Quick Update

Back on a health mission…

Vredehoek fire
Vredehoek fire
  • Week of 16-22 February.
  • Monday, investor pitch day… it went well, Lions Head walk, broccoli for supper, watched The Family… pretty good, Vrehedoek almost burnt down (see above – photo from our house).
  • I’m pretty excited to tell you what we’ve been busy with recently, it’s still a bit stealthy, but soon…
  • The SleekGeek diet starts, week 1 of 10. Also, stopped drinking alcohol for a while. Found this again.
  • Tuesday, meeting in Newlands, fetched snail mail (for about 11 months) and renewed my PO Box, house viewing around Tamboerskloof, a juice with Wouter at The Power and the Glory – the service there is a joke, a swim at home.
  • I suspect I’ve been sharing a lot less stuff on social media recently – and sharing more things only with my Telegram (close) friends.
  • Started reading Microselfs again, could not really get into David and Goliath.
  • “South Africa is the world’s most ambitious experiment in democracy.” — Simon

  • Wednesday, site survey walk, work, watched Mia’s girls relay swimming gala – she swam in the u9 (and u10) freestyle, medley and ladder relays, we had an early supper at Lourensford while Mia did her homework, some JIT saving the day – helping Mia with her show and tell oral – her life timeline slide deck – at least I don’t have a shortage of photos in that department, dropped Mia at her mom’s house and had a nice sunset drive back to Cape Town.
  • *sigh*, you would think I would have learnt by now, I’ve been bugging Naulene for weeks to get my laptop (which she needed to borrow for work) and my 200mm lens so I could take photos at the gala, Wednesday morning she lets me know she’ll be at the gala, I ask her to please bring the lens and laptop, I arrive at the gala – after a while I realise she changed her mind and did not come, no photos then, then Mia tells me her show and tell oral is due the next day – not the first time, or the second time this has happened – no communication about this at all, later – I fetch my lens and laptop and she tells me there is a DVD stuck in the laptop and she has no idea how this happened – she left the kids in front of the laptop. Some people.
  • Thursday, at the office early, updated our investor deck, Lions Head was burning so I went to gym… so this is what the gym looks like.
  • “Sent using paws.” — email .sig

  • Jacques seems keen to start an aquaponics farm in London and Michael managed to find some Tilapia to eat which cost around R270/kg – seems there is a business in fish.
  • Friday, interesting meeting in Wembley Square, watched Mia’s swimming gala – this time with my 200mm lens, she won the trophy for best swimmer in her grade – she won all her races, we walked through The Art of the Brick LEGO exhibition at the Waterfront… pretty cool, I have my slops back! (from Ernst’s wedding, thanks Lisa), Mia shopped for some shoes, gala photo processing while watching Evan Almighty again, Mia took her new trophy to bed with her.
  • Mia’s best freestyle time so far: 19.72.
  • Last weekend in the Vredehoek house.
  • Saturday, woke up next to Mia, a round of Star Wars top trumps cards, I made omelettes while Mia watched the end of Field of Dreams, we almost finished a bag of grenadillas , OZCF market at the Zille Villa, took Mia to the toy shop in Gardens – have not been there in ages, Deer Park, Mia watched Wall-E, nap, some Dvorak touch typing training for Mia, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, Mia fell asleep in the car on the way home, watched Dallas Buyers Club again, watched the end of Scent of a Woman.
  • That spork scene in Wall-E is pretty cool.
  • Sunday, AfrikaBurn theme camp planning (with Google Earth / to figure out where the sun sets), showed Mia this Afrika Burnt video, a nice long swim at gym, a late lunch at Da Vinci’s, a Kloof Street walk and some Myog frozen yoghurt, I helped Mia wash her hair, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house, sunset drive back to Cape Town, a smoothie at Wouter’s house.
  • Looks like our theme camp membership numbers are growing fairly quickly.
  • “You may already be a member.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Guns, whiskey and solar panels…

Our AfrikaBurn theme camp concept
Our AfrikaBurn theme camp concept
  • Week of 9-15 February.
  • Well look at me, blogging all done by the Sunday evening already.
  • Monday, up before 6:00, swapped one of my off-site backup drives, JIT school run from Franschhoek after some confusion about 7:30 vs 19:30, Mia ended up having biltong for breakfast, Waterstone gym, signed up the first customer for the new business, promenade walk, fish and chips at Sidewalk Cafe with Georg.
  • “Bad cop, worse cop.” — Georg

  • It’s pretty cool how, in only two weeks, you can make something out of nothing and create a new business.
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about good posture and good attitude recently.
  • Tuesday, work, some drama about Mia not having her swimming goggles and cap for swimming time trials, Mia phoned me – she came first in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly (breast stroke needs work)… says she was about 1/4 of the pool ahead of the 2nd swimmer in the butterfly. Joy. Worth the fuss about the swimming gear earlier, a walk around Bantry Bay, sunset supper on the balcony and Wouter’s house – trout and a beer, we finished our AfrikaBurn theme camp sign design, looking good (above).
  • Yes, we’re still looking for cool people to join oun AfrikaBurn theme camp.
  • I read this and thought – I really should try and make time to write something useful on the topic of tech entrepreneurship at some point – in long form – but I’m just not feeling very inspired at the moment.
  • Good read on how startups die.
  • “But you know what they say. There is no easy in fantastic.” — Nikki

  • Recent stories about Eskom really make me want to think of starting companies outside SA again.
  • Mia’s swimming times… Freestyle: 20.66, Backstroke: 26.18, Butterly: 26.78, Breaststroke: 33.46.
  • Wednesday, flagged a lot of old emails and RSS feeds as read – goodbye 2014, struggled with some weekend planning and logistics (can’t say I’m a big fan of Valentines Day), ribs at Carlyle’s with Al and Georg.
  • “Hoe voel dit om ‘n langbroek te dra?” — Al

  • Time to clean up my own back yard again – eat better, get more exercise, a few SleekGeek diet weeks coming up.
  • Let’s Encrypt, free CA by the EFF, very cool.
  • Week two without coffee.
  • Thursday, made myself a six egg breakfast with chia seeds, work, hair cut at Yogi’s, fetched my bicycle (three weeks late), a beer with Carel in the Gardens Centre – he wanted the blockchain 101 intro, kinda locked myself out of the house, so waited for Georg at Carlyle’s and had some pizza.
  • Friday, some reading about fibre types, a beer at Fireman’s Arms with Nick, Georg, Aiden – who told a scary story about his 11 kidney stones, Up Yours and Yours Truly with Paul, Claus, Janey, Hilah and Al, fun evening.
  • “Why are you here, did you do something wrong?” — Aiden, about new relationships.

  • I watched The Imitation Game at the Labia this week… brilliant.
  • “Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.” — The Imitation Game

  • Saturday, watched Fantastic Mr Fox again with some tea while doing some prepper news reading, photo and notes processing, blogging in loadshedding time, watched Rambo First Blood again… classic, watched some rugby with Georg – we have DSTV again.
  • “Mrs. Fox: [to Ash] We’re all different.
    [indicates Mr. Fox]
    Mrs. Fox: Especially him. But there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?”

  • Read this: How the CIA made Google – hmm, what to do? Give money to the EFF?
  • Funny how we forget, we read about Assange and Snowden, the worst parts of mass surveillance and the military industrial complex are all true, but then we get busy and we forget and people happily keep using their gmail (skynet) accounts. We’re all sheep. See you in the Matrix cave.
  • Skynet is going to have to run on solar in SA anyway.
  • “But if the reservations of billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk are anything to go by, the Pentagon’s hubris is deeply amiss. Musk, an early investor in the AI company DeepMind now owned by Google, has warned of “something dangerous” happening in five years due to “close to exponential growth of AI at the firm – and some AI experts agree.”

  • Sunday, almost had breakfast with Ernst, made myself another six egg breakfast with chia seeds, processed the 2014 photos on Mia’s school DVD – pretty bad state of photography (kept about 70/1700 photos), drove to the airport to have tea with Nikki – who is off to the US for a while, epic 4h afternoon nap, pizza at Carlyle’s with Georg, watched The Bourne Legacy… good movie.
  • “I got ya, Vanilla.”

  • Tune of the week: Telemiscommunications, Deadmaus5, the curse of being busy…
  • “Guns, whiskey, solar panels.” — Jacques, about AfrikaBurn prep and electricity in SA.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Sea Point Pool
Sea Point Pool
  • Week of 2-8 February.
  • Monday, work, sunset Promenade walk (photo above), a swim at home.
  • Tuesday, at the office by 7:00, mostly finished an investor deck and we created a logo for the new company, wine tasting evening at Carlyle’s with Georg, Ania and Lyle.
  • Wednesday, (post-outdoor party) car wash, work, business card design, nap, great ribs at Carlyle’s with Georg during load shedding time.
  • Probably time to resign from the only child club and the league of emotionally unavailable gentleman.
  • Thursday, very interesting meeting/workshop about Carrier Ethernet and new GPON toys, fetched my new business cards, big backup mission for my 6-monthly offsite backups and some blogging, cheese and wine for dinner.
  • I stopped drinking coffee again.
  • I’ve not been swimming in about a month!
  • I’m not going to miss Vredehoek’s crappy Vodacom Edge speeds.
  • Friday, at the office by 7:00, GPON workshop, phone chat with Ernst, fetched Mia from a choir party, played ADSL support guy in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, sunset swim.
  • All startups are train wrecks inside, some are graveyards, but they still get more Twitter followers.
  • Saturday, AfrikaBurn theme camp building (mostly design) day with Wouter, Al (who finally met Nikki), Storm, Michael, Nicole and Paul (who managed to arrive before dark), braai, ice cream in cones with Horlicks.
  • Discovered Rhino3D.
  • Sunday, swimming, Mia watched some Harry Potter (5/8), a walk to get limes, fetched pizza from Col’Cacchio, early night.
  • Seems I have a new nickname: Mr Fox.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

AfrikaBurn ticket logistics and startup ideas…

Franschhoek Valley
Franschhoek Valley
  • Week of 26 Jan to 1 Feb…
  • Monday, a misty drive over Kloof Nek rd to work, office space shopping, set up new company email, 1 hour sunset promenade walk, a swim and a braai at home, watched Iron Man 3 again.
  • Funny how your startup-ideas.txt files grows a lot quicker when your head is not in a startup.
  • “You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.” Empirically, the way to have good startup ideas is to become the sort of person who has them. “Live in the future and build what seems interesting.” — from How to Get Startup Ideas

  • I’m starting to think Gust Pay was maybe a “sitcom” startup idea. A bit like Oop! from Microserfs.
  • Tuesday, work, a sunset walk up Lions Head.
  • Good read: This Industry Is Still Completely Ridiculous
  • Wednesday, work, bought an AfrikaBurn ticket – JIT Joe style, site survey walk, another site survey walk, looks like you need walking shoes for this job, a walk around Beta beach, bumped into Tori, picnic on the big rock in Bakoven, a swim at home, last minute AfrikaBurn creative crew ticket admin – managed to assign 20/22… herding cats.
  • Let me know if you want to join our theme camp?
  • Thursday, work, survey walk, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, sunset walk.
  • “What’s for you will not pass you by.” — Moloko

  • Friday, work, watched Mia’s inter-house athletics, Franschhoek, great bottle of Sadie Family Palladius… ;-P
  • Feels pretty good having an income again. Near miss. Jackrabbit country.
  • Saturday, scrambled eggs with cream, babysat 5 dogs, nap, braai.
  • I’ve been thinking… the easy business recipe is: Start with cool co-founder, split the shares 50/50, do something you can start with a small amount of capital, find a recurring revenue (passive income) business model… easy? Yeah, pretty much what I did first – but you only realise this stuff, looking back, after you try doing things the hard way.
  • Sunday, Origin with Nikki, stopped for a photo of the Franschhoek valley (above) on the way back, a drink at LQF, epic day.
  • Tune of the week: The Veldt, Deadmau5.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Joe 5.0…

Moon and star
Moon and Signal Hill star
  • Week of 19-25 January.
  • Monday, tea, photo and notes processing, weekly backups, nap, bumped into Paul in Vredehoek, blogging, Michael came to fetch the aquaponics book.
  • Tuesday, last day of Mia’s school holidays, dropped off a laptop, fetched Mia, we found her some new school shoes (size 4) and tekkies (only had to visit 5 shops), scones with jam and cream, music appreciation drive with The Cure and Roxette, wine tasting at Glen Carlou, a swim, a walk and a very recently harvested mostly Chardonnay tasting from stainless steel tanks in Franschhoek with Nikki, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, Mia was a bit sad that school is starting, but I figure she needs to get swimming again, nice sunset drive back to Cape Town, Georg made me watch some Homeland S4 – so we did some Cape Town scene spotting, nice day.
  • Writing Your Way to Happiness
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day in grade 3, meeting in Sea Point, swim, took my bicycle for a service, afternoon at the Batstone pool on the roof of the Cape Quarter mall… nice space, Modern Alchemists Meetup at Miao in De Waterkant… I kinda like De Waterkant, Georg gave me a lift home, swim, broccoli salad, a drink at Carlyle’s, found some dark chocolate M&Ms at the party-Engen.
  • “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh, Zappos founder and CEO

  • Pro tip: it might sound like a good idea to take the December holiday to work out what you want to do next, but financially it’s not that smart… that scene from Rushmore with Bill Murry underwater in the swimming pool.
  • Thursday, drove to the office via Kloof Nek road, first day on the new project… can’t tell you much about it yet, but there are nice sea views from the office and 100Mbps internet, sunset Promenade walk, a quick salad and a ginger shot with Cath at Plant Cafe… funny – seems like as I’m getting off the tech startup kool-aid fuelled hamster wheel – Cath is getting on, a swim at home.
  • I managed to figure out what I want to do this year – and what I don’t want to do. Maybe chasing the crazy tech startup stuff is not the best route… maybe having some stable running project, with a venture builder model on the side makes more sense.
  • Joe 5.0 – depending on how you count, today was the start of my fifth job/career cycle. 1) Two jobs in Stellenbosch, 2) two jobs in Cape Town, 3) the Frogfoot, Amobia and Teraco days, 4) then the TrustFabric and Gust Pay days. The new project actually has a product people understand and want and soon it will have customers and employees, very refreshing.
  • Friday, work – employee number one, a walk around Sea Point, Hilah’s birthday drinks at Up Yours (rooftop bar above Yours Truly) in Kloof Street with Paul, Claus and Janey, a drink at Yours Truly, grabbed a slice of New York Pizza, 31deg heat after 22:00, a swim at home, woke up at 2:00 and took another swim.
  • Claus suggested I make a presentation for Mia about after school activities and things she can learn and what she can do with them… career paths etc. Choir vs robotics vs touch typing vs drama class.
  • Saturday, fetched Mia, minor dentist disaster – had to go find one after 13:00 on a Saturday – sense of humour failure about Naulene not communicating things again, drove to Franschhoek with Mia, swim, afternoon walk, 22yo French Chardonnay.
  • “Same shit, different Friday.” — Paul

  • Sunday, swimming, AfrikaBurn theme camp registration (creative writing) – managed to get 22 creative crew tickets, moar swimming, afternoon walk, picked some figs, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house – Mia borrowed the Roxette / Look Sharp CD *grin*, nice drive home, pizza at Carlyle’s with Georg and a triple whiskey Dom Pedro, watched some of The Campaign again.
  • “Can’t is a real C-word.” — The Campaign

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Spaceship Earth…

Sea Point
Sea Point
  • Week of 12-18 January.
  • Monday, tea, cleaned the house with Mia and Francis to the tune of some Sisters of Mercy (after Jacques recently reminded me how we used to listen to them on Scuba trips), dropped Mia and Francis at their mom’s house (after spending 10 days with Mia), meeting, Caffe Neo, nice sunset Promenade walk, swim at home, broccoli salad, watched Gone Girl with Georg… meh.
  • Tuesday, lunch at The Red Sofa cafe in Vredehoek, Al’s birthday drinks at Van Hunks with Lientjie, Hilah and Georg, fun evening.
  • “To not give a fuck about adversity, you must first give a fuck about something more important than adversity.” — from here

  • “The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

  • I sometimes look at older blog posts or my personal website from long ago and I think, who was that guy? This kinda explains it…

    20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life…

    “The tragedy of life is that we seek to understand the goal and not the man. We set up a goal which demands of us certain things: and we do these things. We adjust to the demands of a concept which CANNOT be valid.

    When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.

    Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.

    So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day?”

  • Wednesday, took out the garbage – because like this blog, it needs to happen once a week, swim, found a lock for my bicycle (thanks Mia) and cycled to The Yard for some pulled pork tacos and a beer and a Deluxe latte… hipster yum, cycled through the Company’s Gardens and had a cool idea for a treasure hunt game, booked a (free) bicycle service, haircut at Yogi’s… cool guy, told me the story of how the shop has been in the family for four generations, nice haircut, tried to find Bullion bar, but failed, cycled up Long street and stopped for a fresh juice at Orchard, cycled up the hill back to Vredehoek in probably 36deg heat, swim and another swim, braai at home with Georg, Excelda and Karla.
  • I think I’d like to do more than one project this year – doing just one thing is risky. It’s nice to have a primary project, but also nice to have some interests developing in parallel over time.
  • Which Wes Anderson Movie Are You?

    I’m Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    “Animated and wild, you’re loved for your crazy antics and out-of-the-box ideas. You always come in at the last minute to save the day and would do anything for your loved ones. Although your sense of curiosity can sometimes get you in trouble, you’re always able to solve every problem in the end. The bottom line: You truly are fantastic.”

  • I’m starting to think Mia should get her own blog.
  • Thursday, came up with a name for a new business (OctoTel), some Carrier Ethernet research, processed some notes, a long walk up to the King’s Blockhouse and back to the Murray & Stewart Quarry, bumped into Mantooth, wrote a long sad retrospective email, watched Fight Club again with the knowledge that Bob and Marla don’t exists… so Jack Durden was basically dying of cancer and invented three personalities? The Paper St house does not exist, Project Mayhem does not exist.
  • “Prepare to evacuate soul.” — Marla

  • “Welcome to the 21st century, Buck Rogers.” — from This is the End.

  • Friday, business meeting, breakfast in Camps Bay, early supper with Nikki at Plant Cafe… great salads, a G&T at The Mother’s Ruin gin bar… not bad, a drink at Hilah’s place, Aces ‘n Spades with Nikki, Hilah and Paul, until they closed, loads of fun, as always.
  • How to have a happy life… only keep good memories. I think this was one of Jacques’ theories. I can look at my TV screen saver for a few minutes and think the last two years have been awesome – easy to forget the hard and bad parts with a few photos of good memories.
  • “Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it.” — Buckminster Fuller

  • “You must choose between making money and making sense. The two are mutually exclusive.” — Buckminster Fuller

  • His life, he said, was an experiment.

    When he was 32, Buckminster Fuller’s life seemed hopeless. He was bankrupt and without a job. He was grief stricken over the death of his first child and he had a wife and a newborn to support. Drinking heavily, Buckminster Fuller contemplated suicide. Instead, he decided that his life was not his to throw away: it belonged to the universe. Buckminster Fuller embarked on “an experiment to discover what the little, penniless, unknown individual might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity.”

  • Saturday, swim, veggie burgers for lunch at the OZCF market at the Zille Villa with Nikki… nice new layout, nap, swim, a drink at Chris’ birthday braai.
  • Sunday, lunch at Malu’s in Noordhoek with Nikki, Hilah and Paul, shucked my first oyster, home made burgers with anchovies and jalapenos in the burger meat, yum, nice sunset drive back via Chapman’s Peak, drinks and pizza at La Vie with Aiden, Camilla (who is going to be living in Tanzania for 6 months from the end of the month), Nikki, Georg and Excelda, watched Interview with a Vampire again.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

A magic 8 ball kinda week…

Glen Beach
Glen Beach
  • Week of 5-11 January.
  • Monday, rainy day – last day of holiday, Mia did some Dvorak touch typing training and watched an (un)healthy amount of Clone Wars, I found Naulene’s last letter to me and read it again – I understand it now – it made no sense at the time, took Mia for a fairly long walk around Vredehoek, bumped into Milton, broccoli salad for supper, helped Mia find Wally a few times in her Where’s Wally book.
  • Life seems really full compared to ten years ago – I was looking at the rate at which I create photo albums and it feels like there are so many more events in a year.
  • Tuesday, up at 6:30, tea, Mia watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom again, shook a magic 8 ball about a tricky decision – it said: “Forget about it” (thanks magic 8 ball girl!), swimming at gym with Mia – she did a 26sec 25m butterfly, dropped Mia at her mom’s house – for Francis’ birthday party, I told Naulene I read her last letter again and gave her a hug, a beer with Michael and Jordan at Rick’s, watched When Harry Met Sally again with some Moreson Cabernet Franc – must have seen the movie about 10 times and only now I see the 2nd relationships theme.
  • No more GUST.
  • So many movies Mia needs to see when she turns 13.
  • “…or C, desperately want to talk to me, but trapped under something heavy.” — When Harry Met Sally

  • Marla and Bob are not real.
  • Wednesday, walked to the gym (for the first time), admin and emails, first 1km swim of the year, phone chat with Ernst, Devil’s Peak area walk with Georg, a beer and a swim at home.
  • Remember, everything has already happened.
  • I’m very keen to build an aquaponics farm in 2015.
  • Weeks like these you go back to your startup-ideas.txt file.
  • I started thinking up names for startups 11 and 12 this week, maybe even 13.
  • Thursday, fetched Mia and Francis, they decorated some biscuits with icing, we watched some old Asterix and Obelix movies, some aquaponics research, marathon hair washing and hair drying and detangling session with the girls.
  • I’ve kinda stopped using the ringtone on my phone.
  • Friday, watched Paddington with Mia and Francis at the Waterfront – pretty good, lots of familiar London sights – there was a line in the movie ~”it took my heart a bit longer to arrive” – kinda made me think that it takes a while to get used to London and the culture and feel at home there, Deer Park afternoon with Jonathan, ice cream, King’s Craft beer, burgers, nice day, picked up some dark chocolate on the way home, chair races, bath, read, sleep… had an idea for Gust at around 1:00 and could not sleep for an hour.
  • Saturday, a failed outing to the Oranjezicht City Farm market at the Zille Villa – only starts next weekend, I made us my own version of the Daily Deli Full Monte for brunch at home, swim, Moreson Chardonnay and Rummy Cub – Mia cheated and made up her own creative rules, Francis was smart enough not to play, nap, very nice afternoon on Little Beta Beach with Mia, Francis and Georg and some Moreson bubbly – Mia kept two hula hoops going at the same time – very impressive, broccoli salad while watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… that atomic bomb scene is pretty cool, watched Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, bath, read, sleep for the girls, watched The Interview… entertaining, that Katy Perry tank scene is hilarious.
  • Never thought I’d say this, but I’m tired of holidays and G&Ts for now.
  • Sunday, Deer Park with Mia, Francis, Wouter and Xander, fresh juice at the Erf81 market in Tamboerskloof, had a nice Matilda soundtrack sing-along down Kloof road with Mia and Francis (who also knows the words now), nice braai and a swim at Wouter’s house in Bantry Bay with his sisters and their kids, Clifton 4 to 1 beach walk and back, Glen Beach and awesome sunset Camps Bay beach walk, watched some Cosmos at home with ham and pineapple pizza for the girls, bath, read, sleep, great day.
  • Nice read: “I don’t want to start another company until I find a problem that I care about.”
  • How to fall in love.
  • Tune of the week: Katy Perry – Firework

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Half the perfect world…

La Motte
La Motte
  • Week of 29 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.
  • One more post in a series of slow, and let’s face it, pretty boring blog entries. I’ll try find some more interesting things to do and write about soon.
  • Monday, fetched Mia and Francis, watched Big Hero 6… nice movie, Vergelegen play area visit, Bikini Beach and a walk around the harbour with Jacques – 2nd time he’s seen Mia, fish and calamari supper at Harbour Lights, dropped Mia and Francis off at Naulene’s house.
  • Tuesday, great lunch and wine tasting at La Motte with Nikki, drove to Cape Town while listening to Pachelbel’s canon (Mia hates it) and had a late afternoon nap, Georg woke me up with braai meat for dinner.
  • Wednesday, gym, swim, NYE braai at home with Georg, Al, Jacques, Marietjie, Dan, Wouter and Michael John, perfect wind-still summer night, memories of listening to Depeche Mode 101 (Everything Counts), Wouter poking his digital thermometer in the braai meat and watching the fireworks display from the Waterfront.
  • I took (only) ~4100 photos in 2014 – but, there are some good memories: Death Star Lego building, leaving Stellenbosch, Seedstars World in Geneva, the Guinness factory visit in Dublin with Jacques, Mia winning the best swimmer trophy in her grade, many Cape Town walks, visits to Betties, Rooiels, Hermanus and a Hemel and Aarde Valley wine tour, Mindstorms EV3 Lego building and programming, watching Swan Lake and The Sound of Music with Mia, many hockey match and swimming gala visits, Bakoven and Clifton sunsets, new house in Oranjezicht and many weekend market visits, Sea Kayaking, Chardonnay Festival, 8 days at AfrikaBurn – and Mia’s learning to ride a bike at AfrikaBurn, Kalk Bay weekend, Cederberg weekend, two weeks in Joburg with Ernst and Anton, Techstars in London, BST in Hyde Park, Science Museum IMAX with Mia, watching Matilda, Oxford visit with Jacques, Greyton holiday, many Lions Head walks, new Vredehoek house and housewarming party, Guy Fawkes fireworks in London, visits to The Camps Bay Retreat, Ellerman House, Babylonstoren, Lourensford and Vergelegen, The Lumineers at Kirstenbosch, best man at Ernst’s wedding in Joburg… and all the events I forgot to take photos at.
  • Thursday, pool time, big nap, made bloody marys with Jacques, watched (about 1/2 of) Thor… uber lame.
  • Friday, up early, Jacques started his travels back to London, fetched Mia, watched The Cat Returns, pizza for supper.
  • Jacques’ week in Cape Town was good fun. Thanks for taking all those photos Jacques.
  • Saturday, swimming, Dan fetched my mountain bike, watched Flash Gordon, watched Hal’s Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart again, pizza for supper again.
  • Sunday, more swimming, Lions Head walk with Mia and Nikki (Mia: 4, Nikki:1), burger in a bowl for supper, nice (Ghibli movie) weekend.
  • Tune of the week: Everybody’s Talking by Madeleine Peyroux, from the Half the Perfect World album.

Have a fun 2015, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Jacques in Cape Town and a Beta Beach visit…

Little Beta Beach
Little Beta Beach – Joe the dassie
  • Week of 22-28 December. Another holiday-mode post…
  • Monday, a salad at Caprice with Georg, nap, a two hour Table Mountain walk above our house, great weather, beautiful sunset, a seared tuna steak at Sidewalk Cafe with Georg, we watched some Team America again, babies don’t sleep this well.
  • Tuesday, tea and conversations about Fight Club, last needed gym visit to keep my Vitality Diamond status (just in time – would probably have been very easy if I was not in London for four months), a walk around the Cape Town CBD… walked through the Company’s Gardens, had a Guinness at Twankey bar, walked up Long Street, had a burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, walked through De Waal Park, a swim in the rain, rediscovered the 4 Hour Body book, watched Rushmore again… love that movie, great day.
  • Wednesday, tea, afternoon braai with Georg… medium-rare rib eye steaks and salad (no braai broodjies), 4 hour nap, watched the Simpsons episode with Michael Jackson, blogging and photo processing, finished reading the aquaponics book at about 2:30 and finally managed to fall asleep.
  • Maybe Interstellar is one big aquaponics advert. It’s very lame that a key part of the plot is that the corn will die.
  • Feeling really rested, nice. Have not used my car since Saturday.
  • Tune of the week: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
  • Thursday, rainy xmas day in Franschhoek.
  • Friday, swim, Chardonnay tasting, (Milan) burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s with Georg, Jacques and Marietjie arrived in Cape Town at 22:00ish.
  • Strange time. For all the confusion in one part of my life – I’m very happy with the other.
  • Saturday, Jacques (the paleo house husband) cooked us breakfast on his gas braai, wine tour day with Jacques, Georg and Marietjie: Villiera, Simonsig (good value Chardonnay) and Beyerskloof, braai at home.
  • Sunday, Jacques made us brunch, very nice Beta Beach afternoon – mostly Little Beta Beach (see above) – love that beach, Van Hunks, drinks at home with Al, Paul and Hilah, fun evening.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Oh, the places you’ll go…

  • Hmm. Could not really find a photo for this week – holiday mode I guess.
  • Week of 15-21 December. Week with Mia.
  • Monday, fetched Mia, dropped off the wedding suit, took Mia for a dental check-up.. tip-top, gave Georg a new equally heavy phone to configure out, nap, watched The Pirates again, bath time, broccoli and hard streamed egg whites for supper, watched Cars 2… not too bad.
  • Tuesday, public holiday, breakfast at Sidewalk cafe with Georg and Mia, Mindstorms Lego programming… we made the EV3 robot walk around the house and turn when getting near things, braai, watched Tin Tin again, processed and published more wedding photos, nap, watched The Hudsucker Proxy… very good.
  • Startup ponderings this week: Building a product business is hard and needs investment, often lots of investment. It’s foolish thinking you can bootstrap some businesses. Also, maybe I was not really ready to leave Cape Town.
  • Wednesday, made Mia breakfast and we played with her Star Wars cards, swimming coaching at gym… mostly breast stroke, we visited Haarlem and Hope in the Company’s Gardens, Mia played with her Lego train set, Hugo, Judy, Wouter and Paul came over for drinks, I made Mia some swiss chard and brussels sprouts for supper and we watched The Incredibles again… such a great movie – oddly, it seems she likes the brussels sprouts more than the swiss chard.
  • Mia is now 8.7yo, 142.5cm, 39.1kg, shoe size 5. Gained about 5kg and 5cm this year. Naulene is 177cm.
  • Thursday, filling up ice trays seems to be serious business at this time of year, we watched Deep Space Homer again… great episode, breakfast with Mia and Georg at The Red Sofa Cafe (on the Vredehoek / Derry St strip) – more Star Wars card games, Mia read Oh, The Places You’ll Go to me – and then I showed her the Burning Man video, introduced Mia to a Dvorak typing tutor app and got her to read the DVzine comic, swimming coaching at gym… mostly freestyle and butterfly, Georg braaied a nice fillet steak, swimming, more Dvorak typing, we watched Blades of Glory again… always good fun.
  • Mia’s best 25m freestyle time is still 22sec. Butterfly improved to 27sec.
  • After two 10min Dvorak typing sessions Mia could do about 10wpm (home row only). I guess it’s not that hard if you start from scratch, unlearning Qwerty is the problem. The fastest typist in the world types 212 wpm using Dvorak.
  • Friday, tea, vitamins and touch typing, some dry land swimming training with Mia’s rubber exercise band and swiss ball, Francis came to visit for the day, swimming, we watched Deep Space Homer again.
  • Saturday, Love & Light mission with Paul – my 7th Love & Light I think, great fun as always, we had drinks at home with Hilah and Georg.
  • Sunday, swimming, braai, watched About Time again and cried like girl.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

ERnst and Lisa’s wedding weekend…

Pocket square
Pocket square
  • Week of 8-14 December.
  • Monday, a walk through the Company’s Gardens, AfrikaBurn theme camp planning meeting at Royale Eatery… good fun, uncomfortable new seats (booths on the bottom floor).
  • Tuesday, GUST meeting, gym, swim, minor snag in our AfrikaBurn theme camp planning, worked on my best man speech, braai at home with Georg, Judy and Hugo… Georg made some interesting points about how the modern man looks after himself.
  • Wednesday, braai meat for breakfast, gym, 1k swim, nice chopped salad at Wellness Warehouse with a big spoon of chilli, drove to Cavendish Square at fetched a suit for Ernst’s wedding… did I mention I hate going to Cavendish – have not been there in about 4 years, Hackers and Makers Year End party at Miao in De Waterkant… best geek party ever, cool gizmos, I won a bottle of wine, nice catch up with Stefano and Niel, managed to get Mia’s Mindstorm Lego back.
  • Stating the obvious, but Telkom are so totally useless – I’ve filled in their ADSL ordering forms three times. Nothing ever happens.
  • Just for the record: I’ve bumped into a blog reader that was under the impression that I just go and hang around places like Ellerman House and Babylonstoren on my own. That seems a bit gay, does it not?
  • Thursday, 1st day of school holidays, fetched Mia, breakfast at Manuka… we talked about her school report – I’m happy with it, we watched The Penguins of Madagascar (2D), swimming at gym… mostly hints and tips for her freestyle and butterfly stroke, afternoon with Mia, Naulene, Francis and Marlyn at Manuka, back to Cape Town, steamed broccoli and hard steamed eggs (works very well), nap, worked on my best man speech.
  • “Kevin, bake-on. We’re still going to need that victory cake.” — Penguins of Madagascar

  • The negative parts from Mia’s school report:

    “Unfortunately she has yet to develop the skills needed to work collaboratively. She often refuses to implement other people’s ideas when working in a group situation. This was evident during some team-building activities and challenges with her peers on our recent class Camp.”

    “The one area of concern for me is your hesitation with engaging in class either in group work or individually. You have the ability to do so and I hope to see you believing in yourself more. Give it your best and be brave enough to make mistakes, Mia!”

    I think it’s just a misunderstanding. It’s not about being shy or being afraid to make mistakes. She simply does not like some of the kids in her class and their ideas. I can relate.

  • Friday, up at 6:00, had to wake Georg up twice, made it to the airport in time, Slow Lounge breakfast, finished writing my speech on the flight to Joburg, Gautrain ride to Rosebank, breakfast with Ernst and Gabriel, outdoor haircut and manli-cure at Terenzo with a glass or two of white wine… good fun, white shirt shopping at Thomas Pink in Hyde Park (I seem to have gone up a shirt size: 16.5/42cm) and some Bottega, bit of a drama finding pocket squares (see above), braai at Ernst’s new house in Park Town North, Georg braaied a perfect fillet steak, listened to fair bit of Depeche Mode, fun evening.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Georg, Evelien and Stella at Vovotelo in Parkhurst, pre-wedding dress-up and photo session at Morrells (wedding venue) in North Cliff, bumped into Lisca who was in primary school with me – same year, but we don’t remember each other, Ernst and Lisa’s wedding ceremony… really beautiful, wedding speeches and an awesome party, so good Georg managed to end up without a phone.
  • Sunday, lunch with Georg and Evelien… Evelien reminded me of the time Mia managed to climb on the roof of the stretch tent at Anton and Evelien’s wedding, photo processing, Ernst and Lisa gave us a lift to the airport (thanks!), published some photos from the Slow Lounge… Joe and Georg’s next day wedding photo service, epic nap on the flight to Cape Town, we lost a parking ticket.
  • Here is my best man speech:

    “Hi, I’m Joe.

    It’s an honour to be a best man today.

    I’ve known Ernst since we were about 13 years old and I’m very happy to celebrate this day with my friend.

    Ernst, congratulations on your good fortune in finding such a lovely bride.

    While thinking about what I could say today, I browsed through a lot of old photos and got a bit carried away. So many good memories.

    I’ve kinda known Ernst in three phases…

    First, High school in the 90s in Pretoria. I remember our weekend squash marathons, computer games, driving around on our 50cc motorbikes and watching the movie Aliens over and over. Yes, we were nerds, but what else were we going to do in Pretoria?

    One thing is for sure, he was always going to be a doctor.

    Then he went to Tuks and I went to Stellenbosch, but in 2003 we randomly bumped into each other again in Cape Town.

    2003-2005 were some of the best times. Newlands forest runs, Madam Zingara evenings. 2004 new-years was legendary – I remember driving all the way from Stilbay for that party.

    Then he moved to London, but we kept in touch. I think he moved back to South Africa in 2010 and met Lisa soon after.

    Since then, he’s been one of the more organised AfrikaBurners I know and a majestic Suicide Gorge rock pool jumper.

    I’m very grateful for our friendship and our many adventures together.

    Today, you are an inspiration to this bachelor.

    I wish these two a lifetime of happiness. Enjoy every moment.

    Please raise your glasses. To the beautiful couple!

    To Ernst and Lisa, congratulations!”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Living well in low orbit…

Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren
  • Week of 1-7 December.
  • Monday, up at 6:00ish, school run, gym, swim, Babylonstoren salad from the garden for lunch and a walk around the garden… very impressive, tea and cupcakes, a glass of wine with Jan and Maia at Brampton, Georg cooked a roast and Annaat came over.
  • Remember those Babylonstoren plums at Origin 2013?
  • Tuesday, very windy morning, lunch with Anton at Pulp in the Gardens Centre, fresh juice at Fred & Max – some tough decisions, Mia’s year end school awards ceremony, quick supper with Mia, Saigon with Anton, Georg, Cath, Joost, Alex and Michael – nice to see everybody again.
  • “We can hold hands for a full length underwater.” — Alt-J

  • Wednesday, Mia’s inter-house school relay gala… she swam freestyle, breast stroke and back stroke and the ladder relay (one child from each grade in a relay), I swam in the parents relay and our team won – Mia seemed very excited and proud, good fun, took Mia to art class, fresh juice at Fred & Max, pizza, cheese cake and a walk around the garden at Lourensford with Mia… we talked about prisms and rainbows and why the sky is blue, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, gym, a beer with Jonathan at Woodlands Eatery… nice to see him again, photo processing, watched Enough Said… not bad.
  • 3260 Vitality points short of maintaining Diamond status – need to come up with some quick hacks. Even dug up my heart rate monitor.
  • Loved that scene in Interstellar with the yachtsmen that can’t swim and the Earth evening noises.
  • Thursday, vanilla tea and grapefruit (non-imported), gym, tried to find old photos for my speech at Ernst’s wedding and got a bit carried away, Georg played some music, I cooked a Swiss Chard and Brussels Sprouts supper… needed the iron, watched The Change-Up again and had some Toblerone for dessert.
  • After browsing a lot of old photos, I’m pretty sure I only really grew up after 2006.
  • I’ve been eating a lot less eggs recently – and shopped eating almonds like they are popcorn.
  • Vodacom really does a bad job at connecting Vredehoek – Edge speeds, crappy call quality.
  • I’m pretty sure the less I tweet the more followers I get. I’ve pretty much stopped using Twitter for the last year, but I’m almost at 1000 followers.
  • We’ve pretty much removed the iPad from Mia’s life for the last few months (for reasons other than Skype). I found it under a desk this week. Trouble is – Mia does not seem that keen to play with Kano yet.
  • Friday, 1k swim, took some of our pool water to the pool shop and came back with a few fixes, watched The Lumineers at Kirstenbosch with a picnic and a few T10 G&Ts… not bad, but also not the most impressive live act, bumped into Sarah, stayed up till 2:00ish… just talking crap.
  • Of the few times I’ve tried Uber in Cape Town, I can not say I’ve had a good experience. UberBlack is okay – UberX is really lame.
  • “You should just call yourself David Koresh and drop any pretences.” — Wouter, about aB planning.

  • Cape Town in the Summertime…
  • Saturday, great weather, chilled by the pool… which is now looking tip-top, Aiden, Chris and Tracy came to visit, G&Ts and limes from Franschhoek, braai, perfect day.
  • “‘Crayfish’ is the safe word.” — Georg, about Aiden’s tanning. Yes, he did get burnt.

  • Sunday, more great weather, aquaponics reading by the pool, lots of swimming, nap, (load shedding time) pizza at Carlyle’s, watched a bit of Zoolander, another perfect day.
  • “I can understand now why you guys name your fish.” — From the Aquaponic Gardening book.

The Lumineers at Kirstenbosch
The Lumineers at Kirstenbosch

Kirk out.