Blog Posts - Aotearoa



Brexit reminds us that we need to take a lead in making globalization fairer

Brexit was an interesting campaign to watch, and there’s not too much I can add that hasn’t been stated already. I saw some incredibly fake arguments from Brexit supporters, including one graphic drawing a parallel between the assassinations of A...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jul 28, 2016

An old slant for Labour

I noticed this on April 28 and Tweeted about it, tagging the New Zealand Labour Party at the time. It still hasn’t been fixed as of today. That’s supposedly Commercial Type’s Stag Bold Italic in the headline, but someone has slanted...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 8, 2016

Where did all the manual transmissions go?

Above: The gear selector in the BMW i3, as tested in Lucire. See here for the full road test. When I was searching for a car to buy after my previous one was written off in an accident, one no-brainer was that it had to be a manual. It can’t be...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on May 8, 2016

New Plymouth responds

Well, that was a bit boring. It’s the New Plymouth District Council’s response to my earlier letter paying a parking fine. (Original Tumblr post here, if the graphic above does not show.)...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 14, 2016

Travel diary (or, a diary that travels)

A photo posted by Jack Yan (@jack.yan) on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:31pm PDT A photo posted by Jack Yan (@jack.yan) on Apr 10, 2016 at 10:37pm PDT   What a fun project! In September, a class in a Québec school set its pupils a travel diary project. The...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 11, 2016

How to pay a parking ticket

There’s one compelling reason to continue using cheques: the chance to write letters like this. In case the above image no longer shows, my original Tumblr post is here.
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 2, 2016

Organizing this planet in the 21st century

As he has done so many other times since we encountered each other in 2001, Simon Anholt has articulated my thoughts on governance and politics much better than I can through his ventures. I think this puts a very good context on why I ran my mayoral...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 2, 2016

Bye to the US news app that ranks the Steven Joyce dildo incident above Martin Crowe’s passing

I’ve just switched from Inside, the much vaunted news app from entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, to Wildcard as my principal news app on my phone. I never got to use Circa (which I understand Jason was also behind), which sounded excellent: by the time...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Mar 4, 2016

RIP Martin Crowe

Martin Crowe was not only our greatest batsman, but a gentleman and all-round decent bloke. I remember him as a honourable, nice guy, and soulmate to Lorraine, and it was a privilege to spend time with them both back in 2013. Back then, we had though...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Mar 3, 2016

The fall and rise and fall of Kim Dotcom, and why, according to the US, watching YouTube makes us all criminals

In response to a friend’s Facebook post applauding the possibility that Kim Dotcom would get extradited, two days ago. It’s unedited, other than the inclusion of a link and a note, and I apologize for the grammatical errors. Surely this r...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 25, 2015

How a car accident makes you grateful

The trouble with all the yellow-peril reporting that’s far more prevalent than it should be in Aotearoa is when something happens to you that may get people thinking about a stereotype.    Back in March, of course, we had one writer justi...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on May 4, 2015

Slides and a podcast: my MMBA 505 lecture and Access Granted, episode 45

As promised to the MMBA 505 class at Victoria University of Wellington last night, here are my slides. My thanks to Dr Kala Retna for inviting me along as the guest speaker. To the students: thank you for attending at such a late hour. MBAs are hard...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 22, 2015

It’s taken me a long time to blog about sheep

Living in New Zealand, of course PETA’s latest graphic (on the right) is going to get a few of us commenting. (The above comparison graphic was found on a US Facebook user’s page.)    A friend of mine, in the US, rightly questio...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 11, 2015

Farewell, Manhattan: switching to the Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire TK Cherry MX Brown

The Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire TK, with white case. On Tuesday, my Manhattan keyboard, for which I gave a glowing review on Amazon, gave up the ghost. I’m not entirely sure why but through its lifetime, there were two things wrong with it: the...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 10, 2015

When the media advocate racism to hide the real culprits behind bad driving

This op–ed in the Fairfax Press smacks of typical yellow peril journalism that has come to typify what passes for some media coverage of late.    Yes, some Chinese drivers are awful in their home country and they will bring those bad habi...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Mar 6, 2015

A year of random thoughts: 2014 in review

For the last few years, I’ve looked back at the events of the year in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. (In fact, in 2009, I looked back at the decade.) Tumblr’s the place I look at these days for these summaries, since it tends to have my random though...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 29, 2014

National and Labour in the General Election, summarized for non-Kiwis

Would this be the easiest way to explain how the two major parties were during the General Election this year to those overseas? First, National; second, Labour.
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 26, 2014

Everything’s perfect with those Auckland systems, nothing to see here

I contacted Auckland Airport through its Facebook on Tuesday over the matter in my previous post, and got an immediate reply from someone monitoring its social media. She tells me that she will ask them to furnish me with an urgent response. I am sti...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 28, 2014

Little Big Man was antiestablishment, as is big man Little: straight talk is what Labour needs

The Hon Andrew Little MP has had a good first week as Leader of the Opposition. Some are saying what a breath of fresh air this straight-shooter is.    He’s been an MP for three years. And in the context of Labour, which has factions...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 28, 2014

Bypass Auckland when you can

It’s a shame I had to write this to Auckland Airport today (salutation and closing omitted): I’d like you guys to know that on Monday night, your inter-terminal bus never came. Passengers (around 20) were waiting at the stop at domestic from...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 20, 2014


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