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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.*Read More
In this episode, I discuss headlines touching political and technology topics. I start with a reference to ABC’s *Designated Survivor,* when President a character compliments President Kirkman on his rhetorical skills and another character responds, “That’s because he means it.” That is the essence of this episode’s theme: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Unfortunately, we can’t trust mainstream media of any stripe to do that, and we certainly can’t trust the overwhelming majority of our politicians to do that. Insincere bluster is the name of the game in national American politics. But it isn’t just in politics; the insincere bluster related to technology “reporting” is just as bad. Enjoy!Read More
Episode 16: Net Neutrality, Honest Reporting, and Shifting Definitions
One of the techniques that the mainstream media and politicians in general use to confuse their audience (whether that audience agrees or disagrees) is by changing the definitions of words and phrases. Net neutrality is one such phrase. What it means is not what they mean. I examine this and point out a few flawed headlines and articles along the way.
- Shifting definitions
- Misleading “facts”
- Net neutrality
- Headline Examples
- Turns Out Almost All Non-Spam Net Neutrality Comments Support Rules
- Net Neutrality Is Still in Danger, and John Oliver Still Needs Your Help
- Flooded with thoughtful net neutrality comments, FCC highlights “mean tweets”
- Love Them Or Hate Them, Comcast Got This One Right
- FCC Chairman Is Laughing at Americans Who Don't Want to Kill the Open Internet
This episode tested the concept of WitGlass Unfiltered, because I had to patch together some audio from different devices. I had an interesting computer glitch in the recording of this episode, and I ended up using a secondary recording designed only for workflow and show notes tagging. The secondary recording device was an iPhone and microphone in use was the built-in microphone. For my typical recording, I use a podcaster recommended, higher-quality microphone, and I’m curious to know if you can tell which is which.
Apps and Services
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.