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  1. LB log - 20131124

    My wife has tomorrow off of work, so what I'll ask as a suggestion for her and her mother to do is round up the materials necessary for me to begin streaming my daily sessions. Here's hoping they spend the time to do it, or at least my mother in law does. Lord knows she needs something to do.

    Sundays at the store remain quiet. The other shifts did their job well enough to not impede mine, and I have a routine figured out so that I know how to find something to do from one task to ...
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  2. LB log - 20131123

    Today is as much of a relaxation day as I'm going to allow myself for the near term future, as today's activities consisted of going to work, and then promptly going to a coworkers place for her to host us for a dinner evening to watch the Dr. Who special that was earlier broadcast. The show was good, and she had a good time with making some thematic dinner choices (fish and vanilla pudding rather than custard, and some good simple souffle). Her three month old cat proved to be good entertainment ...
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  3. LB log - 20131122

    Hi there. I have just emerged out of my cave and have first heard of Cryptolocker today. I am one of the many who don't make offline backups daily and I didn't have Malwarebytes installed, so I stopped procrastinating on the second part and got the free version to see what it could find. Thankfully, I don't seem to have that particularly nasty infection yet, but I seem to have others, so I think the $25 cost is justified to get it registered and support the company. I'll be sure to let the program ...
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  4. LB log - 20131121

    All Forms and return header updates are complete. Next phase is to get the new IRS A2A program installed (which should not be an issue at all) and get the test submissions formed. As it turns out, a lot of the elements in the return headers were slightly renamed, so it's a good thing that I checked to make sure it required editing.

    I slept in like a bum and wasn't able to get much else accomplished on the day. I indirectly blame my wife, because she had a slight fever in the morning ...
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  5. LB log - 20131120

    Within the last few days I've completed Forms 1040A, 1040EZ, and 1040 SS, which means that I'm basically getting to being finished on the phase of work where I update the Forms for the upcoming tax year. This means that I should be getting to sending out test submissions within a few weeks at most.

    My wife is still sick enough that her voice is mostly a whisper, and she keeps coughing up a fair quantity of phlegm. It's been like this for a week now. I hope she gets better soon. ...
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  6. LB log - 20131119

    I woke up on Monday at 455AM, and I was up until 310AM this morning so that I could complete the work for Form 8839. It is done and thankfully all came to function in short order, and all of my scripts worked basically right off the bat. Unfortunately, the process of getting things within specific Subforms so that they can match the layout of the original content with its tables simply takes a lot of time and requires more effort than a simple drag and drop operation. No matter, it's done, and Form ...
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  7. LB log - 20131118

    I worked a full eight hour shift today without doing anything which is specific to my current position of inventory management. I did spend a few moments out doing carts, but I was one of many who was summoned to do so after yet another unwarranted panic, so it wasn't painful or long. Otherwise, it was just moving pallets around and eventually being the person to fill the unload line out of an inbound trailer. Yeehaw. At least I was glad to do the latter part, as I was able to do some very subtle ...
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  8. LB log - 20131117

    Another new Form being introduced this year is Form 8960, which will be used for the reporting of investment income and an additional tax imposed thereupon. Yet again, it all comes rather easily together despite having to fundamentally recreate it from scratch. All that's missing from the Form at this specific moment are the scripts to automate the line computation. That'll be simple to do tomorrow.

    Also - thank you, Dawn, for the bagels.

    Today has been a very windy ...
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  9. LB log - 20131116

    I had to do a small bit of cart pushing today. Thankfully, it wasn't when there was some light rain outside. I had one other person help me push by hand, as there was only one usable machine available at the time. Yeah, I don't miss any of it at all. Thankfully, I kept my time out there to a short stint.

    Form 6252 is something that I didn't have to do last year, and I'm pleased to discover that the 2013 version of the Form is finalized on the IRS site, so this means that I was able ...
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  10. LB log - 20131115

    Forms 1040 Schedule E and F are a wrap, along with a few others. E was basically unchanged, thankfully, while F had a lot of elements renamed. No problem. Form 1040 Schedule D had a set of new rows added to its short term and long term tables which allows for Form 8949 to be filed optionally, which I think is a good idea overall.

    My wife is still not feeling too great and in light of some PC problems I had earlier today I didn't make it to bed until she was almost ready to start her ...
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  11. LB log - 20131114

    Well, a contact from an old friend out of the blue has just come. Looks like he's in line for the PS4 and is bored and has nobody else to converse with. Catch up over a few years through texts isn't so bad, I guess.

    Tax Form progress. The Charitable Donation reporting on Form 8283 needed to have a lot of its XSD binding redone, because a lot of the element naming was changed from last year to this year. That consumed a fair amount of the day, particularly since I had to undertake ...
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  12. LB log - 20131113

    Today's mission was to acquire the Popeye's Cajun Turkey. The mission was completed, but not without some interference along the way, in the form of longer travel than planned. The original store that I went to was not selling them, despite the location being shown as doing so online. The next closest one was not too far away, but the initial route that I chose to get there had a solid line of traffic in all four directions of an intersection that had some kind of new construction going on. This ...
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  13. LB log - 20131112

    The 2013 Form 1040 had its last draft update as of July 26, and is not yet published in the irs-pdf directory. The 2013 Form 1040 XML schema is already at version 4.0, posted October 28. After having an issue with a stock purchase save in GTA 5 last night and not doing much else significant today, I've decided to get the process of the 2013 testing underway now, rather than postpone and be sorry later on at the start of 2014.

    This means that I won't be trying to post Everstreets drafts ...
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  14. LB log - 20131111

    Happy Armistice Day.

    The nice part of doing these blog posts is that I can post rants here and get things off of my chest without any concern of if anyone else will read it.

    Warning: Drivel ahead.

    I like the new MLP. Yeah, I've mentioned that before, but it bears repeating here. Long story short and as a result of this fact, the son of my wife's friend, whom I've mentioned here several times before, now says he likes the show. As a result, in thanks to ...
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  15. LB log - 20131110

    Let's celebrate the 1000th TNL Blog post.

    I've driven out some distractions yesterday and have managed to go without them for the remainder of the day today, which is good, but is only a first step.

    Unfortunately I've felt pretty tired today regardless and I think I'm going to call an early night yet again in hopes that my Tuesday doesn't solely consist of sleep. I have one more new idea written down and I'll need to figure out how to make SketchUp work part of my daily ...
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