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December 2018
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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Nap Time

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Hurricane Maria, the Mexican earthquake, and all the latest Manafort news. Then they move on to a lightning round, with shorter bits on Trump at the UN, Trump vs ESPN, North Korea, Cassini, the Clinton Book, and more!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-09-21
Length this week – 2:04:19

  • (0:00:40-0:11:28) But First
    • Agenda
    • Time zone challenges
    • Naps
  • (0:12:05-0:42:08) Natural Disasters
    • Hurricane Maria
    • Mexican Earthquake
    • Back to the hurricane
  • (0:42:47-1:11:13) Manafort
    • Four Stories
    • Manafort’s history
    • Meuller’s strategy
  • (1:12:33-2:03:59) Lightning Round
    • Movie: Cars 3 (2017)
    • Trump at the UN
    • North Korea
    • Trump and ESPN
    • Cassini
    • Clinton Book
    • iPhone Repair
    • Healthcare comes at you fast


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Rosetta Stone

The picture above cracks the code on the time stamps on Amy’s camera. The camera says 2010 May 26 01:54. The clock, plus the fact I know she was in the Pacific time zone, indicate it is 21:54 UTC. I think it is safe to assume that she initially set the time on her clock in the PM part of the day so the day is probably correct rather than being one day off as it would be if she had done an AM/PM error in the morning. If that is the case, then I can infer that the date on the camera will be correct (Pacific) in the time before 12:00. The additional hour off is due to daylight savings time. In any case, it means that (at least until Amy updates the time on her camera) to get UTC you add 20 hours. (If she originally done an AM/PM error in the AM instead of PM, then it would indicate the date would be correct in the times when the timestamp was after 12 hours, rather than the ones before, which would mean the real date was one day earlier during those hours…. so if that was the case then instead of adding 20 hours to get UTC, you would subtract 4 hours to get UTC, but I think it highly likely that she set her clock during PM hours, not AM.) All of the above though does mean that the guesses I made for the timestamps were one hour off, specifically 1 hour later, because I didn’t account for her setting her clock when we were in PST instead of PDT like we are now. So I’ll have to go put comments on those previous posts with corrected times. Perhaps. Not that anyone cares other than me. I know that. :-)

Location and Time

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam talks about:

  • GPS Developments
  • Falling Back
  • Random Stuffs

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