Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Field Theory: Out with the old,

    Well, that is a bit of a retort to those who think Super 14 is dull rugby--18 tries in the Chiefs vs Lions game this morning, 32 points from Stephen Donald and 137 points overall!

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  • Island Life: Anyone can do design.,

    Spoken like a Hamiltonian :)

    The ones with the funny accent?

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  • Island Life: So, what do you think of…,

    Stephen, you just reached the 2000 post mark, and I broke 1000. High five!

    As was discussed some time back, you deserve some kind of award. Maybe a Brownie badge?

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  • Southerly: Interview with Rodney Hide,

    And they get all their supplies through Tim the Groser?

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  • Southerly: Interview with Rodney Hide,

    I am glued to my screen, waiting on the next round of wit.

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  • Southerly: Interview with Rodney Hide,

    I could well believe this. Perhaps there is a parallel narrative concerning Phil Goff and laxatives.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    But anyone wanting to take a course in 21st-century "video editing" (and that is the context) does not need to spend months or a year learning about the history of television.

    Yes, but I am reminded of a colleague's comment that learning to use Microsoft Word is not the same as creative writing. Technical skills and the expression of them are thin and under-nourished unless you have the opportunity to know and appreciate the rich heritage of what has gone before ie the 110 years of film-making; the 70+ years of television making; the centuries of literature... My experience is that many media-competent students have technical skills, but nothing of interest to say with them. It is not necessarily their fault--a 18 year old with great Photoshop or FinalCutPro abilities often has not had enough life experience--with all its flux and flows, curiosities and contradictions-- to construct anything of interest beyond him/herself.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    Marvellous - is that following on from Robert Boyd-Bell's one?

    Sacha: yes, that is my starting point. I was originally motivated by the realisation that the 50th anniversary of the first official transmission is this year--and curious that there seemed to be little attention being paid to such a milestone. We now have John Bates 7-part doco series screening later this year and I am developing ways of recording responses to this, and other ways people can write of their experiences and memories of the second 25 years of television in New Zealand. Keep watching this spot!

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    I am deeply troubled by your assertion that anyone could learn the history of television in a weekend. My entire life is now a lie.

    I fear the same. I am currently researching the second 25 years of television in New Zealand (1985-2010) and, one year into it, I feel I need another 5 or so years to do it full justice (policy shifts, programming, technological change, audiences etc etc). So, it is not so much that we disagree with you holus bolus, Gordon. I reckon it is individuals responding to particular assertions you make, which tend to undermine the good stuff.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    That's defeatist talk, Geoff.

    You misunderstand me. I was suggesting that they wouldn't wash with the current bozos we have in power. Personally, I find much to admire in ideas from Finland and other other chilly parts of the globe.

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