Posts by TracyMac

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  • Hard News: So long, and thanks for all…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Thank you for saying this more politely than I would.

    Too reminiscent of Trotter's "gayz != workers" in terms of pigeonholing.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 539 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Missing Stair and the…,

    ... yes, it's the "continually banging their drum" elegant (in the face of patent non-interest or outright disagreement) that qualifies it.

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  • Up Front: The Missing Stair and the…,

    I tend to think of both of them as Missing Stairs, because if they’re not the “educable” kind of ignorant, the effect on you and the tedious adjustments you have to make around their idiocies/bigotries are the same.

    Admittedly, I get angrier with the “doing it for effect” kind quicker. But whether it takes me 6 or 60 minutes to want to rip my hair out, I’m never keen to repeat the experience.

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  • Hard News: The GCSB Bill: eleventh-hour arguments,

    I facepalmed at that Kerre McIvor column too, but I believe that it represents a huge chunk of the population who believe we should all be nicer to each other, and not be down on people undergoing "genuine hardship", but some people need a firm hand to make sure they stay in line. And that nice Mr Key just has our best interests at heart.

    I shouldn't sound so patronising, but the tone of that whole piece invites it. This is the dangerous complacency of many. Those who lived through an era where politicians clearly signalled their agendas, perhaps. You knew full well what Muldoon and Bolger/Richardson were like, whether or not the full detail was clear. If you voted for them, you wanted the "hard line". Key just comes across like a massive concern troll.

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  • Muse: How (Not) To Be Incredibly Racist…,

    Just... wow.

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  • Hard News: Tooled Up for Food,

    I stole my mother's Mighty Swift Whip about 20 years ago, without a blink of guilt. Never thought to check op-shops.

    Mum's is still going strong, despite a wobbly handle, and blows away any modern device. I don't know why the modern ones are so much less efficient...

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  • Hard News: A different kind of country,

    Maybe some professional groups might be amenable to pressure, but I'd say the majority (e.g. Microsoft TechEd, which is a fairly large event) won't give a single shit.

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  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks,

    For relatively low-tech but great coffee-grinding, a hand grinder is the bee's knees. I have this one: http://shop.coffeesupreme.com.au/collections/accessories/products/hario-ceramic-coffee-mill-skerton

    And for getting off jar lids, use the manky old stainless can opener in the kitchen drawer - one leg has the bottle-opener notch and is perfect for cracking the seal by slightly levering one section of the rim. Most notch-type bottle-openers (as opposed to the ring-style ones) will work for jars.

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  • Hard News: Media3: We have much to discuss,

    One of the more disgusting examples I've seen of child porn was a drawing. A very representational, albeit 19th Century, drawing. Hiding behind "it's just a cartoon!" isn't quite good enough. (It's very much a hot-button for me.)

    It's a tough one, but my feeling is that if the figure is missing secondary sexual characteristics - breasts, adult-shaped penis, etc - then it's pretty damn questionable about what "age" the character is supposed to be. In manga, there are characters that look like kids in terms of their faces, but they have (often enormous) breasts, penises, whatever. Fine. Non-human creatures (Smurfs, whatever), fine. Pics of Homer screwing Lisa, not so fine.

    That said, I am not one of the people demanding that the newspaper censor the cartoon. I think it was vile and inappropriate for a mainstream newspaper, and more suited to the kind of rags our supposed "neo-nazis" read, but it's up to the readership to express their distaste.

    In fact, bringing this kind of thing into the light of day is good. It's very much exposing the synergy of racism and classism in the way that the anti-benefit types tend to think. No hiding behind any pretence that it's entirely about "fiscal responsibility". Sure, I'm sure some people genuinely are not engaged in any race issue when they bitch about beneficiaries, but I can just about guarantee they are the minority.

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  • Hard News: A Golden Age for the Arts?,

    Yeah, not that convinced by the "suffering = great art" trope. Sure, some great artists can produce great works in great adversity, but not that much actually when you're right in the middle of it - you generally need supplies and (paying) audiences.

    For every Chatterton, you have a John Donne. Bach and Handel never lacked wealth and patronage, etc etc etc. The Beatles and the Stones made their millions pretty quickly once they hit the big time.

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