Posts by BenWilson

  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But, um, good luck with that …

    Yeah, I don't expect change. I just voice my opinion on what is good, in balance. With Mt Eden, the balance is that something was added as something was taken away, and what was taken away was something I used to use a lot. I very much doubt that was was added (basically a cleared carpark) will outweigh what was lost (many future visits to this site). Similarly with Mt Albert, the admittedly pleasant walk beside some native tress is stacked against the 50% loss of something spectacular, and I find it wanting in the calculation.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It could have an awesome view. The sports field in the crater up there is quite bizarre, although it's no worse a use than many. I just don't get what's so marvelous about the pohutukawa forest blocking all the view at the top. Of all the places that we can and already do have pohutukawa stands, it's basically the worst possible choice.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…,

    Also, we can still give some thanks, for at least a few decades, that there is a view from Mt Eden at all. Mt Albert is basically an unremarkable stand of pohutukawa when you look North. No need to limit access to the summit - most times I go there I'm the only one.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Mt Eden was the best choice and I’m still disappointed there was no halfway ground that could be made to work.

    Heh, well, the parking is about halfway up... :-).

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…,

    My only reservation is that already having a mobility card is a fairly high bar for people who might be mobile on the flat but can’t manage the climb and perhaps a way could be found to accommodate them without letting that concession be abused.

    Yup, it's not going to be fun trying to get my boy up there. I'm not feeling the love for this decision. The parked cars were not beautiful, sure, but trips up that mountain without humping the 100m vertical ascent were like an Auckland birthright I've lost, is how I feel about it*. And the cars were never in the way of the view from the summit, nor from the paths on either side of the parking. I couldn't hear car engines over the howling of the wind and the gabbling of tourists anyway, and I doubt those have changed.

    getting to the summit on foot is a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience than zipping up in a car

    I've done it both ways. I liked the car better. Especially when I had the whole family with me, or visiting friends, or only 15 minutes to spare on the way through. It's certainly a good walk. But it was an awesome drive.

    *I know, of course, that it never actually belonged to me. But that doesn't change that something has been taken away.

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  • Polity: Hooton’s Zombie Apocalypse, in reply to bob daktari,

    don’t think its education national are worried about in polling – TPPA has dwarfed any policy announcements by labour – also a topic labour are vulnerable on, as they’ve hardly been consistent about the damned thing

    Could be true, I'm not sure. I haven't felt Labour to have distinguished themselves from National much on it, so I doubt National fears Labour's popularity on it. I can't feel the rage myself - there's a horrific feeling of inevitability about the whole thing. But at least our own education policy is something we feel like we're in control of.

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  • Polity: Hooton’s Zombie Apocalypse,

    Most people also recognize it’s important than ever that more New Zealanders have advanced education. As machines and algorithms make ever more jobs obsolete, people need the smarts and ability to do jobs that aren’t easily replaced.

    I do wish, however, that the justification of advanced education was less about the economy. Because it seems to me that the connection is really quite a lot less strong than many believe, especially on the count of "machines are taking the jobs". The jobs they can take are far more often the ones for the highly educated. The knowledge economy is the most automatible of all. Therefore, if it's automation we fear then supporting the development of the kinds of work least apt to mechanization seems to me the money best spent.

    Fortunately, Labour's plan is also about trades. Apprenticeships as well?

    And it would be awesome if at least some of the hard sell of higher education could be on it having worth unto itself, that goes well beyond future remuneration, and economic contribution. Of course people have to genuinely believe that is true, and I often feel like I'm slipping into a small minority in believing it. How often in the last 5 years of tertiary have I had to justify what I'm doing by it's financial future? Even to other students? It's like I'm crazy to think that becoming more educated could be an end all by itself.

    But this isn't the main point of this thread, so feel free to not pick up the rant.

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  • Polity: Hooton’s Zombie Apocalypse,

    It seems like desperate stuff from Hooton, and I concur with the sense that the popularity of the education policy is most likely causing genuine fears among the most extreme right in National. Accuse the other side of being extreme from an extreme position. Relative to where you're shrieking from it's almost true.

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  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Yeah. Also, of course, lots of really nice hippies. Most of them, just like how most people are nice now.

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  • Hard News: Fix up, young men,

    In fact, the funny thing about hippies is that they were among the most fearsome of the schoolteachers I ever had. I always speculated that it was precisely because it was so against their self-image as free wheeling anti establishment types who were full of love that they were so incapable of seeing what authoritarian wankers they were. It confused their essence and they put blame far harder onto whatever child was getting on their goat than a more mainstream teacher who might consider that occasionally it was actually them who had fucked up in their approach to this child's education. Also, quite often, prolonged verbal abuse is much more hurtful than a mere institutional consequence like a detention. It was always quite amusing to me that the coolest kids liked the hippy teachers the least - that's not something I think those teachers ever knew about themselves.

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