Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Busytown: I believe in miracles,

    I lived in the US for 20 years - didn't get to vote anywhere on the planet in that time

    This time of year I felt like going down to the Bay and dip a teabag in

    You can't vote in NZ once you've been out of the country for 3 years - these days apparently they let you vote of you come to visit every 3 years but back then that's not what the local NZ consulate would say (and then they shut it down so I never got the message that it had changed)

    In some states I believe non citizens can vote in some local body elections (school board, dog catcher, ....)

    I never took US citizenship, couldn't get past the hoops one had to get through renouncing ones NZ citizenship but knowing full well that it had no effect, and knowing that the Americans knew that too - it all seemed quite hypocritical .... now I'm screwed since I can't access 20 years of SS payments unless I move back

    This year I do get to vote - and I will! in some weird ass-backwards symmetry to make up for my not being able to vote anywhere for 20 years my wife gets to vote in both countries

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Prospects,

    Yeah I can't get a read on Key either, as I've said before he seems to be a cipher - people seem to project what they want on him - to me he seems bland.

    I've worked for enough tech companies over the year to see this as just being one of the marketting guys - and I have enough stories about those guys to make your hair stand on end - it just runs my BS detector way way up

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: History is now,

    we know the VC torturers broke him and forced a confession out of him - how do we know they didn't remake him as their future tool of world domination (well apart from that it was a book and not real - so far as we know ...)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: History is now,

    Absurd maybe - but strangely appropriate to today's election - who could ever have imagined .... (and how could you tell he's not actually a 'Manchurian Candidate')

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: History is now,

    While you're all waiting let me introduce the One Velociraptor per Child initiative

    "Mission Statement: To increase the Darwinian fitness of the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-energy, internet-enabled velociraptor with content designed for collaborative, practical, self-empowered survival."

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: History is now,

    that's what happens when you fix election dates - instead of by elections you get mid term appointments

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: God's squads,

    a wooden stake, it's the only way I tell you

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: God's squads,

    no - I don't think he did it on purpose - he just wasn't paying attention (I'm waiting for a tirade blaming Labour for the new rules for roundabouts)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: God's squads,

    I haven't seen a single candidate here at the door in Dunedin North - the closest I've come to one was when I was almost run over by the National candidate who cut me off in traffic the other day (looked just like the giant face he had plastered on his car)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: God's squads,

    I think Judith's worried about being pounced on by bands of geeks at this point - wonder if she'll go to foo-camp this year ..... (please make sure she's invited :-)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2227 posts Report Reply

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