Monthly Archives: July 2008

Love this song

R.E.M. – Bad Day

I was in a music shop tonight and I had a good grin at the title of a song on an REM album..
“Living Well Is the Best Revenge”

Living in Cape Town

Cape Town is one awesome city.. this was a recurring though as I ran along the cable car contour road this afternoon just before sunset.

A friend has this theory that Cape Town is the new New York. A coastal city and a gateway to Africa. He predicts the same rapid growth which NY experienced in the early 20th century.

Everybody seems to agree that Cape Town is a great place to live. I often talk to people who really want to live here. Usually people from Joburg or London. The snag seems to be that they believe it’s not easy creating a sustainable life and career here. I wonder if it really is “too small”, as they usually say or if it’s just hard and takes time finding some momentum in the business/career world (community) here.

Makes you wonder what percentage of the people you see driving those big expensive cars created their wealth here and can make a sustainable living here. Maybe Cape Town is the SA summertime capital of middle aged retired tourists. Could be.

What’s my point?

Well, I believe that especially in Cape Town “assets” of social capital, like friendship and business networks are of more value than traditional assets like the fancy house and car.

In some ways they are more sustainable and it’s just more fun being part of a community and having an impact on a time and place around you than being a tourist. History and familiarity, like knowing the coolest little cocktail bar that’s perfect for a Monday afternoon.

Maybe Dr. HST said it best..

“San Fransisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run… There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda… You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning… And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”
— Hunter S. Thompson

Quick Update

Joe’s weekly bullet list update..

  • Monday, ISPA INX workshop.
  • Tuesday, 1/2 price cocktails at Julep, off Long Street. Bumped into Sam Finnemore. Drinks and snacks at Sidewalk Cafe in Vredehoek for a birthday.
  • Wednesday, Lions Head. Another INX workshop, more about CINX (Cape Town Exchange) this time.
  • We’re sold out of all Blio PBX devices from our first production batch. The next batch should take about 8 weeks to manufacture and will have all the regulatory and certification tickboxes ticked.
  • Wednesday afternoon, Mouille Point. Funny how some things don’t change. Happy Hour Pizza at Roots in Obs.
  • Thursday, full day Teraco board meeting. Teraco series A funding. Walked up Lions Head.
  • Thursday evening, dinner at Riboville with the Teraco investors. Riboville is an old bank converted into a restaurant with a wine cellar in the old vault. Best fish I’ve had in while. We were seated in the old bank manager’s office.
  • Friday, time with The Mia. Visited Will in Somerset West. Mia locked us out again, in a new way. Visited Signal Hill.
  • Friday night, planned to attend Georg’s birthday dinner at Harbour House, Kalk Bay and it was supposed to be Mia’s first babysitting experience but Mia was sick so we stayed at home.
  • Saturday, gym, swim, Deer Park cafe. Btw. the service at Deer Park sucked.
  • In the birthday spirit.. drove to Table Mountain along the cable car road and had strawberries and Pierre Jourdan champers on the mountain side with Georg, Kirsty and Jess. Mia has always loved strawberries.
  • We visited Erf 81 (the crazy farm in the middle of the city), puppies, piglets, duckies, chickens, horsies, goats, sheep. Scrubs.
  • Mia likes The Cure.. mostly the songs Friday I’m in Love and Love Cats.
  • Had strawberries for breakfast.
  • Sunday, gym, swim, Knead.. where the service was excellent. Mia had strawberry juice. Mouille Point for a bit of running around and playing with a ball on the wide green open spaces.
  • Sunday night, dinner with friends. I suck less at Scrabble now. Awesome berry dessert.
  • Hoping the Nokia E71 will finally be available in SA soon. I need a new toy.
  • I love Cape Town.
  • See you at the GeekDinner on Thursday.

Idea for the week: “cheat life”. Have a groovy week crazy kids.

Teraco Data Environments gets funded

Teraco, our pet project for the last ~18 months to build South Africa’s first vendor neutral datacentres is now fully funded. Just finished signing all the paperwork. Nice to see a business make its way from “just an idea” to a serious infrastructure project.


More about this in another post.. time to go walk up Lions Head.

Blog Tag

I was tagged by Cath, so let’s see if you can come up with 8 random personal things that you did not already know..

  1. I get grumpy and irritable if I don’t exercise (every day).
  2. I cry when I talk to Mia over the phone. Can’t help it.
  3. I often cause shit by jumping in, speaking my mind and then regretting it later on. This usually happens in email. I blame digital disassociation.
  4. I enjoy cooking, but I suck at baking.
  5. I’m a trophy reader. I don’t read much and I don’t really read for fun, so I end up reading mostly famous books. An example would be Atlas Shrugged. I like the idea of Ayn Rand books more than the books.
  6. I hate hippies.
  7. I’m stubborn and I over-focus. I’d like to think I follow rational principles, but I know it’s often just rebelliousness.
  8. I love yogurt.

Quick Update

You know the drill..

  • Monday, watched 4 episodes of Scrubs. Really cool series. Reminds me of Dr. Strangelove.
  • Tuesday, attended the Neotel WiMax launch event.
  • Been thinking of doing some lecturing work again.
  • I seem to have started a trend with my bullet list blogging. Guess I’m not the only lazy blogger out there (-:
  • Tuesday, upgraded to WordPress 2.6 with SSL.
  • Wednesday, I rocked in the spinning class music trivia, mostly because the spinning instructor used the same music for his quiz a while back. Hit Lower Main road Obs with WSE for drinks.
  • Thursday, walked up Lions Head.
  • Friday to Sunday, looking after Number One.
  • Friday, started looking for a new place to live. Went to look at a place in Tamboerskloof. The estate agent commented that the three most stressful things are: divorce, death and moving. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
  • Friday night, drinks and pizza at Greens with Mia and friends.
  • Started reading a new book: The 4 hour work week. A bday gift from Cath.
  • Started teaching Mia some Afrikaans.
  • Saturday, gym, swim, rugby, braai, Scrubs [5-7].
  • Sunday, gym, swim, awesome home cooked lunch, wine, food, fun, friends, Scrubs [8-10].
  • My life feels like a Wes Anderson movie.. a mix of Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic. Strange family setup, eccentric characters and the theme of failure, but in a fun/amusing way.

Idea for the week “decision making is the ultimate power”.. from a TED video I watched recently. Have a fun week crazy kids.

Quick Update

I missed my usual Sunday night blog post session. Let’s just say there was enough wine around at the time. Mostly been catching up after a busy weekend. Let’s see..

  • I finished the Extreme Networks ECDP course. Next is ENA and then most probably ENS in Dubai.
  • Worked on the Teraco switch fabric design and commercial agreements (talking turkey).
  • Wednesday was an Amobia exco meeting in Stellenbosch.
  • Thursday, watched Semi-Pro, Will Farrel is a god.
  • Friday to Monday was Mia time. She’s a good partner in crime and a unique alarm clock… luckily she has a weakness for rooibos tea, Melissa’s rusks and Monsters, Inc. In that order.
  • Friday afternoon, Mia and I visited Will for his birthday in Somerset West. Mia locked us out of his house for a while.
  • Saturday, made Maltabella porridge and watched the rugby. Traveled to Franschhoek for the Bastille day festival. Had lunch with WSE, Cath and Parri.
  • Visited Haute Cabriere for sundowners, home of Pierre Jourdan. Awesome views. Great cap classique.
  • Sunday, gym, swim, snack at Knead, ice cream at Sinn’s, Deer Park play area where we ran into Dorje. Mia says she wants her own blog.
  • Had lunch at Greens with Jonathan and Lynnae.
  • Sunday night we had a braai with friends in Llandudno. I suck at Scrabble.
  • It’s been a challenging few weeks, but I’m lucky to have very supportive friends.
  • Cape Town is a nice place to raise children.

On with the week.

Quick Update

Joe’s extended birthday news..

  • Monday, we had a pre-GeekDinner to look at the next venue and a burger at Royale.
  • The next GeekDinner will be on 31 July. See you there.
  • Tuesday, had a burger at Da Vinci’s in Kloof Street with WSE. Try the Milan burger. Very yummy. Finally sorted out my trust documents now that I have closure.
  • More Extreme ECDP training.
  • Had my hair cut at Pink 23, 39 Roeland street, by a friend: Bianca, +27 21 461 1067, try it.
  • Thursday morning, time with Mia. Shopping for new swimwear and shoes.
  • Thursday afternoon, drove to Montagu with Anton. Had a nice dinner followed by a morning in the local hot springs.
  • Friday was my 31st birthday. Had a fun party at Asoka. Thank you to everybody who showed up, phoned or emailed. Thanks for the gifts.
  • Rainy Saturday, just chilling and reading.
  • Discovered Cath’s blog.
  • Sunday, brunch at Lazari’s in Gardens, watched Marie Antoinette, dinner in Stellenbosch.
  • Dropped Anton off at the airport and then watched You only live twice.