Posts by FletcherB

  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…, in reply to Soon Lee,

    Assumes person answering is telling the truth.

    Of course... but even if it's a lie, it's not an opinion.

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  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…, in reply to linger,

    at any time on polling day before the close of the poll, conducts a public opinion poll in relation to the election

    But surely an exit poll is not an opinion poll?

    Q) Who would you like to win? A) Opinion
    Q) Who do you think will win? A) Opinion
    Q) Who did you vote for? A) Fact

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  • Hard News: Where are all the polls at?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    A nice feature is they actually talk about the limitations, however they fail to mention

    They fail to mention that any predictions about the size of the party vote received by United Future based on previous results are unlikely to bear any relationship to what they may receive now that Mr Dunn has retired...

    They used to get what? A few to ten thousand party votes? I'd be surprised if they get 300 this year?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Remembering Roi, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    go to that club located in Chase Plaza (as it was known) – I can’t remember the name of it, but you went up a travelator from the odd mid building forecourt, and the DJ booth overlooked the dancefloor.

    Cactus Jack's! For at least some of the time it was open… the door-man was Richard O’Brian (who wrote “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and appeared as Riff-Raff in the movie) some decades earlier.

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  • Hard News: Meth Perception, in reply to linger,

    And everything sticks to infants, apparently…

    Have you had one? It's essentially true... :D

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  • Hard News: Touching Waterview,

    Any word on if the cyclists (like me) can check out one or two of the over-passes at the Pt Chev end, as well as the tunnel itself?

    Seeing the engineering work slow and up-close that you’ll only ever be able to speed past (or park in? :D ) later was definitely cool… but so would being up on a flyover and looking down….

    I was, at first, somewhat miffed that we couldn’t walk all the way through…. but considering the monotony of the design… we saw enough that just seeing more of the same for another 2km would have been a little boring as well as taxing for some… So it probably wasn’t a bad option in the end…

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  • Hard News: Drugs and why Dunne did it, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    I don't follow this issue very closely but hasn't this been a massive slow u-turn by Peter Dunne?

    I believe this comes under the heading of "when I'm presented with contrary evidence, I change my mind, what do you do?"

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Welcome back…, in reply to Martin Brown,

    *Punk’s

    Or perhaps it does mean 'Punks who are not dead'. That would work. Sorry. It has been a long week.t

    Although getting super-nerdy is sort of anti-punk... I'll think you'll find there are probably whole thesis already written, explaining how the ethos of punk is counter establishment to a whole range of issues, including the norms of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.... :D

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  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…,

    Electric Bazza, who provided the referenced article back a few pages on the differences between cadence and torque sensors, also has one explaining why regeneration is not really a goer on e-bikes. https://electricbikesnz.com/2016/10/29/the-myth-of-free-energy/

    Another very useful article of his is the one explaining the NZ laws around e-bikes
    https://electricbikesnz.com/2016/08/17/what-are-the-e-bike-laws-in-nz/

    (although it’s worth noting these laws are currently under review)
    https://www.bikeauckland.org.nz/limit-not-case-e-bike-regulation/

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The mixtape and…,

    A C90 cassette could hold a whole LP album on each side... and as an Album lover, most of the cassettes in my car (50+) were whole albums... But some artists were not up to the 3 or 4 good songs on an album that I required to keep the whole lot of them on such a cassette... So if you could only manage 1 or 2 decent tunes on your album, you were relegated to my mix tapes...

    So for me, my mix tapes were not necessarily my very favourite tunes, or the best of the best... they were not meant for sharing... They were just the one-or-two hit wonders... (but some of them were very good indeed)... that I wanted to hear without bearing through the other +30 mins of their drudge....

    These tapes (whole albums, and mix tapes) got played again and again and again... both in my car, or in a walkman on the bus.

    To this day, there are VAST tracts of 80's/90's music where I know the tunes, but cannot name them (because I couldn't be bothered hand-writing liner notes for the cassettes)... but if you play the end of any tune, I can sing/hum the start of the one that follows...

    For famous artist's albums, this is "common knowledge" and not particularly exceptional... but my mix-tapes are one of a kind... and no-one else in the world has any understanding of why I associate the end of one "one-hit-wonder" with the start of another.... :)

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