Posts by James Butler

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  • Hard News: Jonesing, in reply to The Ruminator,

    Who pays for porn?

    To be fair, in a hotel room in 2010 the internet might not have been the cheapest option.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political Idol, or whatever…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    @CunliffeLeader is a troll

    And the account is dead now, which suggests to me at least that if it was a troll, it was a genuine one. A satirical troll wouldn't pack up shop like that.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Gordon Campbell…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Those wondering about the title of this article

    I call dibs on this gag.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Reinventing Beatles,

    I’ve always liked a good cover version.

    I'm going to re-tell an anecdote which I have used over the years as an excuse for my sparse (but deep! Honestly!) appreciation of pop music:

    When I was a child I seldom heard pop music in the house. One day when I was 9 or 10 I heard the sound of an orchestra, playing a tune I kind of recognised, coming from the stereo; I asked Dad what it was.
    "Oh, that's this record - "Ron Goodwin And His Orchestra Play The Beatles". You know, when you listen carefully, The Beatles had some good tunes - it's just a pity they couldn't play or sing properly."

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Tooled Up for Food,

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    Cor, check out the patina on that one!

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Tooled Up for Food,

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    Le Creuset, c. 40 years old - almost the only thing I inherited from my Dad that doesn't have wheels. Story is that it was a wedding present for his attempted first wedding, which fell through at the last minute. But he got to keep the cookware, so.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Complicated, in reply to BenWilson,

    I think it’s more about consent than maturity – that’s an incredibly subjective idea. Furthermore, having sex is in itself a driver of maturity, a rite of passage.

    Yep - arguably the most robust defence of ages of consent is similar to that of anti-polymarriage laws, that the intention (never mind the effect) is to protect coercion of the less powerful by the more powerful. Both of these are blunt instruments. When/if anti-poly laws are overturned in progressive Western countries, it will be at least in part because our society is less tolerant of oppression of women in general than it once was, so the extra protection of mono-only marriage is no longer necessary. I'm not sure what the analogue would be for ages of consent.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Complicated, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    The surprising thing about that piece of received wisdom for me is how accurate it actually is to what are generally considered acceptable age differences in Western society (quirks of gender aside).

    I always thought it should be exponential rather than linear, but yeah.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Complicated,

    I thought the law was "half your age plus 7"? That's what my my classmates at high school said.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Golden Age for the Arts?,

    Late to this but:

    I've been thinking for a while of auditioning for Voices New Zealand, the national chamber choir, and have been keeping an eye out for when the next round of auditions would be - they're usually every three years or thereabouts. What did I discover this weekend? I've been waiting in vain - they haven't been holding rounds for some time because they don't have enough money to fly the audition panel between cities. Sigh.

    I was complaining about corporate sponsorship and naming rights a month or two ago. I take it all back.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

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