Quick Update

Bagels, halloumi and PWAs…

Promenade
  • Week of 12-18 August.
  • Monday, work, gym, swim, sauna, made an omelette with halloumi cheese, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • I bumped into a fellow podcast enthusiast recently, and I shared these links again: Favourite Episodes, Shows, Entrepreneurs.
  • Tuesday, office, meetings.
  • I can’t say I’m very optimistic about South Africa at the moment. About 15% of the country’s budget is going towards interest payments and debt is 60% of GDP. Add a junk status downgrade followed by a currency devaluation and things are going to get uncomfortable.
  • “What you can become, you must become.”

  • Wednesday, work, Green Point Park walk and a long chat with Dirk, work, gym, extended podcast vlaneuring.
  • I’m starting to think a lot of people like alcohol more because of the anti-anxiety effects than euphoria.
  • Thursday, office, dev catch up – Martin broke his arm, stayed at the office late, sunset promenade walk, catch up with Wouter.
  • “They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” — Banksy

  • Error Management Theory
  • “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” — Frank Herbert, Dune, sci-fi meditation.

  • Friday, work, made scrabled eggs and halloumi, fetched Mia, catch up with Dirk, 1890 conveyor belt sushi supper, Moro gelato, catch up with Wouter – with a nice malbec.
  • I’ve been reading about PWAs. Pretty cool tech. The browser is the OS.
  • Saturday, perfect weather, tea, grapefruit, device upgrades and backups, we walked to the Granger Bay Market for a salmon bagel and Moro gelato, Sotano with Georg, nap, braai at Jacques’, time well spent.
  • Bagels are traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, that is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. They were widely consumed by Ashkenazi Jews in 17th century Poland.
  • Elze is about a month old now.
  • Sunday, I made a big (Greek) brunch with some halloumi cheese, nap, sunset promenade walk with Mia, Mia had a very spicy curry at 91 – and managed to finish about 1/4 of it, I helped Mia with a public speaking assignment, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Ape-ocalypse Now…

Three Anchor Bay
  • Week of 5-11 August.
  • Monday, school run while Mia took a nap – I always feel pretty bad about waking her up early – school should start at 09:00ish, W Cafe, fetched a card, work, gym, swim, sauna, took a long cold walk to the Waterfront, Mussels Monday with Adrian – we chatted startup ideas.
  • Tuesday, office, dev catch up, met some illustrators.
  • Peter Thiel’s Religion
  • Wednesday, office, meetings, stayed at the office late, in bed early.
  • Thursday, work, gym, sauna, watched Richard Says Goodbye at the Waterfront – enjoyed it, podcast promenade walk.
  • Code that does not exist has no have bugs.
  • I’ve been researching Quasar, looks pretty cool. Every startup bro needs to be a full stack developer right?
  • Friday, public holiday, tinkering, gym, email backlog scrubbing, sunset podcast promenade walk, a quick visit to Van Hunks with Al, Adrian and Ryan, Royale Burger – with sweet potato fries, Moro Gelato, watched the Planet of the Apes series – well, more like skipped though the first three movies and watched the last one – Ape-ocalypse Now.
  • Saturday, up fairly early, took a promenade walk, tinkering, backups, I made a gourmet omelette, epic nap, watched the rugby at Van Hunks with Georg, Carel, Eugene, Karla and the mayor of Van Hunks.
  • Carel has clocked 133 days in his podcasting app. Impressive. I’m on 56 days.
  • The people who keep us company
  • Sunday, I watched The The Hummingbird Project – not bad, extended nap, rainy sunset podcast promenade walk, I watched The Hudsucker Proxy again.
  • Photos are a bit boring this week :-/

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Scenius, Elze, Simon & Garfunkel…

Winter
  • Week of 29 July to 4 August.
  • Monday, work, gym, swim, Green Point Park walk, rainy day, Mussels Monday with Georg, Adrian and Al, time well spent.
  • Octotel received more than 2k orders in July, new record.
  • I crossed the 1000 Instagram photos mark recently.
  • Tuesday, rainy day, office, managed to get fairly wet running in the rain, Wouter and I started making a pitch deck.
  • Wednesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, second Scenius dinner at Josephine Mill in Newlands – cool venue, last minute pitch deck making, Tom presented the slideshow karaoke deck I made about IPv6, big thanks to the wine sponsor, good food, time well spent.
  • Thursday, made omelettes, work, backups, found a replacement light bulb and battery for my keyring, took a sunset walk towards the Waterfront, bought a copy of Matt’s book at EB, watched The Current War it the VIP cinema – good movie, winter dinner special at The Greek Fisherman.
  • The actor that played Westinghouse looked familiar – he was the bad guy in The Shape of Water.
  • Friday, office, helped Dirk set up a wifi router for his mom in Somerset West, fetched Mia from school, we had conveyor belt sushi at 1890 in Obs – good value, Moro gelato, catch up with Wouter – it’s been a week of pretty bad news for SA, the socialists are doing what they do best.
  • Saturday, tea, photo processing, device upgrades and backups, Mia and I made omelettes, baby toy shopping, went to go visit Jacques and Marietjie and met Elze for the first time (who is about a week old now), braai, watched parts of Megamind again, nice to catch up with Jacques, time well spent.
  • Elze is very cute, and enjoys sleeping.
  • Sunday, brunch at Jacques’, Mia and I went to watch Here’s To You (Simon & Garfunkel show) at The Theatre on the Bay – nice show, supper at Primi, Camps Bay walk, random tinkering and macOS updates while half watching The Fast and the Furious (not sure which one), time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Simon & Garfunkel – I Am A Rock

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

If you clean the vacuum cleaner, you become the vacuum cleaner…

Green Point Park
  • Week of 22-28 July.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, gym, office, quick catch up with Paul, random tinkering while listening to some Stephan Bodzin.
  • Looks like my naming for the rebooted 27 / Geek Dinners stuck. Scenius Dinners. Scenius.co.za. 2nd one in the series is happening in the coming week.
  • Do-nothing scripting: the key to gradual automation.
  • Tuesday, work, very rainy day, meeting in Newlands, office, a beer at Strolla with Anton, dinner at Anton’s with Georg, time well spent.
  • Jacques and I have not talked in about two months.
  • Top 5 movies: Aliens, When Harry Met Sally, Spirited Away, V for Vendetta, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This will probably have changed by next week, but Mia asked me recently, so I made a quick list.
  • Mouthwash before or after you brush your teeth? I like before, because I like the taste of toothpaste more than the mouthwash taste.
  • Wednesday, work, catch up with Justin at Newport Deli, gym, Green Point park walk, promenade walk, roast lamb and veg dinner at Georg’s with a very pleasant bottle of cinsaut.
  • Be the person you needed when you were younger.
  • Thursday, ZA Open Networking workshop at the Victoria Junction hotel, seared tuna at Beluga with the open networking geeks, fun day, deep nerding.
  • Jacques and Marietjie’s daughter was born on 25 July, Elze van der Merwe, 3.3 kg.
  • Listen to fs.blog: Cracking the Code of Love
  • Friday, office, promenade walk, nap, Georg’s birthday drinks at Van Hunks with Al, Adrian and Ryan – we have plans to build power stations.
  • Happy birthday Georg!
  • Ryan introduced me to The Red Dragon (drink): Fiery Dragon Ginger Beer and whiskey, pretty good.
  • Saturday, back to Van Hunks, watched the SA vs NZ rugby with Georg and Ryan, took a walk, Royale Burger, Moro gelato, epic nap, Rockpool with Georg, watched Paper Towns – not bad.
  • Sunday, up early, tea and backups, installed Debian 10 on a server, extended sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • You run Debian right?
  • Tune of the week: The Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Commanding robots…

Waterfront
  • Week of 15-21 July.
  • Monday, work, gym, sauna, soup for lunch, work, sunset podcast walk to the Waterfront, mussels Monday at Den Anker with Georg.
  • Georg is leaving SA for a long project soon.
  • Tuesday, early morning vlan cutovers – the last one – finally, office, dev catch up, Woodstock Exchange visit, haircut at Yogi’s, extended podcast walk.
  • Listen to the Peter Thiel interview on The Portal.
  • Wednesday, Inner City Ideas Cartel – interesting meeting, office, breakfast for lunch, Da Vinci’s ribs special.
  • “Everybody should work for themselves, commanding robots.” — Naval

  • Brew some recklessness into them.
  • I was offered ‘Life-time ISPA Fellowship‘ status, so I filled in the web form.
  • Never gets old. You got any promising leads? They got us working in shifts.
  • Teraco valuation is now 1B USD.
  • Thursday, cold and rainy day, tea, work, lunch and a catch up with Paul, work, podcast nap, watched The Boondock Saints again – great movie.
  • Work in industries which are not stagnating.
  • Octotel is now the 3rd biggest FTTH provider in SA.
  • Friday, work, fetched Mia from school, banana bread at The Deli Co at the Waterfront – nice sunset views, we watched Yesterday – cool movie – Mia enjoyed it, book shop.
  • Saturday, tea, random tinkering, Mia and I had lunch at The Company Gardens Cafe, we watched Dark Universe at the Planetarium, braai at Dirk’s, I dropped Mia off at a party, back to the braai for some Wagyu steaks, fetched Mia, back to Cape Town, time well spent.
  • Sunday, tea and grapefruit, device upgrades and backups, braai meat for brunch, perfect weather, we took an aimless walk, soft serve ice cream by the Sea Point pool, Clifton beach walk, Glen Beach, ended up having a pasta at Col’caccio’s Camps Bay, tiramisu, nap, random tinkering and notes processing, time well spent.
  • I listened to the Naval – Joe Rogan interview for the 3rd time this week.
  • Found a photo of me and a cat on Mia’s phone.
  • Note to self: more long walks.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Mid afternoon…

Sea Point
  • Week of 8-14 July.
  • Monday, office, dev catch up, promenade walk, saganaki salad with Georg.
  • I was 100 podcast episodes behind at the beginning of the week – two weeks of no podcast listening.
  • Tuesday, up early, more ISP VLAN cutovers, office, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • SOLAR FLARES
  • Wednesday, really shitty day, court, flat tyre on N2, Strolla, watched Sicario – great movie.
  • Not a big photo week, had to use a few of last week’s photos.
  • Thursday, office, ISP migrations, dev catch up, promenade walk, watched Sicario (II) Day Of The Soldado – also good.
  • Reminder to support the RR, IRR etc.
  • Friday, office, after work beers at the office, podcast nap, house party.
  • I think I should take on more nerdy projects soon – I made a list of tech I’d like to learn more about.
  • “If no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it, how bad can it be?”

  • Saturday, woke up in the afternoon, watched Guardians of the Galaxy I again – epic movie, lupper with Georg at Hussar, a short Rockpool visit, watched About Time again.
  • “Well I woke up in mid afternoon cause that’s when it all hurts the most.” — Counting Crows, Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby

  • Sunday, watched Point Break again – rad movie, because of Point Break I figured I should watch Tank Girl – one of those movies I somehow missed in the 90s – it was painful and I skipped forward a bunch of times, amused myself with reading about QUIC and HTTP3, gym, Green Point park walk, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, phone chat with Paul, nerdy rabbit hole of reading about OpenWRT devices, photo processing, blogging, backups.
  • Read this again: The world in which IPv6 was a good design – which is why I was interested in QUIC.
  • Paul finally started listening to podcasts. Only took me 12 months.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Beagles love blueberries, Great Danes love earl grey…

Bakoven
  • Week of 1-7 July.
  • School holidays – week two. Birthday week.
  • This post is late, been doing a few boring things.
  • Monday, work, Mia and I watched The Hustle and the Waterfront – not bad but Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was much better, Mussels Monday and a Duvel at Den Anker, time well spent.
  • Doors and windows and what’s real
  • Tuesday, up early, fed the pets, work, very cold and wet day, a new puppy arrived – a Great Dane, Mia and I cooked a roast leg of lamb for dinner, time well spent.
  • The puppy is super cute. Grew up very quickly – from a real baby to walking up and down the stairs in three days.
  • I cleaned up many little puddles this week.
  • We watched more than one Friends episode this week.
  • Wednesday, the puppy woke me up, work – ISP migrations, Mia and I watched Family Secrets at The Theatre On The Bay, good show.
  • Humans love stories.
  • Thursday, my birthday, 4th of July, did some work, Mia and I took Romeo and the puppy for a Camps Bay beach walk – puppy’s first beach visit, Moro gelato, puppy fell asleep, so we went for conveyor belt sushi at The Cod Father – with a nice chardonnay, we watched Stranger Things season 3 – the full season – Mia has a thing for Stranger things and the 80s it seems – 4th of July fireworks – The Battle for Starcourt, time well spent.
  • About watching Netflix and video on demand – I remember going to The Computer Fair at Nasrec in Joburg around 1994 – they predicted that one day we would be able to stream video to our homes – they predicted it would need 8Mbps of bandwidth. Not a bad guess.
  • Friday, I watched the last Stranger Things episode again, discovered the puppy likes tea, Jarryd’s, Hartlief German deli food in the Gardens Centre, braai shopping, mini nap – but the puppy did not approve, birthday braai with Mia, Adrian, Simone, Nick and Georg, time well spent.
  • Nice spending two weeks with Mia.
  • Saturday, tea with the puppy, we took Mia’s phone for a battery swap, introduced Mia to eisbein at Hartlief deli, fetched the phone and got a new cover, dropped Mia off, attempted a nap, but the dogs wanted to wrestle, Paul and I had a joint birthday drinks event at Van Hunks, good fun.
  • Paul Carr is rad. Read the descriptions.
  • “We ask for forgiveness, not permission.”

  • Sunday, Paul’s birthday, a braai with Paul in Bakoven, catch up with Dennis and Hugo, dinner at Rene’s new apartment, time well spent, fell in bed just in time.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Calm is a superpower…

Mr Majestic
  • Week of 24-30 June.
  • Monday, school holidays, brunch at Knead with Mia, dog and cats sitting in Bakoven, work, Camps Bay beach walk with Romeo and Mia, we made hot chocolate and watched some random series on Netflix.
  • “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” — George Orwell

  • Tueasday, work, ISP cross connect migrations, Mia and Romeo and I took a walk down to the Camps Bay strip for some sushi.
  • I watched some series on Netflix this week. I’m not convinced Netflix, Amazon and Apple should be making movie/series content. They seem to run out of storyline by episode 3.
  • Wednesday, basically spent a day looking for a key, watched the Sabrina series on Netflix.
  • Thursday, office, GPON lab session, fun with cross connect migrations, found that key, braai with Mia and Nick.
  • I’m now Google-free. Well, as good as I can get it, I still have Chrome installed to access two spreadsheets I can’t get away from yet.
  • Friday, work, ISP cross connect cutover, we took Romeo for two beach walks – Camps Bay and Hout Bay, sunset braai with Mia – sirloin steaks and halloumi, time well spent.
  • Saturday, a cat woke me up, fed the pets, braai meat for breakfast, random tinkering, dreaming and notes processing, Mia and I took Romeo for a Bakoven walk, we had curry at The Raj down the road, gelato, extended session of watching DC Titans on Netflix – no sure if that was a good or a bad idea.
  • Good fun to have a dog for two weeks, and the one cat is very cool. I don’t usually like cats much – so this one is pretty spectacular.
  • I’ve been trying to get Paul to listen to a few podcasts. He’s been busy installing a podcast app for about 6 months now. I’m hopeful he’ll listen to a podcast soon.
  • Sunday, I woke Mia up – in the afternoon, we made breakfast, took Romeo for a beach walk around Oudekraal, then Llandudno, Hout Bay market and a walk around the harbour, supper at Primi down the road, Moro gelato hot chocolates, we watched Leon / The Professional – great 90s movie, watched Legends of the Fall (both from 1994) – epic movie – sadly Mia was not really impressed by the two movies, time well spent.
  • “I haven’t got time for this Mickey Mouse bullshit. You want cooperation, come to my office. Room 4602.” — Stansfield, The Professional

  • On our Sunday outing to the Hout Bay Market, Mia and I were chatting about how small businesses start and about personal networks and trust – Mia asked the value of the companies I co-founded. It’s a fairly big number. Reminded me of the Naval tweetstorm:
  • “Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.” — Naval

  • Stating the obvious, but I never really understood that companies take 10 years to become valuable. Understand compounding, take a long-term view, and find people you really want to work with, for a long time. I still like the idea of starting one project per year (that could become a company).
  • Tune of the week: You’re the voice – John Farnham

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

BLah…

Lions Head
  • Week of 17 to 23 June.
  • Monday, woke up in Plett, breakfast at East Heads Cafe in Knysna, road trip back to Cape Town with Georg, took a walk to the Waterfront, 2-for-1 mussels special at Den Anker, watched The Thomas Crown Affair again.
  • Electric cars currently cost about R30/100km in electricity, but can take 4 hours to charge.
  • Tuesday, office, dev catch up, DC migration admin, saganaki salad for supper.
  • I blogged: Start Here
  • Wednesday, some ISP cross connect migrations, late afternoon meeting at the Waterfront, a beer in Fresnaye.
  • Autodidact: a self-taught person.
  • Thursday, up early, eggs breakfast special at Knead, a few more productive ISP cross connect migrations, extended sunset podcast promenade walk – great evening, some drama with a switch OS issue.
  • Friday, office, dev catch up, One Juice smoothie and turmeric shots, after work drinks at the office, early supper at Mojo Market, watched American Sniper again.
  • DuckDuckGo has a dark mode (-:
  • I installed a browser plugin that prevents me from using Google search.
  • “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” — P.J. O’Rourke

  • WWI ended 1918, WWII 1945.
  • Saturday, watched The Jewel of the Nile, rainy day, met Mia at the Waterfront, breakfast for lunch at W Cafe, tea at The Mount Nelson, Gardens Centre book shop visit and biltong shopping, device upgrades and backups, installed some Lucas Arts adventure games for Mia (Loom, The Dig, Sam & Max), upgraded Mia’s phone to an iPhone6s – and helped Mia with some photo management, her phone kept running out of space, a glass of red wine with Wouter, time well spent.
  • Mia has a Macbook Air, 2015 model. It was her first computer. I was thinking, I’m really impressed with it. Solid state storage, enough memory, lightweight, battery lasts forever. My first computer was a Commodore 64, very different devices. Seems anything made after about 2012 is pretty great. Crazy improvements in gadgets in the last 10 years.
  • Sunday, brunch at Green Point Park Cafe with Mia, flaneurning towards the Waterfront via the stadium, we explored the Chavonnes Battery Museum, we watched Men in Black IV – not bad, winter burger special, found Mia a new jersey, desert at the Watershed Market, I watched the Bob Lazar Area 51 doccie on Netflix, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Start Here

A quick list of my favourite philosopher entrepreneurs. Things I’ve read or listened to a few times, which had an impact. Explore some of these ideas. Should be a fun adventure.

More of these: Chris Sacca, David Heinemeier Hansson, Scott Adams, Tim Urban, Matt Mullenweg

More Strong Opinions.

“Speak softly and carry a big idea”

Quick Update

Plett, mussels, sauerkraut…

Promenade
  • Week of 10-16 June.
  • Monday, school run – Naval podcast listening – again, gym, sauna, a green juice with Dirk, office, saganaki salad (17:00 supper) – great meal, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Trying to finish eating before sunset more often.
  • K8s is the new Linux.
  • Remember kids: smart, calm, healthy. 3 hobbies: health, creativity, money.
  • Tuesday, office, I asked somebody on a date – but did not get a response – bummer, network meeting, promenade walk, random tinkering at La Vie.
  • There are inly two kinds of jobs. If you are not in engineering, you are in support.
  • I never have more than about 20 photos on my phone. I make lots of screenshots as reminders, and process them often.
  • The more creative you are, the more bad ideas you have, which is probably a good thing.
  • Specialisation is for insects.
  • Interesting idea: write a manual on how people should best work with you.
  • Wednesday, office, Teraco visit for some cable tracing, German food, sauerkraut and mustard at the Hartlief deli in the Gardens Centre.
  • Must read: The world in which IPv6 was a good design
  • Thursday, creative writing, office, gpon lab tinkering, meeting at Bootleggers, watched Rocketman at the Waterfront – good movie – but not as good as Bohemian Rhapsody, a Duvel at the Duvel bar at Den Anker and the winter special moules frites, IRR organised book launch at EBs – The People’s War – nice event, I met Frans.
  • Reminder: The Thing I hate the Most
  • Friday, work, road trip to Plett with Georg for the long weekend.
  • The Huguenot Tunnel is about 4km long and took 4 years to build.
  • Saturday, brunch at The Lookout Deck with Georg, Al, Mimi, Sunene and Adrian, braai shopping, Pimms and a braai, time well spent.
  • Oysters take about 2 years to grow in a farm. Mussels grow in about 1 year, with males being white or creamy in colour and the females orange. South Africa also has its own indigenous Black Mussel species – these can be distinguished by the black or blue colour of the meat.
  • Sunday, brunch at The Lookout Deck again, oysters, in bed fairly early, time well spent, lots of laughs, thanks for organising Al!

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Flaneuring, Naval podcasts, Jenga…

Promenade
  • Week of 3-9 June.
  • Monday, office, breakfast for lunch, dev catch up, prom walk, nap, watched Apple WWDC.
  • Inspiration is perishable.
  • Tuesday, up early, DC cross connect migrations, nap, work, gym, rainy day soup, catch-up with Wouter and Rene.
  • “Telkom seems happy to be a me-too player in the South African fibre-to-the-home market, opening the door for companies like Vumatel, Frogfoot, and Octotel to eat its lunch.” — MyBB

  • I listened to the full Naval podcast again, and the Naval interview with Joe Rogan. Big man crush.
  • Wednesday, work, walked to the office, turmeric shot, wifi troubleshooting, brain food at the Mojo market, micro nap, watched Romancing the Stone again, seasonal change thing – took two anti-histamines and slept like a baby.
  • Check out iAnalyzeWifi – on the macOS App Store, useful for wifi troubleshooting, if you don’t have an Android phone.
  • Thursday, work, gym, promenade walk, burger and some tinkering at Hussar.
  • Stating the obvious. Seems when I have more than about 5 things I should be doing, but I don’t get around to, I feel pretty demotivated. Some kind of option paralysis. The obvious answer is just to start doing one and get it done – but my brain sucks at that.
  • “I am, at the federal level, Libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a Socialist.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game

  • Friday, office, fetched Mia from school, flaneuring around Stellenbosch, book shop visit to get the 5th School for Good and Evil book for Mia, oxtail and cassata at Barrique at Vredenheim by the fireplace, time well spent.
  • Saturday, tinkering, backups, upgrades, a drive to Hout Bay, burgers at La Parada – top of Constantia Neck, Moro gelato, mini nap, sunset promenade flaneuring, supper and a T10 on the Stolla deck with Mia, Jenga with Barry, Wouter and Rene – and some red wine, time well spent.
  • Sunday, Mia finished her book, we had breakfast at Lily’s, a walk around the Waterfront, we watched X-Men Dark Phoenix 3D at the VIP cinemas – very entertaining, some flaneuring, book shop, a Duvel at the Duvel Bar and some Moules Marinieres at Den Anker – I really like that place, nap, sunset promenade walk with Mia, introduced Mia to PyGame Zero, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.