Weekly Wrap 706: Three days of travel and some podcast planning

My week of Monday 4 to Sunday 10 December 2023 was one of travel, with visits to Bathurst and Orange on New South Wales’ Central Tablelands. I’ll tell you more about that during the coming week. It was excellent. But for now I have all the news of forthcoming podcasts and livestreams.


  • Digital developments from Canberra 65. In the final week of parliament for 2023 all manner of new laws were passed, reports tabled, and consultations launched. Digital ID, freedom of information, Centrelink, online gambling, and the demise of cheques.

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 plan to be doing more writing in 2024. Stay tuned.

Podcasts, Videos, Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse

None of these. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear and when livestreams are scheduled. And as for podcasts, see below.


The big Elon Musk news this week was of course the release, finally, of the Cybertruck. But there was much more.

In other new, just a few this weeks:

The Week Ahead

On Monday or Tuesday I’m recording a podcast with infectious diseases physician Dr Trent Yarwood, who’s been on the pod before. We’ll include an update on all the infections you can expect to catch over the holiday season.

On Tuesday or Wednesday Thursday night I’m conducing some technical tests for the forthcoming live video streams. There may or may not be something for you to watch.

[Update 13 December 2023: I have edited those two paragraphs again now that the schedule has changed. On Wednesday Thursday I will also be running an errand to Penrith for various porpoises. And on Thursday I’m doing ABC RN Drive‘s Big Tech spot, at 4.50pm AEDT and also in your local timezone around Australia because everything is magic.]

On Friday evening I’m recording an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with John Birmingham. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC, please get them to me by midday AEDT this Friday 15 December.

On Saturday I’m recording with Dr Alice Gorman aka Dr Space Junk and Rami Mandow, 16 December 2023. It’s all about space! Get your input into that episode to me by 8pm AEDT this Thursday 14 December.

I’ll then be editing the podcast with John Birmingham, so expect to see that by Sunday morning.

[Update 13 December 2023: The expedition to Penrith has now been rescheduled for Sunday, because on Thursday it’s going to be 40°C in Penrith. on Sunday it will only be 30°C. Also, two of the things I have to deal with have become slightly less urgent.]

The space podcast will appear next week, on Friday 22 December, to coincide with the December Solstice.

Further Ahead

  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2023 Part 1, Tuesday 19 December 2023, 8pm AEDT.
  • NEW DATE: Record The 9pm Edict podcast with Snarky Platypus, 27 26 December 2023. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC specifically for this episode, please get them to me by 11am AEDT that day. The finished podcast will be posted on Friday 29 December and will be a bonus episode that doesn’t count toward the summer series total of six.
  • The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2023 Part 2, Thursday 28 December 2023, 8pm AEDT.

[Photo: NSW TrainLink XPT power car number 2012 pulling into Katoomba station on 4 December 2023.]