Monthly Archives: April 2009

Personal Card

Last night somebody asked for my business card. I gave them my Frogfoot card. They looked at it and commented that they really like it and asked.. who designed it?

Well, I did.

So I’m feeling inspired. I think I need a new business card.

Not that I really need another one. I have 5 sets in my desk drawer, but I figure I need a more relaxed personal card.

Something with my blog or homepage, mobile number and maybe a QR code to my Facebook page.

What would you put on a personal (business) card?

“Do you want my business card or personal card?” *grin*

A Compliment

Nice to get compliments like these:

“I enjoy your company immensely and really appreciate your conversation and your rigorous interaction with the world.”

Rigorous interaction with the world.. *grin*

I guess that’s a nice way of saying you are a bit of a fanatic.

“Fanatics are governed rather by imagination than by judgment.”

Identity Context

Interesting how a name needs a story.

A name and opinion often gets lost in noise. A name with a story or affiliation has context and these opinions seem to stick.

I’ve been on the IOZ list for years. The same people always post to the list. These people are usually very opinionated. It’s easy to remember the people who have a story or affiliation… you can somehow frame them.

Then there are the private “IT consultant” types or the people that work for large corporates but who choose not to expose their affiliations. They usually have private domains like or or <lord-of-the-rings-character>@<fantasy-novel>.org. Even though I’ve probably met them and I’ve read their emails for years I just don’t seem to remember them or place them. No impact.

Maybe I’m lazy. Maybe they need to present a flag. Maybe we just remember better with context.

Quick Update

Mostly spent time with Mia, a 6 day weekend..

  • This is Quick Update number 52, I’ve been at this for a year now.
  • Winter is here.
  • Monday, did a bit of seasonal change wallowing, soup, chocolate chai tea comfort food and Papaya soy milk shake.
  • Tuesday, some PR work, gym, swim.. alone in the pool.. good thinking time, haircut at B’s, soccer at La Med, interesting dinner with friends, Kink with Cath.
  • Ingi tells me orange is the most zen colour.
  • Wednesday, voted.. for the DA, fetched Mia, tea in Stellenbosch, picnic at Spier, nap, Beta Beach, Monsters Inc, we read Mia’s new Olivia book.
  • The service at Spier is shocking. Muppets.
  • Thursday, uber juice with Echinacea, watched Treasure Planet, gym, swim, strawberry smoothie, Mia’s first haircut.. with Bianca, lunch at Charly’s Bakery, Beta Beach sunset, read Mia’s new Dr. Seuss book.
  • Friday, went to the office with Mia and Ingi for a bit, played with Chandler as a workgroup tool for WAPA, rainy day, painting with Mia, took a misty evening walk with Mia, watched Elf again, we read Mia’s new Paddington book.
  • Saturday, tea, Incredibles, gym, swim, rainy day at home, nice bottle of Diemersfontein Pinotage.
  • Sunday, SA cheese festival near Franschhoek with Andy and Steff, Bettys bay.. nice braai, lots of good wine and cheese, marshmallows and Liquorice Allsorts over the fire.. under the stars.

Have a fun week.

The Next 5 Years

So I voted on Wednesday.. for the DA. The queue was really short in Camps Bay.

I think the election results are.. not bad. The ANC did not get their 2/3 majority. The DA did very well and secured the Western Cape.

I hope that in the next 5 years the DA shows the rest of the country how a province can be run. I hope that in the next 5 years the bulk of this country matures to see the value of a more balanced democracy… and don’t just by default vote for the next muppet the ANC produces.

5 Years is a long time. A very long time for a 67 year old man with 4+ wives. A long time to live the lifestyle of a dictator. All that temptation for fraud and corruption. Good thing he has no hair to turn grey.

Joe on ITWeb

I was quoted in an ITWeb article: Small telcos in limbo

Not the best article, imho.

I few comments..

As usual, I can’t remember saying the wireless access providers are generally in a state of limo.. they are still deploying networks using licence-exempt spectrum. In the context of their new licences.. I did say I think many of them are still in a state of awe and disbelief after actually getting their new (ECNS) licences. It was an interesting battle.

Most of the independent wireless operators which WAPA represents now have the same licences as Telkom and Neotel.. the only snag is that they don’t have access to licenced frequency spectrum and most of them don’t have the kind of money needed to build big fibre networks (yet).

I’d say this is a time of strategy and planning. They don’t have the option to “go for” shared or dedicated spectrum at this point, not yet. If anybody has created a state of limbo (around spectrum) it’s ICASA.

There will be a strong focus on spectrum in 2009 as licenced or lite-licenced spectrum would allow operators to deploy improved wireless networks under their new licences.. and would be a logical next step without the massive capital expenses related to building fibre networks.

The revenue numbers may very well be accurate.. but 60%+ of this income relates to consumer business income which has been under pressure from competing services like ADSL.

Number Two

Just my warped view of the world..

I was wondering why people have more than one child? I asked a few friends. My research so far:

  • Redundancy, in case one croaks.
  • Sibling relationships.. later in life.
  • So they keep each other busy and don’t bug you so much.
  • You stuffed it up and think you can do better the 2nd (or 3rd) time.
  • To save a marriage.
  • You were bored.
  • Even numbers are easier in settlement situations.

As you can guess, I’m not sold on this idea.

Quick Update

Just getting away with it all messed up..

  • Monday, puzzle building, tea + rusks, Incredibles, gym, swim, smoothie, hot cross buns at Knead, Tinka Tonka toys, nap, dropped Mia off, welcome dinner for Ingi at Simply Asia in Park Road with Andy and Keith.
  • “Screw the soccer, let’s use the new Green Point stadium for parties” — Keith

  • “But there has always been two Labia’s?” — Ingi

  • “Just make it look like a baking accident” — Keith

  • “Hippies mock the poor.. the great unwashed” — Andy

  • Tuesday, early Beta Beach swim, WAPA exco meeting.. Ingi’s first day as WAPA’s GM, took a big load of glass to the recycling centre, soccer and a few drinks at La Med, home cooked meal.
  • Wednesday, photo processing and publishing, a walk from Beta Beach to Camps Bay, cocktails at Baraza, nice home cooked dinner.
  • Thursday, Lions Head walk and Clifton 4 to 1 beach walk with Andy and Ingi, set up Ingi’s new laptop, played with Virtualbox.
  • I’m rather tempted to go scatter some small change on Clifton beach for those metal detector guys to find.
  • “..usually to the top, but I have new boobs, which are a bit sore” — a response when Andy asked a good looking lady if she walks to the top of
    Lion’s Head.

  • Friday, mini car service.. speaker fix, looked at the Q5 and RS6 again, did some WAPA coaching, Ingi made Spirulina smoothies, chill by the pool, Ingi’s first weekend out in Cape Town, Asoka, took a drive along the cable car road.. Cape Town is really beautiful from there, Kink was nice.
  • Andy got the job. When you don’t have enough geeky friends just arrange geeky jobs for them.
  • Marcia calls me a dark horse.
  • Saturday, an extended braai at Matt’s house in Hout Bay. Interesting people. More than enough Stormhoek.
  • Don’t you just love Disintegration on an overcast day? The first 3 songs on that album create such an immersive mood.
  • Sunday, fetched Mia, Butterfly world, a wholesome lunch with Andy and his mom, nap, tea with Debby, dropped Mia off.. Sunday night in the modern household.. Keith, Ingi and Joe typing away on our laptops.
  • “They all seem to be working out how to enjoy the rest of their very short lives” — Keith about the Chevelle crowd

  • I figure I’m a 30% dad.. but 100% of that 30%, which is maybe even above average. I also figure.. I’m happy Mia is a girl and a (half) only child and (mostly) english.
  • Can one overdose on Rooibos tea?
  • I now have clearance to take Mia for her first haircut.
  • 400 blog posts, 400 crackbook friends.

Have a fun week. More public holidays on the way.

The Trouble With Joe

I woke up thinking.. I know now what my problem is:

In my mind she is forever the ultimate female and I am the dog chasing that car. I like what I have become, but I simply don’t like what it cost.. the price you pay for the life you choose.

Don’t you just hate this kind of simplicity.

Quick Update

Yes, yes.. I know this is long overdue.. blame the Easter weekend and my retox program..

  • Monday, a ladies of leisure day with Mia (school holidays), uber juice, watched The Incredibles, gym, swim, smoothie, lunch at Knead.. their hot cross buns with cinnamon butter rock.. I was planning to take Mia’s mom some.. the irony.. I resisted, Little Lions Head (Llandudno) walk with Matt and spagbog for dinner.
  • So the gizmo at the gym tells me I’m at 22% fat. Hmm.. I guess I could lose 5kg. More 1 hour cardio sessions then.
  • “You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” — Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects

  • First drink in almost two months at the top of Little Lions Head. Cheers!
  • Tuesday, Lions Head with Dave, OSA meeting at Monkey Valley in Noordhoek, tea with Nikki at Le Petit Tarte, soccer at La Med with Matt and Andy, burger and foosball at the Camps Bay Club.
  • No, I can’t tell you what The OSA is yet.
  • Wednesday, IS data centre tour with Ed.. my little hobby: DC tours, ISPA workshop about Seacom and DFA, a beer and an interesting chat with Henk, gave a talk about Lifestyle Design at the Facelook event.. group of about 30 people, a welcome back dinner party with Cath, Parri, Georg and Steff.. Andy cooked a really good Thai meal.
  • Can you believe it.. parking in Cape Town CBD is now R3.75 per 30min, ffs.
  • Thursday, drove to SSW with Andy, spent the afternoon with Mia, Naulene and Francis.. nice bottle of Chardonnay under the treas text to the play area at Manuka, had tickets to Balkanology (thanks Cath) and really wanted to go check it out but ended up at a braai at our house.. kinda like a 2nd bachelors party for Anton in some ways, Chevelle outing.. can’t say I remember how the evening ended.
  • The complexities of “I’m fine”, interesting they are.
  • Never forget.. listening is way more important than talking.
  • “Die waarheid sal jou skrik maak” — Anton

  • “Maak vol die olie en check die petrol” — Anton

  • Friday, fetched Mia, cooking day.. drove around SSW shopping and cooking and swimming at Andy’s folk’s place, lots of couscous and potato salad, Cath and Naulene saw each other again for the first time in.. well, a long time.
  • Saturday, Anton’s SA wedding in Bettys, cruised through to Bettys with Mia and the lamb in the passenger seat.. spit braai, really nice afternoon, perfect weather for a wedding, Mia climbed up the tent on to the roof of the beach house.. scary, made a fire on the beach that night, good fun.
  • Interesting how parenting styles differ. I found Mia with a cup of coke and a slice of white bread.. as given to a few of the other kids before bed.. minor freak out.
  • I find Mia is always good company. Always. And a very easy way to escape a boring conversation at a wedding.
  • “..she can be a bit black and white, but very soft” — somebody’s mom

  • The morning air is just awesome. Weird how we so easily forget things like these.
  • Sunday, early morning walk on De Wetsbaai beach, a cleaning session, spent the day with Mia and Anton in Bettys, Mia saw her first Crayfish and Perlemoen.. she tried to pull me away from the Crayfish.. very cute, fetched Andy, pizza at Dizzy’s, a glass of wedding white wine with Jess.
  • Weird how when you have kids you just make peace with losing stuff.. mostly toys, shoes, clothes.. I have no idea how, but these things just get lost.
  • “You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat, you beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun, and if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep comin’ back and back until one of you is dead.”
    — Casino, about pissing off the wrong guy

  • Tune of the week: Sympathy for the Devil.. the Guns n’ Roses version, from the end of Interview with a Vampire where Lestat drives off over the Bay Bridge in a convertible.

    “Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game.”

  • If I had to get an R8.. I’d get a matte black one.

Hope you already had a fun week kids.