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Hello? Is there anybody out there?

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Very cool. ICYMI this latest bit of space technology news, NASA reported the discovery of 7 planets that have the potential to support life around a dwarf star 40 light years away. Stellar news.

What’s up with these living trusts?!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

It’s February 24, and I just made an appointment with my THIRD client this year will bring me an empty Living Trust. That’s the third one this year.  I typically handle this type of client in this situation about twice a year. The 90’s and early 2000’s was the peak for the “Living Trust” mills.  While […]

10 Quick Tips – It’s Tax TIME

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

It’s tax time, and whether you prepare your own taxes or have a professional prepare the taxes for you, don’t overlook deductions and avoid these common mistakes which will cause a delay in your refund or generate a letter from the IRS: Watch for Data-Entry or Math Errors.  Proofread essential information including W2 and 1099 […]

Email from the 80’s

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Wow – the Internet has changed a little since 1984. Here’s how you get email in the ’80’s: Check out the password. And the “software transmission” at the end of the broadcast. Psychadelic.

The Map of Mathematics

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

This is a terrific Coffee Break – This is an overview video about the history and purpose of mathematics, and particularly about all the different kinds of math and what each is about. 10 minutes well-spent. My favorite observation: “Some infinities are bigger than others.”

Where do you deploy 500 drones? The Superbowl, of course!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Drone technology continues to evolve. ICYMI, here’s the Lady Gaga intro to halftime including the drone backdrop video from the Superbowl (due to NFL restrictions, you’ll need to click through to view the first video directly on YouTube): Here’s the “behind the scenes” (more promotional than informational, but still of interest): Fun facts: – These […]

Guinness Book of Records – Largest K’nex Contraption

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Austin Granger, from Minnesota, USA, a 23-year-old University of Minnesota computer science undergraduate built this machine. What a resume’-builder. Learn more about the story, here: K’Nex Guinness World Record

TBT – Cheap Trick “It’s Only Love”

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A typical and unremarkable 80’s song by Cheap Trick – didn’t even break into the charts.  Released in 1986, the most remarkable thing about this video is that it is the first commercial, main-stream video to incorporate ASL into the video and include an interpreter box in the bottom corner. It’s worth the coffee break […]

Magical Timelapse -Europe

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Be sure you click through the video to the Vimeo post to learn about all the places visited and the details of the photo shoots.  Amazing. Magical Europe – Timelapse from StanChang on Vimeo.

5 Tax Organizing Tips for Farmers

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

My farm clients have started calling for tax appointments, even though they don’t have all their financial information collected. As you gather information for your tax preparer, keep these tips in mind:   1.  Separate your major farm activities into separate businesses (Enterprises). If you have multiple farm entities, each should have its own bank […]

The best way to shovel snow off your walk

Friday, January 6th, 2017

All I need is a pre-teen or teenager to drive the snow shovel.  And a hoverboard.

20 Lessons from the 20th Century – New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions, yet? Regardless, check out this short essay from Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University. The author provides compelling food for thought as we move forward into 2017.  This is definitely worth the read and worth thinking about. 20 Lessons from the 20th […]

How Tabasco is Made

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Chipotle is my favorite flavor. I now have an appreciation for the time and effort that goes into the production of Tabasco.