Monday, gym, office, I got an Android phone for testing the Jolp app, nap, post-sunset promenade walk.
Tuesday, up early, misty morning, took a walk around the neighbourhood, Bootleggers, nagged Bienne to listen to two Radiolab podcasts, worked at home, extended sunset audiobook promenade walk.
The adventure will provide.
Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, omelette for lunch, watched Downsizing at the Waterfront VIP cinema with a Johnny Black – arrived exactly on time, after all the ads – interesting movie – bought some Sunbird Rooibos tea, helped Heleen with her Heavy Chef presentation making at La Vie – well, not sure I actually helped, but I had a White Russian.
Started taking Glucosamine. Seems like a good idea, so far.
People who extend their fingers outward to scroll down on their laptop trackpads really need to ponder some basic ergonomics. Your screen is not your trackpad.
Thursday, gym, work, tinkered with an Android phone custom ROM – installed the Jolp Android app, Heavy Chef at Workshop 17 – Heleen’s presentation went really well, Harvey’s, gluten free pizza.
I installed LineageOS 14.1 on a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android 7.1). Install KingoRoot Apk > Install TWRP app and flash new recovery image > copy lineageos.org and Open Gapps images to /sdcard with adb via USB cable – reboot with vol-up+home+power and install both. That only took me 2 hours to work out. Android is special.
Friday, fetched Mia after her camp, afternoon at Dirk’s new house, 1kg ribs at Da Vinci’s with Mia, Moro gelato in Long Street, time well spent.
The most important thing for startups: progress.
Saturday, we walked to the Granger Bay market for breakfast, book shop – found Mia two books: Ready Player One and Atlas Shrugged (that should keep her busy), watched Black Panther at the VIP cinemas – it was okay, clothes shopping for Mia, sunset promenade walk with Mia, ribeye steaks at The Shop (used to be Buzbey).
Sunday, fruit salad breakfast, backups, Mia played camera operator and we recorded a 1min Jolp video – featuring my retro ZX Spectrum tshirt from Camden Town, some iMovie tinkering, some website tweaks, some YC application editing, Glen Beach and Camps Bay beach walk with Mia – 10k steps, pizza at Col’caccio Camps Bay, Mia finished reading Ready Player One, productive Sunday, time well spent.
We overestimate what we can accomplish short term, and we underestimate what we can accomplish long term.
I’ve been listening to The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin, pretty cool.
Saturday, very lazy gym visit, took an extended flaneuring walk – while listening to two Alt-J albums – Clifton 1st to 4th, Glen Beach, Camps Bay Beach sunset, 20k steps, gluten free pizza and a nice wooded Chardonnay – dining alone again, watched The Shape of Water – again – at the Labia – with some Jamey, unframed ice cream, time super well spent.
I solved the Camps Bay Col’cacchio noise problem. Always bugged me. There is a small outside balcony by the bar.
They don’t serve White Russians at The Labia. Seems like the perfect match.
Stating the obvious, but the future is here – phones are pretty rad. Went for a long walk listening to music and an audio book, took photos, ate a pizza, took an Uber ride, watched a movie – with just a phone in my pocket.
I think, the reason I’m not that interested in AfrikaBurn this year, is that I’m not learning anything from it anymore.
Be in the soft zone.
Always optimise for learning, but make time to appreciate the things you have found.
“Triangles are my favourite shape.”
Sunday, slept late’ish, woke up with the Argus coming by, Bootleggers around the corner for some Jolp tinkering with Heleen, burger in a bowl, epic nap, post-sunset audio book promenade walk, processed some photos and notes with a Chivas while watching some Netflix with one eye.
After getting way too many people reporting problems in lazy ways, I now have this template. Feel free to use it. Hash Tag What Would Derek Do. #WWDD
The See Below Problem Response Template:
I’d like to help, but you are getting this standard response (yes, I cut and paste this), because I’m finding it hard to work out the details of the problem you are reporting.
You probably spent a few minutes investigating this problem already, and you have an idea of what the cause might be. I often get emails forwarded to me with a one line top-post saying – “see below, go fix!”, which I then have to reverse engineer and harvest for details, many layers deep, to try and begin to understand the problem. This is far from productive, so please help by sharing your understanding of the problem and your theory on what might be causing the problem. Here are a few things to ponder:
* Please describe the problem like I’m a 5 year old.
* Please use accurate and specific names for the various systems or services.
* Please make sure you have read all the documentation related to the system you are using.
* Please feel free to include screenshots and error messages, but also include the text versions of any service IDs, line numbers or customer details – so I can cut and paste these when searching.
* Please make sure you put all of this in the body of the email – subject lines are for subjects.
* Most important: write your questions and comments in a way you would like to receive them.
Thanks. Happy to help, just need a solid starting point, please.
Monday, gym, office, car wash, visit to Paul’s dad’s house, office, audio book promenade walk, epic nap, had a bit of a battle with the home wifi network – swapped the one hotspot and disabled our free wifi service after 17:00.
Tuesday, office, podcast walk home, mini-nap, promenade walk, cooked 3kg of potatoes.
I’ve been pondering cognitive load. I think our prefrontal cortex can probably only really perform around 4 new useful things per day – above the noise of small habit tasks.
Wednesday, gym, office, chatted cashless payments with Jaco at Knead – from a past life, tested a new wi-fi router, potatoes, sunset promenade walk, 91, Harvey’s.
Thursday, potatoes, walked to the office, BIA machine, lunchtime walk, sunset promenade walk, some Jolp tinkering.
BIA: 88.6kg, 17.5% body fat.
Friday, gym, office, dev meeting, fetched Mia, took Mia to WP cricket trials, lifesaving club visit, catch up with Dirk in Stellenbosch, dinner at Posticino with Mia.
Saturday, Granger Bay market – Moro ice cream, Waterfront – finally found Mia a phone cover, found a thunderbolt Ethernet dongle, back to the market for lunch, epic nap, backups and upgrades, sunset promenade walk.
Sunday, Mia made breakfast, chilled morning at home, ribs at Hussar Mouille Point, watched Goodluck and The Kiffness at Kirstenbosch, time well spent.
Jacques showed up with a batch of gluten free snacks. The JP diet.
Lions Head, Kalk Bay, brain food and burgers in bowls…
Week of 19-25 Feb.
Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, gym, had a car window fixed, office, sunset Lions Head hike with Tom and Heleen – watched the sunset from the top – I should go hiking more often, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
Tuesday, work – mostly ISP onboarding, afternoon catch up with Shawn, La Vie, workshop, phone chat with Mia – she took two wickets with her bowling in her afternoon cricket match, a night cap at La Vie with Dirk and Nick.
Octotel now has 30 ISPs on the network. 60k homes passed in about 2 years. 44 vehicles on the road. Doing over 1000 installs per month. 1000+ buildings connected.
Wednesday, work, catch up with Joseph and Heleen at Jason bakery, brain food (oysters for breakfast) at Sea Breeze, office, sunset promenade walk with Bienne and a glass of wine at Lily’s.
Thursday, work, gym, after work nap, sunset promenade walk, burger in a bowl with Georg.
Remember to eat enough protein.
Friday, office, dev meeting, fetched a Radiolab tshirt, catch up with Warwick and Giles, audio book walk home, worked a bit at La Vie and published a blog post, in bed early.
I’m busy listening to Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and reading 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
Saturday, tinkered with a Jolp project, gym, more creative writing, epic nap, sunset audio book promenade walk – aimless walk, mexican food at the Mojo Market, time well spent.
Sunday, more Jolp tinkering – what nerds do on evenings and weekends, oysters at the Roundhouse – but had to leave because of an unreasonable manager, drove to Kalk Bay, late lunch at Harbour House, sunset promenade walk, poke bowl at Nuri, time well spent.
Unless you enjoy dealing with unreasonable management, I’d suggest you avoid the Roundhouse restaurant.
Monday, office, started the process to onboard seven more ISPs onto the Octotel network, sunset promenade walk.
Mia is in the U13 2nd cricket team (one of two girls), and was invited to the WP trials.
Tuesday, gym, office, some last minute planning, very good negroni at the secret gin bar, dinner at Fork, The Waiting Room rooftop.
Is it possible to be addicted to learning?
Wednesday, work, office, workshop at Nick’s house, bubbly with Wouter and Rene.
BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Thursday, work, salad at La Vie, five star Platter’s wine tasting at Caroline’s in the CBD with Paul – some great wines, oyster shots and seafood at Seabreeze in Bree street, Moro, La Vie.
Paul and I agreed that we’d be happy to take shelter at Caroline’s for the zombie apocalypse. Just need some cheese.
Zuma has fallen.
Friday, breakfast with Paul at Coco Safar – new place nearby, walked to the office, sunset promenade walk, a rib eye at Buzbey’s with Heleen, ice cream at the Mojo Market, Harvey’s.
Saturday, drove to Elgin with a new audio book, fetched Mia from a party, breakfast at the Peregrine Farm Stall, drove to Stellenbosch, found a gift for Jacques at Simonsig, sabraged a bottle of bubbly, family braai at Jacques’ for his 40th birthday, lots of red meat and spinach from Jacques’ urban farming project, time well spent.
Jacques brought me an autographed copy of 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson – cool gift, thanks!
Sunday, breakfast at Melissa’s Kloof Street with Mia, backups, configured Mia’s laptop and phone while she watched Meet Joe Black, we walked to the Waterfront, swapped Mia’s laptop case, book shop, sushi and hot sake at Balducci’s Sushi Bar with chats about Ayn Rand books, ice cream, installed Civilization V and Sim City 4 on Mia’s laptop (Steam sale).
Podcast queue zero, flow hacking and the 150ms rule…
Week of 5-11 February.
Monday, gym, office, I presented a little training session, podcast promenade walk, phone chat with Mia – she won the trophy for most points in her school gala, mostly processed email and watched a webinar.
Looks like Mia’s nippers friends group has deflated. I’m a bit sad. Also, all the inter-school galas have been cancelled because of the water situation.
Tuesday, random admin, walked to the office, got stuck in traffic, workshop in Gardens – pizza, wine and watched the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch with Nick, Simone, Chris and Dirk – nothing short of awesome, time well spent.
I actually managed to get to podcast queue zero this week. That’s a first.
Wednesday, up early, good mood – sense of meaning, office, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Dan and his new girlfriend, and some rooibos gin, stayed on the beach till after dark, time well spent.
Thursday, work, gym, had some of Maria’s Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee – nice, sunset promenade walk.
I’ve been playing with the Monday.com app. Pretty cool.
Friday, up early, office, dev meeting, Sababa lunch, walked home, processed around 200 notes, drove to Clifton, Georg cooked a roast leg of lamb with some great red wine (thanks!), rainy evening – nice to get some rain.
I’ve been listening to Stealing Fire – since I ran out of podcasts. Rad audio book. Flow hacking is the next big thing. The transcendence industry is big business – keeping our pre-frontal cortex from over-thinking things all the time. Bit of an evolutionary defect there, can’t switch the sucker off easily. Pretty sure that the smarter you are, the more risk you have for a potentially wonky pre-frontal cortex.
Remember the yellow square in the National Geographic logo? Have you ever wondered why that simple logo appears to be so appealing? The answer is, as you might know, the Golden Ratio! The length and width of the square have a ratio of 1.61.
Skills. Network. Ideas. Capital. In that order.
The curse of note taking. Sometimes you just have to process all those old notes.
Saturday, tea, backups, tinkering, wrote a letter to Radiolab (about bacteria from space), epic nap, worked a bit at La Vie – with the usual bloody mary and chicken skewers, processed another 100 notes, another nap, sunset audio book promenade walk, in bed early.
My latest long term health ideas… avoid gluten, white carbs, and sugar. Figure out your daily supplements. Eat enough protein, especially collagen. Walk 10k steps per day and lift weights every 2nd day. Have a daily mobility and stretching routine. Sleep more than you think you need. Fast for a week every 3 months. Know your blood biomarker data, 4x per year. Avoiding gluten has probably been the best of my recent hacks – a simple code for avoiding bad food, and big enough cultural norm to make it easy to explain.
Sunday, general tinkering and moar notes processing, Wembley Square gym, Van Hunks with Anton, mini nap, promenade walk – finished listening to Stealing Fire – great book, started listening to Anything You Want again, watched three episodes of The Tim Ferriss Experiment.
I migrated away from Zenkit – web based kanban kinda things like Zenkit and Trello just feel slow. Takes more than 150ms to do something. Same thing with Slack, everything takes seconds. Lame. Real nerds use Telegram, Simplenote, Wunderlist and Monday (so far pretty good).
Monday, school run, gym, catch up with Nico in Stellenbosch, catch up with Dirk and Michal, office, nap, sunset promenade walk, burger at Lily’s, Moro ice cream, time well spent.
Tuesday, office, dev meeting, had the slowest haircut in the world, podcast promenade walk, epic nap, another walk, last minute Startup Chile application for Jolp – again, this time we actually managed to submit the application – Jolp is getting a mobile app soon.
Wednesday, office, coconut Myog with Michael, tinkered with python csv tools, extended promenade walk with Tom to Clifton, Mojo Market burrito bowl.
Calm, technical, relentlessly resourceful, relentlessly optimistic, infinite learners. Work ethic, taste, integrity, curiosity. The rest you can learn.
If Derek Sivers had Roman Mars’ voice… read that about page link.
Thursday, where did this week go?, gym, office, installed a NIC, catch up with Warwick, Giles, Tom, Nick and Nigel, Rhodes Memorial, ate 1/2 a chicken and went for a comatose nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, firmware upgrade tinkering.
Mia had an eye test this week and needs to wear glasses now. -1.50.
The answer is cargo shorts, and abundance through technology.
Friday, official Groundhog Day, office, catch up with Joseph, built a VM in record time, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, processed some photos and listened to podcasts.
Saturday, morning walk with Georg to the Waterfront and back to Clifton, breakfast at Bootleggers in Bakoven, took Georg’s new car for a test drive, worked on a side project with Heleen, Anton’s house warming in Tamboerskloof – good fun.
Sunday, gluten free blueberry pancakes, epic nap, helped Georg fetch a car, bloody mary at La Vie.
Gadgets for Dvorak typing, Elton John and time travel…
Week of 22 to 28 January.
Monday, woke up near Citrusdal, packed up, drove back with Paul, we stopped for a breakfast near Piketberg, dropped some camping gear off, charged some devices, took an aimless sunset podcast walk through Little Tel Aviv, found a burrito bowl and a bloody mary at Mojo Market.
The Absa Payment Pebble – most impressive UX fail I’ve seen in ages.
Tuesday, walked to the office, busy day, after work catch up with Nick at Primi.
I was away for two days and I ended up with 1000+ RSS feed items, telegram, slack, 50+ podcasts, 100+ emails, FB and Instagram feeds to process. Took me about 90min to make sense of it all again.
Wednesday, office, VitB shot, dinner at Thali in Park Road (old Kink) with Al, Georg and Cecile – very good food, phone chat with Mia – she won a few athletics events including high jump and shot put, Van Hunks.
Thursday, I think that vitB shot worked a bit too well – could not wake up, work – mostly support things, finally unpacked my Wolfkop gear, mini-nap, La Vie salad and a bloody mary, catch up with Paul, lamb stew for dinner with Wouter and Rene – with some red wine and dark chocolate, time well spent.
Friday, office, catch up with JL in Stellenbosch, Mia’s inter-house athletics and a catch up with Dirk and Nick, drove through to The Theatre on the Bay (with a Tiny Dancer soundtrack) to watch an Elton John tribute show (Honkey Cats) with Mia – which as fun – Mia liked it – I’ve always loved that little theatre, 24h WW snacking, time well spent.
Elton John has been performing for 50 years, and has sold more than 300 million records. Wow.
How majestic was that beagle at Wolfkop?
I asked Mia what she thought the Tiny Dancer video was about – she said: “music makes you happy”. I said, I think it’s about amor fati, and how life is linear, it has many ups and down, but you can’t have the ups without the downs, so just enjoy all the moments. Life is a dance.
I’ve noticed that podcasts help me be unfocused and creative. The real drug is tricking your mind into feeling busy enough and relax, to wonder into other interesting thoughts.
I’m afraid we will forget. Last week post about Wolfkop did not do it justice, memories fade. Video is just so much effort. Hmm.
I’m clearly not taking enough photos. The last two weeks I had to hunt around to find just ten.
After 6 years, I think I’m taking a break from Afrikaburn this year, the ratio of input vs reward just feels a bit out. The rest of the people in our regular crew feel the same I think. Some very good memories, but time to find other adventures.
Feels like this year has stared very quickly. Backlog of things to work through.
Nerdy weekend of gadget tinkering and one really great movie…
Saturday, we found Mia a music keyboard to practice her piano lessons on, omelette for lunch, minor grudge purchase of toothbrush heads, Mia’s phone contract renewal – backup/restore to a new phone, took a stroll to the Waterfront, Hussar dinner with Georg.
Sunday, walked to the Winchester, found Mia a Macbook Air 13 inch (7,2 Early 2015) – I considered getting her a Debian laptop but she did not seem that keen (yet) – helped Mia re-install and upgrade macOS on her laptop, Waterfront visit – found Mia a pink sparkly laptop sleeve and a backup drive, Mia wanted to go watch Pitch Perfect 3 – so I ended up watching The Shape Of Water at the VIP cinema – which was truly brilliant – go watch it!, Clifton 1st swim and sunset with Georg and Cath, gluten free pizza at Posticino, time well spent.
Turns out 12yo kids now use laptops at school for most of their classes. The deal with the new Macbook and iPhone is that she will be listening to podcasts and typing Dvorak. Good trade.
Thursday, work, packing, some just in time shopping – found some new shades and a mattress, blitong stop, fetched some camping equipment, drove to Paul’s house in Stellenbosch, we drove up to Wolfkop and arrived just before sunset – we found a cool camp site – about 18 people in our group.
Seems everybody is doing Cape Town Burn this year, starts in April, 3 months in the desert, at home. 5l per day. Thanks city officials for organising, stellar job. Muppets.
Friday, Wolfkop, lilo day.
Saturday, more Wolfkop, very good fun, lots of swimming, great music, cool people.
Big thanks, crazy cats, very cool weekend – incl Paul, Michael, Nelia, Julien, Nick, Wouter, Rene, Pierre, Werner, Stefan, Kirsty, Olivia, Ross, …and the organisers!
Somebody should make gluten free beer in Cape Town.
Sunday, Wolfkop, epic afternoon, more swimming, in bed early.
Note to self: take bloody marys next time, and maybe some Campari.
Monday, gym, visited Dirk in Stellenbosch with Anton, snoek braai with Michal and Dirk.
Tuesday, first day back at the office, fetched Mia from a birthday party.
Wednesday, breakfast with Mia, office, tea with Nigel, tea with Michael, Mia watched Die Hard and Iron Man 3, gluten free pizza at Posticino with Mia, Clifton 1st with Georg – Mia took a long swim and shivered for a while (afterdrop) – we played some frisbee, epic sunset, marzipan, time well spent.
Collagen is a food group, 20g per day.
Thursday, Mia slept for 12 hours, breakfast with Mia, general tinkering, late lunch at Da Vinci’s – Mia Mr Fox’d their 1kg ribs, Unframed ice cream, nap while Mia watched The Avengers, sunset promenade walk, watched Ant-Man again.
“First rule of design – does the thing do what it was designed to do?”
Friday, we walked to the Winchester for an extended buffet breakfast – with some Miss Molly, had to go change Mia’s bank card PIN while getting a car wash at the Gardens Centre, we found Mia a cool new school bag with wheels on special, Skype meeting, tinkered with my home router’s failover feature, Clifton 1st with Georg – Mia took a long swim again – nice sunset with a bag of cherries and some Miss Molly, Hussar Camps Bay steak dinner, time well spent.
“A life lived with purpose is a life well lived.”
Saturday, meeting at Trumpet Tree, Dirk’s 40th at Peter Falke, dropped Mia off, Al’s birthday in Mostertsdrift, good fun.
Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, La Vie, workshop day, epic nap, sunset promenade walk, watched Daddy’s Home 1.
Yeah, this post is a bit late again, holiday time with Mia.
Monday, breakfast in Pringle Bay, caught up with some photo processing and blogging, extended beach outing with Jacques, Mia and Charlotte, ice cream, braai, drove back to Cape Town.
“I don’t have a dog in this hunt.”
Tuesday, tea, macro planning, backups, chia and fruit breakfast, Mia found the 16 Personalities test again and this time she’s an ENFP, used to be ESFJ, lunch at La Vie, tinkered with testpmd while Mia watched Spiderman 2, sunset promenade walk, had to replace the battery in my Chipolo BLE keyning sooner than I had hoped, watched Iron Man – reminder that engineering should be fun.
Wednesday, Linux tinkering, Waterfront, Gibsons burger and a huge milkshake, we watched Daddy’s Home 2 – super fun movie, book shop – got Snow Crash for Mia, extended sunset promenade walk – good chats, bloody mary and a light supper at Lily’s, time well spent.
Turns out Snow Crash is lame.
I think I see some post-festive season fasting in my future.
Pro tip: good week of the year to stock up on the big bottles of Body Shop shower gel.
Thursday, omelette at Knead with Mia, BIA machine, got some caps for our kayak trip – I can’t seem to keep a cap for longer than 6 months, supplement shopping, Waterfront, Bang & Olufsen shop, Lindt shop, visited Wouter’s office – very impressive building, watched Hancock again, mini-nap, watched Evita / Lloyd Webber musical at Artscape with Mia, time well spent.
The ability to create wealth is way more important than having money.
Friday, up early, sea kayak tour with Mia – Mia took a swim half way – we saw some dolphins and sun fish – very good fun, Mia watched Iron Man 2, drove to Bettys, nice swim, sunset braai, sounds like Mia did well in a Settlers of Catan game.
People should look after each other. Find your tribe.
Saturday, beach, swim, nap, Kleinmond Harbour fish and salad supper with Cath and Mia, epic sunset, played Battleships against Mia.
“Nobody knows anything, including me.”
Sunday, breakfast in Bettys, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, tea with Dirk in Stellenbosch, extended podcast promenade walk.