Spring was well under way in my week of Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September 2020. The wattle was flowering. Birds of so many species were doing what birds do. And my mood improved and productivity rose as the sunlight hours lengthened.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 536: Cybers and a chat at the start of spring”
- “The 9pm I can’t believe it’s not January”, being The 9pm Edict episode 34. The first seven minutes or so were an interesting psychological journey to produce. I have deleted the original audio file of that music loop so that I never have to listen to it again.
None. But that feature for ZDNet Australia was filed on Thursday as planned, and should appear on Monday or Tuesday.
None, although I did get a few requests, which I turned down.
None, because I cancelled my planned trip into Sydney.
The Week Ahead
Let’s have another go at returning productivity to some semblance of normality, shall we?
Monday is mostly about catching up on blogging, administrivia and the endless communications backlog — although I’m getting better at just deleting things.
On Tuesday, I will be updating a certain ebook and, if the cashflows work, getting it online so people can buy it. On Wednesday, I’ll be writing a column for ZDNet Australia, I think.
Tuesday will be a day of more administrivia and planning. On Wednesday, I’ll be heading to Sydney for a mid-morning media briefing by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, as well as a haircut. I’ll report on same for ZDNet Australia. The briefing, not the haircut.
On Thursday, I’ll be heading to Sydney again for a lunchtime briefing by VMWare, as well as several errands. Somewhen in there I’ll knock out a column for ZDNet Australia.
Friday through Sunday is unplanned, but since there’s quite a bit to catch up on, I suspect it’ll end up being quite busy.
[Update 3 February 2015: Edited to add a second trip to Sydney, and other minor schedule changes.]
I’ve also started to get a clearer idea of where I want to take my media work in 2014, but more about that another time.
- Obama’s proposed NSA ‘reform’ changes nothing, ZDNet Australia, 20 January 2014.
- Is this the world’s safest phone?, Technology Spectator, 24 January 2014. This is my intro to Blackphone for the business folk.
- Our hackers, who art in open source, deliver us from refrigerators, ZDNet Australia, 24 January 2014. I think it’s fair to say that I had a lot of fun with this piece.
- On Monday I spoke about digital privacy and Apple being forced to give refunds on Adelaide commercial radio 1395 FIVEaa.
- On Wednesday I spoke about the government’s discussion paper on online safety for children on ABC 702 Sydney, but it seems like I accidentally deleted the recording. Oops.
- On Thursday I spoke about passwords on ABC 105.7 Darwin.
- On Tuesday one of the police sergeants at Katoomba gave me two packets of blue jelly beans. This is not a euphemism. They were part of the community outreach they were doing at the Katoomba Village shops. They were yummy.
There was nothing more substantial, surprisingly. But the coming week has some, and I’m looking forward to it.
The Week Ahead
I’ve finally caught up with these posts, so it’s now worth writing about my plans again. I wonder how long this will last?
As I write this on a holiday Monday afternoon, I’m still in the Blue Mountains.
However I plan to be in Sydney overnight on Tuesday and Thursday, in both cases because there’s a good chance that certain business-social events in the evening could run a bit late. Or a bit messy. Or both. I’ll be in Sydney Tuesday through to Friday.
Tuesday will primarily be about mapping out the next few weeks — something that needs re-doing after the unproductive weeks disrupted my previous version of the plan. I won’t jinx it now by proposing when I do what, however. Let’s just watch it unfold.
[Update 28 January 2014, 1055 AEDT: Deleted references to being in Sydney on Tuesday. Plans changed.]
[Update 29 January 2014, 1610 AEDT: Changed references to when I’d be in Sydney again. Because plans changed again.]
[Photo: Australia Day in the eucalypt forest, being a lovely rendition of a wattle of some description on a quiet, drizzly day. Now bad for a photo taken on a bashed-up smartphone.]
It was an overcast winter’s day here at Wentworth Falls, but everything was looking nice and crisp after some early rain. I figured that a few snapshots around Bunjaree Cottages would be in order.
The image at the top of the post is a good example of the close-up capability — and I’m pleased that Nokia calls it “close-up” and not “macro”. The image certainly holds up when you zoom in and tweak the contrast.