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March 2018
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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Ten and a Bit

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the anniversary of the iPhone, using password managers, the travel ban, the healthcare bill, the newest Trump scandal news, and anti-Trump fake news. Oh, and also the Martian slave colony, and the fact that like the iPhone, this show is now ten years old too. Happy ten years to Curmudgeon’s Corner!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-06-30
Length this week – 2:15:35

  • (00:01:37-0:21:30) But First
    • Ten years
    • Agenda
    • Leavenworth
  • (0:22:46-0:58:29) Tech
    • iPhone anniversary
    • Sam gets a password manager
    • New cyberattacks
  • (0:59:38-1:39:36) Policy
    • Travel ban
    • Healthcare
  • (1:40:15-2:15:15) Trump Scandals
    • Mars slave colony
    • Russian hackers to Smith to Flynn?
    • Anti-Trump fake news
    • Collusion not that bad?


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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Nine Years

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam is mostly solo. He talks about the 9th anniversary of this podcast, the usual rundown of Election 2016 with bits on Trump’s recent antics, the Sanders end game, the Libertarian convention and even David French. In the non-political world, he covers the gorilla incident, hate speech vs free speech, and a book he read recently. And then to top it off, we have Michael from Pennsylvania back to talk more about gay Republicans.

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Recorded 2016-06-04

Length this week – 1:49:31

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  • (0:00:10-0:03:44) But First
    • All Alone
    • Agenda
  • (0:05:00-0:32:18) Election 2016 – Trump Stuff
    • Call for Cohosts
    • Podcast Anniversary
    • Nomination Clinched
    • Normal Wolves (Alex Break)
    • Republican Capitulation
    • This week’s Trump craziness
    • Anti-Trump violence
  • (0:33:28-1:02:45) Election 2016 – Everything Else
    • Sanders End Game
    • Libertarian Convention
    • David A French?
  • (1:03:25-1:22:48) Hodgepodge
    • Gorilla Incident
    • Hate Speech
    • Book: Dutch
  • (1:24:08-1:49:12) Michael from Pennsylvania
    • Gay Republicans

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Until we are Tired

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Podcast instead of a handful of big topics, Ivan and Sam once again go full show Lightning Round! We talk Election 2016, Sandra Bland, Cecil the Lion, MH370, Movies, Books, Windows 10, Gun Control… and lots more… 26 separate topics this week by our count! One for every letter of the alphabet! So start singing your ABC’s and listen!

Recorded 2015-07-23

Length this week – 1:37:02

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  • Intro
    • Yard Camping
    • Kids and Tech
  • Lightning Round I
    • Sanders, O’Malley and Black Lives Matter
    • More Trump!
    • Thinning the Republican Field
  • Lightning Round II
    • Sandra Bland
    • Police Escalations
    • Cecil the Lion
    • Internet Mobs
    • Clinton Emails again
    • Huckabee on Ovens
  • Lightning Round III
    • Piece of MH370 found?
    • Movie: Thomas and Friends: The Adventure Begins
    • Kids and Cars
    • Curmudgeon’s Corner Eight Years Old!
    • Onstar Hacking
    • Tech Earnings
    • Windows 10
    • Book: Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume I
  • Lightning Round IV
    • Cuba Embassy Opens
    • We’re on Stitcher!
    • Louisiana Shooting and Gun Control
    • Jonathan Pollard Parole
    • Turkish Air Strikes
    • Syria
    • Upcoming Republican Debate

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Party Like It’s 2007

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • NSA Scandal
  • Snowden / More NSA Scandal
  • WWDC 2013
  • Retro Show

Recorded on 11 Jun 2013

Length this week – 1:49:36

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Seven Years in the Jungle

I missed noting the anniversary the last couple of years, but as of the time this posts (10:11 UTC) it will have been exactly 7 years* since I started with my current employer.  There have been ups and downs during those years, but for the most part it has been a good experience.  It is hard to believe it has been that long though.

* I started at 17:30 UTC on Jan 11 2006, but since years are not an even number of days, the time of the anniversary shifts every year.

Episode 200

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner… 

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • 200 Shows
  • WRCT Memories
  • Tablets
  • Self Publishing
  • Libya
  • Swearing

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Seven Years

While we were all driving in the car a few days ago, Amy pointed out just how long we’d been together as a family.  Namely a pretty long time.  And more specifically, now that I checked it out, at the moment this post goes live, it will have been exactly seven years since I made a post publicly mentioning that Brandy and I were a couple.  Now, we’d been “dating” for probably at least a month before that, maybe more, and we’d known each other for well over a year at that point, and it was still a while little longer until Brandy and Amy actually moved in, but it seems like as good a starting marker as any.

So, seven years.  During that time we’ve lived together at five addresses in three states as I worked for three different companies in a variety of different roles.  We lost Brandy’s Dad.  We also lost a few good pets that we loved dearly.  We adopted Roscoe.  Amy has grown from elementary school to high school and from a bubbly little kid to a wonderful almost-adult.  Brandy has gone from being a Real Estate Agent to a Stay-at-Home-Mom to a College Student.  And of course Alex was born and has grown into a sparkly eyed toddler and is doing exciting new things every day.

We bonded into a family almost from the very start.  As with any family there have been ups and downs, but overall it has been a very good seven years.  Somehow, simultaneously, I can’t believe it has really been that long, and I can’t believe it was ever any other way.

Thank you Brandy and Amy and Alex for these seven years.

I love you all very much.

Something about Bananas

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Three Years
  • AT&T Data Plans
  • Gaza Flotilla
  • Economy Update
  • The Gores

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Four Years in the Jungle

In just under 10 minutes at 16:45 UTC (8:45 AM Pacific, 11:45 AM Eastern) it will have been exactly four years since I first walked in the door at my current employer.  On the whole it has been a good four years.  I like it.  Looking forward to the next year.  There is more fun stuff to do!

Four years!  Woo!  I’ve been here as long as a Presidential term in office!  Woo!