Change of iTune

I always maintained that I would never own an iPhone. Android all the way. I even tested the waters with a Windows phone, but that hit the trash heap after a while - the closed environment reinforced my belief that Android was the way to go, and the lack of app support was the death knell for the platform. I'm happy to say that Windows Mobile is officially dead. Then I moved to Australia. A First World country. My old Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was getting a bit long in the tooth, going in to its 3…

In the beginning...

...there was blog. And it was good. Actually it wasn't. It was terrible, and it's still terrible, but it's mine. I've spent the past few days importing and converting all my old legacy posts for this new blog platform, ghost. It has been time consuming, but then I'm no stranger to mind numbing work. I wish I could go back in time and tell the angst-ridden me that wrote all those old posts that things do get better. I never thought that we would be living in Australia (these past 9 months now)…

A year later...

I wasn’t going to post anything because I like to keep my private life, well, private. But then I realized that the reason I refrain from posting here about my doings is just another form of oppression. And fuck oppression, right? I can’t really stop people from making my life difficult if they really wanted to, and avoiding posting stuff just to prevent any possible issues that may or may not arise is just like sticking a finger in my own eye. So, fuck it. During last year, my wife was offered…

Did not finish

I have been a voracious reader ever since I was a child. While I was in primary school, my dad would take me to the public library on a weekly basis. As a child, you were only allocated two cards, that allowed you to check out two books. Eventually my dad was loaning me some of his cards  — I think he eventually convinced them to give me a stack of my own cards, but I’m a bit hazy on the detail — and I was taking out 5-8 books at a time, reading everything during the following week, and getting…

The Thinking Game

I suppose it’s a problem that a lot of people experience – I don’t want to claim any kind of uniqueness here. I mean, everybody is an individual (bleat), but I have a real problem with procrastinating about things. I get stuck on the process. HOW you do things. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that it’s not really HOW you do things when it comes to stuff like writing, it matters as long as you can get things done. The HOW can come later. Learn it as you go. And it’s something I keep thi…

Cognition

It’s funny that my 2 year old daughter can recognize the Skype incoming call ring and knows what it means. Often, on hearing it, she utters a yell, ‘Uncle Aaaaaandyyyy’ from where ever she is in the house, and then comes running to the office where she will say hello to her Uncle, who’s face has just appeared on video chat. While I have no doubt that my two older kids realize it, I often wonder if my two year old recognizes that the person on the screen that she is talking to is an actual livin…

Post midnight blather

I just made a fatal mistake. I was asleep – slept for about an hour or so, and then woke up due to one of those annoying recurring dreams that I just couldn’t get rid of. Got up to drink some water, as my cpap keeps drying the hell out of my mouth, and then I tried to go back to sleep. Bah, so now it’s almost an hour later, and I’m sitting here in front of the PC instead of lying in bed trying to sleep. What is worse is that I didn’t bother putting my glasses back on, so I can’t really see w…

Welcome to 2010 - Where power outages are becoming the norm

Although I’m not sure how great it is, yet. So far we’ve gotten off to a fairly rocky start on the home front. We’ve had so many power failures, it’s just not funny any more. Our local municipality (Ekurhuleni) seems to be completely unable to prevent these "faults" from occurring. Yeah, "faults". These "faults" always considerately occur right on the top of the hour. Quite amazing that. Apart from the occasional Saturday power outage, which usually went off around 9am to come back around 3pm,…