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 totals from the above cons are as follows: 94 total conventions, 67 of which were furry conventions. I staffed 68 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
In addition to the Thundercats, there was another cartoon series in the 1980s called “The Silverhawks”. It too was a science fiction cartoon, except it took place in the far future and in space. Another interesting note is that it had the same voice acting cast as Thundercats did. Since I have gotten more requests for outtakes, I figured I would put up these ones as well.
Just like the Thundercats outtakes, these have some pretty foul language. You’ve been warned!