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June 2017

Brandy is running for office!

For those who don’t already know… My wife Brandy is running for local office! Specifically, she is running for Snohomish County Fire District 1, Commissioner Position 3. Check out her candidate statement on her temporary campaign website. (She’s working on a more complete site, I quickly threw that one together for her as a starter site to have something up right away.)

This is a non-partisan position. There are five candidates in the primaries. The top two move on to the general election. The incumbent is David Chan, who got into trouble a few months ago for some comments about Mexicans he made during an official meeting.

Ever since the 2016 election… actually before, but it accelerated afterwards… Brandy has been increasingly engaged politically, and looking for places to make a difference. She’s been connecting with all sorts of people locally, and was urged by several to run for this position. It is her first run, but she is learning quickly. Win or lose, I’m pretty sure she intends to be actively engaged in things going forward.

If you are in the local area and want to know more or to help out, let me (or her) know!

I guess this means we’ll be investing in lawn signs and such soon… :-)

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Take A Hammer To It

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week, Sam and Ivan dissect the Comey hearings and related issues, but there is a lot more too! They cover the Reality Winner case, Qatar, the UK Elections, WWDC, the lottery, Sam’s new couch, and that isn’t even all!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-06-10
Length this week – 1:55:41

  • (0:02:04-0:27:35) But First
    • Agenda
    • New Couch
    • Projector Screen
  • (0:28:11-1:11:41) Trump/Russia/Comey
    • Liar!
    • Vindicated?
    • Russian Interference
    • Misrepresentation
    • Sessions
    • Comey/Clinton
    • Standing up to Trump
    • The Admirals
    • Trump Defense
    • Reality Winner
    • Russian Spearfishing
    • Obliviousness
  • (1:12:44-1:44:07) International
    • Qatar
    • Trump Staff
    • Merkel on trusting America
    • Kabul Bombing
    • China/Ivanka
    • UK Election Results
    • Paris Agreement Feedback
    • French Special Forces
    • Trump and NATO
  • (1:45:16-1:55:15) WWDC
    • Video Autoplay
    • Optimized iMessage Storage
    • iOS Control Center
    • Live Pictures
    • Do not disturb while driving
    • Augmented Reality
    • iPad features
    • Home Pod
    • Lottery


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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@abulsme tweets from 2017-06-09 (UTC)

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@abulsme tweets from 2017-06-06 (UTC)

@abulsme tweets from 2017-06-05 (UTC)

  • 01:19:09 Retweeted @StewartWood 2017-06-04 21:32:52 A statement from the family of Chrissy Archibald, the first named fatality from the #LondonAttacks. The last three…
  • 03:16:46 Ok, just checking Twitter after most of day doing other things. WTF is going on with Saudi and Qatar and the rest? This doesn’t look good…
  • 03:44:24 Retweeted @_Drew_McCoy_ 03:04:31 Relax. Everyone is reading Wikipedia right now. They will have expert hot takes in a minute.
  • 04:23:10 Retweeted @DavidNelsonNews 2017-06-04 12:29:28 Man mowing lawn with tornado behind him says he “was keeping an eye on it.”
  • 15:05:24 Retweeted @neal_katyal 12:00:02 Its kinda odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump acting as our co-counsel.We don’t need the help but will take i…
  • 16:12:07 Retweeted @DianneG 16:07:32 CNN’s @Arianedevogue has confirmed this *is* George Conway’s acct.
    It’s his first tweet (from this acct, at least)…
  • 18:02:04 I’ve been on a work call for the last hour+, time now to catch up on what I missed from WWDC… :-)
  • 18:07:49 Catching up with WWDC using the MacRumors Summary:
  • 18:09:42 WWDC like: Kill video autoplay. Yes, thank you very much. One of the most annoying things out there.
  • 18:11:08 WWDC like: Optimized iMessage storage. HUGE for me. I *NEVER* delete texts, want complete archive. Messages currently 50GB on my phone.
  • 18:13:31 WWDC Like: Control Center back on a single page. The multi-page Control Center was SO ANNOYING
  • 18:15:45 WWDC Miss: Interesting live photos updates, but what about automatic animated GIF creation for sharing with non-Apple? Or did I miss that?
  • 18:18:39 WWDC Like: Do not disturb while driving. I try to be good, but I am often tempted… more support to resist temptation is good.
  • 18:29:03 WWDC Meh: New app store. App store definitely needed some fixes and updates. Discoverability sucks. Not sure this is the right fix.
  • 18:40:48 WWDC Wait and See: AR still seems like a gimmick. Waiting to see real apps/games where you want to keep using it after the 1st few minutes.
  • 18:56:40 WWDC Like: The iOS 11 features for iPad. Almost makes me want a new iPad again. My wife considering iPad instead of laptop this year.
  • 19:18:52 WWDC Meh: Home pod. I still just don’t get these kinds of things. I know some people love them, but I’m not there yet.

@abulsme tweets from 2017-06-04 (UTC)

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