Weekly wrap 672: A sunny afternoon reveals a silly street sign, and the world improves

Monday 10 to Sunday 16 April 2023 contained less weird fatigue, at least towards the end, so I think whatever was causing it has now stopped. Productivity is slowly returning. Meanwhile, there’s the fox…

Fox Update

While I haven’t been putting out the cameras every night, the pattern has been established Our fox appears in the hours before dawn at least once a week, maybe twice, depending on the weather. His latest appearance was Friday. We have organised the cage trap. More news next week.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 32. It’s another short week, but we’ve seen news about robodebt, sovereign citizens, AI faking tax returns, enrolment for voting, digital rights, and more. And an influencer has been banned from giving financial advice.

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Media Appearances

Podcasts, Photos, Videos, Corporate Largesse

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So many things happened in the Musk-Twitter saga this week, with the highlight being his long interview with BBC News.

And in other news:

The Week Ahead

On Monday morning we’re taking delivery of a cage trap and associated training, launching the more physical phase of our fox-based interactions. Stay tuned.

Thursday sees a three-hour client handover and training session, rescheduled from last week. It’s also the New Moon and a hybrid solar eclipse, which is auspicious.

On Friday I’m heading down to Western Sydney for late afternoon drinks. I’ll head down earlier to Blacktown to deal with some errands, such as getting a flu vaccine, and I daresay I’ll have dinner somewhere afterwards before going back up the hill.

And in between all that it’s as much client work as I can manage. Oh, and I have to finalise the details for the Public House Forum recording on 29 April. I’d better get on with that.

Further Ahead

  • The 9pm Public House Forum 7 livestream and recording, Sydney venue TBA, Saturday 29 April 2023, 12.30pm. Guests include Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist Cathy Wilcox and satirist Mark Humphries. Please click through to book a free ticket, or just tell me, so I know how many people might be coming and I can tell you when I choose the venue.
  • Coronation of Charles III, 6 May 2023, although I have no idea what I’ll actually do about it.
  • AusCERT Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast and online, 9–12 May 2023 (TBA).
  • Truth, Trust and Hope, “a global dialogue on disinformation and the erosion of public understanding and trust in science”, Nobel Prize Outreach, Washington DC and online, 24-26 May 2023.
  • NEW DATE: The 9pm Public House Forum 8 livestream and recording, 27 May 2023 at 12.30pm (TBA).

[Photo: One of the most ridiculous road signs in the Blue Mountains, nevertheless accurately describing the break in Railway Parade at Wentworth Falls, which falls short of reaching the station itself, and where the street continues. Check it out on Google Maps. Photograph taken on 15 April 2023.]