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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Low Midnight

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the surge of Trump stories this week from the various new books coming out, and the Guardian reporting on leaked Kremlin documents. Then they discuss billionaires in space. Which of them are doing what and why? But before that, Ivan is involved in a rescue, and Sam talks about a book.

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Recorded 2021-07-16

Length this week – 1:52:11

  • (0:00:01-0:03:45) Cold Open
  • (0:04:10-0:38:56) But First
    • Flashing beeping agenda
    • Manu for Inclusion 5k
    • Ivan finds a cop
    • Sam Book with Alex: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
  • (0:39:42-1:12:05) Trump Stuff
    • Kremlin docs
    • Anti-coup precautions
    • Reaction to 6-Jan
    • Attention
  • (1:13:26-1:51:50) Space billionaires
    • Flight costs
    • Comparisons
    • What’s the plan?
    • What’s really new?
    • Risks
    • End stuff

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

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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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Also Sticky

On This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the pandemic, a brief dip into Afghanistan and Haiti, and a check in on a few politics issues. But first, they have a wide ranging segment on everything from how Facebook moderates groups, to electric car charging infrastructure, to Disney eliminating covid restrictions, to Twitter avatars, to EPIRBs. And more!

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Recorded 2021-07-09

Length this week – 2:13:24

  • (0:00:01-0:03:02) Cold Open
  • (0:03:26-0:39:23) But First
    • 217 is not interesting
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s new avatar
    • Ivan does TikTok
    • Facebook group moderation
    • Disney COVID precautions
    • Electric car charging
    • Almost running out of gas
    • EPIRBs
  • (0:40:01-1:07:08) Pandemic
    • Current numbers
    • Vaccinations work
    • Booster shots and variants
    • Worldwide trends
  • (1:10:28-1:34:26) International
    • Afghanistan
    • Haiti
  • (1:35:16-2:13:03) Politics
    • Trump lawsuit
    • Trump indictments
    • NYC ranked choice voting
    • Stuff at the end

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: Lost Their Marbles

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan once again cover a huge variety of topics. Of course they cover the Trump Org indictment, Bill Cosby, and more about the building collapse in Florida. But they also talk about corporate documentation culture, the west coast heat wave, a delivery snafu, and even present Sam’s son Alex with a present. Come for the plethora of topics, stay for the miasma!

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Recorded 2021-07-03
Length this week – 2:29:45

  • (0:00:01-0:01:43) Cold Open
  • (0:02:06-0:38:07) But First
    • Agenda
    • Alex present
    • Corporate documentation
  • (0:38:53-1:35:31) Lightning 1
    • Trump Org indictment
    • Building collapse update
  • (1:37:15-2:28:19) Lightning 2
    • Delivery snafu
    • Bill Cosby
    • Heat dome
    • Stuff at the end
  • (2:28:38-2:29:43) End Note

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: So Obtuse

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Champlain Towers collapse, developments with the voting rights bills in congress, the potential infrastructure deal, some SCOTUS stuff, and even freeing Britney. Before all that, they also talk about a mouse, and Van Gogh exhibits. Once again a full, jam packed show!

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Recorded 2021-06-25
Length this week – 2:03:23

  • (0:01:07-0:23:45) But First
    • Agenda
    • The mouse
    • Van Gogh Exhibits
  • (0:24:52-0:50:49) Champlain Towers
  • (0:51:07-1:24:57) Legislative Process
    • Voting rights bills
    • Infrastructure week
  • (1:25:58-2:03:02) Legal Stuff
    • SCOTUS
    • Free Britney
    • The stuff at the end
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: False Idols of Perfection

This week Sam and Ivan go into lightning round mode, with eight smaller topics rather than just two or three big ones. Everything from Biden’s international meetings, to SCOTUS, to Ivan’s broken phone, to Sam witnessing an egg theft. And lots of other stuff in between. What kind of stuff? You’ll need to tune in and find out! Uh, or look at the full breakdown in the show details. Anyway, enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-06-19
Length this week – 1:48:44

  • (0:00:51-0:24:08) But First
    • (Ivan) Cracked Phone
    • (Sam) Robin’s Egg
  • (0:24:46-0:55:06) One
    • (Ivan) Bibi Gone
    • (Sam) History as Religion
  • (0:55:52-1:48:22) Two
    • (Ivan) Tokyo Olympics
    • (Sam) G7 and Putin
    • (Ivan) SCOTUS
    • (Sam) Billionaire Taxes
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: Really Basic Thing

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam for some discussion of the whole thing with the Trump DoJ getting subpoenas of phone activity for some House Democrats and journalists, as well as the reactions to those revelations. Ed also provides some of his medical insight on the pandemic, as well as that new drug that was recently approved for Alzheimer’s. Before that though, they talk a bit about movies and TV. Because of course they did.

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Recorded 2021-06-12
Length this week – 1:41:02

  • (0:00:22-0:19:19) But First
  • (0:19:57-0:56:05) Trump DoJ
  • (0:57:06-1:40:30) Pandemic
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: Expanding Significantly

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan let the “but first” part of the show take over. They discuss some corrections and feedback, a marathon charity livestream Ivan was watching, morning routines, medications, surprising computer problems, and image hoarding. And then to round it out they do get to some Trump stuff, some thoughts on Election 2022, and of course the pandemic. So come on in!

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Recorded 2021-06-05
Length this week – 2:11:23

  • (0:00:23-0:57:01) But First
  • (0:57:38-1:37:40) Politics
  • (1:38:26-2:11:02) Pandemic
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: Large Piece of Meat

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the continuing negotiations on an infrastructure spending plan, the Ryanair incident with Belarus, and of course the pandemic. But first a little about Sam being tired, and Ivan having an expensive parking experience. So lots of fun. Take a listen!

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Recorded 2021-05-29
Length this week – 1:52:48

  • (0:00:23-0:24:23) But First
  • (0:25:01-0:43:09) Infrastructure week
  • (0:43:51-1:28:31) Pandemic
  • (1:29:34-1:52:27) Ryanair incident
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: Confounding Factors

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the pandemic, the back and forth surrounding having a January 6th commission, the Israel/Palestine situation, and the crypto crash. Somewhere along the way they talk about masks and a couple of movies too. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-05-22
Length this week – 2:39:01

  • (0:01:49-0:30:41) But First
  • (0:31:19-1:01:29) Ivan: Pandemic
  • (1:03:13-1:24:33) Sam: 1/6 commission stuff
  • (1:25:28-2:01:59) Ivan: Israel/Palestine
  • (2:02:56-2:37:04) Sam: Crypto Crash
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: Some of this Stuff

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, the return of “But First”! That is, before they talk about their main topics, Sam and Ivan just ramble for a bit about a few random things. I guess you could say the whole show is like that, but this is “But First!” so this is different! But then they settle down for the more substantive things. This week that is the pandemic, the pipeline thing, the Israel/Palestine situation, and the economy. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-05-15
Length this week – 1:55:22

  • (0:00:22-0:13:23) The Return of But First
  • (0:14:00-0:38:38) Sam: Pandemic
  • (0:39:39-0:58:11) Ivan: Pipeline thing
  • (0:59:18-1:16:03) Sam: Israel/Palestine
  • (1:17:46-1:55:01) Ivan: Economy
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.