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[Ep 807] Stupid and Fun [1:44:50]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Nov-26 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Nov-27 04:22 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner since it was a slow holiday week, Sam and Ivan have a less serious less long less newsy show. They talk about things being slow. They talk about Thanksgiving. They talk about Orion. They talk about streaming. And then they review a few movies. No Twitter talk. No Musk talk. No Trump talk. Sometimes it is good to have a week without those kind of things.

  • (0:00:01-0:08:02) Cold Open
    • Planning
    • Orion
  • (0:08:28-0:36:30) But First
    • Thanksgiving
    • The Slow Season
  • (0:37:06-1:03:47) Streaming World
    • Disney Overextends
    • Streaming Usage Patterns
    • Content Ecosystem
  • (1:04:26-1:44:21) Movies!
    • Ivan Movie: Causeway (2022)
    • Sam Movie: Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
    • Ivan Movie: Inception (2010)
    • Sam Movie: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Previous 5 Episodes

[Ep 806] Hail To The Waffle [2:26:56]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Nov-19 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Nov-21 17:16 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Musk, and Bankman-Fried, and Holmes, all of whom have been in the news this week for their disastrous implosions. Then of course there is more on the fallout from Election 2022. But also, sleeping TikTokers, Home Repair, the challenge of deactivating things, and more!

  • (0:00:22-0:33:16) But First
    • Sleeping TikTokers
    • Ivan Home Repair
    • Deactivating Things
  • (0:33:55-1:27:21) Fraudsters and Hucksters
    • Old Commercial
    • Elon Musk
    • Sam Bankman-Fried
    • Elizabeth Holmes
  • (1:28:28-2:26:31) Politics
    • Rule vs Coin
    • Congressional Results
    • McCarthy's Challenge
    • Generational Turnover
    • Trump Stuff
    • Artemis I
    • Games in Meetings


[Ep 805] Want A Banana [2:13:08]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Nov-11 UTC
Published: Fri, 2022-Nov-11 21:16 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan spend most of their time discussing the aftermath of Election 2022. Would you expect anything else? You'll find out the result of last week's coin flip challenge. Absent things that still aren't called. Duh. Also discussion of the red wave that wasn't, where Democrats made mistakes even so, the failure of the election deniers, how this all impacts Trump, and more. Before all that though, some news about a falling TV, more on Twitter, and the benefits of keeping up holiday decorations year round.

  • (0:01:14-0:34:49) But First
    • Falling and Failing TVs
    • Twitter Implosion Continued
    • Crypto Meltdown
    • Donaghy Wins!
    • Holiday Decorations
  • (0:35:26-2:12:46)
    • International Updates
    • Coin Flip Challenge Results
    • Congress Still Up In The Air
    • Why No Red Wave?
    • Election Deniers Conceding
    • Dem Florida Meltdown
    • Dem New York Failure
    • Trump Stuff
    • Crazy House Scenarios
    • When Will We Know?
    • Other Results
    • 50 State Strategy
    • Operator Assistance


[Ep 804] Doing All That [2:23:40]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Nov-05 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Nov-07 06:40 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk more about the ongoing implosion at Twitter and they take their final pre-election shot at discussing Election 2022, including getting predictions on the record, to see if Sam making predictions based on looking at poll averages ends up any better than Ivan flipping a virtual coin. And before that serious stuff, a bit on on Powerball and both Sam and Ivan dealing with various devices. Have fun, and if you are eligible to vote in the US, vote!

  • (0:00:00-0:02:25) Anchor
  • (0:02:47-0:43:03) But First
    • Powerball
    • Apple Watch Activation
    • Paying for Extra Devices
    • Networking Issues
  • (0:43:45-1:27:57) Twitter
    • Verification
    • Layoffs
    • Kneejerk Changes
    • Users Fleeing?
    • Advertiser Exodus
  • (1:29:58-2:23:12) Election 2022
    • We Don't Know Jack
    • Democratic Slide
    • Coin Flip Challenge
    • What Rs Will Do
    • Ads for Ancient Tech


[Ep 803] Take The Word [2:01:06]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Oct-29 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Oct-30 01:26 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan discuss tech, including problems with the advertising model, and of course Elon actually taking over Twitter. And they discuss politics, including the assassination attempt on Nancy Pelosi, how everybody thinks the other party wants to destroy America, how absolutely everything just comes down to gas prices, and more. Before all that though, a bit about editing the podcast, AI art, and a couple books!

  • (0:00:33-0:22:32) But First
    • Podcast Editing
    • AI Art
    • Ivan Book: Iron Curtain (2012)
    • Ivan Book: Berlin (2003)
  • (0:24:33-1:17:50) Tech
    • Advertising Models
    • Sector Rotation
    • Unhealthy Incentives
    • Elon's Twitter
    • Twitter Alternatives
  • (1:18:51-2:00:35) Politics
    • Pelosi Assassination Attempt
    • Destroying America
    • Gas Prices Are Everything
    • Looking At Odds
    • QR Code Menus


[Ep 802] Slow Motion Trainwreck [2:05:43]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Oct-21 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Oct-23 16:02 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan take a break from Election 2022 in the US and instead talk about the chaos in UK politics, and the latest updates on Elon Musk's possible takeover of Twitter. Before that Ivan recaps his recent trip to California, and the Curmudgeon's have some feedback from a listener. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:53-0:40:06) But First
    • Ivan: Small Failures
    • Sam: Offensive Table Rigging
    • Sam: Matt Feedback
    • Ivan: California Travels
    • Sam: Mornings
  • (0:40:56-1:23:13) UK Stuff
    • How We Got Here
    • All About Brexit
    • What Did Truss Do?
    • What's Next?
    • Breakup?
  • (1:24:14-2:05:11) Twitter
    • Bad Deal
    • Death Spiral
    • Ways Out?
    • Filtering, Moderation, and Algorithms
    • Slack Highlights

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