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Star Wars
By tps12 (Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 08:59:16 AM EST) Star Wars, Phantom Menace, commute, taxes (all tags)
Trying to fight the tears
I'll prove to the crowd that I come out stronger
Though I think I might lie here a little longer


Resuming Normal Diary Service

My "Great Moments in 'The Phantom Menace'" series was a success, I feel. The Greedy Jew scene was far and away the most popular according to the poll, with the thrilling opening battle coming in second. Nothing else garnered more than a couple votes.

Looking at comment counts (BSD-style), the first one generated the most comments, clocking in at 87. That's predictible, as it prompted a lot of general commentary on the movie, not just reactions to the scene portrayed. R2-D2's heroics sparked the next most commentary, with Darth Maul's introduction, Queen Amidala's bold tribute to Nabooian solidarity, and again the Jewish slave-owner generating a good amount as well.


Hide the Porn

My mom and sister were in the state visiting colleges last week and stayed with us for the weekend. Awesome weather, so we walked around the neighborhood and across the Brooklyn Bridge and such, sampled a lot of local cuisine and drank lots of wine. Also my mom had tickets to Avenue Q, which I had not seen. Very funny stuff. I had recommended my whole family see it when they were out here for my brother's graduation last spring, but they hadn't been able to get tickets. So, we all agree now that my dad would have hated it, but I still wish he'd seen it.

Anyway, it looks like my sister will be going to school upstate unless she gets off the waitlist at another place closer to home. It will be nice to have her within driving distance and maybe get to see her play some soccer once in a while.


Commute

All the way acrost New Jersey!

This is where I go most Mondays.


Work

The novelty of writing and revising documentation has worn off. I agreed to do one section of a manual to help this manager out and now he just keeps giving me more. I can't tell if I'm just getting enthusiastic about my other (lower priority) project because it's !documentation, or if I actually find it interesting. I suspect the former.


Boring Taxes

I got my taxes all figured out. My predictions were way off...my federal refund almost covered my NY taxes and my NJ refund fell short of covering the amount owed PA by a little less than $250, so I ended up just a touch in the red. Not bad at all.

I still will not be able to file the fast form (IT-100) next year, because I will need to claim the resident credit for taxes paid to NJ. So IT-201, IT-201-ATT, and IT-112-R should do it. And it's only like two lines on each of the latter two, so it won't be any more work than the 1040A, i.e., easy peasy.

I should probably (read: legally) be making estimated payments for 2005. But I don't have any cash, so I'd have to use a credit card. I think the interest the state will charge me on late payments will beat the rate on my Visa, though I should probably look into it just to be sure. Ideally, I suppose I'd have my employer withholding taxes for both NJ and NY (less the NJ withholding). If you can even do that. Whatever, I don't have to think about it for another eleven months, right.

Ad hoc pays his taxes by phone. Didn't know one could do that. I am paper-and-calculator all the way. I'm no Luddite, but I think I have internalized a certain healthy distrust of modern technology that waries me of "e-filing."


Trolling

I'm so immature.

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trolling by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 09:06:29 AM EST
Why do we even troll on the internet? Having all discussions conducted with a few comment generators would result in the same text.

Taxes: turbotax.com. Took me an hour back in February.

commute: I need to visit NYC again sometime soon.

who knows by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:48:26 PM EST
I'm not proud of myself.

You should visit before it gets hot and smelly.

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dude, that series was dope! by rmg (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 09:23:18 AM EST
you should do more of that kind of thing.

and sticking to the classics i see. elegant and effective as ever.




[t]rolling retards conversation, period.

Commute by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 09:57:21 AM EST
You drive within a few miles of where I live/work (287/NJTPK interchange).

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
When I am up in NJ by cam (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 01:09:06 PM EST
I work near the 287/Turnpike interchange too.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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is that by New Brunswick? by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:43:14 PM EST
Good restaurants around there.

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Yup by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:58:25 PM EST
I live/work pretty close to NB.  Looking to purchase there soon as it's the only place in NJ I can afford that's not Newark or Camden.

I like Harvest Moon and the Round Grill, haven't tried the Ethiopian place yet, but heard its good.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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yeah, the ethiopian place rules by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 12:04:39 AM EST
I haven't tride the two you mentioned, but I'll keep them in mind. Soho on George is also very good, if chi-chi.

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racist (nt) by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #17 Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 12:08:06 AM EST


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Harvest Moon by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 02:47:16 AM EST
On George across from *Bucks.  Good brew pub with good food.  They have an oatmeal stout that is really good in the fall.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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Yup the series was a success by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 10:41:06 AM EST
And just enough time left for a AotC series, before Episode III comes out.

ha, right by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:57:33 PM EST
I watched the movie again, which is all the sacrifice I'm willing to make.

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IHBT by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 12:30:33 PM EST
My accountant does our taxen the old-fashioned way (having one of the house slaves do it) but still submits the results electronically. That way you avoid being on the Channel 6 Action News when they do their annually high-larious story about how late people are with their filing.

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YHNBT by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:46:01 PM EST
See, I have no idea how to do that. You have a piece of paper and a check...how do you file that electronically? (Yes, I tried holding it up to the screen and clicking "scan.")

And they go by postmark to determine lateness. So unless it takes your multiple days to reach your mailbox or post office (which it might, living in Libermatarian New Hampshire) there's no difference there. Or IHBT.

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YHBT on that part by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:50:55 PM EST
My lateness remarks were just a joke. But I believe they start processing your refund as soon as they get it in the computer. So electronic filing is not only faster because of the transit time, but also because of the input time.

I think there's a phone number you can call and keypad the stuff in. You have to have lived in the same spot for N(=2) cycles for it to work, IIRC.

Of course if you cared about getting your refund early, you wouldn't wait until April 13 to file in the first place.

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yeah by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 11:58:59 PM EST
I'm using credit cards for everything, so "getting my refund" early isn't really of any concern. All just numbers in a database, as they say.

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Taxes by phone by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 02:34:35 PM EST
actually, it's just for filing reporting forms. Corporate reporting forms. I don't pay them by phone, I have to go to the bank to do that. But I guess you can schedule withdrawls from your bank account, from what I understand. I'd rather write a check. At least then I have a receipt.
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Thanks for the link by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 04:21:18 PM EST
I set those Liberal Commie Dunderheads straight as to the song's true meaning.

"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
wrong account? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #19 Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 02:48:27 AM EST


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No, right account by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 03:26:26 PM EST
Look for Orion Blastar in this thread. I posted there with the same account name I use here.

My trolling account here is Garlic, and I like posting to myself. :)


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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