Monthly Archives: December 2017

Quick Update

Hacking on hangovers, and a breakup…

Sea Point
  • Week of 11-17 December.
  • Monday, I sent Derek Sivers an email, backups, late afternoon La Vie supper with Heleen, ended the relationship with Heleen. Breakups are not fun.
  • Tuesday, not the best morning, walked to the office, server install – with some friends – for a friend, figured I needed some new ssh keys – ed25519 format, played with Salt.
  • Wednesday, made some ascii art, office, afterwork burger at Jerry’s with Georg, tinkered with Salt Cloud and libvirt.
  • Be resourceful. Walk through walls.
  • Thursday, gym, sunset walk, read a book about Salt.
  • Everything is virtual now.
  • Friday, office – new software release day, tinkered with virt-manager, evening out with Georg, Roast & Co dinner in Heritage Square – good food, we walked to The Secret Gin Bar – bumped into Christo – I had a heart remedy G&T, Aces & Spades.
  • We pretty much built a full OSS/BSS system for Octotel over the last 10 months. I think it’s kinda cool. Still some parts to automate, but it supports all the business processes now, with web interfaces for staff and ISPs, all via REST APIs.
  • I wish Paul Carr would write something profound again.
  • Be relentlessly optimistic. Calm, technical, relentlessly resourceful, relentlessly optimistic, infinite learners.
  • Saturday, a disprin and rehydrat kinda morning, tinkered with DPDK in a VM, Van Hunks with Georg, Anton, Diabi, Claus and Michael – until they closed.
  • Had a few nice flow states this week. Learning and creating. I think I understand Salt, KVM, LVM, SR-IOV, DPDK, VPP, FRR, Docker and VNFs a bit better now. I built a linux kernel again, for the first time since maybe 2009, it creates about 10GB of binaries, crazy.
  • Sunday, more disprins and rehydrat, more NFV hacking – deep nerding – lost some time, White Russians at La Vie with Georg.
  • Holiday soon.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Ghee in my tea, and three Clifton sunsets…

Volvo Ocean Race
  • Week of 4 to 10 December.
  • Monday, tea, backups, worked at home while Mia watched the first Lord of the Rings movie – not my idea, we found Mia some new shoes, podcast drive to drop Mia off at a friend’s party, found a 10m measuring tape for Mia’s shot put hobby, nap, cooked some broccoli and kefir shots with Heleen.
  • Raise resourceful children.
  • “Stupid is normal.”

  • Tuesday, gym, office, clicked around shipping tracking websites, showed somebody Jacques’ car, software testing, got some new GPON toys, found some ghee, Kauai Vitality voucher breakfast for supper (was out of ideas).
  • I’m still on the 6g VitC per day plan. I think it might be working.
  • Wednesday, office, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Dan and Heleen, quick promenade walk to get 10k steps.
  • Listen to the The Polybius Conspiracy.
  • How many companies could you still start, with the energy / health-span you have?
  • One good reason for longevity… I figure it takes most people until around 35 to find and fix themselves.
  • Thursday, ghee in my TiTea, gym, office, wrote a newsletter, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Cath and Heleen – great swimming water temperature, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, vegan ice cream, in bed a bit late.
  • “Bitcoin isn’t a bubble. It’s the pin.” — Simon Dingle

  • Friday, office, dev meeting, Jacques fetched a server, extended Clifton 1st visit with Georg, Cath and Heleen, stayed on the beach till well after dark, Mojo market, time well spent.
  • Keep learning and researching. Things seem much less intimidating if you encounter them a 2nd time.
  • Saturday, breakfast at La Vie, started a broccoli sprouting project with Heleen, lunch at Helemhuijs with Paul, Darryl and Felix – very good – have not seen Felix since aB 2015, walked around De Waterkant, wine tour with Heleen, drove to Beau Constantia – which was a bit lame, Buitenverwachting – which was very nice, Chapmans Peak Hotel visit, we made some gluten-free wraps, 11h sleep.
  • Sunday, up early, gym, breakfast with Jacques at Harvest Cafe in Bo Kaap, we installed Debian 9.3 on a quad core Xeon server with 32GB memory – NVMe drives are crazy fast, braai with Wouter, Rene and Alex, fell asleep learning about SR-IOV.
  • Page 701 is going to be exciting. Listen to the Tim Urban interview with Tim Ferriss.
  • Tune of the week: The Killers – Run For Cover

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Three Riddick movies and high doses of vitamin C…

Sea Point Moon
  • Week of 27 November to 3 December.
  • Health week 4/4.
  • Monday, skipped a gym day, walked to the office, late afternoon Clifton 1st session with Georg and Heleen – swimming and some aerobie playing, Hussar steak with Georg.
  • I’m experimenting with 6g VitC and 6g Lysine per day – Pauling method. Cholesterol hacking takes time. 3 month cycles.
  • Tuesday, office, dev meeting, lunchtime smoothie podcast walk, nap, reading and watched some Open/R videos.
  • Are your Tuesdays happy?
  • Worth a read: things which lower testosterone. I’m on 581 ng/dL total Testosterone at the moment. Not ideal.
  • I went full hippie and now use organic shampoo and conditioner.
  • Being over 40 is all about avoiding chronic inflammation and muscle loss.
  • Wednesday, walked to gym, podcast walk to the office, some sysadmin tasks, backups, photo processing, new major version of the Octotel automation system went live, I took 10g of VitC in total through the day.
  • The JP diet. Maybe Jacques will go gluten free now.
  • Businesses run for love. Love the businesses you build.
  • “Cattle, not pets.” — DevOps

  • Thursday, mobility routine, walked to the office, data migration day, vitB shot, hardware shopping list refactoring at La Vie with a glass of Chardonnay, in bed early.
  • Friday, just in time hardware shopping before Jacques arrives back from London, gym, fetched Mia from her last day of school for 2017 and had a nice lunch at Vergelegen to celebrate, afternoon at Dirk’s house – we chatted about Instagram for anti-social people, just in time visit to the Waterfront VIP cinemas to watch Justice League – which I thought was rather lame, but Mia seemed to like it, epic weather, walked around the Volvo Ocean Race exhibition again and let Mia do the excavator challenge, I finished it in 48sec this time, fish and calamari for supper, vegan ice cream, in bed early, time well spent.
  • “acting like the Doomsday Clock has a snooze button.” — Justice League

  • Context before conversation. Reverse polish notation.
  • Saturday, backups and reading – nerdy rabbit hole as usual, brunch at Blue Cafe in Tamboerskloof with Mia – the full monty with kefir shots, we watched 12 Monkeys – Mia enjoyed it, cooked Mia some broccoli.
  • I’ve consumed at least 200g of collagen in last 30 days.
  • Sunday, made Mia some breakfast and watched Pitch Black, lunch at with Georg and Mia at Manga in Mouille Point – the food was pretty average, but the dessert was rad, watched The Chronicles of Riddick with a Famous Grouse, braai at home, wrote a blog post about How To Browse The Web, watched Riddick, sunset promenade walk with Mia, we watched The Prestige – great Nolan movie – Mia was somewhat confused, but it was cool to see her work it out.
  • We’re making slow progress with the Geeky Movies list.
  • Cool little film about happiness.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

How To Browse The Web

Things you must do before you browse the web…

Step 1) Install Firefox. You want an independent browser. No evil empires.

If you are unsure about Step 1, watch an Enron documentary or two, and then go for a long walk.

Step 2) Install some plugins for Firefox. You need:

a) Privacy Badger, from the EFF. You know who the EFF are right?

b) HTTPS Everywhere. Also EFF, and Aaron Swartz was involved is this plugin, you know who that is right? Watch: The Internet’s Own Boy.

c) uBlock Origin. Because the brightest minds of our generation are building “AdTech”, yet ads are _still_ lame, and because 0.1% of humans (muppets) click on ads, we have to endure this foolish torture, or just block them.

d) NoScript. Because Google “tag manager” is just spyware, and you don’t want people running evil javascript in your browser, trying to sell you things you don’t need.

Step 3) Read Social Media Sanity and Use This Tech.