Weekly Wrap 618: Drones and cybers and caterpillars

My week of Monday 28 March to Sunday 3 April 2022 was remarkably productive, at least towards the end. A podcast, a news story, some editorial consulting, and even some progress on the geekery. There was even sunshine on Sunday!

I can’t tell you about the consulting or the geekery, so let’s just list the usual stuff.


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  • The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 215 days. Progress continues to be very slow. Is that down to La Niña?

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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.

On Wednesday morning I’m recording another special guest episode in the Edict‘s autumn series with journalist Greg Muller, producer of the podcast series Motherlode about the early Melbourne hacking scene and the emergence of a certain Julian Assange.

If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC to insert into this episode, I’ll need them by 6pm AEST this Tuesday 5 April. The finished episode will be posted on Friday.

Later on Wednesday I’ll try to catch the seminar Fighters, Mercenaries, Humanitarians, or Extremist Criminals? from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

[Update 5 April 2022: The weather forecast for Thursday currently predicts 60–200mm of rain. Let’s push back the Sydney trip.] Thursday Saturday is a Sydney day for the usual mix of activities and errands.

Further Ahead

[Photo: A cup moth caterpillar, which is to say some species of Limacodidae or Eucleidae. They’re a family of moths in the superfamily Zygaenoidea or the Cossoidea. According to Wikipedia, the placement is in dispute. This one was photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 2 April 2022.]