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23 May 2019 @ 08:20 am
I was thinking on the way to work this morning that it might be fun to plan a silvermuzzle furmeet or even full-blown convention somewhere. I don't think I've already expressed this in an earlier post, but who knows, I'm the kind of guy who can hide his own Easter eggs.

Differentiating grey from silver, I think anything 29 and up is considered grey now. But silver as referenced by others is more like 55 or older. So currently, it would be mostly Boomers, but not to exclude anyone from the convention--welcome everyone.

I can picture golden opportunities for different generations of furries to learn from each other. The younger ones might learn that the older ones aren't just stodgy and racist, and the older ones would learn the younger ones aren't about participation trophies and instant gratification.

Everything would have major wheelchair access, and make sure there is plenty of con space for conversation. Video game tournaments could be Doom, Blockout, and Tetris. Fursuit dance DJ could play stuff like Herbie Hancock, Dis is da Drum, and Deodato, Super Strut. Lot's of medical/first aid personnel on hand throughout. Panels could run the gamut--everything you could imagine and beyond.

What other things should be considered?
 
 
 
23 April 2019 @ 08:04 pm
There's a very interesting trend I wanted to share here, because historically, it's right in the middle of what we've been about as a community.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/opinion/mayor-pete-and-the-queering-of-the-american-soul.html

“Pete Buttigieg...is the product of a slow-moving but steady trend among faith communities to acknowledge the inherent theological value of the spiritual experience of L.G.B.T. people. In the process, American religion is becoming less straight.”
 
 
20 April 2019 @ 08:23 am
We seem to be a community preserved in amber.

We're going down for the weekend. We're leaving Kiki to guard the house.

I hope everyone is doing well.
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Kind of amazing when I start comparing to other events in life.

https://twitter.com/Britanniacomms/status/1105448988130582528

Rainbow Ark is slightly more than half as old as the entire thing. Yep, we were 15 years old in February.

I purposefully used my oldest avatar made for me by Kitler (EmoRottie) back in 2002 when we were on the "Paw" php community board.

I've been married almost 22 years when the www was only 8 years old.

My first two computers weren't on it. It's crazy, for something that in many ways it feels like we've always had, I try to imagine what life was like without it.

Before it, I actually had hobbies I kept up with like my music, home high-end audio, and astronomy.
6.6 Hmmm
 
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08 March 2019 @ 03:35 pm
...and it's snowing just outside, so the avatar above seemed appropriate.

Just wanted to mention, it's International Women's Day and there is some corresponding tweets on our twitter feed if y'all wanted to take a look...

https://twitter.com/Rainbow_Ark

I hope your Friday is a good one.
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07 February 2019 @ 08:00 am
You're 15 today! ...what's left of you anyway. <^.;>

Rainbow_ark is one of 4 furry communities still operating on LiveJournal.

The other three are: fursuit, furrymedia, and bare_furs.

Rainbow ark is currently one of 10 11 LGBT communities which have a non-dead community standing. The other nine ten are:

ftmgaragesale
bisexuallesteen
queerpoets
lgbtfest
_friends_
queer_fest
hot_queers
ftm
queerxo
girlfags

Though this is our original gathering place, you can also find Rainbow Ark on

Fur Affinity, Twitter, Facebook, Our Forums and our Website: http://myrainbowark.com/
 
 
14 January 2019 @ 01:27 pm
It's difficult to tell how much snow we got at home because it was so fluffy that it kept compacting while it was still falling. It appears to be 6 inches in Paw Paw WV, which looks to be about the same as it was here in Reston VA.

I had no real issues getting to work, but was amazed that the traffic volume was less than half of what you'd normally see that time of morning. Even though it was a little slower going, playing it safe where some of the roads weren't as nicely plowed as others, I still made it to work with time to spare because I had so much less traffic to deal with.

How are the rest of you faring?
 
 
23 December 2018 @ 07:04 pm
cats

And we won't know this Christmas if Kiki would have decimated the tree or not. The day we were going to get a real one, it rained pretty good, making it all a little more of a hastle than we were willing to endure.

So we thought no problem, we'll just bring our artificial one up from the basement and see how she does with that one, then if she does well, we'll try a real one next year. Well, one thing led to another and it's still in the box in the living room. And we're going to be away for Christmas beginning tomorrow (the 24th) and not returning again until Wednesday morning. So putting it up today, we would have had less than 24 hours to observe her with it, before we'd have to leave. We don't know it she'd try to eat it necessarily, but knowing her, she might try to climb it. We didn't want her to be get hurt and then us not returning until later.

But hey, hope you all have a wonderful Holiday with however you observe the season. Be safe.
 
 
21 November 2018 @ 03:14 pm
I hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving

turkey
 
 
 
26 October 2018 @ 11:00 am
 
 
14 September 2018 @ 12:33 pm
Had a cool thing happen this morning I wanted to share with you.

Renee had to get blood work and since she was fasting for that, we stopped off at Roy Rodger's for a little breakfast, before running Renee home, and then me onto work.

And at the table across from us, I looked over and saw a face I hadn't seen in almost 10 years. It was Paul Bevan. He was one of the employees of Purcellville Copy when I was manager there, and when the MyRainbowArk website was brand new, he's the one who put together the very first pages that were displayed and chose the purple font color which is still used throughout the site. he also created the navigation code for the homepage which was used for many years after.



He's gained some weight. We both have :D He seems to be doing well. It was good to see him again.
 
 
06 September 2018 @ 08:04 pm
How are all my Arker friends?

Greetings from a much-needed vacation at the Outer Banks NC.

Here is a short list of historical things which have happened during the month of September between LGBT+ and The Church: http://myrainbowark.com/c09.html
 
 
12 August 2018 @ 11:35 am
To my online raccoon buddy, and partner in this beautiful Rainbow Ark, xedrik!
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01 August 2018 @ 10:32 am
It's kind of amazing what we're seeing--things that we thought were settled and put to bed are now in question once again.

Marriage equality in all 50, and now there's some big moves to overturn Federal law and put it back to the States. Roe v. Wade is even in question.

It's scary, it's infuriating, but possibly above all, it can be discouraging when advances are so official and palpable, but then you realize it can all change when a consensus of people decide something should be so, and elected officials who represent their constituents who voted them into office, propose the laws to reflect the will of their people.

But it's important to remember that we're not seeing consensus here. What we're seeing is a hateful, bigoted vocal few who are making more noise than all the rest of us, trying to convince us and themselves that they speak for the majority. They don't.

The ones who were always bigoted, always hateful, but were too cowardly to show it, now find the permission they've been looking for from Trump to act out. The person that 20 months ago would have simply glared at a Black driver, now openly uses the "n" word against them even when on video. The ones who a year an a half ago, would peer through the curtains at the Black person walking by, now calls the police on them and makes up stories of assault to get them arrested. Nazi tags spray-painted on houses, Anti-Jew and Anti-gay rhetoric is thrown around out loud, Evangelicals like Falwell urging Trump to get closer to Putin who himself is a murderous dictator. Now 40% of Republicans polled say they're okay with Russia cyber-attacking the elections this November if it helps to keep Republican lawmakers in power.

I could go on for pages, but you've seen the news too and know what's going on. These might seem like dark times for all of us. I'm not pretending to have any wise counsel or solutions, but I just want to use this opportunity to remind that there are things which have been and will continue to be consistent through all of this. We have our friends. There is this Ark, such as it is anymore. There's still good in the world, and there is still justice. As long as we hope for better days to return, they will return. Hope has done more to sustain life than any act of ignorant bigotry, or fear-induced act of violence.

Remember that this "whole world" isn't going crazy, but that it's just a very noisy minority which is a dead-end if followed. We need to of course be vigilant and not simply ignore or be blind-sided. But in the larger scheme of things, life goes on, good will prevail. The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Toward Justice.

Vote. Vote like your life depends on it November 6th. Vote in numbers too big to manipulate. Make sure you're registered. Vote early, then provide transportation to others so they can vote on election day.