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Curmudgeon’s Corner: March of Icons

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the latest “Infrastructure Week”, the arguments on impeachment hearings, and Biden’s “unity” posture. They also talk about​ trade wars, the economy, and Bill and Hillary’s visit to Seattle. On the non-political front, a little bit on scheduling meetings across time zones, and a horrible scam about a bogus bleach cure that has been going around.

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Recorded 2019-05-23
Length this week – 2:14:44

  • (0:01:00-0:35:25) Round 1:
    • Sam: Meetings Across Time Zones
    • Ivan: Infrastructure Week
  • (0:37:08-1:11:51) Round 2:
    • Sam: Impeachment
    • Ivan: Bogus Bleach Cure
  • (1:13:36-1:38:46) Round 3:
    • Sam: Biden “Unity”
    • Ivan: Abortion
  • (1:40:02-2:12:24) Round 4:
    • Sam: Trade Wars and Economy
    • Ivan: Bill and Hillary

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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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Better Than Coil

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed and Bruce join Sam to cover a wide variety of topics. Election 2020 updates. Discussions on Syria and Iran. Some thoughts on populists and on nuclear power. And finally economic stats and machine learning. We’ve got about everything this week!

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Recorded 2019-05-10
Length this week – 2:14:34

  • (0:00:20-0:36:43) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Democratic Nomination
    • Election Graphs Update
  • (0:38:04-1:08:56) Round One
    • Ed: Civilian Casualties in Syria
    • Bruce: Iran escalation
  • (1:09:36-1:35:42) Round Two
    • Ed: Populists and why they get elected and want recounts
    • Bruce: Three Mile Island closing
  • (1:36:58-2:14:13) Round Three
    • Ed: Income and Employment
    • Bruce: Machine Learning everywhere

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: There’s Everybody!

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan go lightning round style again. This time they cover Joe Biden’s launch, the hollowing out of DHS, Trump’s efforts to resist congressional investigations, the question of if the women running for president (specifically Harris and Warren) are getting enough attention, the failure of the Galaxy Fold, some feedback on previous Assange comments, and finally spam, of both the phone and email varieties.

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Recorded 2019-04-26
Length this week – 2:06:20

  • (0:01:48-1:15:40) Lighting Round #1
    • Ivan: Joe Biden
    • Sam: Clearing out DHS
    • Ivan: Trump resisting investigations
    • Sam: Shortchanging the women running for president?
  • (1:17:00-2:06:00) Lightning Round #2
    • Ivan: The Galaxy Fold
    • Sam: Feedback on Assange
    • Ivan: Random foreign calls
    • Sam: Creative spam

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: Live from Seattle

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam, Ivan, Jenn, and Brandy meet in person after the Seattle meetup to discuss how people suck, including the people in the college admissions scandal, and the people running for President, and many others. Basically, people suck. Plus a little on travel, and the Seattle meetup itself. And a movie review. Even a bit on circumcision​. A packed show. If you missed the meetup, listening to the show is the next best thing.

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Recorded 2019-03-21
Length this week – 2:06:01

  • (0:01:12-0:27:39) But First
    • Agenda
    • Seattle Meetup
    • Space Needle
    • Ivan’s Flight
    • Ivan on Seattle
    • Sam Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • (0:28:18-1:02:52) People Who Suck
    • Plant Killers
    • Tucker Carlson
    • Rep Omar Poster Maker
    • Christchurch Terrorist
    • Chelsea Clinton Accoster
    • Donald Trump
  • (1:03:32-1:29:23) College Admissions Scandal
    • What was done
    • Income inequality
    • The social status of schools
    • Grade inflation
    • Gifted children crashing
    • Helicopter parents
  • (1:30:43-2:05:41) Election 2020
    • 20/20
    • Andrew Yang
    • Biden and Sanders
    • Beto O’Rourke
    • Kirsten Gillibrand
    • Donald Trump

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: Lots of Hats

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about a phishing link Sam clicked on, the Bezos blackmail attempt, the Virginia mess, and the latest Trump stuff. They also do a run down of the Democratic field for the 2020 Presidential race. Oh, and they have news about a Seattle meetup, and more!

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Recorded 2019-02-08
Length this week – 2:32:23

  • (0:00:20-0:08:56) But First
    • Agenda
    • Bruce predictions
    • Seattle Meetup being planned
  • (0:11:09-1:21:12) Potpourri
    • Sam Clicked a phishing link
    • Bezos Blackmail
    • Virginia Mess
  • (1:21:53-1:49:09) Trump
    • Executive time
    • SOTU
    • SDNY Investigating Trump inaugural
    • New House investigations
  • (1:50:29-2:32:03) Democratic candidate roundup
    • The whole field
    • Joe Biden
    • Bernie Sanders
    • Beto O’Rourke
    • Kamala Harris
    • Elizabeth Warren
    • Cory Booker
    • The others

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: Sitting on my Porch

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the debate on Donald Trump’s “legitimacy”, the fun of the final week of the transition, and the Chelsea Manning commutation. In addition though, they discuss reviving old computers, the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, Joe Biden, an odd Presidential succession edge case, and more!

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Recorded 2017-01-19
Length this week – 1:57:57

  • (0:00:10-0:20:34) But First
    • 2017
    • Agenda
    • Reviving old computers
  • (0:21:13-0:45:08) Legitimacy
    • Trump “legitimate”?
    • Comey, Dirty Tricks, Fairness
    • Voters made their choice
    • Unfollowing Trump?
    • Skipping the Inauguration?
    • Anti-Trump Protests
  • (0:45:56-1:04:56) Transition
    • Cabinet not talking to Trump
    • Cabinet incompetence
    • Cabinet Hodgepodge
    • Unstaffed positions
    • Normal policy disputes vs Crazy/Unqualified
  • (1:05:41-1:25:11) Manning
    • Why this release date?
    • Manning vs Snowden
    • Consistency on leaks?
  • (1:25:50-1:56:37) Lightning Round
    • Wet Foot Dry Foot
    • Book: 2001 (1968)
    • Old Postcard from Sam
    • Movie: Rogue One (2016)
    • Biden for President
    • Succession Edge Cases

 

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: Just Use Bleach

With less than two weeks until the election, Curmudgeon’s Corner this week is of course fully election themed. We discuss the campaign developments of the last week, but also look at larger themes of the divisions in today’s America, what may happen after the elections, how Trump took over the Republican party, and… oh… Ivan got polled!

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Recorded 2016-10-28
Length this week – 1:27:44

  • (0:01:37-0:49:36) Election 2016 Part 1
    • Ivan’s cold
    • Divisions in America
    • Trump’s Republican takeover
    • After the election?
    • Polls and odds
    • Does Trump know he is going to lose?
    • Ivan got polled by Gravis!
    • Polling methods
    • Voting logistics
    • Yard signs
    • Trump black support
  • (0:50:45-1:27:24) Election 2016 Part 2
    • Cooking curry
    • Things we aren’t talking about
    • Quiet campaign week
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Pence’s plane
    • Biden for Secretary of State
    • Filibusters
    • Scott Adams analysis
    • Trump in the primaries
    • Newt and Kelly
    • Flat race
    • Bill Weld for Clinton?

 

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: The Big DNC Show

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan of course spend most of the show on the Democratic National Convention, with commentary on all the major speeches, and the inevitable comparisons to the RNC the week before. In addition to the DNC itself, they do cover this week’s terrorist attacks in Europe, the DNC email hack, where polling stands today, and Trump’s invitation to Russian hackers. Oh, and for some reason pineapples make an appearance.

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Recorded 2016-07-29

Length this week – 2:01:56

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  • (0:00:32-0:08:45) Starting Up
    • Tired Ivan
    • Ivan’s bad flight
    • Pineapple
    • Agenda
  • (0:09:23-0:48:16) Everything Else
    • Terrorist Attacks
    • Trump Convention Bounce?
    • DNC Emails
    • Trump’s Russian Invite
  • (0:49:24-1:17:59) Democratic National Convention Part 1
    • Convention Comparison
    • Sanders Holdouts
    • Booker for President?
    • Michelle Obama Speech
    • Elizabeth Warren Speech
    • Bernie Sanders Speech
  • (1:18:38-1:39:54) Democratic National Convention Part 2
    • Roll Call Vote
    • Dean Scream 2
    • Bill Clinton Speech
    • Joe Biden Speech
    • Barack Obama Speech
  • (1:41:13-2:01:36) Democratic National Convention Part 3
    • Chelsea Clinton Speech
    • Hillary Clinton Speech
    • Convention Comparison Part 2

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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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: A Groundswell of Begging

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner we apologize for last week’s show, then jump right in on Election 2016 analysis. We cover Biden’s exit and the results of last week’s debate, and what all that means for Clinton. Then we move on to the Republicans, talking about Trump’s staying power, how the only one close to him is Carson of all people, and how Bush is crashing and burning. With the Presidential race out of the way, we spend some time on Paul Ryan and the race for Speaker. Then finally in our lightning round we hit Back to the Future Day, iPads and iPhones, the hospital bombing in Afghanistan, book and movie reviews, and more!

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Recorded 2015-10-22

Length this week – 1:32:48

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  • (0:00:10-0:09:08) But First
    • Sounds Ivan makes
    • Allergy Meds
    • Making fun of Ivan falling asleep
    • Forced Break
    • Future Debates
    • Agenda
  • (0:10:09-0:21:49) The Democrats
    • Biden Out
    • Debate Results
    • Clinton’s Position
    • Sad for Joe
  • (0:22: 53-0:56:17) The Republicans
    • Debate Demands
    • Trump not going away
    • Trump vs Bush
    • Efforts to stop Trump
    • Trump in the general?
    • Thinning the crowd
    • The Republican Split
  • (0:56:56-1:11:18) Speaker of the House
    • Future Sam Disclaimer
    • Ryan’s Conditions
    • Ryan’s Options
    • Ryan the RINO
    • Weakened Ryan?
  • (1:12:07-1:32:28) Lightning Round
    • Back to the Future Day
    • iPad vs big iPhone
    • Car bluetooth issue
    • US hospital bombing
    • Apple Music Subscriber Numbers
    • Movie: Mud
    • Book: The Son Also Rises

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Keep flipping the thing around

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Ivan joins Sam again to complain a bit about Cleveland and last week’s conversation about Volkswagen. Then the main topics for this week: Election 2016, the Speaker of the House, and Syria. To close it off, a lightning round talking about Breaking Bad, Star Wars, iPhones, that Raccoon story that has been going around, and more!

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Recorded 2015-10-01

Length this week – 1:44:41

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  • (0:00:15-0:18:03) But First
    • Cleveland
    • Agenda
    • Ivan on Volkswagen
  • (0:18:41-0:50:33) Election 2016
    • Post Debate Republican Polls
    • Thinning the Field
    • Clinton Attitude
    • Biden Getting In?
    • Fundraising
    • Clinton Email
  • (0:51:37-1:10:48) Speaker of the House
    • Resignation
    • Republicans Divided
    • Kevin McCarthy Different?
    • Republican Agenda Hurt by Hardliners?
    • Congressional Gridlock
    • Government Shutdowns
  • (1:11:49-1:22:27) Syria
    • Russia jumping in
    • US Approaches
  • (1:23:43-1:44:21) Lightning Round
    • TV Show: Breaking Bad
    • Pope Visit
    • iOS 9
    • Ad Blockers
    • iPhones one handed
    • Movie: Return of the Jedi
    • Raccoon Story