Posts by Paul Brislen

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  • Hard News: Paul Reynolds: A Contribution,

    I said this over on Janet Wilson's site (in answer to Bill R's rant about how stupid social media is):

    We last caught up at the Social Media Junction where he was speaking about museums.

    He was gracious as usual (”I’m not the other Paul Reynolds”) and bumptious (”These lights are too bright”, they were too) and just typically Paul, getting stuck into Thatcher and then complaining about conference hosts who don’t have clocks on the wall so speakers can’t tell how long they’ve got left.

    I got to heckle him for that (”Buy a watch”) and he got to complain that I never shut up and now he won’t get to badger me for an iPad and we won’t get talk about how it might be the saving of the newspaper industry and that is that.

    Here’s to you Paul Reynolds – the original, the one and only.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rousing Auckland,

    Paul, I don't think that warning is sufficiently strident, but I also don't know how to make it more so. Maybe some mistakes just have to be made.
    And, really, you haven't lived on the 'net (I was going to say tubes, but thought that might be a bit too rough) if you haven't seen it at least once.

    I figure there's probably a whole internet generation of users who have no idea what we're talking about as they weren't even connected Back in The Day (pre lolcatz).

    I hope it stays that way... but they'll have googled it and will now be pulling their own eyes out.

    Still, can't say we didn't warn them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rousing Auckland,

    At least it wasn't a goatse image like a certain local magazine foolishly ran...

    no, I'm not explaining that further and please (for those that don't know) don't google for it. For the love of god, don't do it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: P is for Potential,

    Oooh, I like it!

    Plus it means we can move those surplus science teachers out of the schools (where they're just getting in the way now we focus on readin' rightin and rythmatic) and back in the lab where they can be productive members of society!

    Like it. Like it a lot.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    Of course, what I REALLY want is the second generation OLPC... but that won't see the light of day.

    Version 3.0 looks nice though.

    ew. Ugly URL. apologies all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    I'm not fanboi, believe me... I have Issues with the Jobsempire.


    this is a device I will buy.

    I want to watch movies on it.
    I want to read books on it.
    Most importantly, I want to read newspapers on it.

    Newspapers are very important to me. I worked for newspapers for many years and edited one for not quite as long as I would have liked.

    There's something about newspapers that really shouts to me and I can happily say I have bought my last one.

    Newspapers are great, but by the time I get The Times, The Guardian, New York Times and all the others posted out to me, they're old. I want them right now.

    So I use their websites, but again, they suck. They take each story and republish it but I don't get to see how each story works in the context of the newspaper. Placing stories on a page is an artform and I want to see the paper laid out as the editors intended.

    With the iPad I can. I won't be going to the Herald's website again - I'll be looking at the Herald itself. I'll zoom in on a story and read it on the go (and no more black ink on my hands! ha!).

    Better still, when the papers get orgainsed and put video up, I'll watch a video embedded in the paper. There will be ads. I will read it like I read the papers today.

    I believe the iPad will revolutionise the way newspapers live and breath and given the rubbish they're going through at the moment, this is no bad thing.

    I'm no fanboi - but I will be buying one of these the day they come out.

    YMMV of course.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Disunited,

    Oh Oh! I've got one...

    School reunions: you need that like a hole in the head.


    Best reunion ever: Grosse Point Blank.

    the rest suck and I say that as someone who's never been to one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Smut-Clog Part 2: This Time…,

    Just hearing the "shave the head so the scar won't be visible/drilling/shrinking/radiation" I was in mild discomfort. Brr.

    Take the drugs, Emma. Take them and run with them (and remember to share: partners need a bit of help too)!

    And if any bastard comes near you with a staple gun to seal up the wound, hit them as hard as you can (even while being unconscious). Get them to promise No Staples ahead of time.

    Not sure if they still do it but they're a bastard of a thing. Just trust me on that one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Smut-Clog Part 2: This Time…,

    I recommend the FULL head shave.

    My wife did that for her haemangeoblastoma (aka The Little Bastard) and not only did she look great but she didn't have that crappy "I've just had my skull opened up (and not in a good way) and now can't wash my hair" thing going on.

    Remember: Tramadol is your friend (but makes it very hard to sleep when you come off it - factor in an entire night of awake time); John Key is the prime minister and HDU nurses have no sense of humour when it comes to remembering what day/week/month/who's in charge when they're doing your obs chart so don't even try.

    Report back soonest. Photos a must.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Home (Is Where I Want to Be),

    Did someone say builder?

    In Three Kings, near Domnion Road?

    cough cough, I'm looking at getting a man in to do a bathroom job if anyone's got a good recommendation...

    Social media AT its finest.

    cheers in advance,

    Paul (email me at paul dot brislen at vodafone dot com or post here if you like. I'm sure there are plenty of folk reading this who would like a good builder/plumber/electrician recommendation).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

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