Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: We're in this together, in reply to Hebe,

    And Capture: thank you for Capture Jackson in this year where I didn’t contribute much or even comment but appreciated it all mightily.

    The Capture threads are a phenomenon. It’s like a group of us – Jackson, Jonathan, Matt Buchanan, Gary Henson and me – accidentally designed something great.

    Matt created a “photopost” template for Capture, which was also available to other blogs on the site. We also had this primitive legacy file upload feature in comments that no one ever used, but we tried it – and then Matt and Gary realised it needed inline images and turned around that feature in a few hours so we could launch with it. (Gary subsequently came up with the workaround for posting multiple images in a single comment.)

    Immediately, readers were having conversations in pictures. The key part of that was Jackson making it clear there would be no photo-snobbery: just post what you’ve taken that seems relevant. That was a really key vision. And as far as I can recall, no one has ever abused that posting privilege.

    Some Capture threads are more relevant to me than others, but having them there – and being able to participate – has been brilliant. They encourage me to take pictures and to think about what I’m taking.

    NB: This should probably all have been in the main post. Gizza break, dammit.

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  • Hard News: We're in this together, in reply to Greg Presland,

    Ahem, LOCAL boards …

    Duh. How many times will I make that same mistake? Thanks.

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  • Hard News: We're in this together, in reply to Danielle,

    God damn you, Russell.

    I was 100% certain that someone would post that clip in the first half-dozen replies.

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  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!,

    Also, Russell’s own 2005 collection of a century’s worth of speeches and essays, Great New Zealand Argument: Ideas About Ourselves, is – if not the daddy, then certainly the benevolent beardy big bro of our own brainchild.

    So kind! By the same token, when I did that project, I was consciously looking to whakapapa back to the pamphlets and small presses of earlier eras.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Sacha,

    the natives are revolting

    OMG the Pete George discussion! I'm actually warming to that Kimbo chap. Pete's an unstoppable zombie.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Not entirely sure how the turducken came into it. But, say you like did one, would you bone, fillet and stuff it yourself, or get the butcher to do it?

    Craig and I were talking about the turduckens that Farro sells ready-made.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics,

    I wouldn't make you go there, but here's Pete George in Kiwiblog comments this morning:

    Brown et al have tried to depict ‘Dirty Politics’ as John Key bad, the left clean ... a number of core commenters on Hard News showed how soft they are, they didn’t like their ‘Nicky is God’ meme being challenged and Russell ensured an alternative view was shut out. The Public Address vote on Word of the year reflects a message controlled community view.

    Bless.

    Truth is, I finally had to ban Pete on account of him being a tendentious windbag apparently immune to reason.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Especially if I manage to convince David that re-mortgaging the house for a turducken is a good idea.

    I would consider* having 20 people around on Christmas Day purely so I could say "I cooked a turducken."


    *Would not consider

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to weka,

    Oooh, I hope that’s on the list next year.

    Runner-up in 2008 :-)

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to steven crawford,

    It’s well know round here, that Brown once ate a duck from out of a tin.

    That's a dirty, filthy lie Crawford.

    The duck was in a jar.

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