Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Busytown: A turn-up for the books,

    So Auckland Uni gets Witi's royalties and pays him a salary in return?

    I shouldn't think. The formula my university works (and I suspect others do the same) is that you can earn up to 10% of your salary from other income sources. Not that there is any way of verifying nor monitoring this.

    I wonder, for example, about all the $$$ Dennis Dutton must have earned from Arts & Letters Daily, when most of his contribution was probably done in university time.

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  • Up Front: I'll Take Actium and Trafalgar,

    makes me think that humanity is incurably horrible and we are all doomed to endless evil and entropy. Jesus fuck.

    I know what you mean and I sometimes feel like that too--most recently, when I read a series The Guardian published about the events leading up to WWII. It was a sickening tale of cruelty, death and deceit and little to be proud of. Nevertheless, a greater danger is complete despair about humanity and the yearning for it all to end, as in the nihilistic world view of fundamentalists of all varieties. So, even though I sometimes agree with Sartre's dictum "Hell is other people" , the reality is that some people are hell but even more are heavenly.

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  • Hard News: Please, be our guests,

    There's a lot to discuss around that.

    But first you will need to explain what you are trying to say as it ain't very clear.

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  • Random Play: “Thank you, you’ve been a…,

    Great post, Marcus. I don't think it is so much to do with age in respect of sound level tolerance, as the circumstances. I left the Leonard Cohen concert in Auckland wishing it had been less restrained (and louder)--and regretting I had chosen this concert over Neil Young.

    But what does drive me spare is the so-called 'ambient' noise in cafes and bars, when all you can hear over the patron noise is the base 'boom/boom/boom' from the sound system. It is like listening to a noisy party three houses away , late at night.

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  • Random Play: “Thank you, you’ve been a…,

    I wish I had gone to The Veils, who played at the Altitude in Hamilton last night but I think I was put off by my 16 year old daughter warning me that I would stick out in a crowd of Wintec mediia arts students sporting serious haircuts. But I do like their "Jesus for the Jugular" track.

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  • Busytown: A turn-up for the books,

    It is tempting to respond to the cover story of the new Listener "Last chance to save humanity", with a 'Cancel your subscription' but I do have to admit that this issue is really quite good--and Joanne Black on the Witi Ihimarea case is much less horrid than I expected.

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  • Busytown: A turn-up for the books,

    I agree with the young woman from NZUSA on Nine To Noon this morning, who suggested that the response from the University of Auckland could be sending a message of double standards to students. There is plaigarism and there is plaigarism. Universities regularly warn students of this sin--as something akin to matricide--but the problem is that there is often too little explanation as to what exactly it means, or it is just an after-thought in course outlines. One response I have had from ESL Chinese students, for example, is that they are 'paying respect' to source material through lumping in great chunks of (often unattributed) text. Another manifestation of this is when they cite an author but also add in the author's qualifications, their university affiliation, the names of their children...
    My tack, in respect of general advice to students, is that the great majority of knowledge and thought has already been recorded and stored. They will undoubtedly call on this, in terms of quotation and paraphrasing, and all they need to do is acknowledge when and where they do this (as well as adding in their own analysis and explanations).

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  • Busytown: A turn-up for the books,

    Go Jolisa. Great RNZ interview just now.

    Yes, it was. The Listener arrived this morning, with more on this story. The only problem is that it is written by Joanne Black, which won't raise any expectations of fairnesss nor balance. Nevertheless, I wonder what the UoA wil think of the quote from American academic Margaret Soltan, "Pretending it didn't happen is the sort of thing a very provincial university wiill do"

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  • Hard News: Deprived of speech, he sang…,

    Chris Knox on Campbell live tonight on 3 at 7.00pm

    'fer sure. And we got two "yeahs" and lots of smiles.

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  • Hard News: Truth to Power, etc,

    No biting the hand that feeds ... those guys will defend a flawed system

    So many flaws...assuming that "Presence in a room where a TV set is on" is the same as watching TV. Measuring only the visual signal and ignoring the use of the mute button. The sample size of the overall panel and sub-populations. Lumping all 55+ viewers into an undifferentiated mob. Absence of non-home-owning viewers (students, young professionals) etc etc

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