Saturday, July 12, 2014
This is not the "make your own" custom countdown timer we want to give you. -- One of the most requested features is just a way to change the sound of the countdown timer, or to make it ring longer, So instead of making everyone wait (even longer!), we have put this together for you. :-)
More features, more sounds, and a nicer interface will be added soon, and if you have any ideas you would like to share, please email us. Thanks!
Changes to Independent Contractor Laws are Threatening Millions of American Jobs
Proposed changes to independent contractor laws and other federal and state actions are threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans.
A multi-front assault on independent contracting
is intensifying at both the federal and state levels.
Government agencies are threatening to eliminate
the businesses created by independent contractors
and erect legal barriers that would make engaging
independent contractors’ services difficult, if not illegal.
Federal ThreatPresident Barack Obama’s 2014 fiscal year budget
includes $14 million to “combat independent
contractor misclassification, including $10 million
for grants to States to identify misclassification
and recover unpaid taxes and $4 million for the
Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division to
In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor
announced plans for a $1.9 million study on
the misclassification of independent contractors
by assessing whether American workers understand
their job classification and the implications of
their status on their wages, benefits and taxes.
The Department plans to collect information from
more than 10,000 American workers and 100
company executives in an effort to curb the practice
in which employers allegedly misclassify workers
to evade state...
Q. I scanned some paper documents and saved them as PDF files on my Mac, but each page is in a separate file. Can I combine a PDF in the OS X Mavericks program Preview, or do I have to get something else?
A. Preview can combine the scanned pages into one PDF file. Open the first page in Preview, go to the Edit menu, select Insert and then Page From File. In the box that opens, navigate to the file you want to add next and click the Open button to add it to the document.
Repeat the process until you have all the pages in one file. If you are scanning the pages as you go, you can select the Page From Scanner option on the Insert submenu to pull a newly scanned page right into the file. Save the file after you have finished adding pages.
As an alternative, open the separate PDF files, turn on Thumbnails under the View menu in Preview and then drag the small page thumbnails from the side of each document window into one main file.
The pages should insert themselves where you drag and drop them with the cursor, but you can also drag them into a new order within the Thumbnails pane. Apple has illustrated instructions for combining PDF files in Preview at support.apple.com/kb/HT6174.
Preview is a Mac program, but Windows users can find several PDF editing tools and online services (like SmallPDF.com). The industry standard, Adobe Acrobat, can easily merge PDF documents as well as create, edit and convert them.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Safe Here in Canada
Newfoundland declares war on the U.S.A.
President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang.
"Hallo, President Obama " a heavily accented voice said. "This is Archie, up ere at theHarp Seal Pub in Badger's Cove , Newfoundland , Canada. I am callin' to tells ya
dat we are officially declaring war on ya!"
"Well Archie," Barack replied, "This is indeed important news ! How big is your army?"
"Right now," said Archie, after a moments calculation "there is myself, me cousin Harold,me next-door-neighbor Mick, and the whole dart team from the pub. That makes eight!"
Barack paused. "I must tell you Archie that I have one million men in my army waiting tomove on my command."
"Wow," said Archie. "I'll have at call ya back!"
Sure enough, the next day, Archie called again. " Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We havemanaged to acquire some infantry equipment!"
"And what equipment would that be Archie?" Barack asked.
"Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Harry 's farm tractor."
President Obama sighed. "I must tell you Archie, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000armored personnel carriers. Also I've increased my army to one and a half million since
we last spoke."
"Lord above", said Archie, "I'll be getting back to ya."
Sure enough, Archie rang again the next day.. " President Obama, the war is still on!We have managed to git ourselves airborne! We up an' modified Harrigan's ultra-light
wit a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, and four boys from the Legion have joined us as well!"
Barack was silent for a minute then cleared his throat. "I must tell you Archie that I have10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes. My military complex is surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!"
"Jumpins," said Archie, "l'll have at call youse back."
Sure enough, Archie called again the next day. " President Obama! I am sorry to have totell you dat we have had to call off dis 'ere war."
"I'm sorry to hear that" said Barack . "Why the sudden change of heart?"
Well, sir," said Archie, "we've all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over a bunch of pints, and come to realize dat dere's no friggin way we can feed two million prisoners."Canadian Confidence Cannot Be Shaken
Canadian and Proud of it!!!
What to do in a Terrorist AttackThe US government has a new website, http://www.ready.gov. displaying
public service symbols for terrorism readiness, in the tradition of the old "duck and
cover" campaigns after WWII.
The fun thing is that these pictures are so ambiguous they could mean
anything! Here are a few guesses about what they mean:
If you have set yourself on fire, do not run
If you spot terrorism, blow your anti-terrorism whistle. If you are bald, yell really
If you spot a terro