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  • Week of 3-9 December.
  • Monday, office, management meeting, data fixing, got some new gym gloves, podcast walk home, nap, sunset promenade walk, more tinkering with Docker and Django – managed to get Django running in a container on my Mac.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, Green Point Park walk, keto lunch, Rockpool, sunset podcast promenade walk, Hamiltons S2.
  • Subtract
  • Wednesday, walked to the office – but encountered some load shedding, joy, worked at Strolla, office, lots of email scrubbing, breakfast for supper, Campari at La Vie, podcast queue zero, long phone chat w Jacques in London.
  • The story of Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, caught the tail end of Cape Town Startup Week – VIP drinks at ICIC in Green Point, walked home, watched Jodorowsky’s Dune – good movie.
  • CTSUW seems pretty cool. Fresh take on a mostly meh tech entrepreneur ecosystem, if you ask me.
  • “Have the greatest ambition possible, do it, try, if you fail, it’s not important.” — Alejandro Jodorowsky

  • Friday, office, lunch at the Mojo Market, after work drinks in the office, extended nap, joined Paul and Nicci at the opening of new wine bar in Bree Street – I thought it was a bit average, drinks with Claus and Jani at House of Machines – they make a great Old Fashioned, quick Hanks visit.
  • What happened to October and November?
  • “What is the purpose of life – well it’s an adventure.” — JP about the call to adventure

  • “Are you doing the most adventurous thing you can be doing?”

  • If you listen to enough JP, all you hear is: meaning, responsibility and adventure.
  • “He doesn’t mid invading countries as long as tea time is at 16:30.” — Claus

  • Learn, create, make notes.
  • Do a small number of things with excellence.
  • For all my anti Instagram Story ideas… I do actually watch two fairly regularly.
  • Saturday, walked to the Waterfront with Paul, watched Bohemian Rhapsody at the VIP cinemas – great movie – go watch it, Belgium beer at Den Anker, afternoon of Elgin chardonnay and a good catch up with Paul, 13 hour sleep.
  • Sunday, brunch at La Vie, nap, sunset promenade walk to the Mojo Market, almost finished Hamiltons S2.
  • Tune of the week: Queen – I Want To Break Free

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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District 9 visit…

Guns n’ Roses

  • Week of 26 November to 2 December.
  • Monday, school run, gym, swim, sauna, keto breakfast, office, BIA machine visit, supplements shopping, swim, sauna, in bed early.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, keto breakfast, office, Nu, in bed early.
  • We’re built for adventure not peace.
  • Wednesday, up early, flight to Joburg – read a book about Salt, dropped our bags at the Raddisson, Vodacom meeting, Cool Ideas meeting, catch up with Roelf and the team at their rooftop bar, big steak dinner at The Bull Run with Scott, Rob and Rory.
  • Thursday, Afrihost meeting, RocketNet meeting, hotel, burger at Craft in Parkhurst, watched the Guns n’ Roses concert with Trevor, Rob and Rory at the FNB Stadium (District 9 spaceship), big mission to find an Uber at 00:30 in JHB after a concert.
  • “Feed them some cat food.” — Michael

  • Friday, breakfast with Ernst at Tasha’s – nice to catch up – chats about flow stacking, Buddhism, the subconscious mind, the IDW, epigenetics – seems we’ve been listening to similar books, flight to Cape Town, long podcast flaneuring walk to Camps Bay – walked around Mainens Cove, dinner at The Raj with Georg, drinks with Adrian.
  • Saturday, managed to get a Salt python3 install working (but not with IPv6) – I can now do remote Debian package upgrades for a few VMs, afternoon on Clifton 1st, watched the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – good movie, 14 hour sleep.
  • Sunday, worked at La Vie with some Bodzin, a bloody mary and chicken skewers, played with Docker and Django, watched some Hamiltons Pharmacopeia, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, photo processing and blogging.
  • Tune of the week: alt-J – Adeline – “A Tasmanian devil falls in love with a woman as he watches her swim. The song describes his feelings toward her as well as his realization that he cannot be with her.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Little universes…

Lions Head

  • Week of 19-25 November.
  • Health week 1/4 – warm-up week.
  • Monday, work, gym, swim, sauna, PS4 tinkering.
  • Video: ASICs For Network Engineers
  • Tuesday, office, hardware shopping, Cape Quarter meeting, gym, swim, sauna.
  • Make good art – including businesses, systems and software.
  • All I want for xmas is a John Oliver vs Jordan Peterson debate.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, late lunch omelette, sauna, swim, sauna.
  • Had a quick look at my podcast app stats. 38 days of listening over the last ~two years. Around 55GB of data. Or, R8250 in Vodacom 1GB top-ups… would have been an expensive hobby if not for sensible internet sources.
  • Updated my list of groups to support: Fighting the Commies
  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, worked at Harveys, a Campari soda at La Vie – so much better than Aperol (who drinks that?), watched a bit of Hamiltons S2.
  • Some things pay in freedom.
  • Friday, office, net-ops meeting, shopping – figured I needed an external SSD for backups, biltong shopping, fetched Mia, Campari at Rockpool with Dan (and Dan’s little one), Fred, Daryn and Georg – nice to catch up, Mia and I watched The Play That Goes Wrong at The Theatre on the Bay – good show, Mia loved it, time well spent.
  • I got an email back from Derek Sivers this week.
  • “I wasn’t trying to make a big business. I was just daydreaming about how one little thing would look in a perfect world.

    When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws. This is your utopia.

    When you make it a dream come true for yourself, it’ll be a dream come true for someone else, too.” — Derek Sivers, Anything You Want

  • I kinda experienced something similar – not really knowing it at the time. I remember when we started Frogfoot we had “All rights reserved. The Sovereigns of Frogfoot” at the bottom of our website – 2003 days – yeah, php config is broken, but scroll down. I just wanted to play with routers and open source tools and we had the freedom to – build our own little world. It’s a struggle to keep these little universes independent and fun, but they can be lots of fun, many good memories.
  • Saturday, gym, swim, sauna, BIA machine visit, Waterfront, we watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at the VIP cinemas – I was a bit lost, but Mia seemed to know all the details, we shared a greek food platter at Mykonos Taverna – which was excellent, food coma nap, Kirstenbosch, we watched the James show – old music was good, new music was lame, time well spent.
  • I always liked the James : Pleased to Meet You album (2001). The album’s front cover features a composite image of all the band members’ faces.
  • Alt-J at Daisies 2013. Good memories.
  • Mia says the Aliens movies did not scare her.
  • Soda water vs mineral water? They seem to add salt to soda water.
  • Sunday, upgrades and backups, lazy brunch at Manna – the whitest place in Africa, Moro gelato, nap, swim, sauna, smoothie, Kloof corner hike with Mia, Glen Beach and Camps Bay beach sunset walk, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
  • I’m still very happy with my hiking shoes.
  • I kinda have this sense that technology has happily stalled for a while, at least in the general computer tech world. I think it’s good – stable, simple, well understood, but not so exciting. Maybe slower moving tech gives people a bit more confidence to invest time in learning and building.
  • Which technologies are you excited about these days? I can come up with maybe: 5G, open networking hardware (routers and switches), 10G fibre to the home, 802.11ax wifi… hmm, after that it gets a bit hard to point at something – cheaper SSDs and memory would be nice. Even 5G mobile tech is not very exciting. Maybe machine learning, but it seems you need a lot of data to play that game.
  • On personal nerd tech, I can’t really think of anything exciting. We have all the screens, phones, solid state storage, cpu speeds, cameras, apps, watches, gigabit ftth etc – maybe arm64 based laptops.
  • I should probably add – maybe the stuff we should be getting excited about is: food, farming, health, smarter towns… robots and full unemployment.
  • Duncan Trussell on the Cacophony Society
  • Tune of the week: James – Getting Away With It

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Las Vegas for Telco Nerds…


  • Week of 12-18 November.
  • Not a health week.
  • Quick Update week 550.
  • Monday, podcast school run, gym, Stone Three visit, office, late lunch omelette, sunset podcast promenade walk – podcast queue zero, watched some youtube over ipv6 – the history of unix.
  • Pocket Casts app now has an episode search feature. Only had to give them a one star rating and complain about it 3 times. I gave them a 5 star rating this week.
  • Tuesday, AfricaCom at the CTICC – booth babes and hardware, AfricaCom opening party with Sybren, AFest party at Shimmy’s with Ben – managed to get a VIP upgrade, Seacom party at The Grand, long day – three parties in one night was maybe not the best idea.
  • Wednesday, AfricaCom, meetings, more meetings and more meetings – some interesting info on whitebox switches and a plan to start an open networking group, walked up Long Street, Moro ice cream, in bed early, watched a bit of Alien Covenant – no aquarium party this year.
  • Thursday, walked to the ZAPF event at the Radisson, I was on a panel discussion about network automation – hopefully I said a few sensible things, sunset drinks at the Radisson.
  • Friday, office, brain food at the Mojo Market, podcast nap, El Buro dinner with Georg and a few tequilas.
  • “Basically a Raspberry Pi for 100Gbps switching.” — Georg, about a whitebox switch – new toy.

  • Saturday, meeting in Constantia, lunch with Nick and Simone at Loading Bay – go there for extra slow service, epic nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, Waterfront, watched A Star Is Born – good movie, Den Anker, watched the 2nd half of Alien Covenant.
  • I never really liked the last two alien movies.
  • I really like Den Anker. Been a favourite for 15 years. Good memories.
  • Sunday, home wifi troubleshooting, drinks at Harvey’s with Wouter and Barry – great burger, Clifton 1st swims and sunset with Georg, Nick and Simone, dinner at Georg’s, time well spent.
  • Do meaningful work.
  • Good ideas and bad ideas should go to war.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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.

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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

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

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

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.

More groups to support:

Free Market Foundation
GOSA : Gun Owners of South Africa

Quick Update

Pigs, Patreon, Cointreau…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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.