Posts by TracyMac

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  • Hard News: Violence in the streets,

    There are plenty of problems with the police. There are corrupt cops and useless cops. There is is definitely a fortress mentality with some. There are plenty of celebrated examples of miscarriage of justice. That's why not having a death penalty is a good thing.

    But there are between 40-70 murders per annum in NZ, and the police "resolution rate" typically hovers around 90%. So with that in mind, a handful of "false positives" (as awful as they are) should be seen in perspective against the hundreds of instances of murderers brought to justice in the 40 years since Arthur Allan Thomas!

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Violence in the streets, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Dude, I am not going to compromise my job, but let's just say that cops investigating a violent death - especially one of this nature - are nowhere near as bloody stupid as you seem to think they are.

    I think it's best summarised as "been there, done that". And there are a multitude of other inquiries being carried out that are well beyond the scope of that paltry list you've managed to toss off the top of your head.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Golden…,

    "Roots-reo-dub" - I like it. And the track is awesome.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Go Home DJ, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Yeah, for "party mix" at home, I thoroughly endorse Media Monkey. Tons of features, and I use it to manage all my media, rip CDs (into zillions of formats) and so on.

    There's even a lock mode so you can cue everything up and no-one can get into it without the password. :-)

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  • Up Front: Card on the Table,

    As for the "geeks = super cool" in terms of their acceptance of queers, eh, I think maybe the "we are awesome liberals" type are - as in, they go beyond "tolerance" to acceptance.

    But there are huge pockets of Christian geeks, military-SF geeks, Randians (and despite their professed "libertarianism", the ones I've encountered have been bigots against queers), etc etc. Having worked with a fundie-type Christian for the past couple of years, I've learned there's a big tranche of them floating around, but who remain relatively stealth until you talk about personal stuff with them for more than 5 minutes. The right-wing military nuts, I've encountered on more than one SF-fan mailing list.

    So maybe in terms of population proportions, geeks have greater queer acceptance compared to the general population, but there are still plenty who have issues. I suppose in the general geek culture, it's less socially-acceptable to be openly bigoted, which is a very good thing. I have to say I do notice the entrenched sexism more.

    Speaking of literary genres and acceptance, I find romance readers are pretty accepting of queers - there is a whole swodge of "gay" romances written by women, and whose market is - at least partially - het women. Of course, there's a heap more Christian-orientated and "traditional" role-affirming stuff out there as well (although those subgenres are the minority compared to the more common staunch heroine these days - just look at Nora Roberts).

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  • Up Front: Card on the Table, in reply to James Butler,

    Actually, that's kind of the converse situation to what Emma talks about, in terms of the "bonus" you get when you find a favourite writer has views that align with your own.

    That is, people whose views/perspective you find fascinating, and the work... not so much. China Mieville and Kim Stanley Robinson fall into that category for me. Haven't actually finished any of their works. Ursula Le Guin is 50/50 - I love about half the stuff she's written, and the other half, I really don't like. Charles Stross, awesome dude, writing leaves me dead. As for Joss Wheedon, love Firefly; Buffy, I simply don't get.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music (on a Thursday):…,

    And it's not just the menz thinking about Sharon O'Neill all those years ago. ;-)

    Totally cool, and very hot. She gave an aura of being confident in her sexuality without it being "slutty" or gratuitous in a skin-exposing kind of way. Lots of my friends modelled themselves on her, which given some of the other potential rolemodels of the time, was great.

    ...On another note, there aren't that many varieties of English where this couplet rhymes:

    And it's telling me that
    You're so hard to forget

    So endearing. :-)

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  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I've been carrying all manner of kinky gear thru lately (checked luggage), and I am soooo thankful I haven't been tossed yet. I'm sure the handcuffs (real ones) would be entertaining enough, not to mention the various floggers, whips, knives, rope, sex toys, etc etc etc...

    I have stopped carrying hypodermic needles across borders - it seriously didn't cross my mind until recently that if they were discovered, I could be viewed as an injecting drug user, which of course most Customs agencies would have a few looooong questions about. :-(

    Just a question on the US situation: are they still fingerprinting everyone (non-US passport holders) like criminals?

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  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Canberra Airport ALWAYS pulls me aside for bomb screening. I go there every 6 or so weeks, and I'm just assuming they're so bored, they need to be doing something. They love their bomb screening there.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Free and Legal, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    in combination with the age of my OS (Windows 5.0SP4). Time for an upgrade methinks.

    I'd definitely say that would be the first port of call! Windows 2000?

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