Monthly Archives: January 2018

Quick Update

Gadgets for Dvorak typing, Elton John and time travel…

Clifton Sunset
  • Week of 22 to 28 January.
  • Monday, woke up near Citrusdal, packed up, drove back with Paul, we stopped for a breakfast near Piketberg, dropped some camping gear off, charged some devices, took an aimless sunset podcast walk through Little Tel Aviv, found a burrito bowl and a bloody mary at Mojo Market.
  • The Absa Payment Pebble – most impressive UX fail I’ve seen in ages.
  • Check out The Butterfly Effect podcast series from Audible.
  • Snowden for president.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, busy day, after work catch up with Nick at Primi.
  • I was away for two days and I ended up with 1000+ RSS feed items, telegram, slack, 50+ podcasts, 100+ emails, FB and Instagram feeds to process. Took me about 90min to make sense of it all again.
  • Wednesday, office, VitB shot, dinner at Thali in Park Road (old Kink) with Al, Georg and Cecile – very good food, phone chat with Mia – she won a few athletics events including high jump and shot put, Van Hunks.
  • People leave managers, not companies.
  • Seem you can now watch the Tim Ferriss Experiment on FB.
  • Thursday, I think that vitB shot worked a bit too well – could not wake up, work – mostly support things, finally unpacked my Wolfkop gear, mini-nap, La Vie salad and a bloody mary, catch up with Paul, lamb stew for dinner with Wouter and Rene – with some red wine and dark chocolate, time well spent.
  • Matt Groening Is A Time Traveler
  • Friday, office, catch up with JL in Stellenbosch, Mia’s inter-house athletics and a catch up with Dirk and Nick, drove through to The Theatre on the Bay (with a Tiny Dancer soundtrack) to watch an Elton John tribute show (Honkey Cats) with Mia – which as fun – Mia liked it – I’ve always loved that little theatre, 24h WW snacking, time well spent.
  • Elton John has been performing for 50 years, and has sold more than 300 million records. Wow.
  • How majestic was that beagle at Wolfkop?
  • I asked Mia what she thought the Tiny Dancer video was about – she said: “music makes you happy”. I said, I think it’s about amor fati, and how life is linear, it has many ups and down, but you can’t have the ups without the downs, so just enjoy all the moments. Life is a dance.
  • I’ve noticed that podcasts help me be unfocused and creative. The real drug is tricking your mind into feeling busy enough and relax, to wonder into other interesting thoughts.
  • I’m afraid we will forget. Last week post about Wolfkop did not do it justice, memories fade. Video is just so much effort. Hmm.
  • I’m clearly not taking enough photos. The last two weeks I had to hunt around to find just ten.
  • After 6 years, I think I’m taking a break from Afrikaburn this year, the ratio of input vs reward just feels a bit out. The rest of the people in our regular crew feel the same I think. Some very good memories, but time to find other adventures.
  • Feels like this year has stared very quickly. Backlog of things to work through.
  • Nerdy weekend of gadget tinkering and one really great movie…
  • Saturday, we found Mia a music keyboard to practice her piano lessons on, omelette for lunch, minor grudge purchase of toothbrush heads, Mia’s phone contract renewal – backup/restore to a new phone, took a stroll to the Waterfront, Hussar dinner with Georg.
  • Sunday, walked to the Winchester, found Mia a Macbook Air 13 inch (7,2 Early 2015) – I considered getting her a Debian laptop but she did not seem that keen (yet) – helped Mia re-install and upgrade macOS on her laptop, Waterfront visit – found Mia a pink sparkly laptop sleeve and a backup drive, Mia wanted to go watch Pitch Perfect 3 – so I ended up watching The Shape Of Water at the VIP cinema – which was truly brilliant – go watch it!, Clifton 1st swim and sunset with Georg and Cath, gluten free pizza at Posticino, time well spent.
  • Turns out 12yo kids now use laptops at school for most of their classes. The deal with the new Macbook and iPhone is that she will be listening to podcasts and typing Dvorak. Good trade.
  • Tune of the week: Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Wolfkop weekend…

Promenade Walk
  • Week of 15-21 January.
  • Not enough photos this week. I kinda forgot to take photos at Wolfkop. Had to borrow a few photos.
  • Monday, gym, office, tea with Michael, extended promenade walk with Nick, La Vie supper.
  • I’ve been experimenting with taking extra zink, copper, selenium, magnesium and boron.
  • Tuesday, office, tea with Nick at Knead, first dev planning meeting for the year, coconut Myog with Michael, sunset promenade walk, tinkered with Sketch.
  • Keep doing things about 5% outside your comfort and skills zone.
  • Wednesday, gym, blur of a multitasking day, played with a gantt chart app, sunset promenade walk.
  • Make time to be unfocused.
  • “The exchange of truth is curative.” — JP

  • Watch this interview. I would not like to debate JP. You would have to really have your act together.
  • How to be an Entrepreneur
  • How To Seduce Someone With Confidence – tldr; odds are so small of it working out anyway, usually.
  • Thursday, work, packing, some just in time shopping – found some new shades and a mattress, blitong stop, fetched some camping equipment, drove to Paul’s house in Stellenbosch, we drove up to Wolfkop and arrived just before sunset – we found a cool camp site – about 18 people in our group.
  • Seems everybody is doing Cape Town Burn this year, starts in April, 3 months in the desert, at home. 5l per day. Thanks city officials for organising, stellar job. Muppets.
  • Friday, Wolfkop, lilo day.
  • Saturday, more Wolfkop, very good fun, lots of swimming, great music, cool people.
  • Big thanks, crazy cats, very cool weekend – incl Paul, Michael, Nelia, Julien, Nick, Wouter, Rene, Pierre, Werner, Stefan, Kirsty, Olivia, Ross, …and the organisers!
  • Somebody should make gluten free beer in Cape Town.
  • Sunday, Wolfkop, epic afternoon, more swimming, in bed early.
  • Note to self: take bloody marys next time, and maybe some Campari.
  • Tunes of the week – Thirty Seconds To Mars. Never been a big fan, but the videos are cool – well produced. Watch these: This is War, Closer To The Edge, Kings and Queens. Also listen to the This is War album.
  • “The age of man is over.”

  • I think I’m having a dry February, and a 5-day fast soon.
  • Feeling refreshed and ready for the year now. (-:

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Beach visits and birthday parties…

Three Anchor Bay
  • Week of 8-14 January.
  • Monday, gym, visited Dirk in Stellenbosch with Anton, snoek braai with Michal and Dirk.
  • Tuesday, first day back at the office, fetched Mia from a birthday party.
  • Wednesday, breakfast with Mia, office, tea with Nigel, tea with Michael, Mia watched Die Hard and Iron Man 3, gluten free pizza at Posticino with Mia, Clifton 1st with Georg – Mia took a long swim and shivered for a while (afterdrop) – we played some frisbee, epic sunset, marzipan, time well spent.
  • Collagen is a food group, 20g per day.
  • Thursday, Mia slept for 12 hours, breakfast with Mia, general tinkering, late lunch at Da Vinci’s – Mia Mr Fox’d their 1kg ribs, Unframed ice cream, nap while Mia watched The Avengers, sunset promenade walk, watched Ant-Man again.
  • “First rule of design – does the thing do what it was designed to do?”

  • Friday, we walked to the Winchester for an extended buffet breakfast – with some Miss Molly, had to go change Mia’s bank card PIN while getting a car wash at the Gardens Centre, we found Mia a cool new school bag with wheels on special, Skype meeting, tinkered with my home router’s failover feature, Clifton 1st with Georg – Mia took a long swim again – nice sunset with a bag of cherries and some Miss Molly, Hussar Camps Bay steak dinner, time well spent.
  • “A life lived with purpose is a life well lived.”

  • Saturday, meeting at Trumpet Tree, Dirk’s 40th at Peter Falke, dropped Mia off, Al’s birthday in Mostertsdrift, good fun.
  • Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, La Vie, workshop day, epic nap, sunset promenade walk, watched Daddy’s Home 1.
  • Tune of the week: Plainsong – The Cure – from Ant-Man.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Hello 2018…

De Wetsbaai
  • Week of 1-7 January.
  • Yeah, this post is a bit late again, holiday time with Mia.
  • Monday, breakfast in Pringle Bay, caught up with some photo processing and blogging, extended beach outing with Jacques, Mia and Charlotte, ice cream, braai, drove back to Cape Town.
  • “I don’t have a dog in this hunt.”

  • Tuesday, tea, macro planning, backups, chia and fruit breakfast, Mia found the 16 Personalities test again and this time she’s an ENFP, used to be ESFJ, lunch at La Vie, tinkered with testpmd while Mia watched Spiderman 2, sunset promenade walk, had to replace the battery in my Chipolo BLE keyning sooner than I had hoped, watched Iron Man – reminder that engineering should be fun.
  • Wednesday, Linux tinkering, Waterfront, Gibsons burger and a huge milkshake, we watched Daddy’s Home 2 – super fun movie, book shop – got Snow Crash for Mia, extended sunset promenade walk – good chats, bloody mary and a light supper at Lily’s, time well spent.
  • Turns out Snow Crash is lame.
  • I think I see some post-festive season fasting in my future.
  • Pro tip: good week of the year to stock up on the big bottles of Body Shop shower gel.
  • Thursday, omelette at Knead with Mia, BIA machine, got some caps for our kayak trip – I can’t seem to keep a cap for longer than 6 months, supplement shopping, Waterfront, Bang & Olufsen shop, Lindt shop, visited Wouter’s office – very impressive building, watched Hancock again, mini-nap, watched Evita / Lloyd Webber musical at Artscape with Mia, time well spent.
  • The ability to create wealth is way more important than having money.
  • Friday, up early, sea kayak tour with Mia – Mia took a swim half way – we saw some dolphins and sun fish – very good fun, Mia watched Iron Man 2, drove to Bettys, nice swim, sunset braai, sounds like Mia did well in a Settlers of Catan game.
  • People should look after each other. Find your tribe.
  • Saturday, beach, swim, nap, Kleinmond Harbour fish and salad supper with Cath and Mia, epic sunset, played Battleships against Mia.
  • “Nobody knows anything, including me.”

  • Sunday, breakfast in Bettys, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, tea with Dirk in Stellenbosch, extended podcast promenade walk.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

End of 2017, diminishing return curves and learning more…

Pringle Bay
  • Week of 25-31 December.
  • Monday, cooked a xmas champagne breakfast with Jacques, watched Star Wars ep VI with Mia, quick visit to Rossouw and Elise’s, drove to Melkbosstrand, Mia had a swim, family braai in Melkbos.
  • “Laat weet my wanneer julle weer die A-span speel.” — Jacques, about Springbok rugby and sports politics.

  • Tuesday, played with tmux and syslog-ng, xmas left-overs lunch, tinkered with VPP and discovered Unbound, late afternoon Melkbos family beach outing, braai at Jacques’.
  • Wednesday, watched Baby Driver again – great movie, missed some solitude and silence so went back to Sea Point for a while, visited Anton’s new house in Tamboerskloof – chatted crypto currencies, nap, sunset promenade walk.
  • Makes a big difference if something is built with love, care and passion.
  • Thursday, played with KVM, braai at Anton’s with Georg.
  • Friday, podcast gym session, breakfast for lunch with Warwick and Giles in Cavendish, burger at Hudsons Kloof Street with Paul, Up Yours, Van Hunks, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Saturday, fetched Mia, drove to Pringle Bay, outing to the beach and lagoon, braai at Jacques’, watched Die Hard again – great movie.
  • “The incentives always win.”

  • 21 full days of podcast listening this past year… over 500 hours. And more than one breakup (-;
  • Sunday, breakfast in Pringle Bay, Hangklip Hotel, nap, sunset podcast beach walk, rainy nye braai at Jacques’, in bed by 23:00ish.
  • The rate at which you need to learn, and the scope of knowledge you need to build up to be a good DevOps / NetDevOps / full stack developer is rather frighting, or perfect if you enjoy learning. Nothing speeds up learning like a good practical reason to figure something out.
  • So long 2017. Hmm. Kinda feel like I gravitated towards a few diminishing return curves. Not learning enough. Been having lots of fun learning new things over the last few weeks, so all is not lost. I think 2018 needs to be more macro goal orientated. It could just be that weekly journalling is not the best way to look back on a year. I need a macro journal again.

Have a fun 2018, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Hacking cholesterol and Star Wars sans Han…

Granger Bay Radisson
  • Week of 18-24 December.
  • This post is a bit late, holiday time.
  • Monday, gym, walked to the office, lunchtime One Juice visit, attempted some remote pair programming with Sublime, tinkered with docker-compose and some Python code, figured out how to use a jump box for ssh port port forwarding.
  • Tuesday, Python hacking, played with Sublime, git and pipenv to create dev environments, gym, lamb and broccoli supper with some swiss chocolate.
  • JP on rewards, goals and learning.
  • Tigers like catnip too. Yeah, that’s a fact.
  • Wednesday, last minute vitality health test booking, gym, walked to the office, sunset promenade walk, in bed early.
  • “I just checked out your old-school site. Love it.” — Derek Sivers (-:

  • Thursday, got a Wolfkop ticket, Vitality health check at Wellness Warehouse – life is too short for the Discovery Store and their attitude, very happy with my cholesterol test result, omelette at Clark’s, office, haircut at Wim’s, software testing, mini-nap, Clifton 1st with Georg, Karla and Excelda, followed by the usual chicken skewers at La Vie.
  • Health test results:
    Glucose: 4.9
    Total cholesterol: 4.6 (26% down from 5 weeks ago)
    LDL: 2.95
    HDL: 1.21
    Trig: 1.02
    BP: 128/84
  • I managed to keep my Diamond status, Vitality age = 38. Ended the year with over 53k points. Lame that you can lose points for BMI – what a joke of a metric.
  • “Modern medicine is like throwing eggs off a building and asking doctors to catch them.”

  • I started making list of things I need to complete at Octotel by Feb.
  • Friday, last Octotel software updates for the year, gym, fetched Mia, walked to the Waterfront and stopped for a drink at The Radisson, dinner at Tasha’s, gelato, book shop – found Mia a book: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.
  • Mia says she read ten books over the last two weeks – reread Harry Potter and School for Good and Evil series. A lot more reading than I did as a child.
  • Saturday, up early, backups, Mia made breakfast, tinkered with a Bitcoin thing, xmas gift shopping at the Waterfront, earl grey tea and the Melissa’s grand breafast, we watched Star Wars ep VIII at the VIP cinema – entertaining – good suspension of disbelief time – better than the last one – Mia liked it, promenade walk, xmas drinks shopping, a Cape Town G&T with Georg at La Vie, watched Contact – epic movie – Mia enjoyed it, time well spent.
  • Star Wars sans Han feels a bit nerdy.
  • Sunday, breakfast with Mia, xmas shopping with Jacques, he walked through Ultra filling up a trolly like that scene from Leaving Las Vegas, bloody mary’s with Jacques, family xmas dinner.
  • Snowden is my personal hero.” — Pavel Durov

  • Tune of the week: Video killed the radio stars.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.