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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Braai broodjies for breakfast, dinner reboots, and beers for peers…
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.