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Besides half upending my mental picture of what forms I need to file [personal profile] enotsola's and my taxes (spoilers: if you have self-employment income it isn't really any simpler, and some schedules are still called the same thing while some aren't), this year's tax quandary is whether we can take the "Qualified Business Income" deduction. We seem to meet the requirements as to our total income and the nature of the business, but the forms all expect you to fill in an EIN (Employer Identification Number) for the business. It doesn't have one; it's a sole proprietorship with no employees and no legal entity of its own (LLC, S corporation). Trying to take this deduction if we're not actually eligible would not be a small error (something on the order of $1600-1700 difference in taxable income). Does anyone know anything about this one? I fear I may wind up having to actually call the IRS, which I would dread in any case but even more so this year due to the recent unpleasantness.

eta: I may have created a problem where there wasn't one. I am at work without my draft filled forms and am quickly glancing at fresh blanks, so I need to review this more carefully again when I get home. See my reply to [personal profile] elf.
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This is The Onion, of course, but still.

Report: Mueller Investigation Nearly Done With First Day Of Trump Campaign
“After two years of thoroughly pursuing all leads and documenting any evidence that suggests a connection between the Trump team and Russia, the Mueller investigation is almost ready to reveal the crimes and misdeeds that occurred within the first 24 hours of his campaign,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that Mueller’s investigation was nearly finished compiling the Trump campaign’s illicit behavior during working hours on June 16, 2015 and could finally move on to indictments for the early evening.

PCon room

Jan. 25th, 2019 11:56 pm
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Hi-ohhhh, we have a room at the DoubleTree Thursday night for PCon! Woo! We can set up for the party then and not have to rush to do it Friday afternoon, and don't have to plan to arrive even earlier on Friday morning than we have already been (ca. 11 AM) just to be able to park!

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Washington could become the first state to legalize human composting
... Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat, who is sponsoring a bill in Washington’s Legislature to expand the options for disposing of human remains. The recomposition bill would also make Washington the 17th state to allow alkaline hydrolysis, the dissolving of bodies in a pressurized vessel with water and lye until just liquid and bone remains. Pedersen plans to introduce the bill when the new legislative session begins next month.

Is it me, or is that kinda like how murderers dispose of bodies on TV? That's not the composting, here called "recomposition", though:
The process involves placing unembalmed human remains wrapped in a shroud in a 5-foot-by-10-foot cylindrical vessel with a bed of organic material such as wood chips, alfalfa and straw. Air is then periodically pulled into the vessel, providing oxygen to accelerate microbial activity. Within approximately one month, the remains are reduced to a cubic yard of compost that can be used to grow new plants.

There's a picture in the article which looks pretty much exactly like a larger version of our backyard rotating-drum composter.

It seems to me that after a month you would still have bones and the article doesn't address what is done with those. But hey, I'm all in for turning my body into compost when I'm done with it.
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Welp, PG&E is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I am not really surprised. Of course, what actually happens to it remains to be seen.
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Ladies of Valar - Varda coloured
by juliet999 on DeviantArt

Sample from the artist's Tolkien inspired gallery, where they have all the Valar. Other than Varda, I rather like Lórien (Irmo), Vána, and Manwë.
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No, thank you, Google Maps; when I typo "Pier 420" for Pier 402 (a seafood restaurant) that does not mean I want nearby cannabis dispensaries.
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*pines for the day when DW will allow me to turn off inbox notifications for comments and get them by email only*
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"btw, I would like to change my clothes when i get home, so don't greet me outside a locked front door with sausage in hand"

...that is a Very Strange sentence without the context.
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There was just an undercooked bean in my microwave taco bowl. UNDERcooked. How can you get undercooked anything in a microwave meal??
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Does anyone have any recommendations for color inkjet printers these days? I'm trying to browse at Newegg (just as a starting place) and finding the selection extremely daunting.

1. I expect the successful candidate is likely to be an HP, Epson, or Canon.
1b. However, it cannot be an HP ENVY unless they have figured out how not to make it effing LOUD AS HELL. My mother's wakes me up from sleep through both of our closed bedroom doors even in supposedly "quiet" mode.

2. Connection by both wi-fi and USB is preferred, but if not, then USB only is acceptable. (Cabled ethernet won't work where it's going to go.)

3. I do not want an all-in-one unless that's absolutely unavoidable. I'm tired of chucking perfectly good scanners because something's gone amiss with the printer.

4. It doesn't have to be hot shit at photo printing, because its more common use would be for printing things like flyers and buttons for PantheaCon. Nor does it need to print extremely fast because it's not going to be used for (sort of) high volumes very often.

5. Price is not exactly no object, but don't take it into account in your rec, so long as it falls in ordinary consumer range and not professional.
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The two weather apps I have installed are disagreeing not just with each other about whether it is raining right now, but each with themselves. "Weather: Rain / No precipitation for 120 minutes" kind of thing. I may have to go outside and look. *gasp*
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Getting two free days off work is neat and all, but I'd rather it wasn't because the air is so bad a lot of local schools/colleges decided to close from now through the weekend, and I am bascially stuck inside. :-/ And I still kind of have to do some work because I am in the middle of an online short course in library Acquisitions, which I had been working on at work, but the deadlines don't go away just because I'm still in my PJs at 6 PM.

In crazy news, as of earlier today UC Berkeley (Cal) is currently planning to go ahead with "the Big Game" Saturday afternoon because the AQI was still less than 200 (not far under, I want to stress) and they only "consider" whether to cancel outdoor events once AQI gets into the 200 range, not automatically. I know it's THE GAME against Stanford and all, but still, 😒 :unimpressed: It's been worsening today, and this article points out that some nearby stations have much higher readings.

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