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Apr 17

I wrote a check for 67 cents

Ever since the IRS stopped mailing income tax forms, I’ve been free-filing my taxes online with H&R Block. It’s been fine — or at least it was, until this year. For 2016, my withholding ended in “9.33″ — but the … Continue reading

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Mar 08

Driving a DeLorean made to match ‘Back to the Future’

I saw the (an) actual DeLorean used in the “Back to the Future” trilogy at Universal Studios in Orlando. But this… This is heavy. YOU CAN EVEN PROGRAM THE TIME CIRCUITS

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Feb 28

KCCI, KETV about to be kicked off satellite – again

For the second time this calendar year, the parent company of KCCI and KETV is in a retransmission dispute with a pay-TV provider. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, KCCI and other Hearst stations were pulled from … Continue reading

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Feb 18

Devaluation by omission

For the old salts of the Internet, read this sentence and notice what it doesn’t say. Quick, name five tech websites. Give up? There’s Recode, The Verge,Tech Crunch, Select All and Ars Technica. A glance at Techmeme, the aggregator for Silicon Valley obsessives, shows at least … Continue reading

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Jan 20

The flags on “Designated Survivor”

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to hold interest in “Designated Survivor” but there are plot elements rubbing me the wrong way. The “winter finale”, which included a woman walking away from a serious car crash and being well enough … Continue reading

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Jan 02

The continuing signs of the apocalypse

According to the Social Security baby name tracker, in 2015: There were nearly 4,000 Nevaehs born, good for 70th place overall. There were twice as many Skylars than Marys. More girls were named Londyn or Jordyn than Rebecca; more named … Continue reading

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Dec 25

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1922-1991

The Soviet Union officially came to an end a quarter-century ago today.

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Dec 16

Iowa Highway Ends’ 15th anniversary

September 2, 2008: South end of IA 15 July 23, 2009: North end of IA 140 June 14, 2011: South end of IA 62 Fifteen years ago today, after a couple weeks of “beta launch,” I let other roadgeeks know … Continue reading

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Dec 10

Ship your enemies lutefisk

OK, that’s probably not what this purveyor of Scandinavian delicacies in Oakland NE intends, but after reading the story, isn’t that something certain people would think about? Would this be something for Decorah (the Norwegian capital of Iowa) or Stanton (the Swedish … Continue reading

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Dec 07

A date which will live in infamy

The Tama County Museum has an open house today for the remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. William Kvidera of Tama County was lost on the USS Oklahoma. His body was never recovered. By the … Continue reading

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