Sunday, August 18, 2013

Public Furry

Every now and then, I will wear my leopard tail in public. Occasionally I'll get the typical wtf's and snickers, most people don't pay much attention to it. Every once and awhile, I'll get the one person who reacts with genuine amazement and curiosity. Might be an adult who probably had a really crappy week, or a child who has never seen such a thing. The sight of a man wearing a feline tail stirs their imagination, drowning their troubled mind with a joyful wonderment.

It's an incredible feeling when you know that you've made someone's day, even in the smallest way. The stresses of the modern human existence have made life incredibly difficult for many people. Could be a dead end job, religious or social oppression, or an argument with a loved one. It's a mad world, but sometimes the smallest things keep us going another day. Ask any fursuiter who performs in public, and they will tell you that this is why they do it. By standing out from the crowd, being silly, or just simply being yourself, you've brought happiness to someones life. Maybe in some indirect way, you've given someone on the fringe of giving up the will to live a little longer.

Having warn only a tail, I've gotten reactions that have without a doubt empowered someone. I can only imagine what kind of impact I'll make once I have my suit at the end of the year. Sure, some of my family members might be concerned with it. Maybe a few people might laugh, but so what? It doesn't matter if its mocking laughter or joyful laughter. There's no such thing as sad laughter, thus by giving them that ability to laugh, I have made a positive impact on their lives. If anyone doesn't like it, then it only means they're ignorant. Just ignore the hate and be awesome.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Jerk Reactions

When ever something happens, the general response is to figuratively swat at it until it goes away. It's the typical fight or flight response to any sudden change. When a shooting occurs, there's a sudden outcry to get rid of all weapons as if it would suddenly make all gun violence go away. When there's a bombing, security is tripled  in the immediate vicinity. A form of temporary martial law if you will. These are short term solutions for problems that have existed long before they became apparent. What ever action is taken in the short term will eventually become withdrawn or loose effectiveness because of the simple psychology and human nature.

When something happens, what does it take to resist the overwhelming urge to take rash actions? To avoid demanding restrictions on personal freedoms that might come back to haunt us in the long run is an essential step in avoiding hysteria. We have to remind ourselves to take a breath, step back from it all, and remember the fundamental reality. We are of one species, upon a single planet hurling around one of billions of stars among billions of galaxies in a vast universe. On the cosmic scale, we've only existed in the blink of an eye. Life is too short and valuable to be wasted by restricting how others choose to live. Far to precious to spend on such insignificant issues.

There will be those who, perhaps blinded by dogmatic thinking, will choose to cause harm. This might unfortunately be the case for as long as mankind exists. Regardless, we must choose wisely when and how to act when others choose to cause harm. No matter how minor an instance might seem, none can be resolved by a knee jerk solution without real consequences. With out knowing the full reality, it is impossible to have a full solution. Step away from your tribes, watch from high ground, and observe not only the parties in question, but yourself as well.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Waisted

I have an acquaintance who doesn't expect to live past one more year. He's developed a dependance on drugs and alcohol, and he is a chronic alcoholic. If not for his reason being clouded by poison, he would be a great guy to be around. Yet, even in a drunken stupor, I've seen a glimmer of greatness.

I'm convinced that, because he doesn't expect to live much longer, he simply doesn't care. I can't help someone that doesn't care. His total disregard for his own life has damaged his ability to reason, and once someone looses their ability to reason then they become a mindless zombie. There might still be a chance for him, but only if he finds a reason to go on. I doubt that will ever happen.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Generic Update + Three Year Plan for studio upgrades.

Things have been going well recently. Claws & Convo continues to grow as the show approaches it's 10th episode in three weeks. Our good friend Bear has been helping us out a lot, even covering our lodging for Anthrocon and helping to find precious computer hardware to improve the broadcast.

Meanwhile, it would appear that I may have a job opportunity (though probably temporary) working in a workshop in Bloomfield. If that goes through, I'll need to find  a place to live in the aria. I rather live in a regular house rather then an apartment, though with out a room mate I won't be able to afford it. Low rent housing tends to lack valuable studio space, which I'm going to need for the kinds of things I'm planning. I'm running out of space as it is.

If I'm able to find a room mate, then I'll look for two bedroom with a dining room which I'll turn in to a studio with a computer workstation. It'll be used to broadcast shows like Claws & Convo, recording and mastering music, and as a computer network room. It'll give me all the space I need to start working on computers again. I'll also have the space to have several dedicated systems for handling a live broadcast, including servers for shoutcast, IRC, and Teamspeak, as separate systems for recording and streaming audio & video (...eventually).


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cheguar Talks: Labels

Starting a new video series called "Cheguar Talks", where I just speak about these sort of philosophical subjects. This one is about labels, specifically self applied labels.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A good start for 2013

We've seen a lot of insanity over the last couple years. Everything from natural disasters to domestic terrorism and war. All part of the ebb and flow of our reality. We cant stop bad things from happening, but we can learn from what years past have taught and curve the status quot to a future slightly better then the present. 2012 brought us many lessons about not just the world around us, but perhaps more prevalent, lessons about ourselves.