Posts by Robyn Gallagher

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  • Radiation: Back to the 80s,

    Holy &^%$, they killed off Aurora.
    I'm sad, she was my favourite character on Fortune. :-(

    And having Hine E Hine aka The Goodnight Kiwi music playing over that final scene made it almost impossible to not cry.

    RIP, Rors.

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  • Nerdcore in New Zealand,

    It pleases me that the reporter had the Southland R, so every time he said nerdcore, it was nerrrrrrdcore.

    It also pleases that there is nerdcore comin' straight outta Hamilton.

    But why isn't there more Aotearoa nerdcore? I mean, I know the gots the skillz that pay the bills, but surely there must be others out there.

    And while not local and not strictly nerdcore, I thought I'd share my favourite nerdcore MC - Ms Leslie Hall, keeper of the gem sweaters.

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  • Island Life: Hard to swallow,

    THIS is a burger!

    I had food poisoning yesterday (spoiling a hot date, WTF), and today it's meant that I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat.

    But I looked at that photo and wanted one. Obviously I am still ill.

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  • Radiation: Back to the 80s,

    Man, I so miss Newsnight with Ali amd Marcus...

    Those were golden days, ow. And then there was the earlier late-night pairing of Joanna Paul and Belinda Todd on Nightline.

    Also, everyone has to watch Outrageous Fortune tonight. That is all I will say.

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  • Hard News: The cane and the strap,

    The kids who acted up and got strapped were bragging about it within 15 minutes.

    At primary school, there was a Bad Girl in my class called Sharie who was the first and only girl to get the strap. Rather than making the rest of us girls behave, instead this created an aura of bad-girl awesomeness around Sharie.

    When she exclaimed, "I'm so angry I wanna punch someone," we feared her even more because she was the girl who'd had the strap.

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  • Daily Show on NZ Satire Ban,

    That was good value - I laughed at Jon Stewart's jokes, at his attempts at Maori place-name pronunciation, and at the New Zealand government!

    And it was kinda funny that Helen Clark was subtitled, but Michael Cullen was presumedly speaking clearly enough for American audiences to understand.

    This also got me thinking - political satire is something that New Zealand seems to do well, possibly because we have such high levels of both disrespect and admiration for our politicians.

    I was going to call for there to be more political satire on our telly, but Facelift is possibly doing its fair share at the moment.

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  • Hard News: Copyright Amendment Bill latest,

    If we're going to talk about subversive children's television programmes, then the naughty Rainbow episode must be mentioned.

    It was apparently made for a Christmas tape and never broadcast. But now it has a home on the intertubes.

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  • Hard News: TV is social. Already,

    Back to the other subject, I share online videos with friends. If I come across a funny kitton clip on YouTube, I will not hesitate to share it with my online amigos.

    I'm also one of those people who ranks videos and leaves comments on YouTube.

    Funny thing about YouTube comments - no matter what the content of the video is, there will always be at least one comment declaring it to be rubbish ("Sorry, I just don't see what's so great about that stupid kitten.") and/or fake ("It's clearly a lame attempt at viral marketing for Whiskas").

    And I've had friends recommend stuff on YouTube and bittorrents that have turned me into massive fans of TV series, and resulting in a DVD purchase or two.

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  • Hard News: Phew, what a scorcher?,

    Seems like Russell had Global warming amnesia which blots out all the really cold occurences.

    "Global warming" is a convenient label, but not all climate change caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere results in warmer weather.

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  • Hard News: Phew, what a scorcher?,

    Ah, the phenom of over-used phrases in the news. Try Googling "bus plunge" for a giggle...

    I did, which led me to this amusing and informative article over at Slate, The Rise and fall of the "bus plunge" story.

    And that in turn led me to a website dedicated to chronicling actual bus plunges, complete with a "bus plunge of the month" feature.

    As a result of this, I will now make all future pilgrimages on donkey-back.

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