Monday, April 18, 2011


In the past, Tax Day has inspired me to say many things. Most of them are unprintable.

Today, however, Tax Day 2011, has me shouting yippee!

And it's NOT because I got a refund.

This year I anxiously awaited April 18th because today is the day the Grand Prize Winner of Google's Data Viz Challenge would be announced.

The competition was created by Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in partnership with Google and The challenge was for web developers to create a web program that helped average taxpayers discover how our taxes are being spent.

Last week, my son Fred Jacksier-Chasen was named one of six finalists.

His program is called 'Every Day Is Tax Day'.

(You can click on the link and if you like Fred's program, it's not too late to click on the right- most star to give the program Five stars!)

'Where Did My Tax Dollars Go', 'Budget Climber', 'Tax Mapper', 'What Do You Work For' and 'Visualize Your Taxes' are the names of the other finalists' programs.

Eyebeam hosted a party in NYC for the finalists on Wednesday April 13th.Each finalist's program was showcased on a computer screen.

Since Fred lives in California and couldn't be there, my husband Everett and I went instead.
It was fascinating listening to all of the comments about the programs.

This morning the winners were announced. Fred's program came in second.
He was awarded $3,000. Hurray for Tax Day!

Fred designed my web site,, too!


sjanova said...

What terrific news! Congratulations to Fred.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yeah!!!! In deed!! Congrats to your son!

Dianne said...

Congrats and what a great design..!!!! Great job...:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara,
Congrats to your son. This is awesome.
How proud you must be and rightfully so.
Great tax day for 2O11.
Take good care and Happy Spring
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Barbara,
Conrats to your son. This is awesome. What a talent he is.
Great tax day to remember.
Happy Spring
Hugs, Celestina Marie

NeereAnDear said...

Congratulations to Fred!! I loved his design .... nice prize too!!


Roberta said...

Yeah for Super Genius Fred! (nice job Mom) xo