My week of Monday 29 May to Sunday 4 June 2023 was more than a day ago, so technically this post is late. There’s not much directly from me, but there’s some client material and a lot of Musky news.
Still no signs of the fox, although we do have a wallaby. I think I’ll skip doing an update until we actually have some fox news.
- My client Lockstep posted the first full episode of their new podcast Making Data Better, titled Data in our digital lives: Many moving parts | 01. It’s a scene-setter. Do please listen to it, and let me know know what you think.
When I posted this on Twitter, I said: “I only did graphics and online tech for this, but hey I’m nice to clients.” I am touched that Lockstep founder Steve Wilson replied: “Graphics and online tech. And the strategic planning, story workshops, editorial reviews, production and distribution. We could not have done #MakingDataBetter or the #DVP without @stilgherrian.” So there we are.
- Digital developments from Canberra 38. Senate Estimates always provides some amusement, if by amusement you mean schadenfreude. We’ve had plenty of that, plus action on AI regulation, and much more.
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So much news of Elon Musk this week!
- “Elon Musk proclaimed that he would lobby to criminalise doctors providing it [gender-affirming healthcare for transgender minors] to trans youth. He then shared Matt Walsh’s What is a Woman on the second day of Pride Month.”
- Australian neo-Nazis are thriving on Elon Musk’s Twitter.
- Twitter executive responsible for content safety resigns after Elon Musk criticism.
- “Twitter has snapped up senior NBCUniversal executive Joe Benarroch, as Elon Musk continues to shake up the social media platform’s top team. Mr Benarroch starts the role on Monday, focussing on business operations. It comes less than a month after NBCUniversal’s head of advertising Linda Yaccarino was named as Twitter’s new chief executive.”
- Elon Musk wrapped up his first visit to China in years.
- Twitter’s value has plunged 66% under Elon Musk’s erratic leadership, costing him billions of dollars on paper.
- Elon Musk accused of insider trading in Dogecoin lawsuit.
- And yet Elon Musk reclaims title of world’s richest person, overtaking French billionaire Bernard Arnault, head of the LVMH luxury goods empire, who’s suffered some troubles.
- Finally, Here’s how Elon Musk reacted to his AI-generated photo as a baby.
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?
That would be in addition to this written list not instead of.
And in other news, just these two items because this is already very late:
- A Utah school district has removed the Bible from some schools’ shelves.
- A few weeks ago I mentioned Open Reel Ensemble’s music video Magnetize. Now they’ve released a making-of video. Brilliant stuff, on the second half is a matchup of the finished music video with the original storyboard.
The Week Ahead
Monday has already happened.
From 8am AEST it’s TimeGhost TV’s D-Day 24 Hours. This is a 24-hour livestream covering the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944 in real time. I was going to attempt to watch the whole thing live, but I’ll have work to do, and I know I’d be too tired to last the distance. That said, is anyone I know watching it too?
[Update 7 June 2023: I watched 11 hours of it on Tuesday and will knock off the rest of it by Thursday.]
Saturday is World Gin Day. I’m heading down to Sydney for a small social thing with friends. But you might like to organise a gathering of your own. Because, you know. Gin.
I’ll stay in Sydney overnight because it’s the long weekend for the King’s Birthday — that’s a change! — and I might be able to find some things to do.
- 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: I happened to be passing The Red Cow Hotel in Penrith the other night, 2 June 2023, and the red cow’s eyes were so beguiling.]