Posts by mark taslov

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to steven crawford,

    I find that by putting it out there about the dyslexia helps.

    For sure Steven, I’m surrounded by it; a good friend, my sister and I suspect my wife too. With the friend, she’d known from quite a young age, I didn’t really cotton on to the fact with my sister (who I’d just assumed didn’t sweat the small stuff) until she made an announcement over a recent rare game of scrabble, and only then could I see it. And with my wife, dysgraphia is pronounced specifically in her English usage: which I only tentatively infer due to the fact that in my experience Chinese students are – generally speaking – impeccable spellers of English to the extent that they’d put a lot of native users to shame (?):

    ” Other languages, such as Spanish, have mostly alphabetic orthographies that employ letter-sound correspondences, so-called shallow orthographies, making them relatively easy to learn. English, by comparison, presents more of a challenge. Logographic writing systems, notably Japanese and Chinese characters, have graphemes that are not linked directly to their pronunciation, which pose a different type of difficulty to the dyslexic learner. Different neurological deficits may cause varying degrees of difficulty in learning one writing system when compared to another, as the neurological skills required to read, write, and spell can vary between systems.”

    In many ways this form seems almost like the natural response to the insanity that is the English spelling system. Perhaps obliquely, as a left-hander I feel a sense of solidarity with dyslexics, struggling with the often arbitrary orthodoxy we're ensconced within, so I’m sorry if you may have felt like I was having a go at you, not my intention at all, I’m in no position to.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to steven crawford,

    Perhaps you were misdiagnosed and aren’t dyslexic at all Steven, perhaps your English is simply of another time and another place.

    A time and place when a Tesla left us awestruck as opposed to merely being something we purchase to drive through gullies.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Responding to Catton’s comments, Prime Minister John Key said he was disappointed she felt that way”

    Disappointed that she nailed his entire being in a single sentence more like:

    Catton criticised New Zealand as a country led by "neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture".

    Great also to see the likes of Alan Duff but especially Keri Hulme enter the fray. Well missed around these parts you are Islander.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    One for Mr Fletcher

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wireless Summer, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Bladders?

    Heh, I actually don't know, it might be.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wireless Summer,

    One for the bladers.

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  • Capture: Movement,

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    horseplay

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to DeepRed,

    And I draw a clear distinction between what Rawshark did, and what the News of the World did. Rawshark is a lone operator who happens to scare the pants off certain establishment figures

    I thought I’d let the hams settle before responding. I’d be wary of making that kind of comparison. Rawshark is certainly not media material by any stretch as indicated by the failure to reasonably redact personal info from the Herald dumps, but Rawshark is also not Karen Silkwood.

    Nicky's admission implicates Rawshark as having hacked Slater for larks, and one could even conclude that to this day in all likelihood Rawshark would still just be hacker for shits and giggles if not for having been plucked from IT circle notoriety by Hager. Protecting your source is never going to be easy or make much sense when that whistle-blower is Little Toot. Beyond scared establishment figures, there are family members, none less than Slater’s own, who have no doubt expended time and dignity in pant recovery. Beatification remains off the cards this round.

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  • Capture: Upside Down, Inside Out,

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    I accidentally took this still the other day on a video shoot, seems to fit the theme.

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  • Access: Feelgood Flicks,

    If looking to purchase, a lapel mic may be best fit for purpose, but try/test/listen before you buy if possible.

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