Afrikaans Spell Check for macOS and iOS

How to add Afrikaans spell checking and dictionaries to macOS 10.12…

I use Telegram Desktop a fair bit and it bugged me that Afrikaans spell checking was missing. Here is my current solution. I’m not sure it’s 100% tip-top, but it’s much better than it was.

Dictionary

Download these, unzip and copy into ~/Library/Dictionaries.

Open Dictionary.app, look in Preferences, enable the new dictionaries and move them into the order you want them.

Spell Check

Download en_af_ZA.zip, unzip, copy to ~/Library/Spelling. I found this on the translate.org.za site a few years back.

Settings > Keyboard > Text > Spelling drop down

Scroll down to “Set Up…” and enable Afrikaans.

Now set that drop down to Automatic by Language.

iOS

Just install SwiftKey app and enable Afrikaans.

Now, if only Telegram Desktop (Qt on macOS) would support spell checking. Until then, I’ll just have use the macOS Telegram app.

Quick Update

Wrath of the Kahns, Debian 9 and three rounds of Van Hunks…

Sunset Walk
  • Week of 12-18 June.
  • Health week 1/3, kinda.
  • Monday, school run, photo processing with some senior citizens in the Spur, gym with a Taylor Swift soundtrack (after Mia loaded it on my phone), podcast drive to the office – Wrath of the Kahns, League of Emotionally Unavailable Gentlemen late lunch at Sundoo with Paul, bumped into somebody I met at Wolfkop, aimless sunset walk past Clifton with an Alt-J soundtrack, dinner at Georg’s house.
  • I bugged Telegram to add a feature so I can not receive voice notes. No response.
  • Notes from the Kahns series… Stir things up. Cause some creative destruction.
  • “The truth burns off dead wood.” — JP

  • “I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn’t screw to save its species. I wanted to open the dump valves on oil tankers and smother all those French beaches I’d never see. I wanted to breathe smoke. I felt like destroying something beautiful.” — Fight Club

  • Tuesday, office, lunchtime podcast walk, stayed in the office till pretty late, dinner with Wouter and Shaun, did some VPP reading.
  • Calm is a superpower.
  • “Remember that we are not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.” — Edward R. Murrow

  • Wednesday, up early, cat typing at Silo gym, swim, office, played with Docker for Mac, dinner at Dennis and Hugo’s house with Georg – looks like I’m going to house-sit for a while.
  • So yeah, for the next week or so, I might be one of those people that can’t stop talking about Docker.
  • The Terrors of Being Loved.
  • Thursday, office, dev meeting, catch up with Fred and Caley, Myog, sunset promenade walk, dinner with Wouter, listened to some Rachmaninov and Brahms by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cape Town City Hall with Georg and Al, Van Hunks with Georg and Tanya – memories of talking to Ryan about creating something from nothing – zero to one.
  • I finished listening to The Wrath of the Kahns series, 8hours+ epic history lesson, very good.
  • Friday, public holiday, felt sorry for myself for about an hour, drove to Stellenboch, nice catch up with JM, late afternoon Chardonnay drinking and dinner at Dirk’s, Van Hunks round two with Georg, in bed early.
  • I’ve been happily nerding away on a project over the last two weeks. Nice to learn and design interesting things.
  • Saturday, happy Debian release day!, reading and tinkering with an old Macbook Pro, Van Hunks round three, watched the rugby – good game, fun evening with Georg, Al, Diabi, Pierre, Stefan and Hilah, ended up at Pierre’s place, time well spent.
  • I have an old mid-2009 Macbook Pro which can’t be upgraded to macOS 10.12, so I figured I’d install Debian 9 on it and check out Wayland. I’ve also been keen to play with KVM.
  • This makes me happy: Debian 9 Released.
  • To celebrate the Stretch release, we have more than 45 parties in 25 different countries. Debian 9 Stretch is dedicated to the project’s founder Ian Murdock, who passed away. The Debian project started in 1993. At least 1436 people contributed to Debian in 2017. It comes with over 51,000 packages… how cool is it that about 1000 people can build something this rad!
  • “This is not 99pi. I am Roman Mars.”

  • Sunday, Hussar Camps Bay lunch with Georg, installed Debian 9 on a Macbook Pro and played with Wayland and Sway, wrote a blog post about getting Debian running on a Macbook Pro.
  • I figured I should start a blog category for technical posts: Muppet Labs.
  • Tune of the week: Elton John – Tiny Dancer. Yeah.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Listen to Podcasts

Radio killed the video star…

In the future everybody listens to podcasts

Start listening to podcasts today! Use spare cycles – while driving / walking etc.

Listening to stories lights up a huge number of areas in your brain. It’s probably good for you. The joy of learning. Stay curious.

Podcasts offer an incredible storytelling medium. They’re made with passion, accessible and entertaining. You basically get the very best radio content from all over the world, for free.

Upgrade your brain

Start here:

Some of my favourite podcast episodes.

A list of podcast shows to get you started.

Previous posts in my Strong Opinions series.

Install Debian on a Macbook Pro

How to install Debian 9 on an old-ish Macbook Pro.

In the future, everybody will run Debian – the universal operating system. Don’t resist. It’s way cooler than macOS. Install Wayland and Sway.

Re-install macOS. Partition the drive and give macOS about 40GB space. Keep the rest for Linux.

Get the Debian ISO: debian-mac-9.0.0-amd64-netinst.iso Note: you may want to download the one with non-free firmware. I just used the standard one.

Prep USB drive:

hdiutil convert debian.iso -format UDRW -o target.img
diskutil list
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
sudo dd if=target.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m
diskutil eject /dev/diskN

Download rEFInd binary zip file. Unzip and run the refind-install script on the Macbook Pro. You should now have a nice boot menu.

With USB drive in the laptop, reboot and hold down the Alt key.

Follow the Debian install process, and make sure you select the Linux partition you created, in my case it was /dev/sda4.

Use the Ethernet port and connect to the internet. You may need to install the wifi firmware:

apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

Quick Update

Stormy week…

Cape Town Storm
  • Week of 5-11 June.
  • Monday, woke up in Matjiesfontein, road trip to Cape Town with Georg, office, sunset promenade walk, watched the Apple event with Heleen.
  • Tuesday, office, phone chat with Cath, breakfast for lunch at Kleinsky’s, some photo processing, wrote a blog post about some Django setup notes, sunset promenade walk, some server tinkering and backups.
  • “I’m not miserable. I’m dissatisfied. That’s what makes me a success.” — She’s The One

  • Wednesday, up early – woken up by the storm, some newsletter writing, crazy stormy day – sideways rain, Arista event in Century City, office, impressive waves around Sea Point, went home, had some red wine – watched the crazy weather and read a technical manual, epic rainy weather nap, 1/2 price tacos at La Vie with Georg – their “Point Break” special, listened to Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters a few times.
  • Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters – Elton John
  • The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
  • Worth a re-watch: Can Exes Be Friends?
  • Learn To Do Everything Lightly
  • Thursday, sent a newsletter, office, Old Mutual Trophy wine show public tastings at the CTICC with Paul – good fun, thanks Paul, dark chocolate, in bed early, slept like the dead – sinus meds and wine.
  • Wine I liked the most: The Eleanor 2012 Chardannay from Hartenberg.
  • Friday, office, haircut, fetched Mia, dinner with Dirk at Piza e Vino in Stellenbosch with a paper jet folding and flying competition – I won (-:
  • Saturday, cold and rainy day, breakfast at Jarryd’s with Mia, Wouter and Zander – not bad, but I’m a bit over Jarryd’s – bad value, Waterfront with Mia, we found her the 3rd School for Good and Evil book, we watched Wonder Woman – pretty good – but not as good as Aliens in the strong female lead category, gelato and a walk around the Waterfront with Mia, sunset promenade walk, bumped into Cath and walked with her for a while, soup and red wine with Mia, dark chocolate, some Famous Grouse, culled about 70 saved Facebook links, watched a bit of Back to the Future.
  • I finally finished listening to the YC / How to Start a Startup podcast series.
  • “You seem to have a thing for overly complicated woman. Just stop that.” — Wouter

  • Sunday, tea and backups – I found Wrath of the Kahns podcast series on and old laptop – been meaning to listen to it for ages, grapefruit, passion fruit and photo editing while Mia watched Full House (1987) on Netflix, matcha flapjacks at Scheckter’s Raw – hmm, they changed their recipe, wintery promenade walk with Mia – I used the remote camera feature on my Apple watch + iPhone for the first time – joy, some home speedtests and troubleshooting, dinner with Mia, Wouter and Shaun, made a 2nd Jolp set for Mia – 12 episodes – mostly 99pi, Radiolab and What It Takes, time well spent.
  • Amusing episode of Full House – where they promote low fat / fat free food. The 80s and 90s man. What a food disaster.
  • Mia’s iPhone ran out of space, so I figured I’d show her how to download and edit her photos, make backups, and then put a best-of/memories album back on her phone. I think 90% of iPhone users have full/slow phones just waiting to loose all their photos. People are monkeys.
  • Paul rebooted his Instagram account – for his new and improved food/lifestyle blogger persona.
  • I had a Harajuku Moment this weekend. Need to be less lazy again.
  • I updated my use this tech post.
  • Tune of the week: Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Django Setup Notes – Ubuntu, Nginx, uWSGI

muppetlabslogo

Notes for getting Django running on Ubuntu 16.04… with Nginx, Supervisord, uWSGI in emperor mode and a bit of Postgres.

Start by setting up your Ubuntu environment.

Newish Python 3.6

add-apt-repository ppa:fkrull/deadsnakes
apt-get update
apt-get install python3.6
apt-get install python3.6-dev
apt-get install python-virtualenv

Postgres

apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib
su - postgres
createdb myapp
createuser -P

You may need to dump a database and import it again…

pg_dump -U myuser myapp > myapp.db
psql myapp < myapp.db

SSL Cert Setup

Grab a free SSL cert…

service nginx stop
apt-get install letsencrypt
letsencrypt certonly --standalone -d www.myapp.com -d myapp.com
service nginx start

Nginx

apt-get install nginx

This should give you a nice and secure HTTPS setup which also supports HTTP2…

/etc/nginx/sites-available/myapp.com


server {
server_name www.myapp.com;
listen 443 ssl http2;
charset utf-8;
client_max_body_size 75M;

ssl on;
ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.myapp.com/fullchain.pem;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.myapp.com/privkey.pem;

ssl_protocols TLSv1.2;
ssl_prefer_server_ciphers On;
ssl_ciphers 'ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:ECDHE-ECDSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305:ECDHE-RSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA384:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA384:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA256:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA256';

ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:128m;

add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31557600; includeSubDomains";
add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN" always;
add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff" always;
add_header X-Xss-Protection "1";
add_header Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self'; script-src 'self' *.google-analytics.com";
add_header Referrer-Policy origin-when-cross-origin;

ssl_stapling on;
ssl_stapling_verify on;
resolver 8.8.8.8;

access_log on;

location /static {
alias /var/www/www.myapp.com/api/static;
}

location / {
uwsgi_pass unix:///var/www/www.myapp.com/api.sock;
include /var/www/www.myapp.com/uwsgi_params;
}
}

/var/www/myapp/uwsgi_params


uwsgi_param QUERY_STRING $query_string;
uwsgi_param REQUEST_METHOD $request_method;
uwsgi_param CONTENT_TYPE $content_type;
uwsgi_param CONTENT_LENGTH $content_length;
uwsgi_param REQUEST_URI $request_uri;
uwsgi_param PATH_INFO $document_uri;
uwsgi_param DOCUMENT_ROOT $document_root;
uwsgi_param SERVER_PROTOCOL $server_protocol;
uwsgi_param REMOTE_ADDR $remote_addr;
uwsgi_param REMOTE_PORT $remote_port;
uwsgi_param SERVER_ADDR $server_addr;
uwsgi_param SERVER_PORT $server_port;
uwsgi_param SERVER_NAME $server_name;
uwsgi_param UWSGI_SCHEME $scheme;

Django Virtual Environment

cd /var/www
mkdir www.myapp.com
virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3.6 env

cd /var/www/www.myapp.com
source env/bin/activate

git clone https://github.com/myco/myapp.git api

Note: my Django app name is “api” here.

pip install -r api/requirements.txt

pip install Django
pip install uwsgi

Install uWSGI System-wide

Using the latest Python, install uWSGI in /usr/local/bin…

Make sure you are not in a virtual environment or run “deactivate”.


python3.6 -m pip install --upgrade pip
python3.6 -m pip install uwsgi

Supervisord to Manage uWSGI in Emperor mode

apt-get install supervisor

/etc/supervisor/conf.d/uwsgi.conf


[program:uwsgi]
command=/usr/local/bin/uwsgi --emperor /etc/uwsgi/apps-enabled
autostart=true
autorestart=true
redirect_stderr=true
stopsignal=QUIT
stdout_logfile=/var/log/uwsgi.log

Setup /etc/uwsgi

cd /etc
mkdir uwsgi
cd uwsgi
mkdir apps-available
mkdir apps-enabled
cd apps-available

/etc/uwsgi/apps-available/myapp.ini

[uwsgi]
uwsgi-socket = /var/www/myapp/api.sock
pythonpath = /var/www/myapp/api
virtualenv = /var/www/myapp/env
processes = 2
reload-on-rss = 150
module = api.wsgi
uid = www-data
gid = www-data


cd /etc/uwsgi/apps-enabled
ln -s ../apps-available/myapp.ini
service supervisor restart

You can now also edit / touch your myapp.ini to make uwsgi restart the worker processes.

Done. Test your setup.

Go make some tea and start coding.

More Notes

Let me know if something above can be done better.

Tune your Postgres database. Then su – postgres and run “pg_conftool show all” to see that your setting are up to date.

Tune your SSL setup.

You probably want 2x uwsgi processes for every CPU in your server.

Update: use pipenv

pip3 install pipenv
cd /project
pipenv –three –python /usr/bin/python3.6
pipenv shell

Quick Update

Matjiesfontein Wolfkop and HTTP2…

Matjiesfontein
  • Week of 29 May to 4 June.
  • Monday, extended school run – the N2 was closed because of a protest, fetched a hoodie from JD, gym, swim, office, smoothie with Heleen, sunset promenade walk, catch up with Georg and Nick at the Winchester with a Caipirinha and some authentic South American Cachaca.
  • I was in the news: Workonline taps into Octotel’s FTTH network.
  • Seems telco nerds are pretty happy.
  • Rational People: Use data and reason to arrive at truth. (This group is mostly imaginary.)

    Word-Thinkers: Use labels, word definitions, and analogies to create the illusion of rational thinking. This group is 99% of the world.

    Persuaders: Use simplicity, repetition, emotion, habit, aspirations, visual communication, and other tools of persuasion to program other people and themselves. This group is about 1% of the population and effectively control the word-thinkers of the world.

  • Tuesday, podcast walk to the office, dev meeting, took a lunchtime walk to Sababa – bumped into Philippa, walked to Michael’s, design session with Michael and Chris, walked home, El Burro supper and a chili margarita with Wouter, Anderson and Shaun.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours.
  • Happy to report that my Qwerty shortcut key habit is now a thing of the past.
  • Wednesday, office, ramen for lunch at Three Wise Monkeys – very good, lots of systems testing, catch up chat with Gys at Mojo Market, La Vie with Georg, tinkered with uWSGI and supervisord.
  • Thursday, office, a glass of wine at Dirk’s house, took a walk from Cath’s house to The Blue Cafe, catch up with Cath (back from the US) and Georg, took Heleen some coconut water – she was doing a 24h 100km run through the city… #runningdry100
  • We made the new Octotel automation system and API live this week. Django + REST APIs + some GeoDjango.
  • I upgraded my websites to use HTTP2 and TLS 1.2, so you should now be reading this via HTTP2.
  • “The only people who can still strike us as normal are those we don’t yet know very well.” — Alain de Botton

  • Friday, up early, checked the Octotel API and made a last few tweaks to finish our systems migration, went to go say hi to Heleen at the Mouille Point lighthouse, Point gym, swim, office, road trip to Matjiesfontein with Georg, epic party at the train station.
  • My 3rd Wolfkop adventure. Super fun, as always. Thanks Werner and crew!
  • Saturday, hotel breakfast, bloody mary at the Life Aquatic pool party, high tea and Bloedlemoen G&Ts on the lawn with Georg, Pierre, Stefan and Dawid, party in the transport museum and court house, felt like an endless day, great fun, time well spent.
  • Sunday, hotel breakfast with Georg, chilled afternoon at the transport museum, epic nap, dinner at the hotel with Georg, phone chat with Mia.
  • Tunes of the week: listen to the new Alt-J Relaxer.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Alien Covenant, Fokofpolisiekar and Cape Town’s water…

Fokofpolisiekar
  • Week of 22-28 May.
  • Health week 1/1. (-:
  • Monday, office, strategy meeting, dev meeting, after work catch up with Heleen, watched Alien Covenant at the Waterfront with Wouter – hmm… good visuals, wrote a blog post.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk to the office, telecon with Vodacom, dev meeting, server tinkering, indox zero – for the first time in a few months, walked to La Vie, rooibos tea and cat typing, played with some high-end wifi gear.
  • “Startups that use technology to disrupt existing, profitable business models and can scale fast.”

  • Wednesday, office, more wifi device tinkering, catch up chat with Dan, catch-up chat with Heleen, sunset promenade walk, upgraded the home wifi from 60Mbps to around 300Mbps.
  • Thursday, gym with a Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, office, dev meeting and server tinkering, watched Mia’s hockey, a glass of wine and some diagram drawing at Dirk’s house, Fokofpoliesiekar at Mercury with Georg – good show, great fun, time well spent.
  • Friday, office, catch up with Dirk, fetched Mia from her choir performance, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, wrote a blog post about water in Cape Town.
  • “Something to ponder in the shower over the next few days…” – Michael figured this is not the best thing to say in Cape Town right now, so for the sake of saving some creativity in the shower, I did some research into which percentage of water ends up in Cape Town homes… seems it’s around 19%.
  • Saturday, Grander Bay market (and active wear convention) with Mia, Zander and Wouter – the usual olive shopping, Mia and Zander watched Diary for a Wimpy kid while we explored Exclusive Books – mostly Wired magazine reading – I found Mia two School for Good and Evil books – they seem to be a hit, watched some MIB3, a braai at Jacques’ – watched Evolution again, a long chat about Cape Town’s water troubles with some Laphroaig.
  • Sunday, slept late, made a nice breakfast, Mia read her book, watched the end of MIB3, we watched A Series of Unfortunate Events – not bad, putt-putt with Mia, sunset promenade walk, ribs at Hussar with Mia and Georg, try some Drambuie, ice cream at The Creamery, time well spent.
  • Seems Cape Town might run out of water towards the end of August.
  • I’ll keep adding posts to my Strong Opinions project.
  • Tune of the week: alt-J – Adeline

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Save Water

How to save water in Cape Town…

The usual answer:

  • Shower less and keep it quick.
  • Flush toilets only when needed.
  • Minimise laundry.

If everybody who lives in an apartment does the above, we might save up to 6% of our water resource. Hmm. Not that much of an impact? Yeah, sadly.

The total percentage of water that ends up in our homes is only 19%.

Solution:

  1. Cut down on outdoor water use.
  2. Fix the 20% of leaks that cause the most waste.
  3. Figure out some form of tax on commercial and agricultural water use, to incentivise optimal use.
  4. Rethink agriculture. Create aquaponic urban / rooftop farms.
  5. Build more dams since Cape Town water demand will probably surpass supply by 2020, even if climate change does not impact us.
  6. Reduce evaporation from our existing dams. Cover dams with solar panels maybe.
  7. Make sure the stuff we do grow and export is high value and healthy. Don’t grow soy to feed chickens to make KFC.
  8. Bonus item / global context: Eat less meat. Support aquaculture projects. Drink less coffee.

Lastly, don’t feel so bad about showering.

btw. I had to hack together some numbers from a few data sources. Could be out a bit. If you have better data, let me know.

Data:

GreenCape report. Seems the Cape Town water distribution network wastes about 15% (well below the 37% national average).

Use This Tech

Stating the obvious, but…

Get an iPhone. Use Prey and Find My iPhone. Use True Caller. Use SwiftKey.

Get a Macbook Pro. Make Dvorak your keyboard layout. Make an encrypted file system on your laptop. Install MenuMeters.

Use Telegram, Firefox, Vienna RSS, Pocket, and Wunderlist.

Sync your RSS reading on your phone with Inoreader app.

Use Duck Duck Go for search.

Install Pocket Casts and listen to an unhealthy number of podcasts.

Use iTerm2, mosh, mutt, zsh with oh my zsh, emacs with prelude and jed if you want something light.

Learn a photo management tool like Aperture or Lightroom.

Learn to code Python, use Django to build web apps and APIs. Get PyCharm and PyCharm Edu.

Learn Linux, run Ubuntu or Debian.

Run your own email server, don’t use Gmail. Try to avoid “the cloud” as much as you can, this includes things like iCloud. Use a bit of Dropbox if you must share a big file. Keep all photos of your children private! Don’t share these online or in “the cloud”.

Make regular off-site backups. Delete Facebook and Instagram off your phone, forget about Twitter.

Get a personal server at Linode or Digital Ocean.

Host your own personal homepage and blog, use WordPress. Write about interesting things you do.

Share strong opinions.

Quick Update

Man in the arena, gigabit internet, found my phone…

Sea Point
  • Week of 15-21 May.
  • Monday, school run from Botrivier with some podcast listening, W Cafe – bumped into JD, gym, steam bath, podcast drive to the office, sunset walk with Heleen, Wouter visit, indian tapas at Sundoo with Georg and Nick, a Belvedere Marini at Harveys – and some of Wellington’s finest (WF / Bains Mountain Whisky).
  • Tuesday, epic breakfast on the Winchester Mansions porch with some Miss Molly, meeting at Jarryds, office, AfrikaBurn group meetup at La Vie – mostly chats about theme camp ideas for 2018.
  • I’m moving to Cape Town again, not that I ever really left.
  • 30 Seconds To Mars – Kings and Queens
  • Found this again: The Ideal Founder
  • Wednesday, three course breakfast on the porch, office, Apple OS upgrade day, dev meeting, catch up chat with Dan, played with VirtualBox networking.
  • I switched to a full dvorak keyboard layout this week – using Karabiner Elements – mostly because of VirtualBox. I kinda liked using Qwerty for shortcut keys in the past. Oh well. Took two or three days to get used to the change.
  • Thursday, gym, office, fetched Mia’s gum guard, fetched Mia, watched her hockey – astro game, dinner at Dirk’s house with some Beaumont Mourvedre.
  • Friday, office, dev meetings and Django setups, very randomly got a call to say somebody found my iPhone after that Pixies concert, La Vie with Georg, watched Jonathan of Radio Raps fame at GrandWest with Georg – good show – some very funny parts.
  • I have my iPhone 6s back, the universe is pretty cool. I also have some photos from the Pixies show now. Lifetime total phones-lost-or-stolen-count back down to: 1. Not bad.
  • Saturday, phone backup and restore, breakfast at the Granger Bay market with Wouter, hockey photo processing, had to reset my watch and login to a bunch of apps again, took a long (10k steps) sunset promenade walk – epic sunset, a beer at La Vie and wrote a blog post after some notes I made on my walk.
  • “Share strong opinions.

    Strong opinions are very useful to others.

    Those who were undecided or ambivalent can just adopt your stance.

    But those who disagree can solidify their stance by arguing against yours.

    Even if you invent an opinion for the sole sake of argument, boldly sharing a strong opinion is very useful to others.” — Derek Sivers

  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

  • “The poem the reader reads may be better than that which the writer wrote. Try to make things that can become better than what you thought you were doing.” — Brian Eno

  • I now have gigabit internet at home (faster than at the office), but I only get about 50Mbps over the wifi. Time to rethink the wifi setup.
  • Worth a re-watch: Jordan Peterson – Women In High Paying Jobs
  • Sunday, promenade walk with Georg, Rick and Morty on Netflix – very funny, breakfast at Bootleggers in Bakoven with Wouter, Waterfront shopping – got a goose down jacket because it’s going to be winter any day now and I don’t know where two of my hoodies went (wine festival problem maybe), some blogging, braai with Wouter and friends and some of Wellington’s finest, a drink at La Vie with Georg, more Rick and Morty, time well spent.
  • We might be going on a Matjiesfontein adventure soon.
  • Remember, don’t buy clothes, unless you really need them, or if it’s going to be your most used item for the next few months. Hell yeah, I think I’m going to be wearing this thing all winter.
  • What’s with these half-automated bathrooms? If you are going to put a sensor in a tap, then just put sensors in the soap dispenser and the hand dryer. Don’t confuse people. Muppets.
  • My plan for next week: live in one place for more than five days.
  • Tune of the week: Patrice Baumel – Surge
  • I’ve started a new blog category: Strong Opinions. Let’s see if I can think up some useful content for it.