Monthly Archives: March 2019

Quick Update

Staycation week…

Bikini Beach
  • Week of 25-31 March.
  • Monday, rainy morning, work, Mia and I made omelettes, random email scrubbing, windy afternoon, book shop and food shopping at the Gardens Centre – to get Mia two new books, Mia and I cooked a roast chicken and veggies while watching Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Steve Martin – great movie, we probably had more dark chocolate than was really necessary, time well spent.
  • We made some progress with the Geeky movies for kids project.
  • The Renegade Report was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called The Capitalist Party.
  • Tuesday, iOS and macOS upgrade day, Mia made breakfast, a swim at Wembley gym, sauna, smoothie, we took Romeo for a Pipe Track hike – he was pretty spent after that, I took Mia to Borrusos in Kenilworth – to experience their Pollodoro pizza with avo – I had not been there since maybe 2005/6 days, Moro gelato, time well spent.
  • Enjoy the work. To be a good writer, first you must be the kind of person who enjoys writing.
  • Wednesday, work, Mia managed a 15h sleep, food shopping in Gardens with Mia, we watched Logans Run, steak braai with Paul and Mia, time well spent, nice wines, braaibroodjies – good catch up – some AfrikaBurn conversations – probably not going.
  • Thursday, random tinkering, catch up with Dennis and Hugo, lupper at El Burro with Mia – introduced Mia to enchiladas, semifreddo dessert at La Perla.
  • La Perla has been there since 1969, 50 years. Impressive.
  • Design your own Groundhog day. Have tea.
  • Useful link to check your email gets delivered: Mail Tester – if you want to play with SPF, DKIM and DMARC.
  • ‘I hope this lame-ass email fiends you well?’ – why do people put this in their emails?
  • Friday, road trip to Grabouw with Mia, another birthday lunch for Mia at The Pool Room, nap, sunset walk around Gordon’s Bay, indian food starters selection at Indian Curry – introduced Mia to poppadoms and mint dip, watched some DStv movies – man, Blood Diamond is painful to watch.
  • When will we reach peak-smartphone tech? Are we 95% there?
  • Saturday, woke up at a guest house on Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay – 185 on Beach, breakfast overlooking the harbour, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house – after a long chat about how mobile phones work and some thermodynamics basics, home, nap, tinkered with a Debian install and EFI boot partitions, sunset podcast promenade walk, in bed early.
  • “The remaining 10% takes 90% of the time.”

  • Mia turned 13. Time does not stand still.
  • Sunday, tinkering, phone chat with Mia, gym, Green Point Park walk, more tinkering, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched some Netflix sci-fi.
  • Tunes of the week: mostly Cat Stevens songs, again.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The moments that make up your life till you wake up…

Bakoven
  • Week of 18-24 March.
  • Monday, woke up to loadshedding – which was fun, Somerset West with Milton, coffee with Dirk at Merkava, work, to avoid loadshedding Wouter and Rene and I went to Magica Roma in Pinelands – been meaning to go check it out for a while, good food – had a mega-umami porcini mushroom veal dish.
  • Tuesday, work, office, meeting at the Waterfront, loadshedding at 20:00, blogging in the dark, podcast listening in the dark, in bed early, great sleep.
  • Podcasts work well during loadshedding… the trick is to not fall asleep, too quickly.
  • Luxury is time. Podcasts create time. Podcasts create luxury.
  • Wednesday, work, phone chat with Jack from the Cape Party – nice guy, gym, swim, sauna – no, wait – no sauna because loadshedding, some website tinkering, house and dog sitting in Bakoven, Romeo and I had a romantic candle-light red wine drinking session – 2016 L’avenir Stelllenbosch Classic, in bed early.
  • Who knew creative writing would be this useful? Use the active voice kids.
  • Thursday, public holiday, up early-ish, Bakoven adventure with Romeo – an ~hour phone chat with Dirk while walking around little beach, big beach, Camps Bay beach, braai with Georg, Al, Mimi and Stephan Bodzin (sans Adrian – who had a social hangover), gourmet braai broodjies, food coma nap, fed the dog and two cats, watched Love, Death, Robots on Netflix – not bad, time well spent.
  • Having a social hangover is a thing, it seems.
  • Friday, I managed to set off the alarm – which was amusing, general tinkering, fetched Mia from her gran’s house, took her for an early birthday lunch at Waterkloof – excellent deserts – nice views, Clifton 1st beach walk with Mia and Romeo, loadshedding and candles, watched a bit of Netflix, time well spent.
  • Dogs are sentient.
  • What’s broken gets fixed, what’s shitty lasts forever.
  • Saturday, notes processing and blogging, made breakfast with Mia – after her 12h sleep, planned the holiday, braai and gourmet braai broodjies, Bodzin, perfect weather, nap, we took Romeo for a walk from Bakoven to Glen Beach and back – epic sunset – chats about compounded vs linear growth and network effects, time well spent.
  • High five, Capitalist Party
  • I updated my list of groups you must support in South Africa: Fighting the Commies : Like, follow and subscribe: 1) The Renegade Report, 2) ZACP – Capitalist Party of South Africa, 3) The Cape Party, 4) AfriForum.
  • Sunday, fed the three pets, woke Mia up from her 14h sleep, braai with Jacques and Marietjie, followed by and another Clifton 1st visit with Romeo, tinkering, chilling, blogging, red wine, watched a live Youtube debate, time well spent.
  • Read these again, slowly: How to Get Rich (without getting lucky). How To Be Successful.
  • Tune of the week: Bodzin Cercle, again!!

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Everything has already happened…

Sunset Braai
  • Week of 11-17 March.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia – the usual fruit and greek yoghurt, school run, work, school meeting, gym, swim, sauna, work, late lunch in Stellenbosch, two meetings, supper and tinkering at Mojo Market.
  • Steampunk is dumb.
  • Tuesday, up early, Bootleggers special, worked a bit at Tea in the Park, office, dev catch up, data fixing, podcast walk, dinner at NV80 with Georg, catch up with Wouter.
  • Wednesday, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev meeting, tea at The Yard at the Waterfront, Strolla, sunset podcast walk.
  • Everything has already happened… we have very little free will, we just bump into things on some path / general vector.
  • At least we have functional saunas this autumn / winter.
  • Let the Podcasts roll!
  • Listen to the Marc Andreessen interview on The Moment with Brian Koppelman.
  • Thursday, walked to the office, Mojo lunch, loadshedding in Sea Point, presentation tweaking with a Hoegaarden at Harveys, Amber Weiss at La Vie, nap, gave a talk about Open Networking at the first WCNOG meeting at The Hyde Hotel in Sea Point – got a tshirt.
  • “I am Jack’s lingering sense of hope.”

  • “I’m fading out, in stereo.”

  • Friday, office, walk, braai at home, time well spent.
  • Confidence, to just do things. Been pondering this lately.
  • Saturday, tea, backups, general tinkering, epic nap, gym, sunset podcast walk, rotisserie chicken with avo and good chardonnay, notes processing, in bed early, time well spent.
  • Meaning is the new luxury.
  • “The most successful innovators are the creative imitators, the Number Two.” — Wired Magazine (1996)

  • Find a scene. What nerds do on evenings and weekends.
  • Sunday, rainy day, random tinkering, rainy podcast promenade walk, pancakes, watched the Youtube live stream of The Capitalist Party launch event, St Patrick’s day Guinness at Van Hunks with Georg, Ryan and Paul, time well spent.
  • South Africans have some new sane options to vote for on 8 May!
    National: Capitalist Party
    Western Cape: Cape Party – Free The Cape!
  • Tunes of the week: NIN, The Downward Spiral
  • Actually, that’s not true, I listened to Possibly Days and unhealthy number of times.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Just like that, summer was over…

Pipe Track
  • Week of 4-10 March.
  • Monday, up early, rainy day, watched the last few minutes of Lost in Translation, gym, sauna, office, Strolla, La Vie, sunset podcast walk.
  • Been pondering some changes.
  • Tuesday, Bootleggers, Knead breakfast special, office, lunchtime walk, late afternoon Pipe Track hike with Al.
  • Nobody is dying of cancer. Something Jonathan used to say.
  • Wednesday, gym, sauna, office, dev meeting, Strolla, sunset walk, 91, 143 zen.
  • Podcast queue zero, inbox zero!
  • Funny how having something big to finish works well for procrastination and flushing the queue of all the other small things.
  • Thursday, Bootleggers, Knead breakfast special, office, creative writing, biltong and Counting Crows.
  • “Voluntary death and rebirth redeems.” — JP

  • “Go out and face your dragons.” — JP

  • Friday, gym, sauna, office, DC move meeting, general tinkering at La Vie with more Counting Crows, sunset walk, a whisky with Wouter.
  • Seems impossible for me to add FB friends faster than people are quitting FB or unfriending me, not sure which is a bigger drain on the system.
  • Adventure.
  • Saturday, slept late, fetched Mia from Rushmore, fetched Jacques, Plaasfees at Diemersdal wine farm, nap, extended braai, watched a bit of Aquaman, babies don’t sleep this well.
  • “We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.” — David D. Clark

  • Sunday, breakfast at Jacques’, we watched Captain Marvel at the 3D IMAX – entertaining, frogurt, Mia and I tried to find Panama Jacks – turns out they moved it, so we walked around the cruise terminal at the Waterfront, oyster special at Sea Breeze on Bree – Mia seems to like oysters now – brain food / vitamin sea, Moro gelato, shopping for breakfast goodies, backups, notes and photo processing, so many devices to charge – 8, time well spent.
  • Tunes of the week: Counting Crows obviously, this one is interesting: Possibility Days.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

To a universe we choose…

Winchester Mansions
  • Week of 25 February to 3 March.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, work, gym, mediation session, brunch with Dirk at Fred&Max, haircut at Yogi’s – bumped into Anton at the barber shop, a beer at Van Hunks – nice to catch up with Anton, time well spent.
  • Tuesday, long day – traversed the Boland (love) triangle, a walk around Stellenbosch with Alan, breakfast at The Millhouse Cafe – catch up with Parri, work, fetched Mia from school, took Mia for a quick tour of the herb farm at Allee Bleue, took Mia to a school open day, salads for supper, back to the open day, smoothies, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, had a whisky with Wouter.
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Rob Siltanen, spotted on a wall on Tuesday

  • Wednesday, Knead before-8am breakfast special, office, dev catch up, ramen for lunch, Octotel had a metro fibre break and some downtime fun and games, a beer on Michael’s roof.
  • Note to self: use DuckDuckGo more.
  • Thursday, work, walked to the office, worked a bit at La Vie, nap, general tinkering.
  • “All things being equal, people will do business with a friend; all things being unequal, people will still do business with a friend.” — Mark McCormack

  • Friday, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev catch up, Mojo Market, a Hoegaarden at The Winchester, dinner at Carne on Kloof with Adrian Georg and Al, tiramisu, Clifton beach walk with Georg, time well spent.
  • Saturday, podcast walk to the Granger bay market, Waterfront, Belgian beers and mussels at Den Anker while listening to some podcasts, watched Bohemian Rhapsody again at the VIP cinemas with a Jamey, epic nap, emmental snack and Bouchard Finlayson chard, a drink at Bao Down Restaurant in Oranjezicht, Peroxide 80s party at Wonderland with Kirsty and Rene, 12h sleep, time well spent.
  • I discovered Conversations with Tyler. How did I not know about this earlier?
  • I updated my Podcasts list.
  • I’m still hopeful for my 2014 matchmaking project in the desert.
  • Sunday, lazy day, watched Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets again with some Glen Carlou chard – because Luc Besson is cool, epic nap, sunset podcast walk, explored a Chinese restaurant down the road, watched Lost in Translation again – great movie, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Another Universe – Arno Carstens

Have a fun week, crazy kids.