Posts by Stephen Judd

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Mervyn Peake was raised by missionary parents in China. I can't remember where I read this, but supposedly his grotesque illustrations of people were grounded in his experience of returning to England and seeing all the knobbly, bony, puffy, wibbly faces of English people en masse for the first time.

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…,

    Couple of thoughts.

    1. While I find much to object to in Minto's politics, I appreciate how he keeps the leftward edge of the Overton window closer to where I want to see it. Yes, he's promising things that are outside a Mayor's power. But he is promulgating the ideas.

    2. The People's Choice have been disciplined in voting en bloc and caucusing and they are half the council. That has to make negotiations simpler and more predictable and council less fractious. They too deserve some kudos here.

    Love the allusion to "Christchurch’s alt-activist network of NGOs and start-ups." Yup. An amazing amount of civic activism stirring here, much of it below the radar.

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

    I've been mulling over what to do when the car finally dies and I think an electric cargo bike might be the perfect answer. I don't want an ebike for commuting, because I need the incidental exercise, but I do want something that makes a big load manageable over distance. Of course Christchurch being largely flat makes a difference too.

    Having said that, lots of e-bike shops nowadays I notice. I hear one of the biggest groups of customers is people who've lost their license and need to get to work.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to oga,

    Living overseas and consuming news through the respective iPhone apps for Stuff & NZHerald, I frequently wondered whether that was seriously the news for the day,. It's really hard to see new news if you're using the app.

    Suggestion: use a feed reader like Feedly and subscribe to the relevant RSS feeds.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to st ephen,

    (I do know an artist who thinks that if it's OK to say "Let horse = x", you might just as well say "Let x = +").

    Maybe your artist has been studying the lambda calculus and knows that arithmetic operations are just functions that themselves can be terms...

    [update] Goddamit I just saw Rich beat me to it and won the nerd-off.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    Earlier, from James Hawthorne: (in whale oil comments)

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to James Hawthorne,

    Outbrain is actually an Israeli owned company. And oddly enough, a very large amount of the International media are controlled by Israeli businessmen – Howard Marks would be one good example – an Israeli/ American billionaire who controls Media Works via his Oaktree Investment Fund. The agenda is very clear, and global, buy up and control the media and dumb it down. And no doubt make sure the reporting on the illegal wars and genocide in the Middle East is not being covered, not least the ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

    As always, it's the Jews' fault.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to Nik Dirga,

    For sure, quality is a precondition for successful paywall.

    Anecdata: my Dad, 78, told me a few weeks ago he now subscribes to Washington Post online. He was tired of the thin world news coverage in the Herald, and is very interested in the US elections, so he figured he could cut down his Herald purchasing to just Wednesdays and Saturdays and spend the savings on the WaPo sub...

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    Incidentally I read on the weekend that for the first time in many years, perhaps ever, the NYT now gets more revenue from subscriptions than from advertising. While those subscriptions are still mostly print, this strikes me as yet more evidence that the paywalls are a-coming generally.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    Am thinking back to the early days of newspapers getting online. People warned then of the dangers of giving the news away for free, but the lure of modernity was too strong. Interesting to ponder what would have happened if those people had won or at least held the line for a few years longer.

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