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[Ep 749] Angle Of Your Finger [1:45:51]
Recorded: Fri, 2021-Oct-15 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Oct-18 15:49 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan's main topics are the supply chain problems, and various aspects of the political situation for Democrats. All kinds of meaty stuff in there, but they also talk about Captain Kirk in space, and the NFL and Netflix scandals.

  • (0:00:23-0:32:21) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam: Captain Kirk in space
    • Ivan: NFL and Netflix scandals
  • (00:32:49-1:01:40) Supply Chain
    • Cascading ripples
    • Breaking Just-In-Time
    • Economic impacts
    • Labor shortage
    • Consumer impact
  • (1:03:41-1:45:30) Democratic Politics
    • Popularism
    • Deliverism
    • Scaring people
    • Bannon contempt
    • Not looking back
    • Stuff at the end

Previous 5 Episodes

[Ep 748] Second Tongue [1:54:54]
Recorded: Fri, 2021-Oct-08 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Oct-11 15:08 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Europe a bit. Specifically mostly about European energy concerns. And they talk about Facebook. The outage. The leak. The perils of optimizing for engagement. And the possibilities of government regulation. But first the usual random stuff and some pre-show hijinks. Have fun!

  • (0:00:01-0:06:48) Pre-show Hijinks
  • (0:07:10-0:37:54) But First
    • Agenda
    • Ivan: Job update
    • Ivan: Tax stuff
    • Sam: Whose podcast?
    • Sam: Movie: Apollo 11 (2019)
  • (0:39:48-0:57:40) European Energy
    • UK fuel crisis
    • How's Brexit working out?
    • European dependency on Russian gas
  • (0:58:07-1:54:34) Facebook
    • Mini pandemic round
    • The outage
    • The leak
    • Optimizing for engagement
    • Government regulation?
    • Stuff at the end

[Ep 747] Paste Paste Confirm [1:39:46]
Recorded: Sat, 2021-Oct-02 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Oct-04 12:31 UTC

This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss some recent Apple software updates, Ivan rants about people who say they take climate change seriously, but still don't make personal choices that align with that, they discuss all the latest pandemic trends (spoilers, things are getting better at the moment!), and finally they discuss all the latest congressional goings on with government shutdowns, debt limits, and the two big trillion plus dollar bills. Enjoy!

  • (0:00:23-0:43:32) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam: Apple software updates
    • Ivan Climate hypocrites
  • (0:44:18-1:14:57) Pandemic
    • Stats
    • Acute locations
    • New developments
    • Mandates
  • (1:16:41-1:39:26) Congress
    • Government shutdown averted
    • Debt limit still pending
    • Infrastructure week again
    • End stuff

[Ep 746] Demolished the Roof [1:06:35]
Recorded: Sat, 2021-Sep-25 UTC
Published: Mon, 2021-Sep-27 11:06 UTC

On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam is joined by his 12 year old son Alex for the entire show. But for the first time, rather than talking exclusively about video games, his YouTube channel, and things like that as he has done before, he actually joins his dad in discussing a couple of movies and how the pandemic impacts him. He then pretends to fall asleep during a segment on the January 6th memo released this week, and the results of that pseudo-audit in Arizona. Oh, and Sam discusses a little incident relating to the original opening segment of this week's show, and how a little burst of static keeps us from breaking a really long streak.

  • (0:00:01-0:06:30) Explanation
  • (0:06:53-0:09:54) Alex's Mini Show
  • (0:10:19-0:23:47) Movies
    • Corpse Bride (2005)
    • Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
  • (0:24:32-0:45:58) Pandemic
    • Trends
    • Alex vaccination
    • Alex and school
  • (0:47:51-1:06:14) Politics Stuff
    • January 6th memo
    • Arizona pseudo-audit
    • Alex style end stuff

[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

[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

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