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February 2020
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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Furrowing His Brows

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner: Sam and Ivan talk about the things you know they would talk about. Almost all of the show is on the latest crimes and misdemeanors… and the corresponding developments with the impeachment process. They do manage to get a few minutes in on some random tech things as well to balance it off. But really, it is mostly Trump scandals again.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2019-10-05
Length this week – 1:57:47

  • (0:00:42-0:22:34) Tech Odds and Ends
  • (0:24:35-1:18:28) Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • (1:19:37-1:57:27) Impeachment Process

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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: I want to be in the Window!

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Skype / Wisdom Teeth / Sam Luck
* Trump!!! / Kasich / Fiorina / Rubio in Reach!
* Jeep Hack
* Apple Earnings
* Lightning Round
* * Movie: Star Wars Holiday Special
* * Planned Parenthood video
* * Gawker post and fallout
* * Chattanooga
* * Ashley Madison
* * Iran Deal

Recorded 2015-07-23

Length this week – 1:43:32

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Video Chat with Amy Too

And the next day, on Thursday, I video chatted some with Amy (and a little with Brandy).  Amy did not talk about cars and trucks and trains though.  Instead it was about some boy who was mean to her several grades ago, but was now asking for help with some school project or something.  Fun stuff.  This video conference was more exciting, because the Seattle side was mobile from an iPhone as they were driving down the highway or some such.  And everything still worked just fine.  Mostly.

Fun stuff.

Meanwhile, it is now Saturday.  My work stuff here is done, but my plane doesn’t actually leave until tomorrow evening.  So I’ve got some time to do stuff.  What stuff that will be is of course unknown.  In any case, leaving the hotel for a bit now.



Living in the Future

On Wednesday I spent 20 minutes sitting in my hotel in Iasi, Romania video chatting with Alex who was at my house in Everett, Washington, USA…  just about 5630 miles away.  Just a few years ago this would not have been something I could have done.  (At least not practically and at essentially no cost.)

Alex spent most of the 20 minutes showing me various of his toys and telling me about all the cars, trucks and trains and what they were doing.  He also told me how one toy was in the car, and he asked mommy to let him go back to the car to get it, but she wouldn’t.  Of course, anybody outside our family watching the video wouldn’t be able to tell all of that was being talked about, but to me what he was saying made perfect sense.  :-)

Later, he went to get the dog and the leash, and brought them both to the computer and asked if I would go with him to walk the dog, which I do with him regularly. Sadly, technology hasn’t progressed quite that far yet.  Maybe in a couple more years.

Then when I said I had to say goodbye, he said “NO NO NO!” and closed the lid of the laptop, thus ending the video call.  If he was trying to make sure I didn’t actually say “Goodbye” he succeeded.  If he was trying to make me stay and keep talking to him, well…  he is only two.  :-)

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Making an Effort

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Old Skype
  • Debt Limit
  • Education Costs
  • Trebek Attack
  • Rachel’s Wish

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Skype Baby Monitor

Nothing on OBL

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner… 

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Skype 5
  • iPhone Location Stuff
  • Libya
  • Econ Update
  • Birthers

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