Batty - Goggular

You know, this blog pretty much isn't used anymore.

It's been superseded.

In fact, it's been superseded by four different blogs.

Twitter has probably (and really, I'm not the only one) stolen any thunder that LiveJournal may have had. You can find pretty much everything here. The "featured song" item I used to do on this LJ also appears on my Twitter feed now, mirrored at

The Shaun Hargreaves Info has taken away all the serious blogging matters. All those entries about politics, love, relationships? They're all now on here.

Grey's Anatomy is home to all the "web drifter" content; aka the memes, the interesting or funny pictures, videos and the like. It's updated often - usually every few hours to every day - and is bound to show up something interesting.

And finally, The Diary of a Fatbat replaces nothing in particular. It's a recently started blog that pretty much tries to chronicle my every day life through the eyes of my fursona. It contains plenty of fetish content, be warned, although it doesn't contain anything explicitly sexual.

So there you go. Stop following this blog, and follow those four instead.
Batty - Goggular

The most obvious argument to fight climate change

Originally published at Grey/Matter. Please leave any comments there.

Greenhouse gases damage the environment. This is fact.
Mankind, as an industrial race, produces a large amount of greenhouse gases. This is fact.
Mankind, through acts such as deforestation, reduce the number of florae that reduces greenhouse gases. This is fact.

So why do people not think that climate change is happening, or at least is not caused by mankind and industry?

Batty - Goggular

The political alignment of many daily British newspapers, in comparison to their quality

Originally published at Grey/Matter. Please leave any comments there.

I dunno, something for shits and giggles.

In the case of measuring quality: Tabloid equals bad; anything else is good.

Newspaper Format Political alignment Readership
Daily Express Tabloid Right 728,000
Daily Mail Tabloid Centre-right 2,200,000
Daily Mirror Tabloid Centre-left -
Daily Star Tabloid Right 769,000
Daily Telegraph Broadsheet Centre-right 843,000
The Guardian Berliner Centre-left 336,000
The Independent Compact Centre-left 216,000
The Times Compact Centre-right 618,000
The Sun Tabloid Populist (currently centre-right) 7,900,000

From this we can deduce the following:

  • There’s only one right/centre-right wing newspaper that isn’t a crap load of shit (the Telegraph);
  • Right/centre-right papers tend to have less moderate, more extreme views;
  • The best (and most expensive) papers – The Guardian and The Independent – are the ones that people don’t read;

This survey is not at all statistical or serious in the slightest. Enjoy!

Batty - Goggular

Christmas cards! :D

It's that time of the year again! The time for spending a bit of my dosh on sending people some seasonable greetings!

I currently have addresses for the following:
Selkies aka Iain, Embor, E-bor, Ember, McDragon, homodog
Bungle Bearskunk aka Bunghole Bearsquirrel
Samael aka Awesomeface Butterdragon (unsure if you're at the same address)
Lazerus aka Lazerus101, Bunnybutt
Hiro aka Hiro Judgement, Stickdragon, Dragonfag, Brobrobro, BRAH
Decker aka TehBrownPup, Will (I know you've moved, need a new address from ye)
Blue aka Bluuuuueeeeeeee, Draggin (You've moved too, address plz!)

If I need a new address from ya, comments are screened, post there. Alternatively, just DM @alexgrey on Twitter!

Also, will be adding more peeps to my list prolly :D
Batty - Goggular

Gosh, David Cameron is rather annoying about this Lisbon thing

Originally published at Grey/Matter. Please leave any comments there.

The British Conservative party seem to be the only people in Europe who don’t like the Lisbon Treaty.

For those not in the know, the Libson Treaty (or more technically the “Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community”) is a document that aims to streamline the way the European Union is run, give greater powers to the European Parliament and use fairer methods of voting.

Perhaps most crucially to the common man, it would make the Charter of Fundamental Rights mandatory in all nations within the Union – effectively founding an equivalent to the US Constitution that secures basic freedoms of the people.

Every nation has to ratify the Lisbon Treaty in order to make it law; and – sans the Czech Republic; which is expected to do it any day soon – every nation in the EU has.

So what’s the problem?

Well, Mr David Cameron – leader of the opposition Conservative party in the UK, which is generally a bit iffy about the EU (even though it was they who made Britain join it in the first place) – has recently decided to fire off a letter to the Czech president Václav Klaus telling him to not ratify the treaty for another year, when Cameron is (overwhelmingly expected) to have become prime minister, so he can hold a public referendum on the idea… just like the referenda that have delayed the passing of this treaty for the previous eight years.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy, German councillor Angela Merkel and Spanish president José Luiz Rodríguez Zapatero have all blasted Cameron for being uncooperative and untrustworthy.

Personally, I think this is stupid. There’s nothing remotely objectionable in the Treaty unless you’re not big on proportional voting or human rights, and a referendum in the UK will probably see it fail, as years of right-wing conditioning has put a fairly anti-EU mindset into people – especially in the south of England – and these people will, in all likeliness, not even know what the Lisbon Treaty is, they just won’t like it because it involves Europe.

To take an example of the Salisbury Convention, an old staple of British politics that – for those not in the know – essentially says that people voted in the prime minister based on their manifesto, thus they have a mandate to carry it out. For an opposition party to block a manifesto promise becoming law is to deny the will of the people, and is thus undemocratic. (If you had a convention like that in the US, you’d have had free healthcare for a while by now.)

In relation to Europe, 26 of the 27 member nations have now ratified the Lisbon Treaty. To try and undermine that (as David Cameron wishes to do) is therefore undemocratic and denying the will of 500 million people, each represented by their elected officials, who have ratified the document.

Basically, Mr Cameron is undermining democracy.

And that’s my extremely long 2 pennies.

Batty - Goggular

It’s got a name, and it’s been three years in the making

Originally published at Grey/Matter. Please leave any comments there.

After messing about with the idea of calling it Ess (after looking into phonetic misspellings of regular words), Mazaruni (after the name I call… well, everything that doesn’t have a name), and then temporarily settling on Firebrand (which is just Wiktionary’s word of the day); I have finally found a name that is all but simple, marketable, searchable and normal.

I call it Confer.


Confer, which means to discuss, and in more olden English to collect and bring together, was a name I had for a social networking project oooh, close to three years ago. And while I did start on said project, it never reached fruition and faded into memory.

Unfortunately my memory doesn’t serve me too well, so it took close enough to an hour or so of name brainstorming for it to actually come to me, and I’m happy it did! I’ve gotten a name I like, and a little blast from the past to go with it. I’m a little unsure of the logo, but it’s a work in progress, so I’ll leave it be.

Batty - Goggular

Warhol is changing

Originally published at Grey/Matter. Please leave any comments there.

I was jsut hit by a bit of a brainstorm and I’m dumping Warhol as a gallery CMS and instead making a social network website framework.

I mean, I spent ages working for MyFursona, and was creating a psuedo-CMS while working on New Eden, so I think I’m already pretty into this.

I haven’t thought of a name, feel free to suggest one.

That’s all, continue your life…

Batty - Goggular

Warhol gets a makeover

Originally published at Grey/Matter. Please leave any comments there.

Well, I’ve started working on Project Warhol once more, however one of the first things I did was re-evaluate the design of the project’s branding. A thick serif in white on a bright orange background may have worked as a very basic logo on the internet, but it would be hard to reproduce otherwise, or integrate as part of a larger design.

And thus, this was born:

It kinda reminds me of the IKEA catalogue and the NHS logo. That makes sense, seeing as it uses the typeface of the former (at least until Verdanagate), and the general colour scheme of the latter.

Originality is so over-rated.