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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, tax time is approaching. I decided to seize the bull by the horns of a dilemma and get my taxes done early this year. Turns out we overpaid the state and fed about a grand total. I never understand why people are so thrilled when they get a big tax return. All that means is that you allowed the government to use your money interest-free for a year. Of course, I'd much rather have it that way than to find out that I owe a grand.

The Master comments: While it wasn't a grand, I've owed in the past. It sucked. I'll overpay thanks.


I stayed up until 1 am last night watching a Challenger disaster special on the National Geographic Channel. While I already knew most of what I saw in the show, this was a stark reminder of how one should never criticize a scrub of a NASA launch. Better to scrub a hundred times than to kill a crew or lose a mission because of media pressure on your reputation.

If you've been watching the news, RIM lost their final Blackberry patent appeal. I desperately hope they're forced to shut down completely. If I was them, I'd just pull the plug on everyone in the US--including the government. It's about time the patent system killed a useful tool, just to prove how stupid the whole thing has become.

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