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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Superfluous Straight Lines

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam discuss the Republican National Convention, the events in Kenosha and their aftermath, and the latest pandemic news. Along the way they revisit the debate on what constitutes a website, they discuss ceramic car coatings, and spin tales of fender benders and dog walks. Enjoy the madness!

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Recorded 2020-08-29
Length this week – 2:20:47

  • (0:00:22-0:23:36) But First
    • Trump avoidance
    • What is a website?
    • Ceramic car coating
  • (0:24:21-1:15:52) Republican National Convention
    • Sam story
    • Trump speech
    • Tricked participants
    • Chasing Rand Paul
    • Superspreader event
    • Hatch Act
    • After Trump
  • (1:17:53-1:57:20) Black Lives Matter
    • Kenosha Overview
    • Differential treatment of Blake
    • Rittenhouse incident
    • Lives vs property
    • Sports strikes
    • Systemic Racism
  • (1:58:37-2:20:24) Pandemic
    • Trends
    • Behavioral waves
    • Doing the minimum
    • Asymptomatic testing
    • Rushed approvals

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: Off the Rails

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss their impressions of the Democratic National Convention and all the latest updates on Trumpworld scandals. Plus they talk a little bit about the charms of people broadcasting from home, which sorta kinda, but not quite, includes them.

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Recorded 2020-08-21
Length this week – 2:19:33

  • (0:00:22-0:18:10) But First
    • Broadcasters at home
    • Charming interruptions
  • (0:18:48-1:17:26) Democratic National Convention
    • Pros and cons of the virtual format
    • Kamala Harris and Barack Obama speeches
    • Anti-Trump coalitions and post-Trump Republicans
    • Michelle Obama and Joe Biden speeches
  • (1:18:43-2:19:02) Trump Scandals
    • Speech times
    • Steve Bannon indictment
    • Trump financials
    • Senate Intelligence report
    • RNC Preview

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: One Way Or Another

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, on the politics side, Sam and Ivan discuss Biden picking Harris, election models, current polling, and cutting people off over politics. On the pandemic side, they talk about testing and tracing, people being reckless, and many of the half measures being taken. Before all that though, Ivan reviews a book and goes on a rant about Twitter, and they discuss that Fortnight/Apple/Google thing. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-08-15
Length this week – 2:05:59

  • (0:00:43-0:32:21) But First
    • Ivan Book: Manuel Bou Gali Vida y Obra de un Corozaleño [2013]
    • Twitter is not a website!
    • Fortnight / Apple / Google thing
  • (0:32:25-1:23:16) Politics
    • Biden picks Harris
    • Election models
    • Current polling
    • Cutting off people over politics
  • (1:24:25-2:05:38) Pandemic
    • Current situation
    • Testing and tracing
    • People being reckless
    • Half measures
    • Relief measures

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.

2019 Reading List

About a quarter of the way through 2018, I lamented that I wasn’t reading enough books, and made a resolution to do better. I did finish more books in 2018 than in either 2016 or 2017. But I plummeted in 2019, coming nowhere near my goal of 12 books for the year.

Oops.

Anyway, here they are:

2019 (0 Physical, 1 Kindle, 3 Audible)

  1. 2019-01-22, Non-Fiction, Audible, The Zimmerman Telegram by Tuchman
  2. 2019-04-01, Fiction, Kindle, Bull from the Sea by Renault
  3. 2019-05-21, Fiction, Audible, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by Lewis
  4. 2019-08-06, Non-Fiction, Audible, The Ideas Industry by Drezner

And that’s it.

Pitiful. So far I’m not even at that pace for 2020 though. So the trend doesn’t look good.

Finally the updated chart of my reading since 2006 with 2019 added in…

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Waddaya Gunna Do?

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do the usual round of political news, discussing dirty tricks on the campaign trail, the latest veepstakes talk, the New York investigation into Trump, and possibilities of a disputed election. But first, they respond to some feedback, review a book Sam read, talk a little about family history and how 2020 sucks, and react to the explosion in Beirut. A full show as usual!

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Recorded 2020-08-08
Length this week – 2:08:10

  • (0:00:22-0:37:53) But First
    • Feedback
    • Sam Book: The Two Towers (1954)
    • Family history
    • 2020 sucks
    • Beirut explosion
  • (0:39:54-1:21:23) Campaign 2020 Dirty Tricks
    • Foreign interference
    • Controlling the narrative
    • Kanye West
    • Historical dirty tricks
    • Slowing down the mail
  • (1:22:40-2:07:50) Campaign 2020 Clean Tricks
    • Veepstakes
    • Trump interview
    • New York Trump investigation
    • Laws with no teeth
    • Disputed 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: Tower Life

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the latest in politics and pandemic news as they always do. But this time you also get a book review from Ivan, some insight into Sam’s sleep patterns, some economic talk, and even a bit on the tradeoffs between global and domestic sourcing of products. Plus a fun electoral vote strategy to consider!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2020-08-01
Length this week – 2:31:36

  • (0:00:22-0:31:19) But First
    • Ivan Book: Underwater [2020]
    • Hurricane headed for Ivan
    • Sleep Patterns
  • (0:32:04-1:07:58) Politics
    • Veepstakes
    • Delegitimizing the election
    • Problems with mail-in voting?
  • (1:09:08-1:50:07) Pandemic
    • Ivan goes to Disney
    • Sports bubbles
    • Latest stats
  • (1:52:08-2:31:08) Potpourri
    • Economic Update
    • Political responses to the virus
    • Domestic production of critical supplies?

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.