Spring is definitely here, along with hay fever. My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 September 2022 saw me create a podcast which immediately became out of date, make friends with a kookaburra, and sneeze a lot.
- The 9pm Trickle-Down Containers of Hackers and Grief, recorded and posted on Saturday. An updated version was posted on Sunday afternoon to reflect new developments in the Optus data breach story. The update starts at 55m02s.
- Digital developments from Canberra 6. There’s quite a lot here. DTA slammed by ANAO, AUKUS first birthday, a quantum advisory panel, a new RAAF drone, myGov audit, and more.
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- The final episode in series two of Win the Week aired this week. If you haven’t yet done so you should check it out on ABC iView.
- Comedian Aaron Chen’s stand-up special is now online: If Weren’t Filmed, Nobody Would Believe.
- This law makes it illegal for [Australian] companies to collect third-party data to profile you. But they do anyway. The relevant law is Australian Privacy Principle 3.6, part of the federal Privacy Act 1988 , but apparently it has never been enforced.
- Morrison joins hard right IDU’s embrace of Viktor Orban. Worth reading to see how former prime minister Scott Morison, as well as Tony Abbott and John Howard and a bunch of other Australian politicians are associating themselves with some far-right ideologies.
- It’s not for every organisation, but maybe it is for yours: How to Write Email with Military Precision.
- How a 300-Year-Old Dictionary Birthed China’s Comic Sans, although personally I don’t think that comparison is quite right. “Twelve years ago, a young type designer created a rudimentary font based on a photocopy of the Kangxi Dictionary. Within months, it was on everything from restaurant menus to propaganda posters.”
- You may enjoy reading James Joyce’s Love Letters to His “Dirty Little Fuckbird”.
- Termites love global warming – the pace of their wood munching gets significantly faster in hotter weather.
The Week Ahead
Apart from the work I’m not telling you about, and apart from it being another wet week ahead thanks to La Niña…
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And then it’s the long weekend for Labour Day on Monday 3 October, although I’ll make sure to post the podcast before I down tools on Saturday.
- Gin Gala, Centennial Park, 6 October 2022. A few of my friends will also be there so it might make for an interesting occasion. I may also record some bits for a podcast.
- Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17–23 October 2022.
- Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022. You can now register online and the program looks really good.
- 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, 4–5 April 2023.
[Photo: A somewhat damp laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) waits in the rain for some more food at Bunjaree Cottages on 22 September 2022. This one has decided to hang about because it’s figured out I’m a soft touch.]