In the four years that we've been cataloging the stranger parts of the Internet in podcast form, we've been asked why we've never done anything with furries. The issue mainly relies on the expansiveness of this subject - with the sheer amount of furries and furry-related shenanigans on the internet, along with the fact that most internet-savvy people at least have some passing knowledge of what a furry is, we need to be selective in our focus. Fortunately, Zeis introduced us to Pounced.Org - a furry dating website similar to okCupid, but with far more use of the term "diaperfur". This week, The F Plus develops a clothes-wearing fetish.
In the run up to the 2008 American election, Barack Obama told the world that "We are the change we seek." And now, as we reflect on our discontent with the status quo of tax policies, drone strikes, prisoners held indefinitely, and general apathy, we may realize that maybe we weren't looking for us at all. Real change is gonna come from the internet, in the form of asinine and pointless online petitions. We're looking at Change.org and PetitionOnline.com, two sites where your voice can be heard, but it will still be marble-mouthed and pubescent. This week, who wants to get high? Go Islanders!
Okay, so I'm not sure if you know this but Portaxx and John participate in a lovely little group of nerds who call themselves The Speed Gamers - a group who play marathon sessions of video games to raise money for charity. It's pretty much what they'd be doing anyway, except this way they're treating autism rather than incubating it.
Speaking of autism, The Speed Gamers will be raising money for ACT Today!, a non-profit autism care and treatment organization who not only do great work for children and families dealing with autism, but also made the wise decision to get Joe "Fat Tony" Mantegna as their spokesman. The Speed Gamers have raised as much as $50,000 for their previous charity efforts, and ACT Today! is a genuinely well-respected organization that is not headed by millionaire dickheads. Thus this is very much a charity you can feel good about donating to.
And so for the pitch. On June 15th, The Speed Gamers will begin to play through (basically) every Pokemon game ever,
collecting each and every small monster in the game and forcing them to do all the various actions in the game, which fortunately doesn't include ButtSprout. It will be a full 168 hours of ceaseless, relentless Pokemon gathering, broadcast live on the internet for anyone brave enough to watch.
As a way to start things, The Speed Gamers are opening up the naming rituals of these first characters to those people who are first to donate. Anyone who donates $25 will choose the name of the trainer (that is: the main character) who will be taken throughout the entire game. Anyone who donates $50 will choose the name of a game's "starter Pokemon". Portaxx tells me that a "starter Pokemon" is one you get early in the game and are likely to maintain the entire time, and also the one who will get the most screentime with on-screen dialogs such as Roosh V used Attract (It's not very effective...)
We need to load this down with as many F+ in-jokes as possible. So I'm asking you to pretty please click the donate button up there to the top-right and donate to make this happen. Names can be a maximum of 10 alphanumeric characters and can not contain words that are obviously naughty. I'd like to suggest the following...
Please let me know if you use any of these names so I can cross them off the list, but more importantly, please make the donations to make this happen. You're donating to a good cause, supporting one of our better efforts, giving us all something to giggle about, and will do very little to advertise the podcast. We all win!
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange taught us a couple things about the world we live in. Firstly, it turns out that Steve Martin's hair may actually just be that color. But only slightly less shocking is the relevation that our government is keeping secrets from us. Millions of secrets! And yeah, some of them might involve the United States bombing our own journalists, but the folks at Above Top Secret have unraveled even deeper mysteries. Did you know that you can jump higher during the night time? It's true! Just don't bother testing that empirically because the Government will probably falsify your records. This week, The F Plus is breaking the laws of thermodynamics.
For years now, you've been listening to The F Plus and wondering one thing: When are you fuckers going to produce some cheap schwag that I can buy, so all my nerd friends know which one of us is the raddest (and that it's me, if I haven't made that clear).
Well, first of all, you should really construct your thoughts a little better. I mean, that was a whole bunch of text, and it started out as a question, but then it didn't even have a question mark at the end. Poor form, bro. Oh, but if you've been waiting for the day when we'd sell some shit to you, today is that day.
We just printed a very, very small run of F+ mousepads, and as of this posting, there are only 13 available. If there's a huge demand, we'll do another pressing of this design, but that's definitely not assured so buy this thing right now before you allow your brain time to think it over.
These mousepads are 9"x7.5", rubbber-backed with a cloth top. And on that cloth-top, a 1960's comic book style advertisement for a Malatoran Robot Body (ep #69), a bottle of Balloon Juice (ep #24) and you very own limited edition Gamers Hip Clip (ep #59). The drawings were lovingly crafted by Portaxx, the layout and ad copy was drunkenly thrown together by Lemon.
Oh, I suppose you want PICTURES, doncha? Fine. But I feel it spoils the surprise.
We're giving these things for 9 bucks, shipping included within the United States. If you don't live inside the United States, I might ask you to kick another two bucks in, just to make up for the shipping cost.
Okay, that's enough talk! BUY THE THING!
Took about 3 hours, so thanks to all of you who snatched these up.
For the rest of you, if you're still interested, let us know. We might do another series of 'em. Maybe.
An independant artist and Jell-O spokeswoman once said "love is a battlefield". She then said "love is a battlefield" many more times, because it was part of the chorus of her hit single, and if you don't sing the hits, the guys that run the state fairs don't give you the money. Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes, love. It's a difficult topic, fraught with pain, heartbreak and uncertainty. Just because you love someone, does that mean she'll love you back? Well, if the object of your affection is a fictional cartoon character, the answer is always no, and among Otaku, that means yes. We're reading the thoughts of people in love with cartoon characters, and their love is just as real as their love for their last girlfriend. You don't know her. She lives in Canada. This week, The F Plus gets a busy signal trying to call the 3-D Police Department.
Irregular is a whole new podcast concept we've been working on for a little while, and we hope you're as pleased with the result as we are currently.
Differing from The F Plus, the idea behind Irregular is to actually have subjects on the show, and to have a conversation with them about what makes them who they are. This is very much a side project which won't be done as often as The F Plus, but it's a concept we're excited about and based on the strength of our first episode, we're hoping to make some more of these.
Irregular has its own website as well as its own RSS Feed, so people subscribed to The F Plus won't be automatically downloading episodes of Irregular or vice versa, but we will be posting updates on this site when new episodes are out.
In the first Irregular episode, we have a lively discussion with three very different Kindleporn authors. There's Jessi Bond, Francis Ashe and a secret guest who wishes to remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious fairly quickly into the episode.
We spend about an hour and a half talking about the business of erotica publishing, the inspiration necessary for writing stories about vampires having sex with their stepfathers, and the sideways efforts of censorship.
For man to be truly aware of himself, he must explore his own mind. To examine your own thoughts, wants and failures and growing on the things you've learned is the way to thrive; to be a member of an evolving species who looks toward the horizon and takes a step forward. But what of dreams, those manifestations of your subconscious that you cannot seize control of? With an expression so disjointed and free of rational throught, can a dream really ever be understood? Well, if you're a member of dreammoods.com, sure! All you gotta do is start typing. This week, The F Plus is just waiting for Varzandeh to show up.
Popular media seems to get no end of pleasure in exploring the day to day drudgery of characters who belong in a comic book universe. For those superheroes and supervillians, their life is so absurd that there is very little relatability of those characters to people living in the real world. But then thanks to online RPGs like City of Heroes and Champions Online, anyone with an internet connection and a love for paying fees can create their own superhero and live in a world populated exclusively by other characters who also have stupid skillsets. For the first of our Race For Ridiculism Showcase Episodes, Cleretic will be bringing us to this world, and forgetting to pack enough moist towelettes. This week, buy one glimp and get one free!
BIOS READ, IN ORDERCHAMPIONS ONLINE
CITY OF HEROES
Sing Sang Song
Vivian (Champions Online)
Death Bolt Johnny
Naughty Lil Succubi
NOTE: for City of Heroes, Cleretic found these bios in-game, thus convenient weblinks are not available. However, you can see the document with all the bios we read, plus a couple more fun ones that didn't make it in.