Currency risk and international taxes

2019-Feb-17, Sunday 09:27
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I had mentioned needing IRS Form 8949 for a short-term capital gain on a real estate sale. It relates to a property in England but of course the IRS require conversion to dollars. Fortunately, the pound fell against the dollar so much over the relevant period that the 1.85% profit in GBP that I made on the asset turns into a 5.89% loss in USD.

Fic: For Amidala (Star Wars)

2019-Feb-16, Saturday 19:46
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[personal profile] redrikki
Title: For Amidala
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters/Pairings: Padmé Amidala/Sabé, Padmé/handmaidens
Rating: PG
Length: 603
Summary: Her handmaidens had all poured so much of themselves into Amidala, it was like they were part of her now. Padmé didn't know if she had the strength to let one go.

I actually wrote this on Valentine's day for [personal profile] acequeenking on the Bring Her Bleeding Heart to Me ficathon, but somehow forgot to post it here.

Read it on AO3 or here )

2018 tax forms

2019-Feb-16, Saturday 23:25
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[personal profile] mtbc
Separately from my FBAR, in a review of forms to prepare for filing my US taxes I now have together:

  • Form 1040, the overall return.

  • Form 1040 schedule B, on which I report my savings interest and my 1099-DIV and 1099-INT.

  • Form 1040 schedule D, on which I report my Form 8949 short-term capital gain on a real estate sale.

  • Form 2555-EZ × 2 to exclude my regular salary and [personal profile] mst3kmoxie's consulting income from Federal taxes.

  • Form 8965 to explain why we didn't have health insurance.

Fortunately, beyond what the UK already takes through Pay As You Earn, even despite the large cut in the dividend allowance for 2018/2019 our other taxable income falls within the free allowances over here so we shan't have to file with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs also.
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[ profile] fuckyeahrebelfinn posted two meta posts about how Jewish mystical thought shaped and still may shape Finn's and Rey's journeys, which I am linking with permission.

The first post discusses how Finn embodies Gevurah (judgment, discernment, the power of "no") and Rey embodies Chesed (loving, patience, endurance), and how they move toward each other in the course of The Force Awakens.

The second post discusses the male and female aspects of the Divine. Finn represents Eyn Soph, the male aspect, that enters the tree of life at the top and in light while Rey represents Shekinah, the female aspect, that enters from the bottom in darkness. They move up and down the tree of life, closer to each other.

Trying to get myriad tasks done

2019-Feb-16, Saturday 16:09
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[personal profile] mtbc
This month I haven't done well so far: I haven't achieved much and my workouts have become infrequent. After work I find myself feeling tired and cold so I just stay in the house. )

In particular, I wonder if my recent slowness has arisen partly from work. I have not been much of a fan of enterprise software frameworks. Recently I have been battling an upgrade of popular Java ones: Hibernate and Spring, with Hibernate Search atop Lucene. These frameworks are fine when they behave as expected but this month they haven't. ) I have pored through source code, documentation, framework reference guides, release notes, bug reports, etc. looking for clues.

Yesterday afternoon at work I reached a good enough point to allow us to move forward. I finally found workarounds for a couple of strange issues. ) Over the rest of the month I hope that things will work more easily so that I can frequently make tangible progress instead of puzzling over new stubborn mysteries. If one doesn't know if a code change will work without trying it, that's a bad sign.

I need to get back to writing in languages like Haskell. With that it is a lot easier to write code that clearly helps to solve the problem at hand without depending on complex frameworks so ) my paid use of mainstream approaches throws into sharp relief why, where I have a choice, I do things differently.

At work the indexer problems were but just one of several matters to which I should attend. )

My domestic to-do's are in a similar state. I have computer operating system overhaul work postponed from last year. However, as at work, urgent tasks are displace the important backlog. The end of winter brings gardening to-do's like pruning the crab-apple tree. I still need to file my FBAR with the US Treasury and ) I can now get my 2018 taxes done. Further, another time-sensitive issue is that of managing our investments as this year I expect ) to rebalance much further into corporate bonds or somesuch. In the meantime I shall pay more attention to relevant indicators. It is nice being in the UK: I consider only the NYSE and NASDAQ so after work once I have settled in the evening the trading day is still open. On a more urgent matter, in computing I also have server-side certificates to renew and install before the end of the month.

Some of my time has gone into helping my children with their math and science homework and revision. Just as I enjoy programming, I had forgotten how very much I enjoy those subjects. )

I had made slow progress at home in reading non-fiction but have continued to make easy progress with fiction: I am now moving on from Tom Baker's Scratchman to the Strugatskys' Roadside Picnic which I don't recall having read before. I also watched and enjoyed Predestination (2014): I do appreciate a movie to which the creators gave careful thought and that requires some attention from the viewer; it was a surprise bonus to see among its cast the guy who plays Hitler in Preacher (2016).

A month ago we had largely recovered from our holiday colds and I had mentioned needing to file my FBAR and having enjoyed some programming (these days, coding) at work. I was also noting that I should be able to fit into my life all I want and need to do. The stressors of last year are past and I hope that as work improves so will my ability to perform domestic tasks over coming weeks. I prefer not to take time off work to catch up on them: small but positive net progress will suffice and the opposite would require further time off as backlog reaccumulated.
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Would you eat food past its expiration date if it looked and smelled fine?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

Star Wars Meta from a Kemetic Perspective

2019-Feb-16, Saturday 13:38
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Here is a piece of meta I wrote in 2016, following S2E18 of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars and Ma'at - A Rant from a Kemetic Perspective

Warning: possible spoilers for SW Rebels S2E18, and potentially for lots of other things Star Wars.
Also, lots of political ranting, Karl Marx quotes, Sandro Pertini quotes, and me getting angry at some christian thinkers and stoic philosophers. Contains some occasional swearwords

An introduction to Kemetic concepts is provided, but feel free to message me if something is not clear or you want further information.


2019-Feb-21, Thursday 04:30
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I was cleaning my glasses and I guess I put too much pressure on the hinge because they just... broke. In a not really reparable way. Happily, I still have my old pair (same prescription) as a backup, but unhappily the reason I had the new pair was that the old pair was pretty scratched up, so I still need to replace them. Ugh.

(Also, reading along what everybody stocks in their pantries. Haven't forgotten to reply!)


Read more... )
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Gosh, I sure hope nobody has done anything particularly newsworthy! Particularly not something that is going to make me see red!

Boy, bialys sure are delicious, especially when I can eat them secure in the knowledge that absolutely nobody in power is overstepping their authority for silly reasons.

Lemme just take a quick glance....

january booklog

2019-Feb-15, Friday 23:32
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[personal profile] wychwood
Possibly in reaction to last year, I am now reading very slowly! But that's OK; this is never a race, and I read some good things in January.

1. The Unadulterated Cat - Terry Pratchett and Gray Jolliffe ) Silly and charming and fun; this is no kind of great, but it's very endearing.

2. The Shape of Their Hearts - Melissa Scott ) I don't know if I'll re-read this one, but even confusing Scott is usually pretty good.

3. Rose Daughter - Robin McKinley ) There's probably only so many versions of the same story one person can tell. But I'd read at least one more.

4. Gemini Cell - Myke Cole ) I ought to have liked this, but I didn't. Annoying.

5. Rivers of London: Water Weed - Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero, and Paulina Vassileva ) It's the usual thing - even weaker bits of this series are pretty good. But it was weaker.

6. A History of Chinese Civilization - Jacques Gernet trans. JR Foster ) This is a Very Serious proper summary of the history of China, which is a big place with an immense history, so it's also epically long. But mostly quite interesting.

7. Looking for a Ship - John McPhee ) This didn't blow me away, but it did make me think about the modern merchant marine in a bunch of new ways.

8. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden ) I found this rather uncomfortable, but it's genuinely impressive - I can see why people were rating it so highly.

9. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes - Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, and Anne Stuart ) Ultimately I just really struggle with most genre romance, even when it's by people I do enjoy reading - so many of the conventions rub me up the wrong way (strong dominant dudes! pushing through your consent because they know you better than you know yourself!) that it's hard to enjoy all the satisfying falling-in-love happy-ever-after bits I do like a lot.
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  • fanfic I read this week, even though I really like doing those posts, and [personal profile] novembermond is hosting fanfic friday to encourage people to do that and share it, because I looked back over my AO3 history for the week, and nope it's too embarrassing to share;

  • this other "study" that showed up on pinboard about how social media is bad for you, which I was thinking about doing a bonus science teardown of, except it's such bad science there isn't even anything to tear down, so I'm just going to link to Bad PR instead;

  • a post about putting favorite characters on "too cool for school/just wants to be a good boy" axes spun off from [personal profile] china_shop's very scientific guardian poll because my attempt at doing it spun off into thoughts on power/race/gender vs. tropes vs. sf settings that play with both, and why black panther is so great; and anyway that's too much work to write about;

  • the javascript trope sorter that going around vs. the same list on my trope sorter that I posted the day before it turned up

  • the fanfic I'm currently trying to finish which was supposed to be on the "write a quick ending and call it done" list, hahaha

  • hats, pictures of hats, why I own so many hats, and konmari, because I haven't gotten to the point in the reorganizing project where I am on to hats yet

  • next steps in nonfiction library reshelving project, begun two years ago

  • the martian, welcome to mars, [ profile] opportunitygrrl, and how humans are so human about people stranded on mars

  • why every attempt I make to use markdown to do easy lists in DW entries fails

  • work bullshit, because auugh

  • more thoughts about into the spiderverse inspired by listening to the spiderverse soundtrack on my commute inspired by work bullshit

  • weighted blankets vs. blankets that just happens to be weighty because I would have to have made my bed first

  • this unrelated playlist I'm suddenly working on\

  • further bookmarklet updates

  • the current state of the New Septic Tank saga

  • the half-finished december meme post I'm supposed to be posting next

  • probably I will add to this list as I remember more things

On the right track

2019-Feb-15, Friday 23:39
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[personal profile] naye
Went for the first jog of the year today - it was freezing cold, and foggy, and the sun had just set.

Not... ideal. But if I wait for ideal circumstances I am never going to exercise again.

Anyway. I took it slow, and just did the terrible (very useful, but still terrible) floodlit path through the VERY HILLY forest. And I had upbeat Japanese rock playing in my headphones which is the only reason I didn't freak out and run all the way back home after entering the super creepy woods. (I mean. I love a good moody day! But this was a lot, even for me.)


More dark woods under the cut )

And that was my run. A tiny bit over 3k, and I did walk up all the hills (so many hills), but I was outside and I did a thing so that's what counts.

Rushing the season

2019-Feb-15, Friday 10:41
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[personal profile] madfilkentist
Today I saw Easter egg Oreos in Market Basket. Easter is April 21 this year.

Am I going to have to write "Keep Your Easter out of February?"
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[personal profile] redrikki
Title: No Power on this Earth
Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supernatural
Characters: Xander Harris, Dean Winchester
Rating: PG
Length: 671
Summary: There are some things you do for money that you never talk about. The Fabulous Ladies Night Club is one of those.

I'm pretty sure I wrote this for some still_grrr prompt back in my LJ days, but, seeing as it was over 10 years ago, I can't quite remember and don't feel like checking.

Another Five Minutes, Then I'll Go

2019-Feb-15, Friday 08:17
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 I have to get up out of the warm blanket and go fetch some kitty food from Menard's. I just don't want to. Did I mention that my blanket it electric? And i had to squeeze my car into a parking space halfway up the block?  

Just another five minutes, then I'll get up.

So, what do I have to report? The most my family did for Valentine's Day was exchange a card or two. Mason had robotics until almost 5:30 pm, which meant I had time to start our "fake" naan recipe.  So, we had a favorite meal, something we call "Indian Butter Chicken" (because that might be what it's called on the box that contains the sauce I make), rice, and naan.  Then, because Mason is a teenager, somewhere around 7:30 pm, he says, "Uh... so, I'm supposed to bring some ingredients to Chinese tomorrow, because we're making dumplings again."  But AT LEAST he remembered to bring them with him this morning. The night before, he'd stayed up late to do some art-type project for AP Human Geology and then promptly forgot it at home. Luckily, I could text him a picture of it, so his teacher would know that it was, in fact, done on time, even if it didn't make it in on time.  

Because today is payday, we're hoping to all go out to Tavern on Grand tonight for fish.  Mason has to be at robotics again, because the wrap day (or whatever they call the day that they have to shrink wrap their robot) is coming up early next week. But, Shawn and I are thinking about hitting Roseville Library to browse the shelves and hang out until he's ready to join us.  When you think about it, that's pretty romantic. Looking for books together at the library?  HOT, am I right???

Also, I have to laugh at myself. You know how I've ALWAYS claimed that the reason I've been unable to write is because I can't write unless I have a contract?  THIS APPEARS TO _ACTUALLY_ BE TRUE, much to my chagrin.  I have an apocalypse story due the first of April, and, yesterday, I wrote almost 2,000 words on it. What the hell, brain. What the H.E.L.L.

One of my pen pals died. I recently acquired a pen pal in Duluth. Normally, I don't like to have pen pals that I don't know that close. (Like, you live in Minneapolis and we've met or we're on social media together and you want to be my pen pal? SURE!) However, this woman took Friend Books. Friendship Books are a very weird aspect of the pen pal subculture, that are fascinating, but also a burden. I've written about what they are here before, but a quick look at Wikipedia might help you understand how they work: The point is, I started conversing with this person, mostly so that I had someone to whom I could pass on Friendship Books when I got a bunch of them from the two other pen pals who tend to pass them on to me.  The other day, I got a letter from her daughter. This woman had some 60 pen pals by her own reckoning, but so that might explain the brevity of this note. But, it simply said, "I know you exchanged letters with my mom. I'm sorry to tell you that she and a friend were involved in a head-on collision and died instantly."

But I can't find any information about it. No obit was included. I mean, there's no reason not to believe this, but, wow, what a shock.

Anyway, my eldest cat is staring at me. I'd better get up and fetch her food from the store or she will guilt me wit that amber-eyed stare of hers.

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