Mood enhancing photos – Sunsets and Annalyn

Posted By on March 27, 2017

Every once in a while a nice sunset can brighten my mood. The rain gave way to a beautiful sunset on Sunday night just as I was passing over IMG_8245I-75 near our home. Of course a sunset is not the only thing that brightens my mood!

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Music Monday: Rocket Man recorded in the bluegrass sound

Posted By on March 27, 2017

What do you get when you mix 1960s space history, some classic 1972 Elton John music and a twist of Bluegrass flair? Rocket Man with banjos and country harmony! Good stuff.

So much for economical tax preparation software this year

Posted By on March 26, 2017

Two years ago, Intuit’s Turbo Tax software tried their "money grab" in attempted to strong-arming their long-time and new customers into paying substantial more to use their software to file their 2014 taxes. TaxAct1yrPriceJump170325The CEO took to the Internet and made an apology and stepped up to Intuit’s greedy "mistake." One would think that competitors might have learned from such "mistake" … NOPE, not in the case for TaxAct (the company I switched to after the gouging attempt by Intuit). This year, there has not been the same outrage, likely because it impacts only their download products and TaxAct is a smaller company, but a quick glance shows me a similar money grab (click image right – which doesn’t even include an additional $19.99 state filing for 2016!). For those comparing … it will cost me nearly twice as much for the same packages as last year!

To be fair, TaxCut has lowered prices on their online offerings, so IF you are able to use them, you may save a few dollars, but if you want downloads and prefer working off-line, look out! 

I double checked to be sure I was comparing "apples to apples" and that the prices have been jacked up … and below was their 3/25/2017 email answer … in short "YES":

Dear TaxAct® Customer,

As part of our continued efforts to provide you with the best possible products and experience, we’ve made a few changes for the upcoming tax season; which affected the pricing of our current products. These changes have resulted in some customers paying more than in prior years, many also pay less or nothing at all. 

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Every Vloging sailor needs a friend and a schtick

Posted By on March 25, 2017

Just when you think you’ve heard and read it all when it comes to sailing and telling the story … Guirec Soudée and his chicken Monique goes one step further. Crazy.

The adventure of Monique & Guirec

Our adventure is going global! Thank you all for your support!

Notre aventure se mondialise! Merci à tous pour votre soutient!

Posted by Guirec Soudée Adventure on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Archive: Photos after kitchen project week ONE

Posted By on March 25, 2017

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Just a few photos from Thursday and Friday after the first week of kitchen demolition and construction. A few more prior to the cabinets below to archive the project.

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TechFriday: Lots of hype, lots of early backers for MAGFAST

Posted By on March 24, 2017

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A couple years ago I backed Seymour Segnit’s ThingCharger project and was very pleased with the "plug-charger" gizmos. After learning from his previous launch, the sharp marketer is giving a new "system project" a try. Take two, if you will. This time he has added and improved the earlier design and added a "kit" worth of component products that should offer a variety of ways to charge your "things." He calls the new system MAGFAST … since it used magnets I presume?

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Sleepy Beauty and PROGRESS on the 2017 Kitchen Project

Posted By on March 23, 2017

It is difficult for me to go too many days without sharing a photo of my two-plus week old granddaughter Annalyn, so today is another photo from my daughter of our little “sleeping beauty.” It would sure be nice to be a little closer to her … hint, hint, hint. Who knows, maybe there is a sunrise on the horizon (the photo in the link as nothing to do with what comes after Drew’s fellowship, but stay tuned as it is close).

The kitchen project is moving along as our contractor has taken out all the old cabinets and finished most of the new wiring and relocation of plugs. Also the plumber has snaked in a new stainless steel flexible natural gas line for the new Bosch Gas cooktop as well as plumbed the new “pot filler” spigot behind it. It is slowly coming together. The vent hood still needs some sheet metal work which will vent down rather than up in the wall cavity behind all of this, but the plan looks as if it is coming together. (more…)

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.