Mischa & Jonathan: Black and White

Recently, our friends Mischa and Jonathan got engaged. I got the honour of taking a few pics with them. They wanted to go for an urban vibe. The nice thing with Cape Town is that the surrounding mountains are always lurking, so in several pics, you can see them peeking in. In case you haven't [...]

World of Birds

I had passed by World of Birds a few times before, but never entered it. World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and hosts over 400 birds and small animal species. It's a sanctuary, so of course the animals are caged in, but they've tried their best to give them some decent [...]

Ethical Consumption in South Africa: Chocolate and Coffee

When I arrived in South Africa about three years ago, fair trade was not really a consideration here. Very few brands were offering clear information about their supply chains and the control or transparency of those chains by external organisations. In the last few years, there has been quite a big change. Why should you care? [...]

ScaleConf 2016: Scaling Support by Education Customers

https://youtu.be/ZP1jImalXfU A few months ago, I spoke at ScaleConf 2016, which was quite intimidating. It's a developer conference, and I'm not a developer. I posted my slides a while ago, but now you can also watch the video as well. I hope you like it! I really enjoyed infusing Thomas Kuhn's theory of paradigm shifts I [...]

Arcadia Dam

About one hour drive outside of Harare (Zimbabwe) is the beautiful Arcadia Dam. When we were in Harare for a wedding at the end of April, we went to that dam with my brother-in-law, who also has a boat there; an Aquascape, a boat designed and built by my father-in-law. I was introduced to tubing [...]

James K.A. Smith, “You Are What You Love”

Originally published on CULTURESHOCK. Since the publication of his 2009 Desiring the Kingdom, James K.A. Smith has been developing his anthropology of the human being as lover. That the first part of that book was subtitled "We Are What We Love"--almost exactly the title of his latest book--shows the continued focus of his work. With You Are [...]

Constitutional Hill

One of the first big assignments the first democratic government had in 1994 was to compose a new Constitution. The Constitutional Court is the legal organ that credit the first Constitution, and today guards the nation's submission to the Constitution. The Constitutional Court is a beautiful building with both the location and the architecture bursting [...]

Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms

https://youtu.be/-l40S5e90KY The Psalms Fuller Theological Seminary, with several famous theologians on staff--including Richard J. Foster, Miroslav Volf, and Joel B. Green--has documented a meeting between Bono and Eugene Peterson. Bono has never hidden his Christian background; he reached out to Peterson when The Message translation of the Bible was released to say thanks and invite [...]

Haters Gonna Hate: From Brussels with Love?

  When Taylor Swift is singing her "Shake It Off" song, she's not focusing on very deep aspects of life. Granted, while the message to not care too much about what other people say is valid, she is still only singing about dating and dance moves. There are deeper sides to life. Worse haters that [...]

Mischa – Two

We have some pretty talented friends. One of those friends is Mischa. Her angelic voice takes you out of this world. Read my full review of one of her previous show here. Go check out her Soundcloud profile or visit her Facebook page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhMPGRaxvMA&feature=youtu.be

Scaling Support by Educating Customers

At ScaleConf 2016 in Cape Town, I was invited to speak in front of a large audience of developers. I focused on one of the biggest passions of most developers (not): support. However, while devs might not get excited about support, they all understand the importance of it. With having WooCommerce active on 1+ million [...]

Why I (Now) Use Polymail for Work

Half a year ago, I wrote a post in which I recommended the Mailbox App made by the Dropbox team. Unfortunately, Mailbox was discontinued earlier this year. So I started yet another search for a mail client that had the same strengths as Mailbox: an option to snooze, a focus on "inbox zero", and great [...]

Studying Scripture: Lectio Divina

One of the dangers of studying Scripture is that the focus can be too much on the cognitive side. While this is an important aspect of being human, it is only one aspect. Applying different methods for studying the Bible can help avoid these pitfalls. An approach that has helped me a lot in catering to various [...]

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