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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Dental Maneuver

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Jenn joins Sam as cohost and does the major rant on gender issues she didn’t get to do last time she was on the show. She covers Aziz Ansari, different standards for men and women, what people are taught is “normal”, the pitfalls of zero tolerance, and the built up anger that is exploding from women (and many other groups that aren’t straight white males) these days. Being a straight white male, Sam mostly tries to keep his head down during this part. Then of course they hit some of last week’s Trump craziness, from porn stars to girthers to shithole countries. Finally they wrap it up with a bit on the government shutdown (sorta), FusionGPS again, and the grand bargain Republicans are making with Trump.

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Recorded 2018-01-19
Length this week – 1:38:41

    • (0:00:15-0:10:48) But First
      • Agenda
      • Corrections and Updates
    • (0:12:04-0:51:17) Gender
      • Aziz Ansari
      • Standards for men and women
      • Zero tolerance
      • Built up anger
    • (0:52:26-1:19:16) Trump I
      • Stormy Daniels
      • Changing rules
      • Medical review
      • Ed’s comment
      • Shithole countries
    • (1:20:55-1:38:20) Trump II
      • Government Shutdown
      • FusionGPS House testimony
      • Grand bargain

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: A Longer Beard

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam talk about the aftermath of the Fire and Fury book, the possibilities for Oprah 2020, and the implications of the FusionGPS testimony. There is also a little bit about Sam going to the gym, and Ivan’s travel plans. But wait you say, what about shithole countries, paid off porn stars, and false missile alerts? Yeah, this was recorded before all those hit. Maybe next week if nothing more exciting happens first. :-)

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Recorded 2018-01-11
Length this week – 1:56:31

    • (0:03:00-0:22:19) But first
    • (0:23:28-0:53:58) Fire and Fury aftermath
    • (0:54:37-1:19:40) Oprah 2020
    • (1:20:25-1:56:11) FusionGPS testimony

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: 2017 Predictions Review

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan review the predictions they made a year and a week ago for 2017. They covered politics, economics, technology, international issues, and a variety of other things for good measure. What did they get wrong? What did they get right? Did they do better or worse than in the year before? Which topics did they excel in? Where did they fail completely? This week, you’ll find out!

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Recorded 2018-01-06
Length this week – 2:03:58

    • (0:01:13-0:22:21) Intro
    • (0:23:29-1:05:38) Politics
    • (1:06:18-1:15:05) Economics
    • (1:15:50-1:24:08) Technology
    • (1:25:51-1:43:58) International
    • (1:45:14-1:53:09) Hodgepodge
    • (1:55:11-2:03:37) Final Results

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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New Year’s Moon Halo

Taken just south of Everett, WA at 2018-01-01 04:30 UTC.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2018 Predictions Show

This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner is the annual predictions show! Sam and Ivan give all their predictions for 2018 on the topics of politics, the economy, technology, international issues, and other random things too. Basically, predictions on anything they can think of. How will they do? Listen now and every week for the next year, and you will find out!

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Recorded 2017-12-28
Length this week – 2:35:11

  • (0:00:15-0:19:33) But First
  • (0:20:42-0:53:49) Politics I
  • (0:54:34-1:22:22) Politics II
  • (1:25:40-1:45:51) Economics
  • (1:46:30-2:00:21) Technology
  • (2:02:03-2:15:02) International
  • (2:15:42-2:34:51) Hodgepodge

 

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.

Christmas Snow Timelapse

Taken just south of Everett, WA on Christmas 2017 (UTC). Snow falls, then mostly melts away again. My timelapses are normally at a dynamically changing pace depending on how much change is happening in this picture, but I readjusted this one to keep a pace of approximately 1 hour every 5 seconds, so 2 minutes for the full 24 hours.

The 2017 tree is a little different…

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Milk This

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do their duty and talk about the tax bill… how the Republicans managed to get it done, how it will impact people, and what the political ramifications are. Then they put politics aside for a bit and talk about movies. All kinds of movies. From Star Wars to Dunkirk to Ninjago and others. Rounding out the show, some bits on Apple slowing down phones, Bitcoin, Ivan meeting an (acting) ambassador, an update on Puerto Rico… and more!

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Recorded 2017-12-23
Length this week – 1:47:01

  • (0:01:16-0:13:56) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Ivan and the Ambassador
    • Ivan ankle twisting
  • (0:14:36-0:47:40) Tax Bill
    • How’d the R’s pull it off?
    • The actual bill
    • The politics
  • (0:49:23-1:08:16) Movies
    • Ivan: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
    • Ivan: Her (2013)
    • Sam: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Ivan: X-Men Movies (2000-2017)
    • Ivan: Dunkirk (2017)
    • Sam: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
    • Ivan: Rough Night (2017)
    • Sam: Calling All Engines (2002)
    • Sam: Escape from Witch Mountain (1995)
    • Sam: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
  • (1:09:31-1:46:10) Random Stuff
    • Ivan: Atlanta airport power failure
    • Sam: Feedback from Diane
    • Ivan: Apple slowing down phones
    • Sam: Puerto Rico update
    • Ivan: Bitcoin
    • Sam: Swiftkey and Swype
    • Ivan: Trump challenge coin

 

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: Talk Good Enough

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the Alabama Senate results, possible bias in the Mueller investigation, the Republican Tax Bill, Net Neutrality, Trump’s judicial nominations, and the Patreon fee structure misfire. Plus Ivan makes fun of Sam’s speech, and Sam’s son Alex pipes up a few times.

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Recorded 2017-12-15
Length this week – 1:37:02

  • (0:00:15-0:03:39) But First
  • (0:05:21-0:30:41) Alabama
  • (0:32:42-0:53:09) Mueller Bias
  • (0:53:49-1:06:59) Tax Bill
  • (1:08:46-1:18:13) Net Neutrality
  • (1:18:51-1:24:01) Judicial Nominations
  • (1:24:41-1:36:42) Patreon Misfire

 

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: Multiply Your Gifts

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan is back from Moscow and joins Sam to talk about his impressions of Russia. They also hit most of the last week of Trump administration craziness, they talk about Franken, Franks, Conyers, and Moore as part of the latest round of sexual harassment fallout, and they round it out with a little discussion of Bitcoin, CryptoKitties, iPhone X, and even Sam’s somewhat different Christmas tree.

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Recorded 2017-12-08
Length this week – 1:30:53

  • (0:00:15-0:29:27) But First
    • Thomas rap
    • Agenda
    • Bitcoin
    • iPhone X
    • Sam’s screen
    • Sam’s tree
  • (0:30:42-0:47:32) Ivan in Russia
    • Impressions of Moscow
    • Russian views on Putin
    • Sanctions
    • Russian views on the USA
    • Pee Tape
  • (0:48:18-1:21:58) Trump Stuff
    • Trump admitting obstruction?
    • Can the President obstruct justice?
    • Can the President be indicted?
    • Constitutional edge cases
    • SCOTUS on Travel Ban
    • Manafort’s OpEd
    • Ollie North is back!
    • Jerusalem
    • Other Stuff
  • (1:23:42-1:30:27) Politicians Who Harass
    • Franken
    • Franks
    • Conyers
    • Moore

 

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.