Quick Update


Lions Head
  • Week of 17 to 23 June.
  • Monday, woke up in Plett, breakfast at East Heads Cafe in Knysna, road trip back to Cape Town with Georg, took a walk to the Waterfront, 2-for-1 mussels special at Den Anker, watched The Thomas Crown Affair again.
  • Electric cars currently cost about R30/100km in electricity, but can take 4 hours to charge.
  • Tuesday, office, dev catch up, DC migration admin, saganaki salad for supper.
  • I blogged: Start Here
  • Wednesday, some ISP cross connect migrations, late afternoon meeting at the Waterfront, a beer in Fresnaye.
  • Autodidact: a self-taught person.
  • Thursday, up early, eggs breakfast special at Knead, a few more productive ISP cross connect migrations, extended sunset podcast promenade walk – great evening, some drama with a switch OS issue.
  • Friday, office, dev catch up, One Juice smoothie and turmeric shots, after work drinks at the office, early supper at Mojo Market, watched American Sniper again.
  • DuckDuckGo has a dark mode (-:
  • I installed a browser plugin that prevents me from using Google search.
  • “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” — P.J. O’Rourke

  • WWI ended 1918, WWII 1945.
  • Saturday, watched The Jewel of the Nile, rainy day, met Mia at the Waterfront, breakfast for lunch at W Cafe, tea at The Mount Nelson, Gardens Centre book shop visit and biltong shopping, device upgrades and backups, installed some Lucas Arts adventure games for Mia (Loom, The Dig, Sam & Max), upgraded Mia’s phone to an iPhone6s – and helped Mia with some photo management, her phone kept running out of space, a glass of red wine with Wouter, time well spent.
  • Mia has a Macbook Air, 2015 model. It was her first computer. I was thinking, I’m really impressed with it. Solid state storage, enough memory, lightweight, battery lasts forever. My first computer was a Commodore 64, very different devices. Seems anything made after about 2012 is pretty great. Crazy improvements in gadgets in the last 10 years.
  • Sunday, brunch at Green Point Park Cafe with Mia, flaneurning towards the Waterfront via the stadium, we explored the Chavonnes Battery Museum, we watched Men in Black IV – not bad, winter burger special, found Mia a new jersey, desert at the Watershed Market, I watched the Bob Lazar Area 51 doccie on Netflix, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

1 thought on “Quick Update

  1. > Electric cars currently cost about R30/100km in electricity, but can take 4 hours to charge.

    I’ve done about ~70000km in 14 countries in EV’s over the last 4 years so I’ll bite..

    I would probably have changed your statement to “4 hours to charge at home” – I can write a similair headline saying it can take up to 100 hours to charge it off a 3pin plug (220v * 5a = 1kW for 100kWh), but even that can be pushed to ~13A, thus 3kW, tripling the speed.

    In reality most EV drivers’ charging occurs at home 95% of the time, this setup consists of a 7kW AC charger (32a, 220v, assuming single phase, where in SA 3-phase is everywhere, so 11kW in practice) which is plenty to fill anything whilst you sleep. Keep in mind you wake up to a ‘full tank’ every day.

    For anything on a road trip it would be extremely silly to use AC charging, you would use DC fast chargers (DCDC, much less loss, direct to the pack, etc), these range from a measly 50kW to headline-grabbing 350kW.

    In practice for a road trip (for my car’s charge curves anyway) this boils down to a ~22min stop every ~2.5 hours which is enough for a bio break, a coffee, and moving on.

    Charging is a complete non-issue in western Europe, the UK for example have more charging sites than petrol stations (and are one of the more laggy countries). Here’s a good example of 1000km driven in 10h10m – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_04rk3lIFcM – which in turn probably demonstrates that any difficulties are down to infrastructure and the mind.

    Of course happy to take you for a spin next time you are around – as it is bleddie lekker (:

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