Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Party on, dudes

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  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Back in the olden days, I'd eagerly await the posting of the weekly Hard News transcript to nz.general. But PA is a million times better than that - it looks better, there are no newsgroup nutters, just a splendid community.

    The Great Blends are always a good time, and they really need some props because organising quality IRL stuff is hard.

    So happy 10th anniversary, Russell and the PA posse! So much love!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1869 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    DON'T. (Also, the Mortgage Slut thread, which remains, to this day, my favourite/most annoying discussion I've ever had on the internet.)

    The Mortgage Slut thread was so good I immediately thought of it again when I saw this week's Listener cover. Keeps on giving...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 892 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I have to confess that a) I don’t remember this at all

    Neither! (I have a *terrible* memory for arguments with people I don't know very well. Also - and this sounds bad, kinda - I've had so many of those sorts of discussions that they all blur into one big "someone is wrong on the internet" recollection.)

    the Mortgage Slut thread

    The do what now? Was I involved in that?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3662 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Danielle,

    The do what now? Was I involved in that?

    Dude. It was your finest hour.

    (My bad, it should be Mortgage Slag)

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    (My bad, it should be Mortgage Slag)

    It's always referred to as the Mortgage Slut thread, which means that I was wrong originally. My bad.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Oh man, I totally forgot. Animalistic Penis-Brains! (THAT should be the name of my band.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3662 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Emma Hart,

    It’s always referred to as the Mortgage Slut thread, which means that I was wrong originally. My bad.

    I dunno. The word slag isn't used nearly often enough.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Dude. It was your finest hour.

    Animalistic penis-brains! I'd forgotten!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Oh man, I totally forgot. Animalistic Penis-Brains! (THAT should be the name of my band.)

    dot tumblr dot com.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Now that we have joined the deck-owning fraternity, I would be happy to host a PAS picnic this summer--if folk are willing to travel to picturesque Hamilton East. Late January, perhaps?

    Hmm--not so much a 'rich' lecturer but well-paid for what I do....

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2327 posts Report Reply

  • chris esther,

    +10

    Since Apr 2008 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Late January, perhaps?

    I for one would be most keen. Cheers Geoff.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2153 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Well, my monitor seems to have gone all blurry as I’ve read this post and all the comments. Stupid wimpy monitor.

    And I wonder how I can say how much PAS has changed my life. It’s given me new ideas, new perspectives, new insight. Engaging in the discussion has been tremendously exciting: full of surprises and laughter and tears and irritation and delight. It’s think it’s made me a better person; it’s certainly made me a more knowledgeable and confident one.

    And, to my surprise, it’s brought me a bunch of new friends, and people I hope will become friends. And some of these I will be meeting in person for the first time this weekend. I’m so excited.

    So, thank you so much Russell, and everybody. You are the best.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    has anyone mentioned that cool copyright thread we had a year or two back, yet?

    Well, as the author of the post that started it, I was going to thank Russell for the opportunity to foment the Thread Of Doooooom[tm]! (Not that we had the faintest inkling what it would become at the time he asked me.) And, generally, for establishing and supporting this utterly awesome community of people who are,by and large, courteous in the pursuit of decorous discourse. As someone who was slumming it in nz.* when Hard News was a weekly occurrence (not that I recall reading it at the time), it’s comforting that there’s still room amongst the filth for a place where something like the intelligentsia of the NZ online scene can gather.

    Being part of PAS has been, and continues to be, an experience. I’ve learned a heap of lessons, some of them very brutal IRL lessons, but also been rounded out somewhat by exposure to so many different perspectives from what’s largely (at least amongst the commenters) the same Political Compass quadrant – collectivist libertarians. It’s also let me feel like I can get some of the things I know about slightly obscure aspects of our society’s functioning – how emergency services (should) manage incidents; and how bad it could really be that a dirty blogger was able to virtually stroll about the WINZ network – into the eye of a public who don’t understand and, consequently, struggle to grasp the significance or propriety of things that are currently in the news. PAS provides me the forum to do that while also being a thirty-something with too much time on his hands and too many opinions.

    So cheers, Russell and everyone else, for creating this place that so many of us enjoy. And as this will be post 3,069 for me, I feel terribly inadequate by comparison to Sacha who is well into five figures despite having arrived two years later!

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3913 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Congratulations Russell, it's been a mighty thing and will continue to be so. And thank you for offering the space to contribute and also linking to various bits I've created elsewhere - each time I'm extraordinarily grateful.

    And thanks for the vast circle of knowledge I've been able to tap into by reading and contributing to PAS over the years, and the friends I've made here.

    Special and hugely important - on ya!

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3209 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Russell, can you repost the bank account for people to contribute please?

    I keep thinking "I"ll contribute when I get some money spare" but that never seems to happen and I got engaged two weeks ago so I suspect it won't happen in the next few years either.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6211 posts Report Reply

  • Pdogge,

    Please accept much gratitude and admiration from this very infrequent poster but consistent lurker who has enjoyed from the beginning also.

    You have enabled a high standard of cogitation and reflection amongst multiple generations as I should tell you that two of my friends who lurk here and have for many years are of a similar age to myself and that's 78.

    So large congrats and thanks and you certainly all speak to a wide age group :-)

    Tauranga • Since Feb 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    well into five figures despite having arrived two years later

    not necessarily a good sign :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sacha,

    not necessarily a good sign :)

    It's definitely eating into your coffee drinking time :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8615 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Emma Hart,

    It’s always referred to as the Mortgage Slut thread

    27 pages of WIN

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3430 posts Report Reply

  • G in J,

    Thumbs up to Russell and the PA crew.

    Osaka • Since Dec 2011 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Well done Russell, a significant anniversary. As a relative newbie, I'm seeing what a great community PA is with its many quirky and idiosyncratic contributors. I just love the way a thread starts at A and will say end at B - but it can go all the way to Z at times if you get my drift.

    Love to see you in Christchurch again some time when time and finances allow, bringing the Great Blend, Media3 or any other forum you're involved with.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    zing

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Having been one who has received as well as given it is good that I have not had the opportunity of having to beg my way back in!!! And I haven't been chucked for trolling!!!!!

    PS has been illuminating, revealing and educational since I tested the water.

    Thank you Russell n'all.


    @ Geoff Lealand

    Now that we have joined the deck-owning fraternity, I would be happy to host a PAS picnic this summer

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Brennan,

    Congratulations from an old time lurker who signed up to say "Thanks!!"... and obviously congratulations...

    Sydney, Australia • Since Nov 2012 • 1 posts Report Reply

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