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  • nzlemming, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    I should add that my life’s confusion begins with:

    Colleague: How Are you ?

    I tend to look ominous and say "Trust me, you really don't want to know!"

    Has the advantage of being both excruciatingly honest (though they are unlikely to admit that) and suitably dramatic, without going into medical detail ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report

  • Lucy Stewart,

    I tend to look ominous and say "Trust me, you really don't want to know!"

    When I show up in a doctor's office and they start with "how are you?", I usually have to suppress a strong urge to say really inappropriate things, like "Isn't that what you're here to tell me?". (Sometimes I don't suppress it.) Not to mention a number of less world-event-informed fellow students, who have also fallen afoul of that question in the last couple of weeks...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report

  • 3410,

    Other: How are you doing?
    Aspie: How am I doing what?

    Other: Working hard or hardly working?
    Aspie: Umm... somewhere in the middle.

    Other: Have a nice day!
    Aspie: Oh... Thanks; I will.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report

  • brendan maher,

    Testing - is the internet inherently anti-democratic? A heresy in this forum? All markets trend to the wholesale - sector by sector - as ever increasing information/knowledge allows us all to move to the top of the supply chains - and so grow the new internet "monopolies". The supply chains are destroyed, as is the livelihood of those who maintain/work in them. Wealth and hence power is ever more concentrated in the hands of a few

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 1 posts Report

  • Anonymous Author, in reply to Sacha,

    According to http://iwl.me/ it could be David Foster Wallace; but in reality (whatever that is) it's from the unedited notes of the first draft of the manuscript of Anonymous Author's (who me?) yet to published autobiography: Book 1 – The Ghostwriter in the Machine.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report

  • Joanna,

    Thanks for a really interesting night, Russell and everyone else, it was great!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Shouldn't take the time to enthuse about irony in Shakespeare at this point in the day, so here is a video of a tornado in a strawberry field.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report

  • nzlemming, in reply to Lyndon Hood,

    Oddly beautiful. I hadn't realised that the ground covering was plastic - I thought it was snow - so when it sucked up the sheet, I was all WTF?? :-D

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report

  • linger, in reply to 3410,

    In school, I was often asked, "How's it hanging?",
    to which my default response was "Down, due to gravity".
    It took me a very long time to realise why other kids found that reply hilarious.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • bmk,

    "'What are the two biggest lies?'
    'I'll pay you back and I won't come in your mouth.'"

    Less Than Zero(Bret Easton Ellis)

    Since Jun 2010 • 327 posts Report

  • SteveH,

    Herald story on Whisky Galore

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Rich Lock,

    Rich, I know the answer to that. She was having a dark night of the soul.

    Nice! Thanks.

    Just a short black before I'm put up against the wall, please.

    Single or double shot? Ahaha.

    I, too, am good for nothing in the morning before that caffiene fix, but afterwards? Why, I feel good enough to cope with anything!

    the proletariat's guardians

    A Prole-tarian Guard?

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

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Single or double shot?


    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Steve Barnes,

    Anyone following This?
    From The Independent UK.

    MPs were "warned off" pursuing the phone-hacking scandal in Parliament as part of a cover-up, a Labour frontbencher claimed last night during an incendiary speech in which he accused the country's biggest police force of misleading a Commons committee, and its biggest newspaper group of engaging in the "dark arts" of tapping, hacking and blagging.

    Damning the behaviour of the Metropolitan Police and Rupert Murdoch's News International, Chris Bryant claimed his friends had been told by an ally of Mr Murdoch that their raising the issue "would not be forgotten". Suggesting there was a "full-blown, copper-bottomed scandal"

    Juicy scandal, yum.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report

  • chris,

    The PR coup.

    Did Google leave mainland China? Yes, they moved their local base of operations to Hong Kong.

    So how is it that Google HK still maintains mainland Chinese advertising and still seems very much to cater to the Chinese market?

    They now outsource the work previously handled by the China base back to private Chinese IT companies and in this way currently have more Chinese working for them than they previously did when operations were based in China.

    This info garnered from a number of Beijing IT professionals whose companies are contracted to do this work.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report

  • Julian Melville, in reply to SteveH,

    Herald story on Whisky Galore

    "New Zealand's only specialist whisky store"... top bit of researching, then.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 200 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Julian Melville,

    Written by a teetotaller or lifted from some out of date marketing bumph - either way, #fail

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Julian Melville,

    "New Zealand's only specialist whisky store"... top bit of researching, then.

    New Zealand's best, for sure. They have arrangements for bottlings no one else can get and a hugely loyal customer base.

    But this little place in Elliot Stables isn't even that far from the newsroom.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Sacha,

    How was the selection at Foo this year?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Steve Parks,

    Images on CNN of quake in Japan are really stunning (and shocking).

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1165 posts Report

  • Robert Urquhart,

    TVNZ7 and TV3 are streaming live coverage here.

    Edit: and now TV1 also, and apparently at Civil Defence request. So we can see what we might be in for if something let go off out coast?

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 163 posts Report

  • Ben Austin,

    Tsunami has just hit too it seems! Video link from BBC

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Steve Parks,

    Images on CNN of quake in Japan are really stunning (and shocking).

    That wave of mud and houses and cars and debris is moving so far inland and so fast and so destructively it's just... unbelievable.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report

  • Matthew Poole,

    Projections are first land-fall at East Cape at 0614, Auckland West Coast 0714.

    Understatement of the year from the guy TV1 just spoke to from Australian tsunami centre: Don't go down to the beach to watch. That would be a very bad idea.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report

  • Stephen Judd,

    That is very frightening footage. I am trying and failing to not think about all the people in the boats, cars and houses tumbling in that water.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report

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