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.
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’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.
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- The 9pm Election Unhinging: Week the Sixth, recorded and posted on Thursday. Despite my tiredness I still produced an hour of content. But does anyone even care this late in the election campaign?
The 9pm Edict is supported by the generosity of its listeners, and the election mini-series is outside my planned budget because I am an idiot. Scroll back two paragraphs for instructions on what you should do next regarding crowdfunding.
- Announcing Bond on Tuesday #BondOnTuesday, 16 May 2022. Sure, I should’ve given people more warning, but we’re watching James Bond films on Tuesday nights.
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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.
Videos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
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- “The mainstream media’s coverage of the 2022 Federal election has been a disgrace to the profession of journalism and a stain on our democracy,” writes Tim Dunlop in It’s Time for a Voices of Journalism Movement.
- Cameron Wilson explains something you have have seen: A ‘WHO Pandemic Treaty’ conspiracy theory is the freedom movement’s last-minute scare campaign.
- ‘Smooth brain, just vibes’: what is life like for those who refuse the news? No, not smooth-brained as in stupid. “Fewer Australians are following the headlines – but there’s a fine line between switching off and staying connected to the world.” As you probably know I now limit my news consumption, although not to this extreme, and it does help.
- A Photographer’s Mission to Write Asian Americans Back Into History.
- Quite meta. Quite English. Quite funny. ‘What an unpleasant man’: Alan Partridge interviews Steve Coogan. Unless you don’t know character Alan Partridge, in which case it’ll just be confusing.
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.
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.
- What does a Kennedy in Canberra mean for Australia?, United States Study Centre, online, 31 May 2022.
- 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.
- TechLeaders Forum 2022, Leura NSW, 21–22 August 2022. After a hiatus during the Quarantimes, this once-annual gathering for tech journalists is returning for 2022.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022 (TBC).
[Photo: The Royal Hotel, Randwick, where I had an early dinner before watching the election results on 21 May 2022.]