Good Saturday morning! This past week has been a REAL long week for myself alongside many people I know. It has been a tough look given the state of the current economy here in the United States. Many people have lost their jobs while several more are working from home. On top of that, mostly everyone “feels” stuck inside, which has created a receipt for depression and other issues.
So today, we just wanted to take some time to just be cool. Reminisce, if you will, on some good times and fun things we do inside. There’s no agenda or message here. It’s just a couple of dudes having an open, spontaneous conversation while others chime in.
So if you are really looking for something meaning, my Podcast today doesn’t really offer this. However, if you are just looking to unplug, have some fun, and take a trip down memory lane, then by all means, join us!
Good Sunday morning everyone and let me start off by giving you a language alert on this one! Normally we keep things pretty clean but you know, when it’s a fireside chat, it is what it is. And I certainly don’t want to take away from the context but I do want to throw out that warning.
With that being said, I had the pleasure to spend some time talking with Jonathan Wood, a great human being and colleague. No agenda. No rules. Just quarantined and chill.
What is going on with all this confusion and nay saying?! In this Podcast, I wanted to discuss a few things- even if it’s just my voice as I struggled to get anyone this late to join me. Here are some of the thoughts I solely discussed and would LOVE to hear your insights and feedback on:
Nintendo Switch Services went down- game night’s important during my social distancing ya’ll
Zoom (amongst others) really struggled to keep up
Does Trump’s privileged past make it hard for him to embrace empathy
Why do we always blame the media
Should we broadcast false information if it comes from a newsworthy and high official
I kept it a bit brief and hope to hear some feedback from you all on your experiences and insights. You know where to reach me: @Terrance_Blount HERE, or there’s my email too: Terrance.Blount@gmail.com
There’s so much going on as we speak. I invited my friend, Makua (who I have worked with for many years) to have an open discussion with me. There is also a lot of misinformation out there, so PLEASE do your due diligence and make sure to follow the CDC and their recommendations, which can be found here:
Right before the Thanksgiving Holiday, I was able to speak with Jared Gault, a long time friend, that I have somewhat lost touch with. I met him when I was working for MarketSource during my tenure on the Nokia program and I could tell from a very young age that he’s going to be super talented. As a matter of fact, it was Jared originally who turned me onto as I begin to diversify my personal tech journey. I will spare you all the details, however, I was an extreme die-hard Nokia fan and without ever using , was a complete hater. So thank you Jared for helping me open up my mind even when I thought I was in that open space when it came to tech.
Without further ado, during this podcast, we tackled some thoughts on autonomous driving, Card, and even how recording on your phone has come a long way producing studio-like quality. The audio will be a little challenging in the beginning seeing Jared was on a long car journey. I wanted to seize the moment as it has been a bit since I have posted.
Do note my kid came through a few times, so I do apologize for that audio disrupt. The #Dadlife is real you all and now having a newborn at home, I have to get it done when I can. 🙂
Here we go! Another night of the #DemDebate even though I have to admit that the 1st night was much better than the 2nd. It was a bit rough this go round and it wasn’t just because of my lack of sleep.
For this podcast, we tried a completely different format. I wanted to jot down some questions that came up and try to tackle these from this type of approach. That way, you can see (I’ll post down below) the questions and you’ll know what more so is being discussed.
Now, we are still doing this on FaceBook Live, however, we still allow and want others to chime in to add to the conversation in realtime.
As always, let me know what you think ( Terrance.Blount@gmail.com @Terrance_Blount and Jeremy Thompson @ImaHockeyGuy )! Also note Jeremy and I completely disagreed on one of these touchy questions at the very end.
Democratic Debate Questions:
Debate Night 2
Who are you top 2 candidates? (Biden and Harris)
Your surprise person? (Kristen Gillibrand or #YangGang and even Tulsi Gabbard is interesting!)
Who are the 2 you think won’t be returning? (Staying is Biden, Harris, Booker)
911 First responders Health Care
Are you tired of hearing about Trump?
Should we intervene on pricing for life-sustaining drugs like insulin?
Would you be willing to give up your current health plan for Universal care?
What is up with all this “jail” talk?
Would decriminalizing border crossing bring an open boarder approach?
Weren’t the policies the same in the Obama era vs. Trump when it comes to the border?
Shouldn’t we embrace and try to get other countries to treat their people better vs. saying they are shitty? In other words, would helping them out alleviate the border situation?
Do you think illegal immigrants should get free medical and free college?
Did you get the feeling this debate had more to do with yester-year than actual today?
Do you think economy needs will change, like jobs, and where do you see things going when it comes to a form of socialism?
How would you balance disruptions created by technology with its beneficial impaction our economy?
Will finning companies help fix the gender pay gap?
Questions we wanted to ask but didn’t get to:
Do you think people really went too hard on Biden to lessen his chances of the presidency?
Why do you think President Trump doesn’t believe in Climate Change?
What….a…night! Now, the first series of debates were meh, however, the first night here was so good in my view. REALLY loved what Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders had to say. The #DemDebate will be interesting moving forward.
As for the purpose of this podcast, we are trying two different formats. Focusing on tonight, we simply wanted to share our thoughts right after the debate. We wanted to just dedicate 1 hour (ended up being closer to 2) to share our immediate thoughts afterwards.
To provide more context, originally when we host these, we do so online via FaceBook Live. This matters to us because we can get some live feedback on thoughts of others as we share. It allows the conversation to take a more natural flow and this is the format we’ve done so far.
So take a listen and share your thoughts with Jeremy and myself. We’d GREATLY appreciate it! As for tomorrow, we’ll supply the Q&A format we used instead where we’d also love to hear your thoughts!
Terrance.Blount@gmail.com @Terrance_Blount and Jeremy Thompson @ImaHockeyGuy
We wanted to take a moment to reflect and make some predictions prior to Mueller’s testimony. Clearly this has already happened BUT this is taken from a FaceBook Live video and we’ll follow-up here on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.
So 👀… we realize President Trump goes on his rampages on Twitter and we thought it was interesting what he said about 🇦🇫. Some things shouldn’t be said, however, and it can be dangerous in the game he plays.
Specifically, don’t be distracted. There’s certainly a lot going on. Some things said. Keep your 👂 open to the context and the message in between.
Looking forward to a most robust post to discuss what has happened afterwards and what it REALLY means. Well, what it means and some predictions, of course.
As always, we’re curious to hear 👂 your thoughts 💭!