This is my third outing as guest co-host of Well May We Say, the Australian politics podcast from Jeremy Sear-Pirko in Melbourne and, this time, Denise Sear-Pirko. We had opinions on things. This episode is titled “Detachable Frydenberg” for reasons which will eventually become clear.Continue reading “The 9pm Extra: Well May We Say episode 133, “Detachable Frydenberg””
- “The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania”, being The 9pm Edict episode 73, was recorded and streamed live from Launceston on Sunday night. It’s also on SoundCloud and Speaker.
- Australia needs more cyber in the middle, ZDNet Australia, 20 February 2018.
- South Australia’s GigCity plan is not what it seems, ZDNet Australia, 21 February 2018.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about the South Australian government’s new plan for broadband on ABC Radio, and was interrupted by a drunk man complaining that I was talking too loudly. A recording will be posted very soon.
- On Thursday, The Weeky Times mentioned that I’d be at GoatFest Tasmania, but somehow I got listed as an “ABC celebrity”.
The Week Ahead
The week begins in Tasmania. On Monday, the morning is the bus ride from Launceston to Hobart, the afternoon is the highly-regarded Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and the evening is dinner with some friends at Bar Wa Izakaya. Don’t worry, they’re paying.
Tuesday morning will be a much-needed lazy one, then I’m on ABC Hobart talking about goats at 1335 AEDT.
On the evening of Tuesday 27 February, I’m recording a Pivate House Forum episode of The 9pm Edict, a panel show like the Public House Forum episodes but without a live audience. I’m expecting that to be streamed live from Hobart at 2100 AEDT.
Wednesday is a free-ish day in Hobart, before a late afternoon flight back to Sydney. Thursday and Friday are writing days.
I’m travelling to a few cities to present at a commercial event. Details TBA, but I’ll be in Melbourne on Tue 20 Mar, Brisbane on Wed 21, Adelaide on Thu 22 (and staying there through the weekend, I hope), and Sydney on Tue 27.
I’ve launched another Pozible campaign, The 9pm Hometown Forum, which aims to fund a Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Saturday 24 March.
Looking way further ahead:
- Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference, Canberra, 10–12 April.
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
[Photo: Piper in the Gorge. A piper busks on the path through Cataract Gorge near Launceston, Tasmania, on 24 February 2018.]
It’s all goats all the time, nearly, as we bring you many wonderful things from GoatFest Tasmania in Launceston.
In this episode there’s talk of cheese, meat, milk, politics, and more. Miniature psychic goat Willow Creek Talisa da Kisser predicts the result of the Tasmanian state election. And Nicholas Fryer takes a look through The Arch Window.Continue reading “The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania”
As with last week, I won’t say much about the week of Monday 20 to Sunday 26 November 2017 either, except to say that things are, more or less, wonderful. At least by comparison, etc.
- Sunday 17 December: “The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 5”, recorded live at the West Ryde Hotel and streamed live from 1400 AEDT via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps. Book a free audience spot.
- Tuesday 19 December: A regular episode, as always streamed live from stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps from 2100 AEDT.
But, to what happened this week…
- “The 9pm The Earth is Flat and So’s Your Mum”, being The 9pm Edict episode 70. You can also listen on SoundCloud and Spreaker.
- How many must be killed in the Internet of Deadly Things train wrecks?, ZDNet Australia, 20 November 2017.
- On Wednesday, I was interviewed for ABC Radio’s PM, Fears for internet freedom as Trump targets ‘net neutrality’.
The Week Ahead
Monday through Wednesday I’m concentrating on DirectorTech. Also on Wednesday I’m heading down to Sydney for medical appointments, the ones I’d originally planned to do last Friday, as well as recording a spot for ABC Melbourne. I’ll be answering the question “What is the cloud?” some time after 1900 AEDT.
The rest of the week is unplanned, but I’m sure it’ll include some writing for ZDNet.
- Patch Monday episode 152, “Geo-engineering: fixing climate for just US$6 billion?” A conversation with Dr Caspar Hewett, visiting researcher at the University of Newcastle in the UK, and Danish author and political scientist Dr Bjørn Lomberg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre in Washington.
- VMware uses Aussie experience to storm Asia, ZDNet Australia, 30 August 2012.
- How VMware hacked iOS security (allegedly), CSO Online, 31 August 2012.
- On Tuesday night I did another regular Balls Radio spot with Phil Dobbie, this time talking about Apple versus Samsung and the billion-dollar settlement.
- Also on Tuesday night I spoke about Apple versus Samsung on 2SER’s The Wire.
- On Friday I participated in a talkback about names and nicknames on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters.
VMware’s VMworld was such a large bunch of stuff that it deserves its own section.
- VMware covered the travel and accommodation, including flights Sydney to Los Angeles to San Francisco, and back again San Jose to Los Angeles to Sydney. A car is being provided for today’s drive from downtown San Francisco to San Jose airport. Four nights accommodation was provided at InterContinental San Francisco.
- Food ranged from the truly frightening breakfasts in the conference’s media rooms Monday through Wednesday to gorgeous canapés and cheese platters like the one pictured above at the evening cocktail parties. The latter were held at the InterContinental on the Sunday before this week commenced, the St Regis Hotel on Monday, and the Temple Club on Tuesday.
- On Tuesday night I also went to the Sourcefire cocktail party at the Marriott San Francisco. That’s their cheese platter pictured above.
- The big VMworld party was Wednesday night and featured Jon Bon Jovi, but I didn’t go because I was exhausted and the last thing I needed was to be in a room with 15,000 drunk nerds. Sorry.
- The conference backpack contained a VMworld-branded t-shirt, hardcover notebook and ballpoint pen, along with a sheaf of sponsor-related crap on paper. Pretty much all of the latter was thrown out.
I think I gained about 20kg in weight, 75% of which was my liver.
Also this week:
The Week Ahead
I leave San Francisco on Monday evening. That’s tonight. The limousine is scheduled collect me at 1745 PDT to take me to San Jose airport for a 1945 flight to Los Angeles, from where I take the 2250 Qantas flight to Sydney. I arrive in Sydney at 0740 AEST on Wednesday morning and will be heading straight to my hotel to collapse.
Wednesday night is the conference dinner for the ACCAN National Conference. I’m speaking at that event on Thursday afternoon.
Symantec is launching the Norton Cybercrime Report at Sydney’s Justice and Police Museum at 1100 Thursday morning, and I plan to be heading to that.
The rest of the latter part of the week will be full of an awful lot of writing, I imagine.
[Photo: Cheese platter at the Marriott San Francisco, courtesy of Sourcefire.]
On Wednesday my Twitter stream was dominated by the Politics & Technology Forum, and I’ll write more about that later. The other highlights this week:
- MYOB continue to flood me with far too much promotional material, even when specifically requested not to. Losers.
- People continue to install new software on the very day of its release, discover that it’s still buggy or insecure, and then complain. Do you never learn?
- The Aurora Hotel in Surry Hills and the C Bar on the corner of Pitt and Campbell Streets in the Sydney CBD have free Wifi.
- The comedians on stage at The Sly Fox Hotel on a Monday night are 300% more bitter & disturbed than I am.
- There is no evidence that 17 Massachusetts schoolgirls became pregnant because of a “pregnancy pact”
- There is not, but should be, continuous 3G or HSDPA phone coverage on the highway between Sydney and Canberra. In some places there isn’t even GSM!
- “The 7 categorises of satedness: Food. Sexual pleasure. Alcohol. Music. Visual appeal. Amphetamines. Blue cheese. Agreed?”
- The Concourse Bar at Wynyard Station has Coopers Ale for $4.70 a schooner and a choice of six cocktails for $7 each.
- “Backpacking” has descended from “travel world for enrichment” to “global party by indulgent drunken arseholes”. Hence, “gas them”.
- Automatic weapons really do solve so many everyday problems.
[Credit: Cartoon Twitter-bird courtesy of Hugh MacLeod. Like all of Hugh’s cartoons published online, it’s free to use.]