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Seth’s Blog: #YearInReview What did you ship in 2010?

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Found this sitting in my drafts folder from 2010. In response to: Seth’s Blog: #YearInReview What did you ship in 2010?:

  • MDFH (work project)
  • ASR (work project)
  • Built a Windows Home Server
  • Set up a media center PC + TV
  • Put ducting in attic for AC

(It’s obviously a partial list–and a year old at that.)

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February 10th, 2012 at 12:47 am

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Taxes at two WalMart’s

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I noticed a WalMart receipt in our car that shows a tax rate of 9% plus 1.25%. That seemed kind of high.

Apparently, Elgin has a “special business district” tax rate that is 9%, and then there’s a 1.25% on top of that (presumably County Home Rule), which totals to 10.25%.

It looks like the tax rate in Algonquin would be between 1.25% to 2.5% lower than that in Elgin (Kane County). The Illinois tax rate finder web site predicts 7.75% for Algonquin. It predicts 9% for Elgin (Kane County special business district).

The Illinois web site (below) doesn’t show the 1.25% adder for Elgin’s “special business district”. So, I don’t know if that 1.25% gets added to the Algonquin’s 7.75% as well (in which case the difference would only end up being 1.25%).

Tax Rate Finder: Rates Page – TRI0050.

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February 10th, 2012 at 12:45 am

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Frozen Lake

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True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
— G.K. Chesterton (via Moment of Happiness Daily Quotation)

Work is busy. There are many things, each of them detailed investigations, that need to get done in a short amount of time. Customers expect that from us–and our competitors.

Normally, at lunch time, I’ll stay in and eat at my desk, usually surfing the web while doing this. Today, I decided to take a walk outside.

Outside was warmer than I expected, but still crisp. Yet, the pond was frozen. An usual but serendipitous combination. I took a nice, refreshing walk. I stretched on the grass.

I immediately forgot what was going on in my office. My mind cleared.

Today, getting all there is out of a frenzied situation means creating a calm moment.

[mp3 asins=”B000SFSEMS”]

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January 6th, 2012 at 1:24 am

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Refinance Calculator

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Nice little calculator to tell you if it’s worth it to refinance or not:
Refinance Calculator.

The same website has a lot of references (and survey of media and books) covering other calculators and advice.

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October 10th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

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T NATION | Crossed Up by CrossFit

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Thinking about this. For once, I’ve actually done my weekly routine of running twice a week and weight training twice a week. I heard about this crossfit excercise–both from a guy at work and a random vendor I’ve been talking to on a weekly basis.

This article seems to have a pretty fair treatment: T NATION | Crossed Up by CrossFit. Summary: good for the average Joe, but not for serious body-builders.

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June 11th, 2011 at 12:07 am

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Matt Pond PA – Closest

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A great song to work (and I suppose work out) to. Energizing: (Note: I haven’t watched the video before; just like the song.)

Matt Pond PA – Closest (Official Music Video). Watch more top selected videos about: Matt Pond PA

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April 7th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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Walkmen: Thinking of a Dream I Had

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Great sound:

[mp3 asins=”B00122D8OU”]

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February 17th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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Questions & redundant answers

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When someone asks you a question, and you’ve already told them the answer, their question is redundant.
So is pointing out that you’ve already told them the answer. Just tell ’em the answer again.

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January 13th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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Who I want to be (at work)

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If you haven’t heard it already, listen to this:

Ruining It for the Rest of Us | This American Life.

This episode of TAL contains some of the best audio I’ve heard.

They describe a study where they place a “bad apple” in a group “acting either like a jerk, a slacker or a depressive. And within 45 minutes, the rest of the group started behaving like the bad apple.”

Except one group was extremely resilient in the presence of this negativity. Turned out that group had a “golden apple”–a guy who “was particularly a good leader, and what he would do was ask questions, and he would engage all the team members, and he would diffuse conflicts.” (10:18)

I want to be that golden apple.

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January 4th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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You only get one chance to agree

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When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all day to disagree.

When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all week to disagree.

When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all month to disagree.

When someone presents you with a new idea, you have all year to disagree.

You only have one chance to agree. One chance that matters.

People want to be heard. Don’t argue. It’ll be okay.

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December 2nd, 2010 at 11:40 pm

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