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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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Itself a Problem

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the run up to the Kavanaugh confirmation, they game out the 2018 midterms, and discuss the New York Times story on Fred Trump’s empire and the questionable ways it was used to help Donald and his siblings. But first, they discuss a few movies.

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Recorded 2018-10-05
Length this week – 1:39:54

  • (0:00:12-0:16:34) But First
    • Get well soon Ed
    • Agenda
    • Sam Movie: Neverending Story II (1991)
    • Sam Movie: Maleficent (2014)
    • Ivan Movies: The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)
  • (0:17:14-0:49:36) Kavanaugh
    • Timing Disclaimer
    • FBI report
    • Things not in the report
    • Do lies matter?
    • Does being an asshole matter?
    • Why didn’t Trump dump him?
    • Undecided Senators
  • (0:52:17-1:15:53) Election 2018
    • Election Graphs update
    • House and Senate mirror images
    • Misinterpreting odds
    • Enthusiasm
    • Gaming out the Senate
    • Kavanaugh Impact
    • House generic ballot
    • Changes in the next month?
    • 2016 odds revisited
  • (1:16:29-1:39:33) Fred Trump’s Empire
    • Tax fraud schemes
    • Bailing out Donald
    • Are the Trumps in trouble now?
    • Are they still doing it?
    • Where is his money coming from now?
    • Investigations?
    • Other people doing this

 

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: The Big Difference

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topic is of course the Kavanaugh hearings. They cover the new allegations and other developments that came up before the hearings, Dr. Ford’s testimony, Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony, and Senator Flake blowing everything up to end the week. Before all that though, they talk about Sam’s phone usage, Sam reviews a couple movies, and Ivan read a book!

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Recorded 2018-09-29
Length this week – 2:09:27

  • (0:02:41-0:37:47) But First
    • Yawning again
    • Agenda
    • Sam’s Screen Time
    • Spanish Ninjago
    • Ivan Book: Twelve Years of Turbulence (2018)
    • Sam Movie: The Sandlot (1993)
    • Sam Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • (0:38:23-1:00:53) Before the Hearings
    • New allegations
    • Judge and other witnesses
    • The “mistaken identity” accusation
    • The calendar
    • Hearing negotiations
    • The Fox interview
  • (1:01:37-1:16:03) Dr. Ford’s Testimony
    • The opening statement
    • Mitchell’s questioning
    • Reactions at midday
    • Was Mitchell a mistake?
  • (1:17:18-1:39:44) Judge Kavanaugh’s Testimony
    • The opening statement
    • Mitchell’s questioning
    • Ranting Republicans
    • Democratic focus on FBI Investigation
    • Unnecessary lies
    • At the end of the day
  • (1:40:24-2:09:06) Flakey Friday
    • The elevator
    • The Senator Coons connection
    • The Flake delay
    • FBI Investigation
    • What else happens in a week?
    • Flake saving the Republicans from themselves?
    • More to the deal?
    • Do they have the votes?
    • Who do we believe?
    • What does Avenatti have?

 

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: 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

 

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.

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)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

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)

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

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

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)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.