Weekly Wrap 636: With all this productivity it must be spring!

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.

The 9pm Spring Series 2022: Click for details and to pledge your support

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.



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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.


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Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse



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.

Also on Tuesday night, Bond on Tuesday continues with For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore. Find a stream and get ready at 8.30pm AEST. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.

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.

Further Ahead

  • 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.]