Monday, gym, swim, sauna, made an halloumi and eggs meal with some spicy kimchi, work, walked to the Waterfont, mussels Monday with Adrian at Den Anker and a cherry Kriek.
“I start every mobile phone conversation with ‘my phone is about to die’ so people don’t waste my time.” — GSE
Tuesday, up early, notes processing and blogging, mobility routine, walked to the office, dev catch up, cross connect migration planning, sunset podcast promenade walk, home prepared bachelor meal with spicy kimchi, watched the Apple iPhone 11 event with a fine merlot – tldr; in the future you will be able to upload wide angle photos over wifi6 from your phone! (the future in September)
Wednesday, gym, office, VLAN migration – the more painful kind – where they don’t show up and then cause drama, an after work drink with Faizel at Mojo market, a night cap with Wouter at La Vie.
Thursday, work, mediator visit with Mia’s mom – surprisingly productive, conveyor belt sushi at 1890, City Rock climbing gym with Wouter – good fun, we played mobile Genius Bar team and went to go backup and restore a new iPhone for Rene.
Friday, gym, work, made a kimchi, eggs and halloumi brunch, catch up with Dirk, watched Mia’s (last primary school) athletics event – she was a cheerleader, found the only (other) cool parent – and caught up on some gossip, steak dinner with Mia, Moro gelato, time well spent.
Saturday, went to the Granger Bay market with Mia, Wouter and Zander – smoothie bowls and kimichi shots, found a new bottle of kimchi for my collection, Mia and I took a walk to the La Perla and had Tiramisu, sunset Hout Bay beach walk, half watched some lame vampire movie on Netflix while researching something, time well spent.
“Save it for your blog, Howard.” — The Big Bang Theory
Sunday, up early because some losers had to come cheer for marathon runners, backups and device upgrades, brunch with Mia at Coco Safar, Mia and I completed her high school application forms, took a guided tour Zeitz Mocaa museum – Kentridge’s Why Should I Hesitate exhibition – it was vast – and very good – except for the insufferable artist types around, a beer on the 6th floor, Sotano, we watched Monsters University on Netflix, time well spent.
Lions Head, Fokofpolisiekar, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood…
Week of 2-8 September. Health week 3/6.
Monday, hello Spring, school run – a truck managed to block the highway and we were 30min late, Dirk visit, work, took a walk to the Waterfront, watched Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – entertaining movie – the ending is good, Mussels Monday at Den Anker – for free this time, watched Three Kings again – rad movie.
“He that has a why can bear any how.”
Tuesday, up early, walked to the office, dev catch up, Sababa lunch, supplement shopping, sunset audiobook promenade walk.
Wednesday, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev catch up, catch up with PW at Strolla, nap, sunset audiobook promenade walk, watched Super 8 – entertaining movie.
I removed myself from FB and IG for a few days. Too batshit crazy.
Before 1993 it was illegal to use the Internet for any commercial activity.
If you use SwiftKey app, enable the Number Row feature.
I finished listening to 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – not bad, key take away: you have to keep learning through life and be ready to reinvent yourself, especially if you are in school at the moment. Learn, create, repeat.
Thursday, office, dev catch up, nap, watched the sunset from the top of Lions Head with a beer, braai with Wouter, time well spent.
“When the Jews leave it’s too early, when the Portuguese leave it’s too late.” — Justin
Friday, work, gym, swim, sauna, watched the rugby with Georg at Rockpool with a Hoegaarden, Clifton 1st, Rockpool with Paul, braai at home, watched the Fokofpolisiekar show at Mercury with Paul – always fun, Reset – where Paul lost his phone so I kinda lost him, Van Hunks for a fiery dragon, time well spent.
Saturday, woke up with a bloody mary craving, made some bloody marys with Paul, good chats with a bottle of Kaaimansgat, late afternoon nap – which turned into a 14h sleep.
Sunday, promenade walk, breakfast at Carlucci’s, random tinkering, server install with Linux 5.0, dinner with Wouter.
Monday, up early, blogging, gym, Green Point Park walk, office, dev catch up, stocked up on various salts for fasting, podcast nap, walk.
Started listening to The War of Art – audiobook.
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” — George Orwell
Tuesday, tea, backups, mobility routine, office, podcast nap, walked to the Waterfront, EBs, watched Angel Has Fallen – mostly to take my mind off the fasting, long phone chat with Jacques.
“Wat in SA val nie uit mekaar nie? Fibre?” — Jacques
Started listening to 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
Wednesday, swim, sauna, office, tea at Bootleggers, catch up with Justin, audiobook nap.
How to fix South Africa: Deregulate labour market. Reboot education. Keep property rights. Remove race based policies. — Frans Cronje
Thursday, office, dev catch up, sunset walk, watched Apocalypse Now – Final Cut at IMAX with Wouter, Jacques and Paul – 3 hour epic movie journey, a drink (water) at Hanks just after midnight with Wouter for his birthday.
Friday, work, had an avo – first food for the week, Wembley Square, swim, sauna, a quick catch up with Jonathan, biltong shopping, fetched Mia from school, braai at Dirk’s – great meal, Mia and I watched the Pieter-Dirk Uys #HeTwo Evita Exposed show at the Theatre on the Bay – good show, time well spent.
“Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessle’s life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever had.” — Tyler
Saturday, tea, device upgrades and backups, winter lunch special at Kloof St House with Mia, Moro Gelato, Glen Beach walk, sunset promenade walk, we watched Donnie Darko while I installed Afrikaans spell checking on Mia’s phone and laptop, time well spent.
Had some good value red wines this week: La Motte – Millennium, and Rupert Rothchild – Classique. I’m starting to think less is more – aka mildful drinking – and, South Africa has great wines at good prices compared to the rest of the world, might as well enjoy them.
Sunday, tea, random tinkering, shopping with Mia, Sunday lunch at the President Hotel with Georg and Mia, epic nap, braai with Wouter, good red wine and marzipan, time well spent.
Thursday, mac-coffee, work, long phone chat with Dirk, gym, swim, sauna, made a keto lunch, work, nap, 20km flaneuring walk to Camps Bay and back – listened to the Naval Rogan interview for a 4th time, great weather, braai, time well spent.
Feels like it’s been a long winter.
I’ve started a two month project to code hello world, with a pretty complex stack of technologies.
“The optimal size of companies has changed.” — Naval
Macadamia coffee: Using a blender, add black coffee, three teaspoons of Macadamia nut oil, a small amount of butter, healthy dose of cinnamon, dash of cayenne pepper and salt. Kinda like bulletproof coffee, but better fats.
Friday, tea, mobility routine, office, BIA machine visit, dev catch up – interesting meeting, Kleinstky’s lunch with Michael, Clifton 1st with Georg, Chris, Lauren and Marco – great weather, nice swim, braai with Wouter, looking forward to summer, time well spent.
Saturday, up early, mac-coffee, gym, swim, sauna, Rockpool with Georg, watched The Adjustment Bureau – pretty good.
Testosterone is catabolic to fat and anabolic to muscle,
insulin is anabolic to fat and anabolic to muscle,
cortisol is anabolic to fat and catabolic to muscle.
I think I need to listen to some audio books for a change.
Sunday, up early, flaneuring podcast walk, green smoothie, server tinkering, lunch at Rockpool, sunset walk.
I can’t say I’m very optimistic about South Africa at the moment. About 15% of the country’s budget is going towards interest payments and debt is 60% of GDP. Add a junk status downgrade followed by a currency devaluation and things are going to get uncomfortable.
“What you can become, you must become.”
Wednesday, work, Green Point Park walk and a long chat with Dirk, work, gym, extended podcast vlaneuring.
I’m starting to think a lot of people like alcohol more because of the anti-anxiety effects than euphoria.
Thursday, office, dev catch up – Martin broke his arm, stayed at the office late, sunset promenade walk, catch up with Wouter.
“They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” — Banksy
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” — Frank Herbert, Dune, sci-fi meditation.
Friday, work, made scrabled eggs and halloumi, fetched Mia, catch up with Dirk, 1890 conveyor belt sushi supper, Moro gelato, catch up with Wouter – with a nice malbec.
I’ve been reading about PWAs. Pretty cool tech. The browser is the OS.
Saturday, perfect weather, tea, grapefruit, device upgrades and backups, we walked to the Granger Bay Market for a salmon bagel and Moro gelato, Sotano with Georg, nap, braai at Jacques’, time well spent.
Bagels are traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, that is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. They were widely consumed by Ashkenazi Jews in 17th century Poland.
Elze is about a month old now.
Sunday, I made a big (Greek) brunch with some halloumi cheese, nap, sunset promenade walk with Mia, Mia had a very spicy curry at 91 – and managed to finish about 1/4 of it, I helped Mia with a public speaking assignment, time well spent.
Monday, school run while Mia took a nap – I always feel pretty bad about waking her up early – school should start at 09:00ish, W Cafe, fetched a card, work, gym, swim, sauna, took a long cold walk to the Waterfront, Mussels Monday with Adrian – we chatted startup ideas.
Tuesday, office, dev catch up, met some illustrators.
Wednesday, office, meetings, stayed at the office late, in bed early.
Thursday, work, gym, sauna, watched Richard Says Goodbye at the Waterfront – enjoyed it, podcast promenade walk.
Code that does not exist has no have bugs.
I’ve been researching Quasar, looks pretty cool. Every startup bro needs to be a full stack developer right?
Friday, public holiday, tinkering, gym, email backlog scrubbing, sunset podcast promenade walk, a quick visit to Van Hunks with Al, Adrian and Ryan, Royale Burger – with sweet potato fries, Moro Gelato, watched the Planet of the Apes series – well, more like skipped though the first three movies and watched the last one – Ape-ocalypse Now.
Saturday, up fairly early, took a promenade walk, tinkering, backups, I made a gourmet omelette, epic nap, watched the rugby at Van Hunks with Georg, Carel, Eugene, Karla and the mayor of Van Hunks.
Carel has clocked 133 days in his podcasting app. Impressive. I’m on 56 days.
Monday, work, gym, swim, Green Point Park walk, rainy day, Mussels Monday with Georg, Adrian and Al, time well spent.
Octotel received more than 2k orders in July, new record.
I crossed the 1000 Instagram photos mark recently.
Tuesday, rainy day, office, managed to get fairly wet running in the rain, Wouter and I started making a pitch deck.
Wednesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, second Scenius dinner at Josephine Mill in Newlands – cool venue, last minute pitch deck making, Tom presented the slideshow karaoke deck I made about IPv6, big thanks to the wine sponsor, good food, time well spent.
Thursday, made omelettes, work, backups, found a replacement light bulb and battery for my keyring, took a sunset walk towards the Waterfront, bought a copy of Matt’s book at EB, watched The Current War it the VIP cinema – good movie, winter dinner special at The Greek Fisherman.
The actor that played Westinghouse looked familiar – he was the bad guy in The Shape of Water.
Friday, office, helped Dirk set up a wifi router for his mom in Somerset West, fetched Mia from school, we had conveyor belt sushi at 1890 in Obs – good value, Moro gelato, catch up with Wouter – it’s been a week of pretty bad news for SA, the socialists are doing what they do best.
Saturday, tea, photo processing, device upgrades and backups, Mia and I made omelettes, baby toy shopping, went to go visit Jacques and Marietjie and met Elze for the first time (who is about a week old now), braai, watched parts of Megamind again, nice to catch up with Jacques, time well spent.
Elze is very cute, and enjoys sleeping.
Sunday, brunch at Jacques’, Mia and I went to watch Here’s To You (Simon & Garfunkel show) at The Theatre on the Bay – nice show, supper at Primi, Camps Bay walk, random tinkering and macOS updates while half watching The Fast and the Furious (not sure which one), time well spent.
Top 5 movies: Aliens, When Harry Met Sally, Spirited Away, V for Vendetta, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This will probably have changed by next week, but Mia asked me recently, so I made a quick list.
Mouthwash before or after you brush your teeth? I like before, because I like the taste of toothpaste more than the mouthwash taste.
Wednesday, work, catch up with Justin at Newport Deli, gym, Green Point park walk, promenade walk, roast lamb and veg dinner at Georg’s with a very pleasant bottle of cinsaut.
Be the person you needed when you were younger.
Thursday, ZA Open Networking workshop at the Victoria Junction hotel, seared tuna at Beluga with the open networking geeks, fun day, deep nerding.
Jacques and Marietjie’s daughter was born on 25 July, Elze van der Merwe, 3.3 kg.
Friday, work, fetched Mia from school, banana bread at The Deli Co at the Waterfront – nice sunset views, we watched Yesterday – cool movie – Mia enjoyed it, book shop.
Saturday, tea, random tinkering, Mia and I had lunch at The Company Gardens Cafe, we watched Dark Universe at the Planetarium, braai at Dirk’s, I dropped Mia off at a party, back to the braai for some Wagyu steaks, fetched Mia, back to Cape Town, time well spent.
Sunday, tea and grapefruit, device upgrades and backups, braai meat for brunch, perfect weather, we took an aimless walk, soft serve ice cream by the Sea Point pool, Clifton beach walk, Glen Beach, ended up having a pasta at Col’caccio’s Camps Bay, tiramisu, nap, random tinkering and notes processing, time well spent.
Sunday, watched Point Break again – rad movie, because of Point Break I figured I should watch Tank Girl – one of those movies I somehow missed in the 90s – it was painful and I skipped forward a bunch of times, amused myself with reading about QUIC and HTTP3, gym, Green Point park walk, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, phone chat with Paul, nerdy rabbit hole of reading about OpenWRT devices, photo processing, blogging, backups.
Tuesday, up early, fed the pets, work, very cold and wet day, a new puppy arrived – a Great Dane, Mia and I cooked a roast leg of lamb for dinner, time well spent.
The puppy is super cute. Grew up very quickly – from a real baby to walking up and down the stairs in three days.
I cleaned up many little puddles this week.
We watched more than one Friends episode this week.
Wednesday, the puppy woke me up, work – ISP migrations, Mia and I watched Family Secrets at The Theatre On The Bay, good show.
Humans love stories.
Thursday, my birthday, 4th of July, did some work, Mia and I took Romeo and the puppy for a Camps Bay beach walk – puppy’s first beach visit, Moro gelato, puppy fell asleep, so we went for conveyor belt sushi at The Cod Father – with a nice chardonnay, we watched Stranger Things season 3 – the full season – Mia has a thing for Stranger things and the 80s it seems – 4th of July fireworks – The Battle for Starcourt, time well spent.
About watching Netflix and video on demand – I remember going to The Computer Fair at Nasrec in Joburg around 1994 – they predicted that one day we would be able to stream video to our homes – they predicted it would need 8Mbps of bandwidth. Not a bad guess.
Friday, I watched the last Stranger Things episode again, discovered the puppy likes tea, Jarryd’s, Hartlief German deli food in the Gardens Centre, braai shopping, mini nap – but the puppy did not approve, birthday braai with Mia, Adrian, Simone, Nick and Georg, time well spent.
Nice spending two weeks with Mia.
Saturday, tea with the puppy, we took Mia’s phone for a battery swap, introduced Mia to eisbein at Hartlief deli, fetched the phone and got a new cover, dropped Mia off, attempted a nap, but the dogs wanted to wrestle, Paul and I had a joint birthday drinks event at Van Hunks, good fun.
Monday, school holidays, brunch at Knead with Mia, dog and cats sitting in Bakoven, work, Camps Bay beach walk with Romeo and Mia, we made hot chocolate and watched some random series on Netflix.
“Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” — George Orwell
Tueasday, work, ISP cross connect migrations, Mia and Romeo and I took a walk down to the Camps Bay strip for some sushi.
I watched some series on Netflix this week. I’m not convinced Netflix, Amazon and Apple should be making movie/series content. They seem to run out of storyline by episode 3.
Wednesday, basically spent a day looking for a key, watched the Sabrina series on Netflix.
Thursday, office, GPON lab session, fun with cross connect migrations, found that key, braai with Mia and Nick.
I’m now Google-free. Well, as good as I can get it, I still have Chrome installed to access two spreadsheets I can’t get away from yet.
Friday, work, ISP cross connect cutover, we took Romeo for two beach walks – Camps Bay and Hout Bay, sunset braai with Mia – sirloin steaks and halloumi, time well spent.
Saturday, a cat woke me up, fed the pets, braai meat for breakfast, random tinkering, dreaming and notes processing, Mia and I took Romeo for a Bakoven walk, we had curry at The Raj down the road, gelato, extended session of watching DC Titans on Netflix – no sure if that was a good or a bad idea.
Good fun to have a dog for two weeks, and the one cat is very cool. I don’t usually like cats much – so this one is pretty spectacular.
I’ve been trying to get Paul to listen to a few podcasts. He’s been busy installing a podcast app for about 6 months now. I’m hopeful he’ll listen to a podcast soon.
Sunday, I woke Mia up – in the afternoon, we made breakfast, took Romeo for a beach walk around Oudekraal, then Llandudno, Hout Bay market and a walk around the harbour, supper at Primi down the road, Moro gelato hot chocolates, we watched Leon / The Professional – great 90s movie, watched Legends of the Fall (both from 1994) – epic movie – sadly Mia was not really impressed by the two movies, time well spent.
“I haven’t got time for this Mickey Mouse bullshit. You want cooperation, come to my office. Room 4602.” — Stansfield, The Professional
On our Sunday outing to the Hout Bay Market, Mia and I were chatting about how small businesses start and about personal networks and trust – Mia asked the value of the companies I co-founded. It’s a fairly big number. Reminded me of the Naval tweetstorm:
“Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.” — Naval
Stating the obvious, but I never really understood that companies take 10 years to become valuable. Understand compounding, take a long-term view, and find people you really want to work with, for a long time. I still like the idea of starting one project per year (that could become a company).