Every year, I try to do an Album Review Game, where I listen to many new albums and consider my thoughts on them as a whole, their relationship to my reality, the collective reality we all share, and the impact that some of these albums might have in my future. I can’t predict the future, so, it’s mainly just an excuse for me to say/write about myriad topics in one place with some music analysis.
When I recorded this pre-show video, I thought I was just going to brainstorm what I was going to do in 2023, but instead I wrote a whole essay. Rather than double-up or triple-up the work, I figured I’d just shuffle things around so instead of having a pre-show video for this, I’d include the essay in full after the jump of all the areas I might want to explore more thoroughly or less thoroughly in 2023…
In previous years, I wrote broadly about various aspects of my year. For 2022, I first did a pre-show video thinking about what I did in 2022, and for this essay, I’m doing a live-writing session to talk through what I did in the pre-show video, but also thinking of anything else that comes to mind as I write the essay after the jump. As a summary, life has become overall better from January to December of 2022.
Zdiscord turns four years old at around this time in both my time and your time. I normally have something like 40 to 42 essays published in advance, mainly to give myself a publishing break sometimes, but also to have a backlog, but for something like this, I can either allocate the spot months in advance, or I can forget and shuffle everything around last minute. Guess who didn’t plan months in advance for this essay? Zombiepaper!
On the 29th of October, 2022, I celebrated two years of broadcasting online. That’s a bit unclear. I’ve been broadcasting online for decades. Ever since I first signed up for my first public account of any sort, maybe late 90s IRC or early 00s forums, I’ve been broadcasting. The difference here is video. I’m writing this essay while recording it. So, you can see/watch all my mistakes and all my thought patterns as I write. Neat!
The Semi-Interactive Podcast is a loose consortium of friends, acquaintances, strangers, and unknown entities that discuss matters large and small. Topics among the first sixty episodes have ranged from self-care tips, astrology readings, sobriety/recovery, pain management, anxiety, materialism, pronouns, moderation and healthy community growth, and Hawaiʻi – including SIP-adjacent book clubs, videogame clubs, and “artistic artistries” or collaborative drawing sessions.
Although we have topics, the focus of our discussions usually meander around the central topic. Those meandry tangents always serve the greater whole of the topic – usually. We meet up for a podcast whenever we have a topic that some of us are interested in talking about, but, really, this is more of an excuse for us to kick it, chat, and relax while doing assorted things.
I, Zombiepaper, and the one most responsible for this, will usually watch the live chatrooms between Twitch and YouTube as part of the semi-interactivity, while others might work on crafts projects, play videogames, or opt-out of broadcasting and hop on the call.
If you want to hop on a podcast, whether it’s your first or hundredth podcast, join the SIP Discord!
Completing the healthcare updates for this week, my-Friday started with talking with both the insurance company rep that had handled my case, who said I would get a call today from the Grievance department case manager today, and, my healthcare clinic, who called me to inform me that today I would receive an update about my patient care status. It’s nearly midnight, I haven’t got the calls, so today is lasting forever! Other than that…
Didn’t I already write and talk about Stoicism? Yes, and no. Yes in that through one podcast and a few recordings, and no in that there are myriad perspectives and sub-disciplines within any topic. Talking about Stoicism with a practitioner and student is different than talking about Stoicism with a non-practitioner but student, or say, a non-practitioner and a non-student. When you talk to different people about the same topic, too, you get different interpretations.
During our Stoicism podcast, I received a call from my doctor’s office to confirm my appointment with my psychologist on My-Monday, but I didn’t answer it. What would be the point of talking to the representative that was calling me about my mental health appointment to ask about the status of my physical health appointment? I have to wait until My-Monday to hear from my insurance company’s Grievances department, so, I sent it to voicemail.
After completing my large Slimernalia comic, I realized one goal I want to have regarding art and other projects is learning to scope my work, so I don’t end up spending 50 hours on things. I needed to put that much effort into the comic to expel some negative energy. Episode 28 of the Semi-Interactive Podcast, then, was like a return to form for me and for the podcast after, I lost sight of my own goals…