Weekly Wrap 637: “I’m sorry, I have a cold,” he said, before descending into aero-nostalgia

My plans for the week of Monday 8 to Sunday 14 August 2022 fell into chaos. I had a sore throat, though it wasn’t the ’rona. And I slept much longer than usual. At least I got a podcast done, and some tax paperwork.

My thanks to the friendly and efficient nurses at St Vincent’s Hospitals’ COVID-19 testing clinic. Total elapsed time between arriving and leave was five minutes, and most of that was me filling out the paperwork.

As mentioned before, I’m housesitting in Sydney this week and through to the end of the month. Originally I’d thought, “Great, I’ll get out and about a bit more.” In fact I’ve gotten out less because outdoors is now six floors away rather than just outside the window with all the forest fauna demanding I feed them. I’ll try to address that issue in the coming week.

This week I also noticed that various people I know are flying again, some of them internationally. Clearly I need to sort out another masthead or two to write for so I can get some more of that sweet corporate largesse happening.

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The Week Ahead

On Tuesday night I’m heading to another 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. You can probably still get tickets, and they’re free.

Also on Tuesday night, Bond on Tuesday reaches the halfway mark of its journey through time with Octopussy (1983) 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? Just like last week, I’ve watched the movie beforehand and I’ve already pre-programmed my reaction tweets.

Friday evening will involve gin. This is the gin that was rescheduled from last week.

[Update 15 August 2022: Two changes. I might well insert a solo podcast episode at the end of the week, with pre-production on Friday and recording on Saturday. And I’ll skip the optional Saturday night dinner at Tech Leaders.]

On Saturday Sunday morning I’m heading up to Leura in the Blue Mountains for Tech Leaders Forum 2022, which runs through to Monday. 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. It’ll be interesting to see how things have changed.

Further Ahead

  • 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 won’t be travelling physically to Singapore.
  • Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17–23 October 2022.
  • Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
  • NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022.
  • Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’m sure I’ll do something special.

[Photo: A little aero-nostalgia for me this week. This is Virgin Airlines ATR 72-600 registration VH-VPI seen at Sydney Airport five years ago, on 1 August 2017. I was on my way to Canberra for a seminar at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.]