Weekend social 13/07/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, July 13th, 2012 - 34 comments
Categories: weekend social - Tags:

Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

34 comments on “Weekend social 13/07/2012”

  1. vto 1

    half a metre of pluviality in 48 hours – so lush….

  2. mac1 2

    Something I swore as a young man that I would never do- have to sit in an old folks home and be ‘entertained’ by some terrible singer and have to sing along with him songs such as “Roll Out The Barrel” and “Happy Days Are Here Again” while clapping hands and swaying to the music.

    Something very deep in my psyche about ‘crowd sway music.’

    And what am I off to do right now? Yep, entertain some lovely old folks in a rest home for their Friday happy hour with guitar and song book. I find fifties and sixties rock/pop/folk songs suit this crowd, and me, just right. However, singing along is optional and they’re the best audience I’ve ever sung to.

    Have a good weekend, all.

    • Bored 2.1

      Can I express my delight (and probably all Standardistas delight) at your endeavours: if you spread even a little bit of happiness it will be top effort. Sounds to me like a really good way to spend happy hour.

      • Adrian 2.1.1

        Happiness, Bored? God, have you ever heard Mac1 sing?

        • mac1 2.1.1.1

          That’s the last time I sing at your birthdays, then? I’ll just drink your hooch from now on…… if you’re THAT Adrian :-))

          And now, after singing to the old folks, some of whom knew all the songs, I’m off to the launch of a new Renaissance beer. Oh, happy days are here again.

  3. ad 3

    OMG the wife’s in Dunedin for the weekend visiting the folks. I’m free! I don’t know what to do!

  4. NickS 4

    Sleeeeeeep.

    Finally falling back into a 10pm crash time.

    Also waiting for The Apocalypse Codex to turn up in the post, Book Depository is usually only a week for shipping times, but mines taking forever :/

    • higherstandard 4.1

      Been taking closer to a fortnight of late, might have something to do with the weather and olympics I suppose.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      That’s why I tend to buy e-books – instant delivery and often cheaper.

      • NickS 4.2.1

        Hardbacks = more money for the author 😛

        Also Aus/NZ occasionally gets pooped in terms of ebook availability.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1

          Hardbacks = more money for the author

          Depends upon who the author is publishing through. Some places are giving the author better than 70% of the sale price which is actually a hell of a lot better than the return on paper books.

          Also Aus/NZ occasionally gets pooped in terms of ebook availability.

          That can be a problem.

          • NickS 4.2.1.1.1

            The “hardbacks” thing is via Charles Stross who writes rather awesome sci-fi novels and publishes through Orbit :3

            And so gets advances to write novels…

            But yeah, in terms of author pay-backs, it’s hard-back>ebook>>>mass-market paper-backs typically, so I try to get either hard-backs or ebooks depending on what I can afford.

            That can be a problem.

            Aye, and it’s worse when it’s a midlist/niche author who the public library service ignores 🙁

            Tor’s the worst so far too, I can’t buy Ashes of Candesce in NZ yet and Thomas Harlan’s Land of the Dead is a pain in the butt to find an ebook of, so I ended up pirating it until I remember to order it (bloody good book actually, not in CHCH library system). Mainly it’s because they try and sell ebook distribution rights to book stores here in Aus/NZ as a sweetener to get the hard copies on the shelves, leading unto fun…

          • NickS 4.2.1.1.2

            And Amazon’s self-publishing thing is badly flawed, with no filtering it’s prone to copy-right theft and really, really badly written novels pushed by armies of sockpuppets and spam-bots.

            Also editors can make or break some books, case in point, one Peter Hamilton badly needed one who’d cut the filler from his earlier novels and enforce better characterisation. Same with Ian Irvine, those’s current series is filled with waaaay to much bloat and hyperbolic characterisation, though unlike Hamilton can still weave a world interesting enough to make me want to keep reading his books.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.2.1

              And Amazon’s self-publishing thing is badly flawed, with no filtering it’s prone to copy-right theft and really, really badly written novels pushed by armies of sockpuppets and spam-bots.

              Yeah, I’ve seen a couple of articles about that. It’s sad that it happens but I’m sure they’ll get the wrinkles sorted sooner or later. Although, some of those articles I read were about how hard it was to get Amazon to do anything about them.

              Still, it’s a young idea and will mature over time.

              Also editors can make or break some books…

              Then look at hiring an editor – don’t have to go through a publishing house to do that.

      • higherstandard 4.2.2

        Don’t think I’ll ever go down that path – I just love good old paper and ink.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.1

          Personally, I can’t stand paper based books any more. They take up space, are inconvenient and have limited room for notes. E-books remember my place automatically even when switching between books, let me make copious and detailed notes, take up no space, and allows me to get comfortable while reading.

          • Herodotus 4.2.2.1.1

            Thinking of going from paper to electronic any advicenon what hardware’s best have heard various fors/against for kindle and apple?

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.1.1.1

              I just use my PC and download the (usually free) app that the producers usually make available.

            • NickS 4.2.2.1.1.2

              Depends, if you’ve already got, or are looking at getting an iPad or iPhone (warning, class four glamour, hence the “oooh shiny!” fanatical devotion and willingness to pay obscene prices), just use those, otherwise the Kindle is pretty much the pinnacle of ebook hardware due to usability, storage, battery life and cost. Sony also makes a good one as well, but stupidly over-priced it (NZ300+ if I remember) and so can’t compete with the kindle.

              Just convert ebooks from different providers via Calibre 🙂

              • Chris

                Even if you have an ipad or iphone I still think it is worth get a specialised e-reader. Mainly because if you read quite a bit the backlight can start to hurt your eyes.

            • rosy 4.2.2.1.1.3

              Samsung Galaxy Tablet it does so much more than just readers. It’s my second love and and because I live where english bookshops aren’t I wouldn’t be without it…

              The only trouble with readers is it’s far too easy to buy a new book so instead of saving money on cheaper e-books I’m spending at least as much at the open all hours shop. There are heaps of sites around with suggestions/reviews for books so I don’t miss the book shop too much.

          • Ed 4.2.2.1.2

            I’ve been reading using a Kindle for about a year now, and I cannot understand why anyone would want to mark words or sections, look up words in a dictionary, or write notes. I’m thinking of getting the newer Kindle without a keyboard . .

            • NickS 4.2.2.1.2.1

              If you’re reading non-fiction books notes are very, very useful for highlighting points of interest for future reference.

              • Draco T Bastard

                You should see the notes I put into my fiction books as I pull the politics of them apart 😈

        • NickS 4.2.2.2

          I love it too, but hardbacks are too heavy to take travelling/tramping and I can chew through a 400-500 page book in less than 2 days, or one day if I’m not doing anything.

          I’m out of bookcase space too 🙁

  5. Bored 5

    I was actually thinking off floating my chickens on the NZX as an IPO in the only currently positive investment prospectus showing a definite material return. But I am not going to because I love the deep rich orange yolks, poached on toast. And the whole idea of some mutual fund offshore on Wall St having an interest in my chickens does not appeal (to them).

    Added to which I think they (the chickens) own me..makes the whole transaction fraught with difficulty. Do I qualify for a TARP?

  6. A weekend for PP and wife just gardening . However I do recommend
    a couple of good films doing the rounds. “The Well Diggers Daughter’
    and “Royal Affair” go see,!

  7. NickS 9

    Om nom nom nom

    I’m so not going back to pre-ground coffee. Rescued a hand powered old-ish Italian made coffee grinder from the rubbish on a job and daaaaaamn.

    Also helps the local supermarkert is forever out of Hummingbird Oomph plunger grind.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • More proof National not delivering for New Zealanders
    The Ministry of Social Development’s latest Household Incomes Report is more hard evidence of the growing poverty in New Zealand, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National claims to be delivering for New Zealanders. This report puts the lie ...
    21 hours ago
  • Strong support from medical community for Healthy Homes Bill
    More than a thousand medical professionals, medical students, and other New Zealanders have shown their support for Labour’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    24 hours ago
  • Labour will fund Buller Health Centre
    A Labour Government will fully fund the Buller Integrated Family Health Centre in Westport, confirming its commitment to the people of the West Coast and the role of central government to fund essential public services, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David ...
    1 day ago
  • National’s affordable promise for Auckland more smoke and mirrors
    The 26,000 additional houses National plans to build in Auckland on public land over the next decade include fewer than 5,000 affordable homes, while more than 60 per cent will be available for speculators to buy, says Leader of the ...
    1 day ago
  • National out of touch over immigration
    National’s abrupt backflip on their recently-announced changes to immigration shows they never understood the problem and just came up with a confused knee jerk response, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Regional communities and businesses were quite right to ...
    2 days ago
  • English out of touch on homelessness
    Bill English’s comments that he doesn’t know why people are complaining about the blowout in the number of homeless families the government is putting up in motels just shows how tired and out of touch National is after nine years, ...
    2 days ago
  • All Kiwis to have same standard of cancer care
    Labour is promising that all New Zealanders will have access to the same level of cancer care no matter where they live in the country, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “As someone who has survived cancer I ...
    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure announcement too long coming
    “What took you so long?” is Labour’s response to the Government’s announcement of a new infrastructure investment vehicle. Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says Labour announced its policy in 2015 to debt-finance infrastructure and service that debt with targeted ...
    3 days ago
  • Time for a breather on immigration
    National has no idea how to house the record number of people entering New Zealand, let alone cope with the pressure on health, education, and transport from this record population growth, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour to invest $4 billion in education
    Labour’s Education Manifesto will bring positive change across the education sector and is backed by a massive investment, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Labour’s plan will see an extra $4 billion invested over the next four years. It’s organised ...
    5 days ago
  • National’s shame: worst homelessness in the OECD
    National’s legacy is a housing crisis that has given New Zealand the worst homeless rate in the developed world, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour taking action on school donations
    Labour will end so-called voluntary school donations for the majority of parents across the country under its $4 billion plan to revitalise the education sector, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Labour has always been committed to a world-class free education ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour to work with Queenstown to build more houses
    Labour will work with Queenstown-Lakes District Council, iwi, and the Community Housing Trust to build the modern, affordable housing Queenstown desperately needs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    6 days ago
  • Nats blow the Budget on motels after bowling state houses
    National is spending $140,000 a day putting homeless families in motels, the legacy of nine years of selling off and knocking down state houses, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    6 days ago
  • New revelations in Joanne Harrison report
    The State Services Commission’s report into the treatment of whistle-blowers by Joanne Harrison has revealed new accusations against the convicted fraudster, says Labour MP Sue Moroney.  “The report found that four staff inside the Ministry of Transport who had raised ...
    6 days ago
  • Snafu at Princess Margaret
    Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. “The Government must accept that Christchurch is still recovering ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s fiscal plan to build a fairer New Zealand
    Labour will re-build our housing, health and education while responsibly managing New Zealand’s finances, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.  “Under Labour’s Fiscal Plan we will deliver big investments in the services we all need and care about, invest ...
    7 days ago
  • Nats show they’re the tax dodgers’ best friends
    The government is taking the knife to IRD at a time when we need a highly skilled department to ensure that multinationals and speculators don’t get away with dodging tax, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood. ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour secures the future for NZ Super
    A Labour Government will secure the future for New Zealand Superannuation so we can continue to provide superannuation to those retiring at age 65, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “One of the first things a Labour-led Government will ...
    1 week ago
  • Multinationals must pay fair share of tax
    A Labour Government will crack down on multinational companies that are dodging paying their fair share of tax, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “New Zealanders are missing out by hundreds of millions according to the IRD because multinational companies can ...
    1 week ago
  • ACT’s approach to children backward and ill informed
    Act’s new deputy leader’s claim that Labour’s support for families could “extend the misery of child poverty and even child abuse” is ill informed and offensive, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Canterbury hatchet job a disgrace
    The Government’s glib acceptance of advice that the Canterbury District Health Board doesn’t need more money is a hatchet job and a disgrace, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson David Clark. “To claim that the DHB was using tactics to leverage more ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Quality for Kiwi kids at ECE
    After more than a decade of rapid growth in the number of children participating in Early Childhood Education (ECE), it’s time to take stock and map out a clear plan for the future, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to boost ECE quality
    Labour will ensure kids get the best start in life by boosting funding for Early Childhood Centres to employ 100 per cent qualified and registered teachers, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour will stump up a million dollars for Maniototo Hospital
    A Labour led Government will make a million dollars available to rebuild the Maniototo Base hospital in Ranfurly, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.  “This will be a much needed boost for a long overdue rebuild that has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • No vision for the West Coast
    The West Coast welcomes any Government investment in our region but the lack of any real alternative vision for the West Coast’s economy is disappointing, says Damien O’Connor Labour’s West Coast-Tasman MP.  “The establishment of a Mining Research Unit will ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s youth work scheme too little too late
    After nine years, National’s belated attempt to provide work opportunities for unemployed youth should be seen for what it is, a half-hearted, election gimmick from a party that’s ignored the problem till now, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis won’t fall for Joyce’s spin
    Steven Joyce’s embarrassingly obvious spin on Labour’s Families Package won’t fool anyone, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour prioritises families and public services
    Labour’s Families Package delivers a bigger income boost to more than 70 per cent of families with children than Budget 2017. By not spending $1.5 billion a year on tax cuts, Labour is able to do more for lower and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis can’t sleep in your ghost houses, Nick
    The Government’s housing infrastructure announcement is another Nick Smith special – over-promising with no detail on delivery, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour helps older New Zealanders and low income families with winter heating bills
    Labour will further boost its commitment to warm, healthy housing with a Winter Energy Payment for superannuitants and people receiving main benefits, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Everyone deserves a warm, healthy home to live in. But that’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National must rule out retrospective override for Ruataniwha
    National must categorically rule out using retrospective legislation to override the Supreme Court’s decision that the land swap of conservation land flooded by the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was illegal, says Labour’s Shadow Attorney General David Parker. “Having not got their ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Flavell’s failure a win for Māori landowners
    The Māori Development Minister’s admission that his unpopular Ture Whenua Māori Bill won’t pass into law prior to the election is a victory for Māori landowners, but only a change of government will keep the Bill gone for good, says ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Stats confirm growing housing shortfall
    National’s failure to fix the housing shortage has been starkly illustrated by new statistics, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Systemic abuse of kids in state care
    After admitting there was systemic abuse of children in State care the Government must do the right thing and launch an independent inquiry, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Migrant worker exploitation needs sharper focus
    The astonishing number of employers found guilty of exploiting migrants shows that migrant exploitation is a serious problem in New Zealand, says Labour Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “A total of 53 companies have been banned from recruiting ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister faces questions over dam debacle
    Today’s Supreme Court ruling dismissing an appeal to allow a land swap for the controversial Ruataniwha Dam is a victory for our conservation estate and Hawke’s Bay ratepayers, but leaves the Conservation Minister with serious questions to answer, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Too little too late on Wellington housing
    The announcement today on social housing in Wellington by the National Government is a pitiful and cynical election ploy, says Labour’s Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson. “In 2012 Housing New Zealand emptied out the Gordon Wilson Flats, taking 130 places ...
    3 weeks ago