Posts by Chris Waugh

  • Hard News: Media Take: In the Eye of the…,

    Hang on a minute, there's something worrying about this:

    Don Rood said that his head of news position had been disestablished.

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    Staff approached by the Herald said they expected there would more significant changes when a new content boss was appointed.

    My emphasis added, and there's plenty more in the elision to worry, I just cut it down to the two bits that most grabbed my attention - though the article is so short only a Newstalk ZB editor would think, "hmmm, that's a little wordy", so it wasn't easy to decide what to chop. But Radio NZ isn't doing news anymore? Only content, whatever the hell that means? And more significant changes on the way? Like what, swords dangling by threads over presenters to make sure they keep the punters tuning in? Isn't news a specific type of content of sufficient significance to society as a whole to warrant its own department with its own boss? Could I repeat that level of alliteration? Is there any reason to not worry?

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  • Capture: See Into the Trees,

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    I've missed your updates, ChrisW.

    Nature continues on up here, despite all the city hurls at it.

    Though I'm not sure my father in law would approve of my neighbours' attempts at growing corn. I was only away for a week, and this is what happened... Still, I think I see why I see corn plants growing in seemingly really random places like median strips.

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  • Capture: See Into the Trees,

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    I first saw this growing on the persimmons on a tree at my daughter's kindergarten this morning, and being rather preoccupied with playing with her, I just glanced at it and thought it was mould. Hardly surprising, considering Beijing has been it's usual muggy self this July. But I was talking to a neighbour and saw the same stuff growing on the persimmons downstairs, and he pointed out that no, it's actually a kind of insect.

    And closer up.

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  • Capture: Te Arai - The Veil,

    Wow, incredible.

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  • Access: Power to (all) the people!,

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  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    Um, so, Rodney Hide's latest column... this does seem to be quite an interesting evolution, at least in his public persona. And he starts with a combination of three words that is most rare in our political "leaders":

    I was wrong

    And he doesn't seem to be blaming Cunliffe for his ignorance, either.

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  • Capture: Dogs Love Cameras Too,

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    Scrapheap dogs.

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  • Capture: See Into the Trees, in reply to steven crawford,

    There's a windfarm not far away. It's certainly not up to Wellington or Manawatu standards, but it can get a little breezy.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…,

    Well, that was interesting. I was listening to that American French Fries song when the NZ Herald's video of Gerry Brownlee answering journos' questions starting autoplaying in a tab I wasn't looking at, and I didn't realise it wasn't part of the song until I heard something like "So why did you offer to quit?" "Because I put him in an uncomfortable position." For once autoplay wasn't mega-obnoxious.

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  • Capture: See Into the Trees, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    These are very complex thought bubbles

    Whatever they are they're decorating the north gate of the World Grape Exhibition (I tried but failed to find an official English name, so I'll just directly translate the Chinese name for now) site just a couple of kms down from our village. What they have to do with grapes, I don't know, but they made for a cool sunset shot.

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