Posts by Pete Sime

  • Access: The Blue Inhaler,

    I had childhood asthma. I remember some panicky nights with croup and mum running the bath to get some steam in my lungs. Then I had ventolin tablets. Before I grew out of it, I had something called a diskhaler, which would puncture foil discs of the drug for inhalation without the need for propellants. The downside was the mouthpiece that would get pretty groady.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We need some advice on this

    The process is outlined in section 6 of the Flag Referendums Act. It says:

    voters express a first preference for 1 option and may express second and further preferences for other options

    So just ranking one option will be a valid vote.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: So who exactly placed conditions…,

    There should just be a single referendum with the 6 flags. Include the current one and Red Peak with the other four. People wanting to retain the flag can rank it as number one. That's the beauty of STV, it's an instant runoff.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Into the River/Interim Restrictions,

    Andrew. Sounds like a plan. I'll be in touch tomorrow.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Into the River/Interim Restrictions, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    Which library?

    The Hocken.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Into the River/Interim Restrictions, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    I'd suggest that under (c), a librarian or bookseller who can't supply the book to a person wanting to loan or buy it could ask Dr Mathieson to invoke the order.

    I just so happen to be a librarian. I think I could draft something.

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  • Legal Beagle: Somewhere* it's National…, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Do the Auckland Libraries hold a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook?

    The Anarchist Cookbook was banned by the Office of Film and Literature Classification as unconditionally indecent in 1994.

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  • Legal Beagle: Somewhere* it's National…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    and I have in the past been shocked at some of the books sold by libraries, stuff that should still be publicly accessible – gone for a song (or less)

    I'm a librarian working in collection management. Standard practice is to have a disposal policy as part of a collection development policy. There's an email list that NZ librarians often use to post lists of items that are for disposal, in case any other libraries want those copies. Space is limited and there are better sources of information than holding on to that 1993 set of Encyclopedia Britannica. The number one rule of libraries is that books are for use, if they're not being used then a library is no longer a library, but a museum of books - where they are appreciated as objects, but not for the information they contain.

    In public libraries in particular, if no other institution wants a book and they can't be sold at a library sale or given to the Lions or other organisation for a community book sale, often they end up being pulped because that space is far too valuable. Academic libraries in particular must focus on the needs of their users. I remember taking your position, Ian, when I was a history student at Vic and there was a huge deselection project under way. But it was a hoarder's mentality. I was asking what if someone needs these books? instead of are they being used?. Now that I'm a librarian, I find I take a very workmanlike attitude to books in this job.

    And yes, I totally agree with Auckland Libraries' position. If a member of the public wants a title banned, then go to the OFLC.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    I'm reminded of this scene from Charlie Brooker's amazing satire, Black Mirror (language NSFW)

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for Teina Pora?,

    @Andrew and @Graeme – could a decision on compensation be subject to judicial review? Or is it absolutely discretionary?

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

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