Weekly Wrap 339: The Census disaster and the taxi-killer

“Yes! Chase them. Kill them. You can do it. Mwuahaha! Kill them!”My week of Monday 21 to Sunday 27 November 2016 was even less productive than the previous week, but I know why that happened.

One, a change to my medication dosages screwed up my sleep patterns for a while. Two, I did quite a bit of background work that won’t produce visible results for a while. And three, I was lazy.


Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse


[Photo: “Yes! Chase them. Kill them. You can do it. Mwuahaha! Kill them!”, photographed on 21 October 2016.]

Actually, this photo deserves a fuller explanation.

When taking the SkyBus from Melbourne Airport into the city, I rode at the front of the upper deck. This young man seated immediately in front of me pretended he was the pilot.

“I need speed,” he chanted. “I need speed. I need speed.”

Then he started threatening to crush the taxis in front of us. “Yes! Chase them. Kill them. You can do it. Mwuahaha! Kill them! You’re stupid. Stupid. I’ll drive you to death! Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.”

He was really getting into it as we zoomed through that well-known structure on the Tullamarine Freeway.

Weekly Wrap 337: No avalanche, no socks, no birdbath

The Future (as seen in San Francisco, 19 May 2013): click to embiggenMy week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November 2016 was remarkably unproductive. A significant podcast appeared, though, and I did a bit of thinking. Which you didn’t see.

What was the thinking about? All will become clear in the coming weeks. Or not. Much like the future of the gentleman in the photograph.


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None. However I did write a yarn for SBS TV, scheduled to appear in the following week. And I got some of that geek-for-hire work done, though I don’t really talk about that here.

[Photo: The Future (as seen in San Francisco, 19 May 2013).]

Weekly Wrap 333: The sniffly calm before the cyber storm

Sydney Harbour Bridge and its southern approaches: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 10 to Sunday 16 October 2016 was another one full of snuffles, but that’s not all. I’m not telling you the rest, though.


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Podcasts, Corporate Largesse

None. But in the coming week…

The Week Ahead

Monday and Tuesday are about planning, research, and errands. Monday’s errand is to Parramatta, Tuesday’s to Hornsby. There’s a slight chance I’ll get that episode of The 9pm Edict podcast recorded, but don’t hold your breath.

And then it’s all the cybers…

On Wednesday and Thursday I’m covering the AISA National Conference in Sydney. On Friday it’s a medical appointment before flying to Melbourne. Then on Saturday and Sunday I’m covering the Ruxcon Security Conference, where I’m also on the closing panel.

Further Ahead

I’ll be in Melbourne through to 30 October. One important event is on the evening of Wednesday 29 October, when I’m MCing a panel for La Trobe University, Big Data and Cybersecurity: Are We Ready?.

And the rest? I’ve created a new calendar page, Stilgherrian in Public, updated automatically from the calendar on my laptop.

[Photo: Sydney Harbour Bridge and its southern approaches , photographed on 30 October 2012.]

Weekly Wrap 332: A post-ibis period of calm

Attack of the Killer Ibis: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 3 to Sunday 9 October 2016 was relatively quiet, in part because it was a short week after the long weekend, in part because of snuffling.

Indeed, there was a considerable amount of snuffling as strong winds blew dust and pollen into a frenzy of hay fever.

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None. It’s the calm before the storm.

The Week Ahead

On Monday, I’ll tidy up certain geek-for-hire work, finalise the logistics for my forthcoming Melbourne trip, post a progress report on that and the Pozible campaign, and go for a long walk as advised by my doctor.

On Tuesday, I’ll record and stream that episode of The 9pm Edict podcast that didn’t get produced last week. The livestream is scheduled for 2100 AEDT from the new permanent location stilgherrian.com/edict/live.

On Wednesday morning, I’m going to a media briefing by Nuix, followed by shopping and other errands.

Thursday sees some writing for ZDNet, as well as another medical appointment.

Friday will be another mix of geek-for-hire work, writing, and administrivia.

I have cancelled plans to record The 9pm Edict Public House Forum this Saturday 15 October. I’ll be concentrating on the coming weeks instead.

Further Ahead

The following weeks will be crazy busy. Rather than manually updating this list, however, I’ve created a new calendar page, Stilgherrian in Public.

That said, I’ll be in Melbourne from 21 to 30 October.

[Photo: Attack of the Killer Ibis, photographed on 30 September 2016. This man decided to share some of his lunch with an ibis. But there is never just one ibis.]

Weekly Wrap 331: Maybe possibly a phase shift, perhaps

Glebe Island Bridge: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October 2016 was quite good, I think, for a whole bunch of reasons.

I did a decent amount of media production. I got one of my lingering geek-for-hire projects moving again. And it was a successful first week of the action plan put together by my doctor. Many wins.

I also launched a Pozible crowdfunding campaign, Stilgherrian > Melbourne 2016, to fund a variety of things late this month. Please consider.



None, because I rescheduled the planned recording session for The 9pm Edict to this coming Wednesday.

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Corporate Largesse


The Week Ahead

Monday is Labour Day, a public holiday, so I’ll be trying to take it easy. I suspect I’ll fail.

On Tuesday, I’m writing for ZDNet, bringing my geek-for-hire projects up to date, and negotiating my next moves with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

On Wednesday, I’m recording and streaming an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. That’s scheduled for 2100 AEST.

Thursday sees a medical appointment, the final episode of The Code at 2030 AEDT, and the wrap-up of my Pozible campaign at 2100 AEDT.

Friday will mostly be about some geek-for-hire work.

I’m hoping that the weekend will be the first with no actual work in quite some time. At least that’s the plan.

Further Ahead

I plan to record the next Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Saturday 15 October somewhere in or near Sydney.

I’m going to the AISA National Conference in Sydney on 18-20 October, and the iappANZ Trust In Privacy Annual Summit in Sydney on 14 November.

I plan to be in Melbourne from 21-30 October, or thereabouts. The trip includes the Ruxcon Security Conference on Sat-Sun 22-23 Oct (I’m also on the closing panel), a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne on Tue 25 Oct at 1930 AEDT, MCing an event for LaTrobe University on the evening of Wed 26 Oct (details TBA), and recording a Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Sat 29 Oct.

[Photo: Sydney’s Glebe Island Bridge, photographed on the sunny 28 September 2016.]