Weekly Wrap 528: The COVID-19 stress increases as I descend into confusion about the lockdown

My week of Monday 6 to Sunday 12 July 2020 was curious one. I felt the joy of being able to get out and about, but I felt the fear of Victoria’s borders being closed and the stress being increased for the rest of us Australians as the ’rona kills more of us. Still, I made a podcast.


  • “The 9pm His Plague Diary 12: The Maskening”, being The 9pm Edict episode 111 recorded on Sunday. Things have changed. It’s weird.

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Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse



None this week, but there will be a few next week. I do love how my “new regular features” always fall apart.

The Week Ahead

The isolation continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, mostly, and I’m getting sick of saying it. Every week is now me trying to think of things to write about, and then trying to get the enthusiasm to write it. I think a lot of us are here right now, in our various jobs.

July is traditionally a very slow time in the tech media anyway, as companies turn inwards to focus on their finances, and Parliament is on its winter break. Maybe this year will be different, but I doubt it. Still, I’ll try to pop in to some of the online seminars and such.


I’ll do a Sydney day on Thursday and stay through to Saturday, because these brief escapes from the Mountains really do improve my mental health.

On Tuesday I’ll dip into A special Geekfest: Framing the Climate Debate, with the folks from Essential Report polling.

Further Ahead

These are still the only three longer-term items in the calendar, and I’m now quite sceptical that the latter two will actually happen in the listed cities.

[Photo: A random streetscape in Chinatown, Sydney, photographed on 11 July 2020.]