Weekly Wrap 681: Fighting a cold in the winter cold, but at least there’s a couple of podcasts and a fox

My week of Monday 12 to Sunday 18 June 2023 wasn’t very productive at all, because I seemed to be fighting a cold or something. And yes the weather has been quite cold too. All the same, I did squeeze out two podcasts. Voomph!

Fox Update

Finally, 59 days after the fox trap was placed, the fox has been seen again. On Thursday morning.

There’s a brief video on Twitter. I must say, he’s looking thinner than he was two months ago. Winter will not serve him well.

I should also mention that the trap is not yet baited or set. The first stage was for him to accept that it’s just part of the landscape, and now that’s done. We’ll organise some bait in the coming week. Once he’s used to it being a potential source of food we’ll set the trap.


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  • Digital developments from Canberra 40. Serco loses its call centre contract, the RAAF gets 9 Squadron back, Google tries to redirect criticism, and some interesting new legislation hits the table.

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Media Appearances

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 most annoying billionaire in the world. This is also the list that informed a certain pilot podcast listed above.

And in other news:

The Week Ahead

Monday is a desk and paperwork day, I think, because I’m then spending most of Tuesday through Thursday down in Sydney.

On Tuesday afternoon I’m recording a pilot podcast episode with my good friend the Snarky Platypus, who has recently returned to the socials after a two-year break. If it’s any good I’ll post it Wednesday night.

If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC, please let me know by 2pm AEST this Tuesday 20 June.

Obviously there will be some proper work schedule in around all that.

Further Ahead

  • NEW: Cyber impacts on the US/PRC military balance, UTS Australia-China Relations Institute, online, 6 July 2023.
  • POTENTIAL NEW DATE: The 9pm Public House Forum 8 livestream and recording, 22 July 2023 at 1pm (TBC). To stay informed you should be on the mailing list, because this date is only tentative at this stage.
  • NetThing Internet Governance Forum, Brisbane and online, 28 August 2023 (TBC).
  • NEW: APNIC 56, Kyoto and online, 12–14 September 2023. I very much doubt that I’ll be going to Japan., but this is always such a good conference.

[Photo: Winter dusk in Leura, photographed on 15 June 2020. This is from three years ago, but this week has seen similar clear but chilly weather.]