It’s Day 25 of Stilgherrian’s coronavirus isolation. A trip down to Sydney on Friday provided some relief, but also a reminder of how bleak everything is becoming.Continue reading “The 9pm His Plague Diary 5”
Weekly Wrap 500: Cats, cat-sitting, Christmas, and trains
Monday 23 to Sunday 29 December 2019 was a curious Christmas week, and a week of cat-sitting. I went to an actual Christmas Lunch for the first time in 15 or maybe even 20 years. And then there was… well… you’d better read on.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 500: Cats, cat-sitting, Christmas, and trains”
Weekly Wrap 493: Productivity pause, and now the threat of bushfires
My week of Monday 4 to Sunday 10 November was one of the low points in my productivity cycle. I’m getting used to it. It’s nothing to worry about. It’s just that I have little to report this week.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 493: Productivity pause, and now the threat of bushfires”
Weekly Wrap 450: Building energy for a year of work
My week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 January 2019 was another mostly quiet one, continuing a lovely lazy start to the new year. Delight. And needed.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 450: Building energy for a year of work”
Weekly Wrap 422: Struggling through a winter week
My week of Monday 25 June to Sunday 1 July 2018 was less productive than hoped, thanks to being a computer down. It looks even less productive than it actually was, because the main work products haven’t been published yet.
Winter has finally arrived in the Blue Mountains too, so the colder weather has reduced my productivity. Yes, I am whinging and having a big sook. But on with the show…
I wrote three more stories for the Crikey project. The total is now four, and the first is scheduled to appear on Monday, as I understand it. Watch my Twitter stream for the details.
None, but there will definitely be at least one episode of The 9pm Edict in the coming week. Whether it’s the interview I recorded recently with John Birmingham, or a magazine-style series of rants, remains to be seen.
- On Monday, I spoke about Facebook’s new Subscription Groups on ABC Darwin. As you may have surmised by now, I’ve pretty much given up posting the audio here.
The Week Ahead
Monday and Tuesday are writing days, primarily, producing a fifth story for the Crikey series.
Wednesday is full of travelling. I’ll take the train down to Sydney to return a loaner computer and deal with a couple of medical appointments, a bus to Castle Hill to collect my repaired computer, a bus to Parramatta for an early dinner, probably, and a train back to Wentworth Falls.
There’s no clear plans yet for Thursday onwards, but it’s likely to include an afternoon off in Katoomba, and some preparation for the weeks ahead. I’ll also knock off some podcast editing.
For a few weeks in July and August, I’ll be writing more than usual for ZDNet, covering for staff who will be taking leave. That’ll keep me busy.
Things I’ve pencilled in, none of which have been confirmed yet:
- SINET 61, Melbourne, 31 July â€“ 1 August. (TBC)
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18â€“19 September. (TBC)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9â€“11 October.
- International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ (iappANZ) Annual Summit, Privacy: Handling the Seismic Shift, Melbourne, 1 November. (TBC)
Update 2 July 2018: Edited to reflect schedule changes.
[Photo: A NSW TrainLink V-Set train at Sydney Central station, photographed on 27 June 2018.]
Weekly Wrap 305: Unproductive anticipation
My week of Monday 4 to Sunday 10 April 2016 was distinctly unproductive. This Weekly Wrap is running late. I’ll stick to the essential points.
I’ll mention one thing though. I returned to Wentworth Falls on Sunday, after more than three weeks in Sydney. Time flies.
Articles and Podcasts
None. Stand by for more details to be announced on the weekend, however.
- On Friday, I was interviewed by Steve Molk for his delightful podcast Humans of Twitter. That episode is expected to appear on Friday 22 April. If you don’t already subscribe to this podcast then you should — at least if you’re Australian, because he’s been concentrating on Australians so far.
The Week Ahead
Monday has already been a write-off, spent organising things which had become disorganised, and stressing about them. We shall speak of it no more.
On Tuesday — that is, today — I’m catching a morning train to Sydney, and then the 1212 train to Canberra, scheduled to arrive in the nation’s capital at 1629. I thought it might be an interesting change from flying, even though it takes longer.
On Tuesday evening, it’s drinks before spending Wednesday and Thursday covering the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference at the rather drab National Convention Centre. This has become one of the must-attend information security conferences in Australia, and I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from law enforcement and national security people who we usually don’t hear from.
On Friday, I return to Sydney on the 1153 train, arriving back in the nation’s largest city at around 1600. From there until the end of the weekend, things are unplanned.
I’m going to the Amazon Web Services Summit Sydney on 27-28 April. And on 24-27 May, I’m covering the AusCERT Cyber Security Conference on the Gold Coast.
Update 16 April 2016: Date for Humans of Twitter posting added.
[Photo: Australian Landscape. This photograph was taken while approaching Canberra airport on 7 March 2016, but it could have been taken almost anywhere across south-eastern Australia.]