Edit: video from WTVD and WRAL. And, for what it's worth, I doubt that any of the people I imagine are behind this actually owns a paintball gun, or any type of gun at all. It's not that type of neighborhood.
... which may not mean so much, as only some items are exempt. But you should probably take advantage of it if you can, especially since our taxes are going to be going up anyway. :( The big surprise is that textbooks (PDF alert) are exempt. Computers are the big one, with an upper limit of $3,500.00, plus computer accessories with a lower limit. The first link above has links to multiple PDFs from the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Happy reading, or something. You've got until Sunday night at midnight.
So I'm waiting on a Google Wave invitation, which I may or may not get, but it looks pretty cool, and sounds like some stuff I had ideas for as unified messaging a long time ago. Maybe I'll get the invitation, and maybe not, but in the meantime, I got a Google Voice invitation is signed up for a long time ago. It's pretty cool too (it's not necessarily a VOIP client, but go look for yourself). But one of the optional pieces it does — optional voice transcription — is a missing link I was hoping I'd see in Wave: the ability to take a voice stream and transcribe it, so (for instance) a phone call could be sent to someone as plain text. It's not perfect, but it's a nice big chunk.