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 #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 #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 #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 - 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 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 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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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 26

First I talk about coffee, then a couple headlines related to Kathy Griffin, Trump, and the Paris Climate Accord. Next, I’ve been talking about Lex Land’s new project, One Big Dark Room, for a couple weeks now, and at last I’m delighted to introduce you to her newest release, *From Hell, With Love.* First I talk about a couple headlines related to Kathy Griffin, Trump, and the Paris Climate Accord. Finally, I am delighted to offer you another original poem titled “Shards of Memory.”

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 18

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!

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 16

ShowNotes

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.

Topics Discussed

Side Note

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.