Monday, woke up in Tamboerskloof, lazy day with Paul, Shelley and Barbara – chilling on the trampoline again, chats about keyboard layouts and more than one bottle of bubbly, watched Ex Machina – well, maybe 1/2 of it.
Tuesday, omelette breakfast at Beleza in Tamboerskloof with Paul, played with a server and tried to get the Debian installer to set up raid1/lvm, beers with Nick, dinner at Kristy’s down the road – nice catch up.
Wednesday, slept fairly late, took a walk down Kloof Street, very tasty lunch at Loading Bay with Nick, walked around The Cape Quarter, Sea Point home visit – fetched a few things, late afternoon meeting, supper at The Blue Cafe, watched the 2nd half of Ex Machina.
My holiday calendar opened up fairly short notice. Dealing with unreasonable people makes you pretty good at the Stoic arts. Remember kids – you will encounter people without passion, people who are not life-long learners and who have no interest in creating anything of meaning, they will be sad and miserable and they will try to make the people around them unhappy. Nothing new, and nothing you can do about it.
“No one understands the lonely perfection of my dreams.” — David
Never feed a stray cat.
WWDD – business without moral failure.
“Cause sooner or later in life, the things you love you loose.” — Florence
Thursday, slept late, walked down Kloof Street, annual vitality tests, breakfast at Wellness Warehouse, walked down Long Street, worked at Raw and Roxy (the old Fez?), Moro gelato, walked through the Company Gardens, a pilsner at Van Hunks, watered the plants at home, nap, a GnT with Paul, watched the first Renegade Report live stream on Youtube, watched Zodiac – well, some of it.
I did some cholesterol hacking for a few days. tl;dr – I think it’s a good idea to eat enough mono-unsaturated fat and vit-c + lysine.
Managed to get to Vitality Diamond status again, without completing any of their lame online forms, and without having to experience the lame attitudes of their Discovery shop staff.
I suspect I have a weakness for Emmental cheese.
5 year plan: fibre, open source and open networking, devops, wwdd.
Xmas gift-zero. New minimalism level.
You need a welfare state to support people who are not competitive in modern society.
“It’s hard not to like a man of many qualities, even if most of them are bad.” — anonymous
“Each network has a personality. Always wear a black concert tshirt during change windows. Listen to 90s grunge, it soothes the network.” — Network Collective Podcast
Friday, slept late, said goodbye to Paul, general tinkering and a bit of admin, reached an important milestone, epic nap, speedy backup, found a salad at Knead, watched ‘Juliet, Naked’ at the Labia with a beer – good movie – always liked Nick Hornby, finally finished watching Zodiac at 02:00.
By now I was a bit napped-out, and not sure what day of the week it was.
It’s been pretty entertaining just being alone and chilling.
Pet hate: Cape Town shopping malls that switched off the taps in their bathrooms a while ago – and are too retarded to work out that the water restrictions have changed. Install water saving taps and switch them back on. Muppets.
Saturday, slept late, late lunch omelette at Knead at Wembley Square, caught up on some blogging with Yo-Yo Ma Bach Chello Suites, gym, swim, sauna, watched Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged doccie, watched Atlas Shrugged I (2011).
Pet hate: paper straws. A small number of countries contribute most of the ocean pollution (clue: not Cape Town restaurants). Also, giving me a (lame) paper straw, but giving me a big plastic cup seems a bit screwed up? Eco muppets. Your little guilt campaign and actual impact are oceans apart.
“Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.” — Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
Sunday, Waking Up app meditation, had a beer, listened to Ah-ha and played with IPv6, watched Atlas Shrugged II and III, watched Napoleon Dynamite – it had its moments.
I discovered iStat Menus and SimplePing for macOS. Pretty cool.
Yes, this post is late. Been busy with… nothing really.
Monday, office, dev catch up, lunchtime walk, I placed an Octotel order with our new API – we were a bit delayed in opening up the API, data fixes, braai at Nick’s house with Evan and Chris.
“Don’t go to sleep!” — Paul, I think that’s from last week’s notes.
I did a Udemy cource about GitLab and DevOps using their iOS app this week – it kinda works. Going to try a few more offline learning tools. edX and Coursera seem good. It’s tricky to make time for these courses. WWDD.
Tuesday, up early, gym, swim, sauna, German food at Raith’s at the Gardens Centre and a tin-tin hair cut, found some broad spectrum reflective sun block (face cream) and also got Mia some, beers at Nick’s, watched The Girl Who Played with Fire – not as good as the 1st movie.
Stating the obvious, but telecoms is much cooler than fintech. Urgh. Learnt that lesson the hard way.
Remember kids, use broad spectrum reflective sunblock, vitC and vitA. Listen to the Peter Attia podcast about skin care.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, nap, explored a bunch of new podcast shows – without much luck, sunset podcast promenade walk, played with ucrm.
Inbox-zero – for the first time in many weeks!
“The road to the top is better than the top, don’t be in such a hurry that you don’t enjoy the ride.” — Dan Bilzerian
Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, office, pretty much the last day of dev work – systems freeze, iOS and macOS upgrade day, dinner at Hugo and Dennis’ house with Georg and Romeo.
Friday, up early, took a podcast walk around Sea Point listening to Startup School by Seth Godin, inbox-zero-day-3, worked at Cafe Neo – nice salads, a Campari at La Vie with Nick and Simone, Jacques dropped off some hardware – I have a 500G external SSD backup drive now.
I decided to give up on emacs and just use Sublime and jed.
Saturday, notes and photo processing, used my new backup drive – seems to do around 100MB/s, gym, epic nap, house sitting in Tamboerskloof, supper at The Blue Cafe – old favourite, flaneuring walk, ice cream at Unframed, watched Eyes Wide Shut again – nice xmas movie.
I cleaned up my homebrew packages – how does homebrew not have autoremove!?
Going to gym twice a week makes a big difference – no need for more than that really. Florence makes for good gym music.
Can’t really think of any new years resolutions I made over the last year or two. I used to do that kind of thing. Nothing comes to mind. I guess I’m more into weekly cycles now. Hmm. My NY resolution is to become a bit more useful with software dev again.
Heros, past and present: Ma.tt, Tony Hsieh, A16Z, Jobs, Paul Car, Sivers, Dan Bilzerian, Tim, Attia, JP, Ripley, Elon… sure there must be more, but that’s what comes to mind.
How businesses are built: sleep, have ideas, make notes, discuss ideas, create two or three crappy things a day (not perfect just functional), remember that it’s your own little (Sivers) universe, learn, sleep.
Sunday, a bit of sysadmin tinkering, walked down to Blue Cafe again for a Full Monty breakfast, assembled a server with Giles, a drink with Paul, New Money Russia 2 at Wonderland club with Georg and Lauren – good fun, memories of lying on a trampoline and looking at the stars with Paul.
Hello WordPress 5.0 – the new editor sucks for editing HTML.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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, Amazon.co.uk 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.