Monthly Archives: June 2015

Quick Update

No more iceberging…

View from the Bakoven rock.
View from the Bakoven rock.
  • Week of 22-28 June.
  • Monday, walked to work, we started distributing our Octotel flyers in Sea Point and finished a proposal for two ratepayers associations, I had the best intentions to finish some photo processing and go to bed early but ended up drinking red wine with Georg at La Vie because of load shedding… so no gym the next day, load shedding is evil.
  • Death of the ringtone. I don’t think I’ve used my phone’s ringtone this year.
  • Tuesday, walked to work, tinkered with PDFs and logos, finally finished processing all the SAWi photos with orange dark chocolate and some of Wouter’s special green tea and ginger tea combo.
  • I kinda like my morning routine of just drinking two glasses of water for breakfast.
  • Wednesday, early gym session with Wouter, haircut at Yogi’s, fetched my snail mail – 1st time in six months, meeting in the De Waterkant area, Waterfront visit, browsed the L’Occitan shop and got some shower gel, my first visit to the Nu Metro VIP cinemas (only 16 big reclining seats in the cinema)… pretty cool, lame movie – The Riot Club… they should not have made a movie out of the play, was hoping to catch Ted 2, some blog notes processing at home and tried to get yr.no to rename Nikki’s weather location.
  • Even though Georg has fibre internet available in his building, Telkom ADSL is still a better deal for him. Pretty sad. Proves the case for an open access model.
  • “Paying interest is for losers.” — Spotted on the Techstars alumni mailing list.

  • Thursday, walked to work, made a booking or two for my birthday weekend… might be a record for early planning anything for my birthday, some document writing and a bankers meeting, Wouter made chicken schnitzel with zatar + mint + coriander sauce with some yoghurt and olive oil – very good – I love zatar spices, some notes processing, we rearranged the kitchen, as you do.
  • I came up with three pretty cool startup ideas this week. Might sound a bit strange, but I figure after 6 months of recovery time I’m getting some entrepreneurial confidence back.
  • Naulene is back from Italy. I really hope she chilled out a bit. Mia’s school shrink seems much happier these days. Mia is now living with her gran most of the time it seems.
  • Friday, gym, breakfast with Michael, great pastrami sandwich at Kleinski’s… hipster deli in Little Tel Aviv with nice art, went to go see Georg’s new apartment on Clifton 1st, a walk to Moses Beach, nice sunset, sushi at Codfather – I should not have eaten those three tempura prawns – all for a low light food blog-off with Paul, a Jameson 1780 at La Vie.
  • La Vie is Georg’s new Van Hunks.
  • I was supposed to see Mia this weekend, but Naulene changed her mind, rather predictably. *sigh*
  • I think I might be missing Nikki’s dogs.
  • Saturday, breakfast at the Bantry Bay Bootleggers with Wouter and the cyclists, almost feel like you need to dress in lycra to fit in, caught up on some blogging, walked from Bantry Bay to the end of Big Beta Beach and bumped into Malu at the big Bakoven rock – had an idea for a project Georg and I are busy pondering, Argentinian Rib Eye with some Middelvlei Free-Run Pinotage with Georg at The Butcher Shop and Grill (next to the Mouille point lighthouse), La Vie, Koi.
  • “Most woman view men as accessories to their lives.” — Wouter

  • Sunday, very chilled morning, Waterfront, beer and muscles starters and oysters at Den Anker with Paul, Wagyu burger at Mondiall, chats about dating alpha females, Ferrymans, Rafiki’s, Up Yours, Yours Truly… nice to catch up with Paul.
  • Memories of watching 12 Monkeys at the Waterfront in 1996, could have been the very first movie I watched there (my blog notes don’t go that far back).

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

SAWi / Grootbos weekend…

Grootbos
Grootbos
  • Week of 15-21 June.
  • Monday, school holiday, Mia and I made high protein pancakes with coconut oil and cream, we watched Jurassic World at the iMAX… very cool experience, attempted to go for a late lunch at Noble Hill / Cosecha and visit Colmant but that failed, a walk around the Franschhoek town centre, chocolate shop visit, a hot chocolate, sunset walk with Nikki and the dogs.
  • “The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.” — Jurassic World

  • I’ve been pondering what we can do for kids to give them a head start, like giving them a computer in the old days… are things like Raspberry Pi the answer (hacker toys) or should we rather be teaching them farming / AgTech… I guess anything that stimulates creative / design / inquisitive thinking.
  • Tuesday, public holiday, rainy day, morning walk with the dogs, a nice lunch with Stephanie and Guy, somewhat stressful day.
  • I’ve recently found two people who love Campari, almost as much as I do. Christina and Stephanie.
  • Kinda forgot my laptop PSU at the office and did not touch emails for 5 days, joy.
  • Nice to see Mia for 7 days in a row.
  • Wednesday, bulletproof coffee, school run, gym, property manager meeting in the CBD, Plessey meeting, got out of the office after dark, Wouter made steak and broccoli, some photo processing and backups, a drink with Georg and Aiden at NV80 in Sea Point.
  • Georg moved into his new Clifton 1st pad.
  • Managed to squat 80kg this week (squat rack / free weights), up from 50kg two weeks ago – I suspect it’s more the recent lower back stretching I’ve been doing than a big increase in strength. If you sit in front of a computer a lot you should really look into squats and functional training for posture.
  • Thursday, walked to work, investor pitch day, walked home along the beach front, caught up on some photo and notes processing.
  • Charl started blogging again. Keep it up (-:
  • Friday, Link Africa meeting, fetched Mia from school, fetched some wine from Andrew in Strand, drove to Grootbos (near Gaansbaai) with Mia, pretty spectacular 8 course food and wine pairing dinner, I played event photographer – I kinda forgot my flash in my collection of AfrikaBurn hamster fret, so I used my 85mm at f/1.4 and the photos worked out pretty well, Georg and I ended up sitting at the main table with the owner of Grootbos and family, good fun.
  • Try the Saronsberg Viognier, exceptional.
  • Turns out Paul is kinda dating a married woman… totally alien concept. She’s getting divorced soon it seems. She told him she’s married one evening early on, but he did not remember… for 4 weeks, until she reminded him this week. Hehe.
  • Saturday, breakfast at Grootbos Forest Lodge with Mia, SAWi media briefing session, classic wine tasting in the woods with a snacky lunch, pony ride (with a guide wearing an NA tshirt… not the worst place to go chill out, I’m sure), petting zoo rabbits with Mia and Megan, epic nap, SAWi 2015 awards evening, tasted 101 ridiculously good wines…. well, at least all the Chardonnays, loved the Diesel Pinotage, as always.
  • Check out SAWi, cool concept. Data driven approach to recognising South Africa’s top wines.
  • Sunday, breakfast at Grootbos, beer tasting at Birkenhead in Stanford with Georg, fish and chips (actually.. and veg) at the old harbour in Hermanus with Georg and Mia, ice cream, walked up and down Pringle Bay beach with Mia, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, sunset drive back to Cape Town… memories of listening to Another Universe / Arno Carstens on the radio driving into a glowing orange Cape Town… nice end of Father’s Day tune (yeah, because of a car ad), post sunset promenade walk, photo processing (~700), tea and a smoothie with Wouter, in bed by 21:30, super weekend.
  • “We used to microwave;
    now we just eat nuts and berries.” — Talking Heads, 1988

  • I think I’ve pretty much walked right trough my latest pair of slops, took me a year – two summers.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Franschhoek
Franschhoek

Quick Update

Galaxy Quest, Futurama and life on other planets…

Clifton
Clifton
  • Yes, yes… I’m a bit behind with blogging again.
  • Week of 8-14 June.
  • Monday, fibre meeting in Milnerton, load shedding supper – 1/2 a bird at Vasco Da Gama’s with Wouter, Luke and Graham in De Waterkant – where the power seems to stay on, some photo processing with Wouter’s special green tea and ginger tea combo.
  • Some recent Octotel press: MyBroadband, TechCentral, IT Web, BusinessTech.
  • Tuesday, Mweb FTTH meeting, a quick sunset walk – watched the sun set from the bench just below Nettleton road, soup for supper, watched an episode of Daredevil on Netflix… not bad.
  • Octotel is a 100% Dvorak typing company. Cable Guy 1 and Cable Guy 2.
  • Wednesday, walked to the office, TE fibre cabling workshop in Century City, finally watched Mad Max at the Waterfront… very entertaining.
  • Seems Naulene lost the plot and was sent to Italy for a while.
  • Thursday, fetched Mia from school, raincoat shopping for Mia, we had macaroons at Melissas and bought some flowers for Nikki, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, drove to Fanschhoek.
  • Mia finished reading her Harry Potter book (book 3) and started reading the 4th one… at least it gets them reading.
  • Friday, fetched Mia from school, we watched Galaxy Quest… good fun, Mia loved it, Sigourney Weaver crush.
  • Saturday, lazy 12h sleep, Mia, Wouter and I went for breakfast at Bootleggers / Bantry Bay for omelettes, Cape Town natural history museum with Mia, ice cream, tea at Company Garden’s Cafe, a stroll around the gardens… those squirrels are huge and very friendly (in a natives expecting trinkets kinda way), watched Oceans in Space at the Planetarium… good fun – all about live on other planets, De Waal park play area, Wellness Warehouse extended shopping session, frogurt at Myog, early evening pizza at Bacini’s, some random Netflix surfing.
  • I gave Mia a new iPad with all the games removed and a bunch of coding for kids apps installed, including her Mathletics app.
  • Sunday, Deer Park visit for Zander’s 4th birthday… I played kids party photographer, Waterfront toy shop visit, played with the 5k iMac… insanely cool screen – the new OSX Photos app looks really lame *sigh* – must make time to switch to Lightroom at some point, Mia worked out she can go on the Big Wheel on her own now that she’s older than 8, so she did, crazy thick dark hot chocolate from Vovo Telo, bless the Waterfront Cape Union Mart for selling shorts in winter, stopped to take the above photo at sunset, some bday cake for supper, watched about half of the first Futurama season (1-7) with Mia… somehow I never really watched Futurama.
  • Three days of following a 9yo’s sleeping patterns (12 hour sleeps) works wonders, feeling tip-top.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Into darkness and other hair colours…

Bantry Bay Bench
Bantry Bay Bench
  • Week of 1-7 June.
  • Monday, early school run from Franschhoek to the tune of The Black Keys again, sunrise drive through Stellenbosch, gym, dropped off some anti-histamine for Mia, Octotel website (soft-) launch… good interest from 4 ISPs, a wine trade show at the Upper East Side Hotel in Woodstock, strange evening… maybe I should start doing some yoga.
  • Smashing anti-histamines in my face – it’s that time of the year it seems.
  • “Most people are vanilla.” — Nikki

  • Tuesday, gym… everyday is squat day, office, rainy day… had to get a new umbrella and more anti-histamine, tinkered with the Octotel website until I was happy to call it Version 1.0, Wouter made an epic dinner… rib-eye steak, spinach and pepper souffle with cream (very good), felt stuffed, some more website tinkering to get the website no render well on a few browsers, tablets and phones.
  • “Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” — Voltaire

  • Wednesday, got out of bed after 8:00, not feeling great, cold and wet day, city fibre planning meeting with Michael, raw food pizza and raw food cheesecake at the Waterfront Food Market, big day for Nikki… it turned out, caught up on some work and reading at home.
  • “Some people have better relationships is three weeks than others have in ten years.” — Wouter, about Paul.

  • Thursday, walked to the office, 6 course tasting menu winter special at La Mouette with Georg … good value, nice to catch up.
  • Friday, Web Africa meeting, DStv over fibre meeting, drove to Franschhoek, a sunset walk with Nikki and the dogs, I made some original recipe Margaritas, pizza night with Paul and Christina.
  • “Your weird Boland love triangle.” — Nikki, about Cape Town, Somerset West and Franschhoek.

  • Pro tip: you should probably be worried when your girlfriend changes her hair colour. Except when she colours her hair grey (as in Michael’s case).
  • Saturday, epic sunny winter’s day, morning walk with the dogs, a Steph Weiss or two, nap, Paul played the piano for a while, muscles for dinner at The French Connection with Nikki and Paul… great meal.
  • Sunday, another epic sunny winter’s day, nice lunch, we found Paul asleep in the sewing room, almost managed to finish watching a Star Trek movie (Into Darkness).

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2nd photo for the week…

Dogs

Quick Update

Cat hair and limoncello…

Winter Walk
Winter Walk
  • Week of 25-31 May.
  • Monday, woke up in the Waterfront, office, Michael’s first day, website tinkering and creative writing, a beer with Michael at La Perla, early moussaka supper at CaffeNeo, some photo processing and backups.
  • We now have a website for Octotel… (yeah, I built it with WordPress and Layers) …and it should look good on your phone too. I also made a super amazing favicon and we have a LinkedIn company page and a Facebook page for you to go like.
  • Tuesday, I think all my AfrikaBurn bumps and scratches have finally healed, walked to work, fetched my watch – with a new strap… joy, rainy day, but I managed to avoid getting wet in the walk home, soup, tea, dark chocolate, blogging and photo processing, in bed early.
  • I have a watch again, after only about 4 months. I really missed it at AfrikaBurn.
  • I feel like I might still be recovering from last year.
  • Wednesday, gym with Wouter, walked to work, some DStv over IP research and website building, walked home, caught up on some reading.
  • Thursday, mega winter hibernation, played with Pipedrive CRM, fibre supplier meeting, watched Mia’s astro hockey match… the net around the astro court is not great for photography, we did homework at W Cafe in the mall… Andrew joined us for some tea and cake, school socks and school shoes shopping… Mia insisted on Green Cross school shoes, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, sunset drive to Cape Town, photo processing, some website tinkering and backups (aiming for inbox zero before the weekend).
  • The Gust Pay and TrustFabric servers which were hosted at Hetzner died (was shut down), which is kinda cool actually, less email to process.
  • Mia has been reading a Harry Potter book. Not sure which one, but she says she’s 150 pages in.
  • Friday, gym, office, fetched Mia from school, drove to Franschhoek, T10 G&T, dinner at Foliage with Nikki while Mia watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
  • Saturday, watched Star Wars Rebels with Mia, took a longer than usual rainy walk with Nikki and the dogs, picked some lemons and limes, made some limoncello and lime-monchello, watched Mega Mind again… great movie, made margaritas with the extra lime juice we had, a great curry with some Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2010, made a custom gin infusion.
  • Paul went on a date with Christina, The Christina, of AfrikaBurn 2014 fame.
  • Sunday, watched Star Wars Rebels with Mia, another long rainy day walk with Nikki and the dogs, listened to Mia practice her oral about leopards a few times, sunset walk, some cat photography while Nikki was out, great wintery weekend.
  • No more RSS graffiti – but I found Dlvr.it to post my blog post to FB.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.