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Friday, May 26, 2006

Friday web zen: feline zen




web zen

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now? IRS to Refund $15 Billion of Telephone Taxes to Consumers

The Treasury Department and IRS announced this morning that after losing in five circuit courts of appeals, the Government is throwing in the towel and will no longer seek to enforce the 3% excise tax on long-distance telephone calls enacted during the Spanish-American War of 1898 as a "luxury" tax on wealthy Americans who owned telephones. The IRS will will issue $15 billion in refunds to consumers for long-distance telephone service taxes paid over the past three years:
  • No immediate action is required by taxpayers.
  • Refunds will be a part of 2006 tax returns filed in 2007.
  • Refund claims will cover all excise tax paid on long-distance service over the last three years (time allowed given statute of limitations).
  • Interest will be paid on refunds.
  • The IRS is working on a simplified method for individuals to use to claim a refund on their 2006 tax returns.
  • Refunds will not include tax paid on local telephone service, which was not involved in the litigation.

Treasury and IRS:

Circuit Court Opinions:

Press reports:

TaxProf Blog: Can You Hear Me Now? IRS to Refund $15 Billion of Telephone Taxes to Consumers

Nintendo plans to ship 6 million Wii units by March // GamesIndustry.biz

"Nintendo has announced that it intends to ship 6 million Wii units by March next year, confirming that the console will retail for USD 250 or less when it goes on sale in the US.

According to Nintendo's senior managing director, Yoshihiro Mori, the console - which is scheduled for a release in the fourth quarter alongside Sony's costly PlayStation 3 - will retail for YEN 25,000 or less in Japan." (more) Nintendo plans to ship 6 million Wii units by March // GamesIndustry.biz

Enjoy Your Darkly Gothic Poem

"Congratulations! You've created your very own Darkly Gothic Poem! Just cut and paste your emotionally rent composition into your Web page, and savor the envious droolings of your noncreative poseur compatriots!" Enjoy Your Darkly Gothic Poem

Yahoo and eBay Team Up, Offer to Clean Out Your Garage

"Yahoo Inc. and eBay Inc. on Thursday announced plans for a multiyear advertising partnership to extend customer reach on the Web, sending shares of both companies up in morning trading.

The agreement calls for Yahoo to become a provider of all graphic advertisements on eBay's Web site, as well as a sponsored search for complementary products on numerous eBay search results pages..." (more) WhoDigs - Yahoo and eBay Team Up

The companies also said PayPal Inc. -- a company that enables online money transfers and is owned by eBay -- will be integrated and promoted to Yahoo's customers, merchants and publishers."

My Brother's Year In Iraq

Pictures and stories from the Iraq war.

"I am starting this blog the month my brother, an Air Force officer, begins his tour of duty in Iraq. I will post messages about his experiences to the blog for his family, our family, and all to see. While I support my brother in all his endeavors and particularly when he is about to enter a very dangerous and trying period, I cannot conceal my contempt for the administration that has recklessly and ineptly put our brave soldiers; our brothers, fathers, sons and daughters, in the path of grave harm. email posts to: kraig.binkowski@yale.edu"


I was walking towards work this evening after dinner, listening to the sounds of a firefight outside the east wall. This one was a bit closer than those I’d heard before, but still not too close. It’s not that uncommon to hear firing, and often it’s just a wedding or some other celebration, so I didn’t think too much of it.

I couldn’t hear any Americans firing. Then all at once you hear a roar as we opened up, just like on the range, Pop pop pop, BAM! Pop pop. BAM!! Then the humvees of the base QRT (Quick Reaction Team) shot past, spreading dust everywhere. Another humvee pulled up next to me & the driver said “Get in, Major! Rounds are impacting over here!!” And although I didn’t see anything, from the sound of it all this was entirely possible. So I got in for a quick ride to the palace where we almost screeched to a halt, jumped out and ducked behind the sandbags barricading the front door. In a minute we were ushered inside by the guard.

As the palace is probable the safest place on the base, no one was allowed out until the shooting died down, which was about 15 minutes later. I heard afterwards that one American had been slightly wounded, but it turns out there were actually three soldiers wounded, including a female from my building who was cut by flying glass. And so that was my big adventure – and I didn’t see a thing.
(more) My Brother's Year In Iraq

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Spiffy Corners - Making anti-aliased rounded corners with CSS

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Friday web zen: 404 zen

Thursday, May 18, 2006

6abc.com: No More Bear Meat in Glory Hole

How well are bears hung?

"The Glory Hole shelter has stopped serving donated bear meat after learning the state prohibits nonprofit groups from accepting wild game meats such as bear, fox and walrus." (more)

6abc.com: No More Bear Meat in Glory Hole

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Funny Video of guy with fake boner walking around in public - Bulge In Public Mullet Poetry

Wooden Memory Sticks | Uncrate

That is an awesome idea. I bet it will freak the security at airports out, though. :>

Lots of companies will talk about their designs as being "natural" and "organic," but they've never been as true as with these Wooden Memory Sticks (starting at $60). Available in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB capacities, these sticks also feature USB 2.0 connections and work with Macs as well as Windows. Best of all, they're manually selected on their natural beauty, so you won't end up with something that looks like what your dog would bring in from the backyard.

Wooden Memory Sticks | Uncrate

Friday, May 12, 2006

Go-Betweens singer dies in sleep

"Grant McLennan, one of Australia's most acclaimed singer-songwriters, has died in his sleep, aged 48.

The Go-Betweens lead singer died on Saturday after complaining of feeling ill at his home in Brisbane.

The band's manager Bernard Galbally said they were devastated, describing the death as 'totally unexpected'. (more)

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Go-Betweens singer dies in sleep

Although never a chart success, the indie band were respected at home and abroad, influencing groups such as REM and Franz Ferdinand."

Friday web zen: mind games zen

Geek-Week vs. Joss Whedon (YouTube )

"An interview with some guy in a Joss Whedon costume... who turns out to actually be Joss Whedon! From the popular podcast at http://www.Geek-Week.net and the dorks that brought you 'The Secret Wars Re-Enactment Society'"

YouTube - Geek-Week vs. Joss Whedon

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wooster Collective: Harrods Billboard Liberation (pic)

Click the pic or visit the link to see the repurposing of this billboard.

Funny stuff.

"'This was just begging to be tampered with. Harrods the self proclaimed 'world's most famous department store' situated in the rich West end of London decides to put up a billboard in Hackney Wick, one of the poorest parts of the East end of London with a question for us. I figured I would give them a more local answer.'"

Wooster Collective: Harrods Billboard Liberation

Newspaper snippet generator

Gymnast Springs A Leak (Funny Pic)

Ask A Ninja: Special Delivery 1 "What is Podcasting?" (YouTube)

As far as ninjas go, this guy is greatness.

YouTube - Ask A Ninja: Special Delivery 1 "What is Podcasting?"

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pac Man: The Movie (YouTube)

"The trailer for the long-awaited film about the greatest hero who ever lived"

YouTube - Pac Man: The Movie

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Superman leaves Physics 140 class at University of Michigan - Google Video

"Some student at our school (University of Michigan) dressed up as Superman, went into a class, answered his ringing ... all » cell phone, tore off his clothes to reveal his uniform, and ran out of the room. Classically hilarious! " Superman leaves Physics 140 class at University of Michigan - Google Video

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Overheard in New York | Oh, Now I Remember


"Girl #1: Yeah, I know what you mean about whoreish action. One of my friends gave this guy head in a stairwell, like, five minutes after she met him!
Girl #2: THAT WAS ME.

--Laguardia HS

Overheard by: Amanda Clarence Fox"

Overheard in New York | Oh, Now I Remember

President George W. Bush action figure with trouser trout surprise! (pic)

That is classy stuff.


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Odd yet thoughtful products - Aeropause

Strange is the operative word. Where else can you see a dead carp that you can move around in a jar?

"There are some extremely strange products over on Maywadenki. This Bitman isn't so weird but the rest are. Have a look for yourself and see what I mean."

Aeropause - The goods on gaming

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

American Idol Cupcakes!

Check the link for more of the cast, the Paula Abdul one with the dead eyes made me lollyskatz!!1

televisionism: IDOL CUPCAKES!

Sir Bentley Pauncefoot

"Sir Bentley inherited the Baronetcy from his late Father in 1959 (after a rather unfortunate incident involving a revolving door, a debutante, a car battery, a watermelon and four Troopers of the Household Division). His time in the Diplomatic Service ended in 1971, although charges were never actually brought, and his later career has been largely in the administration of major cultural Institutions, and generally being Great and Good."

Sir Bentley Pauncefoot

real life frogger - intersection cam catches crazy near miss crash (YouTube video link)

Wow, I bet multiple people in this near miss pooped on themselves, but just a little bit.

YouTube - real life frogger

Monday, May 01, 2006

Mormons and medical school

One of the silent demographic trends is the growth in the number of Mormons. Mormons just have bigger families than other white people, plus they put a lot of effort into proselytizing for conversions. I never thought much about Mormon demographic growth until I went to a screening for this little low-budget comedy called "Napoleon Dynamite," which was an odd experience. Most of the people invited to the screening, with the exception of scrungy film critics, were the usual bright young things who work for the studios, except they were all so wholesome. And they just roared with laughter at all the jokes in the movie that I didn't get. That was my introduction to Mormon Hollywood.

Well, it turned out that "Napoleon Dynamite" was one of the most profitable films of 2004. My younger son has modeled his laugh ever since on actor Jon Heder's. A whole lot of teenagers across the country, it seems, get Mormon humor even though I don't. (more at link)

Steve Sailer: iSteve.com Blog Archives: Mormons and medical school

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