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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

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9:13p
There's one for you, nineteen for me

Singapore's tax returns are due April 15, just like in the U.S., for those curious. Also note the 15th is not the ides of April; in the Roman calendar, designed to lose any Carthaginians who might be sneaking up, the ides of April (and of most months) are the 13th.

I spent distractingly much of the past few days figuring out what if anything my U.S. tax liability was -- despite living and working in Singapore my mailing address is New Jersey, and the U.S. extends its laws to the entire known universe -- and I gave up and filed for an extension. The extension just for being out of the country is two months. The IRS booklets explaining foreign liabilities start out all right, then plunge into cases and sub-cases including examples obscuring their point. If I've read it correctly -- for some reason I tend to be good about this sort of thing -- I don't owe anything to the United States government, but will be taking time to figure out why. And Singapore's tax authority web site describes tax treaties, but doesn't have any neat summary of what each country's nationals owe. All they list for the United States is a copy of the treaty establishing reciprocal tax exemptions regarding shipping and aircraft income.

On the bright side, when I went to the post office I saw the campus squirrel! After weeks of his hiding away coinciding with my intention to photograph him for spengler I finally saw the little bushy-tail. His tail looks bigger and puffier now, and I'm more confident he's a Prevost's squirrel -- at least, I saw racing stripes down his side. He may just be a formula one squirrel. Of course, I didn't have my camera, but it was a quick jaunt home to get it, by which time he vanished.

Oh well. Assuming he's active about the same time daily I will be able to go after him with the camera tomorrow. Watch for it to rain. But he put on a great show.

Trivia: On this date in 1970, the Manned Spacecraft Center notified NASA headquarters that the cold cathode ion gauge power had failed on the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package left by Apollo 12. Source: The Apollo Spacecraft - A Chronology Volume IV, Ivan D. Ertel and Roland W. Newkirk with Courtney G. Brooks. SP-4009.

Currently Reading: One Two Three ... Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science, George Gamow. And is it immature of me to delight in reading science popularizations which were written just before big new theories were recognized, so that they outline great mysteries that are, from my privileged viewpoint, perfectly understandable? This edition was written shortly before quarks were theorized, and before the cosmic microwave background radiation was discovered -- which would make compelling Gamow's Big Bang theory -- so he knew something big was lurking but didn't quite have established just what.

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