Quick Update

NorCal drinks and Bio Oil…

  • Week of 9-15 May.
  • Monday, city wayleave meeting, GPON vendor meeting, beef moussaka at CaffeNeo, I ended up joining Apple Music (pretty cool, but I think I’m not really going to use it enough), Wouter cooked his signature temperature probe rib eye steaks with veg and a nice Ken Forrester Grenache Mourvedre, watched the other 1/2 of Love and Mercy.
  • “Life is simple: avocados, eggs, activities.” — spotted on Instagram

  • Tuesday, office, lunchtime walk, met Georg for a NorCal Margarita at Bungalow (tequila, soda, 2x fresh limes), conveyor belt sushi at 1890 in Obs – Georg loves that place, Suntory Yamazaki 12yo out of Riedel glassware at Kyoto Garden Sushi and a catch up chat with Scott – our old neighbour, dropped Georg off in Clifton.
  • I deleted my Google account, Google+, etc, everything. Meh. So long evil empire.
  • Wednesday, office, wayleaves meeting, sunset podcast promenade walk, avo and grapefluit for supper, Tuning the Vine (inner city wine route) with Paul, Village Idiot with Paul, Van Hunks with Al, Hilah, Georg and Paul – had a NorCal Gin (gin, soda, 2x fresh lime).
  • Why An Alpha Female Is The Best Girlfriend You’ll Ever Have – Reminded me of this article: Dating powerful women is like big game hunting. Intelligent, interesting, exciting, geeky, tall, not too busy – and ideally, calm. That can’t be hard to find right?
  • Desire one thing at a time. Gamify it. Remember why you started.
  • My hand is pretty much back to normal. Face has a minor scar. Wrist and shoulder is still a bit stiff. Knee is fine again. I’ve been drowning in bio oil.
  • “Make good art. Make your art.” — Neil Gaiman

  • Thursday, micro-trenching workshop in Ndabeni, fetched Mia, fresh juices at Fred&Max, watched Mia’s hockey vs Beaumont – she played for the B and C team and scored one goal, took Mia for supper at had some tiramisu for dessert – safe to say I have a thing for tiramisu, bought Mia a book – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea / Jules Verne (her Kindle is missing), dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, podcast drive to Cape Town, processed some hockey photos.
  • I’ve made it to November 2015 with the Tim Ferriss podcasts. Podcast listening has stalled a bit recently.
  • Since my recent AfrikaBurn visit I really try and practice immediacy – just taking a few moments in the day to be very aware of the present / now. Try it. This might be the main thing I found at the burn this year.
  • “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” — Awesome photos from AfrikaBurn.

  • “Build the future you envision.” “Optimists welcome the future.” — Zero to One

  • The Teen brain. And some more reading.
  • Pocket list down to 80ish.
  • Friday, office, fetched Mia, we found Mia some new shoes, early supper at Apres in Stellenbosch – old favourite – I asked Mia 20 questions – I’ve been trying to get into the habit of asking her meaningful questions at dinner, Myog, braai at Margot’s house in Mostertsdrif with Paul, Hilah, Al, JD and Nerina – and some Creation Chardonnay, listened to some Nick Cave and had some dark chocolate with Mia until she fell asleep on the drive home.
  • I’ve been interested in Vlogging (Video Blogging) after listening to a podcast interview with Casey Neistat. One 5min video per day seems like a crazy amount of work though. After 400+ weeks of this weekly update thing, I guess I like this whole online diary / life recording thing. Still pondering how to do video. For some reason I just don’t like the idea of starting and then quitting. Need to work out the format and effort involved. For now I’ll just be happy with some bullet points and my new 10 photos per week standard. Check out Ben Brown and Casey Neistat.
  • Saturday, had a long chat with Mia about the cause and symptoms of her post nasal drip and her cough, brunch with Mia at the Granger Bay / OZCF market – and some brownies and the usual batch of olives, I showed Mia the Teen Brain video, we watched Ghost Busters (1984) – Mia enjoyed it – Sigorney Weaver is hot, I played with Beme, sunset promenade walk with Mia (see below), cooked a super healthy supper, NorCal vodka and grapefruit drinks with Wouter, watched The Truman Show with Mia – she liked it, put Mia to bed and sorted 7 years of photo projects into per-year folders in Aperture – the new logic should last me another few years – itch scratched.
  • I figure it’s time to show Mia a series of interesting classic movies – thing like The Truman Show and Back To The Future.
  • Mia seems to be really into The Foos game on her iPad – designing platform games for Zander to play.
  • Sunday, catch up chat with Dan, breakfast at Bootleggers / Bantry Bay with Mia, Wouter and Zander, spent about 2.5 hours with Mia at the Cape Town Science Centre in Obs – very cool place, chilled at home in the autumn sun, sunset promenade walk with Mia – we chatted photography and art – she has to enter a photo into an art exhibition thing for school soon, burgers at Hussar Grill / Mouille Point with Mia and Georg.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Sea Point Sunset
Sea Point Sunset

Quick Update

Remember why you started…

  • Week of 2 to 8 May. I wrote most of this on a flight to Cape Town.
  • Whenever I’m on a plane which is accelerating to take off the following words go through my head: “Punch it, Bishop.” – I can’t help it.
  • Monday, public holiday, Mia made us some fruit salad, the last AfrikaBurn photo processing, we drove to Strand Beach for some putt putt – nice 18 holes (better quality / design than the Sea Point one), soft serve ice creams and a walk on Strand Beach, I dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, some quick shopping for a dish Wouter was cooking, nice dinner with Gerald, Sarah and Wouter, we phoned Paul on speaker phone – he stopped for a burger in Ceres on his way home from AfrikaBurn – after finding his car keys at lost and found, good chats, in bed fairly early.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, processed 11 days of email backlog, stayed at the office till after dark, braai at Jacques’ new house and a good catch up chat, they have a new dog called Nesquik – super cute.
  • Wednesday, office, city fibre meeting, spent a bit of time of the roof of our office building to install a new dish for our home wireless link, watched The Jungle Book with Jacques, Marietjie and Charlotte at the Waterfront, take-away Wagyu burger from Mondiall, phone chat with Mia, a G&T with Jacques, tinkered with the wireless link config at home.
  • Thursday, finally managed to get the new wireless link running, walked to the office, Bantry Bay trenching project kick-off meeting, climbed on our roof at home to align our wireless dish, managed to get the link to be pretty stable at around 20Mbps (-53db), post-burn catch up chat with Paul at Knead, home, great dinner at Carne on Kloof with Hilah, Al and Diabi – very nice rib eye and a bottle of John X Merriman, tiramisu (not bad, but Wouter’s is better), Van Hunks with Al and Hilah, bit of an odd feeling when you want to just drive home to listen to a new album on the way.
  • For some reason I’ve been in this super chipper mood all week. Must be the six days of great Cape Town weather, or a post-AfrikaBurn glow. Feel like I’ve processed a lot of stuff.
  • Counter-intuitively, I think, sometimes it’s easier if things end badly.
  • Impressive how the body heals in two weeks. Almost back to normal. I’ve pretty much been left-handed for two weeks.
  • “There’s a power in letting go.” — Brandon Flowers, Between You and Me

  • Friday, walked to the office, a ten minute packing session, drove to the airport, flew to Joburg and caught up on some Pocket reading and blog notes, I suspect I don’t travel enough for my Pocket habit, Gauntrain to Rosebank, Uber to Ernst’s house, worked on the porch at Ernst’s house – inbox/rss/photos/notes zero, tapas and gin at Workshop 55 with Ernst and Lisa, we had some Monkey 47 and Gin Mare – the holy grail of gins, good fun, nice to see Ernst.
  • Pocket reading list went from about 155 to 120.
  • So much for that Greek coffee, Ari!
  • I think I’m pretty comfortable with my Intermittent Fasting lifestyle these days. Two meals a day is all you need, kids. Don’t eat before 13:00.
  • Tune of the week: yeah, still Lonely Town. Safe to say I love this album… The Desired Effect.
  • I really hate voice notes in messaging apps. Feels like voicemail.
  • Saturday, tea with Georg and Ernst, caught up on some blogging, brunch with Al and Georg at Vovo Telo in Parkhurst, catch up chat with Dan, epic nap, Wilderer and Swaan G&Ts with Lisa, Anton’s 40th birthday party at Anton’s house – nice to see Georg, Andrew, Kloppies, Cath etc, ended up staying there till about 3:00, Anton made a nice speech – the bit about immediacy was cool, I obviously made everybody listen to that album I’d been listening to all week.
  • “Nothing you do, buy, build, make, or contribute to this earth is going to truly fulfil yourself from the inside out.” — nice read on the topic of immediacy.

  • Sunday, tea with Ernst, we fetched Georg from Anton’s house, Ernst drove us to the airport (in his rather awesome new car), a beer at the airport with Georg, flight to Cape Town, dropped Georg off in Clifton, watched a Netflix documentary about algorithms while blogging, backups, in bed early, watched 1/2 of Love and Mercy – the Brian Wilson movie – very good.
  • “Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.” Be an optimist and an idealist. — 9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Sea Point
Sea Point views from the roof

Quick Update

AfrikaBurn X… the kid in lonely town.

  • Week of 25 April to 1 May. This post is a bit late, I wrote it on a flight to Joburg.
  • btw. I updated last week’s post. You might want to read that first.
  • There was this moment on Thursday night before driving to AfrikaBurn, chilling on the couch and chatting with Paul. A moment before it all. Very cool.
  • From a chat with Nikki… people I motivated to go to AfrikaBurn for the first time: Paul, Ernst, Nikki, maybe Wouter – and Mia obviously.
  • Monday, day 4, all the stresses melt away, medics visit, bumped into Richard (at the Rhino camp), cycled to the gate to go leave a note for Wouter and co about how to find our camp, (green 10×12 stretch tent), chilled afternoon alone in the camp – mostly reading this Osho meditation book on a mattress I dragged out into the middle of the camp with a view of the airfield while listening to Radio Free Tankwa (from the neighbours), epic nap, our neighbours played this great classical guitar music so I went to go chat with them, Gerald and Sarah arrived, I went for a photography cycle and bumped into Laura and friends, we watched the sunset from the top of the nest-like artwork (the Khoisan language shrine), the medics took my head-gear off so I did not look like the English Patient any more, dinner with Gerald and Sarah, an evening walk with Gerald and Sarah and the 85mm – got a few nice evening shots, in bed by 0:00.
  • Nice to be alone with pretty much nothing to do for three days, good time to meditate. Meditation in a strange thing, so much text to describe something so simple.
  • Being relaxed is a hobby. You have to enjoy being calm. You have to care and be interested. Stating the obvious, but I think a lot of people who want to be calm don’t care enough about being calm to be calm.
  • AfrikaBurn is a social thing, the key is to be engaged in building something, so not really doing anything is a new experience, I don’t think I’ll do it again, but it was a needed experience. I missed Mia.
  • Tuesday, catch up chat with Andrew (of Mxit days), shower, medics – they took my bandages off and gave me a few layers of spray plaster – which burnt like hell, Wouter arrived, spent some time at the Tankwa library, took a photo walk and a mutant vehicle ride around, sunset street party at the Bekfokte Crew camp, in bed by 23:00.
  • Timeless things for chilling in the desert: G&T with lots of ice and fresh lime, Alt-J.
  • Pro tip: keep your cuticles hydrated in the desert.
  • Wednesday, Tammy’s crew arrived, medics, I found Paul randomly driving around close to our camp, chilled at the camp, more G&Ts, sunset walk to the G&T Garden camp, we found Tammy’s tent, catch up chat with Paul – I seem to remember we covered the topic of Aliens and Sigorney Weaver, spent some time at Tammy’s camp, fell in bed just in time.
  • “Is that for the ducks?” — Wouter, about some bread at our camp.

  • Thursday, no notes for Thursday it seems – hmm – epic sunset party at the G&T Garden camp again, I remember walking home next to this mobile karaoke machine singing along to Mr Jones / Counting Crows, best (random) memory: jamming to a Fleetwood Mac song at the G&T bar at sunset with Paul.
  • Friday, woke up in a somewhat broken state, very windy day, really not much fun packing up in the wind with a screwed up hand, finally left with Nikki around 13:00, we stopped at the Tankwa padstal briefly and again in Ceres, I passed out pretty soon after we arrived at Nikki’s house, great sleep.
  • No real damage done, than I know about. Nothing lost or broken.
  • I took about 900 photos at AfrikaBurn this year – and published about 260. Almost enough. I seem to always feel I should have spent more time with my camera, but I have less of that feeling this year. I just shot in JPG – as I did not want to worry about running out of space with RAW photos. You notice the difference in the post processing though.
  • My highlights were: the drive up and the two G&T Garden sunsets.
  • Sometimes you just have to go and be alone in the desert for three days, and do some hyperventilating breathing.
  • Big thanks to the medics at AfrikaBurn.
  • AfrikaBurn was very healthy for finally getting over Nikki. Only took 8 months. Not sure if I’m getting better or worse at this post relationship emotions thing.
  • AfrikaBurn takes practising discomfort to a new level. Or if you are used to practising discomfort its an interesting environment to test your thinking.
  • I actually gained 2kg at AfrikaBurn. Must be all the avos.
  • My six photo albums from AfrikaBurn are here… Sunday, Monday Day, Monday Night, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Saturday, woke up in Franschhoek, played with the dogs, fetched Mia, drove to Cape Town, another epic shower, Waterfront, Mia and I had steaks at Den Anker – good to have some red meat, we found Mia a new Superdry hoodie for winter (green this time), we watched Ratchet and Clank… not bad, food shopping, downloaded around 900 photos from AfrikaBurn, more spray plaster, did some basic first round photo processing, 11h sleep.
  • Touch typing with one somewhat screwed up hand is tricky.
  • Sunday, Mia helped me make a pretty impressive bacon, eggs, mushroom etc. breakfast spread, I processed AfrikaBurn photos, watched an Aperture tutorial and mostly tried to avoid unpacking – but I finally unpacked my car and found most of the things I hoped were not missing, burgers at Hussar Grill in Mouille Point – I suspect Mia likes going there because of the olives, 11h sleep again.
  • Mia is still browsing through all those photos I added to her phone a while back.
  • Nice to see Mia. I really missed her.
  • Kinda surreal writing this. Seven days in the desert go by very quickly.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

AfrikaBurn 2016
AfrikaBurn 2016

Quick Update

Mild sense of panic setting in…

  • Week of 18-24 April.
  • Health week 3/3. Well, mostly.
  • Monday, office, wrote a newsletter, booked a flight to Joburg for Anton’s birthday party, sunset podcast walk to Clifton and a stroll from 1st to 4th beach (see below), made a healthy dinner while chatting to Jacques via Facetime for about an hour, catch up chat with Paul.
  • Tuesday, office, an extended city wayleave meeting – all about trench sharing, sunset walk around Nettleton rd, cooked a healthy supper, Wouter made tiramisu – yum.
  • Wednesday, podcast walk to the office, migrated a bunch of forms on the Octotel website, Wellness Warehouse visit and a VitB shot (I should do this more often), DStv over fibre training workshop, dropped a tent off with Darryn, drove to Canal Walk, haircut – tried something new – I guess it’s a Brandon Flowers man-crush hairstyle, planned all the things I needed to get for AfrikaBurn in about 25min – mostly by dragging around items from previous Wunderlists, shopping- I actually had to go get a map of Canal Walk to make sense of the place, packing and making more lists at home.
  • Thursday, bumped into Paul at 6:30 in the kitchen, TiTea, gym – while listening to Sam’s Town – always makes me happy for some reason, office, lomad and chia day, manicure, Seacom meeting, met up with Paul for a coffee and a walk, catch up chat with Dan, a burger at Hudsons with Paul (see above), drove home listening to some Nick Cave and had some dark chocolate with Paul, kinda delayed my packing but managed to get all the important stuff in place, minor Youtube party.
  • “Martial arts on Valium.” — Paul, about Pieter’s Tai Chi.

  • I’m starting to think I should aim for 9 square photos per week and one 16×9.
  • Suffering really is voluntary.
  • Cool new Brandon Flowers video – Lonely Town
  • “Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.”
    — Alfred North Whitehead

  • I’ll have to fill in the rest when I get back from the burn.
  • Ok, here we go – the update. Bit of a dalay, but better late than never.
  • I made some studio Gibly posters of Kiki’s cat and the Bath House ghost as signs for our camp and had them laminated. No-face and Jiji. We never worked out an actual name for the camp, but the visuals had to do (see above).
  • AfrikaBurn X, number 5 for me.
  • Friday, up at 6:00, backups, packing with Paul – thanks for the help, drove to Franschhoek, quick re-packing, drove to Ceres with Nikki, nice drive, good chats, dramatic weather, stopped at a padstal and had rye and beef sandwiches (thanks Charley), drove along the R355 in a bit of a dust storm with some Fleetwood Mac tunes, stopped at the Tankwa Padstal while the worst of the dust storm passed, stopped to take in the views – rain storms in the distance, nothing short of spectacular, we arrived at AfrikaBurn just after sunset, had a vodka tonic or two with Chris and the Ponpeii crew, nice rain, took a walk around the desert with Nikki, memories of listening to that Lonely Town song more than once.
  • How to survive on avos, biltong, coconut water, almonds, protein powder and chia seeds… but mostly avos for 7 days. I figured I should stick to healthy eating for this burn.
  • I actually made a lot of this week’s notes in a paper notebook. Reminded me that I don’t like my own handwriting – especially with a somewhat broken hand.
  • Saturday, Nikki set up her personal mini-theme-camp, I went to go claim some space for our camp in the quiet zone around 6ish, met our tent setup crew, tried to keep space for Tammy and co, took a nap, fetched my bicycle at Nikki’s camp, took a long night-time ride and went a bit too fast over a patch of mud which had some dried car tracks through it from the recent rains, took a nasty tumble, drove back to my camp and figured I needed some help, Nikki cleaned off the worst dirt and patched me up (thank you), in bed early.
  • Sunday, visited the medics, they cleaned me up and covered everything again, my knee, shoulder, hand and face lost a fair fit of skin, took a cycle around (looking like The English Patient) and took some photos, nap, finished reading Zero to One – the founder paradox chapter was very interesting, took a hot shower at New Beginnings, nice chat with Carel, Maia, Otto etc, had a beer on the sundowner deck next to our camp and took an evening walk around the Binnekring, mostly felt a bit sorry for myself and took some photos of the rising moon with my tripod.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.


Quick Update

Trying a bit of a new format with the photos…

  • Week of 11-17 April.
  • Health week 2/3. – 7kg transformation so far – aiming for 9kg in 3 weeks.
  • Monday, podcast walk to the office, two new people started working at Octotel, gym, killer abs, spinning class, swim, phone chat with Mia, cooked a healthy dinner, we booked our stretch tent for AfrikaBurn (just in time Joe, JITJ).
  • Tuesday, early morning walk up the hill to try and find a wireless dish, office, wayleave meeting with the city – could have turned out a bit better, quick visit to the Audi garage – seems some child (no idea who this could have been) stuck a marble in one of the back seat vents and it’s making a weird noise, made a rather unique spreadsheet, lunch time Instagram walk, aimless sunset podcast walk to Clifton, Wouter cooked his signature temperature probe perfection ribeye + broccoli + avo dish.
  • I made it to Sept 2015 on the TimF show. 100th shows I’ve listened to.
  • “Practice discomfort.”

  • I gained about 80 Instagram followers this week – never realised it was this popular.
  • Wednesday, gym – benched 90kg again – cold shower, office, lomad and chia day, figured out a diagram with Michael, left the office after dark, swim, cold shower, phone chat with Mia.
  • When you stick around the office pretty late – lie on your back and do 20 deep breaths, and squats – and then have a 5min nap. Works well to get motivated again.
  • Breathe! Wim Hof interview TimF show 7 Sept 2015. 40x deep breaths in the morning while relaxed.
  • The Wim Hof method.
  • When you don’t fear discomfort, you can be relaxed. Being comfortable is not the same as being happy.
  • “Are you high? – no, I’m just relaxed.” — chat at our recent braai.

  • Thursday, swim – how the gym gives back (inside reference – for the more seasoned blog readers, on that point, it seems ERnst does not read my blog anymore), three cold showers, office, took a nice walk with David around Century City, meeting with the Mobinomics guys, left the office pretty late, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • Try three cold showers and steam bath sessions – 20 deep breaths while in the cold shower. Really makes you feel alive. Practice discomfort.
  • Build the things you want to see in the world.
  • Keep looking for luck.
  • Meditate, hang, journal, put coconut oil in your tea… quick summary of the TimF morning.
  • “Be useful.” — Scott Adams

  • “Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • “Love is metaphysical gravity.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • “Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • Friday, TiTea, gym, office, lomad day, watched three of Mia’s hockey games – Mia scored two goals, catch up with JD, sunset Fleetwood Mac appreciation drive back to Cape Town – good chats, stopped at my storage unit and loaded all my AfrikaBurn gear in about 5 min – still nicely packed and at the top of the pile, Mia and I browsed Giovanni’s for a shopping list from Wouter and Mia taste tested all the different types of olives, Wouter cooked this Itallian crumbed chicken tomato and mozzarella creation and we had a bottle of Moreson Chardonnay, good catch up Facetime Audio chat with Jacques for maybe 2 hours – technology is kinda cool – 10,000km away and we can still be brothers, good chats about business, relationships, health, family and teenagers.
  • “You’ve got people who are making plans with a clear focus, in a world which no longer supports a clear path to anything.” — Scott Adams

  • “Fail in a way you learn something.” — Scott Adams

  • “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” — Winston S. Churchill… Jacques likes this quote.

  • I think, maybe the biggest thing I fear is the day Mia and I don’t get along as well as we do now – because now, we are like peas in a pod. Ok, maybe more like Sith master and apprentice – which is why I’m pondering this. Always two there are. I’m pretty sure I can work this out. It’s a game right? It’s been played for many generations. I just have play 80% better than the legacy. No problem. I can do this. I’m an optimist.
  • Can I just say, thank goodness I switched to a useful touch typing setup a long time ago.
  • One of the (hot) moms at Mia’s school walked up to me an said: get off your phone – why do I always see you at the gym on your laptop?… well, firstly – ok, ok – I’m not going to reason my way out of this – it was lame to be on my phone while Mia is playing hockey and I drove all the way to be there – but Paul needed something. Sorry. This is just after I explained the concept of karma to Mia. Maybe this is some form of karma.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia at Jarryds – the fritatta is great, we found Mia two gumguards for the hockey season (because I know she’s going to lose at least one), catch up with Dan while Mia did some Dvorak touch typing training – I got her to read the DVzine – I think it’s important to tell kids WHY before you get them to learn anything – ask why three times (she actually uses this trick on me from time to time), we moulded the two gum guards with some hot water, Myog, little geek and I watched Eddie the Eagle at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – epic movie – go see it (really) – great seats for a Saturday movie chill – really sucks you in, a burger at Gibsons – the gorgonzola burger is nothing short of spectacular, a stroll around the Waterfront, a lady of leisure tea at Melissas, 11h sleep.
  • For some reason I was suddenly interested in activity trackers and geeked out on some research. The Polar A360 and A300 seem nice. I’m most interested in the sleep tracking and optimal waking up features. In the end – I guess we just need to see if the next Apple watch is waterproof.
  • Seems Mia likes comics – Wouter gave her the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novel to read, and she loved it.
  • Smart interesting people. I keep coming back to this. If you have read this far, and you are not a robot, I’d like to really emphasise this point. Find the smart interesting people around you.
  • Sunday, tea, gourmet fruit salad, backups and hockey photo processing, dropped Mia off in Obs, a glass of wine at Tammy’s, good pizza and tiramisu at Da Vinci’s, catch up with Wouter and Pieter – and re-packing some AfrikaBurn essentials, blogging.
  • Maybe I should just learn to make tiramisu. I keep finding okay versions – but nothing special. I can maybe add it to my list of things I actually care about. It’s a short list, on most days.
  • A little bit of drama as I dropped Mia off – she was very sad not to go to AfrikaBurn. I tried. I really tried. So, after about 7 weeks of trying to convince Naulene to let Mia go to AfrikaBurn – and many, many emails later – today she suddenly agrees to let Mia go (and miss school). Why now? Honestly. Everything has already been planned. Face-palm.
  • Mia is now 155cm, 46kg.
  • Just remember, in an Interstellar kinda way, everything has already happened.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The life of Joe…

  • Week of 4-10 April.
  • Health week 1/3. Muscle gained + fat lost = 4.4kg.
  • Monday, walked to the office, interview, lunch with Mia, putt-putt with Mia in Sea Point – Mia won – I might have been a bit distracted with my new Instagram photography craze (see above), supper at La Vie and a glass of Miss Molly to celebrate Mia’s win, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house – after her last day of school holiday, podcast drive back, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • We connected IS / Web Africa to the Octotel network this week. Looks like MWeb will be on the Octotel network soon.
  • I think I might have listened to too much Nick Cave last week.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk to the office, some postfix tinkering, catch-up with Sarah and chats about network automation systems, supplement shopping, took a walk around our neighbourhood looking for a new wireless dish causing noise on our link – walked right up the hill to where the Lions Head footpath starts – nice views, ended up having curry at Laura’s house and agreeing to install wifi repeaters for her mom – good chats about AfrikaBurn and her fax-spam-king friend.
  • “Instead of trying to make a better robot, try to make a better man.” –Shimon Peres

  • “Is it possible to be a mindful hedonist?” from 31 Jul 2015 TimF show.

  • “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

  • Wednesday, up early, gym, chia + lomad day (Camphill milk delivery date changed to Thursdays now), tinkered with LayersWP, left the office after dark, asked Wouter to help with a small design project.
  • Maybe you are awesome? Maybe this is paradise? …from listening to the Tara Brach interview TimF 31 Jul 2015.
  • “Make new mistakes.” — Kevin Kelly

  • Will this laptop migration ever end? I keep finding little things which I need to install or configure.
  • Thursday, swim, steam bath, office, good meetings with Seacom and Vox, Facetime audio chat with Jacques – Facetime audio works pretty well to London, catch up chat with Nikki, left the office after dark, Wouter cooked an epic pasta – we chatted startup ideas and we did a bit of a design experiment.
  • “I remember when, I thought I knew everything.” — Pearl Jam

  • Friday, swim, steam bath, office, breakfast for lunch with Carel at the new Jason bakery – we chatted Bitcoin and AfrikaBurn, inbox zero, an after work beer at the office, Clifton beach walk, sundowner with Pieter, La Vie (/Rockpool) with Pieter and Rodney – maybe not the best idea in hindsight.
  • Woody Allen says – “eighty percent of success is showing up” – I’ve learnt that sometimes you should not show up. Just don’t go.
  • Saturday, some design tinkering, Granger Bay market with Wouter – always a nice vibe, catch up chats with Jacques and Dan, sunset podcast walk towards Clifton (see below), watched American Sniper… great movie.
  • General sense of optimism this weekend. Nice feeling. The two most important things.
  • We stand for adventure. The joy and the rush of the new.
  • Sunday, TiTea, gym, lomad day, some reading, sorted a list of ideas, notes and photo processing, backups, I put Mia’s photos from 2010-2014 on her iPad (~12k – she now has about 34k photos in total), I deleted about 200 apps from my iTunes library – man, I collected a lot of crap over the years, some blogging and chats with Wouter.
  • Manage desire. Try and desire only one thing at a time. Accept. Be present. Habits are everything. You become your habits. Are you happy doing just one thing? … listening to the interview with Naval Ravikant, TimF show 18 Aug 2015.
  • Tune of the week: Heart is a Drum – Beck. This whole album is great.
  • Which book has had the most influence on your life? I think my answer is Hackers by Steven Levy.
  • The Day You Became a Better Writer.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Sorry, I kinda saved most of the week’s photos in a square / instagram format – short on 16:9 photos.

Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay

Quick Update

The other parts of the perfect world…

Wintery Promenade
Wintery Promenade Walk
  • Week of 28 March to 3 April.
  • It’s certainly not summer any more in Cape Town – but it’s been a nice change.
  • Monday, public holiday, woke up with this Paradise song stuck in my head, wine tasting with Paul, a burger at Hudsons in Stellenbosch, we watched Half Nelson (with an intermission) – one more movie from Paul’s Ryan Gosling collection – very good, listened to some NIN Downward Spiral – Hurt, such a good song.
  • Best weekend in a long time.
  • “Just pop it in the gas microwave.” — from one of Anton’s stories.

  • “Why is it always so late?” — Paul

  • Turns out worms are optimists and even they like adventure.
  • “We’re wasting time.” — in a Point Break kinda way.

  • Some people bring out the best in you. Over time, I think you learn to appreciate this much more.
  • Tuesday, woke up in Stellenbosch, back to work, two interviews.
  • “I’d rather be a comma, than a full stop.”

  • I installed Instagram this week. Interesting how the square format forces you to be a bit more creative.
  • Wednesday, first rainy Cape Town morning in a while, listened to some Nick Cave on the drive to the office – Darker With The Day – great song, another interview, I managed to get telegram-cli to work, cold’ish sunset promenade walk (see above), cooked myself a healthy supper, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • “Well, it’s rarer than you think.” — Wouter

  • Good read: Julie Rubicon (reads a bit like Microserfs).
  • If you ever want to backup Telegram conversations.
  • Two people have recently suggested I should read the Ian Banks books.
  • “The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

  • Thursday, gym, office, I managed to work out our home wireless link is screwed and it’s not going to get any better – might need to get fibre, new Tenda wifi and GPON toys arrived, I walked our Beach Road trench over lunch, stayed at the office pretty late, some AfrikaBurn tent admin, notes, rss and inbox zero, promenade walk, healthy supper with Wouter, caught up on some reading.
  • I really miss my childhood days of adventure games.
  • New health mission for April: 21 days of health, lose 5kg fat, gain 4kg muscle.
  • Note to self: I should really try and limit adding todo list items and pocket reads. I’m still about 100 articles behind.
  • Mia turned 10 this week. Only 8 more years of officially needing to deal with her mother.
  • Write for yourself. Design and create for yourself! – it’s the best way. Success is all about consistency and a deep need to work – from Tim Ferriss show 24 July 2015. Good listen.
  • I asked Naulene twice through the day to get Mia to switch her phone on so I can at least phone her for her birthday, but no – and obviously Naulene does not answer her phone either. Nice, really classy.
  • Hmm… I’m starting to suspect I might have some note making disorder – and it’s getting more random (as I write this) – I don’t remember my head being this busy ten years ago.
  • Friday, swim and a steam-bath, office, fetched Mia – chats about what it means to be a geek on the way to Cape Town, epic post-rain sunset promenade walk – great light for some Instagramming and a freak wave splash, I cooked Mia a healthy supper, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • So, after trying for about six weeks to convince Naulene that Mia can go to Anton’s birthday in Joburg – and go to AfrikaBurn with me, she’s just making it impossible, and she does not want Mia to miss any school, fair enough. Sorry Mia.
  • Since that cryo-sauna experience I’ve been doing three cycles of the steam bath and cold shower every now and again. Works well. Try it.
  • Why the seventh Star Wars movie was a copy of the first.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia and Wouter at Jarryds – good breakfast – try the Huevos Rancheros, catch-up with Dan while little geek hacked some PyCharmEdu, promenade walk, lunch at Rockpool with Mia (the old La Vie), another promenade walk, backups, nap, more PycharmEdu, Mia had a moment, I cooked Mia a healthy dinner, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • I deleted all the games off Mia’s phone and she had a bit of a moment about that – but, it had to happen and we had a long chat about it on Friday. So long Minion Rush.
  • Ever notice that love is only the third layer of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? I guess it’s a bit like the OSI networking stack – nobody really talks about anything above layer 3.
  • “Copyright is for losers.”

  • Funny how making mistakes makes you look at things in a different light. Make a ton of creative mistakes before 30, crazy kids.
  • “The meaning of a thing is the change it causes in the world.” — from this article.

  • Sunday, super chilled day at home, configured Aperture on my new laptop, I imported about 33k photos (2000-2010), and put about 19k photos from between 2005-2010 on Mia’s phone for her – had a good nostalgic browse, we made kiwi and strawberry ice cream, (virgin) G&Ts by the pool – with the cat, some blogging, Mia refused to eat more of my veggie dinners, so we had a Nick Cave appreciation drive to Hussar Grill (Mouille Point) for some burgers, a night time promenade walk with Mia past Three Anchor Bay beach – I pointed her at the Chris Chameleon album on her phone and we talked about why Ingrid Jonker walked into the sea at Three Anchor Bay beach, big overnight backup – around 1.2TB – including every photo since around 2000 and a few before that.
  • So, no more phone games, Mia – sorry, but an extra 19k photos and 16 home videos – I should make more home videos – I have lots of footage.
  • “I thought of my friends who had died of exposure, and I remembered other ones who had died from the lack of it.” — Nick Cave

  • I found some interesting photos on Sunday. Nice to have all my photos in one place now. Why did I not do it sooner? – well, my old laptop did not like big volumes of photo imports. Let’s just say my idea of a photo worth keeping has moved on since early 2000 – nevermind camera quality improving a lot.
  • You have to appreciate how special Mia’s mother is. She has an iPhone, but I’m not allowed to phone her, or text her on that number. I am allowed, to text her on some random Nokia phone – but I can’t phone her on the Nokia either. So 5 hours go by on Sunday afternoon, with me trying to arrange when Mia can be dropped off. Then Naulene texts Mia’s phone – from her iPhone – saying she has no airtime on the Nokia phone – and she still refuses to answer text messages to the iPhone. Honestly, you just can’t make this stuff up.
  • I seem to be drinking way more tea than usual – must be a seasonal change thing. Units of work delimited by cups of tea.
  • “Love is not a maybe thing, you know when you love someone.” — see below

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Instagram walk
Instagram walk
Instagram walk clouds
Instagram walk clouds
Monday morning
Monday morning, spotted at Paul’s house

Quick Update

Holiday week with Mia…


  • Week of 21-27 March.
  • Monday, Afrikaans day with Mia, gym (powerplate, squats and stretches), swim, smoothies, chilled afternoon at home – super slow internets – had to do some debugging, a sunset G&T with Al and Hilah at La Vie, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • It seems La Vie is about to change its name. Not sure I like it.
  • “Your download is in the mail.” — joking about our ridiculously slow internet at home.

  • Tuesday, gym, swim at Wembley Square, RoboArt – Kids Robotics Holiday Workshops at The Woodstock Exchange, a Kyoto style cold / slow brew coffee at Rosetta Roastery – amusing, it’s a bit like a tea version of coffee – if that makes sense, catch up with Max and Chris at RISE (Barclays / Techstars space) – interesting chat with Max about an explorers club for A-types, iOS and OSX upgrade day, fetched Mia and her robot art, we had a burger at Gibson’s, watched Allegiant (Divergent #3) at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – great seats – good story – nicely wraps up the plot from the first two movies, Mia liked it – so I’ll have to show her the previous two movies.
  • Battery life on this new Macbook is epic. A whole day out and about and I come back home with 60% battery.
  • Wednesday, climbed on our roof and tried to improve the alignment of our wireless dish, weekend packing, I cooked a ridiculously healthy lunch for Mia, part 2 of her EDRO robotics course, Las Marias flat white at Rosetta (mega hipster coffee), a chat with Max at RISE again, drove to Bettys Bay (while Mia watched the second Divergent movie), braai with Anton, Kloppies and Niel.
  • Very nice to take some time off, swim, move around more, spend time with Mia – good chats.
  • Random 80s song of the week: Heart and Soul, T’Pau
  • Thursday, rainy day in Bettys (see above), Kloppies and Niel drove home, a nice walk with Anton while Mia watched Divergent 2 again – I think she might have found a next Harry Potter-like phase, we watched The Abyss – epic movie (in preparation for a related sci-fi classic …since Mia asked me what my favourite movie is recently – and I figured the alpha-female characters are an interesting theme), sunset walk, we made a stew (it was not braai weather).
  • “Little geek is on the case.” — The Abyss

  • Mia seems to be getting into Scratch Jnr and some of the other coding related apps on her iPad, finally.
  • Friday, brunch with Anton, Cath, Mia and Piet, Mia and I drove to the Harrold Porter Gardens for a walk and some scones, drove back to Cape Town while Mia watched the 1st Divergent movie, we attempted to match Aliens – and made it about 1/2 way, a bit too scary for Mia – I remember watching it at her age and it was pretty scary, we watched a cold front cloud bank roll in over the ocean (see below), 11h sleep.
  • “Building better worlds.” — Weyland Corp.

  • Saturday, notes and photo processing, tinkered with some document writing, catch up chat with Dan, I dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, Trumpet Tree with Al and Margot – planning a boules day, house party at Adi’s.
  • Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, breakfast with Al at the De Zalze clubhouse – and a bloody mary, nap, a late lunch with Al, Henning and Margot, burgers and T10 with Paul and some Fleetwood Mac, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.


Filter on attachment name with Procmail

After a recent spike in emails with .zip and .doc attachments… a quick way to filter them with procmail:

# Drop mails with lame attachments
:0 B
* .*filename=.*\.(zip|rar|rtf|doc|docm|xls|com|hlp|vbs|wsf|eml|shs|exe|nws|chm|pif|vbe|hta|scr|reg|bat)\"?\;?$

Stick this in your .procmailrc

Updated: 7 April 2016, I’ll keep adding to this as I find things to block.

Quick Update

Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary…

Octotel Beach Rd
Octotel Beach Rd
  • Week of 14-20 March.
  • Monday, some press release writing, office, fibre team manager interview, lunch with Dan, fetched my new Macbook Pro 13 Retina from the Waterfront (Macbook number 4 since 2004), discovered Paul was still at the house, had a post weekend catch-up chat and more braai meat snacks – his car battery had died, migrated some stuff to the new laptop.
  • Press for the week: Octotel expands Cape Town fibre network, Octotel to expand Cape Town FTTH, Octotel expands R50m Cape fibre network.
  • The new laptop is cool. It’s about 30% faster than the old one – which is nice, but not Moore’s Law kinda nice – then again, the screen is awesome! Crazy how many little configs there are all over the place when you migrate to a new laptop. Took me two days. Homebrew is pretty cool.
  • After a recent braai, I realised I’m back to full card carrying member status of the League of Emotionally Unavailable Gentlemen.
  • Tuesday, office, two interviews, set-up work for the Octotel event, took a podcast walk along Beach Road in Sea Point (see above), Octotel Sea Point Community Fibre Information Evening at the Marais Road Shul (Little Tel Aviv central)… it went well – we had about 70 people there, had a Myog with Michael and a vodka tonic with Wouter – chats about social tiers and self control.
  • Wednesday, swim, podcast drive to the office, installed emacs, sunset promenade walk, Wouter cooked an epic steak and asparagus dinner while we chatted AfrikaBurn planning.
  • I switched from using jed to emacs. This is a big thing actually – I’ve been using jed for about 18 years. I’m about to switch from Aperture to Lightroom. Apple’s pro apps have really become very lame. I guess that’s what happens if you make 90% of your money from selling phones.
  • I should probably change my Facebook religion status from Jedi to Emacs now.
  • I discovered Prelude. Thanks Charl.
  • Thursday, TiTea, gym, swim, podcast drive to the office, more interviews, we connected the first Cool Ideas customers (new ISP on the Octotel network), some new business card design work, attended the launch of Spin Street House (soon to be an Octotel fibre customer) – now associated with Speedspace (of Seedstars World fame), Wouter and I wanted to go have a St. Patricks day Guinness at Twankey Bar, but they stopped selling Guinness on tap – must be something that happened after Aiden went back to Ireland, then we tried five other bars and ended up having a Guinness (out of a can?!) at The Butcher Block and Grill – with some tiramisu – chats about crazy ex’s that used to make good tiramisu.
  • Are you healthy? – maybe less than 5% of the population is.
  • Friday, podcast drive to the office, fetched Mia from school – start of the school holidays and a ten day holiday for me, a late brunch at Fred & Max, drove to Cape Town, we made some frozen banana and strawberry ice cream, Mia watched The Princess Bride – she loved it, a sunset promenade walk with Mia – we chatted about finding things you are passionate about, I figured out how to remap some Slack keys, some Reyneke organic Merlot with Wouter, Anton arrived (Mr Kobayashi), we chatted about his eco-tourism ideas, lots of red wine and cheese, stayed up way passed our bed times.
  • Turns out Brie is more creamy and Camembert has a stronger flavour. I’ve been meaning to read about that for ages.
  • “Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary.” — spotted on FB

  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia and Anton, Anton left for a wedding, Mia and I went to watch Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Waterfront – very cool movie, some aimless walking (flaneuring) around the Waterfront, ended up at Den Anker for an early supper – with pomme frittes, mayo and weiss beer, more aimless walking and chats – including some AfrikaBurn planning, ice cream, we listened to Eloctrolite on the way home – Mia asked me what my favourite song was and it was first to pop into my head, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • “Shifu: If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.” — Kung Fu Panda 3

  • I decided it’s time I help Mia to learn Afrikaans a bit quicker after reading one more article about the benefits of bilingualism.
  • “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” — Billy Cox

  • Sunday, the first day of autumn, Afrikaans day with Mia, breakfast with Mia, Ernst, Lisa, Owen, Tim and Wendy at Caffe Neo – and a bloody Mary – nice to see Ernst – chats about how we are very good at rationalising emotional decisions – he was on his way to convincing me to go for scenic runs – until he mentioned his knee that’s busy disintegrating – also chats about Stellenbosch, tech businesses, Afrikaans and wine, a Constantia Wine Route adventure… wine tasting at Constantia Glen – bumped into Zia, wine tasting at Eagle’s Nest – good Merlot – had to get a few bottles, Beau Constantia (see below) – bumped into B and Nick, Hout Bay Market, Chapman’s Peak drive – stopped for some views of Hout Bay, I had The Red Herring pizza at The Red Herring in Noordhoek (good memories from 2004 days), a sunset promenade walk with Mia (see below), notes and photo processing with some Eagle’s Nest Merlot while Mia built a Scratch game, nice Sunday – time well spent.
  • Fish oil, asprin and magnesium. Probably all you really need to add to your diet.
  • Somebody should start selling braai broodjies at weekend markets.
  • Tune of the week: Eloctrolite, REM.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Beau Constantia
Beau Constantia
Queens Beach
Queens Beach

Make Slack behave like the Telegram Desktop app

This will help you remap some Slack keyboard commands so that Command + Enter sends a message and Enter creates a new line… for OSX.

I think this makes way more sense than using Command Enter to “create a new snippet”.

I use the Telegram Desktop app a lot – so accidentally creating snippets in Slack all the time was a bit painful.

You’ll need to install Karabiner and load the private.xml file below…

<?xml version="1.0"?>
        <name>Slack Customisation</name>
            <name>Map Cmd+Enter to send, Enter to extra line</name>
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L,
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::SHIFT_L

and just for fun, OSX Messages app…


        <name>OSX Messages Customisation</name>
            <name>Map Enter to extra line</name>
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L,
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::OPTION_L

and Skype…

        <name>Skype Customisation</name>
            <name>Map Enter to extra line</name>
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L,
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::SHIFT_L

Quick Update

The Last Braai of Summer…

Braai Friends
  • Week of 7 to 13 March.
  • Monday, school run, gym, office, super boring Telkom community fibre event at the Sea Point High School with about 7 people, swim, some blogging.
  • Tuesday, office, ward councillor meeting with Michael in Wale street, catch up with Fred in Woodstock, worked at the Wembley gym, a beer with Dan at Paradiso.
  • Wednesday, swim, Mia went on her first two day school camp, office, added the finishing touches to our Octotel Home Fibre Guide print brochure, catch up lunch with Joseph at Ravish in Bree street – we chatted GPON devices, premium wifi and space suit design, catch up with Cor and Steven at 75 Harrington, a swim at the Wembley gym, ordered a MacBook Pro 13 with Retina display (256GB model), a burger with Jonathan at Hudsons on Kloof – good fun, chats about parenting apps and mental health apps.
  • Thursday, podcast drive to the office, sent some newsletters to get people to come to the Octotel Sea Point Community Information Evening, some serious braai shopping with Wouter, sushi at Harbour House in the Waterfront with Wouter.
  • Friday, office, mostly tried to get more people to attend the Octotel event next week – newsletters, FB event and ads, flyer drops and press release writing, some final braai prep – candles, fairy lights (see below), music, snack platters… The Last Braai of the Summer (see below).
  • Very cool braai, perfect wind-still evening, 35+ people, bucket loads of G&T, Wouter braaied enough meat for a small army, I remember playing some The Cure songs and The Groovenator, a few good laughs about Ryan Gosling movies, nice to see Al, Diabi, Daniel, Becky, Claus, Janey, Paul, Hilah, Bienne, Dan, Pieter etc. (see above). We might have to do a first braai of Autumn soon.
  • Our AfrikaBurn theme camp sound system has made it through its third party. Not bad for a cheap boom box system that went to the desert.
  • We finally have a recycling bin – we figured we needed an extra bin for the braai.
  • Saturday, Janey woke me up at 7:00ish, processed some photos, fell asleep watching Hackers (1995), braai meat for lunch, The Grand / Granger Bay with Dan, La Vie with Dan… good chats – I’m excited.
  • I’ve been living in ~Cape Town for 20 years now.
  • Stating the obvious, but not all craft beer is good beer.
  • “Enjoy your own company.”

  • Sunday, slept till 9:00ish, finished watching Hackers… Angelina Jolie as a geek is pretty hot, braai meat for lunch again, nap, some notes processing and blogging, read through about 30 saved (Pocket) articles from the last six weeks (only 70 to go), more braai meat, watched an episode of Rome.
  • “Hack the planet.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Braai lights (pic by Luke)
Braai lights (pic by Luke)
Braai Views