Weekly Wrap 573: Wattlebirds, a podcast and a livestream, and even more introspection

My week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 May 2021 was strange and transitional. There;’s a fantastic podcast again, and another episode of The 8pm Quiz, but on Sunday night I lost myself in a live performance that reminded me of so many parts of my past.

Yes, this is slightly late being posted on Sunday evening because I was watching a livestream from Japan featuring the magnificently mad Electronicos Fantasticos. Next week I’ll post a direct link to the performance in question. I am in my happy place. But let’s get this Weekly Wrap out the door…


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  • The 8pm Quiz S02 E04, which was livestreamed on Thursday night. We got our first sweary-troll in the live chat this time, though the disruption was minimal.

Articles, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None of these things, but I have two articles under way for ZDNet that’ll appear in the coming week.

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, when there are some.


If you find these links useful please let me know. They don’t take long to compile, but I’m always looking for ways to save time.

The Week Ahead

It’s vaccination time! On Monday I’m heading down to Sydney for a bunch of medical and other things: a haircut, an appointment with my GP, my first COVID-19 vaccination, and routine back maintenance.

I’ll stay in Sydney through to Wednesday afternoon. I’ll be finishing a story for ZDNet, and I have some errands and social things to do, but I’m keeping it relatively easy in case I’m dominated by vaccine side-effects.

On Friday afternoon I’m recording a podcast with cartoonist Cathy Wilcox, which should be posted that night. If you have TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC credit you want to use, I’ll need the details by midday AEST.

Further Ahead

  • The 9pm Edict with Mark Humphries, recording on 11 June 2021. I’ll need your TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPICS by 10am AEST.
  • The 8pm Quiz S02 E05, 17 June 2021.
  • Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 15–17 November 2021 (TBC).

[Photo: This species of banksia is currently in flower all through the Bunjaree Cottages property, attracting large numbers of red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata). Photographed on 21 May 2021.]