Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Speaker: What PACE actually does, in reply to Islander,

    I really can cook fish

    And that can become an art form as well. Heston Blumenthal did a series called in search of perfection one episode of which was his search for the perfect fish and chips. The fascination for me was watching someone so talented and dedicated focussing so intently on doing one thing.

    But yes if you have the ability and desire to create (written) works of art then please do so again as they contribute to society in a way that most of us (certainly not me) cannot. But if you get more pleasure out of cooking the perfect fish, well there is real value in that too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What PACE actually does, in reply to Russell Brown,

    without anything like the level of accountability demanded by PACE

    More accountability employs more people to do the accounting. Sadly it usually results in fewer people doing the work as well.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What PACE actually does,

    I guess it shows that despite all the negative publicity there are some very good people and programmes within WINZ. It's such a pity that our current govt views them as a simple drain on the tax dollar when they really do help people find productive worthwhile jobs and careers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Orderly transition" in #Egypt, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Firstly these are urban dwellers, thus tend not to be the rural poor.

    I only spent a couple of days in Cairo and it seemed to me that our definition of urban doesn't match Cairo. Most of the people in Cairo are very poor by our standards. I don't really think there is much to pick between the urban poor of Cairo (20 million plus) and the rural poor.

    Sure the urban rich are different.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Orderly transition" in #Egypt, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Have you *tried* keying text on an iPhone with an AK47 in the other hand?

    I'm pretty sure my nieces could and get a high score at the same time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Orderly transition" in #Egypt,

    followed by the entire mobile phone network.

    Now that is serious shit. Everyone seemed to have a mobile and use it constantly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Orderly transition" in #Egypt,

    So why did the regime block Twitter, Facebook and then any connection to the rest of the internet?

    Because they can. But that doesn't mean twitter and facebook are major players in the protest. Yes those media are being used but I seriously doubt they are the major routes of information flow within Egypt. When they shut down the mobile phone network then I'll pay attention.

    It seems pretty clear that Facebook groups in particular played a significant role in the initial momentum of the protests.

    There are 20 million plus in Cairo. How many of the facebook group were in Egypt?

    Sure both twitter and facebook are being used especially in getting information outside Egypt and perhaps between cities within Egypt. But there are many other ways of moving information around that don't require computer access that are much more useful to the population. It plays a role but I just don't believe it plays as big a role as us media junkies might perceive here. From what I saw as a tourist a couple of years ago mobile phones seem like a much more powerful organising tool since everyone has one (or more), and no I don't mean smart phones.

    But whatever, it really isn't significant compared to the reality of revolution. It isn't twitter or facebook causing or even enabling revolution, it's the reality that people are unhappy enough to be willing to die on the streets.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Orderly transition" in #Egypt,

    These are the times that our PM is an embarassment

    As opposed to the times when he isn't. These are the times when you appreciate that our previous PM had some significant experience on the international stage.

    But all that is a sideshow to the concept of 80 million people having a change of government, most of them poor, half of them with little education. Will they know how this change is going to occur and what it will mean for them. While it may be fun to mock someone about his derision of twitter and facebook one thing to remember is that most Egyptians have no access to facebook or twitter. It is their revolution and from here it may look like facebook and twitter play a role but in Egypt I doubt it. It may be our portal to the events but not theirs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Mitsy Starion

    Daihatsu make a Sirion which can't ever read as anything other than Sirloin .. which makes me think of BBQ

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  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…, in reply to DeepRed,

    Starbuck’s down-under foray is the Edsel Espresso

    Not quite the right reference. Edsel was a failure of marketing, the car itself was OK.

    Whereas in Oz and NZ SB fails because the product is not as good as the competition. That's different from the US where SB is better than most of the competition.

    That's why attributing failure to kiwis being snobs is laughable. A snob is someone who buys a more expensive or lower quality product because of name or marketing. What kiwi coffee drinkers demonstrate is that no amount of marketing will make them buy SB coffee - instead they buy a better higher quality product that most times is cheaper ... pretty much the exact opposite of a snob.

    Call me a coffee geek for sure but not a snob.

    I've talked about my experiences with US coffee in previous threads including the dire state that is Utah - but recently I found a cafe in Napier that sold what it called a Bongo. Halfway between a machiatto and a latte (actually about a third of the way). Anyone know of an Auckland place that has that size?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3493 posts Report Reply

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