Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Flatting life in NZ in the 80s.,

    I think the 26 house was built by the guy that founded readymix concrete and it had weird invisible flatmates. heard decades later that the guys daughter had some murder/suicide thing with her "coloured" lover/servant.

    Ooh. Do you reckon that might be what the Victor Dimisich Band song 'Native Waiter' is about?

    Don't look now/You might be dead ...

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  • Climate change day of action,

    The climate change denial culture, ironically, reminds me of the anti-GE movement online, in that you see the same tropes go around and around, even after the majority of scientists have done with them and moved on.

    Example: Christopher Monckton's piece for the Telegraph. The right-wing blogosphere has been all over it, and you'd think Monckton was a scientist himself. He's actually a journalist and former Thatcher spin doctor. He depicts the study that attacked the Mann et al "hockey stick" theory (McIntyre et al) as the last word on the matter, but it only takes a few minutes to discover that it's not. The major NAS study earlier this year basically endorsed Mann, but Mockton doesn't even mention it.

    Ironically, it seems there are some valid scientific criticisms of the Stern report - but the one that's getting all the airtime isn't among them.

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  • Flatting life in NZ in the 80s.,

    Aarggh! Sorry!

    I was just about to do my moderator thing and tidy up some formatting in Mr Crappy's excellent post about the Red House and I hit "Delete" instead of "Edit"!

    I've lodged a call with the CactusLads to find out where posts go when dumbass moderators accidentally delete them ...

    But yeah, good point anyway: we need people like Stuart Page to get on and upload some gems.

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  • Hard News: Something up with Apple?,

    This just in from a "worker bee" at Renaissance:

    Yep we are indeed losing our apple.co.nz email addresses here at Renaissance. we've not been given any worthwhile explanation as to why it's happening, except it's to strengthen the Renaissance brand. That sounds like bollocks to me, but I just work here. Perhaps something exciting may be in the works? Apple division hit $100M revenue last year, some have suggested that might be the magic number when Apple Inc get interested in the local market. But seems unlikely. Still no goss regarding the iTunes music store.

    It's kind of funny that a $100m market might be too piddly for Apple corporate ...

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  • Eating Media Lunch,

    is there any way to watch this over the internet? i'm in japan and have been missing quality TV like EML.. :(

    There are a couple of YouTube uploaders promising to post the best bits. I'll link to them in OurTube if and when they appear.

    I might try and get hold of the al Qaeda bloopers tape they did. That rocked.

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  • Stink Bro,

    I have to admit, I'm pleased for everyone involved that it's been a success, etc etc ...

    But do I find it funny or even particularly enjoyable?

    Not so much, and the current series less so than the first two.

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  • Gettin' large at the launch,

    BTW - we have people close who are into Omegatrend "The giving never stops!"

    Ugh. Couldn't you get them to take up something more socially redeeming? A P habit, perhaps?

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  • Crazy old Richard Quest in NZ,

    dannews gets up early ...

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  • Hard News: Something up with Apple?,

    BTW, anyone else have crashing problems with Safari on Public Address System?

    I've had a few crashes, but I suspect the problem is at my end. The prefs may reset after the crash, or the preset menu bar items (Apple, eBay) I've deleted come back.

    Tried deleting the preferences file, didn't seem to help.

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  • Hard News: Something up with Apple?,

    I guess the other option is that Apple are planning to set up a proper Apple NZ and shuffle Renaissance out of the game in terms of distribution.

    Hmmm. Apple Australia has always treated NZ like the poor cousin, so if they are planning to properly establish an Apple NZ now that Renaissance (and any number of retailers) are selling iPods hand over first, that would be ironic ...

    I visited the Apple Store in San Francisco recently - good but not great, I thought. The best part is the genius bar or whatever they call it, which you can book a face-to-face chat with someone who can (hopefully) solve your problem ...

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