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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Count the Bits by Hand

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan’s main topic is Trumpcare passing the House, the implications of that, and what comes next in the healthcare debate. But they spend plenty of time on other things too. From the latest book Sam has read, to Ivan changing data plans, Puerto Rican bankruptcy, Clinton on why she lost, violence on Facebook Live, and much more. Oh, and at the very end Sam reveals his new secret project.

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Recorded 2017-05-05
Length this week – 1:37:10

  • (0:00:12-0:17:53) But First
    • Agenda
    • Book: The Fellowship of the Rings (1954)
    • Mobile Data Plans
  • (0:18:32-0:54:16) Healthcare
    • House succeeded!
    • Voting for “something”
    • Big win for the R’s?
    • Counting the Losers
    • Preexisting Conditions
    • Other impacts
    • What will the Senate do?
    • Getting things done
  • (0:55:58-1:36:50) Lightning Round
    • Puerto Rico Bankruptcy
    • Violence on Facebook Live
    • Clinton on why she lost
    • Georgia 6 Runoff
    • Impact of Healthcare on 2018
    • Trump leaving the country
    • Bill O’Reilly and Fox News
    • Zuckerberg 2020? Others?
    • Budget Deal
    • Sleep Deprivation
    • Secret Project

 

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Exactly What It Appears To Be

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan talk about this week’s Election 2016 craziness… Trump in Mexico and Arizona, the FBI notes on Clinton, all of that stuff that you could possibly want. Before that though, they do a lightning round covering all sorts of other things… burkinis and Colombia, exploding phones and Anthony Weiner… and more. Oh, and they both want to sleep more. ZZZzzz…

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Recorded 2016-09-03
Length this week – 1:51:53

  • (0:00:10-0:13:06) But First
    • Delays
    • Agenda
    • Only Human
    • Holidays and Trips
    • Sleep
    • Retirement
  • (0:13:44-0:47:31) Lightning Round
    • Burkini Ban
    • Being a Poll Worker
    • Columbian Peace Deal
    • Exploding Phones and their Batteries
    • Senate and House Elections
    • Anthony Weiner
    • Pokemon Go
    • Standing for the anthem
  • (0:49:30-1:15:27) Election 2016 – Everything Else
    • Dave Barry on Florida
    • FBI Notes on Clinton Investigation
    • Two Baby Boomers
    • Polling Update
  • (1:16:06-1:49:29) Election 2016 – Everything Trump
    • Trump in Mexico
    • Trump in Arizona
    • Trump ethnic outreach
    • Taco Trucks
    • Picture of Trump Kids
    • Debate Prep
    • Controlling Trump?

 

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: No Ifs Ands Or Buts

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast Sam and Ivan start out with an old fashioned lightning round covering the Olympics, Gawker, EpiPens and more. Then of course they settle in to talk about this week’s developments in the race for the Presidency. Looking for your weekly fix of Clinton and Trump craziness? We have it for you here as always. Oh, and Sam complains about cars on the beach and annual reviews.

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Recorded 2016-08-25

Length this week – 1:32:06

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  • (0:00:10-0:10:04) But First
    • Exhausted Ivan
    • Agenda
    • Sam Beach Trip
    • Work Reviews
  • (0:12:03-0:34:05) Lightning Round!
    • No disasters at the Olympics
    • Time Delayed Olympics
    • Gawker Shutdown
    • Louisiana Flooding
    • EpiPen Pricing
    • NSA Hacked
    • Proxima Centuri B
  • (0:35:14-0:56:44) Clinton Stuff
    • Clinton Email Again
    • Clinton Foundation Again
    • Clinton Health
  • (0:57:23-1:31:46) Trump Stuff
    • Trump on Immigration
    • Phil is Thirsty
    • Trump pivoting?
    • Trump’s appeal to African-Americans
    • Trump supporter racial anxiety
    • Trump sticking to the script
    • FAU Florida Poll
    • Fake Polls

 

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!

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Lightning Show

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner with Sam and Iván:
* Intro
* Lightning Round 1
* Lightning Round 2
* Lightning Round 3

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Recorded 2015-04-24

Length this week – 1:19:02

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Too Old for This

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

  • Ivan’s House
  • All Nighters / Iraq / ISIS
  • Benghazi Capture / Cantor Loss / Hillary
  • Ivan iPad Upgrade
  • Apple Stuff / Appliances / Redskins

Recorded on 19 Jun 2014

Length this week – 1:29:11

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Sam’s Sleep and the Election

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The dots are individual readings taken approximately daily (with some gaps) showing the percentage of the previous 7 days I spent sleeping. The red line is a smoothed trend of those first data points.

I said a few times that I did the election stuff mostly in “time I otherwise would have been sleeping”. You can see that quite clearly here.

Although the red line, the average of the average as it were, only dipped to about 21.3% (about 5 hours and 7 minutes per night), the lowest individual reading was on October 15th.  On that day, I’d only slept 17.5% of the previous 7 days…  or an average of 4 hours and 12 minutes per night.  The reality was that although I slept a decent bit more than that on the weekend, but a lot less than that during the week.

It was brutal for a little while there.  I just couldn’t sustain the not sleeping. I was starting to be less functional and less efficient during the time I was awake, both on the election stuff and at work.  Even worse, I was starting to have to fight to not fall asleep on my commute back and forth from work, which was downright dangerous.

So that’s why as we got to the last week and a half before the election, I started taking some time off from work.  First some half days, then actually fully taking off the few days right around the election.  Much better to actually take the time off than try to sustain doing everything with so little sleep.  That just wasn’t working.

Once I made that change, my sleep started to recover.  Once the election was actually over, it recovered dramatically.  The trend lines seems to have peaked now, so I thought it was a good time to post.  At the beginning of December, I actually got to the point where there was a 7 day period where I spent 31.6% of my time sleeping (about 7 hours 36 minutes per night average).  That is the best I’d done in well over a year.

It still isn’t the over 8 hours I’d really like to see, but I just don’t think that is going to happen again any time soon.

In any case, I just thought it was remarkable how clear an impact my election activities had.  I really was doing it in “time I otherwise would have been sleeping”.

 

It Is Still Annoying

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Sleep
  • Repub Presidential Candidates
  • Flooding and Tornado and Death
  • Tablets
  • Data Breaches
  • Passwords
  • War Powers

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Sleepy Time

The percentage of my life spent asleep as it has changed over the last year.  Down roughly from 29% (about 6 hours 58 minutes per night) to about 26% (about 6 hours 14 minutes per night) over the course of the last 365.242 days.  The best was last December when I hit about 30% (about 7 hours 12 minutes per night) and the worst was in early November when I was at about 25.5% (about 6 hours 7 minutes per night).  Those are of course from the general trend lines, as you can see, some specific data points have been significantly higher or lower than those trends.  The data points themselves are not single nights, but rather represent daily samples of the trailing seven days.

Anyway, I thought it was an interesting chart.  :-)

View of a Staycation through a Sleep Lens

Dots are individual daily readings of the percent of time I spent asleep in the prior 7 days.  The red line is a smoothed trend line (even though the points themselves are already smoothed by virtue of being over 7 days).  I was on a “staycation” August 19th through 31st.  The increase in time spent asleep is clearly visible.

In His Room

Last night was Alex’s first night sleeping all by himself in his own room rather than just a foot or two from Mom. Right now he is working on night number two in his room.

This may be a small milestone for Alex, but I think it is an even bigger milestone for Mom. :-)