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Theme from Dr. Who - Piano Cover [Feb. 10th, 2012|03:19 pm]
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piano cover of the theme from the fifth series of Doctor Who, composed by Murray Gold. Performed in fursuit. =^_^=

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Don't Understand Football? Check this out! [Feb. 4th, 2012|10:33 pm]
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When you don't understand football, you get angry the day of the Super Bowl.

When you're angry the day of the Super Bowl, you get in a fight with the waiter who asks if you saw the game.

When you get in a fight with the waiter who asks if you saw the game, you get thrown out of the restaurant.

When you get thrown out of the restaurant, you reverse out of your parking spot without checking your mirrors.

When you reverse out of your parking spot without checking your mirrors, you smash into a Lexus SUV belonging to a lawyer's wife.

When you smash into a Lexus SUV belonging to a lawyer's wife, your wages are garnished for the next fifty years.

Don't have your wages garnished for the next fifty years. Read Dev and Lee's Guides to Football by kyellgold.

Originally posted by kyellgold.

=^_^=
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taxes... ugh! [Feb. 4th, 2012|07:50 pm]
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...so i'm working on our taxes... but yeah after we got married i forgot to change my W-4 for withholdings immediately... I finally got around to changing it in December... and my takehome pay went up by like $200 per pay period or something crazy like that... so that will hopefully increase the tax return by like $5000 or whatever :-)

...so anyway i'm doing the taxes extra early (for a procrastin***a like me, this is early) because i'm extra broke and in extra debt and i'd really like to get them before furryfiesta if that's even possible now...

...speaking of furryfiesta - who all's going? hopefully all of you hehe =^_^=
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...wow... [Feb. 1st, 2012|03:27 pm]
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Okay, normally I would strike-out any obsolete portions of a previous entry... but this deserves a new entry all to itself.

I don't know who did this, and I probably never will know, and honestly, I don't think I want to know...

...but someone - one of you - upgraded my account to paid.

I just...

...

...*tears up a lil*

<3

And I forgot to mention - Shop tonight! http://ustre.am/2xrx #shopwreckers on anthrochat IRC - 9pm Eastern - it's a Really Big Deal (tm)
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This may be the last straw with LJ for me. [Feb. 1st, 2012|02:10 pm]
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So it turns out that I'm watching 1,183 friends, communities, and feeds here on LiveJournal. This hasn't been a problem at all...

...or at least, it wasn't, until I let my paid account expire.

I tried to add a new friend here on LJ yesterday, and I was told that there is a maximum of 1,000 that I'm allowed to friend. So in order to add the new friend, I would have to unfriend 184 others, or leave 184 communities or feeds, or some combination of the two that adds up to 184.

Facebook allows 5,000 friends. Twitter allows you to follow 2,001 accounts, until you get to a certain number of followers, at which point the follow cap increases in proportion to your number of followers. (Experience shows that ratio on Twitter to be 1.1:1). FurAffinity has no cap on the number of people you can watch; YouTube has no cap on subscriptions that I am aware of. All of those services are free.

And yet LiveJournal caps free accounts at only 1,000 friends? Pathetic.

This is why LiveJournal is dying. (Well, just one reason...)

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/bucktowntiger
FurAffinity - http://www.furaffinity.net/user/bucktowntiger
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/bucktowntiger
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/bucktowntigertunes

I will still check my LJ friends list periodically, as I understand quite a few of you don't and won't use the aforementioned, but going forward, don't expect me to post anything here that is not also posted to one or more of the above.

Happy Black History Month.
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Moves Like Jagger - Piano Cover [Jan. 23rd, 2012|09:26 pm]
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Piano rendition of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christian Aguilera. Performed in fursuit. Recorded live in the Shop a couple of weeks ago... ...my 75th submission to YouTube... I hope you enjoy it =^_^=
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shop canceled until further notice [Jan. 23rd, 2012|03:57 pm]
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Hard drive crashed or something...

Good news : I was able to locate my windows boot disk and my motherboard boot disk too!

Bad news: the boot disk did not recognize my hard drive. Xpress Recovery failed. Not good...

...so Shop is still on hiatus until further notice. The last time I had to put Shop on hiatus, I lost 70% of my viewership. If i lose 70% again... just ouch...

...but I'm sure we will be back up soon...
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On Joe Paterno [Jan. 22nd, 2012|09:23 pm]
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RIP Joe Paterno - arguably the greatest college football coach of all time - not only did he win two national championships and have over 350 players proceed to the NFL - but in sixty-one years (forty-six as head coach) his program never once came under NCAA sanction for violations. Only Penn State and Stanford can say that.

It is really sad that so many people will only remember Joe Paterno as the man who enabled child abuse to go on - child abuse by a depraved man (Jerry Sandusky) who doesn't deserve to live in freedom (if he deserves to live at all). So many people are even saying that Joe Paterno covered up Sandusky's transgressions. To those people, I submit to you that Pennsylvania law and Penn State University policy clearly state otherwise - that Joe Paterno did the right thing according to the law - and that it was on the University officials (the president, et al.) to notify authorities as the law requires.

Having said that, Joe Paterno could have done more - should have done more - and even Joe Paterno himself wished that he had done more. But to use terms like "cover up" and "allowed/enabled/abetted" are disingenuous. And even if they're not - the man just died. Show at least a modicum of respect. It is sad that an eighty-five-year life, millions of dollars donated to benefit the entire university, thousands if not millions of lives touched - we will remember Joe Paterno for this - and any discussion of Joe Paterno's life inevitably will include this tragedy at its forefront.

Here's a tale of someone who "did the right thing" at Baylor - http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=3371852 - read this article and see where he is now. Not saying this would have happened to Joe Paterno - not saying that lying about the motive for a murder is worse than child abuse - but ask yourself - if it had been you in Joe Paterno's shoes - would you have called the cops directly, taking the issue into your own hands? Or would you have done as your superiors, university policy, and state law required you to do?

Discuss.
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Forty Thousand Tweets (and counting) [Jan. 20th, 2012|11:48 am]
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I just posted my 40,000th tweet over at http://twitter.com/bucktowntiger ...

Hard to believe... I didn't sign up for Twitter until August 2008... and now, less than four years later, Twitter is my largest social community, I post there most often by far, and it is the community I check and keep up with the most often.

In fact, it is highly likely that if someone were to send me a direct message or at-reply on Twitter, AND a text message directly to my phone, AND an email, that I would end up reading Twitter first.

I really need to do a better job posting things to LiveJournal and to my other journals (FurAffinity, Facebook, etc.) but for some reason I've become completely hooked on Twitter. *shrugs*
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today's Shop Survey [Jan. 16th, 2012|07:44 pm]
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If the brony community were to be placed on the infamous Geek Hierarchy chart, would it be above, below, or at the same level as the furry fandom?
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yay birthday stuff! [Jan. 8th, 2012|06:08 pm]
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so i'm 29 now... now officially starts 2012 for me... lots of lofty goals, and i'm already working on them :)

hopefully you all will like them too ^^

so yeah... this morning while i was sleep i knocked off some decorative blue balls off my nightstand, and two of them broke... hopefully that's a good sign for this year XD

*hugs you all*
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Sorry for Party Rocking [Jan. 3rd, 2012|05:25 pm]
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Happy New Year! [Jan. 1st, 2012|12:31 am]
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I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year :)

I would have to rank 2011 as the best year of my life. Lots of awesome stuff happened last year. And you all had a LOT to do with the awesomeness.

2005 was a pretty good year ... So was 1996 and 2000 and 2007... but 2011 topped them all. Definitely blew the doors off of 2010.

I would like to thank all of you who played a part in my life this year. I sincerely hope your 2012 is even better than 2011 was for you, no matter how good it was. =^_^=
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Luke 2:1-20 [Dec. 25th, 2011|12:05 am]
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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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May you all experience much happiness and many blessings on this Christmas day. May the riches you all have imparted upon my life be returned unto you a hundred fold. *hugs*
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For our troops... [Dec. 23rd, 2011|08:40 pm]
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...we're thinking of you... thank you...

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Stop SOPA Now! [Dec. 22nd, 2011|01:08 pm]
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The very people that are supporting SOPA and spending millions to get it passed...

...are the people that distributed the tools used to infringe copyright in the first place!

Talk about double-interest

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Does anyone still use LiveJournal? [Dec. 12th, 2011|05:37 pm]
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Does anyone here still use LiveJournal? My paid account is expiring soon, and I would like to know whether anyone thinks I should renew it for another year.

95% of the comments I get on LiveJournal now are spam/virus links printed in Cyrillic, with .ru extensions on the links.

My very first Shopwreckers map was based on LiveJournal, a few years ago. It had about 400 points on it... this year's Shopwreckers map will be based on Twitter and FurAffinity and will have close to 3000 points.

Just two years ago, LiveJournal was the largest Shopwreckers community. Now, it is fifth-largest, behind even Facebook. I despise Facebook, and there are more Shopwreckers there than on LiveJournal.

As such, unless someone has a really good reason why I should keep LJ a paid account, I'm gonna let it drop.
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Season's Greetings [Dec. 10th, 2011|02:09 pm]
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No matter what you and your loved ones may celebrate, may your holiday season and all your days and nights be truly blessed.

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Awake - Live! [Nov. 26th, 2011|04:26 pm]
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I normally don't upload concert footage to YouTube.. but you all have been extremely awesome ^^

live at oklacon 2011 :)
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Fursuit Piano Custom Song Commission for the Funday Pawpet Show! [Nov. 9th, 2011|10:15 am]
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Sunday is the Funday Pawpet Show Telethon!!! The Funday Pawpet Show was where I got my first big break as a musician in the furry fandom, and they have been really gracious throughout the years in sharing my music with their awesome audience. So, to help them raise money so they can continue the Internet's longest continuously-running weekly broadcast into its THIRTEENTH SEASON!!!, I am offering one cover song, performed on piano/keyboard in fursuit, of the winner's choice. For an example, here's last year's video, won by cajunkitty1:



If you win the auction, please donate the winning amount via PayPal to fps[at]pawpet.org and send a copy of the confirmation e-mail to bucktowntiger[at]gmail.com upon winning. The song may have to be negotiated, as there are some songs (such as very challenging classical pieces) that I just can't play in a fursuit; also, some songs are not very adaptable to keyboard - but I can learn/play most popular songs. :)

But basically, if you have ever wanted me to cover a particular artist or music from a particular source, this is pretty much the only time of the year that I offer something like this, so if you're interested in helping out the Funday Pawpet Show - and winning awesome custom piano music stuff, feel free to place a bid!!! at the below link:

http://www.thedealersden.com/auction_details.php?auction_id=107290
http://www.thedealersden.com/auction_details.php?auction_id=107290
http://www.thedealersden.com/auction_details.php?auction_id=107290

Thanks a bunch in advance, and here's hoping you win! =^_^= *hugs*


Also, if you want to watch the show, or to learn more about the show, go to http://www.pawpet.tv - also you can check out their LJ community at pawpet :)
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Ready Fur the World =^_^= [Nov. 6th, 2011|06:54 am]
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Ready Fur the World on iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ready-fur-the-world/id478414522

Ready Fur the World on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Fur-the-World/dp/B0063PH43C/ref=sr_shvl_album_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1320524315&sr=301-4

Also there's Ready Fur the World on CDBaby - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bucktowntiger5

and of course if you want a signed copy of Ready Fur the World (or any of my other albums) mailed from my Shop to yours - http://www.bucktowntiger.com/store.html

and I'm working on getting my music at even more places - announcements hopefully coming soon :) also gonna be posting lyrics soon ^^

And if you do get Ready Fur the World, please let me know so I can thank you and get you on the map :) Here's the [url=http://twitpic.com/7b99km/full]North American zoom[/url] ^^

I know I've been promoting the heck out of this album all over the place - I wouldn't be doing such if I didn't think you would really really REALLY enjoy the music. Of course you can preview the tracks on iTunes, Amazon, or CDBaby :)

<3
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Oklacon stuff [Oct. 30th, 2011|08:25 am]
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I just want to mention what an awesome time I had at Oklacon this year... It really was a pleasure serving as one of your Guests of Honor, and I hope everyone that went to Oklacon this year had as great a time as I did.

Big shoutout to everyone for making this a record-breaking year - 300 attendees - over $8,000 raised for Safari's Sanctuary - all A-Frames were full, the Lodge was full, the cabins were full, even the motel in Watonga was nearly full - I mean, it kicked ass! And hopefully next year is even better :)

I apologize for winning the poker tournament... I did not imagine that would happen... I was down to only a big blind left... and was forced all-in no less than five times... and somehow won the tourney... WTF?

Picked up a sweeeeet! sterling silver tiger ring at the charity auction ^^ oh my goodness it is so awesome! Also - the Ready Fur the World master copy started an all-out bidding war... I passed out on a table as foxalbiazul and techiefox kept bidding... Techie won it :)

And speaking of Ready Fur the World - the concert kicked ass - I mean, we didn't really "wreck shop" like we did at MFM - because the concert was standing-room-only - all the chairs were being sat in *blushes* - also, I really hope everyone who snagged some of my music at Oklacon is really enjoying it - thank you so much for your support... feel free to let me know what you think of it ^^

Here's a map of everyone that snagged some of my stuff at Oklacon - http://twitpic.com/77xs2e/full

to the staff and volunteers and everyone that made Oklacon happen - thank you so much... just thank you... not sure how many more times i can say that hehe... oh, i know! i can preregister for next year! oh wait - i already did :)

wanna throw a huge shoutout to Rhubarb and the Julie Bunny Must Die cast - excellent show! Also wanna throw a big shoutout to Jared Fox and Wolff and HG and Togo Ratchet and the entire dance and AV crew - goodness those dances were hoppin' ^^ I was sore all day Saturday from dancing Friday night :)

and other stuff... well, it was just a great time, and I will see you next year! *hugs you all* <3

Oh one more thing - we will be doing a full concert review in the Shop this Tuesday night XD http://ustre.am/2xrx at 8:30 pm ET CFT ^^
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Today's Not Cool award [Oct. 10th, 2011|11:30 am]
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Today's Not Cool award goes to Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, for not only slamming gay U.S. servicemembers, but also slamming their straight comrades in arms by calling them quitters - not to mention calling me, my wife, and the entire African-American community "different."

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/santorum-slammed-on-gays-in-military-by-top-fox-news-anchor-video/politics/2011/10/10/28299

Might I also note that the above video is an interview on FOX NEWS, and even the Fox News anchor slammed Santorum during the interview.

Now that I am a married man, I will redouble my efforts to ensure that my LGBT friends and fans are able to enjoy the same rights, benefits, and privileges that leo_lovely and I now do. And instead of a parental advisory sticker, Ready fur the World will have an advisory sticker to warn closed-minded people like Rick Santorum that they might be offended by the album's contents.

I know I mentioned Rick Santorum as a Republican above, but in truth, Rick Santorum is not worthy of the title Republican.
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october 8 [Oct. 8th, 2011|01:26 am]
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It is officially october 8.

I am out with my dad. He is making SURE that I REALLY want to get married...
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i only have 24 hours left to live... [Oct. 7th, 2011|03:12 pm]
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...as a single man.

How should I spend the next 24 hours?
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Furries and Promiscuity: Another View [Oct. 2nd, 2011|09:10 pm]
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So I'd like to send a shout-out to nuka-kitty nuka-kitty XD

Nuka is at the University of Waterloo and is working with Dr. Gerbasi on the "Furry Survey", and has access to the responses of over 2,000 furries on things such as sexuality and promiscuity, number of partners, etc.

Please direct your attention to http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2777324/ to see the results of this study.

tl;dr: Furries are no more, or no less, promiscuous than the general population. The data indicates that furries are slightly less promiscuous than the general population, but the numbers are close enough to be inconclusive (i.e. within the allowable margins of the study).

Discuss...
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Furries are LESS PROMISCUOUS than the general population [Oct. 2nd, 2011|07:11 am]
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So, my friend jm_horse (who by the way was the first person I ever mailed a CD to - EVER - as such JM is the first international Shopwrecker - i don't forget these kind of things) did some very interesting research, which I shall link to below:

http://jm-horse.livejournal.com/87605.html - promiscuity of the general population

http://jm-horse.livejournal.com/88008.html - promiscuity of the furry fandom

Based on the research, it is safe to say that - contrary to popular belief, and probably contrary to YOUR OWN belief - the furry population is LESS promiscuous than the general population.

Be sure to read JM's caveats and reasoning - and I have a caveat of my own, that the control sample is Americans aged 15-44, and the furry fandom's average age is between 20 and 25 (much less than the control sample's average age, and as such much fewer chances for sex from a lifetime perspective)...

...but these caveats are, by my reasoning, not enough to negate the above findings, based on the data set indicating that the average furry has had TWO sexual partners, while the average person has had FIVE sexual partners.

Discuss.
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what i want [Sep. 10th, 2011|02:40 pm]
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i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just wanna be hugged, i just wanna be scritched
i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just want there to be some love in this niche

you can keep all the fame, you can keep all the glory
i just wanna be heard, now let me tell my story
i grew up in a trailer where folks were up to no good
my mama worked her ass off to get us out of the hood
some people taking for granted the situation they're livin'
while other people were granted not a thing that they're given
if adversity creates a stronger human being
then my mother's one of the strongest folks you'll ever be seeing
i'd have fallen to the earth melted down in a puddle
without the foundation she built in me to overcome struggles
statistically, project kids are A-Kon subjects
but instead I'm at Project A-Kon with my cousin

and i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just wanna be hugged, i just wanna be scritched
i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just want there to be some love in this niche

i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just wanna survive life, 'cause life is a vixen
and no matter what resources you have in your home
you cannot make it forever on an island alone
what we leave to our children is more important than us
will we leave them prosperity? will we leave them with dust?
will our legacy survive or will it cease in a hush?
will this music survive? will this fandom survive?
will the next generation find themselves and thrive?
this community is something far bigger than i or you
but there has never been a limit to what WE can do
and as you stood by my side, i've paid my dues

and i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just wanna be hugged, i just wanna be scritched
i don't wanna be famous, i don't wanna be rich
i just want there to be some love in this niche

and I could be broke, rolling up coins in a ditch
but long as I'm with Shopwreckers, I will still feel rich
record labels call me up, I tell 'em get lost quick
if they want me to forsake the reason that I'm rappin'
You wanna come wreck shop? Then tell me what's happenin'
My whole team's at the top like you can't imagine
We're the Kings of the Net - no matter laughing
CDBaby nerdcore - check the screencaps and
My fans are the best fans one can have and
My plan: come correct and then look after
My high standing with my fans when I rap
At the mic stand and the rest? man, y'all can have it
All the fame and the lights? man, y'all can have it
All the chains and the ice? man, y'all can have it
Through the pain, through the lies, through the troll bashing
I never change, never die, whatever stuff happens
I'm not the Colts' head coach - I play to win every time I spit
Every word, every rhyme I writ
And every kick drum or bass line or hi-hat hit
And every voiceover parody, it's all real stuff
I could sell a million tapes but a dozen's enough
Cause they're a dozen touched lives, now their spirits are up
When they listen to the stories, they envision
They can be the next big furry artist or musician
And when I see their works, I get awe-inspired
To think that I could be somebody's Flare Starfire
So this is to an inspiration, Flare Starfire
Trust me, I'm a keep the flare going 'til the stars tire
Uh, I'm going 'til the stars tire
I'm at Alpha Centauri and I'm going higher
Fears shrinking like a wool sweater in a dryer
Not even water Pokemon gonna quench my fire
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The Purring Piano Is Available Online Now! [Sep. 3rd, 2011|10:35 am]
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My second instrumental piano CD, The Purring Piano, is now officially live! It released yesterday to the attendees of Mephit Fur Meet 2011 with lots of awesomeness, and now I can without qualms release it to you! =^_^=

So if you're interested, feel free to head over to:

http://Kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00PQ8SE0
http://Kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00PQ8SE0
http://Kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00PQ8SE0

The track listing is there, as well as the album art (check it out - you know you want to)

The album goes from classical to Disney to country to glam rock to heavy metal seamlessly... really smooth, easy-listening, and you will be impressed I'm certain.

Thank you in advance for checking it out *hugs you all* it will be available other places online (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) as soon as possible =^_^=
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Bad News and Good News [Aug. 31st, 2011|11:29 am]
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First the bad news... I'm sad to say that you can no longer pre-order The Purring Piano... :(

Now the good news: you will be able to ORDER The Purring Piano on Friday, direct from the manufacturer!!!

Coming to CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc. etc. etc. as soon as possible :)

For those of you that did pre-order The Purring Piano, thank you so much... I expect to receive the CD's today, and I will mail them out to you individually before I leave for MFM. I really hoped to have them in your hands already by now, but I ran into snags, and the CD's just shipped yesterday... so sorry...
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Okay... it just hit me... [Aug. 28th, 2011|01:40 pm]
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I cannot express how I feel right now in written words... This LJ post would not do it justice...

If you voted for me, or if you voted for twitchdawoof, or if you didn't vote at all, please come to the Shop this Tuesday night, and I will tell you how I feel there and then. The livestream is at http://ustre.am/2xrx and the chatroom is the #shopwreckers channel on anthrochat.net IRC (also at http://chat.anthrochat.net in the #shopwreckers channel). We start sometime between 8:30 pm and 9 pm Eastern, and we wreck shop "until I pass out."

Whether you're a regular viewer or you've never tuned in before, I truly hope that you are able to make it this week... and if you can't make it during the live stream, there will be a recording of it on http://ustre.am/2xrx after it's over.

Thank you... and to Twitch - I know you won many new fans this year, and I am most definitely one of them. Most epic finals ever. WE BROKE LJ AND FA TWICE!!!
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What the FFFF means to me :) [Aug. 26th, 2011|02:44 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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First off, I would like to thank each and every one of you that has cast a vote for me in the fursuittourney finals, and throughout this remarkable tournament. It really does mean a lot to me, an indescribable amount indeed, and whether I win or not, I will never forget the support you have shown me in this wonderful ride. <3

If you all bestow upon me the esteemed title of Fandom's Favorite Fursuit, the fact that YOU will have given me that title will not be lost on me. In addition to casting over 1900 votes for me this year throughout the tourney, so many of you have shared my videos with your friends and asked them to not only vote for me, but to buy my music albums and watch me perform at conventions... you really have been ambassadors for me in so many ways, and if I were to win, I will know in my heart that YOU won this for me - that it is YOUR title as much as it is mine - and I will represent that title to the very best of my ability, for YOU.

Not only that, but the level of enthusiasm and friendship you have shown towards me throughout my journey in the furry fandom has really been awe-inspiring. I cannot imagine being in a more cohesive group of friends, that come from such diverse backgrounds, that just seem to "click" with each other. I can't really recall a "bad time" I've ever had at a furry convention. Awesome people doing awesome things... that should be Furry's official slogan or something. And I'm just trying to be as awesome as you are. =^_^=

I can't speak directly for Twitch da Woof, but I'm pretty sure that he feels very appreciated by the furry fandom as well. Twitch has the support of a whole host of friends, along with the experience of having been a popular part of the Fursuit Fracas since its inception, Not only is Twitch the first "partial" fursuit to make it to the finals, but I'm not sure I'd consider Twitch a "partial", as his attire is part of his nearly unmistakable punk rock character. Add all of that to his fursuit musicianship, and whatever this year's finals is, it's definitely not a lopsided, David vs. Goliath matchup, and the vote tallies as of right now are showing that.

As such, I would like to ask you all, once more, to please vote for me in this year's finals. I sincerely do hope that, through my dozens of YouTube videos and live concerts that I've created and performed over the past four years, that I have earned the prestigious title that I hope you bestow on me - that of Fandom's Favorite Fursuit.

Please vote for me at fursuittourney - that's http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com :)

Thank you so much for your votes, and for your support, and for your friendship... <3

And yes, winning the FFFF would mean a whole lot to me... but there are four F's that mean more to me: Fans, Friends, Family, Fiancee.
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If Today Was Your Last Day [Aug. 22nd, 2011|03:25 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Dedicated to everyone who has gone above and beyond to enrich someone's life, just as you all have enriched my life throughout the years.

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Oh my goodness... [Aug. 21st, 2011|08:15 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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...I'm in the fursuittourney finals... wow... I just came to... after I fainted upon seeing the results...

Thank you all so much... it was all you... I didn't really do anything... I just play music and stuff... you all voted for me...

<3 <3 <3 <33333333333 [insert a million bazillion fafillion hearts here]

And as promised - I returned the car I stole back to its rightful owner :) I stole it from this "Random Black Guy". I figured that, as a black guy, he could empathize with why I would want to steal a car. He does look surprised that I returned it, though... or maybe he was surprised that tigers knew how to drive... I don't know.
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Bucktown Steals a Car [Aug. 18th, 2011|11:14 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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So, in the fursuittourney Semifinals, mixed_kitten twitchdawoof and frisbeepup all took photos in front of cars... I couldn't take a picture with a car, because I'm orange-and-black, and I can't afford to own a car...

...but I sure as heck can steal a car. We colored tiggas are good at that.



Please vote for me at http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com and help me become the first auto thief to make the fursuittourney finals! I promise that I'll return the car to its rightful owner if you all vote for me! =^_^=
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Fursuit Tourney SEMIFINALS!!! plus NEW VIDEO!!! [Aug. 15th, 2011|11:07 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Wow... I am deeply honored that you all have selected me as one of the four semifinalists in this year's Fandom's Favorite Fursuit Fracas...

It has been an amazing tournament to this point. I had no idea that I would get this far... but that just shows how amazing you all have been to me. I will be grateful for your votes and for your support long after this tourney is over, and as I said before, it is because of you that I am even making music in the first place...

...I really hope you vote for me this week... we have made it this far, and I say "we" because I really do feel that we have made this journey together in this tourney... and together, I really do feel that not only can we win the whole tourney, but that we can continue the spread of fursuit musicianship throughout the fandom and beyond...

The link to vote in this week's tourney is at http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com/117571.html =^_^=

Finally, I'd like to share my new fursuit piano video with you this week. This song really means a lot to me, as it reminds me of Mephit Fur Meet... where I will be performing in less than three weeks. I hope you enjoy the video... *hugs*



<3
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Fur Elise [Aug. 11th, 2011|09:52 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Musically, I don't know where I would be without all of you... most likely I wouldn't be playing at all... but thanks to your support and friendship, I am playing, I have inspiration, I have motivation to get better and learn more songs and perform. So the below video - the first classical song I've done in years - is really just me continuing to say thank you...

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Walking in Memphis - Piano Cover [Aug. 8th, 2011|11:56 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Piano rendition of "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn. This video is dedicated to all the wonderful people that have supported me throughout the years. I can never say "Thank you" enough through words... so I will try to say "Thank you" through music...

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I'm Yours - Jason Mraz - Piano Cover [Aug. 6th, 2011|07:30 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Piano rendition of "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. Performed in fursuit. Another song that will be featured on The Purring Piano, my second instrumental piano collection to be released next month. =^_^=



Thanks for watching and listening!

And also, thank you so much for sticking with me and enjoying my music over the years I've been in the furry fandom... I'm just trying to be as awesome as you all are...

*hugs*

Oh, and one more thing - this round of the fursuittourney ends tonight at 11:59 pm Eastern! It's going to come down to the wire, and every vote will matter, so if you like my music enough to send a vote my way... please... *makes as cute a kitty face as he can* the link to vote is at http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com/116343.html :)

And one more thing... try to stay cool... if your A/C goes out like ours did... right before the hottest day ever recorded where you live... please... don't be stubborn like me and just sit there and take naps all day... so glad my fiancee got us out of there... I would have taken another nap to never wake up again if she hadn't spoken up...
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Yay!!! Final 16!!! Thank you!!! [Aug. 1st, 2011|06:01 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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We did it! We've made the Final 16 of this year's fursuittourney! The Round of 16 has just been posted...

I'd like to thank all of you for getting me the Round of 16 - the first full-blooded feline character to ever make it this far in the five-year history of this tournament. To have any shot of advancing further in this year's tourney, I will definitely need all of you to please vote for me this week... This round gives new meaning to the phrase "Every Vote Counts," and I am grateful for your votes and for the continued support that you have shown for me and for fursuit musicianship.

If you could please vote for me in this round at http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com/116097.html that would be greatly, greatly appreciated. =^_^=

*hugs*
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Rolling in the Deep - Adele - Piano Cover [Aug. 1st, 2011|08:02 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Piano cover of Rolling in the Deep by Adele. Performed in fursuit. One of many songs to be featured on The Purring Piano, my second instrumental piano collection to be released in September 2011. Thanks for watching and listening! =^_^=

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up for voting again / new video [Jul. 26th, 2011|01:03 am]
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Looks like I'm up for voting again in the fursuittourney :)

http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com/115522.html

It's a really close matchup, and I'm behind by a few votes, so if you would pleeeeease vote for me, it would definitely be awesome and much appreciated =^_^=

Also, here's my latest video (a Metallica cover); I really hope you enjoy it!



Thank you so much...
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Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Piano Cover [Jul. 14th, 2011|02:54 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Piano cover of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day. Performed in fursuit.



=^_^=
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Con*Tact Caffeine Soap - Shopwreckers Discount! [Jul. 6th, 2011|09:44 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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So, many of you are familiar with the 6-2-1 Rule. For those of you that are new to the rule - the 6-2-1 Rule dictates that furries must achieve at least six hours of sleep, at least two full meals, and at least one shower, per day, every day, especially at furry gatherings. This rule is so paramount to our community that I have included it as the Third Pillar in my Five Pillars of Furry...

...well, our friends at Con*Tact Caffeine Soap have united with our awesome community of Shopwreckers to help ensure that every furry gets his or her daily shower - and feel grrrrreat afterwards! And they have been so enthralled by the support that you Shopwreckers have given them...

...that they have set up a special 15% discount just for us! Simply use the promo code "SHOPWRECKERS" at your http://www.contactcaffeine.com checkout, and you will receive 15% off of your selection of delectable soaps from Con*Tact Caffeine's vast selection that will leave you smelling and feeling splendid!

We all know that I spend inordinate amounts of time pimping Con*Tact Caffeine Soap during my weekly online live streaming sessions, and this is our way of saying "thank you" to you for your continued, wonderful support. =^_^=

(P.S.: If you'd rather use/tell people about "bucktowntiger" as the promo code, that's fine too - same 15% discount - but this promotion is about and for YOU, the SHOPWRECKERS, that's the code I'm promoting. XD)
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Special Edition Ready Fur The World at Oklacon 9! [Jul. 2nd, 2011|10:29 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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All Supersponsors at Oklacon 2011: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine will receive as part of their con swag a Special Edition of my upcoming hip-hop album Ready Fur The World! This edition will have a special convention-themed song and will be signed by yours truly, and what's more - it will not be available anywhere else, ever again, you can't buy the special edition even at the con, because it's just for Oklacon 2011 Supersponsors!

So, if you haven't pre-registered yet, go to http://www.oklacon.com and pre-register (or upgrade!) to Supersponsor today! =^_^=
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more Anthrocon stuff [Jun. 19th, 2011|08:15 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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For the first time ever (with the exception of trips to the West Coast), I will be departing for a furry convention on Wednesday night, after work. Reason being is I will be in the Dealer's Den (table D-11) for the first time this year, and I want to make sure that I get to the con and get my wares set up on Thursday.

I'll be staying with floppybelly and #Zack_McCloud in the Westin, so I've been training on Pinnacle Mountain for the past week getting ready for the inevitability of climbing a lot of stairs because I'm an impatient (orange-and-)black man who doesn't want to wait on the elevators.

I'll be doing a piano concert on Friday at 2 p.m. in the convention center ballroom... If you've been to the Shop lately, you know that I've been working on quite a few new songs for 2011 - some of which I've put on YouTube, some of which I haven't yet... =^_^=

(x-posted to anthrocon kinda sorta)
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If Everyone Cared [Jun. 17th, 2011|04:35 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Piano rendition, in fursuit, of "If Everyone Cared" by Nickelback. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I enjoyed recording it. =^_^=
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Don't Take the Girl [Jun. 8th, 2011|07:41 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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Rendition for solo piano of "Don't Take the Girl" by Tim McGraw. For me personally, I don't know of a better song with which to debut my new fursuit...

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Three Big Announcements [May. 20th, 2011|07:46 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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New PianoCollapse )

New AlbumsCollapse )

New FianceeCollapse )
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New Facebook [May. 9th, 2011|04:24 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
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New Facebook page is

http://www.facebook.com/bucktowntigertunes

Basically, I took http://www.facebook.com/bucktowntiger - which was a personal profile - and converted it into a musician/band page. This change was done to bring my Facebook presence into compliance with the Facebook Terms of Service, as I also had a "real-name" personal profile, and multiple personal profiles is a violation of the TOS. I will move everything from "bucktowntigermusic" over to "bucktowntigertunes" over the next few days and will post additional furry-related or music-related content to "bucktowntigertunes."

I am really dismayed that I can't get the name "bucktowntiger" back... but whatever. Facebook to me is a necessary evil anyway. Twits or GTFO
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