Quick Update

White chocolate and socialism…

19th Floor
  • Week of 16-22 November
  • Monday, school run, photo processing and blogging, shopping in Franschhoek with Mia – finally did those sodastream refills, sunset podcast walk, upgraded two laptops to OS11.
  • Teenagers don’t seem to be able to keep watches charged so I ordered Mia a Casio with 10 year battery life.
  • “I was a jerk; I did the work for somebody else’s dream.” — Wheatus

  • Tuesday, school run, weekly meeting, my first pilates class, watched Back To The Future – great opening scene, afternoon walk, white wine spritzers.
  • PragerU: How Do We Make Society Better?
  • Wednesday, school run, gym in Stellenbosch, Leeu Estate spa day – only people at the spa, weekly meeting, time well spent.
  • Thursday, up early, morning podcast walk, school run, Mia’s first exam day, breakfast at Boschendal, fetched Mia from school, Paarl Mall visit, my 2nd pilates class, roast chicken supper, white wine spritzers and white chocolate, we watched When Harry Met Sally again – pretty sure I’ve seen it 15+ times.
  • Stop everything. Watch this. Rowan Atkinson – Fatal Beatings
  • Friday, up early, morning podcast walk, school run, Boschendal, fetched Mia, pool visit.
  • Saturday, Mia did some dog sitting, Cape Town day, breakfast with Wouter and Rene at Camps Bay Retreat – always nice, a beer at Den Anker, in the words of Mr Fox: a clustercuss of an afternoon – involving a visit to The Westin Spa – comedy of errors, drove home with Disintegration – The Cure soundtrack.
  • That pool and sauna on the 19th floor is pretty cool.
  • Sunday, breakfast with Mia at the club house, had a bit of a no drama llama moment – remember kids: “simplicate and add lightness”, finished watching When Harry Met Sally – great movie, afternoon walk, watched The Princess Bride again, long facetime chat with Jacques with some Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry red – probably me favourite red wine at the moment, standing desk blogging and photo processing with a Counting Crows soundtrack.
  • “Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
    Sally Albright: Which one am I?
    Harry Burns: You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.” — When Harry Met Sally

  • Mia and I agreed that I can not date anybody that’s into socialism or likes white chocolate.
  • Tune of the week: The Cure – Pictures Of You

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Squash payers suck at tennis…

Stellenbosch
  • Week of 9-15 November.
  • Monday, woke up in Cape Town, breakfast with Wouter at Step Brothers, quick visit to check out Nick’s new pad in De Waterkant, Waterfront, dentist, Dalewood Fromage cheese and flowers shopping, fetched Mia from water polo, walk, bubbly and cheese supper.
  • Tuesday, school run, driving range, worked at the club house, weekly meeting, fetched Mia, food shopping, art gallery visit, oysters and bubbly happy hour at Grande Provence, nap, watched the Apple ARM livestream event.
  • Wednesday, school run, Stellenbosch gym, Paarl outing, salads at Franschhoek Col’caccio – love their salads, chardonnay tasting at Chamonix, played tennis for the first time in about 5 years.
  • Thursday, school run, worked at the club house, we chilled at the swimming pool, I made supper, we watched the ending of High Fidelity.
  • Friday, pool day, we finally managed to watch the ending of High Fidelity, take away sushi night.
  • Saturday, we took a drive to Wellington – with some Derek Sivers – Anything You Want audio book indoctrination, car wheel rotation and nitrogen top-up, catch up phone chat with Paul, Nikki’s birthday party at Moreson with Pierre and Stefan, epic nap, photo processing and blogging.
  • “Most of what we do doesn’t matter. I am not busy. I am the laziest ambitious person I know. The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. My role in life is to be a bad influence. Life is too short to be busy.” — Lazy, a Manifesto

  • Sunday, we took a drive to Stellenbosch, Tokara DeliCatessen, 36 questions over lunch at Cavalli estate, nap.
  • Cavalli lunch was a bit meh to be honest – classic case of rather stick with what you know.
  • What’s The Point Of A Relationship?
  • Tune of the week: Allman Brown and Liz Lawrence – Sons and Daughters

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Spa days…

Lanzerac
  • Week of 2-8 November
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, school run, worked at Boschendal, Paarl Mall, La Paris Deli, fetched Mia, watched a Youtube livestream interview.
  • Tuesday, up early, school run, made some Facebook ads, nap, spa day special at Babylonstoren – very cool, fetched Mia, we had supper at Grappa Pappa.
  • Wednesday, green smoothies, school run, driving range – I think I’m making progress, weekly meeting.
  • Thursday, Paarl Mall visit, hair cut, found some tennis rackets, rainy afternoon, watched some camera review videos.
  • Friday, dropped Mia off at school, backups and upgrades day – while listening to The Killers, rainy afternoon Lanzerac spa visit, dinner with some La Motte bubbly, we watched High Fidelity – always cool.
  • “No woman in the history of the world is having better sex than the sex you are having with Ian… in my head.” — High Fidelity

  • Saturday, lunch at Rust en Vrede with Adrian and Al, drove to Cape Town, catch up with Wouter and Rene, nap, promenade walk, watched Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull again, Campari and pool.
  • The word hack comes from Hackney horse farming.
  • Call me a bad human, but I’m not sure I could date an Android / Windows user.
  • “What would you do even if you knew you could/would fail?”

  • “None of us are as dumb as all of us.”

  • Interesting, Mia’s MBTI seems to have changed from ENFP to INFP.
  • I can’t find the graph I had in mind now – but this will do – if you look at the area under each graph the two things to optimise for parter and cool people to work with.
  • Sunday, up early, rainy morning, podcast walk to Clifton and flaneuring around Sea Point, my first gym visit in about 10 months! – very bad idea to not go to gym for that long, nap, braai with Nick, Simone, Adrian, Wouter and Rene – time well spent.
  • Word of the week: Sinecure
  • Tune of week: Pearl Jam – Smile

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Blah…

Glen Carlou
  • Week of 26 Oct to 1 Nov
  • Monday, woke up in Cape Town, catch up with Faizel at Strolla, Waterfront – got two new pairs of slops – and could not resist the L’Occitane shop as usual, Orms, Glen Carlou wine tasting, fetched Mia.
  • “A Gentleman is never rude by accident.”

  • Tuesday, school run, weekly meeting.
  • “Man is a beast of burden.”

  • Wednesday, wine tasting at Antonij Rupert Wyne – Cab Franc 2013 gets a thumbs up, usual weekly meeting – but this time with Sony a6400 and f1.4 35mm lens – semi pro video conferencing.
  • Thursday, tea, school run, tshirt designing, afternoon outing to the Wellington traffic department to go have our drivers licences renewed – productive outing, back to Glen Carlou for a quick wine tasting and a liquorice paring, fetched Mia from school, cooked supper with the a new steamer – worked pretty well.
  • Glen Carlou has excellent wines – support them.
  • Friday, party shopping, flower shopping, car wash, Mia hosted a party for 9 girls, club house pool visit, sushi dinner, two epic chardonnays: Glen Carlou Gravel Quarray and Rustenberg Five Soldiers, time well spent.
  • Pistachios are addictive.
  • Do you want Cape Independence to become a reality? Donate. South of South Africa.
  • Saturday, I made berry smoothies, cut up a watermelon, we watched Empire Records, nap, watched Mulholland Drive with Mia.
  • Best day of my life so far: Sunday May the 4th 2014.
  • Funny how when you read the news everything is getting worse, but when you look around you everything is getting better.
  • I survived my first ten teenager party.
  • Word of the week: prescient.
  • Sunday, woke up on the couch at 07:00, home exec tasks, we made green smoothies, Mia and I went shopping, braai with Jacques, Neil and family – and some good red wines, club house pool swim, we watched the rest of Mulholland Drive – and then watched the explainer video – obviously, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

You’re so cool, white wine spritzers, standing desk…

Podcast Walk
  • Week of 19-25 October.
  • Monday, woke up early to process drone photos, braai meat for breakfast, school run, Takealot delivery day – new toys to configure.
  • Configured two Megaboom3s in stereo – searched for song to test stereo setup – found You’re So Cool.
  • Got an LED ring light – for pro video conferencing.
  • Figured I need a standing desk.
  • Played with using my Sony Mirrorless camera as a webcam – but it’s only 576p – which is a USB2 bus limit for uncompressed video streams – but quality is much better than 720p Macbook or iMac webcams.
  • Tuesday, braai meat for breakfast again, school run, standing desk delivery and setup, weekly meeting – with my new semi pro video conferencing setup, driving range and a drink at the club house, watched True Romance again – epic movie.
  • Wednesday, school run, Boschendal breakfast – photo processing and blogging, worked a bit at Tokara DeliCat – but their wifi sucked, Rustenberg wine tasting, fetched Mia, driving range followed by a few white wine spritzers – turns out we met 2 years ago – 21 Oct 2018.
  • I’m enjoying the standing desk – I got the “X-COVE (Black) Sit-Stand Standing Desk Converter PLUS Anti-Fatigue Mat COMBO from Deskstand.com – thanks to Wouter for suggesting this – pro tip: get the mat with the desk.
  • Found this again: Dating for Nerds.
  • Thursday, school run, golf lesson with Dirk – Dirk is a pretty good golf coach, club house drink – more white wine spritzers, nap, quick Paarl Mall visit, sunset podcast walk and a phone chat with Michael.
  • It seems golf is not as easy as I thought – my swing was pretty hacky.
  • “Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici – By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe” — Faust / V for Vendetta

  • “Full stack hacker of life.” — Naval, about Richard Feynman

  • “All self-help boils down to: choose long-term over short-term.” — Naval

  • Friday, dropped Mia off, driving range, event planning, post-lockdown spring cleaning, house viewing, I had a hot date at Babel – always great food, time well spent.
  • Saturday, best intentions to go mountain biking, but that failed, picnic at De Meye with Wouter and Rene, Bantry Bay house, played some pool with Wouter.
  • “Public health is all about lying.”

  • Sunday, breakfast down the road at Step Brothers, Noble Vice wine festival it The Bisquit Mill with Pierre, Ben, Stefan and Stefan, brain food happy hour at Sea Breeze with Wouter, Rene and Sonja, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Hans Zimmer – You’re So Cool

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Summer, Kir Royales and High Fidelity…

Mont Rochelle
  • Week of 12-18 October
  • Monday, school run, afternoon walk with Bently the dog.
  • Tuesday, school run, weekly meeting, podcast walk, Mia and I made salad and watched the Apple iPhone event – Kool-Aid for Apple fan boys – the whole 5G thing is BS (at this point in time).
  • Wednesday, school run, car wash, omelette at the club house, shopping with Mia, podcast walk, weekly meeting.
  • Thank goodness it’s summer.
  • “I thank the lord for the people I have found.” — Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters, warm and fuzzy moment – this song was playing while making pizza with friends at Wolfkop recently.

  • This Chuck Palahniuk interview was very good – Wolfkop road trip memories.
  • “You’re a process guy.” – JM, funny – takes you a while to figure out your thing.

  • 2020: how to wash your hands like doctors do – and lose 6 months of your life, also we can’t watch Dune at IMAX. Fsck.
  • Listen to: Naval Ravikant on Happiness, Reducing Anxiety, Crypto Stablecoins, and Crypto Strategy
  • Independence, freedom, adventure.
  • Thursday, walk, we made salad again, long chat with Jacques, we bought a dot com domain for R60k – yikes.
  • Friday, Boschendal breakfast, flowers shopping and fetched Mia in Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle outing, kir royales at MIKO and dinner at The Country Kitchen, time well spent.
  • Saturday, dropped Mia off at a friend, driving range, sushi and bubbly at the club house, watched Guardians of the Galaxy again – epic nap, campari, long phone chats with Paul, Wouter and Adrian in Spain, time well spent.
  • Sunday, braai shopping, fetched Mia, braai with Jacques and family, we made bloody marys, I cooked 4 types of steak, drone flying with Jacques, watched High Fidelity again – rad movie, time well spent.
  • “How did I manage to edit all of this out?” — High Fidelity

  • Tune of the week: I Believe When I Fall In Love – Stevie Wonder – High Fidelity – great ending scene.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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.

Quick Update

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.

Quick Update

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.