Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Busytown: Holiday reading lust,

    Nick Cave's new novel The Death of Bunny Munro looks good and angsty

    It has momentum and lots of grubby sex but it could have done with a stern editorial hand.

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  • Hard News: Feminist as crazy old man,

    Also - Baby on Board signs.

    I used to think they might be read as "Baby! I'm bored". Just as long as it isn't the baby driving, they aren't too bothersome..

    My wife and daughter have spent the day hauling 18+ years of stuff out of our basement (including boxes packed away when we went to Wales in 2003). They are now sitting in the carport, pouring over old photos and drawings. I fear it is going to be a long process! But I am sure there are some old tin toys stowed away down there.

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  • Field Theory: One in a billion,

    Personally, I prefer a good, strong handshake. Sufficient physical contact without the dilemma of where you put your arms and face (I have done daft things like kissing shoulders!), or misreading the situation. Children are pleasantly surprised when you shake their hand as a greeting.


    Incidentally, have you ever been in a position where Australians are facing the prospect of a hongi at a powhiri? Most of them look terrified!

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  • Field Theory: The future's so different…,

    As far as I can tell Avatar is only showing in 3D in about five cinemas *in the country*

    ..and Chartwell in Hamilton, where it has been booked out for days.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Did anyone else see this Greg Dixon column just before Christmas?

    I did and I agreed with him, for it fits my sole BDO experience (to see Arcade Fire). But I wonder who the 40,000+ who have bought tickets for this year's bunfight might be.

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  • I feel Ayn Rand,

    Gossip is how humans communicate, a lot of the time, and no-one is forcing anyone to participate at knife-point.

    As in all professions, when academics get together (usually at conferences) much of the talk is what I would call 'gossip'--who has shifted jobs, who is feuding with whom, in which department, who has fallen off the rails, who is angling for promotion, who has written the most outlandish article recently, etc etc.

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  • I feel Ayn Rand,

    But am I the only person who finds the whole ratings argument rather disingenuous?

    No, you are not. Ratings--especially Peoplemeter measurement which is the standard across the globe--are a load of horse-doo. I don't wish to divert this conversation but, on some other occasion, I am happy to argue as to why they are a steaming heap of horse-doo.

    The problem is that whilst there is so much money invested in ratings (eg it costs an estimated $NZ5million a year for AC Nielsen to run the NZ system); so many egos dependent on them, and so little public questioning of such constructions of the TV audience by producers, programme makers and funders (including NZOA), they continue to dominate. I have worked in audience research, and have written a bit about ratings over the years.
    I was pleased to hear Brenda L, from NZ on Screen, having a go at ratings at the SPADA conference last year.

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  • I feel Ayn Rand,

    If we buy into the Ayn Rand dim version of the world, then we have to ask whether Mr R. Hide is one of her majestic individuals (he may well think so).

    Tried to read Rand once and gave up early on because it was so crappy (but, then again, thus was my experience with Mein Kampf). But, then, I am deeply resistant to any world view which bases its belief system on one book or singular philosophy, from the bible to The Fountainhead to Steiner's take on early childhood education (no primary colours, no primary colours!)

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Geoff, seriously. Oh. Em. Gee. I am so excited about Al Green

    Just as long as he sings "Belle". I saw him on Later With Jools Holland a couple of weeks back and I thought his voice was straining a bit at the high notes. But any notes will be good.

    Happy to buy you a drink or two, if I run into you at the Civic.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Is that Jeff Mangum aka Neutral Milk Hotel?

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