Weekly Wrap 548: Critters, heat, and a day trip to Manly

My week of Monday 23 to Sunday 29 November 2020 wasn’t as productive as some recent ones, but it helped reduce my stress. There isn’t much listed here, but it feels like a pause before the run-up to the end of 2020. Also, there were critters. And hot weather.

The critters included these, photographed poorly with my phone and generally through a dirty window: another Australian white ibis, my local teen gang of Australian magpies, a stick insect, a large spider, and a tiny spider.

Lunch the Hotel Steyne, Manly, on Monday 23 November 2020: mackerel, kipfler potatoes, green beans, and herbed oil. (Photo: Stilgherrian)

Monday’s day trip to Manly was very relaxing and much-needed, especially the delicious mackerel I had for lunch at the Hotel Steyne, though it cut into my productivity. Then the weekend ends with some of the hottest November weather ever recorded in NSW, which also killed productivity.

Meanwhile it’s just four weeks until Christmas, folks.

Articles, Podcasts

None, although there’s an article to be published at ZDNet on Monday, making it the secod for the month. Oops.

Meanwhile, you can always read some of my previous writing at Authory or listen to previous episodes of The 9pm Edict.

Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse

None. Will there be any before the end of the year? I doubt it.


The Week Ahead

It’s week 37 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls.

On Monday I’ll get some writing done, and then in the evening there’s the Launch of Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2020 by AustCyber. The shopping can wait until Tuesday. Update 30 November 2020: Monday ended up being a brain maintenance day. I’ll try to do the writing on Tuesday.

On Wednesday I’m recording a podcast with Andrew P Street, which will be on the line on Thursday evening. It’s also a shopping-in-Katoomba day.

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Later in the week, the international Let’s Talk Cyber Informal Multi-stakeholder Cyber Dialogue kicks off, running from Friday 4 to Thursday 10 December. It’s all that United Nations and diplomatic stuff I’ve been reporting on.

Also on Friday, I might watch US Politics Web Series: A review from Australia from the US Studies Centre, the last of their monthly election roundups for the year. However I’m also heading down to Sydney for some medical thingies and the so-called weekend.

Further Ahead

[Photo: The Hotel Steyne, Manly, photographed on 23 November 2020.]