Up Front by Emma Hart

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Up Front: Girls Can Do Anything. You Just Can't Watch.

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  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I think I'd have an awful lot of inhibitions to get over before being able to usefully use any kind of voice activated system to replace a keyboard.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Yes, I haven't seen anyone say how speech to text would actually work in open-plan offices.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19685 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    There are alternative keyboard designs commercially available e.g. vertical split - available in QWERTY and Dvorak layouts. That website www.tifaq.org has others as well (Typing injury FAQ). Tend to be more expensive than standard keyboards.

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 189 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I can usually express myself much more fluently when I'm typing than when I'm speaking.

    Yeah, me too. I'm way more fluent at a keyboard than in any other setting. I'm utterly useless with a pen these days, and my tongue only appears to be able to get ahead of my brain the way my fingers do after I've had a few gins. I suspect dictating would cause me to dry up completely.

    I can break writer's block by playing any word game that involves typing. I get to such a speed that when I go back to my blank piece of paper my fingers carry the momentum over.

    In cricket-related matters, I just might have used the phrase 'fuck off you cheating cheating lying fucking bastard' last night, and not in re the women's game. Fortunately my family finds this behaviour endearing.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    In cricket-related matters, I just might have used the phrase 'fuck off you cheating cheating lying fucking bastard' last night, and not in re the women's game. Fortunately my family finds this behaviour endearing.

    Yep, that sure was a sweeet win.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    In cricket-related matters, I just might have used the phrase 'fuck off you cheating cheating lying fucking bastard' last night, and not in re the women's game.

    Did you catch Gilchrist waxing lyrical about Haddin's taking of a regulation catch from Fulton? He stepped to his right! He had his gloves just in the right place! This losing streak and all the embarassing little side incidents are driving the Aussies insane. It's beautiful, in its own way.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    In cricket-related matters

    Emma, I missed that moment of high drama in the highlights I caught.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19685 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Emma, I missed that moment of high drama in the highlights I caught.

    Can't speak for Emma, but in this household a very similar outburst coincided with the sweet, sweet moment of Haddin's dismissal. And, in slightly more muted form, when Hilfenhaus sent down five wides to the left of said keeper.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Can't speak for Emma, but in this household a very similar outburst coincided with the sweet, sweet moment of Haddin's dismissal. And, in slightly more muted form, when Hilfenhaus sent down five wides to the left of said keeper.

    Ah, Giovanni, those were indeed the exact moments. The second was followed by an extended 'where R my gloves LOL' riff.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    He only moves beautiful to his right, you see.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Aah, that moment - thought you meant they'd tried it on again this time.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19685 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Was great to see that the audience gave Haddin an appropriate boo when he came out to bat. Looking forward to seeing the reception he gets next time he plays in NZ.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    And indeed: if I could read science-fiction novels like you'd eat fistfuls of popcorn and still not expect to be serving on a spaceship next to impossibly handsome incredibly intelligent delightfully emotionally-retarded men, why shouldn't the same be true for the girls reading the pink books?

    Not wanting to get too reductionist about it, a lot of it is simple sexism. A lot of old skool sci-fi was (and is) all about men caressing their big weapons, and talking about muzzle velocity and fire rates ad nauseum. At least the girlie stuff was more honest about the porn factor. But apparently (predominantly male) techno-porn is more acceptable than (predominantly female) emo-porn.

    Why is it easier to say that while there is a lot of cheezy McCheeze in sci-fi, we can point to the "classics" and say that there is plenty of good literature in there as well? Why is it so difficult to admit that novels like Wuthering Heights are also simply good examples of their genre (romance)?

    (Actually, I hate Wuthering Heights. Give me a good Nora Roberts any day. Although I do prefer Lois McMaster Bujold.)

    As for people saying that some women have an unnatural perception about reality after reading romances, they should attend a science fiction convention one day (ok, 99% of people are dressing up to have fun, but there are some...)

    It is changing - more women are writing and reading sci-fi, and sometimes, OMG, you actually get character development. On the other hand, more women - and feminist women, and men - are coming out about their romance reading preferences, and are getting quite stroppy about getting the appropriate respect for the good stuff.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

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