April 21, 2013 |
Before he started his latest book, Demetri Martin got a really nice pen. It wasn't a regular pen, he said, but "a really fancy pen to do the drawings," Martin, the stand-up comedian, writer and actor, said Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books . "I bought like 40 different little nibs," lots of special ink and a wide variety of paper, Martin said. "That was probably two or three weeks, I spent $500 to $600.... I was just procrastinating. " FULL COVERAGE: FESTIVAL OF BOOKS But "it doesn't look any different after all that," he lamented.
December 20, 2012 |
The swamped malls, crowded parking lots and frantic delivery companies say it all: Christmas crunch time is here for the two-thirds of Americans who still haven't finished their holiday shopping. That's 132 million people trying to figure out last-minute gifts, according to a holiday poll conducted by Consumer Reports from Dec. 10 to 17. Of the respondents, 14% have yet to start shopping. And 17 million people - 9% of the total - will still be scrambling on Christmas Eve. So far, the average American has spent $340 on presents.
May 15, 2012
Now that most states have received or applied for relief from the No Child Left Behind Act, California is submitting its own proposal . And in true California fashion, it's - different. The state has long been at odds with the U.S. Education Department over the waiver process. Both sides agree that the federal law is flawed to the point of being counterproductive. But California won't agree to do what other states have promised to get out from under the law's most punitive measures: include standardized test scores as a significant component in the performance evaluations of individual teachers.
April 16, 2012 |
I don't mean to ruin your day, but your taxes are due tomorrow (Tuesday). Here are some tips for down-to-the-wire filers. First, use the Internal Revenue Service's e-file system. It's fast, safe and will get you any refund quicker, which is always a good thing. If you're mailing in your return, you can make sure you've got the right address by checking at www.irs.gov (click the "where to file" link). Your check should be payable to "United States Treasury" (not "that greedy so-and-so who keeps reaching into my pocket")
April 13, 2012 |
Procrastinators: Worried about having to file for yet another extension this year with the upcoming tax deadline? Breathe easy. Tax day is typically April 15. Every year, people across the nation rush to get their documents in order to meet that deadline. But this year, April 15 falls on a Sunday. And April 16 happens to be a Washington, D.C. holiday called Emancipation Day, which celebrates President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862.
December 22, 2011 |
As the clock counts down to Christmas Day, retailers have begun a big push to snare procrastinating shoppers searching frantically for last-minute gifts and hoping for final-weekend deals. Relishing the prospect of many all-day shoppers Saturday, stores across the nation are also extending hours, cutting prices and renewing bargain offers. Toys R Us stores nationwide began an all-day-all-night marathon that began Tuesday and continues until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. That's a day longer than last year's endurance test.