Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Paperwork Reduction Act and Why You May Be Able to File Your Taxes on a Napkin in 2021

Australian researchers find native grasses could be grown for mass consumption

 Sam Wice, The Paperwork Reduction Act and Why You May Be Able to File Your Taxes on a Napkin in 2021, Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (2020):

Yale Notice & CommentGiven the Paperwork Reduction Act’s (PRA) importance, it often does not get much attention. If the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is the most important office you’ve never heard of, then the PRA may be the most important function of OIRA you’ve never heard of. In addition to creating OIRA, the PRA requires that agencies (including independent agencies) follow the PRA process for collections of information from at least ten people. The PRA generally serves to (1) report the burdens associated with collections of information and (2) create a process for minimizing the burdens associated with collections of information.

For the National Film Board of Canada, director Andrea Dorfman and poet Tanya Davis collaborated on this short film about how to stay connected with ourselves and feel a connection with others while spending time physically apart from other people. I liked this bit about hugging a tree:

Go outside if you’re able, breathe the air
there are trees for hugging
don’t be embarrassed
it’s your friend, it’s your mother, it’s your new crush
lay your cheek against the bark, it’s a living thing to touch

See also Davis and Dorfman’s previous collaboration: How to Be Alone

Digital Inspiration – “Gmail supports a plethora of search operators to help you instantly find that elusive email message buried in your mailbox. You have size search – like larger_than:5mb – to find the big messages in your account. File search – like has:attachment filename:doc – will locate email messages that contain specific file attachments. This graphic illustrates all the known Gmail search operators that work both on Gmail website and mobile…”