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Hard News: Party on, dudes

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  • TracyMac,

    Thanks, Russell, for putting this online, and for curating such a wonderful group of co-bloggers. Of course I relate to Emma's, erm, provocations with much enjoyment, I loved Tze Ming's wit, found Dr Tibby's contributions were incredibly intelligent and thought-provoking, love geeking along with Keith, enjoy Jolisa's occasional postcards, and Hayden has even managed to make me read about sport once or twice and enjoy it.

    Also, this too was my major link to my turangawaewae for a number of years (and will be again from next year). I keep meaning to get along to one of the semi-regular events, but the mild dash of social anxiety that rears its head has kept me away. I think I'm going to have to buckle up sometime - something involving whisky would definitely help. :-)

    And so too with many of the commenters here - you make it a lively and thoughtful place. Cheers and kudos to all.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 487 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Thank you, Russell, for remembering Finn. And for your work highlighting the injustice Arie Smith-Voorkamp suffered. In fact for the frequent focus on the autistic spectrum one way or another. So useful that I quoted PublicAddress in my thesis on autism policy. And of course for humans too which has tailed off in recent months waiting for new inspiration. The Aspie community is beginning to take charge of their own interests quite effectively these days, although we parents will continue to have ‘issues’.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2096 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    PA is the first and often only place I go when anything happens that deserves good comment and conversation.

    I'm here so often I thought I was really in the thick of it but I see I've only notched a measly 200 odd posts. Still, I'm happy to be mostly a lurker and appreciate all those words from everyone else.

    It's a good model Russell, quite unique, which makes me wonder if anyone else could have done it.

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I know nothing

    Said in the voice of Sargent Schultz

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Um, coming in late to this. And, in recent years infrequently. And too mad out with grown up shit (politics! fuck!) to catch up on the thread. And slightly pissed.

    So just barging in with no respect to the regulars.

    But (gulp) fuck it, RB. Planet, bFM, this ... thing, the live events ... the music! You've done us proud. And that's the understatement of the year.

    You helped me through the W. Bush years. You introduced me to John Daily Stewart. You ... unwittingly, no doubt ... were part of my inspiration to join the Green Party.

    Here's a no-longer secret: I think of PA most times I play the ukulele. Read it 'n'weep, folks.

    Shit, I dunno. It's just brilliant. I _always_ have a good time here.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 213 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    That's really beautiful Nora

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Oh, and my "future of TV", "couch testing", JC Matthew 380 Freeview recorder!!! It changed my life. I said in these pages "I might never watch live TV again." Well, I was pretty close. If you record Coro, you get more than you can deal with: I'm down to two ep's a year now, and that's more than enough. Plus sometimes the kids like to watch musical reality game shows. Fucked if I'm going to clog up the hard drive with that.

    Durn thing conked out 3 weeks ago. I lasted 2 days before running out to the nearest big box retailer to replace it. Bigger memory, yucky interface, same suh-weet ad-free time-shifting.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 213 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    makes me wonder if anyone else could have done it.

    Yeah.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 213 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    For your and everyone’s time - the exchange of ideas and opinions - the communication – thanks for the gift – and long may you party on.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1199 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Siu,

    Congratulations Mr Brown! Here is the next ten years!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 74 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Russelllll
    like a voice in the undergrowth of the quiet civilised thinking compassionate human chaos
    wherein we/us/numinous strange other exotic normal foreign exceptional different ordinary human all = gathered-in-together by choice& chance
    and waywayward voices aggregate/dispute/share share share/harangue/
    in this place-
    this cyber- marae
    thank you!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Many happy returns and all that.

    I've appreciated having PA/S available since I left NZ in 07 and indeed before I left. I vaguely recall someone, maybe Che, helping me find waffles in Wellington, which was most kind.

    Good luck with the future.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Islander,

    and waywayward voices aggregate/dispute/share share share/harangue/

    Thank you, Islander.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18964 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Cyber-marae

    ..and that's 1 of the reasons I love this place!

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    PAS word-of-the-year time must be coming up soon. Cyber marae could be a late contender.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2096 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    PAS word-of-the-year time must be coming up soon

    I bags 'kiosks'. On Keith's behalf..

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 132 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    How many words does 3 Kingdoms have? And translation or original?

    The source I saw said 800,000, in translation. Is it even a meaningful thing to count, in original? Presumably such counts are very hard to make, since the number of characters per idea is not fixed, and ideas are not the same as words.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8592 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Cyber marae could be a late contender.

    Ministry of Social Development have one in Wanganui...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5051 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to BenWilson,

    Is it even a meaningful thing to count, in original?

    A character count would be easy, obviously. A word count, less so, and would involve a bit of discussion, but certainly neither meaningless nor impossible. It's not so much a characters:ideas issue as a 'discrete units of meaning' issue, and that's not entirely sorted out in English either - see all those hyphens and compounds, for example.

    But 800,000 in translation suggests I've got a lot of work ahead to finish the book. More focussed on Mo Yan at the moment, though. He's much easier to read.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • RaggedJoe,

    Congratulations from another longtime lurker, lured here by the demise of Hard News on bfm, and enjoying the exeprience ever since. Nothing but admiration for the quality of discourse and naturally for RB's commitment and effort to make it all work so well. Charge your glasses, Cheers! and hears to some happy teenage years for PAS.

    City of Sales • Since Sep 2008 • 60 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    PAS word-of-the-year time must be coming up soon. Cyber marae could be a late contender.

    I was thinking this, and looking back at earlier WOTY yesterday.

    Kicking myself for not thinking sooner of the possibility for Whole Binders full of Carly Binding Referendums.

    <coat>

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    PAS word-of-the-year time must be coming up soon.

    I nominate "hacker"; if we allow phrases, then "malicious hacker" or "physical separation".

    Also, congratulations Russel and co. on blogging for so much longer than blogs have existed. I seldom comment here now, but discussions I have been involved in , and people I have met both virtually and in person, have influenced my worldview no end. For the better I hope.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • David Perano,

    I always enjoy the colour of discussion here. PA has been lunch time reading for me for the last decade. Thanks Mr Brown and all of the contributors that keep this place an engaging read.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Public Address is a grand place to be a small part of, and I thank all of you who made it. Capture lights my life (is directly responsible for me getting my photo mojo back after being shaken off course). I revel with you when you do the big story; am informed by the deep thinkings; and am often awed by how amazingly smart the bloggers and commenters are. The quake threads have helped me stay sane and make sense of the whole thing. And friendships made and a fernery given (thanks Sofiie!).
    Thanks Russell and your tribe.

    I, like Geoff, would like to be able to make a small regular contribution to the PA bank account: how to do that?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    PAS word-of-the-year time must be coming up soon.

    Or even a word-of the decade?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

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