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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Acceptable to the Leg

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do an all lightning round show. Twelve separate exciting subjects. These include… the newest Brexit developments, the Trump vs Acosta ruckus, the resistance to Pelosi as speaker, Trump’s eventful visit to Europe, a book review by Sam, the Lion Air crash… and six more things. You didn’t think they would all be in the summary did you? But they are all exciting. Really.

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Recorded 2018-11-17
Length this week – 2:02:38

  • (0:00:20-0:40:40) Lightning #1
    • Ivan: Border Troops
    • Sam: Book: Hands-On Data Science and Python Machine Learning (2017)
    • Ivan: Trump in Europe
    • Sam: Heading to DC
  • (0:42:40-1:19:55) Lightning #2
    • Ivan: Assange
    • Sam: Puppy?
    • Ivan: Lion Air
    • Sam: Pelosi
  • (1:20:30-2:02:18) Lightning #3
    • Ivan: Brexit
    • Sam: Brazil
    • Ivan: Acosta
    • Sam: Avenatti

 

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Um, so this happened…

Our older dog Miley has a new little puppy friend. His name is Jetski. He was born at a local shelter just under two months ago, and we adopted him a few hours ago. Welcome Jetski.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Another Coffee Boy

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are of course the mid-term election results, and the replacement of Sessions with Whitaker. Before that, a little on this year’s new iPhones, and Sam finally catches up on the movies he’s seen lately.

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Recorded 2018-11-10
Length this week – 1:53:12

  • (0:00:20-0:17:44) But First
    • iPhones
    • Agenda
    • Sam Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • (0:21:41-1:17:30) Election 2018
    • Quality predictions
    • No tsunami
    • Undecided Florida
    • Republican spin
    • Implications of the Governors, State Houses, House, and Senate results
    • Last minute moves?
  • (1:18:09-1:52:52) Sessions and Whitaker
    • Trump’s beef with Sessions
    • Legality of Whitaker appointment
    • Trump doesn’t know him
    • Non-Mueller Whitaker issues
    • Mueller-related Whitaker issues
    • You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

 

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

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: An Appointment in the Future

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam’s two big topics are the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh including all the surrounding issues relating to the climate that leads to such things, and their final pre-election thoughts on the 2018 midterms. But as usual, there are smaller topics to round things out, including thoughts on a movie, a book, a new iPhone, the economy, and even Gary Hart. Also, after you listen… go vote!

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Recorded 2018-11-03
Length this week – 2:06:38

  • (0:01:38-0:32:18) But First
    • Agenda
    • Local candidates, amendments and initiatives
    • Sam Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
    • Sam Book: Arrow of God (1964)
    • Mistake from last year
    • Sam’s new iPhone XS Max
  • (0:34:18-1:04:24) Pittsburgh and Trump
    • Sam and Ivan Pittsburgh connections
    • Long term trends
    • Synagogue security
    • anti-Semitic motives
    • Presidential responsibility and response?
    • Trump and racists
  • (1:05:09-1:45:53) Election 2018
    • Current Numbers
    • Early voting
    • Polling errors
    • Reactions if the Democrats win
    • Reactions if the Republicans win
    • Go vote… Democrat please.
  • (1:47:09-2:06:17) Mini Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Economy update
    • Sam: Gary Hart’s Monkey Business
    • Go vote. Really.

 

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.

Halloween 2018 Timelapse

We spent most of the evening thinking the trick or treat volume had been much less than last year. But we were WRONG. As it turns out, when I counted on the timelapse, we had 143 visitors last year, and… exactly 143 visitors this year too. How they were distributed through the night was a little different though, and made it SEEM like fewer people. Now, Amy points out that this year we had more repeat visitors, people coming back for seconds or thirds, but I figure if they come twice, they count twice. (And I counted the same way last year.) So whatever. As far I’m concerned, we had 143 both years. :-)

The timelapse includes us setting up, all the trick or treating, and then the dragon flapping its wings for a bit until it started to rain, water got into the power strip we were using, the breaker tripped, and the dragon deflated. Good stuff!

Anyway some stats:

  • This year the first trick or treaters showed up at 0:47 UTC (5:47 PM Pacific)… that is 14 minutes earlier than last year.
  • The peak 20 minute period was 02:00 UTC to 02:20 UTC (7:00 PM to 7:20 PM Pacific) with 41 people. Last year the peak was 20 minutes earlier with 35 people.
  • The last trick or treaters came at 4:37 UTC (9:37 PM Pacific)… An hour and 27 minutes later than the last person last year.

And a histogram comparing 2017 and 2018:

I think the perception of there being fewer people this year was because we had more people before it got dark, and last year we had an hour long plateau where it stayed continuously very busy, where this year we had a sharper peak, and then a more rapid drop off, so it started feeling slow again earlier in the evening with a long tail with more people arriving even after we’d wrapped things up and gone inside, leaving our table with candy for the stragglers.

Anyway, we had fun. It was our first year with dragons in the driveway. Only one is visible in the timelapse. Here they are both:

 

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Surprise vs Shock

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk MAGAbomber, the caravan, and Election 2018. But not before some shorter notes on credit cards, books, and movies. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2018-10-27
Length this week – 2:00:06

  • (0:00:30-0:31:19) But First
    • Agenda
    • Cutting Cards
    • Sam Book: A Study in Scarlet (1887)
    • Sam Movie: North by Northwest (1959)
    • Ivan Movie: Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
    • Correction
  • (0:31:55-0:54:15) MAGAbomber
    • Background
    • False flag?
    • Intent to murder? Or just scare?
    • Equivalencies and responses
    • Motivations and responsibility
    • Stupid bomber
  • (0:54:54-1:27:16) Caravan
    • Paid for by Dems?
    • Fear and Lies vs reality
    • Racism against immigrants
    • Melting pot
    • Port-truth persuasion
    • Root causes
  • (1:28:32-1:59:45) Election 2018
    • Odds summary
    • Prognostications
    • Turnout and enthusiasm
    • Lies as campaign strategy
    • Dem strategy
    • Normalization

 

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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Paid Off, Cut Up, and Done!

Refinanced the house to do it, but we just wiped out a ton of super high interest debt in a single evening on the credit card websites hitting the “pay full balance” buttons. Then we cut them all up. (Except one, just in case.) This has been a monkey on our backs seemingly forever. Some of these cards haven’t had a zero balance since I was in college nearly 30 years ago. The monthly savings on interest will be huge. It is like being able to breathe again after having been under water too long. Yay!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Intentional Set

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to talk about the many forms of disinformation, a congressional debate Ed attended, and they revisit the healthcare debate. Before that though, a welcome to a new patron, a movie review, a couple book reviews, and more!

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Recorded 2018-10-20
Length this week – 2:07:05

  • (0:00:20-0:42:39) But First
    • Agenda
    • New patron
    • New review
    • Sam Movie: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    • Sam Book: The Brethren (1979)
    • Ed Book: One Person, No Vote (2018)
  • (0:43:55-1:13:41) Disinformation
    • The new election meddling arrest
    • Trump strategy of provocation
    • Everybody doing it
    • Saudi Arabia and Turkey
    • Different types of attacks
    • Example WaPo error
    • Careful vs sloppy vs intention deceit
  • (1:18:45-1:45:44) A Congressional Debate
    • Pennsylvania District 1 profile
    • The candidates in PA-1
    • In person experience
    • Local vs national issues
    • Trump influence on debate?
    • Wallace energy plan
    • Nothing on voting rights
  • (1:46:24-2:06:44) Healthcare
    • Costs for Medicare for All
    • Gradualism
    • Impact on individuals
    • Types of costs and savings
    • Other countries
    • Mitch McConnell

 

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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Amy is TWENTY THREE!

According to my calculations, taking into account all the geeky things I take into account, at 19:10 UTC today (12:10 PM Pacific, 3:10 PM Eastern), Amy will be exactly 23 years old.

Happy Birthday Amy!!!

I can’t believe you are 23. That’s like, old. :-)

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Better than Garbage

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk the most about voter suppression and Jamal Khashoggi. But they also talk about movies, climate change, that Alpha Bank thing, TV, the space program, using airline miles, upgrading home broadband, and Rosenstein… You know, the usual hodgepodge. They kind of couldn’t stop talking this week. Long show warning!

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Recorded 2018-10-13
Length this week – 2:26:27

  • (0:00:20-0:35:00) But First
    • Agenda
    • Miles and points
    • Broadband upgrade
    • TV: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)
    • Sam Movie: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    • Bad Movies
  • (0:35:40-1:04:46) Voter Suppression
    • VRA Background
    • Georgia
    • Texas
    • North Dakota
    • Florida
  • (1:07:21-1:28:35) Jamal Khashoggi
    • Background
    • Trump reaction
    • Financial connections?
    • Congressional reaction
    • Saudi reputation
    • MBS backlash?
  • (1:29:14-2:26:07) Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Soyuz Emergency Landing
    • Sam: What the hell is going on with Rosenstein?
    • Ivan: Alpha Bank and Trump
    • Sam: IPCC Climate Report

 

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.