There was snow in the Blue Mountains during the week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 June 2021, and I enjoyed spending the afternoon in a warm front bar at Leura watching it through the window. There was also a podcast, and then on Sunday quite a bit of ill-advised drinking — which is why this Weekly Wrap is appearing on Monday afternoon.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 576: There was snow, there was a podcast”
This Weekly Wrap is therefore rather brief.
To pad it out, I’ll mention that Thursday was unreasonably cold, with snow at Orange in the west of NSW, and a few flakes were even seen at Wentworth Falls. This gives me an excuse — albeit a poor one — to run my photo of a waratah (the flower) in snow at Bunjaree Cottages on 12 October 2012.
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The Week Ahead
This week continues to see me based in Ashfield, Sydney, working through the Crikey project, and writing for ZDNet much as usual.
On Thursday, the next episode of The 9pm Edict, will be recorded and streamed live at 2100 AEST.
Things I’ve pencilled in:
- AusCERT Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast, 30 May to 1 June.
- The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 7, Brisbane, Saturday 2 June. (TBC)
- Record an episode of The 9pm Probe with author and columnist John Birmingham, Brisbane, Monday 4 June. (TBC)
- Building Australia’s Strategy for Space, Canberra, 13–15 June.
- SINET 61, Melbourne, 31 July – 1 August. (TBC)
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18–19 September. (TBC)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
My week of Monday 13 to Sunday 19 October 2014 must have been influenced by the photo I posted last week, because it did end up snowing in the Blue Mountains — but no closer than 8km from me.
So, in the interests of triggering pleasant spring conditions for the week ahead, I’ve kicked off with another pleasant photo from my archives.
- Dropbox password scam shows up our sloppy infosec, ZDNet Australia, 14 October 2014.
- How ABC 702 Sydney failed the Blue Mountains, and Twitter won this morning, Crikey, 15 October 2014.
I’ve also written a second piece for ZDNet Australia, but it won’t appear until Monday.
- On Wednesday, I moderated an event for Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Australian Privacy Foundation, “Data Retention: the European Experience”, which was a public conversation with Privacy International’s legal director Carly Nyst. A full audio recording will appear on Monday as an episode of the Corrupted Nerds: Conversations podcast.
- On Friday, I spoke about voiceprints and biometric ID on 1395 FIVEaa.
The Week Ahead
It’ll be a busy one. While I haven’t mapped out exactly what will happen each day — I can’t do so until a certain tardy clients pays me and I can lock in certain commitments — there’s plenty of media objects to make.
A new ZDNet Australia column and a new Corrupted Nerds podcast will appear on Monday, as I said. After that, I’ve got two ZDNet Australia pieces to write, and an episode of The 9pm Edict to produce. I also want to resurrect the 5at5 newsletter, but that has a lower priority.
The weekend is unplanned.
I am not impressed with my week of Monday 6 to Sunday 12 October 2014. While I did produce a podcast, and also caught up with a friend and visited a part of Sydney that I hadn’t previously explored, it was still less productive that I’d hoped.
There are reasons. I’ll tell you about them another time. Soon.
For completely unrelated reasons, I’ve decided to run an old photo, not a new one. Exactly two years and one day ago, it was snowing at Wentworth Falls. One year and a week ago, the place was under threat from bushfires. Welcome to Australia. It’s a stupid place.
- “The 9pm Mental Health Awareness Week”, being The 9pm Edict episode 30, 7 October 2014. It’s not actually about mental health or, indeed, awareness.
- Can Ello get by on a manifesto and a smiley?, ZDNet Australia, 7 October 2014.
The Week Ahead
There’s only one firm fixture in my week so far.
On Wednesday I’ll be in Sydney to host Data Retention: the European experience, a conversation with Privacy International’s legal director Carly Nyst. The event is being presented by Electronic Frontiers Australia in conjunction with the Australian Privacy Foundation and Privacy International. Book here.
Other than that, I have a column or two to write for ZDNet Australia, and I’ll be producing an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, but the exact order of play is yet to be determined. Like you care.
Virtually nothing in the schedule actually happened when it was originally planned. There was too much moving around, and then Friday’s snowfalls almost derailed the week’s close.
Still, it was my first-ever encounter with actual snow at close range, so there were a few childlike moment of joy. And then I decided to spend the weekend in a SEKRIT hideaway.
- Patch Monday episode 158, “Partitioning porn from PowerPoint: VMware’s virtualisation vision”. VMware’s vision of a virtualised future extends far beyond their existing desktop and server virtualisation products, to include virtualised mobile devices, and even software-defined data centres (SDD).
- E-commerce sales channels proliferating? Relax, it’s just a display issue: NetSuite, ZDNet Australia, 11 October 2012.
- On Tuesday I was a guest of NetSuite at Sydney’s Aria Restaurant, where of course they paid for the food and wine. We also received gift vouchers from some of NetSuite’s customers: Avago ($100); SkincareStore ($75); and WineMarket.com.au ($75).
- On Wednesday I was a guest of Alcatel-Lucent at the Australian Internet Industry Association’s NSW branch forum Customer Centric Services, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.
- On Friday afternoon I was a guest at MooresCloud’s press event, held at the City Hotel, Sydney. There was food. And drink. And mysteriously flashing lights.
The Week Ahead
On Monday I’ll be producing the Patch Monday podcast and having lunch with someone from Trustwave SpiderLabs before returning to Wentworth Falls. I’ll spend the week up in the mountains catching up on many, many loose ends of both media work and general geekery.