Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Busytown: Sons for the Return Home,

    Of course you can read the iPAD in the loo!

    When we moved back we discovered there was a special mail rate for boxes that only contain paper eg books magazines photocopies of papers etc, providing there was only paper in the box it got a special, dirt cheap mail rate ... 15 boxes later...

    The weekend we arrived back in NZ we got in a car with a couple of friends and drove to Napier to a wedding. All of our circle of friends were there ... I think it helped.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: Sons for the Return Home,

    Before I read the rest of your post

    the boys’ height markings on the bathroom doorframe

    BRING IT WITH YOU!

    Really! It's actually not that hard to replace a doorframe, but the memories that go with those height markings ... plus you get to explain to everyone you show around your new home that "that doorframe" came all the way from the US just so you could keep the memories.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Chill out: it's a party, in reply to Richard Llewellyn,

    No ‘put your shirts on lads’, no ‘can you stop having so much fun with the other fans’, no ‘see how NZ can put on a good-natured RWC’, just gone. Evicted.

    WTF !?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Chill out: it's a party,

    It has been one of the best things so far about the RWC that fans appear to be just happy to see good Rugby and happy to have a party afterwards. Chatting to couple of cops last Sunday and their biggest worry on opening night was the folks with pushchairs and very young kids getting overwhelmed in the crowd.

    Overall the whole thing seems to be going very well. If some bits could be done better then that's because everyone is learning a bit as we go along, nothing wrong with that really.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Straight for the throat, in reply to Roland Maul,

    My point is why he had to do the interview at all.

    Because it's his job!

    There are days when I feel like shit come 4pm but I have to stay to the end of the day to set the example for the others in the lab and to get the work done.

    These rugby players are doing a job. They are paid, most of them full time pay at a decent salary (not excessive IMO). Since that money comes from advertising players are forced to give interviews in front of advertising hoardings as part of the job.

    I have all the sympathy in the world for the man having to do that job at that time, I genuinely believe that he earned his pay at that time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Towards the Truth, in reply to Richard Aston,

    The idea they are fighting to protect the freedom to tell the truth is a whole other debate. I wouldn’t make the link myself .

    Two parts to this

    The first is, unquestionably many of them believe that is one of the things they are fighting for.

    The second is you are quite right, the reasons behind armed conflicts are not as simple as "truth" and arguably rarely about such things. Much more often political and economic.

    But for the soldiers themselves those are not typically the reasons they have for being willing to fight and it is the soldiers who are faced with the dilemma.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Towards the Truth,

    I think it is an interesting insight into the military. They follow orders. But they are also real people and may not agree with those orders. And as they climb ranks they then must give orders that will result in their own soldiers dying. And even then they may be following political directives they personally don't consider "right".

    I think it becomes a very interesting thing to unravel. Even the idea of "covering things up" become messy when in some cases exposing the truth may actually risk lives The dilemma faced by officers and soldiers in those positions is not something to envy, especially for someone who is fighting to protect the freedom to tell the truth.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’ve worked for at least two largish NZ firms where I’ve never met my direct manager’s boss. It’s wierd and dysfunctional.

    Don't be stupid. Management don't talk to staff, that would be demeaning for them. They might sometimes tell you what to think but they certainly don't want your thoughts. They're managers they don't need your input just your slavish loyalty.

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  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to st ephen,

    You call that an experiment? No replication, no control?

    What you want more than n=1?? Whadarya some kind of referee or something!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4064 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to BlairMacca,

    i'm not a techie so maybe i'm just not in the target

    No the point is Jobs doesn't appeal to techies, he appeals to users.

    His contribution is best measured by the difference in apple before and after he left the first time. One man should not have that much influence but the experiment showed he did.

    The interesting thing now will be whether the "company" has integrated his influence in a way that won't disappear with his absence.

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