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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Crossover

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the pandemic and Matt Gaetz. Because of course they do. But also an initial discussion on how lame April Fool’s Day is goes far afield into a discussion of 1970s calculators. And feedback on the Atlanta killer’s religious beliefs leads to a wider ranging discussion of proscriptive and toxic cultures that feed into questions of privilege. They also talk a bit about a couple things they do not talk about. Whatever that means. And Alex promotes the Curmudgeon’s Corner crossover episode on his ALeXMXeLA.com YouTube channel. There are bloopers at the end too! You can enjoy all of this… as long as you can get past the first 90 seconds or so of chicken noises. Yeah. Sorry bout that.

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Recorded 2021-04-02
Length this week – 2:02:51

  • (0:01:56-0:48:36) Segment 1:
    • Ivan: April Fools Week
    • Sam: Atlanta killer and religion
  • (0:49:26-1:52:33) Segment 2:
    • Ivan: Pandemic
    • Sam: Matt Gaetz
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: Garbage On My Mind

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Biden stimulus bill that was just signed and the political implications of the bill. They also discuss the possible Manchin opening to reforming the filibuster rather than eliminating it, and what that might mean to Democratic policy options. And they discuss the one year anniversary of the WHO declaring a pandemic. But in addition to all the serious stuff, they also discuss dogs, cars, movies, and cartoons. So you’ve got all that too!

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Recorded 2021-03-12
Length this week – 2:19:26

  • (0:05:32-0:30:56) Part the First
    • Ivan: Dogs and Cars
    • Sam: Sam Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • (0:31:46-1:31:55) Part the Second
    • Ivan: Stimulus
    • Sam: Filibuster
  • (1:33:57-2:19:05) Part the Third
    • Ivan: Canceling Cartoons
    • Sam: One Year of 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: 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: Some Kind of Bird

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan once again do it lightning round style. Eight topics, averaging about 15 minutes each. This week we have the calming of the news cycle, the pandemic, impeachment, the crisis in Texas, Sam watching Back to the Future, the death of Rush Limbaugh, the Mars rover landing, and Ted Cruz. Plus some special contributions from Sam’s son Alex. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-02-20
Length this week – 2:03:02

  • (0:00:34-1:18:23) Round 1
    • Sam: The Calm
    • Ivan: Pandemic
    • Sam: Impeachment
    • Ivan: Texas
  • (1:21:38-1:58:53) Round 2
    • Sam: Movie: Back to the Future (1985)
    • Ivan: Rush Limbaugh
    • Sam: Mars Rover
    • Ivan: Ted Cruz
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: Panda Mice

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan of course talk about the impeachment trial. This was recorded before it was over though, so “Sam from the Future” breaks in a few times with updates. Cause that is how it goes when there are breaking news events and you don’t publish instantly after recording. The discussion is still highly relevant though! Aside from that, they discuss hybrid cars, the cryptocurrency bubble, the cat lawyer thing, Lou Dobbs, and of course the pandemic. Lots of good stuff! Tune in!

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Recorded 2021-02-12
Length this week – 2:05:28

  • (0:03:28-0:59:40) Hybrids, Crypto Bubbles, Cats, and Dobbs
  • (1:01:41-1:53:43) Impeachment
  • (1:54:23-2:05:08) 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: Whoop-De-Doo

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, now that the news is slowing down a bit, and things are not quite as crazy… for now anyway… Sam and Ivan do something they haven’t done in a long time… an all lightning round show! Of course, being who they are, the lightning isn’t all that fast. But they cover a wide range of topics, from an update on how remote schooling is going, to a movie review, to the politics of the Republican caucus, the second impeachment, and the stimulus package, to protests in Russia. All in all, a nice full show. With a few appearances from Sam’s son Alex as well. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-02-05
Length this week – 1:58:46

  • (0:00:37-1:25:29) Round 1
    • Ivan: Update on how remote school is going
    • Sam: Movie: Blair Witch (2016)
    • Ivan: Cheney/Greene votes
    • Sam: Impeachment Stuff
  • (1:26:14-1:58:15) Round 2
    • Ivan: Stimulus and Such
    • Sam: Russian Protests
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: Such A Relief

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan finally get to reviewing their 2020 predictions. Because of the multi-week delay, they don’t spend the whole show on it and don’t review every prediction, but they get to the important bits. Then they get to the actual news of the current week, with segments on the GameStop nonsense, the pandemic, and goings on in Congress. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-01-30
Length this week – 2:21:23

  • (0:00:22-0:39:56) 2020 Predictions Review
  • (0:41:17-1:23:13) GameStop Nonsense
  • (1:23:50-1:50:22) Pandemic
  • (1:51:07-2:21:00) Congress
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: 2021 Predictions Show

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do their traditional annual predictions show, this time for 2021! They cover politics, international, economy, technology, and a hodgepodge of other things, which of course this year includes the pandemic. So tune in and hear what they think will happen in 2021! Then next week, come back and see how they did a year and a week ago in their predictions for 2020! These annual predictions shows are always long, so buckle up!

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Recorded 2020-12-31
Length this week – 3:08:03

  • (0:01:05-0:14:19) But First
  • (0:16:39-1:23:38) Politics
  • (1:24:47-1:50:13) International
  • (1:50:50-2:07:31) Economy
  • (2:08:17-2:25:57) Technology
  • (2:26:47-3:07:41) Hodgepodge
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.