Summer is certainly approaching, and my week of Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020 reflected that. Warmer weather, more insects, and longer evenings. Those I can live without, but in an odd way they’re helping with the productivity.
Once more the soundtrack to my week was a forest full of cicadas. That’s one in the photo, and they sound like this recording from 2013. Annoying, but the local magpies have been feasting on them so that’s a plus.
- “The 9pm Rabbit-Hole Cave Dive with Cam Smith” recorded on Thursday night. This is a really, really good episode and you should listen to it.
- Weirdly, my photograph of a very generous cheese platter was used to illustrate 10 Things No Guest Should Ever Do In Another Personâ€™s Home. I miss that cheese platter.
Articles, Corporate Largesse
- Virgin Hyperloop Has Invented The Worldâ€™s Crappiest High-Speed Rail, an evisceration of what I’ve always thought of as a stupid project.
- Americaâ€™s Press and the Asymmetric War for Truth, being a cheerful assessment by Jay Rosen.
- The Exploding Whale remastered: 50th anniversary of legendary Oregon event, which obviously seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Walls of Darkness, a short spy parody by Michael Spicer.
The Week Ahead
It’s week 35 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. While last week was primarily a podcast week, this week will primarily be a writing week.
That said, I still have to record the episode with Upulie Divisekera because we had to reschedule. If all goes well, I’ll have that ready to post on Thursday night. If I haven’t done so beforehand, I’ll also announce the guest for the following week
On Tuesday I might pop in to the US Studies Centre (USSC) discussion, Chinaâ€™s Belt and Road Initiative: A US-Australian assessment.
On Friday I’ll head down to Sydney for some health-related appointments and then stay the weekend.
Update 16 November 2020: Also on Friday, though I think I’ll be on a train, is another USSC discussion, US-China relations under a Biden administration.
- Trolling in Chinese and English – Research Findings, Information Innovation @ UTS, online, 27 November 2020.
- TimeGhostTV Pearl Harbor Minute-by-Minute, online, 8 December 2020. This six-hour livestream starts at 3am AEDT in my part of the world, but I’ll definitely be watching it.
- Linux.conf.au 2021, online, 23â€“25 January 2021 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14â€“16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: A cicada photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 12 November 2020.]