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July 2024

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Long Waves of Something

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do get into politics a bit, talking about the trade wars, 3D printing guns, attacks on Election 2018, and the separated kids at the border. But mostly the show is a lightning round show, so there are a lot of non-political things too. So you also get to hear about the rest of Sam’s road-trip, some books and movies, Apple’s milestone, and some feedback we received a while ago.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-08-04
Length this week – 1:59:34

  • (0:00:20-0:31:17) Sam: Road Trip Continued
    • Day 2 Revisited: Bad Hotels
    • Day 4: Things not done, Corn Palace
    • Day 5: Bighorn and Yellowstone
  • (0:32:02-1:16:40) Lightning Round 1
    • Ivan: Trade War
    • Sam: Book: The Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 3 (2015)
    • Ivan: 3D Printing Guns
    • Sam: Movie: Computer Chess (2013)
    • Ivan: Movie: Mission Impossible – Fallout (2018)
  • (1:17:56-1:59:14) Lightning Round 2
    • Sam: Feedback on Ivan rant on Boomers
    • Ivan: Apple at One Trillion
    • Sam: Attacks on Election 2018?
    • Ivan: Separated Kids


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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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Half Way: Corn Palace

On Saturday, Brandy whizzed right by the Porter Sculpture Park and wouldn’t turn around to go check it out. But a little bit later we did stop at the point the GPS said we were exactly 1201 miles from Amy back in Pennsylvania, and exactly 1201 miles from my mother in Washington State. That’s one way of defining the half-way point, although not the only one of course, and maybe not the best one. But it is the one we used today. We stopped and took pictures. Remarkably, it wasn’t just a field by the side of the road. But it was only a parking lot. VERY near by though, was the Corn Palace! So was the “fun place of the day”. 1203 miles from Amy, and exactly 1200 miles from my mom.

Alex Verdict: Most of it wasn’t even corn. And it wasn’t a palace.

Brandy Verdict: Corny.

Sam Verdict: Should have been a couple miles further east.

A number of hours later, we of made the required pilgrimage to Wall Drug, but we did not stay long.