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Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle

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  • 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 • 2622 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 • 77 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

  • Sacha, in reply to ,

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

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to ,

    … 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 • 1940 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 • 1940 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to ,

    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 • 7950 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 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to ,

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    human on robot assaults

    SQUEEEEEEE!!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to ,

    The Daily Galaxy is talking about all the human on robot assaults going on around the streets of San Francisco. The driverless cars in particular!

    Just wait till people start resorting to blockades.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to ,

    The Dim Post link will take you to the same place.

    Later, I shall post photos of abandoned American shopping malls.

    Everything's getting hoovered up by The Spinoff.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to ,

    Reading all the about page leaves me wondering which of what they publish is real news, and what’s been manufactured to order.

    Wondering if it's a wise move on the Spinoff's part to run a picture of what purports to be their actual production line. A bit like hot dogs, knowing how they're made can kill your enthusiasm for the end product.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

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