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  • Damian Christie,

    SOFIE! This is gorgeous!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

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    Since we're sharing, I love the few nice B&W baby shots there are of me. And fuck it, it's my blog, my thread, I'll post pics of whatever I want :) This ain't Capture, but if anyone wants to throw in a vintage pic of them looking cute, go for it!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Damian Christie,

    or hasn't had their morning coffee

    my typng gets even wors

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Why ,you haven't changed a bit ! Looking back at old shots, and seeing I'm always happy in them, gives me a sense of appreciation of my up bringing.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    That's a nice sentiment. And I wouldn't want the unsaid implication to be that my lack of a smile suggests mine was anything other than full of love too :) I was just a moody wee shit at times, I imagine. And yes, fuck all has changed...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    (not that I'm saying that's what you're implying of course).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I love twitter. But those of you who know me, and follow me, may have already glommed onto that. I have met so many interesting people, as well as had the chance to further get to know dear, dear people that I have met from this very forum. You know, I've been chatting online in one form or another for nigh on 17 years. It was immensely helpful when Ian had leukemia, but it also opened my eyes to the fact that it's never too late to make some truly valued friends. I prefer not to use the phone anymore since I just sit there smoking it up large, so twitter and this forum allow me to stay in touch with people, find out more about them, set the groundwork for possible friendships, support those who need it, get some support when needed.....the list goes on. Twitter, for me, truly is social media.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to David Cormack,

    I’ve had a couple of “Ricky Gervais” types tweet back at me – and I think that’s the exciting part about Twitter, a chance to engage with people who you would never otherwise engage with.

    I got a reply back from Chuck D when he was on Twitter reminiscing about legendary Public Enemy shows -- I mentioned their Electric Ballroom show in London in 1988. That was cool.

    And I'd like to remind Graham Linehan that we used to work on the same magazine years ago, but it's hard not to sound like a dick saying "hey! remember me!?"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Pete Sime,

    And I've just become follower #1500. It was like watching the odometer roll over.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Russell Brown,

    but it's hard not to sound like a dick saying "hey! remember me!?"

    'Xactly. I signed up to facebook, within a week refound a long-lost friend on the other side of the world and started up an email resumption with her, made friends with my family and haven't really go around to it again. Facebook is just too... invasive; on everyone else too. I mean they don't need or want to know about minutiae in my daily life. I irregularly email those with whom I share friendships, interests and histories.

    Twitter can be amazing: I started using that when my man was working in Haiti. I got to see an immediate picture of the chaos at the Port-au-Prince airport just before his flight left, so I knew he would miss connections all the way through and not get on the Christchurch flight 36 hours later. I could get aftershock -size reports and text them to him on the phone, and warnings certain places were no-go. He couldn't raise an internet connection most of that time so that info was not available to them other ways.

    And the earthquakes in Christchurch: Twitter saved my sanity at times (once the telecoms were back up of course). A great community full of humour and strength developed as we batted back and forth shake reports; the aftershock poker games --guessing the size, epicentre site and depth; and shared intel on what the hell was actually happening in our city and suburbs. Simple things like where to get petrol -- which stations were dry, wrecked or reserved for emaergency services only.

    The official online channels like Stuff couldn't touch Twitter - and probably Facebook if you were attuned to it already -- and talkback radio. Mike Yardley deserves sainthood for getting up on September 4 (the night after his birthday) and hurtling across town to the studio while we rocked in the dark and didn't know WTF had hit us.

    This is not to go back into quake-quack; it's pointing out that online can be a real community, just as having a coffee is, in the right circumstances.

    PA is my only web-chat-thingy, because I don't have the time or interest for more. I want a life outside the keyboard.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Facebook was a sanity-saver for me during the quakes (or at least once we had electricity back), as was PAS. I'm newly on Twitter, and I love it there too. They're all just tools for making and maintaining connections. At their best, social media enlarge and invigorate my world. It's all about the peeps.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • John Fouhy,

    Re. your edit: it gets more complicated if @joe, @fred and @bob are all having a conversation. If you happen to follow @joe and @fred but not @bob, then you'll see tweets from @joe to @fred and @bob, but not tweets from @joe to @bob and @fred..

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood, in reply to Hebe,

    The official online channels like Stuff couldn't touch Twitter - and probably Facebook if you were attuned to it already -- and talkback radio

    Although, to be fair, a lot of the best people to follow on Twitter are actual journalists. The NOTW saga was a classic case in point, Nick Davies, who had spent close to seven years on the story, was suddenly aware that the dam was starting to break, and there was almost a spiky energy in his updates. Similarly, the better work on the London Riots was done by reporters in the field.


    Ironically, I think a lot of the best twitter users are those who point you to longer-form pieces (such as articles etc), as well as engage in the short form conversations.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 445 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Heh. And so, Damian and I wound up today in a Twitter argument with other journalists that showed, once again, what a rubbish medium for argument Twitter is. Oh well ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Matthew Littlewood,

    Although, to be fair, a lot of the best people to follow on Twitter are actual journalists

    Agreed. Depends on what Twitter is being used for. For on the spot
    observations it's amazing -- though unreliable. The news sites just aren't set up for immediate, right now blats like Twitter/ facebook/talkback. At best the process seems to take 15 minutes; sometimes that is too long. Twitter is good for links but not deep thoughts and conversations.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    a Twitter argument with other journalists

    not broadcasters then?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    not broadcasters then?

    Heh. No.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Damian Christie,

    O! Lovely wee kid!
    I am saving my 3yrold really curley blond* cutsiness for, umn, y’know, something, or not.
    *Yeah, Really. The Maori side loved it (because my mother was/is urukehu) and so did my father’s English side – “OOO! Goodoh. Not a boy but no touch of the tarbrush there…”
    Little did they know about brains…

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Damian Christie,

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    throw in a vintage pic of them

    Rangitoto on a hot summer’s day ( in 1964).
    Obviously 2 years later there were more pressing issues at hand …..( note the hand knit compulsory for Chch)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    How do you post multiple photos here? Oh well.

    The obligatory Takapuna beach photo.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    Another Takapuna Beach photo! Well, I was kind of brought up there, much as I hate to admit it, these days.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    I love this one - it's my brother and I. Well, there are four of them, but this is the one closest to me. My brother from another mother. My Latimer.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    Sorry, just one more. One of my school photos - I think I was 6, so it was taken in 1970 or thereabouts.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Obviously 2 years later there were more pressing issues at hand …..( note the hand knit compulsory for Chch)

    Sofie, given the church -- where my parents were married -- you are of Christchurch Catholic wider family too? Great nostalgia pix.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Back to the thread's namesake, an article tied to the release of the professional narcissist's latest book observes:

    In Air Kiss and Tell, Dawson says "I often think that maybe I like to flaunt [my insecurities]". This statement goes to the heart of her very uneasy relationship with the public eye. I get the feeling that in equal measure, Dawson would be 100 times happier if she didn't read the gossip section of the Daily Telegraph and that she relishes being named there.

    ...

    She also writes about social media trolling (the book was printed before trolls caused her hospitalisation). "I know that I shouldn't respond, and in most cases I don't, but sometimes...when a heinous comment is directed at my 'handle' I just can't let it go." She rightfully feels personal distress at public criticism.

    ...

    She also says that Australia (and perhaps New Zealand) "hates" her which is hyperbolic at best given a significant number of people who aren't glued to celebrity gossip don't know who she is.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

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