During the week of Monday 21 to Sunday 27 March 2022 I was finally able to start addressing the mould problem. Thanks to La Niña’s reign of terror, mould has started appearing on almost every surface, and especially parts of the ceiling where moisture has seeped through from the adjacent storeroom whose roof has proved inadequate. The fierce brown bubbling of the bleach is most satisfying.
I also had a potentially ill-advised day of activities in Sydney on Friday. Lunch with a co-conspirator stretched right through the afternoon and into the evening, becoming a late dinner. There may have also been drinks. With the Blue Mountains trains still out of action, a bus leaving Penrith well after midnight enabled me to get home before 2am. Joy.
- The 9pm Pre-Election Flood-Affected War Drama, posted on Sunday Night. This is another solo but solid precursor episode to the official autumn series with special guests.
- I’ve blipped up on Uses This, a blog by Daniel Bogan, talking about the tools I use to do my varied work. Listing all the varied hardware and software I use got me thinking that I could easily simplify my podcast production and speed things up. But I am a creature of habit. Once I’ve settled into a workflow I usually stick with it.
- The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 208 days. How long will it be before these seed pods burst?
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- With certain Australian politicians giving their half-arsed opinions on a forthcoming deal between China and Solomon Islands, I thought it might be worth reading this from my friends at the Carnegie Endowment, What Island Nations Have to Say on Indo-Pacific Geopolitics.
- Australia’s anti-vaccine movement is collapsing.
- “Shoji Morimoto has built a cult following by offering himself as a warm body who can simply be there, liberating his clients from social expectation.” Meet the Japanese man paid to do nothing.
- Please enjoy this lengthy explanation of a Sumerian dog joke.
- And finally, a very funky tune from the Open Reel Ensemble, another musical group created by Ei Wada in Japan.
The Week Ahead
The usual main themes continue: the SEKRIT geek-work that I’m plodding through, some editorial consulting, and possibly some writing for ZDNet. There hasn’t been any of that last one this entire month, so I should probably fix that.
Tuesday is Budget Night in Canberra, the night when Australia’s Treasurer gets up on their hind feet to tell lies about the economy. This year it’s Josh Frydenberg again, one of the dullest speakers in Parliament. And it’s an election Budget, so it will have even more lies than usual.
On Thursday night I’m revealing the answer to A challenge: Where is the Hill of Dead Pets?, which is for me a sad occasion because it’ll mean the end of my long-running teaser.
As her website explains, “Being human, she naturally has a couple of podcasts, most recently as co-host of Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth series on the online information ecosystem”. And yeah that’s a fantastic series.
If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC to insert into this episode, I’ll need them by 8pm AEDT this Thursday 31 March.
- Aaron Chen at the Enmore Theatre, 5 May 2022.
- AusCERT 2022, Gold Coast, 10–13 May 2022 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference 2022 Canberra, Canberra, 31 May to 2 June 2022 (TBC).
- Nigel Ng’s The Haiyaa World Tour, Enmore Theatre, 9 June 2022.
[Photo: An enormous sausage roll which I bought at Bakehouse on Wentworth in Springwood while en route to Sydney on 25 March 2022.]