Monthly Archives: September 2011

Quick Update

The last braai(s)..

  • Monday, woke up in Somerset West, drove through to Cape Town, gym, tea with Patrick on the red sofa, Promenade walk.
  • Tuesday, two meetings in Stellenbosch, Mia had some warts burnt off.. she was very brave, fetched Mia from school, shopping with Mia, presentation in Stellenbosch, hot chocolate with Alex and Wynand, a walk around Coertzenburg, supper at Cath’s.
  • Wednesday, morning walk to Clifton, did some laundry, photo processing, work, backups day, gym, 45min spinning class, 90min spinning class.
  • “Soak up wisdom all year long, and then take action.” — Morcheeba, Tape Loop

  • Thursday, morning walk to Clifton, watched the rugby, work, Skype with Jacques and travel bookings, walk to Bantry Bay with Georg, mid-week braai, watched the 2nd half of the rugby again, watched Bruno again.
  • Friday, fetched UK visa, haircut, gym, family afternoon and evening, in bed by 21:00.
  • Our flights in and out of Turkey are booked.
  • Saturday, National Braai day and a family day, I took Mia and Francis to gym and swimming, braai in Bakoven with Sarah, Roger and 5 children – Georg went to a rugby game so I was the Braai Master, Little Beta Beach session, Andrew popped in for a glass of wine, sundowners on the deck while the kids took a bath – awesome day.
  • Sing when you are winning.
  • I now have a Nokia C3. I put my Nokia E6 on the roof of the car as we were going to gym, turned around a minute later, but drove over it on the way back to the drive way to look for it. Grrr.
  • “Paradise, it don’t come cheap.” — Morcheeba, Aqualung

  • Sunday, family day, went to the Hout Bay market, bumped into Jason and Shannon, sundowners at Caprice with Aiden and Georg, pizza at Col’Caccio’s Camps Bay with Georg, watched Kick-Ass again.
  • Seems Aiden is starting a new job soon.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Making some changes..

  • Monday, family day, breakfast at Neo, Sea Point play areas around the Lighthouse and Blue Train, Moussaka at Neo, Naulene and family drove back to Somerset West, quick nap, watched Back to the Future at the Labia on Orange.
  • Getting used to the idea of playing dad for three. Marlyn is 6 months old now.
  • I’m no longer single on Facebook.
  • Planning to move house soon.
  • Tuesday, admin and inbox zero day, rainy sunset walk to Glen Beach, more admin and travel planning.
  • Planning a few weeks in London and a mini-break to Turkey in October.
  • I think I’m going to miss Rocking the Daisies this year.
  • WordCamp Cape Town Speaker Spotlight
  • “Civilization advances,” said the mathematician Alfred North Whitehead, “by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.” – HBR

  • I have 56k discovery vitality points now – needed 45k for gold status.. game over, not fun anymore.
  • Wednesday, tea at Neo with Brendan, UK visa application office visit, omelette at Wembley, a walk with Mia and family around Radloff park, a glass of wine at Andrew’s house, played photographer at the Fokofpolisiekar show at Klein Libertas in Stellenbosch.
  • Thursday, woke up at Andrew’s house, WordCamp Cape Town, I played photographer and was part of a panel discussion about the future of WordPress, rooftop cocktails, conveyer belt sushi with Georg at CTFM.
  • I have 450 Twitter followers now.. growing steadily. 875 Facebook friends.. not really growing.
  • Friday, early morning Clifton beach walk, fetched Mia from school, lunch at Bodega with Naulene, nature reserve play area, Mia and I drove back to Cape Town, bath, read, sleep.
  • Saturday, perfect day, watched the rugby, gym, swim, (house cooling) braai in Bakoven for 10 friends, had a Shiatsu massage in a Lexus LS600 hL, went to bed at around 3am.
  • Sunday, grapefruit and granadillas, Mia and I watched Mamma Mia, fish and chips at the aquarium, supper at Naulene’s house.
  • Tune of the week: Venice Queen, By the Way, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Time to get fit for summer…

  • Monday, woke up at Andrew’s house, photo shoot for Brainstorm magazine in Bakoven, Silicon Cape – Lord Mayor of London visit, tea at Neo, sunset walk on the Promenade.
  • Tuesday, press release writing, finally fetched a birthday gift from the post office, lunch with Jonathan in Obs, sunset walk to Glen Beach, dinner at Cath’s.
  • On most Tuesdays I wonder if I still want to be writing these weekly updates. I guess so. Things were a fair bit different when I started. Many of the underlying reasons are probably not so relevant anymore.
  • Wednesday, tea with Vanessa at Neo, car wash, another meeting at Neo, Little Beta Beach session, sunset run and a Clifton beach walk.
  • Thursday, a full day of admin (aka. inbox zero day), Guinness and mutton curry at Firemans Arms with Georg, Aiden, Dan and Chris.
  • Friday, a walk around Stellenbosch with Alan, lunch with Mia and Naulene at Laurensford, Helderberg Nature Reserve play area, Mia and I drove back to Cape Town, bath, read, sleep.
  • Saturday, watched Princess (Mia) Diaries 2, gym, Mia had her hair cut at Bianca’s, MediClinic visit.. Mia had a bladder infection (she’s tip-top again now), Wellness Warehouse visit, Kauai, Lego building at home, sunset Beta Beach walk and play area, we made an iMovie of our walk, babies don’t sleep this well.
  • Mia’s theme for the weekend: spotting odd and even numbers.
  • Sunday, watched the rugby, braai in Bakoven with about 10 people, bath routine, sleep.
  • I’m happy to report that the Naulene situation is now pretty much totally inverted from about a year ago. Somewhat amusing to think we were fighting high court legal battles in August last year.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

MWeb Muppets

Dear MWeb Muppets

Yesterday I phoned both Mweb and Telkom to cancel an ADSL service.

Telkom was pretty easy, some call centre DTMF routing, get to an agent, tell them I want the line and ADSL service to end on 30 Sept, I get an SMS 5min later confirming the cancellation. No problem.

I phone MWeb. They tell me I have to fax them a form and they are going to bill me for an extra month (October).

I get the MSWord form. It does not print in Pages and it asks me to agree to pay for the extra month and sign it. Not very nice.

I start talking to @MWebguy on Twitter. I point out that the CPA allows me to cancel a contract with 20 days notice (Part C, section 14.2) .. yesterday was the 7th of Sept. He asks me to send an email from my Mweb email account to their billing department.

I’ve never used my Mweb email account.. in fact my Mweb email account is: – this on it’s own should point out how lame they are because this email address would allow me to go order myself a SSL cert.

Some Twitter entertainment:

Mweb: @SwimGeek pls also note that a Calender month notice period needs to be provided; therefore account will be cxld by end of Oct

Mweb: @SwimGeek you need to send the request from your MWEB email or fill out the forms. Would you like me to resend the forms?

Joe: @MWEBGuy Are you saying because nobody is able to change the From: field in an email you can trust an email coming from my Mweb address?

Mweb: @SwimGeek its is a legal requirement, unfortunately our CCU team will not process the request if it comes from another email address.

Joe: @MWEBGuy It’s braindead. I sent the email from my usual address. I feel a blog post coming on.

UPDATE: MWeb responded. I was wrong about the CPA.. it’s 20 _business_ days.. so their T&C’s apply.

It would be nice if their T&C’s did not require a full calendar month, but only the time needed to exclude a cancellation from their next debit order run – maybe 7 business days before the end of the month.

As for the MS Word paper form or email with specific From: address – well, somebody needs to look into this. If Telkom can cancel with a phone call we know it’s possible.

Quick Update

Hello Spring!…

  • Monday, woke up in Somerset West, lunch at Imimala, sunset walk around SSW, chicken curry.
  • Mia is pretty good at reciting the alphabet these days.
  • Tuesday, drove to Cape Town, design session with Mike, Shannon visit at the One and Only, rescued Andrew from the airport, returned the fancy dress costume, photo processing, tunes Tuesday with a few Bombay Sapphire G&Ts.
  • Wednesday, morning walk to Clifton 1st, some server admin, tea with Andrea at Neo, sunset Promenade walk.
  • Thursday, work, gym, watched Mia do gymnastics, tea with Dave at Manuka, supper at Naulene’s house.
  • Friday, work, breakfast at Laurensford, fetched Mia from school, drove through to Cape Town, sunset Beta Beach walk, made pasta for Naulene and Georg.
  • Try an Everson’s Cider.
  • Saturday, gym, swimming lessons, lunch at Bodega restaurant, Georgia’s 5th birthday party in Somerset West.
  • Sunday, family day at Anura – Lily Pond restaurant, sundowners at Paul’s house – evening of Mexican food very good wines.
  • All the cool kids are drinking wooded Chenin these days.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.