Quick Update

Long weekend, rain, omelettes…

  • Week of 23-29 April.
  • Monday, rainy day, walked to the office, watched Tom Raider at the Waterfront – not bad, Mexican food at Heleen’s house.
  • “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Steve Jobs

  • This is gold: Raccoon Crushed To Death By Garbage Truck Hits Jackpot With Reincarnation
  • Tuesday, work, gym, extended promenade walk with Nick, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg.
  • The Cape Town water crisis in short: The city’s population doubled with no extra water infrastructure projects developed by national government over the last 30 years. Planning for the Berg river dam began in 1989. It’s the most recent water infrastructure project and holds about 14% of Cape Town’s water resource. 100% growth in population with 14% growth in water resource. We had less rain than usual for three years – but this was predicted for years. Local government did nothing and had no plan. They made it seem like the solution was for residential users to use 50 litres per person per day – while agriculture was using a big share of the remaining water. Fear, uncertainty, doubt. Really bad communication from the City of Cape Town. Very late and weak plans to invest in desalination (which probably failed because of mismanagement). Then, recently… agriculture stopped using the remaining water resources and it started raining again. Problem solved? Hmm. Well, now people leave the loo yellow, and many houses have greywater systems, and ways to collect rain water. All in all, probably a good thing to have changed people’s habits around water use, but… it’s clear government is useless and the problem is not going to go away.
  • “It’s significant because the crisis was actually precipitated by a standing ruling that farmers were entitled to 60% of the water from the THEEWATERSKLOOF dam and 40% for human consumption. While there was unrestricted consumption by people, the agricultural sector simply matched that consumption by drawing on their former 60% entitlement unendingly. In the face of imminent depletion of the reservoirs, the water bureaucrats were forced to reevaluate the 6/4 ratio allocation policy. This policy blindly placed agricultural consumption before human consumption.”

  • Wednesday, walked to the office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, nap, dinner at Heleen’s, lots of rain!
  • The incentives always win.
  • “Moderation is the only thing worth doing in moderation.”

  • Thursday, gym, omelette with Dirk, fetched Mia, drove to Cape Town, took a walk at the end of the cable car road, giant mushroom burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, ice cream at Moro in Long Street, time well spent.
  • Be more productive.
  • The struggle for interestingness.
  • When did you get these technologies? It’s probably been more eventful than you remember. Always on internet: 1999, ADSL: 2002, Macbook: 2003, WiFi: 2003, Linux Virtual Machines: 2005, WordPress: 2006, Facebook: 2007, iPhone: 2011 (a bit late maybe), SSD and retina screen: 2015, Gigabit fibre at home: 2017.
  • Friday, public holiday, Waterfront, gluten free carrot cake, clothes shopping for Mia, sunset promenade walk, watched The Dark Knight Rises again on Netflix – great movie.
  • Life is about acceleration, not speed.
  • Saturday, world championship 4 egg decadent exotic mushroom omelette cooking, Cape Town city walk with Mia, kombucha at the Labia to start our walk, coffee at the Company Garden Cafe, down Long Street, Bloody Mary at the Grand Daddy rooftop bar, soccer fan-walk bridge, De Waterkant, shoe shopping for Mia – found her a pair of size 8 trail running shoes, sunset drinks and snacks at Heleen’s house with Georg.
  • RIP Larry Harvey
  • Sunday, De Wetsbaai day with Georg and Mia, braai with Anton and Anton, perfect weather, great sunset, La Vie, time well spent.
  • Going to J00F?

Have a fun week, crazy kids.