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  • Jake Pollock,

    Although it's not a great back up tool unless you pay them US$5 a month (for reasons), Evernote is very useful for academic work. It's note-keeping software that is tag-able, searchable, and syncs online so you can access it from any computer with web access, as well as iPhones and Blackberries. It can also search photos for text.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I was slack on backup for years, but by the time I actually did have a hard drive completely die on me, I was using Time Machine as part of MacOS 10.5.

    I had the computer back the next day with a new, larger drive and Time Machine had an incremental backup up till about 90 mins before the time of death. I simply imported everything back from that and started working again. It was extremely cool.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17941 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    My lesson is now to keep things on a dedicated backup USB stick.

    Evernote is pretty cool.

    I still prefer Zotero, although being wedded to memory hungry Firefox is starting to become a downside. Ironically, I lost a year of biblio when upgrading Zotero to their 2.0 web-snyc version, which was promoted as a way to back up your data and use it across machines.

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2078 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    My graphics design tutor from polytech, said he kept backup zip disks in the garage, just incase the house burnt down.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2277 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    I do worry about that Steven. I have a Time Machine like Russell, but there's been a spate of burglaries around here recently, and I can't imagine the burglars would be kind enough to leave it behind when they nick the laptop.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I'm a paper person...ur, you all know what I mean.
    So, when I make a draft, I copy it, in paper, 3-fold (once for me, once for the van - my survival machine- and once for one of my family of the other, safer, side of the island. Annd, I have TimeMachine, and I have backups like USB drives...

    of course, when the meteor hits, all of this will be completely redundant, as in, ash.

    But, hey ho, it calms my natural pessimistic expectations of 'the best work ever' lost to the dog. Or whatever.

    I paticularly loved the comments "the homework ate the dog" and the postgrad ate the homework- yessss!

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

  • Brian Murphy,

    By the way, back at the beginning this discussion was about imprisonment and the way we imprison so many people here in New Zealand.

    The people at The “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” project are people who apply themselves to this issue and more, restorative justice etc, and they are looking for money to continue with their project.

    They provide a credible, thought out alternative to the Sensible Sentencing Trust on the issues related to crime and punishment in New Zealand.

    Do check out their web site Rethinking Crime and Punishment and support them if you like what you read.

    You'll always be hearing from the McVicar side only if these guys quit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 41 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    A swift look to that site Brian, brought up 2 christian organisations running the site.
    Lost this atheist right then.

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

  • Brian Murphy,

    I suspect they are also white and middle class, but it does not seem to affect the rigor they apply to looking at crime and punishment.

    To me going in to bat against Garth McVicar and David Garrett counts more.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 41 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Agree with that stance Brian - will not ally myself with christians (or ANY religious group whatsoever)however-

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

  • Just thinking,

    Can I suggest we look for the commonalities we have and accept our differences but leave them at the door. This way we can create a strong position on a selected issue we're all in agreement on?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    If you must, here's also the Prison Fellowship, but Rethinking is rather more vocal and probably wider-focused.

    I think one does have to face the fact that a lot of the organisations out the doing good are Christian; in some cases this is incidental.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1091 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Wot, no love for the Howard League? I have no idea if they're powered by Jesus as well but they seem to be saying sensible things.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1549 posts Report Reply

  • tussock,

    How to empty prisons.

    1: Pardons. Yes, really, and lots of them. Go nuts.

    2: Repeal prohibition. Let adults be, well, adults. Give the poor, struggling chemists something useful to sell again. There were no more drug addicts in the world when it was perfectly legal than there are now, after a good seventy years of this nonsense.

    3: Stop putting people in prison for not paying their fines. Like, they owe you a couple grand, so you spend sixty grand making a point about it? Treat them like student loans, no one puts that lot in prison if they're too poor to pay. Oh, and make fines proportional to income, duh.

    4: Lower minimum parole back to 1/3 of the sentance, and cap the mandatory non-parole periods for life back to 14 years, and others proportionately. I mean, spend ten times as much monitoring parolees and it's still well under half the price of prison.

    5: Then, if you want to be fussy, create a new top tax rate at 45% over 250k, double the minimum wage, and cut the working year to 200 6-hour days, and ban absentee landlords: creating full employment, reducing the wealth gap, and giving everyone a stake in society.

    Since Nov 2006 • 337 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Oh, and make fines proportional to income, duh.

    A couple of years ago I was astounded by the news that some very rich bugger wouldn't be getting the $3,000 fine that the judge would have normally given for cocaine possession, because he was so rich that it wouldn't have had any effect on him. I believe I started talking loudly to the radio.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I don't know if it all that easy, Tussock. I agree that prohibition is nut, but that actively marketing alcohol alongside the fruit and vegetables is equally as foolish. Addiction to alcohol and all the other drugs, is, I suggest an overt symptom, rather than a cause of criminality. I was remembering just yesterday how when I was getting around in one my punk rock outfits (early eighties) I felt the need to drink red wine out of the bottle, as I walked around the leafy streets of Devonport. This was meant to demonstrate just how fucked of I was. The thing is, I didn't actually know what I was so angry about. I was lucky I didn't wind up in jail.

    I think, that places like Paremoremo prison should be reserved for actual Psychopathic criminals, and otherwise irreparable monsters. These people do exist, but they make up a microscopic percentage of the population. But that high security inmates should be treated humanly for our own dignity sake. The rest, the rest of the "muster" needs to be placed in secure environments when finding out what's driving that criminal behavior is, gets fresh air and sunlight.

    I ended up in a police holding cell after a drinking binge. The best analogy of the environment there, is an old style public toilet. If prison is anything like that, I'll rest my case.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2277 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I ended up in a police holding cell after a drinking binge. The best analogy of the environment there, is an old style public toilet. If prison is anything like that, I'll rest my case.

    Ok, I suspect a public toilet could be good or bad, depending on where you have come from, but also prison (again depending on which one ends up in) can be relatively comfortable for a cell. I have not been to jail but I have visited a few and Pare does give an appropriate welcome should you find yourself visiting there. It does give one a sense of the secureness of the place and one I happily have not had to go back to. Sadly, I cant remember who it was that I visited, but one wont forget the place so easily. The Rangipos (all 3) and Hautu are fairly similar. I would liken them to Camp Adair (at least the one I went to in standard 4) Rows of units in a basic u formation all facing inward with a courtyard and buildings attached for kitchen, library and other such extras as the screws and of course the ever needed visiting room. The Mount is, well the Mount and it can only be the beast it is. Visiting there is almost rancid, but the wardens are friendly. Actually so are the wardens at the Rangipos.:)
    Whilst I am warming to the idea of containers ( albeit dampening my other ideas for them) I do think down the line in winter on the dessert road will be a good test for whether they are humane or not because insulation is going to be interesting, and because, that is where we have lots of prison land.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5700 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Instant fool, just add Beer

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4448 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Agree with that stance Brian - will not ally myself with christians (or ANY religious group whatsoever)however-

    In which case you're going to be leaving a lot of social problems well alone. Many causes are advanced by religious groups, and when it comes to penal reform the link with churches is as old as the concept itself.

    That's actually a disturbingly blinkered view to have. Regardless of what you think of their beliefs, are you completely incapable of finding the points on which you share common ground and working together? I thought that kind of intolerance was one of the things that atheists claimed to find objectionable about organised religion.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3731 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    "In which case you're going to be leaving a lot of social problems well alone."

    Why do you think so? I didnt say I wouldnt do anything about matters I find injust - just that I wont ally myself with religious people. As for it being 'a blinkered view' - you're entitled to think that, but I find religious people hold concepts (e.g.deities, souls, life-after-death) that are so far removed from my views of reality as to make working with them pretty well impossible. That is not so much being intolerant as it is recognising that the way religious people organise and run things is incompatible with the way I work.

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

  • steven crawford,

    As for it being 'a blinkered view' - you're entitled to think that, but I find religious people hold concepts (e.g.deities, souls, life-after-death) that are so far removed from my views of reality as to make working with them pretty well impossible.

    Islander, Is Maori a religion?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2277 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    No steven crawford, Maori is an ethnicity.
    And - possibly pre-empting your strand of thought -yes, I am not the only Maori atheist. The big' religious' concept among pre-Pakeha settlement Maori (and it continues to this minute) was a complex mix between noa/tapu & whakapapa/potencies (atua/hau/wairua/mauri) and it included words/places/fire/water. Te reo terms for a lot of this are often inadequately or erroneously translated-

    In my tribe, christian hymns & karakia are often used. I discreetly leave or simply stay unmoving when these occur.

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

  • Sacha,

    Bloody missionaries.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15717 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Brought us the pox and the booze and turned our eyes toward their heaven, said my much-loved late Uncle Bill. And stole the land while we were looking-

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

  • steven crawford,

    No steven crawford, Maori is an ethnicity.

    OK, I could have put that question differently. The point is, is it impossible for you to work with Maori when they express beliefs in "(e.g.deities, souls, life-after-death)".

    Since Nov 2006 • 2277 posts Report Reply

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