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June 2024

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Shove my finger right through the screen

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Sam and Ivan go all in on the latest Apple announcements, talking about the new iPad, iPhones, Apple TV, Apple Watch updates, and the options for purchasing the phones. With that out of the way, the show finishes off with a discussion of Election 2016, including Trump, Clinton, Bush, and more. Along the way you’ll hear some insights into the hosts’ kids as well.

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Recorded 2015-09-10

Length this week – 1:58:13

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:12:26) But First
    • Agenda
    • Diagnosis in Common
    • Kids Swearing
  • (0:13:15-0:58:53) Apple Event Part I
    • The Bullet Points
    • Apple Watch Updates
    • iPad Pro
    • Number of Product Lines
    • AppleTV
    • iPhones
  • (1:00:01-1:11:35) Apple Event Part II
    • Apple Lease vs Carrier Payment Plans vs Contracts
    • Online Ordering vs In-Store Purchase
    • Buying from Apple vs Buying from Carrier
  • (1:12:55-1:57:53) Election 2016
    • Trump making opening for Moderates?
    • Scott Adams on Trump
    • Trump Polling Update
    • Trump OODA Loops
    • Trump/Perot Comparisons
    • Economic Influence on Elections
    • Democratic Polls
    • Clinton Weakness
    • Clinton Email
    • Clinton Plan to be Spontaneous
    • Lessig and McAfee
    • Bush Troubles
    • Republican Splintering

All Swearing Curmudgeon’s Corner Supercut (Sorry Mom)

CCCover20141121-SwearingIvГЎn and I have a good time each week doing our Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast on current events. But last week we got a comment from a listener (OK, it was my mom) saying we just plain swore too much and it detracted from the show.

Of course, I had to check this out with numbers. Our March 12th show was 102 minutes long (plus a few seconds). In that time by my count IvГЎn swore 99 times, and I swore 33 times. That gave us a total of 132 times, or on average once every 46.5 seconds.

Of course, that’s if you listen to the whole show. As part of our March 20th show where we respond to my mom’s comments (and give some additional stats), I compiled a “supercut” of JUST the swearing from the episode she was reacting to. In this version, the March 12th show is reduced to JUST the bits with swearing. You get all 132 instances, compressed into 7:38, or an average of once every 3.5 seconds… for almost eight minutes.

Now, if you are offended by such things, don’t hit play. But we actually found this rather amusing, and on the podcast I promised to make this also available independently from the podcast itself. Here it is:

As amusing as this was to listen to once or twice, IvГЎn and I actually agree that our use of “bad language” was excessive in that episode. Quite a bit so. And that is not necessarily out of the norm for the episodes we have done in the past.

We are going to try to clean it up a little bit in future shows. We sometimes don’t even notice we are doing it, but it seems like putting in a bit of effort here is probably worth it. We’d like to get a few more regular listeners, and we know from previous comments from other folks that my mother is not the only one turned off by this kind of language.

We won’t try to avoid it entirely… it is a normal part of how normal people talk, especially when they get emotional about what they are talking about. But, yes, averaging more than once a minute is a bit too much. Maybe we can get it down to one every five minutes. Or maybe even ten?

Tune in to find out. :-)

Edited 11:57 UTC to add a link.

Edited 2017-04-15 17:09 UTC to fix audio player, which had stopped working at some point.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Episode 400!!!!

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and IvГЎn talk about:
* [00:00:09-00:13:12] 400 Episodes / Swearing
* [00:14:10-00:28:02] Israeli Elections
* [00:28:46-00:42:37] Federal Budget
* [00:43:46-01:00:07] Over the Top TV / Apple Stores
* [01:01:10-01:35:07] Lightning Round / Swearing Supercut

Recorded 2015-03-20

Length this week – 1:35:27

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Even More Stupid People

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

  • Final Election Stuff / Israel & the Gaza Strip
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Fiscal Cliff
  • Swearing / Twinkies / Android December

Recorded on 21 Nov 2012

Length this week – 1:13:03

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Episode 200

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner… 

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • 200 Shows
  • WRCT Memories
  • Tablets
  • Self Publishing
  • Libya
  • Swearing

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Not Having a Good Day

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Verizon iPhone
  • Arizona Aftermath
  • Lost Time
  • Listener Feedback

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[wpaudio url=”″ text=”Recorded 16 Jan 2011″]


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