January 2011

Hi everyone!

The next BGFVC ‘First Friday’ meet-up is on at Sports Cafe on 04 February.

The bar will be runing a live telecast of the Six Nations’ Wales & England rugby match … so feel free to come dressed in your colours.

A love, or even like, of the game is not compulsory or necessary.

Where: Sports Cafe, Makedonska 4

When: Kick-off is at 8.45pm, but feel free to drop by anytime after 7.30pm.

We have a special area reserved for BGFVC, so when you arrive just ask to be pointed in the right direction.

Hope to see you there!!!


This presentation is a classic, one of the founding media of the Devops movement.

The summary of the presentation is the kernel of what we know as Devops today:

  1. Automated Infrastructure
  2. Shared version control
  3. One step build – code to set of files in one step
  4. One step deploy
  5. Shared metrics
  6. Use IRC and IM Robots (they use IRC and squirt logs and alerts into their IRC stream. Search engine indexes them.)
  7. Culture
    1. Shared Run-books and Escalation plans
    2. Healthy attitude about failure – plan to respond, not just prevent. Fire drills.
    3. No finger-pointing and blame

The slides are here:

Also see Matt Zimmerman’s excellent post on Devops and Cloud.


Security Theatre, Illustrated

by Limbic on January 28, 2011

Real Physical Security – Roger’s Security Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Via Bruce Schneier.



“Michael Stevenson is pleased to present a selection of 47 images by the legendary photographer Billy Monk taken in Cape Town nightclubs in 1967-9.

The unusual narrative of his life and work has often been related and embellished upon, and has become entwined with our perceptions of the images. In essence, he was born in 1937, and worked as a nightclub bouncer for Les Catacombs Club in Cape Town in the late 1960s when he was around 30 years of age. He later moved to the West Coast and lived in Port Nolloth periodically until his death in 1982.

Using a Pentax camera with 35mm focal-length lens, Billy Monk photographed the nightclub revellers and sold the prints to his subjects. His close and long friendships with many of the people in the images allowed him to photograph them with extraordinary intimacy in all their states of joy and sadness. His images of nightlife seem carefree and far away from the scars and segregation of apartheid that fractured this society in the daylight.

In 1969 Monk stopped taking photographs at the club. Ten years later his contact sheets and negatives were discovered in a studio by Jac de Villiers who recognised the significance of his work. He arranged a first exhibition of the work in 1982 at the Market Gallery in Johannesburg. Monk could not make the opening and two weeks later, en route to seeing the exhibition, he was tragically shot dead in a fight and never saw his exhibition. Recently De Villiers revisited Monk’s contact sheets and curated the exhibition of the classic images along with some that have not been shown before.

Since the images were first seen in 1982, they have been critically acclaimed and celebrated on the rare occasions that they have been shown. The images raise the question why they continue to resonate so strongly with viewers 40 years later, and it is perhaps because of the remarkable pathos and empathy Billy Monk had for his subjects, regardless of their disposition, circumstances and transgressions.”

Reminded me of some of the fantastic pics in an old book I have (over in my storage in London) called “Hillbrow” by Glynn Griffiths and Paddy Clay (Cape Town, Don Nelson, 1982)  (Here is a sample http://superduper.co.za/lucky/?p=6548 ).

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Top 10 Mistakes in Behaviour Change

by Limbic on January 21, 2011

From: Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change


You do NOT disagree

by Limbic on January 11, 2011

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“In a rush” by Nadja Juric Larsen

by Limbic on January 6, 2011

“In a rush” by Nadja Djuric Larsen

Love this new painting, part of a series of 4 chicken themed paintings by gifted Montenegrin-Danish painter Nadja Djuric Larsen.


Declaration of Interdependence (Kanban)

by Limbic on January 4, 2011

I enjoyed this 2005 declaration from David Anderson:

Declaration of Interdependence

We are a community of project leaders that are highly successful at delivering results. To achieve these results:

  • We increase return on investment by making continuous flow of value our focus.
  • We deliver reliable results by engaging customers in frequent interactions and shared ownership.
  • We expect uncertainty and manage for it through iterations, anticipation, and adaptation.
  • We unleash creativity and innovation by recognizing that individuals are the ultimate source of value, and creating an environment where they can make a difference.
  • We boost performance through group accountability for results and shared responsibility for team effectiveness.
  • We improve effectiveness and reliability through situationally specific strategies, processes and practices.

From: David J. Anderson and Associates