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Hard News: Together Alone

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We want to keep people stable, not throw them into withdrawal.

    I assume methadone distribution (or modern equivalent) continues as well...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Moz,

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    I felt that as well as ringing my bell I should be crying “unclean, unclean”

    Here's a sartorial suggestion for contemporary outdoor-wear...
    (even if the 'beak' is slightly redolent of a pangolin!)

    For some months I've been dropping in on a wee corner of Venice - via this live webcam

    - I'm getting to recognise the locals, marvel at the rubbish pick up system - I even know where they hide the key for one of those shops!

    I realised a while back that I had actually walked through this 'opera-set-waiting-to-happen' 5 years ago, on our way to the Peggy Guggenheim museum - it was a small world, but I suspect that the days of easy 'faster-than-life' global travel is a thing of the past now.

    I was watching when the lead up to Carnavale began, people in costume wandering about - I was looking for a Plague Doctor, I'd seen the mask in shops there - but then they pulled the plug, there was one gondolier who sat there forlornly for hours waiting for a job - and then the full lockdown kicked in.

    I read that the canals are clearing up - they sure look cleaner - and fish are returning to the inner city as well.

    I'd love to organise an online event there somehow, even just someone holding up a sign - I also love that it is exactly 12 hours behind us...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Mainly DAZ Studio 4.12, with occasional touch ups in Blender & GIMP.

    Story!

    I'm all open source now. Mainly just Inkscape and Gimp. I dun my brain in during the eighties so I find Blender a bit taxing.

    Gimp and Inkscape are not as pretty as the big commercial packages, but I like that it's a community effort. It's built by extra ordinary people for other people. Just feels nice.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to steven crawford,

    For my simple brutal stuff inkscape is awesome. But not everyone likes their graphic design done by an engineer. For images paint.net works surprisingly well, at least at the bumblefunkery level I live at..

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The beak mask thing works quite well as a DIY filter mask as well, lets you have thicker filters with more area to increase effectiveness. Filling the void with sweet-smelling herbs is optional. And the look definitely encourages social distancing :)

    I also love that it is exactly 12 hours behind us

    I don't. We have customers in Italy and they occasionally ring us to explain their problems. So now we have an on call phone that gets... {ahem} left in the office during the pandemic. I suppose technically we still have it.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Moz,

    Presumably if the weather is not too bad they can just sail around to save marina fees?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to BenWilson,

    They’re not allowed to come back in once they leave. So they have to be really, really certain that they have somewhere to go before they leave the marina. They could probably enter Aotearoa, since we’re not quite as sticky about being legally married as France is, but Aotearoa is quite a long way to sail in one go.

    There's a lot of stuff being sorted out on the fly for edge cases like small boats, and while it's generally the case that people are being reasonable it's also possible to hit a series of not-reasonable in a row if you're unlucky. I get the impression they were ringing marinas and negotiating with quite twitchy cops for most of a day before they found somewhere. Negotiating as in "driving in circles just off a visitors dock while two cops made very sure they did not touch land or anchor"

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • Katita,

    Oh how I've missed you guys. I went for a walk today. I live on a massively busy T3 route. It's mostly empty apart from the odd goods truck. But we can hear tui and kereru flapping about now. I stopped at the dairy and bought an ice cream to take home to the kids as I came out a man was waiting patiently outside. One in one out. The postie had been and we'd had a covid-19 flyer delivered..when I'm not stressed out trying to figure out how my partner and I can both work from home and keep two littlies occupied, I have to pause and admire our government. This is scary as shit. But I'm so glad to be in NZ and not the UK, US or Oz.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report Reply

  • Neil, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think there’s also the prospect of restricted access to drugs (including the legal ones) driving drug-seeking behaviour that increases transmission risks. We want to keep people stable, not throw them into withdrawal.

    That would be true of opiates but not of P. There is no stable use of P as there can be with some other drugs such as marijuana and opiates. Less P use would result in freeing up resources in the acute health services which most likely will be placed under enormous pressure.

    Since Nov 2016 • 373 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Moz,

    For my simple brutal stuff inkscape is awesome. But not everyone likes their graphic design done by an engineer.

    Theres a thing. Inkscape has the capacity for very basic parametric design work, very basic but its there. I once ran into a problem when I sent Inkscape files to illustrator (less parametric) and all the measurements mismatched. I don’t know why. The work around hack, is to send a 100 by 100 square from Inkscape to illustrator to find the difference in scale.

    I know thats like commuting on a unicycle to work.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Williamson,

    Russel I see your Links still has The Dim Post , Would it be great if that was reanimated. Even to read some of those old posted.

    Is the, Monty Python Bring out your dead, sketch a bit too much right now?

    Westmere, Auckland • Since Dec 2017 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Russel I see your Links

    This is worth a visit:

    http://robyngallagher.com

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    I think this might be a good time to commend a previous government for pushing fibre to the home. Large scale WFH in NZ is a much more viable proposition today than it is in Australia.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

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    Phew. Russell is still kicking.
    “Always look on the bright side of life” began the first days broadcast over my hijacked PA system attached to the side of our house. Intend to broadcast appropriate song each night at 7 pm.
    Unbelievably, last night the power went off at 6-45. Delay was sufficient for No 1 to tell me kids are in bed at 7-45pm. Restart tonight with “Staying Alive”. Intel informs me it is heard well up the Pinehaven valley. Claps and cheers after day 1.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    internet in Australia

    Don't you go bagging out my pigeons, man. They're doing the best they can in the circumstances. And anyway, we have fibre to the neighbourhood so it's much faster now than when they had to go all the way into the city every time.

    More seriously, we're lucky it hasn't rained much so most of the copper network has been able to operate. Can you imagine being self-isolating with kids and no internet? The sounds from next door suggest of it it's not much fun self-isolating *with* internet. One coworker lives in an internet black hole and their connection went down for a few hours (there's a cellphone tower at the bottom of the valley and the internet POP is in the same place... if one goes down chances are the other will too).

    Resiliency is the same thing as wasteful duplication of services. So we don't have that.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    For a bit of ‘Saturday Excitement’. I have a piece in the latest New Zealand Memories (143, April/May 2020), celebrating the 1950/60s street photography of Les Cleveland. In supermarket magazine sections from Monday, if you are able to get out.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    New Zealand Memories (143, April/May 2020)

    Nice, I see a couple of those photographs on the truncated pdf at Issuu
    https://issuu.com/ampmmarketingltd/docs/ebook_pdf_for_issue_143

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Having problems posting photo

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Many thanks, Ian. For some reason, my photos refuse to lodge here.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ross Mason,

    The Tall Dwarfs 'Nothing's going to happen' may be a bridge too far, but this hiatus gives us time to revisit the classics - 'Canopener' seems apposite :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Nat Curnow,

    Covert Covid.

    From what ever perspective you view the world, this is undoubtably an unusual and unpredictable coarse of events, and my story within this is no different.
    Like with all adventures, it was proceeded by routine planning and a degree of expectation, and in my case, tethered excitement as I waded consciously and cautiously towards a new love in Melbourne . My departure date on 28th of march was looming as was the impending crisis and our daily communication took on sense of urgency with mutterings of potential travel bans , self isolation and the possibility that this miraculous , magnetic trajectory could be derailed indefinatly. On the 16th, it was announced that there was the possibility that travel bans for non citizens could be imposed, frantic calls to the Australian passport office, air NZ and the Australian embassy turned up little information, so I decided that decisive action was required and I brought my flight forward to the 20th,which would extend my stay beyond the 14 day isolation requirement, taking a 6.35pm flight to Melbourne which would have me landing at 8.50pm Australian time. I was still unsure if I would be aloud entry, or if I would be aloud back home, but was feeling quite determined. Then, on the 19th, the announcement was made that all non Australian residence will be banned from entering Australia at 9pm on The 20th, 10 minutes after my plane was due to land, more frantic calls to Air NZ and no clear answers, there was more than one “greater good” in play here. After a poor sleep peppered with the usual dreams of missing the flight , I was packed and ready to go, “ Dam the torpedoes “!! Checking updates as I headed to the airport I felt the tingle of fragility and excitement of stepping into the unknown mixed with the possibility That I could just as surly be getting despondently back into my own bed that night. “Attention passengers on Air NZ flight 729, a staff member has been called off sick and we are waiting for a replacement so the flight will be delayed until a replacement arrives “ You have got to be kidding me !! The very friendly air NZ staff member doesn’t know if our late arrival will effect our ability to enter the country and the flight boards at 7.00pm, as I step onto the plane and take my seat I breath a tentative sigh of relief, so far so good, surly they wouldn’t fly if there was chance we could be refused entry, and I had noticed, that I was not the only NZ passport holder looking a little nervous. I have always enjoyed flying, proceeding and surviving ( with any luck) this unlikely trickery, trapped in the belly of this roaring beast speeding us off to a place of new experiences or the comfort of home and I felt, in some way that I was heading for both, if fait would allow it.
    A sympathetic wind and I suspect, a tap on the gas, we landed at 9.02 pm, declarations, filled and signed, passports checked and an unnervingly long wait for the bags to roll down the turnstile and I was there, I had slid under the door as it slammed shut in a cloud of dust, There was an image in my head of Indiana Jones and the very real image of the reason and purpose of my determined intent. I had conspired with life, was I prepared? probably.

    Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Nat Curnow,

    A sympathetic wind and I suspect, a tap on the gas, we landed at 9.02 pm, declarations, filled and signed, passports checked and an unnervingly long wait for the bags to roll down the turnstile and I was there, I had slid under the door as it slammed shut in a cloud of dust, There was an image in my head of Indiana Jones and the very real image of the reason and purpose of my determined intent. I had conspired with life, was I prepared? probably.

    Fabulous. I saw you there with K on Facebook and wondered how it had happened. Thanks for the story, e hoa.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I assume methadone distribution (or modern equivalent) continues as well…

    Even better, the lockdown has finally got naloxone widely distributed – because nobody wants emergency staff tied up with overdose cases.

    It's remarkable how many things look sensible now ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s remarkable how many things look sensible now …

    I’m going out in my Uber car without any protective gear or bothering to clean anything.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    On March 8th my department sent students to Vic for the 3-month English Proficiency Program. NZ looked a safer bet than staying in Japan, and so I followed them out the next week, with a return booked March 31st to get back for the start of the next academic year.
    What a difference a few weeks make.
    I had to scramble to get an earlier flight back when AirNZ first announced suspension of Auckland-Tokyo services "from March 30th". Earliest available was March 27th, which then in turn became seemingly impossible to get to once lockdown was announced, a last-minute reprieve coming only when Air NZ extended domestic flights to that date.
    We surveyed the students once Alert 3 was announced, they preferred to stay, so are in lockdown in their homestays, with courses moved online for the duration.
    On the whole, I think they made the right choice. By contrast with NZ, Japan's official response has been muted and delayed by a month of face-saving theatre around keeping the Olympics. My flight back was full, mostly of high school tour groups buzzing with excitement after their holiday (because Japan's schools have been closed for the last month), bouncing into each other and other passengers. At Narita, flights from Australia and NZ were still being waved through with no quarantine checks, and I was genuinely surprised to be able to take public transport home. Multiply this by other flights of returning students, with schools set to restart soon, and Japan's relative success so far in limiting the spread through voluntary reduction of public events seems about to run out.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1928 posts Report Reply

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