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 #38: For the Love of Reading

In this episode, I return to education to talk about the failure of schools to teach students to read beyond the basic skill of reading individual words. There is so much more that students could do with their reading, if schools would continue teaching their students advance reading techniques. If schools did, students would enjoy school—and more importantly, learning—and they would get so much more out of the experience. That’s what this episode is about.

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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 36

In this episode, I discuss some guidelines for creating good-tasting coffee. Then I discuss important principles for planning summer education initiatives for our children. I also discuss the importance of getting out of the way of our children/students when they are striving to learn.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 35

In this episode, I jump back into technology, which I hadn’t touched much since my initial responses to WWDC. When I started, I thought I was going to talk about a lot more than just the new iPad Pro 10.5, but there really was plenty to talk about just regarding the new iPad, especially because any discussion of any iPad moving forward (for the next year, at least) must include iOS 11, which looks like it will at long last bring the iPad to maturity.

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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 33

If you’ve been listening to the show the past few weeks, you know how excited I’ve been about getting to visit with one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Lex Land. In this episode, she fulfilled the dream. She was as gracious as you can imagine, through the whole process, and she kindly talked with me for a full hour. As with all *WitGlass Unfiltered* episodes, there was no do-over, no second take, no editing. So what you get is an unfiltered conversation with Lex Land. Enjoy!

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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 29

This is a quick and dirty episode with little preparation. I didn’t want to wait to discuss some initial follow-up to Apple’s WWDC Keynote yesterday (Monday). In this episode I discuss new features in the works for subscribers only, Apple’s New HomePod, Siri improvements, the needed shift to personal clouds, and DEVONthink Dropbox database syncing. 

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 28

Apple’s WWDC is coming up this week, starting with the keynote address on Monday, June 5th, at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT. This episode is the first of two parts covering Apple’s potential announcements. This second part continues with potential hardware announcements that seem most likely, given that WWDC is related primarily to programming and development. But this show discusses the recent Foxconn Insider leaks, particularly related to Apple’s Augmented-Reality Glasses. I touch on that and more in the final episode before the WWDC keynote.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 27

Apple’s WWDC is coming up this week, starting with the keynote address on Monday, June 5th, at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT. This episode is the first of two parts covering Apple’s potential announcements. This first part focuses on the potential hardware announcements that seem most likely, given that WWDC is related primarily to programming and development. I touch on chipsets, including the dedicated AI chip that Apple is rumored to be developing.

 

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