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Curmudgeons Corner: Hither, Thither, and Yon

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s serious topics are recurring favorites… the pandemic and voter suppression laws. But of course they start out with some lighter topics… This time a discussion of things they had to read in high school many years ago, and how Sam’s old iPhone came back from the dead. Oh, and Ivan starts out by unleashing a torrent of profanities on Sam’s son Alex to chase him away. So fun for everyone!

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Recorded 2021-04-10
Length this week – 1:45:41

  • (0:04:16-0:38:39) Segment 1:
    • Ivan: High School Reading Assignments
    • Sam: Sam’s Old Phone
  • (0:49:26-1:52:33) Segment 2:
    • Ivan: Pandemic
    • Sam: Voter Suppression 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: 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: 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: Might Be True

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do a lightning round show, talking about a bunch of smaller topics, including the “Defund the Police” slogan, Space X’s successful trip to the ISS, how the markets are reacting to the pandemic, Trump moving his convention acceptance speech to Jacksonville, and four other exciting topics!

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Recorded 2020-06-12
Length this week – 1:54:36

  • (0:01:51-0:58:10) Lightning 1
    • Ivan: Sam’s Kidney Stone
    • Sam: Markets and the Pandemic
    • Ivan: Trump Convention and Rallies
    • Sam: Second Wave?
  • (1:00:10-1:54:13) Lightning 2:
    • Ivan: Defund the Police
    • Sam: Democratic Primary Update
    • Ivan: Space X to the ISS
    • Sam: Georgia Elections

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: You down with R.L.C.?

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Ivan and Sam spend the vast bulk of the show discussing various aspects of the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd. But first, Sam discusses the changing state of his home office… specifically, he cleaned it. The show ends up with Ivan giving his thoughts on the current economic situation. And of course, as usual, the pandemic is still around too. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-06-06
Length this week – 2:35:43

  • (0:01:34-0:38:40) RLC
  • (0:39:18-2:13:02) George Floyd Aftermath
  • (2:14:12-2:35:23) Economic Indicators

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: Bob Bob Bill Bob Bob Bob Bill Bob

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, before getting to the week’s pandemic news, Sam and Ivan talk about a bunch of other things. An update on Sam’s hand. Ivan’s thoughts on a TV show. The MAGA invasion of Venezuela. Michael Flynn. Running while black. And more. But yeah, after all that, the pandemic dominates the show as it tends to do these days.

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Recorded 2020-05-09
Length this week – 2:03:36

  • (0:00:22-0:27:43) But First
  • (0:28:45-1:03:24) Lightning Round
  • (1:05:07-2:03:12) 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)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Mere Fact

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ed joins Sam to discuss racism in America. Then, of course, Sam wants to talk about the Democratic debates and the Presidential race.

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Recorded 2019-08-03
Length this week – 1:55:44

  • (0:00:20-0:45:59) Ed: Racism in America
  • (0:37:56-1:28:30) Sam: Democratic Debate

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: Spread Those Memes!

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan spend the bulk of the show talking about Trump’s latest racist comments, and the reactions to them. But they also talk about the end of the SDNY campaign finance case, the whole FaceApp kerfluffle, and Sam read a book!

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Recorded 2019-07-19
Length this week – 1:54:30

  • (0:00:20-0:54:59) Sam: Racist Trump
  • (0:56:42-1:21:06) Ivan: Barr and SDNY
  • (1:21:47-1:27:37) Sam: Book – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  • (1:28:57-1:54:01) Ivan: FaceApp Controversy

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: An Appointment in the Future

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan and Sam’s two big topics are the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh including all the surrounding issues relating to the climate that leads to such things, and their final pre-election thoughts on the 2018 midterms. But as usual, there are smaller topics to round things out, including thoughts on a movie, a book, a new iPhone, the economy, and even Gary Hart. Also, after you listen… go vote!

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Recorded 2018-11-03
Length this week – 2:06:38

  • (0:01:38-0:32:18) But First
    • Agenda
    • Local candidates, amendments and initiatives
    • Sam Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
    • Sam Book: Arrow of God (1964)
    • Mistake from last year
    • Sam’s new iPhone XS Max
  • (0:34:18-1:04:24) Pittsburgh and Trump
    • Sam and Ivan Pittsburgh connections
    • Long term trends
    • Synagogue security
    • anti-Semitic motives
    • Presidential responsibility and response?
    • Trump and racists
  • (1:05:09-1:45:53) Election 2018
    • Current Numbers
    • Early voting
    • Polling errors
    • Reactions if the Democrats win
    • Reactions if the Republicans win
    • Go vote… Democrat please.
  • (1:47:09-2:06:17) Mini Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Economy update
    • Sam: Gary Hart’s Monkey Business
    • Go vote. Really.

 

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.