Weekly Wrap 556: Magpies, writing, and some geekery

My week of Monday 18 to Sunday 24 January 2021 finally started seeing me gear up for the working year with a video stream, a solid article, and more. I even snuck in a conference and experienced a great big rainstorm on Sunday afternoon.

I found some things to report on during the first two days of Linux.conf.au 2021, but that writing won’t appear until the coming week. For the time being, here are my brief Twitter threads from day one and day two.

I’ve also been getting to know the local birds a bit better this week — mostly because I’ve been putting out more food for them. I’ve shot some video, which has yet to be edited.


  • The 8pm Quiz S01 E02, being the second pilot episode of my livestreamed pub-style quiz. Not as many players as last week, but a smoother production and better pacing.


Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None of any of these things. Again. But 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. Or listen to the podcasts.


The Week Ahead

Week 45 of my Quarantimes continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. This week will also bring January 2021 to an end. How about that!

Monday is another day of covering Linux.conf.au 2021, and while Tuesday is the public holiday for Australia Day I suspect I’ll be writing some conference-related stuff. I really need to get some writing done this week because I’m way behind my revenue targets.

On Thursday night it’s the third and final pilot episode of The 8pm Quiz. It starts at 8pm AEDT on my YouTube channel, and this time there will be ways to send me feedback and be informed of future plans.

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Further Ahead

Also in the calendar:

[Photo: A juvenile Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tibicen) stands ready to eat some meat left out for its clan. This is a frame grab from a video shot on an iPhone 12 Pro on 23 January 2021, which will be posted on YouTube.]