Posted by: bluefoxy | January 26, 2015

Getting Things Done

2015 really feels like the kinda year to get things done!

And hey, I am indeed getting some things done. So are my parents by the looks of things.

Right at the beginning of the year, My mom got us a new washing machine. The old one was all dirty and falling apart. The new one is just so clean and quiet you wouldn’t even realise it’s running until you saw it running.
She also had some new gutters installed a couple of week or so after that. Normally that woulda cost a few thousand pounds but she found a good deal and had it done for just six hundred and odd quid. Not too bad. Adds a bit of value to the house too.
About a week after that, I contributed 200 quid towards her funds and she used it to help her buy two separate single beds because;
1) She was sick of how uncomfortable the old double bed made her feel and
2) She was sick of being woken up by mah dad staggering in absolutely plastered and collapsing into bed.

I helped her get some new pillows and quilt covers from Tesco. I got a couple of new pillow cases and a new quilt cover for myself seen as we were at it. I also found a throw-pillow with a rather cute greyscale picture of a fox on it to pad the footrest in my bedroom with.

So what did I, myself get up to?
Well the first thing that happened was on Saturday the 3rd. I was heading downtown into Stockport. I forget why. But I had barely left my neighbourhood when I came across a dead cat by the side of the main road.
Poor little thing musta been hit by a car.
I decided to leave it and continue with my errands and if it was still there on me way back I’d ring the police non-emergency hotline and report it. (I dunno the number for the RSPCA)
It wasn’t there on me way back so I guess someone else picked it up.
I’ve never seen a dead cat before. When I first saw it from a distance I was like “The heck is that?” and then when I could finally see what it was, I was like “OMG”.

On Thursday the 8th I attended my first Weightwatchers meeting. I’d gotten my hands on a free voucher off one of their magazines so I decided to use that first followed by my Healthy Stockport vouchers.
So I learned that Weightwatchers has this thing called Propoints. They’re a measure of how healthy and unhealthy food is. The lower the points, the healthier the food.
You have a weekly propoints “budget” and each time you eat something worth propoints you take it outta your budget. This weekly budget is 49 points. You exceed that budget, you’re likely to gain weight, you keep to that budget, you’re guaranteed lose weight no mater what. Simple as that.

They have a little propoints calculator you can use to calculate how many propoints something is worth, so I bought one.
I’ve had some surprising results from some of the staples of my regular diet before joining Weightwatchers. Turns out my diet is not as healthy as I thought it was.
You know I’ve been having vegetable soup for lunch pretty much every day? Turns out it’s worth 5 propoints, which is quite a lot. To be fair, it’s a supermarket’s own brand soup so I imagine it’s really processed and full of all sorts of nastiness. So my mom got me a couple of cans of Weightwatchers veg soup, which is only 3 points. Tried some. It’s alright. I’ll tell her to get more on the next shop.
Also, not all cereals who claim they’re healthy are actually healthy. Cheerios is another 5 points. Incredibly enough, Weetos is only 3 points, which is actually not bad considering it’s a cereal with chocolate in it.
Anyway, Porridge is a good healthy alternative. I like porridge so that’s alright. But not all porridges are healthy either. First I had Quaker Oats, which turned out to be 6 points per sachet. Then my mom switched me to something called Mornflake Oats which is 4 points…which is better than 6 I suppose, though Weightwatchers has an own brand porridge available at meetings, worth 3 points per sachet. So I might buy some at me next meet.
At any rate I’m keeping track of me food intake using an indexed diary I accidentally bought from a shop. I prefer non-indexed page-a-day diaries. So I went back and bought a non-indexed diary to keep track of interesting stuff I get up to and the indexed diary I’ll use purely to monitor my food intake and of any excersize I do so I know where I need to make changes.
I’ve already made quite a few changes. Right from the start I knew I needed to stop putting sugar in me cups of tea, so I switched to sweetener. Normal sugar is pretty nasty and probably makes something worth, like, a million points. Sweetener brings it down to just 1 point per cup, which is great news for someone like me who runs on cups of tea.
Well I’m definitely doing something right at any rate. From my starting weight of a whopping 18 stone 5 pounds on my first meet, on my second meet I’d dropped 3 pounds to 18 stone 2, then on my third meet I dropped another consistent 3 pounds to 17 stone 11…and I’m barely even trying! Imagine if I really tried hard at this!

It might be all the walking I’ve been doing. Half an hour pretty much every day. And what I’ve been doing is taking my camera down the local nature reserves. My bonus reward is snapping a rare member of the feathered variety. And I’ve already been getting some pretty special birds in the form of a Woodpecker at Vernon Park…
Woody woodpecker
Oh, you beauty!
…and a Treecreeper down Reddish Vale…
Extra special, this!
…oh and this one down Chadkirk Chapel…
Looks like a big dark patch of the tree trunk
Oh and one of my more recent walks yielded this;
I can see a rainbow...
So yeah. Rewards like that for an avid shutterbug like me plus the fact I’m excersizing off the pounds equals one happy blue fox.

On Friday the 9th my mum and I went on a day out to Macclesfield. As we were waiting for the train back home again, I noticed a poster on a wall.
Someone at Macclesfield train station obviously has a sense of humour.
The poster sed “No running, No skateboarding or cycling, No smoking…
No sumo wrestling, No teleporting, No flying while on the platform.

Obviously meant in good fun as a joke.
#Illuminati #Project Pegasus

I think that just about covers everything for this update.

So until next time,
Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox.

Posted by: bluefoxy | January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year, everybody!

So what kinda year was 2014? Well, it was an interesting one to say the least. But we’ll get to that in a minute.
I think it passed by at a sort of steady pace…not particularly fast, nor particularly slow…though I kinda feel November, specifically, came and gone in a flash.

Alright, let’s go through the list;

1) Lose weight by eating more healthily and excersizing daily. Keep a food and excersize diary to help you with this.
Begin as soon as you ditch this bout of the sniffles you’ve acquired. May be a good idea to go fetch some diluteable OJ to help fight it.

Status - Fail

This is an obvious fail. I don’t even need to explain it. I gave up on monitoring my weight weekly to keep an eye on my progress because it was still ballooning despite the fact that I was being at least somewhat mindful of what I eat, trying to keep to healthy choices, I’m pretty sure I eat at least two portions of fruit and/or veg a day. I have vegetable soup for lunch literally daily, which I feel in itself should count for two. My real problem is excersize, I just can’t keep myself motivated to stick to a regular regime of excersize because it feels like a lot of work for little reward, and even still gaining weight on top of what I’m trying to lose, and the laziness in me kicks in and says “Why even bother if it’s not gonna work?”
But I think 2015 is the year I’m finally gonna get a handle on my weight and make some real progress. I’ll get to that in a bit.

2) Buy a new computer. The HP Pavillion you saw for £570.
Better get some good software too…Microsoft Office, and a decent anti-virus/internet security other than Norton…
Norton’s okay at eradicating viruses that get in, but apparently not so good at keeping them out in the first place…you need something that’s good at both.

Status - Fail

Okay I can explain this one. This, together with this next one;

3) Buy the PS4. Hopefully the price will have dropped a bit later on in the year.
Start your PS4 game collection at the same time too, with Watchdogs and Infamous Second Son or Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Status - Fail

…were actually shelved in favour of focusing my efforts on fulfilling this;

4) Finish the animation you’re throwing together for your Scotland trip videos.
Pretty much all the hard work is out of the way…this shouldn’t be too hard to complete pretty quickly.

Status - Succeed

I decided to prioritize finishing my Scotland Trip Video over everything else because I thought I’d be able to get it done quickly…however, I underestimated my tendency to procrastinate, and I didn’t actually 100% complete this until September. The animation I wanted to do for the intro took a lot more work than I expected. But I finally did it. However, I think I’ll have to forget about adding custom animated intros to my videos for now, until I have gained some experience on how to get them done quickly and with some level of good quality, coz the animated intro for my Scotland vids didn’t quite turn out how I envisioned. It’s pretty close, but I imagined it to be a bit smoother. Still, it’s very good considering I have very little prior animation experience.

5) Figure out how to create multiple YouTube channels.
I’ll need one for my fursona for animated furry related shenanigans and arty speed-draws, one for MLP-related stuff with Typhoon, one for gaming videos so I can do lets plays and whatnot, and I’ll keep my current one for my real life videos.

Status - Fail

I don’t really need to do this just yet. This was more for after I got my new computer. Then I could get the multiple accounts set up ready as I try to go for becoming a famous Youtuber delving into everything that interests me.
I’ve decided to reduce the number of accounts by one, Typhoon is gonna have is shenanigans mixed in with my fursona’s semi-animated furry shenanigansns on the same channel, and still have real life and gaming on separate channels.

6) Visit The Blue Planet Aquarium.
I know this is on a low light right now…but who knows? Maybe we’ll get a chance to go sometime during summer.

Status - Fail

You know what? I think I’ll just stop including this. It’ll happen when it happens. No need to say I’m gonna do it and not do it. I might as well not mention it at all and then, if I do end up doing it, I’ll definitely post about it.

7) See if you can tick off some of the other items in your “to buy” list.

Status - Fail

I didn’t get any of the items I listed on last year’s new year post. But I did get a new digital camcorder, which we kinda needed. So I guess that’s something.

Okay now that that’s done, let’s go over what actually happened this last year.

The first thing that happened was that whole mix-up with Seetec and B + M’s…
Dang, that was this year? That feels like it was at least two years ago now! I pretty much completely forgot about both B + M’s and Seetec!

Man, I still say that whole business with that random manager was fishy to say the least. And yeah, my time at B + M’s is just not even worth mentioning on my CV. Let’s just forget about that whole sorry chapter and move on.

Let’s see…what else we got? A whole lot of stuff about Assassin’s Creed…
That hilariously surreal upside-down car incident on the A6…
Still complaining that I keep seeing too many funeral hearses…

Learning something new about Graphite…and learning how to clean the contacts on my PS3 controllers…
That trip to Higher Poynton. Heh, that was fun.
Oh yes, those pictures from my local nature reserve. Those are some pretty sweet pics if I do say so myself.
Ahh, my friend Luna…why do you hide away so much? I really must try to get her to hang out with me in real life again.
Heh, our Minecraft escapade sure was fun, even if I did die a lot. LOL! Just wait till I get my own copy.

Oh yeah! That new Second Life club that I instantly got a job in!
It’s shut down now. Apparently the main owner wants to go pursue a career in real life as a DJ.
But man, oh, man, was he a bad club boss. He outright cockblocked something that was so OBVIOUSLY a good idea.
Two of the staff managers pretty much had the same idea at the same time…to have a schedule for the staff so everybody knows what everybody is doing.
At the time, I was doing a trail period to see if I would make a good euro head host, so I saw these two doing this and I thought it would be a good idea to have them talk to each other and merge all the staff schedules into one schedule for everybody, so we all know who’s available when, and so it would improve communications.
But nope, he just wouldn’t have it. No idea why not. Urgh. I’m so stealing the idea for my own club if I get the chance to make my own again.
Speaking of my trial period…yeah, I got a chance to experience being a Euro Head Host. First I was asked coz the previous one wasn’t doing their job…and I was like heck yeah…but then they started doing their job for a bit and everybody kinda forgot about me until I asked if I was still in the running…and they were like “well, it’s open now…if you wanna have a go, we’ll hook ya up!” and so they did.
Now from what I can remember from the initial explanation of my duties, I was to spend at least one hour per day physically in the club and I was to do everything in my power to fill those early morning shifts with hosts. Seemed simple enough.
And I felt I was doing okay, and for a good couple of weeks everybody was happy, UNTIL…they arranged some kinda re-opening event for a new club build they came up with…
And the GM poked me in IMs and was like “Why aren’t you here? You’re supposed to be here all afternoon until 4 PM Second Life Time!” (Midnight my time)
And I’m like “Wait a sec, you didn’t tell me that, you told me I only needed to do one hour!”
And she was like “No, we specifically, clearly told you your duties, I clearly remember telling you ‘you have to commit a full afternoon until 4PM SLT!'”
…well I knew I just couldn’t do that. Luckily as I was still in a trial period, I was free to leave and there would be no hard feelings. But the GM did admit they were “Disappointed”.
I’m a bit disappointed myself. The club had a lot of potential but it was just squandered. It didn’t pull the crowds I thought it would. It just bombed pretty much right from the word go.
I’m gonna have to try to get re-hired in the club I was in before that. I lost my job there because I kinda lost my drive to be an epic host there. They were asking me if I needed a break…I shoulda taken that as a sign that yes, yes I did.
But I was too stubborn to see it. I feel should tell ‘em, “Hey, next time you feel the need to ask me if I want a break, just TELL me I need a break, okay?”

Oh yeah, and finding SL love in the form of the lovely Lavander. Heh, we’re just so right for each other. We’ve picked out our song. It’s Kiss’s “I Was Made For Loving You”. Probably a popular choice but when it comes to how this relationship feels, nothing fits quite as perfectly as that song. Plus you really can’t go wrong with such a classic, can you?

Moving on…Oh that whole escapade with the switch and the router. Hey, at least I know now! And hey, it got me some extra ports for all my technical doo-dads that require internet!
And the 2014 MCM expo, that was a lot of fun.
And yes, the final completion of my Scotland Trip videos in September. Oh, the relief.
Oh, the fox sighting. Yeah, that was something special. You know, one of these days, I’m gonna see a fox and I’m gonna have a camera on me and that’ll be the best day of my life.
Oh yes our trip to Rochdale. That was interesting.
Oh I already explained my short-term as a trial Euro head host in that post. Oh, well.
And then I talk about wanting to do a video tour of where I live.
And then I have that trouble with Videopad and accidentally deleting it without checking to see if it did it properly.
And finally we get on to my GP recommending I get in touch with Healthy Stockport. Okay.

So first thing I need to let you guys know about, is I got to re-finish editing together the tour of my house, and this time make sure it publishes the whole thing. There must be a publish whole video button somewhere.
Then I just have one quick artistic endeavour to finish up and a story to finish writing, and THEN, FINALLY, I’ll be able to get a new computer.

Second thing I need to let you guys know about is what happened when I got in touch with Healthy Stockport on the advice of my GP.
So what happened was, I filled out the application online, because I kinda mucked it up on the leaflet, as you do.
Then about a couple of days later I got a phone call from a lady, pretty much asking all the questions that the online application asked, probably just to verify I was the one that filled it in. She then said she’d send me some Weightwachers vouchers, which I received…I think it was either a Wednesday or a Friday, a couple of weeks before Christmas Eve/Day.
Anyway, she then explained that an advisor would contact me and arrange an appointment to see me and arrange a plan of action to help me get into shape.
And that’s exactly what happened, a woman called Michelle rang me and set up a meeting on Wednesday at midday at the local library, which was perfect.

So me and Michelle talked and I explained I tried doing things on my own and I didn’t get anywhere coz it’s hard to keep motivated on your own. She and I basically set up an action plan that I would do a walk, 30 minutes, 5 days out of the week, and then come back to see her the following Wednesday.
Well the day after I talked to Michelle was miserable and rainy. I didn’t fancy going out in that.
Then Friday started out fine, so I set out for a walk that day to head down to Vernon Park, which was easily a half hour walk away in itself, but then about halfway to Vernon Park, it started to rain, and when I was four fifths of the way there, it got to the point where it was bucketing it down…so I was like “bunk this” and just went home.
Then on Saturday my mom was like “Do you want to go to Lyme Park?” and so we went to Lyme Park. We did around about 3 hours of walking in one day, give or take 30 minutes.
I skipped Sunday, then on Monday I went down Reddish Vale and had a walk round there with my camera, snapping some birds.
I don’t remember what I did on Tuesday.
Then on Wednesday I had to walk down to the jobcenter, and then walk to the library to see Michelle again to tell her what I did. I didn’t exactly follow her plan, but hey, Lime Park was in itself a whole week’s worth of excersize in one day!
So then we agreed we would meet again in the new year, keep up the good work.
It rained all day on Thursday again,
Then on Friday it was nice so I took my camera down Vernon Park and got this;
A Greater Spotted Woodpecker. That’s pretty special. There were actually a couple of them flitting around…one of them flitted off, but this one was obviously very obligatory. I got five very decent pictures of it.

Then before we knew it, Christmas Day rolled around. Now normally my parents and I don’t really bother doing anything special for Christmas, so I was honestly very surprised when my mom gave me a bag containing a long t-shirt (because both she and I are sick of short t-shirts and low-slung pants exposing my arse all the time. [she got it from Topman, who it turns out were doing a sale on them, so I got a few myself the other day]) and a pillow with a picture of a fluffy fox in snow on it. Brilliant!

We then had a Christmas Day walk down Reddish Vale, and I took my camera again…and not only did we see a Kestrel perching on the viaduct…
…but we also saw an honest-to-god Kingfisher!
Now, I did attempt to take a picture of the Kingfisher, but it was way on the other side of the pond from us, and despite using all the zoom my digital camera had, the blighter still looked like a little blue and orange dot on the view screen. I was literally seething under my breath “My kingdom for more zoom!!” at the time.
I was hoping maybe I could get it up better on my computer, but no luck, it’s all pixellated. I’ll have to remember to ask my dad to see if he can do anything with it.

Really, these appointments with Michelle are just a bit of a failsafe to make sure I commit to daily excersize. Walking is just a starting point coz it’s fairly easy, and some experts say it’s the best excersize you can undertake.
I’ve also decided that I’ll take my camera on each walk I go someplace with some greenery, and each time I get something rare is a reward for getting out there…and it is a reward, I wouldn’t be getting shots like those if I hadn’t taken time to experience real honest-to-goodness life!

I really must remember to look up local Weightwatchers meets in my area to see when and where the next one is so I can join up and use those vouchers. Maybe my diet isn’t as healthy as I think, and they can point me in the right direction.

One last thing. At some point between my last blog post and this one, I paid a visit to PC world to see if the HP Pavillion I has my eye on is still there…but I couldn’t find it…however I did see much better HPs…ones with 3 terrabyte hard drive, a 8 gig memory and various numbers of core processors.
Price? Higher than ONE. THOUSAND. POUNDS.
Jumping jehosaphat…I don’t think I wanna pay that much. Not unless they can put me on some kinda payment plan to spread the cost over a period of time, rather than sink that whole load in one go. 500 or so quid is one thing, but over a thousand? Dang.

Maybe I can find something going for a much more decent price when it finally comes time to buy it. We’ll see.

So here we go, my list of things I’d like to do during 2015;

1) Go for a walk at least 5 days a week. Don’t get so nitpicky about going the same places over and over in rapid succession. You never know, you might see something rare.

2) Join Weightwatchers. Pretty self-explanatory.

3) Buy a new desktop computer. Whatever they got that you can afford without too much hassle that’s still decent. And yeah, decent software to go with it.

4) Buy a PS4 and some games to go with it, such as Watchdogs, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Infamous Second Son, Destiny, and Minecraft PS4 version.

5) Look into how to create multiple YouTube Channels. You already got one for real life. You also need one for general internet shenanigans with your fursona and pony shenanigans with Typhoon, and one for gaming, doing lets plays and whatnot.

I reckon that’ll do it.
I got a feeling 2015 is gonna be a good year…the year I finally get my life in order. Then I’ll really be motoring, just so long as nothing catastrophic happens to prevent it.

So until next time,

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox Thom

Posted by: bluefoxy | November 27, 2014

It’s Been A While

Sheesh, it’s been a while since I last updated this blog of mine. I kinda forgot aboit it till now. I didn’t even do a post on me birthday. I guess I’ve just been busy.

So let’s see if I can bring you all up to speed on what’s been going on in my life.

I got a brand spanking new digital camcorder!
Yeah, I know I’ve been saying my very next big purchase would be a new computer, but I decided to allow an exception, since the digital camcorder we had was sorta busted.
I mean, it still works but the viewscreen had a big black hole in the middle of it. water somehow got in there and shorted out some of the viewscreen’s pixels.
Plus it wasn’t the best quality of camcorder anymore anyway. It was time for an upgrade.

So I decided to put the new camcorder through it’s paces and did a quick tour video of where I live, which would have been up on Youtube by now if not for a pretty major error on my part.

See, because this camcorder was so new, it recorded in a format that Windows Movie Maker didn’t really recognise…so I decided to aquire some new video editing software too. Found a “free” one online called Videopad, so i downloaded that.

Turns out Videopad is very similar to Windows Movie Maker, only with a few more bells and whistles.

As luck would have it, it came with free video file conversion software too, so I was able to convert the video files to a filetype I could use.

I had everything edited together more or less how I wanted and I hit a button called “export video” thinking this would save the whole edited thing as a filetype I could upload to Youtube.

Now, what I SHOULD have done is checked to see if the whole edited together video was indeed exported before I deleted everything.

What I DID do was first delete all the unedited footage, the Videopad project and all the special sound effects I’d recorded to make the video more interesting from the file folder AND the recycle bin BEFORE watching the published video.

Turns out all it did was export a short 2-second bit from the beginning.

Fortunately I hadn’t deleted the footage on my digital camcorder yet, but it did mean having to start over with the editing.

I mean I did try some file recovery software but for some reason it couldn’t find something I had JUST deleted. All it found was a load of internet cookies I deleted with Disk Cleanup.

To add insult to injury, Turns out my “free” Videopad was just a trial version and the trial ran out just as I was about to start editing again. So I had to suck up and buy the full version.

I’m already halfway through re-editing the video together. Should be done by the middle of December if not sooner.

Once that’s done, I just gotta finish up a couple more things, then it’s new computer city, baby!

I had three very unusual sleep dreams since my last blog post.
The first one was of Minecraft. The characters were having some sort of taboggan race or sled race over snow, which isn’t actually possible in Minecraft unless you use some sort of mod that lets you do that.
And the race was very odd. The characters started at one end of the course, sled to the other end, and they were supposed to collect peices of coloured wool and take them back to their start point, only they’re allowed only one block of wool at a time, and each player had 3 to carry over, and the course was very short…like, the start and the finish were practically next to each other and there was one corner, a left turn which exited straight into the “grab yer wool” area.
And the start area and the “grab yer wool” area were raised up from the actual course and you had to go up some snowy half-pipes to get to them. The rest of the course was very flat.

Second dream I had, I dreamt I had actually bought my new computer! Only, in the dream, for some reason I bought a new laptop and not the tower computer I want to buy. I was putting this new laptop on my bed, ready to preverbially break it in. That’s all I really remember.

Now the thing about my third dream, I had it the night after the second dream. Normally I have dreams once every blue moon. I have never had two dreams in two consecutive nights.
In this third dream, I dreamt I was playing some kinda first person fantasy MMORPG. I was in the hall of some grand castle or mansion or something with a whole buncha other players and some NPCs, and one of the characters there seemed to be the grand poo-bah of the place. He was dressed in some grand, ornate blue armour. We seemed to all be standing around talking about and then doing…something that involved some random wooden crates. That’s all I remember.

There was this event advertised in the local paper. Now I could swear the avertisment said it was a chest/lung screening event, suggesting they had some sort of mobile chest scanner on site. I decided I should go have my chest scanned coz there was this problem I had. I’ll get into that in a minute.

So I went down after my jobcenter sign-on, turns out it was actually a “check your lungs’ age” thing where they had you blow into a breath measuring device. Meh, I gave it a go anyway, my result came back my lungs were 20, 6 years younger than I actually am.

I was actually very surprised by that result. Though I suspect clearing my lungs with that asthma inhaler a couple of years ago might have something to do with it.

And that segways quite neatly into my problem I was having.

To properly explain this, I’m going to have to take you back through my blog’s past posts by a couple of years, to a post or two before I started monitering my weight weekly. You’ll come across me talking about taking an asthma inhaler because I thought I had the symptoms of asthma at the time, and it turned out my obesity was affecting my lungs, which prompted the whole weekly weight monitoring thing, which I gave up on last May.

Now during the process of that asthma inhaler opening up my airways and clearing the false asthma symptoms, there was this one cough I did that felt particularly powerful. Powerful enough, in fact, that it felt like it blew a hole in the top of my right lung. You’ll probably see in one of the posts there me complaining of “something bugging the right trachia down into my right lung…sometimes it feels like there’s some kinda lump there…” …yeah, for some reason I left out the part about the cough that started that.

That feeling of something wrong with that area of my right lung has never really gone away…sometimes it will randomly go away, but then come back. It definitely feels like there’s something there that shouldn’t be there. Maybe a swelling or an inflammation brought on by that cough.

Also, occasionally my saliva glands have gone into overdrive and I’ve had to drool everywhere to stop myself from drowning in my own saliva. I think this overacitve salive gland thing is responsible for my third symptom, my lungs sometimes feeling like they’re filling up with some kinda liquid, yet I’m not drowning.

After the surprising result at that supposed chest/lung screening event, I told Lavander about the problems I was having, and she said I should definitely go see my GP about having a proper screening.

So the next day, I went down…asked them if they had a chest screening machine on-site, I was told no, but I could be referred by my GP if they feel my symptoms warrent a scan.

So I spoke with my GP…but I only told her about the “lump” in the top of my right lung…I didn’t tell her about the overactive saliva glands…(which actually acted up a it while i was waiting in the waiting room, i had to spit up in the toilet)…and I didn’t tell her bout my lungs feeling like they were filling up with liquid.

She listened to my chest with a stethoscope, said it sounded very clear, and told me my lump sounded like some kinda muscle problem…took my blood pressure, height and weight…she was like “Oooh, you REALLY need to lose weight” and I was like “Well I have tried to on my own but failed” and she gave me a leaflet about something called “Healthy Stockport”…said they can get me my own personal trainer to help me…I was like “heck yes!”

So I’ve applied to Healthy Stockport via their website, they rang me back, and said that they’ll find me a trainer who’ll contact me in a couple of weeks and that they’ll send me some weightwatchers vouchers and a couple of other things.

This is my last chance to finally nip my obesity in the butt. If this don’t work, nothing I can do will, and I’ll have to seriously look into lyposuction and maybe stomach stapling surgery.
God, I feel really fat right now as I type this…my midsection feels like it’s absolutely bulging with fatness everywhere it can bulge.

Anyway, if I do manage to get rid of my obesity with the help of this personal trainer, and I’m still having lung problems, then I know it’s not that.

Uhhhh, anything else? Hmmm, nah, I think that’s just about everything.

So until next time,

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox Thom

Posted by: bluefoxy | September 21, 2014

Of All The Luck

So just earlier on this very afternoon that I’m posting this, my mum and I went on a nice little walk out down our local nature reserve seen as it was a nice day. Nothing too special, really, just felt like getting a bit of real world into our systems…
…but then, we were starting to head back home…now, to head back home we have to head up a road, uphill, that cuts through a small, kiddies educational farm of sorts…and it’s surrounded by fields for its horses.
Now, my mum was watching some common-as-mud sparrows fly over a farm gate into one of these fields…and then she spotted something in the middle of the feild and called me over.
You know, sometimes I can just swear on my life that the creatures of nature always know when you don’t have a camera on you, and this is definitely one of those times multiplied by some brain-busting sum of numbers.
I’m talking broad daylight, out in the open slap bang in the middle of the feild, some 50 meters or so away, scratching its ear with its hind leg, bold as you like, 8th wild fox I’ve seen in my entire lifetime so far.

I swear on my life I’m not even making this up.

I…I…I just can’t even…


It looked to be in pretty good health too…tail as bushy as you like. Glorious orange coat.

And all these other people were just waltzing on by not even paying attention. No idea they were just meters away from one brilliant example of nature at its finest.

What a spot! Wooooo!

Now that I got that out my system…I suppose I should use this opportunity to update you all on what’s new…er, let’s see…

…well first off, the Friday before last, My mum and I went on a trip up to a place called Rochdale. We used it as an excuse to ride on a tram from Manchester. Cost a bit less than we thought, too. I thought it’d be £5.60 return, turned out to be £4.20 return. Bargain!
It was an interesting little walk round Rochdale itself. Had sommat to eat in a café, had a nosey round the chartity shops…managed to find a new toaster for cheap in one of  ‘em to replace our old, broken one. Looks real snazzy, the new one, an’ all.
We then stopped off at a fire service museum and had a look round there, then got the tram back to Manchester and the bus back ‘ome.

Next…well, my stint as a euro head host for a club was short-lived. I was doing alright when it was just a couple of hours in the club each day minimum, and do call-outs for covers. But then the club got an upgrade…and they were doing a celebration of the new building…and all of a sudden upper management started telling e I had to be there all evening until stinking MIDNIGHT!
According to them that’s what they told us from the very start…but I don’t remember anything abot that, and neither does my SL love, who was offered a position as my assistant shortly after I was taken on board. I thought they only picked her because of me…and I thought she’d at least struggle at first…but she really surprised me by taking to it like a duck to water!
But either me nor she fancied standing around in the club all evening ’till midnight, so we bailed ourselves out.
It’s just about come full circle. I’m starting to feel ready to return to the industrial club I’m “taking a break” from…maybe another couple of weeks or so yet…
…also I may have been a bit too hasty about counting my relationship with my current SL love relationship on its way out in my previous post. Maybe this one could be the one that finally works…like I said, it feels like a culimnation of all I learned from my previous relationships, and she’s definitely the most compatible mate I’ve had yet, and I still greatly enjoy spending time with her, even when we don’t do much…we justg waste hours snuggling, and it never gets boring. I guess that’s what love is.

I also uploaded a couple more vids to my Youtube…just a little something I threw together of a trip upon The East Lancs Railway I went on the summer preceding my trip to Scotland.
I’m gonna be uploading one more vid tomorrow…of a trip I took to Knowsley Safari Park back in summer 2011.
Those are all the vids I have ready to be uploaded right now…after that, I’m gonna start work on a script for the video tour of my home…might as well make a start on that as soon as possible. The quicker I get that recorded, edited and uploaded, the sooner my OCD will let me buy my new computer.

Well I think that’s all I have to update you on for this entry.

So until next time,

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox Thom.

Posted by: bluefoxy | September 7, 2014

And Lo, It Is Done!

At long last, I completed the animated intro for my Scotland trip series and added it to the start of the first video, and whipped up the part markers for all the other videos.

Sheesh, I wholly underestimated my tendency to procrastinate on it.. The year is now over halfway passed, and I’ve only now crossed off the top priority of my list of things I need to do before I get a new computer.

I still need to finish up an artistic endeavour that had to be sidelined so I could get this video series done and out of the way, and I still need to do a tour of my home pre-new computer for OCD reasons.

So it’s likely I won’t be able to get my new computer until at least sometime in the new year 2015.

Anyway, here’s my series of videos of my Scotland trip. Enjoy.

So what else is new in the world of The Blue Fox?

Well, not much really…mostly Second Life stuff.

Such as the fact that I’m on trial to be a Euro Head Host for the most popular Inustrial club in SL. Man, did that place ever explode in popularity…and still it grows while still only a few months old.

However, with the positive also comes the negative to balance it out. I lost my normal hosting job at another club.
They kept asking me if something was wrong and if i needed to take a break…and it was obvious I needed one from them, I was too stubborn and tunnel-visioned on their little carrot-on-a-stick that was their new time clock paying 400 lindens per set hosted to accept it.
It’s strange how I can be unmotivated to host at one industrial club, yet be absolutely cruising comfortably as a host at another.
I dunno, maybe it’s because one’s gone all old and fuddy, and the other is still all fresh and new and exciting.

But overall…I think I’ve more or less had enough of Second Life in general.
I think I’ve given it more than it’s fair share of chances to keep me interested but now…I just feel all “meh” about remaining a member.
However, I do still have some feelings for my current SL love, Lavander…so I wanna stay on just to enjoy being with her while I can…but, going from my track record with SL relationships, this one doomed to fail sooner or later for some reason or other.
I can feel it in me bones…the initial excitement has already worn off…but…she’s still a very nice girl…and man is her voice hot…I’m not kidding, it’s all sultry and seductive and mrawr…but…less and less often I feel like doing anything more than snuggle with her…and we don’t get to do that much anymore now either coz of my new responsibilities and commitment as Euro head host.
And she’s got another year of college starting next week so he won’t be on as much.
As much as I like her, things are not looking too good for “us” in the future.
It’s a shame really…Lavander is by far the most compatible mate I’ve had…this relationship feels like a culmination of all I’ve learned in prior SL relationships.
We’ll just have to see how things go.

I think that’s about all I have for this entry.

So until next time,

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox Thom

Posted by: bluefoxy | August 3, 2014

Expos, Festivals And Rage Comics, Oh My!

So back on Saturday the 19th of July the Manchester Gmex Center, now renamed Manchester Central, had another MCM Expo and I decided to go in my improved Neo from The Matrix outfit and check it out.

Brought my camera with me and I photographed some of the better cosplay outfits I saw.

Manchester MCM Expo 2014

They’re not the best photos in the world but you can still see what’s going on.

Nobody ever asked for a photo of me in my Neo outfit though. Bummer. Guess it’s not as good as I think it is. One guy pointed out I didn’t have his array of holsters all over his body. Well, where the heck am I supposed to get those? I’m not making them…last time I tried that they pretty much fell apart at the seams.

I ran into my real life friend, Luna. I kinda knew I’d bump into her eventually. She almost never misses an Expo. Especially not when it’s in Manchester. She was going round with two or three of her friends so once I revealed to her I was present I tagged along for a bit and caught up with what was new as best I could.
She actually appears in one of my pictures, there. She’s the female Sword Art Online character.
She had arranged a poke’meet with some poke’mon cosplayers, so all my pictures of the group of Poke’mon cosplayers are from that.

I didn’t really get to do much else, but I had fun.

Last weekend Chadkirk had its annual festival…so I went there for the soul reason that I knew that every year some falconers came bringing some captive birds of prey.

The birds of prey weren’t all that showed up this year, though. Some bright spark had brought along a couple of metal statues of C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars. That was quite an amusing sight.

Chadkirk Festival 2014

Other than that, there wasn’t much of interest there. We had a bit of a walk round Chadkirk itself but that was it.

Finally…I came across these two Rage Comics that I can really relate to.

Rage Comic Matches

That’s happened to me a few times with a box of matches. I wish they’d more clearly label which way up it was.

And then there’s this one;

Rage Comic Junk Food

I don’t eat as extremely unhealthily as the guy in the comic but I swear to goddess it’s so cussing true!! I try to excersize and eat right, and I gain weight…I stop caring and eat unhealthily, I lose weight. Explain that one if you can, lifestyle experts!

There was even an article in the newspaper recently…some celebrity started dieting to try to lose some weight…she lost a bit at first, but then ended up heavier than when she started! So it’s not just me.

No wonder folks tend to be unmotivated to excersize and eat right, when it’s so much effort for ending up with more of what you’re trying to lose.

My Scotland Trip Animated Intro is so close to complete now, I can taste it. Again, it’s not gonna be exactly how I imagined, but it’s the best I can do and I just can’t be arsed to improve it as that would just take even longer and I’ve wasted enough time with it as it is. I need to get it done so I can move on to other things. And I’m NOT doing full animation again until I get a full version of a flash creation programme on my new computer.

Welp. I think that’s about all I got to talk about for now…

So until next time,

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox

Posted by: bluefoxy | June 29, 2014

A Route-r To Nowhere

So the Wednesday that preceded last Sunday I had to go out to do me jobcenter sign-on…so I decided to make use of the opportunity to head over to PC World and look at the routers there.

I found one by a company called Netgear that had 8 ethernet ports. I figured that’d do the trick.
Little did I know of the difficulty I had just imposed upon myself.
So I took it home and introduced it to our home network. All seemed well when my dad’s laptop showed it had internet.
I then booted up my PS3 to see if I had internet on there…but it wasn’t having any. So, using my dad’s laptop, I looked up online for some troubleshooting fixes that would get it to work…but nothing worked.
My efforts eventually caused my dad’s laptop to lose internet connection as well.
The last thing I tried was to switch absolutely everything off…computers, router, and even the modem…and then gradually switch each one on again…first the modem…wait a couple of minutes…then the router…wait a couple of minutes…and finally my laptop.
This allowed internet to work on my laptop…but not on my dad’s laptop.
It was then I realised I was only getting internet for one device at a time.

So I logged on Skype (Trillian) and managed to come across a couple of technically minded friends of mine.
I explained my router issues to them…and eventually they pointed something out.
So here’s the deal; the full product name of this “router” I had got is “Netgear Prosafe 8-port Gigabit Desktop Switch GS108″
When I told them this full product name…they were like “Hang on…switch. Well, there’s your problem.”
As it turns out, a “switch” is basically a lot like a router, but works differently…and it’s this difference in operation that my home’s computer network does not like.
In hindsight, when I looked at the thing on the shelf at PC World, I did see “switch” in the name…and I was like “Switch? What does that mean? Does it mean it has a feature that lets me switch between which device gets the internet?” and THAT should’ve been a signal to me to avoid it and look for something that actually says “router”.

So I went back to PC World on Friday with my switch…made sure I looked at the actual routers this time…as it turns out, all the ethernet cable ones only have 4 ports…the ones that primarily talk about handling more than 4 devices are wireless…and I don’t want wireless, I do not trust it to be as reliable as wires.
I picked a wired connection router out anyway, one that falls within a provided device rating that says it should handle 4 – 8 devices at once, and went to customer services to do an exchange.
I explained what I as trying to do to the guy at the till…how I needed at least 8 ports for the multitude of devices I’m gonna have in the future…and he said “Well, actually, if you hook up that thing to your new router it basically acts as an extension to that router.”

So problem solved right? Well, not quite. A new problem emerged. A weird one.
The router I picked out comes with an installation disc which allows me to set it up using my laptop.
All seemed to be going well…the setup wizard was quite easy to follow…and I got as far as what appears to be the final step, verifying the router’s settings.
This is where an error message starts coming up, telling me it cannot verify the router’s settings, and one of the suggested fixes was to check my WAN settings or something like that.

I had a hunch what the problem was…see, an earlier step in the setup asks if I want to try dynamic IP to automatically detect my IP address, or if I want to manually enter a fixed IP address. I figure the latter is what I wanna do…but I needed to be sure…I decided to ask my technically minded friends on Skype to see if I was right.

Using my old router, I contacted them…and they said “Yeah, give it a go. That should do it.”

So the morning after that, I booted up my laptop on the new router, ready to give the manual entry a try…but before I even put the setup disc in the CD tray, all of a sudden I found I had Internet connection! As did my dad’s laptop when he booted that up!

Very odd…
So I decided “Welp…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

I had to activate a special setting to allow my PS3 to get internet too, and that got that working.

And it seems the switch is doing exactly what the guy said it would, with it hooked up to the router, the devices plugged in there are getting internet too!

So all in all, problem solved!

I was too busy last Sunday to post all that then so I had to wait until today to do it.

The other day, my Second Life love and I got ourselves an in-world rental to live in. It’s a rather small one in a tucked-away corner of a parcel but it’s all we can afford at the moment.
See, Second Life clubs…and heck Second Life in general just ain’t as popular as it used to be. Fewer people are buying in-world dough, called Linden Dollars, with real life money, making Linden Dollars dough more expensive to buy, which only makes even fewer people willing to buy it, and so on in a vicious cycle.
As a result, fewer people are being as generous with their Linden Dollars, meaning club hosts like me get tipped less.

Time was I earned an average of over 1,000 Linden Dollars a week from three shifts at just one club, allowing me to pay for a pretty decent rental with a bit left over.
Now I’m lucky to even earn HALF that from my FOUR shifts at TWO separate clubs.
Second Life needs some fresh interest. I wonder if I can get some folks I know on message boards interested?

Well I reckon that just about covers what I have to update you on for now.

So until next time…

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox.

Posted by: bluefoxy | June 15, 2014

Half A Year Gone

Half of 2014 has come and past…and I have yet to fully achieve any of the things I have tasked myself with getting done this year.

Mainly because I had chosen to try and get that darn intro animation for my Scotland trip videos done and out of the way first.
It’s so very near complete I can just taste it. It’s not gonna be quite what I envisioned in my mind’s eye but it’s pretty darn close considering I have next to no prior animation experience.

Once that’s finished and I’ve edited into the first video and edited the title card into the other videos, then we’ll be motoring.

I then just gotta finish an artistic endeavour that would’ve been done long ago if not for the Scotland trip intro animation requiring my attention.

And then I wanna start recording a tour of the house where I live in real life. I want to record that BEFORE I get a new computer because I want to show the internet my fail laptop of doom.

AND THEN FINALLY I’ll be all set to buy that new computer.

In the meantime I think it may be wise to invest in a new router. The one we currently have keeps derping up our internet connection…it has done for quite a while.
I think it’s because my dad bought a bargain one for, like, a tenner from Maplin’s. So hopefully when I get a more decent one with my oodles of dosh it’ll perform much better.
I think I best get one with lots of ethernet sockets because we got so much stuff to plug in there and the current one only has 4 sockets and there’s one or two spare ethernet cables that we have left unplugged because we don’t use the devices they’re for very often. Plus with my new computer and my getting a PS4 coming up, It’ll need room to house all that internet demand.

However, a rather unforseen circumstance or two has been eating into my spare time of late. Though I’m not really complaining about it…

…I found a new Second Life love interest…though not really intentionally.
Her name’s Lavander…I first met her almost a year ago now when a friend of mine took me to check out a new Second Life club that was opening at the time and took her along as well.
Since then she and I pretty much just stalked each other, from her crashing my hostie shifts at a SL club I worked for, to me winding up in her little humble SL home… ((well, it wasn’t really hers, she was just sort of piggybacking off her then SL girlfriend, who she’s now broken up with…not really coz of me, she’d been feeling like it wasn’t working between them for a while anyway.))
We flirted up a storm with each other…until one day all the sexual tension between us was finally released at one of a furry club’s private rooms.
Then after our deed was done, she kind of out of nowhere asked me if I was into master/pet stuff. I was like “Uh…heck yeah!” and the next thing I know I was being added as an owner to her collar!
Since then we have been spending pretty much any free time we had together, mostly just snuggling, sometimes having some more “fun”.
It feels so amazing  just to have her in my virtual arms, and I genuinely dislike breaking our snuggles when various obligations in world have to be fulfilled, or we have to log off to do RL stuff.
Our avis look so great together too…she has this furry female version of the Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland thing going on and it’s pretty sexy…so imagine that snuggled up to SL’s Handsomest Blue Fox and that’s what we look like together.

The second thing is she sort of introduced me to a game in Newgrounds called Dillo Hills…and it’s pretty darn addictive.
It’s a racing game featuring all sorts of animal critters. The controls are very simple…up arrow to jump and glide in the air for a short period of time, down arrow to come back down to earth, space to fire a power-up weapon when you’ve collected one.
The maps all have an undulating path going up and down pretty much constantly. The idea is you have to land where the path slopes downward, and you’ll slide along and be catapulted forward. If you land where the path slopes upward, however, you face-plant and lose a heck of a lot of momentum.
Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. Judging your landing while flying along at psychotic speeds is actually not very easy. It takes a lot of practice, and some maps are harder than others.
I’ve more or less gotten the hang of it now but I’m definitely no pro. All the really experienced players leave me eating their dust and make it look incredibly effortless.

So yeah…trying to find myself some free time where I feel like doing some progress on my Scotland Trip video intro animation has become that much more difficult.

I think that’s about all I have to update you on.

So until next time…

Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox.

Posted by: bluefoxy | May 11, 2014

The Power Of Blogging Compells Me

Yeah, yeah, I know what I said last week about not posting weekly entries anymore…and yet here I am doing another update exactly a week later.

I dunno…not doing a weekly update just doesn’t feel right…I just feel compelled to do one…at least for this week anyway.

Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve been doing weekly updates on here for so long. I’m hooked like it’s my narcotic or something.

Besides, a couple of fairly interesting things did happen this last week.

This last Wednesday I went to do my jobcenter sign-on…and had to inform them I heard nothing back from the two radio stations I sent letters to. Bummer.
Then, surprise, surprise, the lady actually does her job and gives me a list of unpaid employment opportunities in the area to boost my CV.
So we find that Quality Save in Cheadle was advertising one.
Yeah, Cheadle again. This place is virtually next door to Banardos.
Anyway, when I expressed my interest, she gave the gaffe a ring…now, the guy I needed to see wasn’t in when she rang but his assistant or whatever said he would be in “tomorrow” (this last Thursday).

So we arranged for me to turn up in a black shirt and black trousers at high noon.
So I do…and I find the guy I was supposed to meet…but it turns out they failed to inform him of my coming, so he wasn’t prepared.
Needless to say, the interview was a bit of a shambles as busy employees have us going back and forth between the lunch room and the office.

So the guy sez to me, he sez “I’m gonna ring you and do a telephone interview later on this afternoon” so I give him me home number.
Well, guess what? It’s now Sunday and nix, nada, el zilcho.

The second thing happened yesterday…it was a car boot sale at my old secondary school, of all places…my ma and pa had managed to get themselves a stall there…and then I headed over myself…I was half hoping some of my old school friends woulda got wind of it and woulda gone there for a laugh.
Laughing was about the last thing we were doing coz it started raining. So then the organisers of the event decided to open up the school canteen and have everybody move in there…heh, and that had everybody wondering why they didn’t do that in the first place!

And that’s it.

So…I still reckon I should not bother posting when nothing particularly interesting happens…so here’s what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna leave out any uneventful weeks, and post on eventful weeks. Yup Yup.

So until next time,

Ciao for now,

Cordially, The Blue Fox.

Posted by: bluefoxy | May 4, 2014

Insert Imaginitive Title Here

Ehhh…I’m starting to think maybe I should cut doing weekly entries on my blog and only update it when something interesting happens to me…because, for a while now, nothing particularly interesting has been going on.

All that’s really there for me to do is keep a regular eye on my weight…and I don’t even think I should bother with that anymore because I know I’ve probably gained another stone or two because I’m a lazy slob who can never be bothered to actually put any real effort into attempting to lose weight because I feel no matter how hard I try I still gain weight. Though I probably haven’t ever really tried that hard to begin with so I probably don’t know what I’m talking about.


Eeeyup, I’m calling it now. No more weekly updates. I’ll post something when I actually have something interesting to post.

I mean all I really have right now is my progress towards the Infamous 2 Platinum Trophy…and I don’t think anybody’s really interested in that.

But in case anybody is, I’ll just say I’ve just got all the evil story achievements, plus the achievement for doing 25 user-generated missions, plus the one for finding all the blast shards, plus the one for doing all the assassination side missions, whatever those are. Now I’m doing the story on hard mode, trying to find the ice conduit side missions, whatever those are, and trying to destroy 30 destructible structures, which apparently is harder to get than you’d probably expect.

So that’s it for now.

Until next time, whenever that is

Ciao for now,

Cordially, The Blue Fox.

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