ducks, who don’t know their place
A puppy soon fixes that :-)
They waddle as a threesome, scattering chickens, and the border collie is too wimpy to take them on. Or maybe we've trained him too well not to eat the poultry.
This enclave at Church Corner is a surprising area of Asian shops and arcades
There's a small part of Chch where you could happily shop in Chinese, if you knew not a word of English.
a reliable source of takeaway Peking – Beijing? – Duck
Mmmm. A good find. I've half a mind to take them our ducks, who don't know their place (it's NOT in the house.)
Esp for Geoff Lealand :)
This is a 32-minute recruitment film, made by the National Film Unit for the University of Canterbury in 1964. As well as show-casing the university, it's a stroll through the Christchurch of the day. You'll encounter streets and buildings that no longer exist, a way of life that's both foreign and familiar, and quaint, old-fashioned notions like free tertiary education for all who are able and willing.
Recently restored and scanned by Dvideo in Wellington, for UC.
This story alone warrants attendance at IDPS. Hope you can make it :)
when you need it you really need it
The same could be said for empathy. 'Grip' is not a substitute.
The example I used earlier was one of Louis CK’s specials – a DRM-free video file that I’d paid for and downloaded. I could store that on Mega (or Dropbox, or Google Drive) entirely legally – as far as I can tell.
Yeah? I’m not sure it is legal. Making a copy is making a copy. The latest (2009) law allows for some specific format shifting, but general copying, even for backup? Been a while since I actually read the legislation, but I wouldn't assume that's covered…
the net cost of maintaining a skill and technical base,
Hard to put this in cash terms, certainly. On some level it's 'cultural capital'.
But it's clearly far more 'cultural capital' than local production can support. That's the rub. There were skilled folk working on local production before the current wave of subsidies. While local producers do benefit from the surplus- the breadth of skills, and the gear- on occasion, it's wrong to imply local production wouldn't exist without it- or even that it'd be significantly impaired.
For employees permanently resident in NZ, that’s 25% or so of the labour cost *less* the amount those people would have earned in a different, unsubsidized industry.
Minus whatever they can deduct for 'legitimate expenses' ...
PAYE was already rare in the industry, even before Mr Jackson got the govt to change legislate that almost everyone working on such projects was a contractor, regardless of how they worked.
hank goodness for that, since the whole interweb is a giant copying machine
legal in NZ since 2009 :)
If you make books deliberately awkward to use with DRM that has side-effects ranging from not being able to copy and paste code snippets to Amazon deleting people's whole library then there's a strong temptation to try and grab an illicit copy - because that copy isn't just cheaper - it's *better*.
Adobe digital reader seems to have made it close to impossible to get legitimate titles onto our Sony e-reader. I've wasted a few afternoons, and then bought things on Amazon, despite not having a kindle, and grabbed an e-pub torrent, just to have a copy I could access (while feeling ok about having paid something).
When the free copy is substantially better than the paid-for version, there's a problem.
(That said: The Luminaries epub was the easiest, fastest and least painful ebook experience- was reading it within ten minutes of wanting it. Yay for VUP and meBooks)