Weekly Wrap 688: A volutus cloud was sighted, and I am happy with that

My week of Monday 31 July to Sunday 6 August 2023 was the third in a row where productivity has been relatively low. Fighting a cold was part of it, as was a weirdness of sleep patterns. Nevertheless I saw an interesting cloud.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 47. Parliament was back this week The action included a major report on foreign interference through social media, activity at the PJCIS, digital ID for goats and sheep, a bribery scandal at Home Affairs, and more fallout from the robodebt scandal.

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Podcasts, Videos, Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

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


If there’s one key theme to this week’s Elon Musk news, it’s that the rebranding from Twitter to X isn’t going well..

In other news:

The Week Ahead

I have a whole bunch of things to do for clients this week, and I’ll organise that around two scheduled items.

On Wednesday I’ll be heading down to Sydney for a variety of reasons.

And on Friday there’s the funeral for Trudi Hollinsworth, who I told you about last week.

I’ll also start organising a spring series of The 9pm Edict podcast. I know it’s been a while since the last episode, but I’m sure I can make that up to you.

Further Ahead

  • Aaron Chen’s Chen & Friends, Enmore Theatre, 18 August 2023. As an aside, Mr Chen has said that after this tour he’s moving to live in New York.
  • NEW: TechLeaders 2023, Pokolbon NSW, 26–28 August 2023.
  • NetThing Internet Governance Forum, Brisbane and online, 28 August 2023 (TBC). Sadly this now clashes with TechLeaders, but the videos should be online soon enough.
  • 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: A volutus cloud seen over Bunjaree Cottages on 5 August 2023. There’s another photo of this cloud at Reddit, where there’s also a link to video I made from the weather satellite imagery.]