2006 Anti-xmas Zen

Had a nice quiet xmas-eve dinner with family (Naulene, her mom and the dogs) on Sunday. Rose (the dog) and I kinda passed out after some Tequila drinking.

Xmas Dinner

I was really not filled with the Christmas sprocket.. ehh, spirit the next morning so I had a bit of an general-anti-xmas-xmas. My only xmas gift was this card from AfriNIC. Nice.

Xmas Card

In fact, I spent xmas day at the office. Very relaxing, no uncomfortable social situations, nobody but me and my Linux workstation.

I wrote a nifty little PHP script to generate ATOM feeds for my photo albums. I played with getting Google Earth to work (DRI/Mesa) on my new Intel 965G graphics card. Got 99% there but found a bug in the Debian package. Built a new kernel ( Did some general todo-list grooming. All very relaxing.

Now I find myself in that time between xmas and new year’s eve when nobody really knows what to do. Hmm… there is that one thing, Goldfish are playing at Opium on Friday (29th, @23:00).

I’ve been in the lowest state of energy and loving it. Ok, I went to gym twice, but the rest of the time I’ve been in bed with my laptop, reading blogs, tinkering with my homepage and making notes of ideas for 2007.

Some blogs I’ve been reading:

  • Listened to Mike and Dave’s podcast: http://amplitude.co.za/
  • All people who studied in Gtown are nutters: http://tufra.blogspot.com/
  • James: http://james.cshons99.net/mtblog/
  • Dave: http://digitalpilgrim.typepad.com/the_digital_pilgrim/
  • My new state of creative illumination already produced a new idea to combine with a new company we are starting in 2007. The new company plans are top secret at the moment, but the name starts with a “T”.

    I’ve also been sipping a new cocktail I’ve created, Ice, Cointreau, Tequila, Ginger Ale and a twist of lime infused with a chai-tea teabag for a nice cinnamon nose. Too lazy to give it a name now.. what about: “leftovers from Anton’s party”, nope.. it needs something with a better ring to it. Any ideas?

    I’ve found that two continental pillows and a bolster cushion propped up in the right way can give me about 3 hours of uninterrupted vegetating with a laptop in bed. One of the reasons I’m not sure I want a new Core2Duo laptop is because heat is actually a bit of a problem with laptops.

    I mostly have this laptop in bed problem since I’m living in my own version of the Fight Club Zen Apartment at the moment (No, I’m not planning to blow it up). I don’t really have furniture other than a bed. I’ve gotten rid of anything that’s not really useful. My fridge is full of cocktail ingredients, no food and no condiments. I’ve never used the stove, or prepared anything warmer than room temperature here. No TV, no Hifi, no Telkom line, only an Amobia outdoor Wifi link and a Wifi AP. Zen.


    Maybe I’ll go for a sunset walk, this is Cape Town in the summertime after all.

    7 thoughts on “2006 Anti-xmas Zen

    1. Nice reference to the nutter, really appreciate it. Good that it’s out in the open now – best not to hide these kinds of things. Have a very happy New Year!

    2. Hello The Royal Lushness

      *grin* Don’t take that comment too seriously (-:

      Naulene studied at Rhodes, that’s how I know. I guess you could argue my sample space is a bit limited to make that observation.. at least I’ve never met a boring person from Rhodes. Your blog was a gripping read. Hoot Hoot.

    3. Thanks Joe – I don’t think Rhodes does normal or too serious so you’re lucky. I’m liking the reference to ‘the royal lushness’. Very nice indeed.

    4. Hi Martin

      The CushTop looks interesting, but it does not seem to allow for more ventilation than just putting the laptop on a normal pillow. I’d like to see something with a mesh of nylon or something that allows better air flow.

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