This week of Monday 26 July to Sunday 2 August 2020 had a strange feeling to it. I got some things done. I feel a lot better both physically and mentally having spent another three nights down in Sydney, where there was both warmth and humanity. But the city was still quiet, and things continue to be bad down in Victoria.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 531: Looking south from a quiet city towards the growing pandemic”
A dog of a rather different colour
[This is one of my more personal posts. If they’re not your thing, and you’d rather wait until there’s a podcast or a whinge about the Attorney-General or something, then skip this one, and come back on Monday.]
“Arriving at @blackdoginst. I hope mine is a kelpie,” I tweeted as I arrived at the Black Dog Institute on Wednesday morning. Well, I didn’t get a kelpie. But I didn’t get what I’d expected either.
Australia’s Black Dog Institute is a “world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders,” and they’ve developed their own model of depression. So science, yes, but no dog for me at all, kelpie or otherwise.
“To boldly go…” and the Cycle of Time
There’s something symbolic and, indeed, deeply personal about the image illustrating this week’s Weekly Wrap, my five-year old photograph titled To boldly go….
A small boat heads out into the fog of San Francisco Bay on 10 December 2010. Even though it’s probably just crossing the bay to Marin County, or stopping near Alcatraz Island for a spot of fishing, it looks like there’s a vast and dangerous journey ahead.
It continues to be one of my personal favourites.
I’ve used this photo before, to illustrate Weekly Wrap 267: Chaos, then embracing the change, on 19 July 2015.
But I also used it four years earlier, on 24 January 2011, to illustrate Accommodation: into the unknown. I’d had to leave Enmore with no clear plan. I was worried. The image reflected my mood.
Less than a fortnight after that post, three strong men and a truck took away all my household possessions and office furniture, and put it into storage.
I took just two suitcases of clothing and my most important tools and documents, and headed to the Blue Mountains to stay at Bunjaree Cottages for “a few weeks”. I had a month of work-related travel coming up, I said, and I’d sort out my accommodation when I got back.
Five years later, I’m still at Bunjaree Cottages.
And it’s still temporary.
The 9pm Orgy of Confusion
A ship holding people prisoner is not a prison ship. Senator Bill Heffernan goes on record with a self-description. And thereâ€™s some lifestyle advice from QUT.
In this podcast, there’s talk of any number of things which should cause worry.Continue reading “The 9pm Orgy of Confusion”
Weekly Wrap 213
[This post was actually written on 17 August 2014, but I’ve dated it 6 July 2014 so it appears in the archives in the correct sequence. This post is part of an attempt to clear the backlog of routine posts, hence the lack of photo, detail and finesse. â€” Stilgherrian.]
My week of Monday 30 June to Sunday 6 July 2014 was, finally, an extremely busy one, as you can see from this basic listing.
- Do the Privacy Commissioner’s teeth have any bite?, ZDNet Australia, 30 June 2014.
- Facebook manipulation yet more evidence of Silicon Valley’s contempt, Crikey, 30 June 2014.
- Ancient vulnerabilities are geddon in the way of security, ZDNet Australia, 3 July 2014.
- Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism, Crikey, 4 July 2014.
- On Monday I spoke about Todd Carney’s bubbling and other internet stunts and fads on ABC 666 Canberra.
- On Tuesday I spoke about various tech issues with Dom Knight on ABC Local Radio around NSW.
- On Thursday I spoke about wi-fi security and the need to keep personal data more secure than credit cards on ABC News24. A recording will be posted in due course.
- Also on Thursday, I spoke about robot news on ABC Radio National Drive.
- 5at5 number 71, 30 June 2013.
- 5at5 number 72, 1 July 2013.
- 5at5 number 73, 4 July 2013.
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- On Wednesday I went to Sophos’ World of Warbiking Breakfast, during which we were fed a lovely meal at Aqua Dining at Milsons Point in Sydney. We also received Sophos-branded cycling smartphone holder, water bottle, notebook and pen.
- Also on Wednesday, I went to Amazon Web Services’ media briefing, “Exporting Australian IP to the World”, which took place over an excellent lunch at Gowings Bar and Grill and Sydney’s QT Hotel.
- And again on Wednesday, I had a long meeting over coffee with someone from the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA), and of course they paid for the coffees.
Talking Facebook pay-for-highlighting on ABC 702 Sydney
While the Facebook IPO Roadshow rolls on, the company is trying a bunch of experiments — both to search for new revenue streams and to maintain the buzz. One of them is paying $2 to have your post highlighted.
The numbers in the story don’t surprise me. Typically a Facebook user’s posts are only seen by around 12% of their followers, depending on whether Facebook’s secret-sauce algorithm decides whether you’re a sufficiently close friend or the topic is of sufficient interest to the viewer.
Why not let people pay money to change that?
I could tell from the tone of his voice that ABC 702 Sydney host Richard Glover did not approve.
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