Welcome back David! I feel as though we need to fire up the welcome wagon it's been so long!
John Grant, I'm afraid to say, I know only and purely for "That's the good news" which is one of the funniest songs I've heard for a long time. But the more I hear, the more I think "that guy is weird". Weird, BTW, I use in the positive sense (as contrasted with normal which is a euphemism for boring).
I was lucky enough to grow up in the Bronski Beat then Tracey Chapman era (speaking of weird apparently Smalltown Boy was used in a Christmas ad), and hit university just in time for Two Nice Girls to visit.
But what can anyone do about that? You want to poll opinion, you do it with what you have.
I was asking because I hoped that there was some collection of mobile phones numbers with demographic information attached that pollsters used. Even getting the demographic "will supply a phone number to avoid annoying ads online" is better than the apparent "just ignore people without landlines" approach.
I'm guessing that this misses an awful lot of mobile-phone-only voters, based purely on no-one in the office ever having been called. Technically we have a landline, and I believe there's even a phone we could plug into it in one of the boxes in the garage. But ringing that number isn't going to get you anywhere (Hellstra charge less for an internet+phone deal than internet alone).
So, question: how do pollster obtain phone numbers? Random dialling would seem likely to pester a fuckton of people for every successful call, to the point where I expect it would be banned (Wellington has about 1/10th of NZ/s population, of whom 2/3rds might be eligible, and half of those vote... 30 calls per voter).
I'm playing an online game a bit ATM, and a fair number of mental children there seem to use "pick three of the top 10 offensive words" as a name generation system. Others go for "most offensive phrase". I would like to be kidding. And there seems to be no filtering of those names, sadly, or mechanism for objecting to them.
I am torn between joining in, albeit humorously, via some of the above, and just refusing the whole idea that being gratuitously offensive is worthwhile. Because "The mighty Snotgobblin Butt-Snorkeller triumphs again" seems to match that level of childish amusement without sinking to the depths of ... look, just imagine the worst thing you're likely to read online, and leave it there. Searching the forums for "rape" shows how casually it's used as "one step worse than gay".
And that's why we should filter out the "bad words", even if it makes the likes of Emma work a little harder to come up with decent descriptions.
The juxtaposition of the Capture-Apocalypse picture with this post on the front page is strangely appropriate.
I love the way that comes just after Ian Dalziel's post... right until the very end I was "like, WTF?" in my best South Park accent and all.
'Accidentally Kelly Street
Frente were such a happy band and that album especially. Except for the lyrics of 190. I saw them perform with Alanis Morrissette of all people, the contrast was *weird*.
Deep touch-light touch resonates with me. Light stroking often drives me into fits of twitching or ticklishness. I have to work to remember that other people often like it. Some others just can't adapt, ever, and conclude that I just don't like being touched... different people are different, people :)
Also, donated and noted agreement with Russell that there's no shame in asking people to cover more of her costs. Time and effort are costs...
I’m less good at actually reading maps.
My partner seems to share that, despite being an architect. Apparently reading maps is not at all like reading plans (and she is a whizz CAD monkey). Google maps is her friend. Whereas I tend to look at the map to make sure there's no disasters lurking before heading off "that way" (roads that go towards my destination, but then stop at a barrier is a bugbear).
The "different and interesting" thing is something I was thinking about on my way to work, in the context of empathising across race/gender/class differences. I'm a rich white male, so I grew up with those advantages. But I'm also probably-slightly-aspergers (like all the cool kids are :) and I remember odd things, and am more preceptive of certain things that NTs (someone being "interested" in someone is often blatantly obvious to me.. unlike when I am boring you witless. Only one of those skills has immense practical value).
Anyhow, I grew up being told "you don't feel that" "you like doing this" and my life was full of similar gaslighting bullshit. Most egregiously, I was repeatedly told "that didn't happen" until I found evidence, then "I never denied that that happened". I get grumpy thinking about it. So when someone says "I feel X" or "X happened to me" I tend to go "well, you'd know" and move on. Rather than, say "privilege is not a thing", or "everyone likes cake" or other inanities.
Admittedly this is partly because I tend to be relentlessly straight-forward and obvious compared to the average monkey, but it's also because... if you say you feel something, who am I to disagree?
all the parts of your trip where your speed drops below say 20 kph you can use the assist ... Unless you have a flat commute.
Bart, this is hard. Being polite when you're ignoring what I've said before and assuming that I'm innumerate... that's hard for me.
How about you do the maths and have another go? In order to cover 38km in an hour I can't afford to spend very much time below my current 30kph average speed without power assist. For every minute at 30kph I need to spend a minute at 46kph, and 46kph is hard going.