Posts by EliotBlennerhassett
Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…,
Just a plug for another person who writes about this sort of stuff:
Zeynep Tufekci https://www.nytimes.com/column/zeynep-tufekci
From her latest piece - "There is no longer such a thing as individually “opting out” of our privacy-compromised world. "
I have very vivid memories of driving towards Blenheim with A Cooks Tour audiobook read by Bourdain playing. On reaching the part about killing the pig I had to pull over because my blood pressure dropped so much I was in danger of blacking out. Talk about evocative writing!
Speaker: Heroes of the Recovery,
Thanks Greg. Even after 7 years it is still the stories and memories of people's generosity that brings tears to my eyes.
(And sadness for the lost, anger at the villains, but not with such emotion)
Legal Beagle: On citizen’s arrests; or…,
Paragraph 3 seems to be truncated?
Hard News: Obscuring the News,
I'm coming to the conclusion that http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/ is put together by a robot without human oversight.
Right now, top item with photo is "Rebuild finds its mojo in 2016"
Scroll down to the Rebuild section, top item is "Rebuild finds mojo in 2016" hmm. Next section is Opinion, top item is ..."Rebuild finds mojo in 2016".
moving on to Business, second item is "Rebuild finds mojo in 2016", and finally Sport - OK the robot knows not to put the same story in this section!
(Perhaps: "Rebuild finds mojo in 2016" - injury plagued Christian Rebuild finally scores a win after 6 year drought?)
and several other stories similarly repeated. This is not unusual. Its not even imported stories displacing other news, its just useless repetition.
Swing from the futtock shrouds and tap a firkin behind the arras.
Hard News: Incoming: Summer, in reply to
sit out this National government by reading all Hemingway’s works in the towns where they were written.
sounds nice but you may not want to go to Key West
Depression-era Key West as the locale for "To Have and Have Not"
I'm not making this up...
Up Front: Reading Murder Books,
I have to add to this growing mountain of recommendations the cyberpunk/crime novel When Gravity Fails and its two sequels by George Alec Effinger. An accidental discovery at the local library of course.
Hard News: Bringing an order Auckland…,
Why does the National Party even need to stand candidates in a local body election? If the elected councillors don't do the "right" thing, they can be replaced by commissioners who will, or overruled by a minister with extraordinary powers. That's how "democracy" works round here anyway.
So, has anyone asked his *victims* what they think should happen? I haven't seen/heard anything.