Posts by kris_b

  • Hard News: The humanity,

    Gower was a petulant child even in the pre-caucus conference, like he hasn't realised the election is over now.

    The abuse piled on those in the news media is sometimes shocking - ask the people who are tasked with managing the social media feeds for various outlets, it's almost a continual torrent of hate.

    There's actually *people* behind @OneNews/@3News etc, not just a faceless corporate entity and it comes back to Russell's point about humanity.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…,

    The school I work at is sitting down with the Ministry tomorrow to discuss exactly this problem. They've done a Roll Growth Analyisis Report, which ultimately comes to a different conclusion than the data within suggests, but even worse - it only projects out to 2016. It's taken us 2 years of struggle to get a new 4-class permanent block built (which we just opened), and now we're basing future work on projections for only the next 2 years? Even though the report mentions the future intensification planned for our neighbourhood?

    The Ministry has dug this hole for themselves - almost all growth in the last 20 years+ had been dealt with by simply slapping prefab rooms on site - building out instead of up, and now they are facing a massively expensive and massively disruptive building programme around the country, involving shifting prefabs around the site so permanent blocks can be built in their place then removing prefabs afterwards.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Games with Attitude,

    Just checked out the site today after hearing the interview on RNZ Mediawatch, what an awesome result. Site is fast as hell, defaulted to 720p, HTML5 video, very clear layout and love the accessibility options. Blows away every local and many of the big name international streaming sites.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Cycle Frolic, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Rail bus replacements are of course no use in this case anyway, since you can't take your bike on a bus.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mega Strange, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    The Luminaries just makes the question a bit sharper in the context of local publishing. (It's harder to feel bad about sharing a Warner Bros film.)

    NZ'ers really need to get over this attitude. Just because you're less likely to run in to the copyright holder down at the local farmers market doesn't make infringing actions any more moral. People regularly harp on about how stealing NZ content is terrible and unpatriotic, while at the same time merrily downloading Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to their hearts content. It's bullshit and people need to get called out on it.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A plea for sanity on the…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And young people should take more of the rates burden "on their own shoulders" -- how exactly, if they're shut out of the housing market?

    Of course, just because my name isn't on a property title/rates bill, doesn't mean I don't pay rates. My landlord does out of the rent I pay him.

    Many Gen Z's would leap at that chance to pay their own rates, but can't, in large part because of greedy boomers who are all paying 5 sets of rates each on all their wonderful "investment" properties.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Because Statistical Rigour,

    I note that for my school, they only link to an old ERO Report from 2008, not the latest one from 2011. Seems to be the case for a few others I quickly checked too.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #BDOMemories, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    So if I read the article Ian linked, Lees quit BDO because he didn't like what the nasty people on Facebook said about the shitty sub-par lineup?

    Wow.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #BDOMemories,

    From Russell's Unlimited piece:
    "just how have a group of young entrepreneurs so successfully tapped into a generation? And how do they do it when so many others have failed, none more spectacularly than last year’s Sweetwaters?"

    Steep contrast to today, where they seem hopelessly disconnected from this generation.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #BDOMemories,

    2001 clearly had the best Boiler Room line up. In pretty much exactly this order: Adam Freeland, Pnau, Pitch Black, Greg Churchill, Darren Emerson, Roni Size & Reprazent full live band, Carl Cox. Mind, I didn't stay for Coxy, I wandered off to dance to Concord Dawn while shirtless at the little wee temp stage knocked up out of plywood WAY over the back of the Supertop. Good times.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 10 posts Report Reply