Weekly Wrap 730: Two podcasts down, a slightly fixed back, and a photo of a pub from weeks ago

My week of Monday 20 to Sunday 26 May 2024 was a slight improvement over the previous week, with two podcasts recorded and one posted, a trip to Sydney for back maintenance — which was much needed! — and rather a lot of catching up on sleep.


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  • The Weekly Cybers #19. MediSecure data posted for sale, News Corp signs content deal with OpenAI, age assurance tech hits The Discourse, IPA lashes the eSafety Commissioner, and much more.

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Not much for me on the Musk front this week, although it does seem that Google News is returning weird results — for example a “this week” search is delivering stories from months ago. Well done, Google.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

Monday through Wednesday will be when I try to focus on some billable hours. Wish me luck. Although I’ll also try to lock in the final autumn series podcast, and start planning the winter series and it’s associated crowdfunding campaign.

Thursday is about podcast editing, and Friday is about The Weekly Cybers and other end-of-week tasks. And Saturday will see some actual socialisation in Katoomba.

Further Ahead

Autumn ends this coming Friday, However as happened last season, the autumn series of The 9pm Edict podcast will overflow into winter. Slightly.

  • NEW: The 9pm Edict recording with Scottish author and social researcher David F Porteous, 8 June 2024. We’re bound to talk about the UK Elections, but if you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for that episode, please get them to me by 7pm AEST on Friday 7 June.
  • TechLeaders 2024, Hunter Valley, 11–12 August 2024.
  • The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Sydney and online, 2–3 September 2024 (TBC).

[Photo: The Rag & Famish Hotel in North Sydney, photographed on the rather wet afternoon of Sunday 5 May 2024. I know I posted a photo of a pub last week, but I really haven’t been doing much photography lately. Maybe I should fix that.]