Weekly Wrap 680: Gin, Quong Tart, and a lack of productivity

My week of Monday 5 to Sunday 11 June 2023 was remarkably unproductive. However we celebrated World Gin Day on Saturday and learned more about the remarkable Quong Tart. That’s a man, not a dessert.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 39. It’s that weird gap between Budget Night and Parliament’s winter break, when things tend to be routine. And indeed, we have a bunch of Treasury work.

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Media Appearances

Podcasts, Videos, Photos, Corporate Largesse

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


As is now usual, here’s a quick update on the Musk-Twitter saga.

As you may know, 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. I’ve decided that I’ll do a pilot episode next week.

And in other news, just two items again this week because this is already late:

  • TimeGhost TV’s D-Day 24 Hours was a remarkable documentary. As a media professional I can only empathise with them over the various random glitches that peppered the finished product — typos, video frames that flashed up MAP HERE, and repeated script segments — but put all that aside. This is a significant piece of historiography. After all, 24 hours of spoken word is some 210,000 words or more.
  • The Kates (McLennan and McCartney) have written a new crime drama comedy, Deadloch. Watch it. At the time of writing the first four episodes are online and there’s a new episode every Friday.

The Week Ahead

Monday is the King’s Birthday holiday, and I plan to do very little. The week is then a mix of bookkeeping related to my tax filing backlog, some client work, and a solo podcast episode to get a few things off my chest.

Further Ahead

  • YET ANOTHER CHANGE: 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. I’m pushing back the date for this episode because I have a lot of client work coming up. However I do have plans for a different kind of special episode. Stay tuned.
  • NetThing Internet Governance Forum, Brisbane and online, 28 August 2023 (TBC).

[Photo: The bust of Quong Tart in Hercules Street, Ashfield, Sydney, photographed on 11 June 2023. His story is remarkable. See Wikipedia and the Australian Dictionary of Biography. The State Library of NSW also has a student resource page about Quong Tart for year 5 and 6 students.]