Posts by James Butler

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Rex Widerstrom,

    Amongst all this deserved condemnation of Collins I have yet to see much of Goff for his “court martialed and shot” comment, which he later – in true “Crusher” Collins “I meant double bunking, not rape” style – tried to pass off as a joke.

    I think Goff's comments flow naturally from Collins', like his response to Key's list of celebrities he'd like to do - he wants to be popular like the Nats, so when he hears one of them say something outrageous, his first instinct is to one-up them.

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  • Hard News: About Arie,

    DPF relents, but I see no apology for his earlier comment...

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open, in reply to JackElder,

    Given that commercial espresso machines involve a) actual steam and b) metal pipes and brass fixings, how much more steampunk can you really make one?

    But don't you think that in the transition from punk -> cyberpunk -> steampunk -> steampunk espresso machine, something has been lost from the word “punk”? A steampunk gin still or heroin lab would be more apropos, methinks.

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open, in reply to steven crawford,

    steam punked commercial espresso machine

    Although I have to say, an espresso machine sounds kinda inherently more steam-smooth-jazz than steampunk.

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I’m fed up with the celebrification of politics. Why it is necessary for a handsome prince to alight here briefly in order to distract the populace from the huge and complex issues facing Christchurch and the country at large. Real people are hurting and traumatised and jokey blokey stuff for nice media pictures and poll ratings is just not appropriate.

    Does this count as "celebrification"? In times gone by this would look like a pretty normal duty of minor Royalty - to be seen by their subjects every now and then, esp. in times of hardship. Perhaps the fact that it happens so seldom here, thus making this visit more noticeable, is a sign of the "de-monarchation" of NZ politics. Which I would say is a good thing.

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open,

    Also, I saw this on BoingBoing. I have yet to parse it fully (I am at work, after all), but the one flaw I have found so far is that it doesn't attempt to put any SF film/TV in context like it does with written lit - it just lumps them together as "Film", which seems simplistic. But otherwise a good time-sink, if you like this kind of thing.

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open, in reply to steven crawford,

    I have a steam punked commercial espresso machine.

    OK c'mon, this requires elaboration / pics (or it didn't happen etc.).

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Che Tibby,

    It appears that, still, no one has had the nerve to ask who beat him.

    please god, let it be Collins herself.

    She'll need to know so she can hand them a commendation. </snark>

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Assuming that the officer(s) responsible can even be identified. Or do you want every officer who came into contact with Arie prosecuted, just because?

    Presumably (if the police were in fact responsible) if the officer(s) responsible can't be identified, it would be because none of the officers present were willing to identify them. I think this counts as "the police covering for their own", no?

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  • Hard News: What Now?, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And I’m thinking, sentiment aside, that a City that has suffered more than 5 major earthquakes in its 150 year history is in the wrong place.

    If you really want to take that to the reductio ad absurdum, the billions of human beings living at the rim of the Pacific basin are “in the wrong place”.

    This picture has been doing the rounds a bit. What gets me is how many of the regions totally obscured by little earthquake dots are also historically highly liveable, populous areas - the whole Mediterranean + middle east, south-east Asia, central America. Perhaps it's no coincidence.

    Cf. the nice rich, fertile soil you get around active volcanoes.

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