Quick Update

Flu World Order…

Karoo
  • Week of 5-11 April.
  • Monday, woke up in the Karoo, hiked up the 1st kloof – spiderman mission, drone flying, removed a splinter from my hand, we made radlers again, braai.
  • Watch HRV reading shows I sleep well in the Karoo.
  • Tuesday, morning hike – 2nd kloof to the water pools, braai broodjies for breakfast, a long day of driving, drove from the Karoo to Somerset West to fetch Mia and back to Franschhoek, supper at Allora, Klein Watenfal Riverside Lodge, watched Please Stand By again.
  • Wednesday, shortest school run yet, worked at Boschendal, dentist check-up, hair cut, fetched Mia, house hunting, sushi at the club house, chilled by the pool.
  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal again, fetched Mia, oysters special at Grande Provence.
  • Friday, guest house breakfast, school run, Boschendal, first Atomic Vumatel customers went live, fetched Mia, car wash and beer at Hey Joe Brewery, nap, sunset walk.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia, dropped her at school for a netball clinic, Franschhoek, vet, Pearl Valley, fetched Mia, epic nap, seafood pizza at Grappa Pappa, 18yo Glenmorangie.
  • Why does Webflow not support IPv6 yet?
  • “I survived AM, FM, ISDN and IPv4.” — spotted on Twitter

  • Sunday, lazy morning, blogging and photo processing, we had a late lunch at Topiary, Franschhoek, nap, sunset walk and a long phone chat with Jacques.
  • Tune of the week: The Black Keys – Everlasting Light

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Win and help win…

Karoo
  • Week of 29 March to 4 April.
  • Monday, walked to the Waterfront, Mussels Monday with Adrian at Den Anker, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk – 15k steps.
  • Tuesday, morning walk to Clifton, last day of antibiotics – thank goodness – 4 courses of antibiotics over 3 weeks – not ideal, bloody many and an all day breakfast at Hemelhuis – yum, a quick Beta Beach visit, nap, sunset walk to the Waterfront – 15k steps.
  • Watch this: Cape Independence Explained in Just 2 Minutes
  • Social media rehab started.
  • Wednesday, rainy morning walk to Clifton, Mia turned 15 – yikes, pumpkin flapjacks, home office day, sunset walk, saganaki salad at Mykonos Taverna – 15k steps.
  • “Nothing lasts as long as a short term workaround. There’s nothing so permanent as temporary.”

  • You can now get Atomic over the Vumatel fibre network, if you live in the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Thursday, early morning DC visit – Airpods Pro work pretty well for noise cancelling in a DC – braai with Wouter, Luke, Justin and Shona.
  • Turns out you can remotely mount a recovery boot disk via IPMI.
  • Friday, random tinkering, sunset walk, oysters at the Mojo market – pro tip: when you’ve recently had dental surgery – avoid tabasco, watched a Netflix doccie with Wouter.
  • “Woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy” — news headline this week

  • Saturday, smoothie making, backups, device charging, packing, road trip to Laignsburg, met up with Paul and drove to their farm.
  • Sunday, swim, nap, climbed on the roof to take some photos – too windy for the drone, a few Radlers (see roof, Radler and Paul above), braai.
  • The term Radler originates with a drink called Radlermass (literally “cyclist liter”) that was originally created by Innkeeper Franz Kugler in a small town named Deisenhofen, just outside Munich. During the great cycling boom of the Roaring Twenties, Kugler created a bicycle trail from Munich, through the woods, which led directly to his drinking establishment. On a beautiful June day in 1922, a reported “13,000 cyclists” crashed Kugler’s party. Fast running out of beer, he blended it 50/50 with a lemon soda he could never seem to get rid of, and the rest is history.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Memonto mori – you are mortal, life is short.

Clifton
  • Week of 22-28 March.
  • Monday, PV club house breakfast, fetched Mia, road trip to Montagu, hot springs visit, walk, evening hot springs visit.
  • Tuesday, slept until almost 10am, hotel breakfast, chilled afternoon, tour of the Montagu farm stalls, The Barn on R62, pizza, evening hot springs visit.
  • Wednesday, slept late, R62 road trip with Mia, we stopped for lunch at Christina’s bistro at Van Loveren, scenic drive to Somerset West, dropped Mia off, a quick Dirk visit and a tour of his new irrigation system, sushi at the PV clubhouse and a sunset walk.
  • Thursday, the big dentist day, had to be driven home, smoothies and meds, sunset podcast golf course walk and a phone chat with Jacques.
  • Pro tip: Just skip the root canal and go for the titanium screw option. Not bad at all. Only snag – I’m now on my 4th antibiotics course and I have a whole bag of meds including pro-biotics and steroids – which I think are to help the bone settle around the screw.
  • Friday, up early, network configs, walked to The Yard and had lunch, drove back to Cape Town, braai with Wouter.
  • Two types of jobs: 1) doing things others don’t want to do, 2) doing things others can’t do. If you are not in engineering, you are in support.
  • Saturday, breakfast at Naked with Wouter, photo processing, backups, walked to the Waterfront, late lunch at Den Anker – steak tartare – easy to chew, oh bother the L’Occitaine shop closed, a glass of red wine with Wouter.
  • Listen to the Jerm interview with Stefan Moleneux.
  • Sunday, Clifton beach walk, Debian 10.9 upgrades, nap, configured a VM in London and played with mysql replication, pasta and red wine with Wouter and Justin.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Amor fati – love the hand fate deals…

7 Koppies
  • Week of 15-21 March
  • Monday, woke up at 7 Koppies, poached eggs, worked by the pool, walk, epic sunset, photo processing and tinkering.
  • Remember kids, How to be useful to others
  • 1999 – the best movie year
  • Tuesday, woke up at 7 Koppies again, breakfast with a view, drove to Cape Town, weekly meeting, catch up with Wouter, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Amor Fati
  • Not the best week, less wine photos this week – more dentist fun – about to get a titanium upgrade. On my second course of antibiotics now. Turns out you get two broad categories. You can’t drink any alcohol when taking the antibiotics for anaerobic bacteria. Toothache can really fuck with your quality of life – but modern painkillers are pretty impressive.
  • Wednesday, Sea Point, dentist 3D scan, other dentist imprint, drove to Pearl Valley, sushi.
  • The Facebook pet project beat Alan Winde in page likes.
  • Thursday, up early, walked the dog, home officing, sushi at Oku in Franschhoek, Antonij Ruper Wyne wine tasting – because loadshedding and with wine tasting I mean having tea, Topiary wines.
  • My stolen Macbook finally showed up on FindMy app and received its lock message. A bit more peace of mind.
  • Friday, pedicures, lunch at Big Dog Cafe, afternoon walk around the golf course, we made salad.
  • Saturday, morning dog walk, lunch at Le Lude – good food – but try sit outside because of the acoustics, mini high tea bubbly tasting, nap, walk, watched Spirited Away again.
  • New fav bubbly: Le Lude Brut – tastes a bit salty – very good.
  • Sunday, photo processing, shut down a few things which were probably taking up more time than is healthy, a little Sunday adventure to the doctor in Paarl because of an ear infection – so third round of antibiotics – faack – and some Quadriderm to the rescue again, watched Howl’s Moving Castle again, dog walk, salad, watched The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Make haste slowly….

7 Koppies
  • Week of 8-14 March
  • Monday, home officing, backups, photo processing, played graphic designer, sunset podcast walk to Clifton, supper with Wouter.
  • Tuesday, up early to upgrade a router, made a Shopify online shop live, walked to Clifton, Apple device upgrade day, VM migration.
  • Wednesday, online shop tweaking, nap, afternoon walk, weekly meeting, dinner with Wouter and Teddy – and some Kevin Arnold shiraz.
  • I know some Shopify basics now. Online shops are pretty easy to set up.
  • Thursday, morning promenade walk, dentist, Just Skin, oysters at Mojo Market, weekly meeting.
  • Friday, coffee at Stepbrothers with Wouter, Point Mall, fetched Mia from school, biltong shopping in Franschhoek, road trip to Pringle Bay – Mia tells me she took the Bible out at the school library and started reading it, stopped in Kleinmond, supper at Bistro 365, slept like a baby.
  • Saturday, we took a walk to Pringle village for lunch, nap, braai with some Five Soldiers Chardonnay, loadshedding at 20:00 – so early night.
  • Sunday, Pringe beach walk, coastal drive back with Mia, Somerset Mall, dropped Mia off, late lunch at La Paris Deli, last minute 7 Koppies visit.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Time to do nothing…

Bantry Bay
  • Week of 1-7 March
  • Monday, woke up in Elgin, morning walk – realised I need to make a few changes, scrabled eggs, packing, drove to Paarl, lunch at Turbodene (Big Dog Cafe) in Franschhoek, Rushmore visit, wine tasting at Rustenberg and a walk around their gardens, wine tasting at Lanzerac, drove to Cape Town, had some Rustenberg shiraz with Wouter and Rene, in bed early.
  • Tuesday, car service day, weekly meeting, fetched car – with new software – there was one annoying bug, some laptop hunting in Greenmarket Square again, Wouter and I took some merch photos just past Bakoven, dinner at Maria’s in Dunkley Square with Wouter and Rene.
  • Wednesday, photo processing, blogging, backups, nap, afternoon walk to the Waterfront – and a long phone chat with Jacques, beer at Den Anker.
  • Thursday, breakfast at gym, VM migrations with wine and chocolate.
  • Friday, visit to the old apartment building, lunch at Rockpool – good old chicken skewers and a bloody mary, haircut at Artem mall, biltong shopping, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk and a long chat with Jacques, watched My Best Friend’s Wedding again.
  • Life has been a bit busy. It was time to do nothing for a weekend.
  • Saturday, slept late, Son of a Butcher T-bone braai with Wouter and some Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry 2017 red, time well spent.
  • Sunday, podcast walk to the Waterfront, a beer at Den Anker and some mussels, time well spent.
  • My Facebook pet project reached 60k page likes.
  • Tune of the week: I Say a Little Prayer

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The holodeck sim really wanted to screw with me this week…

Elgin
  • Week of 22-28 February.
  • Monday, up early, 50m pool swim, breakfast at The Yard, Rushmore, we had lunch at Bovine in Franschhoek, club house pool afternoon, watched Sour Grapes – worth a watch.
  • Tuesday, fetched my drivers licence, coffee with Phil, Strolla.
  • “Feeling types are not fully sentient – too open to manipulation.” — Jacques

  • Wednesday, laundry, backups, photo processing, blogging at Mykonos Taverna, somebody stole my laptop bag out of the back of my car – good thing I made full backups, weekly meeting.
  • Make double sure your car is locked when parking around Sea Point. Remote jamming is a thing. My laptop was stolen from the back of my car. Sea Point CID looked at CCTV footage and confirmed it was a case of remote jamming.
  • Thursday, up early to upgrade a server, a quick visit to Greenmarket Square with CID people and police – to try track down my laptop, Sea Point police station, braai at home with Al and Adrian and the dutch models.
  • Friday, drove to Paarl, biltong shopping in Franschhoek, drove to Grabouw, lunch at The Melting Pot at Oak Valley – used to be The Pool Room – good food – epic Groenland chardonnay, Jakals River Farm.
  • Saturday, Perigine Farm Stall breakfast, mostly tech-free day, reading Dune – finally, afternoon walk, too windy for the hot tub, watched Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark, fell asleep on the couch.
  • Sunday, Houw Hoek Hotel visit, epic afternoon nap, walked the dogs around the apple and pear orchards, watched Rocketman again, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Blah…

Pleasantville
  • Week of 15-21 February.
  • Monday, woke up in Bantry Bay, laptop tinkering, photo processing, breakfast with Wouter and Rene, blogging, hardware ordering, nap, Camps Bay tidal pool swim with Wouter and Justin, braai and a good catch up with Wouter.
  • Tuesday, coffee at Stepbrothers with Wouter, walked down to The President Hotel for a meeting and some lunch, 2 hours of lying still, promenade walk.
  • Wednesday, up early, coffee at Lily’s, Waterfront, Maaji shop, mussels at Den Anker, got some Costa Azzurra, weekly meeting, braai at home.
  • Thursday, up early to migrate a mail server, nap, fetched Mia, Haute Cabriere – chats about nomad lifestyles.
  • “Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” — Werner Herzog

  • Friday, family braai at Jacques’, Bentley finally met the family.
  • Saturday, family lunch at Hartenberg, dropped Jacques off at the airport so he can go spend ten days in UK covid isolation.
  • The Hartenberg uber premium range wines are nothing short of epic.
  • “As hulle Coke in hulle yskas het, kyk hulle CNN.” — Jacques, about the fake news sugar cartel.

  • Sunday, shopping with Mia and Charlotte – got some memory foam pillows again, club house sushi with Mia, dropped Mia off at Rushmore, very good Le Lude bubbly.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Avoid the Unhappy and the Unlucky…

Promenade
  • Week of 8-14 February – not really a health week.
  • Monday, morning walk – Clifton 1-4 beach and back, Debian 10.8 upgrade day, Camps Bay tidal pool swim with Wouter and Justin.
  • Tuesday, Facebook ad making, swim with Rene, weekly meeting, drove to Paarl, had some sipping tequila, Pearl Valley club house sushi.
  • Law #10: Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and the Unlucky. People who are perpetually miserable spread misery like an infection, and they’ll drown you in it. Avoid these people like the plague. Conversely, if you associate with happy people, you’ll share in the good fortune they attract and spread.
  • Wednesday, Paarl Mall outing, Pearl Valley club house pool, made a pretty epic salad.
  • “The prettiest women are almost always the most boring, and that is why some people feel there is no God.” — Woody Allen – popped up in my FB memories feed

  • Thursday, up early, 1km swim, breakfast at The Yard, bumped into Gerjo, meeting, pre-valentines spa day at Leeu Spa – sadly no Interstellar sounding music this time, swim, bubbly, sushi again.
  • Friday, took Bentley for a walk, omelette at Back’s, fetched Jacques, lunch at Harbour House in Kalk Bay, False Bay Shooting Club with Jacques, Adrian and Tian – we shot the 50cal – pretty impressive gun, Brass Bell, braai at Jacques’.
  • Saturday, up early for a router upgrade, nap, Hazendal – Bircher muesli, wine tasting, swim, family braai – de-boned leg of lamb on the braai.
  • How To Be A Genius
  • Sunday, Jacques’ house got sold – so I guess they are moving to the UK soon, drove back to Cape Town, braai with Wouter, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • No Valentines day drama / frustration this year. Never liked Valentines day.
  • Tune of the week: P!nk – Try – mostly because Jacques has it on repeat on his TV.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Space Monkey, Mafia…

Franschhoek
  • Week of 1-7 February.
  • Health week 7/8.
  • Monday, woke up in Pearl Valley, drove to Stellenbosch, phone chat with Dirk, coffee with Eduan, ginger shot at the gym and a 1km swim, found some swimming ‘power paddles’, drove to Cape Town, ostrich burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Tuesday, morning podcast walk to Clifton, weekly meeting, lunch at Strolla, nap, sunset walk – we can visit the beach again and have drinks.
  • Wednesday, up early, coffee in De Waterkant, found some new (zero drop) trail shoes, gym, swim – with my new paddles, car wash, breakfast in Green Point, we found an ankle bracelet, Waterfront shopping, a beer at Den Anker – it’s been a while, Point Mall, nap, weekly meeting, dinner with Wouter, Rene and Justin, after sunset podcasts promenade walk.
  • Thursday, 1km swim with Rene, a last lunch at La Tete with Wouter, Sonja and Rene, nap, weekly meeting.
  • Friday, up early, podcast walk to Clifton, weekly backups, lunch at Glen Carlou, wine tasting at Nobel Hill.
  • “The cure to boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker

  • Saturday, braai at Jacques’.
  • Deprivation is usually a good cure – for modern problems.
  • Sunday, fetched Mia, Franschhoek, Anura wine tasting, lunch at cosetcha – very good, wine tasting at Glen Carlou, swim, some Tannat red with Wouter and Rene, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire – read the background story

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Pleasantille…

De Meye
  • Week of 25-31 January.
  • Health week 6/8.
  • Monday, woke up in Bantry Bay, a quick walk to Clifton, random tinkering, Waterfront – we got Mia an Apple watch S5, 40mm + Silver + White strap, I got a watch cover (which was a good idea until the first swim), salads for supper with Wouter and Rene.
  • Tuesday, a walk to Camps Bay with Rene, meeting at Strolla, gym, sunset braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke.
  • I think I’m starting to look like a swimmer again. I fit in my 2019 trousers.
  • Wednesday, breakfast at Stepbrothers with Wouter, general tinkering, some creative writing, 1km swim with Mia, iOS and WatchOS upgrade day, we configured Mia’s watch for GSM use (Vodacom OneNumber) – now I can bug her even when she forgets her phone, weekly meeting.
  • Thursday, morning podcast prom walk, played graphic designer, 1km swim with Mia, car wash, Waterfront, haircut, shopping, salads at Col’caccio, network meeting, backups.
  • It’s becoming fairly easy to swim 1km. I think I should start swimming 1.6km at a time.
  • Friday, packing, fetched some flowers at Dalewood, lunch at De Meye – always great, took a walk around Pleasantville.
  • Saturday, up early, breakfast at The Yard, 1km swim in the 50m pool, Paarl Mall, made salad tacos, face masks and bubbly.
  • Sunday, overcast morning, took the dog for a walk, 1km swim, breakfast at The Yard, fetched Mia, Waterfont shopping, early supper at Lily’s, Moro Gelato, rainy walk phone chat with Jacques, watched The Big Lebowski again.
  • Tune of the week: Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Scarborough…

Scarborough
  • Week of 18-24 January.
  • Health week 5/8, not the best health week, but lost 1kg.
  • Another last week of holiday.
  • Monday, woke up in Scarborough, Jacques and family left early, first day of (online) school for Mia, nap, shopping outing with Mia, sunset flaneuring walk to Scarborough beach, long phone chat.
  • Tuesday, up early, general tinkering, mobility routine, nap, Campari, braai with Nick, Simone, Wouter and Rene.
  • Wednesday, 6km flaneuring walk to Misty Cliffs with Rene, general tinkering with Nick, braai.
  • Thursday, beach house co-working, we made gourmet burgers with some pinot noir, nap, 1km swim with Mia at the Sun Valley gym, dinner with Wouter and Rene.
  • Friday, random tinkering, meeting, food shopping with Mia and a 1km swim, fillet braai in the weber with Jacques and family.
  • Saturday, brunch at the Noordhoek Foodbarn, Imhoff farm visit, nap, took a walk with Jacques around Scarborough, we braaied a picanha on the weber, watched Sideways again – rad movie.
  • I got to use my car’s auto hill decent feature this week – Scarborough has some steep roads.
  • Sunday, walked to the beach, we made gourmet burgers, packing, drove back to Cape Town, Gardens Center, Waterfront book and tea shopping, Moro Gelato, 1km swim with Mia, sunset promenade walk, time well spent.
  • I made a deal with Mia that she has to close her Apple watch rings, record 10k steps per day, and record 5km swim per week.
  • Check out the Chicane, Behind the Sun 2020 album.
  • Tune of the week: My Way — Frank Sinatra

Have a fun week, crazy kids.