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March 31, 2006

Tax Attorney 0, Turbo Tax 4

No tax attorney needed if Turbo Tax is as good as advertized.
Turbo Tax 1: 1040 EZ
Turbo Tax 2: all 1040
Turbo Tax 3: all 1040 and Schedule C
Turbo Tax 3: all 1040 and Schedule C and professional review and additional audit defense
-- as good as a tax attorney ?

March 30, 2006

Danbury, hatcityblog

Hatcityblog watches Danbury, CT.

March 29, 2006

Deal Breaker, Deal Book (NYT)

Investment banking reads: Deal Breaker by Gawking Stalwart
and Dealbook by NYT.

March 28, 2006

Tax Attorney vs Federal tax and spend

Ranked by tax attorney or tax CPA ? No.
State by state federal taxing and spending ranked.

Income of out-of-state workers who work via email and
telephone and often have little or no physical contact
with the state.

“The growing practice of multiple states taxing the income
of telecommuters acts as a direct financial disincentive for
employers and employees to use telecommuting.”
-- Tax Attorney

March 27, 2006

Undocumented physician

Undocumented physician, Stephen Brian Turner, doctors immigrants in California.

March 26, 2006

Sirius and XM at satellite guys

Satelite Radio: Sirius and XM discussion at satelliteguys.us.

March 25, 2006

Starbucks in Southern Connecticut

Starbucks in Southern Connecticut.
Coffee and WiFi.

March 24, 2006


Mr. Krensavage has published his share of sells over the years.
Right now he has underperform ratings on 3 of the 16
companies he follows: Bentley, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
and Eli Lilly. Over the years he has had sells on Merck and
Johnson & Johnson. "The companies pretty much have
behaved well," he said, adding that the more a company
complains about his assessment, the more perspicacious
he believes it is.

[via NYT]

March 23, 2006

Harvard podcast Understanding Computers and the Internet

Computer science lectures podcast from Harvard.
Alas, for extension student users, not for scientists.

[Via MacNN]

March 22, 2006

NoNo saga in customer service

The saga of NoNo's MINI Cooper and MINIUSA customer service's
highs and lows.

mini2: *, nemini: **

March 21, 2006

Viking Trail, Newfoundland

Viking Trail in northwestern Newfoundland:

MINI_Viking Trail

From the MINI Unofficial owner's manual:


March 20, 2006

Futarchy: Vote Values, But Bet Beliefs

Speculative markets in essence offer to pay anyone who sees a bias in
current market prices to come and correct that bias.

Speculative market estimates are not perfect. There seems to be a
long-shot bias when there are high transaction costs, and perhaps
also excess volatility in long term aggregate price movements. But
such markets seem to do very well when compared to other

-- Futarchy: Vote Values, But Bet Beliefs by Robin Hanson.

March 19, 2006

Obvious or Trivial Except ... / Tim Worstall

Tim Worstall's Obvious or Trivial Except ... examines the
political economy of Paul Krugman.

March 18, 2006

stumbling and mumbling / Chris Dillow : winner's curse

Stumbling and mumbling econoblog looks at a winner's curse
-- how to over bid in an auction.
And opposes Managerialism.

March 17, 2006

Sopranos start a new season

Sopranos start a new season, and the boards of HBO, television
without pity, location-specific info, and E! online alight NJ, from
North Caldwell to Montville.

Another fine year with Tony Soprano.

March 16, 2006

McMansion congratulations

When neighbors return, after having moved out temporarily to
have one of these steroid palaces built for them, I'm at a loss
for what to say.

Nice house seems insincere.

Where the hell did you get the money ?
would be aggressive and intrusive.

But it seems as if you should say something, right?
I want to say,

Why ? or,

You expecting quintuplets ?

I settle for

Looks like it's really coming along.

March 15, 2006

Tom Suozzi, Guvnor of NY

Tom Suozzi runs for Guvnor of NY, over Eliot Spitzer.

March 14, 2006

Torontopia / Broken Social Scene

Toronto's alternative-rock scene is a place where the sweetly
familial and weirdly collective rub up against the traditional
markers of stardom. BSS is the largest and the most media-ready
of the Toronto bands, but it is far from the only band committed
to a Toronto-bred arty idealism, known to some as Torontopia.

Jonny Dovercourt, a 32-year-old local rock musician and impresario,
and his friend Steven Kado, a musician with an interest in hipsterish
pursuits like urban planning, coined the term in 2002 to help give
utopian ballast to the city's sprawling but idealistic music community.
Dovercourt is so committed to Toronto that he adopted one of its
street names, Dovercourt, as his last name; his real name is Jonathan

Dovercourt has a penchant for arriving at rock clubs and bars with
books by the famed urban critic Jane Jacobs, who has made Toronto
her home for nearly 40 years. He is a public-space enthusiast intent
on defending it from corporate forces and on keeping it open to the
improvisational and the unexpected. In his effort to advance Toronto's
fortunes, Dovercourt started a weekly music series called Wavelength,
held at bars like Ted's Wrecking Yard and Sneaky Dee's.

The indie-popular Constantines, which plays a kind of blue-eyed-
soul-punk, had its breakout show at Wavelength, which is often described
as the center of the Toronto scene and its incubator. In the past six years,
hundreds of bands have played in the series, including BSS, Dovercourt's
Republic of Safety, Ninja High School, the FemBots and the influential CCMC
(Canadian Creative Music Collective), an improv music co-op featuring
the filmmaker Michael Snow. On a typical night, two or three bands,
almost always local and encompassing various genres, attract audiences
of up to 200. This month, Wavelength had its 300th show.

Linkage: NYT, Torontoist Backwash, and for the UTNE Reader crowd, the Torontopia and
Toronto The Good.

March 13, 2006

droxy on Digital radio

Digital radio and Sirius at droxy.

March 12, 2006

Bang me silly, Claude Allen

When all else fails, the Administration has simply preached:
In February, a hundred CDC researchers on sexually transmitted
diseases were summoned to Washington by HHS deputy secretary
Claude Allen for a daylong affair consisting entirely of speakers
extolling abstinence until marriage. There were no panels or
workshops, just endless testimonials, including one by a
young woman calling herself "a born-again virgin."

-- "Bootylicious" Brock.

See previously Speak no evil and researchers feared [NYT] that
the concerns of individual members of Congress were now being
taken more seriously by the health and human services department.

March 11, 2006

Venture Angels: Art of the Guy

Guy Kawasai gives the same speech over and over.
He's getting better at it. UCLA business School edition.

Cliches about business, but solid advice about presentations.

March 10, 2006

Cloud tags by zoomclouds

Tag soup and del.icio.us tags, and now Zoom Clouds of tags.

March 9, 2006

Wal*Mart blogs

The 37-year-old Brian Pickrell who runs the Iowa Voice blog has written
at least three postings that contain language identical to sentences in
e-mail from Marshall Manson. In one, which Brian Pickrell attributed to
a "reader," he reported that

Wal-Mart was about to announce that a store in Illinois received
25,000 applications for 325 jobs. That's a 1.3 percent acceptance rate.
Consider this: Harvard University (undergraduate) accepts 11 percent
of applicants. The Navy Seals accept 5 percent of applicants.

See also Wal-Mart is a great American institution.

[NYT: 1, 2]

March 6, 2006

PEI eats mussels

Prince Edward Island Mussels
Steamed Mussels with Green Curry and Lemon Grass Cream Sauce
CDN $9.00

'Featuring PEI's only sommelier'

Off Broadway / 42nd Street Lounge
125 Sydney St.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
(902) 566 - 4620

March 5, 2006

80 20 rule

The temperature distribution in Missouri follow an Paretoesque 80-20 rule.


March 4, 2006

George W Bush, comforter.

George W Bush, comforter.

BUSH: When I saw TV reporters interviewing people
who were screaming for help. It looked the scenes
looked chaotic and desperate. And I realized that our
government was could have done a better job of
comforting people.

Americans should find comfort in knowing that millions
of their fellow citizens are working every day to ensure
our security at every level -- federal, state, county, municipal.

The more people learn about the port deal and the
government's scrutiny of it, the more they'll be comforted.

March 3, 2006

CA Quake mapped

Earthquakes: CA quake map.

March 2, 2006

***You Passed 8th Grade Math***

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

Could You Pass 8th Grade Math?