April 16th, 2006

krazy koati

Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door

I took care of my taxes too, by the way. For Singapore this is a particularly silly process, as my only source of income reports my income to the Inland Revenue Authority for me, so that all I have to do is fill out my name and then a bunch of zeroes in identifying my other income. A couple months from now they'll send me a bill and I'll have a ridiculous time with the simple process of withdrawing cash from my savings account and paying it. (I don't have a local checking or credit card account.) They really don't need my participation.

For the United States things are technically more involved, since the booklet seems to not want me to fill out the 1040-EZ but rather the plain old 1040 form. But there's the Foreign Income Exclusion, deducing up to US$80,000 for money earned overseas, and alas my salary hasn't topped that in converted currency. So following the rules I determine my taxable income to be zero, with a separate form to show that calculation, and then after puttering around with standard deductions and whatnot come up with zero. They don't much need me for that either.

It's very hard to escape the feeling my major contribution to the income tax process is being a small roadblock.

Oh, my, dear. Star World showed a commercial for an upcoming movie, Deep Rescue, about a space shuttle that ditches in the ocean and, contrary to all known laws of shear and buoyancy, sinks to the ocean floor, and the astronauts have to escape it. This might be epochally bad. (It's got to be obscure, too, if sci.space.history has never, so far as I can tell, gone on about it, although space pop culture stuff is harder to find there than it used to be.)

Trivia: Alan B DuMont started his television network -- which, arguably, managed the first commercial network broadcast sixty years ago -- with $200,000 of his own (borrowed) funds, and $56,000 from Paramount Pictures. Source: Please Stand By, Michael Ritchie.

Currently Reading: The Last Battle, Cornelius Ryan.