Sunday, April 27, 2008
In Da Jeopardy pool
So if I get on, Polyscifi will be 2 for 4. Matt, Jeremy - come on slackers, you're holding down the blog average. ;)
A little background - Jeopardy held an open audition in Charlottesville as part of its "Brain Bus" tour yesterday from 5-7. Preethi heard about it on the radio on the way home from a doggy agility competition; told me at 3; we booked it up to Charlottesville. I passed the 10 question intro test yesterday, and then passed the 50 question test today and took part in the mock game (I think I won my group which is pretty good as I was matched up against a $500k winner from Millionaire and a Jeopardy contestant from before Trebek).
- Can't say anything about the question content, so don't ask.
- This was my first time to try out.
- Contra what I've heard from others, I got the impression that getting all 50 right wouldn't hurt you (I think I missed 2).
- I think the mock game peformance (particularly stage presence) was probably the most important aspect. I think I did well at that (I have lots of amusing stories, some of which actually don't involve alcohol).
- Several folks showed up today in t-shirts and jeans when the instructions asked you to dress as you would for a taping. (typical Jeopardy attire is quasi-business formal) I mean, you're asking these guys to put you on TV for a chance to win 10's of thousands of dollars, the least you can do is put on the monkey suit for a couple hours.
- A guy there (not a Jeopardy official) said there's typically about 1,000 in the pool and 400 play during the year. 400 sounds about right to me (that's about 40 weeks worth), so I think it's representative of my odds of appearing.
1. Do you think Alex would appreciate it if I circled him seven times, threw some rocks at Johnny Gilbert, all the while praising Ken Jennings? I'm not shaving my head afterwards though. I'll be bald soon enough and there's no need to hurry it along.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The conservative in me
The libertarian in me says, you go where the market is....
I'm going to go eat some late-night Frosted Mini Wheats.
Polyscifi Bracket Results
Second: David (Kelvin's 3-way winner) 133 points (Kansas)
Third: Nick (xthecritic) 91 points (UCLA)
I was ninth (out of 11) with 69 points - a score somehow appropriate for my entry name (Client #2). The maximum possible was 32x6 = 192.
Monday, April 07, 2008
On the phone with the IRS
While complicated to answer, it's pretty easy question to state - I have a sole proprietership with a couple employees1 from which I also paid myself wages. I filed W2s on all my employees (including me). Given that I have a W2 on my wages from my sole proprietership, should the wages paid to me be reported on the main 1040 form or on the Schedule C (business)?
What makes it complicated is as a sole-proprietership, I'm apparently not supposed to file a W2 on wages I pay to myself and that really screws up the IRS instructions.
Fourth person eventually (long phone call just to explain the issue) suggested I handle it exactly as I had done which is the following.
Report the W2 income on Line 7 of the 1040 (W2 income)
Report the wages paid to myself on line 26 of Sched C (business expense) and the company taxes paid on Sched C.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Jedi Master Jonba Hehol - known to family and friends as Barney Jones, 36,This is why bans on light sabers are so counter-productive. It disarms the innocent Jedi while the Sith arm themselves with crutches.
of Holyhead - was giving a TV interview in his back garden for a documentary
when a man, dressed in a black bin-bag and wearing Darth Vader's trademark shiny
black helmet, leapt over his garden fence.
Wielding a metal crutch - his lightsaber presumably being in for repairs -
the Sith Lord proceeded to lay about his opponent, whose Jedi powers proved
inadequate for the task of defending himself.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Why I'll be one the first up against the wall when the revolution comes
Like this earlier study from 2002 which "proved" exactly the same thing as this more recent study. Both claim that there's been no scientific study that recommends 8 glasses of water a day and no recommendation by any governmental body to that effect (that's how ABC read it last night).
Except while googling down the memory hole today (a problem with remembering things that everyone else seems to have forgotten is you're always wondering if you're going crazy), I stumbed across this (pdf).
For adults whose energy expenditure and environmental exposure are average, the
Food and Nutrition Board recommends 1 ml of water per kilocalorie expenditure
(or, at 237 ml per eight fluid ounces, 4.2 glasses per 1,000 kilocalories) as a
general guideline for total water consumption.
Hmmm. On a 2,000 kilocalorie diet, that's about 8 glasses of water per day.
(FYI, that's referenced to "2. National Research Council. 1989. Food and Nutrition Board. National Academy of Science, National Academy Press, Washington, DC.")