Archive | March 13, 2021

Today’s INSIGHT: Did You Know That ‘Belvedere’ Means A Building With A View?

by Anura Guruge


A belvedere. The ‘Liberty Hall’ in Machiasport, Maine (Bold Coast). See sign below, which is on the right of the stairs.




Then there was “Mr. Belvedere” the U.S. TV sitcom that I was familiar with. So, I had assumed that it was a Surname.


The Belvedere I was familiar with. Yes, at the Vatican. I had assumed (wrongly) that it was named after a cardinal who paid to have it built! Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortile_del_Belvedere



This imposing building is in Machiasport, Maine, on Route 92 — across the road from the river (opening). I had parked the car, just south of ‘Fort O’Brien State Historic Site‘ & was exploring the area, starting with the Fort, on foot. I stop & read signs. So, I saw the sign shown at top. I had never seen ‘Belvedere’ used as such. It was obvious it was referring to the building. So, that evening when I was back at the motel (in Machias) I Googled it. WOW.

Yes, I knew ‘Belle’ was beautiful. ‘Verde’. I had seen Spanish variants in Arizona. I had never put it together. It was interesting. I wanted to share with you.

What do you think? Cool … eh?


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — March 13, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


The also rans:







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‘Intuit’ ‘TurboTax’ ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed Refund Policy’ Is A Joke, A Scam — Totally & Utterly Sleazy.

by Anura Guruge



I will NEVER, EVER have anything to do with Intuit TurboTax again. Wow. I am in shock.

I bought the CD/Download “TuboTax DELUXE” for $120. I downloaded. Went to install it. It would NOT install since I run Windows 7. TurboTax requires Windows 10. I do NOT have a Windows 10 machine.

I thought getting a refund, giving the circumstances would be easy. A piece of cake. WOW. Not so. Took me over 2-hours just to reach a person. They could NOT do anything over the phone. Well, READ the image at the top. 5 to 7 business days JUST to review the request. Then UP TO 6-weeks to make the REFUND.

6 FRIGGING WEEKS! To refund $120 that they got from me.

That is NOT right. That is WRONG.

I never would have thought that Intuit was that scammy!

WOW.

So, BE AWARE.

HEADS UP.

I am going with H&R Block. They couldn’t be any worse. Yes, their software doesn’t run on Windows 7 either. So, I will have to use the ONLINE version. Not happy.



As regular readers of this block know, I am a HUGE & long time fan & supporter of the IRS ‘Free Fillable Forms‘. I have been doing my own taxes, without ‘tax software’ for at least the last 7-years. I can do it again, all on my own, without ‘TurboTax’ (equivalent), this year too. But, I could do with some CALCULATION help NEXT YEAR (i.e., 2021 taxes). Due to some ‘exceptional’ Capital Gains, that I could not really delay for any longer, I will have to do some major calculations next year. Yes, I could do it by hand — & I probably will. But, it would be nice to have software on hand to check my calculations — rather than getting a letter from the IRS that I screwed up. Every time I get a letter from the IRS I am sure I lose 10-years of life expectancy — hence why I am already living on borrowed time.

Well, I like to plan ahead. Belts & braces. I don’t want to jump straight into using tax software in 2022 without ANY experience of how it works. Next year’s taxes are going to be complicated enough without having to contend with new software.

So, I was going to do a TRIAL RUN this year. Try & get familiar with the software.

Well Intuit SCREWED ME. Not happy.




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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — March 12, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


The also rans:







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