Weekly Wrap 640: Damaged by rain and other impacts, but happy enough

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 ’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 — though not every Saturday — 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.

Media Appearances

Podcasts, Photos, Videos, Corporate Largesse

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The Week Ahead

On Monday, federal parliament kicks off two sitting weeks, so that should be a source of endless fun.

On Tuesday night, Bond on Tuesday brings you the first effort of Timothy Dalton in the role in The Living Daylights (1987). Find a stream and get ready at 8.30pm AEST. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.

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.

Further Ahead

  • 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, 13–15 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, 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.
  • 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.]