Quick Update

If you clean the vacuum cleaner, you become the vacuum cleaner…

Green Point Park
  • Week of 22-28 July.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, gym, office, quick catch up with Paul, random tinkering while listening to some Stephan Bodzin.
  • Looks like my naming for the rebooted 27 / Geek Dinners stuck. Scenius Dinners. Scenius.co.za. 2nd one in the series is happening in the coming week.
  • Do-nothing scripting: the key to gradual automation.
  • Tuesday, work, very rainy day, meeting in Newlands, office, a beer at Strolla with Anton, dinner at Anton’s with Georg, time well spent.
  • Jacques and I have not talked in about two months.
  • 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.
  • Listen to fs.blog: Cracking the Code of Love
  • Friday, office, promenade walk, nap, Georg’s birthday drinks at Van Hunks with Al, Adrian and Ryan – we have plans to build power stations.
  • Happy birthday Georg!
  • Ryan introduced me to The Red Dragon (drink): Fiery Dragon Ginger Beer and whiskey, pretty good.
  • Saturday, back to Van Hunks, watched the SA vs NZ rugby with Georg and Ryan, took a walk, Royale Burger, Moro gelato, epic nap, Rockpool with Georg, watched Paper Towns – not bad.
  • Sunday, up early, tea and backups, installed Debian 10 on a server, extended sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • You run Debian right?
  • Tune of the week: The Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Commanding robots…

Waterfront
  • Week of 15-21 July.
  • Monday, work, gym, sauna, soup for lunch, work, sunset podcast walk to the Waterfront, mussels Monday at Den Anker with Georg.
  • Georg is leaving SA for a long project soon.
  • Tuesday, early morning vlan cutovers – the last one – finally, office, dev catch up, Woodstock Exchange visit, haircut at Yogi’s, extended podcast walk.
  • Listen to the Peter Thiel interview on The Portal.
  • Wednesday, Inner City Ideas Cartel – interesting meeting, office, breakfast for lunch, Da Vinci’s ribs special.
  • “Everybody should work for themselves, commanding robots.” — Naval

  • Brew some recklessness into them.
  • I was offered ‘Life-time ISPA Fellowship‘ status, so I filled in the web form.
  • Never gets old. You got any promising leads? They got us working in shifts.
  • Teraco valuation is now 1B USD.
  • Thursday, cold and rainy day, tea, work, lunch and a catch up with Paul, work, podcast nap, watched The Boondock Saints again – great movie.
  • Work in industries which are not stagnating.
  • Octotel is now the 3rd biggest FTTH provider in SA.
  • 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.
  • I listened to the Naval – Joe Rogan interview for the 3rd time this week.
  • Found a photo of me and a cat on Mia’s phone.
  • Note to self: more long walks.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Mid afternoon…

Sea Point
  • Week of 8-14 July.
  • Monday, office, dev catch up, promenade walk, saganaki salad with Georg.
  • I was 100 podcast episodes behind at the beginning of the week – two weeks of no podcast listening.
  • Tuesday, up early, more ISP VLAN cutovers, office, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • SOLAR FLARES
  • Wednesday, really shitty day, court, flat tyre on N2, Strolla, watched Sicario – great movie.
  • Not a big photo week, had to use a few of last week’s photos.
  • Thursday, office, ISP migrations, dev catch up, promenade walk, watched Sicario (II) Day Of The Soldado – also good.
  • Reminder to support the RR, IRR etc.
  • Friday, office, after work beers at the office, podcast nap, house party.
  • I think I should take on more nerdy projects soon – I made a list of tech I’d like to learn more about.
  • “If no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it, how bad can it be?”

  • Saturday, woke up in the afternoon, watched Guardians of the Galaxy I again – epic movie, lupper with Georg at Hussar, a short Rockpool visit, watched About Time again.
  • “Well I woke up in mid afternoon cause that’s when it all hurts the most.” — Counting Crows, Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby

  • 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.
  • Read this again: The world in which IPv6 was a good design – which is why I was interested in QUIC.
  • Paul finally started listening to podcasts. Only took me 12 months.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Beagles love blueberries, Great Danes love earl grey…

Bakoven
  • Week of 1-7 July.
  • School holidays – week two. Birthday week.
  • This post is late, been doing a few boring things.
  • Monday, work, Mia and I watched The Hustle and the Waterfront – not bad but Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was much better, Mussels Monday and a Duvel at Den Anker, time well spent.
  • Doors and windows and what’s real
  • 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.
  • Paul Carr is rad. Read the descriptions.
  • “We ask for forgiveness, not permission.”

  • Sunday, Paul’s birthday, a braai with Paul in Bakoven, catch up with Dennis and Hugo, dinner at Rene’s new apartment, time well spent, fell in bed just in time.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Calm is a superpower…

Mr Majestic
  • Week of 24-30 June.
  • 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).
  • Tune of the week: You’re the voice – John Farnham

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

BLah…

Lions Head
  • Week of 17 to 23 June.
  • Monday, woke up in Plett, breakfast at East Heads Cafe in Knysna, road trip back to Cape Town with Georg, took a walk to the Waterfront, 2-for-1 mussels special at Den Anker, watched The Thomas Crown Affair again.
  • Electric cars currently cost about R30/100km in electricity, but can take 4 hours to charge.
  • Tuesday, office, dev catch up, DC migration admin, saganaki salad for supper.
  • I blogged: Start Here
  • Wednesday, some ISP cross connect migrations, late afternoon meeting at the Waterfront, a beer in Fresnaye.
  • Autodidact: a self-taught person.
  • Thursday, up early, eggs breakfast special at Knead, a few more productive ISP cross connect migrations, extended sunset podcast promenade walk – great evening, some drama with a switch OS issue.
  • Friday, office, dev catch up, One Juice smoothie and turmeric shots, after work drinks at the office, early supper at Mojo Market, watched American Sniper again.
  • DuckDuckGo has a dark mode (-:
  • I installed a browser plugin that prevents me from using Google search.
  • “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” — P.J. O’Rourke

  • WWI ended 1918, WWII 1945.
  • Saturday, watched The Jewel of the Nile, rainy day, met Mia at the Waterfront, breakfast for lunch at W Cafe, tea at The Mount Nelson, Gardens Centre book shop visit and biltong shopping, device upgrades and backups, installed some Lucas Arts adventure games for Mia (Loom, The Dig, Sam & Max), upgraded Mia’s phone to an iPhone6s – and helped Mia with some photo management, her phone kept running out of space, a glass of red wine with Wouter, time well spent.
  • Mia has a Macbook Air, 2015 model. It was her first computer. I was thinking, I’m really impressed with it. Solid state storage, enough memory, lightweight, battery lasts forever. My first computer was a Commodore 64, very different devices. Seems anything made after about 2012 is pretty great. Crazy improvements in gadgets in the last 10 years.
  • Sunday, brunch at Green Point Park Cafe with Mia, flaneurning towards the Waterfront via the stadium, we explored the Chavonnes Battery Museum, we watched Men in Black IV – not bad, winter burger special, found Mia a new jersey, desert at the Watershed Market, I watched the Bob Lazar Area 51 doccie on Netflix, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Start Here

A quick list of my favourite philosopher entrepreneurs. Things I’ve read or listened to a few times, which had an impact. Explore some of these ideas. Should be a fun adventure.

More of these: Chris Sacca, David Heinemeier Hansson, Scott Adams, Tim Urban, Matt Mullenweg

More Strong Opinions.

“Speak softly and carry a big idea”

Quick Update

Plett, mussels, sauerkraut…

Promenade
  • Week of 10-16 June.
  • Monday, school run – Naval podcast listening – again, gym, sauna, a green juice with Dirk, office, saganaki salad (17:00 supper) – great meal, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Trying to finish eating before sunset more often.
  • K8s is the new Linux.
  • Remember kids: smart, calm, healthy. 3 hobbies: health, creativity, money.
  • Tuesday, office, I asked somebody on a date – but did not get a response – bummer, network meeting, promenade walk, random tinkering at La Vie.
  • There are inly two kinds of jobs. If you are not in engineering, you are in support.
  • I never have more than about 20 photos on my phone. I make lots of screenshots as reminders, and process them often.
  • The more creative you are, the more bad ideas you have, which is probably a good thing.
  • Specialisation is for insects.
  • Interesting idea: write a manual on how people should best work with you.
  • Wednesday, office, Teraco visit for some cable tracing, German food, sauerkraut and mustard at the Hartlief deli in the Gardens Centre.
  • Must read: The world in which IPv6 was a good design
  • Thursday, creative writing, office, gpon lab tinkering, meeting at Bootleggers, watched Rocketman at the Waterfront – good movie – but not as good as Bohemian Rhapsody, a Duvel at the Duvel bar at Den Anker and the winter special moules frites, IRR organised book launch at EBs – The People’s War – nice event, I met Frans.
  • Reminder: The Thing I hate the Most
  • Friday, work, road trip to Plett with Georg for the long weekend.
  • The Huguenot Tunnel is about 4km long and took 4 years to build.
  • Saturday, brunch at The Lookout Deck with Georg, Al, Mimi, Sunene and Adrian, braai shopping, Pimms and a braai, time well spent.
  • Oysters take about 2 years to grow in a farm. Mussels grow in about 1 year, with males being white or creamy in colour and the females orange. South Africa also has its own indigenous Black Mussel species – these can be distinguished by the black or blue colour of the meat.
  • Sunday, brunch at The Lookout Deck again, oysters, in bed fairly early, time well spent, lots of laughs, thanks for organising Al!

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Flaneuring, Naval podcasts, Jenga…

Promenade
  • Week of 3-9 June.
  • Monday, office, breakfast for lunch, dev catch up, prom walk, nap, watched Apple WWDC.
  • Inspiration is perishable.
  • Tuesday, up early, DC cross connect migrations, nap, work, gym, rainy day soup, catch-up with Wouter and Rene.
  • “Telkom seems happy to be a me-too player in the South African fibre-to-the-home market, opening the door for companies like Vumatel, Frogfoot, and Octotel to eat its lunch.” — MyBB

  • I listened to the full Naval podcast again, and the Naval interview with Joe Rogan. Big man crush.
  • Wednesday, work, walked to the office, turmeric shot, wifi troubleshooting, brain food at the Mojo market, micro nap, watched Romancing the Stone again, seasonal change thing – took two anti-histamines and slept like a baby.
  • Check out iAnalyzeWifi – on the macOS App Store, useful for wifi troubleshooting, if you don’t have an Android phone.
  • Thursday, work, gym, promenade walk, burger and some tinkering at Hussar.
  • Stating the obvious. Seems when I have more than about 5 things I should be doing, but I don’t get around to, I feel pretty demotivated. Some kind of option paralysis. The obvious answer is just to start doing one and get it done – but my brain sucks at that.
  • “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

  • Friday, office, fetched Mia from school, flaneuring around Stellenbosch, book shop visit to get the 5th School for Good and Evil book for Mia, oxtail and cassata at Barrique at Vredenheim by the fireplace, time well spent.
  • Saturday, tinkering, backups, upgrades, a drive to Hout Bay, burgers at La Parada – top of Constantia Neck, Moro gelato, mini nap, sunset promenade flaneuring, supper and a T10 on the Stolla deck with Mia, Jenga with Barry, Wouter and Rene – and some red wine, time well spent.
  • Sunday, Mia finished her book, we had breakfast at Lily’s, a walk around the Waterfront, we watched X-Men Dark Phoenix 3D at the VIP cinemas – very entertaining, some flaneuring, book shop, a Duvel at the Duvel Bar and some Moules Marinieres at Den Anker – I really like that place, nap, sunset promenade walk with Mia, introduced Mia to PyGame Zero, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

DFTBA…

Promenade
  • Week of 27 May to 2 June. Health week 1/8.
  • Monday, walked to the office, BIA machine visit, dev catch up, found some Hyaluronic Acid, afternoon walk, home-made turmeric shot.
  • Seems 2g of turmeric per day is a good dose.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • I discovered Vultr. Works pretty well.
  • Wednesday, office, dev catch up, omelette at Strolla, catch up with Warwick and Giles.
  • “Between projects you just have to read without any apparent purpose.”

  • Thursday, office, network design catch up, dev catch up, haircut at Yogi’s, 2nd hard store to find some random party outfit, La Vie with Paul.
  • Friday, coffee with Paul, office, dentist visit and a clean, packing, road trip to Matjiesfontain with Georg.
  • Saturday, rad weekend with Georg, Anton, Anton, Pierre, Stefan, Michael and Ross, excellent little getaway.
  • Sunday, breakfast and bubbly at the hotel, road trip back to Cape Town, watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade again (30yr old movie).

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Turmeric, purposeless walks, detox week…

Waterfront
  • Week of 20-26 May.
  • Health week 1/8.
  • It was time for a bit of a health mission. I was almost 97Kg at the start of May, not good. Too much beer after my year of going gluten-free maybe. Time to stop the self destruction. Eight week plan: detox, keto, fast, keto, fat loss etc. This week was clean eating: no- alcohol, coffee, gluten, sugar, processed foods.
  • Monday, mega green smoothie, rainy day, office, BIA machine visit, podcast nap.
  • Tuesday, office, network ops lunch and a turmeric shot, tea at Strolla.
  • Group Chats Are Making the Internet Fun Again.
  • I took a break from FB and Instagram most of this week. Even took a break from some Telegram groups. I still post Instagram photos with a macOS app though.
  • 1650 FB friends, seems I’m not making that many new friends – the social boom feels over.
  • Wednesday, work, green smoothie, Arista workshop at The Hilton hotel – I won the lucky draw, turned out to be a google home device – so I gave it back, at least the event tshirt is cool, walked to De Waterkant, sushi at Beluga.
  • “Smart, calm and healthy.” — on dating. Better than “Smart, interesting, not-cooked.”

  • “If you survey enough people, all their advice will cancel to zero. Reject most advice. Have your own point of view.” — Naval

  • “If you want to be a philosopher king, first you have to become a king.”

  • “Go slow to go fast.”

  • Be politely persistent.
  • Leverage automation, access, money, labour, in that order.
  • Thursday, work, gym, sauna, work, nap, purposeless walk to the Waterfront, watched John Wick 3 – not bad for what it is I guess.
  • I recently asked Mia why she keeps staying she did not like Interstellar – I always figured she thought it was boring, turns out she did not like it because it was so sad.
  • Friday, office, BIA machine, dev catch up, breakfast for lunch, ginger and turmeric shot, dev meeting, promenade walk, bearnaise game steaks skewer at Hussar, yum, played with Mu Editor and PyGame Zero, watched Pulp Fiction again.
  • “Dance like it hurts. Love like you need money. Work when people are watching. — Dogbert’s Motto” — Scott Adams

  • Have 3 hobbies: one that makes you money, one that keeps you fit, one that keeps you creative.
  • Saturday, felt really chipper, made some strategy notes, random tinkering and reading, gym, swim, sauna, rotisserie chicken and avo, nap, extended purposeless walk (flaneuring) to the far end of the Waterfront harbour wall and back, stopped for a turmeric shot half way, perfect weather, 20k steps, time well spent, I watched Interstellar again – epic movie.
  • Podcast queue zero, all 36 shows I follow, so I started listening to Pocket articles audio, works pretty well. Managed to trim Pocket from 45 to 3.
  • End of the nation state, enter city states.
  • Why You Procrastinate.
  • Oldie, but a goodie: The Slow Death of Purposeless Walking
  • Sunday, cloudy morning, took a purposeless walk to find breakfast, stopped for a random turmeric shot, tinkering, gym, reading, helped Wouter with a photography project, backups, in bed early.
  • RIP Jurie. Another cancer case, leaving us way too soon. I still have a can of spray plaster in my first aid kit because of Jurie. Works really well – though Mia never liked the sting. Do your quarterly 5 day fasts.
  • This coming week is keto week.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Braai broodjies for breakfast, dinner reboots, and beers for peers…

Camps Bay
  • Week of 13-19 May.
  • Monday, school run – while Mia took a nap, I took Romeo on a play date to go visit Dirk’s dogs, quick stop for a Beta Beach swim, work, nap, sunset Camps Bay beach walk with Romeo.
  • I think Romeo likes jazz music.
  • Tuesday, fed the pets, office, dev catch up, Teraco beers for peers at Arcade in Bree st, lots of nerdy chats.
  • Wednesday, up early, random admin, took Romeo for a Beta beach walk, office, dev catch up, Bootleggers with Matthew, the first Scenius Dinner (working title) at Leeuwenhof Estate (Villa Zille) – good fun – reboot of the GeekDinner and 27 Dinner movements, lots of cool catch ups – thanks for hosting Thomas and Tom.
  • Thursday, work, took Romeo for a Clifton beach walk, braai with Paul, Tammy and Darryn – a few AfrikaBurn stories.
  • Friday, braai meat for breakfast, tea with Paul, office, after work beer at the office, braai with Al, Adrian and Anton.
  • Saturday, braai broodjies for breakfast, took Romeo for a Camps Bay beach walk, dinner at Anton’s.
  • Sunday, podcast walk, random tinkering and research, gym.
  • I think I need a health sprint soon.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.