Quicken...

Jul. 27th, 2008 09:09 pm
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My parents talked me into buying Quicken instead of continuing to make my own financial database in Access. Overall, it seems really nice. And when I was looking through it with my folks, it looked like the reports were really nice. So after I got home today I spent an appauling number of hours entering in all our data from the past year (aside from a little bit of data on two accounts for January, I got it all done). However, now that I actually have my own data in the system, I'm seeing that I'm not really liking the reports after all. You see, Quicken (and much of the rest of the world) has a very strange concept of what a "bill" is. Somehow Quicken thinks that the credit card payments count as "bills" (I consider them transfers and thought I had them entered as such), yet somehow "rent" is not a bill. WTF? Thus, a lot of the reports aren't seeming very useful. Actually, none of the reports I've found look useful at all yet. Ugh. Not upset about the $30, but I'm going to be super upset about all the hours if this program doesn't have useful reports. :-(

Also, in the pie charts, it shows that half or more of the money we *spend* goes *to* Epic by way of our paychecks. Something is clearly confused. This was why I was going to make my own freaking program.
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ONE DAY CONTENT STRIKE - Friday, March 21st (note: this actually begins on Thursday, the 20th in the US)

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics: a permanent reminder of the power of the userbase.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users and the concept of adfree space.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.

The 24-hour strike will begin at the following times for the following locations:

Thursday, March 20, 2:00 PM -- Honolulu
Thursday, March 20, 4:00 PM -- Anchorage
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 PM -- San Francisco; Los Angeles
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 PM -- Mexico City; Denver
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 PM -- Chicago
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 PM -- Montreal; New York; Toronto
Thursday, March 20, 9:00 PM -- Buenos Aires
Midnight -- London
Friday, March 21, 1:00 AM -- Paris
Friday, March 21, 2:00 AM -- Istanbul
Friday, March 21, 3:00 AM -- Moscow
Friday, March 21, 4:00 AM -- Dubai
Friday, March 21, 5:00 AM -- Islamabad
Friday, March 21, 6:00 AM -- Bangladesh
Friday, March 21, 7:00 AM -- Bangkok
Friday, March 21, 8:00 AM -- Singapore
Friday, March 21, 9:00 AM -- Tokyo
Friday, March 21, 10:00 AM -- Brisbane
Friday, March 21, 11:00 AM -- Sydney
Friday, March 21, 12 Noon -- Suva
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You must provide an email address to get your phone number on the no-call list. I'm not sure if I should consider this amusing, or just frustrating.
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Apparently renting a home in Wisconsin doesn't actually make you a resident of the state. Because "renting is temporary, so a lease doesn't prove that you live here even though a documentation of a mortgage would." What a fucking bitch.

Fortunately I can take 2 hours off work another day and drive across town with any number of other documents I do have, but didn't have on me, which in no way prove that I live here, and use those to establish residency. Who would have thought that the documents they require for a drivers license are different than those they require to prove residency for registering a car, and in addition make no fucking sense.

Maybe instead of just offering tax incentives for home ownership, which just shift the demand curve, and don't actually make homes more affordable, we could help people achieve the American Dream by not making them feel less like people for not "having a home."

Yeah, and incidentally, I have tons of documentation that would make it easy for me to get a drivers license in Illinois, Oregon, or New York (if those states have such fucked up rules)... in spite of not living in any of those places. In spite of not ever having ever lived in New York.

Edit: Okay, so actually on closer examination of our papers we don't seem to have a document that will allow me to prove residency for a drivers license, since our pay stubs don't have our address on them (which is evidently required for them to work), and the only utility bill we have received thus far is in Josh's name and not mine... because a utility bill on a rental home is so much more permanent than a lease on a rental home. I've got 10 more days before I'm in violation of the law for living here 60 days and not changing my drivers license over. If I wasn't so pissed off, that would probably be funny.

Edit #2: And as if things didn't seem nuts enough before, get this: they mail your new drivers license to your home address... which really begs the question why they can't just take my word for it and figure that if I am lying about my address I wont ever actually receive my drivers license, so it's okay.
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One thing I don't especially like about Madison...

Low tonight? -13F
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People who don't understand math make me sad. 

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Speaking of intelligent design, what's up with having a baby with a giant brain born out of a pelvis that is supporting an upright body. That doesn't strike me as particularly intelligent... more like an unfortunate artifact from a simpler time. Personally, if I was the intelligent designer, we'd have zippers in our bellies.

There was a thing on the radio about studying genomes, particularly comparing the human one with the opossum one. They referred to humans as being however many bazillion years more advanced than marsupials... and don't get me wrong, I love my thumbs and spoken language, but there are some things where I think the marsupials are way ahead of us. I think only a man would say we were strictly more advanced.
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I was going to sit down to a nice relaxing snack of yogurt right about now. But somebody packed leftover cheese sause (as in, for pasta) in my yogurt. Sigh.
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Gas is still way too cheap, as evidenced by the fact that there is someone who has nothing better to do than sit in his can ourside our apartment complex (actually, directly outside the house next door) at midnight and continually rev his loud engine. Okay, so I don't know how long he's been there... it's only been 15 minutes since I figured out what the obnoxious buzzing was because it was too hot to sleep and I had to open the windows.

Now what to do about it? The easy tempting fix would be to turn on the AC. Sadly, I don't think our AC system is actually smart enough to just run a fan and pump cold outside air inside through the central air system. (Though of course if I was designing a central air system, that would totally be a feature it would have!) Alternately, I could try to figure out where our fan is and try to drown out the sound. We had one last summer, so it must be around here some place. Or finally, I could just whine about it on LJ.

ARGH!!!
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Are any of my friends from home NOT getting married this year? It's not even March, and already we have received invites or save-the-date cards for 4 weddings...

Two of the Oregon weddings are inconveniently 3 weeks apart... I'd like to make it to all of them, but can you ask for worse timing than that? (Not that they know each other or anything.)
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I am truly impressed at what a bad job Microsoft did with the new version of Exploder. It looks good on the surface, but performance? You've got to be kidding. It's like we're back to the good old days of classic Microsoft software performance. I wonder if it's still possible to switch back to the old version...

Headphones

Feb. 20th, 2007 08:48 am
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The guy behind me on the train today had his music in his headphones turned up so loud I think everyone in the car could probably hear it... and, get this, he was SNORING! Can you believe it?
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Anyone know if there is a website where you can get statistics on flight on-timeliness by airline and airport? I've pretty much had it with flying through O'Hare (which is, not surprisingly, the worst airport in the nation for on-time arrivals and departures, at less than 60% for each), but I don't know if the problem is more with the airport, or more with United. I mean, I know I'd rather fly Southwest through Midway than United through O'Hare, even though Midway is an hour or more further away, because my experience is that Southwest flights to and from Midway generally leave more or less on time, while United flights to and from O'Hare generally leave 1-2 hours late, if they decide to go at all. But what about Alaska Airlines flights through O'Hare? Alaska was such a kick-ass airline when I used them between Portland and Ontario...

Cold

Feb. 4th, 2007 04:20 pm
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I do not like that it is so cold out. According to weather.com, right now it is 0 degrees out (F) and feels like -19. The high tomorrow is supposed to be 4 degrees. I am sick of being stuck inside. It's not supposed to get above freezing for over a week. A person could die in weather like this. Pretty quick too, I'm guessing.

I'm ready for winter to be over. Any day now would be just fine.
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So when you sign up for a paypal account, they don't actually verify that your name is what you say it is. However, you cannot put any credit cards or bank accounts on the account unless the last name on the card or bank account matches the last name on the paypal account. This becomes relevant when they want to SEE your marriage license to allow you to change your last name on the account... even though they never needed you to prove what your last name was in the first place.

Okay, this is an easy problem to work around--just create a new account.

But now the new problem: Josh has tried to add our joint credit card to his paypal account, and it wont let him because that credit card number is already on file for someone else's paypal account!! Argh. I'd really like to have separate paypal accounts (no need to show one another the name and link to auctions we've paid for that may be gifts), but using a joint credit card for everything is really convenient. Surely I'm not the only one who feels this way...
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So what makes a legal signature a legal signature, and a legal name a legal name?

My understanding is that my legal name is, for pretty much all intents and purposes, the name that I changed my name to on my social security card and drivers license after I got married. But it's not exactly that because it's really that I'm "using" my married name and didn't actually get a court order to actually change my name.

My understanding is that my legal signature is the consistant way in which I make the mark of my choice, and the only aspect of it that really matters is that I make it consistantly. The fact that I sign my name Mary Peter Middendorf rather than Jane Doe III (or a collection of uniteligable scribles scribbles with a unique shape, like most people) only matters because that's the consistant mark I choose to make.

But today when I went to vote they gave me a hard time. You see, on the voter registry, I am listed in print as "Middendorf, Mary E.P." (Mary Elizabeth Peter Middendorf wouldn't fit on my drivers license and I registered to vote by saying "yes" at the DMV when they asked me if I wanted to register to vote). However, as I said, I sign Mary Peter Middendorf. Well, the people at the polling place seriously hassled me about this, even though the signature for me that they had on file was exactly the same as the one I made. They did let me vote, but I had the impression that they felt like they were doing my a favor and they said my voter registration had to be updated so it matched my signature. WTF? Shouldn't my voter registration be under my, you know, normal legal name? And shouldn't I sign my normal legal signature? Don't they keep them both on file together for a reason? They also hassled Josh on this same issue--who ever had entered his name had him down as "Middendorf, Joshua G. Peter", and they hassled him for signing what looked to them like "John Middendorf" (but I'm sure matched his signature on file since his signature always looks like John Midden-scribble).

So would somebody like to explain to me either what my name is, or how I'm supposed to register to vote, or how I'm supposed to sign when I vote, or what a legal signature is, or what I should do to complain about having incompetant poll workers? Argh.

I'm seriously frustrated by this. Why didn't anyone ever tell me that having 4 names will cause endless headaches for the rest of your life because nobody else can handle it!? Argh.

Edit: I called and reported it. Will anything come of it? Who knows. But it really is inappropriate for them to hassle people like this without a legitimate reason, even though they did eventually let us vote, and I feel better for having had my complaint noted and recorded. If anyone else had/has problems, the nation wide number is 866-OUR-VOTE. This hotline seems to be a joint effort by a number of organizations, including NAACP and People For the American Way, as part of their efforts to monitor the fairness of this election. I'm glad there are organizations out there doing this, and I'm glad Josh and I finally got off our lazy asses and made a donation to People For the American Way last night.
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Do I look like I want to restart my computer now? No. Of course not. You see, I unhibernated my computer because I want to compute. And I got here first. You can restart when I am finished.

Blood and bloody ashes! Do you need me to box your ears?
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From the email response I got from one company about separating zippers... more or less what I would have expected...

"as for loose pin and box attachments, they are not available for sale from the manufacturer because if they were then anyone could buy the components and assemble zippers and call them their own."

Ugh. I thought this wasn't supposed to happen in the free market. I'm ready for it to correct itself already. Perhaps I should draw up my detailed plans for at-home separating zipper creation and post them on the internet, and hope someone picks them up and decides to go into business making and selling them... so I can buy them eventually. Or I suppose I could try to do that... but really I don't want to take that much time away from my sewing, or front my own cash, or try to market myself.
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I'm angry at Apple right now.  I finally got around to updating my ipod software, which involved a downloand, an install, a rebute, and then the actual update.  Now my computer doesn't see my ipod, and my ipod screne shows a picture telling me to plug the ipod into the wall.  Well, I'm sorry, I lost the wall plug bit.  I've been charging my ipod off the trickle computer charge for the last 3 months.  So screw you.  Oh, yeah, and 20 minutes ago at the beginning of this process my ipod was showing a full charge.

You know what else has been bugging me lately on this topic too?  My ipod has started skipping.  I would have thought they'd be able to keep that from happening.  Ugh. 
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Josh bought fake Ramen. FAKE RAMEN!!! It looks all classy and stuff. What's up with that?

He assures me that it wont taste classy, but I don't care.

When I want Ramen, I don't want something that even looks classy.

However, there was still one package of authentic Ramen in the pantry.

Thank goodness!

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