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Time out

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, August 25th, 2013 - 46 comments
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I’ve got various things happening over the next few months that will mean I have very little time for blogging (and for several weeks no internet access). I also need to cut down on my computer time, as my longstanding OOS problems are taking a turn for the worse. In short, all the signs point to time out.

The Standard is in good health at the moment, with plenty of writers, and plenty to write about. I expect to see it keep growing, and going from strength to strength. All the very best to the community here, writers and commenters, keep up the great work! I’ll probably be back at some point, hopefully next year, to see Labour under a new leader win the election. And I’ll still be working for that out in the real world.

Bye for now…

46 comments on “Time out”

  1. marsman 1

    Thank you Anthony for all your hard work here on the Standard. All the best with your OOS (The Feldenkrais method may offer you some help) Kia kaha.

  2. weka 2

    Thanks r0b, take care, and see you when you get back.

    ps, can you please change the photo to someone lying on a beach or something? I don’t want to think of you in the naughty corner 😉

  3. gobsmacked 3

    I know blogging involves a lot of work, generally unnoticed and unappreciated. Finding and collating all those links and sources so the rest of us don’t have to … it’s easy to take that for granted.

    So sincere thanks for your efforts, AR. We disagreed about Shearer but that battle is over now. There’s a bigger one next year, and I hope you’ll be back as part of the Popular Front!

    And when the Labour-Green government takes office in 2014, and doesn’t deliver Utopia on day one, we’ll need somebody on here to defend it while we all grumble – sounds like a job for you!

    Good luck.

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    r0b have a great break away from TS. Your hard work and contributions to TS will be missed.

    It’s a bit of a shock to see you go, and doubly so because RL also announced he is also stepping away from The Standard for the moment.

    (for those who didn’t spot that)

    Fukushima

  5. All the best Anthony – enjoy your rest from blogging. Kia kaha.

  6. Huginn 6

    All the best, Anthony. Your thoughtful contributions to TS are greatly appreciated. Get better soon.

  7. Tautoko Viper 7

    I too will miss your intelligent posts, R0b and I wish you the best. You have made a difference. The second term of this disgraceful Government has been diabolical with the failure of the MSM to pick up on the issues and so-called “journalists” ( Audrey Young, John Armstrong, Fran O’Sullivan, Tracy Watkins, etc) who have acted as mouthpieces for the most dishonest NZ PM ever.

    The Standard posts and comments have enabled me to realise that I am not alone in seeing through the BS being served up as our human rights are being depleted (more bollocks from Judith Collins. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/217812/report-says-nz-has-improved-human-rights).

    I can honestly say that without the Standard and your well-reasoned posts I think I would have been in a state of terminal helplessness. The knowledge that those who are a damn sight more intelligent than I am think along the same lines is very empowering. I will continue to paint my signs and tramp the pavements until this dishonest leader with his morally bereft team are voted out. Thanks, R0b

  8. Tracey 8

    Thanks so much Anthony. Enjoy the time away and recharge your batteries.

  9. veutoviper 9

    Anthony, I add my thanks and very best wishes to you. And hope to see you back in the not too distant future. I also know what OOS is like and the need to look after this. I am sure that you are well up with the play on tools and methods to help. A split keyboard and a Contour mouse helped mine to the point that my OOS is almost gone, thank goodness.

    I would also like to second what Tautoko Viper said so well as it expressed my own feelings about the Standard and posters such as yourself.

  10. happynz 10

    Ahhh…OOS means Occupational Overuse Syndrome. I had to google the term and all I came up with at first was “Out Of Stock” and “Out Of Style”.

    Anyway, have a good break and I look forward to reading your stuff later.

  11. Pete 11

    No Internet access for several weeks?? I sympathise. (Yeah, I know, first world problems).

  12. r0b 12

    Many thanks all for the kind words! I’m away all day now (to my in-laws’ 55th wedding anniversary) but I will check in again late tonight. Some quick replies:

    Feldenkrais – thanks, I’ll look in to it.

    naughty corner – that image for “time out” amused me, and alas I’m not going to be anywhere near lying on beaches for the next 6 mo.

    going off the net – self inflicted, and will be worth it in the long run.

    Cheers all
    r0b

    • Jim Nald 12.1

      Have a great time for the rest of this weekend, r0b. Thank you very much for all your posts. They have been one of the few things I look forward to every day when I look for things to read online.

      The past few years with this government have been replete with sickening news and your posts have helped provide some sanity and been good for personal mental health.

      Have a good ‘sabbatical’ from TS and come back soon please.

  13. mickysavage 13

    Sorry to hear this r0b. People may not realise but r0b does much of the heavy lifting on the Standard. Come back soon …

  14. RedLogix 14

    Cripes … r0b. Yes you have done a massive amount of heavy lifting and while my departure will leave a wee ripple for a moment or two; you will leave behind a gaping crater. I’ve always read your well researched and linked articles with great interest … and you have my frank admiration for the huge time and effort involved. The one thing that has always been apparent is the consistent integrity of your intellectual and moral landscape; something rare and valuable in this modern world.

    How the hell you’ve kept it up for this long I don’t know.

    The great thing about group blogs like this is that there is a natural ebb and flow of personalities, each playing their own role for their own time … but our departure merely creates a space for something new to flourish. I believe TS has it’s own life to play out as well. In time we will look back and be amazed at what we have achieved.

    Now I really must go.

  15. Vaughn Bell 15

    As a first time responder but long-time reader of TS, I shall miss your reasoned and moderate approach, r0b. I wish you well in whatever the next chapter in your life brings.

  16. joe90 16

    I’ve enjoyed your posts and a quick search of the site shows how much you’ve contributed over the past few years r0b.

    Go well friend and enjoy your break.

    • Anne 16.1

      Thank you Anthony Robins. Sincerely hope you will return next year. Your erudite posts will be needed.

  17. Jackal 17

    Thanks for all your well argued articles r0b and RL. Hope to read some more in the not too distant future.

  18. burt 18

    Will miss you rOb, not many people are so blatantly myopic when it’s their team doing it as you are.

    • mickysavage 18.1

      Oh Burt. You really need to let the pledge card thing go. It was eight years ago and believe me the reality of the issue is not as black and white as you paint it to be.

      I bet that in 40 years time you will still have the same gravatar picture and still be talking about the same thing.

  19. lprent 19

    Having arisen from my slumbers and read the e-mail. Drat!

    It was always on the cards that your OOS* would kick in, your position, and the usual family stuff would at some stage drive you into another hiatus. But having you able to write the occasional pieces during election year would be far more useful.

    Get those wrists and arms back into good condition. And look at some better gear to prevent a recurrence.

    *I’ve been dodging it for the last 20 years myself

    • Ron 19.1

      maybe its time you guys get Naturally Speaking working. Have just been trying it out having not used the product for many years when it was in early stages of development.
      It has greatly improved and with the premium version you can use a dictation device to do stuff away from PC and get it uploaded later.
      Not wanting to be a shill for any commercial software but it does help with OOS espcially if you daytime job and you night time interests involve keyboards

      • lprent 19.1.1

        I’ve used it and quite a few others (starting back in the 80’s with Hank Wolfe’s stuff at Otago uni).

        Since they started to get the accents right, it has been better. However writing posts is more like writing code or a haiku than it is like writing a letter or even an essay. You spent at least 2-4 times as much time editing and re-editing as you do writing. So any of the voice to text systems tend to get in the way more than anything else.

        In my long long experience as a programmer, the best things to do are to:-

        1. Never learn to type. I literally write and edit thousands of lines of code per day as a two finger typist (which involves moving my hands and arms). Since you wind up spending most of your time editing rather than writing, everything is wrong for typing anyway.

        2. Spend quite a lot of effort/money getting exactly the right gear. Crappy keyboards and inaccurate mice are really killers (generally high end logitech are pretty damn good – currently K750 keyboards and K705 mice are my picks). Seats that don’t support correct posture are a pain (my current chair at home cost ~$1800 for instance).

        3. Look at the light and reflected light issues really really carefully – including from glasses. Nothing forces more posture damage than leaning into screens or trying to look at a screen around a corner. I always go for the cave effect. In my current job the front of the office is literally on the waterfront. Me and my screens are therefore at the back of the long room at right angles to the reflective water facing a wall.

        4. If your wrists and arms are getting tired – then stop, rest, and reexamine your work environment and fix it. If anyone tries to force you to work on (never happened in my experience) then sear them down to their backbone for being a complete fuckwit, and leave. Work isn’t worth risking your health over.

        etc etc…

        Basically I’ve been on a computer keyboard for 3 decades, and while I have gotten close a few times, rule 4 in particular has ensured that I’ve never had to stop programming. There are no magic bullets. It is just a close attention to the detail that does it.

  20. ak 20

    Have a relaxing and well-earned break r0b – heartfelt thanks for all your wonderful work over many years, may you recover, return and enjoy all the fruits and happiness you so richly deserve. Kia kaha son, see you next year.

  21. ianmac 21

    Will miss your sage and sane blogs ROb. Rest well and be back for the next election. Cheers.

  22. fender 22

    To both ROb and Redlogix: Take care, thanks for your great contributions, hope to see you both return sooner rather than later.

  23. Jenny 23

    Sorry to here of your departure Anthony. Especially sorry to here of your OOS.

    I hear this can be a very painful and debilitating condition. Take care.

    Maybe by the time you come back this technology will be available to everyone. I hope so, because not only will those from other languages be able to converse more easily. Those with conditions similiar to yours and even the many suffering from dyslexia and even illiteracy will be fully empowered to become involved in public life. I wonder what new worlds of experience this will open up for all of us?

    We live in a brave new world where despite such things as the GCSB bill, and revelations of illegal surveillance by the state, (here and overseas). In my opinion, technology is strengthening not weakening democracy. We are living in a great age. Maybe the greatest of all in human history. I hope we are up to the challenges of history we find put in front of us.

    P.S.

    As this may be my last missive to you, I thought I might take the opportunity to clear up a few things.

    As you are probably aware, I also will be taking a short break from The Standard.

    Hopefully I will be back to push my campaign, (against opposition) to make climate change an election issue.

    In the meantime I am giving all my spare time and energy, outside of my paid slavey job, to stop the open cast coal mine at Mangatangi. (Putting into practice on the ground, the Green Party official policy of “No New Coal Mines”).

    Despite what many claim here. I am not a liar, nor am I a cop, nor can I be compared to that dreadful human being Rob Gilchrist, a nasty piece of character assassination that in hindsight Lynn must be ashamed of. (probably why I can’t find the link anymore).

    Believe me when I say that I sincerely believe that climate change is the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. And also believe me when I say, We can stop it. The solutions are there. Experts have said it will take a World War II type effort. I believe that. Most commentators here say, that such an ambition is unattainable, that to ask for such an effort is politically infeasible and unsellable to the electorate. As you know, I disagree. And I will be pushing as hard as I can despite my limited ability and admitted shortcomes to push the WWII solution as forcefully and aggressively as I can.

    Inevitably it will come to that.
    Our children and our grand children will take up this fight and fight hard because, they are us, and the fighting spirit of past generations is in them. They will fight desperately, even with no hope of victory, if even, by then the world has gone too far down the irreversible path of self reinforcing climate change to be reversed. Of course it would be far better if we began this battle now. And that is my hope.

    Kia kaha, be strong.

    Don’t stop fighting. Ever. Ka whawhai tono matou. Ake Ake Ake

    • weka 23.1

      “As you are probably aware, I also will be taking a short break from The Standard.”

      Jenny, you are on a 6 week ban. I think this is at least the second time you have posted since then.

      Edit: looks like you have posted multiple times since the ban 🙁

  24. Hami Shearlie 24

    Thanks for all your informative posts and articles ROb and Redlogix – See you both back soon I hope! I have been wondering for a long while whatever happened to Robert Winter – I loved reading his blog every day and thought he was moving to The Daily Blog, but I haven’t seen him anywhere – I sure would like him to join the writers on The Standard!

  25. BLiP 25

    Onya, mate. See you when I see you.

  26. Akldnut 26

    Cheers rOb have a well earned rest, we’ll look forward to the return of your well thought out and insightful posts next year. Take care and farewell RL

  27. GregJ 27

    Always insightful & informative R0b – take it easy & see you back soon. Go easy, neighbour.

  28. Greywarbler 28

    OOS What a blow to have this cut out much of the good thinking that keeps the banner flying. All the best and I hope if you try supplements or diet treatment that it works for you with fast improvement. But also a rest will be sure to help. See yah later.

  29. McFlock 29

    Bugger – but thanks for all your hard work!

  30. karol 30

    You’ll be missed here, r0b. But understand how other things can need attending to. Sorry to hear about the OOS.

    Will especially miss your Poverty Watch – it has been much needed.

    Hope your other activities go well.

  31. peterquixote 31

    I don’t know what OOS is but I hope it isn’t bad.
    It may be that we get a new Government, but I am not sure that Cunliffe is highly likeable.
    To me Shearer was likeable.
    People should sniff the wind later this year and if it looks like an impending Labour/ Green
    Government consider getting any NZ cash savings overseas. A Government with Green in it will see a 5% or more $NZ devaluation immediately. Suggest Canada

    • Colonial Viper 31.1

      That’s bad advice for most people. Forex costs will mean taking an instant hit of 1% to 2%, and there is no suggestion that Canada is going to be particularly safe when GFC 2 arrives.

      Canada is also a petrostate and one of the world’s largest emitters of GHGs due to their tar sand operations. Why would you remit funds to that country?

      By the way the NZD needs a large devaluation to its historical mean of circa US65c to US70c.

    • weka 31.2

      Occupational Overuse Syndrome (ie RSI, Repetitive Strain Injury)

  32. Saarbo 32

    Good luck Anthony, look forward to your posts when you get back. Thanks.

  33. rosy 33

    All the best Anthony. Hopefully your time out is restorative. But don’t imagine your place will be easily filled, despite the great group of bloggers the The Standard has. Thanks for all your work, especially on poverty. Take good care of yourself.

  34. rosy 34

    All the best for your move RL. I’ll miss your thought provoking contributions.

  35. All the very best Anthony.

    You’ve contributed enormously, not only in terms of the number of posts you’ve written but also through the respectful tone of your commenting.

  36. Rod 36

    Good one, mate

  37. r0b 37

    Well – many many thanks to all, for the good wishes, for the advice, for the too kind words. I am overwhelmed. All the best too to RedLogix and Jenny, who are also taking a break. With a little luck, we’ll all be back before too long…

    All the best
    Anthony/r0b

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  • Govt boosts innovation, R&D for economic rebuild
    $196 million for Crown Research Institutes $150 million for R&D loan scheme $33 million for Māori research and development opportunities $12 million for the Nationally Significant Collections and Databases $10 million to help maintain in-house capability at Callaghan Innovation New Zealand’s entrepreneurs, innovators and crown researchers will benefit from a ...
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  • Temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance this year
    Further temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) will support senior secondary school students whose teaching and learning have been disrupted by COVID-19. “The wellbeing of students and teachers is a priority. As we are all aware, COVID-19 has created massive disruption to the school system, and the Government ...
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  • Extended terms for the directors of the Racing Industry Transition Agency
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters today announced that the terms for the directors of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) have been extended to 30 June 2021. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the transition period has been extended to ensure that the Racing Industry Bill can complete its progress through ...
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  • Healthy Homes Standards statement of compliance deadline extended
    The deadline for landlords to include detailed information in their tenancy agreements about how their property meets the Healthy Homes Standards, so tenants can see the home they are renting is compliant, has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2020.  The Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019. The Standards are ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission board appointments announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little today announced details of further appointments to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. “I am pleased to announce Paula Rose QSO OStJ as Deputy Chief Commissioner for a term of five years commencing on 15 June 2020,” said Andrew Little. “I am also pleased to announce the ...
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  • Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery
    The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training The fund will target support for areas of study and training that will give learners better employment prospects as New Zealand recovers from COVID-19 Apprentices working in all industries ...
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  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
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  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
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  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
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  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
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  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
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    7 days ago
  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
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  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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