Friday, June 27, 2008

Kathryn Plays Harmonica

My evaluation of the Flip Mino continues. This is an impromptu moment where Kathryn invites me to play harmonica with her. Flip Mino operated by Mom.


Monday, June 23, 2008

Flip Mino Preview and some very specific food advice

Here is a chance to see my very first thoughts of the Flip Mino as well as a bit of it's output. You may also learn one very simple technique for avoiding food you don't like. Sure, you think it's easy, but sometimes a bad meal is just what you need in order to avoid having two bad meals.

qv: Flip Mino


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Our Time is Up

What are you doing today? I ask myself this every day, and I wonder if sometimes I ought not to be asking not "What am I doing today?", but "Why?" Rob Pearlstein's short film, "Our Time Is Up" features Kevin Pollak as a therapist who dramatically alters his approach to patients when his world is reframed by forces beyond his control.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Phil and a Cigar

200806-Phil-Cigar-142 I thinkA friend suggested that we get pictures of ourselves with some of our favorite smokes to be used at the local cigar shop. I thought it would be fun so I came up with a couple of shots with me and a Por Larranaga cigar by Altadis.

See the rest of the photos on Flickr.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Here comes Internet Sales Tax

Beginning last Sunday, Amazon started collecting sales tax for the state of New York. What's more important to internet shoppers is that if they live in New York, they are now paying the sales tax that they always owed and the apparent advantage of not being forced to pay sales tax on internet purchases just evaporated.

The announcement from Amazon:
Effective June 1, 2008, LLC will begin collecting sales tax on items shipped to destinations within the State of New York as New York has enacted a new law requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales tax based on advertising. Amazon has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this provision. However, as required by the law, we must still begin collecting New York sales tax beginning on that date.

Amazon has filed suit to challenge the expansion of New York's tax law. The expansion was that NY essentially declares that any company that has affiliates who refer business to them within the state of NY is essentially doing business in NY and therefore must collect, report, and deliver sales tax revenues to the state.

If Amazon loses it's challenge, which it seems is inevitable, then other states will surely jump into the fray. We can't say it's the right thing to do, but legislature's will feel compelled to devise ways to collect tax from internet retailers so that they can generate revenues for their own states. They will use the argument that they have been subsidizing the economies of California, Washington, and Oregon states for years by allowing them to conduct business unencumbered by sales tax. They will argue that collecting sales tax, which they will call lost revenue, will put local companies on an even footing with large internet retailers, removing the 5-9% price advantage internet shoppers enjoy by making their purchases over the internet.

Once New York's collection of sales tax on internet purchases is firmly established, then you can be certain other states will follow.

Note: Items sold by LLC, or its subsidiaries, and shipped to destinations in the states of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington are already subject to tax.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Facebook apps (games) we like

Phil Yanov's Facebook profileHere are the Facebook games we mentioned in today's segment of the Your Day radio show.

  • Packrat - this is a particular favorite of mine. You collect stuff. I can't help myself.

  • Scramble - This is like Boggle on the internet. I happen to have a friend who can beat you every time. I am a much easier mark.

  • Scrabulous - It looks remarkably like the board game Scrabble. They make the gentle claim - "Play the world's favorite online word game for free!" You decide for yourself.

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Google Maps adds pictures!

Now, whenever you search for a location on Google Maps, you'll get links to Paranoramio photos, YouTube videos, user-created maps, and even see popular queries specific to that location. The new options appear when you click the "Explore this area" link in the left-hand side panel. Google has also introduced rooftop geo-coding for 50 million homes and businesses in the U.S., which should significantly improve mapping accuracy.

Here is a sample of what appears if you look at 300 South Main Street in Greenville, which happens to be the address of the Peace Center. (You get a user submitted photo of the Peace Center.)

Now, can someone map and geocode the mice?