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January 2022

[Ep 761] 2021 Predictions Review [1:53:48]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jan-08 UTC
Published: Wed, 2022-Jan-12 02:17 UTC

A year and a week ago on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan made their predictions for 2021. As usual there were predictions in the categories of Politics, International, Economy, Technology, and of course Hodgepodge. Tune in this week to find out how they did! Spoilers: They did better than they did with their 2020 predictions! Of course that isn't saying all that much… And ignore Sam saying this was recorded on Friday the 7th. It was Saturday the 8th. UTC anyway. He just got confused.

  • (0:00:23-0:08:00) Intro
  • (0:09:01-0:41:09) Politics
  • (0:41:55-0:57:51) International
  • (0:59:35-1:06:22) Economy
  • (1:07:00-1:18:42) Technology
  • (1:19:33-1:45:32) Hodgepodge
  • (1:45:49-1:53:27) Outro

[Ep 762] Bally Poppet [2:11:15]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Jan-14 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jan-17 23:38 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the pandemic, Biden's legislative morass, and the latest on January 6th investigations and indictments. But first, Sam complains about his computer and the difficulties it has been giving him lately, while Ivan fantasizes about a fancy new desk and chopping his current one up into little tiny bits.

  • (0:00:23-0:42:26) But First
    • Sam's iMac
    • Ivan's desk
    • Sam: Holiday shopping
  • (0:42:43-1:23:25) Pandemic
    • Trends
    • Family anecdotes
    • Confusing guidance
    • Biden admin messaging
    • Mitigation effectiveness
  • (1:24:06-1:41:50) Legislative Morass
    • Voting rights push
    • Limits of 50/50 Senate
    • Electoral Count Act
  • (1:42:51-2:10:54) January 6th
    • Congressional investigation
    • Oathkeeper indictments
    • Connections to Trump?
    • Connections to Congress?
    • Stuff at the end

[Ep 763] Three Halves [2:21:19]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jan-22 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Jan-22 11:00 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the pandemic and about politics. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Nobody would ever have guessed that. Specifically, some chat on the economic impact of the pandemic, the free tests, the free masks, and what the Democratic agenda looks like after the failure of the voter rights legislation, as well as current status on the various investigations going on in Washington. Before all that though, some chat about computers, cars, and Ivan getting Covid. And concern for a long time listener.

  • (0:00:28-0:37:35) But First
    • Listener Greg
    • Sam's computers
    • Ivan's Covid
    • Ivan's car their
    • Car lock outs
  • (0:38:20-1:31:09) Pandemic
    • Worldwide trends
    • Economic impact
    • Current US situation
    • Peloton
    • Free stuff
  • (1:32:51-2:15:49) Politics
    • Filibuster drama
    • BBB redux
    • January 6th stuff
    • Trump investigations
    • End stuff

[Ep 764] Etymology of Toast [2:17:39]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Jan-28 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Jan-30 10:24 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, after a short disclaimer, and a longer interlude of Alex interruptions followed by his expulsion, which you can jump over by going to the nine minute mark by the way, Ivan and Sam get down to business and discuss Ivan's laundry and the 1979 Star Trek movie. Yeah, it was that kind of start. After that though, they talk Boris Johnson parties, Ukraine, culture wars, SCOTUS, and the economy. So they do get to the serious stuff eventually. Before Alex has to be expelled again. It was of course Alex that insisted on including his two expulsions.

  • (0:00:01-0:02:25) Disclaimer
  • (0:02:26-0:08:57) Kicking out Alex
  • (0:09:22-0:41:08) But First
    • Ivan's Covid recovery
    • Ivan's laundry
    • Sam Movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • (0:41:59-1:22:29) International
    • Boris parties
    • Ukraine
  • (1:22:47-2:17:09) Domestic
    • Culture wars
    • SCOTUS
    • Economic growth
    • End stuff

February 2022

[Ep 765] Make The Note [2:09:44]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Feb-04 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Feb-05 20:06 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about the pandemic again, the escalating situation in Ukraine, Facebook/Meta's problems, and some on Whoopi and the NFL. Before all that, in the light and frothy part of the show, discussion on changing jobs remotely, going back to the gym after a break, what "moderate" weather is like, and more. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:36-0:38:44) But First
    • Sam: Jobs, Audio, and Computers
    • Ivan: Birthday, Gym, and Cold
  • (0:39:18-1:12:11) Segment One
    • Sam: Pandemic
    • Ivan: Ukraine
  • (1:14:12-2:09:14) Lightning Two
    • Sam: Facebook and Meta
    • Ivan: Race, Whoopi, and the NFL

[Ep 766] Little Heart Signs [2:06:09]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Feb-11 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Feb-12 21:06 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the economy and the pandemic, as well as Trump's incredible document retention practices, "legitimate political discourse" and the continuing January 6th investigations. On the lighter side, Ivan talks vacation planning, and Sam reviews a book. Fun!

  • (0:00:22-0:34:05) But First
    • Ivan: Vacation Planning
    • Sam: Book: Quarry (1976)
  • (0:34:24-1:21:41) Round One
    • Ivan: Economy
    • Sam: Pandemic
  • (1:23:42-2:05:27) Round Two
    • Ivan: Trump Record Retention
    • Sam: Legitimate Political Discourse

[Ep 767] Code Red [1:14:53]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Feb-18 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Feb-19 20:55 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan fight tech problems on Sam's side to put out a show anyway. Sam sounds like he is on another planet. But is that really all that new? In any case, they talk about the escalating Ukraine situation and Trump's legal woes in the more serious part of the show. But first, they talk about unboxing videos, and traveling via smaller airports. So enjoy the show!

  • (0:00:56-0:21:23) But First
    • Ivan: Unboxing Videos
    • Sam: Small Airports
  • (0:22:13-0:50:34) Ukraine
    • Biden strategy
    • What next?
    • Economic fallout
    • China watching?
  • (0:52:35-1:14:21) Trump
    • Mazars
    • Trump's cash gap
    • Closing in
    • Trump's long term impact

[Ep 768] Blink Of An Eye [1:35:02]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Feb-25 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Feb-26 23:47 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan do some preliminaries on internet speed, migrating Windows systems, and using the actual phone. But most of the show is on Ukraine. Because how could it be on anything else? They include everything from their personal reactions, to the current situation on the ground, to what is happening with sanctions, to what might happen next. Everything you would expect.

  • (0:00:01-0:03:35) Cold Open
  • (0:03:58-0:24:25) But First
    • Sam: Internet Speed
    • Sam: Migrating Windows
    • Ivan: Calling People
  • (0:25:14-1:34:28) Ukraine
    • Personal Reactions
    • Correct Predictions
    • Status Update
    • Russian Domestic Reaction
    • International Sanctions
    • What Next?

March 2022

[Ep 769] One Year At A Time [1:53:49]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Mar-05 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Mar-05 23:25 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan again spend most of the show talking about Ukraine and everything surrounding that, from the current situation on the ground, to various Russian miscalculations, to the dangers of escalation, to the racist reactions to this conflict vs other recent conflicts elsewhere. But first, Sam apologizes for something from last week because of his experiences since then, and Ivan talks about aging and how that seems different now than 30 or 40 years ago.

  • (0:00:01-0:01:24) Cold Open
  • (0:01:45-0:32:56) But First
    • Sam: Sick Kid
    • Ivan: Aging
  • (0:33:08-1:53:16) Ukraine
    • WotD Delay
    • Situation On The Ground
    • Russian Weaknesses
    • Avoiding Escalation
    • Information War
    • Putin's Miscalculations
    • Racist Reactions

[Ep 770] Looked Like Candy [1:59:20]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Mar-11 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Mar-13 01:39 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about watches, computers, inflation, and Ukraine. That's about what you would think they would talk about this week, isn't it? Well, you would be right. Although it might have been hard to guess the watches and computers part, those come up less often these days. But Ukraine and inflation? Yeah, those were gimmies.

  • (0:00:42-0:40:24) But First World Problems
    • Ivan: Rolex Watches
    • Sam: Mac Studio
  • (0:41:11-1:09:24) Inflation
    • Oil and Gasoline
    • Impact on Efficiency
    • Demand Reduction
  • (1:09:58-1:58:46) Ukraine
    • Current Situation
    • Escalation Concerns
    • Possible Outcomes
    • Economic Squeeze
    • Hostage Taking
    • Ukrainian Offensive?

[Ep 771] Useless Idiot [1:48:05]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Mar-18 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Mar-19 20:28 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, once again Sam and Ivan's main topic is Ukraine, and all the various issues surrounding that. But first, Ivan starts talking about emotional support animals on planes, but takes a sharp turn into discussing the persistence of racism in the US and worldwide, and Sam dutifully does the biannual discussion of changing the clocks. Oh, and at the very end, some very very bad karaoke. Sort of.

  • (0:00:01-0:01:06) Cold Open
  • (0:01:27-0:39:11) But First
    • Ivan: Emotional Support Animals
    • Ivan: Persistence of Racism
    • Sam: Permanent Savings Time
  • (0:40:11-1:46:05) Ukraine
    • Current Status
    • Weak Russian Position
    • Threading the Needle
    • Economic Interconnections
    • Shrinking Overton Windows
    • Stuff at the End
  • (1:46:34-1:48:03) Hot Close

[Ep 772] The Thing [2:02:29]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Mar-26 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Mar-26 20:06 UTC

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, of course Sam and Ivan talk about Ukraine for quite a bit. But not the whole show this time. This week you also get to hear them discuss Clarence and Ginni Thomas, the SCOTUS confirmation hearings, housing markets, their experiences with the pros and cons of various beverages, Sam’s thoughts on a movie and some TV shows, and even more!

  • (0:00:23-0:36:06) But First
    • Ivan: Hills and Mountains
    • Ivan: Lunch with Bruce
    • Ivan: Tea and Other Beverages
    • Sam Movie: Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)
  • (0:36:43-1:22:00) Potpourri
    • Ivan: Housing Markets
    • Sam: The Thomases
    • Sam: SCOTUS Hearings
  • (1:24:01-2:01:46) Ukraine
    • Situation Update
    • Can Ukraine Actually Win?
    • Escalate to De-escalate?
    • Oil Dependencies
    • Refugees
    • Stuff at the End

April 2022

[Ep 773] Nicer Than It Could Be [1:50:00]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Apr-02 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Apr-04 19:04 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan do indeed talk about Ukraine. It was recorded before the latest revelations of war crimes in Bucha and other towns outside Kyiv, so you'll have to wait until next week for them to react to that, but they do discuss many other aspects of the conflict. Plus a discussion of different things than can be frothy, various aspects of backups and using multiple monitors, a check in with the Covid situation, and even some Hunter Biden stuff. So listen in now!

  • (0:00:01-0:00:51) Cold Open
  • (0:01:15-0:31:55) But First
    • Frothy Things
    • Box Pile
    • Multiple Monitors
    • Work Backups
  • (0:32:57-1:10:26) Ukraine
    • Ukrainian Attack on Russian Soil?
    • Russian Retreat in the North
    • Possible End States
    • Putin's Information Flow
    • Military Capabilities
    • Refugee Situation
  • (1:10:44-1:49:29) Potpourri
    • Is Covid Finally Done?
    • Hunter Biden Stuff
    • Ending Thingy

[Ep 774] Furry Time Traveling Donuts [1:45:59]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Apr-08 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Apr-10 19:44 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan's main topic is once again Ukraine. The recent reports of war crimes and how that makes deescalation harder. How the situation with Russian rubles and oil is turning out. All of that sort of thing. But Ivan also discusses his experiences at the mall, and Sam talks about a movie with really bad reviews that he liked anyway. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:01-0:01:42) Cold Open
  • (0:02:06 -0:44:12) But First
    • Sam: Tingling
    • Ivan: Phone for Manu
    • Ivan: Mall Shooting
    • Sam Movie: Extinct (2021)
  • (0:46:13-1:45:26) Ukraine
    • Mall Shooting Update
    • Extinct Update
    • War Crimes
    • Upping the Ante
    • Rubles and Oil
    • Mini Potpourri
    • End Stuff

[Ep 775] All Hands On Deck [2:01:38]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Apr-16 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Apr-18 22:29 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam is joined by his wife Brandy Donaghy, who since she last appeared on the show in 2019 ran for a couple of local offices, got appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives, had an eventful first session, and is now running to keep her State House seat. So they talk about how she got involved in local politics in the first place, her various campaigns, her thoughts about the State House, and getting back to campaigning. A bit of a switch from the usual Curmudgeon's Corner, but fun!

  • (0:00:11-0:06:41) Intro
  • (0:07:31-0:53:44) Political History
  • (0:55:44-1:34:25) WA Legislative Session
  • (1:35:08-2:01:07) 2022 Campaign

[Ep 776] Hard To Cut Through [2:09:35]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Apr-22 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Apr-24 06:54 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss various people being cowardly in the Republican Party, if Trump's influence is starting to wane, and if so if other Republicans like Abbott or DeSantis will just easily pick up that mantle, as well as how Democrats are doing at reacting to all that, and how the economy might eclipse all of that. Plus Sam being sick, Ivan resuming business travel, and even the Price is Right. Oh, and Ukraine. They do not forget Ukraine.

  • (0:00:01-0:02:53) Cold Open
  • (0:03:19-0:29:28) But First
    • Sam is Sick
    • Ivan Resumes Business Travel
  • (0:29:45-1:19:24) Potpourri the First
    • Ivan: The Price Is Right
    • Ivan: GOP Chickens
    • Sam: Trump Fading?
    • Sam: Florida Man DeSantis
    • Sam: Defensive Democrats
    • Sam: Democratic Bench
  • (1:21:08-2:09:04) Potpourri the Second
    • Ivan: Ukraine Update
    • Sam: Inflation vs Democrats
    • Ivan: Economy Overall
    • End Stuff

[Ep 777] Many Directions [2:02:16]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Apr-30 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-May-02 18:23 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the latest in economic news, as well as some political highlights. You know. Inflation. Chances of a recession. The McCarthy Tapes. MTG. Cawthorn. Even a little on Elon Musk and Twitter. Oh, and Sam discusses his struggles to renew his passport. Great fun!

  • (0:00:01-0:02:01) Cold Open
  • (0:02:26-0:33:45) But First
    • Agenda
    • Expired Passport
  • (0:35:28-1:19:07) Economy
    • Examples
    • Disruptive Forces
    • Deficits, Spending, and Taxes
    • Recession Coming?
    • Economic Integration
  • (1:20:14-2:01:46) Political
    • McCarthy Tapes
    • Does Anything Matter?
    • MTG Hearings
    • Cawthorn Troubles
    • Musk Twitter
    • End Stuff

May 2022

[Ep 778] Names Named [2:14:20]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-May-07 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-May-09 05:58 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam gives up the microphone to three women to discuss the leak of the draft SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Kristi, Brandy, and Shelley discuss all the implications of this development. You will hear everything from their personal reactions, to how it will impact people all over the country, to the implications for American politics. Better than hearing from Sam and Ivan on this, don't you think?

  • (0:00:24-0:03:52) Introductions
  • (0:03:52-2:05:36) Conversation
  • (2:05:37-2:13:46) Finishing Up

[Ep 779] Lack of Understanding [2:17:05]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-May-14 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-May-16 22:57 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan is back with Sam to talk about his many experiences related to a Formula 1 race he attended, and some issues that surfaced about attitudes toward wealth. Speaking of wealth, they pivot to Elon Musk's adventures with Twitter, and all the craziness associated with that. Then they close off with a broader discussion of the economy and markets, including the fun crypto implosion. Yay!

  • (0:00:24-0:45:25) But First
    • Agenda
    • Floating Houses
    • Puerto Rico
    • Formula 1
    • Money vs Happiness
    • Robbery
  • (0:45:42-1:24:58) Twitter / Musk
    • Elon's Bad Deal
    • Elon's Ignorance
    • Elon's Hold
    • Rule of Law
    • Will Twitter Die?
  • (1:26:41-2:16:37) Markets / Economy
    • Stock Market
    • Recession?
    • Inflation
    • Crypto Implosion
    • Stuff at the End

[Ep 780] Honey Dipped [2:16:29]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-May-20 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-May-22 21:17 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, for the first time in a long time, Ivan and Sam deliver a show that is almost all politics. Well, except for when they talk about Bill and Ted movies. And Sam's ability to procrastinate. And dreams on TikTok. And a few other random things. But mostly politics. They discuss "Great Replacement Theory", how the Obama Administration was an inflection point, the primary results so far, Democrats not understanding the Hispanic vote, and even a little bit of January 9th stuff. Jam packed!

  • (0:00:01-0:03:46) Cold Open
  • (0:04:12-0:21:34) But First
    • Being Behind
    • Sam Movie: Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
  • (0:22:21-1:33:54) Politics 1
    • Break Selection
    • "Great Replacement Theory"
    • Obama Inflection Point
    • Primaries
    • Impact of Overturning Roe
    • Trump's Influence
  • (1:34:55-2:15:58) Politics 2
    • Biden Torpedos Florida
    • Democrats Acting Like Boring Losers
    • Inflation
    • J9 Developments
    • Stuff at the End

[Ep 781] Blundering Through [2:07:27]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-May-27 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-May-29 00:39 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan's main topic is of course the Texas School Shooting. They cover the timelines, the police response, the prospects of any new policy change, and how it feels like we just go through the same thing over and over on this. Before that, a little bit on inflation, confirmation bias, Covid, and working through being sick. Oh, and Sam introduces a new kind of break into the rotation. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:01-0:04:09) Cold Open
  • (0:04:32-0:56:32) But First
    • Agenda
    • Inflation Comes To Ivan
    • Confirmation Bias
    • Covid Comes To Sam
    • Working Through Sickness
    • AbulDream Intro
  • (0:58:31-2:06:56) Texas School Shooting
    • AbulDream Outro
    • Timelines
    • Emotional Impact
    • Comparing Countries
    • Deja Vu
    • Police Response
    • Policy Options
    • Stuff at the End

June 2022

[Ep 782] Bump In Spikes [1:57:19]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Jun-03 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jun-06 01:58 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan decided there were no "big" topics they wanted to talk about, so they talked about a bunch of "smaller" things. That doesn't mean they are less important of course. Although maybe some of them are. They talked about game consoles and boring podcasts. They talked about a movie and the latest Covid news. And about the evolving reaction and consequences of working from home. Oh, and they did talk about guns again. So there is that.

  • (0:00:24-0:43:56) Lightning 1
    • Ivan: Boring Podcasts
    • Sam: Covid Update
  • (0:46:48-1:56:49) Lighting 2
    • Ivan: Game Consoles
    • Sam Movie: War Games (1983)
    • Ivan: Work From Home
    • Sam: Gun Stuff
    • Info at the End

[Ep 783] Probably To Definitely [2:09:06]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jun-11 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jun-13 02:50 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan's big serious topic is of course the opening of this round of January 6th hearings. They talk about how the opening day went, what we are really getting out of this, what was new, what kind of impact it might have, etc. All the stuff you think they would talk about. But before that they do talk about Ivan wanting to make destructive videos for cash, a book Sam read, and cultural appropriation. Join us!

  • (0:00:23-0:50:09) But First
    • Ivan: Health and Exercise
    • Ivan: Destructive Videos for Cash
    • Sam Book: Three Cups of Tea (2006)
    • Ivan: Cultural Appropriation
  • (0:50:44-2:08:35) January 6th Hearings
    • The Target is Trump
    • Seven Part Plan
    • Details Are Proof
    • What Was New
    • Audience and Impact
    • Liz Cheney
    • What Will DoJ Do?
    • Scripted Show
    • DeSantis
    • End Stuff

[Ep 784] The Solar Sun [2:11:11]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Jun-17 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jun-20 19:13 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the January 6th Committee hearings. Of course. Can't skip that. But they also talk about the economy and Ukraine. And beeps and roller coasters and cleaning and audio quality. So all the fun stuff too.

  • (0:00:01-0:01:06) Cold Open
  • (0:00:29-0:39:58) But First
    • Sam: Corping/Beeping/Cleaning
    • Ivan: Commutes
    • Ivan: GotG Roller Coaster
    • Sam: Audio Quality
  • (0:41:41-1:12:07) J6 Committee
    • Daytime vs Primetime
    • Summary So Far
    • Pence vs Eastman
    • DoJ Document Requests
    • Missing Witnesses
  • (1:14:49-2:10:40) Poupurri
    • Ivan: Economy Update
    • Sam: Ukraine Update
    • End Stuff

[Ep 785] Meeple Are Not People [1:35:54]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jun-25 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jun-27 22:02 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam goes solo after events conspired multiple times to prevent a normal show. Sam of course discusses the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overriding Roe. He also discusses January 6th developments. And gives a quick report on attending the 2022 Washington State Democratic Convention. Oh. And Sam was actually polled. On his wife's race. Which was neat.

  • (0:00:01-0:05:07) Cold Open
  • (0:05:30-0:46:59) Roe Overruled
  • (0:48:00-1:11:23) J6 Hearings
  • (1:14:54-1:30:26) WA Dem Convention
  • (1:32:53-1:35:24) End Stuff

July 2022

[Ep 786] Time Effects [2:24:46]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jul-02 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jul-04 18:30 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan discuss the big surprise J6 witness and all the new developments with that. They also continue the discussion on the Dobbs ruling and the continuing fall out from SCOTUS overruling Roe v Wade. Before that though, Ivan gives a health update on his family, complains about satellite TV, and Sam discusses tinnitus and sound therapy. So, all the usual hijinks.

  • (0:00:01-0:01:57) Cold Open
  • (0:02:20-0:48:34) But First
  • (0:49:11-1:24:57) J6
  • (1:25:30-2:24:15) Dobbs

[Ep 787] Thing After Thing [2:17:36]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jul-09 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Jul-09 20:20 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan do discuss politics, of both the UK and US varieties. But before that Ivan rambles about some stuff, Sam talks about a movie he really liked, and they cover the Twitter/Musk deal falling apart, and a bit about political doorbelling. So there you go.

  • (0:00:38-0:41:06) But First
    • Ivan Rambles
    • Sam Movie: Lion (2016)
  • (0:42:13-1:21:24) Lightning 1
    • Twitter/Musk Breakdown
    • Doorbelling
  • (1:22:25-2:17:11) Lignthing 2
    • Bye Bye Boris
    • US Politics
    • Super Short Stuff
    • End Stuff

[Ep 788] D O G, I Did It Again [2:00:59]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jul-16 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Jul-17 21:57 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss Biden's trip to the Mideast, the negotiations on the zombie BBB, and the latest J6 developments. But first, a bit on invasive iguanas at Ivan't house, and Ivan reviews a 1968 movie with a very surprising sequel.

  • (0:00:01-0:03:03) Cold Open
  • (0:03:28-0:39:33) But First
    • Ivan: Invasive Iguanas
    • Sam: Ivan Movie: The Detective (1968)
  • (0:40:14-1:23:00) But Second
    • Ivan: Biden Mideast Trip
    • Sam: Zombie BBB
  • (1:24:44-2:00:28) But Third
    • Ivan: Ivana
    • Sam: J6
    • Last Little Bit

[Ep 789] If You Don't Like It, Suck It [2:16:49]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jul-23 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Jul-25 19:33 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan completely fail to stick to any sort of plan. Nevertheless, they do talk about a number of topics, ranging from some space updates, to the Secret Service scandal, to options for prosecution of Trump and his cronies for J6, to a doppelgänger for Ivan. And a whole bunch of other things too. Enjoy!

  • (0:01:01-0:44:19) But First
    • Ivan: Doppelgänger
    • Ivan: International Racism
    • Both: International Travel
    • Sam: Artemus I
    • Sam: JWST
  • (0:44:53-2:16:19) But Second
    • Gender Neutral Spanish
    • January 6th Hearings
    • 2022 and 2024
    • Secret Service Scandal
    • Prosecution Options
    • Remembering Phone Numbers

[Ep 790] Fax the Spider [2:04:53]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Jul-30 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Jul-31 17:47 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan discuss what looks like a break in the legislative logjam in DC, the January 6th related investigations, and recent economic news. But also a few other things, like Ivan once again discussing travel travails, Sam discussing long Covid, Ivan discovering a much beloved (by him anyway) service is shutting down, a teaser for a story about Dorfus, and finally, the joys of reanimating dead spiders! Have fun!

  • (0:00:01-0:02:24) Cold Open
  • (0:02:48-0:31:26) But First
    • Ivan: Travel Issues
    • Sam: Long Covid
  • (0:32:05-0:56:43) Legislative Logjam
    • Manchin Fake Out?
    • Democratic Successes
    • Information Deficits
    • Election 2022
  • (0:58:49-1:21:54) J6 Investigations
    • Wiki of the Day
    • Secret Service Stuff
    • DOJ Efforts
    • J6 Committee
  • (1:22:56-2:04:22) Economy
    • Definition of Recession
    • Who is Being Hit
    • Prognostication
    • Death of Fax
    • Necrobotics
    • Dorfus Teaser

August 2022

[Ep 791] Point the Arrow [2:18:37]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Aug-05 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Aug-07 06:41 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan's biggest topic is Election 2022, including Sam's wife Brandy winning her primary, other primary results, the Kansas abortion result, and all the factors that could be impacting the general elections in November. But of course there is more too. They talk Pelosi in Taiwan, Alex Jones, a stolen laptop, mourning the loss of email as way people did long form person to person communication, and even more. And a good time was had by all!

  • (0:00:23-0:41:56) But First
    • Podcast RSS Change
    • Mourning Email
    • Online Social Work Things
    • Stolen Stuff
  • (0:42:33-1:27:11) Election 2022
    • Brandy Wins!
    • Republican Primaries
    • Kansas Abortion Result
    • Factors for November
  • (1:29:12-2:06:28) Potpourri
    • Pelosi Taiwan Trip
    • Killing al-Zawahiri
    • Britney Griner
    • Alex Jones
  • (2:09:46-2:18:07) But Last
    • Contact Us
    • More Fax Servers
    • Online in 1979

[Ep 792] Snake Bulge [2:12:24]
Recorded: Thu, 2022-Aug-11 UTC
Published: Thu, 2022-Aug-11 20:32 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan discuss charging stations for electric vehicles, having lulls at work, Sam's impressions of Encanto, and how Disney+ is loaded with nostalgia traps, including the 1979 masterpiece "The Black Hole". Oh, you wanted actual news and current events? OK, fine, they do spend almost an hour on the raid on Mar-a-Lago, Trump pleading the 5th, and other investigative updates, and the potential impact on politics. And then even more time on economic trends as well. So plenty of that too.

  • (0:00:01-0:07:32) Cold Open
  • (0:07:55-0:43:55) But First
    • Electric Car Chargers
    • Work Lulls
    • Sam Movie: Encanto (2021)
    • Disney+ Nostalgia Traps
  • (0:45:37-1:37:15) Trump
    • Feds at Mar-a-Lago
    • Pleading the 5th
    • Other Investigation
    • Threats of Violence
    • Critical Mass?
    • Election 2022
  • (1:38:02-2:11:53) Economy
    • Inflation Reduction Act
    • Trends and Numbers
    • Rent Pressure
    • Contact Info
    • Microwaving Keys

[Ep 793] Always Serious [1:54:34]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Aug-20 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Aug-20 18:57 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Election 2022 including Cheney's loss, Democrats over performing in special elections and jungle primaries, and other signs for November. Before that it is scandal scandal scandal, as they discuss Trump, Weisselberg, Guiliani, and even the worst of them all, Sanna Marin of Finland. The show starts though with Sam's trip to Canada, and Ivan complaining about men still behaving badly toward women.

  • (0:01:03-0:32:11) But First
    • Sam Travels
    • Men Behaving Badly
  • (0:33:18-1:16:40) Scandals
    • Trump's Changing Excuses
    • Why Did Trump Keep The Stuff?
    • Weisselberg Plea
    • Georgia Case
    • Critical Mass?
    • Finnish Dancing
  • (1:18:23-1:54:03) Election 2022
    • Cheney
    • Palin
    • Signs for November
    • Trump Endorsements
    • Florida Dems
    • Polls
    • Catalytic Converters

[Ep 794] Cube of Carrot [2:01:45]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Aug-27 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Aug-27 23:01 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about all the latest Trump Mar-A-Lago stuff including the redacted affidavit, the possible damage to US intelligence activities, all the extra chances Trump got, and the news about a new person infiltrating Mar-A-Lago, and more. They also discuss the latest Election 2022 news including the primary results in Florida, the trends being shown by special elections, Biden's recent bump in approval, etc. Oh, and of course, before that they talk about food, naps, and a movie.

  • (0:00:23-0:27:16) But First
    • Food and Naps
    • Ivan Movie: Top Gun Maverick (2022)
  • (0:29:16-1:06:52) Trump Stuff
    • Redacted Affidavit
    • Damage Assessment
    • Special Master Request
    • Extra Chances for Trump
    • Mar-A-Lago Infiltrations
    • Trump Getting Frantic?
  • (1:07:34-2:01:09) Election 2022
    • Florida Stuff
    • Special Elections
    • R's Scrambling
    • Voter Engagement
    • Economic Factors
    • Contact Info
    • Detroit Slide

September 2022

[Ep 795] Read the Movies and Watch the Books [1:39:10]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Sep-03 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Sep-05 19:46 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan couldn't make it, and Sam couldn't do it at the normal time, and it was a holiday weekend, so rather than a regular current events show, Sam is joined by Alex to catch up on reviewing shows, movies, and books that Sam has consumed lately, mostly with Alex watching too. Uh, and Sam's dog Miley sometimes weighs in too, with Alex's help. And after the eight actual existing things that get reviews, they talk about things Alex wants to get created that don't actually exist yet. So yeah. That kind of week. Back to a normal current events show next week!

  • (0:00:01-0:01:51) Cold Open
  • (0:02:13-0:36:29) Shows, Movies, and Books 1-4
    • Sam Show: Castle (2009-2016)
    • Sam Movie: The Godfather (1972)
    • Sam Book: The Thomas Berryman Number (1976)
    • Sam Show: Tiny Creatures (2020)
  • (0:37:40-0:58:12) Shows, Movies, and Books 5-8
    • Sam Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    • Sam Movie: Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
    • Sam Movie: Batman Begins (2005)
    • Sam Movie: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  • (0:59:15-1:37:46) Made up Movies, Shows, and Podcasts
    • The Dorfus TV Show
    • The Story of Dr Miss Pups
    • The ALeXMXeLA Book 2
    • The Story of Dr Miss Pups 2
    • Imitation Free Guy
    • Word of the Day
  • (1:38:14-1:39:07) Cold Close

[Ep 796] Vapid Vessel of Nothingness [2:14:04]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Sep-10 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Sep-10 17:28 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner: The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King. Some people in the world may not be as mournful as others. Bernie Shaw also died, and his former network CNN seems to be on the way to the same. Oh yeah, Bannon was indicted and there was more Trump legal drama too. And Ukraine is on a major offensive pushing The Russians back. Before they talk about all that though, Sam and Ivan talk about early mornings and flat tires. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:23-0:30:27) But First
    • Early Mornings
    • Flat Tire
  • (0:32:11-1:25:56) Dead People
    • Queen Elizabeth II
    • Bernie Shaw
    • CNN
  • (1:27:57-1:55:39) Legal Stuff
    • Bannon
    • Trump
  • (1:56:13-2:13:33) Ukraine & Stuff
    • Ukrainian Offensive
    • Contact Stuff
    • Briber Bou

[Ep 797] Slam Duck [2:16:05]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Sep-16 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Sep-17 19:27 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about Biden Stuff, Trump Stuff, and Other Stuff. Welp, that about covers everything. Oh, more specifics? Welp, on Biden they discuss how he has just been sort of quietly doing the job and getting things done competently, even if he doesn't always get the credit. On Biden, what else, his legal issues and other continuing problems. And the other stuff… they discuss people complaining about the Little Mermaid being black, rides at Disney, the Martha's Vineyard Migrants, and of course Election 2022.

  • (0:01:14-0:31:32) But First
    • Microphone Stand
    • Black Ariel and Hobbits and Stuff
    • Disney Ratatouille Ride
  • (0:32:06-1:00:31) Biden Stuff
    • Basic Competence
    • Judges
    • Railways
    • Ukraine
    • Legislation
  • (1:01:11-1:34:07) Trump Stuff
    • Special Master
    • Trump DC Trip
    • Closing In
    • Really Bad
  • (1:35:50-2:15:34) Other Stuff
    • Martha's Vineyard Migrants
    • Republican Unforced Errors
    • Election 2022
    • End Stuff

[Ep 798] Up And Up [2:12:13]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Sep-23 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Sep-24 21:16 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan discuss Trump. Cause you can't avoid that in a week where he loses so badly on multiple fronts. But They also talk about the growing demonstrations in Russia and Iran, as well as the impact of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, and the continuing fallout from DeSantis shipping asylum seekers from Texas to Massachusetts. Full show!

  • (0:00:01-0:04:01) Cold Open
  • (0:04:27-1:00:20) But First Not But First
    • Hurricane Fiona
    • Immigration Again
  • (1:01:27-1:38:38) Trump
    • DoJ and Documents
    • NY AG on Fraud
  • (1:39:19-2:11:40) International
    • Russia
    • Iran

October 2022

[Ep 799] Still Wiped Out [2:11:20]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Oct-01 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Oct-02 21:29 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan discuss Hurricane Ian and all the surrounding issues. Then they mostly skip domestic issues to take a tour of some international developments. The UK, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Iran. A whirlwind tour. Before all that though, Ivan talks about a movie, they discuss the DART mission hitting an asteroid, and Alex brings up mental health days, which might help some stress Ivan is having. Oh, and stay tuned to the very end, for some talk about Barney too!

  • (0:00:01-0:01:14) Anchor
  • (0:01:39-0:39:40) But First
    • Stressed Ivan
    • Ivan Movie: Fail Safe (1964)
    • DART Mission
    • Mental Health Days
  • (0:41:02-1:15:26) Hurricane Ian
    • Lee County
    • Ignoring Warnings
    • Barrier Islands
    • Rebuilding
    • Insurance
  • (1:17:27-2:10:49) International
    • Ray Lynch
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Ukraine
    • Russia
    • Iran
    • Barney

[Ep 800] Episode 800! [2:22:04]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Oct-08 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Oct-10 05:20 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan celebrate making it to 800 episodes of this podcast. Not even counting the original college radio show on WRCT. That is a lot of episodes and many years. Wow. In any case, they also talk about Election 2022, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the importance of leadership, Musk/Twitter, nukes, and even more. A very full show for the 800th episode. Yay!

  • (0:00:01-0:04:44) Cold Open
    • Enhanced Foreheads
    • Ivan Movie: Gattaca (1997)
    • Throat Animals
  • (0:05:06-0:36:10) But First
    • Round Number Milestone
    • Wedding Disaster
    • Dominican Republic
    • Brazilian Election
    • Leadership and Empathy
  • (0:37:11-1:24:13) Election 2022
    • Herschel Walker
    • If It Were Reversed?
    • DeSantis and Biden
    • Interpreting Polls
    • McMullin In Utah
  • (1:25:57-2:21:33) Potpourri
    • Crimea Bridge
    • Musk/Twitter
    • Russia Nuke Threat
    • Pot Pardons
    • USB-C Mandate
    • Too Soon

[Ep 801] One Hammer, One Nail [2:00:00]
Recorded: Fri, 2022-Oct-14 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Oct-16 09:12 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ed joins Sam to talk about dishwashers, assembling things, and old appliances. Oh, and the January 6th hearings, the various cases against Trump, and Election 2022, concentrating on Pennsylvania this time, but also including a round of of some other interesting states. Boom. There's a show.

  • (0:00:01-0:02:38) Cold Open
  • (0:03:00-0:24:30) But First
    • Dishwasher
    • Assembling Things
    • Old Appliances
  • (0:25:11-1:02:15) J6 and Trump Stuff
    • J6 Summary
    • Afghanistan Order
    • DoJ's Turn
    • Trump Cases
    • Getting Away With It
  • (1:03:15-1:59:28) Election 2022
    • PA/AZ Governor
    • PA/UT/FL Senate
    • Ranked Choice Voting
    • Systematic Poll Errors?
    • Pollsters Found Sam

[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

[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

November 2022

[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 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 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 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)

December 2022

[Ep 808] Good Ol' Time [2:14:21]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Dec-03 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Dec-04 18:21 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan endeavor to do a "Potpourri" type show, with lots of little topics. And they succeed for about half the show, talking about podcast listening speeds, AI advancements, management styles, and more. But then in the second half they crashed into Elon and Twitter again, and that was the rest of the show. Because of course it was.

  • (0:00:01-0:01:50) Cold Open
  • (0:02:13-1:13:27) Potpourri
    • Podcast Listening Speeds
    • Old Radio Shows
    • AI Advancements
    • Ages People Did Things
    • Management Styles
  • (1:14:28-2:13:51) More Twitter Chaos
    • Kanye and Other Toxic People
    • Low Information People
    • Moderation Is Hard
    • Hunter Biden's Laptop
    • Twitter Still Up
    • Putin Falls?

[Ep 809] Your Elephant [2:09:28]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Dec-10 UTC
Published: Mon, 2022-Dec-12 02:13 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan do not talk about MacOS Updates and Weather apps, because Sam forgot to hit record for that part. But you do get Ivan complaining about the difficulty he had with a new HDMI based receiver system. After that though, they get to business on the serious stuff. They cover a little bit about developments in seven separate non-US countries, then move on to developments in the US Congress, and finally the latest Trump related nonsense.

  • (0:01:39-0:30:59) But First
    • Recording Incompetence
    • HDMI Issues
    • Usage Patterns
  • (0:32:05-1:27:15) International
    • Ukraine
    • Russia
    • Israel
    • Iran
    • China
    • Germany
    • Peru
  • (1:30:01-2:09:06) US Politics
    • 51-49 Senate
    • Sinema
    • Lame Duck
    • McCarthy
    • CC Slack Highlights
    • Grant Wahl

[Ep 810] Hesitate to Say [1:53:16]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Dec-17 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Dec-18 00:40 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan split the bulk of the show between two man-child narcissists who have been leaving a trail of destruction behind them as they rampage through the world. If you guessed Elon and Donald, congratulations, you figured out the obvious. Anyway, aside from the latest adventures of those two wacky rich people, Ivan brings news of a problem with a fish tank, a movie recommendation, and some thoughts on earthquakes. And Sam shares some sad personal news.

  • (0:01:19-0:20:20) But First
    • Miley
    • Fish Tank
    • Ivan Movie: Sing (2016)
    • Earthquakes
  • (0:21:10-1:14:26) Elon
    • Prediction Requests
    • Unopened Lego
    • Twitter Alternatives
    • Stay or Go?
    • Toxic Elon
    • Moderation
    • Flight Tracking
    • Arbitrary Elon
    • Twitter Value
  • (1:16:28-1:51:41) Donald
    • Prediction Requests
    • Trump Cards
    • Free Falling Polls
    • J6 Referrals?
    • Other Trumpy Things
    • CC Slack Highlights

[Ep 811] Real First [2:32:03]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Dec-24 UTC
Published: Sun, 2022-Dec-25 04:42 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan do tech and politics. Big surprise. Well, kinda tech. All about Elon and Twitter and Tesla again. Plus more on migrating off of Twitter to Mastodon. So they can toot. For politics, you've got J6, Trump's taxes, the Omnibus, and even some on Ukraine. But before all that, some chatter on movies and TV. Have fun!

  • (0:00:01-0:02:04) Cold Open
  • (0:02:26-0:40:17) But First
    • Some Quick Ones
    • Sam Movie: The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)
    • Ivan TV: Jack Ryan (2018-Present)
    • Bad TV Endings
    • Long Running TV Shows
    • Ivan Movies: Mission Impossible Series (1996-Present)
  • (0:41:00-1:40:39) Tech
    • Elon's Twitter Hijinks
    • Tesla Stock Slide
    • Chaotic Twitter
    • Amplifying Toxicity
    • Facebook Moderation
    • Mastodon Migration
    • Mastodon Clients and Instances
  • (1:42:40-2:31:28) Politics
    • J6 DoJ Referrals
    • J6 Final Report
    • J6 Witness Intimidation
    • Trump Taxes Preview
    • Omnibus Passes
    • ECA Reform
    • Biden Accomplishments
    • Ukraine

[Ep 812] 2023 Predictions Show [2:43:12]
Recorded: Sat, 2022-Dec-31 UTC
Published: Sat, 2022-Dec-31 23:55 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner… Sam and Ivan's annual prediction show. The Curmudgeon's think about 2023 and spew out their best guesses about what will happen in the next year in the categories of politics, international, economy, technology, and the classic hodgepodge. This year, many of the items being predicted are requests from listeners. So thank you listeners! And yes, before they go to sleep, some younger folks in Ivan's family make some fun noise too. But it is all in good fun. And a year and a week from now, you'll be able to come back and see how good these predictions are!

  • (0:00:23-0:54:46) Politics
  • (0:56:29-1:12:48) International
  • (1:13:38-1:41:31) Economy
  • (1:42:10-2:11:12) Technology
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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!

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They are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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