...And now that I've played around a bit:
- endorse, sorry, VALIDATE the comments about placing the page navigation at the top of the comments as well as the bottom.
I like the numbering that goes << < 1 2 3 4 *5* 6 7 8 9 > >>, where the double arrows increment the navigation in 10s.
- The font in the nicknames above the gravatar images is being cut-off for me. Letter descenders are missing (IE 7 on XP - I'm at work, so sue me).
On an unrelated note, equating a dislike of Comic Sans (ok for an invite to your home barbie, but not professional material) with a liking for obscure bullshit language in academic papers seems to to be an interesting equivalence...!
♥ Ladi6. Glad to see the new album out; as you say, the last was pleasant, but underwhelming.
Regarding station platforms that are too short for the trains, that's not much of a problem in the UK.
For some services, passengers for Station X are told to use the front two carriages only - if a FOB like me got it in my first couple of weeks in London, I don't think it'd be too challenging to implement in Auck as an interim solution.
Oh, and agreed with Emma and Jolisa about Gladwell's brainfart. I mean, seriously, who doubts the role of communication in this day and age? It's not the same as action, but action can't happen when people don't know what's going on.
There is a bit of wank about the democratisation of publishing, but given the fact the world's mainstream media is stuck in the clutches of Murdoch et al, the fact that more people can broadcast more information is an increasingly useful way of getting some balance back.
There's a lot of moaning and grizzling about how much of what you get on the Internets is lies, but if it encourages more sophistication about received knowledge and improved critical thinking - something sadly missing in relation to mainstream media - that can only be of benefit.
Regarding overqualified taxi drivers, it's always amazed me that the govt makes people jump through all the hoops, they get in precisely because they have amazing quals (although of course it depends on the institution those quals were obtained from), and then wastes them.
Why not start up industry schemes? You work for employer X, they get your expertise at a cheap rate (but better than taxi driving) for a year or two, review your work record, maybe do an industry exam at the end... like a cut-down apprenticeship. Can't think of any industry or profession that wouldn't work for.
Actually, @Carlos, things like America, Australia and so on are reported on as nation of origin/immigration sources, rather than ethnicity per se. At least that's my understanding.
To Graeme Edgeler, "NZer" was an ethnicity in the 2006 census. I understand there hasn't been another one since?
As for Pakeha, as far as I'm aware, it's the Maori for a white person - can't get more origins-neutral than that. It doesn't make reference to Europe, which I consider to be fairly irrelevant if you want categorise people in such a way.
And yes, I like the term for its social implications as well (that I am a European descended person from NZ), but that doesn't detract from it being perfectly suitable for use in a census.
Oh, and for the person wondering what to do if you are of mixed ethnicity, select all that apply. It's not that hard.
I'm with the group pointing out that "New Zealander" is not an ethnicity - it describes everyone who is a citizen of this country, whether that citizenship occurred at birth, or in a ceremony 5 minutes ago.
The whole point of the census question is about ethnicity, and by allowing the NZer label in that context, the question is made meaningless (we'll keep the debate on whether questions on ethnicity are appropriate these days either to a later time).
I personally am still extremely pissed off that "Pakeha" is no longer in the census, but the NZer term is. I'm not "European", although of course I'm of predominantly Irish descent - I'm a Pakeha NZer, and quite happy about that.
I can just about cope with "European" included as an ethnic description for the racist wankers who object to the term "Pakeha", but if you're going to ask the ethnicity question, at least make it have some meaning.