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Sailing in Belize & Mexico

Tessa and myself recently returned from Belize and Mexico. The intention was to make it to Cuba, but sailing requires the right wind and we only got the wrong one. But Mexico was a great second option!

Photos from Instagram: Tessa Harding and Craig Harding

Solving the mystery of expiring data

Milk goes off. Eggs go rotten. Even toilet paper would eventually fall apart if left unused. But digital data, that’s not something that ages. It’s not something that rots. It can’t possibly go off or expire. Your hard drive might eventually wear out and stop working, but if you’re smart and you’ve saved to the ‘cloud’, you’ll still be able to access your data.

We know this because it’s true. We know this because we are not stupid.

So then why are cellular network providers treating us like idiots. I smell something fishy.

I reached out to Vodacom, Cell C and MTN to try and solve this mystery. I’ve tried pickling data and freezing it, but nothing seems to work.

Only Vodacom attempted to reply and they were obviously confused at my intentions because they tried to sell me data.

In all seriousness though, we’re being ripped off again, here’s a more in depth look: Finance 24 – Heated debate over legality of data expiration

Tune in next week when I attempt to find out why my bank charges me to look at statements older than three months. Word has it they employ small boys to run the length of a giant storage warehouse where all our bank statements are kept in paper backups and then they type those statements back into the computer from whence they originally came. This explains the expense.

2016 To Do List

As a general rule I don’t make new year resolutions. I dislike new years celebrations in general, too many bad memories. I’m sticking to my guns and so what follows isn’t a list of resolutions and I won’t hold to them absolutely, but they are some goals and things to look forward to in 2016. Here’s to another 12 months around the sun.

  1. Make a list ☑
  2. Tick items on list as they’re completed ☑ (so far so good)
  3. Write more on my blog & in other mediums (not sure if I should put a number here)
  4. Complete ‘semi’ secret project One by April
  5. Start on ‘semi’ secret project Two
  6. Build a Aquaponics system
  7. Create/Design my first weave
  8. Learn isiXhosa (difficult one, I gave up learning years ago as I sucked)
  9. Learn some signs (sign language)
  10. Complete the Otter Trail
  11. Upgrade/Fix my website
  12. Help my wife fix her website
  13. Increase vegetable production 10% from 2015
  14. Teach old dog new trick (Ted needs a new trick)
  15. Go on a holiday
  16. Camping….

I’ll probably have to add to the list through the year, but that’s not a bad start.

I married into a family that does amazing things

My mother and father did and do some amazing things. My mother is simply put a bad-ass and continues to do some awesome stuff and my late father remains an inspiration to me.

Which is why I’m really glad to have married into a family that also does really cool shit. My father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and my wife run Mungo a truly unique textile company based in Plettenberg Bay. In a country where the textile industry is struggling against Asian imports and ever rising costs and where dye houses and weaving mills are shutting down, they have kept at it and they make truly beautiful products (which I will continue to shamelessly promote.)

And then they go and do more amazing stuff.

The pictures above are of one of their new tea towels being woven on a 19th Century Hattersley Loom. Years of work went in to sourcing parts to restore this 100 year old machine to working order. Sure you could have woven this product on a modern machine, but these guys are the real deal, authentic and dedicated. That right there is a piece of history worth saving. I find it inspiring.

Read more about this restored loom on their blog.

Two years of married bliss

Exactly two years ago on a Saturday the 22nd of September in the Crags near Plettenberg Bay I married Tessa after nine years of us dating. We’re hitting our stride at eleven years together!

Thanks again Modern Hearts for taking such great pics of our day.

The Woolworths Saga List

the woolworths saga list

Never mind the rampant corruption. Never mind our presidents big house paid for by our taxes. Never mind the crime. What follows is a horrifying list of all that is truly going wrong in our country.



*I will attempt to keep this list up to date. Please let me know if I have left any out.

The escalator is a moving stair

Escalator

Fellow South Africans. This is a stair that moves. Although it goes by the name escalator, you can still walk up or down it like any other stairway. If you’re lazy, an idiot or unable to walk, please stand to one side (the left side) so that everyone else may pass you by. All around the World this is how escalators are used, we too can do it.

Back from New York

Yesterday I got back from our two week trip to New York. Mungo had a successful stand at the NY Now show and we got to see the city on our own steam for a week thereafter. Much good food was eaten and great places explored. Here’s a selection of photos from my instagram feed and Tessa has more on her instagram.

I’m Back

A month and five days doesn’t seem like a long enough holiday. Also I left Thailand in shorts and arrived 36 hours later in Cape Town to find someone had left the fridge open. Anyway here’s a mixed bag of pics from my Instagram feed. Tessa’s instagram feed is probably nicer than mine 🙂 I’ll get to blogging and updating as soon as I’m settled in.