In the news this week we’ve been reminded that so-called “superbugs” are going to kill millions of us, so I thought we should talk once more with infectious disease physician Dr Trent Yarwood.Continue reading “The 9pm Death by Woke Mind Virus Superbugs with Dr Trent Yarwood”
Weekly Wrap 304: The ill-managed stumble-crash of progress
Monday 28 March to Sunday 3 April 2016 was another short week, thanks to Easter. But it also seemed to be more productive than the previous week, which was drenched in fatigue.
I’m almost two months into the slow transition to a new medication regime. The fatigue, the “general feeling of tiredness or weakness”, is slowly fading. So too are the headaches, body aches, random muscle tics in my legs, nausea, constipation, and trouble with sleeping.
Also fading are the intense, vivid dreams that woke me towards the end of the night. That’s good, because the confused muddle of reality and dream-thoughts that continued into wakefulness was accompanied by dizziness and loss of coordination. Exiting the bed in an ill-managed stumble-crash into furniture and walls led to slightly more bruises than I’d planned for.
I’m frustrated that things aren’t magically better straight away. I’m embarrassed by having to constantly reschedule things because I’ve fallen asleep after breakfast, or whatever. But I can see gradual progress, or at least the illusion of progress, which is almost as good.
On to the visible achievements…
- How Australia can cash in on the cyber boom, ZDNet Australia, 31 March 2016. This article was based on material from D61+ LIVE. I’m likely to turn more of this event into media objects in the coming weeks.
None, but I’ll be pondering the future of my podcasts over the next couple of weeks.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about Microsoft’s chatbot Tay on ABC 702 Sydney.
- On Thursday, I spoke about Apple vs the FBI and a new selfie drone on ABC 774 Melbourne.
- On Friday, the World Bank published a short video titled Future of Food: Think Beyond Your Own Plate, produced by Trinn (‘Pong) Suwannapha. It contains some of my Instagram photos of food.
- On Wednesday, there was plenty of free food and drink at D61+ LIVE.
- On Wednesday night, PR princess Shuna Boyd paid for the drinks at her own retirement party.
- On Thursday, law firm Gilbert+Tobin provided snacks and wine at the seminar by the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ).
The Week Ahead
It’s going to be a busy one. No fixed appointments, but plenty to do on my current geek-for-hire projects, and on my tax compliance backlog. I’ll also write a column or two for ZDNet. Order of play TBA.
On Saturday, I’ll tidy up the Lilyfield house, before returning to Wentworth Falls on Sunday afternoon.
On Tuesday 12 April, I’ll take a train from Sydney to Canberra — it should be an interesting change from the airlines — to cover the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference. The event runs through to Thursday 14 April, and I’ll return to Sydney on the Friday, writing for ZDNet en route.
I’m going to the Amazon Web Services Summit Sydney on 27-28 April.
And on 24-27 May, I’m covering the AusCERT Cyber Security Conference on the Gold Coast.
[Photo: 1984 in 2016, with Wyatt Roy. A video message from Australia’s Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy is played to attendees of Data61’s D61+ LIVE event at Australian Technology Park in Sydney on 30 March 2016.]
DCITA Conflict of Interest
Doesn’t anyone else think “Ahem, conflict of interest!” when the new chair of the federal government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Advisory Board is one Steve Vamos, MD of Microsoft Australia? Especially when there’s no “community” representation whatsoever.