Weekly Wrap 726: Evidence of progress in Croydon and hints of progress in my own world

My week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 April 2024 was busy with social things clustered around the Anzac Day holiday, but I still managed to clock up some billable hours. Indeed, I seem to have broken through whatever psychological barrier was limiting my work. That said, this Weekly Wrap is still mostly links to other things. Enjoy them, OK?


  • On Monday I recorded a wonderful conversation with Ketan Joshi, researcher and communications consultant on climate stuff. He’s been on the pod before, back in 2021. But due to a collision of workloads I’m having to delay this podcast’s appearance until next week.

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  • The Weekly Cybers #15. Elon Musk versus the eSafety Commissioner, ASIO and the AFP versus online platforms, and more.

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Media Appearances

  • TimeOut has used my photo of a Sydney tram to illustrated their story Sydney’s Inner West light rail will start running through the night. A shame it’s a photo of a tram on another line. Also, 5am to 1am is hardly “through the might” timetable. Everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves. OK, it’s better than 6am to 11pm, but even so.

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Apart from the now-massive drama of Elon Musk versus the eSafety Commissioner, which I covered in The Weekly Cybers, and with further commentary at Al Jazeera and the ABC, there’s some contradictory news about Tesla.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

After a few days of recreation this week, the coming week will be busy. Balance, right?

Monday and Tuesday will be a concentrated burst of client work. Wednesday will be about administrivia. Thursday will be about podcast post-production. And then on Friday it’s time for The Weekly Cybers.

I may also record another podcast episode during the week, so stand by for further announcements.

On Sunday evening I’ll be down in Sydney to see He Huang Tiger Daughter versus the World in Chatswood, so I’ll be staying in Sydney overnight.

Further Ahead

[Update 29 April 2024: Edited to add a new item. You can probably guess which one.]

  • One Million Years Celebration, inner Sydney location TBA, 11 May 2024. Next month (but not on 11 May) I’ll be one million years old, in binary. My last end-in-zero birthday happened during the Quarantimes, so this is intended to make up for that. I’ll be choosing a family-friendly pub somewhere in the inner parts of Sydney for the Saturday afternoon, 3pm to 7pm. Please RSVP so I have some idea of numbers and can tell you where it is.
  • Nina Oyama is Coming, Marrickville NSW, 12 May 2024.
  • NEW: The 9pm Edict podcast recording with Esther Anatolitis, editor of literary quarterly Meanjin and other things, 13 May 2024. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please get them to me by 7pm AEST on Sunday 12 May.
  • The 9pm Edict podcast recording with digital rights chap and hexagon enthusiast Justin Warren, 21 May. We’ll be looking at the digital things in the federal Budget, among other things. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please get them to me by 7pm AEST on Monday 20 May.
  • The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Sydney and online, 2–3 September 2024 (TBC).

[Photo: An abandoned corner shop in Croydon, Sydney, photographed on 29 April 2018. It has since been demolished and replaced with an apartment building and cafe, although not every angle is up to date on Google Maps.]