Me and my Dissertation 2017 … Beginning again

I want to start a series of posts about my Dissertation. I am going to e-mail these blogs to some people, people to whom I want to stay accountable until my Dissertation is finished. Readers who also want to challenge me to finish my Dissertation, are welcome.
I am goint to try to blog every two weeks about how I am doing.
These posts will be short. Of course it must not keep my away from the actual work of writing my Dissertation. Sometimes it will be in the style of a blog post and sometimes in the style of a letter – depending on what I write first.
This series will be in two languages – Afrikaans and English. I have two blogsites – an Afrikaans blog and an English blog. I want to have people from both sites to go on this journey with me. I write in Afrikaans first, and then I translate it to Afrikaans. I expect that my writing style will change in this translation. The email version will be one document. [You are welcome to read both blogposts; I will include both links.]
The reason for this decision? I have come to realise over the years that there are truth in the teaching that we are part of a community of people, that we can’t function optimamly [I hope there are a word like that!] outside of that community (That is also a reason for the choice of part of my Dissertation theme). I also experienced that, with some projects, I need a community of people.
Each person’s community differs. For the sake of this Dissertation, there are a few Theology students, as well as some current pastors that I want to “use” in my community. I am mailing this to people without even getting their permission to be part of this community. If you don’t want to be part of it, please let me know.
I am writing this post before I even know whether I will be allowed to finish my Dissertation through University channels. I started in 2007 at Tukkies. I finished my degree within 4 years. After that (2011), I started with my church-specific degree. {I can’t actually remember which one is MDiv and which one is BTh; I am sure someone will comment about this.}
Different things happened that caused me not to finish my dissertation earlier. In following posts I will share more in this regard – as part of my own process of transparency.
I have works on it over the last few months. It is not on an academic standard, though. In Rustenburg, I had three pastors (Riaan Steyn, Herman Jansen and Pieter Jordaan) who has helped me correct my standard and style. My hope was to get as much work as possible done, maybe even up to 75% or more, before finding out whether I can register again. I never realised how much of the sources I photocopied. [After all, students know that they have to make copies of parts of their sources if that don’t want to or can’t work in the library.] As a result of some wrong methods of referral (wrong or incomplete), my dissertation went from 45% done, to 15% done.
That is why I need to register as a student again – so that I can get into the library.
This is my first hurdle toward finishing my dissertation. Will I be able to register as a student again, dispite already registering for this specific part of my studies 2 or 3 times already?
It is amazing (maybe I should have realised this) how much of the student-processes a person forgets if he/she doesn’t go to campus anymore. So I am a little unsure how to find out whether I can register again.
I’ll keep you posted.

Writing about coffee

As you might guess from my blog’s name, I enjoy coffee.

I like to drink alone, or with friends.

I like “normal” coffee, “average” coffee, and all kinds of new and strange coffees.

When I visit friends, and they ask me my choice between coffee or anything else, I ask “what type of coffee do you have?”. Sometimes I will say no to coffee, depending on the quality.

I prefer to take only milk with my coffee – again, that depends on the quality.


I want to start a new project. A project where I write about coffee.

The problem is this: I drink coffee and I know when I like coffee or not; I want to translate my coffee tasting experiences into words. I don’t know how to do this. I am not big with words. I want to learn how to describe my coffee experiences. I guess I could say I want to become a “coffee critic”.

And here is what I need from you, my loyal (or brand new) reader: Is there someone out there you can refer me to that could guide me in some way yo become a coffee critic? Maybe a blog or website that is dedicated to critiqueing (sorry about that spelling!) coffee?

Any help will be appreciated.

My new business

So I have done it. I started a new business. A printing business. I called it FdL Printing.

And I think I started it at possibly the worst time ever. On every single talk show about money or (small) business, people talk about how financially tough the world has gotten. How extremely tough it is to start a new business. And I did it to myself.

So, here I am, with a new “baby”. I don’t have the faintest of ideas how to build it further.

I know to advertise it. I post regularly on Facebook – both my personal profile and my business’ page.At this stage, I only do printings on mugs. I am also doing business cards, even though that is not my main focus. I am also available to do photoshoots.

So, if you have any questions, visit my Facebook page. I will also start building the blog page soon. Email, or phone me (that is Freddie) at 0715427026.

Please note that I operate from Rustenburg, North West province, South Africa.

My open letter to Vodacom… for what it’s worth

Dear Vodacom

I am frustrated. I do not understand what you mean when you talk about “Customer Care”.
Last night (27 October 2016), I lost about R43 worth of airtime. But let me go back a few hours.
In the afternoon, about 15:00, I needed to buy data. Vodacom used to know what I love. There used to be an offer to be able to buy 100MB data for the day until 23:59 (which I already think is a reason to use #datamustfall – sorry, that is how I feel!). That offer seems to have fallen away. The “best offer” these days seems to be R15 for 200MB for the day until 23:59. So I bought that. Before using the data, I wanted to make sure that I received it. So I checked my balance via *100#. I saw I had about R45 airtime and 200MB data. (I say “about R45”, because I remember the R45 part; it could have been R45,15 or R45,41 or whatever).
I switched on my data, and downloaded what I needed, including to documents of over 500 pages. I switched it off straight afterward. Later in the day I downloaded a book. All these I did on my tablet, using my data on my phone, by using my phone as a hotspot. I did also make a call of less that 60 seconds.
I checked my data after all of this, and saw I still I had about R43 airtime left, as well as about 123MB.
Now, as I stated, I bought 200MB for R15. I wasn’t about to not use all my data, or at least 175 of the 200MB. I do not like to waste, in effect, R8-something on data that I did not use.
So I checked whether I still had data left. I did have some data left, about 118MB, as well as those R43-something airtime.
I switched on my mobile data, and turned my hotspot on. And downloaded three small documents, not even 20 pages, and saved some Wikipedia pages. All the while, I kept checking when I received that SMS that says “you have less than ??MB data left”.
When I got the message that I have less than 30MB left, I did three things. I checked my balance again. I still had that, about R43 airtime and about 28.50MB left. So the message wasn’t wrong. Then I switched off my hotspot and then my mobile data option.
I wanted to make sure that it was off, so I checked my data again. I saw that I have R0 airtime and 5.00MB left.
I would like to know: How is this possible? How did I loose more than R40 airtime, and still have data left? How did I loose all that, even though I switched off my hotspot and mobile data after I received that message that I still had about 30MB left?
Yesterday isn’t the first time that something like this happens.
About two weeks ago, a similar thing occurred. I even sent a complain to your Facebook page, someone replied to me to write an email, and I received correspondence back. Of course, it appeared to be my mistake, as usual. [I have come to realize that Vodacom is never wrong.]
For yesterday’s incident, I have this service request number: A2-1XFB-LSE148 [One of the reasons I will be posting this on my Facebook, WordPress, and writing to media, is because the amazing promise that I will have to wait up to 2 working days for work being done; tomorrow is weekend, so if this isn’t resolved by tomorrow, that will mean I will have to wait for 4 days, IF the problem might be solved by Monday.)
I have a reference number for the email correspondence as well: 001F9aBYXDGQ57NC.
About three weeks ago, I had a similar issue again. Unfortunately, that issue wasn’t logged, since I didn’t ask for a service request number. In fact, when I was talking to the “Customer Care” agent last night, she couldn’t even find a call log for that time.
I am only a small customer. So I guess you will not go through a lot of trouble with this.
In fact, I predict that someone, somewhere in your “Customer Care” department will find a way to tell me that I am, in effect, the reason why I loose my airtime in this way. You will find a way not to be responsible – even if I checked my balances throughout the time I was using my data.
I will be posting this on my blog, and share a link to it on my Facebook. I am saying this merely for your knowledge, since I would like to have people know about the way you take airtime from customers.

I wanted to type “Kind Regards”, as is the norm in letters, but that would not be true.

Behind the Scenes Blogging Tag

I saw this post on A Thomas Point of View. It seemed like a fun way to share something about myself. I’m also hoping that some of you who read here, will do this as well. {So if you post this as well, tag me…

  1. Where Do You Blog? I usually write my content at home, then post it anywhere where I can connect to the internet. (I do not have wifi of inet connection where I live).
  2. Where Do You Find Inspiration For Your Blog Posts? Any place, really. I try to write something at least once a week, or maybe once every two week. I also do not have a fixed topic I write about.
  3. How Long Does It Take You To Write a Blog Post? I try not to write long posts. So most often not that long. About 45-60 minutes. It also depends on the topic.
  4. Do You Plan Your Blog Posts? How? Not really. And that might be the reason why I do not blog all too often. I might start planning it a little bit more.
  5. What Kind of Camera Do You Use? What Editing Program? I use a Nikon (forgot the code now). I also take photos with my phone (currently Samsung G Young, or something) and my iPad (Mini). I don’t really use an editing program when I want to post photos. When I want to use it for my business, I use Silhouette.
  6. Do You Use a Notebook To Track Your Ideas? Not really. I sometimes write down ideas, but I don’t often use that ideas.
  7. How Do You Take Your Pictures? My camera, cell phone and iPad
  8. What’s Your Favorite Type of Blog Post to Write? I like to write about music I listen to or books I read. I also like politics; and I might start writing about that in the future.
  9. Who Knows About Your Blog? I do not know of any of my current circle of friends or family who know about my blog. I am part of a Facebook group/page where I post links to posts. I think most people who know about my blog are from that group/page.
  10. Are You an Organized or a Messy Blogger? I think I am extremely messy. I do not have one or two or three fixed topics, so I think I might be classified as a messy blogger.
  11. Biggest Blogging Pet Peeve? I can’t think of any pet peeves with regards to blogging.