Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…, in reply to bob daktari,

    I’m on the meh on diplo’s remix, solid as it is – expected way too much perhaps…. all a little underwhelming, which i guess is the point but I wanted madness

    Yeah, but imo madness would've been obvious. I like that it's tuneful.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Last night my Twitter feed was full grainy pics of a giant beardy face hovering over the Civic audience.

    I have a short video I'll upload when I have a moment.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…, in reply to Gareth Ward,

    First listen to this yesterday left me a little cold – high expectations perhaps. Or perhaps because Flume’s remix was so outstanding? Growing slightly on me though…

    Fair enough. I actually like it better than the Flume one.

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  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    Also, for a style of beer best drunk in hot weather, you can only really make them in winter (unless you have a way of chilling down your fermenter)

    Professional brewers use heat exchangers, I learned last week.

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?,

    Well, here’s an interesting quote, from a source familiar with the story:

    REDACTED AND PARAPHRASED AT SOURCE'S REQUEST:

    Basically, Fairfax had no intention of putting up a paywall but indicated otherwise as a feint to try and lure the Herald into doing so. They will be somewhat annoyed that this is being reported.


    Gadzooks!

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I would love to see NZ Sign Language offered too (third official language and also indigenous to NZ). Some schools do so it is not an impossible idea. As I get older and my hearing less effective, especially in noisy cafes, I think how useful it would be if we all had NZSL in our repertoire. There is also a real shortage of tri-lingual interpreters which could be overcome if both these languages became more mainstream.

    All those things. Even just the basics would have multiple benefits. And I imagine there's a level at which it could almost be taught as play to small children.

    (Otoh, Tim Kong has promised to pop in on the discussion later to explain to us how all this isn’t as straightforward to deploy as we might like to think. We put a lot on teachers already.)

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  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting,

    NB: This all seems like a while ago and I didn’t take any notes, so hopefully, I got the details right.

    Also, for beer nerds, this is the recipe Hamish used:

    NZ Best Bitter
    OG 1.041
    IBU 27

    NZ Ale malt
    Toffee malt
    Dark Crystal
    Pale Crystal
    Black malt

    Pacific Jade bittering
    Hops at 30 mins and 0
    Nelson Sauvin
    Cascade
    Kohatu

    Fermenting with Wyeast 1318 London Ale III

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…, in reply to bob daktari,

    I wasn't joking about 'A.E.I.O.U.' -- the vowel sounds being part of a chorus makes it a great mnemonic. Where vowels are combined in a word, combine the two basic vowel sounds and you'll be close to the mark:

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?,

    Last night's show, where I revealed a bit more of what I've been told about the internal conversation at Fairfax.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to George Darroch,

    Is there any attempt from NZ labels like Arch Hill or Flying Nun to give their music to the people in this format? Hold music is hardly glamorous, but it is a source of revenue.

    Aaron told me he approached Flying Nun about it but never got a reply.

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