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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.

Posted by TJ on Monday October 27, 2008 @ 03:13 PM
[Tags: guide, business, economy]

US First Class Stamp: 44 cents

Effective May 12, 2008: the current price of a stamp is 44 cents. First-Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) is 44 cents. Each additional ounce costs 17 cents. Postcard stamps are now 28 cents.

Update: On May 11, a first-class stamp will go up by 2 cents to 44 cents. Other rates are set to rise as well. The updated prices are reflected above.

The post office adjusts rates each May, but any increases must be at or below the rate of inflation under a 2006 law.

Source: United States Postal Service (

The price of a stamp increased 1300% from the value of $.03. in 1917

However, this increase is in line with increases of other items as well....

a Dodge Sedan was $1,185 in 1917, that's also 1300% less than today

You could also could buy a pair of men's shoes for less than $6

And your local paper for $.01
Eggs were .39/dozen

A color TV cost.. oh wait a minute...

Okay now I will stop sounding like your grandpa.

1917 Prices from survey in Morris County, NJ

Posted by TJ on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @ 03:20 PM
[Tags: humor, list, bored]

I found this list when looking at some old files. This list of way's to annoy people was a favorite of the Jokepage. I stopped updating the jokepage so I figured I'd resurrect the list for you to enjoy.

101's Different Ways to Annoy People -
  1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
  2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
  3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
  4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip..."
  5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
  6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
  7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
  8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
  9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
  10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
  11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
  12. Sniffle incessantly.
  13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
  14. Name your dog "Dog."
  15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
  16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
  17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
  18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
  19. Forget the punch line to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
  20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
  21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
  22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
  23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
  24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
  25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
  26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
  27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
  28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
  29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
  30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
  31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
  32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
  33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
  34. Drum on every available surface.
  35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
  36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
  37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
  38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks.
  39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
  40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
  41. Set alarms for random times.
  42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
  43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
  44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
  45. Honk and wave to strangers.
  46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunters Orange.
  47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
  48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
  49. Wear your pants backwards.
  50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
  51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
  53. only type in lowercase.
  54. dont use any punctuation either
  55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
  56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
  57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
  58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
  59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
  60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/ O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.
  61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."
  62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
  63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
  64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
  65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
  66. At the Laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
  67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
  68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
  69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
  70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
  71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
  72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
  73. Drive half a block.
  74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
  75. Ask people what gender they are.
  76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
  77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
  78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".
  79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
  80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head. like a parakeet.
  81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
  82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
  83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
  84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
  85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
  86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
  87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior
    mental processing."
  88. Sing along at the opera.
  89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
  90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
  91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
  92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
  93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook.
    Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
  94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
  95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
  96. Never make eye contact.
  97. Never break eye contact.
  98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
  99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
  100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
  101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

Posted by TJ on Tuesday October 21, 2008 @ 03:34 PM
[Tags: scam, internet, career]

Note: This is part three of the job scam series.

Ok this scam is too easy to spot. I give it an F for no effort. Why? He spelt his company name wrong (soltions??) in the email subject line. I guess if that was intentional that would be creative but I have an inclination this was not. These are becoming no challenge. Also, these scammers should read my post on using free email providers for their professional business.

This is an obvious scam and an attempt to steal your personal information.

some nigerian scammer said:

Dear Partner.

I have reviewed resume which You recently posted online. I've thoroughly examined Your qualifications and experience. And I have concluded that you may have the skills needed to fill an Customer Service Representative position.

The FINANCE SOLUTIONS LTD operates with many full service web-portals, largest, most well-known brands in the retail FX space, provides customized tools & services specifically for self-directed retail traders. The company's flagship service focuses on the needs of professional traders.

Customer Service Representative with FINANCE SOLUTIONS LTD are responsible for business development in local area and helping clients and independent contractors get the maximum possible help at all aspects of Processing, in the fastest time.

Candidates for the Regional Business Representative position with FINANCE SOLUTIONS LTD must be hard working and employ communication skills,highly motivated individual willing to work a flexible schedule. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of Processing [funding, settlement & reconciliation] and Operations.

I hope you'll apply for the Customer Service Representative at FINANCE SOLUTIONS LTD.

To request an application, please REPLY

FINANCE SOLUTIONS LTD, Personnel Department.

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.
    Please let me know if you received this email too.

Posted by TJ on Tuesday October 21, 2008 @ 12:44 PM
[Tags: guide, accounting, excel]

Let's see how this goes...

I am a CPA and use Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software everyday. Being advanced in Excel makes my job extremely easier. I figured I'd see if there is anyone out there who has quick questions in excel that I can help. Hey what can I say I'm a generous guy.

To ask your question, use the comments form below! I will post responses to your questions below. I do not answer replies through email, as posting the answer here will help others who may have the same question as you.

Ask away...

Note: Please provide enough information for me to be able answer your question (the more info the better). The more effort you put into your question the more effort I will put into my response.

Posted by TJ on Monday October 20, 2008 @ 01:43 PM
[Tags: internet, technology, google]

Every tech blog has had a Google Goggles post. Now I don't think many would consider this a tech blog and I am late to the game but here it is:

If you haven't heard Gmail Goggles prevents sending regrettable drunk emails by requiring you to take a quiz before sending emails during set times.

Now this is pretty clever. Who would of thought the email would have such historical advances in 2008?

I think that Google added this feature as more as gimmick and publicity stunt than usefulness. But what I wonder is why instead of a quiz why can't they add an "unsend" button to emails. I understand that they are unable to retrieve emails that have already been sent, however, they could hold the emails for a set period of time (set by user) on their servers before sending them. Or what's stopping you from being able to retrieve an email sent to another gmail user that hasn't been read? Has this feature been considered?

Posted by TJ on Thursday October 16, 2008 @ 04:41 PM
[Tags: music, lyrics, humor]

[Music: Matthew Costa - Sunshine]


I'd really like to tell you
Oh my sunshine
Even though your skies are blue
You're drying up my bed
How can I get any rest now?
Sha la la la la la la la

You will get the best of me
Oh someday
Probably when I'm old and grey
I'm lying in my bed
And I will soon be put to rest now
Sha la la la la la la la

I'd really like to tell you
Oh my sunshine
Even though your skies are blue
You're drying up my bed
How can I get any rest now?
Sha la la la la la la la

You will get the best of me
Oh someday
Probably when I'm old and grey
I'm lying in my bed
And I will soon be put to rest now

I'm lying in my bed
And I will soon be put to rest now (Ooh ooh) [x2]
Sha la la la la la la la

Okay so I figured out what happened with this song, this guy, we'll call him Matthew Costa sits down and starts to write a song but then he gets writers block, doesn't feel like writing songs no more but still needs that song to fill up his album. So this genius of a guy just repeats the only paragraph he did have ambition to write 5 times to make into a song.

Posted by TJ on Wednesday October 15, 2008 @ 10:51 AM
[Tags: rant, internet, hints]

No, I'm not going to buy your product or service if you are emailing me from an, @yahoo, or address.

I do not understand why people still try to conduct a "professional" business using a free email provider.

Your or account should not be used to conduct a professional business. You can have your own domain (IE: for as low as $10/year. Get with the times.. this is 2008 not 1999.


Posted by TJ on Monday October 13, 2008 @ 09:14 PM
[Tags: scam, internet, hints]

Note: This is part 2 of the Job Scam Series.

I just received an email offering a position with Advan LTD "Advan Group LTD". This is indeed another poor attempt at a scam.

How do I know this is a scam?
The senders address is different then the reply address provided in the email and the company has little history in a Google search.

Why am I writing about this?
Hopefully this blog will show up in search results and prevent potential victims. Since this is a new scam there were no search results for this company so I thought I should make some.

How does a scam have such a sophisticated website?
Anybody can create a professional looking website in a matter of minutes by copying an existing website. You can do this is Firefox by selecting File->Save as File->Webpage Complete. A scammer would then change the logo and text to coincide with the name of their fictional company.

What's the purpose of this scam
They want to get information from you... SS#(from application), bank account number (from direct deposit info), email address (for spamming), or they are going try get you to transfer your money to them using wires.

What are Common things to look for to spot a scam?
  • Are they using a free email provider (ie: @gmail, @hotmail, @aol)? Reputable and professional companies have their own domain and use it in their emails (IE:
  • Is the "reply to" address stated in the email? Is this different then senders email address? Scammers often distort the header to show different senders addresses so they get passed email filters
  • Does the email provide a link to the companies website? Look up the urls registry info by going to Check to see when it the registration was created and if the registry addresses match the companies address. If the website domain was just registered then this means the sender probably created the website just to scam people.
  • Use Google and search for "the company scam" or that turns no results just search for the "company name with quotes".
  • Does the email offer a Work at home opportunity? It is very hard to find a legitimate work at home job online so these should require extra caution before replying to
  • Broken English, misspelling, poor grammar. Most of these scammers are foreigners and can not create a professional sounding email in english.
Here's a copy of the email I received:

We have an opening position for your attention. This job offer is limited and can be offered for US citizens only. Our Company is looking for persons for part-time based vacancy. This is home based, online, part-time, fast-paced position. Part-time employees usually works over 4 hours every business day (from Monday through Friday) and typically do not work on weekends or regular holidays. During working process you will accept orders from our clients about purchase of tourist permit. Your starting salary will be from $3,500.00 (depending on employees plan), which will be paid to you in accordance with our standard payroll procedures. In addition, you will be eligible for bonuses. What we do? We buy/sell/exchange touristic tickets, tours, airline tickets, booking and etc. Our marketing management department decided to accept sales orders from international customers, that is why you are reading this job offer letter. During all working process you will be official representative of our company with full rights and standards. You will receive orders/payments/billing records/payment invoices/transactions from our clients, customers and investors Our part-time employees also receive an attractive benefits package. Please note that these opportunities are part-time only working approximately 16 hours per week. Actually we do not require any work experience or base requirements. This job if perfect for students, moms and those who are looking for good part-time/online job. This is a great chance to start your career with us, we are fast growing international company, don’t waste your time, start your career right now. Hurry up, this job opportunity is limited.

If you are interested in our offer, we shall send you detailed description of the vacancy. Write to me on e-mail:
You will get a response in 2-3 days.

Thanks for your time and interest.

NOTE: This is original e-mail letter from ADVAN LTD. This not any kind of: MLM, scam, spam. We will never ask to you to provide any kind of investments.

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. You should consider signing up for automatic credit monitoring 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. If the email you received was different then the one posted in this post paste it below (or explain the differences) so others will find this warning.

    If this post helped you I would appreciate if you left a comment so I know to keep posting these alerts. Thanks!

Posted by TJ on Monday October 6, 2008 @ 04:28 PM
[Tags: links, thoughts, humor] said:
A small, newly-discovered asteroid named 2008 TC3 is approaching Earth and chances are good that it will hit. Steve Chesley of JPL estimates that atmospheric entry will occur on Oct 7th at 0246 UTC over northern Sudan . Measuring only a few meters across, the space rock poses no threat to the ground, but it should create a spectacular fireball, releasing about a kiloton of energy as it disintegrates and explodes in the atmosphere. Stay tuned for updates

Okay so according to this report it doesn't look like were actually screwed, however, as a coincidence “The Time Monks” has also chose October 7th as the beginning of a period of extraordinary event that will surpass 9/11. The Time Monks is a computer based project that is basically computers analyzing data to predict the future. said:

“ The Web Bots see September 22-27, 2008 as precursor dates to the main turning point date of October 7, 2008. Closely watch events during September 22-27, 2008 for hints as to what to expect on October 7, 2008.

Cliff said whenever “it” happens, and whatever “it” turns out to be, “it” will be a date in history you remember like 9/11, we will remember 10/7.

The Web Bots foresee that October 7, 2008 to February 19, 2009 will be filled with emotional intensity, and the length of the release period will be extraordinary. The Web Bots have never picked up any event lasting this long. In comparison, 9/11 length lasted about 10 days. This event will be four months of high emotion…….”

Based upon the September 22nd interview on Coast to Coast radio with the Time Monks, here is an outline of what the Web Bots have uncovered for the following weeks, months and years:

The next year will get very ugly and will change your life worse than 9/11. It is important to understand the magnitude of the data. The sort of agony, grief, pain and rage that was felt the six days following 9/11 will be felt for five and a half months. From October 7th, 2008 until March of next year….

* Will there be a total economic collapse?

Yes. 2009 will be a “year of transformation.” The keyword “monumental” shows up as how the future will view our current situation. Time Monks describe this as an “epic situation”

And add to this my blog post how the stock market actually decreased drastically 2-3 weeks before the September 11 events, speculating you may be able to see a huge drop in the stock market as predicting a huge event.

So all these commingling events seem to all add up, and I think it's as a good time as any to get your tinfoil hat on. User submitted image No?

And as if this is not enough to worry about we also have a UFO and some aliens visiting us on October 14th. Blossom Goodchild, a physic says she has been visited by the Federation of Light. The FoL gave her a message that speaks of giant lightships appearing and humanity will be rocked by the sightings. She stresses they come in peace. Here's the exact message she said she received. said:

***The Lightships are there in our skies
Connected to the thoughts and wishes and hopes of humanity
They are indeed higher self consciousness aspects of humanity
Or could be referred to as "us in the future"
First contact individually has already occurred
It is First contact globally that has not occurred yet
This First contact globally shall be in response to the consciousness level of humanity
Discernment must be used as darkworkers try to counteract everything that the Light brings in (yet they are failing in this)****

Boy are those aliens going to be mad when they finally decided to come visit us and we are no longer here.

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