Posts by Josh Addison

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  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless, in reply to R A Hurley,

    Although I have to give it up for your description as a "middle class foghorn," Russell. So evocative!

    OK, now I can only think of Foghorn Leghorn. Russell, perhaps it would help your image if you were to start all posts with "Boy! Ah say, boy!" from now on...

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Home is Where the - Ooo, shiny!,

    OK, someone beat me to the Mitchell & Webb "working from home" link - am I too late with this one?

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    God, I would love to argue that point, since all of my comments would consist of paraphrased quotes from Batman and Robin.

    That was pretty much the thrust of my argument, yeah. He basically ignored me everytime I did so and referred only to the fact that "Falling Down" was pretty OK. And "The Lost Boys" was good, in an 80s, ambient gay kind of way.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies,

    Just looking now, I see that I have less than one tenth of Emma's post count, depite, like her, having been on PAS since it started. Why the Lurky McLurkerson? Misanthropic apathy, mostly. You all seem like lovely people, but I just don't care enough to engage with you most of the time - this also translates into the belief that none of you really care about anything I might have to say.

    I've managed to insinuate myself into/start a couple of arguments here in the past week; apologies to anyone who might have addressed my posts and then never received a reply - I buggered off out of those threads and never looked back as soon as I felt I'd said my piece. Two reasons: The first is that I'm remarkably conflict-averse in any case; the second is an online argument I had with a guy eleven years ago over the general crapness of the films of Joel Schumacher (I advanced the opinion that the crapness was considerable). Reading back over that and seeing what complete dicks we both came across as, I resolved never to get drawn into another argument again. I still have moments of weakness every now and then, but I always try to get out as quick as I can.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Send in the Clowns, in reply to Emma Hart,

    You can tell it's not a single bulk amount because you don't say "6000 people is".

    Again, depends on context - you'd say "6000 people are standing in my front yard", but "6000 people is too many to be standing in my front yard", or indeed "6000 people isn't a lot of viewers for a TV show."

    To be honest, I don't really care much, either. Yet here we are...

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Send in the Clowns, in reply to 3410,

    You may be right, but I'm still not sure. I've seen quite a few instances of people hyper-correcting "less" to "fewer" recently - perhaps I'm over-reacting to their over-reactions...

    To add fuel to the flames, a grammatical defence of the hated "10 Items or Less" supermarket signs...

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Send in the Clowns,

    Jumping on the grammar pedant train (Tech Writer, whaddaya gonna do?), I'm pretty sure "less than" is correct in that context. While it's usually "less" for mass nouns and "fewer" for count nouns, when you have a quantity of count nouns that's being treated as a single bulk amount, you use "less", e.g. The police recovered less than $1,500; It happened less than five years ago; The recipe calls for less than two cups of sugar.

    http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/fewer-vs-less

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Perverse Entertainment, in reply to HORansome,

    I wonder how long it will be until he turns up here.

    If I recall correctly, he showed up and got himself banned in quick order very early on in PAS's history. Him and dad4justice.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Danielle,

    There's one very simple way to avoid buying into a straw man argument, you know.

    Would that be pointing out that other people's arguments are a straw man and re-iterating one's actual position? That's the point where I would've buggered off - I don't know if he was too prideful to back away or just decided to start taking the piss. Guess it doesn't really matter now.

    FWIW, I dropped an Engineering degree in favour of a BA in Philosophy, purely because that's what I was interested in, and fully aware of the fact that I had no idea what sort of productive job it would get me. Worked out OK for me (and the taxpayers).

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Emma Hart,

    And I'm only about 80% convinced that Danyl can't possibly genuinely hold his position at the extreme he's arguing at.

    Well, given that he started saying something much milder and only ended up at the extreme once he bought into the straw man that got foisted onto him, yeah, I'd say it's pretty definite that he doesn't really hold that position.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 296 posts Report Reply

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