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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Stunned and Speechless

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, the ducks are gone. I know you are all sad. Ivan gets Sam to talk about his crashed computer for way too long, then they get into the Democratic side of Election 2020, and of course the latest impeachment developments.

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Recorded 2019-11-15
Length this week – 2:24:43

  • (0:00:34-0:32:01) Computer Crash
  • (0:32:41-1:16:25) Democratic Nomination Race
  • (1:18:08-2:24:22) Impeachment

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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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Gone Quackers

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan starts out with a couple of select rants on things that have been bugging him. Then Sam and Ivan discuss Election 2019, Election 2020, and the polls. And of course, they don’t miss the latest impeachment developments. Also, at the insistence of Sam’s son Alex, this week’s show has been cleansed of the usual salty language. Instead, you get ducks. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2019-11-07
Length this week – 2:03:26

  • (0:01:05-0:27:04) A couple of rants
  • (0:28:20-1:29:24) Elections and polls
  • (1:30:33-2:02:41) Impeachment

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 2019 Timelapse

Stats for this year:

  • The first trick or treaters showed up at 00:50 UTC (5:50 PM Pacific). That is 3 minutes later than last year.
  • The peak 20 minute period was 01:20 to 01:40 UTC (6:20 to 6:40 PM Pacific) with 29 people. Last year the peak was a full 40 minutes later in the evening, with 41 people.
  • The last trick or treater left at 03:35 UTC (7:35 PM Pacific). This was a full hour and two minutes earlier than the last trick or treater last year! (But it was later than two years ago.)
  • We had a total of 125 visitors, down from 143 in each of the two previous years. No idea why the numbers were down so much. We had better weather this year!

I, of course, produced a histogram of the visits:

Besides the earlier and lower peak time, you can see a couple of prominent. secondary peaks later in the evening. It is interesting just how different the distributions have been in the three years I have done this.

Now, as an extra bonus, the timelapse that includes us setting up the decorations, which for once this year we did enough ahead of time that it was on the previous day’s timelapse.

Oh… and Alex’s tour of the decorations!

Vote for Brandy!

I just filled in my ballot. I’m heading to the drop box momentarily. If you live in South Snohomish County and haven’t already voted, check out electbrandydonaghy.org and get that ballot in!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Half the Chance

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam goes solo for the first time in years. He talks about the state of the presidential election race at the one year away mark. And of course, the latest impeachment developments are not ignored. Then some thoughts on Facebook and Twitter’s differing responses to political advertising, and the use of their platforms for social manipulation in general. Finally, a few thoughts on local elections, specifically the one Sam’s wife is running in.

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Recorded 2019-11-02
Length this week – 1:28:00

  • (0:00:27-0:35:55) Election 2020
  • (0:36:40-0:58:40) Impeachment
  • (0:59:50-1:15:19) Political Ads
  • (1:15:57-1:27:37) Local Election

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: Manipulating the Rubes

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss weddings and anniversaries. Oh, and of course also Turkey, Syria, the Ukraine Scandal, and the investigation of the oranges, yes oranges, of the Russia probe. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2019-10-25
Length this week – 2:00:39

  • (0:00:00-0:05:09) Cold Open
  • (0:05:34-0:17:22) Weddings and Anniversaries
  • (0:19:23-0:47:03) Turkey and Syria
  • (0:48:07-1:19:41) Ukraine Scandal
  • (1:21:13-2:00:19) Investigating the Investigators

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: Three Brown Sheep

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Brandy joins Sam, and they get a bit carried away with an almost three-hour show. Oops. Maybe consider it three separate shows and take it in bits. First, they talk about the latest Turkey/Syria developments. Second, a review of this week’s Trump scandal news. And finally, a review of the Democratic primary race in the wake of the fourth debate.

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Recorded 2019-10-19
Length this week – 2:48:43

  • (0:01:32-0:36:16) Turkey and Syria
  • (0:38:51-1:32:17) Trump Scandals
  • (1:33:26-2:48:13) Democratic Primary

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.

Amy is TWENTY FOUR!

According to my calculations, taking into account all the geeky things I take into account, at 00:59 UTC on October 21st (5:59 on the 20th Pacific, 8:59 PM on the 20th Eastern), Amy will be exactly 24 years old.

Happy Birthday Amy!!!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Stupidity, Incompetence, and Corruption

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan start with the situation with Turkey and the Kurds. Then they move on to Rudy. This week lots of things just seem to center around Rudy. Finally, they round up some of the other scandals of the week.

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Recorded 2019-10-12
Length this week – 2:05:36

  • (0:00:43-0:10:32) Intro
  • (0:12:32-0:41:46) Trump, Turkey, and the Kurds
  • (0:43:07-1:28:04) Rudy, Rudy, Rudy
  • (1:28:41-2:05:14) Other Scandals

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: Furrowing His Brows

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner: Sam and Ivan talk about the things you know they would talk about. Almost all of the show is on the latest crimes and misdemeanors… and the corresponding developments with the impeachment process. They do manage to get a few minutes in on some random tech things as well to balance it off. But really, it is mostly Trump scandals again.

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Recorded 2019-10-05
Length this week – 1:57:47

  • (0:00:42-0:22:34) Tech Odds and Ends
  • (0:24:35-1:18:28) Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • (1:19:37-1:57:27) Impeachment Process

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.