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 #87: WitGlass Original Poetry—Every Day on Earth

In this episode of *WitGlass Unfiltered,* I discuss some miscellany related to the mission of WitGlass, to the recent Hurricane Florence, and to our new dog Matilda Jane Huntington. I also present the first public reading of the first draft of a recent poem, “Every Day on Earth.”

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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 #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 #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 #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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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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