My week of Monday 27 June to Sunday 3 July 2022 was full of fatigue and I don’t know why. I’m hoping it was just a routine week of blergh. In any event, the weekend saw the return of MORE RAIN, with 118.6mm recorded in the 24 hours to 9am today, and already another 46.8mm by 6pm, or just before.
I was so tired I didn’t get much done this week, at least that I can report here. But it’s a new financial year now so I’m hoping to ramp up the revenue — including getting some more regular writing gigs now that ZDNet Australia is gone.
I’ll be reviewing and plugging my writing. In the coming weeks I’ll tweet a daily link to something from the archives, with the hashtag #StilArchive2022.
- The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 306 days. Yes, on Monday we hit 300 days since I started photographing a flower bud, and on Friday it passed the 10-month milestone. Remarkable stuff.
Articles, Podcasts, Media Appearances, 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.
- This is very handy from @6NewsAU: A complete A-Z list of every political party that’s ever existed in Australia.
- Transport for London has released a batch of documents that show almost every Underground station in 3D format.
- Why are the sheep and cows in 19th century livestock portraits so rectangular? The Museum of English Rural Life explains in Consuming the Fat Cows.
- Scientists thought these monster waves were myth. Now they’re racing to understand them.
- The incredible story of the Australian invention of the puffer jacket, from 2019.
- Why webcams aren’t good enough, in which it is shown how for livestreaming video you’re probably better off using your phone.
- And finally, The Lowy Institute Poll is a wonderfully detailed look at Australia’s attitudes to the world. Worth reading every year.
The Week Ahead
Monday is the 20th birthday of the image that currently features on the home page of this website, so today I’ll re-create it. I may look a little different after two decades.
On Monday or Tuesday I’ll record a solo episode of The 9pm Edict podcast.
The 9pm Edict is supported by the generosity of its listeners. Do feel free to contribute to my upkeep.
This week I’ll also continue with the SEKRIT geek-work and editorial consulting that I haven’t been telling you about.
[Update 4 July 2022: I now have a plan!]
And towards the end of the week I’m hoping I’ll be able to record a special guest episode of the Edict. I’m just waiting for some emails that confirm the plans.
On Thursday afternoon I’m recording a podcast with Claire Connelly, a researcher, freelance journalist, and Policy Fellow at the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney. She’s been writing some great stuff recently for The Saturday Paper, including Profits up, wages down in today’s Australia, Greg Hunt’s final act against universal healthcare, and ‘Eviction by dereliction’: the decay of public housing.
If you’re a supporter who wants to cash in TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, please let me know by 4pm AEST this Wednesday 6 July.
- The 9pm Edict recording with Mark Humphries, 14 July 2022. If you’re a supporter who wants to cash in TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, please let me know by midday AEST next Thursday 14 July.
- 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 won’t be travelling physically to Singapore, but we’ll see.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022 (TBC).
[Photo: Grey sky over Katoomba, photographed on 2 July 2022.]