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Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?

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  • BenWilson, in reply to Sacha,

    which has not however deterred Don Brash

    FTW. I, for one, welcome his enormous bald pate onto the pool table of politics, and hope he is potted off the break.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Thong tither thiren...

    He has little,
    under his feet.
    Mr John Jandles.
    I feel comfortable,
    And relaxed,
    about flip-flops.

    methinks vandals
    stole yer handles...
    the king of jingles,
    is Mr John Jandals
    while his brother,
    Mr. Bo, jangles...


    PS: I noticed that TV
    News caption writers
    (Prime I think)
    have now moved to
    "Key-speak" and his
    title read 'Prime Miniser'

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    I thought after Key's catwalk appearance it was "Prime Mincer"?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1938 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to linger,

    I thought after Key's catwalk appearance it was "Prime Mincer"?

    If ya want his body and ya think he's sexy, then come on, sugar, let him know.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the king of jingles, is Mr John Jandals

    Johny's in the basement
    Mixing up the medicine
    I'm on the pavement
    Thinking about the government

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Derrilin Webb, in reply to linger,

    Wow Linger, did you really just make an association from Key to mincing to (presumably) less masculine (or gay) and therefore that makes him "bad" or less worthy of respect? Apart sounding like a something a 12 year old would say, I'm pretty sure that falls into the stupid category of judging politicans by their appearance, gender and sexual preferences which really shouldn't have any place in these discussions.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    And now 2011 will be the year Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Derrilin Webb,

    Wow Linger, did you really just make an association from Key to mincing to (presumably) less masculine (or gay) and therefore that makes him "bad" or less worthy of respect?

    I think you'll find Linger was playing off the word "miniser" which Ian raised (fascinated by language as many of us are). You brought up the other associations. Don't worry, this isn't Kiwibog.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Derrilin Webb,

    just make an association from Key to mincing to (presumably) less masculine (or gay)

    Pretty sure it was in reference to his performance on the catwalk which, rather than being an example of leet modeling skillz, demonstrated that he should stay behind the desk and resist all urges to compete for NZ Top Model. He really did mince, it was kind of amusing, and I'm sure Colin Marthura-Jeffree would have told him off. Nothing to do with his abilities as a politician.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Derrilin Webb,

    did you really just make an association from Key to mincing

    I thought he just looked comfortable and relaxed, in a smiley, hand wavy kind of way.
    A gorgeous, cute, little prime minister.
    Nice puppy...

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca, in reply to Sacha,

    And now 2011 will be the year Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO

    I hope thats a joke (that thats the news of the year)

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BlairMacca,

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca, in reply to Sacha,

    Sorry, see my amended comment.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to BlairMacca,

    I hope thats a joke

    Not at all.

    ETA: Snap! It's certainly going to be the news of the year for *some* people, I think.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    ETA: Snap! It's certainly going to be the news of the year for *some* people, I think.

    If it is thats freaking sad. Sorry i'm a appleatheist

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BlairMacca,

    He's influenced the world more than most alive, and built one of the biggest companies in history. Don't have to be an Apple fanboi to acknowledge that.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca, in reply to Sacha,

    Yeah fair point, but I don't think there such an outpouring when Bill Gates left. (Best example I can think of OTOH). Sorry I just find the messianic outpouring to Jobs a little OTT. But then again i'm not a techie so maybe i'm just not in the target.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to BlairMacca,

    i'm not a techie so maybe i'm just not in the target

    No the point is Jobs doesn't appeal to techies, he appeals to users.

    His contribution is best measured by the difference in apple before and after he left the first time. One man should not have that much influence but the experiment showed he did.

    The interesting thing now will be whether the "company" has integrated his influence in a way that won't disappear with his absence.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Pretty sure it was in reference to his performance on the catwalk which, rather than being an example of leet modeling skillz, demonstrated that he should stay behind the desk and resist all urges to compete for NZ Top Model. He really did mince, it was kind of amusing, and I'm sure Colin Marthura-Jeffree would have told him off. Nothing to do with his abilities as a politician.

    It was originally a Mallardism IIRC. It wasn't so much about gay/straight issues, but more the 'embarrassing dad' aspect.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • st ephen, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    One man should not have that much influence but the experiment showed he did.

    You call that an experiment? No replication, no control? I'm having second thoughts about your GE work...

    dunedin • Since Jul 2008 • 254 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to st ephen,

    No replication, no control?

    Microsoft? Bill Gates?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to st ephen,

    You call that an experiment? No replication, no control?

    What you want more than n=1?? Whadarya some kind of referee or something!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    To get back to politics and whether or not Labour are a shambles or not, I note that Gerry Brownlee is: " "unwilling" to release information relating to Canterbury land decisions – including Cabinet papers – before the general election." ".

    It seems to me that this is exactly the sort of stick that Labour could effectively use to give Brownlee et al a damn good thrashing, and score a few much-needed points with. "Why won't you tell us, Mr Brownlee? Don't the good folk of Canterbury deserve to know?"

    However, I think it says a lot that I will be surprised if they do. And that effectively feeds into the 'fit to govern'/couldn't organise the proverbial meme.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Jobs is sort of good and bad - he's anal about a great user experience and has great insights on what's 'right' - but he can be an asshole to work for, I've been a few cubes over when he was tearing a strip off of someone (his first time around) - people are plain scared of him - doing well at Apple can be a very hit and miss sort of thing - you can be the apple of his eye one minute and slime the next

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

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