Posts Tagged ‘Diary’

Facing Myself

Friday, January 5th, 2018

This is the beginning of 2018, often at these times we reflect and also post our hopes for the upcoming year ahead. (more…)

Farewell 2016!

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I made a New Year’s Resolution a few years ago that I would maintain a blog and try to write in it regularly for my own sanity. 2016 was an interesting year in that was plenty that I could have written about, but at times it seemed to smack you so hard that I felt I didn’t have time to sit and let it process or find the reliable sources that I wanted to construct an argument or make a solid case for a point of view.

From a political standpoint, I felt quite upset and frustrated at times that my generation doesn’t seem to be stepping up to the challenge. Voting figures are still down in UK & US and yet many don’t like the eventual results. In the London Mayoral elections and EU Referendum I made sure I put my vote in. With the nationalist angry mob seeming to be the ones holding the keys to several Governments right now I sometimes wonder what we can learn from our Canadian friends.

I am hoping that in 2017 some of the other nations that are holding elections in Europe find enough people won’t pick nationalist hate but progressive tolerance and continue to find ways together we can bridge divides and isolate those who wish to terrorise us.

Creatively I had some strong ideas that I attempted to implement at the beginning of the year and then they sort of fizzled out as other issues took over, such as moving house. However I am still optimistic and full of more ideas and keeping hold of others to try out when the time is right. Some of them I cannot do alone and already this year some of you have hinted at collaborations and ideas that I am really looking forward to developing on together.

My life really feels like it is in a different place now socially, I found a whole new group of wonderful people this year and my confidence in a social setting feels like it has expanded enormously. I am very thankful to a small number of close friends that I have made this year who have appreciated and supported me for who I am and encouraged me to build on my values.

I also have many friends who’ve stuck by me for some years and I thank you all for the time you’ve shared with me in the past year and I look forward to more new experiences and adventures in 2017.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Shoreham Disaster – What I Saw

Monday, August 24th, 2015

On Saturday 22nd August 2015, an aircraft crashed at Shoreham Airshow. This is my eyewitness account from the day.

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Furry Photography: Thoughts & Tips

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Does the Furry Fandom take photography for granted? Here’s some thoughts and personal photo tips!

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Furry Evolution: Initial Thoughts

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

After a successful crowd funding campaign, the virtual face motion-capture software Facerig has gone on beta release on Steam for around £10. Although not exclusively a furry piece of kit, the inclusion of at least 5 different anthro and feral animal avatars to pick and customise from at the base level is an interesting note in how the fandom’s presence is beginning to move out of the shadows.

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The main avatar that Facerig promoted its kit with on screenshots and clips for majority of the development was a red panda avatar. It immediately led to speculation that the Romanian development team behind the project must have a member of the community in its ranks. Surprisingly this turned out to be untrue, it appears that they have just noted the potential in the market to include anthro avatars.

The fandom itself has also begun to fund its own creative endeavours on crowd funding sites, with Fox Amoore’s Come Find Me and Alector Fencer’s Myre among the successful projects. The possibilities are potentially endless, even yours truly may find himself venturing on a crowd funding project at some point in the future.

Why bring those up, well Facerig demonstrates that furries can be a successful target audience for outside companies. While within the fandom, some of these large creative crowd funded projects could eventually lead to furry’s first canonical media.

In his video “The Future of Furry Fandom” (http://youtu.be/lwhTihZ3lRI), Camo discussed the possibility that as the fandom grows larger and more regional, viral and canonical media within the fandom may become essential to keep a core. While some media could be argued as that already, I would liked to think that we would not lose that vital component of being “fans of one another” which can really inspire self confidence and unlock hidden potential in people.

I also agree with Camo that the fandom will be generally accepted in the long term, and recent media reporting from Anthrocon and Eurofurence show a welcome move toward that direction. However the fandom’s PR should still be carefully managed at this stage, with media made by the community designed to engage with a wider audience, as well as the current selective media management many cons are involved in on behalf of its attendees and wider community.

As the numbers in our fandom continue to rise, and more cons start-up, the possibility of a fragmentation of furry is possible, however I hope that anyone in the fandom with a good idea will be able to achieve it and that we won’t lose that feeling that we’re all in this together on a level playing field.

Another more in-depth post on where the fandom could be headed is likely to be on cards sometime, however for now I wanted to reflect on where we are at this moment.

Opening Up

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Beginning the New Year with a New Outlook.

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Hello World!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Welcome to Paws for Thought, a message from Mikepaws

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