My week of Monday 31 May to Sunday 6 June 2021 took an unusual turn. It saw the first substantial geek-for-hire work I’ve done in quite a while when I coordinated the eviction of hackers from a client’s website. And now it’s winter. Is there a connection? You decide.
- Best providers to navigate Australia’s small business broadband gap in 2021, ZDNet, 2 June 2021. With a headline optimised for search engines, this article is presumably part of ZDNet‘s traffic acquisition strategy. However it’s still an old-school newsroom and I don’t get told anything about the commercial side of things.
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.
Podcasts, Videos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None of these things.
- Animals through Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1911, a free open-access book.
- EPIC 2014, a short film from 2004 which purported to be a film from 2014 looking back at the decade. It envisaged, among other things, the merger of Google and Amazon into Googlezon. Kinda cute looking back at it now.
- A set of 36 photos of CryptoUniverse, a cryptocurrency mining operation in Nadvoitsy, Russia. The text is in Portuguese but Google Translate will suffice as your friend.
- People Can Learn Echolocation in Ten Weeks, even if they’re not bats or dolphins.
- Tribute to Jose Delgado, Legendary and Slightly Scary Pioneer of Mind Control.
- A book originally published by the UK government in 1945, The Design of Forms, is now available online. A bloke called Nick Colley explains why he did it.
The Week Ahead
I know I’ve said this a thousand times before, but I really must get back into the swing of writing more. Revenue has been way down these past few months. Wish me luck.
Or maybe I should put some focus back on the geekery, since it pays heaps more.
On Friday morning I’m recording an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with satirist Mark Humphries. I’ll need any TRIGGER WORDS or CONVERSATION TOPICS by 10am AEST. It’ll be edited that afternoon and posted that night.
And then it’s the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, although at this stage I have no plans.
Update 11 June 2021: No long weekend for me. On Saturday I’ll be catching up on some work. Sunday is a day trip to Sydney for lunch with friends. Monday I’ll be writing for ZDNet.
- The 8pm Quiz S02 E05, 17 June 2021. It’s a Thursday night, and the livestream starts at 8pm AEST on my YouTube channel.
- Winter Solstice, 20–21 June 2021.
Sunday 20th is the longest night, Monday 21st the shortest day, is how I think the maths goes this year. I haven’t decided how I’ll celebrate.Update 16 June 2021: No, I have the maths wrong. See later posts.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 15–17 November 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: Sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) warm themselves in the morning sun at Bunjaree Cottages on 31 May 2021.]