‘Toronto tax’ going away

Monday, March 31, 2008

I was reading the Metro newspaper on the way to work this morning; I’m always interested in municipal affairs, so the articled headlined “More money for municipalities” caught my eye. More on that in a bit.

If you’re not familiar with the municipal structure of the Greater Toronto Area, here’s the Coles Notes version. From 1954 to 1997, “Toronto” was a group of six municipalities that belonged to the higher level Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto; the member municipalities were:

  • City of Toronto
  • City of North York
  • City of York
  • City of Etobicoke
  • City of Scarborough
  • Borough of East York

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Cplus versus Orange Crush

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ah, the epic battle. Actually it’s not much of a battle. Cplus sucks, and here’s why.

It’s got Benzene! …Or at least it did. Benzene is a carcinogenic chemical that can be formed by the breakdown of two other chemicals sometimes found together in pop: benzoate salts and ascorbic acid. Luckily someone at Health Canada’s got our back.

According to the packaging, Cplus contains 5% real Sunkist fruit juice, aka orange juice. OJ is a well known source of vitamin C. So why is it that the Nutrition Facts reveal that Cplus contains 0% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C? Which part of the orange juice did they include? Obviously not the nutritious part…

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Why don’t intelligent people represent us in politics?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Apparently a law was passed in California 30 years ago making it a criminal offence for a tree to block solar panels.

Let that thought percolate in your brain for a second…

Why would someone pass such a law? Trees clean the air we breathe, and provide habitat for birds and animals. Solar power is a clean, renewable source of energy. These are both good things, so why would solar panels be considered more important? So important, that blocking one with a tree in California could earn you a fine and a criminal record.

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New Years’ Resolution

Monday, March 17, 2008

We’re coming up on Spring, how are your resolutions coming along?  I hope you haven’t forgotton them already!

I tend to come up with resolutions that are easily accomplished. Perhaps I don’t put much faith in the whole resolution thing, or maybe I just can’t be bothered.  My 2007 resolution was to defrost my freezer, and I didn’t get around to that until the summer! Speaking of defrosting, I think I’ll be due again in a couple of months. Damnit!

Determined to do something useful this year, I came up with a seemingly innocuous resolution for 2008.  Althouth it may be simple, this time it’s not a once-a-year thing; it’s got to be sustained indefinitely. Go to the gym? Hah, I know myself  better than that. I opted to start taking a lunch to work. I had grown fond of the company cafeteria, which has a different menu every day; if I didn’t like what they were serving I could always fall back on the Tim Hortons that’s in the building. Sometimes I’d even venture outside to a restaurant or local food court.  Swiss Chalet, Spring Rolls, and the like. Mmmm.

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Goomba’s Shoe

Saturday, March 8, 2008

This is a followup to the post I need a new BlackBerry!

I finally got my new ‘berry on Monday. Even though the product was backordered since it’s brand new, I decided to go for a Red BlackBerry Curve 8310. First impression: worth the wait!

It’s amazing what a difference 23 grams makes. The Curve is noticeably lighter than my 8700 was. They keypad, although slightly narrower, is still quite easy to use, even if you’ve got manly thumbs. Unlike the more expensive “corporate” models 8700 and 8800 which come with belt clips, the 8300 series includes a pouch.

Is it just me or does it look like Super Mario with Goomba’s Shoe? See the resemblance?


Goomba's Shoe BlackBerry Curve 8310 Red - Goomba’s Shoe



Goomba’s Shoe

Change of Scenery!

Monday, March 3, 2008

I’m trying something new!  This blog has been around for a month, and I think there’s plenty of potential here.  I’ve decided to give WordPress a try.  I’m not sure I’m thrilled, as the WordPress system seems to go down from time to time…  Does anyone else use WordPress, or another blogging tool you’d recommend?

My old host Orbit Online is a great place to hang out, but I was concerned the requirement for a registered account was discouraging some people from leaving comments.  So, if you’re reading my blog, I want to hear your opinion.  There’s no point in being a talking head spouting my own worthless undervalued opinions if I don’t get to hear yours too.  So on that note, go leave some comments!

N.B. As an unfortunate side-effect of the transition, comments that were previously left are nolonger available.  Sorry!  The good news is that all of the old posts are back, so if you didn’t leave a comment before because you didn’t want to register for an account, now’s your chance to shine!