Weekly Wrap 654: A surge of productivity and a surprise train

I got a lot done in my week of Monday 5 to Sunday 11 December 2022, most of it currently-invisible work for clients. One lovely surprise was seeing a brand new NSW TrainLink Mariyung D-Set train, so new it still had plastic sheeting over its windows and seats. I hope the industrial dispute and modifications to the trains are completed soon so we can actually use them.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 17, 9 December 2022. Parliament may have finished for the year, but that just means there’s time for some announcements. Cybersecurity! Foreign influence! The myGov app! DNS! And more.

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Media Appearances

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

And in other news:

The Week Ahead

It’s another busy week for me, and just like last week there’s plenty of work in the queue for two different clients, as well as the crowdfunding campaign to launch, and more.

The week starts in Sydney, however, where I’ll have a slow-start Monday after Sunday’s alcohol-based social events. Errands, shopping, and a train back to the Blue Mountains will fill out the day.

Update 13 December 2022: On Thursday morning I’ll be watching a livestream from the US National Academy of Science, Apollo 17 – 50th Anniversary Celebration.

On Thursday night I’m finally launching The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2023 crowdfunding campaign, accompanied by a solo episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. This campaign is about replacing my now 7-year-old MacBook Pro, bought by my supporters back in 2015, before it becomes critical.

The final special-guest episode of The 9pm Edict spring series is running late, but I’ve pencilled in a few potential guests and plans will congeal very soon.

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The 9pm Quiz of the Year 2022 part 1: Click for the YouTube page,

COMING SOON: The 9pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 1, a video livestream on Tuesday 20 December at 8pm AEDT. It’s the first of four.

Click through and set yourself a reminder, you hear?

Further Ahead

  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 1, 20 December 2022, 8pm AEDT. Note that this first one is on Tuesday while all the rest are on Thursdays.
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 2, 29 December 2022, 8pm AEDT.
  • The 8pm Quiz of Everything 2023 Part 1, 5 January 2023, 8pm AEDT.
  • The 8pm Quiz of Everything 2023 Part 2, 12 January 2023, 8pm AEDT.
  • NEW DATE: End of The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2023 crowdfunding campaign, 19 January 2023 (TBC).
  • Everything Open conference, 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 brand new NSW TrainLink Mariyung D-Set train, the New InterCity Fleet (NIF) and subject of much industrial action, at Sydney Central station platform 1, on 11 December 2022. There’s a few more photos on Twitter.]