Posts by Ian Dalziel

  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Speed limit?
    Traffic calming?

    Load-bearing capacity?
    'No Stopping For Selfies' signs?

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    We have hit Bedrock!

    Pebbles Hooper

    The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, it seems...
    judging by various interminable and intolerable 'The Panel (RNZ)' appearances by Denise 'truth L'estranger than fiction'-Corbet...

    Maybe this explains it?

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…,

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    Killer bytes...
    This recycling bin in Barcelona might presage the evolution of Apple's logo and customer base...

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest,

    words, worth persevering...
    'Raw, open and honest' is never easy - and the above interchange of adults just goes to show there can be a path through, or several, when hands are extended, and minds aren't welded shut...
    To transfer a similar process of insights and openness down a coupla generations needs a lot of work by older people (and mechanisms of state) to show they are trustworthy and solid.

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to Euan Mason,

    it's a funny old thing, life(buoy)...

    Sadly we’re probably looking down the barrel of a fourth term for Key. Andrew Little is a nice guy but he isn’t resonating with the public. ...
    Maybe I’m having a bad Friday…

    Hopefully that's just a case of premature capitulation - coupla years to go yet, I'm sure National is capable of getting a pedal extremity (or two) lodged in their mouth at the same time as they inevitably shoot themselves in the foot...
    ...and don't write Labour off so soon, the road to Damascus is long and winding, anything could happen to sway or cohere the minds of both their caucus and the voting group-mind...

    Sure things are a little rough at the moment, but let's just keep chipping away, the green is in sight!

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to BenWilson,

    flinching at the close...

    They may never be able to stomach voting Labour or Green, but they might just be able to stomach staying home on election day, just this once.

    Yes, here's hoping the average National voter doesn't have the stomach for the kill, when they wake up and realise the future National will be denying the generations to follow.

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to izogi,

    The Flimflam Man...

    Well, in today’s mail my wife and I received a personally addressed, tidy and colourful letter signed by John Key on behalf of the National Party.

    I hope National paid for the postage and it wasn't delivered for free as a legitimate communication from Parliament...

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

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    signal to noise...

    I reckon you could hold the vinyl record up to the camera and use software to decode the grooves into music

    I have an old NZBC tone test record*, with individual tracks of different frequencies for testing equipment, each frequency is clearly different from the next. (which stands to reason).

    There have been people who can identify albums or at least content by looking at the groove patterns:
    http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/362661/vinyl-vision-meet-the-man-who-can-identify-a-record-by-its-grooves.htm

    *(the one pictured isn't mine it was grabbed from here: http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=vinyl&m=682423 )

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to David MacGregor,

    Matchbox 2015

    Sounds way too hard.
    ... until the optical drive in Powerbook does (they usually do at some stage) – at which point I’ll go back to my wax Edison cylinders of Joni Mitchell albums.

    There's always this retrieval method for vinyl:

    You can glue a rose thorn to a big kitchen size matchbox, stick that on a tongue depressor (lets the assembly "float" on the record, and holds the thorn vertical), and play any album. ANYTHING that will fit in the groove will read the "vibrations". The matchbox acts as a resonant chamber, amplifying the sound.

    DON'T do this with any album you'd like to hear again! But if you've got some old LP's that are beat anyway, go for it! It is a great way to demonstrate analog audio for elementary children - physics lesson, anyone?

    from 2006 on Audiokarma

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…,

    taking a dump* on a butterfly

    I get it, it's more steaming music, than streaming...

    I hadn't realised you only paid for access and can't 'own' any of the music through it.
    It will be interesting to hear from the artists about their returns from this service... otherwise isn't it just more corporate piracy?


    *Johnny Moore has a good piece about 'stool life' in The Press today

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