Posts by TracyMac

  • Hard News: Friday Music: So much music I…, in reply to Andrew Dubber,

    Mmm, iTunes isn't really the best, even at that. Media Monkey has features that crap all over it, including a very powerful autotag and album download feature.

    The problem is, some of those cool features and the best UI skins are components you have to download, install, and configure. While Media Monkey isn't open source, it's evidently based on something like that, and has the drawbacks of a crappy default UI and a bunch of fiddly moving parts. If they came up with a "packaged" version that looks good off the bat, and with a well-curated set of default plug-ins, I'm sure they'd do better.

    Add me too to the bunch of people who finds the Spotify UI annoying as hell. And I work in IT.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…,

    While I applaud the intention of this effort, nothing much is going to change until the homophobia underlying the doctrinal beliefs of this and other churches is addressed.

    Similar to how marriage laws didn't change until laws against homosexuality were repealed, and discrimination against homosexuals (and other sexualities) was outlawed... except for churches.

    Also, I strongly feel that churches should get out of the business of marriage altogether, in a legal sense.

    But thank you for making some effort towards getting a dialogue going.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…,

    Yes, I was sad too about Ladi6 not getting a nod. She's been trucking along fabulously for years, and this album is her best solo effort to date.

    It's definitely been Lorde's year, but at least one gong for Ladi6 would have been nice (and well-deserved).

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Why some [unions] get to be the deciding vote in choosing a future Prime Minister however I have no idea.

    Oh, please. See above for remarks on the Labour Party constitution and its links to unions. If you don't like how the Labour Party does it, then vote elsewhere or work to change the constitution.

    As for future prime ministers, I believe that's up to the voting public and which party ends up on top.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Where is this meme coming from - all-bloody-ready - that Little's election was just because of the unions. It patently wasn't, although of course it's a large part of his support.

    Look, I'm queer, I'm Gen-X, I live as close to the central city as I can. According to people like Semmens or Trotter, I must be natural enemy to the Little and his mates. The trouble is, I'm a life-long union member, going back to the days of Jagpro, before it was amalgamated into the Printers' and then - surprise - the EPMU.

    It is the Labour party. Its constitution, which still stands as I recall, provides for the unions to have voting rights. With all the bitching about the low voter turnout at the election - I bitched too - you'd think we would be grateful that those who aren't naturally political party members have some say in the process. To say it should just have been the Labour caucus selecting a leader is frankly abhorrent. The party membership is broader than the relatively well-off people who tend to get elected as MPs.

    I am glad that we're not in the bad old days where most of the cases before the employment courts were about unions suing each other for jurisdiction over workers/industries (I've read a fair chunk of the cases from the early 80s - it's true). Little is very much the epitome of a modern union leader, not about lining his own pockets or stirring up for the hell of it, but getting workers fairly represented and fairly employed.

    Some of the comments here seem to represent an attitude conflating unions now (yes, there are not-so-good ones, still) with the more unnecessarily-aggro or feather-bedding attitudes in the late 70s.

    I personally am more comfortable with unions that give their members a direct voice in how their affiliation is to be voted. Here in Australia, I've made the specific choice to not have my vote represented as part of the Labor affiliation of my union. (Not that I can vote anyway, but I think the Labor party in Oz is truly dire.) For those who have problems with the process used to decide on representation, there is the ability to work on changing it within the union. And of course different unions have different rules.

    And so too with the Labour party itself. If it chooses to rewrite its constitution to de-emphasise or remove the union affiliations, then it can do so.

    So before we run around gaily throwing Mr Little under the bus because of (frankly unwarranted) suspicion about unions, let's see how he performs. I too have concerns about the CGT - I think it simply needs to be better formulated and packaged. No-one is proposing that the family home gets clobbered with tax. But if it's not completely out of the question for him - I understand it isn't - then fine. Otherwise, nothing else I've heard of his statements/beliefs/proposed policies gives me any understanding of why there is this level of catastrophising about his election. He isn't an old-school bloke who is going to throw women or queers under the bus - I know that for a fact. Someone who can smack down the purported fence between "Waitakere man" and "urban liberals" in a positive forward-thinking way can only be helpful to the prospects of the party.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: To renew, you first…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Those hot baths were decadent but lovely, and have you bought olive oil lately? Almost impossible to find and tiny amounts. Expensive! The Roman grocery down the road used have it for 5 sesterces the amphora!

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  • Hard News: Music: To renew, you first…,

    I have to say that the Royal Mail is an excellent organisation that will take your excess luggage and ship it back to NZ for a reasonable price.

    Last time I was in London, I went berserk in the bookshops and ended up with about 7kg of books. I think I paid about 30-odd quid to post them back, and they arrived in a couple of weeks.

    As for Peckham Rye, that was one of my stomping grounds when I lived in East Dulwich. First place I ate rice and peas and shopped at a street market.

    Surprised it's taken this long to start gentrifying - zone 2, lots of buses all day and night, and Camberwell was full of proto-hipsters over a decade ago. Hope it retains some of its character, unlike Ponsonby (which is fine in some respects these days, but I don't know if I'd want to live there any more).

    I suppose it marks me out as a prat when I feel that some gentrification is ok - livening up a neighbourhood with a better range of shops and food, and some houses getting fixed up - services improving, schools getting better. Benefits everyone. But when the original inhabitants get forced out wholesale, govts refuse to fund social housing in the district, ALL the shops become fashion stores or expensive eateries... Meh.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Song of Angry Women,

    Times a million to all the above. Mr "it was all consensual when I punched them in the face with no negotiation" shits me to tears. As do the kinksters - some very well-known - who hidhind the "we don't know all the facts yet" bullshit. While somehow not managing to express their horror at such events, and the hope that the women concerned are well-supported.

    In my personal shit-bag is all the crap that came out around the same time as Gamergate, especially the Grace Hopper conference Microsoft boss saying women don't need to ask for pay rises - good karma will get what they deserve. Four men being stood up to address hundreds of women about sexism the industry - where the FUCK has this happened in reverse? We already know about it, thanks guys. (To be fair, three of them attended a session where they listened to women's concerns - again, where are the rest of male industry leaders). Some fucktard here in Oz saying he loved hiring women, because they were often better than male techs, but you don't have pay as much for that expertise.

    So, yeah.

    I like the proposed riposte re Gamergate, but alas, I didn't think much of Gone Home's gameplay. We do need more of those kinds of stories, or stories about how someone's queer (or whatever) identity is part of who they ARE as a character. And our characters influence how we behave, a lot of the time

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: Beware of the Leopard,

    Those are beautiful trees, and I can't imagine why they're not protected. Leaving aside their beauty, I thought it'd be glaringly obvious they help screen Western Springs park from the motorway noise and fumes. Sure, there's a busy Great North Road in between, but 4 lanes going at most 50km/h is not the same as the direct impact of the motorway.

    As for the wank about reference numbers when the intent of the submissions is crystal clear, yes, your reference to Mr Adams is sadly spot on.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out,

    That makes sense PBS/NPR are not exactly govt-owned, because they're amazingly awesome resources despite the depredations of the last years.

    I knew they got federal funding, though, thus the confusion. But I think an actual (small) public broadcaster mandated to create NZ content would not be a bad thing. Maori TV is filling that niche in a lot odd ways, though

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