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‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2018 Federal Tax Returns (With Latest Forms) Now Available At IRS.gov.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘FFFF’ gateway … you have to register.


Yes! YeS! YES!

I just love ‘Free File Fillable Forms‘ — from the IRS, available to ALL, for FREE.

I have been using it, with GREAT SUCCESS, for the last 7 years (if not more). It works like a treat and every year they refine it a bit more to make it even better.

Yes, the 2018 ‘tax reform’ has messed things up and complicated matters BUT you can still get around. I just started today. Looks good. I am happy. Enjoy/

Helps if you have a printed set of IRS ‘1040’ instructions handy.


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“Life Itself” Movie (2018), On Amazon Prime — Cerebral, Complicated, Yet Mesmerizingly Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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This is the polar opposite of a mindless flick. It is not a movie that you should watch if you are not going to concentrate on it. Very clever and complex plot, some very profound dialogue sprinkled with brilliant humor. Keeps you guessing and intrigued.

I was not sure what to expect and what I got was nothing like what I would have ever expected. It was, in the end, awfully rewarding. Three very separate, but interwoven stories. How it all comes together is pretty amazing.

So, if you want a movie that will entertain through its cleverness this is for you. Pay close attention. Because, quite literally, ‘BANG’ — it is not what you expect.

Highly recommended, albeit with the caveat that this not going to be mindless flick. Even if you try switching off it will bring you rushing back … with a BANG!


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I Took 27,000 Pictures (i.e., Photographs) In 2018!

by Anura Guruge


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On January 1st of each year (of late), I create a folder with that year’s name for ALL the pictures I am going to take that year.

So, a year ago I created a ‘2018’ folder on my Drobo RAID storage unit.

Today, I created the ‘2019’ folder. But, before doing that I checked the ‘2018’ folder.

26,625 STORED pictures (i.e., individual files) in 96 folders. I create a folder for each month BY CAMERA! So, in the image above you will see a7 (i.e., Sony a7 II), a6500 (i.e., Sony a6500) and Pixel 2 (my Google Pixel 2 phone).

I took more pictures that this. These are but the ones I kept. I deleted a few hundred more. Just yesterday, after the fireworks, I deleted about 30 that did not make the cut.

So, this comes to 74 pictures a day. That makes sense. Most days I shoot between 25 — 35, but there are days I shoot upwards of 900!

Remember that I also post at least 7 pictures EVERY DAY and I did NOT miss a single day in 2018. That means I have posted, on this blog, at least 2,555 pictures in 2018! Since I invariably post more than 7, most days, the number, in reality, is probably over 3,000 pictures! That is a lot — but it also means I have 23,625 pictures I have NOT share with YOU! That is sobering.

 


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Just Because The Dow Was Down 6% In 2018 Does Not Mean All Investors Lost Money. No Sire.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From the Jan. 1, 2019 marketwatch.com.


No, my stock investments did NOT lose money in 2018. They actually appreciated, as they should. I have not lost money on the stock market in quite a few years. {Smile}.

No, it wasn’t luck. Much of it was patience, prudence and sanguinity. When I was younger I used to panic and start selling when the market went down. Well, after nearly 30-years I finally learnt. And towards the end I was inspired by two elderly gentleman, both close to 80, who had done very well as investors. I learnt from them. They were long term investors. Buying and holding ‘solid’ stock for years without constantly trading and chasing the latest fad/trend.

Their wisdom finally dawned on after I turned 55. I started thinking long-term and strategically.

That I stayed FULLY invested during the financial carnage of 2008 — 2012 helped. Proved to me that I can weather the worst downturns and still survive. Of course, those of us who suffered during those 4-years came out of it stronger and then started reaping rapid gains soon after. That was a nice boost.

I do a lot of options BUT I don’t churn stock. I buy and hold for years and I have bought well. {Smile}

Yes, sometimes I do think I should share with others my investing insights. But, I am not licensed etc. So, alas, I have to keep much of my strategy to myself.

But, please, going forward THINK — ‘be patient’, ‘be sanguine’, ‘try not to panic’, ‘think long’, ‘buy-and-hold’.

Happy New Year. Good investing. 2019 will be a better year I hope — for YOUR sake.


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Wolfeboro, N.H.: ‘Last Night 2018’ Fireworks — THE Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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I have always maintained that there is no such thing as a bad fireworks show. They are all good, by default and definition.

So, these fireworks, at the ungodly early hour of 6:30pm, were good. People liked them. They applauded and honked their horns. So, that alone was good.

It was sure cheerful and a nice prelude to the snowstorm that was on the way. As it transpires the timing kind of worked out. Per the weather forecasts it did start snowing sharp at 8pm.

Not that many people and Wolfeboro was rather quiet. No traffic, whatsoever.

To I, New Year’s Eve is not complete without fireworks. So, I am indeed glad that we went.

Happy New Year.


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Wolfeboro, N.H.: No ‘First Night’ For 2019 (i.e., December 31, 2018) BUT There Is A ‘Last Night’.

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This was also the case last year and the year before.

No ‘First Night’, with a midnight fireworks, as there used to be — instead a ‘Last Night’ that wraps up by 9pm.

An early end will not be a bad thing in 2018 since we will be getting snow/ice/rain around that time.


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The Events, from their Facebook page — linked above.

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2018 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA), ‘Nordic Celebration’ — The ‘Thank You’ Video From The Gang.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘Thank You’ video at vimeo.com. It is safe. Promise.




This year end ‘Thank You’ video (at Vimeo) is now becoming another Revels (Cambridge) tradition. A nice touch. A fond year-end reminder, when the days are truly dark and damp, for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend a performance, as to the ever uplifting gaiety of a Revels. For those, alas, who could not attend, it gives you a quick glimpse of what Revels was all about.

We attended the December 20 show. The fourth or fifth Revels we have attended at Cambridge. Overall, I have been to about 20 between Revels North & Cambridge.

2018 Revels, by definition, was good. It wasn’t the best nor was it brilliant. But, it was still good and that is what counts.

Enjoy this ‘Thank You’ video. It captures what it is all about.

Happy New Year 2019.


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