Posts by FletcherB

  • 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

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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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  • Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still…, in reply to izogi,

    Exception: If your story is that the President-Elect of the USA is continuing to act unprofessionally.

    If your story is "the president elect of USA did/said/believes XYZ" and here is the proof (that he did/said it on twitter/facebook/TV news interview)... then that is a valid news story...

    I hate all the (semi-recent) news articles on NZ Herald and Stuff that amount to "here's a praci of recent twitters about vaguely sensationalist...". something... might be a comment, an action, even a twitter post

    Apparently, someone slightly celebutard or newsworthy did, or said something slightly beyond the expected ... (maybe they made a racist comment, or wore an unusual collection of clothes, or farted) this is NOT the point of the "news article"... the point of the article is how people responded on social media to this "newsworthy event".

    The entire content of the "news article" is a commentary repeating what other non-entities have said on twitter (or similar) ABOUT the earlier comment/action.event..

    Why or how is this news?

    If someone newsworthy does something or says something newsworthy, good or bad, that may well be news, and I don't mind hearing about it or seeing it in my "trusted" news-feed, even if I don't personally find it of interest...

    But when the news article is "here's some reactions from twitter, after a newsworthy (or not?) event... from previously un-heard-of twitter users of no special importance or expertise"... well...

    1) meh!
    2) you've just reduced your standing in my regards as a news source worth trusting or following in the future...

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  • Hard News: Public Address founder…, in reply to Northshoreguynz,

    Is a hyphenated word, one word or two?

    The clue is in the (singular) name… post-truth is not a hyphenated words is it?

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Also, as much as I hate the concept itself... I'm thinking my vote is for "post-truth" as the winner so far? Or maybe "fake-news"?

    Brexit?- post-truth.
    Trump?- post-truth.
    "Make America Great Again"- post-truth
    "I never said that" (despite unedited video/audio recordings of same)- post-truth.

    Also, some of the other quite good suggestions... (truthiness, click-bait, learnings) are good words to make fun of and try to expunge their applicability, and therefore usage from the lexicon... but they are older than 2016 I think?

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to andin,

    very junior partner in Cocksplat, Fucktrumpet and Numpty who claims he was a Prime Minister at some stage in his career

    That is very probably who he worked for, but I believe you have the exact job-title a little over-accounted for in the syllable stakes? (but then, over accounting is probably part of the job description?)

    I still cant figure out if he was "Pri-Minster" or "Pry-Mincer" ?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Shearer: The one that…,

    Thank you for this post...I agree with it, and would have also been prepared to take that risk (of Shearer being a good PM).

    But I'm reminded of another Leader of the Opposition who had similar failings in public.

    He seemed thoughtful and able to see the grey between the black and white, and this didn't come over well in the media or with his peers, who rolled him.

    His name was Bill English.

    I don't subscribe to his political leanings, but he still might be able to show some of that thoughtfulness and consideration that we wanted to see in a Shearer PM?

    Or not... apparently he's learned a lot in the past 14 years... maybe the bits I liked in him are already gone?

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  • Polity: Four thoughts on polling in…,

    I like taking part in phone polling when I have the time (sometimes it’s inconvenient)… and I 100% hang up on automated calls as soon as I determine they are recordings and not a live human… I don’t care how worthy they may be (I don’t wait to find out…)

    I can see an opening for human initiated phone contact polling, where you get passed over to the automated questions/response once the respondee has agreed to take part… it might even seem better to the respondee (me?) because you don’t feel like your answers are being judged by the person on the other end, and the asked questions will have less of the “I’ve asked this same question 100 times already today” tone in the voice…

    It would cost more than 100% automated... but the employee calling targets can get onto making the next call to the next target while the machine takes the next 5-20 mins taking my responses...

    P.S. whether it's phone or internet surveys... dont bullshit with the "this will just take 5 mins" when you know it's going to be 15-20.... that really pisses me off and makes me less likely to tale part next time.... You cant even ask all those questions in 5 mins, let alone expect me to respond after a few seconds consideration...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! Special Records, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    . The Mt Eden one opened in 1986 and was The Galaxy (uppercase T and a y) and was owned by Phil Warren and Don Lillian. When they sold it in 1988 it became The Powerstation (the stage was moved at the same time).

    Wow… only two years as The Galaxy? My growing up and exposure to the live music scene is such that I recall the tired and run-down Galaxy undergoing major renovation to become the bright and shiny new (and very grey/pink, glass brick stereotypical ’80’s) Powerstation…

    I had no clue it had only been The Galaxy for such a short time? I used to help some friends in a band set-up and carry their gear (roadie?).. I was still under-age as far as drinking was concerned but this was (un-paid) work… My main recollection of The Galaxy was walking across the vinyl covered dance-floor and hearing the noise your sneakers made as you pulled/peeled them off the floor… It was very sticky… presumably spilled beer that was not cleaned?

    I roadied in many other pubs (and the Powerstation)… and do not recall the same experience at any other venue… (and it was on at least 3 different occasions at the Galaxy)…. I just assumed it had been there forever…

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