Weekly Wrap 673: So much Musk, so much fox trap, so little time

In many ways my week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 April 2023 represented another calm before a storm. I got plenty of client work done, did a radio spot, and finally locked in a venue for the Public House Forum recording next weekend, but the coming week is the big one.

Fox Update: The trap is in position

On Monday the local Community Pest Coordinator, a curious job title, brought us a fox trap, which we set up and camouflaged in the scrub at the edge of the fox’s regular route. This location is just 10 metres from my desk.

The camouflaged fox trap in position in the scrub at Bunjaree Cottages on 17 April 2023. (Photo: Stilgherrian)

We’re told it may take weeks to months to catch him. First he has to accept being close to the trap. Then we place food near the trap, and on subsequent occasions move it further inside, until he’s comfortable going into the cage and eating off the trigger plate. Then we close off the back and and allow him to become used to this more enclosed food source. Only then do we arm the trap.

And now we wait. So far, six days later, he has not been seen. That photo up the top is from last year. Soon, though. Soon…


I didn’t do a digital developments post this week because there wasn’t a lot of action. However in the last couple of week’s I’ve edited up some material related to my client Lockstep Consulting’s Data Verification Platform project.

You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.

Media Appearances

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The radio spot linked to above captures just a tiny part of the Musk-Twitter saga this week.

And in other news:

The Week Ahead

I’ve got plenty of client work this week, but my schedule will be built around the lead-up to Saturday afternoon’s podcast recording.

On Monday I’ll be doing some technical tests to make sure I have all the hardware and software working.

Tuesday is the public holiday for Anzac Day, but I have a client meeting in the morning. In the afternoon I’ll be running various errands, including getting hold of any additional equipment I might need.

Update 24 April 2023: On Wednesday I’ll zoom down to Sydney to double-check the layout of the recording venue. I’ll be doing plenty of work en route.

On Thursday evening I’ll run a test livestream with the full hardware and software load. If you check my Twitter and Mastodon feeds that night you might see an invitation to help me see how well it all works.

On Friday afternoon I’ll head down to Sydney for various purposes, including pre-recording a couple of segments for the livestream.

On Saturday afternoon it’s finally time for the The 9pm Public House Forum 7 livestream and recording at the Royal Exhibition Hotel at 86-88 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills. That’s directly opposite the Devonshire Street exit from Sydney Central station.

The recording starts at 1.30pm AEST, but I recommend arriving from 12.30pm so you can have lunch and a drink or three. That said, the pub opens at 9am. We’re using the rooftop terrace bar, which has a canopy and, if needed, heaters. So don’t worry about the weather.

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 forewarn the venue. Or just turn up, because there’s plenty of room.

The audio livestream will be at stilgherrian.com/live and on Spreaker apps. The video livestream will be on my YouTube channel. Both start at 1.30pm AEST on Saturday, and will be almost immediately available for replay.

Further Ahead

  • 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).
  • He Huang’s Bad B***h, The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, 17 May 2023.
  • 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: The fox seen at Bunjaree Cottages on 11 April 2022. We believe this is the same fox that we’re seeing this year.]