As a person who's life is a literal cliche, I have moments that drive me down rabbit holes of curiosity. This podcast is born from the magic within daily routine. For, even in a cubicle, you tend to find the brilliance in the world. All I'll share are personal "take aways". Welcome to my grizzly!!
There's a reason why those kids with active imaginations, lucky enough to read Calvin and Hobbes, are as amazing to me as those who read fantasy books. They had a fuel I so wish I had. Enjoy an episode that was inspired by one of the crash courses I'm taking to join y'all.
The tug of war between, creator and consumer has suffered greatly in recent years. As such, the creator will make compromises that they feel will keep the consumer coming back. I feel some push back in needed. Yet again, I ask that you indulge me for a bit....
There's a moment in film, novels, entertainment in general! where the lead character finds out something they sought was right under their nose all along. I had such an experience the morning of this episode and I could not help but share my findings thus far!!
There are many ways to look at the world and try make your impact in it. Some chose to rule, some chose to obey, many of us hope to play our fair part and make it comfortable for all to have their moment in the light. Make all voices be heard. Inclusion is always a good place to start. However, should we not try be a tad bit aggressive in finding our place in it all? As i seek the answer, this is one broad stroke that served me in my past.
A skit in the track POWER off the mix-tape BAR EXAM 4 by Royce Da 59' had the following words "Everybody wants to be a beast!...until its time to do what beasts do". As one constantly endeavors to find his inner 'beast mode', I looked to influences I have, not only in history and film, but also in Music and entertainment. Based off my current conclusions, I offer this...
I made this episode to highlight the respect and admiration I have for Kenyan Published animator and artist, Salim Busuru, This man is one of the few of My generation who pushes the envelope and inspires me in everything that he endeavors. My take on the greatest of us.
Strength in numbers is a fact, if you are lucky enough to have right group of people around you. During my hiatus from making the show, I've been lucky enough to finally have core people who make it possible for me to say, 'I'll let you take care of that.' what I've learnt in my absence...
In continuation of my previous episode, I am one who feels we need to know what the 'battlefield' is right in-front of us. Look forward to hearing from you on @PBlankevumbi on twitter. What's your take on this episode.
If there's one valued lesson I've learnt through the journey of making this podcast, its that having a different out like is a plus. If we all were in agreement on everything and accepted blanket perceptions, nothing would be Innovated. Here's a glimpse on how I curate the podcast,
In this episode, I attempt viewing the world, speculatively, through the eyes of a woman. See all that has been and, hopefully not end up causing more of a rift from the strides they've already taken without the help of my sex (the male). Here's hoping it is received with the intent i made it with.
There's no experience worse than being caught, flat footed. That being said, I decided to share an example of one who took dire circumstances and flipped to betterment of more than himself. You may find this a good piece of research to dive into.
We literally are living in the times when the only thing being served by life is lemons. I Think the lemonade of life is only way to go. The story of Athens being attacked by Sparta brought to light, the importance of putting rationality in the forefront of decision making. For your consideration... enjoy
If you've ever been excessively infatuated with a love interest, this is the episode for you! To love and be loved is sometimes such a frightful thought, especially for a man. we then choose to get defensive, resorting to sex as the extent to which we feel love is attained. my thoughts.
Heard this from THE JOE BUDDEN PODCAST, "you can't expect all members of a team to have the same aspirations'. True indeed. In the last episode, i spoke to a situation i was wrapping my head around. In the time away, here are some takes i got.
'That which we see in ourselves, both negative and positive, we project on to others.' this is done either as a coping mechanism or as a way to berate them so as to remain high. I'm going through a bit of this, I'm afraid. Hopefully, my sharing helps me get a better understanding of it all.
In the weeks I've been away, quite a lot had taken place in my professional life. That I spent't the months before curfew, bettering my understanding and readiness for that which was coming, this episode recaps the different strides taken and lessons learnt. Enjoy!!
We don't all get a chance to try again in certain fields. I get excited when my back is against the ropes, yet still I'm let in the room. Here's an episode about one of my first steps towards redemption.
'Who chooses to not be intimate, when a happy heart sometimes leads to even greater existence?' That would be me. I revisited the reason why I'm going on three years as a single man and how I feel about it so far. Nothing is written in stone, That much, I will say.
Though I've been advocating for the betterment of self during quarantine, some of my entertainment, lead me down the rabbit hole of questioning, just how many may be turning this situation into a profit, but of a darker nature? See if i'm over thinking this...
The cards dealt to us in life, we cannot help but try make the best of them. Some, to avoid being contrarian, do as they're told. I did, once. What i became, on the other side, is what i speak on today. Hope it makes sense to you as it does to me.
the iconic superhero character that lead me to wanting a trial at animation and comic books is one, I feel had a purpose in his existence that, lately feels out of place, but necessary, The episode may bring light to what I mean.
When the planet hands you lemons, you make the best of it to fight off cold symptoms. I chose to share some of the ways i've been coming into acceptance of the covid 19 circumstances. Maybe you'll find value in that which i've gone with.
Some of those who wish ill on the chosen, will go above and beyond to hinder the growth to be. Fortunately, when you are in large numbers, you're able to make it out, regardless. This episode is dedicated to those who know that, Quarantine times are no only for your physical health, but a perfect excuse to regroup as an individual.
If there's any product that moves faster in the age of information, it's one that is connected to outrage. There was a piece that lead to this episode of the podcast, oddly enough, i also came across information that also touched on it. hear me out.
the entertainment world has chosen to be on the forefront of making 'Quarantine and chill' endurable. I wanted to take the time to give the Djs of the world, their roses. They've made it possible to have the to question how best to turn a bad situation into a growing method of better exposure. My humble thoughts.
we hold on to the wrongs done to us so much so, sometimes, we never evolve past it. If it's not physical harm, maybe growing past that which was, is the only way to make the best of the future. As uninformed as that statement may seem, hear me out.
Competition can either mold you or destroy you. The determining factor is an individuals level of preparedness and, or capability to see through the journey. In these times where the future is unpredictable, I offer this episode as a suggestion of what to consider attending to, during lock down.
we're drawing closer and closer to the total shut down of the planet. Makes you wonder why despotic futures are always appealing to draw and write about. still, there are observations and silver linings to consider. My two cents.
Entertainment is an ever changing animal. It continues to evolve in its technologies and as such, younger contributors come to the fore because they grew up side by side with the innovations. This episode is dedicated to those of us who get mad at younger minds coming in and growing to quick.
For the first time in my existence, the whole world is on lock down. As one who seeks the silver lining in everything I am, this is thee best time to get into your creator bag or your 'self searching bag! here are a few suggestions on how to get bye.
It's one thing to keep people safe, its completely another to get them scared of even leaving the house. Not making light of the health risk it is to go on with every day life, but to a certain extent, something's got to give, my humble suggestion.
Ever step in a creative journey counts. Every mark made that lead others to even greater heights, moves the bar. I have followed the lead of people younger and older than me, through it all, I grow better for it. Here are some random epiphanies i came across.
In episode 123, I tried to understand the mind of those sent to colonial territory and hold on to that mentality of winning hearts and minds of native peoples. In this episode, I am attempting to diagnose the crossroads that i find myself in as more historical writing about this great country comes to the fore. I do hope to lead to dialogue and understanding, never rage.
we all wanna join the pantheon of great creations, from film to novels to comics. I for one also want to join these fields plus animation. In this episode, I'm going to breakdown, as best i can, why i don't take in as many animation works and why, in all these years, you are yet to see my animations. You will be grateful for it, in the end. That, I promise you.
Hard to believe everything told, especially in a world that gets vague by the minute. I know not what to trust half the time i'm being informed by the different authorities in town. I made this episode of hypothetical gossip (for lack of a better word) because, sometimes, to speculate is better than to regurgitate. hear me out.
In that which we fear, sometimes lies thee best thing to muse into creation. I once heard that Stephen King was afraid of the dark. With his writing still being a big inspiration to me, here's a curiosity, I chose to share.
" They'll tell you the sky's the limit to disguise your limits". A paraphrased line from the album THE ALLEGORY by Royce Da 59'. On countless occasions, major companies from the west visit Africa in hopes of taking part in making the African ideas a hit in the west. I always hesitate because, sometimes, it leads to terms that are not the most conducive. Indulge me, if you will...
We want success and we want to enjoy it. We never really take time to ask ourselves what we'll do once we get there. We're also bombarded with material from those who've made it to the other side and not the 'how to get there'. In this episode, I try explain what i believe is my purpose after the warrior journey I'm on for my craft.
when systems are broken, they need to be taken out, sometimes from within. I've been trying to understand how 'the right', in regards to the hard liners and slightly less stern members of the american democracy work. I will admit, i may be reaching. hear me out all the same.
I often celebrate the unrewarded talent because, pioneering anything is always thankless. You never get to smell your flowers when they bloom. You get respected long after the fact. Art demands patience and undivided attention. One individual who , through his transitions, i learn how to navigate these waters is Joe Budden. In this episode, I share some of what i learn from him,
The villainy of Money. The way we view the top one percent. The delicate balance between ' gaining the world' or 'loosing your soul'. this episode is the closest thing to a deep dive I've done, revisiting my internal debate and search to know how best to handle or approach ambition and the success it brings.
Masters of industry always take the power gained from success and put it into use on things they may have lacked in their past. Other than that, they also use the same wealth to control or dominate future potential and pioneer what would be the next frontier. Hardest part is, do we look up to these people or do we distance ourselves from what they are?
To me, the idea of relationship and marriage is inspired by these simple words. ' Growing together'. The aspirations of both parties is tied together by the love they share and from said love, they strengthen each other's pursuits and from their love and passion, a future of greatness comes. But, these may be the fantasy thoughts of a single man. hear me out.
To be at peace in your own presence. This is where I choose to begin bettering myself long before I even start furthering relationships, not only with friends but even with peers. Of what good is one scared of his own shadow? All this, from an evening walk during the week. Enjoy.
In my book, she is the leading painter of body art for concerts in Nairobi. Her work has also crossed over to commercial entities, as far as brands wanting her brush strokes showcased in their marketing. I had the privilege of having a conversation on her early days of art and self awareness, in regards to craft. Enjoy our chat, with Dawn.
Certain words, I would like to keep as far away from this podcast and any other content I create. 'trigger' and 'click bait'. May appear to be a poor business model, however, I believe it grants me access to a true audience that genuinely will consume my work with no predetermined emotions. That way, we will always be together in mind. Here's my take on audio consumer culture.
in the Movie ' Margin Call' , the character played by Jeremy irons has a line, when paraphrased, says : only way to win in business is to be first, be smart or cheat. The movie industry of the first world, jumps the gun in making first weekend box office returns dictate the quality of the film. Seeing as it makes potential film makes not have a fighting chance, is it not time to rethink the idea of being quick to make headline reviews?
self preservation has always been at the forefront of how humanity improves itself. becoming hunter gatherers and all life improvements there after. when it comes to the search for self improvement in the 21st century, however, I've noticed that, my not wanting to embarrass myself or fail, on many occasions would stop me from even trying. here's the current state i'm in, aware of it all.
There's always a need to be better than all others, not only professionally, but in as simple a task as being a fellow human. In recent years, even the villain seems to have a moral code. That feeling of potential good in everyone, sometimes ends up never being satisfactory. I attempt to explain my stances.
To be told or awarded for a job well done is something that cannot ever be well defined to us all. It is very fulfilling to be told you did good. However, I've been disillusioned by all this. I have slightly moved the post from wanting awards. Here's where I went.
'nothing lasts forever'. I know we've heard it time and again. The push to better any industry you love, sometimes gets derailed by those who stagnate on status quo. How to grow past that is the debate. My Observation.
Many have spoken on the decision of Prince Harry, leaving the his royal title. The question not truly being paid attention to is, What would you do to preserve your marriage? I've always been fascinated by Monarchy, thus, i chose now to speak on how i view love and duty.
Many a movie has been released, touching on the ideals of espionage. The 'greater good' they serve for the global influence of freedoms and the independence of all man kind. In the same breath, there's the underbelly, parked in the disclosed files, showing the different methods used and the entertainment material they spawn. some of it, makes me debate our current life in Kenya. My far fetched take.
The idea of 'Right Place, Right time', we go past it every chance we get, yet, great truths lie in there. Advantage may not necessarily be wealth, but the immediate information that could lead to wealth. Not just fiscal wealth, but all forms, depending on the individual. My take.
Taking a person's land of heritage. Convincing one's left that you're doing it for their benefit. I've debated this since the first i heard of Rome, the Templar knights and colonialism. As i attempt to understand how such controls came to being, here is attempt number one at wrapping my head around it.
The divide that has been the life blood of authoritarian dominance will always be challenged by merit. I, for one, may not agree with class lines, but i do enjoy that it fuels my ambition to be better than that which may be perceived as ' my place in the world'. indulge me, if you will, as I try explain my drive.
A Kenyan band that was unapologetic and free. In my eyes, Just A Band opened the eyes of most in the mid 2000s creative industry in Kenya, if not the world. They were, in my opinion, the definition of 'A CREATIVE'. I dedicate this episode to them and what I thank them for making.
On this podcast, I encourage not only self discovery and discussion, but also the search of personal Mantras. I coined one based on the historic figure named Julius Caesar, His flaws and successes are always revisited in my endeavors. May this episode give explanation to how far the study has taken my discoveries.
Athletes play the role of 'warriors in the Colosseum' for most of their lives. Their achievements always stand out to me and make me ask myself if i can adapt the same discipline in all my endeavors. Here's another episode where i try be a warrior for myself.
The evolution of information, through technology has brought more, like minded people together than the preexisting lines of nations. As technology grows, to what extent are we exposed to ills and how are we bettered. My attempts at understanding.
When you fail, some of the best ways to be encouraged is to learn from those who came before you. Its even better if the 'method of redemption' is documented. But what happens when the material provided, gave an incorrect take on the individual. History is written by the winners. it's bad when those same winners, loose. my take.
The driving force of old skool street behavior was always general principle. there are certain things you cannot do, say or tolerate. T.K Kirkland is an individual I enjoy the comedy of and way of looking at life. Here are some gems i've coined for myself, based on his thought process.
Mental health in this day and age is of great importance. Te need to Address it is important. however, those who have been successful during their suffering, do deserve to be mentioned as well, my take.
The box office returns of many a film suffer because the environment of releases has been heavily controlled by reviews, made by the initial watchers and critics, thus, making the global audience not consume the material. As one who often refuses to follow trends, this is my take on the movies that may have suffered, yet they were 'diamonds in the rough'.
one of the world's biggest film franchises released a tv series that has me fully engaged and entertained. How it was introduced to me, also sparked a curiosity into the way the show has married ideas of past film makers. my thoughts.
we're quick to make the big cheque, especially when we get into a business. constantly, we're encouraged to 'learn the ropes.' We feel impatient about that. Our predecessors say, 'never do it for money'. Question i seek to answer in this episode, is 'why?'
The stories of authors sometimes don't get to come into different platforms in the form that best serves it. In the case of Stephen king's THE SHINING, I believe it's come full circle, thanks to DOCTOR SLEEP.
The ideals of aristocracy imply that there's always going to be people under their boot. That this thinking is still present and the economies of the world are driven by this, an evolution is required. My observation.
The great strides of technology and society. They aren't as recognised and utilized as they should. This episode is my attempt at wrapping my head around what we have. In future, maybe what we can do with it.
This internal battle is never more intense than in body building and competitive sports. The individuals I mention in this episode are some of those helping me learn this, through their interviews and work.
Though considered a disorder, obsession, in my eyes is seen as 'fuel to keep going'. Outdoing my peers in all fields with tho hopes of always uplifting each other by making ourselves ever curious, no feeling like it. My take.
Being glued to our devices means we're not watching what is being put out that affects us directly. Today I touch on what I've seen as the current state of social engineering. Personal opinions, enjoy.
Structure of a 9-5 to the creative mind. Not often the most comfortable space. Yet, great work is birthed all the same. As one trying to claw his way back to a sense of order, here's what I've been learning.
For over a century, superstars were menufactured from the raw talent aching to get into music and film. The 21st century broke that mold yet, structures of the past stay closely attached to what it was. My thoughts.
Born from a good online conversation had on Instagram, conclusions differed so, a podcast was born to add context. For the true question is; are ex's deserving of being around the new place in life you're in?