Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Dang and here I am reading Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue

    “Do What You’ve Got to Do and Stay Fly.”

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Rich Lock,

    I take umbrage at effectively being told to watch my mouth in case an idiot, or block thereof, is unable to distinguish shades of gray.

    The New Yorker has never been shy about playing to the presumed snobbery of its readers.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Speaking of Muldoon, Thea Muldoon’s just passed away, too.

    Further to that aside, the Radio Pacific talkback show that Muldoon hosted in his dotage presented him as a suburban lily-fancier, with the issues of the day leavened with calls from fellow lily-heads. In real life Muldoon apparently knew squat about lilies, the expertise was all Thea's.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    Key’s combination of minimal military commitment and maxed-out bluster really does seem to be channeling the ghost of Vietnam-era Keith Holyoake. Despite a visit from LBJ, Holyoake’s troop contribution was minuscule compared to Harold Holt’s shameless “all the way with LBJ” emulation of the US war effort, complete with Australian conscripts sent into combat.

    Despite Key’s intemperate blurt at Little’s lack of enthusiasm for the coming offal-toss, he’s showing no sign of making the kind of impulsive captain’s call that Muldoon apparently did off his own bat during the Falklands War, when he offered a frigate to relieve a Royal Navy vessel for combat duties.

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I've been dragging Muybridge's human and animal meisterworks around with me for years, and they still put me in mind of that godawful Scott McKenzie song, people in motion, people in motion...

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to steven crawford,

    Art, meet Sience. Sience, say hello to Art.

    Eadweard Muybridge, whose work that happens to be, never claimed to be an artist. He was the world’s first – and last – self-styled zoopraxicographer. The invention of the cinema killed off the new science he claimed to pioneer.

    His motion studies have long served as reference, often used far too slavishly, by animators. Because his frame-by-frame flying cockatoo study was much clearer than his blurry attempts with pigeons, most cartoon birds flap like cockatoos.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality,

    I bet John Key works out on one of these contraptions. Mike Hosking too. Somehow I doubt it would work for Andrew Little.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Are we talking about this fruitfly
    If we are then it makes it all the more scary

    Right on. Git dahn.

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  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    but oddly, The Press have taken the article down.

    There's been a bit of that. A couple of ill-judged puff-pieces presumably intended to support Roger Sutton in his hour of need suddenly vanished once the stink had wafted to the editorial levels.

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  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption,

    This week they put the uber-coloniser John Godley back on his plinth in Cathedral Square, where he can glare at the acrimonious pigeon roost formerly known as Christ Church Cathedral.

    Described by the even more odious Walter D'Arcy Cresswell in his mostly deservedly forgotten From Lyttelton Harbour as the "founder foundering in his pot of tar".

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