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  • Tue, 17:28: Eating at @FostersGrilleFM; Thor is on the TV and "We Are the Champions" is on the radio, which strangely fits very well.
  • Tue, 19:58: There are weird side-effects to spending a lot of time with cartoon characters. https://t.co/ONP38KVdL3
  • Tue, 20:00: But I’m not in Soviet Russia! https://t.co/ff4YwgmpOy
  • Tue, 22:46: RT @mlp_Radio: And now the weather. Tomorrow’s climate will be made mostly of nitrogen, binding with oxygen and a few other elements to mak…
  • Tue, 22:46: RT @mlp_Radio: This has been your Evening Recap. And now, uninterrupted and commercial free: several hours of total silence.
  • Tue, 22:51: RT @cracked: "LA Traffic SUCKS" I complained into my smart phone while traveling faster than 99.9% of human beings ever dreamt was possible.
  • Tue, 22:55: We’ve been a bit worried about Buddha, as his appetite has not been very good. (He has IBD.)
  • Tue, 22:55: However, the vet gave us some anti-nausea meds for him, and they seem to have done the trick. He just demolished a dish of food! \0/
  • Tue, 22:56: This, obviously, is a big relief. ^.^’ I’m hoping it will enable me to sleep well tonight. :)
  • Tue, 22:56: Let’s find out, shall we? G’nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow! <3
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Fandom February! (Too Much To Do List)

It's February 1st, which means it's time for the monthly agenda post!

This month's big focus is going to be on identifying, shoring up, and generally focusing my "personal brand," for lack of a better term– hence my declaration of Fandom February. When the original Suburban Jungle was at its peak, there was a definite identity to the SJ fandom, largely centered on the forums. There was a "SJ fan code," our own rituals (notably the Welcome Pineapple from Chad Hershey and liberal use of the phrase "Are you crazy, is that your problem?") and so forth.

A lot of that energy dissipated when SJ ended, but also because the nature of online fandom changed. Forums are not really a thing any more, with online interaction having factionalized into groups on Facebook, groups on Twitter, groups on Tumblr, groups on FA/DA etc., etc. And of course, I no longer have the World-Moving Juggernaut Power of Mammallamadevil acting as my confidant/publicist/merchandiser/room party organizer.

But that doesn't mean fandom is gone, by any stretch! It just means I have to retool how I connect with my readers, and how I get my readers to connect with each other. There's no way I can keep up with it all by myself, but the great thing about having awesome fans, is that I don't have to.

To that end, I'm working on a plan which, in my usual needlessly overblown way, I'm calling "Operation Jungloid Army!" My goal is to get my readers to also become advocates and evangelists, spreading the word about Suburban Jungle and my other projects, and growing the audience. Let's get back to that place of having a fandom identity, and grow it even further!

I'll be expanding on this in the upcoming weeks, both here and among my Patreon supporters, but in the meantime please post ideas and suggestions! After all, the point is to get you involved in the process, so please hop in!

As for the rest of the month's plan...

  1. Fandom February/Operation Jungloid Army

  2. Patreon Raffle: Avatar Commish

  3. 5+ RH pages

  4. Sky Pirates revisions

  5. AC conbook art

  6. Resolve lease

  7. Clean out basement

  8. Taxes (including PA/IL)

  9. California trip! :D :D :D

  10. MRI

  11. Surgery

...That's a lot. O.o Better get on it!

January In Review

January was a good month for getting things done! Not everything that was on last month's post got accomplished, alas, but a lot of things that weren't on the list did, which is one of those things that takes getting used to about these lists.

List As Written

  1. Turn in notice at Starbucks.

  2. Reorganize Patreon.

  3. KarmaKat commish.

  4. Redliox commish.

  5. Inkblitzer commish.

  6. 5+ Rough Housing pages. (Partial success: drew two.)

  7. Final Sky Pirates second draft revisions.

  8. Clean bedroom.

  9. Taxes! Blugh.

Things Also Accomplished Not On the List

  1. Started a Bullet Journal which I have been using to great effect.

  2. Collected notes and ideas from a babillion different notebooks scattered all over to said journal.

  3. Acquired a new URL for a project I hope to do soon. (Can't say what! Spoilers!)

  4. Arranged heart ablation surgery.

  5. Repaired a broken kitchen shelf.

So! A pretty big month. And February will be just as big if not bigger!

-The Gneech
Current weight: 286.8, down 0.2 lbs from last week.
Total weight lost: 32.2 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (82 weeks).
Average weight lost: 0.4 lbs/week.

Reducing carbs: No effect.
Reducing intake: No effect.
Lifestyle changes: No effect.
Anything at all: No effect.

-The Gneech


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A Secret Comes Out

So, this is something I've been quietly contemplating for years now. And I think it's pretty clear with the release of Rough Housing that it's just going to become more visible as time goes on. Today, I posted to Twitter:

"I have a confession to make. I’ve tried to hide it long enough. The truth is, I’m 1/4 otter on my mother’s side.

I shall now honor my ancestors by consuming some delicious tuna."

Mind you, it was just a silly tweet. However, my followers all seemed to agree!

@CityFlyer502: "That otter please them. :D"

@GalloViking: "Have you hidden otter things from us?"

I followed up with:

"Kidding aside, in the world of furry phenotypes, I’ve wondered for a while if otter isn’t in there somewhere.

If lion is my 'ferocious/spiritual' side, otter would be my silly bounce when I’m at my best. Plus the whole swimming, fish-eating thing. :d

Also, no cracks about sea lions please. I am definitely not one of those. ;P"

This led to responses such as:

@inkblitzer: "Oh, I'm pretty sure they are."

@Pyropone: "Sure they are! Otters can be adorable!"

@ CoaldustPony: "But otter is your silly side! So at least 256% otter."

So, I kinda feel like the guy who comes out to his parents only to have them say "We've known since you were six, dude." XD

@DatBirdBrain asked, "Liotters can be friends with zebras since they eat mostly fish then, right?" To which I responded "I never met a zebra I didn't like! ...But I've only ever met, like, two."

That said, I'm not going to start calling myself a liotter. Firstly, because I am and pretty much always have been a lion, just a lion who is part otter. And secondly because "liotter" looks like "loiterer" every time I see it, and I'm definitely not one of those!

-The Gneech *bounce!*
In my thoughts about reincarnation/past lives topics, I keep coming back to this story from Ian Stevenson:

"When I first went to India, I met with a swami there, a member of a monastic order. I told him about my work and how I thought it would be important if reincarnation could be proven, because it may help people to lead more moral lives if they knew they would come back after death. There was a long silence, a terrible silence, and finally he said, 'Well, that's very good, but here, reincarnation is a fact, and we have just as many scoundrels and thieves as you do in the West.' I'm afraid that rather deflated my missionary zeal."

I was thinking particularly about the difference in how one might approach their life in a "this is all you get" (or "traditional western") mode vs. a "this is just your current spin of the wheel" (or "eastern") one. [1] I mean, at the end of the day, particularly given the power of rationalization, people are pretty much going to do what they're going to do.

Take "chasing a lifelong dream" for instance. In theory, if you believe you only live once [2], that should inspire you to go for the gusto! ...Unless you are so fearful of screwing up your one chance that you get paralyzed by indecision.

On the other hand, if you believe you will go around again and again until you get it right, that should inspire you to take risks and go big because failure is an illusion! ...Unless you get distracted or just putter around forever because there's nothing pushing you to strive forward.

In the end, we (being humanity writ large) don't really know (although I suspect most individuals have pretty solid views on the subject). Regardless of how the game actually plays out, what people do still boils down to individual character. A saint is going to be awesome to/for everybody because that's what they want to do, regardless of whether heaven is waiting for them or not; an asshole is going to be an asshole whether they're just plain dead at the end or they'll have a karmic debt on the next go-around.

So, yeah. As strange as it seems, it looks to me like the afterlife and worldly morals/ethics have surprisingly little to do with each other, regardless of what the preachers say.

-The Gneech

[1] I have read (but don't know how true it is) that early Christianity embraced the concept of multiple lives, but that it was basically "edited out" by church leaders in favor of the "heaven/hell forever" model in order to make it easier to control their followers. It was a totally fatuous thing to do, if so, but given the way humans are sometimes, it also wouldn't surprise me.

[2] Either because you get one shot at life and go to heaven/hell, or because we're all bags of electrochemical reactions that are effectively self-programmed robots who just think we have a consciousness because we've evolved to tell ourselves so. Pick your existential horror of choice.
So this afib thing that's been going on, I've been on one med for a year now that is basically there to keep the bottom half of my heart from taking damage when the top half of my heart freaks out.

However, the top half of my heart keeps on freaking out. So a colleague of my original heart doc gave me another prescription designed to keep the top half of my heart from freaking out. That med made my brain freak out instead, causing me to wake up from nightmares. Not so good.

So second doc took me off that med and put me on another med. That med has not made me frantic like the first one, but I am still a lot more twitchy and anxious than normal, and I suspect that the medicine is a culprit.

However, I am scheduled for the heart ablation surgery at the end of February, so instead of switching meds again, I'm going to try to manage the twitchiness with meditation and relaxation exercises until the surgery comes.

Hopefully, after the surgery, I won't need the meds any more, and I'll be okay. But in the meantime, if I seem on edge, I apologize in advance. I'm not quite myself at the moment.

-The Gneech *twitch, twitch*

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Andy's! :d

It's official! laurie_robey and I will be having dinner at Andy's Bar-B-Que on Saturday, February 13th.

In case, y'know, any of you want to join us.

-The Gneech

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