Posts by Shaun Lott

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  • Hard News: Game Lorde,

    The Kate Bush of her time?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A handful of battling billionaires,

    $250m seems cheap... but surely the real costs come in the long term support of a business that will marginally profitable (at best) with an eye to the civic good?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: U: It's about the combos, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    I’d imagine the core audience for timeshifted Freeview is in fact people who don’t own a PVR or a VCR or use TV on demand, because many people don’t live in affluent households with large amounts of disposable income.

    I imagine you are right. I wonder if anyone has any numbers on this? “Popular with viewers” or just “cheaper for TVNZ”?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: U: It's about the combos, in reply to StepDoh,

    Wasn't 'U' originally TVNZ6? Wasn't that a dedicated Kids' TV channel? Hasn't all that Kiszone stuff been given to Sky?

    I agree that Freeview's promise seems to have been totally squandered. A channel of decent adult programming (7) and some ads-free children's TV (6) have now become 'timeshifted' versions of what we already have elsewhere... because that's "popular with viewers" apparently. Because no-one owns a PVR or a VCR and no-one views TV on-demand, right?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Who else forgot to get married?,

    Persoanlly, I feel that the technicality of marriage/civil union/whatever is viewed with much less importance than the stability of the couple, especially with the children in mind. In my peer group of couples with kids, some are married and some are not, and actually I have a hard time recalling which are which. What would make everyone sad in either case would be a family breaking up (though I accept the comments that this can in some cases be better than keeping a strongly dysfunctional family together just for the sake of it...)

    the spectacle of women adopting their husband’s surname (is this practice staging a comeback?)

    Totally yes and mysterious to me. I'm Dr S, my wife is Dr M... but quite often I'm Mr S to some bloke on the phone who has dealt with my wife first. You just roll with it. I know a few people who are Dr X at work but Mrs Y at home... In professional circles, it can actually be a useful way of not telegraphing our family arrangements when there is no need to do so.

    But personally I can't stand the double-barelling of the kids names... just choose one and be done with it! :)

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Golden Age for the Arts?,

    Slightly off topic, but when you say

    There is next to no consistent career path for actors, directors and playwrights. Outstanding people are often lucky to get one short gig a year. This means that professional standards become eroded and the vibrant imaginations eventually move away from the arts into fields where livelihoods realistically exist.

    you are pretty much describing the case for the basic sciences also.

    I feel your pain.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road,

    I basically have two cycle modes, and dress codes to match:

    1) If I'm just cycling up the road to the dairy or whatever, possibly with one of the kids in the seat out back... then I pretty much wear whatever I was standing up in.

    2) If I'm trekking off to work (Te Atatu to Symonds Street in 45-50 mins) then it's shorts and a t-shirt (maybe my one piece of lycra clothing if the washing lucky dip comes up trumps), sneakers and a backpack containing laptop and a change of clothes. For the sake of others, the first item of the working day is a shower.

    I also have one of those backpack covers that says 'One less car'. I like it for being hi-vis, but I do wish it said 'One car fewer'...

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Thatcher,

    I grew up in the UK in the Thatcher years. She snatched my milk as a schoolchild, but her election as prime minister in 1979 probably saved my high school education, so I think that's a draw.

    After that, though! My enduring memories of those years are:

    Thatcher using the gift of the Falklands conflict to inspire jingoistic support. She then used this to enact a mass of extreme policies with no effective parliamentary opposition. A 'glorious' patriotic war enabled her to convince many working class people to be complicit in undermining their own futures.

    Pre-Thatcher, my memory was that the homeless were largely middle-aged alcoholics. During her tenure, their numbers were swelled by very many teenagers who could no longer claim state benefits in often dire personal circumstances. It was a striking and visible change on the streets of British cities, and sat alongside the shameless wealth creation for the elite. It felt like the end of a compassionate state.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cool Return,

    A thing that had struck me as remarkable was the completeness of Bowie's silence. The man had made a record every two years, pretty much constantly from 1967 to 2003... then a decade of silence. Given his mulling of mortality on Reality, and his brush with it on tour, I had thought that was really that.

    Quite remarkably excited

    for sure!

    Very curious to see whether he feels the need to get up on stage again...

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Grey lines for me too :(
    FF18.0.2, OSX 10.7.5

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