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January 2023

[Ep 813] 2022 Predictions Review [2:24:18]
Recorded: Fri, 2023-Jan-06 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-Jan-09 13:22 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan comment a little on the recent Speaker of the House Drama before getting down to business reviewing their predictions from a year and a week ago about what would happen in 2022. What were they right on? What were they wrong on? Should you trust their prognostications ever? Did they improve on previous years, or just get worse? Listen and find out!

  • (0:01:11-0:40:22) Speaker Votes
  • (0:44:03-1:07:35) Politics
  • (1:08:42-1:20:36) International
  • (1:21:13-1:32:09) Economy
  • (1:35:03-1:55:52) Technology
  • (1:56:53-2:11:08) Hodgepodge
  • (2:11:58-2:23:57) Results

[Ep 814] Squeaky Things Inside [1:44:15]
Recorded: Fri, 2023-Jan-13 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Jan-15 22:50 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan get some preliminaries out of the way in the opening segment, then try to catch up on recent politics and such. The Speaker race, the new Republican House, George Santos, Biden's own classified documents scandal, and more!

  • (0:00:25-0:32:47) But First
    • Section 230
    • Editing Travails
    • NOTAM Outage
    • Following Processes
  • (0:33:31-1:40:10) Politics
    • Speaker Battle
    • Concessions to the Rebels
    • California Senate
    • George Santos
    • Biden Classified Docs
    • Inflation
    • Brazil
    • Slackaroo
  • (1:40:34-1:44:12) Hot Close

[Ep 815] But Thirsty [1:58:52]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Jan-21 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Jan-22 23:27 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan spend the most time talking about the current wave of tech layoffs. The other "serious" topics are Tesla cutting prices and Twitter cutting off the third party clients. But they also talk about a classic movie, and complain about the perils of sitting and sleeping.

  • (0:01:16-0:17:43) Lightning One
    • Sitting
    • Standing
  • (0:19:44-1:17:00) Lightning Two
    • Tech Layoffs
    • Tesla Price Cuts
  • (1:18:43-1:57:25) Lightning Three
    • Twitter Kills 3P
    • Sam Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

[Ep 816] Cacophony of Assholes [2:00:35]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Jan-28 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Jan-29 19:43 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about stuff. Lots of stuff. On the serious side, the killing of Tyre Nichols, political violence, and the age old gun debate. Plus an update on Trump's social media and the classified docs stories. But on the lighter side, bees, sabertooth tigers, transcripts, and dreams.

  • (0:01:15-0:39:38) Part the First
    • Ivan and the Bee
    • Mating Patterns of the Sabretooth Tiger
    • Podcast Listening and Transcripts
  • (0:42:25-1:19:38) Part the Second
    • Killing of Tyre Nichols
    • Guns Guns Guns
    • Political Violence
  • (1:22:26-2:00:01) Part the Third
    • Ivan Needs a Massage
    • Trump's Social Media
    • Classified Docs Everywhere
    • CC Slack Highlights

February 2023

[Ep 817] What's The Number? [1:37:30]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Feb-04 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Feb-05 23:28 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan was not available, so Sam has his 13 year old son Alex as a cohost again. Alex doesn't have much to say when the topics are Twitter, the Chinese balloon, his father's trip back to the office, and how a driveway cam actually was useful. But he does have a handful of things to add in the back half of the show, when they talk about some movies and books. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:48-0:20:00) But First
    • Back to the Office
    • Driveway Prowl
  • (0:21:09-0:42:44) Newsy Stuff
    • Twitter API Paywall
    • Stupid Chinese Balloon
  • (0:43:24-1:36:35) Media Stuff
    • Stupid Balloon Update
    • Alex Book: ALeXMXeLA Book 2
    • Sam Book: History of Lewis County Kentucky (1912)
    • Alex Sound Effects
    • Sam Movie: Man of Steel (2013)
    • Sam Book: Reign of Terror (2021)
    • Sam Movie: Annie Hall (1977)
    • Sam Movie: Mater and the Ghostlight (2006)

[Ep 818] They Start With G [2:03:52]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Feb-11 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Feb-12 22:45 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Twitter's slow implosion again, the impending injection of AI Chatbots into search results, more on spy balloons, and Ivan goes on one of his trademarked epic rants, this time about Section 230. Plus some riffing on Minority Report type technology, and curmudgeonly complaints about aging. Fun stuff. Woo!

  • (0:01:09-1:13:54) First Part
    • Minority Report Tech
    • Ivan is old and so is Sam
    • Twitter Stuff
    • Section 230
  • (1:14:54-2:03:20) Second Part
    • AI Chatbots and Search
    • Shooting Balloons
    • Turkey Earthquake
    • Coast Guard Rescue

[Ep 819] Jumpin' Jumpin' [1:48:11]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Feb-18 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Feb-19 22:06 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan revisit the topics of balloons, chatbots, and Twitter. But there is also talk of Election 2024, the Fox News v. Dominion case, the toxic train derailment, and more. Plus bonus bell ringing, and the excitement of a mug being broken, live on tape! Well, not tape. There is no tape. And it isn't live. The mug did not survive. But you all understand. Right?

  • (0:00:22-0:43:19) Part 1
    • Bell Ringing
    • Fat Chewing
    • More Balloons
    • More ChatBot
  • (0:43:50-1:11:08) Part 2
    • Nikki Haley
    • Toxic Train
  • (1:11:51-1:47:38) Part 3
    • More Twitter
    • Fox News v. Dominion
    • Jira Conspiracy

[Ep 820] Small Recessed Areas [1:57:20]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Feb-25 UTC
Published: Sat, 2023-Feb-25 22:45 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner your lovable curmudgeons Sam and Ivan talk about Ukraine on the anniversary of Russia's escalation. Plus MTG's national divorce proposal. Spoiler: It is a bad idea. Also, thoughts on car shopping, a visit to Olympia, and a discussion about social media. But mostly non-Twitter social media this time. So less Elon. So everybody should appreciate that.

  • (0:00:01-0:05:07) Cold Open
  • (0:05:30-0:44:26) But First
    • Car Shopping
    • Visiting Olympia
  • (0:45:03-1:11:18) Ukraine
    • Biden Visit
    • State of the War
    • What's Next?
  • (1:12:43-1:56:48) Other Stuff
    • National Divorce
    • Social Media

March 2023

[Ep 821] Boil The Frog [1:36:35]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Mar-04 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-Mar-06 16:28 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Ivan is out, so Sam, joined by his son Alex, talks about slow news weeks, and what hides behind them. And since it is indeed a slow news week there is talk of cleaning, dogs, books, and movies. And Sam "anchors" this in the right week, but recorded that little bit on his phone, which sounds awful. You'll all ignore that and pretend it was fine, right?

  • (0:00:01-0:01:40) Cold Open
  • (0:02:02-0:32:13) But First
    • Cleaning
    • Our Dog Jetski
    • Dr. Miss Pups Movie
  • (0:33:14-0:52:31) Slow News
    • No Must Talks
    • Incremental Developments
    • Non-Negotiable Issues
  • (0:53:15-1:35:31) Media Reviews
    • Sam Movie: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    • Sam Movie: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
    • Sam Book: How to Read the Air (2010)
    • Alex Book : Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
    • Sam Movie: 2023-01-18: Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (2010)

[Ep 822] Tangential Drift [1:56:41]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Mar-11 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-Mar-13 03:21 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner podcast, Ivan is back, and he and Sam cover the usual hodgepodge of topics. There is the latest Trump and Fox News stuff. There is Silicon Valley Bank and how we've got several Senators out of commission. Also the time change, and Ivan sees some ice skating. Plus lots and lots of veering completely off topic in between. Because of course that happens.

  • (0:00:41-0:30:39) But First
    • Time Time Time
    • Hockey Night
  • (0:31:41-1:06:35) Lightning 1
    • Trump Stuff
    • Silicon Valley Bank
  • (1:08:36-1:56:10) Lightning 2
    • Fox News
    • Missing Senators

[Ep 823] Swap The Sky [1:33:52]
Recorded: Fri, 2023-Mar-17 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Mar-19 08:29 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan cover the fallout from the Silicon Valley Bank thing. That is the biggest part of the show. Aside from that though, some Apple TV+ show reviews, the Samsung moon thing, a Ukraine update, superconductors, and a report on Election Graphs 2024 progress. Plus a bonus idea for a new podcast.

  • (0:00:21-0:28:58) But First
    • Ivan TV: Air Disasters (2011-Present)
    • Ivan TV: Ted Lasso (2020-Present)
    • Ivan TV: For All Mankind (2019-Present)
    • Ivan TV: Shrinking (2023-Present)
    • Ivan TV: The Morning Show (2019-Present)
    • Election Graphs Progress
  • (0:30:09-1:09:26) Bank Stuff
    • Reasons for Collapses
    • Missing Hedges
    • Regulation Seesaw
    • What's Next
  • (1:10:28-1:33:20) Curmudgeon's Choice
    • Samsung's Moon
    • Ukraine Developments
    • Room Temperature Superconductor?

[Ep 824] Glomming [1:30:18]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Mar-25 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-Mar-27 02:18 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan couldn't find a quiet place, and Sam failed at finding an alternate cohost. So for the first time in awhile, you have a pure solo show. Main topics? Election Graphs now has real data on the 2024 race, so a first look at where things stand for Election 2024. Plus the drama of a pre-indictment Trump, and all the talk of a TikTok ban. And that's it. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:23-0:07:04) But First
  • (0:08:12-0:40:10) Election Graphs
  • (0:41:55-1:00:36) Trump Drama
  • (1:02:37-1:29:46) TikTok Ban

April 2023

[Ep 825] Tree Day [2:08:15]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Apr-01 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Apr-02 22:54 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about trees. Trees and home landscaping. Really. They actually do. But then they do also cover guns again in the wake of Nashville. And Disney outsmarting DeSantis. Oh. What's that? You expected something else. Yes, they cover the Trump indictment too.

  • (0:01:19-0:16:50) Trees
  • (0:17:54-1:01:14) Guns
  • (1:01:58-1:47:38) Trump
  • (1:48:45-2:07:43) Disney

[Ep 826] Such A Pickle [1:47:44]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Apr-08 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Apr-09 19:27 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about chicken sandwiches and a computer meltdown. And yes, Trump stuff. Cause Trump. You can't not. Plus some other politics from Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina, and elsewhere. Have fun!

  • (0:00:54-0:37:31) But First
    • Chicken Sandwiches
    • Computer Disaster
  • (0:38:29-0:59:56) Trump
    • Anticlimax
    • Charges
    • Timing
    • Warning
  • (1:01:57-1:47:11) Other Politics
    • Wisconsin
    • Generational Culture War
    • Tennessee
    • Clarence Thomas
    • North Carolina

[Ep 827] Resucks It [1:29:27]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Apr-15 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-Apr-17 08:21 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about rain. And chicken again. But do not worry, they get to the more serious stuff too. That big intelligence leak gets some time, as does Clarence Thomas, Fox News, and of course Trump. With a few other things for good measure.

  • (0:00:20-0:31:44) One
    • Florida Rain Storm
    • Chicken Update
    • Computer Update
  • (0:32:25-1:00:36) Two
    • Intelligence Leak
    • Clarence Thomas
  • (1:02:19-1:29:05) Three
    • Fox vs Dominion
    • Trumpy Stuff
    • Chess Popularity

[Ep 828] Who's Your Ernie? [2:11:39]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Apr-22 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Apr-23 22:23 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about abortion, Fox News, bad law enforcement, and the burst of coverage on people getting shot for innocent mistakes. But also car door handles, Elon's exploding rocket, Elon's exploding website, emergency alerts, and more! Fun fun fun! Tune in!

  • (0:02:48-0:49:13) One
    • Muppets
    • Car Door Handles
    • Rocket Go Boom
  • (0:50:03-1:24:20) Two
    • Abortion Pill Stay
    • Fox News Settlement
    • Nighttime Soaps
  • (1:26:05-2:11:08) Three
    • Problematic Law Enforcement
    • Doorbells and Driveways
    • Pillow Guy Payout
    • Twitter Implosion Continues
    • Emergency Alert Tests

[Ep 829] Patch My Hole [2:07:00]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Apr-29 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-Apr-30 03:02 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Tucker's ouster, geographic sorting due to politics, and the debt ceiling. But also, annoying things about cars, a dog and his pup cups, and reviewing a movie about a video game. Join us!

  • (0:01:04-0:37:04) One
    • Annoying Car Systems
    • Dog Walks and Pup Cups
  • (0:38:07-1:32:02) Two
    • Bye Bye Tucker
    • Geographic Sorting
  • (1:32:39-2:06:16) Three
    • Ivan Movie: Tetris (2023)
    • Debt Ceiling

May 2023

[Ep 830] Long Way Around [1:37:19]
Recorded: Fri, 2023-May-05 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-May-08 05:59 UTC

On this week's exciting episode of Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan brings up travel planning woes, Tucker Carlson, and that drone that exploded over the Kremlin, while Sam chooses to discuss the movie 2010, corruption in politics, and the coronation of King Charles III. Plus some amusing technical difficulties! Great stuff!

  • (0:01:15-0:32:23) Uno
    • Travel Planning Woes
    • Sam Movie: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
  • (0:34:05-1:11:48) Dos
    • Tucker Carlson Again
    • The Corruption
  • (1:12:51-1:36:36) Tres
    • Kremlin Drone
    • Coronation

[Ep 831] Health or Death [1:51:56]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-May-13 UTC
Published: Sun, 2023-May-14 18:36 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, our fearless cohost Ivan had bad internet, so Sam does one of his infamous solo shows. Of course he talks about Trump stuff, but also the debt limit, and the end of the Covid Emergency. On the lighter side there are reviews of a book (Life, the Universe, and Everything) and a TV show (Better Call Saul). So there you go.

  • (0:00:53-0:21:40) First
    • Book: Life the Universe and Everything (1982)
    • TV: Better Call Saul (2015-2022)
  • (0:22:17-1:02:16) Second
    • Trump and the Media
    • Underestimating Trump
  • (1:03:56-1:51:06) Third
    • Debt Limit Once Again
    • End of Covid Emergency

[Ep 832] Assume the Position [1:56:15]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-May-20 UTC
Published: Sat, 2023-May-20 23:25 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan start out talking about YouTube TV and the movie Tolkien from 2019. After that they get more serious with discussion of Diane Feinstein's situation in the Senate, if Republicans in red states are overreaching and causing a backlash, how the debt limit talks are going, and Montana's TikTok ban. A nice variety as usual. Listen in!

  • (0:00:49-0:30:31) Onesies
    • YouTube TV
    • Movie: Tolkien (2019)
  • (0:31:11-1:16:16) Twosies
    • Dianne Feinstein
    • Republican Overreach
  • (1:17:58-1:55:19) Threesies
    • Debt Limit Talk
    • Montana TikTok Ban

[Ep 833] Amount of Early [2:08:39]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-May-27 UTC
Published: Sat, 2023-May-27 23:50 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Republican Presidential contenders and the Debt Ceiling situation as the 'newsie' topics. But that's not all! Ivan discusses his son's 5th grade graduation and Britney Griner's return to the WNBA. Meanwhile Sam reviews an old kid's movie, and talks about returning to the office.

  • (0:00:00-0:06:57) Cold Open
  • (0:07:18-0:42:21) Washington
    • Manu's Graduation
    • Movie: The Great Discovery (2008)
  • (0:45:48-1:28:16) Adams
    • Republican Presidential Race
    • Debt Ceiling Situation
  • (1:29:21-2:08:08) Jefferson
    • Britney Griner Return to WNBA
    • Sam Return to Office

June 2023

[Ep 834] Smell the Flowers [1:37:48]
Recorded: Sat, 2023-Jun-03 UTC
Published: Mon, 2023-Jun-05 00:39 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan is out again, so Ed joins Sam on the show. The news driven topics are Biden's pattern of wins and the reports of recordings of Trump implicating himself further on the documents case. But we also have a movie review, some talk about running, and discussion on home ownership and a teaching success in Mississippi.

  • (0:00:22-0:20:28) Cheetah
    • Running and Walking
    • Movie: Low Blow (1986)
  • (0:22:11-0:56:02) Puma
    • Wealth and Home Ownership
    • Biden Wins Again
  • (0:57:09-1:37:21) Jaguar
    • Teaching in Mississippi
    • Trump Tapes


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