Weekly Wrap 588: Spring brings two podcasts, one COVID-19 test, and a currawong

My week of Monday 30 August to Sunday 5 September 2021 included a COVID-19 test which once more came back negative. The wait was slightly more stressful than I thought it would be. I’m hoping productivity will return as spring continues, though I still produced two podcasts this week.


  • The 9pm End of Winter LIVE, recorded live on Tuesday night. This was a me-ranting episode which included a mini-quiz. I’d planned to do this as the final episode of the Late Winter Series 2021 but…
  • The 9pm Polar Political Peregrination with Dr Liz Buchanan, recorded on Tuesday afternoon, was posted on Friday. This is a seriously fun chat about the geopolitics of the Antarctic. Yes, I appreciate the contrast between the two halves of that sentence.

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The Week Ahead

This will be week eleven of the current COVID-19 lockdown for Greater Sydney. I am excited to be able to go shopping in Katoomba on Monday, and perhaps to Sydney on Thursday for back maintenance.

Update 7 September 2021: With the 70th anniversary of the Australian-US alliance last week and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this weekend the talkfest continues this week. There’s now three four sessions in my calendar.

On Wednesday I’ll check out the United States Study Centre (USSC) seminar Trust and Diversify: A geoeconomic strategy for the Australia-US alliance, and then the Lowy Institute’s The end of the 9/11 era.

On Thursday there’s Satellites, Space and Cyber Threats, a panel discussion from the Cybersecurity Advisors Network (CyAN) APAC. Disappointingly, all the panellists are middle-aged white men.

On Friday it’s the USSC session Twenty years since 9/11 with Duncan Lewis and General David Petraeus.

At some point I’ll record a bonus episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, a kind of encore to the Late Winter Series 2021.

And I really must get onto both some writing for ZDNet and some of the geek-for-hire stuff that’s been building up.

Further Ahead

The seminar and conference season is approaching and the calendar is starting to fill up — especially the week after next.

[Photo: A pied currawong (Strepera graculina) waiting to be fed at Bunjaree Cottages on 30 August 2021. This isn’t the only currawong that’s started visiting very day, just the most prominent.]