Posts by Will de Cleene

  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

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    From last weekend:

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I know this is hipster blasphemy, but basically everything Hunter S. Thompson published after 1980 was embarrasing.

    The dividing line appeared to me to be when HST missed the Rumble in the Jungle. He never seemed to forgive himself for that. He became a self-parody of sorts, throwing in the words atavistic, preternatural and fiend into his prose and passing it off as the good stuff. Poor bastard.

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    Media is much like Parliament. People enter with the best of intentions before the institution grinds them into wearing cynicism. The hope remains that both public services can surmount this obstacle and raise the level of public discourse.

    Oh lord, it's hard to be humble, when you wear greasepaint every day...

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  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    I've already gone on record with Panopticmonium.

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  • Hard News: Being Jim,

    (The anxiety generated by welfare reforms cannot be overstated.)

    One side effect of a recent WINZ inquisition; I wrote a long doggerel poem called Ode to a Small Lump of Pus I Found in my Armpit One Mid-Winter's Morning (which apologies to Grunthos the Flatulent and Douglas Adams).

    All I can say is thank Dagg for the Medical Appeals Board.

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  • Hard News: Who else forgot to get married?,

    As a flatmate commented many years ago when I asked whether she intended to get married, "It would be rude to get married before my parents did."

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  • Hard News: A GCSB Roundup, in reply to Gareth Swain,

    The excellent Thomas Beagle has posted his oral submission here.

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  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks,

    Iceberg Lettuce Hack. Not exactly seasonal, but it has impressed a few people.
    An easy way to deconstruct an iceberg lettuce is to knock the base stem on a hard surface, then twist the stem out. You're left with nothing but lettuce leaves.

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  • Up Front: Another Brick in the Wall,

    Thank you, Emma, for bringing me to a new plateau of apoplectic rage. I've been continuing research on the history of Deaf education in NZ, and your epistle shows that, like the export sector, NZ's disability support is still living in the 1880's.

    I had the displeasure of having a WINZ pet doctor inspect me in Auckland a few years ago to prove my incapacity (Dr Hoadley, I presume). I didn't have my audiogram on me. Thankfully, I wasn't presumed to be wearing fake hearing aids.

    Just had a letter from WINZ requiring another doctor examination. This time, they thoughtfully included an email address for Deaf to use. I emailled them asking for the Pet Doctor WINZ to inspect me, and WINZ promptly lost the email. If I hadn't cynically walked into WINZ to double-check, I'd probably have lost my rent money.

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  • Up Front: Card on the Table,

    Stranger in a Strange Land is the only Heinlein left in my library. That said, I found Friday's sexual politics about as offensive as the weird fixation Stephen Donaldson has in the Gap Cycle, a series which a fem-mate raved about. Haven't touched the literary genre since.

    Futurama has about the right level of kink for my sci-fi diet. More space sitcom, less space opera.

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