Weekly Wrap 736: Winning at crowdfunding, not winning at productivity

My week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 July 2024 saw me pump out a solo podcast episode, but little else of note. I’ve said in the past that I seem to have a cycle of productive and non-productive weeks, and here we are. I did a lot of sleeping. I’ll tell you about that some day.

Thank you for supporting The 9pm Winter Series 2024 crowdfunder

Thanks everyone: The 9pm Winter Series 2024

This season’s crowdfunding campaign, The 9pm Winter Series 2024, wrapped up on Thursday night.

I’m pleased to say we reached 88% of Target Two, which means five special-guest episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast across July and August, plus solo episodes and those with Snarky Platypus when I can be bothered when appropriate.

Thank you, everyone.

Four of those episodes have already been pencilled in. Below you’ll see that two of them are scheduled to be recorded in the coming week, and one the following week.

If you missed the campaign deadline, you can always throw a few coins into the tip jar or subscribe for special benefits. Please consider.


  • The 9pm Three Minor Irritations, a solo episode recorded and posted on Wednesday to kick off the winter series.
  • I had planned to post the episode with Snarky Platypus tonight but that has been delayed again.


  • The Weekly Cybers #25. Amazon scores $2 billion for a top secret data cloud, online child safety gets more attention (yet again), and much more. Published on Saturday morning this week.

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In other news:

The Week Ahead

It’s a podcast-oriented week, beginning on Monday when I edit and post the episode already recorded with Snarky Platypus.

[Update 9 July 2024: Illness has caused the podcast schedule to be shuffled a little, which of course happened just after I’d emailed the original dates to everyone. No blame.]

[Update 10 July 2024: And the other guest is also ill, also with a throat infection. So that podcast is delayed a week too. The publication dates for each episode are still to be set.]

On Wednesday morning I’m recording an episode with Dr Miranda Bruce, who worked on the World Cybercrime Index. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC for this episode, please let me know by midday AEST this Tuesday 9 July. That one will be posted this coming weekend. Postponed one week. See below.

On Thursday morning I’m recording with Barbara Minchinton, author of the new book Madame Brussels: The Life and Times of Melbourne’s Most Notorious Woman. Check the Wikipedia entry. If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC, please let me know by midday AEST this Wednesday 10 July. That one will be posted a few days thereafter. Postponed one week. See below.

There’s The Weekly Cybers as usual on Friday, then Saturday will see a day trip to Sydney for social purposes.

Further Ahead

[Photo: Against a grey cloudy sky are highlighted two massive construction cranes at Railway Square, Sydney, their bright colours highlighted by the setting sun. This is the Atlassian Central building site, photographed on 3 July 2024.]