Weekly Wrap 709: Closing off the Year of the Magpies, although other things probably happened as well

And so ends 2023. My week of Monday 25 to Sunday 31 December 2023 was quiet enough. I produced a podcast and pondered the future, but that’s about it. I’ll reflect more upon 2023 during the coming week. Promise.

That said, on New Year’s Eve Snarky Platypus and I brainstormed a bingo card for 2024, which will have been posted on Monday.


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As an aside, The 9pm Edict came in at number 95 in the Great Australian Pods podcast directory’s 100 most popular podcasts for 2023. This is a measure of how many people clicked on the link to read the directory entry, not how many people listened to the podcast, nor how many people then listened again. Still, it’s something.


  • In case you missed it, you can watch the replay of The 8pm Quiz of the Year 2023 Part 2. It won’t be the same without the live interaction with other players, but it will probably still be fun.

Articles, Media Appearances, Photos, Corporate Largesse

None of these. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos appear and when livestreams are scheduled. I plan to catch up on posting photos and videos over summer.

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This may or may not be the last time I feature Elon Musk in this section. I’ve been doing a weekly update for my own interest, so it’s almost no extra work to copy-paste a few lines. But it does kinda make me look obsessed. Anyway, here’s a few links to wrap the year.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

Monday is New Year’s Day. And then it all starts happening again. The only thing locked in is a day trip to Blacktown in Sydney for social things, although I do intend to clock up some billable hours for one of my clients.

Further Ahead

I’m toying with organising a couple of episodes of The 8pm Quiz but we’ll see. Other than that…

[Photo: Two juvenile Australian magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen) sitting on a tree stump at Bunjaree Cottages, photographed on 20 September 2023.]