Weekly Wrap 678: The Sapphire Weevil of Productivity

My week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 May 2023 was wonderfully productive, but I can’t tell you much about it yet. So here’s an old photo of a weevil, and some links to Interesting Things.

Yes, my major achievement was finally lodging my tax paperwork for the 2015–2016 financial year. I probably shouldn’t make such a bit deal of it, but with five more years to go, having made this significant advance is reassuring. At least I’m good from 2021–2022 onwards, at least as far as filing the paperwork goes.

Fox update

I know the weather has been cold at night, but the fox has still not been seen. I’m starting to get concerned for his health, Oh wait, we’re going to kill him anyway.


  • Not one of mine, and I wasn’t involved in the production apart from some vague advice and setting up the hosting, but my client Lockstep has launched Making Data Better. There’s a trailer up now, and the first full episode will appear on 1 June.


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Videos, Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None of these things. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.


The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here’s some more typically Musky action.

To repeat, I’ve been thinking of doing this list as a weekly 10-minute podcast that has the internal title Musk Watch but in fact would use the title Rhymes with Sasquash. Would you be interested?

And in other news:

The Week Ahead

This week I will continue be busy with client work, and everything else will be pushed into the background. One client, Lockstep, is introducing their Data Verification Platform model at the Identiverse 2023 conference in Las Vegas. And for another client, we’ve reached the final states of integrating their subscription paywall with a new CRM system, due to go live very soon.

On Sunday, at least, I’ll pop down to Sydney for lunch with a co-conspirator (yes that one).

Further Ahead

  • NEW: TimeGhost TV’s D-Day 24 Hours, online, 6 June 2023. This is a 24-hour livestream covering the D-Day landings in real time. Yes, I will attempt to watch the whole thing live. It starts at 0000 hours Central European Time on 6 June, which for me is 0800 AEST on 6 June. Is anyone I know watching it too?
  • World Gin Day, 10 June 2023. This will just be a small social thing with friends after the podcast recording, but you might like to organise a gathering of your own. Because, you know, gin.
  • The 9pm Public House Forum 8 livestream and recording, 24 June 2023 at 12.30pm (TBC). To stay informed you should be on the mailing list.
  • NetThing Internet Governance Forum, Brisbane and online, 28 August 2023 (TBC).

[Photo: A Botany Bay diamond weevil (Chrysolopus spectabilis), aka the sapphire weevil, photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 23 May 2021. Even though I have a lovely new camera thanks to my generous supporters, I’ve found less time for everything lately so I’ve been digging out older images from time to time.]