My week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 August 2022 felt like the beginning of spring accompanied by a surge of productivity. That’s not such a bad thing. Apart from the climate change implications.
Monday was the second day of (re-)implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) system, as described three weeks ago. I may write about this at more length at some point, but for now I’ll just say that the sense of accomplishment that comes from getting everything — nearly — back into a coherent system is real.
Despite losing a day and a half to the side effects of my fourth covid-19 vaccine, and another half-day migrating down to Sydney for a few weeks of housesitting, I managed to produce a podcast, write two blog posts, and a whole bunch more.
Meanwhile, time marches on. In just a few weeks it will be spring, so I’ve launched The 9pm Spring Series 2022 crowdfudner.
At the time of writing we’ve already reached 45% of Target One, which is fantastic.
There’s still at least two more special-guest episodes of The 9pm Edict to come before then, however, and you’ll see them listed below in bold.
Yes, I’m feeling good.
- The 9pm Space Telescope Titillation with Pulsar Boy Rami Mandow, recorded on Friday and posted on Sunday.
- Cyber leftovers at the end of the Morrison government, 6 August 2022. So, so many items labelled LAPSED. That doesn’t seem to have been the most productive government ever.
- Digital developments in Labor’s second week of Parliament, 6 August 2022.
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- The Waratah sequence 2021 has reached an end! The photos now span 339 days and the seeds have all been dispersed — although to be fair I removed the last few seeds myself. Plans to plant these seeds, and to produce a best-of series of these photos and a video of some sort, are still being considered, but should be firmed up in the next few days.
- Talking with Sir Tim Berners-Lee for iiNet (2013). Clearly not a new video, but it came up in conversation on the weekend and I discovered that the original sponsor, iiNet, didn’t have it online any more. So here’s a chat with the creator of the World Wide Web. There’s and a bonus appearance by British actor, writer and comedian Robert Llewellyn, best known for playing the mechanoid Kryten in the TV science fiction comedy Red Dwarf.
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Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
- The chemical imbalance theory of depression is dead, but that doesn’t mean antidepressants don’t work, which is quite a remarkable shift in the scientific worldview.
- This look back at the accounting records of Oxford University is quite amusing. Mysterious donors, salaries and swordfish – a year in the life of the University’s accounts.
- British comedian Sarah Millican has put three of her full shows on YouTube. Brilliant stuff.
- Ze Frank has produced another of his amazing nature videos, True Facts: The Self-Sacrificing Amoeba.
- And finally a reminder. Seoul Community Radio has some of the best DJ sets around. Check out Progressive House – Asianpayday: Loose Cannon from May. You can thank me later.
The Week Ahead
On Tuesday night I’m heading to a recording of ABC TV’s Win the Week hosted by Alex Lee and Craig Reucassel, after which I’ll have dinner with my co-conspirator.
How can I be part of Bond on Tuesday while I’m also at the ABC? I’m going to cheat by watching beforehand and pre-programming my tweets.
On Thursday afternoon I’m recording a podcast with Justin Warren. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, we’ll need them by midday AEST that day. Here’s his previous two episodes. This episode will be posted on Friday.
[Update 12 August 2022: Rescheduling the social life. I have what I hope is just a cold.]
Thursday evening will involve gin. The fact that I haven’t scheduled anything specific after that is entirely coincidental.
Nope, I’ll plod through some work and otherwise take it easy.
- Tech Leaders Forum 2022, Leura NSW, 20–22 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.
- American democracy in peril: The US Senate’s crucial role, United States Study Centre, online, 23 August 2022.
- The 9pm Edict recording with Dr Trent Yarwood, 24 August 2022. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, we’ll need them by 6pm AEST on Tuesday 23 August.
- The 9pm Edict recording with Umair Haque, date TBA. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, we’ll need them by 6pm AEST on Tuesday 23 August.
- APNIC 54, Singapore and online, 13–15 September 2022. I daresay I won’t be travelling physically to Singapore, but we’ll see.
- Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17–23 October 2022.
- Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022 (TBC).
- Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’m sure I’ll do something special.
[Photo: The Riley Hotel, formerly the Brighton Hotel, on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, photographed on 3 August 2022.]