The Spring Series of the Edict continues with space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman aka Dr Space Junk and a conversation that covers many curious possibilities.Continue reading “The 9pm Big Long High-Gravity Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Lovefest with Dr Alice Gorman”
Upulie Divisekera joins me once again for the third episode in the End of Spring Series 2020. She’s a molecular biologist, nanotechnologist, science communicator, and dinosaur evangelist.Continue reading “The 9pm Happy Birthday Coronavirus Space Karen Christmas with Upulie Divisekera”
Space archaeologist Dr Space Junk aka Dr Alice Gorman joins me for the second episode in the Spring Series 2020.Continue reading “The 9pm Moon Magic Communism on Venus with Dr Space Junk”
My week of Monday 18 to Sunday 24 June 2018 wasn’t all that exciting. I’ll list the usual things, but I’ll also keep it brief because my computer just died. Joy.
- Australian space capabilities would boost our Five Eyes role: Former astronaut, ZDNet Australia, 22 June 2018.
I also wrote another piece for the Crikey series we’ve been working on. I’m told this series will start appearing in early July.
None, but I really will do these two podcasts soon.
- ZDNet editor Chris Duckett said I’d had “a prescient moment in 2015” in his op-ed Won’t get fooled again: Gig economy second wave begins to break. He was referring to my column Oh no, startups are now Australia’s political battleground. He probably should’ve said “rare prescient moment”. Also, wouldn’t the second gig economy be an “encore”?
- On Monday, I spoke about the debacle that was Optus Sports’ streaming of the FIFA World Cup on ABC Adelaide.
The Week Ahead
Monday is supposed to be a writing day, but I may spend it arguing with technology. I’ll also do the shopping in Katoomba.
On Tuesday I’ll trek to Sydney. First, I’ll collect a loaner computer from The Rocks. Then it’s off to Apple Castle Towers — where there isn’t even a castle, let alone towers — to start the process of getting the computer fixed. And then it’s back to Wentworth Falls to make all the things work again.
The shape of the rest of the week will depend on how long it takes the repairs to happen, but it will include writing for the usual suspects.
Things I’ve pencilled in, none of which have been confirmed yet:
- 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.
- International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ (iappANZ) Annual Summit, Privacy: Handling the Seismic Shift, Melbourne, 1 November. (TBC)
Update 25 June 2018: Edited to clarify the week’s plans.
[Photo: What the screen of my MacBook Pro looks like right now.]
This is the pilot episode of The 9pm Probe, a long-form interview with an interesting person. Today, space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman aka Dr Space Junk from Flinders University in South Australia.
As some of you may know, I was a bit of an enthusiastic Space Age kid, so this is a very self-indulgent conversation.Continue reading “The 9pm Probe: Dr Alice Gorman, space archaeologist”
Stilgherrian’s links for 15 October 2009 through 19 October 2009, gathered with bile and soaked in vinegar:
- 50 Years of Space Exploration | Flickr: A brilliant infographic summarising interplanetary exploration. In an excellent demonstration of Chaos, the landing on asteroid 443 Eros is accidentally tagged as “443 Eris”. All hail Discordia!
- They Shoot Porn Stars Don’t They: Susannah Breslin’s fascinating and somewhat challenging feature article on the recession-hit US porn industry.
- ISP in file-sharing wi-fi theft | BBC News: UK ISP TalkTalk staged a wireless stunt, illustrating why it thinks Lord Mandelson’s plans to disconnect illegal file sharers is “naive”. It’s easy to blame others just by hacking WiFi connections.
- Prince Philip tussles with technology | ABC News: This story is a few days old, however I found it curious that a perfectly good story about the design of technology was tagged as “offbeat” and the teaser written to make Prince Phillip look like a silly old man.
- NPR News Staff Social Media Policy: Another example of a good corporate social media policy. There’s plenty of these policies around now, so there’s no excuse for any big organisation not to have caught up.
- Federal Court of Australia Judgements: Some judgements have been recorded on video. “The Court is keen to continue to improve public access with the use of live streaming video/audio. Further live and archived broadcasts of judgement summaries are posted on this page as they become available.”
- Televised Patel trial an Australian first | ABC News: The trial of Dr Jayent Patel for manslaughter to be held in a Brisbane court will be shown in Bundaberg, where the deaths happened, via closed-circuit TV. Given this “local interest”, one wonders why it couldn’t also be available anywhere there were interested parties.
- Vivian Maier – Her Discovered Work: Maier was a Chicago street photographer from the 1950s to 1970s who died earlier this year. Some 40,000 negatives have been found, and they’e now being blogged.
- 100 years of Big Content fearing technology — in its own words | Ars Technica: Copyright-holders have objected to pretty much every advance in media technology, it seems.
- Mac Sales Spike When A New Version Of Windows Comes Out | Business Insider: A curious interpretation of the figures, but they reckon that when Microsoft releases a new version of Windows it drives people to buy Macs instead.
- The Federal Trade Commission’s Coming War on Bloggers | Valleywag: While I normally don’t read Valleyway, I caught someone mentioning this article and was caught by one useful new term: conceptual gerrymandering. If the US FTC wants to give tax breaks to “news organisations” they’ll have to define what they are. Could it be old journalists versus bloggers battle writ large?