Weekly Wrap 599: Conferences, a podcast, and some thistle-based nostalgia

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.


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  • 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.

Media Appearances

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.


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.

On 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.

Further Ahead

[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.]