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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Really Basic Thing

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam for some discussion of the whole thing with the Trump DoJ getting subpoenas of phone activity for some House Democrats and journalists, as well as the reactions to those revelations. Ed also provides some of his medical insight on the pandemic, as well as that new drug that was recently approved for Alzheimer’s. Before that though, they talk a bit about movies and TV. Because of course they did.

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Recorded 2021-06-12
Length this week – 1:41:02

  • (0:00:22-0:19:19) But First
  • (0:19:57-0:56:05) Trump DoJ
  • (0:57:06-1:40:30) Pandemic
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: Expanding Significantly

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan let the “but first” part of the show take over. They discuss some corrections and feedback, a marathon charity livestream Ivan was watching, morning routines, medications, surprising computer problems, and image hoarding. And then to round it out they do get to some Trump stuff, some thoughts on Election 2022, and of course the pandemic. So come on in!

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Recorded 2021-06-05
Length this week – 2:11:23

  • (0:00:23-0:57:01) But First
  • (0:57:38-1:37:40) Politics
  • (1:38:26-2:11:02) Pandemic
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: Large Piece of Meat

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the continuing negotiations on an infrastructure spending plan, the Ryanair incident with Belarus, and of course the pandemic. But first a little about Sam being tired, and Ivan having an expensive parking experience. So lots of fun. Take a listen!

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Recorded 2021-05-29
Length this week – 1:52:48

  • (0:00:23-0:24:23) But First
  • (0:25:01-0:43:09) Infrastructure week
  • (0:43:51-1:28:31) Pandemic
  • (1:29:34-1:52:27) Ryanair incident
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: Confounding Factors

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the pandemic, the back and forth surrounding having a January 6th commission, the Israel/Palestine situation, and the crypto crash. Somewhere along the way they talk about masks and a couple of movies too. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-05-22
Length this week – 2:39:01

  • (0:01:49-0:30:41) But First
  • (0:31:19-1:01:29) Ivan: Pandemic
  • (1:03:13-1:24:33) Sam: 1/6 commission stuff
  • (1:25:28-2:01:59) Ivan: Israel/Palestine
  • (2:02:56-2:37:04) Sam: Crypto Crash
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: Some of this Stuff

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, the return of “But First”! That is, before they talk about their main topics, Sam and Ivan just ramble for a bit about a few random things. I guess you could say the whole show is like that, but this is “But First!” so this is different! But then they settle down for the more substantive things. This week that is the pandemic, the pipeline thing, the Israel/Palestine situation, and the economy. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-05-15
Length this week – 1:55:22

  • (0:00:22-0:13:23) The Return of But First
  • (0:14:00-0:38:38) Sam: Pandemic
  • (0:39:39-0:58:11) Ivan: Pipeline thing
  • (0:59:18-1:16:03) Sam: Israel/Palestine
  • (1:17:46-1:55:01) Ivan: Economy
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: Kissing the Ring

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan spend the most time on the pandemic, cause well, it is still here. They talk about the international curves, how there are both people trying to get back to normal too quickly, and people trying to do it too slowly, and about how so much depends on getting enough people vaccinated. But aside from all that, they also talk about fun stuff, like Trump cultists, divorce, and alternative marriages. And Sam talks about a movie most everybody has seen, but perhaps you didn’t know all the other places you’ve seen one of the main sets from that movie. So the usual sort of mix. Great stuff!

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Recorded 2021-05-08
Length this week – 1:59:47

  • (0:00:22-0:28:56) Ivan: Trump Cult
  • (0:29:57-1:19:00) Sam: Pandemic
  • (1:21:01-1:39:40) Ivan: Divorce, Marriage, Alternate Arrangements
  • (1:39:59-1:59:27) Sam: Movie – Back to the Future Part II (1989)
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: Cooking Cookies

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan have two “heavy” topics: The Atlanta massage parlor killings, and worldwide covid trends heading upward again. But on the lighter side, Sam reviews a book, and the curmudgeons discuss the dynamics of video conferences versus audio conferences. Plus a couple of bonus mini-segments on Daylight Saving Time and Sam’s email. All the usual sorts of fun things! But shorter this time! No cookies were harmed in the making of this podcast.

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Recorded 2021-03-19
Length this week – 1:36:40

  • (0:01:12-0:38:47) Segment 1
    • Ivan: Atlanta Killings
    • Sam: Sam Book: Earth Awakens (2014)
  • (0:40:48-1:36:19) Segment 2
    • Ivan: Video Conferences vs Audio Conferences
    • Sam: Covid deaths increasing again
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: Punt This Down The Wall

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do the six smaller topics thing again, although one of the topics is a multi-topic bundle, so you could perhaps say there were actually eight. In any case, they do talk a little bit about “serious” stuff like the Cuomo sexual harassment charges, Texas and other places lifting pandemic restrictions, and a little on Biden’s Saudi Arabia and Syria actions. But they also spend time on lighter subjects like Sam getting a new phone, a movie that means a lot to Ivan, SpaceX explosions, reactions to weather changes, and even Daft Punk. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-03-05
Length this week – 2:06:35

  • (0:02:02-0:42:16) Round 1
    • Ivan: Sam’s phone
    • Sam: Sam Movie: Wall Street (1987)
  • (0:43:37-1:29:40) Round 2
    • Ivan: Cuomo sexual harassment
    • Sam: Loosening Covid restrictions
  • (1:30:49-2:06:15) Round 3
    • Ivan: Tidbits
    • Sam: Biden Saudi Arabia and Syria actions
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: Face In The Middle

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan once again encourage people to send in suggestions for next week’s predictions show. But aside from that, they talk about movies and printers and cars. Oh yeah, and the continued chaos of the Trump to Biden transition, and of course an update on pandemic developments. All the usual. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-12-24
Length this week – 2:19:35

  • (0:00:22-0:38:29) But First
    • Agenda
    • Year end specials coming!
    • Ivan family update
    • Sam movie: Team America: World Police (2004)
    • Bad printers
    • Cars
    • Feedback
  • (0:39:47-1:43:11) Presidential Transition
    • 2016 vs 2020/li>
    • Pardon barrage
    • False rumors
    • Trump fatigue
    • Autogolpe talk
    • Trump exit plan
    • Vetos and veto threats
    • A little on Biden
  • (1:44:01-2:19:15) Pandemic
    • Weekly stats
    • New variant
    • Impacts on freight
    • Ivan’s trip
    • Vaccinations
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: Counting Is Hard

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ed cover the usual developments on the Presidential transition and the pandemic. On the transition, they discuss fake electors, the mischief opportunities on January 6th, random stuff the Trump folks are doing on the way out, and a bit about what the Biden folks may do once they are in. On the pandemic, Sam takes advantage of Ed’s background as a Doctor to discuss the nonsense of people pushing for natural herd immunity, and a whole lot about the new vaccines. Before all the serious stuff, they discuss Space Force, a couple of movies, and a few other random things. Also: How to make suggestions for things you want to hear about on our annual predictions show!

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Recorded 2020-12-19
Length this week – 2:14:45

  • (0:00:22-0:34:52) But First
    • Agenda
    • Guardians of the Space Force
    • Ed Movie: Eye in the Sky (2015)
    • Sam Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
    • Ed’s pandemic Apple shopping experience
    • People delaying health care
    • Apple Watch fall detection
  • (0:36:13-1:24:27) Presidential Transition
    • Fake electors
    • January 6th
    • False rumors
    • DoD transition briefings
    • Bill Barr leaving
    • Biden’s desire to heal
    • Biden staffing
  • (1:25:17-2:14:22) Pandemic
    • Weekly stats
    • Herd immunity
    • Individual vs collective view
    • Politicized messaging
    • Vaccine development
    • Vaccine distribution
    • Vaccine side effects
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.