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  • Matthew Poole,

    Projections are first land-fall at East Cape at 0614, Auckland West Coast 0714.

    Understatement of the year from the guy TV1 just spoke to from Australian tsunami centre: Don't go down to the beach to watch. That would be a very bad idea.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    That is very frightening footage. I am trying and failing to not think about all the people in the boats, cars and houses tumbling in that water.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Robert Urquhart,

    Edit: and now TV1 also, and apparently at Civil Defence request. So we can see what we might be in for if something let go off out coast?

    Yeah I heard from Steve Grey on twitter that tv1 apparently left masterchef on, meanwhile tv3 went to the coverage.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Jeebus. My lovely neighbour was just rung by her sister from Kiribati, which is oh, about 1m above sea level at its highest, and due for the tsunami in a couple of hours or less. There have been no sirens, no obvious warning or signs of life, all the govt buildings are lights off, everyone is asleep. Neighbour's sister had seen reports of the earthquake on the hotel tv and wondered what was happening.

    Very, very concerning.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    i was trapped on the subway, but only for 10 minutes or so. fuck that was frightening. they have an early warning system to stop all trains. then we shook hard for about 2 mins. i was scared what the surface would look like if it was that bad six stories underground.

    Miyagi/Sendai area must be a mess. i feel sorry for those people.

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    I did wonder about the bullet trains. Japan is about as prepared as any nation has ever been- and this has hit sooo hard. Buildings swept away.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    That really is a worry, Stephen. I hope the tsunami warnings for all other countries comes to nothing, but they are serious warnings and we can see the destruction the waves are capable of. I saw this comment:
    "BBCBreaking BBC Breaking News
    #Tsunami is higher than some Pacific islands and could go right over them: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies"

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    For the techies, was Brett Roberts unpleasant when he was managing Microsoft NZ? Being a right obnoxious Twitter troll tonight.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19695 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sacha,

    He was, but you need to learn when not to engage personally, buddy. The only way to deal with Brett is either lightly, or expect the worst. He's not stupid, but he is completely one-eyed right wing.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Kiribati is about 3 to 4 meters above sea level not 1, but yeah, they get any decent sized waves and they're in serious trouble. Hopefully the waves have died out considerably by the time they reach there. It is an extremely isolated country.

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Sounds like the waves are dying out before hitting any other territories so far. Hope that news continues.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Sacha,

    Man I’m slow – I’ve only just realised that nzlemming is Mark Harris. Anyway...

    Brett Roberts… troll …

    Had not heard of him, but I think you throw that term around too loosely. Maybe he’s not “trolling”. Maybe he’s just a fuckwit.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to nzlemming,

    you need to learn when not to engage personally, buddy

    noted. thanks

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19695 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Steve Parks,

    Maybe he’s not “trolling”. Maybe he’s just a fuckwit.

    On reflection, I'd say you're right he was genuine in his fuckwittery

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19695 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Steve Parks,

    Man I’m slow – I’ve only just realised that nzlemming is Mark Harris. Anyway…

    Hmmm, hoping that's a good thing...

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sacha,

    (Actually, I did disengage once I realised what he was acting like - all is not lost)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19695 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh, he does troll, but usually about software. Dave Lane (open source guy from Chch) is one of his usual antagonists. I don’t think he was trolling last night, but he wasn’t prepared to listen either.[ETA] which, on reflection, is standard behaviour ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    anyway, enough about that. the thread, it is open

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19695 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    [Speaking at the ACT annual conference, Dr. Brash] insisted, however, that he was not someone who wanted to scrap the Treaty of Waitangi, saying it had been ahead of its time compared to Australia where they used to "shoot the natives".

    That statement prompted one delegate to interject "let's bring it in", drawing gasps of disapproval from those sitting around him.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    There's interesting debate on BBC if you got it on homosexuality in Africia. "Homosexuality is un-African".

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Steve Parks,

    Fuck, that'll be news to the bonobo community-

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

  • Islander, in reply to steven crawford,

    Andit looked glorious!
    Erm, quality of shots produced? (I suspect droolsome.)

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

  • Islander,

    Other news: while the frog population of Big O waxes and wanes (we have both the Australian brown tree frog & the bell frog here) there is nothing quite like listening to a fresh metamorphosis of tree frogs singing their little hearts out after rain- joy!

    "The tree frogs are singing - rain rain!"

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

  • James Butler,

    Re. Steampunk coffee machines, I coincidentally came across this today.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Islander,

    So, singing with gay abandon, then?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

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