Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes,

    As a crusty old male scientist, can I just say this is freakin' awesome.

    Any efforts to get more girls keen to apply their talents to science is very much appreciated. Far too many grant panels and planning meetings are bathed in testosterone. One day we might even get some women in science actually running our CRIs ... we can but hope.

    As an aside my field of research is dominated by about half a dozen groups most of which are led by amazing women (including our own).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 2…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    takes the time to write her own life story

    Is she perhaps related to the Miss Spong who was reported to be Churchill's bodyguard during the WWII? I think those documents may have become public domain now.

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story, in reply to Soon Lee,

    There was a multiplex on Clark St* where we would go regularly and maybe one day there will be again.

    I remember the bowling alley!!!

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It'll look quite different when the lights go on.

    They always do, dear.

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  • Hard News: CWC 2015: Contains graphic horror, in reply to Emma Hart,

    They’ve managed an odd balance of making the graphics incredibly intrusive, and also very difficult to read.

    It took me ages to figure out even where to look for the score, I originally thought it was some weird advertising logo.

    I suspect having Cricbuzz open on the iPad is going to be required.

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  • Hard News: CWC 2015: Contains graphic horror,

    When I saw it yesterday I just thought
    “oh this is one of those warm ups where the broadcaster plays with a whole bunch of stupid ideas to see what they look like”
    I was half expecting to hear the batsmen and bowlers wired up with mics for their “on-field impressions”

    But now you’re telling me this is what the next month will be like? Honestly I can cope with the advertising, I get that this is a business. But the stupid bobble heads aren’t about advertising, that’s just something some marketing wonk dreamed up at the end of a four hour “lunch meeting”.

    And it pretty clearly has been designed for a weird aspect ratio, maybe designed for phones?

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  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to Jolisa,

    that it will be slow

    That does depend on your definition of slow.

    In reality, at the most this change will mean a minute or two for any given driver, probably less.

    Like many things that happen in a car the perspective on time seem to be unreasonable. Most meetings at work run many many minutes over schedule; dinner out with your loved one has no time limits a minute either way makes no difference; a minute or two more sleep won't make the hangover better.

    But in a car people get violent about a minute.

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  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    What strikes me about this is the willingness of people to judge.

    They were bad to have sex in the office - I would never do that
    They were stupid to ... - I would never do that
    They filmed the couple having sex ... - I would never do that
    The posted photos etc ... - I would never do that

    And yet most of us do screw up. It turns out some of the behaviours might even have been illegal. Some of the behaviours could be classed as "being a dick". But honestly how many folks can say they have never been a dick or screwed up. Can Ms Corkery claim to have never gossiped, because frankly that's about all the patrons of the pub did, gossiping with today's technology is a bit different than it used to be, but it still isn't much more than "I saw Mr Smith snogging the CFO at the Xmas party".

    Best thing about the whole episode seems to have been that most folks don't consider sex an indecent act. Worst thing is the amount of sanctimonious preaching going on from people who at some time in their lives have almost certainly "done that" in some form or another.

    Of course here I am judging all those so quick to judge ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Walk the Line,

    cheerfully offering people cups of really vile coffee

    Heh that's so you feel better about the other truly shit stuff going on right?

    Thank you to the Black Caps for cheering me up no end through my treatment. I have been assured by many people that they’re only doing it for me.

    Seriously it's the only reasonable explanation.

    And really seriously, I hope the last third is tolerable and I really really hope you get well enough soon so you can come up to Auckland and we can give you all those hugs we've been saving up specially just for you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…, in reply to David Haywood,

    and therefore "expected" that their activities would also not be visible at night.

    Really?

    Do you really think there was that much thought involved?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

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