My week of Monday 15 to 21 November 2021 was full of conferences and fatigue, so while I got a podcast out I didn’t get anything written. I did start thinking about the Beforetimes, though, and stumbled across some photographs from the past.
I also ended up sleeping all day on Friday. I’m not sure what that’s all about.
- The 9pm Proletarian Apocalypse in Orange NSW with Fr Karl Sinclair. Most of this episode was recorded in Orange on 9–10 November, but some extra bits were added later.
- I’ve started collecting the photos from my recent trip to Orange in their own Flickr album, although there’s only five images so far because I got distracted this afternoon.
- I have of course updated my Waratah sequence 2021 for another week. The photos now span 82 days.
- My Carnegie Endowment paper The Encryption Debate in Australia: 2021 Update was cited in the article Fora da área de cobertura: as big techs na investigação criminal. I believe that means “Outside coverage: the big techs in criminal investigation”.
Articles, Videos, Corporate Largesse
None. However you can subscribe to my YouTube channel for when new videos do appear.
You can also read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.
- In a response to Paul Keating’s conversation at National Press Club of Australia last week, Professor Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, has written If only security were as simple as in Keating’s world. If that’s behind the paywall for you, try here.
- Yes, for a very handy paywall-jumping tool, try 12ft.io.
- Keating himself has complained about his his comments were reported.
- How fear of abandonment informs Australia’s defence strategy, by veteran journalist Brian Toohey. “Australia’s defence priorities have oscillated between protecting the country from invasion and joining foreign allies abroad in the hope of future support. Scott Morrison has opted for the latter, following a map drawn up by John Howard.”
- “Have you ever heard the story of Gunkanjima Island off the coast of Japan?” asked Mark Tomasovic (archive). “This small island was once the most densely populated place in the world. Today, it’s a complete ghost town.” Here’s the Wikipedia entry.
- The Rear Vision episode A history of pharmacy — from apothecaries to Australia’s protected industry is worth a listen.
- Winners of the 2021 Natural Landscape Photography Awards.
The Week Ahead
Update 24 November 2021: I’ve had to shuffle things around due to the podcast recording being rescheduled.
Monday and Tuesday are/were about writing for ZDNet and geek-work for clients.
Wednesday will be a day in Sydney for medical, social, and other appointments.
Thursday and Friday are about more writing and geek-work, as well as a whole pile of administrivia.
Meanwhile in Canberra it’s the second-last parliamentary sitting week for 2021, so I’m hoping there will be some things for me to analyse.
Tuesday night Saturday I’m recording a podcast with space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman (@drspacejunk) who’s been on the pod before in 2018 and 2020. I’ll post it later in the week, probably on Saturday again on Sunday.
If you’re a podcast supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or CONVERSATION TOPIC to cash in then I’ll need to know by
6pm AEDT this Tuesday 23 10am AEDT this Saturday 27 November.
- Quantum Quandary: Securing a Sustainable Advantage in an Accelerating Race, part of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Sydney Dialogue, 1 December 2021.
- NSW local government elections, 4 December 2021.
- TwoSet Violin 2021 Virtual World Tour, online, 28 December 2021.
- linux.conf.au 2022, online, 14–16 January 2022 (TBC).
- APRICOT 2022 / APNIC 53, 28 February to 4 March 2022 approx.
[Photo: Thistles with Bee. Photographed this week but seven years ago on 15 November 2014 near Wentworth Falls railway station. With the COVID-19 restrictions being eased, I’ve started to reflect on the things that we used to do in the Beforetimes.]