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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

I geeked out. I really do love Star Wars, back to seeing my first film (Return of the Jedi) in the movie theatre with my parents when I was a kid. Star Wars Rules. The Indiana State Museum has a new exhibit, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. The whole purpose of the exhibit is to show you some COOL Star Wars relics and show you how our own technology and science came into play when creating new science fiction!

Star Wars Science Imagination

Yes there are lots of different ships, costumes and vehicles. PLUS – you can ride a land speeder replicator (hover ship), play games and visit some of the worlds (Tattoine, Hoth, Corruscant and more) of Star Wars. The exhibit is not only fun, but educational for children too!

Check out the video with Aja May – social media guru for the museum.
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Video interview with Aja

I have camped out for the opening of Episode 1 and loved the re releases of Star Wars in the late 90’s (I actually got a job working at a movie theatre just to watch the movies). As a 35 year old man, I still love to get a good Star Wars toy and read the books.

CLICK HERE to see more pics of the Star Wars Exhibit

The exhibit which shows you movie memorabilia and real science and technology runs now through September 2013. In the end, amazing time and when you pay the $10 admission price you get to see the rest of the museum as well! Now that is a good deal.

I was taken prisoner by the Empire. I escaped...

I was taken prisoner by the Empire. I escaped…

Revenue North Conference Speaker

Learn about many different techniques for business from the Revenue North conference.

Learn about many different tricks and techniques for business from the Indianapolis Revenue North Business Growth Conference.

I was recently asked to speak at the new Revenue North Business Growth Conference happening Thursday, March 21st. My topic will be using social media for small and medium sized business. Just because we can all post to Facebook and Twitter, that doesn’t mean you are doing it right. Social media is a tactic that if utilized correctly, can build your audience better than you ever thought. Read more on my breakout session HERE.

Topics covered will include finance, video, public relations, writing, SEO, branding, work and life balance and more! Don’t miss out on this fantastic one day conference to help take your business to a new level.
CLICK HERE for Conference Details

Don’t miss out. Lots of amazing Indianapolis area professionals to network with and learn from. Yes, we can all post to our social media pages…but do it right, engage and analyze!

A Drink with Ben & Steve: Google + Hangout

Social Media and Google + Hangout

Ben and Steve will chat social media, the drink of the week and life on the 30 minute weekly webcast.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, Steve Neville, of Intelligent Designs Media said we should chat social media more. We geek out. I completely agreed as I’m a social media junkie and can talk platforms and strategies all the time. Yes, this conversation was had while drinking a beer.

SO…a Google + Hangout was thought up. There are a lot of different podcasts about social media, but none focus on being a gentleman, having a gentleman’s beverage and social media. This week we chat #Vine – the new web six second video platform to use with Twitter.

I hope that you will join us to chat social media and just have some fun. The link to the Google + Hangout will be posted around 7:10-7:15 on Thursday evening via our Twitter handles. We will also take live questions and chat from Twitter – please use the hashtag #DrinkWBS to chime in and say hi!

Ben Risinger on Twitter: @Ben Risinger  |  Steve Neville on Twitter: @IntelMediaGroup

#MTFW at Roundpeg

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I recently had the opportunity to chat social media and community events with Lorraine Ball of Roundpeg. Social Media is a complex tactic that can really make or break your event or community outing. The talk went to several local Indy organizations, pics, postings and more. We chatted up DoItIndy, Indy Fringe Theatre Festival and Movember Indy. Thanks again Lorraine and crew at Roundpeg.

#MTFW chat with Roundpeg

Here is a link to Roundpeg’s page where you can listen to the entire Podcast : http://www.roundpeg.biz/2013/01/mtfw-social-media-and-community-events/

The Year 2012 in Pictures

Saturday morning at FOX 59 WXIN greenroom.

Saturday morning at FOX 59 WXIN greenroom.

Wow. 2012 flew by in what seems like the blink of an eye. Now that I’m 35 years old, time goes faster and faster. Life was awesome in 2012, so many amazing things happened to myself and our wonderful city of Indianapolis.

CLICK HERE to view my blog – 2012 in pictures on DoItIndy.com

Looking forward to the best year yet in 2013!

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One of my favorite Geek things – Foursquare

Yeah…I’m a social media nerd and I LOVE Foursquare. Check-ins are cool and it makes me smile when I get a new badge. I recently wrote my first social mediaesque blog for our company, Somnium Media and it was on this very topic! After 656 days out and 3,812 check-ins as of April 9, 2012 I have to say I am hooked. Please enjoy a few of my badges below as I had to share some. As you can tell I like Pizza…5x. That is a lot of pizza check-ins.

Foursquare can help you with business and let you have fun with friends!

My personal Foursquare page – Foursquare.com/benrisinger

Click Here to read my blog from the Somnium Media website

My Ghost Story “Spirits on Tap”

Almost one year ago Tolin and I took part in a paranormal investigation at Si Greene’s Pub! I know. BUT…What a crazy, surreal and cool night we had in the bar with members of Paranormal 911 Investigations. I never thought I would experience what I did and have it make me think of things so much differently. I tell everyone this and it is the truth – you see it on TV and think and think whatever (or at least I did) but when you experience this for real…WOW.

Big Ben and Tolin from DoItIndy went on a paranormal investigation

Big Ben and Tolin talk ghosts at Si Greene’s Pub

A few months later the investigation got picked up by the television show My Ghost Story and before you knew it, we were going to be featured. I flew out to California with Jerry Maple (co-owner of Si Greene’s Pub) and we did our interviews on the chair (part you see where we have this spooky looking background and are talking). Then, the show flew a cameraman out to shoot video at the bar and get general shots and some reenactment scenes with all who were involved that night. The night vision footage you see is real from that night…and very spooky. I do believe that Si Greene’s Pub is “haunted” and has spirits that live or reside there. I’m not scared and will still go back as we love our neighborhood watering hole!

A couple of weeks ago our segment aired on the Biography channel. A link to the show is below – we are the first segment up.

So what do you think Indianapolis?

Paranormal 911 Investigations website  |  DoItIndy website

Somnium Media

Somnium Media can help you with all your communications needs!

I am very proud to announce that I have started a new media and communications company in the Indianapolis area with two partners! I am now a Principal at Somnium Media along with Stephanie Eppich Daily and Susan Decker. We offer public relations, social media, writing and more. Somnium in Latin means “the dream.”

Call us today at 317.643.0099 if we can help you!

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Please click the link below to read my first blog on the Somnium Media website. Thanks!

http://www.somniummedia.com/somnium-media-came-to-be/