 Report

I attended Midwest FurFest last month, which was held from December 1st-4th, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, IL.

Once again, I was on staff at this con. I worked in VIP Services as a Handler for one of our Guests of Honor. That meant that my job was basically to be their point of contact during the convention. I was responsible for meeting for them at the airport, getting them to all of their panels on time, and relaying any questions or issues that came up to the appropriate department (room requests, A/V requests, etc.). This role suited me well, because the cadence was "take them to a panel, then sit down for an hour". As I am still recovering from my injuries, not having to be on my feet non-stop really really helped.

The most impressive thing about Midwest FurFest was its attendance this year--they continue to show amazing amounts of growth and had a whopping 7,075 attendees this year! People have asked me if they attendance numbers might surpass Anthrocon one year and it is entirely possible--Chicago is a well-placed city which serves as a hub for planes, trains, and busses, and the hotel scales really well for conventions. I know based on my own experience when I worked at Anime Central in 2009, the year in which it had 19,511 attendees. Both cons are well run, and if you like both, you should attend both. If you like to staff cons, then please staff both (as I do).

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Instead of doing a fursuit parade this year, they tried something instead called the Fursuit Menagerie. They instead set up photography stations around the main ballroom and the foyer outside of it and had scheduled photoshoots for different kinds of fursuits (different species, different color, etc.). While I missed the parade as I come to know, it was nice to be able to socialize with some friends during the shoot.

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Asriel Dreemurr Dougal Jacobs the Snow Leopard Nauta Sinneau MidwestFurFest-2016-050


Looking for the rest of my photos? I have them up here:

My next convention will be Anthro New England, slated to have its third convention in a couple of weeks. I hope I'll see you there!


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How I Organized and Decluttered My Home

I recently wrote up a post on how I re-organized and decluttered my home.

The post is up on Medium, go check it out. Smiling

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How to Undelete Files in Amazon S3

In my last post, I talked about how to use Odrive to sync your files up to Amazon S3. While S3 is a great storage platform, what happens if you accidentally delete some important files? Well, S3 has a mechanism to recover deleted files, and I'd like to go into that in this post.

First, make sure you have versioning enabled on your bucket. This can be done via the API, or via the UI in the "properties" tab for your bucket. Versioning saves every change to a file (including deletions) as a separate version of said object, with the most recent version taking precedence. In fact, a deletion is also a version! It is a zero-byte version which has a "DELETE" flag set. And the essence of recovering undeleted files simply involves removing the latest version with the "DELETE" flag.

This is what that would look like in the UI:

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