A chunk of my week of Monday 3 to Sunday 9 October 2022 was taken up by the Gin Gala tasting event at the Centennial Homestead. But don’t worry, things were still achieved.
The Gin Gala was a Vintage Cellars promotional event, and extremely good value for money. I’ll be watching out for more such things in the future.
Unrelated to that — because it happened the day before — I needed to spend another whole day in bed. Again. I really must’ve needed that sleep!
It would be fashionable to blame the ’rona, somehow. I don’t think it’s the long covid, because the timing is wrong. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it were just a series of minor battles against random viruses, and we’re now hyper-vigilant regarding the symptoms.
- Digital developments from Canberra 8, 8 October 2022. There’s a whole bunch of fallout from the Optus data breach, and also a quantum thing… or is there?
- Yes of course Optus suffered a “cyber attack”, just one which looks like it was trivial to accomplish, 8 October 2022. This needed to be said.
You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning. Except it didn’t work this week for some reason. Sigh.
- On Wednesday morning I spoke about passwords and cybersecurity on ABC Canberra.
- On Thursday one of my really ordinary tweets was cited in a Pedestrian story, Peep The Wild Footage Sydneysiders Are Sharing Of The Rain-Induced Public Transport Chaos. I am happy to be a data point.
Podcasts, Photos, Videos, Corporate Largesse
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- From the Carnegie Foundation, How We Would Know When China Is Preparing to Invade Taiwan.
- And from War on the Rocks: Not so fast: insights from a 1944 war plan help explain why invading Taiwan is a costly gamble.
- The lead story in Tuesday’s Seriously Risky Business is well worth reading: The CIA is Too Stupid To Know It’s Stupid by @tomatospy.
- The B-52 was designed in a hotel room over one weekend (and will probably fly for 100 years).
- So many people need to read this piece by philosopher Pat Stokes from ten years ago: No, you’re not entitled to your opinion. And he’s right. You’re not.
- The Australian Federal Police has a new activity book for children.
- Paul Fairie has done another amusing Twitter thread, A Brief History of Kids Today Are Too Rude.
- Ze Frank has another of his wonderful nature videos, True Facts: Sea Cucumbers.
- And finally, something I haven’t looked at myself but which I’ve seen people argue about: The 100 greatest BBC music performances – ranked!. That should keep you busy.
The Week Ahead
On Wednesday I’ll check out the SANS Institute seminar, Industrial Control Systems Threat Landscape & Active Defense. I might catch the replay later.
At the end of the week I’ll produce another episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, but I haven’t figured out the details yet.
And of course there’s all the other work I don’t mention any more.
[Update 10 October 2022: Added those podcast recordings in bold. Update 12 October 2022: Date for Charles III’s coronation confirmed by Buckingham Palace.]
- Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17–23 October 2022.
- Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
- Record The 9pm Edict podcast with David F Porteous, 26 October 2022. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC then please get them to me by 8pm AEDT on Tuesday 25 October.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022. You can now register online and the program looks really good.
- Record The 9pm Edict podcast with H I Sutton of Covert Shores, November date TBA.
- Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’m sure I’ll do something special.
- Everything Open, Melbourne, 14–16 March 2023 (TBA).
- NSW state election, 25 March 2023.
- The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 4–5 April 2023.
- Coronation of Charles III, 6 May 2023, although I have no idea what I’ll actually do about it.
[Photo: The marquee on the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, Sydney, for the production of Moulin Rouge, photographed on 7 October 2022.]