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Food Incident Report No. 382

Rufus Teague Meat Rub.
3 parts Tillamook Sharp White Cheddar (Aged).
1 parts Tillamook Smoked Cheddar.
1 parts Rembrandt Gouda.
1 parts Parmesan.
Small amount of Milk.

Macaroni Shells.
Tri-Tip Steak.

Rufus Teague was selected as a result of an utter exhaustive search of the spice aisle at an unnamed QFC in Bellevue, WA. During the search it was determined that nearly half of the BBQ sauce and spice industry in the United States is based out of Kansas City. After a ten-minute long review, Rufus Teague was found to have the most appealing combination of ingredients and thought to be most capable of this job.

Selection of the cheese was more difficult, over a half-hour was spent examining the cheeses in the cheese case, some of which were selected for other tasks. A smoked bleu cheese from Rogue Creamery was selected for an experiment in mac-and-cheese, but was later found to be in poor health and retired to the ice chest to await further examination. Other cheeses selected during this trip included Manchego and a Rembrandt Gouda, already existing in the ice chest were an unremarkable Parmasean, and the old standby, Jarlsberg.

Upon arrival at the scene of the crime, a review of the cheeses was conducted. Sampled were the Gouda Manchego, and Jarlsberg, the Bleu was examined and found to be too risky for this job. The Gouda was found to have the consistency of "liquid smoke" as told by one of the witnesses. The Manchego displayed a hard, strong and proper consistency, and assigned to the ice box to wait for a future job needing taste of its Spanish origin. While Scandinavian, the Jarlsberg reminded witnesses of a strong Swiss cheese, and was returned to the ice chest to rest. In the end a combination of Tillamook Sharp White, Tillamook Smoked, Rembrandt Gouda and the unremarkable Parmesan were chosen for the hit.

The Tri-Tip was forced to lie on a broilpan at knifepoint while rubbed all over with Rufus Teague, the remnants of which were collected and placed on the steak for strong flavor. This abomination was then placed under the hot electro-broil and left to cook on its own while the attack refocused on the Macaroni Shells.

In preparation for the hit on the shells, water was brought to a boil in a nonstick sauce pan on the cooktop. Once the water was boiling, whilst still begging for mercy the shells were hurled into the boiling water, salt and 4 drops of some unspecified brewed pepper dribble added 4 minutes later. The shells were cooked to a aldente consistency, drained and coated with some milk and then drained again. The cheese mix was then stirred in and mixed until melted throughly throughout the shells. Witnesses have speculated that one could substitute some butter for the milk and obtain a more creamy consistency.

The steak was then removed from the electro-broil and found to be a medium rare. Both the steak and the shells were then plated and served with a mixed drink only so fourth described as "tropical."

Examination of the crime scene:
Taste tests of the drink found it to have multiple types of rum, as well as an unknown number of citruses and pineapple. The steak was found to have a sweet taste consistent with the Rufus Teague rub, its texture was tender and juicy. The so called macaroni and cheese mix had a complimentary smokey and rich taste. Detectives have had difficulty describing the exact taste of this complex combination, and would like you to try it yourself.
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So I havent ever done this journal thing on FA, it never really interested me enough to post, but there have been some things about FA that have been irritating me too much for me to leave them alone anymore. So if you really dont care about how FA is doing, it serves up your porn and stuff just fine for you, then dont read this, because all its gonna be is hard questions about how the "largest furry site" is run.

To break down these questions Ive attempted to seperate them into 4 catagories, the technical, legal, administrative and ones that consist of a mash of these. Ive also tried to provide explainations and strike a balence between being too breif and too verbose.

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For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon
Originally published in The Times on 21 September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
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So, Im trying to put together a phone system for RainFurrest, in trying to figure out how to get all of this working, I have found that Cisco phones would work the best for the situation. Cisco is like many other brands and it means expensive no matter what it is, but I already had 4 single line display phones (7910s), so I went to a place I had dealt with in the past called 3R Technology and managed to snag a 7961g (6 line phone) and a Cisco branded IBM x345 for $120. That made me feel happy about 3R Technology, but I guess that would be the last time I feel that way about them. I tried barganing for the other phones they had, but ultimately failed. This saturday I went in and tried to bargain them down to $35 for another 7961g phone, the guy there talked alot about how expensive these phones are and all that and I tried explaining that this is for a not for profit and we dont have much of a budget at all and all that... but it didint work, so I ended paying $45 for a phone with no handset. We found a handset anc cord somewhere else, and finally I get it home and...

It boots to a gradient and thats it. After fiddleing, testing, spraying chips with ice-it and all that crap, I find that theres no rhyme or reason to where it boots to except it just wont boot past anything useful.

So, I paid $50 after tax for... a Cisco paperweight.

Now, I know that its hard trying to run a business these days, but christ, these people get paid to take these things and then they sell them. Can you imagine a racket like that anywhere else? Its crazy, and Im not shopping at 3R Technology anymore.

So, in other news Im searching for CHEAP Cisco phones, mainly some 7960s and some single line units. This is for use in Rainfurrest Operations.

These phones are to be used at the convention, but will not be owned by the convention, because this is a technology test and Im assuming all the capital costs for this test, as we may find that one brand is better than another between now and the next convention, or the hotel may come forward and offer us use of their phone system or some other change.

I also want to make this equipment portable and usable in sitiations like Amateur Radio Emergency Service and such.
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There currently is a tempest in a teapot about the sale of real fur at furry conventions.

To sum it up, a few people have become vocal about a long time dealer at west coast conventions selling real fur tails and pelts. The dealer in question, Cal Cotton, obtains these from humane sources and is a furrier for movie productions as well.

I personally do not see any need for myself to buy any such items, I also dont particular like people wearing real tails for mostly astetic reason, I also dont see why we should impose our views on others and demand other bend to our whims. Im sure theres some of us who believe that we shouldint eat meat, despite that being the nature of our being, but do we see them trying to impose their will on the rest of us? Mostly no.

I really do not like any vocal group trying to impose their will on the rest of us in a way that restricts our freedoms to do things otherwise legal and just. That is why I have never supported banning any particular thing or person from any convention just because their percieved as bad, I have to see actual proof that such a thing is bad, thats why I have always lobbied for the least restrictive polices needed to achieve the desired effect.

PS: Damn people are easily squicked.
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Im still alive, working on a few things...

- Rainfurrest: Been working on the wiki and some other stuffs, mostly policies and that kind of thing.

- Radio: Went to Trapa's ham radio lesson and saw some people really interesting, next meeting is a hands on event at the Field Day station for one of the clubs in Coquitlam. Otherwise, Ive been trying to fix my Marconi 2955, it wont stay powered on longer than a little bit and Im kinda getting frustrated with the lack of anything wrong with it. Im also working on getting some Project 25 gear.

- LDAP and moving to OpenSuSE 11.1: Mostly complete, down to a science now.

- Asterisk: Just got started on this, have the Cisco phones connected (using custom DHCP setup and a TFTP server) and dialing each other as well as out, but I dont have incoming dialing rules working yet. Theres some talk of using Asterisk as a proof of concept at RainFurrest in Operations and Registration.
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So, Update:

Sakuracon was okay, promotion for Rainfurrest did not go as well as expected, but now I have a pawstar fox hat.

Harris Corp, known for the does everything Unity XG-100 multi-band multi-system radio has announced that their aquiring M/A-Comm Wireless Systems makers of the EDACS and OpenSky trunking systems, as well as the Orion radios that I have a few of.... this means that the Orion has been preceeded by the following brands... GE, Ericsson, CommNet, M/A-Comm and Tyco... and now Harris.

It seems to be the season for mergers in the radio industry, previously Motorola aquired most of Yaesu Co. Ltd. aka Vertex Standard, a major player in the small and rugged radio market, which Im sure Motorola wanted for the small part, since Motorola seems to have seriousl problems with making anything both small and rugged... Yaesu is also a major player in the Amateur Radio market I won a few of their ham radios.

This all hasn't affected my radio purchasing habits, Im still buying into the Orions, still buying Motorola stuff and still want a Vertex Standard VX-8r.