Pack light, go fast – LAX-CAN-SIN

One week in Singapore. Goruck SK40. Almost used my SK20 but that would have been a gratuitous display of self-indulgent minimalist travel egotism. From the KAL lounge in the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX.

New Hyundai Commercial, Featuring Phil

This is me on Thursday night in the back of John Richardson’s Hyundai, headed for dinner at Stephen Kish’s house in Toronto. Six people in a five-seater? I took the wayback.

Jell-O Shot Mailing List Purged

500 People–Goodbye I purged about 500 names off the Jell-O Shots email list last night: people who had not opened an email from me in a while — namely, in the last 14 editions they had opened the email once or never. I don’t want to annoy anyone with emails they do not want. If […]

Elena’s reviews on ratemyprofessor.com

Elena Redko taught a semester-long intro course in accounting at the Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. It wrapped up last night. Check out her ratings on ratemyprofessor.com. Be impressed. We’re lucky that she works here. Congratulations, Elena. This goes up on our Wall of Fame.

Congratulations Debra. 97. Wow.

Debra Rudd has just finished passing the fourth (and final) exam in the CPA exam cycle. Audit. She passed with a score of 97. Ninety. Seven. Debra passed all four exams in a year, passing on the first try. Seriously, congratulations. This is fabulous. To those of you who want to be accountants, maybe you […]

Cracks appear in Google’s armor

The Mighty Google might be showing signs of vulnerability in its key area of strength: the quality of search results. Up to now, the easiest way for me to find a section of the Internal Revenue Code has been to hit Google.1 My search up to now has been as follows: 26 usc 6501 This […]

Tax law is considered harmful

Tax law is random. Don’t take it seriously. Sometimes I get pretty incensed about the absurd results that tax law causes. This is especially true when an arbitrary or capricious law causes permanent financial ruin to a person or family. Watching these things happen, for instance, is why we detest voluntary disclosure cases. Tax law […]

A really good disclaimer

This is unrelated to anything in the international tax world. I give it to you just because lawyers are always generating waivers, disclaimers, and other “don’t blame me if your hair spontaneously combusts” warnings. This warning is from the tech world, and it beats anything I’ve ever seen from a law firm. Linode is cool, […]