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May 4th, 2006 - Phil's Rambling Rants

May 4th, 2006

May 4th, 2006
12:51 am

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Bite me, IRS
So I get my mail today, and there's a big envelope from the IRS.  This can't be good.  I open it, and it's my tax return.  With a notice stapled to it that they can't process it because I didn't include my W-2.  Hello, IRS?  I don't HAVE any W-2's, I was unemployed the whole year, that's why, you know, the line for "Wages, Salaries, Tips" shows "- 0 -".

I will have to see if I can get through to anyone at the 800 number on the form who can explain what I need to do to make them happy.

And to add insult to injury, my return is stamped April 19th, but I didn't get it today.  Why do I suspect that if I'd owed them money, instead of them owing me a refund of what I had withheld, I'd have gotten it back two weeks sooner?

Grr.

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01:00 am

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Debbie Ohi Icon!
I'm now part of the elite cool people on LJ -- I have a Debbie Ohi icon!

I still love my default icon, so I plan to use this one when I'm writing about photography.

Thank you ohiblather!

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06:34 pm

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Book review:  A Gathering of Widowmakers
Today's book review is A Gathering of Widowmakers by Mike Resnick.

This is another tale of galactic bounty hunters in Resnick's Inner Frontier.  It continues to be an engaging universe, and in that universe Resnick brings three versions of his ur-bounty hunter the Widowmaker together so he can riff both on what qualities make a hero extraordinary and on what's important about a person.  But somehow the details in the story feel contrived for the occasion, so the story doesn't completely click, and the world isn't as engaging as I'd hope.  Perhaps Resnick painted himself into a corner -- by defining the Widowmaker as a killer so good that he only deals with the most competent criminals, he forced himself to create enemies that are over the top in their killing potential.  Oddly enough, he handles the Widowmaker character well enough that he remains believable, but the obstacles he runs across feel more contrived than usual.  I don't mean to imply that this book completely fails, but it also doesn't completely succeed.

Not a bad book, really.  Short and fast and fun.  But not really good either, and Resnick usually delivers better.  7 out of 10.

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