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Posted by TJ on Monday February 18, 2008 @ 11:48 AM
[Tags: music, personal, links]

I always dream of hosting a huge bash and booking a popular band for entertainment. Of course, I'll have to become rich first. My pick would probably be Hootie and the Blowfish. They have a sound that almost everybody likes, they seem like a cool band to meet, their music is perfect for a party, and they are not too popular anymore so their prices shouldn't too high. Right?... they can't be too expensive? Well according to Clear Channel College Entertainment Guide at least you will have to drop $100k for a performance. So it looks like I may have to win the lotto first.

Posted by TJ on Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 05:22 PM
[Tags: news, games, thoughts]

The school shooters seem to be getting older. A decade ago it seems every week there was another shooting at a high school in the news ... currently it appears as this is the case with college's.

I say this as the AP reports at least 18 Injuries in shooting at Northern Illinois University

Link: QC Times Article

This is quite scary as are they going to graduate and start shooting up the workplace?

Can the video games generation be to blame? Could it be that the kids who grew playing the violent video games now are in college? I never believed that whole argument but it makes you think there could be some correlation.

Before the Virginia Tech you barely heard about university shootings in national news. I however, was on the campus of Westchester Community College (NY Times Feb 8 2000) when a non-student shot his ex girlfriend then killed himself on campus. That was the worst college shooting I ever heard about before the Virginia Tech Massacre.

Posted by TJ on Friday February 8, 2008 @ 05:25 PM
[Tags: accounting, taxes, guide]

Most people will be receiving a credit from the Government as they hope to stimulate the economy and reduce fears of recession. Will it work? Probably not, but that's a whole other story. Here is the lowdown on the credits.

When will I get the check?
If you are eligible you will most likely see your check in May or July.

Your credit is $600 if single and $1,200 combined if married. You also receive an additional $300 per child.

Calculating the credit
Add $600 - If you filed Form 1040 for the 2007 tax year
Add $600 - If your married
Add $300 - for each of you dependent children
Total = Your potential household refund (see partial refunds below)

To be fully eligle
Your 2007 adjusted gross income(AGI) has to be less than $75,000 single or $150,000 married. You can find your AGI by look on line 7 of Form 1040.

Partially elgible?
If your adjusted gross exceed 75,000(single) or 150,000 (married) you may still receive a partial refund.

Take your Adjusted Gross income from your 2007 1040, Line 37
Then subtract $75,000 if you filed single or $150,000 if you filed a joint return
Now multiply the result by 5%. This is the amount you reduce your credit by (see "calculating your credit above").

Posted by TJ on Monday February 4, 2008 @ 11:34 AM
[Tags: news, internet, links]

Is it just a weird coincidence that four backbone net cables to the mideast have cut within a single week? Or could it be some malicious sabatage or ... terrorist? One thing is it doesn't effect the United States that much as almost all the internet content is located in the States. I do feel bad though for all my Iranian viewers as they can't read my blog!!

Anyway, here is some links:

World Map of Undersea Cables

News Story

Posted by TJ on Monday February 4, 2008 @ 02:21 AM
[Tags: sports, tv, rant]

Shout outs to Eli Manning keeping his composure and leading the Giants to victory

Shout out to James Tyree and his circus catch. You barely heard his name until today

Shout to Burress for coming close to his predicted score of 23-17

Shout out to Giants Defensive cordinator, Steve Spagnuolo and the defense for constantly pounding Tom Brady and keeping the game a low scoring game. Too bad he probably wont be with the Giants next year as he will likely get a head coaching position.

Shout out to Tom Petty for playing his best songs at half time and after all these years still sounding great

Shout to coach Tom Coughlin for not turning red

Shout to Kevin Boss for filling in for Jeremy Shockey as almost an exact replica.

Shout to Bud Light for having the best commercials.

Shout down to Bill Belichick for leaving the game before it was over and for giving the worst press conference... What was that mumbling?

Posted by TJ on Thursday January 24, 2008 @ 11:34 AM
[Tags: accounting, links, taxes]

Want to be an instant millionaire?

Report tax evasion to the IRS.

Under IRC Section 7623 the IRS authorizes the payment of awards from the proceeds of amounts the IRS collects by reason of the information provided by an individual (aka the Whistleblower). The reward is between 15-30% of the tax recovered depending on the amount of information you provide. So if you provide information that leads to the IRS recovering $10 million in taxes you could be an instant millionaire!

To be eligble the amount in dispute must exceed $2 million dollars (including tax,interest,penalties, etc.) and taxable income for the violator must exceed 200k in any year of issue.

Oh and don't forget to claim your reward on your tax return, as yes... it is subject to income tax.

To file a claim use Form 211 Download Here

Posted by TJ on Wednesday January 23, 2008 @ 11:55 AM
[Tags: serious, links, accounting]

Here is a link that you can search the NY registery of unclaimed money due to you. Most is due from insurance companies, state dept, stocks, or banks. Check it out and give me some if you find anything.

link: New York Unclaimed Property search

Posted by TJ on Friday January 18, 2008 @ 06:16 PM
[Tags: personal, humor]

That's right,
The chess-king dies at age 64 and there's 64 squares on the chess board.**

For the tin foiled headed conspirarist this is the perfect concidence for a conspiracy theory.

RIP to Bobby Fisher 1/18/08.

**Some could argue that the chess board actually contains 204 squares if you count the squares made by individual squares, but let's not get too technical here. 8x8 + 7x7 + 6x6 + 5x5 + 4x4 + 3x3 + 2x2 + 1x1=204

Posted by Tj on Tuesday January 15, 2008 @ 05:32 PM
[Tags: politics, links, guide]

You can't complain at the president if you don't do your part in selecting the right one!

To register: Use the link below and select your state and fill in web form. It will generate a customized PDF which contains your registration form. Print it and follow the directions to sign, fold, put on a stamp and mail it in. Include a photocopy of your identification (a driver’s license or US passport) with it if you can. You can without sending in a copy of your ID, but you will have to show ID when you vote the first time (bring your ID to the polls regardless, just in case). You should get a conformation mailing back from your state.

To Register:

Who can Register?
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old at time of election
  • A resident of state you are registering in
Who should register?
  • Any one who meets the requirements above
  • Any one who moved or changed their address and did not register
State specific information

In Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming you may register to vote at your polling place on election day.
In Maine, you can register up to and on election day in person at your town office or city hall
North Dakota does not have voter registration. If you do not have a government issued ID, call your state’s election office

You can register to vote online in WA and AZ - You won't even need to leave the confines of you computer chair to place your vote:

Washington State:

For Arizona State:

Posted by Tj on Tuesday January 15, 2008 @ 03:42 PM
[Tags: links, rant] is supposedly a revolutionaly site that offers a searchable and playable database of music and songs. The search is free and could be used as an alternative to youtube when trying to play that one song you just want to hear on demand. However I have not been able to use it. I goto the site and find my song and never hear the song. It stops on "loading.." and if you click the song again it says "now playing" but nothing plays. Is the service broke already? Or am I just dumb? I tried it on two computers.

Try it:

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