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November 10, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

Be unreasonable #2

The conversation starts at the 10 minute mark in my 5K run around the Rose Bowl. I’m feeling good and there is no reason to run the entire distance. It is a lovely Sunday morning and what am I trying to prove?

I am having The Quitting Conversation. (Video at the link, well worth watching).

“Quitting starts as a reasonable conversation.” — Former Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz — “And it’s all true, and all reasonable. It’s unreasonable not to quit.”

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November 3, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

Be unreasonable

“Quitting starts as a reasonable conversation.” — Former Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz — “And it’s all true, and all reasonable. It’s unreasonable not to quit.”

Thanks Sebastian for posting this quote.

I’m sitting at the end of a 5k run. About 20 minutes in it seemed reasonable to break stride and walk a while. I remembered the quote. Realized I was having The Conversation. Ran it out. Tiredness and bladder demands notwithstanding.

Be unreasonable. Don’t quit.

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September 27, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

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. ((Note: I pay for Lexis. I pay for BNA portfolios. They charge metric crap-tons of money for their service. The fact that I bail out and use Google to find stuff outside their services should tell them something.))

My search up to now has been as follows:

26 usc 6501

This would reliably return Section 6501 of the Internal Revenue Code at Cornell University’s wonderful resource as the first result.... continue reading

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September 14, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

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 is written by 10,000 authors of wildly varying intelligence and intention. Different pieces were written at different times — sometimes decades apart.

Sometimes the authors of the novel we call the Internal Revenue Code talk to each other. Sometimes they read what they wrote, but other times they just take someone’s assurance that the passage they just wrote is OK.... continue reading

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