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February 2019
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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Lots of Hats

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about a phishing link Sam clicked on, the Bezos blackmail attempt, the Virginia mess, and the latest Trump stuff. They also do a run down of the Democratic field for the 2020 Presidential race. Oh, and they have news about a Seattle meetup, and more!

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Recorded 2019-02-08
Length this week – 2:32:23

  • (0:00:20-0:08:56) But First
    • Agenda
    • Bruce predictions
    • Seattle Meetup being planned
  • (0:11:09-1:21:12) Potpourri
    • Sam Clicked a phishing link
    • Bezos Blackmail
    • Virginia Mess
  • (1:21:53-1:49:09) Trump
    • Executive time
    • SOTU
    • SDNY Investigating Trump inaugural
    • New House investigations
  • (1:50:29-2:32:03) Democratic candidate roundup
    • The whole field
    • Joe Biden
    • Bernie Sanders
    • Beto O’Rourke
    • Kamala Harris
    • Elizabeth Warren
    • Cory Booker
    • The others

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: In and Out of It

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are… Musky Stuff (Elon Musk’s various companies and how he is handling them), Twittery Stuff (Twitters challenges in dealing with abuse, fake news, user experience, and 3rd party clients), and Trumpy stuff (Omarosa, Firing Strzok, Brennan’s security clearance, NDAs, and the canceled parade). Before all that, they talk about Seattle Plane Guy a bit, and a couple more movies Sam watched recently.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-08-18
Length this week – 1:58:10

  • (0:00:25-0:21:29) But First
  • (0:24:31-0:42:15) Musky Stuff
  • (0:42:56-1:14:39) Twittery Stuff
  • (1:15:16-1:57:50) Trumpy Stuff


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: Return of the Beep

On Curmudgeon’s Corner this week, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are North Korea and the dust up between CNN and the guy on Reddit. They pack a lot of smaller topics in this week too though. Rick Perry on Economics. The 2014 Annie remake. Dress codes in Congress and elsewhere. The Seattle minimum wage. A listener fact checks our last episode. And much much more…

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Recorded 2017-07-07
Length this week – 2:04:17

  • (0:01:05-0:26:59) But First
    • Fireworks
    • Agenda
    • More fireworks
    • Plane Incident
    • Fact Check!
    • Jones vs Bell
    • Couch Update
  • (0:28:08-0:47:41) North Korea
    • Cobol and Y2K
    • The missile
    • Motivations
    • Trump strategy?
    • Escalation?
    • Trump engaged?
  • (0:48:57-1:11:07) Trolling CNN
    • Air Conditioner
    • Jill Innocenti
    • The meme
    • The troll
    • CNN threat
    • Incitement?
    • Found her?
  • (1:12:53-2:03:58) Lightning Round
    • Changing the battery
    • It is not her
    • Rick Perry economics
    • Movie: Annie (2014)
    • Dress codes
    • Youtube shooting
    • Trump dissed?
    • Seattle minimum wage
    • Illinois budget
    • Alex interlude
    • Trump-light 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.

From My Office Window

Pics from Jun 2014

30 pictures selected out of 481 for the month.  It was a slow month, with no big “events”, but the final narrowing was still hard!


2014-06-01 02:31 – Mom singing with her church choir.


2014-06-02 15:51 – Mornings are hard.  Someone really doesn’t want to wake up for school, and often doesn’t until we are already there.


2014-06-03 02:44 (previously posted)- If June had a theme, it was probably home improvement. It started small, with me changing the battery in a smoke detector after it had been beeping for YEARS.


2014-06-06 02:22 – At the end of year ceremony at Alex’s school, Alex was not thrilled about standing up front to sing.


2014-06-06 02:28 – But he would pose for a picture with his teacher.


2014-06-06 02:28 – Picture taking patience was exhausted when it was time for the picture with the assistant teacher though, so time for a duck face!


2014-06-06 04:28 – This thing is a microphone, right?  The school presentation is over, NOW I can sing!


2014-06-07 18:09 – A typical pose with Roscoe and Alex together while Alex builds worlds and trains on the iPad.


2014-06-07 19:15 – Joining the new fridge from January, the new oven/microwave combo is finally complete.  Brandy has been very excited because it is an INDUCTION stovetop, and the Microwave also has a convection oven mode.  And they are shiny.


2014-06-08 20:29 – Sometimes, when the weather is agreeable, Alex rides his wagon to and from school instead of taking the car.


2014-06-09 01:56 – Alex “reading” a Magic School Bus book in the car.


2014-06-10 00:41 – The weather has finally warmed up enough to play in the sprinkler!  When properly bundled up of course.


2014-06-10 05:07 – Playing with Daddy’s glasses


2014-06-12 20:27 – I moved to a new desk at work.  It has a view.


2014-06-13 02:54 – Next home improvement thing.  Brandy put up a ceiling pot holder thingy.  These were just the starter pots.  It is much more heavily loaded now.


2014-06-14 01:18 – Alex and I sat outside and watched while my car windshield was replaced after a flying rock cracked it.  (I’ve been meaning to post a timelapse of the repair, but haven’t gotten around to it.)  The beginning was exciting, but toward the end Alex was getting bored and sleepy.


2014-06-16 05:48 – OK, you can’t tell from the picture, but this is me working on the next home improvement project.  The projector we used as our primary TV died, and this is me up on a chair getting the new replacement projector all set up.


2014-06-19 21:50 – Amy and Alex hanging out on a sunny day


2014-06-19 21:5? (Photo by Amy) – Amy takes advantage of the moment to grab a quick Alex portrait.


2014-06-23 01:11 – How do we play with the dog Alex?  Well, obviously, put a broom on him, then LIMBO!


2014-06-23 03:18 – Alex asked for a rainbow cake, so Brandy made one.


2014-06-23 05:17 (Photo by Alex) – Sometimes Alex takes my phone to take his own pictures.  He took this portrait of Roscoe.  I chose not to include the pictures he took of the floor, the ceiling, or his foot.


2014-06-25 22:38 – Another home improvement pic. No, not the coffeemakers.  No, not the lazy susan under them, although that is new too.  I neglected to get a really good picture of it, but the tiled backsplash on the wall is all new.  Brandy put it in by hand over the course of a few days, replacing the plain wall that was there before.


2014-06-27 15:56 (Photo by Amy) – Selfie by Amy

Scan 11

2014-06-28 06:40 – Alex can draw people now!

Scan 14

2014-06-28 06:47 – And not just ANY people.  Alex is very clear…  this…  is…  BATMAN.

Scan 16

2014-06-28 06:51 – He is getting pretty darn good at writing his name too!


2014-06-29 02:49 – Making new train levels again, this time on my iMac.  He starts from scratch and builds the track, adds trains, and then builds the landscape with mountains and lakes and buildings and all.  His software of choice is all from the Trainz family.


2014-06-29 23:31 – For the first time in forever, Roscoe gets a BATH.  (Alex insists it was a SHOWER though, since we used the hose and didn’t actually put him in the tub.)


2014-06-30 07:32 – Of course, at the end of each day, it is always nice to cuddle and fall asleep.

Late Night at the Office


Curmudgeon’s Corner: Special Paper

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Bruce talk about:

  • The Beep / Self-Driving Car Followup
  • Lifelogging Hardware
  • Bergdahl / Seattle Minimum Wage

Recorded on 3 Jun 2014

Length this week – 1:07:29

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Pics from Apr 2014

April was difficult.  Started out with 979 pictures for the month.  Narrowed down to 77 in the first pass through looking for pictures worth posting. Then had to narrow it down to 30 (one per day) for this post.  The last cull was tough!  Anyway, here goes…

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2014-04-02 02:01 – Alex riding his bike, for real!


2014-04-06 21:58 – Goggle selfie


2014-04-12 07:39 – Roscoe cuddles up to sleep


2014-04-19 21:57 – Amy (and Alex) at the Space Needle


2014-04-19 21:58 – Alex conspiring with Cousin Lev


2014-04-19 22:58 – Still conspiring, now under Alex’s new umbrella, under watchful adult eyes


2014-04-19 23:51 – Walking with Grandma Ruth


2014-04-20 00:02 – The Seattle Great Wheel


2014-04-20 00:12 – Cousin Seth was there too


2014-04-20 00:?? (picture by my mom) – Sitting with Daddy in the wheel


2014-04-20 00:26 – But I was less interesting than Cousin Lev


2014-04-20 00:?? (picture by my mom) – Lev had a good view out the window


2014-04-20 00:37 – Back on the ground, Lev and Alex continued to stick together as much as they could.


2014-04-20 03:26 – Having said goodbye to the cousins, walking back toward the car past EPM/SFM


2014-04-20 03:31 – Alex runs within the “Glass Blades” sculpture.


2014-04-20 21:56 – And then there was an Easter egg hunt at my mother’s college roommate’s house!

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2014-04-20 22:02 (screenshot from a video) – Alex even had Amy climb a tree to get an egg!


2014-04-20 22:04 (posted previously) – It was great fun.  There was running.


2014-04-20 22:10 – And climbing.


2014-04-20 22:40 – And of course the counting of the loot.


2014-04-22 22:34 – Another day, and it is a trip to a park.


2014-04-22 22:27 (Animated GIF assembled by Google+ Autoawesome) – A park with trains!!


2014-04-22 22:34 – A park with a beach and logs to sit on with Grandma Ruth!


2014-04-22 22:36 – Alex looks over the beach


2014-04-22 22:42 – It was a pretty beach


2014-04-22 22:43 – Alex got brave and dipped his feet in the water


2014-04-22 22:46 – Grandma Ruth and Alex examined things other people had drawn on the sand


2014-04-22 22:48 – But then there was another train!


2014-04-22 22:55 – A panorama of Alex and Grandma Ruth on the beach. (Click it to enbiggen.)


2014-04-27 23:47 – And to finish off the month, Alex running with Roscoe :-)

Edited 23:00 to fix typo.

Late Night at the Office


Less Eventful 6th (UTC)

The day began with intense lego concentration:


Brandy played with Bananagrams:


Amy was more educational with the letter tiles:


Alex was still all about the Lego though:






Before leaving my office, we needed to take a mugshot:


Then we finally left the office and headed for the traditional trains. Alex saw the monorail:


But first we waited for the Seattle Streecar (previously known as the South Lake Union Trolley”):


Which was ridden with varying levels of interest:



We got off the train to look at a fountain:




If you look carefully, you’ll notice we left Alex’s backpack on the train.

Brandy called to make sure they knew it wasn’t a bomb. Then we made sure to catch the same train to go back, and retrieved the bag from the driver.


Then it was time to eat:


And monorail:


And running with sister at Seattle Center:


And there is the Space Needle!:


(Picture by Amy)

But eventually, kicking and screaming, it is time to start heading home:


One more monorail ride first of course:



And a trip to the bookstore:


Alex of course fell asleep on the car ride home. He almost made it. But not quite. Fell asleep and was sleep eating a rice crispy treat for awhile.

Then I put together my post about the 5th:


Later, once everyone was up again, Alex watched a portal walkthrough video while I got ready for my day:


A couple hours later he was still watching it. He had switched to the iPad, and hadn’t watched straight through, instead watching and re-watching parts he really liked. I’m not sure he has made it all the way through, but I know he has watched the ending a few times, and many of the parts in between. :-) He studies it very intently.


Finally, we headed out to the Apple store, because Amy’s phone had recently been acting up… and as she was getting ready to go to the Apple store for her genius appointment, she dropped the phone magnificently, and smashed its front, back and sides as bad as any smashed iPhone I’ve ever seen in person. So any chance of getting it replaced under warrantee because it was just acting odd went out the window. :-)

Anyway, on the way there, Alex fell asleep in the car…


And thus I spent the last couple hours of the 6th (and another hour or so of the 7th) sitting in the car with a sleeping Alex while Brandy and Amy took care of Amy’s phone and a few other things. Can’t say I was totally thrilled by this time in the car. But I did listen to a few podcasts and read a bit of my twitter and news feeds, so I guess that was OK.

Anyway, thus ended our two days of holiday fun.