Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Word of the Year 2007,

    and there's the Eggcorn Database, where you can revel in the linguistic craziness of others.

    OMG! Ex-potential! I've been wanting a word for that. Y'know, like the way Chris Cairns had tonnes of potential and just needed to realise his potential and then he retired.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Clamour to Cringe,

    Then it really will carry all the hallmarks of an addictive drug, better than sex...

    Dude, one of us is doing SOMETHING wrong.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Clamour to Cringe,

    Bamping will soon be a leading search term, with people trying to figure out what the hell it is.

    I've been telling people kiwi bamping is our equivalent of quokka soccer.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Hey, good lookin’,

    Actually, Hilary will be the first person to freeze their tits off.

    Throughout history, every other American President has frozen something else.

    'Would be', surely...

    And what are the odds on her being the second President to actually catch their death on Inauguration Day?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Word of the Year 2007,

    When I stopped trying to be clever and think of the word that summed up the last year for me, the answer was actually obvious:

    underwhelming.

    It describes everything: the Rugby World Cup, anything involving the Black Caps or Michael Campbell, the real effect of repealing s59, the actual content of Californication, David Beckham... All year, I've just been repeatedly underwhelmed.

    Impressed by Coskriedictory, though. We'd been using neo-contradictory. And Neo-con-scripted for the Republican debates.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Somebody flicked the…,

    Well you might as well enjoy it. The locals here in the Bridge refer to Mangere Bridge as the Mission Bay of South Auckland

    I prefer Le Pont Paresseux when I am feeling suitably Continental.

    I think you'd be hard pressed to beat refering to Timaru as the 'Riviera of the South'. That spawned my family calling Orari the 'gateway to Geraldine'.

    And this is my pick for trendy-liberal-guilt Christmas present of the year.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Too busy with First Life sorry,

    Second Life, however imperfectly, is the closest thing around to the network in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash for example

    and seems to be what it's designed to emulate.

    otherwise... so dull that you can guarantee only adults will be on there.

    I do know someone who, while mainly a WoW player, mucks around in Second Life occasionally specifically to take the piss out of other players. This includes doing stuff like turning up to a western-themed sim as an eight-foot tall werewolf wearing cowboy hat and saying 'howdy' a lot. Or making a flotilla of 50-foot flying hotdogs and flying them over furry sims while playing Flight of the Valkyries. It's a sandbox. It doesn't appeal to me, but I can see how it appeals to others. I like some structure.

    I wrote on it when it first came out, and I am astounded to see that there's been very little improvement in its UI or graphics since then. But I'm also boggled as to why the media seems to fixate on Second Life so much more than any other MMORPG.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back in the mainstream,

    The Chaser is coming to our screens soon

    Choice.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back in the mainstream,

    If you go here you can watch the guys from the Chaser pop round to Kevin's place with a few of his Facebook friends.

    He copes very, very well indeed. I hear a rumour he was some kind of diplomat...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back in the mainstream,

    I'd predict the Greens would do a lot better in NZ under STV if that were the case.

    Um... how? The Greens got seven percent of the House of Reps vote, and no seats. STV isn't proportional, and it hasn't switched Aus off being a two-party state.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4385 posts Report Reply

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