Posts by Ross Mason

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    Auckland is going to be too big. Even if the urban boundaries are expanded it will still mean no public transport plan and more cars. It is so bloody central as well. One day we are going to realise decentralisation has advantages.

    it is crazy having a 400m isthmus splitting the place into north and south. There are no options of where one can spread out.

    I seriously think that other "mega cities" need to be created in other parts of the country. Even on the south of the Bombays would be useful.

    Power is south, space is south, food is south.......

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    German Housing Policy....

    Although conventional wisdom in the English-speaking world holds that bureaucratic intervention in prices makes for subpar outcomes, the fact is that the German economy is by any standards one of the world’s most successful. Just how successful is apparent in, for instance, international trade. At $238 billion in 2012, Germany’s current account surplus was the world’s largest. On a per-capita basis it was nearly 15 times China’s and was achieved while German workers were paid some of the world’s highest wages. Meanwhile German GDP growth has been among the highest of major economies in the last ten years and unemployment has been among the lowest.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero,

    This 1970 clip of Lilburn ”demonstrating the sounds produced for a modern dance performance that include the electronic reconstitution of the sounds of the extinct huia bird” is wonderful. In this part of his career he was our BBC Radiophonic Workshop, in a way:

    The acoustics section at DSIR in Lower Hutt was a fun place to play. Good tapes, good razor blades, I cut my teeth there playing silly games with reversed tapes, reverb and copying copious music off LPs for mates.

    Spent a winter at Scott Base and DJd every friday night with my wierd selection of anything that included Goons and Python, Very Unamerican. At Midwinter there was an airdrop with the latest top toons of the previous 4 months included. I REALLY had fun creating a needle scratch loop and then playing all this new music and deciding 10 or 20 or 30 seconds in to hit the loop and move to the next. Absolute mayhem ensued within a few minutes as the station manager powered down to corrider to rescue the new music. Apoplectic he was and it took a bit to get back into the place next week!!

    Extra bit. The Falklands were on that year and in the mornings the DJ on deck would spend half an hour reading the latest noos off the Telex from the Armed Forces Radio Network. The noos got round to how the Brits were doing against the Argies. Pretty good if you were on "our" side apparently. So at the end I rang up and asked if I could have a request. "Shuuurre Rarss, whaart would you laark?" "Could you play "Don't cry for me Argentina please." Deathly silence came over the airwaves. "Ummm....I think I will leave that off thanks Rarss". Within 5 minutes the OIC of McMurdo had grabbed the station manager and shot down to the station and went through the music collection and removed all 19 versions of "Don't cry for me Argentina". It were grand.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 20…,

    Ululate

    What a wonderful word.

    But surely, for this type of verbal unintelligible utterance from the sound box such a word should have been onomatopoeic.

    1620s, from Latin ululatus, past participle of ululare (see ululation ). Related: Ululated ; ululating.

    (waits for howls of laughter....)

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 20…,

    I think your correspondent will be interested in next Monday’s report, where Ebola will certainly be (tastefully) mentioned.

    Stop Press: Ebola Post about to go viral.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we should not dismiss…,

    Colon Pal: Weapons of mass destruction.......hahahaha.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Probably because at this point the ‘book’ (or more correctly the first chapter – 23 pages) is all of a week old, it’s available on kindle/ebook thru Amazon:

    Only 23 pages? Maybe someone could pdf it and drop it somewhere from outer space and we could read it....for free. You know...justice and all that stuff,

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    Even where voters collectively chose to return their Labour MPs to Parliament, they generally gave their party votes to National.

    I have been out around Wgtn today and that fact kept being trotted out from friends and people I met. It’s hit a nerve alright. Going through the electorates last night as the numbers rolled in I couldn’t believe the contrast. I kept going back to check who actually won the freaking electorate!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interview: Glenn Greenwald,

    "(2)Nothing in subsection (1) shall limit the disclosure to the Minister of information concerning the activities of an intelligence and security agency."

    John is probably saying......"If only there was a capital "I" on information and......."

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    How far from the sea does Southern Cross "own" the cable?? It has to go somewhere across land once it is ashore and.....well.....it can go anywhere after that. Anyone got a map??? Whenuapai maybe???

    Well bugger me!! It was a good guess!! Here it is

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1502 posts Report Reply

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