Weekly Wrap 699: From Sydney to Hobart, plus a podcast on AI

My week of Monday 16 to Sunday 22 October 2023 began in Sydney but ended in Hobart. I produced another podcast and have been planning more. You have been warned.


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  • Digital developments from Canberra 58. Face-matching legislation is on its way through parliament. Inquiries kick off into fighting cybercrime and regulating crypto assets. And the government ponders adopting Agile development. Also, some stuff from ASIO.

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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.


Not a good week for the world richest and most ridiculous billionaire.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

The first half of the week will be spent in Hobart, obviously, because here I am.

On Monday we’re going to MONA, the fabled Museum of Old and New Art, getting in the mood by inhabiting the Posh Pit on the MONA ferry on the way there.

On Tuesday I’m recording a podcast with cartoonist and artist Jon Kudelka. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC then please let me know by 8pm AEDT on Monday night.

(You might also want to check out our previous conversation from 2021, The 9pm Snakes, Steaks, and Mistakes with Jon Kudelka.)

On Tuesday night there’s an anyone-can-come evening at the Shamrock Hotel from 5.30pm AEDT.

Wednesday is about returning to Sydney and then catching up with Certain People. Thursday is about client work. Friday is about editing and posting the podcast with Mr Kudelka.

Further Ahead

  • NEW: Frog ID Week, 3–12 November 2023. Please be doing some science!
  • 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: Sydney Town Hall on the evening of 16 October 2023. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are flying at half staff in the wake of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum failing to pass.]