WitGlass Unfiltered #85: Emma Jane Huntington, R.I.P.

It’s been quite a while since my last podcast episode was published, but it’s time to begin again. This episode brings back my Coffee Talk segment with this year’s version of a wonderful “Honey Processed” limited release coffee. It also briefly covers the recent Evernote app update. Finally, it offers a sad announcement from our family to yours.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #78: Don’t Forget to Smile

No matter how dark things look, don’t forget that evil has existed in every age, every generation. The great evil politician, the overweening boss, the big fish in the little pond (and the big fish in the vast ocean)—they all shit like the rest of us. Remember that we still fight the evil resident in our own hearts, and there is always hope for tomorrow.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #77: More iPhone X and Apple Chipset Thoughts

Apple hosted a big event on Tuesday. Have I mentioned that? I offered some initial, visceral responses to the event and the devices it announced. In this episode, I continue the discussion, adding more measured responses to the visceral ones already offered. I discuss the top-notch on the face of the iPhone X, the advanced power of the new A11 Bionic chipset, and John Gruber’s thoughtful piece on Apple’s iPhone event.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #76: Apple and the iPhone X

In this episode, I talk about the major products announced in Apple’s latest event: AppleWatch Series 3, AppleTV 4K, iPhone 8, and iPhone X. I begin with a discussion of gin martinis, David Wondrich, and cocktail recipes.

 

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WitGlass Unfiltered #75: Apple and the Upcoming iPhone Event of 2017

This episode follows on the heels of Episode 75, and I discuss some important technology issues related to Apple’s upcoming iPhone event tomorrow (12 September 2017), in which Apple is expected to announce its latest round of new iPhones, potentially presenting two completely new designs. I also discuss again the importance of Artificial Intelligence and Siri to the future of Apple and computing in general.

 

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WitGlass Unfiltered #74: Apple and the Upcoming iPhone Event of 2017, Part 1

iCloud and Siri are the heart of Apple’s future. In this episode, I discuss Apple’s upcoming event, and I focus on the tie that binds it all together: Artificial Intelligence (and Machine Learning). At one point, I even compare Apple Maps to Google Maps. I also discuss the importance of offline dictation using Siri.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #72: The Essential Place of Morality in Education

Morality is an essential feature of sound education. Those who try to distance education from morality are inherently undercutting quality education, because in arguing that morality does not belong in education, they are using a moral argument to argue against morality by saying that its inclusion in education is immoral, thereby starting education with logical inconsistency and destroying the foundation of what they claim to be defending. Plus I talk about coffee.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #71: Two Movies, Two TV Shows, and Fifteen Songs

In this episode, I discuss coffee grinder settings, French roast coffee, and Trader Joe’s Guatemalan Extra Dark Roast. I also discuss *You’ve Got Mail,* *Notting Hill,* *How I Met Your Mother,* *New Girl,* and the power of song in building the emotion of a scene.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #70: WitGlass Smorgasbord for 31 August 2017

In this episode, I discuss the Lys Kaffe Norwegian Light Roast from Trader Joe’s. I discuss a few ways to prepare it. I also discuss a couple of headlines, one light-hearted, one serious, and then I follow up with a plea for truly civilized discourse with those who oppose us. 

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WitGlass Unfiltered #69: Life is Bright

In this episode, I discuss the difficulties of life along with a reminder that life isn’t all dark clouds and lightning bolts. It is full of beauty and light and love and kindness—and we can choose to enjoy it or not. Plus I talk about Napoleon Hill and read a couple hymn lyrics.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #68: SmartPhone Season 2017

It’s that time of year! Apple will soon be holding their September event to announce new iPhones and other hardware and software. Other companies have new announcements and releases coming out this fall, as well. I also continue the discussion about bias and clickbait headlines.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #66: We are All Broken

Every one of us is damaged, an imperfect version of humanity, and if we want to participate in civilized discourse, we must be honest about this reality. Recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and around the country draw out the importance of admitting our own weaknesses and flaws, and treating other people fairly means recognizing the log in our own eye. This episode addresses the idea of the brokenness in each of us, and I read some original poetry related to this idea, including a poem titled “Racial Unrest,” written nearly a year-and-a-half prior to this episode.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #65: Thoughtful Culture and Ordinary Rituals

In this episode, I go all in on coffee. I discuss coffee preparations. I discuss coffee rituals. I discuss the best coffee shops in Charlotte, North Carolina. And I discuss the importance of sustaining existing healthy culture and creating new healthy culture.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #63: Back-to-School Musings 2017

In this episode, in honor of the start of the 2017-2018 school year, I discuss some basic education principles. I read from *Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse.* I also read from *The Art of Thinking.* I reference *The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.* And fundamentally I defend rationality and rational discussion, which begins with truth and  honesty.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #54: National Debt Under the Four Recent Presidents

This episode launches from a recent Tweet about the state of the national debt since Trump took office on January 20, 2017. There was some discrepancy about whether the national debt has increased or decreased since then, so I provide the current number and compare it with the starting number. Then I unpack the debt situation under the previous three U.S. presidents.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #44: Twitter Trolls, Anti-Semitism, and Free Speech

In this episode, I pretend that I’m going to cover several categories of headlines but in the end only cover one category: the one regarding the Trump CNN WWE Meme, focusing on the ideas relating to claims of anti-semitism and free speech. It’s so important, that I use the whole episode to discuss it (except for the coffee talk, of course).  

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