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As in previous years, the list of most popular posts for 2013 was disappointing, so I’ve hand-curated this list of seven stories for you to consider instead.
As usual, this does not include the material I wrote elsewhere, for ZDNet Australia, Technology Spectator, CSO Online, Crikey, ABC The Drum and the rest. That’s all listed on my Media Output page, although I’ll probably highlight a few articles of enduring interest some time in the next few days.
- See this, folks? It’s a picture of democracy, being my defence of the Daily Telegraph’s right to conduct whatever party-political campaigning they like. Even if you don’t like it, the newspaper does still have freedom of political speech.
- Microsoft has banned me from covering TechEd, which I still consider to have been an ill-thought move on their part.
- My guest lecture in March to first-year journalism and media studies students at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on Algorithms and the Filter Bubble, plus the updated versions from August, Take 2A and Take 2B. All three are available as audio files, plus the accompanying slides.
- Why people who say “train station” sound stupid, being my first foray into computational linguistics.
- My fish are dead: the black dog ate them (an explanation?), being an announcement and discussion about my encounter with severe depression this year — something which still has a significant impact on my life.
- Six Pigeons for Jeffrey, being my personal photographic tribute to this fascinating Australian artist.
- Hillary’s mangoes, no NSA involved, which is more about the daft reactions to Edward Snowden’s revelations of the NSA’s surveillance operations.
If you’d like to compare this with previous years, try these:
I’ve added a Calendar to the website. It currently shows the events I plan to attend, and the says I intend to be in Sydney or other cities, as opposed to the Blue Mountains eyrie.
Is it that time of year already? Yes, it is. This is the first in a series of posts looking back at what I’ve done and how people reacted, being a list of the most-read posts on this website from 2012.
Like last year, there’s not a lot to choose from because most of my writing is done elsewhere these days. Indeed, there are very few posts apart from the Weekly Wrap posts and the Conversations podcast that contains the radio and TV spots I do. That means some rather mundane pieces of writing, such as the Weekly Wrap, end up on the list. I intend to change this in 2013.
- Twitter screwed up TweetDeck, so here’s the old version, being a place to download the old Adobe AIR version of the popular Twitter client, the last one before Twitter screwed it up.
- Weekly Wrap 101: Codeine and counter-surveillance. I’ve no idea why this routine post proved more popular than usual.
- Two casually racist encounters concerning Auburn, the first item on the list that’s something like the essay-style blog posts I used to do.
- Flame gets me talking cyberwar worms on The Project, containing video of my first appearance on the Channel TEN program, The Project.
- cPanel’s new EULA: more software industry arrogance?, in which I complain that it’s a bit rich to present a new end-user license agreement at the moment new software is being installed on a production server.
- Insulted, ASIO? That’s not really the problem, surely?, an essay that continued my thoughts from that week’s Patch Monday podcast.
- Separated at birth: Bob Katter and Ben Grubb?, which is reasonably self-explanatory.
- Talking new internet domains on ABC RN Sunday Extra, which is also self-explanatory.
- Weekly Wrap 118: Planes, pains and delays
- Twitter Discourse 1: Fuck off, swearing is my birthright. I never did get around to writing Twitter Discourse 2.
What with the end of last week occupied by Consilium and then travel to San Francisco before covering VMware’s VMworld from today, there will continue to be a few days of radio silence before I post new material here.
But if you want the most current details about what I’m doing you’re already following my Twitter feed, right?
I haven’t posted here for a fortnight. The next five posts will be the catch-up, and they’ll all appear in the next 24 hours. Enjoy. Or not.
It’s the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere today, at 0909 AEST to be precise. I intend to have a quiet, personal ceremony at that time, and then after that try to catch up with the backlog of posts here. Wish me luck.
On Monday I discovered by accident — well, by a 5am media release from the Prime Minister — that it was Commonwealth Day. Which used to be called Empire Day. Or even British Empire Day. I thought I’d celebrate by using a selection of avatars on Twitter. These are their stories.
From left to right, a slightly retro illustration of Britannia stolen from the Daily Mail; a model showing off the Fever Rule Britannia Sequin Dress, which you can hire from Bryony Theatrical; some random British military beefcake; Angus Stewart’s photo of Rule Britannia Pete; the DeviantArt profile picture of Britannia–Angel, a male of unstated age from the UK; and some random picture from Sodahead that you can trace back if you can be bothered.