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The Last Thoughts of a Busy Mind

100 EpisodesProduced by Ali KhamsehWebsite

One man's quest to talk, in any shape or form. There's not much consistency other than the man itself, and the subjects can vary from anything to nothing.

100 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Chapter 95: Body Over Mind

December 1st, 2022

20:24

Mental Health is a complex and nuanced subject, and it needs a complex and nuanced discussion; but that is harder and harder to happen in a patriarchal traditionalist society that has a patriarchal and traditionalist …

Chapter 94: People Couldn't Believe What I'd Become

November 25th, 2022

20:19

Throughout the revolution following the murder of Mahsa Amini by the morality police in Iran, it's important to look at multiple facets of society …

Chapter 93: El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido

November 17th, 2022

20:22

Keeping alive the hope that one day a new and brighter day will come is of outmost importance in times of revolution and civil movements. That hope …

Chapter 92: I Think, Therefore I am Executable

November 10th, 2022

20:17

One of the things that the people asking for a change in regime in Iran, since the murder of Mahsa Amini by the morality police, have been asking for …

Chapter 91: Life as It Was

November 4th, 2022

20:13

Since September 17th, 2022, there has been calls for a massive regime change and uprooting of the Islamic Republic in Iran. The events started since …

Special Chapter #5: Let the Sunshine, Let the Sunshine In

October 14th, 2022

1:46:08

For the past month, the Iranian public have been protesting in many shapes and forms against the tyrannical Islamic Republic regime, after the death …

Chapter 90: Living Under Oppression

September 22nd, 2022

20:18

Despite believing in a world of human nature first and human nationality second, sometimes one cannot escape the realities of belonging to a specific region of the earth and living under a specific government. That …

Chapter 89: I'm Frustrated!

September 16th, 2022

20:19

Frustration can stem from many different avenues, from dealing with people of other professions to the inane feeling of helplessness and loss of time. Wherever the frustrating root grows from, the tree and the fruit is …

Chapter 88: Ending a Chapter

September 9th, 2022

20:20

When one has been involved with a situation or an institution for a not inconsiderable amount of one's life, severing ties and moving on might feel …

Chapter 87: It's Been One Year Since I've Been Making Videos

September 2nd, 2022

20:18

For the past year, from August of 2021 to August of 2022, a little series called "The Good, the Bad and the Interesting" has been appearing on a little channel called "AK88 Studios". Now that it's been one year since …

Chapter 86: Only Murders in the Building

August 26th, 2022

20:18

Once in a while comes a show, with the exact humorous tone suited for one's sense of humor and a good mystery to integrate into that humorous tone; and on top of that manages to balance these perfectly and add an …

Chapter 85: I Love Scatman John

August 19th, 2022

20:17

With so much cynicism in the everyday world, it seems harder and harder to look positively at the world and try to abide by the virtues of inclusivity and connectivity; but that's why when a true inspiration like …

Chapter 84: Traveling Is Fun(ny)

August 12th, 2022

20:19

Even for introverted people who enjoy the confines of their safe havens, traveling sometimes can bring with itself good memories and new perspectives. If that travel comes after a major illness, one can find themselves …

Chapter 83: I Hate Jordan Peterson

August 5th, 2022

20:15

With the advent and the oversaturation of "public intellectuals", it's hard to not notice a growing number of them who spew their political and …

Chapter 82: Getting Covid

July 29th, 2022

20:18

After the missed chapter, first of its time, "The Last Thoughts of a Busy Mind" is back. The specter of a disease has roamed the human world for the past two years, and the mental decay and the existential emptiness …

Chapter 81: You Know the Parents!

July 15th, 2022

20:18

When one looks back at most of the insecurities and the mental anguish of one's young life, the answer inevitably can be drawn back to the people who …

Chapter 80: I Bought a Mug from a Supermarket

July 8th, 2022

20:19

There's a phenomenon called "mundanity", which is described as the quality of being mundane. When one's views of their own expectations are skewed, mundanity is oftentimes seen as a negative and oftentimes as a curse. …

Chapter 79: The Feeling of Burn Out

June 30th, 2022

20:17

When one extends one's ability and stretches one's mental capacity for creative work passed a certain threshold, the thought of continuing on that …

Chapter 78: It's Getting Hot...

June 24th, 2022

20:20

With summer leaving the horizon and finally arriving at town, the weather has a tendency to be warmer than it was once used to be. With warmer weather, for people for whom warm weather is a true nuisance, comes a litany …

Chapter 77: Sometimes You Need to Get Mad

June 16th, 2022

20:18

The feeling of anger is one that has a lot of controversy surrounding it, which makes it harder for one to express it as usual as other feelings. …

Chapter 76: Catching Up

June 10th, 2022

20:19

When one is away from a regular conversation for an not insignificant amount of time, there are issues and points of interest that remain …

Special Chapter #4: I Wonder What Kamiab Is Doing Tonight?

May 20th, 2022

1:53:36

In this episode, I sit down to talk with a friend of mine situated in another country, Kamiab. We met each other in a group catering to Persian Whovians, and despite some incredibly immature interactions, remained …

Chapter 75: Almost Like Being in Love

April 29th, 2022

20:19

As the current season comes to an end, it brings with itself anticipation and resolution. As new journeys, exciting and breathtaking, take shape and …

Chapter 74: I'm a Geeky Boy, in a Geeky World

April 21st, 2022

20:18

The world today seems absolutely maddening, and for the most part is it dangerously depressing. With a history of injustice and ineptitude and the …

Chapter 73: Puttin' on the Ritz

April 15th, 2022

20:18

To maintain a presence online is a task that can bring burnout and doubt more often than one is ready to handle. There are many recipes for supposed success in the ever-connected world of today; but sometimes one is …

Chapter 72: Contradictory Thoughts

April 7th, 2022

20:18

There are times that one goes into a trance of revising one's thoughts and realizes a peculiar phenomena: One can believe in two contradiction as one …

Chapter 71: A Bit Closed Off

March 31st, 2022

20:19

Revelations and re-evaluations can come from everywhere and in any situation. Sometimes one's friend tells an innocent remark that will bring out a …

Chapter 70: The 15th Century

March 24th, 2022

20:18

Different parts of the world function on different calendars, and one such calendar remains to be the Persian one. With the year 1401 reaching the mortal coil, a new century has dawned: the 15th century. The new …

Chapter 69: Nice

March 18th, 2022

20:19

Sometimes the needs of a joke outweighs the need of clarity. When a joke stares at one right in the eye, no matter how derivate or how repeated, its call needs to be answered. Even if that joke is as tired and overused …

Chapter 68: One Insecure S.O.B.

March 10th, 2022

20:19

Insecurity is one ailment that resembles the mythical Hydra. For each head one cuts off, two more sprung out more resilient than before and more bloodthirsty than ever. The Hydra feeds on negativity and increases it …

Chapter 67: What a Wonderful World to Have a Quarter-Life Crisis in

March 3rd, 2022

20:18

When a year passes in one's life, the prospect of reaching the end line becomes clearer. Though a birthday is a joyous occasion of celebrating the …

Chapter 66: All the Little Things

February 24th, 2022

20:21

Content Warning: During the last third of this episode, I experience a live anxiety attack. It's nothing serious but if that makes you uncomfortable, proceed with caution.

There are a lot of things, little and …

Chapter 65: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

February 17th, 2022

20:20

The strict British nanny once told the world that the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is used when one doesn't know what to speak of, and …

Chapter 64: A S---ty Writer, a S---ty YouTuber, & an Absolute Idiot When It Comes to Discussing Art

February 11th, 2022

20:23

To end a relationship can be an arduous task, filled with an unhealthy amount of emotions pouring in from all sides. But sometimes that outpour of emotion can lead to words that not only hurt, they scar. When words that …

Chapter 63: Uni

February 3rd, 2022

20:18

Education is a historically fundamental part of youth and early adulthood. You are enrolled in a school to learn the basics, and you enroll in a …

Chapter 62: 2022, Part II

January 27th, 2022

20:19

A new year approaches and with it comes the gratuitous task of looking back to what has conspired through the past year. What plans and what promises were kept and what was lost in the march of time; and what came …

Chapter 61: 2022, Part I

January 21st, 2022

20:12

A new year approaches and with it comes the gratuitous task of looking back to what has conspired through the past year. What plans and what promises were kept and what was lost in the march of time; and what came …

Special Chapter #3: They Call the Wind Siavash

December 31st, 2021

1:49:48

In this episode, I sit down (in person!) and talk with a friend who I've known since 2018, Siavash. We met each other through friends and acquaintances in our Art University, and hit it off with an obsession with …

Chapter 60: For Once, Looking Forward

December 10th, 2021

20:19

When one's life goes through cycles of depression and mediocrity, it might be often hard to ponder what is coming and anticipate that with glee and joy. But life is nothing if not unpredictable. Sometimes, out of …

Chapter 59: Western August in November

December 3rd, 2021

20:18

In a desire to dedicate a significant amount of time to one's favorite genre in filmmaking, it's good to orchestrate ways of integrating that genre …

Chapter 58: Duality of a Human Nature

November 25th, 2021

20:19

The residual emotional turmoil of a situation piled on top of another one can result in apathy and misery, and it very well can cripple any working …

Chapter 57: Waiting for the Miracle

November 19th, 2021

20:19

Emotions are sometimes hard to keep under control. As life spins more out of control and insecurities and fears start to show their ugly heads, one's …

Chapter 56: The Real Possibility of Returning to the World that Was

November 12th, 2021

20:19

The world has changed no doubt, and there are many cries of a return to the world before the changes. As humanity slowly tries to return to that world, whether smartly or out of impatience, there's a sense of anxiety. …

Chapter 55: The Dream Project

November 4th, 2021

20:20

Sometimes, when the air is quiet and the desire is satiated; one can look up and dream on. One can dream of flying in the air, one can dream of …

Chapter 54: Living in a State of Perpetual Fear

October 28th, 2021

20:18

What will happen when one lives under the eyes of a repressive feeling that will crush many joys and desires at once through intimidation and years …

Chapter 53: Overwhelmtion

October 21st, 2021

20:20

With the world moving at such a pace that no one man can get a hold of it, there's sometime a faint feeling in the air as one looks around and sees …

Chapter 52: In Search of the Need to Feel Bad

October 15th, 2021

20:18

When one's accustomed to the feeling of despair, or resentment, or the simple broad concept of "unwell"; sometimes to feel good is somewhat of an unnerving experience. When life seems to be working well, and when …

Chapter 51: Trekkie Code

October 8th, 2021

20:18

As one walks through life, one gathers interests and some of those are in the world of fandoms. But when one enters the fandom, the desire to share that fandom and that universe with the world is intensified, and if …

Chapter 50: Master of Non-Communicative Skills

October 1st, 2021

20:22

One's formative years of childhood is utilized to develop skills and puts them to use for the rest of one's life, but sometimes there are hiccups in that development. When one is alone for most of one's formative years, …

Chapter 49: The Official Stamp of Talentlessness

September 23rd, 2021

20:20

The feeling of being judged based on a merit that is not anything other than a desire to recognize and cheat the game, should not be a contributing …

Chapter 48: Hope

September 17th, 2021

20:19

When one falls into the same holes over and over again, is it the definition of stupidity? Or a bit of hope? What is hope, if not a way for one's …

Chapter 47: F--ked Beyond Emotion

September 9th, 2021

20:19

There are passages of time in anyone's life, where they lay there unmotivated and waiting. The world around them is going swimmingly, in a brisk pace and with not upheaval; but something does not feel right. There's …

Chapter 46: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

September 2nd, 2021

20:20

It's the return, and the hopeful constant continuation of one's quest to keep talking against all odds and purposes. The glorious comeback, and the …

Special Chapter #2: The Name on Everybody's Lips Is Gonna be Parsa

August 13th, 2021

1:16:11

In this episode, I sit down to talk with an old friend that I have known for six years at this point, starting from our university years, Parsa. We …

Chapter 45: On the Back of Promises

July 22nd, 2021

20:19

With every end, there's a possibility for a promise; the promise to return, or not to. With every going, there's the possibility for a promise; the promise to come back one day, or not to. When a journey comes to a …

Chapter 44: One Year Anniversary

July 16th, 2021

20:19

To live for one year is an achievement in and of itself, and humanity celebrates it by a birthday, or an anniversary for one's birth; since to be …

Chapter 43: MMORPG Tycoon 2

July 8th, 2021

20:21

Of various ways to tell a story, sometimes none is as effective as the medium of videogames. They swallow one through their mazes of emotion of storytelling, and give the experience unmatched by most other forms of art. …

Chapter 42: Persistence

July 2nd, 2021

20:21

The act of seeing the hardship, providing poor results, and even embarrassing oneself on more than one occasion and then living to see yet another …

Chapter 41: The Obligatory Persian Chapter

June 24th, 2021

20:19

To be bilingual, is a blessing and a curse; especially when you approach the bilingual ability without a balance. As one language gets stronger, if you forget to exercise the other, it becomes weaker and weaker. But …

Chapter 40: Betterment

June 17th, 2021

20:22

There's an undying quest, happening in an unrelenting cycle in the mind of every member of the human race. It's a quest that gives the illusion of going forward. It's the quest that satiates the little voice in the back …

Chapter 39: Ghosts of the Past

June 11th, 2021

20:20

What is the purpose of a ghost? It's to frighten or to delight? One might express that the purpose of a ghost is purely in the eye of the beholder. …

Chapter 38: Grapefruit

June 3rd, 2021

20:19

The tart, tangy and sometimes sour taste of a citrus, something that can be categorized as simply an "acquired" taste; but also can be a good way to separate one's life into manageable time chunks, not unlike pieces of …

Chapter 37: I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General

May 27th, 2021

20:21

In a world filled with jacks of all trades, and masters of none; what if one is not even proficient enough to be called a jack of all trades, let alone master of none? The anxiety, the unforgivable nature of the world, …

Chapter 36: A Creature of Habit

May 21st, 2021

20:19

Our habits have power over us, to some extent they are how we go on living and create who and what we are. But they are also harmful, if they fall …

Chapter 35: Great Unexpectations

May 14th, 2021

20:19

For some, partaking in a journey without a set course of action might seem like an adventure, and for some the exact scenario might be considered a horrifying nightmare; but what happens when the set course takes an …

Chapter 34: Laziness

May 7th, 2021

20:09

How does one justify or diagnose laziness? If laziness is an ailment, it needs symptoms. But symptoms for laziness are shockingly similar to other …

Chapter 33: Almost...

April 29th, 2021

20:20

When one looks back at one's own life, probably the most gruesome thing one can encounter is that horrifying whisper of "almost...". Looking through one's academic endeavors, one's career and many a project, the word …

Chapter 32: A New Perspective on M.B.

April 23rd, 2021

20:15

Memories of someone who one considers important to their journey through the highs and lows of life, can sometimes be looked at through rosy-tinted …

Chapter 31: Obsession

April 16th, 2021

20:21

The voice you heard, once upon a time, is back yet again and this time with a tale of woe. To a mind that is trying hard to express itself, obsession is an unwelcome but always present companion. To express means to …

Special Chapter #1: Amir Reza the Glamour Cat

April 9th, 2021

1:26:22

This episode has me sitting and talking with one of my closest friends, Amir Reza. We met a while ago online, and even though our physical interactions have been very limited, he is one of the people who knows about me …

Chapter 30: A New Beginning

March 5th, 2021

20:20

When a journey ends, is it truly the end? Or is it just the beginning of a journey to a new destination? Life is an unpredictable monster, and new …

Chapter 29: A Video Game Idea

February 26th, 2021

20:19

When one is enthralled by an experience, it is not uncommon to want and recreate that in another form; maybe even as experiences for others. Thus begins the imagination of something grand, brought upon by the virtue of …

Chapter 28: Weakness

February 19th, 2021

20:22

How can one define strength? The amount of context and the amount of different sources of pressure on a brain at any given moment is so vast that to define strength seems impossible; and yet the human brain tries to …

Chapter 27: Imposter

February 12th, 2021

20:22

The human brain works in mysterious ways. It requires accolades and praise to feel that rush of good emotions; but at the same time when it gets them …

Chapter 26: Hobbies

February 5th, 2021

20:19

Idle hands are the devil's workshop, so to keep them busy it's better to work on one's own workshop. The act of finding, enjoying and doing a hobby, is one of the most enjoyable pastimes that humanity has created for …

Chapter 25: OCD + GAD

January 29th, 2021

20:24

Disorders. Disruptions of normalcy, or merely manifestations of genetic memory? Whatever the reason, whatever the cause, whatever the root, disorders are a part of the life for many a human. Everyone have their own …

Chapter 24: The Man Who Sold the World

January 22nd, 2021

20:20

Music, in its core, is a subject of passion. The music that one listens to can define their view on the world, the rhythm of their life and the magnitude of their failures. So with something so close to passion, it's …

Chapter 23: Loneliness

January 15th, 2021

20:20

Loneliness is a condition too familiar to many a modern person. To be alone, almost seen falsely as a virtue, is a curse that riddled the life of …

Chapter 22: The Settlers - Rise of an Empire

January 8th, 2021

20:28

The world is full of broken promises, from one to another, from one to a group, and even from one to themselves. So when one comes back to a world …

Chapter 21: 2021

January 1st, 2021

20:21

When a new year approaches, it's finally time for one to look back at all that happened and to plan for all that is yet to happen. Maybe the blind optimism, or maybe the conditioning of looking at something somewhat new …

Chapter 20: Sleep Deprivation

December 25th, 2020

20:21

Sleep is more than just a great equalizer for the brain to gather all incoherent thoughts into a line and create coherence; sleep is also the guardian of the gate to the unwanted and unnerved thoughts that are …

Chapter 19: An Actor Prepares

December 18th, 2020

20:31

Acting is often one of those most discussed topics of a movie production. With many different schools of thought in how it should be presented or …

Chapter 18: Politics

December 11th, 2020

20:20

The stench of a politician, the gagging sensation of witnessing a lobbyist, and the disgust of reviewing politics. No matter how much one despises …

Chapter 17: Musical March in November

December 4th, 2020

20:22

Musicals are such a grand form of art. They mix the joy of music and song, with the storytelling fit for a king, and they reach that harmony of creating something out of this world. Imagine, if you will, the grandeur of …

Chapter 16: Dave Allen at Large

November 27th, 2020

20:22

After some time apart, the voice you heard once is back again; and it's here to adhere to a promise long into making. A comedy show from half a century ago, revisited through modern eyes. Will it find a new home in the …

Chapter 15: Season Finale

October 16th, 2020

20:27

For every beginning, there is an interlude. For every sequence, there is a transition. For every note, there is silence. Here is that interlude, that transition and that silence. The final step, and yet the very first …

Chapter 14: The Baker and the Doctor

October 9th, 2020

20:20

From two corners of a vast country, from two different cultures, two different races, two different dialects, two men were born and two men had …

Chapter 13: Relocation Depression

October 2nd, 2020

21:26

As a creature of habit, to move from a situation to another can be startling; or maybe even worse, it can be a burden on a broken psyche. To experience that sadness seems like a logical step in dealing with mortality; …

Chapter 12: Language

September 25th, 2020

20:32

The tool that is used more often than any other, and has the ability to shape one's thought and one's feelings through its use and misuse. A truly …

Chapter 11: An Ode to Bureaucracy

September 18th, 2020

20:31

The weight of standing on your feet all day, clutching a bunch of crumbled papers they so meticulously numbered from "AD-270" to "ZX-740"; and your …

Chapter 10: Cradle Will Rock

September 11th, 2020

20:20

Bob Dylan once said "We Live In a Political World", and as much as one tend to stray off the cesspool of political discussions, it seems like there's …

Chapter 9: Friendship

September 4th, 2020

20:25

They say it is the fate of each and every member of the human race to remain alone; that loneliness is hereditary and there's no escape from it. Though they fail to mention that even with the possibility of a kernel of …

Chapter 8: Anger

August 28th, 2020

20:33

Rage has a key to open up those far recesses in one's brain; designed to keep the most private of thoughts away. With anger, words are spoken that come through without any filter, good or bad. With anger, one might feel …

Chapter 7: Beyond the Sea

August 21st, 2020

20:46

The shallowness of admitting that you need to be loved, plagues the brain of many writers and those who want to consider themselves enlightened. "Humankind is born to be alone, and thus it shall remain alone" is a …

Chapter 6: That Night the World Ended

August 14th, 2020

20:35

To write is to create, and what is creation if not seen through the eye of some beholder? To have an audience, to have someone who will look upon the …

Chapter 5: The Lion King

August 7th, 2020

20:25

Any human of any age needs to come face to face with the horrifying truth that the art they love is not their own. They need to see as the owner of that piece of art destroy it, or celebrate it. To see it being torn …

Chapter 4: Sand

July 31st, 2020

20:31

"Look onto my work, ye mighty, and despair!" is not just a cry for destruction. It's a will and a want. It's when a human being works hard to leave anything behind. A piece of literature, a drawing, a poem, a musical …

Chapter 3: Popularity

July 24th, 2020

20:23

To be popular, to be wanted; is it truly a shallow construct of the fragile human mind? Always looking for validation, always looking for someone to …

Chapter 2: The Parenting Simulator

July 17th, 2020

20:29

The urge to have an offspring, to bring someone in the world who you can truly love unconditionally and maybe have someone to love you for who you …

Chapter 1: The Beginning

July 11th, 2020

20:35

Every story, regardless of good or bad, needs a beginning. There needs to be a point where everything starts, and there needs to be a point where you can look back on. Though this is not going to be the best of stories, …

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