Quick Update

Little universes…

Lions Head
  • Week of 19-25 November.
  • Health week 1/4 – warm-up week.
  • Monday, work, gym, swim, sauna, PS4 tinkering.
  • Video: ASICs For Network Engineers
  • Tuesday, office, hardware shopping, Cape Quarter meeting, gym, swim, sauna.
  • 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.
  • Updated my list of groups to support: Fighting the Commies
  • 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.
  • Duncan Trussell on the Cacophony Society
  • Tune of the week: James – Getting Away With It

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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