This week of Monday 26 July to Sunday 2 August 2020 had a strange feeling to it. I got some things done. I feel a lot better both physically and mentally having spent another three nights down in Sydney, where there was both warmth and humanity. But the city was still quiet, and things continue to be bad down in Victoria.
Today the Victorian premier Dan Andrews announced so-called “stage four restrictions”, which include a curfew for Melbourne from 8pm to 5am for the next six weeks. The latest numbers kinda show why.
I’m recording a podcast tomorrow so I’ll say more about my responses then. For now, I’ll just mention that the niggling fears are returning.
- More filtering by ISPs and cloud providers would benefit SMBs, ZDNet, 27 July 2020.
- Smartphone usage patterns can reveal your personality type: Research, ZDNet, 28 July 2020. Also published by ZDNet France as Une Ã©tude rÃ©vÃ¨le que notre utilisation des smartphones trahit notre personnalitÃ©.
Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None, though I’ve writted a segment for the next Well May We Say podcast.
- Mr @StuartHumphryes on Twitter is a photo restorer who posts some amazing material such as the image above.
- â€œCabramattaâ€ is an autobiographical interactive comic by Matt Huynh, a Sydney-born, New Yorkâ€“based visual artist and storyteller, about growing up in a community of Vietnam War refugees resettled in Australiaâ€™s heroin capital, as it was once known. I remember visiting Cabramatta back then. I was offered heroin for sale twce before I’d even left the railway station.
- A beta version of the Australian Government Style Manual is out. It’s the offspring of the much-loved Style Manual: For Authors, Editors and Printers, 6th Edition, last updated in 2002. This new version is a product of the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA). I encourage any and all writing professionals to read it and comment upon it.
- My secret guilty pleasure, or at least one of my secret guilty pleasures that I’m prepared to disclose here, is British panel game shows. Some of them, anyway. Recently I’ve been getting into Richard Osman’s House of Games, because the somewhat warped gameplay suits my sensibilities. I’ve managed to find all three series so far on YouTube — and if those playlists get dumped for copyright violation I’m sure some other hero will do the needful. Some of the questions are a bit too White English People, but the gameplay makes up for that.
The Week Ahead
Tuesday will mark 20 weeks of the Quarantimes for me. I’ll continue to be based at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. With the surge of new cases in Victoria and the start of what looks like a rise in NSW too, I don’t think I’ll be heading down to Sydney this week.
On Monday I’ll record a podcast segment for Well May We Say, as well as prepare an episode of The 9pm Edict, all while doing the laundry. Multitasking! The Edict will be recorded and posted on Tuesday evening.
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On Thursday I’ll dip into the Lowy Institute’s discussion The UAE in a turbulent world: In conversation with UAE Foreign Minister Dr Anwar Gargash, as well as the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) panel Strategic Vision: Future intelligence landscape.
On Friday I’ll dip into the United States Studies Centre (USSC) panel discussion US Politics, a review from Australia with Prof Simon Jackman, CEO USSC, and Prof Gordon Flake, CEO Perth USAsia Centre. They’re doing these discussions once a month.
On Saturday I’ll be the guest on the podcast Covert Contact, talking about Australia’s digital surveillance laws. I’ve been on the pod twice before, on 9 October 2017 and 30 October 2017.
I will of course be writing for ZDNet in between all those things.
I’ve added something to the list!
- Book launch, Spy vs Spy: The New Age of Espionage, online, 19 August 2020.
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, online, 15â€“18 September 2020.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 27-29 October 2020 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14â€“16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: Oxford Street, Sydney, looking east from Taylor Square, photographed on 31 July 2020. This is one of a series of photos (Threadreader, Internet Archive) I took while counting vacant commercial premises in the now-decaying part of the city. In this 220-metre section alone there were 15 vacant shops on the south side of the street. This block has been run down for a while, it must be said, but itâ€™s very bleak right now.]