Quick Update

Wolfchops500…

Wolfkop
  • Week of 5-11 October
  • More SimCountry growth hacking.
  • Monday, school run, first day of the new term, Big Dog Cafe, shopping.
  • Tuesday, school run, Big Dog Cafe again, weekly meeting.
  • Wednesday, school run, Boschendal breakfast, Campari at the club house, weekly meeting.
  • Listen to the Jerm and Rob Duigan Open Society podcast episode.
  • Thursday, school run, packing, backups, shopping, hair cut, road trip to Citrusdal, time well spent.
  • Atomic reached 500 customers.
  • Friday, Wolfkop, rainy day, bloody mary, drone flying, nap.
  • Saturday, Wolfkop, bloody marys, more drone flying, pizza making day – epic fun, time very well spent.
  • Big thanks to MC, Pierre, Stefan, Wouter, Rene, Michael, Nikki, Hanrick and Werner.
  • Sunday, road trip home, watched the Brexit movie – very entertaining.
  • New plan: mtb, code.
  • Note to self: camping involves a day of packing and day of unpacking.
  • Tune of the week: The Power of Love – Huey Lewis and the News

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Sic transit gloria…

SN2010
  • Week of 28 September to 4 October
  • This post is late. I’ve been pretty bad with blogging notes.
  • Monday, mobility routine, Debian 10.6 upgrades, device upgrades, podcast walk, 4 hour nap, caught up on some photo processing and blogging, epic sleep.
  • New quest: Debian on a switch.
  • Tuesday, weekly meeting, kinda forgot to make notes for the day.
  • Wednesday, tinkered with the Mellanox SN2010 switch, lunch with Dirk at Rust en Vrede, found a serial to usb adapter, Eikeboom slaghuis biltong shopping, Hillcrest berry farm, drive to Paarl with Mia, meeting.
  • Thursday, MANRS workshop.
  • “Sic transit gloria… Glory fades.” — Rushmore

  • Adventure, independence, progress – most important things.
  • Why Trump Will Win and the Polls Are Wrong
  • Friday, hmm – no notes – again.
  • Deleted about 200 podcast episodes from my phone – never going to get though all of them – I blame lockdown.
  • Saturday, lunch at Indochine at Delaire Graff with Wouter and Rene, a drink at the club house.
  • Sunday, Boschendal lunch with Wouter and Rene.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Die Mostertsdrift…

Walk
  • Week of 21-27 September
  • Last week’s post is up, but has no photos, so I did not share the usual 3×3 photo.
  • Monday, Takealot delivery day – nerd toys, UPS, headphones, USB-C magsafe adapter, laptop case.
  • Tuesday, clubhouse coffee, meeting, walk, played with the new headphones, made an infographic.
  • Wednesday, walk, meeting, more graphics design.
  • Thursday, packing, backups, Braai Day tuna braai with Wouter and Rene in Bantry Bay, we played some pool.
  • Friday, woke up in Bantry Bay, rainy day, Kleinsky Bagels, afternoon drink with Michael, Curry Club supper with Evan, Wouter and Rene, time well spent.
  • Saturday, woke up in Cape Town, Granger Bay market with Wouter and Rene, fetched a switch from Nick, Balboa and Bartinney wine bar catch up with Al, pizza evening and MC’s in Stellenbosch with Al and friends – good fun, time well sent.
  • Die Mostertsdrift pizza – lots of artichoke, mozzarella and some sundried tomato.
  • Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, De Zalze visit, watched a few movies – The Social Dilemma, a documentary about League of Legends and two space doccies.
  • Social media must be causing some trouble – people living in filter bubbles and finding it hard to relate.
  • Tunes of the week: Battle Born The Killers

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Cultivate your own garden…

  • Week of 14-20 September
  • This post is late and has no photos. I lost a week of photos because of an iOS upgrade, tried to repair photo library – no joy!
  • Lockdown Level 1 – seems people are feeling a bit more optimistic again
  • Monday, school run, Boschendal breakfast, shopping outing with Mia, hair cut.
  • “Money doesn’t buy happiness – it buys freedom.” — Naval

  • Tuesday, school run, Big Dog Cafe, meeting, fetched Mia from school, drove to Stellenbosch, bike shop visit, lupper at The Fat Butcher – epic steak.
  • Wednesday, school run, breakfast in Franschhoek, Babylonstoren, took a drive while listening to a Youtube live stream interview, podcast walk.
  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal, blueberry farm visit, late afternoon walk, campari, tinkering with Illustrator to make a rather 70s looking infographic.
  • Friday, dropped Mia off, don’t really have other notes for Friday.
  • If the Western Cape does manage to secede, then August 2020 will have been the watershed moment
  • “SimCity 2020 would be a very different game than its predecessors.”

  • Why Voltaire Said: You Must Cultivate Your Own Garden
  • I have still not done any drone flying.
  • The Facebook hobby passed 40k page likes. I think I’m fairly over that project now.
  • Sunday, podcast walk, iOS14 and watchOS7 upgrades.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Blah…

Sunset

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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It’s time to tinker…

CI Flag
  • Week of 31 August – 6 September
  • Lockdown level 2, rolling blackouts level 4.
  • Why the flag picture in the header? Because I like it.
  • Monday, woke up in Misty Cliffs, packing, listened to a very cool podcast – EconTalk – Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works, fetched Mia, watched Bruno again – crazy movie.
  • On the Monday drive back, I was listening to that podcast thinking – innovation is very cool, we have some amazing things – many of which only became practical and accessible in the last 15 years.
  • The ear infection is finally over.
  • Tuesday, we decided that remote school is a good idea, Takealot delivery, watched Youtube live stream interview, played with the Burning Man Multiverse app.
  • Watch: CIAG polling data was released to the media
  • I now have a small and very light drone – Mavic Mini Flymore Combo. As I’m writing this I still have to fly it for the first time.
  • Got a new DC UPS with 24v PoE feature.
  • Wednesday, very wintery, school run, tinkered with the drone, fetched Mia, we went for a late lunch at La Paris deli, meeting.
  • I’m a bit over winter now. Lockdown and winter have not been a bad combo. I don’t think I’d do well in a cold country.
  • Thursday, school run, breakfast at Boschendal, tinkering, late lunch at La Motte with Mia.
  • Check out PragerU
  • I listened to a Jerm interview with Martin Van Staden about Libertarianism. Worth a listen. I found this interesting – libertarians are constitutionalists – they see the problem with pure democracy. The constitution protects the rights of the individual and guards against mob rule – democracy can quickly become mob rule. In South Africa we have a very real problem that the mob can change the constitution (66% vote) – so we don’t have this balance – individual rights are not protected. tldr; make very sure that you set up your constitution correctly – you only really have one chance – maybe some things should be immutable.
  • Friday, breakfast at Boschendal, Grande Provence wine tasting – you can taste, but you can’t buy – pretty lame, installed Illustrator and figured out how to use maybe 1% of it.
  • Check out bashtop
  • It’s time to tinker. We need more generalist, with a strong vision for the future… comment on It’s Time To Build essay.
  • Saturday, epic nap, tinkering, went down a nerdy Youtube rabbit hole to learn about Catalonia independence movement, late afternoon walk, KWV 10 irish hot chocolate and some scifi – watched I Am Mother – not bad.
  • Try Babylonstoren Bitter Lekker + Cointreau and soda.
  • Sunday, tinkering, some infograpic making with Illustrator, fetched Mia, early supper – her first Big Mac ever – shock horror, caught up on two weeks of blogging with some Johnny 12yo.
  • The updated Quad1/WARP app for macOS makes IPv6 work on v4 networks.
  • Tune of the week: This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Misty Cliffs…

Misty Cliffs
  • Week of 24-30 August. This post is late – hmm – I’ve been distracted.
  • Monday, doctor visit – ear infection follow up, weekly shopping and stocked up on some drinks, afternoon walk.
  • Tuesday, walk, meeting, walk.
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day at physical school in a long time, breakfast at Boschendal, doctor visit again – the 3rd one, Babylonstoren, fetched Mia from school, house shopping, attended a webinar, sunset walk, meeting.
  • I took me three visits to three doctors but this is the shit… Quadriderm! 4-in-1 ear fix.
  • Pro tip. Plan outings. Look forward to them.
  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal, worked from home, fetched Mia, network upgrade, Takealot shopping, late night tinkering with sr-iov and multicast.
  • Heated car seats are rad in winter.
  • Friday, school run, Big Dog Cafe, shopping, made IPv6 work again, packing, fetched Mia from school, road trip to Misty Cliffs, braai with Jacques and family.
  • Saturday, beach walk, we made brunch, seafood at Dixies in Glencairn, Scarborough beach walk, we made marganitas with fresh lime and Cointreau.
  • Sunday, braai with Jacques, Marietjie, Stefan, Wouter and Rene.
  • Epic weekend, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Bach – Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor Simone Dinnerstein – turn it up (-:

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Level 2…

Cronyvirus
  • Week of 17-23 August
  • Loadshedding level 2 and Lockdown level 2.
  • Monday, woke up in Stellenbosch, full English breakfast at Spier with Mia – while Mia wrote a test, drove home while Mia attended class – online schooling is pretty cool.
  • Somehow I picked up an ear infection, seems to happen once a year. Ear infections kinda limit podcast walks – to one ear.
  • Tuesday, town doctor visit, shopping outing, legally purchased some drinks at La Cotte, quick Moreson wine pickup, afternoon meeting.
  • Wednesday, ear infection can be a bitch – woke up at 2:00 to take pain meds, loadshedding – so we had a late lunch at Grande Provence, chai latte at Big Dog Cafe, meeting.
  • Thursday, walk – to get salmon bagels, sushi night, extended Facetime chat with Jacques, watched Sneakers again – rad movie – soundtrack is also great – kinda jazzy.
  • Rebels vs Empire
  • Friday, up early, #VoetsekANC Friday, podcast walk, lunch with Mia at the clubhouse, dropped Mia off, driving range, podcast nap, random tinkering.
  • “Pessimism is good. Negativity is bad.” -— Rob Duigan

  • Saturday, Dirk phoned me awake, perfect weather day, my car’s autopilot drove most of the way to Boschendal for a coffee with Dirk, mountain bike shopping with Dirk, long phone chat with Anton in Belium, jacuzzi bubble bath, watched Sphere (1998) again.
  • I think I’m keen to get into mountain biking again. The golf idea is not really taking off.
  • Sunday, watched The Signal (2014) – meh, gourmet burger braai with Mia.
  • CIAG now has 35k likes.
  • Tune of the week: Counting Crows – Possibility Days

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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So long Commie Virus, and thanks for all the masks…

Golden Hour
  • Week of 10-16 August
  • I’m pretty much over this lockdown thing now. Looks like we can get on with out lives.
  • Monday, public holiday, late lunch at Roca in Franschhoek, fetched Mia, we watched Predestination – bit like 12 Monkeys but more weird.
  • Tuesday, home fibre offline – so we worked at the clubhouse, walked around to trace fibre cables – replaced and respliced my fibre.
  • If you ever have the option of choosing Vodacom as your fibre operator or ISP – JUST AVOID THEM. Vodacom fibre down for 6th day. Call centre gives the wrong information. They can’t track down a device on their own network. No clue. Muppets.
  • Wednesday, fibre still down – so worked at the clubhouse, rainy afternoon nap, fibre fixed, had some de-alcholised wine – which was mildly amusing but I would not recommend it, meeting.
  • I found a programming course I’m keen to do – for building PWAs.
  • Thursday, loadshedding, morning podcast walk and Facetime chat with Jacques and Dirk, salmon and cream cheese bagels, blogging, shopping outing with Mia – hit the cosmetics shop like a teenage girl – wait – with a teenage girl, gourmet burger braai – aw yeah.
  • Adding a shot of vodka to alcohol-free beer is a thing now – Astronaut Beer.
  • Phil was on a CliffCentral podcast
  • Vanilla tea, the single resource that was capable of creating or destroying the empire, the basis for many of the things found in Fremen daily life, origin Arrakis, also good for space travel.
  • Finally made it to 1,700 FB friends. Not really making progress with that number.
  • Friday, more loadshedding, hmm, kinda forgot to make notes about Friday.
  • Cherries are in season, yes! Favourite fruit.
  • “Never tell me the odds!” — Han

  • The lockdown project now has 30k likes. The blades of glory rivalry is picking up. I’m still winning. 14k likes ahead.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, watch the Renaldo live stream of the Squirrel speech – with my last bottle of red wine – lockdown looks like it’s pretty much over now – only 5 months wasted!
  • Let’s not forgot, these were the 20 most fucked up weeks in recent history – remember not being able to go for a walk? wtf.
  • Adrian sent me a message – warning us to not think the lockdown is fully over yet – in Spain they lifted all bans – people went a bit crazy – had to ban things again a few weeks later – so the smart money will still stock up on some drinks.
  • I realised Sivers’s ‘Smart, Happy, Useful’ = Ikigai
  • Sunday, last minute outing to Spier, late lunch at Vadas smokehouse, river-side walk around Spier, watched parts of Aquaman, dinner at the hotel – I think we were the only guests, photo processing, watched Taken 3 – the Istanbul version – not bad.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Cronyvirus…

Outside
  • Week of 3-9 August
  • Bug out, week 20, probably the last week really.
  • Monday, oxtail for lunch, walk, oxtail for supper.
  • “It’s not difficult to be right and alone.” — about relationships

  • Tuesday, meeting, meeting, walk, driving range, made pasta and a caprese salad, played with Facebook ad a/b testing.
  • The time for secession has arrived
  • “Every machine is a smoke machine in you operate it wrong enough.”

  • Wednesday, walk, meeting, Irish hot chocolate, bath.
  • “Pepsi Cape compete teen Abraham se frogfoot se graphic designer” — Jac, about my little blades of glory Facebook rivalry

  • Thursday, pizza night, watched Eurovision – good fun.
  • Friday, the internet went off – so I worked at the clubhouse, dropped Mia off, catch up with Etienne and Paul, braai.
  • Saturday, watched American Psycho again, watched Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan 1982 – similar plot to Into Darkness – not bad.
  • “Feed me a stray cat.”

  • “LOVE plus TIME minus DISTANCE = HATE” — Louis CK

  • “Democracy is a gateway to socialism.” — Jerm

  • Sunday, home exec tasks, lunch at Boca in Franschhoek – not bad, fetched Mia, we watched Life (2017) – not bad.
  • Vodacom fibre was offline for 6 days in the end. 6 days! Muppets.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Edge of a new frontier…

Walk
  • Week of 27 July – 2 August
  • Bug out, week 19
  • Monday, growth hacking for the revolution, clubhouse coffee, podcast walk, podcast nap, made soup.
  • “Sail right into the wind, Joe. That’s what you do.” — Aiden

  • I had the best intentions of asking somebody out this weekend – sent a message saying – do you have plans for this weekend? – she said yeah, I’m getting a cat – hmm… cool, cool-cool.
  • Oh bother, I looked at some of my older Quick Update blog posts and I think I’m slacking. Those were way more interesting.
  • Tuesday, clubhouse coffee and morning podcast walk, meeting, afternoon podcast walk, celebrated a growth hacking milestone with a bit of sushi and bubbly – 20k likes, watched Black Hawk Down again – epic movie.
  • Wednesday, designed some billboards – I’m considering a billboard saying ‘In Tyler We Trust’, pizza night.
  • “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” — Steve

  • Thursday, pizza for breakfast, afternoon podcast walk, random tinkering, watched the 2nd half of American Psycho.
  • Friday, watched the 2nd Marhobane interview on Jerm Warfare, clubhouse omelette with Mia, golf gear on special at the pro shop – I think I’m going to start playing golf again, nap, weekly shopping outing to Franschhoek, quick visit to Nikki and Hanrick, made some pasta, G&T, watched Snatch again.
  • Wealth is a side effect of passion.
  • “Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.” — Naval

  • Saturday, nap, sunset walk, cooked some oxtail overnight.
  • Sunday, early morning walk, 14 hour slow cooked Oxtail lunch, we drove to Muizenberg to have dessert at Case Labia with Jacques and family, took a walk on the Kalk Bay harbour wall, sunset podcast walk, tinkered with Facebook ads.
  • Sexual Harassment and You – Saturday Night Live
  • Tune of the week: New Frontier – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Civilization and growth hacking the revolution…

Walk
  • Week of 20-26 July
  • Bug out, week 18 – return of haircuts.
  • Monday, woke Mia up for school and got back in bed, home exec tasks, photo processing and blogging, afternoon podcast walk.
  • Tuesday, meeting, walk, meeting, walk.
  • Wednesday, managed to put out the garbage and recycling just in time – small wins, extended sunset walk with Mia and chats about Marxism, meeting.
  • Thursday, clubhouse breakfast with Mia – while she attended school on her iPad – social science class – she asked for the teacher’s views on an independent Cape – I was impressed with the answer, took a drive to Babylonstoren – while Mia attended school via the car’s wifi, helped Mia with her Afrikaans oral, Paarl Mall, bday present shopping for Elze, Mia had a haircut, Mia optometrist visit – while I had a haircut, La Paris deli carrot cake, extended afternoon podcast walk, watched Youtube live stream.
  • First haircut since week of 10 Feb – can’t really have civilization without haircuts.
  • I suspect Babylonstoren and Noble Hill are the same thing!
  • A good sleeping bag really is rad – useful for winter movie watching and computer tinkering.
  • What’s the most important thing? – adventure? yeah, feels like it at the time, but maybe it’s the story of the adventure.
  • “What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman

  • Is that classical music?
  • How to stop being rich and happy
  • Listen to The Knowledge Project interview with Derek.
  • The lockdown project has almost 20k FB likes now. Kicking ass and taking names. It’s been fun.
  • Updated my Fighting the Commies post.
  • Friday, interesting meeting, afternoon walk, soup, jamey, jacuzzy bubble bath, watched American Psycho again – well maybe half.
  • Saturday, woke up at 07:00 with the lights on – hate it when that happens, house hunting, 6 course lunch and non-alcoholic pairing at La Petit Colombe in Franschhoek with Adrian and Al – Adrian is going to Spain for a few months, woke Mia up from a 15 hour sleep, braai.
  • Stop everything – watch this! Subscribe to the channel.
  • Sunday, woke up at 3am and wrote most of this post, bacon and eggs brunch, watched Parasite – good movie.
  • I recently tried to listen to U2 again – fond memories of their Achtung Baby album – but I just can’t take them serious after they pre-loaded their lame album on iPhones and Bono turned out to be a real chop.
  • I think I’m pretty over lockdown and winter now – need to make a few changes – move house, take on a new project, start mountain biking again, shed a few lockdown kgs.
  • Tune of the week: Monalisa and Mad Hatters – flashback to 2015.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.