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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Outside the Lines

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Sam is joined by guest cohost Bruce. Together they discuss the Volkswagen cheating debacle, the situation with Syria and Syrian refugees, and of course this week’s developments in the 2016 Presidential race. In the final lightning round they also cover the Super Moon Eclipse, the Fed’s interest rate decision, that kid who made the clock, and more!

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Recorded 2015-09-24

Length this week – 1:51:54

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:10:38) But First
    • No Ivan today, but we have Bruce
    • This Week’s Agenda
    • In House pre-School
    • School Scheduling Craziness
  • (0:11:40-0:26:02) Volkswagen Cheating
    • What they did
    • Possible Fixes
    • Impact on VW
    • What were they thinking?
  • (0:26:41-0:48:13) Syria
    • Refugee Crisis
    • Turkish Connection
    • What do you do?
    • Russian Involvement
    • Assad must go?
    • Coordination with Russia
  • (0:49:35-1:30:27) Election 2016
    • Rand Paul
    • The Xenophobic Racist Party
    • Primary and Caucus Rules
    • Carson on Muslims
    • Walker Drops Out
    • Republican Polling since the Second Debate
    • Democratic Polling
    • Deadlines for Shadow Candidates
    • Clinton Declines
    • More on Clinton Email
  • (1:31:07-1:51:34) Lightning Round
    • Super Moon Eclipse
    • Queen Elizabeth Milestone
    • Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decisions
    • TV Show: Best of Carson
    • Pope Visit / Chinese President Visit
    • The kid who made the clock

True Binary Clocks

I have always of course been partial to my own True Binary Clock, but I recently came across another based on the same idea, but with pretty graphics (and sound!):

Screen shot 2009-10-04 at 07.18.00

This is the Steampunk Binary Clock from ruinsofmorning.net.  Very cool, although I’m not so hot on the idea of grouping all eight middle bits into “minutes”, I prefer counting each group of four bits seperately.

Also of note at the same site, the HexClock, which is basically the same sort of thing again, but showing the same 16 bit version of time as four hexadecimal digits, which is actually quite nice.  (He still groups the middle two bits though.)

I would buy a physical version of my clock, or either of these two clocks in a heartbeat if someone was selling them.

Very cool.

[Edit 07:48 UTC to add the parenthetical statement and fix some punctuation.)