Weekly Wrap 602: Slime mould, summer, and cybers

As expected, the Great Sog of La Niña continued through the week of Monday 6 to Sunday 12 December 2021, at least until the weekend. It was a productive week with actual social activities — but I’m already behind schedule so let’s get straight into the business.


I was also on the panel for the recording of a new podcast, talking tech policy from the Australian National University, but that hasn’t been published yet.


You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.

Media Appearances


  • I stumbled across and photographed a bunch of slime mould which I currently believe to be Paradiachea cylindrica.
  • I have of course updated my Waratah sequence 2021 for another week. The photos now span 103 days. Wait. No. Only 102 days, because I didn’t do one today.

Videos, Corporate Largesse

None. However you can subscribe to my YouTube channel for when new videos do appear.


The Week Ahead

Things have started to wind down for the year, which means it will soon be the time of year that freelancers hate: the holidays. I’m therefore going to concentrate on locking in some more revenue before everything shuts down.

That will primarily be geek-work, because it pays better, but also some writing for ZDNet.

On Tuesday night I’ll be launching another Pozible crowdfunding campaign, with the surprising title The 9pm Summer Series 2022. It’ll be the usual stuff, but there will also be some new things.

This will be accompanied by a bonus edition of The 9pm Edict podcast, somehow, but that will probably happen later in the week. Update 16 December 2021: Definitely later in the week. Saturday, in fact.

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On Thursday I’ll try to catch the US Studies Centre livestream, A conversation with The New Yorker‘s Evan Osnos, author of Wildland: The making of America’s fury.

Further Ahead

  • Changed dates: Catsitting in Sydney, 20–29 December 2021. This runs over the Christmas period, but I’ll also load it up with all the things I’ve been meaning to do in Sydney but have delayed due to the Quarantimes.
  • TwoSet Violin 2021 Virtual World Tour, online, 28 December 2021.
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2021, online, 30 December 2021. This will be a video livestream along the lines of The 8pm Quiz episodes I did earlier in the year. Stay tuned for more details.
  • linux.conf.au 2022, online, 14–16 January 2022 (TBC).
  • APRICOT 2022 / APNIC 53, 28 February to 3 March 2022.

[Photo: A male Australian king parrot (Alisterus scapularis) eating from someone’s hand at Bunjaree Cottages on 7 December 2021.]