Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    This has weighed on my mind somewhat because on Saturday I have to sit the general GRE

    My sympathies! As I recall the GRE, it was an absolute cow of an exam. I sat it in advance of my post-grad studies in the USA and as I recall, ended up in the top 5% percentile for comprehension and bottom 5% for logic/analysis! It was full of those sort of questions like.."If a train is travelling at .. and another train is travelling at..."; the kind of questions which turn my brain to mud.

    Great about Southland winning last night, eh!

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  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    We are delivering three 16 year old girls, for cos-play, to Armageddon on Saturday morning. I hope there are not high winds as my daughter may well be whisked away, in her great pink outfit.

    Another great Media 7 last night. Bryce is a smart guy, and probably one of the best newspaper editors in NZ. I agree with your comments re Dennis Dutton. I have clashed with him in the past and he turns everything into a personal attack. He is probably the reason why I have never joined the Skeptics.

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  • Hard News: Getting Across,

    I hate the place. Word, Ross. Anyone who likes it is either subnormally intelligent, wilfully blind or hasn't travelled much.

    Yikes! I really like the place and I don't live there. Excuse me whilst I wipe the drool from the corner of my mouth, pick up my white cane and adjust my incontinence nappies!

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  • Hard News: Of swine and cows,

    I have passed news of this week's Media 7 on to Dean Ballinger, who is close to finishing a PhD on conspiracy theories, at Waikato.* I reckon it will be a very good thesis, too

    * Which has its own share of such theories.

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  • Field Theory: A few changes,

    Disappointed that Aled de M was been dropped, especially after the great solo try he scored against Northland on Saturday. He was never given a chance in earlier AB games; just running as an after-thought.

    He does the right kind of name for an international series too!

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    Thanks muchly for all your comments. As I noted before, I just wanted to provide some space for these soap fans. I think they have a case, in that I am all for passionate fandoms of all kinds (well, James Blunt might be an exception).
    Re the Firefly reference--we just got to see the full 9 episodes (only 6 years after the fact!) and I did enjoy it. Nice complexity in the characters but also satisfaction in the villains coming to a sticky end.

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    I'd like to see somebody come here and complain about the cancellation of a show like Two and a Half Men.

    Well, me for a start!!

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    Yes, and I think there is a gender dimension here too. We have to have our rugby and Two and a Half Men but it is only silly women who hanker after soap operas?

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    Hmm. I guess I was hoping for a generous and open-minded response. So, old folks in rest homes should invest in broadband connections? I just wanted to support a bunch of fans, as I would hope they would rally to the cause if a favourite programme of mine was being taken to be shot!

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    If the soaps were an important cultural touchstone for a vulnerable section of the community and unavailable through any other reasonable means I'd have a bit of sympathy. But for Days of Our Lives I'm firmly in the user pays camp.

    So, bugger the old folks in rest homes, the unemployed, shift workers etc?

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