Posts by Hamish

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  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    We've been spoilt. A 23 - 11 victory over the winners of the six nations, is great by any standards. except our own, of course. sack the coach

    Although the french camera-guys did their best to try and ruin the experience with all those stupid zoom-ins and slow-motion glow replays of people licking their lips. Seriously, what's with that?

    That nifty wire-cam was a good idea, but whoever was operating the thing didn't have a clue what they were doing.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Bar brawls aren't my thing,

    DPF just posted about her Herald on Sunday column where she attacks her critics and claims that four of every five pregnant Asian women aborted their babies.

    She has taken the number of asian abortions (3502), rounded it up to 4000, then divided that by the number of live births (5252) and come up with the stupid statistic.

    The actual number of conceptions is, of course, almost 9000, so the actual abortion rate is 40%.

    Lies, damn lies and racism.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Bar brawls aren't my thing,

    ...it's a not a competition...

    But, you know, right?

    Full credit to David. He really is the first 'big' New Zealand blogger - he's the only one around who can consistantly generate long discussion threads (dispite the faulty comment functionality on that blog). Also he isn't a journo (:P@U'S).

    PA/Classic is less a blog and more a collection of editorial comment: more a 'content generator' than a 'content collator'.

    Or something.

    (By the way, any possibility of confirming if that was actually Mr Cohen?)

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Boys Beware,

    Heh, I want his Mo' (it is Movember after all).

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Aiming for mediocrity. Again.,

    The problem with this whole thing (and I think a lot of people might agree) is that Ben and Tomorrowpeople are right - if we had been talking about and planning a waterfront stadium for the last year it would probably have a massive amount of support behind it.

    I'm starting to swing for the waterfront - just because this whole thing is going to be rushed either way and f-it - I'm a gambler.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The God Thing,

    If people want to free associate/speculate/extrapolate/make sh*t up about other dimensions and multiple universes they are free to do so, but I fail to see how such imaginary worlds are any better than Collins' imaginary friend

    These theories are not created for the benefit of theists, they're conjectures by physicists to describe the universe as they investigate it. They do have implications for religion, but as far as rationality goes, those implications are secondary.

    If one is acceptable conjecture so is the other, particularly when god concepts more sophisticated than 'old man with a beard' are taken into account.

    Well, no. The theories that are just 'made up' are 'made up' to as hypothesis' that can then be disproved. Case in point: Ether. The ether was a medium conjectured by physicists to explain how light could travel through apparently empty space. When it was found that the Ether could not exist (see Michelson-Morley experiment) this opened the door to Einsteins theory of relativity. That's how science progresses our understanding of the universe - by setting up ideas and knocking them down.

    Religion puts up an idea with no intention of letting it get knocked down. The whole formulation of sprituality is a human construct specifically designed to avoid argument altogether.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Aiming for mediocrity. Again.,

    Why has the nation been suckered into this dumb competition by the IRB?

    Heh, first time I've heard someone actually come out against the whole concept of a rugby world cup.

    Lets be fair, having the rugby world cup here will be a huge boom time for business. The company I work for had stellar sales during the Lions Tour and RWC will be bigger than that. If we can just not screw it up too much we will come out in the black.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Aiming for mediocrity. Again.,

    Another thing, a 67 floor tower block is just about to be dumped into Auckland's city centre, no doubt blocking off plenty sky, space and having a lot of other impacts.

    I'm all for it - more [quality] inner-city living is exactly what Auckland needs. But aside from whether you like it or not, it's a private investment in the central city. And lets face it, if you live in an inner city block and you're concerned about having your view cut off, maybe you should think about whoevers view your building cut off first. Its the CBD - the one place in Auckland where big buildings should be built.

    Anyway, it won't cause the same kind of kerfuffle because budget overruns don't become a tax-payers problem.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Fisking for Asians,

    We could probably dedicate a whole forum to calling out journalists on their shortcomings... (glances nervously at the majority of PA/S members who are actually journalists)

    :P

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The God Thing,

    Could it not equally be a property of our number systems? That is, we just happen to measure things in a way that make them seem spookily just right.

    Not quite - if the gravitational constant (for example) was out by an extremely small amount (I forget how much, but in the order of a millionth of a percent) the universe could not form in the way that it has.

    However, I think it is odd that people so quickly dismiss the possibility of life forming in other universe types. When you consider the sheer complexity of DNA, how can we assume that other types of universes cannot possibly support life. There is no way we could conceive of DNA a priori - then to assume that some kind of equivalent process could not happen in other universes is a huge claim.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

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