Weekly Wrap 552: A Christmas gift, rain, and a pointless video

Monday 21 to Sunday 27 December 2020 was a suitably lazy Christmas week, even quieter than usual thanks to the ’rona fears. But I did record plenty of stuff for next week’s end-of-year podcast, and I made a video.

Meanwhile, it’s just 5 days until 2021. How does that make you feel?

The television question from last week has been resolved. The big fat very slim smart TV that I won has gone to someone who’ll get way more enjoyment from it. Instead, I’ve bought myself a RØDECaster Pro podcast production studio plus a few little bits and pieces.

Offloading the audio processing from my MacBook Pro to separate hardware has quite a few benefits for livestreaming, especially when video is added. All this will become handy in 2021.

Some of you may find it odd that my gift to myself is work-related. Thing is, I have a relatively simply lifestyle and there’s nothing that I really want “for myself”. This, however, will give me a sense of having received something special — way more than a TV.


On Christmas Eve, Dr Alice Gorman issued her #BoxOfWhackiness challenges, and my task was to “Go outside and ring the doorbell. Enter the house as if you are a mysterious stranger”. Well, I don’t have a doorbell so I just knocked.. And I decided to make a film about it. That’s a screenshot above.

Articles, Podcasts

None, but you can always read some of my previous writing at Authory, or subscribe to get a weekly compilation of new stories by email each Sunday morning, if there are any.

Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse

None. And thus ends 2020. I hadn’t realised how much the travel and conferences were a key part of my routine, and important opportunities to learn things. Online conferences simple aren’t the same.


The Week Ahead

It’s week 41 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, and it’s that quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve where very little gets done.

That said, on Monday and Tuesday I’m putting together the end-of-year episode of The 9pm Edict. It’s a long one, featuring some fabulous guests:

  • Award-winning satirist Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) of 7.30 fame etc.
  • Journalist Osman Faruqi (@oz_f), editor of the 7am podcast, among other things.
  • Tegan Taylor (@teegstar), co-presenter of ABC Radio’s excellent Coronacast.
  • Yun Jiang (@yun_aus), editor of The China Story blog at ANU and a director of China Policy Centre. Also one of the people that Senator Eric Abetz kicked off at.

That will all be punctuated by my own musings on the magnificent year that was 2020.

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Thursday and Friday are of course New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day respectively. I have no idea what I’ll be doing, but I’m sure that whatever it is it’ll be relaxing.

Further Ahead

The following week 4–10 January 2021 I’ll map out the podcast-related things I’ll be doing through the rest of January and February. I’m really starting to like the idea of a weekly pub trivia style video stream, and a series of three of four episodes as a pilot sounds good. I’ll also lock in another short series of The 9pm Edict, its exact form still to be decided.

Also in the calendar:

[Photo: A frame grab from Mysterious Stranger, the stupid short film I made today for Dr Alice Gorman.]