Weekly Wrap 698: Podcast planning and production, including a visit to UNSW

I finally kicked off a spring series of The 9pm Edict podcast during my week of Monday 9 to Sunday 15 October 2023, after a break of more than three months. Please encourage me to do more in the usual way: send money.

I also spent the week in Sydney, where I’m housesitting for the rest of this month, minus the upcoming Hobart trip mentioned below. The warmer than average spring weather has been refreshing, and I think quite good for me, even if it does mean that we’re all going to die.


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  • Digital developments from Canberra 57. The government’s Identity Verification Service is back on the agenda, along with new regulations for digital wallets. The National Anti-Corruption Commission reports on its first 100 days. And the head of ASIO reminds us that “words matter”.

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Videos, Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None of these, but see below for news of forthcoming podcasts. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear.


I’m not sure how long I can keep doing this. Elon Musk is ridiculous.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

On Monday I’m taking a day trip up to the Blue Mountains for various reasons, one of them being to kick off my Aussie Bird Count week for this year. I want to make sure that my magnificent magpie army gets included, even though the vast majority of the week will be spent in Sydney.

Tuesday through Thursday will be about work for clients, mostly, although I seem to remember something being said about dinner with people on Thursday night.

On Friday I’m posting the episode of The 9pm Edict podcast I recorded this week with Scientia Professor Toby Walsh about his new book, Faking It: Artificial Intelligence in a Human World.

On Sunday, Snarky Platypus and I are flying to Hobart of kick off The 9pm Hobart Expedition, burning off a bunch of loyalty pointes rather than spending too much cash.

We’re going to MONA on Monday 23 October, recording a podcast on Tuesday (see below), and there will be an anyone-can-come evening at a bar on Tuesday 24 October, venue TBA in next week’s Wrap and on the socials.

Further Ahead

  • The 9pm Edict podcast recording with cartoonist and artist Jon Kudelka, Hobart, 25 October 2023. The finished podcast will be published on 27 October.
    You might want to check out our previous conversation from 2021, The 9pm Snakes, Steaks, and Mistakes with Jon Kudelka.
  • The War On 2023: Annual Comedy Gala, Bathurst, 5 December 2023. For reasons which are not entirely clear, Snarky Platypus and I will be taking the train to Bathurst to see The Chaser’s end of year show there rather than in Sydney. We’re then continuing on to Orange the next day, returning to our starting points the day after.

[Photo: The Computer Science Engineering building at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, showing the bright red pipes where it’s connected to The Series of Tubes, photographed on 13 October 2023.]