Posts by Robyn Gallagher

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  • Southerly: Late for What?,

    A lot of parents give their kids those weird names with weird spellings because they are unique, which probably stems from the parents having to go through their school days known as Rebecca H and Chris A. This will never be a problem for little Jayneeshagh.

    But here's something - in the age of Google, if you search for Jayneeshagh (and let's assume that she's only Jayneeshagh in the world), all the search results will be about her. It's all signal, no noise.

    But imagine trying to Google a Jane Smith.

    And who's to say that only made-up names are unique? My first name and surname are nothing out of the ordinary for New Zealand names, but I've never met anyone with that exact name. And, hey, I totally pwn the google results for my name!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: New Dataz,

    It warms the cockles me heart that the number two song in Aotearoa is now "Buy You A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc.

    The people who got digital sales included in the top 40 need to be bawt a drank.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Is there a Sub in the City?,

    I'm not quite prepared to write off the blonde yet. The topic itself (local dating) is inherently interesting.

    This morning I was thinking about what would make an interesting subject for a blog at the Herald, if dating tales didn't.

    I realised that I'd be far more interested in an actual blog written by Joanna Hunkin about her life in general, including behind-the-scenes tales of working at a newspaper.

    I don't mean this in the sense of gossip, but more as real, human stories. It might not be as sexy as a "single girl in the city" blog, but at least it would have something original to say.

    There are only so many "Well, this is what singles in American movies and TV do. But, um, we don't seem to do that here" columns that BattB can write before the bottom of the barrel is hit.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Is there a Sub in the City?,

    I don't know what's worse, the original content or the reader feedback.

    Most of the reader feedback seems to be coming from men.

    My favourite is from "Adam", who reckons the latest column, "highlights what is wrong with our society, too many lesbians."

    Too many lesbians?!

    See, Candace Bushnell and Helen Fielding had heaps of female fans who read their columns and thought, "OMG! She's writing about me!!!"

    Whereas "Blonde at the Bar" seems to be read by blokes who think "Phwoar! I'd like to teach her a thing or two."

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Is there a Sub in the City?,

    I find it hard enough coming up with interesting, original stuff to write on my blog and I don't have the pressure of having to write something every day and being restricted to a narrow subject.

    Technically speaking, I'm a single gal living in the city with a groovy media job, but my life does not revolve around this.

    Sometimes I might have a day which is as close to a typical SatC day as is possible in Auckland, but most of the time if I have a tale of tell, it's going to be more like, "On the bus home tonight, there was a guy huffing paint down the back and I started to get high off the fumes."

    Hunkin's "Blonde at the Bar" column is nice enough, but I suspect that the majority of her life is not dedicated hanging out in bars, trawling for a bloke. I bet she has far more interesting tales to tell that don't involve the Auckland singles scene (or lack thereof).

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: I'm marking Youth Week by…,

    isn't it amazing how many young men on NZD feature pics of their cars in profiles

    The rule of thumb is to avoid anyone on NZD, male or female, who lists "Holdens" as a hobby. Consider that such people will probably have Holden bedsheets.

    And avoid women who have "angel" or a variant as their user name.

    And also avoid anyone who mentions "long walks on the beach" and "snuggling up in front of the fire with a good red wine", as those are cliches and show that they are operating on autopilot and haven't actually thought about what they really want.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: I'm marking Youth Week by…,

    In 1987, aged 12, I wrote (under a pseudonym, for some reason) to RTR Countdown magazine asking about how the singles charts were determined.

    I thought it seemed silly that the chart was determined by sales of singles because no one bought records anymore, let alone 45s.

    The answer was that the chart was determined by sales of 45s and cassingles, and also radio play.

    I remember feeling uneasy about this truth. Why should radio playlists get to shape the charts?

    Now, 20 years later, something has been done about it.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Banner Evening,

    OK, I like the idea that Hard News is part of the mainstream media, but is still really cool and a bit wild. I like that it's powerful and influential, but there's still a large percentage of the population who still have no idea what a blog is.

    I made u an award. But I eated it ...

    :D

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Banner Evening,

    I unexpectedly have strangely mixed feelings about this.

    Looking at the winners of the Qantas Media Awards website section, all of them seem to be websites run by professional writers, trained journalists.

    It's not the grass roots blogging of the olden days. It's mainstream media.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that! But it's caused me to subtly shift how I view the Hard News blog and Public Address.

    It's like rather than pretending that Russell is just another blogger, suddenly it's been underscored that Hard News is much more than that. It's like a different sub-genre of blog has been created.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Nothing, if not critical,

    A few years ago I reviewed a documentary about old two men who'd run an exploitation film studio. I wrote that the film seemed like it couldn't figure out if it was a biography of the men or a doco about the genre of films they made.

    A couple of years after that, the film-maker emailed me and told me I was wrong, and they were actually trying to make a film about both things and he most certainly wasn't confused.

    Oh dear.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1882 posts Report Reply

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