Weekly Wrap 625: A change of scenery, a change of government

My week of Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May 2022 was of course dominated by Australia’s federal election. Before that wiped out my weekend — and the Coalition government — I finally locked in the next few podcast episodes, and kicked off a new way to waste my Tuesday nights, and yours.

I’ll save my comments about the election for this week’s podcast.

FINAL DAYS: The 9pm Winter Series 2022: Click for details

The Pozible crowdfunding campaign for the next season of special-guest podcast episodes ends this coming Thursday.

I’ve already lined up one very special guest indeed, economist Umair Haque, author of The New Capitalist Manifesto and Betterness: Economics for Humans, chronicler of the decline of America, and maker of disco.

There will also be another episode with Scottish author, social researcher, and podcaster David F Porteous, and a catch-up on the plague with Dr Trent Yarwood.

There’s more names to come, of course.

We reached Target One on Friday, and at the time of writing we’re 75% of the way to Target Two.

The campaign ends at 9pm AEST this Thursday 26 May. Please consider supporting The 9pm Winter Series 2022.


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  • The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 262 days. For those of you keeping track of the arithmetic, it’s not 264 days because the last photo was taken on Friday not today. Still not much action.

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The Week Ahead

I start the week in Sydney. Monday will consist of checking out of my accommodation, brunch, some shopping and errands, and the train back up the hill to Wentworth Falls.

Bond on Tuesday continues with the second of the canonical James Bond films, From Russia with Love starting at 8.30pm AEST.

On Wednesday I’ll catch a seminar from the SANS Institute, OSINT in the era of disinformation and fake news.

In between all that, there will be more of the SEKRIT geek-work and editorial consulting, and possibly even some writing for ZDNet. You never know.

On Thursday I’ll record and post The 9pm Election Unhinging: The Aftermath, providing you all with my excellent thoughts on the election outcome. That night, I’ll wrap up The 9pm Winter Series 2022 crowdfunding campaign.

On Friday afternoon I’m recording a special-guest episode of the Edict with astrophysicist Rami Mandow (@cosmicrami), founder of space news site SpaceAustralia.com. The finished product will be edited posted on Saturday.

If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please let me know by 6pm AEST on Thursday 26 May.

On Saturday evening I’m recording the podcast with David Gerard about all the dramas in the cryptocurrency and NFT realms. That episode will be edited and posted on Sunday.

If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please let me know by 6pm AEST on Friday 27 May.

Further Ahead

[Photo: The Royal Hotel, Randwick, where I had an early dinner before watching the election results on 21 May 2022.]