Posts by Chris Waugh

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to steven crawford,

    I did however, revisit the Dyslexia NZ web sight just to check.

    Interesting website. This bit:

    Constitutional in origin refers to the fact that dyslexia has a substantive neurobiological basis. Brain research, including studies from Yale and Auckland universities, has shown that while it is common to use the ‘verbal’ left side of our brain to understand words, dyslexic people use the ‘pictorial’ right side – making them slower to process and understand language, but stronger in creative areas like problem solving, empathy and lateral thinking.

    ...reminds me of a couple of things I read about dyslexia and the Chinese language several years ago. Memory is hazy, but the basic point was that dyslexia exists in both English and Chinese but it functions very differently in the two different languages, thanks to the two very different writing systems, so that somebody who is dyslexic in English may well not be dyslexic in Chinese (assuming, of course, they learn to read and write Chinese) and vice versa.

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    slow

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    snowy movement

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    that they are part of the problem…

    And what's this? I seem to have found myself agreeing with Rodney Hide. I feel... unusual.

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    Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me because you're going the wrong way.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Sacha,

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    This govt already made protecting urban trees harder as well.

    "Dangerous tree. Please don't come close" the sign sees. Gotta watch those trees. They slow the wind, hold the soil in place, help keep erosion and desertification in check, turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, provide shade in the summer (and believe me, in mid-summer turning the corner onto the stretch of driveway the above dangerous tree shades is a huge relief). And, of course, trees have the temerity to sit right where road builders want to build roads.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    I just read that Transport Blog post. Incredible. And in the comments one Cameron Pitches writes:

    The same “no big deal” approach also applies to the Puhoi Warkworth toll road, where 376 mature kauri are in for the chop.

    Really? What the hell is going on down there?

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    Moving stuff around.

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    Something’s been moved.

    Generation, transmission, and the East 4th Ring Road at dawn-ish.

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    Crossing the living room by feeling the lounge suite.

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