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[Ep 745] Slow Walk It [2:12:23]
Recorded: Sat, 2021-Sep-18 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Sep-20 15:10 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about all kinds of things. From Facebook to General Milley, from Apple to Afghanistan. From Trump continuing to be a sore loser, to fun with unauthorized computer network access. And of course the pandemic. And a TV show.

  • (0:00:22-0:33:51) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan: Unauthorized network access
    • Sam TV: Broadchurch (2013-2017)
  • (0:34:18-1:13:52) Pandemic
    • Trends
    • Boosters
    • Hospitals and schools
    • Regional differences
    • Changing guidance
    • Politics
  • (1:14:33-2:12:02) Four Pack
    • Ivan: Facebook interactions
    • Sam: General Milley and Trump
    • Ivan: Apple stuff
    • Sam: Collateral damage
    • Sam: Trump on Georgia
    • The stuff at the end

Previous 5 Episodes

[Ep 744] Real Paper Letter [2:16:34]
Recorded: Fri, 2021-Sep-10 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Sep-13 16:46 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan do talk about the pandemic. You still can't really avoid it. But the rest of the show is more random. Everything from Ivan's neighbors having a fire, to Roombas, to Sam cutting his finger, to Gremlins, to a printer toner scam. Oh yeah, and there is a new website for the podcast. Yay!

  • (0:00:23-0:46:50) But First
    • Ivan: Fire
    • Ivan: Job Searching
    • Sam: Website migration
    • Sam: New CC website
  • (0:48:15-1:25:07) Pandemic
    • Stats
    • Worldwide vaccinations
    • Partisan divide on Covid outcomes
    • New Biden plan
    • School plan for Alex
  • (1:26:14-2:16:13) Lightning Round
    • Ivan: Roomba enhancements
    • Alex: Sam's fan finger
    • Ivan: Printer toner scam
    • Sam Movie: Gremlins (1984)
    • The stuff at the end

[Ep 743] Said By Hand [1:37:16]
Recorded: Sat, 2021-Sep-04 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Sep-06 19:05 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam goes solo. Mostly. He discusses the big Texas abortion case at SCOTUS and the implications thereof. He discusses the pandemic, especially the latest on masks. Round it out with a bit on Afghanistan, a little on Hurricane Ida, a bit on a movie, and just a smidge about CPAPs, and you have a show!

  • (0:00:22-0:13:51) Segment the First
    • Agenda
    • CPAP recall
    • Sam Movie: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
  • (0:15:50-0:45:01) Segment the Second
    • Canine cohost?
    • SCOTUS and Texas
    • Democrats vs Republicans using power
    • Doom and gloom or backlash coming?
  • (0:46:06-1:03:40) Segment the Third
    • Mask quality
    • New mask effectiveness study
    • Tragedy of the commons
  • (1:04:41-1:36:55) Segment the Fourth
    • Vaccine population effects
    • More on masks
    • Afghanistan
    • Hurricane Ida
    • Proactive vs reactive
    • Stuff at the end

[Ep 742] Big Purple Guy [1:49:31]
Recorded: Fri, 2021-Aug-27 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Aug-30 14:22 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan once again concentrate on Afghanistan and the pandemic. On Afghanistan, everything from the aftermath of the bombing at the airport, to the political implications for Joe Biden. On pandemic, a bit on horse dewormers, ventilation, and mask quality. But first, Sam reviews a book, and Ivan shares some news.

  • (0:00:01-0:03:39) Cold Open
  • (0:04:02-0:39:32) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan news
    • Sam Book: Grimus (1975)
  • (0:40:33-1:08:00) Afghanistan
    • Bombing aftermath
    • Biden's performance
    • Political implications
    • Could it have been done better?
  • (1:08:46-1:49:10) Pandemic
    • Statistics and trends
    • Horse dewormers
    • Ventilation
    • Mask quality
    • Stuff at the end

[Ep 741] Secret Formula [1:54:18]
Recorded: Sat, 2021-Aug-21 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Aug-23 12:25 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan and Sam's main topics are Afghanistan and the Pandemic. Would you expect anything else? But Ivan also talks about his car, Sam talks about a book, and, oh yeah, Ivan talks about prepping for a medical procedure and being sick with a virus that is not Covid! Enjoy the show!

  • (0:00:22-0:27:46) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan: Colonoscopy prep!
    • Ivan: Car update
    • Sam: Book: Call of the Wild (1903)
  • (0:28:46-1:03:03) Afghanistan
    • Collapse
    • Evacuations
    • Taliban 2.0?
    • Resistance to refugees
    • Kobayashi Maru
  • (1:05:04-1:53:55) Pandemic
    • Stats
    • Florida
    • Hospitals
    • Schools
    • Mandates
    • Closing

[Ep 740] Buy A Farm [1:55:12]
Recorded: Sat, 2021-Aug-14 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Aug-16 13:42 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the Pandemic, Afghanistan, Infrastructure, Voter Rights Legislation, and the Census/Redistricting for their serious topics. On the lighter side, they engage in some chatter about school drop offs and a movie. This was recorded before the fall of Kabul though, so you'll have to wait until next week for any discussion specifically on that.

  • (0:00:01-0:02:27) Sam from the Future
  • (0:02:51-0:31:12) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan: School Drop Offs
    • Sam: Movie: High Noon (1952)
  • (0:32:19-1:08:27) Segment One
    • Pandemic
    • Afghanistan
  • (1:10:13-1:54:51) Segment Two
    • Infrastructure
    • Voter rights bills
    • Census/Redistricting
    • Listener Question
    • Stuff at the End

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