This post is late. Had to move house, and arrange Mia’s high school logistics.
Monday, backups, catch-up with Wouter, Waterfront visit, found some new slops, calamari omelette and kimchi at the Korean place down the road – while listening to the Naval mega episode again, in bed early, 12h sleep.
Last few days of being based in Sea Point / Three Anchor Bay. Memories of many sunset podcast promenade walks. Making some fairly big changes. End of the 5 year fibre network adventure. Time for new adventures.
Tuesday, the last day of 2019, Gardens Bowling Club for Stefan’s birthday – our team won the bowling – I played with Pierre and Ina, g&ts with Wouter and Rene, NYE party at Stefan’s house – I insisted ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ be played just after midnight, home by around 2am, time well spent, happy birthday Stefan!
Bowling is pretty cool.
Wednesday, made Bloody Marys, Aperol Spritz and pizzas at Rockpool with Wouter and Rene, nap, watched Kingsman, sunset podcast promenade walk, Lily’s – dining alone again, watched Kingsman 2 – entertaining movies – the first one is maybe a bit better than the 2nd.
Thursday, organised a few things and unpacked some bags from xmas days away, gym, rotisserie chicken and avo routine, cleaned my airpods case (not trivial), caught up on some article reading, extended late afternoon walk.
Friday, up early, mobility routine, general admin, gym, swim, sauna, Aperol and an early supper at Lily’s with Adrian, last night out in Cape Town for a while – Bascule Bar with Adrian and Al followed by Kloof Street House.
Saturday, decided to go test drive a Volvo xc60 – the pilot assist feature is petty rad (semi-autonomous driving), saganaki salad at Mykonos – man I love that stuff, nap, Aperol and laptop tinkering at Rockpool, fish curry dinner with Wouter, Rene and Barry.
Sunday, gym, swim, sauna, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, Gardens Centre, found a notebook and some pens, Waterfront, minimalism spring clean – gave away two big bags of old clothes (and last Nike stuff), last sunset promenade walk for a while, Poke bowl at the Mojo Market, in bed early.
A number of people have asked what I’ll be doing this year – to be honest I don’t really know yet, but I have two or three ideas. Mostly I’ll be a full time dad and school sports supporter, and I’d like to get back into software development.
btw. I still like Campari more than Aperol, but this week’s post needed an intro line.
Tuesday, earl grey tea, caught up on some blogging, hotel breakfast with Mia, tea and wifi at Schoon, more last minute house hunting – found one nice place on the planned Frogfoot fibre map, Haute Cabriere, Babylonstoren – which was too crazy busy so we left, Dalewood Fromage cheese shopping, xmas eve picanha braai at Jacques’ with a few solid red wines – heated debate about optimal picanha braaiing, opened some xmas presents, played with a drone.
“Is this the Vergelegen of Franschhoek?” — Mia, about Babylonstoren.
Podcast queue over 100. Oh bother.
Wednesday, configured Mia’s new bluetooth instant printer, played with the drone, xmas braai at Elise and Rossouw’s, watched Star Wars episode VII and VIII again.
Thursday, played with openvswitch, popcorn for breakfast – watched Star Wars episode IX at the 3D IMAX with Mia, Charlotte and Jacques – Mia cried at the end – I cried a tiny bit, paintball shop with Jacques, Ocean Basket lunch, shopping for Mia’s holiday plans, afternoon at Rossouw’s, braai at Jacques’.
Episode 9 was much better than 7 and 8.
Friday, La Vie, lunch with Anton at Utopia rooftop restaurant in De Waterkant (used to be The Vue Sky Bar) followed by The Grand Beach Bar and Modular – Killer Robot party.
Saturday, lunch with Stefan, Pierre and Cici at Den Anker, Vicious Virgin Bar on Wale Street, a cocktail at Gorgeous George rooftop bar, Dark Horse rooftop bar in Kloof Street, Rumbullion at the Roundhouse, good fun.
The Mandalorian takes place about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi – so Baby Yoda can’t be Master Yoda, but of the same species as Yoda. The Jedi Master Yoda was the best-known member of a species whose true name is not recorded.
Sunday, mega relaxed day, saganaki salad routine, moar Star Wars watching, brain food at the Mojo Market.
Monday, public holiday, woke up in Scarborough, drove back to Cape Town with Stefan, saganaki chicken salad at Mykonos – always good, watched Pirate Radio – rad movie, epic nap, sunset walk, brain food and tempura mussels at the Mojo Market, in bed early.
Tuesday, work, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, bumped into Georg and walked with him for a stretch, dinner with Wouter and Zander.
Wednesday, office, dev catch-up – last one for the year, meeting, brunch at Kleinsky’s with Michael, gym – for the first time in way too long, nap, promenade walk, dinner at Make in Sea Point with Wouter followed by a nice bottle of Monro Merlot.
Thursday, work, gym, sauna, set up a router for Al, drinks (bubbly) with Al, Wouter, Paul and Adrian, Den Anker and Panama Jacks with Adrian, a Talisker nightcap.
Friday, booked Star Wars IMAX tickets, office, my last day at Octotel, last bit of admin and handover/training, a farewell drink at the Raddisson with Trevor and Koos, haircut at the Waterfront, found an Apple Watch Series 5 – early xmas present from me to me, early supper at La Vie, a glass of wine with Jacques.
Apple Watch 5 mini review – much more responsive, new screen size is great, always-on screen feature works well, sound level monitoring is amusing, UV index is cool. Setting up the perfect watch face layout is not a trivial problem. Keeps you busy for hours.
People who have the latest iPhone – but send voice notes like students. I don’t get it.
Saturday, Jacques and I we cooked a big brunch, start of the Star Wars movie marathon, we braaied a picanha steak with a nice Ernie Els red – phoned Pierre to get instructions, finished watching Star Wars episode II, time well spent.
Sunday, extended last minute xmas shopping with Mia – good fun, Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, somehow I managed to get a complimentary bottle of Chardonnay at Dieu Donne – nice views, early dinner at Chamonix / Arkeste restaurant with Mia – great Chardonnay, a Chivas nightcap at Allora, time well spent.
I hope you had a productive and meaningful 2019, and you are enjoying a bit of downtime before the adventures in 2020.
Tuesday, office, dev catch-up, meeting, breakfast for lunch with Mia at the new Caffe Neo, The Creamery, nap, work, walked to the Waterfront with Mia, Den Anker for a Belgian waffle and Tarte aux Pommes with cream.
80% of businesses fail within the first 18 months.
Wednesday, work, Waterfront, SIM swap for Mia’s phone, we watched Knives Out at the VIP cinema – good movie, fish and chips, promenade walk, braai with Mia, Wouter and Zander.
“Why do men instinctively tamper with their parachute strings?” — Knives Out
I gave Mia two Philip K. Dick books to read, she said they were a bit weird. She says she has read more than 100 books in 2019 (thanks Nikki).
Thursday, work, Teraco visit, sushi at Izakaya Matsury with Mia – try it, nap, sunset promenade walk to Lili’s for a Campari.
Friday, work, office, dev catch up, brunch with Mia at Knead, dropped Mia off, drove to Scarborough with Stefan and Ina, Picanha braai, midnight LED frisbee session.
Saturday, Scarborough beach, walked to the local pub, more than one Campari with Stefan, rainy afternoon, xmas dinner, midnight LED frisbee session.
Sunday, Boulders beach, Windmill beach, lunch at Black Marlin, Risk board game afternoon.
Thank you for an epic weekend, Pierre, Stefan, Stefan, Kieran and co.
Monday, pet and house sitting in Bakoven, work, took the dogs for a Camps Bay beach walk, braai with Georg.
The Grate Dane is pretty big now, after only 6 months.
Tuesday, fed the pets, work, the one cat went to the vet and sadly did not return, I visited the Frogfoot office in Mowbray – for the first time in years – 240 people there now, Cavendish Square, meeting in Newlands, Workshop 17, a beer at Ferrymans with Anton, Heavy Chef Cape Town Startup Week event, a beer at Den Anker with Anton.
I lost my favourite sunglasses, because of strong wind.
Wednesday, work, nap, Clifton 1st beach walk with the dogs, braai, watched The Irishman – good movie.
Thursday, fed the pets, wrote a proposal, office, dev meeting, found new sunglasses, Strolla, processed some paperwork, dropped off a tile cutter, mediator session in Obs, 1890 Sushi House with Mia, we watched Shaun of the Dead again with some frozen blueberries.
The Grate Dane destroyed some shoes I bought this week.
Friday, work, brunch with Mia, admin and paperwork, braai gas bottle refill, Gardens Centre, Waterfront – the new 16inch Macbook Pro seems pretty cool – keyboard feels useful, added some ‘cord collars’ to charging cables, loadshedding braai with Mia, we watched National Lampoon’s Vacation – rad movie, time well spent.
Pet hate: planned obsolescence. Stop charging cable wear and tear (phone, laptop etc) – look for something called CordCollar at Cape Union mart, and Heat Shrinkable Tubing at a hardware store.
Saturday, fed the pets, Mia woke up from a 12h sleep, braai, we watched Talladega Nights and The Other Guys.
Sunday, we reviewed Mia’s school report, book shopping, I made some Chimichurri sauce (for the first time in years) braai with Al, Pierre, Georg, Wouter, Stefan and Stefan, time well spent.
Tunes of the week: No Code, Pearl Jam. Great album.
Monday, tea, last school run for primary school years, gym, sauna, work, attended an ISPA telecon – because I’m an ISPA Fellow now and I was interested in the WOAN topic, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk.
It’s been an antihistamine kinda week.
Tuesday, work, walked to the office, dev meeting, nap, sunset promenade walk – without podcasts – shock horror, braai with Wouter.
I realised that we’re going to have to watch Star Wars Ep I to VIII again before IX in December. Important business.
Wednesday, work, Strolla, game steaks at Hussar, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, brain food at Mojo Market, in bed early.
I remember getting an Intel 100Mbps network card around 1997. Now 100Gbps seems to be the new standard.
Thursday, work, gym, walk, work, sunset walk, catch up with Wouter, random tinkering.
“Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.” — JP
Friday, tea, work, website tinkering, lunch at Rockpool, catch up with Giles, nap, random tinkering, watched Terminator Salvation again.
Saturday, Lily’s – tech startup chats Adrian, a Hoegaanden at La Vie with Wouter and Adrian, Cape Town festival of beer, braai with Wouter, Al and Adrian, Stephan Bodzin @ Piz Gloria for Cercle video – good use of a 4k TV.
My desktop Instagram app stopped working for a while, in case you follow that feed.
Sunday, braai at Anton’s, pet and house sitting in Bakoven, time well spent.
Monday, work, walked to the office, dev catch up, nap, sunset promenade walk.
Tuesday, work, gym, sauna, mini nap, work, promenade walk – spotted a cute Vizsla.
Backups are useful.
Wednesday, work, Strolla, realised I should drink less coffee, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Grand Master level cat herding: when every service on a fibre network matches the details in the billing system after 5 years of installing services with 32k+ services active.
Thursday, gym, office, cross connect migration, hopefully the last one I have to do for a while, meeting, mediation session, board game night and mexican food at Pierre’s with Stefan and Cinthia, good fun.
Friday, work, fetched Mia from school, braai at Dirk’s, time well spent.
Saturday, tea, conveyor belt sushi with Mia, watched Ford vs Ferarri at the 2D IMAX with Jacques – epic movie, go watch it, braai, time well spent.
Sunday, family brunch at Jacques’, Builders Warehouse visit, we dropped Jacques off at the airport, sunset promenade walk with Mia, device upgrades and backups.
Watch Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech about social media platforms. Good speech. No easy answers. Here is my take: I think you should be able to write and (self) publish pretty much anything you like on the web. But when it comes to the distribution of the content, via social media platforms, involving algorithms that select who sees what, there should be much more responsibility, even if it’s expensive to implement. Bring back blogging and RSS. Re-decentralise the internet.
Health week… well, not a health week. Conference snacks and beer.
Monday, school run, gym, sauna, visited Mia’s school, work, open networking workshop at Victoria Junction hotel, walked home, micro nap, prom walk, upgraded some VMs to Debian 10.
Tuesday, work, lunch with Paul at Smak in Bree street, meeting at Firemans, FTTH Council meeting at The Cullinan, Tigers Milk happy hour, rooftop cocktails at the Grand Daddy Hotel, La Vie with Georg, upgraded more VMs.
Bumped into Yassin at the rooftop party, he had a funny comment about Frogfoot’s tag line changing from “Built and Managed with Attention to Detail” to “Just Connect”.
Wednesday, 2 hour mediation session, Israel trade mission telco startups afternoon at Zevenwacht, braai with Wouter and Zander.
Thursday, walked to The Radission, my 2nd ZAPF event (2/4), general telecoms nerding, nap, Cowboys and Cooks restaurant launch party in De Waterkant with Paul.
“You might never touch perfection, but it’s the reach that matters.”
Friday, office, dev meeting, lunch with Paul at Mozambik, Den Anker with Adrian, a Hoegaarden at La Vie, catch up with Al, watched that Stephan Bodzin Cercle video again.
Fairly social week, added 10 FB friends.
Saturday, catch up with Nick, lunch at the German Deli in the Gardens Centre, walked down Kloof street and had a beer at Hudsons, Waterfront, watched Motherless Brooklyn – good movie – go watch it, a glass of wine at Chris’ in Clifton.
I’ve been using the Maps app for macOS. Pretty cool. Avoiding Google.
Sunday, lazy morning, Debian 10.2 upgrades, big round of offsite backups, gym, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, random reading and tinkering.
Monday, work, Harbour House, watched Terminator: Dark Fate at the Waterfront – not bad, podcast promenade walk, saganaki salad at Mykonos Taverna, finished watching War Dogs.
Tuesday, up early, work, office, dev catch up, some general fire fighting, after work catch up with Faizel at the Mojo Market, sunset podcast promenade walk, worked at La Vie – upgraded a server.
Wednesday, up early, work, installed apt-cacher-ng, Strolla, game steak kebab at Hussar – epic meal, rainy afternoon epic nap, catch up with Anton over a bottle of La Motte red, time well spent.
Thursday, work, gym, sauna, mediation session, 1890 sushi, sunset podcast promenade walk, catch up with Wouter.
Completed a year long Octotel project this week.
Attraction. Compatibility. Love. Choose two.
Friday, work, brunch, barber shop visit, Campari and Carpaccio catch up with Dirk at Morgenster, fetched Mia from school, Waterfront, book shop, L’Occitane, braai, time well spent.
Saturday, random tinkering, Dalewood Fromage cheese tasting, lunch at Glen Carlou with Mia and some nice Chardonnay, nap, Mia and I took a sunset promenade walk to the Mojo Market, brain food, reading.
It’s tricky to keep an optimistic mindset in SA these days, needs some real effort.
Wednesday, office, sunset podcast promenade walk, in bed early.
Thursday, up early, work, gym, swim, sauna, work, catch up with Nick.
Friday, office, fetched Mia from school, late lunch at Vergelegen – first meal of the week, I talked to Mia about her communication habits, she left – I guess we’re into the teenage years now, I went to go braai with Jacques.
The 4 permutations of relationships: win-win, win-lose, lose-win, lose-lose.
Saturday, kids party, Joostenberg deli – spectacular omelette (after not eating for a week), watched the rugby, paintball shop visit, watched Joker at IMAX 2D with Jacques, braai again with a vodka soda with limes from Jacques’ tree.
2D IMAX is much better than 3D IMAX.
Joker was lame.
Sunday, I made a big Spanish style omelette, we watched the SA vs Wales rugby at Rossouw’s, dinner with Wouter and Rene.
Tuesday, tea, mobility routine, office, dev catch up, breakfast for lunch at Knead, catch up with Nick, 5 hour roast for dinner at Georg’s, we watched Paul – entertaining movie.
Most big companies last 30 years. Most family fortunes last 3 generations.
Wednesday, up early, gym, swim, sauna, Strolla lunch, office, nap, dinner at I Love The Dough – which was lame and very noisy, Van Hunks with Pierre, Stefan, Stefan, Al and Adrian.
I won a R1000 voucher from Den Anker via Instagram (-:
Thursday, mobility routine, office, dev meeting, breakfast for lunch, Mojo Market, loadshedding fun at the office, Van Hunks with Georg, Anton, Al and Chris, burger in a bowl with Georg at Da Vinci’s.
Octotel passed the 30k live services mark this week. Close to 50 ISPs on the network now.
Friday, work, gym, swim, sauna, Waterfront meeting, a Hoegaarden at La Vie with Adrian, loadshedding braai with Wouter and Adrian, time well spent.
“Not everything can be taught, but everything can be learnt.” — Naval
Saturday, watched the rugby at Stefan’s followed by a braai.
Sunday, pastrami and sauerkraut brunch with Wouter at the new Kleinsky’s, watched the SA vs Japan game at La Vie with a Hoegaarden, had to reconfigure the home wifi and migrate to a different controller, sunset podcast promenade walk, backups, watched a Netflix show about Bill Gates while blogging.
Podcast queue zero. I listened to the Naval mega-episode and the Anything You Want audio book for the 5th time.