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Posted by TJ on Wednesday December 3, 2008 @ 12:55 PM
[Tags: tv, bored, personal]

Here are some famous people/Celebrities from my Mount Kisco, NY (10549). I just moved here so I really didn't know any of these until now (except DMX).

* Michael Eisner was born here.
* John Schneider, TV actor, (The Dukes of Hazzard) was born here.
* Gavin McLeod, actor, was born here
* DMX owns a house here and the Mt Kisco, Applebees is is among his favorite hangouts.
* Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) lives here.
* singer Mariah Carey lived here
* Actress Susan Dey best known for her roles in The Partridge Family and L.A. Law grew up here.

There's a lot more who live in Bedford which I live of on the border of:
* Billy Baldwin
* Mariah Carey, vocalist, actress
* Chevy Chase
* Glenn Close
* Peter Frampton, Grammy-award winning musician
* Felicity Huffman, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning film and television actress
* John Jay, founding father, diplomat, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, co-author of the Federalist Papers
* Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental activist and son of the late Robert F. Kennedy
* Ralph Lauren, fashion designer and business executive
* Jennifer O'Neill, actress, accidentally shot herself at her residence in the hamlet of Bedford Hills
* Martha Stewart, business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate; owns a home in the Katonah hamlet
* Donald Trump, business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author
* Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, resident of Bedford, 1941-1971
* Roone Arledge, sports broadcasting pioneer, resident of Bedford late 1960s - early 1970s.

I only listed the one's I knew so there are plenty more.

What famous people live in your town?



Posted by TJ on Tuesday December 2, 2008 @ 04:15 PM
[Tags: music, lyrics, playlist]

I am trying to come up with a list of the best lyrics from 2008... not necessarily the best song but best lyrics...

So far I have

Counting Crows - You Can't Count on Me

Flobot - Handlebars The premise of this song seems simple but if you dig into the lyrics it something much more.

Port O'Brien This song has the shortest lyrics but yet still good.

Okay so these are pretty lousy... anybody have better selection?





Posted by TJ on Friday November 28, 2008 @ 01:23 AM
[Tags: scam, internet, accounting]

Note: This is part 4 in the Job Scam Series.

scam email said:

Open position: Shipping/Receiving Clerk

CargoNOW! can handle all your transportation and logistics needs. We offer truckload, less than load, consolidated shipments, airfreight and expedited services; cross-country and worldwide.
Our company is looking for hard-working and smart professionals who can contribute to the company’s production and success. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. If you're looking for short-term or long-term assignments, competitive pay rates and a variety of shift options that fit your needs.

The Shipping & Receiving Clerk is required to perform a complete range of shipping and receiving tasks. These tasks will include but will not be limited to receiving and checking shipment, packing boxes, breaking down shipments as directed by the Shipping & Receiving Supervisor

This Job will require that you have:
Attention to detail
- Warehouse experience
- Basic math skills
- Understanding of basic inventory control processes and cycle counting.
- Good understanding of Microsoft Excel and Word
- Stable internet connection at home/work computer
- All applicants applying for USA job openings must have the ability to prove eligibility to work in the United States

Duties:
Confirms shipping information by answering and relaying telephone, fax, and e-mail inquiries
Maintaining organization of all incoming and outgoing products
Prepares shipments by assembling, packing, protecting and labeling
Package and weigh orders for shipping
Ship all orders on time and with no mistakes.
Tracking incoming domestic and international shipments
- Other duties as assigned

Salary: $70 per package
Position Type: Full Time, Temporary/Contract/Project
Location: USA, Any state
Relocation: Not available

Contact:


For immediate consideration please email your resume in Microsoft Word or TXT format only to e-mail: ShermanFaulkner59@gmail.com


Chris Keller
ShermanFaulkner59@gmail.com
Human Resources Department

All resumes remain CONFIDENTIAL. To properly response to your resume, please place “CN-2839” in the subject of your email.

This is a great opportunity with a growing company that cares about there employees!

How do I spot a job scam?
1.) The message is for a position that you did not apply for
2.) The message is from or asking for a reply to an email address from a free email provider (ie: @yahoo.com, @gmail.com)
3.)The position is for a work at home job. Let's get real here most of these positions are hard to come by.
4.) The message provides no phone and/or no mailing address
5.) The company does not have a website or the website was created in the last year. Do a whois lookup to see when a domain was created.
6.) The job has few qualifications
7.) The message is written with poor english
8.) A google search for the company finds little or no history for the company
*** This list is not all inclusive. Remember if you have to ask yourself if it's a scam it probably is!

What should I do if I provided my information to scammers?
  1. Do not respond to further communications.
  2. If you sent bank Information: Call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. They should be able to change your account number or cancel your account.
  3. If you are still concerned you might want to enroll in credit monitoring such as LifeLock Identity Theft Prevention
  4. You can also file a claim with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). They are probably overloaded with these types of claim though, so I would not expect an individual response.
  5. Post a comment below with any information you have on this scam to inform other people to try and avoid any future victims. Post the email you received with exact wording if different from original posted so when people search for terms they find this warning.
If you also received this scam please post a comment below, so I know these warnings are being read and I will continue to keep posting in future. Thank you.



Posted by TJ on Monday November 17, 2008 @ 12:01 AM
[Tags: scam, internet, accounting]

Note: This is part 4 in the Job Scam Series.

It has been brought to my attention that scammers are emailing people job offers for "Canon Oil Inc" accounts payable positions. These job offers are scams. In some instances they are receiving your email information from Craigslist.org.

Here is a copy of the email received from one of our visitors:
nigerian scammer said:

Dear Applicant,

Your resume was sent to us through craigslist Recuiters Platform, we viewed
your resume and we think you are more than qualified for what we are looking
for. We are sorry for the late reply of the resume you sent to us .

The positions include Accountant, Sales and Marketing Executives in the US. Our
representative will be responsible for meeting with clients in their locality
and receiving payments on our behalf and remitting the payment to Head of
Accounts. This is a contract-to-hire position which is a 1 month trail after
which the position is made full time and you can work from home and this might
not affect your current job status. You can visit our
website on http://canonoilinc.vndv.com/career.html to learn more about the
open job position.


These scammers are probably going to either get you to wire them money or steal your bank information. Do not reply to these emails. Never send your bank information or wire money to people you met through the internet.

They stole most of the text on their website from a reputable company : ramosoil.com

What should I do if I provided my information to scammers?
  1. Do not respond to further communications.
  2. If you sent bank Information: Call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. They should be able to change your account number or cancel your account.
  3. If you are still concerned you might want to enroll in credit monitoring such as LifeLock Identity Theft Prevention
  4. You can also file a claim with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). They are probably overloaded with these types of claim though, so I would not expect an individual response.
  5. Post a comment below with any information you have on this scam to inform other people to try and avoid any future victims. Post the email you received with exact wording if different from original posted so when people search for terms they find this warning.
If you also received this scam please post a comment below, so I know these warnings are being read and I will continue to keep posting in future. Thank you.



Posted by TJ on Friday November 14, 2008 @ 01:47 PM
[Tags: facebook, internet, links]

Some clicking in my referral logs led me to Yahoo Answers. Now if anyone doesn't know Yahoo Answers is where anybody is allowed ask a question for the internet public to answer. The questions are usually some of the stupidest questions (EX: Why is the Sky blue? is asked 2400 times) and the answers usually are no help either. I think they have users who have competitions (with themselves, I guess?) to see how many questions they can answer, because most answers are too general with no effort to be any help any way. The link I clicked was for questions relating to Facebook. Well, apparently Facebook is down because it led to about 200 questions on yahoo asking "Is Facebook down?". This is funny because first the need to ask this question more than once is stupid and second the panic that one website can evoke on the internet.
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Posted by TJ on Thursday November 13, 2008 @ 12:11 AM
[Tags: thoughts, tv, humor]

I mean what are we really trying to teach our kids here? Maybe video games aren't to blame for all the issues with kids today its the damn cereal commercials and their serial capers.

To list a few of the cereal villains:

1.) Trix - the rabbit is always trying to steal the Trix from the kids. The kids never share saying Trix are for kids.


2.) Lucky Charms - Here you have the iconic "Lucky" the leprechaun always running from the kids who are trying to steal his charms. Aren't we all suppose to get along?


3.) Fruity Pebbles - Here we have Flinstones Barney always trying to deceive a friend Fred to get his Fruity Pebbles... some friend heh?


4.) Cookie Crisp - Cookie Crisp has had a series of crooks as mascots to represent its cereal. From 1982-1997 it was Cookie Crook who was always getting arrested for trying to steal from kids and in recent years its been Chip the Wolf.


5.) Waffle Crisp - In a 1996 ad Grannies disguised as girls try to steal a stash of the cereal from their unsuspecting grandchildren... with a rifle.




Posted by TJ on Friday November 7, 2008 @ 02:02 PM
[Tags: guide, internet, craigslist]

Okay lets say you want to sell something on Craigslist. How about we say it's refrigerator.

A good description to sell this is not:

"White refrigerator for sale"

This is missing a lot of information and you are not going to get a lot of serious replies. You may also miss serious takers because they are not willing to email every ad asking for more details.

Here is some important information that should be included in every ad:
  • Brand
  • Model #/Part #
  • Photo ... if you do not have a digital camera find a stock picture of item off the internet... do a Google image search.
  • Color
  • Size
  • Price
  • Condition (good/decent/bad/like new)
  • What is included? (list all separate items included/power cord/ice tray/)

If you do not want to list all this information and the item is still for sale find the item on Amazon.com or other retailer and link to it.

If applicable:
  • List if the product Manual is included. If you don't have manual you can usually find the manual on manufacturers website. Find the manual and include link to it in your ad.


Spend a little time on your advertisement and you will be surprised at the responses you receive.



Posted by TJ on Tuesday November 4, 2008 @ 09:52 AM
[Tags: news, health, facts]

I just saw that a second runner died after running the New York City ING marathon. There were about 38,000 people who ran in the race in NYC. I think this makes running the marathon more dangerous than parachuting. Of 2.2 million jumps by parachuters there were only 18 reported deaths according to the US Parachute Association USPA.org. Going by these statistics alone you are 15 times more likely to die from running in a marathon then by jumping out of a airplane.

NY Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/sports/othersports/04marathon.html?ref=sports



Posted by TJ on Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 01:06 PM
[Tags: economy, politics, rant]

Okay so you really can't believe everything the candidates are saying now will actually happen. But the differences in both McCain's and Obama's tax policies is quite alarming. I can only hope that the candidates have such a wide variance to swing voters to their side. On this policy alone McCain would definitely win the high earners and Obama would win middle class voters and lower class.

MCCAINOBAMA
IncomeAvg. tax billAvg. tax bill
Over $2.9M-$577,148+$699,872
$603K and up-$109,214+$121,689
$227K-$603K-$15,877+$942
$161K-$227K-$6,322-$2,796
$112K-$161K-$3,736-$2,135
$66K-$112K-$1,487-$1,264
$38K-$66K-$608-$1,118
$19K-$38K-$259-$892
Under $19K-$65-$567
* Not all proposals are slated for 2009. Example: Obama's proposal to increase what high-income earners must pay into Social Security. The campaign said such a measure wouldn't take effect for 10 years.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/29/news/economy/candidates_tax_plans/index.htm?cnn=yes

Considering only my own tax bill I can be considered quite bias on the issue as either candidate for me would lead to modest tax cut on both sides (less than $300 difference). From my standpoint it does seem that Obama has more sound and realistic ideas to back up his policies.

Obama plans call for increasing the cap on Social security to $250,000. This would lead to and extra 9,000 of tax to individuals who make more than 250,000. In my view the only way to cure the social security issue is to raise this cap or raise the rate (which increases tax for everybody). Increasing tax on everybody does not sound like a good idea. McCain plans to privatize Social security a plan that is risky, controversial, and not a sure cure to the issue.

The nation is in debt... more debt than ever. We have more 10 trillion in debt. Is cutting taxes going to pay off the debt? I am really tired of the government giving tax incentives and then not curving the government spending.

We really need the guy who is going to give real answers -- who is going solve the social security issue, help pay down our national debt, and stop government overspending. I will gladly pay more tax if it's going to help these issues and not go towards some politicians vacation in the Hamptons or a government subcontractors mansion in California.



Posted by TJ on Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 11:39 AM
[Tags: accounting, economy, careers]

A lot of people are telling me my job must be tough with the stock market and all. And I heard comments that accounting is a bad career move currently with the economy in shambles and everything.

In reality the state of the economy has the same effect on accountants as it does other business. People/businesses have less money so they less spend money to spend on you. Demand for accountants stays relatively stable though. The need to file tax returns, prepare financial reports, perform audits, bookkeeping, stays the same.



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