Posts by TracyMac

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  • Muse: Guilt By Association Copy, in reply to richard,

    But to go out of your way to buy a copy whose main attraction is that it was personally handled by Hitler – I think you are entitled to think there’s something just a little bit sick about that.

    Oh please. I wouldn't own a copy myself - I can read it for free if I ever become interested in that nutcase's ravings.

    But Dotcom is a collector, and also about the bling-bling. It makes complete sense to me that someone with those traits would totally go for the MOST expensive and MOST rare instance of what he was interested in, if the opportunity arose. No ulterior motive - like a Hitler-shrine in the games room - required.

    If you're a collector of pretty much anything, there is plenty of prestige in getting the "best" item possible amongst other collectors. Something I'm sure Dotcom world enjoy.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to DeepRed,

    Hah, the worst bullying I experienced - and sustained - was at the decile something-high school I went to (Epsom Normal Intermediate). From the girls. My initial reaction to middle class girly-girl women is still a suspicious one - stemming from those days.

    The decile 1 intermediate school I attended the following year gave me no such problems. A bit of teasing for reading "too many" books. One invitation to a fight behind the incinerator, resolved by a handshake when I arrived with quivering knees (I was happy to bestowed the title of "palagi with guts to turn up").

    But I fitted into that school better because of my class. Occasionally it does matter more than ethnicity. There were only about 3 (middle class) Maori in my year at the first school I attended - I never observed their being bullied. The right clothes and "attitude" matter, whatever sub-group you're trying to deal with.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: The Disappearing of Paradise,

    Eleanor Catton did get press when nominated, but definitely not as much as compared to when she won.

    I think it's appalling, really, although I wonder if there would have been more publicity if he'd been nominated for a Hugo. As an SF reader, I have to admit I have greater awareness of those nominees (also, in terms of what my friends follow as well) than the A.C. Clarke awards. Although I certainly think it's prestigious enough to be picked up by NZ media.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    Great, let's outsource more social services US-style to another religious "charity". Especially the frigging SA.

    Insert disclaimer that I have nothing against Christians in general, and I know that SA workers do good things.

    But that organisation stinks for other, more political, reasons. And yes, apologies aside, if an organisation brands whole classes of people as "more sinful" or whatever, then they should not receive public money.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News, in reply to Deborah,

    I am not quite sure what medium.com's model is - "prestigious blog platform"? - or how they get revenue, but they do have some excellent writers.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said,

    And yet our whole rental system is still based on the notion that it's a "temporary" lifestyle, rather than moving towards a more European-style model (where most people rent, often for decades, prices are much more stable, and you don't need to go cap-in-hand to the landlord if you want to paint a wall or nail up a picture).

    Oh, other than the fact that landlords increasingly want to lock you into fixed-term leases, with little discernable benefit to lessees. (wanting a minimum term is understandable).

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large, in reply to Mark Thomas,

    If you're using Mediamonkey Gold, it'll be using the latest LAME codec, which is a good thing.

    Yes, I am using MM Gold, but I thought LAME was MP3s only? Damn it, I am tempted to switch to MP3 with VBR 320 kbps. I was already getting the hump with Vorbis not being able to embed album art (apparently it's available in the specification, but no encoder's implemented it yet).

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large,

    And that’s interesting stuff about the encoder quality. I used to download the reference OGG (vorbis) encoder and use that when I was using CDex to rip my audio, but of late I’ve been using whatever’s bundled into Media Monkey, which I suspect is FFmpeg. Might explain why I’ve felt it necessary to bump up the OGG “quality level” when ripping lately – I just thought my ears were being fussier.

    More reading to be done!

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large, in reply to Russell Brown,

    There’s a theory that brostep was invented because weeny laptop speakers couldn’t play the bass in proper dubstep.

    I love it.

    ...And I went and stocked up with proper-like UK dubstep CDs when I was last in Auckland. I rip those into OGG for carting around, but I should really stash them somewhere as FLAC.

    As for this whole digital to analog conversion stuff, I must investigate more. I currently play my music through the stereo from the headphone jack in my laptop or PMP, but it does sound like pants, even at the higher bitrates. Good to know I'm not imagining it.

    I somehow didn't think that it needs to become analog before it hits the amp and was muttering to myself that a digital signal shouldn't be that degraded when it exits my machine... well, it ain't digital in the headphone jack, innit, duh.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…,

    I love PAS, but it's times like this, with one person relentlessly banging a drum on and on and on, that I wish there were a "block" feature.

    Since most of it was tl/dr to me, I'll just respond to the last part: diversity can be about other things than race. Culture is about more than national or ethnic origins. A lot of people leave rural areas FOR the diversity of cities. Forget being trans in a small country town (still amazed by Georgina Beyer in Carterton, though). If you want to be a gay man and something other than the town hairdresser, ditto.

    All those gay men who went in search of (arts-related) culture in Europe in the 50s and 60s. The gay men who went to Australia in the 70s.

    For making the oddments in your own society feel a little less odd, (liberal-type) diversity is a good thing. As far as I'm concerned, it was no golden paradise when NZ was a junior Britain, with rugby, racing and beer, short back and sides, and whaddaraya "mate".

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 635 posts Report Reply

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