February 19th, 2012

Ann Vole

mascot tails

I was watching some youtubes of fur suit dancers and was generally disapointed with the lack of tail use during dancing. Of course most suit tails just hang there and can only be manipulated by butt shaking or kicking longer tails. I think some sort of cable system could be arranged to give the tail some movement with certain extentions of the legs not normally occuring during walking. This would allow for some tail control while dancing. I saw a few episodes of the newest version of Angelina Ballerena done as CGI. The animators did an excellent job of having the mouse characters move their long tails in artistic movements in keeping with the style of dance involved (and they are at a school of dance so many dance styles are practiced and performed by the characters... not just ballerena moves). I guess it is a bit of tail envy of mine to be so obsessed with getting tail movements right when representing characters with tails.
Ann Vole

space thoughts

someone was thinking of space warfare that I found interesting:
http://relee.livejournal.com/976174.html

so I posted the following responce
I had a series of dreams set in a "furries in space" sort of scenario where Earth animals gained the use of language and became voting members of society and politicians saw them as easy votes. Genetics companies were all-to-willing to provide their young with alterations that would make them more successfull using human technology. Then when space collinization was available, these animal cultures were more interested in having their own planets then humans. In one part of this story that emerged from these dreams, a inter-planetary suicide mission force was sent in to stop some pirate species from supplying ships and weaponry to a predatory species who have been known to kill all life on planets as a way of unsustainably harvesting meat. The pirate species could survive being in space without oxygen for a long time so their attack ships were just heavy projectiles with handles for them to hold on to. Just before impact they would jump off to decelerate their body. The projectile impact would send the ship into unusual rotations and knock everybody off their feet. Without the need for oxygen, they pirates would just rip open the doors to add further panic (and carry the doors inside as shields and to repair the doors later). These pirates and predators are not earth species as the earth species have figured out how to get along before leaving Earth. An idea I had years ago was inspired by bolos used for hunting ostriches made up of three weights on strings. I figure a thin cable attaching two cabins of similar weight could provide gravity. One could be used for fuel, food, waste, robotically farmed food etc so the trips between sections can be minimized. The plane of rotation would likely line up with direction of travel but not necessarily so.