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Quick Update

Swimming and saunas…

The Longtable
  • Week of 5-11 November.
  • Monday, office, dev catch up, omelette at Knead, management meeting, Greek salad with halumi at Mykonos Taverna, tinkering and hardware shopping at La Vie.
  • Tuesday, up early, played with a PS4, gym, swim, sauna, sunset walk.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, Nu, wifi troubleshooting.
  • The History of Unix
  • Thursday, office, dev meeting, Woodstock, data fixing, walked home, podcast nap, extended sunset podcast walk, dinner at the Waterfront, phone chat with Paul.
  • Friday, work, Woodstock visit, biltong shopping, fetched Mia, gym, swim, sauna, smoothie, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, ribs at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
  • I suspect I managed to induce a classical music ear worm in Mia – seems you have many more ear worms when younger.
  • Saturday, started a new project – did a little mvp branding workshop, made omelettes, device upgrades and backups, braai at Jacques’, time well spent.
  • Radical pragmatic centrism – my latest political ideas.
  • “Alexa, play Fleetwood Mac!”

  • Sunday, breakfast at Jacques’, late lunch at The Longtable at Haskell – great Chardonnay, Clifton 1st sunset with Mia and Georg, brain food and bubbly at the Mojo market – Mia seems to like oysters now, time well spent.
  • I introduced Mia to the 6 Alien movies. I remember watching Aliens when I was 10yo, in the cinemas around 1986 – crazy scary – but still one of my all time favourite movies.
  • “Did you name your laptop Ripley?” — Mia

  • Tune of the week: Re:Stacks, Bon Iver

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Speak softly and carry a big idea…

Sea Point
  • Week of 29 October to 4 November.
  • Monday, woke up in Botrivier, made Mia some scrambled eggs, school run – epic views from Sir Lowry’s pass over the cloud cover below, WW Cafe, gym, swim, sauna, podcast nap, sunset promenade walk, excellent salad at Mykonos taverna.
  • Sleep: car wash for your brain.
  • Tuesday, office, mid day visit to De Waterkant, long afternoon meeting, podcast promenade walk.
  • Wednesday, work, Nu – interesting meeting, Korean supper down the road with some spicy kimchi.
  • Thursday, work, a few interesting phone calls, omelette at Nu, gym, swim, sauna, Green Point Park walk, nap, general tinkering at La Vie.
  • “Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem.” — Tyler

  • Pivot me bro
  • Friday, office, backups, dinner at Raj Camps Bay with Georg, Al and Adrian, time well spent.
  • Saturday, made bloody marys with extra lime, pretty much drank bubbly and watched sci-fi – seemed like a good idea, watched 2010 (the sequel to 2001) – not bad, drinks with Georg and Adrian, time well spent.
  • I remember being on IRC when I heard about 9/11.
  • We’re lucky to be able to build things. Smart people like to hang out with smart people.
  • Sunday, rainy day, watched a few episodes of Hamiltons Pharmacopeia – finished watching season 1, nap, steak dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill in Mouille Point with Georg, watched Primer – strange movie – pretty involved plot.
  • Tune of the week: Air On The G String, J. S. Bach

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Writers live twice…

Hemel en Aarde
  • Week of 22-28 October.
  • Monday, school run, low carb breakfast, gym, work, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg and Sarah, time well spent.
  • I restored some backups this week! Joy! They were less than 12 hours old. It pays to have backups. Screw you entropy.
  • I got a blog mention.
  • Tuesday, up early, office, sunset promenade walk, watched Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia.
  • “Don’t believe everything they say. I have fibre that was advertised as Bolt-speed. If it’s as fast as Bolt, I’m afraid he is on crutches!” — Found on FB

  • Wednesday, office, dinner with Jacques at La Vie.
  • Thursday, office, interesting chat at The Yard at The Silo District, a beer or two at Ferryman’s, braai at Dan’s house with Georg, watched more Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, well, not really – fell asleep pretty quickly, time well spent.
  • Friday, office, lunch at Kleinsky’s, a few drinks at the Mojo Market with Michael and Phil, in bed early.
  • Saturday, general tinkering, lunch at Mill House Cafe at Lourensford – dining alone, fetched Mia, road trip to Botrivier, stayed at Arcangeli Wines, Portuguese dinner at Manny’s, we watched Black Hawk Down – great movie.
  • Sunday, gourmet brunch at Wildekrans Wines, Hemel en Aarde road trip, Creation – great chardonnay, Domain de Deux – a favourite since 2015, sushi at the Hermanus new harbour, nap, Bot Rivier town visit, sunset vineyard walk with Mia, photo processing, time well spent.
  • Ataraxia: a state of serene calmness.
  • My iPhone photo counter wrapped past 10k photos – I think that’s a first.
  • Tune of the week: Christian Loffler live at Fontaine de Vaucluse for Cercle
  • Learn. Create. Make good art. Enjoy your life.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Running out of interesting topics…

Clifton 1st
  • Week of 15-21 October.
  • Monday, office, dev catch up, lunchtime walk, sunset podcast promenade walk, general tinkering.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, Green Point Park walk, catch up with Nick at Nu, bought three Udemy courses.
  • Less FB time, more learning.
  • Radiolab and 99pi used to be really good. The last few episodes were painful to listen to. Have we run out of interesting topics?
  • Wednesday, work, dev meeting, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Fighting the Commies. I’m now supporting Afriforum.
  • Thursday, office, watched Mia’s swimming gala, Melkbos beach with Mia, Jacques, Marietjie, Charlotte and Nesquik (the lab), early supper at Damhuis, dropped Mia off, a glass of wine at Anton’s house, Van Hunks with Anton and Georg, time well spent.
  • Friday, office, fetched Mia from school and had a quick meeting with one of her teachers, biltong shopping, chilled afternoon, dinner with Wouter, Rene and John.
  • Saturday, birthday present shopping with Mia in the Waterfront, a quick visit to Jacques and Marietjie’s for Charlotte’s birthday, road trip to Bettys with Mia, nice dinner and 30 Seconds game.
  • Sunday, woke up in Bettys Bay, nice brunch, Elgin Railway Market with Mia, gourmet burgers, Chardonnay and liquorice ice cream at The Pool Room in Grabouw, Clifton 1st with Mia and Georg, two swims, epic sunset, photo processing, time well spent.
  • “That’s why we have these pointy teeth.” — About eating meat.

  • IDW – the new Linux, for podcast nerds.
  • Culture wars. Equality vs liberty. Justice vs progress. That NPC meme is funny.
  • “Do things differently in ways that work.” — About creativity.

  • Dark mode has won. Only took ten years.
  • I’ve kinda started using Twitter again. Follow me. I’m almost at 1k followers.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Fighting the Commies

Handy list of civil rights groups and a podcast to support in South Africa

After a bit of research, I’d strongly suggest you go support these guy, especially if you live in South Africa. I’m giving them money every month, you should too. Go like their Facebook pages, follow them on Twitter and give them money.

The Renegade Report : Facebook : Twitter : Monthly Payment – Patreon card payment

IRR : Facebook : Twitter : Monthly Payment – Payfast card payment

AfriForum : Facebook : Twitter : Monthly Payment – debit order, they will phone you

Don’t say you did not know, and you did not have a chance to influence where South Africa is heading!

ps. let me know if you find more of these.

UPDATE 19 Oct

A few people commented. Two more options to support below. A fair amount of criticism of the IRR. Maybe double check that you agree with the IRRs messaging before you support them.

Helpende Hand
GOSA : Gun Owners of South Africa

Quick Update

Pigs, Patreon, Cointreau…

Clifton
  • Week of 8-14 October.
  • Monday, office, management meeting, breakfast for lunch at Knead, podcast walk, fish and chips special at Quay Four with Georg – first beer in more than a year, watched Seven again – great movie.
  • Nutrition is replacing religion for a lot of people.
  • Understanding ~unix and networking is probably a multiplying skill as much as coding is.
  • I’m now supporting The Renegade Report on Patreon. You should too!
  • Tuesday, work, backups, mobility routine, gym, swim, Green Point Park walk, podcast promenade walk, game steaks at Hussar.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, Stellenbosch visit, late afternoon La Vie drink with Nick, sunset promenade walk.
  • Thursday, office, dinner at the Waterfront again, made a cocktail or two.
  • Friday, work, gym, ribeye steak at Primal Eatery with Adrian and Georg, a Talisker at Hanks, HQ.
  • Saturday, general tinkering, walked to the Waterfront, watched Recce – good movie, a Belgian beer at Den Anker, Clifton 1ts sunset with Georg, Aris Souvlavki, Tiramisu and Cointreau at La Perla, time well spent.
  • Sunday, braai at Justin’s place in Constantia – with a small pig and techno, epic nap, blogging.
  • Tune of the week: Mazzy Star – Fade Into You

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Switch on summer, from a slot machine…

Oudekraal
  • Week of 1-7 October.
  • Hello Summer.
  • This post is late, sorry dear blog readers, I’ve been distracted. I’ve been fighting commies, I think.
  • Monday, school holiday, woke up in Bakoven, work, Mia and I took Romeo for a walk on Beta beach and then Camps Bay beach, braai with Georg in Bakoven with some Fleetwood Mac, time well spent.
  • Lesson of the week: what gets measured gets managed.
  • “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” — Mark Twain

  • Tuesday, just a random Tuesday, let’s be honest, I had at least two, maybe three things to feel bad about, things I said, hmm, Hussar steak for lunch with Mia, work, watched Whiplash – great movie, we watched The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Theatre on The Bay – good show, go watch it, time well spent.
  • I think it’s good to badly embarrass yourself from time to time. Keeps you humble.
  • “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good Job’.” — Whiplash

  • Wednesday, work, we made scrambled eggs and avo, watched Infinity Express at the planetarium with Mia, Jacques and Charlotte, a walk around the museum, Company Gardens cafe, braai with Jacques, time well spent.
  • The upgraded planetarium is rad.
  • “Only the Sith speak in absolutes.” — Jacques

  • Thursday, up early, data fixes, work, we took Romeo far a walk around Oudekraal beach, Posticino pizza in Hout Bay, Hout Bay beach walk, we watched Moon, time well spent.
  • Friday, we made scrambled eggs and avo, watched Venom – very entertaining, found Mia a new book to read, dropped Mia off with her mom, chardonnay and Bodzin – what an epic set, time well spent.
  • Not my circus. Not my Monkeys.
  • Saturday, fruit salad, meeting day, hacked together a little python script, Georg, Adrian and I tested our limits with some Indian food, Bodzin and wine, time well spent.
  • Sunday, woke up at around 14:00, new record, mostly listened to some Bach (which made me want to watch Seven) and tried to find my elbow, Clifton 1st beach day with Romeo, braai with Dennis and Hugo, time well spent.
  • Less time wasting, more learning.
  • Tune of the week: Cat Stevens – Where Do the Children Play
  • Romeo loves Cat Stevens.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

I love sleeping…

Fibre
  • Week of 24-30 September.
  • This post is a bit late.
  • Monday, public holiday, packed up at Wolfkop, roadtrip with Paul, we stopped at our regular brunch spot – De Tol Padstal, Chardonnay on Paul’s lawn in Stellenbosch, pizza, NIN, watched Ray – good movie.
  • Tuesday, rainy day, woke up Stellenbosch, omelette at Basic Bistro, dumped some camping gear in storage, macOS 10.4 upgrade day – pretty painless, seem that after being away for a few days it takes 1/2 a day to get everything checked, synced, processed, read, downloaded, backed up, charged, upgraded and published again, watched 13 Hours – good movie.
  • I downloaded a podcast at Paul’s house on his 4 Mbps wireless link… we quickly forget how far we have come with fibre internet.
  • Mojave dark mode takes some getting used to – the light borders are a bit odd and it’s strange if some parts are fully white while the rest is dark – like web browsing and mail. Aperture still works fine.
  • I added 10 FB friends this week, but in general my FB friends number has not been growing for the last year or two… hmm, wonder if I’m less social these days.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, data fixing, Teraco tour, chateaubriand steak at Hussar Mouille Point.
  • Thursday, office, dev meeting, data fixing, omelette for supper, podcast-nap, sunset podcast-walk, I’m behind with podcasts again.
  • Friday, work, fetched Mia, brunch at Vergelegen – start of the school holidays tradition, Waterfront, we watched Johnny English Strikes Again – not bad, lupper at Seelan, Kea tinkering, OS upgraded for Mia’s devices.
  • Brunch and lupper are the most important meals.
  • Been pondering some learn-create-multiplication-skills projects with Mia.
  • “Speaking, writing, psychology, design, conversation, 2nd language, persuasion, programming, meditation/focus.” — the Multiplying skills

  • Saturday, school holiday planning, gym – grid area – and swimming with Mia, fetched some keys, Blues and Chenin at Al’s event it Constantia, 4th annual Van Hunks potjiekos competition, Moro gelato, epic nap, watched The Greatest Showman – not bad for a musical.
  • Kinda forgot to add this to last week’s post, but I had a nice chat with Ben Brown at Wolfkop.
  • Sunday, we walked to La Perla, Campari for breakfast, great lunch, gelato, epic nap – kinda missed the beach mission plan, bubbly in Bakoven – looking after Romeo again, watched Mr Nobody on an Afrikaans ‘smart tv’ – odd movie.
  • Campari beats Aperol.
  • I think I value consistency, more than most people. But, in behaviour not thinking. We are too attached to what we believe. When last did you change your mind about something?
  • “As long as you don’t choose, everything remains possible.” — Mr Nobody

  • Slept a lot this week. Feeling good. I love sleeping.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Wolfkop and tea…

Promenade
  • Week of 17-23 September.
  • Health week: 5 of 6.
  • Monday, made a smoothie, Mia and I went for a high school interview and tour, omelette at Basic Bistro on our way through Stellenbosch, dropped Mia off at school, work, gym at Wembley Square, swim, work, vanilla bourbon tea at The Table Bay Hotel with Nick, iOS 12 and WatchOS 5 upgrade day.
  • Tuesday, up early, rainy day, office, sunset podcast promenade walk, dinner at Black Sheep with Georg, good sago pudding.
  • Holy shit, an AfrikaBurn ticket is R2k now.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, sunset audio book promenade walk, watched Empire of Dust.
  • Thursday, x-keto breakfast, gym, tea at the Cape Grace, dinner at Georg’s with some Kevin Arnold Shiraz.
  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

  • Wolfchops did not disappoint.
  • Tune of the week: NIN, Hurt

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Still here…

Green Point Park
  • Week of 9-15 September.
  • Health week: 4 of 6.
  • Monday, exogenous ketone breakfast, gym, feels like spring – finally, office, management meeting, lunchtime walk, found some new (non-Nike) entry level CrossFit shoes, audio book walk, nap, walked to the Waterfront.
  • Hoping crossfit shoe designers didn’t get the planned obsolescence brief, also Nike lost the plot, screw them.
  • Tuesday, mobility routine, tea, backups, work, cooked the More Life Labs Ultimate Brunch (TM), gym, spinning, swim, Green Point Park and sunset promenade walk.
  • I’m starting to think my omelette is the ultimate meal (see my Instagram feed). Easy to cook, nice to eat. Enough protein, enough fibre, enough monounsaturated fat (with some macadamia oil over the broc). Brunch of champions. One solid meal for the day.
  • How To Break Up
  • Hang more, from the pull-up bars. We were chimps once, we need to hang.
  • Wednesday, up early, gym, walked to the office, dev meeting, catch up with Jonathan, ribs special at Da Vinci’s, Moro gelato, watched the Apple event.
  • Watch S4 looks pretty cool. Now I just need to figure out two things. Will one of our super progressive mobile operators finally figure out how eSIM works (two years later), and can I deal with the ongoing annoyance of the Discovery emails telling me I have not reached they stupid ass goals. They do a really good job of making you hate them at least once a month.
  • I kinda remembered that the reason I don’t reach their goals might be that I never open their stupid app.
  • Thursday, up early, took my new trail shoes for a walk around Lions Head – had an almond milk flat white on the mountain, work, made the ultimate omelette again, work, gym, spinning, swim, Green Point Park walk, game steaks at Hussar again, yum, in bed early, time well spent.
  • I’ve been playing this game of… figure out which spinning instructors to avoid. So far I’m at 4/4. How hard can in be to play good music? 5fm listening muppets.
  • How to Fix Voting
  • Do what scares you!
  • “Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” — Naval

  • “My number one rule is never to compete with Elon in anything. I would never bet against Elon.” — Peter Thiel.

  • “The tracks stopped working.” — Peter Thiel, about not following all the usual paths.

  • If there is no risk, it’s not a real adventure.
  • “IYIs don’t deadlift.” — Nassim Taleb

  • After two weeks of fairly conservative political FB posts, I only lost about 0.6% of friends. I suspect the outrage-dimwits are a small percentage of people, at least in my experiment.
  • Friday, tea, mobility routine, catch up with Paul, walked to the office, telecon with Cumulus, meetings, epic nap, Wouter took a photo of my ‘just woke up from a nap’ look (see below), gym, swim, fetched Mia from a party.
  • Virgin Active announced that they will switch their saunas and steam rooms back on across the Western Cape from 1 October. Finally. I’d like to think my little campaign played some part in this. The Dictatorship Of The Minority – the most intolerant wins – Nassim Taleb.
  • Seasteading
  • Saturday, extend breakfast with Mia at The Winchester with some Miss Molly, Moro gelato at the Granger Bay market, French earl grey tea at the Table Bay Hotel, watched The Predator at the VIP cinemas with a Jamey – entertaining, Radisson Red rooftop, some Chardonnay at the Silo hotel (Willaston) bar, book shop lounging, walked to Lily’s, great paleo burger and amazing gluten free desert (apple and pecan) – nice dinner conversations with Mia, sunset promenade walk, perfect weather, watched parts of Van Helsing, in bed early, time well spent.
  • I’ve started drinking earl grey without milk.
  • Important to know who you are, what you like, and what you stand for. Make notes. Write… and share strong opinions.
  • Sunday, gym with Mia – grid area, swim, vitamin shopping, Sunday lunch leg of lamb at Jacques’ with some veggies from his garden, Waterfront, braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke, updated my FB, TW, IG profile pic and bio – was long overdue.
  • Tunes of the week: Baby Driver Soundtrack, how rad is that opening scene.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

How to Fix Voting

Ask everybody in the country to transfer some money (say R100) to the bank account of a political party they would like to support. Give people an 8 hour window to do this. Let the banks recon/verify it all and share the results the next day. Repeat this every year.

For bonus points, we only count your vote if you are not in any social grants or welfare database, and you are over 30 years old.

We already trust the banks with money. You can do all this in 2 minutes from your phone.

This will work in any country.

So simple.

Quick Update

If you ever get confused…

Green Point Park
  • Week of 3-9 September.
  • Health week: 3 of 6. Keto week.
  • Monday, Mia made a breakfast smoothie, school run, gym, swim, a walk around Stellenbosch with Alan, BIA machine visit, office, lunchtime walk, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Tuesday, mobility routine, walked to the office, dev catch up, promenade walk, brazil nut shopping, made an exotic mushroom omelette, food coma nap, gym, spinning, swim, dinner with Wouter.
  • First spinning class in forever. It was fun.
  • “The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfilment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” — Stanley Kubrick

  • Watch: Tainted Heroes. If you grew up in South Africa in the 80s and 90s and you were too young to make sense of these events, it’s a very interesting two hours.
  • Wednesday, I threw away two pairs of Nikes, office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, green tea at Nu, game steak kebab at Hussar, yum.
  • I’ve been assisting Virgin Active with their “different initiatives” related to getting their sauna infrastructure back online. Virgin Active Muppets Part Deux – bring our saunas back!
  • Mia wrote her first exams this week.
  • “I promise I will never be your friend…no matter what…ever.” — Hotel Chevalier

  • Thursday, work, exogenous ketone breakfast, gym, salad at Rockpool, work, spinning, swim, Green Point Park walk, chinese food down the road.
  • Friday, office, dev catch up, walked home listening to the Joe Rogan – Elon Musk interview, took a podcast listening nap, Van Hunks with Georg and Al, The Vic Bar, Modular, good fun, time well spent.
  • “If you ever get confused, call me.” — Joe Rogan, to Elon Musk.

  • Special moment in podcasting, imho, Elon seems like he’s taking a bit of strain, but what a rad guy. Screw main stream media. Long form wins. Joe Rogan, you are a legend.
  • I’ve pretty much stopped eating saturated fats, coconut, butter etc.
  • Saturday, watched Dunkirk – not bad, caught the last 10min of the rugby with a bloody mary and chicken skewers at La Vie, watched The Orville ep1 – meh, watched Reign of Fire again – I always liked Christian Bale, nap, time well spent.
  • Sunday, made an omelette, walked to the Waterfront listening to the Joe Rogan – Dan Bilzerian interview, had the 1kg ribs and an Adi Badenhorst chenin at Da Vinci’s, dining alone, moro gelato, time well spent, nap, braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke.
  • The cortex is subservient to the limbic system.
  • My podcasting app says I’ve spent 33 days listening. Found time. It makes the world feel bigger.
  • Skin health tips. Broad spectrum reflective sun block. Topical retinol (vitamin A). Topical vitamin C. Eat enough collagen.
  • I’ve been listening to Skin in the Game. Make good art. Have soul in the game. Entrepreneur – skin in the game. Entrepreneur and innovator – soul in the game.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.