I listened to a Jerm interview with Martin Van Staden about Libertarianism. Worth a listen. I found this interesting – libertarians are constitutionalists – they see the problem with pure democracy. The constitution protects the rights of the individual and guards against mob rule – democracy can quickly become mob rule. In South Africa we have a very real problem that the mob can change the constitution (66% vote) – so we don’t have this balance – individual rights are not protected. tldr; make very sure that you set up your constitution correctly – you only really have one chance – maybe some things should be immutable.
Friday, breakfast at Boschendal, Grande Provence wine tasting – you can taste, but you can’t buy – pretty lame, installed Illustrator and figured out how to use maybe 1% of it.
It’s time to tinker. We need more generalist, with a strong vision for the future… comment on It’s Time To Build essay.
Saturday, epic nap, tinkering, went down a nerdy Youtube rabbit hole to learn about Catalonia independence movement, late afternoon walk, KWV 10 irish hot chocolate and some scifi – watched I Am Mother – not bad.
Try Babylonstoren Bitter Lekker + Cointreau and soda.
Sunday, tinkering, some infograpic making with Illustrator, fetched Mia, early supper – her first Big Mac ever – shock horror, caught up on two weeks of blogging with some Johnny 12yo.
The updated Quad1/WARP app for macOS makes IPv6 work on v4 networks.
Week of 24-30 August. This post is late – hmm – I’ve been distracted.
Monday, doctor visit – ear infection follow up, weekly shopping and stocked up on some drinks, afternoon walk.
Tuesday, walk, meeting, walk.
Wednesday, Mia’s first day at physical school in a long time, breakfast at Boschendal, doctor visit again – the 3rd one, Babylonstoren, fetched Mia from school, house shopping, attended a webinar, sunset walk, meeting.
I took me three visits to three doctors but this is the shit… Quadriderm! 4-in-1 ear fix.
Pro tip. Plan outings. Look forward to them.
Thursday, school run, Boschendal, worked from home, fetched Mia, network upgrade, Takealot shopping, late night tinkering with sr-iov and multicast.
Heated car seats are rad in winter.
Friday, school run, Big Dog Cafe, shopping, made IPv6 work again, packing, fetched Mia from school, road trip to Misty Cliffs, braai with Jacques and family.
Saturday, beach walk, we made brunch, seafood at Dixies in Glencairn, Scarborough beach walk, we made marganitas with fresh lime and Cointreau.
Sunday, braai with Jacques, Marietjie, Stefan, Wouter and Rene.
Friday, up early, #VoetsekANC Friday, podcast walk, lunch with Mia at the clubhouse, dropped Mia off, driving range, podcast nap, random tinkering.
“Pessimism is good. Negativity is bad.” -— Rob Duigan
Saturday, Dirk phoned me awake, perfect weather day, my car’s autopilot drove most of the way to Boschendal for a coffee with Dirk, mountain bike shopping with Dirk, long phone chat with Anton in Belium, jacuzzi bubble bath, watched Sphere (1998) again.
I think I’m keen to get into mountain biking again. The golf idea is not really taking off.
Sunday, watched The Signal (2014) – meh, gourmet burger braai with Mia.
So long Commie Virus, and thanks for all the masks…
Week of 10-16 August
I’m pretty much over this lockdown thing now. Looks like we can get on with out lives.
Monday, public holiday, late lunch at Roca in Franschhoek, fetched Mia, we watched Predestination – bit like 12 Monkeys but more weird.
Tuesday, home fibre offline – so we worked at the clubhouse, walked around to trace fibre cables – replaced and respliced my fibre.
If you ever have the option of choosing Vodacom as your fibre operator or ISP – JUST AVOID THEM. Vodacom fibre down for 6th day. Call centre gives the wrong information. They can’t track down a device on their own network. No clue. Muppets.
Wednesday, fibre still down – so worked at the clubhouse, rainy afternoon nap, fibre fixed, had some de-alcholised wine – which was mildly amusing but I would not recommend it, meeting.
I found a programming course I’m keen to do – for building PWAs.
Thursday, loadshedding, morning podcast walk and Facetime chat with Jacques and Dirk, salmon and cream cheese bagels, blogging, shopping outing with Mia – hit the cosmetics shop like a teenage girl – wait – with a teenage girl, gourmet burger braai – aw yeah.
Adding a shot of vodka to alcohol-free beer is a thing now – Astronaut Beer.
Vanilla tea, the single resource that was capable of creating or destroying the empire, the basis for many of the things found in Fremen daily life, origin Arrakis, also good for space travel.
Finally made it to 1,700 FB friends. Not really making progress with that number.
Friday, more loadshedding, hmm, kinda forgot to make notes about Friday.
Cherries are in season, yes! Favourite fruit.
“Never tell me the odds!” — Han
The lockdown project now has 30k likes. The blades of glory rivalry is picking up. I’m still winning. 14k likes ahead.
Saturday, random tinkering, watch the Renaldo live stream of the Squirrel speech – with my last bottle of red wine – lockdown looks like it’s pretty much over now – only 5 months wasted!
Let’s not forgot, these were the 20 most fucked up weeks in recent history – remember not being able to go for a walk? wtf.
Adrian sent me a message – warning us to not think the lockdown is fully over yet – in Spain they lifted all bans – people went a bit crazy – had to ban things again a few weeks later – so the smart money will still stock up on some drinks.
I realised Sivers’s ‘Smart, Happy, Useful’ = Ikigai
Sunday, last minute outing to Spier, late lunch at Vadas smokehouse, river-side walk around Spier, watched parts of Aquaman, dinner at the hotel – I think we were the only guests, photo processing, watched Taken 3 – the Istanbul version – not bad.
Monday, growth hacking for the revolution, clubhouse coffee, podcast walk, podcast nap, made soup.
“Sail right into the wind, Joe. That’s what you do.” — Aiden
I had the best intentions of asking somebody out this weekend – sent a message saying – do you have plans for this weekend? – she said yeah, I’m getting a cat – hmm… cool, cool-cool.
Oh bother, I looked at some of my older Quick Update blog posts and I think I’m slacking. Those were way more interesting.
Tuesday, clubhouse coffee and morning podcast walk, meeting, afternoon podcast walk, celebrated a growth hacking milestone with a bit of sushi and bubbly – 20k likes, watched Black Hawk Down again – epic movie.
Wednesday, designed some billboards – I’m considering a billboard saying ‘In Tyler We Trust’, pizza night.
“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” — Steve
Thursday, pizza for breakfast, afternoon podcast walk, random tinkering, watched the 2nd half of American Psycho.
Friday, watched the 2nd Marhobane interview on Jerm Warfare, clubhouse omelette with Mia, golf gear on special at the pro shop – I think I’m going to start playing golf again, nap, weekly shopping outing to Franschhoek, quick visit to Nikki and Hanrick, made some pasta, G&T, watched Snatch again.
Wealth is a side effect of passion.
“Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.” — Naval
Saturday, nap, sunset walk, cooked some oxtail overnight.
Sunday, early morning walk, 14 hour slow cooked Oxtail lunch, we drove to Muizenberg to have dessert at Case Labia with Jacques and family, took a walk on the Kalk Bay harbour wall, sunset podcast walk, tinkered with Facebook ads.
Monday, woke Mia up for school and got back in bed, home exec tasks, photo processing and blogging, afternoon podcast walk.
Tuesday, meeting, walk, meeting, walk.
Wednesday, managed to put out the garbage and recycling just in time – small wins, extended sunset walk with Mia and chats about Marxism, meeting.
Thursday, clubhouse breakfast with Mia – while she attended school on her iPad – social science class – she asked for the teacher’s views on an independent Cape – I was impressed with the answer, took a drive to Babylonstoren – while Mia attended school via the car’s wifi, helped Mia with her Afrikaans oral, Paarl Mall, bday present shopping for Elze, Mia had a haircut, Mia optometrist visit – while I had a haircut, La Paris deli carrot cake, extended afternoon podcast walk, watched Youtube live stream.
First haircut since week of 10 Feb – can’t really have civilization without haircuts.
I suspect Babylonstoren and Noble Hill are the same thing!
A good sleeping bag really is rad – useful for winter movie watching and computer tinkering.
What’s the most important thing? – adventure? yeah, feels like it at the time, but maybe it’s the story of the adventure.
“What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman
Friday, interesting meeting, afternoon walk, soup, jamey, jacuzzy bubble bath, watched American Psycho again – well maybe half.
Saturday, woke up at 07:00 with the lights on – hate it when that happens, house hunting, 6 course lunch and non-alcoholic pairing at La Petit Colombe in Franschhoek with Adrian and Al – Adrian is going to Spain for a few months, woke Mia up from a 15 hour sleep, braai.
Stop everything – watch this! Subscribe to the channel.
Sunday, woke up at 3am and wrote most of this post, bacon and eggs brunch, watched Parasite – good movie.
I recently tried to listen to U2 again – fond memories of their Achtung Baby album – but I just can’t take them serious after they pre-loaded their lame album on iPhones and Bono turned out to be a real chop.
I think I’m pretty over lockdown and winter now – need to make a few changes – move house, take on a new project, start mountain biking again, shed a few lockdown kgs.
Bug out, week 16 – seems most of 2020 is going to be locked down
Monday, two meetings, morning walk and Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, set up a SnapScan code, it was cold so I took a bath.
Tuesday, up early to process photos and catch up with my weekly blog, morning podcast and coffee walk, fetched Mia, weekly shopping outing, video meeting, made supper, watched a Youtube live stream interview.
Wednesday, Mia’s first day of online school again, woke her up and got back into bed, we made pasta for lunch, afternoon walk, clubhouse Sushi, evening meeting.
“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
Thursday, rainy day – so we made pancakes.
Jones likes sushi.
Friday, cold and wet morning – two hoodies and shorts weather, rainy coffee and podcasts walk, we drove to Stellenbosch to fetch pizza – with a Pink Floyd soundtrack, loadshedding is back – so I could use my battery packs – works well – I have an LED lamp which I can power off DC or AC, watched Game Night – fun movie, watched I, Pastafari – rad doccie – watch it.
Heated car seats are rad.
Thanks to the ANC for 13 years of loadshedding. Hopeful you will sort this out in a few more years.
The pet project passed 10k FB page likes.
Saturday, random tinkering, we took a drive to Fhk – for Bastile festival – but it was pretty dead, pizza from Wilderer / Grappa Pappa – loadshedding supper with headlamps – watched the Fokofpolisiekar live stream show – not bad – 1.3k people watching.
Facebook growth hacking is rather addictive. CrackBook on crack.
Sunday, watched a live stream – we’re on lockdown level 3 + 2 again – curfew back and immediate alcohol ban, joy – had a bit of a wobble about that – rather demoralising.
This lockdown in starting to give me Howard Hughes vibes, weird sense of isolation, 2 days without a shower at times, maybe a bit over focused, often catch myself going – wow it’s 3pm already, need to work on better routines.
Saturday, Joostenberg shopping, epic braai, time well spent.
Sunday, rainy day road trip with Mia, Boschendal, Babylons Toren, Spice Route, drove up to the Taal Monument, drove to Wellington, listened to lots of Smashing Pumpkins, got pizza in Paarl, sunset walk, time well spent.