Day 145 – UPSd

There’s likely to be a lot more loadshedding coming our way over the next few months (and beyond?). So we purchased a UPS to keep (some of) the internet going so that the kids could continue to do their schoolwork while we got loadshod. But as soon as we bought it, Eskom said that actually, everything was ok and there wouldn’t be any more loadshedding ever again that day.

Unperturbed, we plugged in the UPS and immediately, Eskom said that there was going to be some loadshedding again. I’m not saying that it was our fault that there’s loadshedding, but it probably was. Well, that and the years of corruption, mismanagement, looting and general negligence. So not all our fault then.

Anyway, I’m writing this on UPS-powered internet, which – for the moment at least – seems to be working exactly as we had hoped. Even though the kids have finished their schoolwork for the day.

Let’s see if it can last the 2 hours.

I’ll keep you informed.

 

UPDATE: Hmm. Iffy. Switched off halfway through loadshedding for no apparent reason. And the supplied voltage and battery levels were all over the place. Better than nothing, but far from perfect.

We’re running a few more tests on it, but I don’t think this is the droid we’re looking for.
A return seems imminent.

Day 142 – Cyril leaves it late

Here’s confirmation that cyril is leaving it pretty much as late as he can before address that lapsing National State of Disaster.

Just to be clear, if the National State of Disaster does lapse, it doesn’t mean that the nation won’t be a disaster.

That’s going to to take quite a shift in direction and an awfully long time to sort out. Not 4 hours.

Day 140 – Cape Town Loadshedding schedules 2020

More loadshedding on the way. Everything has broken at Eskom: from the management team, all the way down to the actual generating units.

Stage 2 starts at 8am this morning.

Thankfully:

Most City customers will be shed at Stage 1 as the City is protecting customers from one stage of load-shedding. Stage 2 will apply for Eskom customers.

So if you are in Cape Town, when might you be likely to suffer?

Here’s the information you need, in handy PDF form.

If you’re outside any of the gaily coloured areas on the map in that link, then you need to go to the Eskom website to get your schedule – and check under Stage 2.

Plan ahead. Save electricity. And please wear a mask.

So many instructions.

Day 136 – Long read takeaway

This is a long read about America.

 

 

I’m not really into long reads or America, but I actually found it rather interesting.
A combination of anthropology (obviously), epidemiology, sociology, history and politics, with some really interesting facts thrown in here and there. I learned stuff.

Since it’s Sunday – the day of rest – you probably have the time (although perhaps not the inclination) to give it a go. Yes, I was being sarcastic about the time thing.

This was one of the paragraphs from early on in the article, highlighting just what we’re up against in getting a vaccine developed and giving us any chance of getting back to a “normal” life.

And that before we’ve even thought about production, rollout and uptake.

Sobering.

Day 80 – Sunday: the day of rest

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

Yeah. I know the feeling, mate. I was also a bit lazy this morning and had a much-deserved lie-in. But once I was up, about and propped up by one (or more) cups of coffee, there was much to be done.

Sadly, it’s now 4:30pm and there’s still much to be done.

But I don’t feel that the day has been wasted. Highlights have included an hour of games with a friends (on the end of a Google Meet), and a walk down through the Constantia Green Belt (on our own).

Parking might normally have been a problem for the latter, but as a sign of the times, we left the car in a deserted Peddlar’s car park. Normally on a Sunday afternoon, that place would have been packed: the hardier souls outside in the cool Cape Town conditions, the more sensible lot indoors by the huge log fire.

They are doing deliveries and pick-ups for food, but wow. It was so, so quiet. Another local business that needs our support. So… you know… go and support them.

And now, home for a quick blog and some Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (3-6pm UK time) (I don’t make the rules). I feel that my near future may also involve some Castle Milk Stout.