I began my week of Monday 29 August to Sunday 4 September 2022 in Sydney, spending an evening in a pub before returning to the Blue Mountains. Three days later I was exhausted, my body ached, and I spent the day in bed. I can guess what happened.
We know that people can still get covid-19 even if they’re vaccinated, and in my case that’s four doses. But of course the vaccines do work: A serious and potentially fatal disease is turned into a couple days of discomfort, with viral loads kept so low they don’t even trigger a rapid antigen test. Twenty-first century medical science is pretty cool, eh?
It might not have been the â€™rona, of course. All manner of random viruses will batter you for a couple days. But the pattern seemed about right. Oh well. This is the new normal.
- Digital developments from Canberra 4, 4 September 2022. Quite a lot from the eSafety Commissioner today. Starting next week, these posts will appear on Saturdays â€” though not every Saturday â€” rather than Sundays.
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.
- My 2020 article Twitter bots and trolls promote conspiracy theories about Australian bushfires continues to be the most-cited. This week it appeared in Promoting and countering misinformation during Australiaâ€™s 2019â€“2020 bushfires: a case study of polarisation, to be published in the December 2022 issue of Social Network Analysis and Mining.
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- An interesting-looking PhD thesis which I haven’t read yet, The Development of Nuclear Propulsion in the Royal Navy, 1946-1975.
- The headline makes this ABC News story sound like it’s boomer-nostalgia, but in fact it’s a great summary of Australia’s (un)employment policies since the end of WW2. What was the Commonwealth Employment Service? Why are people calling for it to return?.
- Worried about that nuclear power plant in Ukraine that’s been taken over by Russia? This episode of the Arms Control Wonk Podcast may or may not reassure you: Stealing the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
- There’s been some fantastic episodes of the Off Menu podcast lately. Maybe try those with Sir Lenny Henry and Professor Brian Cox.
- Have I Got News for Boris: A Special Tribute is a very special episode of the British comedy news panel show Have I Got News for You.
- An amazing little DIY project: I turned my Commodore 64 into a Theremin (with a spoon, a clamp, and six more components).
- AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences.
- Yes, you can reheat food more than once. Hereâ€™s why.
- Finally, if you love watching fast military jets, check out Growler Ball 2022.
The Week Ahead
On Monday, federal parliament kicks off two sitting weeks, so that should be a source of endless fun.
Thursday is a day of errands and lunch with a co-conspirator in Penrith, rather than going all the way to the Sydney CBD.
On Friday or Saturday I’ll record a solo episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, and I’ll also write a “Digital developments from Canberra” post.
- UNSW AI Institute Launch, University of New South Wales Sydney, 13 September 2022.
- The 9pm Edict podcast recording with Scientia Professor Toby Walsh, acting director of the UNSW AI Institute, 13 September 2022. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, please let me know by 7pm AEST on Monday 12 September. The podcast will be posted later in the week.
- Win the Week recording, ABC Ultimo, 13 September 2022.
- APNIC 54, Singapore and online, 13â€“15 September 2022. I won’t be travelling to Singapore.
- Win the Week recording, ABC Ultimo, 20 September 2022. This is the final episode in the series.
- 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.
- NSW state election, 25 March 2023.
[Photo: Flowers of some random wattle species, somewhat damaged by the rain. Photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 4 September 2022.]