NARJ125: Overthinking

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narj-artworkJoel is about to go through a transition period of his life as he makes a job-related change. This brings out a discussion on the lasting impacts of “major moments” in one’s life and how we remember things later in life. What is career-related moments overshadow the smaller, warm and fuzzy moments of day to day life? Chris thinks Joel is maybe overthinking things before they even happen. One thing is for certain though: this podcast is continuing to get more and more philosophical as the episodes go by.

Dear listeners, is that what you want? We are super desperate for any kind of input from you. Let us know you exist and are listening. Recommend us some cool guests, while you’re at it.

Quotes

  • “New York is the greatest city in the world and always will be.”
  • “I feel like you’re putting the cart before the horse here.”
  • “I don’t want my life story to be one of career moments.”
  • “If there is a moment for reflection, now is the time.”
  • “Everyone read some books, they’re good for you.”

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NARJ124: It’s a Little Cattywompus

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narj-artworkCarrying on from our recent trend, this episode is heavy on the philosophy. How does stoicism and Buddhism fit into today’s world and political climate? Should we be trying to disengage from our emotions and situations or embrace them? Joel and Chris have two different takes on these ideas, but they are both feeling some anxiety and guilt around non-productivity lately. This all manifests into a very thoughtful episode, even if it does start off with TV show pun names and video games.

Quotes

  • “You get swept up in the lack of drama.”
  • “I’m always feeling that I’m not as productive or as focused or that I’m not putting enough work into my future.”
  • “I wonder if removing yourself and unengaging in a situation is the best course?”
  • “It’s okay to be angry and not do anything about it.”
  • “We’re going to do this anyway so it may as well be something you enjoy!”

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NARJ123: Stay Strong, Good Vibes

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narj-artworkIt’s a tough time for everyone these days. Should we discuss the bad things happening in the world? Or should we try to bring some lightness and escapism for those whose mental health is suffering under the weight of all the terribleness? It’s a fine line we all have to tread, including NARJ. In light of this, Chris and Joel discuss airpods and language processing in technologies like Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and chatbots.

Quotes

  • “Our most sexual episode yet!”
  • “Are you a dirty jean boy, Joel?”
  • “Understanding intention is at an infant stage in technology.”
  • “Hang on to your butts.”

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NARJ122: Philosophy Podcast

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narj-artworkIn a post-2016 US Election world, Chris and Joel get philosophical. What is morality? Is it possible to understand, empathize, and fine common ground with others without legitimizing views we find immoral? Why are these people spending so much damn money digging up Oak Island?! All of these questions are thoroughly discussed for your listening pleasure. And if you need some last-minute gift ideas for this holiday season, we’ve got you covered with this extra long Gear Picks this episode!

Quotes

  • “What a major bummer.”
  • “Like if Lost Season 3 was a documentary.”
  • “That could be any of us about anything!”
  • “The world is not necessarily the way you always want it.”
  • “How can I be the best person I can be?”

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NARJ121: Forming Habits

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narj-artworkSince the last episode, Chris and Joel have been through some stuff. Joel is giving not-drinking a try and Chris has just plain had the worst week ever. Habit formation and replacement is the big topic of discussion because of it. How much of our actions are just deeply ingrained habits? Are cultural habits part of why China is dominating the manufacturing industry?

Quotes

  • “We’re just doin’ a show about stuff and we’re people.”
  • “It’s just like any part of your diet. If some one goes gluten-free and then eats bread 10 weeks later we don’t hate them.”
  • “If you hear something that makes you pause, apply a mitigating balm to it.”
  • “When I do have a drink again, it’s not out of habitual action but with a purpose.”
  • “Go out and support capitalism.”

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