Friday, December 9, 2016

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax from Utah Residents


Sadly, Governor announces deal with Amazon to collect sales tax on Utah purchases (KSL.com). Starting January 1st, 2017, sales tax will apply to all purchases.

Technically, "Utah law requires residents who aren't charged sales taxes on their online purchases to pay them with their state income taxes. But few comply, and efforts over the years to pass a federal law forcing companies to collect the taxes have faltered."

The speculation is that, in the past, Amazon has agreed to voluntarily collect sales tax for states when they have planned to build a physical presence in those locations.

Amazon is also reported to keep 18% of the sales tax collected for Utah.

Amazon already collects sales tax from several other states.



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Adventures are just tales



"Adventures are just tales of someone else being miserable far far away."
-- B. V. Larson (Star Force Series)



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Reorganizing

"We tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing.  Reorganizing is a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization."





Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stephen Colbert's Super Coin Toss



Board Games are making a comeback, but in shorter versions, because kids just don't have enough time.  So Stephen Colbert designs a board game called Super Coin Toss.

Super Coin Toss
"It all takes place in the enchanted realm of Quarteria. Each player has farmers, soldiers, merchants, and bandits, and the object is to cultivate enough grain that the merchants can sell to pay the soldiers to protect you from your opponent's bandits. And of course, there are two giant robots who box.

To start we put our tokens one space from the finish line.  Whoever goes first wins the game.  To determine that we flip the Medallion of Fate, which is designed to look like a US Quarter, sold separately, for $5."





Thursday, June 30, 2016

You have no cookies and no friends


What do you get if you divide 0 by 0?

"Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn't make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies. And you are sad that you have no friends."


A friend pointed out that if you ask Siri to divide 0 by 0 you learn how many friends you have. Snarky, eh?  :-)