Weekly Wrap 628: A podcast, a comedy, a sad ending, and rather a lot of alcohol

I did a lot of drinking during my week of Monday 6 to Sunday 12 June 2022. I am comfortable saying this. As I’ve already posted, ZDNet Australia has been shut down so I had a very long lunch with colleagues. And I enjoyed drinks both before and after catching the wonder Nigel Ng at the Enmore Theatre. I still managed to produce a podcast and do some other work, so there.


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  • ZDNet Australia is no more, a blog post written and posted on Saturday. Yep, ZDNet‘s Australian office has been shut down. Farewell, everyone.

You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning. And as I said in the blog post, here’s an archive of my ZDNet stories


  • The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 285 days, and now include some images clearly showing the ripening of the seed pods.

Media Appearances

Videos, Corporate Largesse

None of these. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.


The Week Ahead

Monday is the public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday. I plan to be quite lazy.

Bond on Tuesday continues with the fifth James Bond film to be released in cinemas, but one which isn’t part of the Eon Films series: Casino Royale (1967) starring David Niven. Get ready at 8.30pm AEST. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.

On Thursday I’m recording a podcast with David F Porteous before going to lunch with a friend. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please let me know by 6pm AEST on Wednesday 15 June. The finished podcast will be posted on Friday.

In between all that, there will be more of the SEKRIT geek-work and editorial consulting, and I know I’ll be doing quite a bit this week. Except on the weekend. I don’t know what I’m doing on the weekend.

Further Ahead

Things are always a bit quiet at the turn of the financial year.

  • 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. Its purpose is for industry PR people to meet the journos who cover their clients.
  • NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022 (TBC).

[Photo: A sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) hunched up against the cold in Katoomba NSW on 12 June 2022.]