Posts by James Butler

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  • Hard News: What the TiVo deal signifies,

    Trippy. Maybe I could set up a script to load random (and even contradictory) versions of the post every 10 minutes, so that depending on when they arrive, readers may be debating entirely different points.

    Think of it as an interactive indictment of the ephemerality of topicality in digressionary digital discourse.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What the TiVo deal signifies,

    You know how you have to be careful around open CMS windows and watch that you don't accidentally delete stuff when you're pasting in additional content?

    You were saying?

    I've been trying out the Panasonic BluRay recorder/DVR, which does have a viable YouTube application (in VieraCast) – but is let down somewhat by

    ...

    Aargh editing dilemma.... I could make this post look like I hadn't failed to read Giovanni's, which would make me look better to later readers, but would spoil the narrative... also I'd have to think of something intelligent to say instead...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be the party of good science,

    "Why the NZ Government needs to embrace Natural Healthcare into the Health System"

    (disclaimer - Green Party member)

    Oh god... what pains me most here is the hijacking of the word "Nature". If "Nature" is the system of intrinsic laws which governs the universe, then surely a dose of antibiotics when you have an infection, or a course of chemo when you have cancer, is by definition more "natural" than Reiki or Holistic Pulsing, because it is derived from the best of our imperfect understanding of said natural laws. What's intrinsically "natural" about imaginary made-up bullshit?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be the party of good science,

    Intellectual charity demands I believe they are evil instead.

    Hanlon's Razor demands otherwise.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be the party of good science,

    In our house we can't use fluoro bulbs in the most-used light fittings, because they're recessed into the ceiling and the bulbs overheat and fail after about 2 months. And because we don't own the house, we have no control over the light fittings.

    If there were some serious government carrot/stick, we might convince our landlord to replace the fittings similarly to how he has improved the insulation since that became subsidised.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The roof was on fire,

    Sartorial comment: NZers, as a rule, do not regularly wear khaki chinos, jorts, or jirts. Therefore, we are made of win.

    I wear denim shorts on occasion; this is mainly because I went to school with sk8rz. Pleated pants of any fabric, however, are a crime against humanity when worn without a suit or dress jacket.

    As an aside, one audience member at a concert I sang at over the weekend was a tall, thin elderly man wearing black dress shoes and socks, tweed walk shorts, tweed jacket, a Waitakere conservation t-shirt, and a (silk?) cravat. He looked ace.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Screen Wars,

    one memorable weapon from Iain Banks' Consider Phlebas , which converted from a pendant into a tiny, silent-firing lacework pistol

    Who needs a gun when you can have a frikkin' knife missile?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The conversation they want to…,

    I always thought a huge chunk of the not-sprogging-with-close-rellies thing is about family structure rather than genetics

    Replace "family structure" with "abuse", and you have a stronger point. The power dynamics within a family make the boundary between coercion and consent so dubious (even for legal adults) that the only prudent option is a blanket taboo (Robert Heinlein notwithstanding).

    having a granddad who is also your father makes for confusion however you slice it

    Confusion seems like the least of the problems.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The conversation they want to…,

    I've been reading this thread with some interest (and horror) and haven't come up with anything interesting to say, but I'm going to say it anyway... I'm 26 and the father of a boy and a girl, aged 8 and 5 - my wife and I have only gradually gotten used to moving in social circles with our children's friends parents, who are closer to our parent's age than ours (living in Mt Eden doesn't help ;-)).

    What are the biological risks associated with having children at a later age compared to the sociological risks of having children before you're mature/financially stable enough to adequately care for them? I read somewhere(TM) that for society as a whole, increasing the average age of starting a family is correlated with all kinds of benefits. Higher average education levels among women being just one.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Detritus,

    My late father thought that The Beatles had written some nice tunes, so he went out and bought Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra present: Classic Beatles or somesuch - which he thought did the material far more justice than the originals.

    His only other pop record was Days of Future Passed, because he liked the orchestra bits.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

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