The Roy Morgan numbers look pretty soft when it comes to the small parties. On a 997 person survey, a percentage-point is just ten people. So it’s hard to get much from the bouncing around of Mana, Mäori, Conservative and even NZ First numbers (when you’re on 0-3% you’re always in the margin of error :))
Hard as it is for me to accept, close to 50% of the electorate have liked Key, and been happy with this Govt, for the last 6 years. If their popularity is dipping, even a little* it’s still been a remarkable ride.
*they are very aware their relatively popular govt has a slender majority, and with even a small dip in their vote would struggle to stay in Govt.
Sounds heart-breaking, Hebe. Hoping for better times ahead.
(Any books you especially miss? I can keep an eye open - will be going through a lot in the next few weeks.)
Early searches - I found Lycos the best (of a fairly bad lot) but like everyone, abandoned it fast when google arrived (I remember reading a NYer article about it, thinking - what a brilliant idea! - and pretty much never using another search engine.)
Now- like izogi, I'm beginning to move away from chrome towards firefox. It's not as sleek - clunky even - but I'm uncomfortable how much data on us all google is storing. I used to laugh and think 'no- you are!' when the little 'you're missing out' sign appeared in chrome, urging log-in. It doesn't seem so funny now. There's something wrong with my wife and I searching the same term in google and getting different results. It's not wholly removed from the way the (bad-old) search engines sold rankings.
It's hard work doing no evil.
Remarkable in hindsight that Gibson's Neuromancer came out in 1984. Like most readers I had no idea hyperlinks would so quickly go from fiction to reality to banality.
We joined PlaNet Canterbury in late 1994, which seems almost pioneering, except they'd been around since '93 I think. Browsing in Netscape, it was vital to turn off pictures/gfx, or the speed was glacial.
Email was a big reason to join up. But when we suggested emailing files to a local newspaper, they scoffed and made us buy a fax :)
The geographers were talking about changes to the rivers- beds uplifted, some narrowing; plus the estuary into which they all drain- it's come up, slowing flow down. And there are constructed stormwater drain problems over and underground. All on top of issues with the myriad smaller creeks, and some areas forming natural basins, some much exacerbated by the quakes.
There are maps with a range of data - including ground elevation and subsidence 2003-2012 (not terribly detailed, but useful) here.
Jeez there's a lot to take in. a lot of info out there, once you start digging. Talking with some UC geographers today, and the intersecton of engineering, earth science, and human society can get terribly complicated.
Best wishes and hoping for a dry few days.
Would it not be great if this time was used to tell those stories, to teach, to learn and to help.
Yes please. And thanks for sharing, which is horribly hard. You have a lot to give :)
you can then become fair game for the kind of criticism that is traditionally reserved to people in a position of power
Yep. Twitter can have the beguiling feel of a comfortable gossip session. I'd hazard a guess that most people tweet alone - in private.
But a tweeter's 'poor choices' are public and accessible long after the event or emotion that sparked them has faded. It's 'making mistakes' in public. Most of us are used to making mistakes in private company, with people we trust to save us from ourselves, and tell us when we're being dicks.
There's should be a built-in functional 'tweet-check.'
"Stop! Your tweet contains spelling errors, egregious misrepresentation of fact, a threat to your relationships, general dickishness, and the strong possibility of future regret."
In the absence of proactive imaginative leadership by central government and the responsible ministers, the city is heading for a very ordinary solution as opposed to the opportunity for the imaginative and exciting solution that we had all been hoping for.
Didn't expect to agree with Mr Burdon but that's aimed at the fella who's taken over (substantially) his seat in parliament. Ouch.
Yeah, it all feels wrong at the moment, but at least some of that is probably me.