I’m very happy with my week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March. I was the midst of changing my medication regime and productivity was high — there’s a good chance these things are connected — and I’ve just enjoyed a train trip up to Newcastle.
- Australia’s news media bargaining code is a form of ransomware, and someone paid up, ZDNet, 5 March 2021. People seem to have appreciated this wider view of what happened and what we’ve ended up with.
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.
- I’m this week’s guest on the Vertical Hold podcast, Online safety bill threats to censor the net, NFTs rock the art world. This was a lot of fun.
- More of my crappy Instagram photos of Canberra’s many war memorials have been used on another cheap-arsed travel website.
Podcasts, Videos, Corporate Largesse
- The History of Sea-Based Airborne Antisubmarine Warfare: 1940-1977, being more than 650 pages of what it says it is. There’s still some intriguing classified redactions.
- From the archives, a story about the British plan codenamed PYTHON, “which would have seen a group of UK government officials dispersed to the seas around Scotland in a passenger ferry, in a bid to protect them from the first effects of a nuclear war”.
- An article from 2009 about America’s WHITE CLOUD ocean surveillance satellites.
- Finally, more a reference for me than for you, though it’s fascinating. This is the Internet Archive’s copy of Libertus.net, a site about “censorship and freedom of expression, in Australia and elsewhere” that was last updated in 2012.
The Week Ahead
It’s Week 51 of the Quarantimes for me, but I begin the week in Newcastle and then spend a night in Sydney before returning to Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls on Thursday.
Monday is about exploring Newcastle, a city I haven’t been two in eight years. On Tuesday I’m recording a podcast with Carol Duncan, multimedia producer and Newcastle City Councillor. And on Wednesday afternoon I’m returning to Sydney.
Update 11 March 2021: The finished podcast with Carol Duncan and a surprise special guest will be edited and posted on Saturday.
The following week includes covering the Australian Cyber Conference on 16–18 March 2021.
That Thursday also includes a webinar from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Are you ready for the new critical infrastructure law?.
On Friday 19 March I’m recording a podcast with philosopher and reprobate Patrick Stokes.
Beyond that, the calendar is a bit thin:
- AusCERT 2021, Gold Coast and online, 11–13 May 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: An older female member of my magnificent Magpie Army (Gymnorhina tibicen tibicen) photographed on 4 March 2021. I was originally planning to use a photograph from Newcastle but I was distracted.]