Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: #JohnDotBanks and all,

    One thing I find a bit puzzling about all of this, is why? Why did Banks bother to claim the Sky City donations as anonymous?

    Sky City, like many businesses, regularly makes equal donations to all the serious mayoral candidates. So everyone knew already that they were going to give the same amount to Len Brown AND John Banks.

    It wouldn't surprise me to find out that Kim Dotcom had made donations to multiple candidates and not just John Banks.

    So given that we know Banks is receiving donations why bother with trying to hide them. It all seems like a lot of effort to hide something that is of little real importance.

    The only time it ever becomes important is if you intend to abuse your position to provide benefit to your contributors and despite personally believing that Banks is scum of the first order I actually doubt he would do that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #JohnDotBanks and all, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    looking at the law, I don’t see that one washing

    Graeme's blog post suggests that it's likely that Bank's can successfully argue precisely that.

    He may squeeze through that loophole. However, he does not seem to be the kind of person we really want representing the citizens of New Zealand or even of Epsom ... well maybe he is appropriate to represent Epsom.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Killing Volume,

    Doesn't go to 11

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  • Legal Beagle: The law may be that stupid,

    So legally he might be right but morally he is pretty obviously corrupt, because he would have to work quite hard to avoid legally knowing.

    In short "is this the kind of person we want representing the citizens of the country?"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Liveblog: Moving House (Literally),

    It all looks great David and Jen.

    So when does the roof go back on? And do you have a big tarp?

    Did I read the tweet correct, 80 kph house?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Liveblog: Moving House (Literally), in reply to Islander,

    just be really selective about who you follow

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  • Field Theory: Talkin' Softball, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Can you remind me about this next summer?

    Heh I can try, but since a frequently forget why I went down the corridor ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Talkin' Softball, in reply to JacksonP,

    These must be some robust rules. Do you have on-field arbitration?

    That's one reason why I like second division, less issue with 40 yr olds arguing rules as if they were olympic class athletes instead of old folks out having fun.

    Not that I haven't been guilty of being "that guy" in the past.

    BTW Brent and I play in the same team :).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Talkin' Softball, in reply to Russell Brown,

    If you throw it really hard, with the right wrist action

    ... you can throw it right over the head of first base and over the dead ball line :(

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Talkin' Softball,

    A group of my friends and I have played slowpitch softball for the last 15 years as part of the central slowpitch softball league. The league has been run for all that time by Jerry who is also a rocketeer hence the name of his team the public missiles.

    Over the years we've been competitive at times, but pregnancies (last year we noted the one of the team had had her first game in utero) and injuries and just plain getting old has had it's toll on the team.

    Slowpitch is nice because most folks can actually hit the ball, unlike fastpitch and there a few rule changes that are designed to avoid having overly competitive 40 yr olds collide with each other.

    I play centre field and I love it. As much as hitting the ball really well is fun there is absolutely nothing like the pleasure you get from sprinting (yeah right) at full speed to make a catch that nobody thought you would ever get close to. That moment when the ball slaps into the glove at full stretch, the moment just after as you mentally check to make sure all the tendons and ligaments are still in place ... magic.

    As I said at times our team has been competitive, but now we are much happier in the second division. We made a real effort to avoid playing in the top division because frankly none of us need that shit anymore. Our aim for each game is to avoid injury and hopefully to avoid throwing a tantrum and spoiling our chances at the sportsmanship trophy.

    Sadly this may have been our last year. Over the years the roster has changed and some of the close friends have stopped playing and some of the new folks just aren't as much fun to have a beer with after the game. And yes it might just be a bit too hard to run around the bases any more.

    But for those wanting something to do on a mild Monday evening in summer I strongly recommend the slowpitch league.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

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