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Geek Lair
  • Week of 14-20 June
  • Monday, pool light fixing, fetched Mia, omelette in Franschhoek, garage door battery fixing, sunset podcast golf course walk.
  • Tuesday, breakfast at The Yard with Justin - good nerdy chats, fetched Mia after her last exam, made a fire and watched Robocop 2014.
  • Wednesday, public holiday, random nerding, walk, family braai, made a fire and watched Star Trek III 1984 - director: Leonard Nimoy.
  • The DA announced they want to update the Referendum Act - good news for Cape Independence.
  • I seem to make a lot of tea in winter - like ten cups a day.
  • "The worst decision of all is none."

  • Thursday, tinkered with Routinator so it uses less memory, my new standing desk arrived - black Tekdesk 2.0, Mia managed to get 4 A's in her exams so we had sushi at the club house to celebrate.
  • I have not been using my office chair much - standing desks are pretty cool - if you get tired of standing and working - go do something else.
  • Friday, we made green smoothies, mostly organised my study - aka Joe's Lab, found some weird and wonderful old hardware including a Nokia E71, sunset podcast walk.
  • Smart water meters (IoT) are pretty cool. Got a per hour water usage report.
  • House admin and maintenance can get a bit much. Cleaner. Plumbers. Handyman. Garden services. Courier. All in one day.
  • "Make Before You Manage"

  • Saturday, some logo design tinkering, sunset walk, made a fire and watched Contact again - epic movie.
  • Oura ring seems to work best on my left pinky, size 8.
  • Sunday, woke up on the couch, long chat with Jacques, made a fire and had a bloody mary, nap, watched some movies - basically did nothing useful.
  • IPv6 Wall Of Shame for SA
  • Tune of the week: Time Pachanga Boys

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Calm is a superpower. Do one thing at a time.

Alluvia
  • Week of 7-13 June
  • Monday, inbox zero start to the week - so proud of myself, sunset podcast walk, watched the Apple keynote - which was a bit meh.
  • I received a text message about my recently stolen laptop saying something like, we followed all leads, case closed. I'm sure they followed all the leads - working in shifts.
  • Tuesday, weekly meeting, gym.
  • Bugger, podcast queue zero again, need new content.
  • Wednesday, backups, gym, meeting, sunset walk, made a fire to entertain myself through loadshedding.
  • Thursday, up early to get Routinator and RPKI filtering working, no other notes for the day.
  • Pro tip: buy average red wine, or just above average, and pour it through an aerator.
  • Friday, fetched Mia after an exam, meeting at The Athletic Club & Social - Buitengracht St, nap, braai at Wouter's house with a bottle of Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage - pretty epic wine.
  • Make time for traction. Allocating blocks of time to do _one_ thing seems to not be so easy. A timebox task list is better than a todo list. The feeling that you should be doing more than one thing causes stress. Plan your time slots the day before. Timebox your mornings at least. Reserve some time slots to learn new things.
  • Every business is a meme. Make time to think - your competition is probably not doing it.
  • Saturday, woke up in Bantry Bay, lunch at Alluvia with Al, Lauren and Wouter, made a fire at home and watched various random things on my TV and laptop at the same time.
  • According to Plato, a philosopher king is a ruler who possesses both a love of wisdom, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a willingness to live a simple life. Plato said "philosophers must become king".
  • Sunday, played SimISP - Frogfoot had some problems, random tinkering, dinner with Mia at Epice - 7 course winter special - bit of an early/swapped Fathers Day - very good - try it, time well spent - try the Backsberg - Pinneau.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Loadshedding and smart plugs...

Sunset Walk
  • Week of 31 May to 6 June.
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, gym - found a sauna, watched Mortal Engines - pretty entertaining.
  • Tuesday, 3am server admin and kernel upgrade, phone, watch and laptop upgrade day, research day - some learning about soft and hard interrupts, fetched Mia, we had supper at Back's deli, started watching Hamilton's Pharmacopeia (HP) Season 3.
  • My minor arm surgery seems to have went well - not much of a scar.
  • Wednesday, school run, worked at Boschendal, Paarl shopping, fetched Mia, made a fire, watched a doccie about the making of Ghostbusters, some loadshedding reading with a LED lamp and a battery pack.
  • "All software wants to be version 3.0"

  • Thursday, creative writing, gym, sauna, steam room, fetched Mia, mid-week braai, in bed early.
  • "Unless it's a law of nature it's only a theory." -- about seeing the world as a scientist

  • Feels like the podcasting scene has chilled out a lot. Slower release rates. Or maybe I've just been filtering more.
  • Friday, inbox zero, home officing and hardware shopping, sunset walk, long phone chat with Jacques, made a fire, watched more HP, the Xenon episode.
  • Saturday, De Zalze to plan some cabling work, breakfast with Al at Mont Marie - go check it out, Kanonkop - try the black label Pinotage, old vintage wine festival at Muratie with Paul and Nicci - got two bottles of port from 1998, made a fire at home and watched the last of HP S3 - very interesting ending.
  • Note to self: discover more cool places around the winelands, might as well.
  • Sunday, ordered an Oura Ring - let's see if the sizing kit arrives in SA, lunch with Mia at Vrede en Lust, L'Huguenot Vineyards, The Yard, epic nap, watched L4 on Netflix - not bad, loadshedding - so I connected the TV to a battery pack via a smart-plug (wifi IoT plug) - seems the TV uses between 50 and 100 watts - more watts when it uses the subs I'm guessing.
  • Why Oura? Because Apple watch has lame battery life for sleep tracking. Fitbit is ok, but I'm sure as hell not going to sign up for recurring payments so Google can give me Fitbit 'premium' features... and I'm keen to see how Oura does HRV related metrics.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Life is not a dress rehearsal...

Walk
  • Week of 24-30 May.
  • Health week 3/6.
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, home officing and playing SimISP, some creative writing, gym, watched The Office with Mia - she loves that show - the scene where Dwight receives a fax from his future self is epic.
  • Worth a watch: Pandemic simulation games
  • Tuesday, gym, weekly meeting, 100G network card arrived - Mellanox Connect-X Dx6, sushi with Mia at the club house, we watched Death Becomes Her.
  • Wednesday, up early for some server admin, gym, fetched Mia from her new tutor, watched 21 - cool movie.
  • Thursday, TV wall mounting and other house fixes, hmm, no other notes for the day.
  • Pro tip: Do not date women who are into horses. Thinking types and feeling types don't really work. Only about 25% of women are MBTI thinking types. I need to find somebody passionate about learning and creating. Not horses. Yes, I'm single again.
  • Friday, up early for server tinkering, mpstat is useful, deep tissue massage and a sauna at Le Franschhoek - because winter, slept like a baby - 89 sleep score.
  • Finally found that bug that caused me to get up at 4am a few times recently. The Debian 10 kernel does not handle its IPv6 route cache well. It seems you need to be Rainman to operate a software router at high speeds.
  • Jacques has been on a health hacking podcast walking mission recently, so we've been comparing notes. Kinda like my 2018 days. Walking and podcasts - cool long term life hack.
  • Saturday, server tinkering and testing, dinner at the club house with Nick, Simone, Lulu and Michael, we made the first fire in the new fireplace, time well spent.
  • Sunday, braai, sunset podcast walk, watched the squirrel covid update, bath.
  • Podcast queue zero - let's hope the new Derek Sivers audio book is ready soon - How To Live.
  • Tune of the week: Dire Straits - Romeo And Juliet

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Women are chaos...

Sunset Walk
  • Week of 17-23 May. Health week 2/6.
  • Monday, watched Blade Runner with Paul - the original, non-director's cut version - where Dekard narrates the story - pretty sure I remember watching this version in the 80s at Jacques' house - but sadly I did not blog then - so I can't tell you when exactly.
  • Tuesday, cooked some steak and eggs with Paul, Tempur mattress toppers arrived - 7cm version, weekly meeting, sunset podcast walk, I finally watched the recent Nvidia keynote - you can now get a 400Gbps network card for your PC - which is 40,000 times faster than the network cards we used to play Quake with around 1998 in the Stellenbosch house - you have to scratch your head to think of an industry that has progressed more.
  • "Learn something about everything and everything about something." -- Thomas Huxley

  • Wednesday, gym, Cape Town day, dentist checkup, Waterfront - got a green salt keeper - for the last step of the braai process, De Waterkant to get pillowcases, Indian dinner with Wouter and Rene at Sundoo - very tasty - nice catch-up.
  • I think I may have stumbled upon an interesting new networking project. Now I just need to build a lab.
  • Pro tip: dental implants take much longer to settle in the top of your mouth, slower bone growth rate.
  • Sleep 2.0 upgrades complete: NASA pillow, NASA mattress, 800 thread count linen, silk pillowcases, fitbit to track sleep - I seem to get sleep scores in the low 80s at the moment, but slowly improving.
  • Thursday, rainy day, Paarl outing with Mia.
  • "Dating is just wondering why someone is single, then figuring it out." -- spotted in an Instagram story.

  • Friday, some reading about XDP, minor surgery on may arm - more collagen will be consumed, long phone chat with Dirk, network meeting, sunset walk, 9.5h sleep - the fitbit was happy.
  • Saturday, fetched Mia in Franschhoek, afternoon of Camparis at Moreson with old friends and new friends.
  • "The Truth, when you finally chase it down, is almost always far worse than your darkest visions and fears." -- Hunter S. Thompson

  • Sunday, slept late, braai with Mia, nap, some Netflix watching - The Office and some lame zombie movie to test the Dolby Vision (4k) and Dolby Atmos features of the new TV.
  • Tune of the week: Give A Little Bit - Supertramp

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Enjoy the silence...

Sunset Walk
  • Week of 10-16 May. Health week 2/6.
  • Monday, school run, Boschendal, Paarl Mall, filled the dishwasher with salt, found an electric flossing device - Jacques' suggestion.
  • This playing house house thing is kinda amusing, but somehow it feels like a reverse Fight Club plot - I'm starting to notice the tiny bubbles and imperfections in glassware.
  • "Even the glass dishes with tiny bubbles and imperfections, proof they were crafted by the honest, simple, hard-working indigenous peoples of... wherever." -- Fight Club

  • How do people not clean all the photos off their phones weekly? - would drive me nuts keeping all the random photos around. I sometimes delete up to 150 lame photos and screenshots per week.
  • Tuesday, school run, breakfast at Back's, gym, weekly meeting, Paarl, food shopping, found some 800 thread count Egyptian cotton linen on special.
  • Pet hate: meta comms, communication about communication, something like: I saw your message and I will read it when something else happens. Just read it, when you can, no need to report on your communication habits.
  • Wednesday, long phone chat with Ben about routers, gym.
  • Remember kids: Curiosity. Adventure. Freedom. Independence.
  • Thursday, VdV gym - which sucked - loud music, walked to the PV gym, smoothie making, home officing, mid week braai with Mia, sunset podcast walk.
  • "We should have started from scratch to build a world-class Mxit smartphone app," he said - uhmmm, yes, like Dirk and I suggested in the very early days, hash tag face palm - this probably also needs a muppets comment

  • I calculated the local water hardness to be 1.4065217 mmol per l - which is considered 'medium' - for the dishwasher.
  • Friday, up early for some server tinkering, gym, inbox-zero - for the first time in a long time, Paarl, TV shopping, Nick and Simone came to visit for the weekend - sushi at the club house, played some random card game - which was a bit painful.
  • 10 years is probably a good upgrade cycle for TVs - I bought an LG 4k OLED TV. It supports IPv6 - the CX55 - and then somehow lost the optical cable so could not connect it to the amp. Have to grin at the branding. LG = Lucky Goldstar.
  • I think I'm a conservative that scores high in openness - interesting challenge - in finding life partners - as Jacques likes to remind me.
  • Saturday, I baked a flowerless banana bread, rainy (outside) lunch at Rupert & Rothchild with Nick and Simone - very good, wine tasting at Glen Carlou - always good, we found that optical cable and made the new TV play some music, time well spent.
  • The Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2017 is good stuff, good value.
  • "The ringer cannot look empty." -- Walter

  • Egyptian cotton bedding in winter is pretty rad.
  • Sunday, club house mimosas, campari, big braai with friends - which made me happy - epic red wine - Anthonij Rupert Cab Franc 2014, nap - woke up to some Depeche Mode (enjoy the silence), watched Wolf of Wall Street with Paul and Adrian - rad movie, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Light Years - The National - hat tip Paul.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The best robot so far...

Podcast Walk
  • Week of 3 to 9 May.
  • Health week 1/6 - warm-up week.
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, PV gym, home office, fetched Mia, Franschhoek, sunset podcast walk.
  • Tuesday, May the 4th be with you, school run, home office, smoothie making, creative writing, weekly meeting, batch email sending - sending an email to ~800 people is an art, fetched Mia, quick mid-week braai - Mia made a mushroom sauce with Paul's recipe.
  • Paul's Mushroom Sauce - Goes well with braai steak.

    You will need: onions, butter, olive oil, garlic, brown mushrooms, cream, brandy, rosemary, mezina, milk.

    Just lightly fry a few onion slices in butter. You can add splash of olive oil so butter doesn’t burn too easily. Adding a little garlic is optional.

    Then fry sliced mushrooms with the butter and onions. I find only brown mushrooms or Portabello mushrooms have that rich earth flavour that makes the sauce best. Good to add some Rosemary to mushrooms as they fry.

    Once they’re cooked, and moisture has cooked off, add a splash of brandy or whiskey (like 2/3 tots), to de-glaze the pan. Careful, it might flame up from a few seconds here. Then reduce again.

    Finally, slowly add your cream. One container of Woolies pouring cream works well, then you can add a dash of milk. Thicken finished simmering sauce with little Mezina if necessary.

  • Wednesday, up early, school run, Boschendal, email scrubbing morning, day in Paarl, Laborie lunch with Phil - love those bone marrow snails, Tavelberg - got a dishwasher a drinks fridge (with a lock) and a first aid kit, Paarl Mall, tea with Mia.
  • Locks keep people honest.
  • Thursday, school run, new toys arrived, VdV gym, sunset podcast golf course walk.
  • Dad in the winelands life is pretty cool - even better with a dishwasher.
  • This week I learned about server NIC interrupt coalescence - batching packets to save CPU resources.
  • Friday, school run, VdV gym, home office - played SIM ISP, fetched Mia, La Paris deli, Back's deli, sunset podcast golf course walk, Mia arranged a sleep-over party, watched Unfinished Business.
  • Saturday, walked to the club house for coffee, smoothies, connected the new dishwasher for its maiden voyage wash - let's be honest - pretty much the best kind of robot we've managed to figure out so far, Eikestad Mall visit and drove around three teenagers, stocked my first-aid kit - I can now host kids and adult parties, sunset walk, set up a new water filter.
  • Mia makes a pretty mean mushroom sauce now.
  • Sunday, morning walk, Mia made breakfast wraps, gym - found a hex bar, dropped Mia's friend off at Rushmore, we did a quick braai mission - Spur level efficient cooking - start to finish with dishes is dishwasher: 60 min - and breakfast for the next day.
  • Tune of the week: Cover Me In Sunshine

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Fibre install, shooting range, Jordan...

Sunset
  • Week of 26 April to 2 May
  • Monday, fibre install part two, pretty much took a whole day, but I have fibre internet now, made a white russian to celebrate, facetime video chat with Jacques, assembled a hifi and tv system.
  • "Curiosity will take you further than talent." -- Shane Parrish

  • Tuesday, rainy Freedom Day morning, made a green smoothie, shooting range with Adrian and Michael, a Guinness at The Toad, La Parada in Constantia, macOS, iOS, watchOS upgrade day.
  • "Utopia without personal accountability." - Jacques, on selling socialism

  • Wednesday, school run, Paarl Mall shop, Century City - got a new NASA pillow.
  • I now remember why I pretty much avoided Century City for 15 years.
  • Thursday, school run, catch-up chat with Dirk, Boschendal, Frasnchhoek, vitB shot, pizza at Col'caccios, this was the first cold day in a while - so I had some red wine and a bath.
  • "Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that make him sick." -- Hippocrates

  • Friday, school run, organised my new office, drove to Stellenbosch, Nick's birthday dinner at Jordan - good fun.
  • Saturday, 3 hour epic wine tasting at Jordan with Nick and Simone, (very) deep tissue massage, sushi.
  • "I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours." -- Hunter S. Thompson

  • Sunday, walked to Back's to get some steak, long phone chat with Jacques, braai for one, sunset podcast golf course walk.
  • Pro tip: get a digital thermometer for your braai. Take red meat off at around 46 degC, chicken and wors at 72 degC.
  • Remember kids: calm is a superpower.
  • "Be impatient with action, but patient with results." -- Naval

  • Tunes of the week: Dying Breed and Caution from Imploding the Mirage album - The Killers.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

House house, new braai...

Morning
  • Week of 19-25 April
  • Monday, school run, Boschendal, Back's deli, fetched Mia, Franschhoek food shopping.
  • Tuesday, school run, worked at the club house, Back's deli, weekly meeting, garage sorting, gas refill, fetched Mia, biometrics day.
  • If you ever need a guest house around Franschhoek - visit Klein Waterval.
  • Wednesday, school run, failed fibre install, breakfast with Wouter at Stepbrothers, CIAG talk at Kelvin Grove Club, wine tasting at Glen Carlou, fetched Mia.
  • Thursday, 2nd moving day, school run, Back's, storage, Jacques' house, unpacking, fetched Mia, Franschhoek, first swim in the new pool, nap.
  • Friday, up early, school run, fibre install day part one, found a gas braai in Paarl, fetched Mia, Franschhoek, sunset walk.
  • Saturday, early morning walk, we had a braai with Marietjie and family, sunset walk, 14 hour sleep.
  • Stating the obvious, but it's annoying when can't better a deal you found in the early days of an optimal stopping search.
  • Sunday, braai broodjies for breakfast, swim, mostly played house house - laundry, cleaning, sorting - and then went shopping with Mia - got a new kettle.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Attempting winelands life again...

Klein Waterval
  • Week of 12-18 April.
  • Monday, woke up in Franschhoek, school run, Cape Town visit, dermatologist - the smell of your own flesh burning is disturbing on some level, brunch at Bootleggers, Den Anker, Franschhoek.
  • Tuesday, school run, Boschendal, weekly meeting, salads at Col'caccio with Mia, more than one Jamey at the guest house with the owner.
  • Wednesday, school run, Boschendal - try their fish and chips, admin day, Wellington vet visit, club house sushi.
  • The Facebook pet project turned one and managed to get 64k likes.
  • Stayed on a guest farm for a few days, pretty much the only guests - the hospitality industry can not be happy.
  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal, some VoIP tinkering, weekly meeting.
  • "People who claim to know jackrabbits will tell you they are primarily motivated by Fear, Stupidity, and Craziness. But I have spent enough time in jack rabbit country to know that most of them lead pretty dull lives; they are bored with their daily routines: eat, fuck, sleep, hop around a bush now and then....No wonder some of them drift over the line into cheap thrills once in a while; there has to be a powerful adrenalin rush in crouching by the side of a road, waiting for the next set of headlights to come along, then streaking out of the bushes with split-second timing and making it across to the other side just inches in front of the speeding front wheels” -- Hunter S. Thompson -- about distraction

  • Listen to: Mastering Indistraction - Nir Eyal
  • Friday, last guest house breakfast for a while, school run, Boschendal, some batch email hacking, moving day - always fun, back to the guest house, nice salad, in bed early.
  • Saturday, drove to Paarl and back - a few times, sunset walk and phone chat with Jacques, salads and G&Ts, in bed early.
  • The iPhone Measure AR app is pretty cool.
  • Sunday, fetched Mia, furniture shopping, all day breakfast, nap, sunset walk, first night in the new house.
  • I think I'm feeling more at home in Paarl / FHK this time around.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Flu World Order...

Karoo
  • Week of 5-11 April.
  • Monday, woke up in the Karoo, hiked up the 1st kloof - spiderman mission, drone flying, removed a splinter from my hand, we made radlers again, braai.
  • Watch HRV reading shows I sleep well in the Karoo.
  • Tuesday, morning hike - 2nd kloof to the water pools, braai broodjies for breakfast, a long day of driving, drove from the Karoo to Somerset West to fetch Mia and back to Franschhoek, supper at Allora, Klein Watenfal Riverside Lodge, watched Please Stand By again.
  • Wednesday, shortest school run yet, worked at Boschendal, dentist check-up, hair cut, fetched Mia, house hunting, sushi at the club house, chilled by the pool.
  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal again, fetched Mia, oysters special at Grande Provence.
  • Friday, guest house breakfast, school run, Boschendal, first Atomic Vumatel customers went live, fetched Mia, car wash and beer at Hey Joe Brewery, nap, sunset walk.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia, dropped her at school for a netball clinic, Franschhoek, vet, Pearl Valley, fetched Mia, epic nap, seafood pizza at Grappa Pappa, 18yo Glenmorangie.
  • Why does Webflow not support IPv6 yet?
  • "I survived AM, FM, ISDN and IPv4." -- spotted on Twitter

  • Sunday, lazy morning, blogging and photo processing, we had a late lunch at Topiary, Franschhoek, nap, sunset walk and a long phone chat with Jacques.
  • Tune of the week: The Black Keys - Everlasting Light

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Win and help win...

Karoo
  • Week of 29 March to 4 April.
  • Monday, walked to the Waterfront, Mussels Monday with Adrian at Den Anker, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk - 15k steps.
  • Tuesday, morning walk to Clifton, last day of antibiotics - thank goodness - 4 courses of antibiotics over 3 weeks - not ideal, bloody mary and an all day breakfast at Hemelhuis - yum, a quick Beta Beach visit, nap, sunset walk to the Waterfront - 15k steps.
  • Watch this: Cape Independence Explained in Just 2 Minutes
  • Social media rehab started.
  • Wednesday, rainy morning walk to Clifton, Mia turned 15 - yikes, pumpkin flapjacks, home office day, sunset walk, saganaki salad at Mykonos Taverna - 15k steps.
  • "Nothing lasts as long as a short term workaround. There's nothing so permanent as temporary."

  • You can now get Atomic over the Vumatel fibre network, if you live in the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Thursday, early morning DC visit - Airpods Pro work pretty well for noise cancelling in a DC - braai with Wouter, Luke, Justin and Shona.
  • Turns out you can remotely mount a recovery boot disk via IPMI.
  • Friday, random tinkering, sunset walk, oysters at the Mojo market - pro tip: when you've recently had dental surgery - avoid tabasco, watched a Netflix doccie with Wouter.
  • "Woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy" -- news headline this week

  • Saturday, smoothie making, backups, device charging, packing, road trip to Laignsburg, met up with Paul and drove to their farm.
  • Sunday, swim, nap, climbed on the roof to take some photos - too windy for the drone, a few Radlers (see roof, Radler and Paul above), braai.
  • The term Radler originates with a drink called Radlermass (literally “cyclist liter”) that was originally created by Innkeeper Franz Kugler in a small town named Deisenhofen, just outside Munich. During the great cycling boom of the Roaring Twenties, Kugler created a bicycle trail from Munich, through the woods, which led directly to his drinking establishment. On a beautiful June day in 1922, a reported “13,000 cyclists” crashed Kugler’s party. Fast running out of beer, he blended it 50/50 with a lemon soda he could never seem to get rid of, and the rest is history.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.