Posts by Moz

  • Hard News: Music! Is Everything ...,

    A.Zee: music ... and cooking. Is very odd.

    But I have been listening to Illegal Music on and off since this post. It's great, thanks for that Russel.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    noting the contrast with how things are going in Australia

    Not least the recent "consultation" where the government asked aborigines what they wanted, after much deliberation the Uluru Declaration was produced... then the government spat in their faces.

    One of the things that gets me through invasion day is the knowledge that Waitangi Day is coming up. Even when it was Key hiding from, well, everyone, that was still better than seeing some white dude strutting round boasting about how Australia was founded on genocide and we should celebrate that. Sorry to rant, but thinking about it just makes me sad and angry.

    I think part of getting angry is because I'm a kiwi and that's what Maori do when people shit on them from a great height. The Australian shrug and move on thing is just perplexing, and celebrating criminality is weird (from Ned Kelly to Alan Bond and beyond).

    I was really happy to see Ms Arden at Waitangi, and the BBQ thing was brilliant in so many ways, from the pragmatic "hospitality is providing food" to the symbolic "public servants serving the people". Thank you, Aotearoa.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music! Is Everything ...,

    A.Zee is good. And he has playlists which makes it easier to use youtube as a radio :)

    This week I've also discovered Aurora and Agnes Obel, which are not at all like rap, more pretentious art student chick, but worthwhile nonetheless. And they've been around long enough that there's a reasonable body of work to listen to (yes, I know, that also means you all discovered them five years ago). My interest is limited, though, by the overuse of piano.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle, in reply to linger,

    overrepresenting extreme reactions, & especially at the negative end of the bell-curve of opinion

    Very much so. And especially because the positive end are more likely to say "hmm, could this be misinterpreted? Perhaps I should tone it down". I could easily have responded to Emma by professing undying love and a desire to shower her with kisses... but in the context of getting heaps of abuse online, I think it's better I just went for "thank you".

    I'm happy that Patreon has decent comment feeds for the most part - it turns out that trolls aren't willing to pay a dollar a month for the privilege.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle,

    On behalf of "all cyclists", I would like to say you shouldn't claim to speak for all cyclists.

    What's that, you didn't? Well... um... good.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle,

    I'm sorry. And also somewhat sorry that I asked.

    But... not sorry that I have managed to avoid twitter for the most part.

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  • Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    so many people think the tweet is about cycling.
    So much so that you get anti-cycling responses.

    Has anyone objected on the grounds that it's appropriation? You just can't know what it's like to be a woman merely by riding a bike...

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle,

    I'm glad you've (re)popularised this, it bears repeating.

    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". But it's something I regularly suggest to men because it really does give you that "Schrodinger's Motorist" experience, as well as the whole gamut of heckles and micro-aggressions (although when it's done with a couple of tonnes of metal travelling at 60kph it doesn't feel very micro).

    So many more parallels: cyclists are expected to dress a certain way, but however they dress it's wrong. Lycra is comfortable and practical but lycra louts are awful, anything other than orange reflective road-hazard is the wrong colour, but why are you whining about spending so much on clothes? And why can't you look like everyone else?

    Also, people will complain vigorously if you suggest any change be made to accommodate your particular needs. Often they say "it's always been like this" which is much more clearly bollocks than it is when women suggest similar things. Which is not to say that it's not also bollocks when said to women, just that "always" and "invented in 1913" is egregious.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Rolling Funder, in reply to tim,

    I can't imagine why anyone who would leave monetization on in this scenario

    Did they say something that makes you think this will be optional?

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1055 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: If Australia Jumped off a…, in reply to Ian Pattison,

    I like the idea of people being asked more often what they would like.

    I like citizens juries for that, rather than "based on what you've heard lately, what's your gut reaction to..." which is way too often what is actually done. Deliberative democracy, in other words, of the sort that parliament is supposed to represent but all too often doesn't. Nick Gruen blogs on that subject at ClubTroppo from time to time (example) and I think it's worth trying.

    The deliberative approach also has the advantage, per select committees, that there's more space for a variety of opinions to be considered rather than just reacted to, and for work sharing to mean that no one person has to grind through thousands of offensively put submissions (in some ways select committee staff have it worse than facebook moderators because they really do have to look at every submission. I'm told that the standards are generally higher but that's compensated for by the vigor with which the depths are plumbed).

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