Posts by Myles Thomas

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    'Disruption' also 'disruptive' re changes to media and steadily being applied to everything and everyone.

    Has anyone already put this in?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Change for the Better, in reply to Tom Semmens,

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    Re duhaminising of cyclists.

    This was the point of the recent safety ads getting people to think of cyclists as real people. They featured a person with DAD or DAUGHTER written on their shirt while riding a bike. Perhaps whoever researched that campaign discovered that drivers' dislike of cyclists is the greatest threat to cyclist safety more than being visible, leaving a bubble etc.

    I'd be interested to hear what these commentators like Hosk and Clarkson, who are frankly just assholes, have to say about the lovely general public hating on cyclists so much that we need public safety messages about it.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: A hazy, intriguing crystal ball, in reply to Deborah,

    My guess is that the “backing yourself or your friend or colleague” effect is swamped by genuine predictions from political junkies who are not personally involved in particular races

    Not really. It's pretty easy to dominate an obscure stock for a week by sinking a few hundred dollars into it. There were fascinating instances of stocks behaving abnormally around Len Brown quitting and prior to that Bob Parker.

    It came up in Dirty Politics too in which a protagonist boasted of altering the market enough to generate a few news headlines.

    But these larger party-vote stocks would cost a bit more to alter as there are more gamblers playing them. My guess would be a couple of thousand to push a stock 5% for a week. Being persistent you could alter the herd thinking for longer as well.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical, in reply to Hebe,

    "On to it. Look at 2mins28: Kay starts the killer line and English grins because he knows what's coming."

    well spotted, English is pretty disinterested until that point, then grins and hides it by reaching for a glass of water to cover his smirk.

    That Key goes back to the refrain of rapists etc, after not getting it out the first time confirms planning to say it in advance.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Stand for Quaxing,

    Yes we saw similar double height bike stands crowded around train stations in Zurich earlier this year. Very impressive.

    My answer to the countdown Grey Lynn problem would be don't shop there. It's rubbish on other levels too - expensive, too many toys on pillars, poorly organised, Aussie owned...

    I'm not sure if New World has any bike stands either but that wee dishrack as you say, is an insult.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Greg King Memorial…,

    A reason for crime rate drops apart from efficacy of strikes could be found by looking at lead in our petrol. I shit you not. Read this. http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/lead-crime-link-gasoline
    The lag between lead being removed from petrol and crime rates dropping is 20 years - the approx peak age for offending. Lead was banned here in 96 so expect to see crime dropping for another year or two and then flatten off?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Gay marriage, weed, and death…,

    Marriage equality has come at a very convenient time for Obama and corporates pushing the TPA etc.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…,

    Around 6.45 tonight Aucklanders are gathering outside TV3 for a Campbell-Light Vigil. A final sendoff. What better way to mourn the passing of nightly current-affairs in NZ.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to Andrew C,

    Wet tissue paper worked well too

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    Thanks for reminding me about this. A special excitement came from getting a free call, especially if you couldn't find enough 2 cent pieces or it gobbled them up because you pushed the A button thinking the call had been answered but hadn't, thereby losing your money.

    It really is a world away from today and could easily be written up to sound like a certain Monty Python sketch.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 125 posts Report Reply

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