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Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle

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  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Moz,

    Some time ago I suggested to Andrew Geddis on PA that he might like to try cycling for this exact reason and his response was "no, not convenient".

    Given that he lives way the hell out at Purakanui, from a purely practical view, it actually isn't for him.

    I expect he sympathises a) with the gist of this column and, b) cycling in general, but it's "not convenient" for him because Purakanui is a good 30min drive to his work along very narrow, twisting countries roads for the first half, then a road with heavy trucks zipping along continuously on it for the second.

    Also, he's an academic - bit hard to carry a couple of hundred assignments on a bike, eh ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 745 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I lived at Purakanui for a year - ever since they got rid of the morning rail-car to Osbourne, and then later the bus, it stopped being practical without a car.

    It would be a horrible slog up that hill either way

    Riding across the top of the hill on a motor-bike in the winter fog (I still have the scars it's why I have a beard) in the dark (after 5pm, maybe 30% of the year), with no white lines at the edges of road, and barely able to see the faint fading dashed line in the middle ... you have to drive slowly down the middle ... is not for the faint of heart - I can't possibly imagine doing it on a bike, even an electric one, and even with the nice white lines they have now

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • SHG,

    I delete all my social media channels over xmas and haven't regretted it once. every day is better without socmed in my life.

    nup • Since Oct 2010 • 65 posts Report Reply

  • Aotearoan,

    This debate takes me back to 1981 & the Springbok tour. I, female, was active on the front line as were other men & women. I was surprised and gratified to hear one burly hard-man, scars on scars, say he'd never faced such fear, violence & hatred in his life...and this was the closest he'd ever got to realising what women faced, often on a daily basis.

    Northland • Since Jan 2011 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    So I went and hung out in Twitter, trying to figure out why it’s now more popular than the traditional comment threads at blog community’s such as public address system.

    Its obviously a big research job, that’s going to require plenty of coffee. It’s hard to work out what’s going on. Twitter thru my eyes, looks a bit like crowds of people wondering around in something like a shopping mall, all muttering random sentences to them selves.

    Or it’s a bit like listening to a marine radio conversation when one half of the conversation is just static noise.

    The traditional blog looks more conversational. It’s more like going to an independent locally operated cafe to sit down for a coffee and hang out, than getting a takeaway from BP. Something I’ve sunk to as a habit!

    I’m addicted to paying five dollars something for a cup of coffee in a paper cup, handing over my loyalty card and feeling like a lab rat when the beep beep machine rings the free coffee bell. Something deep down inside me actually believes the big petroleum chain likes me, and wants to buy me a coffee on the house.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    This Tweet, seems to be trending on intelligent people’s what-it’s. But I haven’t found any counter argument on twitter. But it’s most likely there, who knows where?

    The people might not have sailed to South America (I think they probably did) the potatoes could have made there own way to Polynesia. It’s possible!

    James Wong
    @Botanygeek
    Studying the genes of sweet potatoes shows Pacific Islanders visited The Americas at least 500 years before Columbus.

    What is even cooler? You can also show this voyage across the Pacific just by plotting local names of the crop on a map.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to steven crawford,

    That's a great example of what Twitter does well.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19428 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Sacha,

    Does what well?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Jameswong, aka botanygeek from twitter. He's a TV celebrity ethnobotanist. So when he tweets about the great migration, it's going to trend. Even if it's garbage. ( which it might not be ).

    What I think twitter is really good at, is generating massive amounts of trivia. Which isn't a bad thing per say. But there's just so bloody much of it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And bingo, after a lot of cups of coffee (in real pottery cups) I cracked it. The tweet about the potatoes, is something interesting from a research document that the TV personality scientist has happened upon. That’s cool. And now it’s on here.

    It’s like twitter is a potato planted on a small Island.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Pdf formatted easy reading that’s aimed at a broad social media useing demographic. Can to much society make you sick?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    Found this On twitter.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Anyone using twitter will probably know, but just in case, I can conclude my monologue with one word.

    Algorithm.

    Twitter is an artificial intelligence community. Conventional blog community's such as public address system are not.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Twitter is still too hard to figure out for users and advertisers.

    Thats true, it’s hard to know which button to press.

    In other news,

    Twitter shares are up 24 percent since last Thursday, when Twitter reported its first quarterly profit as part of better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    NPP Journal
    @NPP_Journal
    Addiction is now defined as a brain disorder, not a behavior issue, by the American Society of Addiction Medicine

    Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue
    nbcnews.com
    8:51 AM · Jun 8, 2017
    8 Retweets
    11 Likes

    This cut and paste is like drinking out of a brown paper bag.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    A little bit off topic, but Gerry Fialka appears to have a Facebook page!

    For those who don’t know about Gerry Fialka, he was an archivist for Frank Zapper. Then he went on to do really interesting technology awareness things. I can’t see his Facebook page due to my philosophical abhorrence to playing with addictive fire. But I’m pretty sure it’s disruptive. If it isn’t, then civilisation is well and truly fucked up beyond repair. And that’s before we lose any intellectual capital to flue.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Center for Humane Technology

    You can read about it in this You York times artical. It’s a coalition of former Google and Facebook employees who have a few clues about digital technology.

    PS: They are on twitter for your convenience:-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

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