Monthly Archives: March 2020

Quick Update

It’s the end of the world as we know it…

Sunset
  • Week of 23-29 March.
  • Virus bug out, week 2: 12 monkeys meets district 9.
  • Monday, tea, home office, server tinkering, afternoon walk with Mia, watched the news about national covid-19 lockdown, watched The Giver – not bad.
  • Tuesday, server tinkering, sunset walk with Mia, we made mexican wraps.
  • Was sipping my tea, feeling strangely optimistic… this thing is going to change the world. Going to change SA. Get ready for remote work.
  • Wednesday, smoothies, video meeting, braai with Mia – and a great bottle of Moreson 2016 Chardonnay.
  • Thursday, tea, home office, my DC UPSs and more masks arrived, visit to the Eikeboom butcher, sunset walk with Mia, video meeting for a pet project, SA Covid-19 lockdown starts.
  • Enjoy your 21 day free trial of communism.
  • Friday, home office, almost 2h facetime chat with Jacques.
  • “Cleanliness without the bitchiness.” — Jacques, about how dudes clean the house.

  • New routine, braai every 3rd day – eat cold meat out of the fridge.
  • I’m very happy I became a computer nerd and can work remotely.
  • Saturday, tea, we made omelettes for lunch, Campari, braai with Mia.
  • “Prioriteit nommer een: kom lewendig hier uit.” — Fokofpolisiekar, Prioritiseer

  • Sunday, tea, took the day off, watched Tiger King on Netflix, watched Drive again – great movie.
  • Tune of the week: R.E.M. Its the End of the World as We Know it

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Bug out…

Prepping Gear
  • Week of 16-22 March.
  • Virus bug out, week 1.
  • …and then the world changed in three weeks.
  • Monday, school run, home office, fetched Mia, food shopping, sunset walk with Mia, we cooked some mexican food – Burritos this time, watched Venom again.
  • Tuesday, start of Mia’s school holidays – two days early – start of the virus bug-out – Mia managed to sleep until 10:00, we made smoothies, played some SimISP, Chivas 18yo night cap, in bed early.
  • Check out Jitsi Meet
  • Wednesday, two video conferences, two walks with Mia, sunset braai.
  • Irony, I think I’m getting more done now that everybody is good with video meetings.
  • I think I moved to the sticks just it time.
  • Thursday, smoothies, blogging, home office, sunset walk with Mia.
  • I wrote a blog post… Stay Healthy Cape Town
  • Friday, tea, smoothies, Mia slept until after 13:00 – impressive, home office, quick visit to Joostenberg Deli to buy some meat, watched Contagion – pretty close to our current drama.
  • Turns out soap is a pretty rad technology.
  • I added reCAPTCHAv3 on a few blog contact forms – spam was getting annoying.
  • I think I’ve solved my email delivery and spam problems over the last week or so.
  • Saturday, earl grey tea, we made omelettes, VitD walk, family braai over Facetime with iPad next to the braai – pretty cool.
  • The remote braai worked pretty well, but bigger screen and better mic would be nice, also need a way to add more people.
  • Sunday, steak for breakfast, last bit of shopping for a while in Franschhoek, Moreson visit, chilled afternoon at home.
  • This year we get to have the full AfrikaBurn prepping experience at home.
  • Imagine how bad this would have been without pretty good internet – omg.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Rule #32 – Enjoy the Little Things…

La Petite Ferme
  • Week of 9-15 March.
  • Monday, tea, extended loadshedding induced audiobook flaneuring, home office, sunset walk.
  • Mia was away on camp most of this week.
  • I listened to the We Learn Nothing audiobook again this week.
  • “Gangbang doom porn.” — Jacques, when the economy is crashing and virus armageddon hits

  • Two kinds of decisions: Type 1 decisions are not reversible, and you have to be very careful making them. Type 2 decisions are like walking through a door — if you don’t like the decision, you can always go back.
  • I installed postgrey on my personal mail server, time to trim some spam. Seems to work pretty well.
  • Mouse Utopias
  • Tuesday, tea, green smoothie, another loadshedding audiobook walk, did some deep nerding on Lithium battery backup systems and POE standards,
  • Pierre launched his Campari for kids product. Keen to taste it. Look out for Non-alcoholic Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif at Pick n Pay.
  • Paul Romer: Why the world needs charter cities
  • The Network State – Balaji SrinIvasan
  • Wednesday, Cape Town day, some more prepping at Wellness Warehouse and Dischem, ~office, Waterfront, got a new phone cover and Airpod case – the transparent iphone cover was not working for me, I really can’t seem to just walk past the L’Occitane shop, mussels at Den Anker with Wouter, Stefan and Waldo – Waldo is a doctor – no chance there are enough ICU beds in Cape Town hospitals.
  • Thursday, home office, fetched Mia from camp, breakfast at W-Cafe in Franschhoek, home office, doctor visit – to get some antibiotics and rebuliser juice, shopping, braai with Paul and Mia.
  • Friday, kinda overslept – did not remember to set my weekly alarms back, mexican breakfast at Cosecha with Mia – breakfast tacos, collected my shipment of FFP2 masks and goggles, nap, dropped Mia off at a friend’s house in Franschhoek, stopped at Hey Joe Brewery for a beer tasting, watched Pain and Gain again.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, home exec tasks, Adrian came over for a Sodastream Campari party, sushi at the clubhouse, swim and a drink at the pool bar, epic nap, braai, we watched First Man.
  • Sunday, fetched Mia from Franschhoek, Le Paris Deli, lunch at La Petite Ferme with Adrian and Al – nice views, nap, watched Sicario again, watched 1917 – good movie, watched Jojo Rabbit – very funny.
  • The next few weeks could be hectic. Stay safe.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Enjoy the little things…

Podcast Walk
  • Week of 2-8 March.
  • Monday, school run, Big Dog Cafe, home office, nap, fetched Mia from water polo, food shopping, I made tacos – yeah, I actually cooked something.
  • “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.” — Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet

  • Tuesday, school run, did some reading at Boschendal, home office, fetched Mia, we went shopping – got a Soda Stream – and a bug-out box, we cooked some improved recipe mexican tacos for supper, watched Zombieland 2.
  • What is a bug-out box? Well, in my case it’s a plastic crate full of food you would eat if you were a student, but with a mexican angle, brown rice, cans of corn etc. That, and smoothie ingredients. So, just in case this covid19 thing is not a problem I can make lots of mexican food. If it is a problem, I can avoid civilization for a while.
  • Listen to this: Dr. Andrew Weil – Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention tactics : Kevin Rose Show, then go get: Allicin, Astragalus, Mushroom cocktail, VitD3, VitC – give that immune system a boost. You can find this stuff at Wellness Warehouse.
  • Wednesday, school run, Boschendal, Jacques visit, Orms – camera gear swap, Strolla, Wellness Warehouse, fetched Mia from water polo, configured the new camera, Carnivore evening at Babylonstoren with Mia – which was kinda lame and took forever, but I had some time to play with my 16-50mm lens.
  • Carnivore evening at Babylonstoren: I feel they should warn people, this is a touristy thing – local culture music and dancing for _three_ hours. If that’s your vibe, then great. If you wanted to go eat red meat and have a conversation, not ideal. In fact – the whole thing felt like I was Guybrush Threepwood and I just walked into a pirate bar scene in an adventure game – but then the character did not move for 3 hours and the same music kept repeating – only more painful – this was accordion music! Listening to an accordion for 2.5 hours to get 30min of meat dishes is not my idea of a good time. At least Mia seemed to enjoy it, or tried to stop me from looking very annoyed.
  • That Sony XR10 from last week failed me. 1/2 way through a swimming gala it just would not autofocus anymore. Had to hard reset the thing to get it to auto focus again. Meh. Fisher-Price. So, I swapped it for the Sony a6400 with 70-350mm lens.
  • Sony a6400 with Sony 70–350 mm F4.5–6.3 G OSS mini review: It’s light, compact and gives you 525mm zoom. Feels solid. Good value for what I want to do with it – school sports basically. The alternative is a very heavy and expensive full frame camera and lens. 300mm f5.6 works well, 525mm f6.3 is not great for indoors use. Photo quality is good.
  • After playing with the bridge camera (1 inch sensor), the mirrorless APS-C, and full frame… it seems you can’t really have an all-in-one camera. I think the answer is to have APS-C with zoom lens, and a full frame with prime lenses. Full frame zoom lenses are simply too heavy and expensive. The high-end prime lenses are full frame only. I was tempted to get the Canon EOS RP (on special) and using my old 85mm 1.2 again, but I think Canon needs a bit of time to get with the mirrorless game. The latest Canon 85mm 1.2 RF lens looks rad.
  • The people at Orms are cool. Very helpful. Support them.
  • Thursday, cacao smoothies, school run, house cleaning day, worked at the clubhouse, nap, first covid19 case confirmed in SA, shopping for Mia’s camping trip – we found Mia a new sleeping bag, cooked mexican food for supper again, finished watching Zombieland 2 – not as good as the first one, but entertaining.
  • How I Built This : Casey Neistat – very cool podcast episode!
  • Friday, vanilla Wazoogles smoothies for breakfast, school run, Franschhoek, home office, watched Mia’s water polo match using my new new camera, watched the next Spider Man movie on Netflix, while Mia packed for camp.
  • Rule number 2: don’t be lame.
  • “In physical terms, stress happens when something wants to be in two places at one time. In mental terms, stress is an inability to decide what’s important.” — Happiness Is Peace in Motion

  • Saturday, we made green smoothies, I took some photos at a school event, dropped Mia off with all her camping gear, chilled afternoon at home, Campari and sushi with Adrian at the clubhouse, swim, nap – that turned into a 12 hour sleep.
  • “First class on the titanic.” — Adrian, about Pearl Valley

  • I deleted Mia’s Instagram app, the fallout should be somewhat amusing. Maybe she does not notice.
  • It’s ok to be weird. Not being weird is a bit strange – and a lot of work.
  • Sunday, up early, year planning with some earl grey tea, podcast walk around the golf course, mail server tinkering, some Capture One learning – getting used to it, made some mexican food for supper again, device upgrades and backups, watched The Host on Netflix while catching up on some blogging – entertaining movie.
  • Capture One Pro mini review: So far I like it. I did not want to get a subscription like you need for Lightroom. You get a discount on C1 if you have a Sony camera. Looks like I’ll be needing a faster computer though. It’s pretty resource hungry, and RAW photo files are not getting any smaller.
  • I finally set up SPF, DKIM and DMARC for my personal mail server. Not trivial or quick. This Mail Test works well.
  • Going to try harder to not sprinkle my time, like I’m feeding a goldfish. Chunk by day. Weekly themes. Pomodoro etc.
  • Keep an eye on the doom porn virus news. Those reinvection reports scare me. Enjoy the little things. Stay safe.
  • Lastly, it always feels good to press ‘publish’ on these posts for some reason – maybe because it can be a struggle to catch up on two weeks of notes. Not sure if I’m reaching 0 or 99 readers – not sure it’s important. LLAP.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Star Trek vs Star Wars…

Pearl Valley
  • Week of 24 February to 1 March.
  • Monday, up early, school run, home office, parent teacher meetings – Mia seems to be doing well, watched some water polo training, nap, sunset audiobook walk.
  • Tuesday, school run, Fhk, home office, Skype chat with Charl about personal hosting ideas, house shopping with Mia, sunset walk, dinner at the clubhouse.
  • The Modern Struggle Is Fighting Weaponized Addiction
  • Communication and information technology seems to be some of the few areas that have continued growing over the last 30 years. It’s a good thing I find that fun. I’ve been listening to Zero to One again.
  • Pretty sure I don’t sleep as well with all these school run mornings.
  • Wednesday, school run, Boschendal breakfast, got a Sony RX10 mk4 at Orms, Cape Town office, camera OS upgrade, watched Mia’s water polo game and used my new camera – she scored 3 goals and they won, seafood pizza at Allora in Franschhoek to celebrate, played with Capture One – lots to learn – feels fairly similar to Aperture.
  • Water Polo: a hooligan’s game played by hooligans. Mia seems to like it.
  • Sony RX10 mini review: This camera was released in 2017, but probably still the best all-in-one / bridge camera option. 600mm f4 is very cool. Nice to have wide angle and zoom in one lens. Battery seems to run out pretty quickly. It has a bit of a Fisher-Price feel to it, if you are used to bigger/pro DSLRs, but it’s compact, light and full featured.
  • “You can’t redistribute your way to prosperity.” — Peter Thiel

  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal, home office, watched Mia’s swimming gala, Paarl Mall, caught up on some admin.
  • I never liked Portishead.
  • Friday, school run, Big Dog Cafe, home office, late lunch at La Paris Birsto with Mia and a school friend, dropped Mia off at the school social, sunset walk.
  • Saturday, some admin, dropped Mia off, Campari with Adrian, lunch with Adrian and Paul at Die Werf – Boschendal – great meal, SGL at Boschendal.
  • Vue.js: The Documentary
  • Sunday, braai at Jacques’, helped him assemble a swimming pool.
  • Star Trek is more commie. Star Wars is more capitalist.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.