Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: Behaving badly at the bottom…,

    How do you get off living in a country where such presumptions aren't the norm, backed up by reams upon reams of historical precedent?

    We don't have reams of historical precedent for anything here.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 1: Beach…,

    Speedos went out of fashion when people stopped even pretending to swim at the beach. They're still the best garment for actual swimming.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 1: Beach…,

    Kahawai !!!!!!!!!!

    Thar she blows!

    Sounds like your fishing skills rival my own.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 1: Beach…, in reply to ScottY,

    We are going camping next week with our two pre-school children. May not be quite so relaxed by the time I return to work.

    Heh, word to that. Just because you love it doesn't mean it won't shatter you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 2:…, in reply to ScottY,

    Bloody typical, isn't it? We finally have the chance to win the Rugby World Cup on our home turf after decades of pain, and then the End Of Days comes along and ruins everything.

    If we win, then it's the perfect point to end time. If we lose, then judgment day will surely come anyway. Preferably before the final.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 2:…,

    I think the Apocalypse is suffering from scope creep. In the old days, just flooding some small region was good enough, now we won't settle for anything short of complete planetary destruction, with the associated difficulty of keeping the righteous alive somehow. Also, it's not really the Apocalypse if there's no warning. Sales, marketing, and development really haven't been working together on this one. It needs a decent project manager. A beast of a job.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 1: Beach…,

    Suddenly, just walking past an open doorway was like walking past a pizza oven.

    It gets scary hot there, I'd be running between doors outside, holding my breath because the air actually burned my throat. I think the lack of humidity made it worse.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 1: Beach…, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    I guess Bethells is just that little bit further than, say, Piha or Karekare. Amazing place, though, especially the sand dunes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 2:…, in reply to Steve Parks,

    Admittedly it's only the US transfers that take so long. To Australia it's a lot faster, usually within a week.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 2:…,

    Any other overseas earner noticed this?

    I'm damned sure they're using the money for something, anyway. Could just be for the interest. There's no good reason for wire transfers of money to take any time at all. I guess overnight would be justifiable - but not the 15 days I sometimes have to wait. Actual physical money could have circumnavigated the globe many times in that period. What are they doing? Sending it in a ship or something?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10243 posts Report Reply

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