Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Cracker: Sole Man,

    __I still don't see what's actually been achieved__

    Not much.

    In terms of symbolism, rather a lot. Bush, you might recall, is pretty big on symbols.

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  • Random Play: He's just an excitable boy…,

    We're stil talking about fake dog testicles, right...?

    The soft silicone version. No bitch would be fooled by those clunky polyester cheapies.

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  • Cracker: Sole Man,

    Iran? What am I missing here? Fingering the loathsome John Banks-on-steroids Ahmedinejad in an attempt to draw some kind of moral equivalence seems to spring from the same school of thought as blaming Saddam for 9/11.

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  • Random Play: He's just an excitable boy…,

    Fake bollocks . . .

    Scroll down a bit for the heavy-duty stuff:
    Equine & Bullshit?

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  • Hard News: Essay Question,

    "Urewea 17"

    Taking the piss.

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  • Cracker: Sole Man,

    Bush seems kinda likeable in his comments after the shoe-throwing.

    Finally, under stress, he becomes articulate. Who knew?

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  • Hard News: From soundbite to policy,

    I reckon it would be cool to put steppers on cinema projectors, and do dub/scratch robot DJ with pictures.

    This kind of thing, maybe?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_printer

    The old National Film Unit had a state-of-the-art early 70s model, along with a full-on animation stand from the same maker. The guy who installed them had apparently just come from Iran, where he'd set up several for the then Shah's dream of becoming the Hollywood of the middle east. Your Weta contact should be able to fill you in on what became of them.

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  • Hard News: From soundbite to policy,

    The CNC profile cutter is mind boggling. There all these wires and circuitry and computer logic and servo motors and precision bearings and software that doesn't run on Mac. One of the difficult aspects of the project is obtaining affordable second hand parts that are compatible with the other parts. I'm at the stage where I know enough about what I'm doing to ask the right questions and who to ask, leading to knowing more to in-turn ask more.

    Kewl! I spent a chunk of the 80s immersed in a primitive (by now standards) NC project. Recirculating ball screws, stepper motors, the pros & cons of open & closed loop. After much debugging it all worked to expectations, only to be eventually obsoleted by doing things (turning artwork into 2D animation) entirely by computer.

    At school I was classed as a math klutz, but with a real-world problem to solve and the help of some great & dedicated people it wasn't a problem. No need to wish you the luck with your extraordinary undertakings Steven, you've obviously got that under control :)

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  • Hard News: From soundbite to policy,

    I'm building a numerically controlled plasma cutting machine. I have no background in electrical engineering or computer programing.

    I'm guessing that you'd have some precision engineering skills. In my humble experience of precision engineers, they're an interestingly "different" bunch.

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  • Hard News: From soundbite to policy,

    Kerry Packer, built a media empire, and he was profoundly illiterate.

    Not exactly - Packer was the third generation of an existing media empire, which was already pretty substantial by the time his dad Sir Frank - also rumoured to be somewhat cognitively challenged - popped off and left him in charge.
    Doesn't detract from your point, though. One thing about cognitive/behavioural disabilities, they certainly highlight the importance of personality.

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