The pantograph of a TrainLink NSW V-Set train standing at Sydney Central station.

My week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 January 2019 was another mostly quiet one, continuing a lovely lazy start to the new year. Delight. And needed.

I’m not sure about the continuing thunderstorms and subtropical maritime weather, though. I think we’ve fucked something up.

On Wednesday I went down to the Black Dog Institute in Sydney to take part in some Science. I’ll tell you more about that in a future podcast, or something.

Articles, Podcasts, Corporate Largesse

I eventually finished the final draft of that policy paper on encryption for that American organisation. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not sure when or even if this will be made public, as opposed to being used internally. I’ll let you know.

Media Appearances

The Week Ahead

Monday is my first official work day for 2019. I’m expecting it to kick off with administrivia and communications and planning — especially the planning, because I’ve been a bit slack about that.

I’m keeping the rest of the week open at this stage, although I’ll almost certainly be down in Sydney on Wednesday again for some health-related things. I’ll also formally start on the podcast schedule.

Further Ahead

While I haven’t begun mapping out the short-term plan, I’m starting to pencil in some of the conferences. This is a very partial list at this stage, only the dates I know.

Please let me know if there’s anything I should add to the list.

[Photo: Energy. The pantograph of a TrainLink NSW V-Set train standing at Sydney Central station, photographed on 7 December 2018.]

Great Western Highway in the Mists

My week of Monday 31 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019 was a relatively quiet start to the new year. I am more than happy with this.

Articles, Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

Nothing public in any of these categories, but I did finish the first draft of that policy paper on encryption for an American organisation. I’m not sure when or even if this will be made public, as opposed to being used internally. I’ll let you know.

The Week Ahead

The week starts with me producing the final version of that policy paper by Tuesday evening my time, and then drifts into some planning for 2019. I’ll also start producing the best-of series of The 9pm Edict podcast, I think, though that will be late in the week.

I’m talking about how weather apps track your location on ABC Melbourne on Tuesday morning at 0930 AEDT.

I’ll be down in Sydney on Wednesday for a bit of science at the Black Dog Institute, as well as getting a haircut and stuff like that.

Further Ahead

Still no idea. I haven’t even begun mapping it out yet.

[Photo: Great Western Highway in the Mists. The scene from the window of a train somewhere between Bullaburra and Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, photographed on 21 December 2018. I was originally going to use this photo last week, but then the weather turned hot and it seemed inappropriate. It turned cool and wet again over the weekend just gone. Weather, eh?]

My week of Monday 23 to Sunday 30 December 2018 was rather different from my plan for it posted last week. I decided to take a week off, like any normal person, rather than trying to do more work in the Christmas period.

It was a sensible choice, even if I did end up having a bout of food poisoning on Boxing Day. Or perhaps because of that.

Articles, Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

Nothing in any of these categories. Things were done, however, including some research and preliminary writing, budgeting, and concept for the redesign of this website.

The Week Ahead

The week begins with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I’ll be spending a lot of time finishing the first draft of that policy paper I’m writing for an American organisation, but I’ll try to fit in a few of the traditional activities.

New Year’s Eve itself will be spent relatively quietly, but I do have a bottle of whisky put aside.

The rest of the week will be an attempt to start planning for 2019. Wish me luck, because I have nothing scheduled in yet.

Further Ahead

No idea. I haven’t even begun mapping it out yet.

[Photo: Dry Summer. The view from the window of a train heading from Adelaide to Gawler Central, somewhere near Evanston. Photographed on 20 December 2016.]

My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 23 December 2018 was surprisingly busy. Instead of winding down as it approached Christmas, it wound back up with new things happening.

The weather was also wetter and, in the Blue Mountains at least, cooler than one might expect in the second half of December. I think we’ve broken something.

Podcasts

  • “The 9pm Arch Window of the Prostate Exam”, being The 9pm Edict episode 82, was posted on Thursday night.  It’s also on Spreaker and SoundCloud. Once more my guest co-host was Nicholas Fryer. Please let me know what you think of this format. 

Articles

Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

Monday is Christmas Eve. I’ll be finishing the first draft of a policy paper I’m writing for an American organisation, as well as heading down to Sydney in the afternoon for a week of cat-sitting in Ashfield.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day will actually be public holidays for me this year. I plan to be extremely lazy.

On Thursday and Friday I’ll take advantage of the quiet period to restructure how I plan and organise my work. It’s all about migrating to new software, data wrangling, and setting up new processes. I’m determined to start 2019 with better personal organisation.

At this stage I’m due to return to the Blue Mountains on Saturday. I intend to have a relatively lazy weekend, but I suspect I’ll end up doing household chores.

Further Ahead

The following week begins with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I haven’t decided how to spend them yet.

The rest of the week will be an attempt to start planning for 2019. Wish me luck, because I have nothing scheduled in yet.

[Photo: Naked Building. The AMP Centre at 50 Bridge Street near Sydney’s Circular Quay is being redeveloped as part of the Quay Quarter Sydney precinct As this view from Young Street shows, it’s being stripped right back. Photographed on 17 December 2018.]

Ultrasound scan of Stilgherrian's prostate gland

In this episode, Nicholas Fryer joins me to explore politics at the end of 2018.

We talk about potholes in the sky, nurses, some disturbing animal action, Pete Evans, Hawaiian monk seals, morality, colonoscopy, and much more.

You can listen to the podcast below. But if you want all of the episodes, now and in the future, subscribe to the podcast feed, or go to SoundCloud or Spreaker.

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Crossing the NepeanMy week of Monday 10 to Sunday 16 December 2018 was dominated by Australia’s new encryption-busting laws, the Assistance & Access Act. Two articles, two radio spots, and yet more in the works.

Articles

I have two part-written stories for ZDNet that should be finished in the coming week.

Podcasts

None. Next week, though…

Media Appearances

  • On Tuesday, I spoke about the Assistance & Access Act on Sydney’s Radio Skidrow, and later in the day on ABC Adelaide. No recordings of them for now, but the Radio Skidrow one will appear in their podcast this coming week.
  • On Friday, I spoke about YouTube’s attempts to get rid of hate speech and other problematic content on ABC Radio’s PM.

Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

I’ll be in Sydney on Monday, finishing some writing for ZDNet, dealing with some medical imaging, and catching up with friends. The writing continues on Tuesday, after which I return to the Blue Mountains to continue yet more writing on another project.

On Thursday, Nicholas Fryer and I will be recording another joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. It should be posted that night.

Friday is probably about writing too. Given that it’s the last day of the last proper working week before Christmas, though, who can say?

Further Ahead

The following week begins with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing day, followed by two alleged working days before the extend New Year long weekend. I’ll be spending nearly all of it cat-sitting in Ashfield, and adding personal and maybe work things ad libitum.

[Photo: Crossing the Nepean. Part of my regular “Crossing the Nepean” series of images, but this time taken from the old road bridge through the a bus window covered in advertising, photographed on 16 December 2018.]

Sydney Harbour BridgeMy week of Monday 3 to Sunday 9 December 2018 was a mixed bag of work and joy. And the weather was lovely.

Articles

Podcasts

None.

Media Appearances

  • On Friday, I spoke about Australia’s new encryption laws on ABC TV’s News Breakfast. Here’s a snippet.

Corporate Largesse

  • On Tuesday, I met with people from Unisys Security Solutions and they paid for the coffee.
  • On Thursday, I was on the Annual Communications & Internet Community Boat Cruise on Sydney Harbour, and had some lovely food and drink at the industry’s expense.

The Week Ahead

There’s a lot of writing to do, for both ZDNet and a semi-SEKRIT international project. I should be in the Blue Mountains for pretty much the whole week.

On Tuesday, I’m talking about the new encryption laws on Sydney radio 2RSR at about 1230 AEDT.

Further Ahead

Nicholas Fryer and I will be recording another joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast on Thursday 22 December, and it should be posted that night.

[Photo: Sydney Harbour Bridge, photographed on 6 December 2018.]

My week of Monday 26 November to Sunday 2 December 2018 was rich and varied, with a little more research and writing than I’d expected.

Articles

I’ve also written nearly all of another ZDNet article, which is likely to appear on Monday.

Podcasts, Media Appearances

None.

Corporate Largesse

  • On Tuesday, Cybereason’s briefing session was held at STUDIO at the top of Sydney Tower. There was good food and quite a lot of wine.

The Week Ahead

After a slow start, Monday is a writing day, as well as a day of administrivia for the first working day of the month.

On Tuesday I head down to Sydney for a medical appointment, to interview a cybersecurity executive, and to attend a Sydney Ideas evening lecture on White Fragility. I’ll stay in Sydney overnight so can work in Sydney on Wednesday.

I’ll head to Sydney again on Thursday morning, slightly earlier, for a dental appointment, some errands, the ever-dangerous annual Annual Communications & Internet Community Boat Cruise, and dinner with a friend. Once more I’ll stay in Sydney overnight, with Friday as a writing day of some sort.

The weekend is not yet planned.

Further Ahead

Nicholas Fryer and I will be recording another joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast on Thursday 22 December, and it should be posted that night.

[Photo: Looking across Sydney Harbour from Sydney Tower. The view to the north-east from Sydney Tower, with the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Base East in the mid-ground, and out towards Sydney Heads, photographed on 27 November 2018.]

My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 November 2018 was dominated by a grumpy cat, but I won’t go into that.

Podcasts

  • “The 9pm Arch Window of the Baked Goods”, being The 9pm Edict episode 81. It’s also on Spreaker and SoundCloud. My guest co-host was Nicholas Fryer. Please let me know if you like this format. We’ll be doing a second one before Christmas, and I may do another episode or two in different formats before the end of the year.

Articles

I also wrote a piece about the Assistance and Access Bill, which will appear on Monday.

Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

The week will be dominated by action in the Australian Parliament, namely debate over the controversial anti-encryption legislation, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018.

The powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) is still conducting hearings as part of its inquiry, but home affair minister Peter Dutton is pressuring the committee to hurry up, and prime minister Scott Morrison has said he wants the legislation passed in the next two weeks.

Hearings are now scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Friday this week. I’m writing some analysis for ZDNet for Monday, and we’ll see what happens after that.

Meanwhile, I’ll be in Sydney on Tuesday for a lunchtime briefing on “Countering Advanced Threats” by Cybereason, and on Friday for a media lunch with executives from Symantec.

Further Ahead

There don’t seem to be any major commitments between now and Christmas, just some single-day or overnight trips to Sydney for media briefings, end-of-year events, and social activities.

There will be at least one episode of The 9pm Edict wth Nicholas Fryer, however, and perhaps one that’s more of a long-form interview.

[Photo: Freelancer Life. Watching the Australian Senate live while grabbing a late breakfast of noodle soup at the Sussex Centre food court in Sydney’s Chinatown, photographed on 14 November 2018. So not this week.]

Pie

In this episode, Nicholas Fryer joins us to explore the archetypical Arizona senator, breakfast food, productivity, and the cost of living.

We talk about baked goods, fried rice, watermelon, Hunter S Thompson, international politics, parenting, productivity, and more.

You can listen to the podcast below. But if you want all of the episodes, now and in the future, subscribe to the podcast feed, or go to SoundCloud or Spreaker.

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