Weekly Wrap 651: Ever more schadenfreude, a kookaburra, and an announcement about The 8pm Quiz

Two weeks in and I’m still wallowing in the ongoing soap opera that is Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. My week of Monday 14 to Sunday 20 November 2022 saw me waste so much time on that, but I also managed to push some commentary and other media objects.

I also made a decision about The 8pm Quiz, the livestreamed video quiz show which hasn’t been seen since the beginning of the year. I’ve pencilled in a few episodes across holiday season. I’ll confirm these plans by 1 December.

  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 1, 22 December 2022, 8pm AEDT (TBC).
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 2, 29 December 2022, 8pm AEDT. I’ll definitely do this second one, which will then not be numbered.
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Everything 2023, 5 January 2023, 8pm AEDT.

[Update 27 November 2022: I thought I’d better double-check that these dates are good. Please let me know your preferred dates by 8pm AEDT on Thursday 1 December.]

On the Twitter dramas

Like so many others right now, I’m mainlining on the schadenfreude of watching Twitter implode, although whether it will survive this chaos, and what it might look like if it does, remain to be seen.

If you follow me on Twitter and you’d like to stay in touch if I should move somewhere else, please leave me your email address at stilgherrian.com/twitterrecovery. I won’t use your address for anything else.

You can find my interim Mastodon presence at the URL eigenmagic.net/@stilgherrian or by searching on the platform for @stilgherrian@eigenmagic.net.

There isn’t much there yet, but starting tonight I’ll start to replicate some of my Twitter content. If I do migrate fully, it will probably be done in stages, gradually shifting over more of the purely social content until the Twitter feed is just the more mechanical stuff like links to my work, before finally shutting that down too. But right now it’s really hard to say.


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First, a whole bunch of updates on the Musk-Twitter drama.

And in other news:

The Week Ahead

Parliament is sitting this week, Monday to Thursday, and the same next week. I don’t know whether I’ll end up doing any journalism. I’m mainly focusing on my consulting clients.

On Saturday it’s the Victorian state election, so I’ll probably do something special. Watch this space.

Somewhere in there I’ll probably record the final special guest episode of The 9pm Edict podcast’s spring series — although there’s still three more days of November the following week. If not, I’ll record a solo episode. So much to talk about!

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Further Ahead

[Update 24 November 2022: I’ve had to cancel the two parties because I’m just too busy to take this amount of time out of my schedule.]

  • Annual Industry Boat Cruise, Networking Event & After Party 2022, which is an invitation-only event for the communications and internet industry, Sydney Harbour, 1 December 2022.
  • Watterson Christmas Party, Sydney, 2 December 2022. This is another invitation-only event, this time by one of the better tech public relations firms. Also, this is traditionally a very long Friday afternoon and a huge amount of fun.
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 1, 22 December 2022, 8pm AEDT (TBC).
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 2, 29 December 2022, 8pm AEDT. I’ll definitely do a livestreamed video quiz in the week between Christmas and New Year. I may or may not do the one before Christmas. I’ll decide by 1 December.
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Everything 2023, 5 January 2023, 8pm AEDT (TBC).
  • 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: A laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) hanging around waiting to be fed at Bunjaree Cottages on 15 November 2022.]