The Dim-Post

July 3, 2012

Full disclosure

Filed under: blogging — danylmc @ 9:22 am

My wife Maggie started back at work part-time this week, in her new job as a political and media advisor to the Green Party. So from now on I’ll be as biased towards the Greens as I was towards the Parliamentary Press Gallery when Maggie was their Deputy Chair.

I’m blogging less in general these days because of the twin demands of work and my nine-month old daughter. Being in charge of the happiness of someone else’s childhood is a big responsibility. (It still seems crazy that the hospital just let us take her home with us.)

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27 Comments »

  1. Congratulations to Maggie, on reattaining gainful employment. Congratulations to the Greens, on this intelligent use of resources.

    As for parenting, I’m still in awe of those who do it and manage to achieve anything else.

    Comment by George D — July 3, 2012 @ 10:26 am

  2. Parenting’s a doddle – marriage has already equipped you with a finely-honed ability to make another’s life a misery, so extending it to cover children is just a natural progression.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — July 3, 2012 @ 10:32 am

  3. So that’s a first – finding out about the result of an unsuccessful job application via someone’s blog…

    Comment by Rinso — July 3, 2012 @ 10:35 am

  4. Yes – you should have been drug tested before being able to walk out the door. We wouldn’t just drug test anybody though, just bennies.

    Comment by aj — July 3, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  5. So … while you have your hands full looking after a helpless creature with almost no self-preservation instincts, limited inter-personal communications skills and an inbuilt instinct to cause disorder and mess wherever it goes, Maggie is doing the same?

    Thank you! Thank you! I’ll be playing here all week.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — July 3, 2012 @ 11:21 am

  6. So that’s a first – finding out about the result of an unsuccessful job application via someone’s blog…

    Damn. Sorry, whoever you are.

    Comment by George D — July 3, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  7. You were pretty biased towards the Parliamentary Press Gallery!

    Comment by Hugh — July 3, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  8. So … while you have your hands full looking after a helpless creature with almost no self-preservation instincts, limited inter-personal communications skills and an inbuilt instinct to cause disorder and mess wherever it goes, Maggie is doing the same?

    At least Maggie won’t be changing daipers – Russel and Metiria have been potty trained to only poop on Labour’s polling numbers.

    Yes! Riffing!
    Never… leave… a… comic… behind.

    Comment by Phil — July 3, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  9. “I’ll be as biased towards the Greens as I was towards the Parliamentary Press Gallery”

    You are just worried the Greens will want a commision of enquiry into The Dim-Post…

    Comment by gn — July 3, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  10. @gn: Somebody’s been reading Kiwiblog

    Comment by Hugh — July 3, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  11. hugh: not for the articles, only the comments.

    Comment by gn — July 3, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  12. The first rule of Green Party flacking is: You do not talk about Green Party flacking.

    Comment by Gregor W — July 3, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  13. The leaked diary of a part-time political/media adviser to the Green party:

    9 a.m.: Arrive at work. Tell colleagues that if they just wait, Labour and National will do their job for them.

    9.05 a.m. Surf net. Drink coffee. Chat about babies.

    Lunch-time: Check news. Check polls. Job done. Go home.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — July 3, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  14. So long as Maggie keeps up the breastfeeding, I’m sure everything will be just fine.

    Comment by MeToo — July 3, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  15. I’m interested whether less blogging has meant more of your own happiness, Danyl?

    Comment by Ben Wilson — July 3, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

  16. “I’m blogging less in general these days because of the twin demands of work and my nine-month old daughter.”

    More guest posts! :)

    And congrats to Maggie on the job.

    Comment by Richard29 — July 4, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  17. Well, the wheels of the world and the cogs of life just keep on turning, don’t they?

    Watch out for the terrible twos, they’ll come soon enough.

    And don’t be surprised if she teaches herself to count to five in Spanish.

    Well done :)

    Comment by Daniel Lang — July 4, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  18. @Richard29: give her a chance, she’s not even 1 yet. I’d be surprised if she’s producing anything more than speeches for Labour leaders and National party responses to questions in the house. All you’re likely to get is “lalalalalala”. At least Key can add “I can’t hear you”.

    Comment by Moz — July 4, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

  19. @Moz: That joke was bad and you should feel bad

    Comment by Hugh — July 5, 2012 @ 12:58 am

  20. I’m sorry, Hugh.

    I see that the new staff is already paying off: http://blog.greens.org.nz/2012/07/05/greens-call-for-inquiry-into-inquiries/

    Comment by Moz — July 5, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  21. If you like that 4th form boy kinda humour it’s ace else not.

    Comment by Tim — July 5, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  22. @Moz: I find it interesting that even in their attempts to make fun of themselves the Greens still can’t shy away from self-congratulation.

    Comment by Hugh — July 6, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  23. @Tim #21: just wait till you see my salute to Jonathan Swift.

    And no one is safe.

    Comment by deepred — July 6, 2012 @ 12:37 am

  24. @Tim: “If you like that 4th form boy kinda humour it’s ace else not.”

    Given your previously professed pleasure in pulling the wings off flies, I don’t think you’re in a strong position to comment on what is and isn’t “funny”, champ.

    Comment by Flashing Light — July 6, 2012 @ 8:19 am

  25. Hugh, definitely. But at the same time it’s not often you get a political party poking fun at themselves, so I’m inclined to give them points for trying. They also have to be ready for failblog to repost selected quotes from that to score political points. Normally politicians being funny is more accidental satire… see almost anything Tony Abbott says, for example.

    Comment by Moz — July 6, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

  26. @ Flashing Light “I don’t think you’re in a strong position to comment on what is and isn’t “funny”, champ.”

    You’re wrong although the alliterative tut tutting is cute, scooter.

    Comment by Tim — July 7, 2012 @ 7:25 am

  27. Oh, I get it now, Tim. As a 4th form boy, you thought it was funny but were concerned others might not. Makes sense, Pally.

    Comment by Flashing Light — July 7, 2012 @ 8:26 am


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