Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Speaker: Play by Discretion,

    Richardson was referring to an incident in 2006 when, in a test match against Sri Lanka, Brendon McCullum ran out Muttiah Muralitharan while he was walking down the pitch to celebrate Kumar Sangakkara scoring a century.

    I was glad someone mentioned that, because that seemed to me to be worse than what Sidebottom did. It may be that Vettori has a different ethos for his team than Fleming did, and really wouldn't have made the same call that Collingwood did in his position, but I dunno.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    I worked as a captioner for four years. It's a total TV/pop culture/media/grammar nerd job.

    Big cheers for Robin. Good-quality captioning makes such a difference to my daughter's life. Poor-quality captioning provides unintentional hilarity.

    And yeah, my partner reminded me that the descriptive ones are read out loud, which I should have remembered, because we 'listened' to Pirates of the Carribbean once and it was a total trip.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    Yikes, about 100 cloves of garlic were planted last weekend - I do hope the chief gardener got it right :)

    You've got it right, Andrew, I do this every year. In on the shortest day, out on the longest. Garlic is a cold climate plant. If it's too warm the tops fall over too soon before you get decent bulbs.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Hunting Squirrels,

    What you'd need is the parents of a gay couple, who actually might not have been all that thrilled when their son/daughter first came out, talking about how wonderful it was to attend the civil union, how nice to was to have family and friends together and celebrating the formalising of the relationship.

    Or... okay, so as to avoid dead-squirrel hunting even though I find this a bit icky - a heterosexual couple with a civil union talking about how they were able to choose the relationship form that was right for them.

    Keep all the social legislation I loved right out of it. Kiwisaver, WFF... people who are firmly demonstrably financially better off.

    Except of course that leads you right into the Cheese Argument.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    At the time I thought it very strange that hearing impaired had different subtitles than the rest of us, but I guess other sound effects would be included.

    Indeed, it includes important sound effects or anything an on-screen character reacts to - ringing phone, slamming door, distant scream, etc.

    The trick sometimes is to not get these confused with the full descriptive subtitles that describe what's happening on the screen. I don't grok the purpose of these - surely if you can't see what's happening, you also can't see the subtitles, but I'm bound to be missing something here.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    I've only done it with jersey bennys (potatoes, I've grown yams like this too), they work well, all year round even (Wgtn weather).

    Like Deborah, I love agrias, they're so reliable. I wasn't going to put any in this year because we're probably moving in a few months. But in buckets, I can take 'em with me...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    Really? I didn't know that, thanks Danielle.

    Closed captions for the Deaf. When someone is being sarcastic, the subtitle will have an exclamation mark in brackets after it (!). After watching a couple of seasons of closed caption Buffy - Whedon, sarcastic, who'd've thought (!) - I'd really like to see this practice catch on more on the net, for all I'd like to think we don't need it.

    And here's my parental advice for the week. Do something utterly, recklessly self-indulgent every now and then. I just got my first tattoo yesterday, and I'm a much nicer mummy for it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Oliver's Army,

    Sometimes I'm tempted to make a macro to produce my 'enable sense of humour' instructions at the press of a key...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Google Trending and MGMT,

    So I've downloaded, and just been pimping it out, with a new add-ons, including Lazarus by the team behind interclue. I really missed the form saving feature that disappeared sometime from Netscape, so I'm looking forward to having it back.

    I shall tell the guy who built it when he gets home from work, he'll be dead chuffed.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Medical Matters,

    Well .. it's a tough issue. For a start there are far too many homos running around. It's really annoying not being able to take more than a few paces outside without having to risk losing one's lunch.

    Then there are the adulterers. They should be strung up as an example. I'll not say where or how.

    Oh, beautiful. I haven't stopped laughing yet.

    I take it we string gay adulterers up inside? Inquiring minds need to know.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4503 posts Report Reply

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