Impression of AfrikaBurn 2018 by the Tall Philosophical Neighbour, aka DJ Fiasco, aka Super Hanz. As we were walking back from the ice truck to the BURNIVERSITY, our home away from home, one of our newly-made Canadian friends said: Albert is burning really hard. Albert (name subtly changed to protect the innocent), who by that time had presented his first improv theater workshop at our camp, had struck me as a brilliant and already open-minded human being.
Hello there friends, welcome back! Matters have started heating up around here with the final preparations for a pretty intense project that is expected to launch in about a week’s time. I would prefer saying more about it after the launch, because reasons. I’m mentioning it here as explanation for the paucity of this post, and just in case a near-future post manages to be slightly late or even absent.
Well hello there friends! We have just returned from a ridiculously enjoyable holiday in The Drakensberg, or uKhahlamba in isiZulu. More specifically, we started in Giant’s Castle, the place of no internet mentioned in the previous edition of the WHV, and also the subject of that post’s main image, but we spent the largest part of the week at Cathedral Peak. Due to it having been holiday and all, the rest of this post will follow the trusty old bullet list form.
I am currently in a place with no to extremely little internet. Just getting the photo above uploaded was an adventure. I briefly debated breaking my current WHV posting streak due to exceptional circumstances, but decided against it, at least for now. Anyways, I might have no internet, but the scenery here is phenomenal. (It later turned out that just getting this blog post uploaded on Sunday evening was not going to happen.
Winter is coming, somewhere on the R44 between Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay. Wisdom from the Twitters Let me start this week’s edition with something that a friend forwarded, quite ironically, from the dark underbelly of the internet, also known as “twitter”:Most of these resonate with me, except for arguing on twitter. This is not because I disagree, but rather because I sort of went cold-twitter-turkey about a year ago, a departure which has had only positive effects on my humanity, as well as on my trust in the goodness of humans.
The majestic view from Bodega onto the Dornier cellar and the Hottentots-Holland mountain behind it. Welcome back peeps! Make yourselves at home. It seemed that nothing much happened during most of the week, but I started writing anyway. It turns out there was slightly more than nothing much. Writing stuff down does have its perks. vimium Pro-tip of the week: Install vimium. It’s a chrome extension which enables you to SURF THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY with just a bunch of keyboard shortcuts.
This rainbow unicorn, floating serenely on a cloudy background, is winking right at you. Down below, we are celebrating GOU #3’s second birthday. Photo taken with the expert assistance of GOU#1, age 11 going on 32. Hi there friends, welcome back to the weekly (!!!) head voices! I missed you. Software Release Frazzle Releasing desktop software, even for a small group of people, can get tricky quickly yo! Yes, people still write desktop software, and we do love doing it.
Untitled artwork by GOU#2 (age 7), who is also known as My Most Favourite Middle Child. I somehow forgot to take photos this past week. At the very last moment, GOU#2 delivered, as if commissioned, the piece shown above. The WHV visual element lives to fight another day! The rest of this post is divided into three parts: One for the programming nerds, one for the running nerds and one for the arm-chair psychologists.
The legendary Koos Kombuis (aka André Letoit) performing with Schalk Joubert on bass and Vernon Swart on percussion in the Helderberg Nature reserve, eponymous mountain visible through the trees on the right. This was a surprisingly amazing end to the week. What a week. It was beautiful to see the whole team step up to the plate and engineer at about 110% throughput (software gets complicated quickly, and there’s always one more thing you need to get done before the deliverable is ready), all the while remaining calm and, most importantly, kind.
Fragment of potato skin, taken with phone camera through GOU#2’s microscope at 100x. We have a serious deadline coming up on Tuesday, so I’m going to make these few WHV minutes count. BULLET LIST TO THE RESCUE! Day zero has again been postponed, this time to June 4. We continue with our water saving efforts. That unexpected side-project I mentioned in last week’s post did end up going live that very night.