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  • Raymond A Francis,

    Ten long years, well done Russell and team
    Long time reader, sometime commenter but times and interests change but I still appreciate the work you and the afore-mentioned team put into it

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 521 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Thank you, Public Address, for making me the man I am today. I have a job I love, I am able to experience things that I normally never would, and I have met (and not met but written to) the most amazing people! Thank you and Happy Birthday!

    ps. I wrote to Russell in 2003 when I was looking for an outlet for my writing. He set me up with a few sports contacts and essentially said "start a blog". Best. Advice. Ever.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2079 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Hadyn Green,

    I am able to experience things that I normally never would, and I have met (and not met but written to) the most amazing people!

    Can I tell my favourite PAS story now? ;)

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Can I tell my favourite PAS story now? ;)

    Are you asking permission of Hadyn in particular, or more generally? Because if the latter, yes. And if the former, yes.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Well done on 10 years, Russell and the PA team. It's both informative and fun reading and commenting here. Keep up the good work.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 548 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Hadyn in particular. It's pretty much one of my favourite stories ever, but he gets this funny look on his face when I tell it....

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Hadyn in particular. It's pretty much one of my favourite stories ever, but he gets this funny look on his face when I tell it....

    It's okay, I still have his PA login details...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Random Dude in Bar: Hi, I'm RDIB
    Megan: Hi. I'm Megan
    RDIB: Wait, are you Megan Wegan?
    Megan: I am......but, um, how do you know that?
    RDIB: Oh, I recognise you from Public Address.
    Hadyn (who has been sitting quietly): Do you recognise me?
    RDIB: No? Should I....?

    I feel bad laughing, but...I can't not. (Given Hadyn is a) a contributor, and I am just a annoying commenter, and b) they'd actually spoken on Twitter previously.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Pdogge,

    Absolutely delightful!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    DATA!

    Total words in Public Address posts in 10 years: 4,006,730

    In Hard News alone: 1,491,048.

    Will look for some data viz love for more.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    I feel bad laughing, but…I can’t not. (Given Hadyn is a) a contributor, and I am just a annoying commenter, and b) they’d actually spoken on Twitter previously.

    But ... how can some "recognise" you from Public Address? Your awesome syntax?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But ... how can some "recognise" you from Public Address? Your awesome syntax?

    To be fair we have had a couple of conversations about Megan's... "attributes".

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Emma Hart,

    To be fair we have had a couple of conversations about Megan’s… “attributes”.

    That, possibly. And I used to have an avatar, which appears to have gone missing.

    But then, I would not want to cast aspersions on Hadyn’s excellent attributes.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    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]!

    Which, I hardly need add, is the most-commented post ever -- 2203, ahead of the main Hobbit post (Anatomy of a Shambles) with 1696 and Roamin' Holiday from those freshies at Capture, with 1355 comments.

    Although if you add up all the comments for the three Hobbit posts, hobbits win :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    It terrifies me to think how much of my life has been spent typing comments and reading PAS. Well done, Russell and everyone.

    I'm grateful for the opportunity to have made online and offline connections with so many smart, decent people who've enriched my life.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2906 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    But then, I would not want to cast aspersions on Hadyn’s excellent attributes.

    Heh. Now, that reminds me of a story I can't tell...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    I would not want to cast aspersions on Hadyn’s excellent attributes

    Surely he wasn't displaying them at the bar

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3108 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Surely he wasn’t displaying them at the bar

    Dude, you've been to PAS gatherings. What do you think?

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Given Hadyn is a) a contributor, and I am just a annoying commenter, and b) they'd actually spoken on Twitter previously.

    I could not sigh hard enough when that happened.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2079 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Emma Hart,

    that reminds me of a story I can’t tell…

    Yeah right, pretend that there are things you won't say.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3108 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Yeah right, pretend that there are things you won't say.

    Oh Bart. Pretending you don't know there are things I'm not saying because they're even worse.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    DATA!

    Total words in Public Address posts in 10 years: 4,006,730

    Hey, I've just had a crazy thought. With all these clever linguistics people around (whew, that was close), we could have a Public Address Corpus. That would be delicious.

    It would be an asset to young learners everywhere, I'm sure.

    (Not actually joking - mostly)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2069 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Total words in Public Address posts in 10 years: 4,006,730

    ..

    It terrifies me to think how much of my life has been spent typing comments and reading PAS. Well done, Russell and everyone.

    Off a measly sample of 4 random pages out of the 660 I've written, I derived an average page word count of 1034 words per page (after weeding out all the stuff I didn't write). Which leads me to conclude I've written around 683,000 words here. Which is more than War and Peace but less than The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. No wonder that novel has never got out yet.

    Will look for some data viz love for more.

    Does the word count have the smarts to exclude quoted sections?

    ETA: What really scares me is that in the last 3 or so years, I've deleted at least 3 times as much as I've written.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Chip Matthews, in reply to BenWilson,

    For me, it wasn't until doing the guest post thing, that I felt more confident to even take part in conversations here! I was more the sit on the sidelines in admiration of the mind-athletes.

    I'm just in training.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Another hearty congrats from an only-occasional poster. I tend to have time for single posts but the succession of bosses I've had since starting posting here would be a whole lot poorer if I posted more.

    Thanks and praise be to all who contribute to making this the only blog-site I ever bother to set up when the damn computer crashes & I have to set up a new bunch of favourites.

    Sometimes you young people are so earnest and I feel old & jaded & cynical, then another of Emma's threads comes around...

    Mr Brown - you ARE the man!

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 552 posts Report Reply

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