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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NARJ120: Like No One Ever Was

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narj-artworkChris and Joel are back again this week with a new episode. Sorry again for Ep 119’s delay! In this episode they discuss the controversial iPhone 7 and its removal of the headphone jack. Is it merely a herald of a more streamlined technological advancement? Has Joel caught all of the Pokemans?!

Quotes

  • “Whiskey is the love of liquids.”
  • “Regular people bring a nostalgia to the headphone jack that Apple underestimates.”
  • “Read your Twilight and play your Pokemons.”

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NARJ119: Spritzin’ All Over the Place

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narj-artworkIt’s been awhile, friends. But never fear, NARJ was just sleeping for a bit. Well okay, what actually happened was we all kind of forgot to mention it was recorded and then we didn’t edit it and then we didn’t do show notes. So this episode has been delayed. Originally recorded in early May you could say it’s a bit overdue. In this one, Joel and Chris talk about soda wine, Hawkeye, and Canadian radio. They also discuss tech evolution in the new Tesla and iPhone models. Enjoy!

Quotes

  • “Hold on to your butts… and never let go.”
  • “Marshal is Joel’s dog-” “HE’S MY SON.”
  • “Buying a car is like buying a computer – it’s always the wrong time.”

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