Weekly Wrap 468: A relaxed pace ending with a sausage

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019 was a busy enough week, but there’s little to show for it publicly. That was kinda the plan, at least how I interpreted it as things unfolded. I am pleased with that. Stress has been decreased.

I am also pleased that by the time the ABC’s Antony Green called the election on Saturday night, the total in the tip jar was $1908.93. Deducting the initial $400 threshold, half of the rest is a delightful $754.47 for the Black Dog Institute. Thank you so much. I think I might do another such fundraiser in the future.

Obviously the Australian federal election result was a bit weird, but I’ll reflect upon that another time.



None, but see below for further plans.

Media Appearances

  • On Wednesday afternoon I spoke about the rise of biometric authentication on ABC Adelaide. I probably won’t post a recording. Or should I?

Corporate Largesse

  • On Tuesday there was the usual light lunch at the Lowy Institute.

The Week Ahead

I plan to record a new episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with Nicholas Fryer on Thursday, posted that night or on Friday.

On the weekend I may go flying with Mark Newton in VH-SOL, a shorter flight than our flight to South Australia in October, and I’ll record some material for a podcast. We had “technical issues” last time. Whether that happens or not will depend on the weather, mainly. Update 23 May 2019: Scrubbed for personal reasons.

Apart from that, I’m leaving the plan wide open. I need to ramp up the writing in the coming week, but I’m also going to be writing a lot the week after.

Further Ahead

The following Wednesday I’ll be heading to Queensland. First for the AusCERT Cybersecurity Conference on the Gold Coast, 29–31 May, then in Brisbane through to 4 June for some podcast recording or the like. I may throw together a crowdfunding campaign for the latter. Stay tuned.

Beyond that, here’s a very partial list of some conferences and other events that I’m planning to attend. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickers.

[Photo: A traditional Australian democracy sausage, photographed at Ferncourt Public School in Marrickville, Sydney, on 18 May 2019.]