Thursday, November 19, 2020

Pod Squadron?? Wait... Benja's Hosting a Star Wars Podcast

The Pod Squadron Podcast Is Here

* Here's The Backstory *

Earlier this year, I was reading up on Star Wars news and finishing up the first season of The Mandalorian. I was a bit late on it, but season 2 was coming out and I was feeling good about Star Wars.

You see, I had gone through the tumultuous period known as the Sequel Trilogies Arguments. Regardless your feelings on those films, you likely thought it was a tough time to be a Star Wars fan. Things got testy. It was weird.

But I've been a Star Wars fan since...forever, and some YouTube comments and  aren't going to ruin my joy. So I kept my private Facebook group going (want an invite?), and embraced all things Star Wars again. 

I suppose my enthusiasm and knowledge got someone's attention, because through this I ended up getting invited to do a podcast with some of my friends.

* Here's The Podcast *

I'm currently putting our podcast out on the different podcast channels and building something that's bigger than Star Wars. I'm hosting with theater producer Andy the Chinese Pirate and social maven Tracy the Hot Nerd Girl. We go live every week on Twitch. We also have other guests that show up from time to time. Currently, we're following the releases of The Mandalorian episodes and will continue on to other things after that. If you're keeping count, that means we've got three episodes completed. 

We need your support, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube or wherever you check out podcasts.

- Mr Benja - 

Monday, November 9, 2020

It's All A Game (A Theory of Mine)

Someone took this picture of me at an 8Bit Cubist art show several years ago. It was at a time when I was working hard on my dreams and LITERALLY losing my hair over it. I had to tell myself that although I can be serious, I was just developing games and making interesting images. That line of thought turned into me telling myself that it's just a job, it's just a phase, IT'S JUST A GAME, and so on. This wasn't to dismiss anything, but to put it in proper context. Over time, the logic morphed into a way of looking at life. I wanted (and needed) to channel my personally serious energies in more beneficial ways to me. That's why I'm so adamant when I say that my art is not about games... but life. 

So while this year has brought us elections, environmental concerns, economic challenges, riots, health concerns, social challenges, and whatever else gets thrown on that pile, you still have the choice on how you play the game. So even IF this year is fucked, the question is: WHAT DOES THAT MATTER TO YOU? There are still positive moves that you have left to make. Start a podcast, connect with family, learn some new technologies, read a book, learn how to cook, do a pushup, or whatever.

Things will be okay as long as you are okay. That's how perceptions work. And when I say "Be Okay", I do not mean be complacent, accept weakness, deny reality, or co-sign bullshit. I am saying that most of what you are actually stressing over is a product of your own creation. The game is going to play out however it plays out. You make the choices you can and never underestimate that power.

Well. I hope this helps someone.  I've studied this for much of my life and have just now started to really put it into words. Along with my journaling and social media, writing these things has helped me to communicate and focus my feelings into tangible output. It's the least I can do.

Let me know what you're up to.

- Mr Benja -

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