Political prediction in predictive text?

07/09/2011

Yesterday I sent a friend a text to alert them to this post on Gothca in which Bill English gets the better of David Cunliffe.

Predictive texting gives my phone a mind of its own so that it “corrects” words it doesn’t recognise. When I typed Cunliffe my phone replaced it with dislodge.

Could that be a Freudian slip or is the predictive text also making a political prediction about Cunliffe’s ambition to dislodge his leader?


Dogged by the black dog

01/06/2010

“Can I ask you about the plight of Whaleoil?”  Jim Mora asked me on our discussion on the internet on Critical Mass today.

I’d been mulling over a post about him since reading Cactus Kate’s plea to Save The Whale in response to the Herald on Sunday story in response to this post by Whaleoil and comments from his wife on Gotcha.

I came across Whaleoil on the internet when I first started blogging and treated it with caution. I admired some of the posts, especially those which broke news which influenced the mainstream media. I was moved by the way he was so open about his struggle with depression but found other posts offensive.

Since then I’ve met him a couple of times. The first was at a National Party conference last year and the second, very briefly at another conference last weekend. The next day I read the HOS story and found Cactus’s post about it when I got home late that evening.

Several pennies dropped – clinical depression explains the contrasts between the intelligent and reasoned posts and the vitriolic ones.

Those who know him well have written on this. I don’t know enough to add anything on him, but I do know a bit about depression and other mental illness.

Most of us understand physical illness and have sympathy for those who are unwell.

Mental illness is different.

Those who’ve never experienced or been exposed to it find it difficult to understand and there’s often a feeling that people just need to pull themselves together.

Anyone who has been dogged by the black dog themselves, or had to cope with it in family and friends will tell you it’s not that simple and often that it’s not just the illness which is problematic, the treatment can be too.

Medication can help some people. In others it doesn’t and may cause side effects which can be as difficult to deal with as the problems it was supposed to treat. Working your way through the mental health system can be a nightmare and finding a mental health professional who can make a positive difference is another challenge.

I know stories, which aren’t mine to tell, of people’s battles with depression. From them I have some appreciation of  how difficult it is even for those who have loving and caring family and friends to support them; the frustration which even intelligent, articulate, positive  and assertive professionals who are used to dealing with complex problems in their work face in trying to help family or friends who are depressed  and how the system which ought to help so often doesn’t.

I hope Whaleoil and his family find the help they need and wish them the strength and love to tame the black dog and send it packing.

Related posts:

Keeping Stock on Helping a Fellow Blogger.

Roarprawn on Whales Tale  and Saving the Whale.

Kiwiblog on Cactus on Whale

Stepehn Franks on Whaleoil and Insurance.

Motella on Whale Wars.


Did you see the one about . . .

06/10/2009

Ten Tiny Green MPs  at Opinionated Mummy. While you’re there you might also be interested in bolstering union membership oops I mean education.

Marching Girls at Quote Unquote.

92 and No 1 at Inquiring Mind where Adam Smith brings back Vera Lynn.

Moments of enculturation (10) at In A Strange Land (Arachnophobics should not go there).

We saw a real live island at Laughy Kate where kids say the darndest things.

Heart Hit  at Macdoctor who warns of the dangers of energy drinks.

Metaphors and unravelling  at Offsetting Behaviour which looks at the lack of cultural referents.

Top 10 cures for the blog squirms at Not PC – onw hat to do when you get bloggers’ block.

Capitalism needs to lift its game at Karl du Fresne.

Sexual Assaults where Kiwiblog finds some useful research fromt he Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

Worst excesses of welfare UK & NZ parallels at Lindsay Mitchell.

Labour rorting taxpayers too at Gotcha where Whaleoil looks at who’s renting what to whom.

And :

Welcome back from maternity leave to Farmgirl – mother and daughter both well.

And:

Welcome to Sciblogs  NZ”s largest science network  ( Hat tip Open Parachute)


Shortest blog partnership in history

03/09/2009

Cactus Kate has seen the light. She’s pulled out of Gotcha, probably making it the shortest blog partnership in history.

The blogging partnership between Whaleoil and Kate probablywasn’t a good idea to start with. The blokes at No Minister could have warned them about choosing blogging partners carefully and PM of NZ spelled it out.

I wonder if the people at the very good, very authoritive business blog, interest.co.nz are concerned about the tasteless posts on No Minister and Gotcha by one of their people?


The blogs they are a changing

26/08/2009

Keeping Stock is going to work.

Barnsley Bill is going private.

Cactus Kate and Whale Oil are going together at Gotcha.


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