Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: You know what ..., in reply to Russell Brown,

    call Jerry Mataparae a liar

    Senior military personnel are quite well known for saying things that are not the truth. Sometimes it's even their job. I am significantly less concerned about his role than I am about successive political leaders, but not surprised.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3389 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: What was lost,

    You write very well.

    I still don't really know what I feel about bin Laden's death. Something but I'm just not sure what. On the cork-board just behind my monitor is pinned a copy of The Western Leader. It has a picture of the towers burning and a picture of my brother, who spent the day loading boats with supplies for the rescue workers on one side of the river and then unloading them on the other. I have to sit up a little taller in my seat to actually see the picture and the paper is faded now as you'd expect after 10 years.

    The memories of that morning, the unreality of it, of knowing my brother worked there and not knowing if he was directly affected, those memories are older now and a bit faded as well.

    But it was an event that changed so much of what we take for granted now. Does bin Laden's death change anything?

    I think it will take time to understand what this day really means, if it changes anything.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3389 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Any excuse for a party, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Sounds all very tasty.

    We're going with homemade pizza, probably ham and pineapple (I kind of like knowing every Italian is in pain as a result of that pizza combo). Oh and I'm planning to open some Ata Rangi to celebrate the basketball.

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  • Cracker: RIght On., in reply to Steve Withers,

    I've always wondered why anyone would vote for ACT. I'm still wondering.

    I actually know the answer to that because I have a friend (whom I really still do like) who can't abide National for it's soft and spineless approach to economics in NZ. Act is almost right wing enough in their economic position to satisfy him.

    Obviously our political discussions are .... interesting.

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  • Up Front: Home is Where the - Ooo, shiny!, in reply to JackElder,

    I posted a video about masturbation in the sixth post on this thread, man. Keep [it?] up.

    Yeah Isabel said the same and I have to disagree. Especially on Emma's thread we need to be specific, you can't just obliquely make the reference and expect to get credit. We can't have that kind of sloppiness here, we have standards, admittedly low but still.

    Now what was I doing? oh yeah a grant to write ....

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  • Up Front: Home is Where the - Ooo, shiny!, in reply to Rich Lock,

    I just borrow Danyl's. Which gives me more time to read improving books

    Wow. Ya see I just thought it was some gimmick reality show that offered sex, naked bodies, violence and stupidity as a way of getting people to look at their TVs and see the advertising.

    I didn't understand how wrong I was.

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

    As an aside I have worked at home, for the same purpose Lucy described. For me it always had to be about balancing rewards. I can play 15 minutes of this game after I've written that section of the chapter 3. But as has been pointed out that frequently ended up with me getting into a rhythm and writing for 6 hours solid instead.

    So both the distraction problem and the working too long problem.

    One real plus about working at home was that since I had the whole house I really could have papers piled in stacks ALL over the dining room floor without fear that anyone would disturb them, this was before kittens obviously.

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  • Up Front: Home is Where the - Ooo, shiny!, in reply to Danielle,

    I imagine it would be rather wasted here.

    Yeah 'cos Emma had such high hopes that this would be a serious discussion thread with deep meaningful emotionally complex insights into the universe with inhabit.

    We haven't even started talking about dicks yet!

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  • Up Front: Home is Where the - Ooo, shiny!, in reply to Danielle,

    I don’t even know what “shame” means

    It's that feeling you get when you admit you watch Jersey Shore :P

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  • Up Front: Home is Where the - Ooo, shiny!, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Some of us wear tracksuit pants

    Sure we believe you have pants on

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