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.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 447: It’s still way too busy as Christmas looms”
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.Continue reading “The 9pm Arch Window of the Prostate Exam”
My work involved, in order, finishing the second instalment of DirectorTech, writing for ZDNet, producing two podcasts, and winding down for the holiday season. Plus laziness about these posts.
- “The 9pm Public House Forum 5”, or The 9pm Edict episode 70, was streamed live and recorded on Sunday 17 December. You can also listen at SoundCloud and Spreaker. You can support this podcast with a one-off contribution via PayPal or major credit cards. Please consider.
- “The 9pm Glorious Cloaca”, or The 9pm Edict episode 71, was streamed live and recorded on Friday 22 December. You can also listen at SoundCloud and Spreaker. Ditto re support.
- Only US tops Australia in Asia-Pacific cyber maturity: ASPI, ZDNet Australia, 12 December 2017.
- Individualism may make you better at catching a phish: Research, ZDNet Australia, 13 December 2017.
- Australian government’s recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems, ZDNet Australia, 19 December 2017.
I also did quite a bit of work on the second instalment of DirectorTech, though just editing and production this time, no original writing from me.
- On Friday 15 December I went to Watterson PR’s Christmas Party at The Deck, Luna Park. To say that there was plenty of food and drink would be an understatement.
- In a follow-up to my story about the hack of an Australian defence contractor, BuzzFeed reported that Defence’s Joint Strike Fighter Team Caught Unaware By “Alf” Hacker Speech.
The Week Ahead
Monday is Christmas Day, which I’ll be celebrating in the company of a kitten in Ashfield. I’ve got a few errands to do on the following days, but this year I’m taking it easy through until the New Year. And that’s as far ahead as I’m looking. Happy Holidays.
[Photo: Cockatoo Swoop. A sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) swoops down to investigate my shopping trolley behind the Coles supermarket in Katoomba on 19 December 2017.]
I picked up some gastric bug over the Christmas weekend. On top of the mental exhaustion from the Adelaide trip the previous week, as well as the usual end-of-year stresses, it was all a bit too much. So I spent most of the week in bed.
It turns out you can live on a diet of gin and chocolate chip ice-cream for a surprisingly long time, but it does make your poo smell a bit funny.
Articles, Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None, for the reasons just stated. Call it a holiday. Everyone else seemed to have one.
[Photo: Lower Onkaparinga, photographed on 19 December 2016. The last few meandering curves of the Onkaparinga River in South Australia before it discharges its water into St Vincent Gulf. The river mouth itself is just below the bottom of the shot. I took this photo from a Melbourne to Adelaide flight just as the aircraft turned to run up the coast to Adelaide Airport. I’ve boosted the contrast and such to highlight the landforms. Consider it an abstract.]
I mentioned last week that I planned to be in Adelaide, my home town, on Monday to Wednesday for a family funeral on Tuesday. What I didn’t mention was that my mother was the deceased. We were no longer close, so it felt more like a family duty than an emotional rollercoaster, but visiting your home town after a gap of more than 12 years is always… interesting.
And soon it was Christmas, and soon less than a week remained until 2017. Whose idea was this again?
- Brandis rushes to release telco metadata for civil proceedings, ZDNet Australia, 21 December 2016.
- On Wednesday I spoke about using retained telecommunications data in civil proceedings on ABC 105.7 Darwin.
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The Week Ahead
Monday and Tuesday are meant to be public holidays, but I’m working through. Monday is about tiding up a few loose ends. Then for the rest of the week it’s a bunch of work on the SEKRIT editorial project, and writing for ZDNet.
There will also be an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast recorded on Wednesday 28 December at 2100 AEST. It’ll be streamed live from stilgherrian.com/edict/live/.
Update 27 December 2016: No, let’s do this podcast in the first week of January.
I’m already scheduling events for 2017. It seems I’ll be covering the RSA Information Security Conference in San Francisco on 13 to 16 February, and the APRICOT 2017 / APNIC43 conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the end of February and into early March. Stay tuned.
[Photo: Exeter Hotel, Rundle Street, Adelaide, photographed on 19 December 2016.]