Posts by Deborah

  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

    I love the green tiles in your fire surround. The soft variations in colour are beautiful. So yes, masses of time and effort and hair-pulling-out, but you are creating a masterpiece.

    The lawn doesn’t appear to be that long—until you realize the blue bar is the top of the goalposts from a child’s football set.

    Blue bar? I see no blue bar... The monster meadow has clearly swallowed EVERYTHING.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to Ross Mason,

    All of those recipes are pure gold, Ross.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Would one of you people who cook up a mean sausage curry care to post a recipe?

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to BenWilson,

    I had to look hard to find the cat, who looks blissfully content, hidden in amongst the basil.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Indeed. But "clubhouse chemistry", and of the nineteen editorial staff hired so far, only six are women (per the update on the FiveThirtyEight site, which I looked up just now). So yes, better than geek culture in general, but hardly diversity central either. Emily Bell has a point, and I don't think it should be dismissed because of one bad line.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News,

    Here's another piece on the Nate-Silver-hiring-lots-of-white-dudes issue.

    No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it: How French High Theory and Dr. Seuss can help explain Silicon Valley’s Gender Blindspots

    ... by Zeynep Tufekci, writing in the Technology and Society column for medium.com. About whom and which I knew nothing until someone referred me to the post, and I thought some of the analysis in there was useful.

    ...diversity in newsroom or in the development team is not just a feel-good, but a functional need as well. Fiascos such as Google Buzz in which they did not realize the extend of the backlash they’d endure by making people’s email contacts visible to each other, or Grantland’s infamous story in which they could not figure out what was offensive about hounding and outing a trans individual (they didn’t have a single one to look over the story) are some recent exampes in which diversity among decision makers would have really helped bring much-needed different viewpoints to the table.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Also, vote. And talk to people about voting. We've got our triennial chance to effect change this year, but it's only effective if people actually get out and vote and encourage other people to vote.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to bmk,

    In reality it’s you put in half, your employer puts in half (which he then takes back by paying you less than your co-workers who aren’t enrolled) and the government a bit extra.

    If KiwiSaver was compulsory for all employees, then this problem would disappear.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to Andrew C,

    I’m finding it hard to like him when I hear him effectively telling bald face lies, like “I have a harvard degree”.

    You mean the degree he has from the Harvard Kennedy School? The one that is described this way on Wikipedia:

    he John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (also known as Harvard Kennedy School and HKS)[1] is a public policy and public administration school, and one of Harvard's graduate and professional schools.

    He has a degree from Harvard.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Kyle MacDonald,

    Yes, sustained criticism can be difficult and hard to manage, and yes, it can amount to bullying. But frankly, being threatened with rape in the most vile way (words so vile that I can't bring myself to copy them here), and being told that what I need is a 2x4 to my face to shut my fucking yap is quite different.

    I strongly suspect that Charlotte Dawson received e-mail like that too, and I also suspect that the female reporters and TV presenters who read out some of the threats they had received just censored out the rape threats.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

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