Weekly Wrap 539: A duck but no snow, and a podcast

Monday 21 to Sunday 27 September 2020 was that week in late September or early October when the spring weather takes a brief holiday, and everyone says it’s so surprising. Even though it happens nearly every year. It almost snowed on Friday night.

Productivity is still relatively low, but I think I have a plan for generating some more revenue in October and November. Stay tuned.


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  • Sydney Dust Storm 2009-09-23 Raw Footage, being what it says. When the dust enveloped Sydney and turned the sky orange 11 years ago this week, I shot eight minutes of footage in the inner west suburb of Enmore. There’s no famous landmarks here, but it shows what the morning commute was like. The sound is a bit rubbish.

Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse



  • The Overwhelming Racism Of COVID Coverage. It continues to amaze me, though not really, that Western coverage of news outside the West is still so racist in 2020.
  • Built to last, an excellent article on COBOL, sexism, fragile male programmers, technical gatekeeping, and all manner of things. Highly recommended.
  • And finally something happy-making. Kids’ radio: live from lockdown, being an episode of the 7am podcast. “Staff and students at Brunswick North West Primary school have endured one of the longest school shutdowns in the world, and they’ve created their own community radio station to help through it.”

The Week Ahead

It’s week 28 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, but on Friday I’ll head down to Sydney one more, this time for the Queen’s Birthday Labour Day long weekend.

On Tuesday I’m recording a podcast with Fr Karl Sinclair, who was on Public House Forum 1 back in 2015 when he was still a seminarian. Now he’s a local priest in Orange in central NSW, and the world looks very different from there.

If you’re a subscriber with TRIGGER WORDS or CONVERSATION TOPICS you want to use, you’ll need to get them to me by midday AEST on Monday.

On Thursday I’ll be covering the NetThing conference on internet governance.

On Friday I’ll probably watch the panel US Politics Web Series – A monthly review from Australia from the US Studies Centre.

Further Ahead

[Photo: A Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa) at Wentworth Falls Lake, photographed on 27 September 2020.]