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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Happy Monday! 
22nd-Aug-2011 12:17 pm
I require your assistance
* Anyone in MA have any experience with establishing an LLC or a sole proprietorship? Which did you decide on, and why? What are the pros/cons?

* If someone is making and selling something that could be hazardous, what's their liability?

* I need to order several thousand size 8 seed beads for two knitting projects; anyone have any recommendations on where's best to get 'em?

And everything else
* There's enough enthusiasm for a variety of choices in this poll that I think I won't choose - I'll post a pic of the yarn and a list of the options in the auction, and it'll be winner's choice. That'll probably get us more money anyway.

* Victoria's surgery is about half paid for now - thank you! And she's doing well. She gets to come out of the cage a few times a day, and at least once a day she tries really hard to get upstairs, so clearly the leg is healing up.

* I am going to go to Peer Supe today for the first time since leaving the dayjob. Have been feeling really disconnected!

* Elayna finished that awful book! Which means we got to watch Miyazaki movies last night as a unicorn chaser. Although she may be the only person I know who regards Nausicaa as a unicorn chaser.

* Googling shows me that there doesn't seem to be a band called Unicorn Chaser yet. DIBS. I play drums. Who's with me?

* Elayna has plans with a friend today, so I'll have some writing time! (Her friends are massively overprogrammed, is why she's not out running around with them all the time.)

That is it for now, except my Pi-Con schedule, which gets its own post.
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22nd-Aug-2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
If you call bass, that means I don't have to look for a Daisy Rock version and learn fast, because my hands are too small for the standard models. Therefore I CALL LEAD VOCALS. I will totally wear kitty ears, glitter eye makeup, short skirts, and dye my hair in the band's color scheme. 'song can vouch for my mad karaoke skillz and total lack of fear around a mike.
22nd-Aug-2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Speaking of! When will you be in town next? Because karaoke should happen!
22nd-Aug-2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I am working on it being this upcoming weekend, but the main purpose is to play Relief Adult for hammercock and trowa_barton. Karaoke may be difficult. But! I have a PS2 and Rock Band equipment that is sitting neglected in my house! And have offered it to them as a long-term loan! And I can TOTALLY bring it up with me and I am sure we could devise a time to play Rock Band and have them be glad of the company.

22nd-Aug-2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Alas! that I will be at Pi-Con!
22nd-Aug-2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
I might be coming up Thursday evening, though.

22nd-Aug-2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oooh. :)
22nd-Aug-2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
And I WILL drop to my knees in front of the guitar player, on that one. Because when I do Bowie, I COMMIT.
23rd-Aug-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Josie and the Pussy Cats! I loved that show! They had such great names: Melody, Valerie, and Josie.
22nd-Aug-2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
My last two bead purchases have been from http://ahbeads.com/ but I've also purchased beads from http://earthfaire.com/ and http://www.firemountaingems.com/ .
22nd-Aug-2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I've bought beads from Beadaholique in the past, and firemountaingems is usually good for bulk purchases.

22nd-Aug-2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
for beads and for bead advice, best I know is fabricdragon
22nd-Aug-2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Seconded! She is a dear.
22nd-Aug-2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
For beads I would recommend FabricDragon. Lots of semiprecious beads, very high quality. She is a regular at Arisia (though I don't know if she will come this year, due to personal stuff) and she has an Esty shop. If you don't see what you want, its probably because she hasn't had time to post it yet.
24th-Aug-2011 03:31 am (UTC)
And, she *may* be vending at Pi-Con. In negotiations as we speak.
22nd-Aug-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Well, Nausicca can be a unicorn chaser, totally, but it is in that 'terrible warning' kind of way, so now I'm even more violently didinclined to read that book!
22nd-Aug-2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
By Light Unseen Media is a sole proprietorship. Catch me at 6Pi-Con and we can talk more about nuts and bolts. (I'm Inanna Arthen, in case you didn't realize that)
22nd-Aug-2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Argh, sorry about the beads! I saw your email at a weird moment and then forgot to respond. Mostly I go through Fire Mountain for bulk purchases. And yes, you can borrow my bead spinner when you're ready.
22nd-Aug-2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
I bought the beads for my Shipwreck from http://www.artbeads.com/ since Firemountain Gems (my usual bead goto) didn't have what I was looking or or needed for the project.
23rd-Aug-2011 01:39 am (UTC)
We can talk LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship pros & cons to your heart's content this weekend. No green room, but I'm sure there'll be some con suite down time.
23rd-Aug-2011 02:57 am (UTC)

If you don't do LLC, I would recommend a sub-s corporation over a sole proprietorship. You have the flow through tax treatment like the sole-p but the liability protection of the corporation structure.

23rd-Aug-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
I love the concept of a unicorn chaser.
24th-Aug-2011 04:47 am (UTC)
If you are looking for semi-precious stones or pearls, you can't beat fabricdragon for quality and price...

Glass beads, I order from Fire Mountain.
25th-Aug-2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Most corporations are expensive- it's at least $500/year just for having one here in MA. And mostly they don't protect one all that much if anyone decided to sue.

Sole Props are really easy- just keep track of the income/expenses and cite them on taxes.
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