Weekly Wrap 734: Winter cocktails provide a refreshing but potentially dangerous break

My week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 June 2024 was a curious one. An evening of delightful cocktails midweek may or may not have had something to do with a lingering sore throat. A client project received a bullet in the head, much to my relief. And I started mapping out my podcast’s winter series, for which a crowdfunder is running.

I can’t say much about the client project, of course, except to say that it had become more complicated than first understood. I’m pleased that the client did not fall into the trap of the sunk cost fallacy. Fortunately this was also just part of what I do for this client.

As for the cocktails, every now and then I spoil myself at Champagne Charlie’s, the cocktail bar at that magnificent high-Victorian pile, The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. It’s very good and you should check it out when you’re next in the Blue Mountains. I guess this is a bit of a contrast with the next section, but anyway, in that photo you’re looking at a rusty nail.

The 9pm Winter Series 2024 crowdfunder continues

The 9pm Winter Series 2024: Click to pledge your support

We’re just over a week into this season’s crowdfunding campaign, The 9pm Winter Series 2024.

As usual it’s about organising more special-guest episodes of my inappropriate and often disturbing podcast for grown-ups The 9pm Edict and other projects.

This week I pencilled in two more guests, so it’s coming together nicely .

Please click though, read, and consider. You have until 4 July. At the time of posting we’re 22% of the way to Target One with just 11 days to go.


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Will I continue my regular look at Musky news in the new financial year? Who knows. I’ll decide next week. Meanwhile, here we are.

  • Elon Musk is trying to woo advertisers after telling them to ‘go f–k yourself’. I think I know how I’d respond and I think you do too.
  • “Musk’s suggestion that all electronic voting machines are vulnerable to hacking draws the billionaire into a contentious topic in India.”
  • “At a Tesla investor briefing Elon Musk teased three new vehicles, saying reductions in the cost of Tesla vehicles ‘is essential going forward,” reports CarsGuide. A slide in his presentation shows “three new products under a shroud… two small traditionally-shaped silhouettes, alongside a boxier silhouette which some are suggesting could be a delivery van”.
  • At The American Prospect, Elon Musk and the Decline of Tesla. “The megalomaniac CEO extracted $48 billion from his shareholders. But the company’s future does not look good.”

In other news:

The Week Ahead

It’s yet another week when my primary focus will be client work.

That said, on Monday or Tuesday I’ll be recording a small solo episode of The 9pm Edict

[Update 25 June 2024: Or maybe Wednesday or Thursday. I’m juggling work and errands and stuff. Update 28 June 2024: Maybe not at all, because a bit too much fatigue hit me this week. We’ll see.]

On Saturday I’ll be in Sydney to record a podcast with my good friend Snarky Platypus in which we’ll assess the half-time progress of 2024 against our bingo cards. At least one of the things has happened! If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, please let me know by 8pm AEST this Friday 28 June 12 midday AEST this Saturday 29 June.

The 9pm Edict is supported by the generosity of its listeners. Have a look at the crowdfunder detailed above. If you miss the 4 July deadline, you can always throw a few coins into the tip jar or subscribe for special benefits. Please consider.

]Update 28 June 2024: I’ll remain in Sydney until Monday, because reasons.]

Further Ahead

[Photo: A delicious rusty nail at Champagne Charlie’s, the cocktail bar at The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, photographed (and consumed) on 19 June 2024.]