Weekly Wrap 692: Three locations and too much fatigue, but I learned things and plan to go for a walk

My week of Monday 28 August to Sunday 3 September 2023 began in the Hunter Valley, passed through Sydney, and ended up with me having a relatively unproductive week back in the Blue Mountains. But there’s still some links to Interesting Things.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 51. Website age verification dropped, business registers modernisation program dumped after spending billions, Centrelink bad, furore at the OAIC, fixes for the gig economy, and more.

You can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to an email compilation of any new stories each Sunday morning.

I know I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I plan to get back into some journalism-type writing soon, but that will be happening soon. The planning, that is.

Podcasts, Videos, Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None of these again this week, apart from some corporate largesse relating to TechLeaders which I described last week. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.


As I write this Elon Musk is reportedly at the Burning Man festival, which is currently sinking into the mud after 150 mm of rain. Elsewhere, his reputation continues to do the same. [Update 4 September 2023: Musk is not at Burning Man. That was just a rumour.]

In other news:

The Week Ahead

Monday is about scoping out a client project, something I’ve been a bit tardy in doing. Tuesday is about doing things for clients too, with the exact plan to be figured out on the day.

[Update 6 September 2023: The planned walk on Wednesday has been postponed due to reasons my end. We’ll probably slot it in next week some time.]

On Wednesday I’m heading to Sydney for a social day, and we’ll be going for a walk.

You see, back in 2010, Snarky Platypus and I would go wandering in Sydney suburbs we were unfamiliar with. Some of these walks were quite long, as this map shows.

If the map doesn’t show up, try here.

This week we’ll be meeting at Merrylands and walking to Bankstown, which is around 13 km. We’ll probably diverge from the most direct route, and take breaks at suitable watering holes along the way.

Thursday and Friday will be working days. On Thursday evening I’m scheduled to do ABC Radio’s RN Drive Big Tech spot at 4.50pm.

Further Ahead

I definitely won’t be paying attention to all the conferences and seminars, but they’re certainly possibilities.

  • NEW: Groundhog Day – A series of roundtables by IERLab, online, 11 September 2023 (TBC). “A one-day online-only open-access collection of roundtables on the cyclical nature of academic spotlights and hot topics, and some of the frustrations related to the ahistoricity of the discussions and moral panics. We will address the cycles, patterns, templates, etc., related fatigue on digital media discourse.”
  • 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 that I’ll be watching some of it online, probably.
  • NEW: CyberOZ 2023: Engineering The Future of Cybersecurity, IPv6 and AI, University of NSW, 15 September 2023 (TBC).
  • The 9pm Hobart Expedition, 22–25 October 2023. Snarky Platypus and I have planned a voyage. I may well be recording a podcast there. We’re definitely going to MONA on the Monday, though, and I’m amused by this review in The Irish Times back in 2014: Mona, the world’s most expensive joke?.

[Photo: Crossing the Hawkesbury Estuary on the M1 Pacific Motorway at dusk on 28 August 2023.]