My week of Monday 15 to Sunday 21 August 2022 was haunted by the cold which continued from last week, although as I write this I seem to have finally recovered. Nevertheless, I did quite a bit of sleeping, and some of my SEKRIT geek-work and editorial consulting was delayed.
As I write this I’m in Leura in the Blue Mountains, where snow is forecast for Tuesday. Fortunately I’ll be back down in Sydney by then, continuing my stint of housesitting, but it reminded me that there was snow here last year â€” and that’s why I’ve included a picture.
The crowdfunder for The 9pm Spring Series 2022 ends this Thursday.
At the time of writing we’re just 79% of the way to Target One with five days to go.
There’s still at least one more special-guest episode in the winter series of The 9pm Edict to come, however, and you’ll see the details below in bold.
Not written by me but edited by me, some more Stephen Wilson blog posts:
- Why plastic cards are a model for verifiable credentials as a service was posted this week.
- Two more from a couple weeks back which I forgot to mention: On sovereignty and identity and How the language and metaphors of identity mislead us.
- And two more from a little further back: Understanding blockchainâ€™s consensus and why youâ€™d want to use it and Blockchainâ€™s energy consumption is literally about power, though that last one was only posted this week.
You can read my own previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.
- In the first instance of corporate largesse since the Beforetimes, since late February 2020 to be precise, my attendance at the Tech Leaders Forum 2022 in Leura was covered by the organisers. I’ll provide a full list of said largesse next week.
Podcasts, Photos, Videos, Media Appearances
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- The cult but influential 1990s sitcom The Larry Sanders Show starring Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, and Rip Torn is currently on Binge, and probably elsewhere. You should check it out.
- An interesting side episode from TimeGhost’s World War Two in Real Time channel, How Accurate is Saving Private Ryan? – WW2 D-Day Special.
- My friends at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace have started a new series on Japanâ€™s startup ecosystem.
- “For more than 40 years, Philip White carved a career with words. As a wine scribe, he is revered the world over for the breadth of his vinous knowledge and vocabulary. Three years ago (almost to the day), cancer pulled the rug of mortality beneath his feet, muted his olfactory precision, and dulled his prolific words. As inspiration gradually returns, he shares his thoughts on life, death and the moments in between,” writes Katie Spain in An Hour with Philip White.
- Something to cheer you up: What could a nuclear war do to the climate â€” and humanity?.
- Finally, an interesting essay from someone called Ava, modern malaise: a theory.
The Week Ahead
It’s a busy week, the first day of which will be spent in Leura for day two of Tech Leaders Forum 2022. I return to Sydney for my SEKRIT housesitting that evening.
On Tuesday I hope to catch American democracy in peril: The US Senate’s crucial role from the United States Study Centre, although I do have quite a bit of work to do.
On Tuesday night, Bond on Tuesday sees a reprise of Sean Connery in the role in the non-Eon film Never Say Never Again (1983). Find a stream and get ready at 8.30pm AEST. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.
On Wednesday evening I’m recording an episode of The 9pm Edict with Dr Trent Yarwood. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode,
we’ll need them by 6pm AEST this Tuesday 23 August. The finished podcast will be posted on Friday or Saturday.
[Update 23 August 2022: Let’s extend that deadline to 4pm AEST this Wednesday 24 August.]
I’m still hoping to record an episode with Umair Haque, but we’re still having trouble coordinating a date. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for him, let me know as soon as you can.
On Thursday night it’s the wrap-up of The 9pm Spring Series 2022 as previously explained. You have until 9pm AEST to pledge your support. Please consider.
- APNIC 54, Singapore and online, 13â€“15 September 2022. I won’t be travelling to Singapore.
- Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17â€“23 October 2022.
- Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27â€“28 October 2022.
- Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’m sure I’ll do something special.
[Photo: Snow at the Alexandra Hotel, Leura, photographed on 10 June 2021.]