Weekly Wrap 658: The start to the new year is delayed but at least I have wine

My week of Monday 2 to Sunday 8 January 2023 was distinctly unproductive. In part that was planned. But mostly it was because I was without a suitable computer, and I had a cold or something. Nevertheless there was some good news.

The lack of computer wasn’t the only interruption to my usual workflow. The Blue Mountains line passenger trains haven’t been running since mid-December and there won’t be any trains until 21 January.

Crowdfunding update

The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2023: Click through to pledge your support

As you almost certainly know by now, my crowdfunding campaign The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2023 is under way to replace the MacBook Pro bought for me by generous supporters more than seven years ago.

This week there were major developments. Again.

First, I discovered that I’d costed out the whole project using using pricing from the Apple US site in US dollars instead of Australian pricing, so that required a bit of reworking. Oops.

Then we very quickly reached the revised Target Three. Thanks to a friend loaning me some cash until the Pozible funds are released in early February, the new computer has been ordered.

Indeed it would have been delivered on Friday except there were problems with the courier.

The campaign runs until Australia Day, 26 January 2023. We’re currently 80% of the way to the revised Target Four, which now represents a camera and a better external monitor. And I’ll be setting further targets this week. Please consider.

Podcasts, Articles, Videos, Media Appearances, Photos, Corporate Largesse

None of any of these things, just like last week. I told you I’d been unproductive.

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I’ll skip the Musk dramas once again, and since I haven’t been reading as much this week I’ll just throw in two amusements.

The Week Ahead

On Monday I’ll finally receive my new computer, so the afternoon and evening will be spent setting up everything properly and wrangling all the data.

[Update 9 January 2023: There have been further problems with the courier. Blame will be assigned once I have more information. Meanwhile Tuesday’s plan has been altered.]

Tuesday is a day trip to Sydney for errands, shopping, a haircut lunch with a co-conspirator. Yes, that one. Also, collecting the computer from a freight depot in Minchinbury.

Wednesday includes a couple of client meetings and related work.

[Update 12 January 2023: Even more courier problems and a bad decision on my part have led the more changes. The livestream will have to be shifted again — for the final time! — and my trip to Sydney will be shifted into next week. Such dramas! I’ll tell you about them in due course.]

On Thursday night it’s finally time for The 9pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 2, at 8pm AEDT. Click through and set yourself a reminder. One round will consist of questions about Georgia, just for ’Pong, because he’s currently living in Tbilisi.

And Friday sees another trip to Sydney for another variety-packed set of tasks.

On Friday I’m catching up with some important client work.

I daresay the weekend will include some catching up on work, because otherwise the month will be a bit thin on revenue.

Further Ahead

  • NEW DATE: The 9pm Quiz of the Year 2022 Part 2, Tuesday 17 January 2023, 8pm AEDT.
  • DATE CONFIRMED: The 9pm Edict recording with Elise Thomas, freelance journalist and OSINT analyst with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. She’s been on the podcast before in April 2021 and February 2022. We’re recording on 18 January 2023. If you’re a podcast supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, please get the details to me by 9pm AEDT on Monday 16 January.
  • The 8pm Quiz of Everything 2023 Part 1, 19 January 2023, 8pm AEDT.
  • The 8pm Quiz of Everything 2023 Part 2, 26 January 2023, 8pm AEDT.
  • End of The 9pm Hardware Refresh 2023 crowdfunding campaign, 26 January 2023, 9pm AEDT. I’ll be reporting the final hour during the Quiz.
  • Lunar New Year Comedy Festival, Sydney, 28 January 2023.
  • 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: The joys of being a regular! A generously poured glass of riesling at The Old City Bank in Katoomba, photographed on 3 January 2023.]