Weekly Wrap 703: This week’s magpies, last week’s flower, and a podcast about China

I had a great week this week, Monday 13 to Sunday 19 November 2023. Settling into regular podcast production again has felt good. The magpies have been plentiful and boisterous. And I generally got a lot done.

Crowdfunding Update

Today The 9pm Summer Series 2023 reached 50% of its first target with 11 days to go. Thanks so much.

This crowdfunder is about more special guest episodes of my inappropriate and often disturbing podcast for grown-ups The 9pm Edict and other projects.

Oh, and about my survival over the holiday season — but let’s not get too dramatic.

Target One will get you four special-guest episodes of the Edict. Target Two gets you two more. And then I’m considering a four-part series of The 8pm Quiz video livestream, like last year. Or maybe some other projects. We’ll see.

Please click through for all the details and to pledge your support.

The campaign ends on 30 November 2023 at 9pm AEDT. Please consider, because that’s not long away.


The 9pm Edict is supported by the generosity of its listeners. Please support The 9pm Summer Series 2023 just described.

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  • Digital developments from Canberra 62. Big week! Fallout from the Optus failure. Response to the robodebt royal commission. The ASD’s cyber threat report. The cyber coordinator gets recalled. A public service integrity action plan. 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.

Media Appearances

Photos, Corporate Largesse

Neither of these.


I can’t help but think we’re now in the final days of X.

As an aside, social network Bluesky will release a public web interface around the end of this month. “You’ll be able to view posts on Bluesky without being logged in on an account. This will make posts on Bluesky much more accessible, which will be especially useful for real-time commentary and breaking news.”

Given what use has been doing lately, and the plummeting engagement levels, I’m now planning to phase out using X/Twitter by the end of the year. It won’t be a flounce-quit, but it will be happening.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

As we approach Christmas I need to clock up some billable hours, so that will be my focus Monday to Thursday. Thanks to the never-ending sleep problems, I usually only manage a few hours a week. I hope to change that for the next two weeks.

On Friday morning I’m heading down to Sydney for the weekend and a variety of activities.

Further Ahead

  • End of The 9pm Summer Series 2023 crowdfunding campaign, 30 November 2023, 9pm AEDT.
  • 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 respective starting points the day after.
  • I’ve decided that if the crowdfunding goes well I’ll do some live-streamed episodes of The 8pm Quiz during the holiday season. I’ve pencilled in some dates in my own calendar, but I will announce them on 1 December.

[Photo: A lance-leaved coreopsis aka lanceleaf tickseed aka sand coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) photographed near Wentworth Falls on 7 November 2023. That’s last week, not this week, but they’re still in flower out there so I’ll allow it.]