Eleanor Catton movie leaks online prior to premiere at NZ Film Festival

via Metro Mag

via Metro Mag

Eleanor Catton was elevated against her will as a prominent New Zealander after winning the Man Booker Prize for her hefty tome.? Fellow citizens were delighted, and just as they like to bathe in the reflected glory of an All Blacks victory as if they had personally had to pick the mud and grass from their teeth after a try, they claimed Ms Catton’s achievement as their own.

And that’s where things went wrong.

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Conservative Party irony

Did you know that Colin Craig and the Conservative Party wants 67% to be the threshold at which a binding referendum result becomes binding?



I guess that’s a no then, Colin.


H/T: ?Rachel

THE most dangerous roundabout for London cyclists

The irony of it is terrifying

When you ask the public to sort the best jobs from the worst jobs, guess what they put last?

The Wall Street Journal reports

Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, a career website, ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. To compile its list, the firm primarily used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.

Any guesses what comes in last place out of 200 jobs based on?physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook?

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Irony of the Week

Spotted on my way into work today


Arsenasty Lole Taylor loses the plot, Ctd

Asenati Lole Taylor is on form at the moment, this time she’s publicly discussing cases she’s working on by posting vague tweets about it without giving too much away. What a magnificent display of professionalism and privacy.



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Irony is…

The Standard Lynn Prentice’s Hate Speech Blog publishing a graph from a post on my site (without my permission) to support their point… then attacking me…


Good story placement

Gotta love the Herald and their content maangement system.

On the Herald’s online front page, there is a story about an?”Obese man makes plea on Youtube” Directly below there is “50 things?you must eat before you die”:


The Science of Sarcasm

My old man used to always comment to me that “sarcasm was the lowest form of wit”. Actually it turns out that being able to recognise sarcasm is:

…an essential skill if one is going to function in a modern society dripping with irony. ?Our culture in particular is permeated with sarcasm,? says Katherine Rankin, a neuropsychologist at the University of California at San Francisco. ?People who don?t understand sarcasm are immediately noticed. They?re not getting it. They?re not socially adept.?

Sarcasm recognition in politics is especially necessary. Tui Brewaries will be pleased with the research too:

Sarcasm so saturates 21st-century America that according to one study of a database of telephone conversations, 23 percent of the time that the phrase ?yeah, right? was used, it was uttered sarcastically. Entire phrases have almost lost their literal meanings because they are so frequently said with a sneer. ?Big deal,? for example. When?s the last time someone said that to you and meant it sincerely? ?My heart bleeds for you? almost always equals ?Tell it to someone who cares,? and ?Aren?t you special? means you aren?t.

Where Dad used to say “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit: it seems he was wrong on that too:

Sarcasm seems to exercise the brain more than sincere statements do. Scientists who have monitored the electrical activity of the brains of test subjects exposed to sarcastic statements have found that brains have to work harder to understand sarcasm.

That extra work may make our brains sharper, according to another study. College students in Israel listened to complaints to a cellphone company?s customer service line. The students were better able to solve problems creatively when the complaints were sarcastic as opposed to just plain angry. Sarcasm ?appears to stimulate complex thinking and to attenuate the otherwise negative effects of anger,? according to the study authors.

The mental gymnastics needed to perceive sarcasm includes developing a ?theory of mind? to see beyond the literal meaning of the words and understand that the speaker may be thinking of something entirely different. A theory of mind allows you to realize that when your brother says ?nice job? when you spill the milk, he means just the opposite, the jerk.

Yep, must use the sarcasm filter more often.


Oh the irony

Wikileaks arsehole Julian Assange has been wikileaked himself and boy is he pissed:

Well, hello, irony:?WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today condemned his British book publisher for releasing drafts of a much-anticipated memoir without his approval?but he won’t be returning the ?500,000 ($779,000) advance he received months ago:

British publisher Canongate announced that the book, billed as an “unauthorized autobiography,” will go on sale in stores and online Thursday. Canongate – which paid the 40-year-old Assange for the rights to the memoir last year – said that Assange began working with a ghostwriter on the book, but later backed out and tried to cancel his contract.