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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Something that Scary

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about North Korea, that Google document, Venezuela, the raid on Manafort, the latest from Trump, a book Sam read, and more! Oh, and we announce a Slack for the show. Enjoy!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-08-11
Length this week – 1:39:50

  • (0:00:30-0:10:54) But First
    • Agenda
    • Show Slack
    • Tired and Sleepy
  • (0:12:41-0:40:05) North Korea
    • Fire and Fury
    • Bluffing
    • 25th Amendment
    • High Risk
    • Containment
    • Trump Engagement
  • (0:40:51-1:02:12) Google Doc
    • Lip Service
    • Distributions
    • Ivan’s Evolution
    • Should he have been fired?
    • What if this was external?
  • (1:03:33-1:39:30) Lightning Round
    • Venezuela
    • Book: Spam (2013)
    • Manafort Raid
    • Leaks and Infighting
    • Trump Statements
    • Divisions on the left
    • New download record

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Finally Past Iowa

We made it past Iowa! We have Iowa results! We have brand new speculation about New Hampshire and beyond! Yes, of course, the bulk of this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast is Sam and Ivan discussing where the presidential race sits in this week between Iowa and New Hampshire. We go over all of the results so far, then discuss how candidates, the media and the public are reacting to those results, and what that means for the rest of the contest. Plus, for the first time in a little while, we do a lightning round as well, covering bluetooth audio issues, Iran, the Flint water crisis, tech earnings results, and more!

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Recorded 2016-02-04

Length this week – 2:12:09

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  • (0:00:10-0:05:11) Intro
    • Pi O’Clock Again
    • Agenda
    • Talking Politics
  • (0:06:00-0:29:42) Republicans in Iowa
    • Loser.com
    • Headlines
    • Delegate Totals
    • Spin
    • Polling Wrong?
    • People Dropping Out
    • Carson/Cruz blow up
    • Speeches
  • (0:30:45-0:43:55) Democrats in Iowa
    • Close Race
    • Not a Surprise
    • Delegate Totals
    • Spin
    • Demographic Split
  • (0:44:33-1:24:33) Republicans in New Hampshire and beyond
    • Delegate Rules
    • Delegate Hypothetical
    • Will we get good New Hampshire polls?
    • Contest Calendar
    • Trump reacts to losing
    • How will New Hampshire react to Iowa?
    • Divided anti-Trump vote
    • Trump Strategy
    • Bush done?
    • Big last minute moves?
    • Gilmore
    • post-New Hampshire
    • Predictions
  • (1:25:53-1:42:08) Democrats in New Hampshire and beyond
    • Sanders will win New Hampshire
    • post-New Hampshire
    • Delegate Allocation
    • How will Clinton react to losing?
    • No Clinton Backup
    • Clinton emails
    • Clinton collapse scenarios
  • (1:43:24-2:11:49) Lightning Round
    • Car Bluetooth Audio
    • Movie: Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)
    • Iran Deal Implementation
    • Flint Water Crisis
    • Oregon Militia Standoff Ended
    • Apple Earnings
    • Alphabet Market Cap
    • Feedback on Performance Reviews
    • Feedback on Sam’s Writing
    • Growing Show

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Until I Hit That Wall

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the tension between locked down and open computing device philosophies, the European refugee crisis, and Election 2016. In the Lightning Round we talk about social media, the Iran deal, the new Google logo, Kanye for President, Kermit and Miss Piggy, and much much more!

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Recorded 2015-09-03

Length this week – 1:42:54

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  • (0:00:10-0:13:13) But First
    • Where Sam has Lived
    • Agenda
    • Cracked Phone
    • Raleigh-Durham Airport
  • (0:13:56-0:28:06) Computing Philosophies
    • Apple hates Kevin Drum
    • Customization vs Supportability
    • Market for Both
  • (0:28:45-0:42:56) Refugees
    • Fleeing to Europe
    • Drowned Syrian Boy
    • What do you do?
  • (0:44:05-1:13:03) Election 2016
    • Mt. McKinley to Denali
    • Ben Carson Surge
    • This Week’s Trump Talk
    • Bush Advertising
    • Tribalism on Issues
    • Republican Loyalty Oath
    • Clinton falling apart?
    • Biden run?
    • Fun scenarios
  • (1:14:23-1:42:34) Lightning Round
    • Facebook Hits a Billion
    • Orkut
    • Iran Deal done
    • Friendster
    • Book: The Scarlatti Inheritance
    • MySpace
    • Kanye West 2020
    • Kermit and Miss Piggy
    • GeoCities
    • Google Logo
    • Kim Davis and Gay Marriage
    • Classmates
    • Compuserve
    • Market Update
    • Putin Workout
    • Interstitial Ads

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Hit the Green Button!!

Ivan and Sam travel to the same room in the same city to do this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, joined this week by their college buddy Chad. Along with some stories of college hijinks, the main topics were the aftermath of the first Republican debates, a discussion on Clinton’s weakening position and if it is enough for Biden to jump in, and the continuing impact of Clinton’s email issues. In the lightning round we cover a houseplant that tells you when it is thirsty, the toxic sludge spill, problems with the Olympics, Google Alphabet, and a lot more!

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Recorded 2015-08-13

Length this week – 1:27:35

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  • Intro
    • Hidden Pizza
    • Hampshire Fire
  • Election 2016 – Republicans
    • Debate Coverage Feedback
    • Fiorina Debate Performance
    • Post-Debate Polling
    • Narrowing Field
    • Has Trump Peaked?
    • Establishment Tricks
    • Clinton Master Plan?
  • Election 2016 – Democrats
    • Dean Scream
    • Sanders Surge
    • Will Biden run?
    • Clinton Email
  • Lightning Round
    • Movie: Empire Strikes Back
    • China Currency Devaluation
    • Sam’s Houseplant
    • Answering Machine Messages
    • EPA Toxic Sludge Spill
    • Testing Risks
    • Olympics
    • Jon Stewart
    • Jimmy Carter
    • Google Alphabet

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Freaky Man Children

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Jenn:
* Universal Time
* Boston Verdict
* Silicon Valley
* Election 2016
* Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-05-21

Length this week – 1:20:10

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Please Don’t Sue Us

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Bruce:
* Vacations / Riding a Bike / Ads?
* Seymour Hersh on Bin Laden Raid
* Amtrak Crash
* Bush’s Bad Week / Reagan Lives!
* Lightning Round

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Recorded 2015-05-15

Length this week – 1:30:43

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Edit 2015-05-19 16:00 UTC to fix recorded date

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Lightning Show

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Iván:
* Intro
* Lightning Round 1
* Lightning Round 2
* Lightning Round 3

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Recorded 2015-04-24

Length this week – 1:19:02

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Subdued with Prejudice

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Offices
* Ottawa Attack
* Election 2014
* Market Update / Basic Research
* Apple Stuff


Recorded on 23 Oct 2014

Length this week – 1:40:50

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Publishing Blog Posts to Google+ Again

For a while whenever I did a blog post, I was making sure I also posted a notice of the post on Google+.  Unlike the methods I had for posting such notices to Twitter and Facebook, for Google+ I had to do this by hand.  Eventually I tired of the manual effort this entailed and stopped.

Recently I did some updates to my website, and while I was at it noticed a new way to automatically do the notifications to Google+ again, so I turned that on.

There is one difference from the posts to Facebook and Twitter though.  Those exclude the daily summaries of my Twitter posts.  If you follow me on Twitter, well, you see my tweets already.  And I figured that even the Facebook folks if they really wanted to see that, they could go to Twitter.  The method I’m using for posting on Google+ doesn’t exclude anything, so the daily Tweet summaries get posted too.  And they generally happen more often than “real” posts by me.

Apologies for anybody “circling” me on Google+ who does not appreciate that.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts on that.  If enough people don’t like it, I may simply turn the Google+ posts back off.  Having said that, I’ve had a few responses to posts via Google+ already, including one of the Tweet summaries, so at least some folks seem to appreciate it.

Anyway, if these posts on Google+ bother you, or if you appreciate them, let me know!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Snuffleupasam

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam talks about:

  • Stuff / Torture Report and Secrecy
  • Iraq Airdrops and Airstrikes
  • Google Scanning for Child Porn
  • Clinton and Bin Laden

Recorded on 8 Aug 2014

Length this week – 1:11:09

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Edit 2014-08-16 02:09 UTC to fix typo in title. It was supposed to be Snuffleupasam. Like Snuffleupagus. Not Suffleupasam. Like nothing.