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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Through the Yawn

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topic is of course Judge Kavanaugh vs Dr. Ford and everything surrounding that controversy. In addition to that though, they cover new Apple stuff, a flashback to TV preacher scandals of the 80’s, thoughts on the 1961 movie West Side Story, the 2013 book The End of the Suburbs, and more…

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Recorded 2018-09-21
Length this week – 1:42:23

  • (0:02:17-0:32:14) But First
    • No yawns
    • Jones, Swaggart, and Roberts
    • Agenda
    • Movie: West Side Story (1961)
    • Book: The End of the Suburbs (2013)
  • (0:35:13-1:19:23) Kavanaugh and Ford
    • Allegations
    • The “if he did, so what?” defense
    • The “why did she wait so long?” defense
    • Other examples
    • Time pressure
    • The politics
    • Predictions
  • (1:20:43-1:42:03) Mini Lightning
    • Ivan: Trump declassifications
    • Sam: New Apple Stuff

 

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Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

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Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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17166.383 Days

As of the moment this is scheduled to post, at 6:10 UTC on the 16th (11:10 PM Pacific on the 15th, 2:10 AM Eastern on the 16th) I am exactly 47 years old. This is of course properly taking into account leap years, the fact that years are not an even number of days, time zones, and the time and place I was born…

So. 47. Woo!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: In Polite Company

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam are all over the place. Topics include scandals in the Catholic Church, racists being unleashed by Trump, a new patron, some movies Sam watched, a look back at the financial crisis 10 years later, Ivan’s new computer, an update on the kids separated at the border, and lots more!

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Recorded 2018-09-14
Length this week – 2:05:07

  • (0:01:24-0:44:56) But First
    • Agenda
    • New patron Bruce!
    • New iTunes reviews
    • Ivan’s new computer
    • Movie: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    • Movie: The Pink Panther (1963)
  • (0:45:35-1:23:09) Lightning One
    • Ivan: Trillion dollar deficit
    • Sam: Pope scandal
    • Ivan: Financial crisis 10 years later
    • Sam: Status of NAFTA
  • (1:23:48-2:04:47) Lightning 2
    • Hurricanes
    • Manafort plea?
    • Racists unleashed
    • Separated kids update

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Alex is NINE!!

Well, he turned 9 yesterday… we aren’t celebrating this year until the 21st because of all kinds of scheduling things that also are my excuse for not having this post go out at the exact moment as usual. But at September 12th at 21:03 UTC (2:03 PM Pacific, 5:03 PM Eastern), Alex was exactly nine years old.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX!!!!!

So first, the traditional annual interview. He is uncooperative as has been normal for the past few years. In the first half of the video (recorded a few hours BEFORE he turned 9) he pretends to be 3 and does not speak in full sentences and hides a lot. In the second half of the video (recorded a few hours AFTER he turned 9) he speaks more fully, but spends his time climbing all over my office and jumping on me and generally being unresponsive to actual questions. Then he spits. I miss the years where he actually spent five minutes giving honest answers to my questions! But those days are long gone! :-)

Now, a few highlights of what Alex is like at this milestone. Each year of course the I provide less details, as it is more up to him to talk about himself. But I’ll allow myself a few highlights.

  • Alex’s YouTube channel is now up to 50 subscribers. Help him get to 100. Subscribe now!
  • We are still years behind publishing his videos. We have 7 external 4 TB hard drives almost completely full of videos he has recorded. I just bought an 8th. We’re still publishing videos from the FIRST of those hard drives. Videos he recorded when he was 6. He’ll do live streams occasionally, or publish something out of order when he really wants to though, so there is current stuff on the channel too, in between the old stuff.
  • But, over the last few months, we’ve upgraded our kit. He is now editing the videos he puts out with Final Cut Pro X, professional level video editing software, rather than us just posting things right off the screen recording, or using something simple like iMovie. So more and more titles and special effects, animations, and other fancy things are getting added in. Now, we still haven’t quite gotten to the point where he realizes that sometimes less is more in terms of those sorts of things, and that perhaps we can edit out some of the slower bits from the videos, but his technical aptitude is increasing by leaps and bounds as he figures out the tools. I help occasionally with bits and pieces, but MOST of what you see in his videos is all him…
  • He is also doing lots of image editing. It is for his videos too, as he is making “custom thumbnails” for them rather than accepting whatever YouTube picks by default. This usually means taking several screenshots from the video, then composing them in collage style in Pixelmator (a nice image editing tool for the Mac), adding in the episode title and such. Just like Final Cut Pro X, he has been getting very proficient in using Pixelmator to get the results he wants. Some of the thumbnails he puts together are quite complex.
  • Alex is now in third grade!
  • Sometime a few months ago, his primary TV watching switched from YouTube, where he used to watch lots of DanTDM and Stampy and such, to binge watching various series on the various streaming platforms. Recent shows he has binge watched from start to finish are the new Voltron series, Transformers Prime and Transformers RescueBots, Ninjago, and everything ever put out in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
  • He and his dog Miley are still best friends. Well, Miley likes him best when he is asleep or chilling and calm. When he is excited and bopping all over the place, Miley tolerates him. He still is a bit rougher with her than she should be as she gets older, but she is VERY good and puts up with everything.
  • Alex still does Minecraft. He has some worlds that he has been working on for over three years. Incredibly elaborate, including red stone contraptions, behaviors he programs with command blocks, and all sorts of other things.
  • The whole family went to a “family camp” together at Camp Seymour for a long weekend this summer along with Alex’s best friend Kaylin. Alex and Kaylin (and Amy!) had a blast. All sorts of traditional camp activities. They were running around flat out having fun for the whole time. Alex still insists he doesn’t want to do it again next year, but…
  • Lego is back in the picture with a vengeance! He is doing things with Lego sets every day almost. Sometimes straight out of his imagination, but often building sets following the instructions, sometimes large complex ones that he does over the course of many days. There is Lego EVERYWHERE right now.

As usual, there was certainly much more. But this is enough.

Happy birthday Alex!!!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Real Quack

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is joined by Bruce and Ed. The main topics are that anonymous op-ed in the New York times by a Senior Administration Official who has vowed to thwart Trump from the inside, and the circus surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. But before any of that, the initial segment turned into a long lightning round, covering Hyperloop, Yemen, Manafort, Movies, TV… and more.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-09-07
Length this week – 2:12:03

  • (0:00:20-0:54:15) But First Some Lightning
    • Agenda
    • Hyperloop Update
    • Yemen
    • Manafort
    • Trump and the Allies
    • Movie: A Bug’s Life (1998)
    • TV: Sherlock (2010-2017)
    • Trump on Congressional Indictments
  • (0:54:53-1:26:49) That Anonymous Op-Ed
  • (1:28:05-2:11:42) Kavanaugh Hearings

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

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Starting Third Grade!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Useful Thing

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is joined by guest host Bruce. Sam and Bruce go lightning round format and hit a lot of different topics including the “uberization” of all sorts of things, a couple movies Sam watched, preliminary thoughts on the 2020 Presidential election, whether Trump is being bashed for the wrong things, jury nullification… and more!

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Recorded 2018-08-30
Length this week – 1:27:39

  • (0:00:20-0:40:25) Lightning One
    • Bruce: Sam’s shifting politics
    • Bruce: Bashing Trump for the wrong things?
    • Sam: Movie: The Incredibles (2004)
    • Sam: Movie: The Incredibles 2 (2018)
    • Bruce: Manafort trial and jury nullification
    • Sam: John McCain
  • (0:41:04-1:27:19) Lightning Two
    • Bruce: Uberization of everything
    • Sam: Democratic superdelegate rules
    • Sam: Democratic caucus and primary rules
    • Bruce: Smoke detector batteries
    • Sam: Bruce and local politics
    • Sam: Election 2020

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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In my own eye…

Purely accidental alignment in this selfie. But it kinda freaked me out when I saw it. :-)

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Information in the Information

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about… what else? The Manafort verdicts, the Cohen guilty plea, and the potential implications of both, and how things might go from here. But first, Ivan talks about airplanes, the podcast got another iTunes review worth noting, and Sam saw a couple more movies.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-08-24
Length this week – 2:02:34

  • (0:01:43-0:24:34) But First
  • (0:25:13-0:48:22) Paul Manafort
  • (0:49:42-1:20:34) Michael Cohen
  • (1:21:49-2:02:14) What’s Next?

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: In and Out of It

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are… Musky Stuff (Elon Musk’s various companies and how he is handling them), Twittery Stuff (Twitters challenges in dealing with abuse, fake news, user experience, and 3rd party clients), and Trumpy stuff (Omarosa, Firing Strzok, Brennan’s security clearance, NDAs, and the canceled parade). Before all that, they talk about Seattle Plane Guy a bit, and a couple more movies Sam watched recently.

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Recorded 2018-08-18
Length this week – 1:58:10

  • (0:00:25-0:21:29) But First
  • (0:24:31-0:42:15) Musky Stuff
  • (0:42:56-1:14:39) Twittery Stuff
  • (1:15:16-1:57:50) Trumpy Stuff

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.