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Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle

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  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Moz,

    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".

    Given that he lives way the hell out at Purakanui, from a purely practical view, it actually isn't for him.

    I expect he sympathises a) with the gist of this column and, b) cycling in general, but it's "not convenient" for him because Purakanui is a good 30min drive to his work along very narrow, twisting countries roads for the first half, then a road with heavy trucks zipping along continuously on it for the second.

    Also, he's an academic - bit hard to carry a couple of hundred assignments on a bike, eh ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 755 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I lived at Purakanui for a year - ever since they got rid of the morning rail-car to Osbourne, and then later the bus, it stopped being practical without a car.

    It would be a horrible slog up that hill either way

    Riding across the top of the hill on a motor-bike in the winter fog (I still have the scars it's why I have a beard) in the dark (after 5pm, maybe 30% of the year), with no white lines at the edges of road, and barely able to see the faint fading dashed line in the middle ... you have to drive slowly down the middle ... is not for the faint of heart - I can't possibly imagine doing it on a bike, even an electric one, and even with the nice white lines they have now

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2584 posts Report Reply

  • SHG,

    I delete all my social media channels over xmas and haven't regretted it once. every day is better without socmed in my life.

    nup • Since Oct 2010 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Aotearoan,

    This debate takes me back to 1981 & the Springbok tour. I, female, was active on the front line as were other men & women. I was surprised and gratified to hear one burly hard-man, scars on scars, say he'd never faced such fear, violence & hatred in his life...and this was the closest he'd ever got to realising what women faced, often on a daily basis.

    Northland • Since Jan 2011 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    So I went and hung out in Twitter, trying to figure out why it’s now more popular than the traditional comment threads at blog community’s such as public address system.

    Its obviously a big research job, that’s going to require plenty of coffee. It’s hard to work out what’s going on. Twitter thru my eyes, looks a bit like crowds of people wondering around in something like a shopping mall, all muttering random sentences to them selves.

    Or it’s a bit like listening to a marine radio conversation when one half of the conversation is just static noise.

    The traditional blog looks more conversational. It’s more like going to an independent locally operated cafe to sit down for a coffee and hang out, than getting a takeaway from BP. Something I’ve sunk to as a habit!

    I’m addicted to paying five dollars something for a cup of coffee in a paper cup, handing over my loyalty card and feeling like a lab rat when the beep beep machine rings the free coffee bell. Something deep down inside me actually believes the big petroleum chain likes me, and wants to buy me a coffee on the house.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    This Tweet, seems to be trending on intelligent people’s what-it’s. But I haven’t found any counter argument on twitter. But it’s most likely there, who knows where?

    The people might not have sailed to South America (I think they probably did) the potatoes could have made there own way to Polynesia. It’s possible!

    James Wong
    @Botanygeek
    Studying the genes of sweet potatoes shows Pacific Islanders visited The Americas at least 500 years before Columbus.

    What is even cooler? You can also show this voyage across the Pacific just by plotting local names of the crop on a map.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to steven crawford,

    That's a great example of what Twitter does well.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19518 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Sacha,

    Does what well?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Jameswong, aka botanygeek from twitter. He's a TV celebrity ethnobotanist. So when he tweets about the great migration, it's going to trend. Even if it's garbage. ( which it might not be ).

    What I think twitter is really good at, is generating massive amounts of trivia. Which isn't a bad thing per say. But there's just so bloody much of it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And bingo, after a lot of cups of coffee (in real pottery cups) I cracked it. The tweet about the potatoes, is something interesting from a research document that the TV personality scientist has happened upon. That’s cool. And now it’s on here.

    It’s like twitter is a potato planted on a small Island.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Pdf formatted easy reading that’s aimed at a broad social media useing demographic. Can to much society make you sick?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    Found this On twitter.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Anyone using twitter will probably know, but just in case, I can conclude my monologue with one word.

    Algorithm.

    Twitter is an artificial intelligence community. Conventional blog community's such as public address system are not.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Twitter is still too hard to figure out for users and advertisers.

    Thats true, it’s hard to know which button to press.

    In other news,

    Twitter shares are up 24 percent since last Thursday, when Twitter reported its first quarterly profit as part of better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    NPP Journal
    @NPP_Journal
    Addiction is now defined as a brain disorder, not a behavior issue, by the American Society of Addiction Medicine

    Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue
    nbcnews.com
    8:51 AM · Jun 8, 2017
    8 Retweets
    11 Likes

    This cut and paste is like drinking out of a brown paper bag.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    A little bit off topic, but Gerry Fialka appears to have a Facebook page!

    For those who don’t know about Gerry Fialka, he was an archivist for Frank Zapper. Then he went on to do really interesting technology awareness things. I can’t see his Facebook page due to my philosophical abhorrence to playing with addictive fire. But I’m pretty sure it’s disruptive. If it isn’t, then civilisation is well and truly fucked up beyond repair. And that’s before we lose any intellectual capital to flue.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Center for Humane Technology

    You can read about it in this You York times artical. It’s a coalition of former Google and Facebook employees who have a few clues about digital technology.

    PS: They are on twitter for your convenience:-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    GIOVANNI TISO has just posted a good essay on what if the internet blows a fuse.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to steven crawford,

    … ending with a plea for

    recovery of that too-quickly-forgotten past of daily practices and long-term thinking: how we used to communicate, research, write and work. It wasn’t that long ago.

    Even so, it may already be too late for intergenerational propagation of pre-internet information-processing systems. My current students have never known anything else, and seem genuinely puzzled by tasks requiring them to remember or combine information using wetware, or to skim text (or look through an index or catalogue) in order to find something out. And increasingly, information is only made available online.
    (BTW, Hal Draper came very close to predicting this type of knowledge failure in his 1961 short story “MS Fnd in a Lbry”, though couched in pre-internet terms as a reference library in which indices of indices led back eventually to the information content … until the actual information records got lost in the mass of index files, rendering the entire system useless. Here it is.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1802 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    Draper's story was intended as satire, but it's more than a little chilling to read:

    The process of education consisted solely in learning how to tap the Rx for knowledge when needed. The position was well put indeed in a famous speech by Jzbl to the graduates of the Central Saturnian University, when he said that it was a source of great pride to him that although hardly anybody knew anything any longer, everybody knew how to find out everything.

    ... necessitating ...

    a whole new branch of knowledge known as Ariadnology

    (literally, web-study!)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1802 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to linger,

    (literally, web-study!)

    CERN is where the World Wide Web was born. But the United States military often gets the credit.

    This Ariadnology nerd friendly news, is interesting to me and's reminiscent of when I was enrolled in correspondence school.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to steven crawford,

    CERN is where the World Wide Web was born. But the United States military often gets the credit.

    I guess it is the confusion between the networking structure which arguably ARPANET set up, but it was Berners-Lee who opened it up with the protocols and interface free to all...
    (I know that is a skimpy overview, leaving a lot of other stuff aside)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7704 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yes the Americans did invent some of it. But look! The Americans got very excited when they learned about the word wide web. So they installed the first server - outside of Europe - at one of there universities. The American military did have lots of communication infrastructure, but it wasn’t really the backbone of the internet.

    I think it’s the big American telcos that give us the impression that it was all American military. My idea of the world wide webs backbone isn’t military hardware it’s the massive server farms that started in California.

    Ps: The American military and MIT could rightfully take a lot of credit for the internet. The internet wouldn’t be very awesome if we didn’t all use it but. So the World Wide Web (build built Europe) is why we not have a dickhead for an American president.

    Ps,ps disregard that last part:-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4011 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Putting the ACT amongst the pig ions…
    Little Davey Seymour (using his Trumpian nom de politics) really takes the cake with the risible ‘defence’ of his, ‘#meattoo’ stance on the radio recently – and his tweet calling Susie Ferguson an ‘amateur’ shows how little he understands the nuances of civil behaviour.

    His ham-fisted conflation of ‘the right to like meat’ with ‘a right to objectify human bodies’ – and in his case modelling a bull-headed female. (and not just any female but the classic redneck truck flap ‘seated nude silhouette’.)

    The Meat Society has apologised but Seymour is bullishly holding his own. Apparently they were modelling their slogan on the ‘Got Milk’ campaign – which ultimately did nothing to improve the sale of milk in America, not sure how the silhouetted ‘minotaur’ and ‘womanotaur’ entered the equation.

    He really is a self absorbed and odious oik.

    NB: I have digitally altered the top image to add his underlying position to his tee shirt.

    Too soon?

    Russell & Emma feel free to remove if not appropriate.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7704 posts Report Reply

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