Posts by TracyMac

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  • 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 • 627 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 • 627 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to Phil Wallington,

    Which all summarises nicely why Australian politics are not the same as NZ politics, and the issues with coalition-forming between the Greens and Labo(u)r parties in each country are quite different.

    I could conceivably see myself voting for NZ Labour - Australian Labor's arse-kissing of heavily-polluting industries such as mining and coal and complete lack of interest in developing sustainable industries puts them beyond the pale for me.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Both sides of…,

    Love that Son Lux collaboration. Love it. A lot more than any offering of Bruce Springsteen's, to be honest, although certainly not quibbling with the dude's influence. And general "good guy" nature.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Russell Brown,

    UGH, I can't express how much I dislike most of that women's opinions. I am thankful she seems to have given up on being the Voice of Queerdom in light of her one(?) female affair umpteen squillion years ago.

    But for the narcissism and jumping on every other bandwagon with the big mouth blaring... nothing much changed there. And still somehow considered to be representative of all (most, average?) feminist views, as the UK media seems to continue paint her...? No words.

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  • Hard News: Let's do some commerce, in reply to Kirk Alexander,

    Unfortunately this doesn't much help those of us who wouldn't touch Bitcoin with the blunt end of a rusty 100 m pole.

    I like the idea of services like Gittip, but since their top earner gets @US$600, it's not good enough to rely on paying bills with yet.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    All agreed. I didn't get a sense of maliciousness from Hill Cone's remarks either - poorly expressed, very poorly timed, and yes, too much self-projection.

    As for golden rules, I think "be kind to each other" is a good one too. I'm fortunate that I default to ascribing the best possible motives to others by default, even when I disagree with them.

    Being the unevolved person I am, though, I do want to unleash the hounds of Hades pretty quickly if I feel that my respect and tolerance are having the piss taken out of them. But I try for kindness first.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 627 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cinema 'Tron, in reply to Sacha,

    Oooh, I like that. Not just because of locusts.

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  • Notes & Queries: Kiwi Queer Screen (Part…,

    Great piece of social history.

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  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies, in reply to Marcus Turner,

    As far as I can tell, the so-called "ad hominem" remarks are describing the publicly-stated political views of these people. (Ok, with a side gloss on their crackpottery.) Frankly, if someone is participating in a political arena, their own views are fair game.

    If someone said "Penny Bright is stupid and fat and picks her nose in public, therefore she shouldn't comment", that would be more of an issue.

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