Posts by Geoff Lealand

  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Good info, Ben. I have a Makita folding bike, which I acquired in a charity auction run by my local Placemakers a year or so ago. It folds into a tidy package, to fit into a good sized car boot.
    I tend to use it now when we go away on excursions--most recently, for the film festival in Te Aroha and a toddle along the sea frontage in New Plymouth. I should ride it to the uni more regularly but I find it a little frustrating, in that the wheel dimension (20in ?) doesn't allow me to get up much speed and the range is little more than 25km.
    Blokes (especially tradies) regularly show interest in it but I do also get occasional disparaging comments from teens in passing cars. I sometimes describe the bike as a 'power tool with wheels'.
    I have had a ride on one of the Mercury EBs and it was a dream. I just wish they weren't so expensive.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! Be Square.,

    Nice! Inspired me to get cracking on my construction for the 2016 Trees at the Meteor, Using 35mm film trailer footage to create a 'CinemaTree'.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    There will be an interesting discussion on these matters in a panel at the NZ Political Studies Assn conference at the Univ of Waikato tomorrow: "Dire Strait: New Zealand Media and the Narrowing of Political Debate", with Geoff Kemp, Julienne Molineaux, Gavin Ellis and Maria Amoudian. I will also be putting in a plug for the very excellent collection 'Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand' (Freerange Press, 2016).

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  • Polity: Catch you later,

    Best wishes for the new job, Rob. You have my support.

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  • Hard News: Helen,

    Lovely, Russell.

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  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!,

    David Bennett (Ham East) and Tim Mcindoe (Ham West). You probably have never heard of them.

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  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!,

    A great debate. Obviously I have no say in what should happen in Auckland but there is a ripple effect in what happens there. I wonder, for instance, at the wisdom behind the billions being spent on the Waikato Expressway, which will really only enable us to encounter the Auckland congestion five minutes earlier. We need daily rail services between Hamilton and Auckland Central but our two do-nothing local Nat MPs have steadfastly opposed any talk of it.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    Great story, Russell. I have had a go on a Mercury bike and got up to 29km around Hamilton Lake. I just wish they were less expensive--for that kind of money, you would want the rider to be weather-proofed.

    In the meantime, until I can afford an upgrade, I will stick to my little Makita electric bike which I won in a Placemakers charity auction last year. The wheels are too small to get up much speed and the batteries power a journey of only 30-40km, but it is fun to toodle around at the beach or around town. It also folds in half and can be bunged in the boot.

    However, you do have to sometimes cope with the looks of disdain and slurs from passing teenagers!

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  • Hard News: The Dr G giveaway,

    I agree. The ticket prices suggest they are flying Bob G out to NZ on a private jet but he is doing three talks in Oz and it would cost bugger-all to fly him across the Tasman. I recently had an 'exchange' with the Australian-based Think Inc whose is behind this venture, about the inflated prices they were charging to listen to Steve Wozniak in Auckland and they did not provide a convicing case.
    It is probably wiser and cheaper to buy a couple of Bob's books from a good bookshop (sorry, Russell!)

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  • Hard News: The Dr G giveaway,

    Is this the same weekend as the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland (Sept 24-25)? I wonder if I can do both.

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