telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Silly Toronto Taxes

The city yesterday shelved a proposal to add a 5% tax to Toronto liquor. "It's just not feasible right now," Mayor David Miller said. "You'd have to set up a whole new department of alcohol tax collection in the city. We can't find a way to make it work, so it's off the table." City staff had estimated that a 5% liquor tax could rake in $44-million annually.
City pulls plug on proposal to introduce 5% tax on alcoholInstead of trying to tax something as complicated as alcohol, why not simply increase parking tickets by $5? Imagine the amount of money that could be raked in.  Heck, why not increase street parking pricing by $0.50 an hour? You could make up $44M in no time.Silly politicians. Instead they jam TTC riders and try to tax liquor. How about going after the low hanging fruit once in a while?

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