For much of my week of Monday 24 to Sunday 30 January 2022 it felt like I was battling some minor illness. Not the covid, because I was taking tests, but just some fatigue-causing lurgi. Or it might just be that we’re all just completely over the world right now. So to make up for the lack of productivity there’s a whole bunch of recommendations.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 609: A summer week, with few new things, but a lot of interesting recommendations”
The 9pm Artificial Intelligence Doom Elevator with Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO
Today’s guest in the End of Spring Series 2020 is Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, a cultural anthropologist who’s trying to create a whole new field of engineering. She’s a geek.Continue reading “The 9pm Artificial Intelligence Doom Elevator with Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO”
Weekly Wrap 314: Cold and wet and more wet, and wet
My week Monday 30 May to Sunday 5 June 2016 was disrupted by a cold or somesuch — perhaps caught at AusCERT 2016, perhaps just the change-of-season illness that seems to have spread down the entire east coast of Australia — and then by Sydney’s massive rainstorms of 4–5 June.
I’m therefore well behind schedule, so I’ll keep this brief.
- “The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 3” was recorded on Saturday, and the final version will be produced and posted on Wednesday 8 June.
None. I’ve got tons of recorded interviews, however, so I’ll be sorting them out soon enough.
- The video of the AusCERT 2016 Speed Debate from 27 May has been posted. I was one of eight panellists.
- On Saturday, during a break in the recording of The 9pm Edict, I was filmed drinking a cold deconstructed coffee.
- One of my photos has been used to illustrate a story at Travel with Pedro.
- One of my tweets had its wisdom recognised by Sydney Morning Herald, who chose it as their Tweet of the Day.
The Week Ahead
I should be in Sydney for the whole week once again. With few specific appointments locked in so far, I’ll be working at my own pace through the neverending tax bookkeeping, the geek-for-hire projects which are way behind schedule, and some writing for ZDNet. In roughly that order.
There are three fixed commitments, however.
- On Monday through Wednesday, I’ll edit, mix and post The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 3.
- On Wednesday afternoon, I’m recording a radio spot which will be broadcast on ABC Radio’s digital streams on Saturday afternoon. Check my Twitter feed on the day for the exact time.
- On Wednesday evening, I’m doing a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1930 AEST.
The weekend is unplanned, and it’s the long weekend for the Queen’s Birthday.
[Update 8 June 2016: Edited to reflect some schedule changes. Update 11 June 2016: Edited to add the Tweet of the Day item.]
[Photo: Crossing Anzac Bridge, photographed on 4 June 2016 during Sydney’s massive two-day rainstorm.]
Links for 29 January 2009 through 30 January 2009
Stilgherrian’s links for 29 January 2009 through 30 January 2009, gathered by a poisonous frog:
- Study challenges AGs on predator danger | CNET News: A new study from the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use (CSRIU) challenges recent assertions by several state attorneys general that young people are at significant risk from online predators on social-networking sites.
- Co-generation Cyber-Cafe Internet coffee appliance | Link: The Link Institute today announced a breakthrough in energy saving to combat global warming: the “Cyber-Cafe”. This unit provides web services for a home or small business and uses the waste heat to keep coffee warm.
- What is so costly to Telstra about 38GB? | Core Economics: Joshua Gans asks the age-old question: if the first 60GB of a broadband plan costs $130, why does an additional 38GB cost $6000?
- ACMA rolls out cybersafety professional development program for educators | ACMA: ACMA’s Cybersafety Outreach — Professional Development for Educators is the national cyber-safety program designed for primary and secondary level educators. It's part of a wider education initiative which will, I contend, be money better spent than on Internet filters.
- Going private | Inside Story: The evidence suggests that publicly-listed media companies are digging their own graves. Does this mean a return to the age of moguls, asks Jonathan Este.
- Australia’s Holy Man likes a Good War | sydwalker.info: Syd Walker profiles Jim Wallace, head of the Australian Christian Lobby, former head of Australia’s elite SAS Regiment and now stormtrooper in the fight for Internet censorship.
- More of London from above, at night | The Big Picture: Boston.com’s The Big Picture is almost always beyond excellent. This set of aerial images of London at night is stunning. Photographer: Jason Hawkes.
- The next P-I might be electronic, and on a plastic sheet | Crosscut: The Hearst empire has been experimenting with epaper versions of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- http://walterhiggins.net/projects/follower_mosaic.pl: A straightforward tool to create a mosaic of your Twitter followers’ avatar images. Produces HTML for pasting into a blog post or whatever.
- Australian Journalists on Twitter | Laurel Papworth – Social Network Strategy: Ms @SilkCharm has been compiling a list as indicated, with a very wide interpretation of “journalist”. Useful.
- TinEye Reverse Image Search: “TinEye a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.”
- The Phenomenon of Retweeting: A Deep Analysis | Pistachio: A numerical analysis of how people retweet — that is, pass on others’ tweets — on Twitter.
The Perils of Contextual Advertising
Most of the time, you’d want your product advertised near a news item that relates to your product — but not always.
Thanks to AdPulp for the pointer.