Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: The Internet Party, whatever happens, in reply to Moz,

    Lorde knows?

    Dotcom doesn't strike me as a Team player...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Getting closer, in reply to Jos,

    feel his disease, come together…

    Did I hear someone say Phil's Disease?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    ...and is it only a coincidence that Chchch Central's new Labour Candidate, Tony Milne, is National Manager of Public Health at the Problem Gambling Foundation in Chchch?

    I guess he'd would've had to resign when elected any way...

    It is really, really sad seeing the people who actually want to help people having to fight each other for the few bones thrown from the 'big table', to do so...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to bmk,

    flees a crowd...

    Fight one or two battles where you have an advantage rather than across a broad front where the enemies greater resources will prevail.

    The very thinking that led to me often bunking the last two periods at high school (on sunny days, and sometimes wet)...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Mea culpa

    Should we add a credit?
    Or not?

    Hmmmm…
    Why not?
    Hell, yes!
    I’m not planning on leaving a headstone anywhere else…
    …and the web is forever isn’t it?

    and I think me and Bryan thought it was okay at the time – ’82!!

    You should see my Strange Records covers!
    ...and should I mention The Last Rumba (bar) LP cvr ?

    This is my latest cover art
    (and yes, Chad got clearance on the collage elements)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said,

    Singapore Girl... This'll fly!
    Parata's championing of Singapore's incentivising of teachers, doesn't really give the full story of their Education system's changes*.
    Nor does she seem to mention that many of the poor parents were monetarily incentivised as well - as part of the already strong nationwide programme to claw back up out of deep poverty.

    Not quite the same scenario here...

    ... by cherry-picking bits of it, Parata & co are trying to peddle a frameless bike, which is certainly not holistic...
    if anything Parata could be literally reverse engineering it,
    and educating some of us back into peasanthood...

    *more info on k-12 Singapore and globally here

    and another very interesting overview and conclusion here

    The essential challenge facing Western jurisdictions is not so much to mimic East Asian instructional regimes, but to develop a more balanced pedagogy that focuses not just on knowledge transmission and exam performance, but on teaching that requires students to engage in subject-specific knowledge building.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully,

    Pay it forward model
    a Learn for free, then pay for someone else to learn scheme has been proposed in Michigan.

    the plan would allow Michigan students to attend college for "free": In return for free tuition, students have to agree to pay a fixed percentage of their future income for a specified number of years to a special fund that would pay other students' college bills.

    Which seems like our old education model - through taxation - now the wheel is being reinvented .
    Anyone who tries to make education (or health) a 'business' should be removed from office.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News,

    even newer new news
    Robocopy is here!

    The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake on Monday - thanks to a robot writer.
    Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News,

    HiTunes: The Top 10 New Zealand Songs About Drugs.

    Oh no!
    You've put my badly drawn Tommy Adderley
    'Gimme that Wine' cover in that story
    - oh well, that's immortality for ya...

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Things worth knowing,

    Dairy me...
    Judith Collins hoist by her own petard?
    I see from this puff piece that her husband only pursued directorships so she could concentrate on politics:

    When their son James was nine, Collins went into politics, a move which forced her to rely more heavily on her mother-in-law and husband.
    "When I was practising as a lawyer, we could juggle all sorts of things around childcare. But when I became an MP...he had to take the primary role of making sure that our son was at school and fed and all sorts of things because I wasn't home at night."
    As a result, Wong-Tung decided to scale down his work and pursue company directorships.
    "He gave up quite a lot for me to be able to fulfil what I wanted to do," says Collins.

    Now we can see how that panned out...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6722 posts Report Reply

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