Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Things that do us good and ill, in reply to ,

    But those chemicals … has leading indent that no other para has

    Unfixable consequence of a little bit of ad placement-related javascript.

    And thanks - although Ian notes, it's better done by email.

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  • Speaker: I am a Really Useful Engine, in reply to Rebecca Gray,

    but I will say I know you wrote that Missing Stair piece among all sorts of other great stuff, and that looks like pretty bloody useful/valuable work from where I’m sitting.

    That post is a great example of what Emma does so well: writes things that we come back to for years after, because they Say It Right.

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  • Speaker: I am a Really Useful Engine,

    I have a version of this that I tell myself: I want to be a useful citizen.

    To that end, I try and have one or two unpaid governance roles (preferably one) where my experience might be useful.

    Also, what I do here very rarely attracts anything like a reasonable rate of pay, or covers development costs. But it's the thing I most want to do.

    I'm not the only one here of course, or always the most useful: Access is an important voice and Capture makes people happy.

    But I routinely turn down invitations to speak unpaid, even from nice people. That takes preparation and is mildly stressful. I have an agent and I'm supposed to earn money from that stuff.

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  • Hard News: Three Dreams, in reply to Alfie,

    In my early 20s I experimented with lucid dreaming where you try to set up the dream in advance. I never had much success.

    Different thing, but two or three times I've woken up to go for a pee, come back to bed and thought "I liked that dream" and been able to go back into it. That was cool.

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  • Hard News: Three Dreams, in reply to Emma Hart,

    My subconscious is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a total arsehole.

    Yeah, not cool, Emma's subconscious.

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  • Hard News: Three Dreams, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I have never, ever had the Flying Dream. Starting to wonder if that’s unusual.

    I don't know. I'm quite surprised by how many people have something similar to mine.

    Do y'all have the remembered-as-real thing?

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  • Hard News: Three Dreams, in reply to James Dunne,

    and then realising what your subconscious was getting at

    Yes. For me it's not like it happens often – like most people, I generally forget my dreams on waking – but when it does it's "Oh, right. I see what you're saying there."

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy., in reply to Andrew C,

    Have they updated their website RB? I see it saying it will be in the tens of thousands

    No, their graphic still punts for "??,000 to ???,000". Helpful approximation, innit?

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy., in reply to Marc C,

    This is a catastrophe, I am actually surprised there are not more homeless people in Auckland, really surprised. And unless you have a stable job and income and references, there is NO place to rent!

    In South Auckland in particular, overcrowded houses are becoming the norm. I was talking to our Media Take researcher and he said he knew of a house where 29 people are living.

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy., in reply to steven crawford,

    Does anyone know what the list of specific chemicals are ; the nasty ones that can permeate houses to make them uninhabitable?

    Have a look at the detailed Ministry of Health guidelines linked in the original post.

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