Posts by Don Christie

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Coming here a little late. I was in London when the Saraha storm hit. I didn't really notice it. But I do know that, thanks to congestion charges, London is a much nicer place to be and travel around then it has been for a long time. In other news the UK's greenhouse emission levels have:

    "been falling gradually over the last two decades, by around 21% since 1990, as energy efficiency improved and the use of gas power displaced more carbon intensive coal. "

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/27/greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-in-the-uk

    Dear New Zealand, that's what happens when you show leadership.

    In related news I did fly here, and do so every 9 months or so. The Internet is brilliant and does reduce the need for face to face meetings but it is still very hard to reproduce the connections and more constant flow of discussions that you can get from personal interactions...Hugging is harder.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

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  • Busytown: School bully,

    Education policies come and go. The one thing they all have in common is that they are always contentious. The one thing successive governments have failed to do is spend enough money on the sector. By a long way.

    I wrote about this, twice.

    Big Education, not Big Government

    Big Education, the reprise

    tl;dr "If we want a better education system (and we know this creates better economic and societal outcomes) we need to be prepared to spend a tonne more money on it, everything else is a side show."

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    then moved fairly quickly to Planet Nelson run by the anarchic and lovely Chris O'Donoghue.

    This was just worth repeating.

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  • Speaker: TPP: Error Correction, in reply to Stephen R,

    The key thing that will cripple Pharmac is patent related extensions. Also allowing new patents if an existing drug has a new application.

    That would severely reduce the availability of generic drugs to NZers and drive the cost of drugs up to the sky.

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  • Capture: Laneway 2014 + Lorde,

    Thanks for the pointer to Savages. I like them.

    And here's some Siouxsie And The Banshees. :-)

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  • Hard News: We're back!, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Paul

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/ is extraordinarily comprehensive. Russell will be in good company.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1612 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're back!,

    That's great news Russell. Public broadcasting FTW. And MTS has a great web site for delivering your online content :-)

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  • Speaker: Levelling the Playing Field,

    A big one.

    and one many of us face, whether it's in software, journalism, the arts or music.

    I believe there is a role here for much more solid public financing of NZ content. I'm not much of a TV watcher but my view is the Māori TV is demonstrating just how well that model works.

    I have bought two "albums" recently. My first in e-format. Lorde and the truly excellent Pipi Pickers. http://pipipickers.bandcamp.com/ I can get all the music from both bands for free - at their instigation.

    Lorde is probably already doing reasonably well out of sales*, the Pickers...ask Nat.

    My rambling point is free availability to a mass market doesn't close off the opportunity to make money even though many of us (me) tend to oversimplify that opportunity.

    *I'm sure folks from the music industry will correct me on this assumption. But I bet *someone* is making plenty $s from Lorde's music.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1612 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Levelling the Playing Field,

    This is an interesting and insightful article. Thanks.

    If I understand correctly, technology has meant that the costs of production have dropped massively. This has created opportunity for new entrants (which surely the cam-corder did a couple of decades ago) but the real kicker is that the distribution opportunities have expanded massively.

    That expansion can lead to large markets for niche products.

    Sounds like a dream for Kiwi creative businesses.

    But, there's a monetisation problem.

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