Monday, gym, visited Dirk in Stellenbosch with Anton, snoek braai with Michal and Dirk.
Tuesday, first day back at the office, fetched Mia from a birthday party.
Wednesday, breakfast with Mia, office, tea with Nigel, tea with Michael, Mia watched Die Hard and Iron Man 3, gluten free pizza at Posticino with Mia, Clifton 1st with Georg – Mia took a long swim and shivered for a while (afterdrop) – we played some frisbee, epic sunset, marzipan, time well spent.
Collagen is a food group, 20g per day.
Thursday, Mia slept for 12 hours, breakfast with Mia, general tinkering, late lunch at Da Vinci’s – Mia Mr Fox’d their 1kg ribs, Unframed ice cream, nap while Mia watched The Avengers, sunset promenade walk, watched Ant-Man again.
“First rule of design – does the thing do what it was designed to do?”
Friday, we walked to the Winchester for an extended buffet breakfast – with some Miss Molly, had to go change Mia’s bank card PIN while getting a car wash at the Gardens Centre, we found Mia a cool new school bag with wheels on special, Skype meeting, tinkered with my home router’s failover feature, Clifton 1st with Georg – Mia took a long swim again – nice sunset with a bag of cherries and some Miss Molly, Hussar Camps Bay steak dinner, time well spent.
“A life lived with purpose is a life well lived.”
Saturday, meeting at Trumpet Tree, Dirk’s 40th at Peter Falke, dropped Mia off, Al’s birthday in Mostertsdrift, good fun.
Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, La Vie, workshop day, epic nap, sunset promenade walk, watched Daddy’s Home 1.
Yeah, this post is a bit late again, holiday time with Mia.
Monday, breakfast in Pringle Bay, caught up with some photo processing and blogging, extended beach outing with Jacques, Mia and Charlotte, ice cream, braai, drove back to Cape Town.
“I don’t have a dog in this hunt.”
Tuesday, tea, macro planning, backups, chia and fruit breakfast, Mia found the 16 Personalities test again and this time she’s an ENFP, used to be ESFJ, lunch at La Vie, tinkered with testpmd while Mia watched Spiderman 2, sunset promenade walk, had to replace the battery in my Chipolo BLE keyning sooner than I had hoped, watched Iron Man – reminder that engineering should be fun.
Wednesday, Linux tinkering, Waterfront, Gibsons burger and a huge milkshake, we watched Daddy’s Home 2 – super fun movie, book shop – got Snow Crash for Mia, extended sunset promenade walk – good chats, bloody mary and a light supper at Lily’s, time well spent.
Turns out Snow Crash is lame.
I think I see some post-festive season fasting in my future.
Pro tip: good week of the year to stock up on the big bottles of Body Shop shower gel.
Thursday, omelette at Knead with Mia, BIA machine, got some caps for our kayak trip – I can’t seem to keep a cap for longer than 6 months, supplement shopping, Waterfront, Bang & Olufsen shop, Lindt shop, visited Wouter’s office – very impressive building, watched Hancock again, mini-nap, watched Evita / Lloyd Webber musical at Artscape with Mia, time well spent.
The ability to create wealth is way more important than having money.
Friday, up early, sea kayak tour with Mia – Mia took a swim half way – we saw some dolphins and sun fish – very good fun, Mia watched Iron Man 2, drove to Bettys, nice swim, sunset braai, sounds like Mia did well in a Settlers of Catan game.
People should look after each other. Find your tribe.
Saturday, beach, swim, nap, Kleinmond Harbour fish and salad supper with Cath and Mia, epic sunset, played Battleships against Mia.
“Nobody knows anything, including me.”
Sunday, breakfast in Bettys, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, tea with Dirk in Stellenbosch, extended podcast promenade walk.
End of 2017, diminishing return curves and learning more…
Week of 25-31 December.
Monday, cooked a xmas champagne breakfast with Jacques, watched Star Wars ep VI with Mia, quick visit to Rossouw and Elise’s, drove to Melkbosstrand, Mia had a swim, family braai in Melkbos.
“Laat weet my wanneer julle weer die A-span speel.” — Jacques, about Springbok rugby and sports politics.
Tuesday, played with tmux and syslog-ng, xmas left-overs lunch, tinkered with VPP and discovered Unbound, late afternoon Melkbos family beach outing, braai at Jacques’.
Wednesday, watched Baby Driver again – great movie, missed some solitude and silence so went back to Sea Point for a while, visited Anton’s new house in Tamboerskloof – chatted crypto currencies, nap, sunset promenade walk.
Makes a big difference if something is built with love, care and passion.
Thursday, played with KVM, braai at Anton’s with Georg.
Friday, podcast gym session, breakfast for lunch with Warwick and Giles in Cavendish, burger at Hudsons Kloof Street with Paul, Up Yours, Van Hunks, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Saturday, fetched Mia, drove to Pringle Bay, outing to the beach and lagoon, braai at Jacques’, watched Die Hard again – great movie.
Sunday, breakfast in Pringle Bay, Hangklip Hotel, nap, sunset podcast beach walk, rainy nye braai at Jacques’, in bed by 23:00ish.
The rate at which you need to learn, and the scope of knowledge you need to build up to be a good DevOps / NetDevOps / full stack developer is rather frighting, or perfect if you enjoy learning. Nothing speeds up learning like a good practical reason to figure something out.
So long 2017. Hmm. Kinda feel like I gravitated towards a few diminishing return curves. Not learning enough. Been having lots of fun learning new things over the last few weeks, so all is not lost. I think 2018 needs to be more macro goal orientated. It could just be that weekly journalling is not the best way to look back on a year. I need a macro journal again.
Monday, gym, walked to the office, lunchtime One Juice visit, attempted some remote pair programming with Sublime, tinkered with docker-compose and some Python code, figured out how to use a jump box for ssh port port forwarding.
Tuesday, Python hacking, played with Sublime, git and pipenv to create dev environments, gym, lamb and broccoli supper with some swiss chocolate.
Wednesday, last minute vitality health test booking, gym, walked to the office, sunset promenade walk, in bed early.
“I just checked out your old-school site. Love it.” — Derek Sivers (-:
Thursday, got a Wolfkop ticket, Vitality health check at Wellness Warehouse – life is too short for the Discovery Store and their attitude, very happy with my cholesterol test result, omelette at Clark’s, office, haircut at Wim’s, software testing, mini-nap, Clifton 1st with Georg, Karla and Excelda, followed by the usual chicken skewers at La Vie.
Health test results:
Total cholesterol: 4.6 (26% down from 5 weeks ago)
I managed to keep my Diamond status, Vitality age = 38. Ended the year with over 53k points. Lame that you can lose points for BMI – what a joke of a metric.
“Modern medicine is like throwing eggs off a building and asking doctors to catch them.”
I started making list of things I need to complete at Octotel by Feb.
Friday, last Octotel software updates for the year, gym, fetched Mia, walked to the Waterfront and stopped for a drink at The Radisson, dinner at Tasha’s, gelato, book shop – found Mia a book: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.
Mia says she read ten books over the last two weeks – reread Harry Potter and School for Good and Evil series. A lot more reading than I did as a child.
Saturday, up early, backups, Mia made breakfast, tinkered with a Bitcoin thing, xmas gift shopping at the Waterfront, earl grey tea and the Melissa’s grand breafast, we watched Star Wars ep VIII at the VIP cinema – entertaining – good suspension of disbelief time – better than the last one – Mia liked it, promenade walk, xmas drinks shopping, a Cape Town G&T with Georg at La Vie, watched Contact – epic movie – Mia enjoyed it, time well spent.
Star Wars sans Han feels a bit nerdy.
Sunday, breakfast with Mia, xmas shopping with Jacques, he walked through Ultra filling up a trolly like that scene from Leaving Las Vegas, bloody mary’s with Jacques, family xmas dinner.
Monday, I sent Derek Sivers an email, backups, late afternoon La Vie supper with Heleen, ended the relationship with Heleen. Breakups are not fun.
Tuesday, not the best morning, walked to the office, server install – with some friends – for a friend, figured I needed some new ssh keys – ed25519 format, played with Salt.
Wednesday, made some ascii art, office, afterwork burger at Jerry’s with Georg, tinkered with Salt Cloud and libvirt.
Be resourceful. Walk through walls.
Thursday, gym, sunset walk, read a book about Salt.
Everything is virtual now.
Friday, office – new software release day, tinkered with virt-manager, evening out with Georg, Roast & Co dinner in Heritage Square – good food, we walked to The Secret Gin Bar – bumped into Christo – I had a heart remedy G&T, Aces & Spades.
We pretty much built a full OSS/BSS system for Octotel over the last 10 months. I think it’s kinda cool. Still some parts to automate, but it supports all the business processes now, with web interfaces for staff and ISPs, all via REST APIs.
I wish Paul Carr would write something profound again.
Saturday, a disprin and rehydrat kinda morning, tinkered with DPDK in a VM, Van Hunks with Georg, Anton, Diabi, Claus and Michael – until they closed.
Had a few nice flow states this week. Learning and creating. I think I understand Salt, KVM, LVM, SR-IOV, DPDK, VPP, FRR, Docker and VNFs a bit better now. I built a linux kernel again, for the first time since maybe 2009, it creates about 10GB of binaries, crazy.
Sunday, more disprins and rehydrat, more NFV hacking – deep nerding – lost some time, White Russians at La Vie with Georg.
Monday, tea, backups, worked at home while Mia watched the first Lord of the Rings movie – not my idea, we found Mia some new shoes, podcast drive to drop Mia off at a friend’s party, found a 10m measuring tape for Mia’s shot put hobby, nap, cooked some broccoli and kefir shots with Heleen.
Raise resourceful children.
“Stupid is normal.”
Tuesday, gym, office, clicked around shipping tracking websites, showed somebody Jacques’ car, software testing, got some new GPON toys, found some ghee, Kauai Vitality voucher breakfast for supper (was out of ideas).
I’m still on the 6g VitC per day plan. I think it might be working.
Wednesday, office, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Dan and Heleen, quick promenade walk to get 10k steps.
How many companies could you still start, with the energy / health-span you have?
One good reason for longevity… I figure it takes most people until around 35 to find and fix themselves.
Thursday, ghee in my TiTea, gym, office, wrote a newsletter, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Cath and Heleen – great swimming water temperature, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, vegan ice cream, in bed a bit late.
“Bitcoin isn’t a bubble. It’s the pin.” — Simon Dingle
Friday, office, dev meeting, Jacques fetched a server, extended Clifton 1st visit with Georg, Cath and Heleen, stayed on the beach till well after dark, Mojo market, time well spent.
Keep learning and researching. Things seem much less intimidating if you encounter them a 2nd time.
Saturday, breakfast at La Vie, started a broccoli sprouting project with Heleen, lunch at Helemhuijs with Paul, Darryl and Felix – very good – have not seen Felix since aB 2015, walked around De Waterkant, wine tour with Heleen, drove to Beau Constantia – which was a bit lame, Buitenverwachting – which was very nice, Chapmans Peak Hotel visit, we made some gluten-free wraps, 11h sleep.
Sunday, up early, gym, breakfast with Jacques at Harvest Cafe in Bo Kaap, we installed Debian 9.3 on a quad core Xeon server with 32GB memory – NVMe drives are crazy fast, braai with Wouter, Rene and Alex, fell asleep learning about SR-IOV.
Page 701 is going to be exciting. Listen to the Tim Urban interview with Tim Ferriss.
I went full hippie and now use organic shampoo and conditioner.
Being over 40 is all about avoiding chronic inflammation and muscle loss.
Wednesday, walked to gym, podcast walk to the office, some sysadmin tasks, backups, photo processing, new major version of the Octotel automation system went live, I took 10g of VitC in total through the day.
The JP diet. Maybe Jacques will go gluten free now.
Thursday, mobility routine, walked to the office, data migration day, vitB shot, hardware shopping list refactoring at La Vie with a glass of Chardonnay, in bed early.
Friday, just in time hardware shopping before Jacques arrives back from London, gym, fetched Mia from her last day of school for 2017 and had a nice lunch at Vergelegen to celebrate, afternoon at Dirk’s house – we chatted about Instagram for anti-social people, just in time visit to the Waterfront VIP cinemas to watch Justice League – which I thought was rather lame, but Mia seemed to like it, epic weather, walked around the Volvo Ocean Race exhibition again and let Mia do the excavator challenge, I finished it in 48sec this time, fish and calamari for supper, vegan ice cream, in bed early, time well spent.
“acting like the Doomsday Clock has a snooze button.” — Justice League
Context before conversation. Reverse polish notation.
Saturday, backups and reading – nerdy rabbit hole as usual, brunch at Blue Cafe in Tamboerskloof with Mia – the full monty with kefir shots, we watched 12 Monkeys – Mia enjoyed it, cooked Mia some broccoli.
I’ve consumed at least 200g of collagen in last 30 days.
Sunday, made Mia some breakfast and watched Pitch Black, lunch at with Georg and Mia at Manga in Mouille Point – the food was pretty average, but the dessert was rad, watched The Chronicles of Riddick with a Famous Grouse, braai at home, wrote a blog post about How To Browse The Web, watched Riddick, sunset promenade walk with Mia, we watched The Prestige – great Nolan movie – Mia was somewhat confused, but it was cool to see her work it out.
Step 1) Install Firefox. You want an independent browser. No evil empires.
If you are unsure about Step 1, watch an Enron documentary or two, and then go for a long walk.
Step 2) Install some plugins for Firefox. You need:
a) Privacy Badger, from the EFF. You know who the EFF are right?
b) HTTPS Everywhere. Also EFF, and Aaron Swartz was involved is this plugin, you know who that is right? Watch: The Internet’s Own Boy.
c) uBlock Origin. Because the brightest minds of our generation are building “AdTech”, yet ads are _still_ lame, and because 0.1% of humans (muppets) click on ads, we have to endure this foolish torture, or just block them.
10 Years of Quick Updates, brain food and heavy machinery…
Week of 20-26 November.
Health week 3/4. Actually I took a bit of a break, because of some bio marker processing.
Seems this past Sunday was the 10 year anniversary of my first Quick Update blog post, 20 November 2007. 10 years, 499 Quick Updates – I skipped a few week early on. In April 2016 I discovered Instagram, and started adding 10 photos per week to each post. Should have done that sooner.
Monday, podcast listening school run, gym, catch up with Theo in Stellenbosch, office, I somehow discovered the Cavium ThunderX platform and had to nerd out on that for a while, a whisky at Harvey’s with Heleen.
Some bio markers can be a bit demoralising. Make sure you want to know and hack them. The ones that change slowly or point to genetics are tricky. You can fix things like VitD, VitB and fat loss in 4 weeks, but connective tissue, muscle strength, cholesterol, testosterone seems to be a 90 day project, at the very least. My brazil nuts and B3 hack did not work. New plan next week.
I think I need to get my Apo E genotype data.
Tuesday, worked at home for a while, walked to the office, dev meeting, phone chat with Jonathan – the official start of a new project, lunchtime walk, cooked some broccoli with Heleen.
Wednesday, walked to the office, new software release to test, phone chat with Jacques, post-sunset podcast promenade walk.
Thursday, office, showed somebody Jacques’ car, worked fairly late, watched Glazunov’s Violin Concerto at the Town Hall with Heleen – thanks for the tickets Georg.
“Better to look fit, than be fit.”
Friday, gym and some stretching in the outdoor area, office, site survey and a meeting in Newlands, I introduced Dirk to Sababa lunches, Myog, after work drinks on the roof, took Heleen some flowers, kinda wanted to go to the beach but it was pretty windy, sunset drive with Heleen, ended up having some oysters at the Mojo Market – brain food, vodka grenadine shots at La Vie.
6 weeks of Vitality active rewards in a row.
Can you squat with your heels together, and your heels on the ground, bum all the way down, and stay there for 30sec? Narrow stance squat, but feet touching.
Saturday, slow morning, did some reading and hardware shopping, lunch at Harvey’s, Wine at The Winchester festival with Paul – fun afternoon – very good Oak Valley Chardonnay, La Vie.
Sunday, lunch and more brain food at The Roundhouse with Heleen, we walked around the Volvo Ocean Race exhibition at the Waterfront and I completed the excavator race in 68 seconds – seems operating heavy machinery is fun, vegan ice cream, nap, watched Murder on the Orient Express at the Labia – perfect Labia movie, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
Monday, walked to the office, server hardware list reading, gym, promenade walk with Heleen, cooked some broccoli, some reading about Salt.
Heleen first kiss 2016, a year ago on Monday.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu
I think I need to get my avg weight to 85kg.
“The future is the future we will.”
I started reading Hackers again. The hacker ethic.
Tuesday, walked to the office, dev catch up, One Juice smoothie, mini nap, went to go claim some Vitality Rewards vouchers at Kauai at the Waterfront – because that’s the closest one, a drink at Van Hunks with Anton, Georg and Heleen.
“Which business are you most proud of?” Heleen asked me this. I could not really answer, sadly.
I figured out again that I must learn Salt. I have a project in mind.
“The world runs on luck.”
Wednesday, walked to gym, office, podcast promenade walk, cooked some broccoli, ate 20 brazil nuts before bed.
Blood tests – 3 months gluten-free, 1 month functional medicine treatments, 6 weeks since last test. This round I just tested vitD, cholesterol, lipoprotein(a) and testosterone. I should really only test every three months, but I figured a few interim data points could be interesting.
“Get a dog. Get married. Sauna.” — Jacques’ idea of health hacking cardiovascular risk.
Friday, gym, fetched Mia, Dirk visit, rib eye steaks at Eikendal with Mia – watched Mia eat a 500g rare steak – I guess she needs the protein, health nerd podcast drive, sunset promenade walk.
Saturday, up early, tea, phone OS upgrades, backups, papaja, avo and blueberries breakfast, smoothie at One Juice, fetched my blood data – vitD looks much better (55) and total testosterone is up, but the rest needs work, gift and biltong shopping at the Waterfront, took Mia to a friend’s birthday party, worked on some design ideas at the Waterstone Woolworths – I’m still enjoying Sketch, fetched Mia, dark chocolate, in bed early.
Safe to say my brazil nuts and niacin / B3 hacking did not work.
I should probably add that, even though I’m not super happy with my latest blood tests, I’m feeling a lot better than a few weeks ago. I guess it takes 3 months.
Mia is now 165.5cm tall.
Sunday, up early, processed some notes, catch up with Ben and Warwick at Geovanni’s – our usual chat about deep buffer switches and packet loss, brunch at Knead with Mia, Clifton 1st afternoon with Mia, Heleen and Georg – and a beagle that kept sniffing for snacks, gluten free pizza at Posticino’s, Mia and I watched As Good As It Gets with a tub of blueberries, time well spent.
Reason and accountability (-:
I suspect I have a thing for olive-green swimsuits.
Health week 1/4. Aiming for single digit body fat.
Monday, grapefruit with Mia, school run, gym – 100kg bench ORM, office, late afternoon nap, Korean food and Soju at Galbi for Heleen’s birthday.
Do low rows at gym.
Interesting how everybody knows their fat percentage, but not their muscle percentage. I’m 47% muscle, if I trust the BIA machine.
Tuesday, worked from home, haircut at Yogi’s, AfricaCom visit, La Vie with Heleen and Nadia, windy Seacom party at The Grand Beach.
On raising kids: Jeff and his wife let their kids use sharp knives since they were four and soon had them wielding power tools, because if they hurt themselves, they’d learn. Jeff says his wife’s perspective is “I’d much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid.”, “I multi-task serially.” — 15 life hacks from Jeff Bezos
Pro tip: be afraid if your girlfriend starts talking about cutting her hair short.
Wednesday, gym, AfricaCom visit, catch up with Dave, Cumulus Networks, Workonline yacht cruise from the Waterfront to Clifton with Ed, Ben and Nick – which was very cool, phone chat with Mia, Teraco Open Access party an the aquarium – which was painfully lame – had to leave.
Thursday, up early, walked to the office, sunset promenade walk, hacked some UI designs with Sketch and Zeplin.
Hack yourself. Scale yourself. Be an engineer and an artist. Build creative teams.
I feel much stronger after last three weeks of gym and health hacking. No such thing as free will. Productivity is brain chemistry.
Friday, early Lions Head hike with Ian, office, dev meeting, mexican food with Paul at Fuego, gym, Clifton 2 walk with Wouter – interesting chats about datacentres, drinks with Georg and Al.
Saturday, tinkered with Docker, walked over the road for a late lunch with Paul at La Vie – nice Oak Valley Chardonnay, epic nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, low carb ice cream, some reading about Kubernetes and Terraform.
“First will what is necessary, and then love what you will.”
Sunday, grapefruit, tea, photo processing, backups, mobility routine, gym, cooked some broccoli, bottled some vitamins for the week, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, blogging, in bed early, reading, time well spent.
Health week 4/4. 3 Vitality Active Reward goals in a row.
I went full health nerd this week. Brocolli, Kale, Eggs, Brazil nuts.
Monday, mobility routine, chia, glutamine and collagen mix, walked to gym – the sunny outdoor gym area is fun, office, sunset podcast walk – 22k steps, podcast broccoli and kale cooking, glutamine, collagen, fish oil, reading, 150g of protein for the day.
I figured I should try some old school gym routines and supplement for a while. All those gym rats can’t be wrong.
My podcast queue is down to 20ish. I think I’m a bit over Tim Ferriss, his last few shows have been pretty boring.
Tuesday, office, sunset podcast promenade walk, t-bone steak at the legendary Sea Point steak restaurant that is Buzbey Grill with Heleen – it was the chef’s last night.
If you can write, you should. So many people are scared of public writing.
I suspect I’m not very efficient, but I’m pretty effective.
Wednesday, up at 5:00, mobility routine and TiTea, gym – I can bench press my body weight again, office, a juice at Strolla and a walk with Michael, sunset promenade walk, cooked some broccoli.
What environment can I create for maximum learning in 2018? Goldilocks zone.
Thursday, walked to the office, dev meeting, caught the 5pm VIP cinema show at the Waterfront – mostly to just chill out and do nothing, Blade Runner 2049 again – I figured it was worth another watch – beautiful visuals – can’t say I changed my review ideas.
Data are. Data is. Messes with my head.
Friday, some early morning network testing, gym, dev meeting, another dev meeting, read about GIS servers, Myog, sunset podcast promenade walk, dinner at Heleen’s, attempted to watch some Netflix, but failed.
Health hacking is going well. 7.3kg transformation in 4 weeks. Not super amazing, but steady progress.
Saturday, kinda got the date wrong for Sam’s wedding, a walk down Sea Point main road to visit the Thai and Chinese shops – got some ginseng tubes, fetched Mia from a party, a quick catch up with Dirk in Stellenbosch, a visit to Joostenberg Bistro with Paul and Nicola, podcast drive back to Cape Town – I played Mia the MGMT Time to Pretend episode of Song Exploder, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s with a norcal margarita and some inception tic tac toe (see below), vegan ice cream at Unframed, breakfast food shopping – Mia loves making breakfast, we watched Star Trek again (the first recent reboot), time well spent.
I think I need to update me personal website soon. Content is very old.
“You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” — Oogway, Mia and I had a chat about being present and being curious.
Sunday, up early, tinkered with an app idea, supplement shopping with Mia, Waterfront – we found some new beach hats, figured I needed some swimming trunks, extended book shop visit, found a pretty big watermelon and cut it up, Clifton 2nd with Heleen and some norcal marganitas – nice cold swims and a beach walk – Mia finished the book she bought earlier, rice free sushi at Nuri with Mia – she seems to like sushi now, low carb ice cream, in bed early.
My next blood tests are in 10 days time. I’m struggling to find other health nerds to do the blood biomarker tests. Track what you hack.