The main products from my week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June 2023 were a long podcast and a regular blog post. The other main achievement was surviving some annoyingly cold weather. The puppy just appeared, somehow. His name is Charlie and he is an idiot.
Fox update: Is the fox dead?
On Monday I was told that early that morning a fox had been found severely injured at the side of a road only a few hundred metres from where I sit. A passing driver stopped and took it to a vet to be euthanised.
I don’t have ay photos or other description because I heard this third-hand, but the timing fits with when “he”our” fox was usually comes by. I’ll still leave the cameras out, and update you if and when we learn anything.
- The 9pm Bad Nasi Goreng Makes the Merlion Sad with Snarky Platypus, recorded on Tuesday and posted late on Wednesday. If you’d like to hear more from him, please let me know.
I’m currently surveying my podcast listeners to find out what you’d prefer listening to. Please go to The 9pm Quick Survey 2: Whaddyawant? by this Friday 30 June 2023.
- Digital developments from Canberra 41. Australia’s new cyber boss was announced, a new Data and Digital Government Strategy dropped, and more.
As we approach the end of the financial year, I am thinking about going back to doing more reportage.
You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.
Videos, Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None of these things. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.
In a week of strange news, Elon Musk manages to make it even stranger than usual.
- Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk say they’re up for a cage match. Who would win?. Yes, they’re using trial by combat to decide… something… who knows… but perhaps we should bring back trial by ordeal?
- Andrew Tate offers Elon Musk kickboxing training ahead of ‘cage fight’ against Zuckerberg: ‘You will not lose’. Yes, this is the same Andrew Tate who was charged with operating a sex trafficking business, and who along with his brother is currently under house arrest in Romania. “They are both under a criminal investigation over allegations they committed abuse against seven women. Each brother faces charges of human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women.”
- I wonder why they’re even doing this. Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg cage match could make over $1 billion. Oh yeah. That.
- Or is the whole thing off now? “Elon Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, has intervened to stop the proposed cage fight between her son and Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.”
- Elon Musk says it would ‘not be legal for me to speculate about a Starlink IPO’ — but it’ll make the world’s richest man even richer. Weird. The legality of what he says about his investments in public has never troubled him before.
- “Australia’s cyber watchdog [Woof!] has called on Twitter, which is owned by multi-billionaire Elon Musk, to explain its handling of online hate.”
- Elon Musk keeps making ludicrous claims about bots and spam.
- ‘I’m A Nobody And He Calls My Employer?’ Elon Musk Silences Tesla Critics By Deactivating Twitter Accounts And Reaching Out To Their Employers.
- And finally, here’s a relatively recent update of Who owns Twitter?. Musk as the solid majority shareholder, of course, but then it’s our good friend Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Did you listen to Rhymes with Sasquatch | Pilot? Is this something you’d like more of?
In other news:
- What is Secure? An Analysis of Popular Messaging Apps. “Follow Signal’s lead and encrypt or don’t store metadata. Signal is the only app that has taken steps to hide users’ profiles, contacts, group metadata, and even message sender information.”
- The 2023 Lowy Institute Poll is out. “or nineteen years, the Lowy Institute’s flagship annual poll has revealed how Australians see the world and their place in it.”
- Jonathan Green’s piece in The Monthly about Canberra’s Midwinter Ball is worth reading.
- A fun book for anyone interested in language: Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase, by J Redding Ware; 1909; Routledge, London.
- A fun game where you have to guess which year a photo was taken: Chronophoto.
- And finally, another excellent short film from Ze Frank, True Facts: The Curious Adaptations of Sharks.
The Week Ahead
This will primarily be a bookkeeping week to wrap up the financial year, which happens on Friday, although I also have a variety of client tasks to knock off. I’ll schedule that day by day.
On Saturday I’ll start the second half of 2023 with a planning day.
Sunday will see a day trip to Sydney for lunch with a co-conspirator and maybe some errands.
- Cyber impacts on the US/PRC military balance, UTS Australia-China Relations Institute, online, 6 July 2023.
- 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).
- 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 (TBC).
[Photo: Charlie the Puppy, a new resident at Bunjaree Cottages who’s a cross between a golden retriever and a husky. Photographed trotting with his ears up on 19 June 2023.]