It’s a year since my last airline flight, returning to Sydney from a conference in Melbourne. What a year it’s been since then! My week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 February also saw me get a few things written, but you can’t see them today.
None published yet, but I finally filed that update for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which you’ll get to see in a couple of weeks, and I worked on stories for ZDNet which you’ll get to see very soon indeed.
You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to get a compilation of new stories by email each Sunday morning, if there are any.
- One of my photos of an ibis was used to illustrate a BuzzFeed listicle, The Aussie Uni Experience Is Like Nowhere Else In The World And These 21 Tweets Capture Why.
- A photo I’d completely forgotten I’d taken, of one of Craig Kelly MP’s election posters, was used to illustrate a story at The Wire, Craig Kelly resigns blindsiding PM.
Podcasts, Videos, Corporate Largesse
- The fantasy of English freedom, which argues that “the average Brit would happily have a microchip in his arm if it meant he could go down the pub”.
- Friday essay: How can the dead send us emails? The ethical dilemma of digital souls by Patrick Stokes, the philosopher who’ll be joining me on The 9pm Edict some time very soon.
- Here’s another Pat Stokes article, Online grief and the digital dead.
- Can COVID-19 Really Cause Erectile Dysfunction? What Men Should Know. Self-explanatory, I’d have thought.
- ‘A promiscuous she-pope with a dilated cervix’: the legend of Pope Joan, who gave birth on a horse. I first read this as “gave birth to a horse”, which would indeed be a dilated cervix.
The Week Ahead
It’s Week 50 of the Quarantimes for me, but week by week less time is being spent at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. Indeed, there’s quite a bit of intercity train travel coming up.
On Tuesday I’ll be down in Sydney for some medical things, staying overnight. And on Sunday I’ll be heading to Newcastle for a few days.
I’m covering two online events this week, APRICOT 2021 / APNIC 51 from Monday to Thursday, and the Kaspersky Asia Pacific Online Policy Forum 2: Guardians of cyberspace on Tuesday.
The following Tuesday 9 March I’m recording the first episode in The 9pm Edict Autumn Series 2021 with Carol Duncan, multimedia producer and Newcastle City Councillor. In the next Weekly Wrap I’ll be able to tell you about the episodes after that.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra and online, 14–16 March 2021.
- The 8pm Quiz S02 E02 is on Thursday 18 March 2021 at 8pm AEDT. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on any additional episodes.
- AusCERT 2021, Gold Coast and online, 11–13 May 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: Approaching Sydney, viewed from my last airline flight just on a year ago, namely VA869 MEL-SYD on 25 February 2020. ]