Quick Update

Feed me a stray cat…

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  • Week of 15 to 21 August.
  • Monday, aqp water tests, office, sunset promenade walk listening to aquaponics podcasts, hacked my Raspberry Pi to rather use cron to run the pump – so it can run less at night time – it was keeping me awake – now I have a cool water feature alarm clock.
  • */30 7-21 * * * root /farm/pump.sh
  • Been listening to every aquaponics related podcast I can find. I’ve discovered the Visionary Aquaponics podcast, pretty cool.
  • I researched chlorine vs chloramine. Seems the best way to get chloramine out of the water is Vitamin C – and not the chlorine neutralising drops you buy at the aquarium place… if you plan to eat the food you are growing.
  • Tuesday, sunny day, podcast walk to the office, installed a speed test server (see fibre pic below), read a whole lot of browser tabs that had been open for too long – like 50, phone chat with Mia.
  • Good weather this week – did not use my car for three days in a row.
  • Pet hate – people who keep talking about something but never do it.
  • Octotel now has around 60 buildings live, 23 cars on the road.
  • I think I need to start getting into software development again. Finally started hacking on a Django project. Keen to learn Docker and Jenkins and some CI stuff soon.
  • Check out PostgresApp.
  • I think it’s important to remain a techie / hacker. Keep coding, kids.
  • I’ve been reading the book: Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. I see it was referenced here. Good read.
  • Wednesday, podcast walk to the office, strategy meeting and visited the office we’re about to move to (see above), automation project meeting, installed a speedtest server, breakfast for lunch at Kleinsky’s, sunset walk home, some photo processing, reading and blogging.
  • Be lazy like a fox.
  • Thursday, registered two domain names – after much head scratching, podcast walk to the office, mostly a sysadmin day, extended sunset promenade walk, did some reading about bio-char.
  • A friend recently commented that my life seems very full. Yeah, I guess. Maybe the trick is for your life to be full, but not busy.
  • What service business, which adds real value, can you build without needing people?
  • Friday, Mweb meeting, managed to get my network speed testing tools to work, went to Mia’s school’s Friday assembly, fetched Mia, we found some LECA, plants, seeds and coconut grow medium and Stodels – I’m becoming one of those people who like to hang out around big gardening shops, phone chat with Meiring, drove to Cape Town, washed the LECA while Mia planted the seeds in the coconut fibre grow medium – mint, red cabbage, dill, catnip, broccoli and brussels sprouts, dinner at Beluga with Mia, Wouter and Pieter – meh, the sushi was good, but bad value in general – what kind of a restaurant serves and adult portion ribs which does not fill up a 10 year old, ribs for ants?
  • Saturday, took Mia to her robotics academy – we chatted about high agency learning on the way – and the connection with the Maker movement and Burning Man, notes processing at Rosetta and Suprette, Granger Bay weekend market – the usual olive buying, found some Vitamin C to get the chloramine out of tap water (which ended up being pointless), put Mia to work on the aqp farm with my other billion little farm workers (bacteria) – we removed some marble chip pebbles (I was a dumbass and it was raising the pH) and filled up the grow bed with 100% LECA/hydroton – planted some red cabbage in the growbed – we replaced about 30% of the water – happy farm hacking day, we finished playing Day of the Tentacle Remastered.
  • The Woodstock Exchange… that hipster place which tech companies like for some strange reason – it has no parking and 60 wifi SSIDs but no free wifi. The Somerset West of the Cape Town tech ecosystems.
  • Sunday, aqp farm water tests – pH 7, NO2 and NO3 are off the chart, rainy day – so I collected some rain water, Mia started and finished DoTT again, the neighbour’s cat managed to kinda get trapped in the house because of the rain, Mia + cat + laser = good fun, fed the cat a can of tuna, some random mobility stretches just for fun, an early supper at Baccini’s – we chatted about building an automated multi-pet feeder and how to love learning, we had the required dose of Dark Toblerone and watched the 2nd half of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Mia said it was “the most boring and confusing movie she has ever watched”, the cat was back at 23:30 to wake me up – seems it just wanted to play – had to put it outside – it showed up again at 6:15 the next day, weird animals.
  • I was listening to Super Cool / Radio Lab this week and there was a moment where I experienced what I can only describe as a dopamine rush from the love of learning, eyes go all watery etc. I tried to explain this to Mia and made her listen to the podcast. I think she gets it. How cool is it that bacteria create snowflakes to travel!?
  • You are listening to podcasts right? Right?
  • Btw. you should not be eating tuna. Really. Mercury.
  • Your life is not a journey. Live for the now. Dance. Be like music.
  • Solving All the Wrong Problems.
  • Turns out Cape Town tap water contains good old vanilla chlorine, not chloramine.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.