Why do you meander through the media you buy? Now, you can digitally buy any media you want, but when me and my cohost/g’host Matty were getting into music and other media, we had to buy it or go to media stores. Our podcast was about media stores, but really, how it’s like to work at a media store is the side-point to why we buy into the media that we do and …maybe don’t.
Sometimes I wonder how livestreams evolve. I don’t plan the topics at all. I might lead in with semi-“townhall”-style topics updating people about things in my life, but otherwise, I might point to the key of my livestreaming success being that they’re conversations with friends. I’m ostensibly the broadcaster, the broadcast is something I upload later, but truthfully, the audience is the key component. I bounce ideas off them. It’s like any good in-real-life conversation.
I didn’t have much of an interest in astrology until Bella joined Zdiscord and asked about adding divination/astrology and occult channels. I thought, sure, and since then both channels have been cool spots to talk about topics that might otherwise not be explainable by science. Throughout my life, I’ve had many weird occurrences, so it’s not like I could say no to the opportunity to explore astrology at length in a livestream. It was insightful!
Some Zdiscord folks and I are doing more regular Bomberman play sessions. This was our first bigger session and it was great! My laptop was meeting its upper limits, or as we called it “potato princess” as a riff on the character I play as, Princess Tomato, so the video quality is terrible, but it was still fun nonetheless. In games like this, it doesn’t matter so much who wins or loses, it’s about camaraderie.
When I think of videogame music, I first think of EarthBound, then I think from there. I wouldn’t call it obsessive – formative in my understanding of music and inviting of expanding my musical taste would be a better way to phrase it. When 3UP_Moon and I decided what topic to talk about for a podcast, we went with videogame music. We ended up talking for over 5 hours, mostly about videogame music, with somewhat related tangents.
I didn’t sleep that well after getting my second COVID shot, so after watching one of my favorite livestreamers, I felt like jumping on the mic and rolling for a few hours. It was fun because this stream represented getting closer – perhaps over 50% – to getting done. People that are in the picture or aren’t are getting really excited about seeing the final product, too! It’s going to be cool seeing the final product finished… whenever…
What I want to focus on reading over the next few months are the books I own that I’m indecisive about wanting to read in full. If I read something unimpressive, I can donate or sell those books, and return to them years later. After I’ve downsized sufficiently, then I’ll return to more books like The Autobiography of Malcolm X [X] that will impress me. X meanders through important empathetic learning experiences in American History.
I could be significantly embarrassed by this stream, but instead, I’ll embrace its many flaws. The gameplay of the new Super Bomberman R Online is more of a slideshow than gameplay, there are difficult discussions, and, I don’t think I was striding at my best pace on this one. But! That’s one side of it. The other side of it is that I was able to play the game, have fun with friends, and more.
I recently finished two pieces of media on opposite ends of the meandry spectrum for me: the long-overdue first season of Ghost in the Shell [GITS:SAC1] and the disinteresting slog of No Country For Old Men [NCFOM]. These essays aren’t traditional reviews, rather, my thoughts about the media I meander through as they inspire my own media production. As a writer and someone interested in writing novels, it’s important to read to completion – with exceptions.
What is self-care if not caring for one’s self? That’s what I, and my Semi-Interactive Podcast g’host [guest/host] Dantagnan intended to find out during this episode on self-care. It’s fun for me doing these podcast chats because throughout our conversations, what starts with one topic goes into another – the true source of the conversation’s intention. For me, self-care is removing the stress and anxiety from situations that might otherwise cause my mind-palace theater’s vision to shrink.