My week of Monday 20 to Sunday 26 June 2022 was much like the previous week. A podcast and some planning and some socialising, but not a whole lot else. I’m sure this will come back to bite me. The weather was nice though.
- The 9pm Flagpole of Mateship and Liveability, recorded posted on Saturday. This one’s just me having a spit about various matters which have been on my mind.
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- The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 299 days. It astounds me that tomorrow we’ll hit 300 days since I started photographing this flower bud, and on Friday it’ll be ten whole months.
- I’ve been cited in some more academic research! This time my 2020 article Twitter bots and trolls promote conspiracy theories about Australian bushfires was cited by Promoting and countering misinformation during Australia’s 2019–2020 bushfires: a case study of polarisation.
- One of my photos of Newcastle City Hall was used to illustrate an SBS Cantonese news story, 【城鎮介紹】新南威爾士的紐卡素.
Articles, Videos, Corporate Largesse
None of these. You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.
- TwoSet Violin has produced a wonderful short film and classical music video Fantasia, as well as a making-of video.
- 2022 Post-Federal Election Pendulum, being an analysis by the ABC’s Antony Green.
- 20 Things We Learned from China’s 7th Census. Sure, Sixth Tone is Chinese state media, bet then it’s it all? They publish a lot of fascinating material about modern Chinese culture.
- For those of you with an interest in the history of military technology, this half-hour documentary is a solid mythbuster, even if the title is a tad hyperbolic: The Biggest Lie of WWII? The Myth of the Norden Bombsight.
- I should be able to mute America. Just read it.
- As I’m sure you know by now, I’m a fan of the historical videos produced by TimeGhost TV, and that I’ve been following their World War Two in real time series. I hadn’t been following the sub-series War Against Humanity, though, because for obvious reasons it’s challenging stuff. Well, I’ve finally started, and while you too may find the whole series challenging, you may appreciate this early episode: The Neurology of Hate. Turns out it’s relatively easy to turn us into monsters.
The Week Ahead
This week I’ll continue to focus on the SEKRIT geek-work and editorial consulting that I haven’t been telling you about, because I want to clock up a few dollars before the end of the month.
Thursday is the last day of the 2021–2011 financial year, a time to reflect upon my (lack of) finances, especially with the demise of ZDNet Australia. I’d better start putting together some pitches.
At some time towards the end of the week there will also be a podcast, but I’m waiting to hear back from some pencilled-in guests before confirming who it will be.
- See that featured image on the front page of this website? It’s coming up to 20 years old. On 4 July 2022 I’ll re-create it.
- Opening of Parliament, Canberra, 26 July 2022. I’ll be watching online. And here’s the proposed parliament sitting calendar (PDF) for the rest of 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. Its purpose is for industry PR people to meet the journos who cover their clients.
- APNIC 54, Singapore and online, 13–15 September 2022. I daresay I wont be travelling physically to Singapore, but we’ll see.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022 (TBC).
[Photo: Bye bye, Magpie! An Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) departs after scavenging some food at Wentworth Falls station on 21 June 2022. It’s one of a pair who often come looking for food from the waiting passengers.]