Posts by TracyMac

  • Notes & Queries: Breaking Down the Walls…,

    Fantastic article - looks like the book is a must-buy for me.

    Who knew that Lisa Ben actually released a single!

    As for the Olivia Records genre - since I really think it is a genre of its own - it's something I personally struggled with when coming out (with one or two exceptions like Alix Dobkin). I liked disco, I liked post-punk/new wave, etc, while women a few years older than me were listening to Cris Williamson et al wailing on about "sisters" every second word.

    I think many of us in the 80s went for what we'd call queer artists now - David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Joan Armatrading, Bronski Beat, Marc Almond, Tracy Chapman and so on. Michelle Shocked, before she became a "born again" Christian and started making bizarre remarks. As for Joan Armatrading, pretty much every lesbo in creation had at least one of her albums, and Melissa Etheridge's a few years later.

    Then there were the dyke version of the gay music icon - instead of Kylie, we had strong/feminist female performers like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Eurhythmics and Janet Jackson. There was the "cute guy" genre, typified by Terence Trent D'Arby and bands like A-ha (guys that sang good songs, and er, looked like they could be queer women, in a way).

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  • Polity: Behavioural economics and Hekia Parata,

    Here's hoping - assuming Key gives one toss about improving educational attainment, and thinks a deck-chair shuffling exercise in "behavioral economics" is better than directly funding the things you want schools to do (although of course they don't want schools engaging in non-sport extra-cirricular activities with the poors) - that if they did set up such an initiative, it'd be called something less juvenile and patronising than "Nudge".

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  • Up Front: I Swear, It's True,

    The poms really are the best at coming up with creative swearwords. I mean, I like the American "douchecanoe" (I feel it should be run together), but "cockwomble" and "fuck trumpet" are so Old English in their use of assonance in the paired words. And a nice spondee for emphasis. "Douchecanoe" has the assonance as well.

    I've been particularly charmed by English swearing since I first heard someone described as a "bell-end" in a classic North London accent.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs,

    I'm glad that my musical taste isn't stuck where it was when I was 25 either - I get bewildered at people younger than me who think the 80s/early 90s was the best. It wasn't (there is no "best", unless you strictly like some genre that isn't done any more - one good friend of mine remains devoted to hair metal).

    That said, Kanye, other than a couple of tracks, epitomises style over substance to me. I like a lot of Beyonce's stuff, but not enough to buy an entire album. On the other hand, I think Lady Gaga (where is she hiding?) blows Madonna at her peak out of the water. She can sing, for a start. Longevity may be something else.

    Getting to the main topic, Audioculture is a true taonga, and I'm grateful to Simon for getting the ball rolling, and the site so well established.

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  • Speaker: Colouring Girl,

    Enjoyable piece on cultural history, thank you.

    Interestingly enough, my own favourite piece of original art is a photographic landscape of trees in Taranaki, overpainted in an atmospheric style. Can't recall the artist right now, unfortunately. Piece is from the early 2000s.

    In any case, some of us kiwis still rate hand-coloured landscape art on our walls!

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  • Hard News: Monday Music! Outrageously right, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That's a great story.

    One also has to wonder why TVNZ prices their footage so high, since one assumes it's not exactly a hot market internationally for NZ news footage.

    One also has to wonder why price-gouging occurs when this footage was paid for before TV went commercial. Sure, Westside will be earning revenue, we hope, but I wish we treated our taonga paid for from the public purse and related sources more the way the Americans do.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…,

    I'm glad I came out that year. There was a lot of targeting of young people to sign those petitions - so many people I know apologised to me subsequently because they signed out of ignorance and/or weight of expectations.

    As for the Salvation Army, the apology was a gesture, I suppose, but they'll never see one cent from me. I don't much like their religious tenets, leaving aside the political meddling.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Te Mātāwai and…,

    All us Pakeha should know more of Te Reo - most of us would struggle to reach the standard of "broken phrases" that many of us manage to acquire for travelling to non-English-speaking countries, much less anything else.

    I was steered towards languages at college, but that explicitly did not include Maori - at a school that was 70% plus Maori and Polynesian. Only a couple of Pakeha pupils in those classes. It makes little sense, because in terms of is orthography and pretty damn regular grammar, it's a great language to learn in a purely linguistic sense. And then of course, there is the deeper participation in our nation's cultural heritage, and cultural future.

    Things have definitely improved since kohanga reo and other initiatives, and I welcome this one, despite what seems to me to be an odd spokesman. I suppose he has name recognition, and evidently cares about moving this forward.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: New Classical,

    For me, DnB was a revelation after crap hi-nrg and mostly-boring (to me) generic house that you got in the gay clubs in the late 80s/early 90s.

    Of course, as time went on, there was plenty of samey-samey DnB as well, but it's still my favourite dance genre. Although there's some fine UK dubstep of a few years ago I enjoy, and some more recent iterations of trap.

    Speaking of nostalgia dance music (but not the good kind), I went to a gay club in Adelaide a few weeks ago, and other than the young guys "dancing" while simultaneously looking at their phones, the music would not have been out of place in 1989. Maybe it picked up later, but I departed early, for some reason.

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  • Hard News: Things that do us good and ill, in reply to Alfie,

    Given the appalling amount of spam Yahoo permits, and the fact I've never had a problem with sending my self-hosted email there or with gmail, I wonder if there's some other kind of issue.

    I don't want to get into a lengthy digression on SMTP server configuration, but are you using your own outbound SMTP, or relying on an ISP's? If the former, are you sending from a static IP address with proper forward and reverse DNS and MX records?

    I do admit my organisation blocks all SMTP traffic from dynamic addresses, and even large blocks of IPs hosted by Comcast and similar large ISPs. However, Google and Yahoo don't do blanket blocks like that, but they do check the relaying host is following the proper conventions for SMTP mail and DNS records.

    If relaying via an ISP's SMTP servers, the problem there is generally a bad sender reputation if they don't require you to authenticate prior to sending. You can check domain reputation with various online tools.

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