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InterCity train at Wentworth FallsI am so, so glad that my week of Monday 27 August to Sunday 2 September 2018 included the end of winter — as did everyone else’s on this half of the planet — and the end of the latest campaign of carpet-bombing attacks on my intestinal biome. Things are returning to “normal”. I think.


Podcasts, Media Appearances

None, but I will finally be doing a podcast this week. See below.

Corporate Largesse

The Week Ahead

Monday and Tuesday I’m writing for ZDNet and doing some pre-production for the podcast. Then on Wednesday morning I’m catching the train down to Sydney, and then to Cronulla, because…

The next episode of The 9pm Edict will be recorded in Cronulla this Wednesday 5 September at 2100 AEST. Listen on the livestream or on the Spreaker apps, or listen later on the usual feeds.

I’ve chosen Cronulla because that’s at the heart of our new Prime Minister’s electoral base, and because I want to revisit the episode recorded there four years ago, The 9pm Shire.

Thursday will be spent in Sydney, taking care of some medical and personal matters. The remainder of the week is unplanned.

Further Ahead

I’ve pencilled in:

  • Flying Sydney to Adelaide in a Vans RV-6 light aircraft registration VH-SOL piloted by Mark Newton, Friday 28 or Saturday 29 September. I’ll be recording things for a podcast en route.
  • FireEye Cyber Defense Summit, Washington DC, 1–5 October.
  • Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ (iappANZ) Annual Summit, Privacy: Handling the Seismic Shift, Melbourne, 1 November. (TBC)

Update 3 September: Edited to add the top two items to Further Ahead. Update 5 September: Edited to reflect cancellation of podcast for health reasons.

[Photo: InterCity train at Wentworth Falls. A TrainLink NSW V-Set train emerges from the mists at Wentworth Falls station on 27 August 2018.]

[UPDATE: Sadly the Pozible campaign did not reach its target. There won’t be a Public House Forum podcast, but there should still be an episode with John Birmingham. Stay tuned for details.]

The 9pm Brisbane Forum: Click for Pozible campaign

Following the success of The 9pm Hometown Forum in Adelaide, and the bonus episode of The 9pm Probe with space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman, I’m doing the same thing in Brisbane. But I need your help.

The plan? Two podcasts:

  1. Public House Forum 7, an episode like the last Public House Forum, recorded in a Brisbane pub on the afternoon of Saturday 2 June.
  2. The 9pm Probe with author and columnist John Birmingham. According to Wikipedia, he is known for the 1994 memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and his Axis of Time trilogy. He’s also responsible for the twice-weekly column Alien Side Boob, and his column for Fairfax Media.

From now until Thursday 17 May at 2130 AEST, you can help support The 9pm Brisbane Forum, a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to make these podcasts possible. You can buy the usual Forum rewards: ONE TRIGGER WORD or THREE TRIGGER WORDS or a FORUM QUESTION.

For details, click through now, or listen to this “excellent” promo, either here or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.


You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #9pmbrisbane.

Audio Credits

Cricket!This is about Monday 2 to Sunday 8 April 2018, but let’s get on with the details.


  • “The 9pm Probe: Dr Alice Gorman, space archaeologist”, being The 9pm Edict episode 76. You can also listen to it on SoundCloud and Spreaker. This is the pilot episode of what I hope will become a regular addition to The 9pm Edict cycle, a series of long-form interviews with interesting people. Please let me know what you think.


Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse


The Week Ahead

It’s going to be a big one. On Monday morning I’m heading down to Sydney, where I’ll do some important preparations, like getting a haircut. I’ll also be continuing with the research on that SEKRIT editorial project. I’ll be able to tell you about that eventually, but not just yet.

On Tuesday I’m taking the 1201 train to Canberra, doing a bunch of stuff en route. That evening, I’m covering a panel discussion at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Stopping a Cyber Threat on Our Election: US and Australian Experiences. Should be interesting.

On Wednesday and Thursday, I’m covering the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference, so on Friday I reckon I’ll still be writing about that. There’s usually a bunch of stories.

I’ll stay in Canberra until late Saturday afternoon, and have a lazy day in Sydney on Sunday.

[Photo: Cricket! A large and, I think, female cricket found at Bunjaree Cottages near Wentworth Falls on 2 April 2018.]

Dawn over QueenslandThis is yet another Fortnightly Wrap, covering Monday 19 March to Sunday 1 April 2018, and it was dominated by domestic travel, nostalgia, and soju.


  • “The 9pm Public House Forum 6 / Hometown Forum”, being The 9pm Edict episode 75, was recorded and streamed live from Adelaide on Saturday 24 March. It’s also on SoundCloud and Speaker.
  • I also recorded a bonus extra podcast with Dr Alice Gorman, a space archaeologist at Flinders University. That episode will be posted by the end of the coming week.


Media Appearances

  • On Monday 26 March, I spoke about the continuing Facebook / Cambridge Analytica debacle on ABC Adelaide.

Corporate Largesse

  • This doesn’t really count as largesse, because it was work, but my recent road trip — more accurate a flying trip — to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Sydney was for tech distributor Alloys, who were introducing their customers to products from Chinese video surveillance hardware manufacturer Zhejiang Uniview Technologies Co Ltd. I didn’t do anything sales-related. I gave a 20-minute presentation on the future of video surveillance in the age of artificial intelligence. That said, at the end of the project, Uniview shouted me a soju-sodden meal at Myeongdong Korean Restaurant in North Strathfield. I seem to recall that it was very good.

The Week Ahead

It’s Easter Monday, but I’m still doing work, such as writing this for you.

Tuesday through Friday will be dominated by two things. One, I’m series editor on a new investigative journalism project for Crikey, which I’ll tell you about in due course. And two, I’ve got a queue of stuff to write for ZDNet. Those two threads of work will be woven around the need to be in Sydney on Wednesday for medical and other appointments, and finishing that production on that extra podcast.

The weekend is unplanned.

Further Ahead

The only definite commitments are a couple of cybersecurity conferences.

[Photo: Dawn over Queensland. The view from Virgin Australia flight VA1384 from BNE to ADL, somewhere over Queensland, on 22 March 2018.]

UPDATE 15 February 2018: The Pozible campaign was successful. Details of what I’ll be doing will be posted on Saturday 17 February.

The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania: Click for Pozible campaign

Let’s talk about Goats! GoatFest Tasmania is Tasmania’s Only All-Breeds Goat Festival and Field Day, with everything you ever need to know about goats and goat products all under the one roof. It’s on Sunday 25 February in Launceston, and I want to go. I need to go.

What’s not to love? Like, goats, right!

From now until Thursday 15 February at 2130 AEDT, you can help support The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania, a Pozible crowdfunding campaign. You can ASK A GOAT or its goatherd a question, or set me a GOATY CHALLENGE.

If we reach Target 2, I’ll continue on to Hobart to record a Public House Forum episode like the last one. If that happens, the usual rewards will be available: ONE TRIGGER WORD and THREE TRIGGER WORDS and FORUM QUESTION.

For details, click through now, or listen to this “excellent” promo, either here or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.


You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #9pmgoatfest.

[Goat sounds recorded at Turkana Lake, Kenya, in December 2016 by Freesound user peterkotrha.]

West Ryde Hotel

In less than three days the citizens you can hear around me — if you listen — here in Eastwood, Sydney, will be voting in the Bennelong by-election, a critical test of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership as Prime Minister of Australia.

The day after, Sunday 17 December, we’re recording Public House Forum 5 at the West Ryde Hotel. Guests include BuzzFeed news editor Josh Taylor, and political commentator Paula Matthewson aka @Drag0nista.

Come and eat and drink with us. There’s still time to book a free audience spot, so click through for the details. Or listen live from 1400 AEDT via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps.

Here’s an audio update. Listen here, or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.


Oh we won’t just be talking politics. It’s about the year, the world, the universe…

[Photo: West Ryde Hotel, photographed on 13 December 2017.]

Approaching Sydney Central station Little appeared publicly from me this week, Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December 2017. I was busy with DirectorTech, and I was planning for the weeks ahead.

Articles, Podcasts, Corporate Largesse


Media Appearances

  • On Wednesday, I was interviewed by ABC Melbourne in an attempt to explain the Cloud.

The Week Ahead

On Monday, I’m wrapping up this phase of work for DirectorTech, at least ideally. There’s a chance it might overflow into Tuesday. Either way, Tuesday will also contain the running of errands in Leura and Katoomba. And on Tuesday or Wednesday I’ll write something for ZDNet.

Thursday will be a long one. It’s a Sydney day, including a briefing from Symantec at lunchtime, the now-traditional Annual Communications Industry Boat Cruise on Sydney Harbour in the afternoon, and drinks and dinner with friends in the evening.

Friday and the weekend are as yet unplanned, but I know there’s a lot to fit in.

Further Ahead

The key items are the two podcasts.

Assuming that the Public House Forum podcast is well-received, I’m thinking of lining up more such episodes early in the new year. There’s support for the idea of doing one in Ballarat, with possibility of doing one in Melbourne en route. I’ll ponder that further in due course.

Other than that, I’ll be writing for ZDNet and generally winding down before the Christmas break. 2017 has been an exhausting year.

[Photo: Approaching Sydney Central station from the south on 29 November 2017.]

The 9pm Edict Summer Series: Click for Pozible campaign

We’ve made it! Thanks to more than 50 supporters, there will be extra episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast over summer. With something secret and special added, because it’s, you know, summer.

You can expect:

  • Sunday 17 December: Public House Forum 5, recorded at a pub (TBA) with a live audience in or near the federal electorate of Bennelong in Sydney during the afternoon and streamed live.
  • Tuesday 19 December: A regular episode of The 9pm Edict, streamed live at 2100 AEDT.

Thank you.

But wait, there could be more. The more you pledge, the more podcasts there’ll be.

You have until tomorrow night, Thursday 23 November at 2130 AEDT, to help support The 9pm Edict Summer Series via the Pozible crowdfunding campaign.

To see how you can buy 25 WORDS HATE or TWO MINUTES HATE, or ONE TRIGGER WORD or THREE TRIGGER WORDS, or a FORUM QUESTION in a Public House Forum episode like the last one, click through now.

Or listen to this audio update, either here or on SoundCloud or on Spreaker.


You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #9pmsummer.

And don’t forget, the next episode of The 9pm Edict will be recorded this Thursday 23 November at 2100 AEST, streamed live via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps. Tune in for the final tally.

[Photo: Sunrise at Bronte Beach, 1 January 2005. ©2005–2017 Stilgherrian. All rights reserved.]

AMP Building, SydneyI won’t say much about my week of Monday 13 to Sunday 19 November 2017. I’m tired. I’ll just encourage you to support my current crowdfunding campaign.

The goal of The 9pm Edict Summer Series is to fund extra episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast over summer. As I write this on Sunday afternoon, 29 supporters have taken us 54% of the way to Target One. With four days to go, we’ve got some catching up to do. Please consider.


Corporate Largesse

  • On Tuesday, I enjoyed the wonderful food and drink of Cafe Sydney during the CQR press lunch.

Podcasts, Media Appearances

None, but see below.

The Week Ahead

Monday through Wednesday will be about writing, for both ZDNet and DirectorTech. Wednesday will also include errands to both Leura and Katoomba, or maybe even Penrith. Exotic!

The next episode of The 9pm Edict podcast will be recorded this Thursday 23 November at 2100 AEST. It will be streamed live via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and Spreaker apps.

This episode will include the wrap-up of the Pozible campaign for The 9pm Edict Summer Series, so listen for the final result.

Friday is a Sydney day, with medical and other appointments.

Further Ahead

The exact shape of the next few weeks will depend on the results of The 9pm Edict Summer Series. Do you detect a theme here?

[Photo: AMP Building, Sydney, the building at 33 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, which was the first example of the post-war International style to be built in Sydney. Photographed on 14 November 2017.]

Track in the MistMy week of Monday 6 to Sunday 12 November 2017 was a quite a productive one, especially with some organisational things done in the background. Je suis happy.

The big achievement was launching the crowdfunding campaign for The 9pm Edict Summer Series, to fund extra episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast over summer. As I write this on Sunday evening, 21 supporters have already taken us 45% of the way to Target One. Je suis even very happier.



Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse


The Week Ahead

On Monday, I’m writing for ZDNet, then going through my notes and recordings to see what else I should be writing about before the end of the year.

Tuesday is a Sydney day, primarily to go to a press lunch with cybersecurity company CQR. I may add some meetings, however, so place your bids.

The remainder of the week is mostly work for DirectorTech, but I’ll probably write something for ZDNet too.

Further Ahead

The next episode of The 9pm Edict podcast will be recorded on Thursday 23 November at 2100 AEST. As has become traditional, it will be streamed live via stilgherrian.com/edict/live/.

This episode will include the wrap-up of the Pozible campaign for The 9pm Edict Summer Series.

[Photo: Track in the Mist, being one of the tracks leading to Bunjaree Cottages photographed late on the misty morning of 5 November 2017. While it was misty early in the week, it ended with some bright sunny days.]

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