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  1. LB log - 20120408

    Two co workers called off today. I am 0% surprised by this. They chose as good of a day as any to do it, though, since the customer volume was indeed significantly reduced. I need to pick up on Form 720 work soon - I didn't have much of any chance to continue it at all yesterday. I'm surprised that I'm so thrown off in my free time just for spending an evening dinner with family. I didn't even stay that long. In other work news, I need to write this here: I must remember to apply duct tape to the ...
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  2. LB log - 20120407

    While the holiday is Easter Sunday, it is Easter Saturday which is of more concern to those of us who work at a retail store. It does seem that everyone made a point to shop yesterday and today to ensure that they were able to celebrate the actual holiday tomorrow. At least, that's what I hope. Meanwhile, for my particular station, one co worker called off, another is back on injured reserve (so to speak), a third is officially Not Giving A Shit because the job is too far away from where he currently ...
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  3. LB log - 20120406

    I'm glad I had a short shift at the store today, because it seemed a bit busier than normal for a Friday. I wonder if there's something special going on for the weekend that more people have today off or are otherwise making an effort to shop today so that they're ready for Sunday. Come to think of it, I wonder how busy Sunday will turn out to be. Even for a small holiday like Mother's Day, the volume was visibly impacted.

    Distorted in Extra Mode is no joke.

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  4. LB log - 20120405

    I spent what turned out to be more than an hour to fix up the rest of my record text file to match the current format. I probably could have just waited to change them as I replay the roster eventually but at least now when I do I can give proper accounting of differences, and my list won't look half assed. This matters to me, yes.

    Meanwhile, I finally finished up Form 5471, and in the end it weighs in at 10 MB for four pages of data with two extra pages to hold and display all the ...
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  5. LB log - 20120404

    Working on Form 5471 for Federal corporate returns, and progress with it is excruciating. What is particularly awful with this is because since it's a form about foreign corporation affiliates and agents, there's several address fields on the first page for which the address could be foreign or domestic. The original form layout does nothing to accommodate this circumstance and just has a blank line to allow entry of any address regardless of origin. This means that what I have to do is program ...
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  6. LB log - 20120403

    While I definitely don't suffer as I used to as a child, I think the allergy reaction is kicking in now. Eyes are watery and nose is runny. I also feel like I can't focus well, but I wonder if it's because I tried laying off the coffee this morning, which is something I need to resume doing for my days off of retail work. In other news, at 2AM this morning I heard some noises which I determined to be coming from outside of the house, but by the time I made it outside with a flashlight and broomstick, ...

    Updated 04 Apr 2012 at 04:21 AM by dog$

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  7. LB log - 20120402

    Long day is over. One thing I've noticed with the door greeter reposition is that the electric carts which the invalids use have nobody to tend to them, which is leading to more of them running out of power more frequently. I'm quite sure that anyone within range is getting an earful from the people who come to the store and are essentially paralyzed because the store doesn't have a cart for them. On the subject - I've often wondered as I see these customers come into the store, "Where were ...
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  8. LB log - 20120401

    Today I decided to sell my controller and take up playing Pokemon. ... nothing? Well, I tried.

    I originally wasn't on the scheudle tomorrow at the retail job, despite having shifted my availability a few weeks ago. Ask the new shift manager about it and now I'm thrown on tomorrow's schedule with a 7AM start, which I have had the luxury of not doing in some time. Oh boy, I can't wait for 7AM on a Monday there.

    I neglected to play High yesterday, so I'll be getting to ...
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  9. LB log - 20120331

    All right, that's another Saturday at retail down. I count my blessings for getting through each one without injuring myself or others.

    I've resumed my form development in earnest for the 1120 series, but that might be short lived to take care of a few more clients before the tax season is up.

    10th Style in EX first.

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  10. LB log - 20120330

    I put a heating pad down on my desk, for the intent of the cat to lay on it so that he doesn't lay on my covered laptop keyboard. Seems to be working at the moment. Let's see if I can get away with it for a session here.

    One thing which I'll do now, since I took the ten seconds to figure out a good way to do so, is to put a percentage and letter grade result with the entires. It'll help pad things out and make it look like I do more, plus that information is relatively important for ...
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  11. LB log - 20120329

    New soundcard is in! Even better, I was able to install it and have it operational without any aggravation at all. Put in, power on, download drivers, reboot, done. I was bracing for a struggle in light of the fact that compatibility with Windows 7 seems to be a major nagging point with sound cards now. The worst part, such as it was, is that I had to play with settings to get it off of this weird super-echo stadium like setting which I don't recall toggling but was there never the less. Once that ...
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  12. LB log - 20120328

    Today's intended dinner was grilled hamburgers, but nobody realized in time that we were out of charcoal. Oh well. I also purchased some Astroglide for use on my treadmill belt - I'm quite sure that the $8 I spent there will last substantially longer than what I would have to spend comparatively with the company who made that bullshit lube kit. I made a point to have the item paid for at a registered tended by an old immigrant woman. I really didn't feel like explaining what my intended use with ...
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  13. LB log - 20120327

    I have some returns resolved and will undertake the actual filing procedures tonight, after this. Once nice thing about my intended career, a trend which I hope continues as the years advance, is that I never have to leave my house to get the actual work done. Land travel is a long way from becoming inexpensive again. Speaking of tax returns, I had to call the IRS recently about Form 851, because the XSD file associated with it has content laid out in a way which seems to have several data points ...
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  14. LB log - 20120326

    The cat has a routine established with me where he wants me to use a cat wand to play with him. He'll bring the wand over and drop it by me and squeak at me (he doesn't have a very loud voice). If I don't respond, he'll keep going and going and eventually start poking at me with his claws through the chair I'm sitting at now. When I have heard enough and go play, he'll chase the toy down and eventually get it, at which point he'll return to my empty chair and drop the toy for me to move it again, ...
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  15. LB log - 20120325

    I'm still not 100% satisfied with the sync I have with LB. I've just tried out several of the video options and I am not very happy with how the audio matches with the visual response. The experience is very different when the game is in HD mode or not, too - something about it makes it display very differently in terms of color vibrancy and refresh, the former of which at least I wouldn't have expected with the change.

    After much deliberating I will return to the lowest rest HD, ...
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