Blog Bits

April 6th, 2010 at 6:30 pm by David Farrar
  1. The oldest blogger on Earth, 99 year old Elvira S Oliver, has blogged on visiting Christchurch and the wonderful time she has in Christchurch in 1964. She can’t remember the names of everywhere she went, but readers may be able to work out where they were and comment on her blog.
  2. Joshua Drummond got sick of firms not even reading his CV, so he has turned it into a comic book. Check it out – it is seriously creatively cool. Joshua is Waikato based and look for media opportunities. His comic book CV would make a good news story about how to stand out!
  3. Check out the Yike Bike. it is a battery powered bike that folds up into well a circle and fits in a shoulder bag. This is seriously cool. Like the Ford Model T it comes in black only! This will become huge I reckon.
  4. Its past April 1st, but had to highlight the Education Directions blog post on how Steven Joyce has appointed himself Chairperson of all 20 polytechnic councils. Incidentally the ED Blog is truly essential reading for anyone interested in tertiary education policies and politics.
  5. Whale blogs his own graphical media rating system.
  6. The Onion is at its wicked best with its news story on how the Catholic Church has vowed to reduce paedophilia to acceptable levels by 60% over five years to the target five children per thousand clergy.
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11 Responses to “Blog Bits”

  1. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    DPF, do you agree with Whales graphical media rating system?

    [DPF: No, but it is amusing]

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,705 comments) says:

    Funny how you don’t appear to raise an eyebrow when the same principal is applied in real life rather than satire to the new religion, global warming and it’s liturgy of CO2 emissions by it’s legions of loons.

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  3. Right of way is Way of Right (883 comments) says:

    I suggest a good read of Joshua Drummond’s CV! What a way to turn the odds in your favour! Brilliant!

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  4. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    [DPF: No, but it is amusing]

    Funny, I thought it was quite accurrate

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  5. David in Chch (523 comments) says:

    Cool CV! And I enjoyed that Trevor Mallard was deputy chair of all 20 as well. Got him “out of question time”. :-D)

    HOWEVER, WhaleOil should at least have given a nod of credit to Top Gear – he “borrowed” the idea of the Cool Wall from them, but without acknowledging it. NOT cool.

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  6. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Whale’s graphic is good, but I can’t think of an accurate ratings system that would compare what, say, Fran O’Sullivan does (good journalism with conclusions thrown in) to what Paul Henry does (totally unsubstantiated opinion for the purposes of entertainment).

    Similarly with Jane Clifton – one of NZ’s most gifted political writers IMHO but not playing on the same field as the Espiners et al… her job is reflective humour, not hard analysis and breaking stories.

    So a little unfair to some mentioned… a double axis graph, like the ones that show where people stand politically, might have produced a more accurate study but wouldn’t have looked nearly as cool :-D

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  7. Repton (769 comments) says:

    The YikeBike, I notice, is made in Christchurch. Be interesting to see if that helps it gain popularity in New Zealand.

    I don’t think I’ll get one (certainly not at US$4500!). I have doubts that its battery will be big enough to get me and my luggage up the hill home..

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  8. Sean (290 comments) says:

    Wintec? So not a real degree then. Maybe there’s a clue…

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  9. Danyl Mclauchlan (941 comments) says:

    Similarly with Jane Clifton – one of NZ’s most gifted political writers IMHO but not playing on the same field as the Espiners et al… her job is reflective humour, not hard analysis and breaking stories.

    Yeah, that was my reaction. Roughly half the people on the chart aren’t actually journalists, but pundits or commentators. The Standard constantly make the same mistake, grumbling about how some political opinion column is ‘bad journalism’.

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  10. Pete George (23,836 comments) says:

    Whale’s Media Rating System is a joke – it’s funny at a glance but wide of the mark if it’s trying to be any sort of analysis. He does say it is “media” and not “journalist” rating, but it is a bit meaningless trying to compare such a variety of types of media.

    Some examples of where it falls down:
    – by word volume Farrar is largely cut and paste but with pertinent comments and insights, this is more upfront (and informative) than an “article” that is simply a cut and paste in disguise
    – Coddington flung to the side of cut and paste? I’d have thought she was more straight opinion.
    – Garner grouped between Young, O’Sullivan and Espiner where he doesn’t compare to any of them, you could put him on a chart of his own and it would be a joke. He seems to think he is a comic book hero type journo but is more like a self lampoon cartoon, without any humour. If I ever watch TV3 news as far as his spots I turn off, I am sick of his drama queen act.

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  11. s.russell (1,651 comments) says:

    The Onion also has a good piece on U.S. Government To Save Billions By Cutting Wasteful Senator Program

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