Dial 1-800-GET-ZERG!

We, the Zerg Swarm, believe that our special process, known as “infestation”, can improve your life in numerous ways! Being a part of a group like the Zerg Swarm means that you’re never lonely, and there will always be someone there for you. Your body will become more powerful than you have ever dreamed before; with our patented improvement system, you will be able to lift more, run faster, and eat nearly anything! Many sentient life-forms consider the Zerg look to be attractive:

“He just wants hugs!”

Wow, that’s gorgeous“, says Tserisa, a dragon who later opted for infestation. “Kinda handsome“, says a clockwork gryphon.

Usually, when a being opts for “infestation”, it is a permanent process. But we are prepared to offer, for a short time only, a free 30-day trial infestation! We will send a personal representative to guide you through the metamorphosis, and in adjusting to your new abilities. If at any time you are unsatisfied with the trial, the representative will either correct it or reverse the change.

If you wish to keep the infestation, we accept all major credit cards, Terran credits, Minerals, even masses of glucose! We will make all steps to make the Zerg work out for you.

You will be covered in a toenail-to-eyebrow warranty for the first three years. After market parts, unless obtained from a registered Zerg dealer, will not be covered.

Side-effects: May cause extra limbs, chitin, altered color, and odd looks from others.

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Conventions I’ve Staffed

Here is a list of conventions I’ve staffed over the years, and positions held (the full spreadsheet is over here):

  • Anime Central
    • Security in 2009 (through Acen IRT)
  • Anthrocon
    • Director Emeritus: 2018-present
    • Technology Director and Board of Directors: 2016-2018
    • Operations Director and Board of Directors: 2004-2016
    • Sysadmin and Webmaster: 2007-present
    • Operations Staff: 2002 and 2003
    • Internet Room Staff: 2000 and 2001
  • Anthro New England
    • Commerce Operations: 2017
    • GoH Liaison: 2018 to present
  • BronyCon
    • VIP Relations (VIPR): 2013 and 2014 (VIP Handler)
  • Camp Feral
    • Staff member and workshop instructor in 2001
    • Past webmaster (2001 or so)
  • Confluence
    • Security in 2011 and 2012
      Security in 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • Dorsai Thing
  • Eurofurence
  • FurFright
    • Security in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Assistant Operations Director in 2006
  • Furry Connection North
    • Webmaster and sysadmin in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Security in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Security in 2008
  • Furry Migration
    • Operations in 2017
    • Registration in 2018
  • MagFest
    • Security in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015
  • MarCon
    • Art Show Security in 2007 and 2008
  • Midwest FurFest
    • VIP Relations: 2016 to present
    • Operations staff from 2011 through 2014
    • Artshow staff in 2008, 2009, and 2010
    • Artshow staff in 2003

How I Decide What Cons to Work

Often this is done on the basis of referrals–if I think a con is interesting/cool, there’s a chance I’ll know someone who is on staff and inquire through them what the staff experience is like. If I receive positive answers, I’ll inquire about joining staff.

If it’s a convention where I don’t know any staff, I’ll volunteer first and see how I like it. If I have a positive experience, I’ll inquire about being on staff in a future year.

Why Do I Work So Many Cons?

Many reasons. First, it gives me a chance to make positive contributions to the community. Second, it provides me with a bit of structure to the convention–having to be in certain places at certain times helps me better organize how I spend my time at the con. And finally, it gives me an opportunity to meet people–I’ve made many many friends over the years just by staffing cons… and getting to see these people again at future cons makes the experience just so much more fun.

The full spreadsheet of conventions I’ve attended and staffed can be found here.

Conventions I’ve Attended

  • Furry:
    • Anthrocon: 1999,  20002001, 20022003200420052006200720082009, 20102011201220132014201520162017, 2018
    • Anthro New England: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    • Camp Feral: 1999, 2000, 200120022003
    • Eurofurence: 2004, 2014
    • FurFright: 20062007200820092010201120122013
    • Furry Connection North: 20082009201120122013
    • Furrydelphia: 2017, 2018
    • Furry Migration: 2017, 2018
    • Midwest FurFest: 2002, 2003200820092010201120122013201420162017, 2018
    • Western PA Furry Weekend: 2010, 2016, 2017
  • Non-Furry:
    • Anime Central: 2009
    • BayCon: 2001
    • BronyCon: 20132014, 2017
    • ConClave: 2005, 2006, 2007
    • Confluence: 200620072008200920112012
    • DexCon: 2006
    • MagFest: 2007200820092015
    • MarCon: 20072008
    • Otakon: 2003
    • PhilCon: 2006, 2012
    • Setsucon: 2014

The totals from the above cons are as follows: 89 total conventions, 64 of which were furry conventions. I staffed 64 of those cons, most (but not all) of which were also furry conventions.   The full spreadsheet of conventions I’ve attended and staffed can be found here.

If you’re looking for artwork of my fursona, that’s over here.

Many of my convention pictures can be found on my Flickr account.

History of the Thundercats Outtakes

I’ve finally got the story on where the Thundercats Outtakes came from. It is best told by Scott Raymond, who sent me this email recently:

You probably don’t know me, but for a number of years I used to run a website called SoundAmerica before I sold it to the folks at advances.com.

On that site is a collection of outtakes from the Thundercats and Silverhawks cartoons:

http://soundamerica.com/sounds/cartoons/Thundercats-Silverhawks/

When looking at your collection, I realized they must have migrated from SoundAmerica, since they are the same quality settings as the original WAV files – which, by the way, were converted using the MP3 codec, effectively creating MP3 files with RIFF waveform headers. I even know exactly when I originally put these files online – just over 8 years ago on August 15, 1997 – the day after they were given to me by Larry Franke, the sound editor for both cartoons. Here’s a page captured on the wayback machine at archive.org:

http://web.archive.org/web/19980420051041
http://soundamerica.com/sounds/cartoons/Thundercats-Silverhawks/

I bring this to your attention, not because I want credit, but because you might be interested to know where they came from and who provided them – Larry Franke. You can see his credentials here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1647770/

So, I think that settles the matter of where these outtakes originally came from. What an interesting bit of history!


Pictures of Giza

Pictures of Giza, my leopard “fursona” in the furry community.

Some of these pictures are gift art, others are random sketches and conbadges that I’ve gotten over the last 20 years or so.  Starting in about 2010 I began dressing up like a White Mage from Final Fantasy, it turned out to be a really cool idea, and now I get art of me drawn as a White Mage.

Were you looking for the list of conventions that I attend? That’s over here!

Featured Artwork

These three pictures are the most popular ones I’ve had over the years, as they were used as icons on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and other places, as well as actual conbadges at conventions.

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Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem (FUSSP) Response

I got this form letter from this Slashdot post, and it has surfaced in countless other incarnations, too.

FUSSP stands for “Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem. It’s used to describe ideas put forth by people with little sysadmin/email/spam fighting experience who think that they found the magic problem to stop spam. More examples of FUSSPs can be found here.

Enjoy!

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Muth Circle

Some pictures of Muth Circle in Krocksville, PA. The land used to be part of a farm owned by my Great-Grandfather, Thomas Oliver Muth. My Grandfather, Arthur Muth, inherited the land, and later sold it off as lots where people could build homes. The road was named after him.

Krocksville should not be confused with the town of Cetronia, which is less than a mile away.

These pictures were taken on September 6th, 2004.

The meaning of the name “Douglas”

My full first name is Douglas, although I prefer “Doug” as it takes less syllables to pronounce.  🙂

There are several forms of my name which come from different nationalities:

  • English: Douglas
  • Scottish: Douglas, Douglass
  • Gaelic: Dugald, Dougal
  • Celtic: Douglas, Dugald
  • Irish: Dugald, Dougal

My name also has several origins:

  • In early English it means “gray or black stream”.
  • From scottish, it means “dark water”.
  • Dugald comes from the Gaelic, meaning “dark stranger”, and from the
    celtic, meaning “black hair”.