Posts by Emma Hart

Last ←Newer Page 1 2 3 4 5 Older→ First

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language,

    We have an update. Charles Stross has announced he's signed exclusively with Dirty Reader.

    Dirty Reader uses advanced NaughtyWords™ artificial intelligence technology to scan a corpus of text and detect the optimum location in which to insert a metric fuckton of cuntybollockspoofacefucknuggets to enliven your reading experience and bring it closer into line with the author's state of mind

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to Josh Addison,

    I’ve always wondered if that’s actually true, or if Americans just pretended not to know what “wanker” means so they could get away with swearing on TV.

    See, now I'm going to have to go find the episode and watch it with the commentary. Oh no...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Although it’s sometimes better when people have to get creative to get one past the censors.

    That's like the way they were allowed to say "wanker" on Buffy because it was America and nobody knew what it meant.

    But again, a lot the power of that insult is packed into Tom Hiddlestone's delivery of that line. "Mewling" is just as degrading as "quim", the way he says it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to BenWilson,

    But there’s no way any software’s going to be able to do that for a long time.

    Well it'd take actual work, by a person, which took into account things like voice and context. But yes, leaving them out altogether is vastly preferable to using minced oaths, because there's a certain kind of person who uses minced oaths and it's basically Ned Flanders.

    Very little actual foul language by today’s standards, but they still managed to convey curses, just by the evocative imagery and tonal intensity.

    Because it's not the words themselves that are rude or offensive or whatever, but the intent.

    This also goes for shows that use fake swear-words. You never had to be told what 'frack' meant.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language,

    If you want to play the Clean Reader game, this column has a by no means comprehensive list of its substitutions.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Brett Lee too

    If you overlook those beamers he bowled …

    Yeah, I can't remember a moment of Brett Lee's onfield career where he wasn't a stereotypical angry fast-bowler. I remember a couple of high-scoring tight one-dayers against us where he bowled several above-head-height no-balls - either he was trying to scare our batters on purpose, or he couldn't control his bowling under stress.

    Off-field, it appears to be a completely different story:

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Great that it was shown on Prime so accessible to a lot more people. Hopefully the final will be too.

    It is indeed, which is fantastic.

    I’m married to an Ozzie. Usually, I support them against anyone else.

    My dad was Australian. Half my family is Australian. I understand your situation is completely different.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to BenWilson,

    It may be somewhat traitorous of me to the region and my wife, but I’m going for India today.

    Dude. We support NZ, and anyone playing Australia.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And we should not lose sight of the fact that the rain was (mixed metaphor alert) an incredible windfall for New Zealand. Things might have been very different had we been chasing 360 in 50 overs.

    It's never great when a result is affected by weather, and SA had been devastated by rain-affected games twice in the past. That said, they knew the rain was in the forecast, and they won the toss and decided to bat first anyway. They could have been the team batting second with the D/L run-rates in their pockets. It was a gamble.

    At the beginning of this World Cup, my bet was that we'd be knocked out in the semis. I also thought SA were the best team in the competition as a team - less fragile, less dependent on one or two great players, better attitude which always shows in the field. I did not think we were going to beat them.

    I got off the couch for the last over and watched it crouched down behind the coffee table. True story.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care,

    I feel I should have many profound things to say about this, especially after the first report came out and some people were all, "See, the police did everything they could, this is just how these things go." No. They could not have failed more spectacularly than "a specialist child protection unit didn't understand the law around child sexual abuse".

    But here's what I keep coming back to. Until I listened to Jacinda's speech, it had never occurred to me that someone shouldn't have to be brave to file a rape complaint. Never. That's what I'd accepted as 'just the way things go', that the police would never be on your side, that the complaint process would be traumatic and oppositional, as well as completely futile.

    I also want to share a story, about 'other things that could have been done', though I'm not sure what the conclusion to draw is. When I first joined a local 'special interest' group, at the first meeting one of the leaders told us that there was a man around who had done some pretty awful shit. He didn't identify the person, but he gave enough information that I could speak to him privately afterwards and confirm that yes, this was the same guy who had just approached me on-line, and yes, he had raped a member of the community. (The victim laid a complaint, which, given she had a major 'oh but she was asking for it' identifier, was incredibly, yeah, brave.)

    It could have been me. If not for that one guy feeling he had a duty of care to his community, it could have been me. So it didn't take an incredibly-unlikely conviction to keep me safe, just someone speaking up.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

Last ←Newer Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 442 Older→ First