Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Catching up with the future…,

    And set in the Waikato to boot.

    Then, Miserable Chief(s) might be more appropriate. The only teepee I have seen around any parts is the one perched on a hillside in Upper Takaka, Golden Bay.

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  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    Kyle: Hmmm. Is bewilderment also a characteristic of social scientists? I do remember the time I thought I would buck conventions in a large survey (of journalists, incidentally) and put the gender question as Female/Male, rather than the usual Male/Female. Only to to realise half-way through the data entry stage that I had coded all this information incorrectlly.

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  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    The more knowledge there is, the less of a proportion anyone can know of it. If you seek to broaden your knowledge, you also tend to make it shallower as well, and when the depth of the knowledge is increasing all the time, this means people are more and more out of their depth about anything outside of specializations.

    Very well put, Ben. This is the reason I admire PAS and remain in awe of the knowledge displayed here. I try to keep up with debates and wonder, as many do, whether aberrant weather and natural disasters are indicators of a larger pattern of irreversible climate change. Nevertheless (and to be perfectly honest), much of my unwillingness to listen to counter-arguments from climate change deniers (Wishart et al) is more to do with a strong distaste for their general politics, rather any arguments (spurious or otherwise) which they might offer.

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  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    What fools we mortals be.

    Precisely what I thought as tidied up the vege garden yesterday, listening to the roar of V8s in downtown Hamilton. Had a dour laugh or two when I saw a HCC sign suggesting that spectators take a 'green' route by walking to the track--so they could watch expensive cars going round and round in circles, burning up finite fossil fuel!

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  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    Interesting to see all the news reporters around the globe studiously avoiding pronouncing the real name of that which will forever be known as That Bloody Volcano in Iceland

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  • Hard News: McVicar and the media,

    Excellent interview with McVicar, Russell. Perhaps you could have thrown him the line ...common sense is just what we call our prejudices...

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  • Hard News: McVicar and the media,

    But then a good half of my (second year film) students used to write "woman" for the plural.

    Mine have problems with there and their, and are completely bewildered by they're

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  • Hard News: Touched by the hand,

    Karl from CactusLab's two year-old daughter's first five minutes with the iPad

    Great stuff! I have sent this on to my PhD student Annemarie in Tauranga, for she is doing a study of preschoolers and their media use. Another reminder of the tactile relationship young children have with media.

    Have been away from PAS for a few days and I have missed it. Spent a few days ploughing my way through a pile of post-Easter essay marking--sitting in the sun by the gentle lapping waters of Collingwood (Golden Bay) made it less of a trial. The tide comes in, then retreats to the horizon, then returns again.

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  • Hard News: A revolting piece of shit,

    Loved that clip--certainly more instructive than the Russian Mayonnaise Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNOFhoWeZfk

    Bjork is so endearing. I will use this piece in my TV course next semester.

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  • Hard News: A revolting piece of shit,

    More on Iceland, from the weekly updates from The Word:

    ÓNSI
    The epic chorales of Sigur Rós are
    ong-standing Word favourites, so we
    are delighted to bring you this
    preview of the solo LP by their singer
    and co-architect Jón Thor Birgisson.
    Following Riceboy Sleeps, last year's
    chiefly instrumental album, Go is a
    big old blast of North Atlantic
    exhilaration and proof that, even if
    their economy has disappeared o
    vernight, Iceland's hardy populace are
    not letting it get them down.
    Contrasting with Sigur Rós's giant
    curtain walls of guitar (why has no
    one yet called it the "glacier of
    sound"?), Jónsi's solo album is a
    joyous toybox of a record. Brass,
    strings, oddball percussion, woodwind
    and piano are in full spate, chiefly
    arranged by Björk/Antony And The
    Johnsons collaborator Nico Mulhy. The
    cumulative effect is both of a piece
    with Sigur Rós's quasi-religious
    anthems and completely different from
    them. It's an explosion of pure
    delight and we think you'll like it.
    Pop fact: "lilikol" is Hawaiian for
    passionfruit.
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