Monday, rainy morning, work, Mia and I made omelettes, random email scrubbing, windy afternoon, book shop and food shopping at the Gardens Centre – to get Mia two new books, Mia and I cooked a roast chicken and veggies while watching Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Steve Martin – great movie, we probably had more dark chocolate than was really necessary, time well spent.
The Renegade Report was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called The Capitalist Party.
Tuesday, iOS and macOS upgrade day, Mia made breakfast, a swim at Wembley gym, sauna, smoothie, we took Romeo for a Pipe Track hike – he was pretty spent after that, I took Mia to Borrusos in Kenilworth – to experience their Pollodoro pizza with avo – I had not been there since maybe 2005/6 days, Moro gelato, time well spent.
Enjoy the work. To be a good writer, first you must be the kind of person who enjoys writing.
Wednesday, work, Mia managed a 15h sleep, food shopping in Gardens with Mia, we watched Logans Run, steak braai with Paul and Mia, time well spent, nice wines, braaibroodjies – good catch up – some AfrikaBurn conversations – probably not going.
Thursday, random tinkering, catch up with Dennis and Hugo, lupper at El Burro with Mia – introduced Mia to enchiladas, semifreddo dessert at La Perla.
La Perla has been there since 1969, 50 years. Impressive.
Design your own Groundhog day. Have tea.
Useful link to check your email gets delivered: Mail Tester – if you want to play with SPF, DKIM and DMARC.
‘I hope this lame-ass email fiends you well?’ – why do people put this in their emails?
Friday, road trip to Grabouw with Mia, another birthday lunch for Mia at The Pool Room, nap, sunset walk around Gordon’s Bay, indian food starters selection at Indian Curry – introduced Mia to poppadoms and mint dip, watched some DStv movies – man, Blood Diamond is painful to watch.
When will we reach peak-smartphone tech? Are we 95% there?
Saturday, woke up at a guest house on Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay – 185 on Beach, breakfast overlooking the harbour, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house – after a long chat about how mobile phones work and some thermodynamics basics, home, nap, tinkered with a Debian install and EFI boot partitions, sunset podcast promenade walk, in bed early.
“The remaining 10% takes 90% of the time.”
Mia turned 13. Time does not stand still.
Sunday, tinkering, phone chat with Mia, gym, Green Point Park walk, more tinkering, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched some Netflix sci-fi.
Tunes of the week: mostly Cat Stevens songs, again.
The moments that make up your life till you wake up…
Week of 18-24 March.
Monday, woke up to loadshedding – which was fun, Somerset West with Milton, coffee with Dirk at Merkava, work, to avoid loadshedding Wouter and Rene and I went to Magica Roma in Pinelands – been meaning to go check it out for a while, good food – had a mega-umami porcini mushroom veal dish.
Tuesday, work, office, meeting at the Waterfront, loadshedding at 20:00, blogging in the dark, podcast listening in the dark, in bed early, great sleep.
Podcasts work well during loadshedding… the trick is to not fall asleep, too quickly.
Luxury is time. Podcasts create time. Podcasts create luxury.
Wednesday, work, phone chat with Jack from the Cape Party – nice guy, gym, swim, sauna – no, wait – no sauna because loadshedding, some website tinkering, house and dog sitting in Bakoven, Romeo and I had a romantic candle-light red wine drinking session – 2016 L’avenir Stelllenbosch Classic, in bed early.
Who knew creative writing would be this useful? Use the active voice kids.
Thursday, public holiday, up early-ish, Bakoven adventure with Romeo – an ~hour phone chat with Dirk while walking around little beach, big beach, Camps Bay beach, braai with Georg, Al, Mimi and Stephan Bodzin (sans Adrian – who had a social hangover), gourmet braai broodjies, food coma nap, fed the dog and two cats, watched Love, Death, Robots on Netflix – not bad, time well spent.
Having a social hangover is a thing, it seems.
Friday, I managed to set off the alarm – which was amusing, general tinkering, fetched Mia from her gran’s house, took her for an early birthday lunch at Waterkloof – excellent deserts – nice views, Clifton 1st beach walk with Mia and Romeo, loadshedding and candles, watched a bit of Netflix, time well spent.
Saturday, notes processing and blogging, made breakfast with Mia – after her 12h sleep, planned the holiday, braai and gourmet braai broodjies, Bodzin, perfect weather, nap, we took Romeo for a walk from Bakoven to Glen Beach and back – epic sunset – chats about compounded vs linear growth and network effects, time well spent.
I updated my list of groups you must support in South Africa: Fighting the Commies : Like, follow and subscribe: 1) The Renegade Report, 2) ZACP – Capitalist Party of South Africa, 3) The Cape Party, 4) AfriForum.
Sunday, fed the three pets, woke Mia up from her 14h sleep, braai with Jacques and Marietjie, followed by and another Clifton 1st visit with Romeo, tinkering, chilling, blogging, red wine, watched a live Youtube debate, time well spent.
Monday, breakfast with Mia – the usual fruit and greek yoghurt, school run, work, school meeting, gym, swim, sauna, work, late lunch in Stellenbosch, two meetings, supper and tinkering at Mojo Market.
Steampunk is dumb.
Tuesday, up early, Bootleggers special, worked a bit at Tea in the Park, office, dev catch up, data fixing, podcast walk, dinner at NV80 with Georg, catch up with Wouter.
Wednesday, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev meeting, tea at The Yard at the Waterfront, Strolla, sunset podcast walk.
Everything has already happened… we have very little free will, we just bump into things on some path / general vector.
At least we have functional saunas this autumn / winter.
Let the Podcasts roll!
Listen to the Marc Andreessen interview on The Moment with Brian Koppelman.
Thursday, walked to the office, Mojo lunch, loadshedding in Sea Point, presentation tweaking with a Hoegaarden at Harveys, Amber Weiss at La Vie, nap, gave a talk about Open Networking at the first WCNOG meeting at The Hyde Hotel in Sea Point – got a tshirt.
“I am Jack’s lingering sense of hope.”
“I’m fading out, in stereo.”
Friday, office, walk, braai at home, time well spent.
Confidence, to just do things. Been pondering this lately.
Saturday, tea, backups, general tinkering, epic nap, gym, sunset podcast walk, rotisserie chicken with avo and good chardonnay, notes processing, in bed early, time well spent.
“The most successful innovators are the creative imitators, the Number Two.” — Wired Magazine (1996)
Find a scene. What nerds do on evenings and weekends.
Sunday, rainy day, random tinkering, rainy podcast promenade walk, pancakes, watched the Youtube live stream of The Capitalist Party launch event, St Patrick’s day Guinness at Van Hunks with Georg, Ryan and Paul, time well spent.
South Africans have some new sane options to vote for on 8 May!
National: Capitalist Party
Western Cape: Cape Party – Free The Cape!
Tunes of the week: NIN, The Downward Spiral
Actually, that’s not true, I listened to Possibly Days and unhealthy number of times.
Friday, gym, sauna, office, DC move meeting, general tinkering at La Vie with more Counting Crows, sunset walk, a whisky with Wouter.
Seems impossible for me to add FB friends faster than people are quitting FB or unfriending me, not sure which is a bigger drain on the system.
Saturday, slept late, fetched Mia from Rushmore, fetched Jacques, Plaasfees at Diemersdal wine farm, nap, extended braai, watched a bit of Aquaman, babies don’t sleep this well.
“We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.” — David D. Clark
Sunday, breakfast at Jacques’, we watched Captain Marvel at the 3D IMAX – entertaining, frogurt, Mia and I tried to find Panama Jacks – turns out they moved it, so we walked around the cruise terminal at the Waterfront, oyster special at Sea Breeze on Bree – Mia seems to like oysters now – brain food / vitamin sea, Moro gelato, shopping for breakfast goodies, backups, notes and photo processing, so many devices to charge – 8, time well spent.
Tunes of the week: Counting Crows obviously, this one is interesting: Possibility Days.
Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, work, gym, mediation session, brunch with Dirk at Fred&Max, haircut at Yogi’s – bumped into Anton at the barber shop, a beer at Van Hunks – nice to catch up with Anton, time well spent.
Tuesday, long day – traversed the Boland (love) triangle, a walk around Stellenbosch with Alan, breakfast at The Millhouse Cafe – catch up with Parri, work, fetched Mia from school, took Mia for a quick tour of the herb farm at Allee Bleue, took Mia to a school open day, salads for supper, back to the open day, smoothies, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, had a whisky with Wouter.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Rob Siltanen, spotted on a wall on Tuesday
Wednesday, Knead before-8am breakfast special, office, dev catch up, ramen for lunch, Octotel had a metro fibre break and some downtime fun and games, a beer on Michael’s roof.
Note to self: use DuckDuckGo more.
Thursday, work, walked to the office, worked a bit at La Vie, nap, general tinkering.
“All things being equal, people will do business with a friend; all things being unequal, people will still do business with a friend.” — Mark McCormack
Friday, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev catch up, Mojo Market, a Hoegaarden at The Winchester, dinner at Carne on Kloof with Adrian Georg and Al, tiramisu, Clifton beach walk with Georg, time well spent.
Saturday, podcast walk to the Granger bay market, Waterfront, Belgian beers and mussels at Den Anker while listening to some podcasts, watched Bohemian Rhapsody again at the VIP cinemas with a Jamey, epic nap, emmental snack and Bouchard Finlayson chard, a drink at Bao Down Restaurant in Oranjezicht, Peroxide 80s party at Wonderland with Kirsty and Rene, 12h sleep, time well spent.
I’m still hopeful for my 2014 matchmaking project in the desert.
Sunday, lazy day, watched Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets again with some Glen Carlou chard – because Luc Besson is cool, epic nap, sunset podcast walk, explored a Chinese restaurant down the road, watched Lost in Translation again – great movie, time well spent.
Thursday, up early, breakfast at Fred&Max in Somerset West, Dirk visit – usual nerdy chats, work, a tank beer at Quay Four, watched Alita Battle Angel – pretty good.
I listened to the two Derek Sivers interviews with Tim Ferriss again, time well spent.
Friday, office, fetched Mia from school, Mia swam in 4 races at a gala at Bridge House, Wijnhuis supper – with some semifreddo and tiramisu, dropped Mia at a friend’s house, braai at MC’s in Mostertsdrift with Paul, Wilhelm and Erich.
If things are not interesting, you are not paying attention.
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” — Bruce Lee
Saturday, woke up in Stellenbosch, walked around Mia’s school and fetched her, Bikini Beach visit with Jacques – great weather, calamari at the Gordons Bay Harbour, time well spent.
Sunday, woke up at Jacques’ house, we gave his dog a bath, braai, beach walk from Glen Beach to Camps Bay and back with Mia, found some breakfast goodies, sunset walk, device upgrades and backups.
“We shall build good ships here; at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always good ships.” — Collis Potter Huntington.
Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, court visit, Fred&Max breakfast, Stellenbosch visit, office – until loadshedding at 16:00 – argh, even 3G internet dies, nap, sunset promenade walk.
Ear infection on the left side. Suspecting podcasts and swimming. Not the best combo.
I think it’s safe to say you are a shitty parent when you take your daughter’s phone charging table – which prevents her from communicating with her father.
Tuesday, office, doctor visit, got some ear drops at Dischem, dev catch up, lunchtime walk, troubleshooting, Strolla, sunset walk.
RELAX, NOTHING’S UNDER CONTROL! (-:
Wednesday, voted for The Cape Party at the Camps Bay Club – Ward 54 election, Octotel team building day, went for a Table Mountain hike in a group of ten, burgers and beers at Hudsons in Kloof str, afternoon of problem solving chats at the Platteklip Wash House in Oranjezicht, braai.
Thursday, woke up at the Platteklip Wash House, Camps Bay beach visit, breakfast at Caprice, office, meeting, dev meeting, meeting, phone chat with Jacques, mini nap, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Friday, work, gym, WW rotisserie chicken and avo and some chardonnay – gourmet bachelor food, took a longer than usual flaneuring podcast walk to via Clifton to Camps Bay – Clifton 4 was cloudy and looked like a scene from a Monkey Island game, a drink in Camps Bay, watched Solo again with a g&t – good movie, time well spent.
I took a walk today, with wireless headphones in my ears listening to mostly A-ha, and I did not even think to take my wallet, paid for a drink, then took an Uber back home while having a 2 hour facetime audio chat with Jacques – and the call transitioned happily from GSM to home wifi, like wow! – we are living in the future kids – while I’m writing this, I can tap my left ear twice to skip to the next song. Holy shit, this is the best time to be alive, so, maybe stay alive a bit longer kids? There are some Star Trek things coming, trust me.
Urhm, it was Valentines day this week, and that’s rad, but I really can’t say I’m that positive on meeting humans. To add context I asked somebody on a walk this week, with lukewarm feedback… which in Sivers speak, is not ideal.
Alexa, exploit a worker!
Saturday, got up late, watched the rest of Solo, nap, tinkered a bit at La Vie, sunset walk, watched Papillon – good movie.
“I know.” — Han Solo.
Sunday, general tinkering and creative writing, photo and notes processing, gym, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Monday, woke up in Helderstroom, packed up, a search for Paul, swim, very average coffee, drove back to Cape Town, stopped at Peregrine farm stall for the usual springbok pie, dumped some camping stuff in storage, caught up on some emails, nap, greek food and ouzo at Mykonos Taverna with Paul – always good.
Tuesday, office, made a presentation deck, gave a CLUG talk about Open Networking at UCT, dinner at Woodstock Brewery with the CLUG people.
CLUG – a blast from the past – 10 years ago, wow. 1999-2008ish.
Wednesday, gym, swim, office, Ocean Basket, tea at the Protea Hotel in Sea Point, sunset podcast promenade walk, some creative writing.
Thursday, configured a router, macOS and iOS upgrade day, office, data fixing day, interesting phone call, braai at home.
Friday, woke up a tad hungover, spreadsheet making, Kloof st visit, fetched Mia, clothes shopping for Mia at the Waterfront, we watched Glass – not bad, Ocean Basket.
What’s a mind worth if it can’t be changed?
Saturday, breakfast with Mia, device upgrades and backups, gym, swim, Granger Bay market – for Mia’s usual olives fix and found some chia seeds, lunch at Lily’s with Mia – good chats, shopping, nap, dropped Mia off at a party at the Somerset West Country, worked a bit at W Cafe, fetched Mia again.
Sunday, creative writing, convinced Mia to go find some lunch, Posticino, Mia wanted to go watch Bohemian Rhapsody – but there was loadshedding as we arrived at the movies, found a book for Mia at EBs, a beer at Den Anker – they have grenadine which Mia loves, tinkered a bit at home, sunset promenade walk, curry at 91.
I was low on photos this week… because, like a fool, I imported them, then removed them all from my phone, and then realised the import did not happen. Thanks Apple.
“Compound yourself. Compounding is magic. Look for it everywhere. Exponential curves are the key to wealth generation. A medium-sized business that grows 50% in value every year becomes huge in a very short amount of time. Few businesses in the world have true network effects and extreme scalability. But with technology, more and more will. It’s worth a lot of effort to find them and create them.”
Tuesday, worked a bit at Bootleggers, walked to Strolla, I had two breakfast specials at Knead, office, dev meeting, more meetings, a drink and some creative writing at La Vie.
“We spend our lives learning how to live.”
Wednesday, up early, perfect morning weather, walked to gym, swim, sauna, office, Teraco meeting, some creative writing, lunchtime walk, Strolla, game steaks for dinner at Hussar.
You should probably be in the business of automation.
Thursday, Bootleggers, Knead breakfast special, office, worked at La Vie, worked a bit at a new bar around the corner, some creative writing.
Friday, gym, swim, sauna, office, watched Mia’s swimming gala – which was a bit disappointing, chateaubriand early supper at Hussar with Mia, Gordons Bay Bikini Beach Books, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, fetched camping gear – aB crate and five finger shoes, in bed early.
About the gala: Mia showed up without goggles, lost her cap, came 5th in the medley race – a girl that’s a year younger beat her, then she was late for two of her races and they had to call her over the PA system – reminded me a bit of The Baumer’s tennis meltdown, I had to take a walk. At least she won the backstroke race.
It’s not weak, to not know.
Trying not to forget – mindful eating, and drinking.
Saturday, meeting in Gardens, lunch with Paul, Leaving Las Vegas express stop at Ultra, road trip to Helderstroom with Paul, set up our tents around sunset.
Sunday, Origin, time well spent.
Tune of the week: I’ve Been Losing You – from the Norwegian band, A-ha, released in 1986 – which seems to be a song about a guy singing to a girlfriend he just shot.
Monday, some tinkering and an omelette at a coffee shop in St Georges Mall, took a blender for a service, haircut at Yogi’s, 2nd shower for the day – because it’s impossible to work after a fresh haircut, office, dev catch up, lunchtime walk, sunset walk, watched Fyre on Netflix – good doccie.
Your “smart” TV is a feature TV. We don’t have smart TVs yet. Does it even support IPv6?
Tuesday, up early, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, forgot my AirPods case – so ran out of battery – hmm, saganaki salad at Mykonos Taverna – always good.
Radical centrism. Effective altruism.
Wednesday, office, Sababa lunch, Campari at the Radisson in London Rd, curry at 91.
Thursday, gym, swim, sauna, work, worked at Bootleggers, a beer at La Vie, late afternoon nap – which turned into a sleep and I woke up at some weird hour.
“You ain’t my friend, Palooka.” — Vincent
Running with scissors vs running with chainsaws.
Friday, office, dev catch up, fetched a blender, fetched Mia from school, late lunch at Vergelegen, drove to the Krystal Beach Hotel, supper at Ocean Basket in the harbour, Mia watched Star Trek Beyond.
Saturday, woke up in Gordon’s Bay, 3 course hotel breakfast with Mia, I introduced Mia to A-ha, Somerset Mall – got Mia a new book, Rust en Vrede wine tasting, a cheese board at Simonsig with Paul and Estelle, checked into The Lord Charles, nap, swim, reading – caught up on my Pocket list, dropped Mia off at a party, watched a TED talk and a few other videos, fetched Mia.
The Pocket app’s audio feature works well.
“Technologies needs to get to version 3.0”
GenX, Millennial? “Meet the Perennials. We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current, and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push up against our growing edge. We comprise an inclusive, enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.” tldr; smart and interesting.
Which muppet decided there should be utf-8 quotation marks? Pretty left and right facing ones. I keep on having to change utf-8 quotes to ascii quotes. Fsck.
Sunday, 3 course hotel breakfast, swim, device backups, I installed the Waking Up app for Mia, braai at Dirk’s house with Jacques, epic nap, time well spent.
Losers have ringtones.
Strange urge to make White Russians when walking around in hotel bathrobes.