Make good art – including businesses, systems and software.
All I want for xmas is a John Oliver vs Jordan Peterson debate.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, late lunch omelette, sauna, swim, sauna.
Had a quick look at my podcast app stats. 38 days of listening over the last ~two years. Around 55GB of data. Or, R8250 in Vodacom 1GB top-ups… would have been an expensive hobby if not for sensible internet sources.
Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, worked at Harveys, a Campari soda at La Vie – so much better than Aperol (who drinks that?), watched a bit of Hamiltons S2.
Some things pay in freedom.
Friday, office, net-ops meeting, Amazon.co.uk shopping – figured I needed an external SSD for backups, biltong shopping, fetched Mia, Campari at Rockpool with Dan (and Dan’s little one), Fred, Daryn and Georg – nice to catch up, Mia and I watched The Play That Goes Wrong at The Theatre on the Bay – good show, Mia loved it, time well spent.
I got an email back from Derek Sivers this week.
“I wasn’t trying to make a big business. I was just daydreaming about how one little thing would look in a perfect world.
When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws. This is your utopia.
When you make it a dream come true for yourself, it’ll be a dream come true for someone else, too.” — Derek Sivers, Anything You Want
I kinda experienced something similar – not really knowing it at the time. I remember when we started Frogfoot we had “All rights reserved. The Sovereigns of Frogfoot” at the bottom of our website – 2003 days – yeah, php config is broken, but scroll down. I just wanted to play with routers and open source tools and we had the freedom to – build our own little world. It’s a struggle to keep these little universes independent and fun, but they can be lots of fun, many good memories.
Saturday, gym, swim, sauna, BIA machine visit, Waterfront, we watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at the VIP cinemas – I was a bit lost, but Mia seemed to know all the details, we shared a greek food platter at Mykonos Taverna – which was excellent, food coma nap, Kirstenbosch, we watched the James show – old music was good, new music was lame, time well spent.
I always liked the James : Pleased to Meet You album (2001). The album’s front cover features a composite image of all the band members’ faces.
Alt-J at Daisies 2013. Good memories.
Mia says the Aliens movies did not scare her.
Soda water vs mineral water? They seem to add salt to soda water.
Sunday, upgrades and backups, lazy brunch at Manna – the whitest place in Africa, Moro gelato, nap, swim, sauna, smoothie, Kloof corner hike with Mia, Glen Beach and Camps Bay beach sunset walk, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
I’m still very happy with my hiking shoes.
I kinda have this sense that technology has happily stalled for a while, at least in the general computer tech world. I think it’s good – stable, simple, well understood, but not so exciting. Maybe slower moving tech gives people a bit more confidence to invest time in learning and building.
Which technologies are you excited about these days? I can come up with maybe: 5G, open networking hardware (routers and switches), 10G fibre to the home, 802.11ax wifi… hmm, after that it gets a bit hard to point at something – cheaper SSDs and memory would be nice. Even 5G mobile tech is not very exciting. Maybe machine learning, but it seems you need a lot of data to play that game.
On personal nerd tech, I can’t really think of anything exciting. We have all the screens, phones, solid state storage, cpu speeds, cameras, apps, watches, gigabit ftth etc – maybe arm64 based laptops.
I should probably add – maybe the stuff we should be getting excited about is: food, farming, health, smarter towns… robots and full unemployment.
Monday, podcast school run, gym, Stone Three visit, office, late lunch omelette, sunset podcast promenade walk – podcast queue zero, watched some youtube over ipv6 – the history of unix.
Pocket Casts app now has an episode search feature. Only had to give them a one star rating and complain about it 3 times. I gave them a 5 star rating this week.
Tuesday, AfricaCom at the CTICC – booth babes and hardware, AfricaCom opening party with Sybren, AFest party at Shimmy’s with Ben – managed to get a VIP upgrade, Seacom party at The Grand, long day – three parties in one night was maybe not the best idea.
Wednesday, AfricaCom, meetings, more meetings and more meetings – some interesting info on whitebox switches and a plan to start an open networking group, walked up Long Street, Moro ice cream, in bed early, watched a bit of Alien Covenant – no aquarium party this year.
Thursday, walked to the ZAPF event at the Radisson, I was on a panel discussion about network automation – hopefully I said a few sensible things, sunset drinks at the Radisson.
Friday, office, brain food at the Mojo Market, podcast nap, El Buro dinner with Georg and a few tequilas.
“Basically a Raspberry Pi for 100Gbps switching.” — Georg, about a whitebox switch – new toy.
Saturday, meeting in Constantia, lunch with Nick and Simone at Loading Bay – go there for extra slow service, epic nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, Waterfront, watched A Star Is Born – good movie, Den Anker, watched the 2nd half of Alien Covenant.
I never really liked the last two alien movies.
I really like Den Anker. Been a favourite for 15 years. Good memories.
Sunday, home wifi troubleshooting, drinks at Harvey’s with Wouter and Barry – great burger, Clifton 1st swims and sunset with Georg, Nick and Simone, dinner at Georg’s, time well spent.
Thursday, office, dev meeting, Woodstock, data fixing, walked home, podcast nap, extended sunset podcast walk, dinner at the Waterfront, phone chat with Paul.
Friday, work, Woodstock visit, biltong shopping, fetched Mia, gym, swim, sauna, smoothie, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, ribs at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
I suspect I managed to induce a classical music ear worm in Mia – seems you have many more ear worms when younger.
Saturday, started a new project – did a little mvp branding workshop, made omelettes, device upgrades and backups, braai at Jacques’, time well spent.
Radical pragmatic centrism – my latest political ideas.
“Alexa, play Fleetwood Mac!”
Sunday, breakfast at Jacques’, late lunch at The Longtable at Haskell – great Chardonnay, Clifton 1st sunset with Mia and Georg, brain food and bubbly at the Mojo market – Mia seems to like oysters now, time well spent.
I introduced Mia to the 6 Alien movies. I remember watching Aliens when I was 10yo, in the cinemas around 1986 – crazy scary – but still one of my all time favourite movies.
Monday, woke up in Botrivier, made Mia some scrambled eggs, school run – epic views from Sir Lowry’s pass over the cloud cover below, WW Cafe, gym, swim, sauna, podcast nap, sunset promenade walk, excellent salad at Mykonos taverna.
Sleep: car wash for your brain.
Tuesday, office, mid day visit to De Waterkant, long afternoon meeting, podcast promenade walk.
Wednesday, work, Nu – interesting meeting, Korean supper down the road with some spicy kimchi.
Thursday, work, a few interesting phone calls, omelette at Nu, gym, swim, sauna, Green Point Park walk, nap, general tinkering at La Vie.
“Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem.” — Tyler
Friday, office, backups, dinner at Raj Camps Bay with Georg, Al and Adrian, time well spent.
Saturday, made bloody marys with extra lime, pretty much drank bubbly and watched sci-fi – seemed like a good idea, watched 2010 (the sequel to 2001) – not bad, drinks with Georg and Adrian, time well spent.
I remember being on IRC when I heard about 9/11.
We’re lucky to be able to build things. Smart people like to hang out with smart people.
Sunday, rainy day, watched a few episodes of Hamiltons Pharmacopeia – finished watching season 1, nap, steak dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill in Mouille Point with Georg, watched Primer – strange movie – pretty involved plot.