Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    a small woodburner for my city life, for aesthetic purposes

    We always wanted on of these 'studio' fires. They look good, but as our architect affirmed (he put one in in his own huge open-plan Queenstown house) just don't put out enough heat for a big space.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Has anyone else ever connected a hot water feed to the dishwasher ?

    We do, to an ASKO which claims saving up to 75% of the power in the 'enviro' cycle (which uses a water temp of 55 degrees) when you provide hot water to the machine.
    Because we also have a long run from tank to kitchen, and seldom have 55 degree water anyway, the electricity saving will be considerably less on average. Still, solar/wetback hot water is something we can afford to chew through in a way that power isn't, so it works out for us.

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?, in reply to Nik Dirga,

    I find it extremely depressing how many ostensibly serious news sites are aping the “You won’t believe what happens when…"

    It is depressing. And it’s turned on itself, to the point where ‘you won’t believe what happens next!’ is translated by the brain as ‘you don’t want to waste your time on this.”

    I’ll be asking NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson what the agency is taking from the results of Where are the audiences?

    Headline includes: "Music and the young are shifting fast to digital platforms." Possibly because there isn't the free-to-air music channel we once had? (Although being able to find every music vid ever made, plus many never before seen, on youtube is a biggie.)
    And maybe ask - how did ’Hope and Wire’ mange to turn into ‘Soap for Hire’ :(

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    I have a vague feeling students’ associations are weaker these days as well

    That's true. It's partly funding changes. But it's also down to a shortage of passionate radicals. Enthusiasm is a commodity you can't buy, but a little can generate more, and it can achieve things money can't. (Which I guess is pretty evident on this thread.)

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to steven crawford,

    I am thinking of voting for someone to represent me in parliament.
    None of the above want to do that, apart from the Greens

    Back in 1999 I watched Nandor and Sue on TV on election night, and thought: YES! Someone in parliament who actually represents values and ideas and policies I broadly agree with - who look and talk like Kiwis I know.
    That's valuable itself. Having people who represent you in govt would be even better :)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Ian Jorgensen,

    Thanks Ian.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Ian Jorgensen,

    My essay on that theory is called “Fuck Game of Thrones” – and haha, I chose not to run it in the book.

    Have you posted it online anywhere? I'd be interested to read it ...

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  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    Thank you Katarina. And Emma, Jackie – everyone who is opening the door on this national skeleton-in-the-closet.
    There are some nasty elements in our kiwi "blokiness". “Man up” people say. And “don’t be a blouse.” “Whadarrya!”
    There’s arrogance and entitlement. And there’s fear, too. Being singled out for group contempt -especially as a teen – can be terrifying. And fear is surely a big part of rape culture.
    We’ve got a long way to go. Big thanks for starting these conversations which are surely steps in the right direction.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles,

    Loving this discussion. All it needs is someone from APRA to chip in.
    I’ve filled in the forms and paid for video rights. And found APRA pretty good to deal with. But I’ve given it up in favour of pre-paid royalty “free” soundtrack and fx. It’s just simpler and probably a little cheaper.
    I’d love an APRA website that sold NZ music on this basis. Bands would need to opt in tracks and set prices and conditions and it’d probably take a while to pay off the setup costs. But it’d be another small income strand and get music heard.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Puzzles me too. But as the Snowden affair seemed to illustrate, Hong Kong has a lot of scope for denying extradition if they chose. Why they might chose not to extradite in KDC's case. Hard to see anything in it for HK. But China has some sensitivity around copyright infringement claims.

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