Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

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    Or this. Notice how the QR pixels form the shape of NZ, sort of, if you squint a bit.

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

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    This one?

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    I just looked up the history of the South African flag, which they seem to be quite proud of over there.

    Basically they:
    - got rid of an oppressive, alien form of government
    - had a specialist, Fred Brownell, design a flag to mark this

    We should follow this proven process.

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  • Speaker: The silent minority,

    the response rate (weighted to take account of the oversampling) was 31.2 per cent

    There’s your problem, right there. You’re assuming that sample is representative of the total population, but the respondents are self-selecting for being interested in filling out a 24 page questionnaire. That would, I think, give you people who were more engaged and analytical about their political attitudes than the general population.

    Before any analysis, I’d be interested to see some ground truthing, to start with: E1B: “Made a select committee submission" – how many answered positively, versus the number of submitters to select committees.

    Unless you address that, you’re just taking numbers and drawing pretty pictures.

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  • Hard News: Fine words, some hope,

    an ecstasy-related death by expediting a terrible bill.... that cracked down on drug utensils

    Ban ecstacy utensils! Er.. fingers?

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  • Speaker: BURGERGASM, in reply to RBentley,

    I would recommend reading a chapter in one of Anthony Bourdain's books attacking that idea - burger meat, like any other meat* shouldn't have to be cooked to destruction to destroy pathogens.

    * With the exception of chicken and to some degree pork.

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  • Speaker: BURGERGASM,

    Can we not be more data driven here?

    Assign a percentage value to 9 or 10 qualities: meatiness, bun crispness, cheesiness, choice of ingredients. Then weight this with a factor derived from the name of the restaurant’s position within a canonical set of Wellington restaurant names, aligned to traditional thematic factors: South American revolutionaries, primitive built structures, food components, etc.

    Then put all the raw data into R and produce a cluster diagram and hence calculate the Minkowski distance between each burger and the basic Maccas.

    Might tell you something. Or not.

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle,

    Are you sure you aren't overthinking this, or that you've trolled by somebody with time on their hands and the rand() function?

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one,

    her Masterton origins

    I went to Masterton once. Sample conversation:

    You're from *outside*? I've always wanted to go somewhere outside Masterton once, like maybe Carterton or Martinborough, but I've never been able to find the way.
    Is it true about oceans? And cities?

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle,

    several National voters who intended voting for Annette as a great electorate MP

    I'm a bit cynical about the "great electorate MP thing". You can come across as wonderful if you listen to what people say, agree with them vehemently and then do stuff all about it. As practised by the UK Liberals, most local councillors, etc, etc.

    Another top tip for Rongotai Labour is that if you're going to do the "fake local paper" thing, at least do it more than once every three years.

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