Category Archives: Rants

Quick Update

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

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Bug out…

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Rule #32 – Enjoy the Little Things…

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Enjoy the little things…

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

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Star Trek vs Star Wars…

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Out to sea…

Anthonij Rupert Wyne
  • Week of 17 to 23 February.
  • Monday, no school run for a change, rainy podcast flaneuring around the golf course, home office, salads for supper at Col’caccios with Mia, Pinotage rooibos tea.
  • Installed Zero fasting tracker app, after Tyler suggested it, pretty cool. Did not think fasting needed an app, but it’s kinda useful.
  • Tuesday, school run, I was interviewed for a food science PhD research project on food labels – interesting, home office, some sysadmin tasks.
  • After the food labels discussion, I think people often get stuck in small things when the high impact things seem boring. Sleep enough, move/walk, manage stress, eat less, eat clean, have a regular fasting routine. This is useful to know: My nutritional framework – restrict eating by time, volume and type.
  • “I live the way I type; fast, with a lot of mistakes.” — July 2011

  • Wednesday, up early, school run, Boschendal breakfast, fetched my new set of Airpods Pro, Strolla, played with that Sony RX10 camera at Orms – pretty cool, extended wine tasting at Anthonij Rupert Wyne – go check it out, random mid-week braai at home with Mia and some Moreson Pinotage, blue face masks with Mia.
  • Still pondering the RX10 mark4. Seems like a really good option, but it’s been around since 2017, so due for a refresh.
  • I seem to use about 8GB of data via my car wifi per month. Mostly Spotify I think, podcast downloads, and hour long Facetime conversations with Jacques and Dirk while driving around – bashing socialism never gets old. Voice/phone services are pretty much free now. Also tested receiving good old SIP calls, works well.
  • AirPods Pro mini-review: noise cancelling works well, I think I prefer the double-tap feature of the earlier Airpods, but the squeeze thing is not bad. They seem to work well for podcasts and audio books, 97% of the reason I bought them. You still can’t change the volume without using your phone or watch.
  • I started listening to Zero to One again. He really goes on and on about finding monopoly business models. To be honest, I kinda enjoy audio books, but this must be the Nth trial account, can’t get myself to pay for a monthly service when there are so many good podcasts around.
  • Thursday, school run, home office, meeting at Lanzerac with Dirk and Gys, wine tasting – Lanzerac make an _epic_ Chardonnay, a swim and a nap at the pool, watched Rushmore again – with Mia this time – the books about ocean exploring, aquarium and fish tank scenes really point at the later movie.
  • Oh gaawd, yes, I’m now the kind of person than naps next to the pool.
  • Friday, up early – because my UPS started beeping at 4am, joy, deep nerding on server hardware shopping, Mia had the day off, so we went on a Cape Town outing, lunch at Magica Roma in Pinelands, dentist visit, Stellenbosch, pool time and braai with Jacques and family – and some Moreson bubbly.
  • Mia keeps her zero dental issues track record – winning at parenting.
  • Saturday, steak for breakfast, home exec day while watching The Lorax again, device upgrades and backups, researched Mellanox NICs, sunset walk with Mia, watched Spider-Man (2002).
  • Stop Using Encrypted Email
  • The Mandalorian was shot on a holodeck-esque set with Unreal Engine, video shows
  • Hydrogen-boron reactor leapfrogs current nuclear fusion tech
  • Sunday, tea, some research into Faucet SDN, late lunch with Mia at Wijnhuis in Stellenbosch – great tiramisu – can’t fault Italian Sunday lunches, Franschhoek visit, nap, blogging, time well spent.
  • “Bert Fischer: You’re like one of those clipper ship captains. You’re married to the sea.
    Max Fischer: Yes, that’s true, but I’ve been out to sea for a long time.” — Rushmore

  • Tune of the week: The Killers – Just Another Girl – cool music video.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Things to look forward to…

Boschendal
  • Week of 10-16 Feb.
  • This post, is not late.
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, school run, home office and home exec tasks and lots of tea making, fetched Mia from water polo, loadshedding – so we had supper at Grappa Pappa at Wilderer – pretty good.
  • The things you own end up owning you, and there are always more manuals to read and ongoing backups, upgrades, and in my case fully nerding out on the optimal configuration.
  • Tuesday, school run, breakfast at Boschendal – nice spot to tinker while waiting for traffic to pass, meeting in Century City, worked at the clubhouse, nap, fetched Mia, took Mia shopping for a valentines day school outfit.
  • Desire Is a Contract You Make to Be Unhappy. Happiness is returning to a state where nothing is missing.
  • What seems to work, on the desire topic, is to plan things to look forward to, delay gratification. As an experiment I’m planning a monthly lunch with friends well in advance, and two or three other things.
  • Wednesday, school run, Boschendal, Strolla, Paarl Mall, set up my old Apple Watch for Mia.
  • “When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic — what defines a human being — is to work with others.” — Marcus Aurelius

  • Remember why you started.
  • Thursday, school run, did some online camera window shopping – mostly looked at the Sony RX10 mk4, watched Mia’s swimmming gala in Stellenbosch, we had an early supper on the way back at Die Werf at Boschendal – nice place – very peaceful – good meal, time well spent.
  • Friday, Mia managed to break the house key off in the front door, so I went on a mission to find a locksmith, Schoon cafe, Paarl, haircut – found a new barber – great hair cut – I suspect he’s from Albania (Wag the Dog), took Mia’s phone and keys to Rushmore, I had plans to go to Cape Town for the A-Ha concert, but I ended up staying home – lunch and wine tasting at Moreson, went for a nap at 18:00, woke up at 0:00, oops, watched Oblivion again – underrated movie – I actually like Tom Cruise.
  • Delaying decisions and sleeping on them can be good, but this can get out of hand. Procrastination is an emotional response.
  • Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time
  • I really suck at personal admin tasks. My new theory: if you don’t have an office, there is no real delineation between personal and work items, so there is always something stuck in the queue before I make time for personal admin. It’s maybe not a very good theory, meh. I think I need a calm naggy voice in my life. Calm nagging is underrated. A-student to manage B-student.
  • Saturday, tea, home exec tasks, backups, loadshedding, so I went for a swim at the clubhouse, wow GSM really dies when there is loadshedding, watched L.A. Confidential again with a very pleasant Malbec – rad movie – Russel Crowe character is great, caught up on some long overdue blogging – or at least started the process – had 6 posts in the pipeline.
  • I kinda like Paarl. We even have the Taal Monument.
  • Scott Adams, on winners vs losers.
  • Sunday, I had the best intentions for an Equinox Funday, but that never happened, blogging, nap, swim, sunset podcast walk, long phone chat with Jacques.
  • “The most urgent public debate of the 2020s: How do we get back to the future?

    The fifties, the sixties, the seventies, and the eighties all had distinctive by-the-decade styles in design, clothing, music, and art – from the nineties to now feels like one big remix.

    Now the old family structure has been smashed, religion is in decline, patriotism is passé, and the cultural marketplace is fragmented.

    Because there is no longer a healthy dominant culture, would-be rebels have nothing to resist. So they playact the battles of a previous age.” — Back to the Future

  • Tune of the week: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Let Her Dance by Bobby Fuller Four

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Cape Town weekend…

Sea Point
  • Week of 3-9 February.
  • Yeah, yeah, this post is also late.
  • Monday, school run, Franschhoek town visit, home office, fetched Mia, early supper at La Paris Deli – nice place, sunset flaneuring around the golf course, we processed some items on Mia’s todo list, in bed by 22:00 – because of loadshedding – and then woke up because I forgot the lights on – arghh.
  • Twitter: two dump trucks on fire slowly backing into each other.
  • Tuesday, school run, house hunting in Franschhoek, Cape Town meeting, breakfast for supper with Mia in Franschhoek, sunset walk, finished watching Chinatown, watched I Am Your Father – good doccie – David Prowse becomes Vader 35 years later.
  • Wednesday, school run, home office, we went house hunting in Pearl Valley and Val De Vie, extended sunset walk.
  • Thursday, school run, brunch with Dirk at the clubhouse – tinkering with a few ideas, house hunting, quick wine tasting at Solms Delta – they have a sparkling shiraz, fetched Mia from swimming, Col’caccios, in bed early because of loadshedding.
  • Friday, school run, tea at Lanzerac with Gys, Waterfront, car wash, found a new hoodie, could not avoid the L’Occitane shop, late lunch at Ginja, Sea Point, catch up with Wouter, drinks at Vixi for Kieran’s birthday, followed by Village Idiot with Pierre and Stefan, followed by a bit of a house party.
  • Saturday, workshop and lunch at The Stack – cool venue, tea shopping at Enmasse, braai in Sea Point with Wouter, Audrey and some dutch fiends, time well spent.
  • Sunday, backups, packing, clubhouse swim and braai for Jacques’ birthday – with a tasty Solms Delta Grenache, time well spent, happy birthday Jacques!
  • “When he’s sober he’s Spock, when he’s not sober he’s Kirk.” — Jacques

  • “I’m like Judge Dread – no Jury needed when I’m involved.” — Jacques

  • Fokofpolisiekar’s music seems more relevant today than in late 2000s. Brand Suid Afrika.
  • Tune of the week: Fokofpolisiekar – Hemel Op Die Platteland

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

I saved Latin…

Bridge House Mile
  • Week of 27 January to 2 February.
  • Yeah, this post is also late, I’ve been working on my home exec skills.
  • Monday, school run, home office, backups, fetched Mia from water polo, we sampled the local Hussar steaks, sunset walk, photo processing.
  • Open Source Licenses in 2020: Trends and Predictions.
  • Tuesday, this entry went missing.
  • This full time parenting business does involve some admin. Extra email and calendar management. Driving around, attending events. Extra things to plan and prepare for.
  • Week of antihistamine. High pollen count in the valley.
  • Sleep tracking project update: Results are fairly consistent, but lower than expected, usually about 7.5 hours of sleep, weekends can reach 10h. I added two silent alarms to wake her up more gracefully. Exploring meditation apps to get her to fall asleep quicker. She’s resisting the evening podcast listening plan. Also got a digital blood pressure monitor and started feeding her an iron supplement drink after an indecent of lightheadedness.
  • Wednesday, school run, tea with Jacques, Volvo visit – got sunglass holders and a sun curtain – see below, Sea Point apartment, Strolla, Waterfront – fetched a green iPhone 11 Max, watched Mia’s water polo, braai with Mia, iPhone backups and migrations.
  • Time invested in device configs adds up. Mission to do from scratch. Medical info, backups, three screens of apps to check etc.
  • Navy is the new black. I simplified my wardrobe. Pic below.
  • Thursday, up before sunrise, restored Mia’s iPhone backup to my old phone (with Finder not iTunes), steak for breakfast, school run, home office, watched Mia’s swimming gala in Paarl, awards evening at Rushmore – oh gaaawd sitting an a hot school hall for 2 hours is not my idea of a good time.
  • My reluctant transition to USB-C seems to have begun.
  • Truth peddling is dangerous business.
  • Friday, watched Mia’s inter-house swimming gala, followed by the inter-house water polo, nap, braai at home with Paul – and a great Eikendal red.
  • Mia was 2nd in a few swimming races and her water polo team won.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max mini review: I was worried I was not going to like the bigger size, but so far I like it. Can’t fault it, fast, great screen, good battery life, wide angle camera works well – claims to be 13mm equivalent – impressive. If you notice the square photo mode is missing from the camera app, you can adjust this and also use 16:9 mode. Btw. the new Swiftkey app with haptic feedback is pretty groovy, and works well for Afrikaans. 64G model has more than enough storage for my needs – I don’t keep photos on a phone for more than a week.
  • Saturday, Bridge House Mile swim at Boschendal with Mia, Anton and Anton – Mia beat me, watched Rushmore again – 2nd best movie ever, nap, clubhouse pool with Jacques and family followed by a braai, time well spent.
  • Note to self, do more open water swimming. Maybe try rope in a few friends.
  • Sunday, lady grey tea, played home exec and did laundry etc, Mia went on a theatre club outing, so I went wine tasting with Paul at Glen Carlou, lunch at Cosecha with Paul, Adrian and Al – great food, nap, fetched Mia, sunset walk with a Campari, watched Chinatown (1974) – mostly because Edward Norton could not stop talking about it in his interview about Motherless Brooklyn.
  • “I’m on my way to the Start Wars cantina bar.” — Adrian, about the personalities at Van Hunks

  • Note to self: visit Cosecha for brunch soon.
  • Check out the Wes Anderson playlist(s) on Spotify.
  • “I saved Latin, what did you ever do?” — Max

  • Tune of the week: Ooh La La – The Faces

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Settling into my new snow globe…

Paarl views from R101
  • Week of 20-26 January.
  • Monday, woke up later than usual, tea, worked a bit at home, doctor visit – to check out the cut on my head and get a tetanus shot, watched Mia’s inter-house athletics, salads at Col’caccios.
  • “I believe in coincidence, but I also believe in the KGB.” — Garry Kasparov

  • Check out The Portal podcast.
  • Tuesday, school run, tea at Schoon, food shopping, nap, set up my home office, fetched Mia from swimming, I made an early supper, sunset walk with Mia.
  • Key Volkswagen Exec Admits Full Self-Driving Cars May Never Happen
  • Wednesday, the usual fruit salads, school run, avoided some traffic by visiting Jacques, Volvo Cape Town visit – to get the sunroof tinted, Wellness Warehouse, Strolla, Waterfront – to get Mia a new (rose gold) toothbrush, fetched Mia from water polo.
  • New toothbrush mini-review: I’ve been an Oral-B fan for many years. Having an electric toothbrush is simply a good idea. I recently switched to Philips Sonicare, for Mia and me. I was a bit sceptical the first few days, and to be honest the sonic vibration was a bit strange, but you get used to it quickly. I’m sold. Much cleaner smoother feel. Mia agrees.
  • Thursday, school run, worked at home, wine tasting and a lunch with Nikki at De Meye, Plaisir de Merle, La Motte, fetched Mia from swimming, nap, braai with Mia – time well spent.
  • Plaisir de Merle seems to translate to: Pleasure of Blackbird. I used to like their Chardonnay – hmm, not so sure anymore.
  • We eat too much.
  • “All countries have their mafia, our mafia has a country.” — Wouter

  • Friday, school run, home office, Mia and I went food shopping in Franschhoek, Boschendal Night Market, Italian Night at Babylonstoren – excellent food, time well spent.
  • The Portal: “Trump knows the liberal mind is automated. As soon as you break through one of its shibboleths, it has an automated non thinking reflexive reaction. He can map that, and then he can say, ok I’ll do something that will cause the reflexive reaction, but I will put something in place which is totally different so that when you have that reflexive reaction, you will be shown to be an NPC.” — Eric Weinstein, The Portal 17, with Anna Khachiyan.

  • GenX is just getting started. In terms of influence.
  • Saturday, lunch at Arkeste with Stefan, Pierre and Cici – and Chamonix 2016 Chardonnay, followed by an afternoon at the clubhouse pool followed by a braai at home, time well spent.
  • Sunday, Mia and I took a road trip to Rawsonville, brunch at Ou Meul at Du Toitskloof Wines, quick visit to Goudini Spa, drove back via R101 to Paarl – skipped the tunnel – very pretty route, Paarl Mall, watched Lucy, sunset walk, watched The Big Short again – rad movie, last minute Bridge House Mile entries.
  • “The truth is like poetry — and most people fucking hate poetry.” — The Big Short

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Wolfchops…

Road trip
  • Week of 13-19 January.
  • Yeah, this post is also very late.
  • Monday, I made Mia some breakfast, school run, Wifi and French Earl Grey at Schoon in Franschhoek, checked out the Franschhoek Health Club, Agrimark visit – to get a Leatherman Wave+, went for a tour of Workshop 17 in Paarl – pretty cool, my first visit to Paarl Mall – interesting place – everybody speaks Afrikaans which is kinda cool, found some camp chairs on special, lunch with Jacques at the clubhouse – he brought me some golf clubs – turns out it’s free to use the driving range, watched Mia’s inter-house field events athletics – she won the shot put event, swim and sunset walk with Mia.
  • I kinda lost my car in the Paarl Mall parking area, had to flash the lights and use the horn a few times – via the mobile app – security guard gave me a funny look.
  • We met our neighbour at the athletics – also a single dad with the children living with him. Seems to be a thing.
  • Franschhoek is hot. 29 DegC at 9am.
  • Tuesday, school run, fairly productive day of working from home, gym, fetched Mia from swimming, Paarl Mall food shopping, installed a bunch of apps and eBook textbooks on Mia’s iPad while watching a Fleetwood Mac documentary.
  • Fleetwood Mac – Dreams – summer of 1977.
  • Fleetwood Mac – Hold Me – cool music video.
  • Wednesday, school run, Volvo Cape Town to get some accessories fitted, Polestar software upgrade, Strolla, Octotel office to fetch my Airon chair, lilo shopping, fetched Mia, clubhouse pool session with Jacques and family followed by a braai at home, time well sent.
  • Thursday, school run, worked at Schoon, explored Franschhoek, quick visit to the bowling club, got a data SIM for my car – car has 3 SIMs now, Wolfkop shopping, fetched Mia from swimming, caprese and carpaccio at Col’caccios, a stroll around Franschhoek.
  • Data-only SIMs packages are very cheap compared to voice SIM data deals. 50GB/m for R299. Useful for downloading podcasts.
  • Vodacom data SIM does not work as well as I imaged, the idea is to just use that for music streaming – listen to any song on the internet at any time, but it often just buffers when not near the major city/town areas. Vodacom data network is not that great around the winelands.
  • Real men are capitalists.
  • Friday, road trip to Citrusdal, Wolfchops, somehow I managed to get a medium size cut on the top of my head from walking under a tree at around sunset, medics, fun evening with Pierre, Michael, Wouter.
  • “What’s for you will not pass you by.” — Moloko

  • Saturday, Wolfkop, we made bloody marys for breakfast with Pierre, Stefan and Faure – I somehow forgot some items at home, so I had one tshirt, and no lilo. Pierre lost his car keys. Not my best Wolfkop.
  • Sunday, great breakfast at the Citrusdal hotel with Pierre and Faure, podcast and Bodzin road trip to Franschhoek, watched The Loft.
  • Tune of the week: Moloko – Familiar Feeling

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Adopting a teenager, Rushmore, iPad and Volvo…

Pearl Valley
  • Week of 6-12 January.
  • This post is very late. I took a month break from blog updates. Maybe I wanted to check that I still want to write these weekly updates. New decade etc. I think I’m going to stop posting these to Facebook. The format still works well enough, I think – ten photos and a few bullet points.
  • Monday, up early, fetched Mia from Somerset West, breakfast at Fred and Max, XC90 test drive, Somerset Mall – school items shopping with Mia, iPad option browsing, tea with Dirk, Access Park with Mia – New Balance shop, sushi at 1890, Waterfront – 20k steps of shopping with a teenager – getting ready for high school is hard work.
  • Sad to say, but Sea Point’s general feeling of safety, number of people sleeping on the streets, and levels of cleanliness have all been going in the wrong direction over the last 6 months.
  • Tuesday, up early, iPad buying for Mia, coconut breakfast at the whitest place in Africa, stationary shopping at the Gardens Centre, Waterfront, I found a Tumi laptop bag on special (my Tumi wallet has lasted ten years so far), I got a Forrest Gump haircut – according to Mia, found a bag for Mia’s new iPad, Japanese salads at Willoughby’s, packing, we moved to Franschhoek – Mia played Exitlude as we left Sea Point – see below, sunset walk and supper at the Pearl Valley clubhouse.
  • Mia is living with me from now on. Less drama. End of a decade of BS. I feel like a need a medal.
  • Stefan commented about babies being hard work when we were at Scarborough recently. “I’m just going to adopt a teenager.”
  • Be the person you needed when you were younger.
  • Mia introduced me to the concept of toner this week – learning about skin care.
  • iPad Pro mini-review: fast, pencil2 works really well, almost a laptop if you add the folding keyboard. Can’t fault it.
  • Wednesday, up early, omellettes at the clubhouse, orientation day at Rushmore – I think Mia will be happy at the new school, book shopping and optometrist visit in Stellenbosch, got a bluetooth label printer – fun toy, sunset flaneuring around the golf course with Mia.
  • We visited the optometrist to get Mia a new pair of spectacles. I figured I’d ask about the sports use case, so she ended up also getting contact lenses. Mia was super impressed with the contact lenses.
  • “It looks like the world has finally finished downloading.” — Mia, about contact lenses.

  • Tony Hsieh: just answer yesterday’s emails.
  • Chunk your projects by day, don’t sprinkle small units over many days. Slow multi tasking.
  • Recently, I really like Inari (sushi).
  • Thursday, Mia’s first day of high school, pretty easy school run – no traffic, managed to be productive again – for about an hour, until loadshedding – fibre offline and mobile data slows to being useless – joy, so I went to go find a UPS, another Volvo test drive, lunch with Dirk in Somerset Mall, sunset walk and supper with Mia.
  • I gave Mia a sleep tracker. Fitbit Charge 3. How to get teenagers to go to bed earlier. Pretty cool little device.
  • Friday, I made breakfast, school run, matcha latte to kill some time waiting for traffic, Cape Town visit, biltong shopping, bought some tea, fetched Mia’s new spectacles in Stellenbosch, quick wine tasting at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, fetched Mia from school, we took a drive all the way across Pleasantville to the Olympic length pool at The Yard – it’s a long drive – they obviously forgot to install a monorail system, sunset flaneuring around the golf course, supper and italian kisses, Vodacom fibre went down, so I went to bed early.
  • I’ve been avoiding coffee. Enmasse Earl Grey is great.
  • “I don’t drink coffee, I take tea, my dear… a gentleman will walk but never run.”

  • Electricity, mobile internet, fibre internet – choose two, sometimes only one. (Assuming you have a UPS)
  • I uninstalled Slack everywhere – I realised I don’t need it anymore, and it always sucked.
  • Saturday, I fetched my new car – close to the most nerdy car you can buy, snoek braai at Anton’s, Anton experienced semi-autonomous driving (level 2 autonomy), picturesque late afternoon drive home, braai with Mia – sirloin steaks with oven roasted broccoli and asparagus (the usual), time well spent.
  • I discovered the Volvo Apple Watch app because the car let me know that I forgot to lock it.
  • Try Naked Insurance. Pretty cool experience. Much better than my experience with Outsurance over the phone this week.
  • Volvo XC60 mini review: self parking, semi-autonomous driving, app to start aircon from anywhere, apple watch integration, wifi hotspot in the car with data SIM, HUD, 360deg parking camera, cool software / UX, the future is here. I get around 6.5l/100km. Zero buyer’s remorse.
  • I attended the Volvo Ocean Race at the Waterfront in 2017, always liked Volvo since then.
  • Sunday, lucid dreaming, caught up on some blogging, Babylonstoren (named after a koppie/hill on the farm), lunch at Babel with Mia – food was excellent – as always – we took some plumbs home – which reminded me of a weekend with Ernst in 2013 – when the plumbs made their way on to the (rainy) Origin dance floor – good times, sunset walk, time well spent.
  • “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” –- Oscar Wilde

  • Tune of the week: Exitlude – The Killers.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.