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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2016 Tax Returns Electronically Filed

Saturday, I received the EIN number I needed to file my Federal & State tax returns, so I submitted my return data using the TurboTax service the same day. Shown below, the hardcopy file of the tax returns as prepared by TurboTax.

The Federal return was actually filed and accepted by the IRS- yesterday. Maryland does not allow electronic filing before the 23rd of January [this year], however the service I used has the data and will submit the return on that date.

Below, notifications as to the status of my Federal return and refund.

What do I plan on doing with the refunds? Annual fee for my business address.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Dash Cam Tour of Hanover

Today, I decided to take a tour of Hanover, MD [the town where I reside] using the new dash cam.

I merged several longer clips [shot today], to create this video, however have yet to master a dubbing technique to add sound bites.

Areas shown in the video...

  • AACC @Arundel Mills
  • Maryland Live Casino-- when I slo-mo the video the flickering on the neon signs is absent.
  • The area known as Arundel Preserve in Hanover.
  • Milestone Parkway [runs from Arundel Mills Blvd to Route 175].
  • One of several new housing areas right down the street from where I live.
  • Pulling into the driveway.

Probably will not use the dash-cam every time we use one of the cars-- however like having it just in case...

You can learn more about Hanover, MD as related to commerce here.


Monday, January 09, 2017

First Week in January [2017]

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 I cut the base of my left thumb pretty deep with a pairing knife trying to core a cabbage. Though I called 911, I opted out of going to the hospital. I am happy to report the thumb is on the mend--- think [1] because I applied a lot of pressure quickly and [2] my mother and sister came through with the right first aid supplies.

I am still cleaning the wound every 24 hours and applying new gauze bandages and tape-- but mainly to protect the wound from re-opening. It is a very loose dressing to insure the wound gets enough air.

That said, this week I did get some things done.

  • Tuesday, went by my business bank to transfer some funds from my personal account to the savings account.
  • Paid off my holiday bills.
  • Did most of the prep work to e-file my Federal and State returns. Still waiting on an EIN number so that the reason I did not actually file the Federal return. Marylanders cannot iFile [e-file] before the 23rd of January 2017 so the other reason I did not file that return.
  • Caught early Down Under pro tennis action. The Australian Open starts Monday, January 16, 2017 [that's Sunday night here].
  • Caught the latest episodes [air dates: 1st & 8th] of Showtime's series "The Affair".
  • Tweaked the HDTV antenna [holiday gift] for the television in the guest room.
  • Tried out the new grill [another holiday gift].
  • Updating the stores [see upper right sidebar]. Noticed some great sales, too...

Recent meals...

If you are wondering how those HDTV antennas work, I have a short demo of how to set it up. Also note the television resolution- I think it looks pretty good.

Photos of the setup...

Minor setback to the new year, insofar as the thumb, however I think it is going to be okay. This is a big load off my mind.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Camera Lighting & Dash Cam...

Early this morning, my mother and I took her car out to test the new DVR Dash Cam. It was one of her Christmas gifts.

I like the features on this dash cam and everything is so clear. It was also easy to install and mount. Because of the many features-- the learning curve for the seven buttons on this cam might be a little intimidating, however well worth the effort. I think I have got it, however she seems a little concerned.

In addition, today I received the LED light I ordered. Hoping it will lighten up my photos and videos. What do you think?

Yes, I like this new light a lot. Are you ready for the new year?


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016...

Christmas morning, I was showered and dressed by 6:00 am- and ready to prepare the dessert [chocolate cake] for the day. After everyone arrived, we opened gifts [around 11:00 am] and then had cake. Dinner was later.

It was a nice Christmas.

This morning, I went by the bank to deposit my gift money, because the banks were closed yesterday [December 26th- in observance of the holiday]. Other than that, I really did not get out much over the weekend.

I started reading Philip Roth's "Indignation" Friday night and though a short novel, read a bit each night and finished last night. I like period pieces like this and this was a very interesting read.

Closing out the year, I will work on my sites, look into filing my taxes, update the stores [see upper right sidebar] and work on the HanoverMD Businesses page on Facebook.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Setting Aside Holiday Plans For a Minute...

Winter arrived this week- with a cold snap. We even had an ice storm the day before.

I am happy most of the choirs for the end of year festivities are complete. We again opted out of the big turkey dinner this year, however will have a nice dinner [roast and potatoes w/all the fixings] Sunday.

Last week my new bluetooth speaker arrived, so I have been playing around with that- along with the new sports action camera. I am happy with both of these recent acquisitions.

Other activities? Years ago, I signed up as a Facebook developer however have done little with the platform. With a little extra time on my hands this week, I decided to add an app for use with the HanoverMD Businesses page.

My efforts were met with mixed results. The "Use App" button, illustrated below, provides job listings in Hanover MD.

The application for the page tab [shown on the left in the above illustration] is where I ran into issues. Because of page width problems I was unable to get the app to display correctly using the page tab redirect.

The following illustrates how the page tab application should have looked:

I believe the easiest way to correct the problem is to use the API the listing service provides- and develop my own interface. This would require setting up at least one of my domains with an SSL certification. At this time, I do not want to do this-- in that I need to move one or both of the domains. I know, I have been saying this for 4 years now.

That said, this exercise was interesting in that the Facebook developer platform has changed since the last time I did anything with it.

I plan to relax and enjoy a lot of quiet time until the beginning of the New Year. How about you? Anything exciting planned?




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