My week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 August 2020 occupied the less productive part of my mood cycle, but I did produce a podcast and a half, and I did plan some of the next few weeks. And I saw some interesting birds.
- “The 9pm Legally Insufficient Beaver Comparison”, being The 9pm Edict episode 113 recorded on Tuesday. I also finally cut live the domain the9pmedict.com, though for the moment it just takes you to the podcast pages on this site.
- “The 9pm Minogue-based Correction In Brief”, being The 9pm Edict episode 114 recorded on Sunday.
None, but there’s one under way for Monday.
- Added to my archive of stories at Authory are my writings at iTnews, Technology Spectator (now absorbed into The Australian), and ZDNet France. They join my stories for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Crikey, CRN Australia, New Matilda, SBS, the Sydney Morning Herald, and ZDNet. You can subscribe to get all my new stories via email.
- On Wednesday I was the guest speaker on Electronic Frontiers Australia’s series EFA Talks. I’ll put a link to the video here once it’s online.
None. How many weeks have there been since there was any largesse? I hate to think!
- “When the Dutch politician Marietje Schaake arrived in Silicon Valley, she realised just how bizarre American thinking about the industry had become.” A fascinating article, What Can America Learn from Europe About Regulating Big Tech?.
- Banana for Scale, a “handy app to convert imperial and metric measurements to universal bananas”. Handles both length and mass.
The Week Ahead
It’s week 23 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, though I’ll have a break in Sydney later in the week for a medical appointment and de-stressing activities.
Other than that, it’s as much writing for ZDNet as I can fit in, plus planning for episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast through September.
- A conversation with former National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton, US Studies Centre, online, 1 September 2020.
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, online, 17–18 September 2020. I’m on the Speed Debate panel again this year, as I was in 2018, 2016, and 2015 (but there’s no recording of that earliest one).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 27-29 October 2020 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14–16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: A pair of glossy black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), photographed on 21 August 2020. The males of the species have the most wonderful flashy red underparts, but I couldn’t get close enough with the phone’s camera to get a good shot.]