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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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Show Details:

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?


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Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

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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

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


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. :-)

Post Baby Sleep

Although the frequency has slowed, I still occasionally get people asking how I am sleeping what with a baby in the house and all, and everything everybody always says about no sleep when there is a new baby.  I’ve been meaning for a long time to post about this, since at least October, but am just now getting around to it.  Anyway, because I am certifiable and track everything, I can give some quantitative answers to the sleep question.

Here is a relevant chart:


This is a chart with daily values of the percent of the previous seven days I spent asleep.  (Click the chart for a larger version.)

Unfortunately I did not start tracking this number until August even though I had the capability to do so earlier.  If I had started earlier we would have had a better baseline to do a longer term before and after comparison.  In this chart I have used the smoothing factor for the trend line that I usually use for my one month charts, rather than what I would normally use to show the amount of time shown here.  This allows me to show a little more responsiveness in the trend line to short term changes.  For a current chart with my normal smoothing values, see here.

Anyway, if one looks at how much sleep I was getting immediately before Alex was born, it is at about the 30% level.  That would be about 7.2 hours per day of sleep.  You can clearly see the deep dive down to about 14% (about 3.4 hours per day).  But this does not last very long.  17 days later I recover to the immediate pre-Alex level.  Of course I don’t stay there for long.  You can see I move up and down between about 24% (about 5.8 hours a day) and 31% (about 7.4 hours a day).  If I had to hazard a visual guess at an average for October and beyond, I’d say about 27% (about 6.5 hours per day).

Because I only have the month or so of pre-Alex data though, it is hard to see if there is a distinct before and after longer term change.  As you can see, I did have a pre-Alex peak of 34% (about 8.2 hours per day) that has not yet been equaled.  But it impossible to say if that was an abnormal peak.  Also, there was a dip down to 20% (about 4.8 hours per day) at one point when I was staying up late on a couple of personal projects.  So the “normal” range may have been pretty wide to begin with.

So the 17 day “back to normal” recovery time is probably about the best estimate that can be made with this data.  I’m still annoyed for not having tracked this metric for longer.  I had the ability to do so starting approximately in February, but I didn’t.  Oh well.

Now, this does show however that aside from the one peak in August, I’ve never been close to the 33% (8 hours a day) generally recommended sleep level, and I’m not very consistent at all in terms of how much I sleep.  Oh well.  I doubt I’m really all that atypical on that front, although I must admit I would probably enjoy it if I could get and keep my average closer to that 33% level.

Finally, and this is an important point, this is MY recovery time…  but BRANDY was the almost exclusive source of food and was the one that was almost always the one who got up and stayed up nights with Alex when needed.  So HER chart would look vastly different, and her sleep recovery time much longer, if it has even recovered yet.  I can’t show any graphs of that though, as  Brandy won’t let me hook her up to machines to monitor her at night.  I have no idea why. :-)