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January 2024

[Ep 865] 2023 Predictions Review [2:23:03]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Jan-06 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Jan-08 18:56 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan do what they do at the start of every year. They review their predictions for the year that just ended to see how they did. Most folks don't do this. They just let their failed predictions be forgotten. But here, they revel in their failures! But yes, they also celebrate their successes! Tune in to see how they did this year!

  • (0:01:59-0:38:18) Politics
  • (0:39:08-0:48:04) International
  • (0:48:47-1:06:00) Economy
  • (1:07:01-1:40:09) Technology
  • (1:41:17-2:12:12) Hodgepodge
  • (2:13:56-2:22:30) Grand Totals

[Ep 866] The Perils of Eyes [1:58:36]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Jan-13 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Jan-15 15:18 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan ditches the show to go to Disney. So Sam goes all election, all the time. Recorded immediately preceding the Iowa caucuses, how could he do anything else? So discussion of Iowa, New Hampshire, and if Haley has any chance at all. Plus the latest info from Election Graphs. And OK fine, there are a few non-election things at the start of the show too.

  • (0:00:56-0:25:19) But First
    • Updating Glasses
    • Computer Deficiencies
    • Movie: Falling Down (1993)
  • (0:28:02-1:02:24) 2024 Delegate Race
    • Dems Dethroned Iowa and New Hampshire
    • Haley's Ultra Narrow Path
    • Hints on Trump Poll Accuracy
  • (1:03:24-1:58:06) 2024 Electoral College
    • Has Trump Peaked?
    • Reasons to Doubt the Polls
    • Don't Underestimate Trump
    • Other Stuff to Mention

[Ep 867] Secretary of Toast [1:48:37]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Jan-20 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Jan-22 19:31 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan cover the politics you would expect for the show between Iowa and New Hampshire. But they also talk aviation accidents, solar power, Threads, Mastodon, and a movie. A well rounded show. You like round things, right?

  • (0:00:25-0:29:19) But First
    • Movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    • Solar Power Options
  • (0:31:03-1:07:40) Primaries and Caucuses
    • Iowa Caucus Results
    • Trump's Mental State
    • Biden vs Trump Denial
    • New Hampshire Notes
  • (1:09:00-1:47:48) Other Stuff
    • The Door Plug
    • Other Aviation Issues
    • More Threads and Mastodon

[Ep 868] Outside Of This Donut Structure [1:55:38]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Jan-27 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Jan-29 14:20 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk primary politics, because duh. And Trump and E Jean Carroll, also duh. Plus Trump and the Immigration deal. More duh. But you also get guilty pleasure foods, a TV show review, remembering the Mac at 40, and the history of Michelin travel guides. So a super well rounded show!

  • (0:00:31-0:24:24) But First
    • Guilty Pleasure Foods
    • TV: Mater’s Tall Tales (2008-2012)
  • (0:25:08-1:06:42) Primary Politics
    • New Hampshire Results
    • What is Haley's Plan?
  • (1:07:47-1:55:03) Other Stuff
    • $83M for E Jean Carroll
    • Trump Killing Immigration Deal?
    • Macintosh at 40
    • Michelin Travel Guides

February 2024

[Ep 869] Genre of Expertise [1:43:26]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Feb-03 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Feb-05 14:53 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan are all over the place. They've got Trump and Taylor. They've got jet travel and ransomware. They've got a movie and Fani Willis too. A smorgasbord of scintillating subjects to satiate your something. There ya go.

  • (0:00:48-0:33:08) But First
    • Audio Stuff
    • Ransomware Attack
    • Movie: Dune: Part One (2021)
    • Language Lecture
  • (0:33:59-0:57:25) But Second
    • MAGA vs Taylor Swift
    • Private Jet Travel
    • Liberal Pop Culture
    • Party Visibility
  • (0:58:30-1:42:53) But Third
    • Trump Legal Stuff
    • American Ignorance
    • Fani Willis
    • MAGA Violence

[Ep 870] Hop on the Hubway [2:17:37]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Feb-10 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Feb-12 16:38 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan do a bit more non-politics than has been the norm basically, with some Apple Vision Pro talk, plus stories of stupid payments, dumb interfaces, and a movie review. After that you do have Trump news, and Congressional Republicans failing, and the Hur Report. Oh, and some Elon and economy stuff too.

  • (0:00:37-0:24:11) But First
    • Dumb User Interfaces
    • Stupid Payment Patterns
    • Movie: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  • (0:24:49-1:19:20) Not Politics
    • Indiana 5G Sucks
    • Apple Vision Pro
    • Elon's Money
    • Economic Outlook
  • (1:21:05-2:17:04) Politics
    • Trump Immunity Case
    • Immigration Deal Failure
    • Mayorkas Impeachment Failure
    • Trump 14th Amendment Case
    • The Hur Report

[Ep 871] Cuhnick Shun Fit [2:27:27]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Feb-17 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Feb-19 16:35 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan is AWOL again, so Sam is joined by his wife Brandy for the first part of the show. She's a state rep, so after some movie talk, for once the show dives into state politics rather than the national picture and we get a glimpse of the legislative process. Then after she leaves, the usual Trump and election content you all expect.

  • (0:00:01-0:02:04) Cold Open
  • (0:02:26-0:50:14) But First
    • Movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    • Washington State Legislative Session
  • (0:52:19-1:47:49) Trump Legal Stuff
    • Date for NY Criminal Case
    • GA Case Developments
    • Trump NY Judgement
  • (1:48:54-2:26:53) Election Polling
    • Democratic Overperformance
    • Election Graphs Thoughts

[Ep 872] Was Specific [1:54:30]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-Feb-23 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Feb-26 10:41 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan hit Russian Intelligence Operations, along with Republicans, both unhinged and indebted. Those are the more newsy bits. But they also cover computer issues, travel, movies, and having young coworkers. All the usual tropes. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:39-0:33:40) But First
    • Computer Issues
    • Travel Complaints
    • Movie: Inspector Clouseau (1968)
  • (0:36:54-1:11:36) But Second
    • Young Coworkers
    • Russian Intelligence Ops
  • (1:12:40-1:54:02) But Third
    • Unhinged Republicans
    • Indebted Republicans

March 2024

[Ep 873] Longittivity [1:37:20]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-Mar-01 UTC
Published: Sun, 2024-Mar-03 23:42 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Ivan talks AirPods, migrants, and Mitch McConnell while Sam continues to catch up on movies, and of course goes over all the Trump legal cases. Between them, they fill up an exciting and eventful show, that surely you don't want to miss. Hit play now! Before it is too late!

  • (0:01:31-0:32:30) But First
    • Stereotypes
    • AirPods Usage
    • Scapegoating Migrants
    • Movie: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
    • Movie: Low Blow (1986)
  • (0:34:14-1:36:49) The Rest
    • Mitch McConnell Legacy
    • Doomed filibuster
    • Senatorial Replacements
    • Reading Into Primaries
    • Trump Civil Trials
    • Trump State Criminal Trials
    • Trump Federal Criminal Trials

[Ep 874] Like it or Not [1:35:46]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-Mar-08 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Mar-11 18:01 UTC

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is traveling for a memorial service for his step-grandfather, so Ivan makes an appearance only as a recorded ghost. Because we couldn’t miss one of his rants. Otherwise, the main topics are the State of the Union speech and the fact that the Biden vs Trump rematch is almost official. Finally, some bits from the memorial for Jim Sunshine.

  • (0:00:50-0:20:22) State of the Union
  • (0:21:00-0:53:00) Rematch is Real
  • (0:54:04-1:06:21) Rant from Ivan
  • (1:07:12-1:34:43) Jim Sunshine

[Ep 875] Thumbs Northeast [1:59:34]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Mar-16 UTC
Published: Sat, 2024-Mar-16 23:57 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss lots of obsolete technology, Boeing's real issues, some more Boeing issues that aren't really Boeing's fault, Trump's many many legal issues, and the merits of the 1980 movie Raging Bull. So that's that.

  • (0:00:01-0:04:31) Cold Open
  • (0:04:53-0:35:14) But First
    • Obsolete Technology
    • Movie: Raging Bull (1980)
  • (0:37:13-1:07:32) Boeing Issues
    • Actual Boeing Issues
    • Not Boeings Fault Issues
  • (1:08:34-1:58:02) Trump Legal Stuff
    • SCOTUS 14th Amendment Ruling
    • Trump Bond Payments
    • Some Georgia Charges Dropped
    • New York Delayed Too
    • Willis and Wade
    • Presidential Immunity
    • Documents Case

[Ep 876] Go With Dumb [1:40:35]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Mar-23 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Mar-25 03:14 UTC
On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk Trump and Congress. Because of course they do. But also travel complaints and a movie review. Cause of course they do that too. Pretty much the normal routine for this show. But it is what all of you like, right?
  • (0:00:54-0:28:50) But First
    • Ivan Travel Woes (Again)
    • Movie: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • (0:29:54-0:59:26) Trump Money Woes
  • (1:00:33-1:40:10) Congressional Shenanigans

[Ep 877] Under Rider [1:58:32]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-Mar-29 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Apr-01 13:45 UTC
This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about Trump's money and legal woes as well as more general discussion of Election 2024. But also shorter hits on DeSantis vs Disney, NBC vs McDaniel, dealing with holidays that aren't work holidays, V for Vendetta, and more!
  • (0:01:17-0:24:01) But First
    • Unofficial Work Holidays
    • Movie: V for Vendetta (2006)
  • (0:25:03-0:56:54) Trump Stuff
    • Money Stuff
    • Legal Stuff
  • (0:57:38-1:30:42) Election 2024
    • Has Donald Peaked?
    • More Money Stuff
    • Culture War Issues
  • (1:31:19-1:57:42) Quick Hits
    • DeSantis/Disney
    • Bridge Collapse
    • NBC/McDaniel
    • Transcripts
    • Supervised Self Driving

April 2024

[Ep 878] Baguettes and Butter [1:57:16]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Apr-06 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Apr-08 13:33 UTC
On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan and Sam do the routine discussion of Trump's current legal and financial woes. The other major newsy topic for the first time in a long time is the situation in Gaza. But before these things, a discussion of unexpected AI generated nudity, the phenomenon of cultural flattening between generations, and a look at the movie "Knock Down the House".
  • (0:00:54-0:41:49) But First
    • Unexpected AI Nudity
    • Cultural Flattening
    • Movie: Knock Down the House (2019)
  • (0:43:51-1:15:17) Trump Stuff
    • DJT Stock
    • Trump Bond Drama
    • Trump Financial Trouble
    • Trump Legal Developments
    • Covering Trump
  • (1:16:21-1:56:42) Gaza
    • Seven vs Thousands
    • War Crimes
    • Netanyahu
    • Biden
    • What's Next?

[Ep 879] It's Pouring [1:26:55]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Apr-13 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Apr-15 13:57 UTC
This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan has travel issues, so Sam is joined by occasional guest cohost Ed. They cover the Iran/Israel developments as the big actual news story of the week, but they also talk taxes, and climate change, tech advancements, and ebooks. And this week's movie is Divergent from 2014. So that's that.
  • (0:01:59-0:43:20) But First
    • Supplements
    • Climate and Coffee
    • Tech Advances
    • Movie: Divergent (2014)
    • eBooks
  • (0:43:57-1:04:13) Iran/Israel
    • Israel Attacks Iran
    • Iran Attacks Israel
    • Successful Defense
    • What Now?
  • (1:04:57-1:26:20) Tax Stuff
    • Simplification
    • Witholding

[Ep 880] Mister Meter [2:02:03]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-Apr-19 UTC
Published: Sun, 2024-Apr-21 22:10 UTC
On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, the big topics for Sam and Ivan are Trump stuff and Congress stuff. You probably could have guessed that. What else would it be? But they also talk couches and charging tables. And this week's movie is the 1995 version of Escape to Witch Mountain. Enjoy!
  • (0:01:01-0:37:59) But First
    • Couches
    • Charging Cables
    • Movie: Escape to Witch Mountain (1995)
  • (0:39:02-1:25:43) Trump Stuff
    • NY Jury Selection
    • Court Behavior
    • Trial Stress
    • The Bond
  • (1:26:33-2:01:31) Congress Stuff
    • Ukraine Aid
    • Useful Idiots
    • Speaker Drama
    • Mayokas Impeachment

[Ep 881] Gotta Have The Buuk [2:26:29]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Apr-27 UTC
Published: Tue, 2024-Apr-30 04:43 UTC
This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan and Sam cover the Gaza protests at US Universities, and of course all the latest Trump related drama. But first, the benefits of being a regular customer at certain establishments, tales of old fashioned business liquid lunches, and a cornucopia of movie and TV reviews. A very over stuffed over full show. Burp!
  • (0:00:03-0:05:58) Cold Open
  • (0:06:21-0:40:57) But First
    • Repeat Customers
    • 3 Martini Lunch
    • Movie: Mar Adentro (2004)
    • TV: Constellation (2024)
    • TV: Boss (2011-2013)
    • Movie: This is Where I Leave You (2014)
    • Movie: Ferrari (2023)
    • Movie: Whiplash (2014)
    • Movie: Anyone but You (2023)
    • Movie: Fast Charlie (2023)
  • (0:42:00-1:17:04) Gaza Protests
    • Heterogeneity
    • Common Components
    • A few bad apples...
    • ...spoil the bunch
    • Regional History
    • Overreactions
    • Anti-Education Movement
  • (1:19:08-2:25:51) Trump Stuff
    • Graduation Correction
    • Trump Bond
    • NY Trial
    • NY Gag Order
    • NY Predictions
    • Arizona & Michigan
    • SCOTUS on Immunity
    • Killing Puppies

May 2024

[Ep 882] Who's Your Daddy? [2:00:12]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-May-04 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-May-06 15:22 UTC
On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about YouTube TV, Gremlins 2, Humane AI, Rabbit R1, and of course all the latest Trump stuff. So just about what you would expect on a week like this. So yeah. That's that. Please clap.
  • (0:00:00-0:01:52) Cold Open
  • (0:02:12-0:33:42) But First
    • May the Fourth
    • YouTube TV
    • Movie: Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
  • (0:34:26-1:14:14) AI Devices
    • Stuff AI Is Good At
    • Humane AI
    • Rabbit R1
    • Another Device?
    • Beta Testers
  • (1:14:52-1:59:39) Trump Stuff
    • Contempt Ruling
    • Testimony
    • The Defense
    • Hanging Juries

[Ep 883] Neurotic Method [2:12:36]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-May-11 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-May-13 08:11 UTC
Loyal cohost Ivan is sick. So Sam got a substitute again. Long time listener Matt joins Curmudgeon's Corner for the first time to talk about the Tik Tok ban, the Gaza protests, rescheduling marijuana, and MTG’s motion to vacate. Plus movies. A bunch of movies. And a few other random things. Yay!
  • (0:00:01-0:03:39) Cold Open
  • (0:04:01-0:34:33) But First
    • Podcast Habits
    • Movie: The Godfather (1972)
    • Movie: The Godfather Part II (1974)
    • Movie: The Godfather Part III (1990)
    • Movie: Scarface (1983)
    • TV: The Diplomat (2023-Present)
    • Movie: Mr. Monk’s Last Case (2023)
  • (0:35:40-1:14:53) Section A
    • Canceling Services
    • Tik Tok Ban
    • Gaza Protests
  • (1:16:55-2:11:03) Section B
    • Rescheduling Marijuana
    • Motion to Vacate
    • Brandy Unopposed
    • Triple Bob Tactic

[Ep 884] Electric Shocks [1:32:53]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-May-17 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-May-20 15:48 UTC
This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan is back. Well, at least for most of the show. He is tired and his internet dies. So he and Sam have only one main topic. That is of course Donald's legal saga. Stormy and Cohen. Timelines and strategy. The gag order and other trials. Everything you expect. But first both cohosts have had recent "small world" encounters, and an update on unopposed Brandy.
  • (0:00:03-0:02:16) Cold Open
  • (0:02:39-0:31:38) But First
    • Small World Encounters
    • Write In Opponent
  • (0:33:23-1:31:47) Trump
    • Timeline
    • Defense Strategy
    • Stormy & Cohen
    • Not Televised
    • Other Trials
    • Gag Order

[Ep 885] Shove It Down [2:05:22]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-May-25 UTC
Published: Sun, 2024-May-26 00:36 UTC
On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan are all over the place, discussing everything from the death of the President of Iran, to the situation in Gaza, to the latest dumb uses of AI, with a bunch of other things in between. So settle in and enjoy the ride! And stay past the end for a couple pitches for a Curmudgeon’s Corner movie!
  • (0:00:36-0:39:58) But First
    • In Person vs Virtual
    • Pandemic Revisited
    • Masks Work
    • Book: Mostly Harmless (1992)
  • (0:40:59-0:59:00) A Block
    • Iranian President Dead
    • Helicopter Safety
  • (0:59:50-2:02:32) B Block
    • Trump Update
    • ICC/Israel/Gaza/Biden
    • Stupid Misused AI
    • Alito and Thomas
    • Dumb Phones

[Ep 886] Oddball Events [2:02:18]
Recorded: Fri, 2024-May-31 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Jun-03 13:05 UTC
This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, aside from a brief recorded note Ivan is traveling, so Sam brings on occasional guest host Bruce. There should be no surprise that the main topic is the Trump conviction. Because boom! Bruce also gives us a recap of the Libertarian convention, and revisits the OceanGate disaster. Plus a book. Woo!
  • 0:00:52 - But First
    • Job Changes
    • OceanGate Revisited
    • Book: Bible and Sword (1956)
  • 0:34:21 - Trump Verdict
    • Ivan's Thoughts
    • Sentencing Options
    • Possible Election Impact
    • Election Graphs Update
    • Possible Game Changers
  • 1:17:37 - Libertarians
    • Factions
    • Chase Oliver
    • Justification for 3P Voting
    • Trump and Kennedy
    • Prospects and Goals

June 2024

[Ep 887] Better or Worse [1:42:19]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Jun-08 UTC
Published: Mon, 2024-Jun-10 15:47 UTC
Once again Ivan is out, so this week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam is joined for the first time by Peter B for a rare politics light show. Instead of yet another riff on Trump, we cover video games, alternative schooling philosophies, relating to art with problematic creators, non-alcoholic cocktails, some notes about Japan, and all the problems with kids today! Enjoy!
  • 0:01:30 - But First
    • Old Video Games
    • Different vs Worse
    • Unschooling
  • 0:37:34 - Reviews
    • Movie: American Fiction (2023)
    • Problematic Creators
    • Problematic Works
    • Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • 1:02:53 - But Last
    • Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
    • Shifting Preferences
    • Japanese Norms
    • Shangri-La Dialogue

[Ep 888] Happily Ever Backily [2:11:49]
Recorded: Sat, 2024-Jun-15 UTC
Published: Tue, 2024-Jun-18 02:21 UTC
Returning from his latest travels in triumph, Ivan joins Sam for a robust discussion of Hunter Biden, Trump's incoherency, SCOTUS, and some international politics too. But first, some politics and AI from Puerto Rico, and one of the hosts upgraded their home computer setup. Finally! Can you guess which one?
  • 0:00:59 - But First
    • Puerto Rican Elections
    • AI Political Parodies
    • Sam's Upgrades
    • Productive Days
  • 1:02:29 - Politics
    • Hunter Biden
    • Joe's Reaction
    • Incoherent Trump
    • SCOTUS
    • UK/France/EU Elections
    • Mexican President Elect


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