Monday 1 to 7 November 2021 saw me do an actual social thing. With another person. OK, it was lunch at the pub with Mark Humphries before we recorded this week’s podcast, but it was still a wonderful sign that the Quarantimes are slowly coming to an end. I hope.
- The 9pm Unexpected Messaging Experiment with Mark Humphries, recorded on Wednesday afternoon.
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- Twitter joins backlash against Australian plan to ID social media users, ZDNet, 5 November 2021.
- Or if you prefer me in French, Twitter dÃ©fend l’anonymat sur les rÃ©seaux sociaux, ZDNet France, 6 November 2021.
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- My 2020 ZDNet article Twitter bots and trolls promote conspiracy theories about Australian bushfires was cited in the paper Amplifying influence through coordinated behaviour in social networks by Derek Weber and Frank Neumann.
- My 2018 ZDNet article Security training is useless unless it changes behaviours was cited in the paper Enterprise cybersecurity training and awareness programs: Recommendations for success by Wu He and Justin Zhang.
- I have updated my Waratah sequence 2021 for another week. The photos now span 68 days — although there will now be a gap because I’ll be travelling.
- On a similar theme, I’ve been watching the decay of a Halloween Face (archive) that was made for me, although I haven’t put the images on Flickr.
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- “Food has always been tied to class. Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger at the University of Pennsylvania now believe they have a way to identify a personâ€™s social class based on how they feel about certain foods,” says the introduction to the Food Choice Test. Apparently my food choices resemble those of the upper-middle class (60.71%). It’s all very American, though, and harsh on vegetarians and vegans, but it’s certainly a conversation-starter.
- Wild, Creative, Disturbing: Inside Chinaâ€™s â€˜Hyperpopâ€™ Music Scene, another facinating article from China’s pop culture site Sixth Tone.
- Chinese hyper-pop artist Jiafeng reconstructs the fringes of music & culture into Emotional Dance Music, a Mixmag Asia article about the artist featured by Sixth Tone.
- Finally, here are the winners and all the finalists in the 2021 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards.
The Week Ahead
On Monday morning I’m catching a NSW TrainLink XPT as seen last week to Orange in the Central Tablelands. I’ll be there though to Thursday afternoon, primarily to record a podcast but also for a change of scenery.
In fact I’m recording two podcasts this week.
On Tuesday I’m recording the main part of a podcast with Fr Karl Sinclair (@FrKarlSinclair), a Catholic priest now based in Orange, whoâ€™s been on The 9pm Edict previously in 2015 and 2020.
Wednesday evening I’ll accompany him to a Cemetery Mass for the Dead in the nearby village of Cargo, living population 596, plus or minus whatever’s happened there since the 2016 Census. That should be interesting.
Then on Friday it’s time for author and columnist John Birmingham (@JohnBirmingham) whoâ€™s been on the pod several times before.
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The episode with JB will be posted on Saturday, and with Fr Karl the following week.
Friday also sees the start of FrogID Week, and Sunday is the start of the Wild Pollinator Count. So much nature this month!
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 15â€“17 November 2021 (TBC).
- The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 17â€“19 November 2021 (TBC).
- Podcast recording with apace archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman (@drspacejunk) whoâ€™s been on the pod before in 2018 and 2020, 23 November 2021.
- NSW local government elections, 4 December 2021.
- linux.conf.au 2022, online, 14â€“16 January 2022 (TBC).
- APRICOT 2022 / APNIC 53, 28 February to 4 March 2022 approx (TBC). The host country is Bangladesh. The conference will still be run online only, but I wonder if we’ll be travelling again by then.
[Photo: The New South Wales waratah flower (Telopea speciosissima) that’s the subject of the Waratah sequence 2021 photographed on 1 November 2021.]