Being Wolfie.

24 05 2015

I’ve been wanting to write this, and I understand if you read it back and roll your eyes, it’s weird, but I’ll still like you if you call me a big silly.

The whole Wolfie thing has been with me for a long time, it has been with me before I knew what a furry was, which means I felt this way since before the discovery of Usenet Newsgroups in the 90s.

The feeling has changed over the years, as though I have been discovering little bits about myself, and this is what I want to say.

I feel like an animal trapped in a human’s body, I feel that my outward appearance is alien to what I am.

It is, in much the same way, like being a man trapped in a woman’s body.

Except it’s a question of species.

I think a lot of my inner sadness comes from this, not all, much of it is because I’m alone, and fearful of the world at this point in time.

It’s not “spiritual” in the way that being gay or straight is not spiritual, it’s there, but it’s something else.

I just thought I’d say.

What’s up with Twitter?

24 05 2015

For a long time I’ve been followed by genuine people, people who had been strangers, but who I got to know
and would have a chat with each day and possibly form friendships, it’s been great.

But lately I’ve had a stream of fake followers who either serve up quotes by famous people or, were re-tweeting particular things of much the same subject, photos, tips… what could pass for wisdom.

I’m not sure what it’s about, what’s the point?

Are they trying to capture real followers to seem more real to those who’ve been suckered into buying followers?

Are they “The Man” checking up on our accounts? (probably not)

I’ve also seen a lot of legitimate users complain that they’ve been following people only to discover hours later that they’ve been blocked. So I think people have had a few too many of these fakes and when they get a stranger following, who is honestly interested in the persons tweets, they don’t stop to figure out if they’re real or not, they just block, because they’re tired of checking.

They are getting harder to detect too, for me, three quotes and a handy tip is often enough for me to boot them, but sometimes I’m not sure if the person is, well, real..but a bit superficial.

There are still people who see Twitter as a numbers game, you have lots of followers and you’re a star. In theory that sounds ok, but if I were to check your followers and found lots of fakes, I’d consider you a wanker, not worthy of my time.

At the moment I’m blocking about six of these fakes per day, and that number is increasing.

I don’t see a cure beyond blocking when I get them, and I advise you do the same.

Wolfie Rankin.

Becoming an Athiest, gently.

10 05 2015

I have been pretty rough on the religious, and many other atheists have too.

And that’s a problem, because not everyone is completely sold on religion, they might say they’re
a Christian, but they’re questioning it alone, and need a soft landing.

Who do they ask for help?

A priest will point to a religious text, an Atheist will point to facts…
and neither is helpful.

For instance, depressed people are routinely told to “just get over it” that it’s
“all just in your mind” and from a technical point, that’s true, but when you do
suffer from depression, well it’s just not that simple.

When a Christian (or those of another faith) has been told by people they love and admire that something is true, right from the time they could walk, and they have lives based around their religion, friends, social engagements and then, suddenly, all that is gone… well it must be like stepping out of a window, into nothing.

People should not be expected to leap off a building and hit the pavement, then pick themselves up and start again, there should be a way to help ease the transition, their landing should be as comfortable as we can make it for them.

I have not been a christian myself, not really, although Mum (who had her doubts now and then) was.
But even for me, untying all the strings has been difficult. for someone who is a regular church goer, it would be monstrously difficult.

Now and then I have felt like I’ve treated people too harshly, and I realise that isn’t helping, it’s much the same as whipping an animal to perform tricks, when they’ll often do the very same thing because they love you, if you let them.

In today’s world, religion is looking less appealing for many reasons, and people are going to need help, let’s give it to them, and let’s do it kindly.

Arse clown

5 03 2015

Many of the people I have had the great fortune to meet on Twitter, have been, I’m glad to say, wonderful people. and quite a few of them have been singers who I have admired over the years.

Now, people in bands, at least those who have been around for ages, have seen a lot. they’re not easily fazed by stuff.

I mentioned that I was Furry, definitely not a thing that has bothered anyone else, but with him it was “speak to the hand”, That was interesting, because he was quite a wild child in his day. (Not Iggy, if you thought that was a clue).

He cares not a jot for anything other than his “pretty face” and his wardrobe.

Then after not tweeting for months, I see a tweet where he thinks the whole thing is boring saying he’s chucking it in, like some idiot twelve year old… who only months earlier was hot for a verified tick.

I unfollowed, stuff him, what a vapid little prick, Nobody will miss you, Sayonara.


BTW, You’ll probably take a guess, but it’s likely you’ll be wrong.

Turn those apps off.

17 02 2015

I’m a complete social media nut, I use it constantly, but only over wi-fi when I’m at home, But when I upgraded from my iPhone 3GS to a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, I began to notice that the apps were on constantly.

The problem is that I have an extremely light account with my phone company, it allows me to contact people in an emergency, or phone a taxi. If I do use the internet while I’m out, it might be to take a note or to send a tweet while I have an idea, it might also be to use a map.

So while I can pull down the screen and switch mobile data off, which seems useful in theory. If I do want to use a single app while I’m out, there is a sudden rush by all the other apps to download any lingering data.

I would prefer that apps like Twitter and Facebook could be set so that they do not refresh while I’m out, but I could still write and send text.

A separate lite version perhaps?

Last night I noticed the Active Apps widget, which allows me to turn apps off, but am wondering if they’re totally off or will they still download data? I will experiment with that later.

Wolfie Rankin.


8 02 2015

After buying a phone, I went looking for a skin for the screen… but the Galaxy Note Edge was so new that Australian shops didn’t have a screen protector for it.

So I consulted the internet, and found that Skinomi skins were available on E-bay, so I shelled out for one, and weeks later it arrived in pristine condition from the US.

I had managed to use screen protectors on my Iphone and even on my old Palm PDA, so I wasn’t bothered by the idea of applying it, although I had major problems, which I’ll get to, when I got one for my Macbook.

The kit arrived, and the instructions said to watch the video on applying it, which was on youtube, which I did.

I watched the guy wipe his phone down, with the supp0lied cloth, spray his fingers with the supplied spray, then peel the skin and place it onto the phone, easy!

So I tried it, this is what happened.

I wiped the phone down and got it nice and clean, then sprayed my clean fingertips, and peeled the skin. Sprayed the back of it as instructed, Just as I was about to put the skin onto the phone… I noticed spots of dust, which had only just landed there, I live with an Alaskan Malamute, dust free places in this house, HAHA, Surely You Jest.

So I tried to wipe the phone again, but as hard as I tried to get all the dust off, there was no way I could manage it, and the film I had been holding had a fingerprint onto it, and wilted in my hand, and then I thought the phone was clean enough, and positioned the film in just the right… no that’s not looking right, I lifted it up, and it sticks and no, arggh, no….


I crumpled the stupid thing up and tossed it angrily to the floor.

The exact same thing happened when I tried to do it on the mac, dripping wet messy plastic, a very wet macbook, sticky stuff, sticking everywhere it wasn’t supposed to… anger… plastic mess on the floor.

So that’s twice I’ve wasted money on this stuff, although I can’t remember if it was the same brand.

Have you had better luck with it?

Wolfie Rankin.

Problems with mobile devices

8 02 2015

We love our mobile devices, they’re so very freeing, we don’t have to sit at our desks, they don’t take years to boot up, but, they still lack basic functions which ought to be available.

I recently upgraded to a Galaxy Note Edge, and I have been very happy, I know this because I’ve been using it for weeks, almost forgetting my PC and laptop completely.

But here’s a few thoughts, it’s fucking difficult to hold, firstly it’s super flat which sounds cool in theory, but it’s a cow and a half to hold. I’m sure my hand is getting RSI from holding it by the edge all the time, and I’d like someone to come up with something I could slide my hand into, so I can hold it better. I got a Verus case for it, it’s brilliant, it has given me slightly more grip, and a similar case saved my iphone numerous times, but something so I could really hang onto it (and not drop it) would be extremely helpful.

And now Samsung is thinking of releasing a newer phone with two curved edges, instead of just a single curved edge, like I have on my current phone, that’s going to be murder to hang on to.

Editing is also very difficult on phones.

I’m often on social media and have thoughts which I might type out on Facebook and want to add to Twitter, and yet the official Twitter app does not allow any copy and paste functions, Come on, WTF?

And when I am allowed to copy, yes I can do it from the Facebook app, selecting all the text is not easy, get to the top of the screen and I can never quite get all the text highlighted, that’s frustrating and needs work.

And this is something that I’ve been after for a long time, not only for phones but for the PC too.

Why is copying files to folders so damn complicated?

If I see a photo on a website that I want to keep, it’s a matter of right clicking, choosing “save”, finding the exact folder I want, and saving it there.

Why can’t we just grab the photo with our mouse, drag it to the side of the screen and drop it into a handy recent folders popup? (recent or pre-chosen) I think something similar would work on the phone too.

Wolfie Rankin (Who is currently writing some fiction and needs encouragement)


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