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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


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