Without going into lists and specifics, outside of this podcast, my favorite kinds of comedy are the ones that comment on reality in certain ways or others. Commenting, sometimes, does require navigating through the nuances of complex and controversial topics, but I think if the comedian navigates through the topic with respect, akin to taking one’s shoes off if the house rules are no shoes inside, then it’s fine – especially when not tracking in mud.
I received something to be thankful for from the universe in the form of my healthcare event turning out exceedingly well – I haven’t had any negative side effects yet! I feel stoked, too, since I was able to wrap up this Friendsgiving drawing that I made over three broadcasts to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend in my own style: rather than encourage people to buy materialistic items, I talked about holidays, charities, and basically anything else.
Something I’ve wanted to experiment with is the idea of Semi-Interactive Podcast-adjacent projects. I’ve hosted ones on videogames and books, sure, but I can expand out the idea to see what sticks – I’ve been broadcasting the podcasts because it’s just as easy for me to record in front of a live studio audience versus offline, but offline recordings like this have a different sort of energy, where we focus on the art and the conversation.
What I’m enjoying doing on major holidays, or celebratory days, is doing special broadcasts. For Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving, I did a solo broadcast of some art then Eddie and I explored EarthBound. It was fun because of how often we tend to forget our friends in events like this, and, more specific to EarthBound, how often people try to slam through the game instead of taking the time to appreciate it. That’s why these celebratory days matter.
Religion is such a big topic, and gender can be such a difficult topic to navigate through, so, I incidentally came across a tangental throughline in the form of popular culture fandoms. Some people are cultish about favorite media. For example, one of the largest communities about EarthBound, the game which I took my name from, acts like it is religious-style persecution against their community that a videogame company didn’t release some poor-selling 90s videogame…
I try to keep as open a mind as is reasonable to explore many topics. I like the idea of “dropping into classes” on many topics. That does mean I have to practice some degree of exclusion – I won’t drop into classes that teach hate or crime – but outside of that, keeping open-minded has helped me approach astrology from a perspective where I can allow astrology to positively guide my podcasting, which happened today, too.
What does 2022 hold in store for me? I don’t have a way to answer that, but this, as the fourth in a series where I wrote about my general impressions of 2021 and general predictions of 2022, this essay will be more about how my attitude will be going forward: I would not say I will act in arrogance, but, if I encounter strife that I can’t learn from, I will move past that and better myself.
I wonder where I’ll be physically, mentally, and overall this time next year… I’m writing this essay in the final days of 2021. I’ve come quite a far ways throughout 2021. I learned much about myself, so if I apply that same sort of template toward the future, I might be able to predict some things. Let’s see if I can do while not seeming too weird. It’s not predicting the future – it’s planning my long-term goals.
Every year, I like to close out the year with summaries of my time throughout the past year, and my plans for the next year. This feels like a good way to close old books and open new books. I’ve learned a lot over the past year. I’ve encountered and endured many hardships. What’s been the nicest is finding the spots where I fit in – as a square entity, living in a circular[, unkind] world.
My original plans for this year-end series shattered, so, instead, I’ll do more impromptu recap into 2021. The original plan was going to be more researched, through, and maybe even broadcast live, but instead, I’ll refer to memory and some of my own personal highlights. I might dig into some lows, but primarily, I want to focus on how I’ve bettered myself in positive, non-narcissistic ways, so that way I can continue improving and helping into 2022.