“The BBC is preparing to shut down its traditional television and radio broadcasts as it becomes an online-only service over the next decade, according to its director general, Tim Davie,” reported the Guardian. That caught the ear of ABC Adelaide.Continue reading “Talking an online-only BBC and ABC on ABC Adelaide”
The 9pm Celebrity Superstar Experience on the River Kwai with Mark Humphries
The winter series of The 9pm Edict continues with another very special guest, satirist Mark Humphries. We met up on Bastille Day. We retreated to an upstairs bar. This delightfully rambling conversation was the result.Continue reading “The 9pm Celebrity Superstar Experience on the River Kwai with Mark Humphries”
The 9pm Dark Comedy Defamation Dungeon with Alex Lee
It’s the last day of spring so it’s time for the final episode of the Edict‘s Spring Series. Our special guest is the marvellous Alex Lee, TV writer, actor, comedian,Â Dragon Friend, and creator of comedy on SBS TV’s The Feed.Continue reading “The 9pm Dark Comedy Defamation Dungeon with Alex Lee”
Weekly Wrap 551: Soggy weather, a feather, and an unexpected TV
The highlight of my week of Monday 14 to Sunday 20 December 2020 was definitely the television thing, although making a podcast was fun, and the cooler, wetter weather was delightful.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 551: Soggy weather, a feather, and an unexpected TV”
Talking The Code and smart cars on ABC 774 Melbourne
I haven’t made a big deal of being technology consultant for the new series of the ABC TV drama The Code — at least not here — but we decided to talk about that on ABC 774 Melbourne on Thursday night.
The conversation with Casey Bennetto also included some of the recent news about self-driving and smart cars — and, for some reason, the Twitter account Florida Man. Amongst other things.
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[Photo: Jan Roth (Anthony LaPaglia) and Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) in The Code series 2. Photo courtesy ABC TV.]
Weekly Wrap 298: Loving* the fatigue, and an observation
My week of Monday 15 to Sunday 21 February 2016 was full of fatigue as I began the multi-month process of changing management plans to deal with a different dog.
A certain new medication is great fun (not). It even comes with such a lovely (not) list of potential side effects, some of which cause what might accurately be called occasional death, that the transition process lasts two or three months.
The fatigue and disrupted sleep patterns that made this week almost completely non-productive were within the expected range of problems, however. The coming week is likely to be much the same, which is one reason why the plan listed below is just an unscheduled list.
One brief observation from recent weeks: I’ve had so much experience in the broadcast media, and I’m so comfortable with it, that doing radio and TV spots don’t feel like work. Neither do podcasts, of course. I should perhaps shift my focus to doing more of that. Assuming people would pay for it occasionally.
- On Wednesday, I spoke about smartphone data usage and battery life on ABC Kimberley.
- On Thursday, this became an ABC News story, Simple tricks to double your phoneâ€™s battery life and halve your data usage.
- On Friday, I recorded an interview for Phil Dobbie’s podcast Balls Radio, which has yet to be posted.
The Week Ahead
I’m keeping the coming week flexible, not just for the medical reasons listed above, but also because I’ll only be able to make some of the finer-grained arrangements on Monday.
However the week is likely to include writing for ZDNet, work on several geek-for-hire projects, more bookkeeping related to my outstanding income tax returns, and the production of an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast.
There will also be a trip down to Sydney at some point, because I have to collect a package, but I’ll schedule that around any work appointments which might arise.
Subsequent weeks will have more structure.
I’ll be returning to Melbourne on Monday 29 February to cover the APIdays conference on 1-2 March, returning to Sydney on Thursday 3 March.
I’ll be in Canberra on Tuesday 8 March for the Australian Internet Industry Association (AIIA) Navigating Privacy and Security Summit. Then if all goes to plan, the rest of the week will be spent in Melbourne at Cisco LIVE!. Then on Sunday I’ll be back in the Blue Mountains for Tech Leaders.
[Photo: Federation Reflections. The eastern side of Deakin Edge at Melbourne’s Federation Square, photographed on 11 February 2016. Which was last week.]