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.
You might be interested to know that in the last financial year (2021–2022) some 57% of my gross revenue came directly from you, the listeners to The 9pm Edict podcast and other supporters via my crowdfunding efforts. Thank you very much indeed.
When I say that your support makes things possible, it’s the absolute truth. Cheers!
- The 9pm State of Lenny Kravitz’s Underpants with David F Porteous, recorded and posted on Wednesday. With luck our comments about UK politics will remain valid for at least a few more days.
- Digital developments from Canberra 11, 28 October 2022. The Budget, the Privacy Act reforms in response to all the data breaches, and a whole bunch more annual reports.
You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.
Photos, Videos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None of any of these things. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.
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.
- “I think @elonmusk has made a huge mistake,” writes the much-respected Alex Stamos, former chief security office of Facebook.
- Stamos also appears on the Moderated Content podcast from Stanford Law School, Musk Flips the Bird, with evelyn douek, who was on The 9pm Edict in April.
- “You fucked up real good, kiddo, writes Nilay Patel at The Verge.
And on other topics:
- Frankie Boyle’s New World Order has returned for series six. Here’s the first episode.
- I’ve been enjoying the British political satire videos from Matt Green. Recently there’s been two or three per week.
- I don’t know how much of this is new information, but this ABC News backgrounder is fascinating: Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as Vladimir Putin’s chef, revealed as Wagner Group mercenary boss.
- The first episode of the Sounds of Space podcast is titled Juice Records – Techno Rebels. I haven’t listened to it yet, even though it was published in February. However those of you who know my back story will know that I was closely adjacent to the Adelaide techno scene at the end of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, so I’m looking forward to it.
- The original version was released in 1976, and this live version is from 2007. Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygène Live In Your Living Room.
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.
(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.]
- 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.