Monday, August 31, 2020

ADD Experience Podcast 008 - BenjaCon 2020

The San Diego Comic Con was always a special time for me. The networking, sights, sounds, events, friends, hype, new reveals, etc. were all very transformative for me. SDCC (along with other conventions) became a thing, so I'm starting a loose initiative that I will continue to add to over time called BenjaCon. This is the story of that venture.

- Mr Benja -

Sunday, August 30, 2020

RIP Chadwick Boseman

Just as I was saying that we need heroics, I hear that actor Chadwick Boseman passed away earlier today after fighting with colon cancer. Like many, I know him most from Black Panther, but he played many classic roles such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, and Jackie Robinson. What impressed me about him is his ability to connect with such a wide range of people even without compromising his morals. RIP, King. --- The following information comes from Variety : 
"Boseman was born the youngest of three boys and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, by his mother, who worked as a nurse, and father, who worked in a textile factory. When he was a junior in high school, Boseman wrote and staged a play about the shooting death of a basketball teammate, which turned his life towards the arts. He studied directing at Howard University, where he was mentored by Phylicia Rashad.

After moving to New York, Boseman was a part of the local theater scene, and began landing guest roles on shows like “Law & Order,” “CSI: NY” and “ER,” as well as a series regular part on the NBC mystery “Persons Unknown.” Boseman’s first big break, however, came when he was cast in “42” to play Jackie Robinson, the first Black man to play in Major League Baseball.

Poignantly, Boseman’s death is on the same day as Jackie Robinson Day, MLB’s annual celebration of the pioneering player."

- Mr Benja -

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

LinkedIn Wasn't That Fun For Me. I'll Try Again.

Alright. Because I clearly need one more social media outlet to concern myself with, I'm getting back into LinkedIn. I didn't like it a while back, but supposedly, it's where you can get good networking going on.  I think it was all of the random people contacting me about a "job". 

But now with all the splintering of social media (which is fine), I think I'll jump back in over there and start making headway. Maybe I can spice it up over there.

- Mr Benja -

Saturday, August 15, 2020

ADD Podcast 007 - 2020 Part 2

So...I've split up 2020 into two parts. The first part where I thought things were happening one way. The second part is where I realized that everything was changing. You've got to keep updating and making things better. For me, that includes this podcast. 

- Mr Benja -

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Disney Plus Has No Free Trial - I Guess I'm In For a Month

In order to protect my time, I usually jump on a streaming service to check out their free trial and cancel before things get too deep. I have to do that because I can get sucked in pretty easily. Well it seems that Disney Plus has gone the way of HBO and has pulled their free trial. (It's only $7/mo without the Hulu and ESPN option.)

This basically means that they're confident enough in their brand that they don't need any slick offers to get their people subscribed. Being that there are so many die-hard Disney fanatics (or Star Wars, or Nat Geo, or Pixar, or National Geographic), it makes sense.

No free trial also keeps people from jumping on to watch all the Star Wars movies and The Mandalorian in one week before jumping off. I see what you're doing, Disney.

I'm saying all this because I've been thinking about brand, and Disney came to mind in a very real way. Now I need to go work on my brand before I start plowing through this content. 

Do you have Disney Plus?
What would you get it for?

- Mr Benja -

Monday, August 3, 2020

ADD Experience Podcast Links Updated

I just updated all of the podcast links so that you can listen to the ADD Experience on your favorite player.  They're on the right side of the page (unless you're on mobile) and on the Podcast page linked at the top. Or you can just come by the blog here to check out all the episodes and leave comments. I even added a boring ass RSS feed so that Krehan won't get mad. 

Be sure to come back to the blog and leave me some comments so we can argue over the Internet like grown ups.

- Mr Benja -

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Homecoming: A New Way to Envision Stories.

I just finished Homecoming on Amazon. I liked it! It felt different, but I couldn't place why. Then learned that it came from a podcast featured on Gimlet Media. Ohhh...holy crap. Now I see. The podcast format necessarily has a different feel. I applauded the effort.

Then I realized that Serialized and story-based podcasts are a *great* way to get stories out there for people to pick up stories that they might not have with a book or a television show. Now my mind is whirring. The format is a different one.

While I know that the audio story is not new in the podcasting world, the way that people consume media rapidly changing. Looking forward to more interesting stories being created from this medium in the future.

Let me know what you think about the future of podcasted stories!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

BenjaCon: A Way Of Getting My Comic Convention Vibes Back During A Pandemic

BenjaCon is happening this year for the first time. Be a part of this inaugural experience. I'm not even sure what will happen because I'm making it up as I go along. The best way I can describe BenjaCon is as a way to get my comic convention vibes back. 

Yeah...I don't know how to explain something I'm doing as I'm in the process of doing it, but I'm creating it anyway. It's a feeling and a flow. An art + performance + social + development + design project. Basically, I have gotten A LOT of my creative spirit from the con experience over the years, and I want to channel that energy.

It's a strange time, but I've been learning to corral energy for growth instead of fighting dumb shit. (If you've been paying attention, that's the idea behind Transcendent Press.)

Artists and creatives will be doing stuff.

Follow along with the nonsense by following me on social or checking out

- Mr Benja -

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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