Weekly Wrap 614: La Niña continues her reign of terror and we’re all sick of it

Monday 28 February to Sunday 6 March 2022 was another week of wet weather in eastern Australia with more floods and a general air of depression. That said, I don’t have much to complain about personally.

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  • The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 187 days. There’s been little progress in the past week, and the wet weather continues, so I’m not sure long we’ll be in what feels like a holding pattern.

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I’ve been avoiding getting too deep into the coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war for various reasons. However one of my few daily reads is from a man currently styling himself as Major General (just retired!) Mick Ryan. His most recent gig was as head of the Australian War College.

He’s posting his analysis on Twitter daily, and I’ve been making sure they’re in Threadreader and the Internet Archive — although others have usually done it before I have. Here’s the first 10 days.


  • Another useful analysis of the war is Putin’s War: The Daily Ukraine Brief.
  • “This is a thread that will explain the implied poor Russian Army truck maintenance practices based on this photo of a Pantsir-S1 wheeled gun-missile system’s right rear pair of tires below and the operational implications during the Ukrainian mud season.”
  • “Yes, all the things in the original thread are valid, but these Chinese tires simply don’t have the load ratings needed for equipment like what’s shown. They are poorly-constructed and barely-inspected truck radials. The equivalent Michelin product is inspected and x-rayed (!!!).”

Apart from the war…

The Week Ahead

My main themes continue to be the SEKRIT geek-work that I’m slowly plodding through, and possibly some writing for ZDNet.

On Monday I’ll try to catch Scott Morrison speaking at the Lowy Institute at lunchtime, and later in the day another session in The Sydney Dialog from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Who Works? The Crisis of Automation in the Indo-Pacific.

On Tuesday morning there’s a panel from the United States Studies Centre, Is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a turning point for all US allies or just NATO?, but I’ll have to watch the recording later because reasons.

And on Thursday Anthony Albanese is speaking at the Lowy Institute.

Friday is a Sydney day for various errands and social things.

On the weekend I might produce a solo episode of the Edict, or I might just take it easy.

Further Ahead

[Photo: Washed-out track at Bunjaree Cottages. After days of rain, one of the tracks leading to Bunjaree Cottages is still sodden. Photographed on 4 March 2022.]