Monthly Archives: March 2008

Cross-pollination

I had this idea yesterday.. since I don’t really have a way to know who is reading this blog regularly and/or subscribed to my Atom (or RSS) feed:

  • web server logs are not that useful
  • I’m guessing a few people are reading this on a planet site
  • some people have no idea what an Atom feed or a planet is

.. please leave a comment and a link to your site.

It’s kinda like the poor man’s version of “if you like this blog, check out their blogs”… cross-pollinate (-:

Doing a quick “grep | awk.. | wc -l” for unique hosts that requested my Atom feed today (in the last ~11 hours).. I get: 56, but I suspect there are less (human) frequent readers than 56.

Cape Town WordPress Meeting

Attended the 2nd Cape Town WordPress meetup this afternoon at the Barn. The usual suspects and a few new faces. Had nice chats with Henk, Sarah, Alan and Jonathan. I was mostly there to bitch about WordPress security issues and to brainstorm a solution for easily updating a growing (6+) number of WP blogs. I think I confirmed some theories. I’ll keep working on my ideas.

I was happy to find more google-free ™ people there. Just say no to gmail, google calendar, US government indexing… reminds me of that Larson cartoon where they have the GSM phone in a museum and the tag line is something like “old surveillance / spying equipment”. That’s how they killed Pablo. Ok, ok.. I guess I should quit Facebook to back up my paranoia.

Thanks to Callum &co for organising and planning the event.

After that I had a Royale burger with The WSE.. and a couple of Laurentinas. No tuna at Royale today. Very sad.

Frogfoot’s new website is coming along nicely. Yes, WordPress based. Soon, see it, you will. I’m busy getting the Frogs to choose their avatars and motivating them to contribute (blog).

I still have to figure out a way to make a cheap digital camera waterproof for our Suicide Gorge mission this weekend.

Oh, also had a positive meeting with a VoIP equipment distributor today about the Blio PBX.

ps. I love Cape Town.

First

A first time for everything…

This weekend I walked into the Woolies in Stellenbosch and the lady behind the counter asks me if Mia is my little sister? Haha.

Last week I phoned ~home and Mia picked up the phone. Had a nice long chat while the nanny was looking for her.

This weekend I sneesed and Mia said “Bless you, Daddy”, wow, how cute.

Just got home from a braai in Llandudno. Beautiful sunset. Have a good week kids.

Chandler 0.7.5

I just finished installing the new Chandler on my desktop and laptop. Everything seems happy.

My SAST timezone syncing issue has gone away so I can happily update my 8 collections (todo lists and calendars) from home or the office again.

Video killed the radio stars

Internet killed.. TV

Wow, was I shocked at how crap this country’s TV really is. Right up there with the quality of radio.

I stopped watching TV about 10 years ago.

You go SABC.
I’m sure you will not exist in another 10 years time. RIP (dimwits).
Boggles the mind how there can be a law to tax television sets.

Quotes of the Weekend

John at the bar is a friend of mine.. — Billy Joel

Fandangos cocktail special tonight:

Grapefruit Martini
1 part Vodka
1.5 parts Grapefruit Schnapps
0.5 part Dry Vermouth
add lemon peel garnish

Crisp as a moment of clarity.

Also, try Wild Turkey American Honey.

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
Some people you just can’t reach…
— G ‘n R

If you have to work this hard, is it really working?
— WSE

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

Attended the annual Oyster and Champagne festival on Friday on Bloemendal wine farm. Visited the Tygerberg Zoo today. Oyster thing was OK. The Zoo was just sad.

Remember kids, don’t drink and blog.

Quotes of the Day

Woman don’t want to be loved, they want to be wanted. — Crazy Bitch

A little bit of pain never hurt anybody. — Lock, stock..

Just got back from spinning. Have to get a bit fitter for the next Suicide Gorge mission in two weeks, this time with the Amobia crew.

Today’s canned tuna garnish: Artichokes. I just love artichokes.

Off to go drink my pint of Guinness for St. Paddy’s day. Yes, I’ll be wearing a green frog pirate tshirt.

Later.

Little Paw Prints

I just returned from watching Eastern Promises at the Labia. Very good movie.

On Friday I bought the ultimate mobile phone. Actually it’s more like a 2nd (spare) phone, the kind you don’t mind taking to a wine festival. The Nokia 1200. It’s like the third world dog of mobile phones. ~R500. Not bad if you think a (battery) charger is about R230. It has a b+w screen, a torch and.. well, that’s about it. Has good battery life and everything is snappy. Makes you wonder if the latest and greatest phones are really progress.

On Saturday, my new zen gadget (set to Afrikaans mode), the Walking Simpsons Encyclopedia, The Unofficial Major of Vredehoek, Mia and I went in search of some good Afrikaans culture at the Wellington Wine Harvest Festival. It was good fun. We had a kombi and a designated driver, to drive us from farm to farm. 9 people in total. Well organised indeed.

We attended a Bok van Blerk concert that evening. I was impressed. A good performer and a really nice crowd. I can see why his music is popular. The (Meerkat) wine was pretty good too.

Had an awkward experience with two woman there. The mother of a sweet little boy walked up to Mia and I with a strange look of desperation. Bit of a sad puppy, single mother look and said: “I hear your are divorced too”, to which I responded.. “kinda”. Eeek. Talk about an uncomfortable situation. Then a woman said something like.. “I would give everything in the world for a child like Mia”. All in the space of 5 minutes.

Thinking about it now.. and remembering a part of Freakonomics where the author writes about the socioeconomic patterns of naming children. In the end the most important variable for the success of a child turns out not to be their name, but who the parents are. No real surprise there, but the statistical proof provides a reassuring feeling. I think when it comes to reproduction we often just have to accept things, not worry too much and make peace with who we are first. There are too many variables which we do not control.

I’ll post some pics on Monday. I think I’ll teach Mia more Afrikaans. She’s turning two at the end of the month.

Now, I’m finally going to clean that Mia (aka Cub) paw-print smudge off my laptop screen that has been bugging me while I wrote this.

Have a fun week.

Jobs at Frogfoot

I added a new job to the Frogfoot Employment page:

Wifi Systems Administrator

Summary of position:
You will be responsible for installations and support of the Frogfoot Hotspot product range.
We will provide you with transport (Frogfoot bakkie). Knowledge of Wifi, antennas, switching,
cabling and Linux needed. Good people skills essential, as this job involves some sales work.
You’ll be doing System Administrator work at the office in times where no on-site work is needed.
If you are looking for a new challenge, a cool product to work with and would like to get out of
the office a bit more please contact us.

Technical Skills Required
. 6 Months Linux Experience
. Knowledge of Wifi and ADSL
. Basic TCP/IP Networking and Routing