nonelvis: (CAT inu is not impressed)
Every year, I gripe about doing my taxes -- not because I object to paying them, but because the process can be so confusing. And every year, Intuit finds some new way to fuck me over, but usually I complain behind f'lock, because almost everything personal I post is locked.

This year, though, I'm posting about this publicly, because they have managed to fuck me over BEFORE I EVEN DOWNLOADED THEIR SOFTWARE. Because it turns out I can't download their software, because the butt-clenchingly expensive TurboTax version I need as the co-owner of an LLC IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THE MAC, despite having been available for the past couple of years, and despite the Mac's increasing market share.

GO FUCK YOURSELVES SIDEWAYS, INTUIT.

(And while I'm at it: QUICKBOOKS IS A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT, TOO.)

ETA: Taxes now complete, but of course, there's more to the story. After the cut. )
nonelvis: (GARDEN bee)
The tree pruners finally left, so I went out to the backyard to check on the damage and discovered that not only is our yard now full of impact craters, my beloved giant rudbeckia is GONE. One hundred percent, totally, completely gone, cut down to a few inches of stalk. It was in full bloom and one of my favorite plants to look at.

I have to think that something large fell on it, and the guys had no choice to cut it back. But I am very, very, very angry that no one checked with me first.

If this plant doesn't come back next year, the neighbor is buying me a new one.

Giant rudbeckia with optional bee accessory, #3
nonelvis: (SANDMAN death (Bachalo))
Ouija for girls. In pink, naturally.

Found via the Onion, and yes, it's for real. I couldn't skewer this any better than they did, so go read their article.
nonelvis: (DW BITCH PLZ)
The reccing comm concept is simple.

Step 1. People sign up to recommend stories they like. Because people have different tastes in fanfic, sometimes you'll like what they rec, and sometimes you won't.

Step 2. If you don't like what people recommend, you can sign up to recommend something yourself.

Please note that Step 2 is not "I'm going to whine about [livejournal.com profile] three_settings or [livejournal.com profile] calufrax oppressing me" on an anonymous meme.

Now, stop failing at step 2.

Thanks.

Holy crap.

Sep. 25th, 2008 05:20 pm
nonelvis: (DW dalek)
It's not like I have any faith at all in the current administration, but this is just astonishing:

In fact, some of the most basic details [of the Wall Street bailout plan], including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.

"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."


Apparently there is no one in the entire U.S. Treasury Department qualified to even make a guess at how much this bailout could cost. After all, it's not like anyone over there is responsible for "[Serving] the American people and strengthen[ing] national security by managing the U.S. Government's finances effectively, promoting economic growth and stability, and ensuring the safety, soundness, and security of the U.S. and international financial systems."

We are so screwed.
nonelvis: (CAT inu is not impressed)
Jay Leno on why the U.S. remake of Top Gear is likely to suck.

Off to go do taxes now. Chance of breaking out into frustrated hysterics: 40%.

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