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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Complacency Factor

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan start the show with a special reaction to the news of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death recorded right after the news broke on Friday. Then you get the show that was already in the can before that upended everything. In that show from the before times, they talked about Election 2020 and the pandemic, fantasized a bit about vacations once the pandemic recedes, and Sam plugged a live stream.

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Recorded 2020-09-18

Length this week – 2:21:38

  • (0:00:01-0:33:16) RBG Special Report
  • (0:33:39-0:57:25) But First
    • Livestream of CC editing
    • Post-pandemic vacations
  • (0:59:23-1:43:39) Election 2020
    • Election Graphs update
    • Biden advantages compared to Clinton
    • Trump campaign
    • Biden campaign
    • What can still change?
  • (1:44:17-2:21:15) Pandemic
    • Current trends
    • Careless people
    • Trusting CDC and FDA
    • Schooling situation
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: Into the Zeitgeist

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s big topics are Election 2020 and the concentric circles of corruption surrounding Donald Trump. But they also talk a little bit about the pandemic, the fire and smoke on the West Coast, gender reveal parties, and a foundation run by Ivan and his wife. So buckle in and listen!

 

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Recorded 2020-09-12
Length this week – 2:17:20

  • (0:00:22-0:29:44) But First
    • Pandemic feedback
    • Manu for Inclusion
    • West Coast fires
    • Gender reveal parties
  • (0:30:30-1:31:37) Trump Related Corruption
    • Expensive microwaves
    • Trump minions
    • Blackmail?
    • DoJ defending Trump?
    • Slow justice
    • DHS whistleblower
    • Trump admits downplaying pandemic
  • (1:32:19-2:16:59) Election 2020
    • Durham report
    • Squashing investigations
    • Polling predictions
    • Russian hacking
    • Trump campaign low on cash
    • Disinformation campaigns
    • Voter suppression

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: Your Own Eyes

This week on Cumrudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan discuss Election 2020, including all the latest Trump scandals. They also discuss pandemic misinformation, and the challenges of the new school year. But first, they discuss some feedback, some numerical patterns, and frustrations with Facebook notifications and streaming television.

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Recorded 2020-09-05
Length this week – 2:14:31

  • (0:00:22-0:49:21) But First
    • 3-2-1
    • Feedback
    • Facebook notifications
    • Streaming TV
  • (0:51:50-1:43:17) Election 2020
    • Early voting
    • Polling stability
    • Trump and the military
    • Violence in the cities
    • Additional Trump scandals
    • Should Biden investigate Trump?
  • (1:43:55-2:14:10) Pandemic
    • Covid misinformation
    • New school year
    • Sports approaches

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: Superfluous Straight Lines

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam discuss the Republican National Convention, the events in Kenosha and their aftermath, and the latest pandemic news. Along the way they revisit the debate on what constitutes a website, they discuss ceramic car coatings, and spin tales of fender benders and dog walks. Enjoy the madness!

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Recorded 2020-08-29
Length this week – 2:20:47

  • (0:00:22-0:23:36) But First
    • Trump avoidance
    • What is a website?
    • Ceramic car coating
  • (0:24:21-1:15:52) Republican National Convention
    • Sam story
    • Trump speech
    • Tricked participants
    • Chasing Rand Paul
    • Superspreader event
    • Hatch Act
    • After Trump
  • (1:17:53-1:57:20) Black Lives Matter
    • Kenosha Overview
    • Differential treatment of Blake
    • Rittenhouse incident
    • Lives vs property
    • Sports strikes
    • Systemic Racism
  • (1:58:37-2:20:24) Pandemic
    • Trends
    • Behavioral waves
    • Doing the minimum
    • Asymptomatic testing
    • Rushed approvals

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: One Way Or Another

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, on the politics side, Sam and Ivan discuss Biden picking Harris, election models, current polling, and cutting people off over politics. On the pandemic side, they talk about testing and tracing, people being reckless, and many of the half measures being taken. Before all that though, Ivan reviews a book and goes on a rant about Twitter, and they discuss that Fortnight/Apple/Google thing. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-08-15
Length this week – 2:05:59

  • (0:00:43-0:32:21) But First
    • Ivan Book: Manuel Bou Gali Vida y Obra de un Corozaleño [2013]
    • Twitter is not a website!
    • Fortnight / Apple / Google thing
  • (0:32:25-1:23:16) Politics
    • Biden picks Harris
    • Election models
    • Current polling
    • Cutting off people over politics
  • (1:24:25-2:05:38) Pandemic
    • Current situation
    • Testing and tracing
    • People being reckless
    • Half measures
    • Relief measures

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: Tower Life

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the latest in politics and pandemic news as they always do. But this time you also get a book review from Ivan, some insight into Sam’s sleep patterns, some economic talk, and even a bit on the tradeoffs between global and domestic sourcing of products. Plus a fun electoral vote strategy to consider!

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Recorded 2020-08-01
Length this week – 2:31:36

  • (0:00:22-0:31:19) But First
    • Ivan Book: Underwater [2020]
    • Hurricane headed for Ivan
    • Sleep Patterns
  • (0:32:04-1:07:58) Politics
    • Veepstakes
    • Delegitimizing the election
    • Problems with mail-in voting?
  • (1:09:08-1:50:07) Pandemic
    • Ivan goes to Disney
    • Sports bubbles
    • Latest stats
  • (1:52:08-2:31:08) Potpourri
    • Economic Update
    • Political responses to the virus
    • Domestic production of critical supplies?

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: Cutting Wood

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan review the latest pandemic news, they answer a “Question for the Corner” on what post-Trump Republicans might look like, they cover the current state of the Presidential race, and they discuss the recent hack of Twitter. Before all that though, they discuss the household projects they have been working on during the lockdown. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-07-17
Length this week – 2:06:53

  • (0:00:21-0:29:59) Household Projects
  • (0:32:00-0:54:34) Pandemic
  • (0:55:53-1:41:08) Politics
  • (1:42:12-2:06:32) Hacks

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: Weaseling Out

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, the two serious topics are school reopenings in the face of the pandemic, and the ramifications of the latest batch of Supreme Court rulings. In addition, Ivan talks about air conditioning maintenance, and Sam talks about Alex creating Minecraft mods. Also, Sam talks about not talking about something. Odd that.

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Recorded 2020-07-10
Length this week – 2:23:02

  • (0:00:01-0:08:23) Avoidance
  • (0:08:46-0:44:37) Light and Frothy
  • (0:46:38-1:33:59) School Reopenings
  • (1:34:41-2:22:41) SCOTUS 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: Talking is Hard

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan try to keep things pithy and concise by having only two topics but fail utterly and completely as they go in-depth into the latest Trump nonsense as well as the latest pandemic related developments. Plus Ivan tells us about his light summer reading! So there you go.

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Recorded 2020-07-03
Length this week – 2:33:06

  • (0:00:22-0:12:55) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan book: Social Security Made Simple [2019]
  • (0:13:32-1:33:35) Trump Nonsense
    • Russia paying to kill US troops
    • Calls with world leaders
    • Polling update
    • Racist callouts
  • (1:34:40-2:32:41) Pandemic
    • Cases and Deaths
    • Reasons for the 2nd wave
    • Reactions to the 2nd wave
    • School reopening plans

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: Not The Kind You Eat

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do something they don’t do that often anymore. They spend a huge chunk of the show talking about tech! Apple tech to be specific, as they discuss the WWDC announcement that Apple is moving the Mac to their own chips, and Sam discusses a recent Mac purchase. But of course, they don’t neglect the pandemic, and they couldn’t do a show without at least a little politics. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-06-26
Length this week – 2:03:03

  • (0:00:22-0:49:41) Tech
    • Sam’s Purchase
    • Apple Chips
  • (0:51:46-1:24:16) Pandemic
    • Second Wave
    • Impact on Immigration
  • (1:24:54-2:02:43) Politics
    • Question for the Corner
    • Flynn and Barr
    • Black Lives Matter

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.