Monday, podcast walk, creative writing, weekly shopping outing, nap, May the 4th be with you, the last Clone Wars episode was released today, we made fresh pasta and watched the last two episodes of season 7 – good ending – had Mia in tears.
Wednesday, morning walk, berry smoothies, new server arrived – should be fun building that, meeting, nap, meeting, network tinkering.
Thursday, morning walk, green smoothies, wrote up some feedback on 4 videos projects, watched the IRR live stream, nap, braai, ecommerce shopping.
I realised I’m getting pretty tired of braaiing. How did this happen?
This lockdown and its strange rules is becoming lame very quickly. It’s clearly not working, and you have to wonder if the people making the rules understand the original reasons. It seems this state of disaster can last for 90 days. March 26, 90 days later would be June 24.
Woke up thinking, what are we waiting for? “The Waiting Place… for people just waiting”
Friday, mobility routine, podcast walk, Takealot goodies arrived – with Mia’s Kindle and a few 1TB SSDs.
Storage really has become fast and cheap – I remember building a server in early 2000s with 5 hard drives to get to 1TB.
Saturday, walk with Mia, Franschhoek outing, desktop backups, fell asleep on the couch soon after the start of a movie.
Sunday, up at 01:00 – figured it’s a good time to do server upgrades – upgraded ten servers to Debian 10.4, sleep, random tinkering, meeting, we made oxtail – yum – cooked for 8 hours – served with a nice Pinot Noir, backups, in bed early, time well spent.
Monday, public holiday, installed a theme for a Webflow site for a pet project, ventured out to buy food for the week, nap, we made fresh pasta with pesto – yum, watched Alien 3 – David Fincher – rad movie – epic ending.
Tuesday, frozen berry smoothies, worked on three video projects, telecon, we made soup, simISP network tinkering.
I hope your lockdown time has been productive and you have some project to point to that made good use of this time. I’ve been building Debian servers and working on a pet project which I’ll link to soon. What are you building?
Wednesday, meeting, Takealot order arrived – yay – I finally have a can opener, 2h Facetime chat with Jacques, I ordered two lithium battery packs – because Eksdom is probably going to cause trouble again soon, braai, watched the Level4 lockdown update – what a joke.
Cat hair is lonely people glitter.
Free yourself from old goals.
A server we ordered from the US is being shipped, fun to watch tracking updates every morning.
Thursday, berry smoothies, random tinkering, nap, tinkered with a Webflow site, watched Star Wars Episode II.
We started a Star Wars marathon in preparation for May the 4th – and the final Clone Wars episodes. We are watching all the movies related to The Clone Wars series. Mia watched all the Clone Wars episodes twice between 2011 and 2013.
Friday, extended podcast walk – start of Level4 lockdown – we can go outside for 3 hours per day – who dreams up this bs?, website building, watched The Clone Wars animated movie again, watched Star Wars Episode III – actually a pretty rad movie, played with Wireguard – seems to work well.
Eek, looks like I gained 5kg in the last 7 weeks.
Saturday, podcast walk, braai on the holodeck – with an epic bottle of Mrs English Chardonnay, we watched Clone Wars Season 6, time well spent.
Sunday, website building, watched Clone Wars end of Season 5, and then 7 – the Ahsoka storyline.
Monday, early podcast listening, some experimental breakfast cooking, ventured out to buy food for the week, tinkered with some batch email copy, rainy afternoon, braai with Mia – I find rump steak is best if you want to keep meat for the next day.
I’ve been cooking this scrambled eggs thing where I add a layer of mushrooms, put a lot of cheese on top, and let it cook at a low heat with a lid over it – seems to be the best of both worlds, easy cooking and consistency of scrambled eggs, with the more solid feel and cheesy goodness of an omelette.
Tech Independence! I listened to a Derek Sivers interview, with Jordan Paris, right at the end, 1:17:00, Derek answers with ‘Tech Independence’ – the course he would teach at university, “Teaching regular people – non programmers, how to be free from the corporate lock-in and get off the cloud.”, “If something matters to you, don’t give it to a company.” Listen to the end of the podcast
I think I’ve finally managed to figure out the three things I want to work on over the next 5 years. Sustainable futures. Tech Independence. Cape Independence. The first one is a fancy way of saying keep making money, building networks mostly.
Tuesday, tea, green smoothies, wrote some copy for a video ad, tech plumbing for a pet project, watched the chief frog boiler’s speech.
Migrating laptops is not a trivial thing – I keep finding more things to migrate.
The neighbourhood alpha cat somehow made its way into Mia’s morning school video teleconferencing, so the class wanted to know the cat’s name. We named him Jones, because he looks like Ripley’s cat… from Aliens, who was smart enough not to travel to LV-426.
Wednesday, spend 25min on the phone with Vodacom to ask them to send me a password for a router to change a wifi channel – big companies are special, video meeting, some hardware procurement.
I started listening to Models my Mark Manson. I kinda stumbled into it, because I accidentally bought an Audible credit and I did not know what to do with it.
Check out the ‘needrestart’ package in Debian.
Thursday, tea, green smoothies, more server hardware shopping, I finally managed to find a Kindle for Mia online – eCommerce in lockdown is no fun, I submitted a Debian Request for Package for Routinator, nap, we made Mexican food and watched the lockdown news update.
I recently bought a box of coffee pods, not that I like pods, but something different to tea, bit of a buzz in the morning, after about a week of morning buzz I realised it was a decaf box.
I cleaned up my RSS reading lists this week.
Note to self: daydream more.
Friday, creative writing, listened to Disintegration – epic album, quick outing to fetch server hardware, Jones and I had a braai, with some Campari and listened to Neil Diamond, Facetime chat with Stefan.
Saturday, tea, Cape Town visit, we made a few videos – good fun, epic fail with my plan to use an iMac as an external display for a Macbook via a Thunderbolt cable – seems the new iMac models do not support Target Display mode anymore.
Mini iMac review: 5k screen is rad, fusion drive is a bit slow compared to NVMe, nice that you can upgrade the memory easily, keyboard is a bit dorky.
Mini Macbook Pro 16 review: keyboard is great, screen is great, sound is very cool, 8 CPU cores is pretty crazy – yeah, it’s fast, 1TB storage is very handy, finger print gizmo works well. Magsafe power would have been cool, touchbar is pretty lame – who uses that? Pleasure to work with – makes a 13inch laptop look like a Fisher-Price toy. It’s been 5 years since I upgraded laptops – this one is probably 5 times better.
Safe to say Mia has slept through 66% of her holiday and commie virus lockdown so far.
I’d like to see warning labels on Chinese goods and services – Made with Communism.
Tuesday, omelettes, braai.
Wednesday, online school started – seemed to go well, meeting, tinkered with three video projects.
Thursday, mobility routine, tinkered with making Postfix more secure and migrated some email settings, attended a webinar about IPv6 address planning, braai with Mia, watched the 2nd half of Alien – very impressive movie for 1979.
“The standard pace is for chumps.” — Derek Sivers
Meta is ‘about’ in Latin.
Friday, tea, braai meat for breakfast, played with the cats, bit of a blur – not sure what I did.
I think I’m at the end of the road of my drinks stash. 1/2 bottle Campari remaining.
My 2 year commie battle on FB seems to be working – the commies are doing most of the work though.
Saturday, tinkered with Postfix again – I accidentally required all my mail to come in via TLS, we made eggs for lunch, nap, played with BPKI/RPKI certs, listened to old REM albums and generated a ROA.
Mia keeps watching series – wasting time. She’s watching The Office at the moment. One day, when she’s sitting on the couch without any idea what she wants to do with her live at age 30 – I’m going to remind her that I blogged about this wasted time, way back in those commie virus weeks. I nagged her to complete the Jordan Peterson self-authoring / future-authoring course over the holidays – which she did, in a rather half baked way, if you ask me.
I drink so much tea I should change my middle name. Mia drinks chai rooibos. I drink earl grey.
I started using the 18.104.22.168 / WARP app on my phone this week. Works well, gives you IPv6 also.
Sunday, tea, blogging, set up DNS and email for two websites, made popcorn and watched Aliens again – rad movie.
Monday, home office – big surprise, tinkered with IPv6 BGP.
Tuesday, got up at 05:00 to tinker with BGP configs, nap, video meeting, a quick Cape Town visit – three roadblocks, phone chats on the way back with Dirk, Jacques, Pierre and Nikki, figured out the Fhk Woolworths closes at 4pm, we made wraps.
Learning BGP has been fun – have not really used BGP in a few years.
Pro tip: A Thunderbolt 3 cable with USB-C connectors is not the same as a USB-C ‘charging’ cable.
Wednesday, tea, phone chats and video meetings, we made cheesy breakfast burritos at 16:00ish, watched Idiocracy – amusing.
Remember kids, commie data is creative data.
Thursday, up early, worked on a side project, food shopping outing – what a mission to rinse every item when you get home, nap, braai with Mia – we made burgers.
Personality quirk: I hate it when people shuffle songs on albums/playlists – order is important.
Friday, random tinkering with an iMac – installed Aperture, CaptureOne and Proxmox, finally upgraded my laptop macOS (10.15), we watched Darjeeling Limited – which was pretty average.
Double clicking on Apple Watch to confirm things in macOS is pretty cool – less password typing.
Inception: I now have a Debian VM running in a Proxmox VM with VirtualBox on macOS – nested virtualisation is amusing. Proxmox works well.
Saturday, not sure what I did really, migrated some laptop configs, we made mexican food for supper, caught up on some blogging.
Commie Virus lockdown was extended until the end of April.
The two cats are visiting more often.
Half of the contacts on my phone’s ‘Favourites’ screen now use Facetime audio.
Sunday, up early, rainy day – moved my car to get a free car wash, more laptop configs and migrations, Campari, braai with Mia, Facetime chat with Jacques and Dirk, started watching Alien, but fell asleep.
Friday, extreme yak shaving and playing with Proxmox, home exec tasks, tinkered with FRR with more REM B-side tunes, sunset g&t, watched Moneyball.
USD / ZAR exchange rate went over 19 ZAR per USD, eek.
Saturday, tea, backups, sunset g&t, server shopping, watched V for Vendetta again – interesting how the plot involves a virus.
DaisyDisk is a pretty useful tool to clean up a macOS filesystem and free up space. I got a bit annoyed with how macOS shows it has lots of space but ‘df -h’ shows a smaller number. DaisyDisk lets you purge the disk.
So long Wunderlist. We had some good times – we planned a few Afrikaburns together.
Sunday, more backups, email scrubbing and played with FRR and IPv6 BGP, sunset g&t, braai with Mia – and an excellent bottle of Moreson Chardonnay 2017, watched High Fidelity again – great movie – good memories of making compilation tapes – and bad memories of breakups.
“The making of a great compilation tape is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules. Anyway… I’ve started to make a tape… in my head…” — High Fidelity, found in a post from 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.