Posts by TracyMac

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    I keep banging on about this, but yeah, I do mind if a lead act can't be arsed getting on the stage till after midnight. Obviously not for a multi-artist event, but if it's not kicked off by 11, meh. I don't count limp warm-up acts either.

    It's not just a function of my age. I was working full time in my late teens, and I was knackered by the end of the week. I used to really get the shits with the uni-student or marginally-employed types who seemed to assume we could all start partying in the wee hours. This is why good pub gigs were better to attend. (And yes, when I went night-clubbing, I'd arrive around 10 - had to get the energy going!)

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 618 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Footpaths, not manifest destiny,

    If we want to stay away from national partisanship in local body elections, I think an MMP-syle system would be a backward step. Perhaps less backward than the current situation, but STV works fine in terms of proportionality.

    Speaking of the Australian mess, I can think of no reason why the states persist as separate entities. They made sense during the settler period, but now it's just another layer of bun-fights. If the UK can manage with local councils and national govt with 3 times the population, I don't see why Australia can't.

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  • Hard News: Footpaths, not manifest destiny, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Doug Myers ... declared that libraries were not a public good because it was no use to him if a poor person could read books

    Yes, I recall that. And now I earn 6 figures, as a previously poor person who relied on public libraries at the time, I still revel in the fact that my paltry spending power since has never knowingly gone to any of his enterprises. (Probably indirectly via tax handouts, alas.)

    I don't think of myself as someone who typically holds grudges, but yep, that one got to me.

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  • Hard News: Music: The year the…,

    Mariah Carey and caterwauling - such an appropriate juxtaposition. She's alright when she's not doing the really annoying vocal acrobatics, but I don't think she's managed an entire song without them.

    I vote for Boney M as well. Disco and Christmas go campily-well together.

    As for a "vinyl-only mix" promoted via digital means, I'm afraid my eyes rolled a teeny bit. I am contemplating buying a turntable, but mainly to play my remaining few vinyl records - Joan Armatrading's Whatever's For Us, the White Album, and Split Enz being highlights. Can't see the point of vinyl only these days.

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  • Hard News: Cheers,

    Thank you too, RB

    That's a damn shame about Amplifier, because I thought the way they sold music was great. High bitrates right from the start, simple downloads that didn't lock you into proprietary music players, and a good sampling scheme. I haven't been there for a while, because I loaded up on CDs last time I was in NZ. I'll have to get there in the next few days and plug some of my music library gaps.

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  • Hard News: PAWOTY: We are all quaxing now,

    With the trolleys, what is it about dumping them into creeks? When we moved to GI 30-umph years ago, they were quite the local decor.

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  • Hard News: PAWOTY: We are all quaxing now,

    Damn, I would have been in with a prize, if I'd remembered to vote from my PC. The voting form didn't work for me on mobile. Next year is another year!

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  • Speaker: The Spirit Level,

    Yup, often it's those who barely have enough for themselves who give - tangibly - more. We were on both sides of that one when I was a kid, and you don't forget.

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books,

    Some good recs here - good reason to fire up LibraryThing to add to "should-reads"!

    I quite specifically didn't do English lit during the 5 minutes I attended university in the 80s (I did linguistics). I've always detested being told what novels to read, because most "worthy literature" appears to be as depressing AF. I did like Jane Eyre, though. Read that when I was 13. Never did buy the romance with Mr Rochester, but I did enjoy her choice. Also, love Jane Austen.

    Another one here for loving trashyish J.D. Robbs, and I quite enjoy Nora Roberts' long form detective/suspense novels (they've all got romance elements). I steer away from the trilogies that involve a set of siblings getting married off, indulging her Ireland fetish, and the ones with mystical elements.

    I have to say I bounced off Jim Butcher massively. The first book of his with the wizard guy that I picked up had some stupid byplay with a woman police officer/detective (?not sure) - he insisted on getting the door while she was leaving (going through stupid contortions to get there first) and when he knew she didn't want him to. Maybe he is supposed to be redeemed as a patronising White Knight later, but man, I wouldn't have much tolerance for that in Real Life. (I don't mind anyone getting doors for me! I mind people doing shit when they know I don't like it.) While I struggled through another 20 pages or so, I just couldn't get past it. If it was supposed to be romantic tension, it certainly elevated my blood pressure.

    So yeah. Love Ben Aaronovich though. Massively.

    Love a lot of the Agatha Christies, Dorothy Sayers and so on. Haven't read a Raymond Chandler yet, and really should. Also, I find all of Kerry Greenwood's oeuvre good snacky reading - the Phryne Fishers (although they get a bit samey) and Corrine Chapmans.

    My favourite contemporary detective writer is Laurie King - the Sherlock Holmes pastiches are great. Some of the locations are getting a tad exotic, but she researches them so thoroughly and is so obviously enthusiastic about them, you can't begrudge. I love her standalone thrillers and ONE SF book, and the earlier Kate Martinelli series. How often do you get a heterosexually-married author starting with a lesbian detective series? And doing it so well. Her last series, set between the world wars, doesn't really appeal to me, though.

    For fantasy escapism, I really enjoyed Elizabeth Moon's latest outing into the world of Paksennarion - better than the Gird/Luap books. And I've just started the Ancillary Justice trilogy for hard SF - an artificial intelligence formerly used to run space stations and colony administration is stuck in a single human body. No idea what's going to happen yet!

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 618 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Gobshite vs Adele,

    DnB Adele! Much better. I wish that more breakbeat and related genres had strong female vocal like hers than those wispy girl-like voices they often seem to go for. Love those other two mixes as well.

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