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Sunset

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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It’s time to tinker…

CI Flag
  • Week of 31 August – 6 September
  • Lockdown level 2, rolling blackouts level 4.
  • Why the flag picture in the header? Because I like it.
  • Monday, woke up in Misty Cliffs, packing, listened to a very cool podcast – EconTalk – Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works, fetched Mia, watched Bruno again – crazy movie.
  • On the Monday drive back, I was listening to that podcast thinking – innovation is very cool, we have some amazing things – many of which only became practical and accessible in the last 15 years.
  • The ear infection is finally over.
  • Tuesday, we decided that remote school is a good idea, Takealot delivery, watched Youtube live stream interview, played with the Burning Man Multiverse app.
  • Watch: CIAG polling data was released to the media
  • I now have a small and very light drone – Mavic Mini Flymore Combo. As I’m writing this I still have to fly it for the first time.
  • Got a new DC UPS with 24v PoE feature.
  • Wednesday, very wintery, school run, tinkered with the drone, fetched Mia, we went for a late lunch at La Paris deli, meeting.
  • I’m a bit over winter now. Lockdown and winter have not been a bad combo. I don’t think I’d do well in a cold country.
  • Thursday, school run, breakfast at Boschendal, tinkering, late lunch at La Motte with Mia.
  • Check out PragerU
  • I listened to a Jerm interview with Martin Van Staden about Libertarianism. Worth a listen. I found this interesting – libertarians are constitutionalists – they see the problem with pure democracy. The constitution protects the rights of the individual and guards against mob rule – democracy can quickly become mob rule. In South Africa we have a very real problem that the mob can change the constitution (66% vote) – so we don’t have this balance – individual rights are not protected. tldr; make very sure that you set up your constitution correctly – you only really have one chance – maybe some things should be immutable.
  • Friday, breakfast at Boschendal, Grande Provence wine tasting – you can taste, but you can’t buy – pretty lame, installed Illustrator and figured out how to use maybe 1% of it.
  • Check out bashtop
  • It’s time to tinker. We need more generalist, with a strong vision for the future… comment on It’s Time To Build essay.
  • Saturday, epic nap, tinkering, went down a nerdy Youtube rabbit hole to learn about Catalonia independence movement, late afternoon walk, KWV 10 irish hot chocolate and some scifi – watched I Am Mother – not bad.
  • Try Babylonstoren Bitter Lekker + Cointreau and soda.
  • Sunday, tinkering, some infograpic making with Illustrator, fetched Mia, early supper – her first Big Mac ever – shock horror, caught up on two weeks of blogging with some Johnny 12yo.
  • The updated Quad1/WARP app for macOS makes IPv6 work on v4 networks.
  • Tune of the week: This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Misty Cliffs…

Misty Cliffs
  • Week of 24-30 August. This post is late – hmm – I’ve been distracted.
  • Monday, doctor visit – ear infection follow up, weekly shopping and stocked up on some drinks, afternoon walk.
  • Tuesday, walk, meeting, walk.
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day at physical school in a long time, breakfast at Boschendal, doctor visit again – the 3rd one, Babylonstoren, fetched Mia from school, house shopping, attended a webinar, sunset walk, meeting.
  • I took me three visits to three doctors but this is the shit… Quadriderm! 4-in-1 ear fix.
  • Pro tip. Plan outings. Look forward to them.
  • Thursday, school run, Boschendal, worked from home, fetched Mia, network upgrade, Takealot shopping, late night tinkering with sr-iov and multicast.
  • Heated car seats are rad in winter.
  • Friday, school run, Big Dog Cafe, shopping, made IPv6 work again, packing, fetched Mia from school, road trip to Misty Cliffs, braai with Jacques and family.
  • Saturday, beach walk, we made brunch, seafood at Dixies in Glencairn, Scarborough beach walk, we made marganitas with fresh lime and Cointreau.
  • Sunday, braai with Jacques, Marietjie, Stefan, Wouter and Rene.
  • Epic weekend, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Bach – Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor Simone Dinnerstein – turn it up (-:

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Level 2…

Cronyvirus
  • Week of 17-23 August
  • Loadshedding level 2 and Lockdown level 2.
  • Monday, woke up in Stellenbosch, full English breakfast at Spier with Mia – while Mia wrote a test, drove home while Mia attended class – online schooling is pretty cool.
  • Somehow I picked up an ear infection, seems to happen once a year. Ear infections kinda limit podcast walks – to one ear.
  • Tuesday, town doctor visit, shopping outing, legally purchased some drinks at La Cotte, quick Moreson wine pickup, afternoon meeting.
  • Wednesday, ear infection can be a bitch – woke up at 2:00 to take pain meds, loadshedding – so we had a late lunch at Grande Provence, chai latte at Big Dog Cafe, meeting.
  • Thursday, walk – to get salmon bagels, sushi night, extended Facetime chat with Jacques, watched Sneakers again – rad movie – soundtrack is also great – kinda jazzy.
  • Rebels vs Empire
  • Friday, up early, #VoetsekANC Friday, podcast walk, lunch with Mia at the clubhouse, dropped Mia off, driving range, podcast nap, random tinkering.
  • “Pessimism is good. Negativity is bad.” -— Rob Duigan

  • Saturday, Dirk phoned me awake, perfect weather day, my car’s autopilot drove most of the way to Boschendal for a coffee with Dirk, mountain bike shopping with Dirk, long phone chat with Anton in Belium, jacuzzi bubble bath, watched Sphere (1998) again.
  • I think I’m keen to get into mountain biking again. The golf idea is not really taking off.
  • Sunday, watched The Signal (2014) – meh, gourmet burger braai with Mia.
  • CIAG now has 35k likes.
  • Tune of the week: Counting Crows – Possibility Days

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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So long Commie Virus, and thanks for all the masks…

Golden Hour
  • Week of 10-16 August
  • I’m pretty much over this lockdown thing now. Looks like we can get on with out lives.
  • Monday, public holiday, late lunch at Roca in Franschhoek, fetched Mia, we watched Predestination – bit like 12 Monkeys but more weird.
  • Tuesday, home fibre offline – so we worked at the clubhouse, walked around to trace fibre cables – replaced and respliced my fibre.
  • If you ever have the option of choosing Vodacom as your fibre operator or ISP – JUST AVOID THEM. Vodacom fibre down for 6th day. Call centre gives the wrong information. They can’t track down a device on their own network. No clue. Muppets.
  • Wednesday, fibre still down – so worked at the clubhouse, rainy afternoon nap, fibre fixed, had some de-alcholised wine – which was mildly amusing but I would not recommend it, meeting.
  • I found a programming course I’m keen to do – for building PWAs.
  • Thursday, loadshedding, morning podcast walk and Facetime chat with Jacques and Dirk, salmon and cream cheese bagels, blogging, shopping outing with Mia – hit the cosmetics shop like a teenage girl – wait – with a teenage girl, gourmet burger braai – aw yeah.
  • Adding a shot of vodka to alcohol-free beer is a thing now – Astronaut Beer.
  • Phil was on a CliffCentral podcast
  • Vanilla tea, the single resource that was capable of creating or destroying the empire, the basis for many of the things found in Fremen daily life, origin Arrakis, also good for space travel.
  • Finally made it to 1,700 FB friends. Not really making progress with that number.
  • Friday, more loadshedding, hmm, kinda forgot to make notes about Friday.
  • Cherries are in season, yes! Favourite fruit.
  • “Never tell me the odds!” — Han

  • The lockdown project now has 30k likes. The blades of glory rivalry is picking up. I’m still winning. 14k likes ahead.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, watch the Renaldo live stream of the Squirrel speech – with my last bottle of red wine – lockdown looks like it’s pretty much over now – only 5 months wasted!
  • Let’s not forgot, these were the 20 most fucked up weeks in recent history – remember not being able to go for a walk? wtf.
  • Adrian sent me a message – warning us to not think the lockdown is fully over yet – in Spain they lifted all bans – people went a bit crazy – had to ban things again a few weeks later – so the smart money will still stock up on some drinks.
  • I realised Sivers’s ‘Smart, Happy, Useful’ = Ikigai
  • Sunday, last minute outing to Spier, late lunch at Vadas smokehouse, river-side walk around Spier, watched parts of Aquaman, dinner at the hotel – I think we were the only guests, photo processing, watched Taken 3 – the Istanbul version – not bad.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Cronyvirus…

Outside
  • Week of 3-9 August
  • Bug out, week 20, probably the last week really.
  • Monday, oxtail for lunch, walk, oxtail for supper.
  • “It’s not difficult to be right and alone.” — about relationships

  • Tuesday, meeting, meeting, walk, driving range, made pasta and a caprese salad, played with Facebook ad a/b testing.
  • The time for secession has arrived
  • “Every machine is a smoke machine in you operate it wrong enough.”

  • Wednesday, walk, meeting, Irish hot chocolate, bath.
  • “Pepsi Cape compete teen Abraham se frogfoot se graphic designer” — Jac, about my little blades of glory Facebook rivalry

  • Thursday, pizza night, watched Eurovision – good fun.
  • Friday, the internet went off – so I worked at the clubhouse, dropped Mia off, catch up with Etienne and Paul, braai.
  • Saturday, watched American Psycho again, watched Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan 1982 – similar plot to Into Darkness – not bad.
  • “Feed me a stray cat.”

  • “LOVE plus TIME minus DISTANCE = HATE” — Louis CK

  • “Democracy is a gateway to socialism.” — Jerm

  • Sunday, home exec tasks, lunch at Boca in Franschhoek – not bad, fetched Mia, we watched Life (2017) – not bad.
  • Vodacom fibre was offline for 6 days in the end. 6 days! Muppets.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Edge of a new frontier…

Walk
  • Week of 27 July – 2 August
  • Bug out, week 19
  • Monday, growth hacking for the revolution, clubhouse coffee, podcast walk, podcast nap, made soup.
  • “Sail right into the wind, Joe. That’s what you do.” — Aiden

  • I had the best intentions of asking somebody out this weekend – sent a message saying – do you have plans for this weekend? – she said yeah, I’m getting a cat – hmm… cool, cool-cool.
  • Oh bother, I looked at some of my older Quick Update blog posts and I think I’m slacking. Those were way more interesting.
  • Tuesday, clubhouse coffee and morning podcast walk, meeting, afternoon podcast walk, celebrated a growth hacking milestone with a bit of sushi and bubbly – 20k likes, watched Black Hawk Down again – epic movie.
  • Wednesday, designed some billboards – I’m considering a billboard saying ‘In Tyler We Trust’, pizza night.
  • “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” — Steve

  • Thursday, pizza for breakfast, afternoon podcast walk, random tinkering, watched the 2nd half of American Psycho.
  • Friday, watched the 2nd Marhobane interview on Jerm Warfare, clubhouse omelette with Mia, golf gear on special at the pro shop – I think I’m going to start playing golf again, nap, weekly shopping outing to Franschhoek, quick visit to Nikki and Hanrick, made some pasta, G&T, watched Snatch again.
  • Wealth is a side effect of passion.
  • “Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.” — Naval

  • Saturday, nap, sunset walk, cooked some oxtail overnight.
  • Sunday, early morning walk, 14 hour slow cooked Oxtail lunch, we drove to Muizenberg to have dessert at Case Labia with Jacques and family, took a walk on the Kalk Bay harbour wall, sunset podcast walk, tinkered with Facebook ads.
  • Sexual Harassment and You – Saturday Night Live
  • Tune of the week: New Frontier – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Civilization and growth hacking the revolution…

Walk
  • Week of 20-26 July
  • Bug out, week 18 – return of haircuts.
  • Monday, woke Mia up for school and got back in bed, home exec tasks, photo processing and blogging, afternoon podcast walk.
  • Tuesday, meeting, walk, meeting, walk.
  • Wednesday, managed to put out the garbage and recycling just in time – small wins, extended sunset walk with Mia and chats about Marxism, meeting.
  • Thursday, clubhouse breakfast with Mia – while she attended school on her iPad – social science class – she asked for the teacher’s views on an independent Cape – I was impressed with the answer, took a drive to Babylonstoren – while Mia attended school via the car’s wifi, helped Mia with her Afrikaans oral, Paarl Mall, bday present shopping for Elze, Mia had a haircut, Mia optometrist visit – while I had a haircut, La Paris deli carrot cake, extended afternoon podcast walk, watched Youtube live stream.
  • First haircut since week of 10 Feb – can’t really have civilization without haircuts.
  • I suspect Babylonstoren and Noble Hill are the same thing!
  • A good sleeping bag really is rad – useful for winter movie watching and computer tinkering.
  • What’s the most important thing? – adventure? yeah, feels like it at the time, but maybe it’s the story of the adventure.
  • “What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman

  • Is that classical music?
  • How to stop being rich and happy
  • Listen to The Knowledge Project interview with Derek.
  • The lockdown project has almost 20k FB likes now. Kicking ass and taking names. It’s been fun.
  • Updated my Fighting the Commies post.
  • Friday, interesting meeting, afternoon walk, soup, jamey, jacuzzy bubble bath, watched American Psycho again – well maybe half.
  • Saturday, woke up at 07:00 with the lights on – hate it when that happens, house hunting, 6 course lunch and non-alcoholic pairing at La Petit Colombe in Franschhoek with Adrian and Al – Adrian is going to Spain for a few months, woke Mia up from a 15 hour sleep, braai.
  • Stop everything – watch this! Subscribe to the channel.
  • Sunday, woke up at 3am and wrote most of this post, bacon and eggs brunch, watched Parasite – good movie.
  • I recently tried to listen to U2 again – fond memories of their Achtung Baby album – but I just can’t take them serious after they pre-loaded their lame album on iPhones and Bono turned out to be a real chop.
  • I think I’m pretty over lockdown and winter now – need to make a few changes – move house, take on a new project, start mountain biking again, shed a few lockdown kgs.
  • Tune of the week: Monalisa and Mad Hatters – flashback to 2015.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Blah…

Walk
  • Week of 13-19 July
  • Bug out, week 17
  • Monday, had a bit of a moment – cold, bad news from the night before and a hangover, nap.
  • Dear DA, Stop Complaining and Lead the Cape to Independence
  • Tuesday, mid-day meeting, afternoon podcast walk, we made soup, evening meeting.
  • Wednesday, up early, photo processing and weekly blog post, afternoon podcast walk, two video meetings – with some loadshedding.
  • What South Africa can learn from Brexit
  • Thursday, morning podcast coffee walk, sushi night.
  • South Africa’s 3rd Dispensation Pt. 2 – The Rainbow Nation
  • Friday, video meeting, audio book walk, another meeting.
  • Started listening to Hell Yeah or No – Derek’s new book.
  • Saturday, dropped Mia off at a picnic, Waterfront shopping, braai.
  • Sunday, house hunting, weekly shopping outing, home-made pizza, watched Snowpiercer – pretty out there but entertaining movie.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Soet slaap onder sonde…

Winter
  • Week of 6-12 July
  • Bug out, week 16 – seems most of 2020 is going to be locked down
  • Monday, two meetings, morning walk and Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, set up a SnapScan code, it was cold so I took a bath.
  • Tuesday, up early to process photos and catch up with my weekly blog, morning podcast and coffee walk, fetched Mia, weekly shopping outing, video meeting, made supper, watched a Youtube live stream interview.
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day of online school again, woke her up and got back into bed, we made pasta for lunch, afternoon walk, clubhouse Sushi, evening meeting.
  • Watch: Lectric Licks – Afrikaburn 2020 E-compression
  • “I am, at the federal level, Libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a Socialist.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game

  • Thursday, rainy day – so we made pancakes.
  • Jones likes sushi.
  • Friday, cold and wet morning – two hoodies and shorts weather, rainy coffee and podcasts walk, we drove to Stellenbosch to fetch pizza – with a Pink Floyd soundtrack, loadshedding is back – so I could use my battery packs – works well – I have an LED lamp which I can power off DC or AC, watched Game Night – fun movie, watched I, Pastafari – rad doccie – watch it.
  • Heated car seats are rad.
  • Thanks to the ANC for 13 years of loadshedding. Hopeful you will sort this out in a few more years.
  • The pet project passed 10k FB page likes.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, we took a drive to Fhk – for Bastile festival – but it was pretty dead, pizza from Wilderer / Grappa Pappa – loadshedding supper with headlamps – watched the Fokofpolisiekar live stream show – not bad – 1.3k people watching.
  • Facebook growth hacking is rather addictive. CrackBook on crack.
  • Sunday, watched a live stream – we’re on lockdown level 3 + 2 again – curfew back and immediate alcohol ban, joy – had a bit of a wobble about that – rather demoralising.
  • This lockdown in starting to give me Howard Hughes vibes, weird sense of isolation, 2 days without a shower at times, maybe a bit over focused, often catch myself going – wow it’s 3pm already, need to work on better routines.
  • WHAT I BELIEVE: Stefan Molyneux
  • Tune of the week: Fokofpolisiekar Tiny Town

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Independence Day…

Clouds
  • Week of 29 June to 5 July.
  • Bug out, week 15, 1/2 the year has passed, eek.
  • Monday, podcast walk – got some coffee at the clubhouse – long phone chat with Ben, video meeting, nap, another video meeting, played with Facebook ad configs.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk – Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, video meeting, had some fun with the Renaldo Youtube show.
  • Good article from late 2019: Dreaming of a Cape Republic: Secession may promise liberal salvation, but faces high hurdles
  • Wednesday, morning walk – Facetime chat with Dirk, I was a guest on a webinar, sunset podcast walk, extended evening meeting.
  • Thursday, morning podcast walk – phone chat with Fred, set up a Telegram channel – as an experiment, rainy afternoon – figured out some Facebook ad optimisation things.
  • Friday, Frogfoot turned 20 years old (from whois data at least), podcast walk, made a G&T, watched yet another Youtube live stream interview.
  • Saturday, birthday braai with Al and Adrian in Stellenbosch, time well spent.
  • I have this quirk that I always want to backup my computers before leaving the house.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the technology around you.
  • The pet project has 8k likes now.
  • Vue 3.0 should be ready in August.
  • Sunday, got a snack at La Paris, nap, sunset podcast walk, watched a Youtube live stream interview.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Stormtroopers play rugby…

Shooting Range
  • Week of 22-28 June
  • Bug out, week 15, this is a strange year
  • Monday, home exec tasks, morning podcast walk, pizza for brunch, random tinkering, sunset walk with Mia, we made soup, watched Apple WWDC, time well spent.
  • Apple going ARM – probably a good idea for Macbooks, seems Intel lost its way.
  • “What if this was easy and simple? What is the one thing that can make the rest easy?”
  • Tuesday, weekly shopping outing, rotisserie chicken for supper – living dangerously, watched a live stream interview.
  • Live stream interviews – the new live sports.
  • People who wear masks alone in a car – or when walking with nobody near them – low on critical reasoning ability.
  • I bought Derek’s new book, and listened to it. It was a happy 2 hours. You also get the Afrikaans version if you buy it. Pretty cool.
  • I listened to the whole Sivers season 2 podcast series in lockdown.
  • Wednesday, meeting, dropped Mia off at a picnic, live stream, walk, meeting, live stream, we made hot chocolate.
  • Thursday, morning walk, successful fundraising day, updated my bio for the first time in ages, afternoon podcast walk, more Babylonstoren hot chocolate.
  • Word of the day: defeatist. Seems to annoy people.
  • It was time to update my bio: Flâneur, serial entrepreneur, impatient idealist, imagineer, podcast nerd, Techstars alum, enjoys Campari. All progress depends on the unreasonable man.
  • Friday, braai – with some solid red wines.
  • Saturday, False Bay shooting range with Jacques and Adrian, made a beef stew, time well spent.
  • Sunday, watched parts of Money Heist – pretty good, beef stew and eggs for brunch, sunset walk, photo processing.
  • Jacques pointed out that Stormtroopers (clones) probably have good natural rugby playing talent. Jango Fett was from NZ.
  • Tune of the week: A Long December – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids!