Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: The Internet Party, whatever happens,

    I pretty much agree with Sue Bradford, which is something I don't do too often. Kim Dotcom is anathema to Mana; their constituency and key members, John Minto, et al, are left-wing with a focus on things like the minimum wage, etc, etc - joining up with a multi-millionaire that lives in the country's most ostentatious mansion would be political suicide.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: One picture of you, and no more, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Yep, definitely Grant R.

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  • Hard News: The Web,

    Google arrived as not only a better search engine (and search engines really were fairly rubbish until it did), but one that prioritised results according to the links we’d made ourselves.

    I remember in about '96 or '97, in their "what's hot / what's not" column (or whatever it was called) Metro rated as hot "Ask Jeeves - the search engine with grunt".

    I've no idea if Ask Jeeves had "grunt" or not, having never used it. But given that that was pretty much the last time I was to even hear of it, I suspect not. Presumably Google must've learnt from Jeeves and their ilks' mistakes and the rest is history.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Mayor of…,

    Cheers, thanks for that Russell. I was told ages ago that he was Phil's son, but obviously not.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Mayor of…,

    Regarding Phil Warren, is his son Peter "Rooda" Warren, drummer for DD Smash in their early-mid '80s heyday ? If so, whatever happened to him ? Any ideas, please ?

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    Bad timing for Metro. In the latest issue Duncan Greive has a dig at Charlotte Dawson's advice to Lorde. Must've gone to the printers late last week, presumably.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unscripted Drama,

    If you were to search for a greater social benefit, you might observe that sport (sometimes) sets an example that benefits overall public health, provides opprtunities for young people who may not have any other choices as good and generates substantial economic activity. But you’re soon stretching there, and it really doesn’t matter. People read detective and romance novels, or pay to see comedy films – we don’t trouble ourselves too much with grand justifications for those.

    Good call. My main bug bear with some of those that don't like sport is their hypocrisy: they bang on about how open-minded they are about minorities A - Z, or arts 'n' culture A - Z, but are utterly dismissive of sport or treat people that like it as inferior and / or stupid. It's flagrant ignorance and stupidity.

    If you don't like sport, hey, no big deal: but don't rush to judge those that do.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday (Thursday) Music: Mad Props,

    There's a whole heap of young Dunedin bands that deserve to be noticed by the big boys in the US, too. Trick Mammoth, Astro Children, Males, Not From Space, Space Bats Attack, Strange Harvest, Opposite Sex ,etc, etc...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early, in reply to Russell Brown,

    From Audioculture’s Bored Games profile, Jeff Harford’s pic of a very young Shayne Carter, next to the late Wayne Elsey, playing his school dance in 1979. What a wonderful pic.

    Jeff Harford was Bored Games' drummer, so was probably playing drums when the pick was taken. I think the pic would've been taken using his camera maybe - probably by one Lesley Z Paris.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early,

    Lorde's going through her Anna Paquin phase: winning a big, important trophy very early on and the NZ media goes all ga-ga over it. But - hopefully - like Paquin she'll now be able to enjoy continued success without the media going ga-ga to the same extent.

    Paquin's been all over TV lately in True Blood and is a reasonably big name, but I doubt there'll be a media scrum next time she flies into NZ. If Lorde's still a big name in 10 years time, I doubt there'll be many scrums for her, either.

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