Weekly Wrap 728: Wet weather fails to dampen my enjoyment of social activities

My week of Monday 6 April to Sunday 12 May 2024 was both busy and wet, the latter being due to the rain rather than anything I did. See the photo above for evidence of how Sydney’s drainage systems can’t cope. And of course I turned One Million Years old. Kinda.

I’ll have more about the One Millions Years thing during the coming week or two. Maybe.

Articles

  • The Weekly Cybers #17. Australia versus The Socials! eSafety vs X Corp in the federal Court, vice versa in the AAT, Meta vs All The News, and yet another inquiry into social media. That and much more in the final week before the Budget.

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Media Appearances

Podcasts, Photos, Videos, Corporate Largesse

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Recommendations

The Elon Musk news is all over the place this week. Maybe it’s the ketamine. His, not mine. I have never had ketamine. Anyway Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey features heavily this week too.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

On Monday morning I’ll do some shopping and get the train back to Wentworth Falls before recording a podcast with Esther Anatolitis, editor of literary quarterly Meanjin and other things. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please get them to me tonight, Sunday 12 May.

[Update 13 May 2024: The podcast recording has been pushed back a week due to illness. I will therefore slot in another episode this week some time. Stay tuned.]

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Other than that I’m going to plod through client work, produce the podcast on Thursday, and write The Weekly Cybers on Friday.

Further Ahead

  • RESCHEDULED: The 9pm Edict podcast recording with Esther Anatolitis, editor of literary quarterly Meanjin and other things, 20 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 19 May.
  • The 9pm Edict podcast recording with digital rights chap and hexagon enthusiast Justin Warren, 21 May 2024. 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.
  • TechLeaders 2024, Hunter Valley, 11–12 August 2024.
  • The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Sydney and online, 2–3 September 2024 (TBC).

[Photo: At the corner of Eddy Avenue and Pitt Street, right next to Sydney Central station where the escalators come down from the Grand Concourse, the street is flooded thanks to poor drainage. It always happens here when there’s heavy rain. This is a frame grab from a short video shot on 11 May 2024.]