Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to steven crawford,

    string theory...

    Science communication

    ain't no communication going on with those 'slacker' kids!
    Science dictates that they need to be taught that that string needs to be taut, too...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the curse of the recursive recluse...

    JD Salinger-grade photo-shy...

    I think I meant 'Thomas Pynchon-grade photo-shy'...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption,

    Irene Gardiner collects a handful of Chchch Earthquake related film works for The Herald – including Blair Parkes' excellent Chimney Book

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…, in reply to Hebe,

    ID...will know all that there is to know

    Nice of you to say such a thing, but chance would be a fine thing,
    I was away from Chchch for a lot of that time, in Auck, Aust then Wgton & Auckland again - also shy, and/or drinking heavily...
    Though I do have to exhume some of those similar period braincells for an interview about early Flying Nun later this week...
    History, eh...
    :- )

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes,

    the world is a feast of ideas...
    This thread seems an excellent place for a link to one of Australia's JD Salinger-grade photo-shy science fiction writer, Greg Egan's stories:
    In the Ruins

    The waitress placed two plates of chocolate cake in front of them, then sensed the tension and withdrew without a word.
    Emma broke the silence. “It’s a circle,” she said. “The velocities form a circle. I figured that out.”
    “Good.”
    She was still angry, but her curiosity got the better of her. “Does that really have something to do with energy levels in atoms? Or were you just bluffing?”
    Ghada took a sheet of paper from her clipboard and made a quick sketch.

    He writes great books - big ideas - dip in

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality,

    Slangs and arrows...
    ...watch as language changes, as words are subducted and diminished or diverted.
    one wonders what tongues of earth
    will lap against alien ears and shores
    pan-galactic gabble & gobbledegook
    a meat slanguage,...

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    the Cohen issue

    Heh...
    a case of The Scottish Ploy?

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    the LotO
    Its spelt Lotto

    Not short for the 'Lord of the Ring (O)' then?
    ;- )

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    John Key never went to school or Uni then I take it

    Well he never paid for the privilege - so it doesn't really count - money makes everything real, didn't you get the memo?
    ;- )

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  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption,

    Chchchchanges...

    ...they put the uber-coloniser John Godley back on his plinth in Cathedral Square, where he can glare at the acrimonious pigeon roost formerly known as Christ Church Cathedral.

    Yes, if only his Godleyness were next to cleanliness...
    the fact that the Anglican management have done virtually nothing about sorting their rubble speaks volumes...
    they could sell the stone if they ain't gonna use it again

    Greg is backed up by this report
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/66400235/Research-Quake-claims-result-in-health-problems

    other reports from the affront that is Chchch:
    __The Press_ supplies some post-apocalyptic reminders with their 'then and now' photosliders - a before the earthquake slider would have been nice too....

    the proof that locking the central city down for all those years was counterproductive is growing daily;
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/66242194/Development-stalls-on-central-city-site
    and
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/66248945/St-Elmos-Court-owner-bitter-angry-in-debt
    with very few offices even rebuilt in the CBD there is already an office glut!

    The Council is getting realistic about things:

    Almost half a billion dollars of earthquake repairs scheduled for this year have been delayed.
    The Christchurch City Council is blaming project delays and insurance uncertainty for pushing $450 million worth of work to the next fiscal year.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/66427857/Large-Christchurch-repair-projects-delayed

    and that nice Mr Key chappie, after insisting that we build a covered stadium for him has now decided to let the council take the flak for yay or naysaying it:

    Key said yesterday it was up to the council when the stadium was built "based on the resources they've got available".
    "I think they're reflecting on the consultation process they're going though at the moment in terms of their capacity to fund their anchor projects.
    "They're probably, at one level, trying to be realistic about how much pressure they could put on rates in terms of increasing those, if they sell some assets how many they've ultimately got to sell, and what their priorities are.
    "We'll continue to talk to them about it but that final decision is ultimately a decision for the Christchurch City Council."

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/66427863/John-Key-Christchurch-stadium-is-councils-call

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