Posts by Robyn Gallagher

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  • Cracker: Poke Me, Bite Me, Add Me,

    I still don’t really see the point of it though. You message someone, then a message goes to your email saying you have a message so you log in and check the message and then respond to it, in turn sending a message to that person’s email to check their message.

    Dude, turn off the notification emails! I was driven crazy by those within a day and turned them all off. Let Facebook be your bitch.

    I find Facebook so much more useful than MySpace.

    MySpace is like going to a crowded party and being stuck in a corner. You know some friends of yours are at the party, but the only people who seem to come over and talk are some models who are probably trying to sell you something.

    Whereas Facebook like is a gathering in a much larger space. Not only are you not stuck in a corner, but you can find your friends much more easily, and you can discover all sorts of connections between your friends. Also, your mum can look at your Facebook profile without worrying.

    2006 Public Address Great Blend panellist Danah Boyd recently wrote her thoughts on the difference between MySpace and Facebook users. It's called Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace and it's an interesting read.

    Now all we need is a Public Address Facebook group.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Books are our friends,

    Well, I've read all of Dan Browns books and I enjoyed them. They are thrilling page-turners which I enjoyed as much as any blockbuster action thriller movie I've seen.

    Also, I don't read a lot of fiction. I'm happy to watch a movie that is a work of fiction, but with books somehow the time invested in reading the book doesn't seem worth it if it's all made up. It was never an issue when I was a child, but probably because children's non-fiction tends to be rubbish like "1001 Radical Facts About Animals!"

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Just some links, really,

    That coffee article made the pleasure centres in my brain tingle with delight!

    What is unique is that, outside Italy, the Australian and New Zealand café markets are the only other 100% espresso-based markets in the world!

    This explains why so many antipodeans are genuinely puzzled why they cannot geta flat white or a long black outside of Australian and New Zealand.

    There are, of course, differences between Australian and New Zealand espresso coffee culture.

    My impression is that New Zealand espresso-based coffee tends to be even bigger and milkier than Australian coffee. Case in point is the classic Kiwi latte-in-a-bowl. As far as I know, New Zealand is the only place in the world where lattes are commonly (but not exclusively) served in a bowl.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transmogrithingy,

    Queen St. has been dug up. I'm not sure if it will be so nice when finished that it justifies making it a building site for two years.

    The portion from Mayoral Drive to Wellesley Street is complete and looking really nice. I'm willing to put up with those awful orange barriers for a bit longer if nice wide footpaths are the end result They don't need to be "world class", just nice and wide.

    The Princeton WordNet search defines transmogrification as "the act of changing into a different form or appearance...

    This has brought back a memory from the early '90s. On an episode of the Arsenio Hall Show, a hot chick clad in black Lycra (for it was the early '90s) had picked transmogrification as her word of the week. She used it in a sentence: "I am totally opposed to Iraq's transmogrification of Kuwait." Like, totally.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: A Slow Journey and a Quick Arrival,

    A lux is a unit of measurement of illumination. Perhaps Carl's speciality is illuminating visitors from Venice.

    I've often wondered if hospitals would have interwebs, so the news that Mr Brislen and Vodafone provided such a basic human requirement gratis, well, that warmed the cockles of me heart. Hooray for corporate niceness!

    But you know what warms the cockles of my heart even more? Namesake babies, that's what. Kia ora, li'l Bob.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Taking the rise,

    Robyn.... 100 Guineas Cup actually :)

    According to Wikipedia (which is slowly taking the place of my long-term memory):

    It was originally known by the Squadron as the “Royal Yacht Squadron Cup” or the “RYS Cup for One Hundred Sovereigns”. The Cup subsequently became known as the “One Hundred Guinea(s) Cup”, by the American syndicate that won it.

    So we're both right. Yay!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Taking the rise,

    Here's a question: Why is it called the americas cup, when there is NO coverage of it here.

    It's named after the first boat to win it, which was called America.

    That's why it's called the America's Cup, and why people are confused by that apostrophe and desperately want to do other things with it (like pluralising nacho as nacho's)

    We could perhaps revert to its older name, the One Hundred Sovereign Cup. "The One Hundred Sovereign Cup is now the One Hundred New Zealand dollars cup!" - ??

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Transformers: Less than meets…,

    When I was a little girl, I had one Transformer (one of those green construction equipment ones), that I think had been bought for me because I was jealous that my brother had some.

    The whole idea of Transformers seemed pretty cool, but I never really got into them or watched much of the cartoon.

    But as the years have gone by, I have come to the realisation that every man I know who is around my age is totally gay for Transformers.

    This explains all the fierce reviews and opinions being fired around regarding the Transformers movie.

    I don't fully get it, but I will agree that Transformers are awesome and are not to be messed with, ehoa.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Psst... buddy... got any BZP?,

    The difference between Auckland and Wellington is that not only is it much smaller, but everyone walks everywhere, whereas Aucklanders generally drive.

    Ha! Sometimes I walk to work. It's 4km along major suburban and city roads. I rarely meet anyone I know along the way, but I've often been tooted at by friends or had people say, "Hey, I saw you walking along Symonds Street as I was driving home."

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Psst... buddy... got any BZP?,

    Ok, I'll try rephrasing my earlier post.

    Hamilton has a smaller population than Wellington, but when I was living there and walking down Victoria Street or the general downtown area, I'd seldom run into people I knew.

    However, the last time I was in Wellington, I ran into Regan Throng in an internet cafe, and the time before that I ran into Andrew Cheese On Toast walking down the street, and I've never had that experience in Auckland or Hamilton.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1917 posts Report Reply

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