I’m very happy with my week of Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November 2020. I made another good podcast. I wrote an adequate thing. And so much of it was dominated by birds — though not so much the one in the photo.
- The 9pm Happy Birthday Coronavirus Space Karen Christmas with Upulie Divisekera, recorded on Wednesday. It’s a long episode, but worth it.
- Blockchain voting risks undetectable nation-scale failures: MIT researchers, ZDNet, 16 November 2020. Also available in French as Vote électronique : le recours à la blockchain n’augmente pas la fiabilité.
Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
- TimeGhost has started a wonderful new series, Between 2 Wars: Zeitgeist!, which works in parallel to their original 58-part Between 2 Wars. Whereas the first series focused on the political and other aspects that led to WW2, this one is “an exciting ride through the massive cultural, social, economic, and technological shifts that take place after the Great War”. Watch the two series in parallel, I reckon.
- A Medieval Historian Explains Why The Magna Carta Has Nothing To Do With COVID-19, an excellent and entertaining explanation of why Sovereign Citizens’ appeals to the Magna Carta giving them some sort of rights is total rubbish.
- Vernon David Emmanuel’s photographic collection on People’s Collection Wales, some wonderful imagery from the early 1900s and thereabouts. Make sure to click through to all 47 photos.
- SPOTTERON Citizen Science, where you can download a bunch of apps to take part in projects such as tracking Australia’s urban birds.
The Week Ahead
It’s week 36 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, at least once I’m back there on Tuesday, and it’s definitely going to be a writing week. I’ll figure out the details as I go along.
On Friday I’ll watch the session on Trolling in Chinese and English – Research Findings from Information Innovation @ UTS.
I’m taking a break from the podcast this week. The next episode will be with the wonderful Andrew P Street, probably in the week starting Monday 30 November.
- 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.
- The 9pm Edict with Genevieve Bell, 12 December 2020.
- Linux.conf.au 2021, online, 23–25 January 2021 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14–16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: An Australian white ibis (Threskiornis molucca) wandering the Darling Quarter, Sydney, on 21 November 2020.]