What a strange week, this week of Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September 2022! The death of Queen Elizabeth II followed so quickly after the departure of Boris Johnson as the UK’s prime minister, and it changed everything. I recorded a podcast, but before I’d really even begun to process what happened on the far side of the world. So more on that another time.
Meanwhile, spring is most definitely here. What a lovely day today!
- The 9pm Delusion of His Anserine Highness, Princess Timothy of Kew, and Other Observations, recorded and posted on Saturday. The title was originally written as “His Anserine Highness, Prince Timothy of Kew” but for some reason the word “Princess” came out my my mouth when I recorded the intro and I didnâ€™t notice until Iâ€™d done the mix. So fuck it. Princess it is.
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- Digital developments from Canberra 5, 10 September 2022. With Parliament now on a break for a few weeks I suspect these posts will take a break too.
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- Not mine as such, but I did upload Dai Le MP’s First Speech, 5 September 2022. She was the independent candidate who bear Kristina Keneally to win the seat of Fowler in Sydney’s south-west.
- I also uploaded Sam Lim MP’s First Speech, 6 September 2022. He was kind of a surprise win for the ALP in Tangney in Western Australia.
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Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
- Protests, â€˜biznezâ€™ and a failed coup: journalist Monica Attard on covering the empire Gorbachev allowed to collapse. One of my clearest memories of the turmoil in the collapsing Soviet Union, which I only saw via TV of course, was then-ABC journalist Monica Attard delivering a news report from the deck of a Russian tank while the Russian parliament building burned behind her.
- From the Australian Strategic Policy Institute: The geopolitical implications of Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine by Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb AM.
- New analysis from an Auckland research team provides insights into why Tongaâ€™s Hunga volcano eruption was so violent.
- “Liu Wenshu, a 27-year-old from northeastern Chinaâ€™s Liaoning province, has been recreating ancient Chinese armor for over two years.” And here’s a video via Sixth Tone.
- What big media can learn from small startups about digital safety in newsrooms.
- The recent episode of the Drunk Women Solving Crime with Janey Godley, Scottish comedian and recent cancer survivor, is a must-listen.
The Week Ahead
It’s going to be a very, very busy week. The intensity gets turned up when I head down to Sydney on Monday afternoon for a haircut, some back maintenance, and other tasks.
Tuesday is the really busy day. I’ll be at the University of NSW from 9.30am for the launch of the UNSW AI Institute, then at 3pm I’ll be recording a podcast interview with its chied scientist, Scientia Professor Toby Walsh.
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From 6pm Tuesday I’ll be at a recording of Win the Week recording at the ABC in Ultimo.
Then it’s time for Bond on Tuesday with the second of the two Timothy Dalton films, License to Kill (1989). 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 Iâ€™m also at the ABC? Just as on other occasions, Iâ€™ll have watched the movie beforehand and my reaction tweets will be pre-programmed. It’s the Magic of the Media!
In the background, I’ll also be keeping half an eye on the APNIC 54 conference livestream from Singapore from Tuesday to Thursday.
I return to the Blue Mountains on Wednesday.
On Thursday eventing there’s something I’d like to attend, but I don’t think I can be in Sydney for it: the UNSW Allens Hub Lecture with Genevieve Bell. You may well remember Genevieve Bell, Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University from a previous podcast episode, The 9pm Artificial Intelligence Doom Elevator. I’ll let you know if it’s recorded and posted online.
On Friday I’ll try to catch the seminar “AUKUS: One year on” from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, though maybe not live because it’s at 7am AEST.
- Win the Week recording, ABC Ultimo, 20 September 2022. This is the final episode in the series.
- Gin Gala, Centennial Park, 6 October 2022.
- 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.
- The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 4â€“5 April 2023.
[Photo: Bibronâ€™s toadlet or brown toadlet (Pseudophryne bibronii) photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 11 September 2022. At least that’s what I think it is.]