chlorine gas release

Cosplay tutorial pet peeves
  • EVA foam and Styrofoam are not the same thing. This is important because CA glue and spray paint will melt Styrofoam if applied directly, but not with EVA foam.
  • Styrofoam is a trademarked brand for extruded polystyrene foam. HOWEVER, when most people use styrofoam in the US, they mean expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is the bead-like foam you often seen in craft stores. Extruded polystyrene (XPS) is most commonly seen as insulation board.* 
  • EVA foam stands for “ethylene-vinyl acetate” and is simply a category of foam. Craft foam/foamies in the US is a kind of EVA foam, not a separate thing. 
  • Rubber cement and contact cement are not the same thing. Contact cement is much stronger and designed to permanently bond materials together.
  • Sintra (trade name for closed-cell PVC foamboard) can release chlorine gas when heated up. Please do not heat form Sintra without proper ventilation and safety gear. Please do not suggest heat forming Sintra without noting the risks. The same for PVC tubing.
  • CA (cyanoacrylates) glue is a strong adhesive commonly known as “super glue.” Not all glues marketed as “super glue” are CA glue. 
  • Unless it’s been marked food safe or for oral use, DON’T PUT CA GLUE ON THINGS GOING IN YOUR MOUTH. Or liquid nails. Or nail polish sealer.

Tl;DR: Precision and clarity is important when writing tutorials because “I glued my foam and painted it” can result in a finished prop or a melted mess. 

*You can also get EPS insulation board. You can probably still use it for props, but it’ll be easier to sand and shape XPS board.

Beached german submarine SM U-118, from wikipedia:

Following surrender U-118 was to be transferred to France where it would be broken up for scrap. However, in the early hours of 15 April 1919, while it was being towed through the English Channel towards Scapa Flow, its dragging hawser broke off in a storm. The ship ran aground on the beach at Hastings in Sussex at approximately 12:45am, directly in front of the Queens Hotel.

Initially there were attempts to displace the stricken vessel; three tractors tried to refloat the submarine and a French destroyer attempted to break the ship apart using its cannons. These attempts however were unsuccessful and the proximity of the submarine to the public beach and Queens Hotel dissuaded further use of explosive forces.

The wreck of the submarine immediately became a popular tourist attraction with thousands of visitors to Hastings that Easter flocking to see the beached vessel. The vessel was put in charge of the local coastguard station and the Admiralty allowed the Town Clerk of Hastings to charge a small fee for people to climb on the deck of the submarine. This continued for two weeks, during which time the town collected almost £300 (UK£ 12,800 in 2015) which helped fund an event to welcome the town’s troops returning from the war.

Two members of the coastguard, chief boatman William Heard and chief officer W. Moore, were tasked with showing important visitors around inside the submarine. The visits however were curtailed at the end of April when both men became severely ill. It was thought that rotten foodstuffs in the submarine were causing the problems however, despite the visits being discontinued, the illnesses continued and got worse. Moore died in December 1919 and Heard followed in February 1920. At his inquest it was heard that a noxious gas, possibly chlorine released from the submarine’s damaged batteries, had caused abscesses on the lungs and brain of the dead man.

Even after visits inside the submarine had been stopped it remained common for tourists to take pictures of themselves standing alongside or even on the deck of the U-boat. Eventually, between October and December 1919, U-118 was broken up and the pieces removed and sold for scrap. The gun was left in place but later dug up in 1921. It is believed that some of the keel from the submarine may still lie underneath the sand of the beach.

So in the past year or so we’ve had chlorine gas released at a furry convention, bomb threats, a gun pulled at another convention (luckily no shots were fired), and chlorine gas released at another furry convention.

I don’t care if you like furries or not. Absolutely nothing gives anyone the right to do those kinds of things to another human. Making fun of furries is one thing but when someone actually tries to murder them just because they’re a furry then that’s going way too far.

Regarding MWFF2014

As I’m sure most of you have heard, there was an incident this past weekend at Midwest FurFest where someone allegedly released chlorine gas into the 9th floor stairwell of the hotel where the convention was being held

First things first, I and my friends are fine (with the possible exception of a friend’s friend who experienced a bad reaction to the chemical). second, I wanted to put to rest a couple of pieces of misinformation that I’ve been seeing on Tumblr. (Misinformation??? On TUMBLR?!?!?)

  1. AS FAR AS ANYONE KNOWS NOBODY HAS DIED. 19 people were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. stop saying people died, because it’s wrong and you look silly
  2. The incident is still being investigated, and the only thing we know so far is that it was “intentional”. No suspects have been named. Stop saying it was terrorists. Stop drumming up unnecessary paranoia until more information surfaces.
  3. Knock it off with the jokes. Chlorine gas is lethal and there was a very real possibility that people could have died, myself and my friends included. So get off of the “let’s hate on the furries” 2006-era 4channer train and grow the fuck up, please.

Beyond the obvious, this weekend was a lot of fun. It was the first furry con I’ve attended in two and a half years, and I had a blast seeing all of my friends. I’ll make a proper post when I’m not so exhausted.