Weekly Wrap 648: Memories of last week’s millipede, with some fatigue

This week, Monday 24 to Sunday 30 October 2022, I recorded a fun podcast, registered disappointment with the federal Budget, accomplished important and much-delayed administrivia, and slept for many, many hours.

I still don’t know what the sleepiness is all about, but it’s persistent. Nevertheless, I filed my first income tax return in — cough! — [NUMBER REDACTED] years. I feel good about that, although there’s more to go as I work backwards through the backlog.

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This week Elon Musk became the new owner of Twitter, and Twitter Inc is now a private company. Many words have been said, but here’s some of the more interesting ones.

And on other topics:

The Week Ahead

As threatened, Tuesday sees my Melbourne Cup Day excursion to West HQ (formerly Rooty Hill RSL), which includes catching British comedian Bill Bailey at the Sydney Coliseum Theatre. There will be amusing tweets. There may even be a blog post or a podcast segment. I’ll remain in Rooty Hill until Wednesday.

Also on Tuesday night, Bond on Tuesday continues with the third Daniel Craig film Skyfall (2012). Find a stream and get ready at 8.30pm AEDT. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.

(Yes, this means that I’ll be pre-recording my reaction tweets again this week. Sorry, but not even my cabal of Bond fans can prevent me from enjoying Bill Bailey.)

On Thursday morning I’m recording an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast about submarines with H I Sutton of Covert Shores. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC then please get them to me by 9am AEDT this Tuesday 1 November.

That podcast will probably be published on Saturday.

Also on Thursday [Update 3 November 2022: or more likely Friday or even Saturday] I’ll be launching a new Pozible crowdfunding campaign, The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2022. It’s been more than seven years since my last major hardware purchase and my MacBook Pro really needs to be replaced before it becomes urgent again.

[Update 6 November 2022: I’ve pushed back the start of the crowdfunding campaign for one week to Thursday 10 November for a number of complicated scheduling reasons. I’ve also pushed back the podcast. It will now be posted on Tuesday 8 November.]

Further Ahead

  • UPDATED: Launch a new Pozible campaign, The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2022, 10 November 2022. It’s been seven years since my last major hardware purchase and my MacBook Pro really needs to be replaced. It’s my only computer.
  • Australian Museum’s FrogID Week, 11–20 November 2022.
  • TwoSet Violin concert, Singapore (but it will also be livestreamed, which is how I’ll be watching it), 16 November 2022, 7.30pm SGT / 10.30pm AEDT.
  • Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’ll probably do something special.
  • Everything Open, Melbourne, 14–16 March 2023 (TBA).
  • NSW state election, 25 March 2023. I’ll definitely do something special for this one.
  • The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, online, 4–5 April 2023.
  • Coronation of Charles III, 6 May 2023, although I have no idea what I’ll actually do about it.

[Photo: Some species of Polydesmidae, I believe, a kind of millipede, seen at Bunjaree Cottages on 21 October 2022. Yes, that’s last week not this week, but I didn’t take any photos this week.]