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On Whose Didn’t Sayso

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2014-11-25 09.49.34A colleague tells of a tax court case that cited a professional conference she attended, then pointed to indications that she had not objected to a position that had been presented by other attendees at the meeting. Apparently by her silence having the power of authority.

That, during a discussion of whether training materials constitute legitimate basis for taking a position in the absence of any other authoritative reference. It not being completely insignificant to the discussion that the position being promoted is not right, or reasonable, or good or whatever we choose to use as our guide for judgment. Without going into detail that should be left to future public pronouncements, let’s just say that if the position being promoted by some promoters were to prevail, it would be a very short matter of time before even Congress would step in to make things right, even given how bad Congress’ record is on taking concrete action on things that really matter.

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25 November 2014 at 11:11 pm

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Adrien’s Richards Redux

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A slideshow of my recent performance as Mr. Richards in our community drama group’s production of The Boardinghouse
 

 

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19 November 2014 at 5:33 am

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Iff You See Her Say Hello

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I doubt I’m improperly disclosing too much about my work to tell that I was recently involved on a project that included discussion about whether a piece of emerging regulatory guidance might want to use the word “iff.” In the sense of the second definition stated at my link given here: the mathematical term of art. I had to smile: one of my favorite hobbies involves collecting iffs.

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15 November 2014 at 5:44 am

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Hey Apple . . . Copy?

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A Poll for Apple Executives
Concerning the Reliability Failure of iOS 8
on Its Copy Function

 

 

 

As for me, this Apple failure has wasted too many hours in the past two months alone, hours I doubt Apple will ever give me back, no matter how counter-intuitive they make their next “enhancement.” So I’ve finally come to the same decision I had to make with Microsoft software: I hereby vow to abstain from any new version of iOS or any Apple app or product until at least one year after release. If they don’t care to hire good quality control and instead let their customers waste time suffering from their blunders, let someone else do it.

And I’m even tired of attempting to find work-arounds to this copy-and-paste mess. All of the workarounds I’ve seen suggested or tried out on my own – none of them work any more consistently than Apple’s own copy-and-paste mess. It almost has me wondering if Apple threw a random number generator into its copy routines: there seems no predictability to its behavior at all.

So on the pages that will follow in this post (which will be updated over the coming days and weeks and months), I’ll be refining my own “workarounds” all of which can be most succinctly summarized as follows: “Cease using Apple equipment and Apple software for anything more productive than wasting time with games.”

  1. Workaround #1: This Post
  2. Workaround #2: Calendar Events
  3. Workaround #3: Twitter Traffic
  4. Workaround #4: Spotlight Search
  5. Workaround #5: Composing E-Mail
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14 November 2014 at 3:41 pm

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The Boardinghouse Madrigals

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In our community drama group’s recent production of The Boardinghouse, I acted the role of Mr. Richards, a would-be novelist who becomes a would-be poet who then transforms into a would-be writer of political speeches. Always fashioning himself as a “creative artist.”

The perfect role for me to play, since the play’s Mr. Richards is such an abject failure at it. To play that part, I don’t even need to pretend very hard.

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11 November 2014 at 5:46 pm

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Jury’s Out

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“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
 

John Wooden

Oh, I don’t know. After all, I’ve been severely rapped on the knuckles for being so unacceptable as to find pleasure in doing concrete, real, lasting kindnesses that I will never be known for doing. Curiously, by the same critic who just as severely mocked me as caring too much about what people think of me just because I happen to object to crude lies being spread about me. Whatever. What’s left unspoken in Wooden’s remark is what went ignored in both of those unjust criticisms: consistency — do I do it differently when no one is watching than I do when the whole world is inspecting?

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10 November 2014 at 6:00 pm

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