The 2006 Art Car Parade was great this year! Click on the picture below to see the photos I took.
Do you bicycle to work? If so, does your employer treat you like a second-class citizen? Funny thing happened today at work. Our “boss” (indirectly) informs me that they don’t want me to park the bike in the building any more because they don’t want to get any dirt from the tires on the (tiled) floor. Interesting issues:
- I sweep up any dirt that is generated by the bike
- We are not a retail outlet or anything like that, so it’s not like customer’s are coming to visit us all the time.
- There’s very few people working here so we not overcrowded.
- On numerous occasions this same person has brought a (very large, long haired) dog up to work, where it spends the day prowling and lounging and shedding on the carpet. But I guess that’s not as bad as getting a (really) small amount of dirt (that I sweep up) on a hard (non-carpeted) floor.
Nope, it doesn’t make sense to me, either.
The most expensive piece of personal software that I own is Mathematica. It is produced and sold by Wolfram Research. Well, last week I received a letter from Becky Porth. Her job title is Director of Finance for Wolfram Research. In this letter she claims the Texas Comptroller’s office has told Wolfram that they must collect “Texas Use Tax” on sales of taxable items shipped to their customers in Texas. Because of this, Wolfram is billing me for sales tax for purchases that I made as far back as April 8, 2003!
I think this is unfair and unethical!
Here is a scanned copy of the letter from Becky Porth at Wolfram. I have erased my name, address, and the invoice numbers of the purchases that she references:
Here is a scan of the reply letter that I wrote and mailed on May 8, 2006. I have erased my contact information from the scan.
I will post followup entries as information becomes available.
Here’s an overview map of my ride from the Heights in Houston to Humble. If you click on the image you will be taken to the Motion Based web site where you can view detailed specs of the ride. I also did a ride from Humble to the Heights earlier in the day as well as additional riding around in Houston, but my GPS (a Garmin ForeRunner 305) had trouble linking to the GPS satellites so I don’t have good digital documentation of that ride.