Weekly Wrap 689: Laryngitis and a pretty little spider

My week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 August 2023 was dominated by laryngitis. So that’s that. But do read on, because there’s some interesting things that don’t involve me.

If you want to know how the laryngitis went, listen to me sounding like a contra-bass duck on Thursday. On Friday I sounded like a pubescent boy with a cracking voice. And by Sunday night I was almost sounding normal.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 48. So many topics this week. Shoddy work from Home Affairs. Shoddy IT procurement. Surveillance. Digital identity. Data breaches. And pigs. Feral pigs. FERAL PIGS!

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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.


Sometimes I wonder why I’m bothering with tracking Elon Musk news. But then he’s one of the richest people on the planet, so what he says and does can change things.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

Assuming for the moment that I really have dealt the laryngitis a solid blow, this will be a solid week for client work, at least for Monday to Thursday. Obviously I’ll pace it out a bit.

On Friday I’m heading to Sydney for a medical appointment and then Aaron Chen’s Chen + Friends at the Enmore Theatre. I’m looking forward to catching Mr Chen before he heads off to live in New York. I’ll be staying down in Sydney for the weekend, which will include a session of geekery on Saturday for a friend. I’ll return to the Mountains on Sunday night.

Further Ahead

  • TechLeaders 2023, Pokolbon NSW, 26–28 August 2023.
  • 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 red and black spider (Nicodamus peregrinus) photgraphed at Bunjaree Cottages on 12 August 2023.]