Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Hack Attack: The self-sustaining iPod - Lifehacker
And a little creepy.
To avoid being hit by the bus, Bill jumped off the road into Carol's yard. Unfortunately, he landed in a bed of prize-winning zinnias and damaged them extensively."
Ah, the benefits of cigarette smoking.
And if you are going to use an online service to file your taxes, and your adjusted gross income is less than $50,000, make sure you go through the IRS's website to file for free.
You want to start at the IRS. They will take you to the professional site's free service. Even if you end up being over the amount, they will still complete your taxes (for a fee, see below). If you start at the business end, and try to go back and get the service for free, you might be out of luck. Not all of the companies will allow you to reenter through the IRS site, and then you end up reentering everything on another site. (thanks HRBlock)
The free offer is for Federal preparation and e-filing only. You're gonna pay $20-25 for state filing no matter what. Be careful, some of the sites make you pay for the state preparation whether you want them to do your state taxes or not. They will also charge you money to take their fee out of your refund, usually $25. If your AGI is over $50,000, you'll pay $25 for a basic filing (no professional assistance). Don't let them charge you for direct depositing your money into your account. This is a free service from the Feds and Oregon. You can get it done for about $44 if you play your cards right, and know what you are doing. On that note:
If you can't find information under theIRS's individals site, go to the tax professionals site. The information is well organized for those of you that are a bit tax savvy. Better yet, go to the Code, for the WORD. But be careful with that one, unless you have a handle on statutory interpretation. Google search is also a good avenue for your questions, and you will likely find articles explaining your issue in a more understandable language.
Better yet, just do those taxes on paper (or fillable PDF form) unless they are really complicated. And no, don't call me to help you, at least not until after Feb. 23rd. I have done our house's taxes though, yeay.
Lastly, don't forget the Multnomah County ITAX. You can file and pay online. Last year, this. Or better yet, don't pay. Perhaps then I can work for the County again and take you to court. I could use the job. Oh and for you 'Couvs, I'll find a way, someday, don't worry.
Ohhh, just like The Island. Or just an excuse for Ewan to visit.
BBC NEWS | Health | Concern over 'spare part' babies: "It warns that once a child has been created to save a sibling, there could be a temptation to view them as a spare parts bank."
Monday, January 30, 2006
Saturday, January 28, 2006
If Cascadia ever happens, I wonder what chance any of us have. Though I think we might be ok in PDX.
The magnitude 2.8 event occurred 2 km (1 miles) SW of Portland, OR ."
My first! How very exciting!
Thanks to Technorati and the ability they have given me to search blogs for news. This is the first time that I've realized the full potential of blogs to get helpful information.
And darn it if I can find any news on the internet.
At first I thought perhaps the neighbors were bombing us. S got into a yelling match with them today. Yikes! I think the line of communication might get better from here. In the aftermath, I fully realized that I'm a gentrificator. More on that theory later.
On a completely unrelated note, I am again watching my neighbors powerwash and shopvac their swimming pool, with the extension cord dangling dangerously close to falling into the water. I'm on the edge of my seat and just cannot focus on my Evidence MBE questions. Will it happen today? The best part is that the whole damn family is in the pool. Driving me crazy.
Hey Thug/Crap/GS/plm/StCarl, when we having that concert in my backyard? I'll supply the beer.
Btw, gotta watch The Life of Birds by David Attenborough (Blue Planet series).
And another David that also had me dropping my jaw in amazement, this time in incredulity, David Hasslehoff singing "Hooked on a feeling". You must watch this video, it is possibly the worst ever, by anyone, which is sad, because he's not that bad a singer.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
The rant? $125! That's like paying to pass. I've already paid $700 to apply for this bar exam. OUCH! What a racket. I understand there is a lot to organize, but the software is something that if allowed, I could likely download for free.
I better find a job when all this is done, or I've really made some serious mistakes in my life choices. Ah well, at least I've had a three year break from painting.
Please note the new handy features: technorati "search this blog" box; archive pull down menu with an easy to find link to this month (January) in the header; a lovely "syndicate this site" heading in the sidebar (so you don't have to check back unless there is something new); and my profile may be reached by clicking on the picture.
I've deleted the random photo blog, cuz it was pretty silly, even I rarely used it. Three I think is enough here.
New picture is up, and no more buttons. I'm going simplistic and subtle this time. Enjoy.
I had a dream last night, and this is what I dreamt. There are a few bugs to work out, but I'm done working on it today (gotta get back to work).
Constructive criticism welcome.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Here's a past post, with newly born pic. (which makes me rant at blogger. I tried the top search button and it came up with nothing. So I went to Technorati, downloaded the search bar on the lower left of your screen. When I typed in "Sam" I was instantly taken to this former post. Poo on blogger for making me have a useless header.)
It was a lot easier than I thought, but since we don't have an industrial hair dryer for him, besides he hates the noise, on a whim, I googled "dog bathrobe."
Check this shiz out, they have several kinds. Sooooooooo cool.
Skiing on Sunday kinda sucked. We went back to the first place that I had skied, Snow Bunny at Mt. Hood. Sadly, it was earlier in the day, and thus there were millions more people, including two couples with rabid dogs. Rabid dogs have to be put on leashes. Anyone with a dog knows that factors of dominance change greatly when one dog is put on a leash. They become much more defensive while the unleashed dog (Fife) becomes more aggressive. Fife normally will roll over for just about any dog (except dogs that are too close to mom or dad, he's a pretty damn fine dog). So, add skis into the mix and there was a lot of Three Stooges action going on. Besides all the obnoxious people, the snow was pretty sticky, and we didn't have any spray wax, so the entire uphill was tougher than usual (even worse, I tried thicker socks and tighter lacing, which I thought would fix the sloppy feeling I had the week before. It only made me have blisters). The downhill wasn't nearly as fast and exciting as it could have been. It was, however, exercise.
With my switching to Firefox, I've decided to go all open source. OpenOffice is downloading and Linux will soon follow. Even better, Steve has been learning how to run servers, thus my website might soon be up, and since I'm sure the hits won't be that many, we'll be able to run it off our own server. Sweet.
And what did I do before I discovered widgets? And I'm not talking about the legal fiction. These things are what make a computer friendly. Now, well after the bar, I'll start making my own, so that I can have the perfect computer. Between that and all this open source stuff, I'll finally be able to manipulate the computer to my exact liking. The thought gives me chills.
And, studying for the bar. Today I'm shifting into 4th gear. I have 4 weeks before the bar exam. I have a detailed plan which consists entirely of practice exams. 3 hour shifts, 3 shifts per day. Two shifts are writing essays and one is multiple choice for the multi-state. I have to do some research as to whether I'm typing the exam on my laptop or writing the exam, it all depends on the editing features of the program I have to use.
I no longer have the need to sleep. I go to bed with my civil procedure notes and fall asleep at 2:00, only to wake at 4:00, then sleep from 5-6 and lie awake until I realize I should make use of the time, out of bed at 7:00. Should be one hella interesting four weeks. No smoking, drinking, or sleeping. I am, however, eating rather well, and am making sure to only work one three hour shift on Sunday.
Other than that, I know Steve and I are looking forward to this being over and the job search getting started. Those student loan bills are HUGE! Not to mention the consumer debt, which is getting larger by the minute.
I wanted a challenge, so I went to law school. I got what I asked for and then some.
Update to the update: OpenOffice may not be happening just yet. I have made an initial attempt, and realized that I have had 3 years of heavy Word use that has created a highly tuned and finely crafted setup (and that's just law school. I did have 5 years as an undergrad don't you forget) . OpenOffice looks like chaos, and most importantly, will not easily allow my blue background that has saved my vision from degenerating below -4.25.
I'll not be using OO anytime soon, perhaps not until I hang my shingle out there for the world (don't worry, won't be anytime soon).
Saturday, January 21, 2006
How did he live in the meantime, you ask? He and his friends built a treehouse in the woods near his college. They also did it just because well, its funny. They were found out, but it took the authorities quite a while.
For those of you that were there, please add to the story if you'd like. I recall something about folks being kicked off campus, and other craziness, but the story changes depending on the person who is telling it. Regardless, here, finally, are the pictures, posted on the internet for all to see. I don't even know who the people are, except Stephen and Steve. If you don't like my titles, get your own Flickr account, beyotches.
P.S. the Barn (?) in NE PDX has a wonderful band that plays on Friday and Saturday night. Just make sure and get that bluing rinse in before you go. I felt like I was back in WI for the night. You certainly missed a good time, Omega.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Besides, it looks like it will be a pretty messed up movie, and I know how some of you think baby doll's heads are funny.
Boing Boing: Big theater chains refuse to show Soderbergh's "Bubble"
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Savage Love - January 18, 2006 | The A.V. Club: "I can't believe that you've had nothing to say about Brokeback Mountain. Every other writer in America—gay and straight!—has an opinion, but not you? What's the deal?
That Movie Is So Gay
The deal, TMISG, is that I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain yet. (But I have played the video game—and, wow, it's so lifelike you can almost taste Heath Ledger's spit!) Ang Lee's film is a Cinematic Holy Day of Obligation for homos everywhere, but I got a special dispensation from a gay priest. I said a couple of 'Oh, Marys,' and now I have until March to see it."
"In a stinging defeat for the administration, the high court ruled by a 6-3 vote that then-Attorney General John Ashcroft wrongly interpreted a federal law in 2001 to bar distribution of controlled drugs to assist suicides, disregarding the Oregon law authorizing it."
Better maps than Trimet, and a bit easier interface. The only thing I would suggest is making the timetables available. But they do offer several options to make it rather flexible. Highly recommended for one who uses public transportation not so often, or to go places one hasn't been on the bus/MAX.
Google Transit - 630 NE Killingsworth St., portland oregon to 2130 North Kilpatrick Street, Portland, OR by 5:00pm
Monday, January 16, 2006
"What, from you?"
"No, anything weird, from anyone weird?"
"You mean from Jared? Was that you? I was SO pissed that he kept calling, twice a day, and I always had to call back and ask to have it cancelled."
It was funnier in person, I was on the floor and peeing my pants. If you missed the Jared prank phone call idea, look here. I don't really feel too bad about it, it was highly amusing.
And then I made myself ill again, by mixing liquor and ibuprofen. My stomach bleeding all day Saturday, I finally went to the store and discovered the miracle that is Pepto-Bismol. After a day of agony, the soothing pink liquid (plus some lemon-ginger Tazo tea to wash it down), made me feel like a new woman.
Well enough in fact to go cross-country skiing on Sunday. What a hell of a lot of fun! I have a much better hang of things this time, having learned about the edges of the skis and how to use them for better traction. I'm also able to look up when going downhill, rather than look at my skis, which keeps me from falling quite as much.
We had a rather strenuous hike up into Mt Hood, and then quite a long and challenging downhill out. Several parts of which I was going so fast that I scared myself. I do need to learn how to do that sliding sideways stop that they do on TV, and become more fluid going back and forth (instead of my current method of tucking and pointing my skis straight downhill, for max. speed). On one especially steep hill, I used the plow technique to go slow, but hit a bump and did an amazing fall just like on TV, legs and skis and me and snow all in one flying debris pile. All is well. In fact, Steve had the only injury of the day, his wrist got a bit banged up.
I will definitely go again as soon as possible. An amazing rush. I felt like Roger Moore.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Here's what the tourist info says about it:
"Visitors to Cape Scott should be well prepared for adverse weather conditions - all year round. Annual rainfall is between 375 and 500 centimetres, and prolonged sunny periods are a rarity, even in summer. High winds, rain and generally stormy conditions can be expected at any time of the year. There is no best time to visit the park, although mid summer is generally preferred. A storm once blew so hard that it turned the lighthouse here sideways!"
However, I'm much better today, and gonna try and find some food to stave off any more migraines. And now I have to get some bloody work done. So much for going out tonight or skiing on Sunday. Looks like I'm stuck here.
And I should mention that you should never go to the Kenton post office. Besides the legions of old people that were there, making the process the slowest possible, they have a teller that loudly proclaimed that she never stays home when she is sick. Rather, she goes to work, and stays home when she is well, so that she can enjoy it. Lovely. Thanks for the flu, bitch.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
These are some photos from my first time skiing properly. Lying in bed yesterday and today has allowed me to remember to upload these. I'm lying in bed because I have the flu. Lovely, the chills, aches, puking and other lovelies. I'm most thankful that it's James Bond 24/007 week. Yeay. If I didn't feel like I'm dying of hunger and dehydration and caffeine withdrawl, I might just be able to enjoy it.
I would like to mention that my baby has taken wonderful care of me. 7up with a straw!
Back to sleep.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Second: I sold almost all of my remainder text books, to add about $400 to my pocket. WHEW! Money’s makin me ill, but some good news makes me feel better and now there are fewer books to deal with. I'm a wiz at ebay selling these days.
Third: the best podcast is the Ricky Gervais show. Get it through iTunes, it is free and funny as hell.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Jared's January Fresh Reminders Calls
Baby, I love you and am sorry, and I did it before I thought about it. It was just too good to pass up. Please save one so that I can hear it. Oh, and if you win a drawing, you might get an actual call from him. teehee
Besides, I wanna see your ribs again.
See, the Oregon Bar administrators are finally allowing the use of a laptop on the bar exam. And since I wrote my exams the first year of law school and then saw my grades go up by a full letter when I decided to start typing them, I do believe I've got a shot this time, no matter the subjects they throw at me.
So, if anyone can help me out, please let me know as soon as possible. The exam isn't until Feb 20ish, (OMFG!) but I'd rather make sure I have one and it works and I know how to make it work. Otherwise I'll just buy one.
"Have you ever wanted a Windows CD that would install Windows by automatically putting in your name, product key, timezone and regional settings? And have it merged with the latest Service Pack to save time? Followed by silently installing all your favourite applications along with DirectX 9.0c, .Net Framework 1.1 and then all the required hotfixes, updated drivers, registry tweaks, and a readily patched UXTheme.dll without any user interaction whatsoever? Then this guide will show you how you can do just that!"
Saturday, January 07, 2006
hate-mail: "Post this B*TCH Hey you ateist son of a b***h, you are a big A*****E! If this is a joke, you are so GAY. You know that you have pissed the hell out of a christian when I start cussing. You are so full of sh*t; how can you believe all this crap. Pardon my french, but you are such a big jacka$$ for believing this bullsh*t.Come on, dumb***, do you seriously think that a pile of s**t, sorry, spagetti would fly around and create a mountain, trees, and a midget??!! God created you and all of your 'followers' and he can take you out just like that. You sound alot like what happened to satan. You and all of your followers are the ones that will go to hell. Just remember, WWJD
: "I just saw your fucking website and you have to be the most screwed up mother fucker out there. Do you realize that people eat your fucking FSM everyday. This is the most stupid bullshit I have ever heard in my fucking life. I feel sorry for your parents because they have raised such a dumbass and if I were them I would never show my face again. If i ever meet up with you or one of your 'followers' I will beat the living fucking hell out of them. You are so fucking stupid I don't know how you made it to college much less out of preschool. One of theses days you are going to mess with the wrong person and theyare going to slap the fuck out of you. Your pictures are stupid and the flying spaghetti monster is the ugliest fucking thing I have ever seen. I bet your just as fucking ugly as that damn thing is. That sort of monster would scare the hell out of any little kid in your preschool classes. Get a life you dumbass fucking idiot and then maybe you will see how stupid you really sound to the people that are not believeing in all this shit that you come up with. All your trying to do is get attention and obviously it's working but in the opposite way you fuckhead. You probably never get laid because of your stupid ass suggestions. Hope you have the most fucked up life with your FSM beliving dumbass girlfriend that you getone day. MAYBE!! When that girl comes along and belives this shitn then she will be just as stupoid as your ass. Have a good day and hope that you have really fucked up kids. God Bless!
- sherlet davis"
Friday, January 06, 2006
I mistakenly thought it was gonna be a bit dull. I had just taken a nap, was a bit hungry and drowsy. That was all taken care of with a shot of Herradura and a glass of Johnny Walker. Then, the fun started.
I received two gifts: a magic 8 type ball on a keychain, but it is the devil's ball. Funny in too many ways. The other gift was a dollar store rendition of the old table football game. You know, the one where you fold a piece of paper like a flag and the other person holds up their hands like goalposts? It's fantastic. However, I left it there, because I had somehow lost the professional version of the football (it was larger than the collegiate version), and thought the only way I would ever get that back would be to leave the whole thing there, so that it at least made it into the packaging.
A present that S got was a horrible game that pits up to four players against each other to press the button when a light turns green. The last one to press their button (jeopardy style) would receive a mild or extreme shock. I did this WAY too many times.
And we drank and I was very flitty, the way I like to be at parties, the personification of stream of consciousness. I even had written in indellible ink on places of my body that shouldn't have been allowed to have been photographed. Ah well, it was all for fun.
Anyway, props to Crapartist for throwing a whopper of a party. It was indeed a fantastic way to ring in the New Year.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
And I wanted to mention that I have recently converted to Firefox as my internet browser. I've been curious and tried it before, but was stubborn. It blows netscape and explorer out of the water for being able to be manipulated in the manner that I wish. I am in love.
See, I wasn't sure if I should take the bar again. What I really want to do is get a job, any job and work and get a paycheck and have money and be happy. But that is not my fate. I found a way to pay the application fee for the bar exam, and $700 later, I'm locked in. I have enough money to pay minimum bills until April. After that, I must have a job. Thus, I must pass the bar this time or I'll have to move to a country where I cannot be found. And that sounds uncomfortable, besides, where will I blend in? Ireland, Germany, Australia? Likely places where the law will catch up with me. SUCK.
Anyway, I've been talking to you, old blog, a lot, but not writing anything down, because I was happy with my thoughts being my own and not being read by anyone and everyone. Proud of me though, blog? I didn't destroy you this time. I'm learning.
So, I have wanted to say that Star Wars III is the worst movie I've seen in a long time. When everything, even the bodies of humans are CGI, you've gone too far. And how about hiring a writer next time? I feel bad about wasting my time.
On the other hand, King Kong was one of the best action/adventure movies I've seen in forever. I don't know how people can not like it. It was amazing. Long, but so what. Genius it was. Perfect for what it was supposed to be: entertaining and exciting. I've learned throught the review of these two movies, the people that I will never listen to for movie viewing advice.
Oh, and "The Long Way Round," the videotaping of Ewan MacGregor and his friend Charley something (son of a famous director) as they ride their motorcycles around the world is wonderful as well.
I'm off to study for now, I must keep plugging away at this material, and hope that more sinks in this time than the last.
Thanks for listening.
Also see "10 THINGS ALL THE COOL DUDES ARE DOING INSTEAD OF BEING LAME AND QUEER AND HAVING SEX!"