Friday, December 14, 2012

Another Shooting

By the time you're able to read this, then you've probably already heard about the shooting in Connecticut. The reports are just now starting to come in, and people are already tying to politicize the situation before anyone has any idea of the shooter's motives. Every time there's a tragedy, and someone figures out who did it, deciphering the motive is the last thing on their minds. Driven by fear, they'll put up walls. They demand laws and restrictions, demand that the law protects them.  Meanwhile, the motive that drives someone to kill still remains. I've said it time and time again, the only way to prevent tragedy is to eliminate the source of madness.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A new furry podcast from Strikepaw Studios

There's going to be a new podcast coming very soon, hosted by four to five furries out of Ottumwa Iowa. It's going to be a fun mix of improv comedy, news, and topical discussion which will be streaming live over UStream. Originally it was expected to only have two full time hosts, which was perfectly feasible with the equipment we have (at least as a start). Currently, we only have two dynamic mics, and our mixer can only handle three (with only one being an amplified mic channel). This creates a problem of only allowing two or three people to talk at a time, or crank up the one amplified mic and risk large amounts of annoying back ground noise and interference (we no like that).

Since we're all very poor, we need your help to remedy the situation. First thing we need is a bigger USB mixer (i.e. Behringer Xenyx 1204USB). Then we need two more microphones (like this), plus pop filters and stands. Eventually we'll also need a desktop computer to handle the broadcast, monitors, and a decent camera, since one mediocre laptop probably isn't a long term solution.

Check out the Strikepaw Studios main blog to find out more.

Friday, November 30, 2012


Normally I would keep personal stuff to live journal, but I felt I had to share.

I live in a single bedroom apartment. Alone. It's a nice place for what it is, neighbors are decent, I've got good heating and air conditioning, and a good internet connection. It's an okay place to live, but it's not quite home. Despite being close to family who visit often and are always there, and neighbors who are friendly, it's just shelter.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

More human form of animal.

There's something about furries that set us apart from the rest of society. Something beyond our weirdness and love of anthropomorphics. Something about our humanity which seems to have become more evolved.
" acting more like animals, we've become more human" _ 2 the Ranting Gryphon
 Perhaps it's the negative stigma perpetuated by the media, which we've been trying to correct for a long time, which has brought us closer. Perhaps it's our great diversity, or our playful nature. What ever the case, furries tend to be extremely compassionate. I witnessed this last weekend when I watched people falling over each other to shove money in to a charity jar during Midwest Furfest. With an attendance of 3,212, they raised around $40,000 for a tiny animal shelter. When the reps from that shelter described us as the most welcoming and generous people they've ever met in their entire lives, that with in five minutes of walking inside they felt at home... it stayed with me.

Furries. We are all part of a family that takes care of, not only our own, but fellow man. I came home from that convention with a new perspective of what home means. Part of me has refused to leave that place of warmth and kindness. Never have I felt so proud to be a part anything in my life. I want to thank every single one of those furries for welcoming me in. I'll see you all again next year!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Midwest Furfest (recap coming soon)

I've just returned from the greatest time at Midwest Fur Fest. I'll post more about it later, but for now I have yet to recover. All I can say is, despite it being a cold, cruel world, it was the most heart warming experience.

Here now are a few links to my stuff


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Atheism: The response to foolish

I've been an atheist for a few years, but not until a few months ago have I been as vocal about it. One might wonder why. Why would I risk loosing friends and burning bridges by speaking out over such a trivial issue as religion, or lack there of? The answer is quite simple. I have discovered something truly profound. Not only have I found a source of madness and delusion (as I mention in previous posts), but I have witnessed the full extent of it's hold on humanity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Age of Reason

Last night, we elected Barack Obama for a second term. At the same time, propositions in several states have passed which legalize gay marriage and marijuana. Foolish ideals based on dogma and greed are slowly dieing off as more and more people here in the US come to their senses and take a stand. Now that the elections are over, perhaps our president can stop pandering to the extreme right (and the religious psychos there in) and get some stuff done... assuming congress isn't going to be a bunch of bastards this time around. Hey, a guy can dream cant he?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dogmatic Triggers of Destruction

The measure of greatness is not one's wealth, social status, or past achievements. It is the ability to seek truth, and act on reason and understanding of the truth. Compassion is hard wired in to the human psyche, we see this in the aftermath of every disaster. What's also evident is the horrid effects of dogmas which tend to bypass our compassion when ever those dogmas are threatened, and completely shut down reason. In the face of chaos, religious individuals are most likely to neglect reason in favor of dogma. Through out history, this fact is evident.

Once more, there exists a wicked agenda amongst fundamentalists to wire ancient religious dogmas in to all parts of modern society, including government and education. It's become more apparent in recent years, since a new wave of reason began sweeping across the globe. Rising number of atheists and free thinkers are threatening to destroy fundamental religious dogmas, and the religious extremists are taking notice.

As the saying goes, the empty can rattles the most. Factions like the Westburrow Baptist Church are examples of this. The brainwashed followers have no capacity for reason, or choose to ignore reason for the benefit of their puppet master. Aside from being walking fire hazards that could probably fly if given enough head wind, they're blind to the world around them. It's pure disparity, they know they've lost, but cannot admit to it.

Dogmas and other forms of brain washing will switch off reason. Because of this, some individuals may become violent simply because they fear being wrong. We see this time and time again, where people are beaten, sometimes to death, just because of their beliefs or orientation. Dogmas turn reasonable people in to automatons. Puppets with a hair trigger which threaten to destroy the very foundation of reason.

There are mountains of evidence showing how destructive these religious dogmas can be. Even if an individual isn't violent, they can be self-destructive as result of dogma. If they want to pray, that is perfectly fine, so long as they understand that it is NOT effective and CANNOT be relied upon. Nature cannot be persuaded by prayer, nor can prayer heal the sick or deflect asteroids. That's the job of science and engineering.

Let's bury  these dogmas. Eliminate these illogical sources of hate. We're all humans, hardwired with curiosity, compassion, and the capacity for reason and love. Embrace it.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Let me guess, someone stole your sweet roll?

Not a day goes buy that I don't hear about someone wanting something banned just because they were inconvenience by it's existence. Yes, I could very well make this about guns or drugs and it'd be worded much the same, but it's not just these 'big' issues, but even trivial crap like clothing and spherical magnets. It's like wanting to ban every sharp knife in the country so you don't accidentally cut yourself. Your kid gets a black eye, so you ban baseball in schools. While we're at it, why don't we ban power tools? They're pretty dangerous. And get rid of those charcoal grills, they're a fire hazard! Stairs should go too, way too easy to fall down those. Let's also require crash helmets in automoWHERE THE FUCK DOES IT END?!?

In a best case scenario, it's just a band-aid. The band-aid does not heal the cut, the body must heal itself. YOU must put a little effort in to finding out the root of the problem, and find a realistic solution for your own damn problem. At least welcome the opportunity to learn. Society needs to stop trying to take the easy way out of every trivial inconvenience. As the old saying goes, there's no use in crying over spilled milk. Get a damn mop.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Big words.

Insoluble ideals have set in to motion a collective collapse of sociological infrastructure. What, in every logical sense, is completely harmless is disdained by the dogmas of bronze age heretics and holy relics. Further dogmas threaten to deteriorate the progress of knowledge and tear apart the true meaning of humanity and life itself. All of these false teachings based on superstition have corrupted humanity not to live for their own, but for a figment of fiction in return for uncertain reward. Is this not the wrong reason to do right? Should we not do good, not out of fear of punishment or expectation of reward, but for the sake of the common good? In stead of playing follow the leader to try to get to a heaven that might not even exist, wouldn't it be better to make our planet more like heaven so, at least if we can't enjoy it, later generations can?

That is all.

fyi: you may have noticed I've deleted most of my posts not related to philosophy or ranting. This is because I'm moving my mundane updates to my new live journal.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Finding meaning in dark places

There are situations no one wants to be in... ever. Some will try to run away and hide, and while they may save themselves from distress in the short term, may at the same time miss out on valuable perspective that could serve them later on in life. Others will think long term and weigh the options, a much more logical response. There are a rare breed that, despite the risk, charge head long in to the darkness. What ever the reason, they usually come out the hero... assuming they survive.

Some days, I feel like the coward. Others, I feel like the bad ass hero. Most days I want to believe I fall in to the latter, but in reality I must fall somewhere in between. Reality after all, is never black and white... rather just a billion shades of grey in which we're pretty much scattered and lost. Definitions, as close as they might be, are never exact. Meaning is always going to blur at some point, and the only clarity that is constant in our dimension is this: time always moves forward.

No matter how we see ourselves, or what we want to project, it will always be a rough and imprecise range of meaning. Meaning it self is always changing and evolving at a pace nearly impossible to keep up with. Let's not dwell on trying to define everything. Even the blurred lines can lead us to a realization. These blurs remind us of our flaws, and help us to find our strength. Perhaps if we delve in to the unknown, in to the dark places, we can find ourselves... our identity.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Constant activity

I've been getting back in to a lot of things, and starting a few new things, and all of these things are already starting to keep me busy. Keeping busy is good. It keeps the mind and body operating at peek efficiency. I've even started to notice how writing and producing content for this blog alone has effected my schedule, and along with my return to parkour, I'm sleeping and feeling much better overall. Motivation to do so hasn't always been a constant, it comes and goes like the tides, but every day it seems to get better.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Reality of Tomorrow

Time (atleast for us in the 3rd dimension) is a one way street, and we can only see the present and remember the past. Sure, the past gives us data on which we can make predictions for the future, but the tipping point will always remain in the present. I don't know how well this blog will do, or if the radio station will take off. Matter of fact, because of my condition and surroundings, my chances aren't too great.

However, even the slightest anomaly in the present can send events in a completely new direction. Tomorrow I might bump in to some rich and generous professional who likes my blog. It's unlikely, but still possible. I could also die. The fact is, anything is possible at any moment regardless of likelihood. The key to unlock likelihood is in our hands. Right now. The things we do, the investments we make, and the things we teach our children today will set the course for the future. Its up to you. Me also sort of, but mostly you.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Coming Storm

The dry spell here in Centerville Iowa has passed for now, the grass returning to it's green color. It makes me think about how humanity tends to almost shut down when times get hard, almost taking on a dormant state just as the grass turns brown. The creative engine is still running, though it has entered a hyper-milling mode to conserve fuel. This is the state society is in right now. The war and recession was our drought, and a storm cloud is just over the horizon.

Sooth say: A War is coming

We will see the rain again, but only if we're willing to endure the coming storm. If you've been keeping up with the tensions present between the governments of the world, you know China is starting to look rather warlike, Syria is at war with itself, and North Korea is having it's usual tantrums. That said, we're bound to see something snap within the decade.

I predict a war between Japan and North Korea is imminent, meanwhile we Americans are bound to have our rebellious reputation put to the test. If it happens, it will be the first time in nearly 200 years since we've faced an invading army on the soil of mainland America. While the success of an invasion attempt is unlikely, the threat is now looming. Things may change, but we citizens need to have a plan just in case.

Evacuation (Bugging out)

The first priority is going to be to assess your surroundings. Find three or more escape routes, preferably back roads and trails. An invading force is more likely to be watching the main roads, and will be least knowledgeable of alternate routes (especially if they're not on any map). The first thing they will do is wipe out and take over infrastructure near port cities along the coast, so the best direction to flee will be inland. Small towns in the Midwest with National Guard armories will be, at least for a while, a safe place to take refuge.


Assemble a "bug out bag" with enough food and gear to survive in the wilderness for three days, and have it near the door so you can grab it in a moment's notice. If you don't own a four wheel drive truck, then make evacuation plans with some one who does. You'll need a few in your convoy when the roads become impassible or cease to exist.

Eventually you will have to defend yourself and your group. This doesn't mean to go buy a gun and all the ammunition you can tomorrow, that'll just make you a target when the invaders start looking through records for gun owners who might be potential resistance (I'll get to resistance later). What it does mean is, gather what weapons and ammo you already have, ONLY what you can carry, and pack them in to a combat pack. You're not going to engage enemy forces (at this point), so take no more ammo then you can carry. The best weapon you can pack is your brain, followed by a good machete.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rant: Out of rage

There was a time when I was constantly being bombarded by trolls and various morons. A time when there was always something to be pissed off about enough to post a rant. It seems those days are long gone, leaving only my own problems and the mundane corruption in religion and politics to rant about. When I originally started blogging back in the days of Strike Hangar 18, I wanted to show a unique perspective about unique problems and ideas. Now, there are no longer unique problems to rant about. Just the stuff every one else is ranting about; economy, politics, religion, and corruption. While I use to always try to take middle ground, there is no middle ground on these issues. Middle ground is dead.

It could be, though, that I've simply ran out of rage. Nothing gets to me anymore. There are no intelligent arguments left to warrant my attention, just morons that don't know anything about grammar or spell check and various religious nut cases. Instead of being aggravating, it's just cute. Cute, how they put up walls and then get angry when their walls are knocked down by logic.

I think the moral here is the more walls you put up, the weaker you become.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Things that make no sense

How many things in the world can you think of that don't make sense? A lot, right? Well, let's just go over just a few things which are, for lack of a better word, retarded.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Big deal

If you've seen the news recently, you may notice that there have been a few stories that, let's be honest, you don't give a damn about. There's also those reports that, even though they may some how apply to your situation, they might as well be reporting a 500 mile wide asteroid hurtling toward New York. What's worse, some people are sucked in to it and some how pull an opinion out of their ass even though they, like everyone else not directly involved, are completely ignorant.

When did the Zimmerman trial become anyone's business outside of Florida? Why should I give a damn about someone playing a prank on their mate half way across the country? As far as I'm concerned, unless it's going to cause civil unrest or blow me off the face of the earth, it's just irrelevant gossip that should be left to the tabloids and half-wit blogs that specialize in such crap.

Everyone has an opinion. Whether it's their business or not (usually not), too many let their own personal bias get in the way of proper judgment and research. It's your right to have an opinion, but damnit! Do some homework before vomiting your brains all over the internet. I'm sick of hearing about things that I don't give a damn about, then having a pompous dick spew half digested rumor all over the place.

I'm sick of society placing value in irrelevance. I'm annoyed by an ignorant populace spreading half-baked opinions. It only serves to make matters worse, and by the time they realize their error the world has already gone to hell.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fear of the Dark

What lies beyond the darkness?

Humanity has come to fear the unknown. In most cases it's our own instinct for self-preservation. In the case of our ancestors, it made since because we didn't yet have the technology to defend ourselves from things that could kill us (early hominids weren't quite on the top of the food chain). Today that same instinct keeps us safe from other humans (mostly scam artists, thieves, and psychopaths) and the occasional swamp monster.