WitGlass Unfiltered #88: WitGlass Smorgasbord for September 23, 2018

In this episode, I discuss Manhattan cocktail recipes, my recent experiences with the Mimo app designed for learning to code, a recently-created-and-soon-to-be-revealed WitGlass Playlist, Evernote’s uselessness, Serena Williams, and Brett Kavanaugh. It’s a doozy.

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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 #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 #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 #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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WitGlass Unfiltered #42: CNN, Trump, WWE, Reddit, and Bullies

In this episode, I discuss all the recent hubbub about the Trump CNN WWE Meme, including CNN’s bad choice to take it seriously, bullying bullies, and the sad state of bullying tactics on Twitter.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #41: WitGlass Smorgasbord for 30 June 2017

This is a real smorgasbord that touches on local culture, Twitter, the struggle with self, changing ourselves, not changing others, doing what’s right, influence, everyday conversation, and why coffee is more important than politics.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #39: Civilized Discourse in Our Local Neighborhoods

In this brief episode, I discuss civilized discourse further, drawing attention to the importance of focusing our attention on local conversations, but also of treating others online with the same courtesy we would treat them if they were in our living room.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #37: Storytelling as the Basis for Civilized Discourse

In previous episodes about civilized discourse, I have already described the importance of truth-telling, but of course there is more to it than that. Mankind was built to tell stories. In order to properly understand the importance of civilized discourse and how to engage in it properly, we must understand the importance of not only storytelling, but also storyhearing. Too often, we spend our time wanting to tell our own story, without hearing the other party’s story. In this episode I discuss that, as well as the inherent flaws in the design of Twitter that make both storytelling and storyhearing extremely difficult (if not nearly impossible), and therefore why Twitter is—by nature of its very design—an enemy of civilized discourse.

 

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 34

Boy, oh, boy, do I get deep into it with this one. I talk about coffee in Paris, McCafe, the shooting of GOP congressmen, Preet Bharara, and Bill Maher and the N(bigger)-word. Plus—as a bonus—I completely butcher the name of Kathy Griffin. And I introduce the new online podcast recording service called Cast that I’ve used the past couple episodes. 

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 32

Of course I talk about the Jura Impressa C60, but this time I also talk about the Keurig and a recent experience with paper filters in both the Keurig 1.0 and the Keurig 2.0. Then I talk about the relationship of politics and culture, and the importance of utilizing accurate generalizations. Then I talk about the circus that is politics—particularly American politics—and I express (mild) remorse that I’m not a funnier person so I could draw out just how hilarious I find politics. And I end the episode with a brief analysis of James Comey’s disastrous *feelings.*

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 31

The apps and services listed here are the ones that I actually use in developing and maintaining the website and podcast. If you see it listed here, I love it. I don’t keep using any app or service I don’t love. Every app and every service has limitations—some more annoying or frustrating than others. But if it’s on this list, you can be sure that on the whole, I love it.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 30

In this episode, I offer some thoughts on civilized discourse in the current United States. Some accuse Trump of causing this, but the civilized discourse problem existed in the U.S. long before Trump became president. I discuss the importance of treating others with dignity, and when it’s acceptable to utilize ridicule and certain “name-calling.” And I end the episode with *Star Trek: The Next Generation* reference.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 24

Memorial Day is usually celebrated as a holiday of joy and relaxation, but it is—at least in its origins—more importantly a day of remembrance of the ones we’ve lost. These are not necessarily contradictory ideas, however. I address the nature of Memorial Day, along with the problem of treating systems as if they are agnostic—or worse, as if they bear causational responsibility for our own errors.

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