Quick Update

Mindstorms, beach walks and slo-mo videos…

Big Beta Beach

Big Beta Beach

  • Monday, pizza at Da Vinci’s and a drink at Bombay Bicycle Club, listened to the Groovenator.
  • “This water is not hydrating enough.” — Paul

  • Cape Town can be a cruel mistress.
  • Must read: The Fifth Protocol
  • One more SeedStarsWorld video.
  • Tuesday, carwash day, Skype chat at Wellness Cafe, sunset drinks and dinner at The Roundhouse with Anais (the French girl I met in Geneva) – it may or may not have been an actual date, good conversation though.
  • I missed the Startupbootcamp London pitch day (visa delay).
  • Wednesday, fetched my passport with 6 month UK visa (finally), had to go get Mia some new hockey gear for the season (size 3 soccer boots, new 34.5inch stick, bigger shin pads, two gum guards and bigger socks), watched Mia’s hockey training, we had an early supper at Fred and Max in Somerset West… not bad – the pull-pork taco was a bit small, story book shopping, dropped Mia at her mom’s house, drove back to Cape Town, in bed early.
  • Mia asked if she could have my old cellphone – seems one of the children in her class has one already. I almost locked it down as a Telegram only device, but Naulene figured it’s a bad idea.
  • I reported the bad signal issues to Vodacom, let’s see if they fix anything.
  • Thursday, gym, swim, sauna, Skype meeting, met up with Werner in Stellenbosch, fetched Mia from art class, meeting with Naulene at Manuka – while Mia worked on her hula hoop skills (I have a pretty cool 120fps slo-mo video), dinner with Al, Paul, Johann, Martine, Brigitte and Stefan at Galbi (a Korean Barbecue restaurant at 210 Long Street)… good fun to braai your own food, in bed early.
  • Mia’s Mtech (digital music composition class) track from last term was pretty cool.
  • Friday, put a new LCD cover on my camera, photo processing, sunset walk from Glen Beach to Camps Bay to Clifton (three and a half beach) with Georg – pretty spectacular beach weather, burger in a bowl (Wasabi mayo option) at Da Vinci’s with Georg.
  • Check out New School Grand Cru – almost feels like this Chardonnay festival was designed just for me.
  • Saturday, up at 6:30, fetched Mia and watched 4 of her netball matches – not the best sport to watch, but I think she scored three goals, Long Street to get Mia a winter (.*perdry) hoodie, fresh juice and smoothie at Orchard on Long, Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day – interesting curries and some Nitro Creamy… the _best_ ice cream, but very rich, started building LEGO Mindstorms EV3, downloaded the (160MB) building instructions iPad app – which is pretty awesome… 3D and interactive, we built most of the EV3RSTORM robot, sunset Beta Beach walk from the Pitlochry side, epic sunset from the big rock, a game of backgammon and pizza at Baccini’s with The Cure / Disintegration playing in the background, bath, read, sleep.
  • I don’t think netball is really Mia’s thing, which is probably fine – netball is bad for the knees.
  • We’ve been taking a fair number of iPhone5s slo-mo videos since Mia discovered the feature – good fun.
  • It kinda feels weird that the iPhone5 takes the same dimension photos as
    the iPhone4 – but the screen is not. Better quality photos though. (also f2.2)
  • Sunday, up early, we finished building EV3RSTORM, downloaded the (580MB) programming tools for EV3, to the Waterfront to watch Rio 2 (in 2D, because 3D is lame)… pretty good, ice cream, bumped into Nikki at the Waterfront, Strand Beach walk – end to end, we walked around the edge of the tidal pool, dropped Mia at her mom’s house, drove to Cape Town and watched 50/50 (entertaining movie) with a great glass of Saronsberg Shiraz 2011.
  • “Can you program it to talk like Yoda?” — Mia, about Mindstorms.

  • “A happy wife is a happy life.” — from Rio2… and an unhappy one is usually a crazy unreasonable bitch.

  • Tune of the week: Kiss with a Fist, Florence and the Machine.
  • Wow, it’s April already. Memories of March: rediscovered Cape Town, lots of Lions Head and beach walks.
  • Making screenshots of the FB app as a read-later feature seemed like a smart idea, but photo processing times have suffered.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Housewarming weekend…

Rafs

Rafs

  • This post is late, it’s for the week of 31 March to 6 April.
  • Monday, Mia’s 8th birthday, a few birthday phone calls, we walked to Carlucci’s for breakfast – Mia had the sweet french toast option, walked around Oranjezicht City Farm, some just in time visa admin at the Gardens print shop, dragged Mia along to a UK visa appointment in Green Point, Waterfront, gelato, watched some Clone Wars Season 6, helped Mia wash her hair, last minute Techstars / Barclays Accelerator (London) entry… more about this next week.
  • I had to retire a 10 year old pair of Diesel jeans – which I’m happy to say still fit pretty well.
  • Hell: filling in long startup accelerator application forms with an Edge connection.
  • Did I mention the Vodacom Edge internet speeds?
  • Sadly, not that impressed with the 6th Clone Wars season. Meh. You kinda get the idea they made the last 4 episodes after they heard the news the show was coming to an end – the last 4 are pretty good.
  • Tuesday, watched the end of Clone Wars with Mia, print shop, fresh juice, Kings Craft (Pilsner? – nice beer) at Deer Park, De Waal Park, took a walk down Kloof Street and shared a pizza at Cocoa Dola… food was a bit meh.
  • Wednesday, rainy morning blogging session, LEGO Mindstorm EV3 delivery (birthday gift for Mia), Mia and I went for a Red Bus (Red Route) ride around Cape Town – have not done that since 2009ish… nice to see Cape Town from a tourist perspective, fish and chips at the aquarium (nice and fresh, must be their I&J sponsorship), dropped Mia at Naulene’s house, photo processing, a beer with Werner at Van Hunks, watched Blue Jasmine… good movie – the dentist scene made me think of Ernst and his habit of complementing girls on their teeth.
  • When you look at Bakoven from the Camps Bay side there is a big round rock in the sea with a hole in it, that looks like a… Bakoven – that is why you go on the Red Bus tour, kids.
  • Thursday, gym, swim, sauna, salad, drove to Stellenbosch, got a new hockey gum guard for Mia, fetched a new iPhone 5s (space grey 16GB)… contract upgrade time, also got a CellC SIM for an Android hotspot (Dan suggested CellC for the area), vitB shot, haircut (the Albanian – sorry Bianca), storage space visit to try and get Mia’s hockey gear – ended up just getting a water filter jug, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, Van Hunks with Georg, tequila with pineapple and cinnamon, migrated my iPhone settings… mostly painless.
  • CellC SIM works way better than Vodacom in Oranjezicht – pretty constant 3G signal.
  • My nearest MyCITI bus stop is Montrose on the 103 route. I’m going to try it soon – for Pete.
  • Friday, breakfast at Lazari’s with Georg, UK visa office visit (no luck – so not going to London for the Startupbootcamp pitch day), watched some cricket, housewarming drinks: Aiden came over, Paul joined us, Power and the Glory, a drink with Dan.
  • Saturday, watched Mimic again, ended up giving away my two Kinky Disco tickets and had a beer at Van Hunks with Etienne and Grant.
  • Sunday, frozen Margaritas at Van Hunks (again) with Georg and Paul, Rafiki’s with Paul, Tori and Sean – the housewarming weekend may have gotten a bit long.
  • Getting a bit nervous about AfrikaBurn planning.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Moving to Oranjezicht…

Oranjezicht City Farm

Oranjezicht City Farm

  • Monday, I made fresh juice, gym, swim, sauna, tracked down some City of Cape Town urban agriculture people, some AfrikaBurn planning, an unexpected glass of wine.
  • I’m in this SeedStarsWorld 2014 teaser video for about 1/2 a second.
  • “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. — Buckminster Fuller

  • Observe everything. Never stop learning.
  • Tuesday, catch-up with Theo at Yours Truly on Kloof Street, gym, swim, sauna, a meeting at The Office, drove to Stellenbosch, big Foodlovers Market salad, email catch up at the gym, dinner with Paul at Radish (at Hartenberg).
  • Wednesday, woke up on Paul’s farm on a rainy morning, a quick meeting with Michael in Stellenbosch, gym, swim, sauna, salad, drove to Cape Town, Caffe Neo – slow internet, managed to get a formal invite letter from Startupbootcamp London Pitch Day, Mouille Point walk, a beer at Rafiki’s with Paul and Ben – AfrikaBurn theme camp planning – the sugar cube spiral infinity bar plan, epic burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s on Kloof Street.
  • The Stellenbosch gym’s pool is way less busy than the Gardens one.
  • Making plans to get Mia to see AfrikaBurn.
  • Thursday, Cape Town Partnership meeting (about rooftop farming), meeting in Durbanville, gym – got a free smoothie by installing the Kauai iOS app, salad, house shopping in Oranjezicht, visit to the Oranjezicht City Farm, house shopping in Bakoven – met the guy who now lives in our old house – he used to know Ronnie, gelato, walked from Camps Bay to Glen Beach to Clifton 1st, walked past a lady feeding about 10 stray cats behind the Clifton lifesaving clubhouse, watched the sunset from Clifton 2nd, stopped for a beer at Bungalow, burger in a bowl again – with avo this time, a beer at Rafiki’s with Johann and Adam to talk farming, Power and the Glory, watched some Casablanca at Rick’s.
  • We found some fish for the first farms.
  • Friday, start of school holidays, Naspers/WeChat meeting – nice offices, epic six egg omelette, admin afternoon, sunset walk around Lions Head, painful visa application admin, Aces’n'Spades with Paul, Claus, Janey and Este… until they closed – good fun.
  • I love this city, good to be back.
  • Moving to Oranjezicht… something new, I have not lived there before – after two months of living out of a suitcase.
  • “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” — William G.T. Shedd …Tinder seems to be a good source of quotes these days.

  • Saturday, Table Mountain lookout, Llandudno beach with Paul, nap, a beer at Van Hunks, a beer at Baccini’s with Claus and Pete.
  • Seems Van Hunks is the new Carlyle’s – you can walk in there on a random weekend afternoon and be pretty sure you will know a few people.
  • Tune of the week: Will there be enough water, The Dead Weather.
  • “I don’t know where I managed to find my 17th wind.” — Paul

  • Sunday, woke up at Claus’s house, Eggs Benedict at Carlucci’s, Mouilli Point walk, moved into a new place in Oranjezicht (top road right next to the mountain – should inspire a few walks/adventures), nap, fetched Mia, we watched Mr Peabody & Sherman – nice movie, shared a (great) pizza at Baccini’s.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Rooiels weekend, hamsters and Clone Wars…

Lick the hamster

Lick the hamster

  • Monday, watered the plants, gym, nice swim, sauna, migrated from Multibit to Hive (BTC wallet), Macbook’s spacebar key got a bit stuck, but Digicape fixed it for me, Aduino workshop at Curiosity Campus with Michael, met Niel and Robyn – good fun, St Patrick’s Day Guinness at O’Driscolls with Aiden, Camilla, Chris and Bill – who are going to AfrikaBurn this year.
  • How many days have you spent away from your computer / smartphone this year and how many days are you planning to spend away from your computer? …why we need things like AfrikaBurn.
  • Progress on getting Mia interested in Lego Mindstorm has been a bit slower than expected.
  • I sometimes worry that I’m spending a lot of time taking photos and writing about things which a very small community of people care about – but, maybe one or two is enough.
  • “It’s more fun to be a pirate than join the Navy.” — Steve Jobs

  • Tuesday, a meeting at Beerhouse with Randolf and Johann, drove to Stellenbosch, Werner visit, updated the apps on my phone with Stellenbosch free wifi… which seems a bit slower these days, back and neck massage, a walk up Coetzenburg mountain and an AfrikaBurn planning chat with Ernst – a beer at Trumpet Tree and a burger at Apres, a drink with Jan at Balboa chatting about Arduino LED cubes.
  • The cure for a stiff neck… posture and a few exercises… and maybe some massages, swimming, sauna visits and walking.
  • Can’t say I like the FNB online banking website.
  • I managed to replace my emergency slops with some new Reef (Phantom Flight) slops. So much better. The little things you use a lot.
  • Wednesday, woke up on a rainy day on Paul’s farm, gym, swim, sauna, found some new shorts (for some reason it’s hard to find shorts in Cape Town in March), mega epic salad, Arduino Tech Talk at The Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock… good fun – 3D printing, robots and motorboats, a beer at Power and the Glory with Johann and Rob (who I have not seen in about 2 years).
  • Nice group of people at the Tech Talk. Similar to the LUG days of 1999, just way more low level electronics. I guess the Linux battle has been won – nobody is getting exited about the sun rising…
  • “You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.” — Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • Would have loved to have things like Arduino and Lego Mindstorm when I was a child.
  • I found the present I wanted to give Mia for her birthday. Just in time.
  • Nice read: Urban Agriculture… the ultimate hobby project, fish, food, Arduinos and maybe some robotics.
  • I was quoted in this article: Stellenbosch rising
  • Thursday, gym, swim, Long street roof visit with Johann, a beer at Van Hunks with Georg, Bianca and Terence, a visit to Aiden and Camilla’s, a beer at the Power and the Glory with Georg.
  • We found some roof space in Long Street for our first farm.
  • Go read Ashley’s first blog post.
  • “Let’s face it, you’re saving them from their lives.” — Georg

  • “You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that bother him.”

  • I was reminded of this line: “Winston: We grow copious amounts of ganja, yah? And you’re carrying a wasted girl and a bag of fertilizer. You don’t look like your average horti-fucking-culturalist!” — Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

  • Friday, public holiday, fetched Mia, Flick and Lick (the class hamsters), drove to Rooiels, beach walk and swim, braai.
  • Saturday, walked from Rooiels to Pringle Bay and back with Georg while Mia watched (the much awaited) Clone Wars Season 6, fish and chips at the Kleinmond Harbour, ice cream, nap, Mia watched The Sound of Music movie (for the first time), braai, red wine and Rummikub listening to Chris Chameleon and Koos du Plessis.
  • Sunday, morning walk, Mia had some guitar lessons, beach walk and ball games, Sunday lunch, nap, drove back along the coastal road, dropped Mia and the hamsters at Naulene’s house, fetched Cath from the airport, awesome sunset, photo processing, walked down to the Labia to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel… pretty good, but not in the top four.
  • Just imagine how many good movies you would have to catch up on if you were 8 years old (at the end of the month).
  • I had a few hamsters when I was a child, but these were super cute.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Mia’s 8th birthday weekend (part one, two weeks early)…

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

  • Monday, Georg left for the airport fairly early, morning walk around Tamboerskloof, made myself a six eggs (and one avo) breakfast, some blogging, sunset walk from Glen Beach, across Camps Bay beach to Bakoven and back, drove back along the coastal road listening to some jazz.
  • Tuesday, visited Werner – great to have uncapped internet for an hour, London conference call, good meeting in Stellenbosch, much needed back and neck massage, Mia’s school parent interviews, dinner with Paul and Al (aka the CrossFit kids) at Hussar grill in Stellenbosch – try the Filet Moutarde – we had the new Domaine Grier Chardonnay… thanks Paul.
  • Wednesday, tea with Tobie at the Kloof st Knead, walked all the way up Lions Head – have not done that in about three years, watched Ender’s Game… not bad, watched an interesting BBC documentary about David Bowie – 5 Years: Hunky Dory, Ziggy, Young Americans.
  • “The minute you know you’re on safe ground, you’re dead. You’re finished. It’s over. The last thing I want is to be established.” — David Bowie, Twenty years later he commented that “not knowing where you’re going is what makes it exciting for me.”

  • Life is a collection of moments… which is why you need to take photos.
  • Thursday, watered the plants, six eggs for breakfast, fetched Victoria’s baking tray from Al’s conferencing building, walked by the building where I used to work for IOL in the dot com days – good memories, gym, fetched snail mail, walked through the Eastern Food Bazar, shopping for Mia’s party, sunset walk around Tamboerskloof, a beer at Power and the Glory – skype/phone chats and AfrikaBurn planning with Georg, Anton, Ernst and Jordan.
  • Your 30s; when your phone’s favourites list (address book) does not need to scroll.
  • Try the new 90% dark Lindt.
  • Friday, Mia was on the front page of the weekly school newspaper (my photo of her SCUBA diving at Fun Day), opened and FNB account, party shoppping for a big helium pirate balloon and an “8″ candle, fetched Mia from MTech, Mia’s 8th birthday party (two weeks early) at the water slides in Strand… I made about 22 ice cream cones, played photographer, a few supertube rides with Mia, Francis managed to set the big helium balloon free, good party, Mia enjoyed it, sunset walk around Stellenbosch with Mia, supper at Anton’s dad’s with Anton, Georg and Petr, drove back to Cape Town – Mia fell asleep in the car.
  • I’ve definitely developed a thing for Tahini. Yum.
  • Managed to watch a total of 0 minutes of the Oscar trial so far.
  • Saturday, the Full Monty at Daily Deli with Mia and Georg, watched The Lego Movie at the Waterfront with Mia… great fun, dress shopping (Anton’s gift), gelato, late lunch at the Camps Bay Primi Piatti with Georg, G&T at The Roundhouse with Aiden and Camilla, sunset walk with Mia from Clifton 4th to 1st and back… bumped into Francois busy with a photo shoot, we stumbled upon the Short and Sweet Full Moon Drive-in at Maidens Cove and watched Khumba… nice (local) movie, great idea and venue, wind still evening under the stars snuggling under a sleeping bag and eating popcorn, bumped into Paul, Tammy and Lyal who were sitting just behind us through the movie and had a glass of wine with them, great day.
  • The Lego Movie… good script and social commentary: “follow the instructions”, expensive coffee, lame pop music, mindless TV shows. I think we can all identify with the feeling of wanting to glue the final build together – yet the real master builders are the creatives among us, not caught up in the instructions. Worth a 2nd watch.
  • Sunday, Deer Park with Mia, cheescake, nap, dropped Mia at her gran’s, Big Beta Beach sunset drinks, watched The Goods – Jeremy Piven is cool.
  • I kinda felt robbed of summer this year, but I figure I had a good catch up with Lions Head, Clifton and Bakoven outings over the last two weeks.
  • I used to enjoy running lots of businesses at once, like 4 or 5 at a time. Then I figured focusing on on only one would be nice and obviously investors like this – all your eggs in one basket. More recently I think it’s probably good for entrepreneurs to have a few businesses brewing on the side in the same way VCs like to invest in 20 businesses at a time.
  • “Writers live twice. They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store, crossing the street, getting dressed for work in the morning. But there’s another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives everything a second time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it. Looks at the texture and details.” — Natalie Goldberg

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Sound of Music weekend…

Sunset view from Lions Head

Sunset view from Lions Head

  • Monday, up early, school run from Cape Town – quick drive actually, very little traffic, blogging, gym, went to watch Mia’s swimming training and drove her to the Helderberg zonal swimming gala… Mia came 4th in backstroke and 2nd in her freestyle swim, dropped Mia at her gran’s house (for Pancake Day), back to Cape Town, watched American Hustle… great movie – the Louis CK ice fishing story was pretty cool.
  • I’ve been using OSX for ten years today – since the days of my first laptop – 12″ Powerbook.
  • I’m a bit bummed I missed the Kogelbay party on Sunday.
  • Tuesday, work – mostly tweaking investment docs, power nap, sunset walk around Lions Head, Skype meeting about a Kickstarter video.
  • Cape Town is awesome – not that Stellenbosch was bad, but…
  • Wednesday, up early, watered the plans (training for my new food hacking interests), meeting in Stellenbosch, pancakes and tea with Werner at Blue Orange (because I missed out on Pancake Day), Mia birthday party venue shopping at La Pineta, gym (reading mail), lunch with Andrew (our man from China), took Mia to a mini cricket match at Somerset Collage – it was a draw, but nice improvement in her game from the previous week, fetched Francis, took the girls to Strand Waterworld (more party venue shopping) and got a set of 1/2000sec water slide photos, dropped the girls off, sunset walk around Tamboerskloof, photo processing.
  • Good memories of living in Tamboerskloof – like the octopus story (Andrew waking up the next morning finding his two cats licking the octopus) and helping Scott break into his house. Cool neighbours. I suggested the hotel across the road to the French girl I met in Geneva – the Mulholland Drive of Cape Town.
  • You’re probably not going to buy yourself a house in Leeukloof road with ZAR, which is why I’m on my current mission to look for business opportunities in Europe.
  • That house husband thing does not sound so bad this week, which – let’s face it is pretty much what I’ve been doing for the last two weeks if you exclude startup fundraising.
  • We agreed on Mia’s birthday party day and venue.
  • I now have my very own toothbrush charger again.
  • Life is a game. This is your strategy guide.
  • Thursday, long day, gym, swim, U-start conference at the Radisson Hotel, Mia had a swimming gala vs Kentridge and did well in the backstroke race.
  • Ever notice how parliament is really just in the way of Cape Town traffic flow?
  • “You have to keep shaking the tree.” — Marc from SBC A’DAM, about raising investment. Which made me think – I still have a lot to learn. I’ve only really been at this for three years, 8 investment deals later and a few pivots – but no international deals yet.

  • Friday, woke up with neck pain (*sigh*), work, designed and sent Mia’s birthday party invite (cool photo I think), gym, swim, nap, walked to Van Hunks, more than one drink with Georg, Milton, Ollie and Etienne – fun evening.
  • Good to see Etienne – probably one if his last nights out in Cape Town for a while.
  • I’m enjoying this distributed office idea, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Amsterdam, London. New respect for Skype.
  • Saturday, the Full Monte breakfast at Daily Deli with Georg, fetched Mia from Camps Bay, Beta Beach visit, walked by our old house/beach, Fun Day at Mia’s school, Mia went Scuba diving in the pool and got dunked (ball game), caught the tail end of the ParkOff (AfrikaBurn event) at Deer Park – Mia liked the Mutant Vehicles and seemed very keen to see AfrikaBurn, pizza at Woodlands Eatery (food was a bit meh) with Georg and Mia, a drink with Etienne (he came to borrow a bicycle to ride a very windy Argus), photo processing.
  • Seems you can SCUBA dive from 8yo and dive in the sea from 10yo.
  • “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” — Arthur Miller

  • Sunday, we folded an origami Blue Crane (for a school project), minor snag: Naulene did not pack any clothes or shoes for Mia, so off to the Waterfront, introduced Mia to schwarmas, Lego shop (must. have. EV3. soon.), put new (anti-glare) LCD screen protectors on my DSLR – without any bubbles!, we played some Lego Mindstorm Fix the Factory (iPad game), off to the Artscape Theatre, cheesecake, we watched The Sound of Music – Mia loved it, dropped Mia at Naulene’s house (around 21:30), watched a bit of Black Sails (filmed at Cape Town film studios) with Georg – not the best series, great weekend.
  • Feel like my head is in Cape Town now. Took me a while to really leave Stellenbosch the last time, but I recently figured out that I was not so much in love with the place than in love with a girl there (and maybe the red wine an squash Thursdays).
  • Note to self: take better care of working environment / ergonomics.
  • “Silence is the loudest parting word you never say.” — from Amen Omen, Ben Harper.

  • Getting ready to make a few big changes, I hope.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Weekend in Vermont…

Braaibroodjies

Braaibroodjies

  • Quick Update number 304 (almost 6 years).
  • Monday, put the last few month’s of Mia’s photos on her iPad1 (10670 photos in total now), Skype meeting, gym, pool was too full to swim, a sunset walk around Tamboerskloof – walked by the farm and our old house in Leeukloof Road, Mousaka for supper at Daily Deli – good memories of that place, watched Captain Phillips… not bad.
  • Had a chat with Charl about music festivals en Europe on Sunday – I really need to go check out a few (for business reasons obviously).
  • If I end up moving to Cape Town I’ll have to become a weekend dad again, not ideal, but will just have to make the most of it.
  • Tuesday, up early, gym, swim, I seemed to have lost my slops at gym the previous day and they were not at lost and found… very annoying, managed to process about 1/2 the email in my inbox, walked around Lions Head, made some salad, a beer at Sgt. Peppers with Johann.
  • Wednesday, meeting with Jan and Werner at Blue Crane in Stellenbosch, picked up some emergency slops, haircut, watched Mia’s cricket team (the U8 Unicorns) vs Beaumont – they won, but I was pretty unimpressed by the level of coaching, nice afternoon with Mia – walking around and taking photos at Vergelegen… beautiful gardens, epic play area, Mia took a few photos, Mediterranean platter and a game of chess for supper at W Cafe, dropped Mia at her mom’s, sunset drive back to Cape Town.
  • Thursday, breakfast at Loading Bay in De Waterkant with Michael, Jared and Armin, gym, swim, dropped Cath at the airport, walked down to Wellness Warehouse and helped Ashley with some WordPress tips – let’s hope she sticks with it, Lions Head walk, watched the sunset from Signal Hill – all kinds of awesome.
  • Seems there is a pretty big community of food/farm hacking around Cape Town.
  • I kinda feel like a tourist in Cape Town – bit of a love-hate thing.
  • If I had to do it all again > Seed funding > build POC > make Video > refine pitch > skip talking to SA VCs > join accelerator in EU / US… build something witch the global (English speaking) market wants.
  • Something must be very wrong – I suspect I’m starting to prefer the odd glass of Sauvignon Blanc over Chardannay.
  • I was thinking I should have bought a DSLR earlier and I should have started my weekly blog posts earlier. Then again, as Jacques recently pointed out I was taking photos of my food since 2000 and posting them online – back then it was strange, now it’s pretty normal.
  • Friday, rainy admin day, fetched Georg from the airport, Fetched Mia and Francis (a bit of drama), drove to Hermanus – beach house on the sea in Vermont… Mia did not remember the place – since we last visited in Dec 2009, braai.
  • Saturady, Hemel and Aarde Valley wine tour – the lesser known spots this time, Southern Right, Sumaridge… nice cheese and fruit platter, Domaine Des Dieux.. most impressive, Hermanus Pietersfontein, which brings me to 9/17 of the H&A farms visited now.. awesome Chardonnay region, sunset walk, G&Ts, epic braai (thanks Georg) – filet, sosaties, braaibroodjies.
  • Sunday, up at 4:00 with Francis coughing – took her some water which helped, morning walk along the wooden beach walkway to the tidal pools, packing, drove to Gordon’s Bay, big hake and calamari meal at the harbour, ice cream, rainy drive to drop Georg at the airport, walked around the Waterfront with Mia and Francis – nice new play area… it’s been too long, gelato, photo processing, in bed early.
  • Great weekend, 84 photos (above average).
  • Tunes of the week: Brothers album by The Black Keys.
  • Remember: Tuesday the 4th is pancake day!

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Far out of the comfort zone…

Walking up Lions Head

Walking up Lions Head

  • Not going to lie, I took some strain this week.
  • Monday, woke up at Aiden’s house in Sea Point, quick Promenade walk, email scrubbing at Wembley Square, gym, swim, booked in my camera at Photographic Repairs (Park rd) – holding thumbs, lunch at Wellness Warehouse, death by email, vitB shot – more painful than usual, back to Wembley Square, sunset walk around Kloof st, Startupbootcamp related Skype meeting.
  • Living out of a suitcase for a month really gets you to trim down on the things you don’t need.
  • Still homeless, but at least I think I’ve figured out that I need to move to Cape Town again.
  • Tuesday, woke up in Tamboerskloof, early morning blogging and photo processing, gym, swim, Skype call to .nl, we managed to make it into the top 17 for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, a beer at La Perla with Johann and Victoria – for some reason I remember them playing this song: “Until the night closes in…” (seems to capture the general La Perla experience nicely), spotted two of my photos on the wall at Call-a-Pizza in Sea Point, Sgt. Peppers in Long St with Johann and Victoria.
  • Had a chat with Victoria, seems RTD2012 created a few ripples.
  • I suspect I spend too much time in the past in my head.
  • Wednesday, woke up in Sea Point, not the best day – visa issues, Mia’s girls relay swimming gala – she swam freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke – Mia’s school won (most points), ribs at the Spur with Francis and Mia – they have a pretty epic play area, dropped the girls at Naulene’s house, sunset walk around Tamboerskloof.
  • SA passports really sucks, could not get a visa quick enough for Startupbootcamp.
  • Thursday, a bit of aquaponics research, awesome sunset walk around Lions Head – it’s been too long, Kloof st conveyer belt sushi, watched Escape Plan… entertaining.
  • Friday, lunch with Cath at Sababa (Bree St), fetched my camera – seems a loose screw blew a fuse rolling around a circuit board, a glass of wine at Brampton with Jan and Werner, fetched Mia, drove to Bettys.
  • Lessons for the week: reliable, cheap and generally available internet access is _still_ a problem in Cape Town.
  • Anton’s “bek, hek, nek” jokes seem to never get old.
  • Satuardy, epic weekend with Anton and family in Bettys, a pretty big wave crashed over Mia, Louise and Anton while near the rock pools, braai, beach time, sundowners on the rocks with Chris, nice dinner, perfect day.
  • Sunday, leg of lamb for Sunday lunch, walked around the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with Mia and Petr, met up with Charl and family at the garden’s restaurant, dropped Petr off at his gran’s house, hake, calamari and chess with Mia at Surfside in Strand, dropped Mia off at Naulene’s house, some photo processing.
  • Appreciate the little things – like a fully charged toothbrush.
  • Happy to have my camera back. I seem to average about 150 albums (moments worth taking a camera to) per year – a bit sad that I missed the recent Amesterdam moments, but maybe also a nice reminder to keep taking photos.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

A’DAM…

A'DAM

Amsterdam

  • Week of 10-16 Feb.
  • Monday, woke up in Dublin at 7:00ish, death warmed up, bus ride to the airport, my DSLR died, Jacques missed his flight, Aer Lingus flight to Amsterdam, train ride to central station, sunset walk around Amsterdam – beautiful city.
  • Tuesday, woke up at the Ibis hotel, met Jordan at the Amsterdam central station, meeting with PayLogic, lunch at a Chinese place, met with guys from Adyen, met with StartupBootcamp Amsterdam, rainy walk to the hotel, frites and mayo, a beer at a Bavarian bar (got the timezone wrong and was a bit early), party at the Paymentwall offices (waitresses in air hostess outfits and baby tigers on display), Heineken seems to be the beer of choice – in metal bottles, a party at some other company function related to the Casual Connect conference – Jordan (who is a bit like the Amsterdam version of Paul Carr without the drinking problem) got in as some bigcorp (could have been PayPal) exec, I got in as Jordan, talked event photography with a pretty photographer from Kiev named Sasha, cold and windy walk back to the hotel, all in all a fun day.
  • Wednesday, up at 6:00, train to the airport, 11 hour KLM flight to Cape Town, watched Rush… pretty good, watched Runner Runner… not bad, Werner fetched me at the airport.
  • It sucks flying through the day – night time flights are much better.
  • Thursday, woke up in Stellenbosch, fetched my car at Paul’s house, omelette at Basic Bistro with Werner, Carlyles with Georg, a beer at Il Leone.
  • Friday, woke up in Sea Point, salad at La Perla with Georg, met up with Paul in Cape Town, Mia’s school swimming gala with Naulene and family, as I arrived Mia started her freestyle heat, but forgot her goggles so swam into the lane barriers – mild sense of humour failure, then she came 2nd in the breaststroke and won the backstroke race – she won the trophy for Grade 2 with the most points in the gala and she was very happy, full moon sunset valentines supper with Mia overlooking the Stellenbosch mountains with a glass of Longridge Chardonnay (JOMO: Georg and Aiden went to Ultra festival).
  • Saturday, woke up on Paul’s farm around 7:00 feeling nicely rested, I made some (photo) backups for the first time in too long, took Mia to Zara’s 8th birthday party in Erinvale, stopped by Naulene’s house, crazy hot day – 45deg, nap, sunset walk with Mia around Paul’s farm, salad, in bed early.
  • Note to self: make Mia drink 1L of water before going to a kids party.
  • Mia liked her Swiss chocolates, tshirt and model KLM plane.
  • Seems Clone Wars Season 6 will be out early in March.
  • Sunday, we watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, omelette at Basic Bistro, met up with Dirk and Jan briefly, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, afternoon with Georg in Cape Town – heat wave in town had to stop for a beer at a few places, La Perla, La Vie, Wakami with Aiden, pizza at Posticino, a great evening swim to cool down.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Geneva and Dublin…

Comedy Club

Comedy Club

  • The week of 3-9 Feb.
  • Monday, woke up in Geneva, bus ride to IMG (business school) in Lousanne, made good progress on my GUST presentation and pitch, semi-final pitches, a moving conversation on the bus ride home, sad to read about John’s car accident.
  • For some reason I can’t seem to force my Macbook wifi radio to 2.4Ghz – just could not get it to connect on 5Ghz to a Cisco AP. Painful.
  • They seem to really like their bread in Geneva.
  • Tuesday, SSW final at CICG, long trade show day, met a lot of people – from Spain, France, Dubai etc. – also a pretty French girl – who was interested in Bitcoin, QS, JOMO (digital detox) and AfrikaBurn, Flitto won SSW (a 9 year overnight success) – Simon (the founder) is an awesome guy, watched a pretty epic documentary about ten years of Alibaba.com, dead tired, drinks with the SSW people at Scandals, ended up at a Hookah lounge in the red light area of Genava with some of the other SSW founders: an Armenian guy from Dubai (Rafael) and two guys from Denmark living in Thailand – and a London based R&D guy for Visa – who says he read about GUST a while ago.
  • “The biggest risk in life is not taking any risk.”

  • 40% of the SSW founders were not from the country they represent, many of them were on startup 2 or more.
  • It was great to meet the SSW team and all the founders – good network, which I think was the real value.
  • Geneva: wax museum with a pulse.
  • Note to self: preparing for these startup pitching events takes a lot of time, some of these guys have been working on their pitches for months. I hope I did a good job at representing Cape Town and SA.
  • Wednesday, walked to the Lift14 conference at CICG, finally managed to sit still for the first time in 4 days and fully charge my laptop and phone, tired, very cool talk about (not) hiding complexity and our relationship with devices by @alexislloyd from nytlabs, tram ride, steak at Le Relais de l’Entrocote with Thomas and Casper – Thailand sounds pretty cool, taxi ride, an iki beer (with green tea) at Lola’s bar with the SSW crew.
  • Lots of hot woman around Lift14 – in a non-obvious way, the geeky designer types.
  • Had a long chat with a KDE hacker about Xorg, Wayland and Mir. Interesting. In summary: you probably want to keep your Macbook for one more year before thinking of switching (back) to Linux. At least Intel has committed to Wayland.
  • Thursday, last (full) day in Geneva – first sunny day, Lift14 day2 (future of work session), walked passed the ITU building, played with an Oculus Rift, attended the LEGO serious play workshop (built a “my nightmare date” LEGO model), Indian food with the SSW crew – chats about Jolla phones (I want one), South Korea, xmas lights powered by sprouts, a goodbye Leffe Draught at Duke Pub with Thomas.
  • Rabbit. Carrot. Pistol. (Rock. Paper. Scissors.)
  • DFTBA
  • Realised again that language can be a bitch – a real barrier.
  • Friday, very cold and wet walk to the train station, train to the airport, SAS flight to Copenhagen, watched The Great Gatsby… meh – the brunette was hot, awesome salad and a Carlsberg in Copenhagen, flight to Dublin for Jacques’ birthday weekend, met Jacques in the passport queue at the airport, thank you Ireland for not needing a visa, bus ride into town, found our hotel, cold and wet walk to Temple Bar for some live traditional Irish music, some Connamera Irish single malt.
  • Very little fear of flying at the moment, which is good.
  • The NSA is sitting on the biggest set of useful online dating data.
  • Saturday, hotel breakfast buffet, Dublin (hop-on-off city) bus, Guinness factory tour, had an idea to grow aquaponic hops, a great tasting Guinness at gravity bar, bus ride to the Jameson factory, watched some of the Ireland vs Whales game over an Irish coffee, met Pletz for a drink, good show at the International Comedy Club, Nando’s.
  • Seems Bram Stoker used to write children’s books, until he got married.
  • Jacques is planning on becoming a shake and bake house husband – remotely, in under three weeks. Level 9 skills.
  • Jacques reminded me that Naulene got herself some other valentines date in 2008, while we were still together. Strange but true.
  • Sunday, bacon and eggs brunch with Jacques, walked to the train station, Bitcoin chats on the way to Pletz’s house (who we know from Stellenbosch underwater hockey days), we missed our stop, Pletz fetched us, catch-up and braai, awesome family day, more than one Jameson, train back to the city, out and about.
  • I’m happy we waited a year with Mia’s immunisation shots.
  • Children are awesome.
  • Lessons of the week: 1) no chance of getting international funding for an SA business 2) find and join a well respected startup accelerator.
  • I really liked Dublin. Nice vibe. Good fun.
  • Big thanks to Seedstars World team, Jacques and Pletz.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Homeless…

Geneva

Geneva

  • Monday, gym, vitB shot, started packing, drove to Somerset West to give Mia her maths workbook, packed The Death Star in Ziploc bags.
  • Tuesday, gym, backups – before going travelling for two weeks make sure you have five backups in four locations, fetched my passport/visa in Cape Town, had a Whopper with Werner (the complete opposite of the regular Zucchini’s lunch), lots of last minute things to sort out before leaving, packing to move (FML!), Paul and Janna popped over.
  • Moving house + mom heart attack + startup negotiations + startup competition and overseas trip plannnig… *sigh*.
  • Wednesday, up at 5:00, moar packing, moved my stuff to storage – everything still fits in 3x3x2.5m fairly easily, found a 3 page diary entry Naulene wrote about a day walking around Cape Town with Ernst and a walk up Lions Head with Ernst and me – a great day (25 Sept 2005) – I still have the photos, watched Mia’s swimming training at school – backstroke day – she’s making good progress, we went shopping for a shammy swimming towel and a bigger swimsuit for Mia, had some red wine biltong (very good), ninja ice cream, Helderberg (strawberry) farm visit – Mia played in the sprinklers and managed to get very wet, I took some 1/8000sec water droplet photos, we had supper at the new Greek restaurant near the farm – George’s, the usual tasty meze stuff followed by (a bit too) exotic dishes (White Bait and Baby Octopus legs – which Mia ordered), dropped Mia at Naulene’s house with three bags full of (pre 5yo) toys, dead tired, watched some Top Gear in an empty house.
  • The idea of spending an afternoon with Mia after all the packing and moving was good motivation.
  • Note to self: do not move house and pack for two weeks overseas on the same day.
  • Thursday, woke up in a sleeping bag, bought three AfrikaBurn tickets, packed up my kitchen – which took longer than planned, Werner helped me move my last stuff to storage, interesting feeling being homeless, a burger and a bottle of unfilted Fleur De Cap Chardonnay at De Oewer with Werner, dropped my car off at Paul’s house, Bitcoin meeting with Jan and Werner in Claremont – I guess that was the first meetup of/about the South African Bitcoin Foundation (a bit meh), Jan dropped me off at the airport, killing
    time with G&D’s (Gin and Dry Lemon) at the airport wondering if I packed everything, KLM flight to Amsterdam at 0:25, fairly comfy flight – got some sleep.
  • Almost 40deg in Stellenbosch on Thursday, about 4deg in Geneva on Friday.
  • Friday, woke up over Europe somewhere, watched The 5th Estate (WikiLeaks movie) – pretty good, walked around Schipol airport for a bit, spoke to my mom, KLM flight to Geneva, I was greeted by the SeedstarsWorld people at the airport, found my hostel (after a bit of a train ride and a walk), laptop charge and shower, sunset photography walk around Geneva – followed my nose for about 4 hours – beautiful city, a bit nippy outside, lamb shawarma at a street cafe 8 CHF (~R100) – this city is not cheap, picked up a Wired mag and read it over a beer, met up with the SSW crew at a bar called Les Brasseurs.
  • “Courage is contagious.”, “Revolution is the struggle between the past and the future.” — from The 5th Estate

  • Interesting that Snowden did not use WikiLeaks – but seems so closely tied to them afterwords.
  • Note to self: donate some Bitcoin to WikiPedia and WikiLeaks.
  • Saturday, first day of Feb, woke up in a youth hostel in Geneva, first day of SSW Bootcamp at EPFL in Lausanne, visit to the Rolex Learning Centre – impressive building, mentor sessions, made my presentation from scratch in 30min, first pitching session – some impressive business ideas around, wine tasting evening – nice French Chardonnay, traditional Raclette for supper (three plates of melted cheese with charcuterie and gerkins) at a local restaurant with the Seedstars crew.
  • “The UN of startups.” — about SSW in Geneva, o/h on the bus.

  • Every time I have a text editor open to make notes people ask me if I’m busy coding.
  • Sunday, up early, full day of startup coaching and pitches in Lousanne, beer-ping-pong pitches, in bed early.
  • Good article about the Zappos CEO in Las Vegas in Wired.
  • Looking forward to seeing Jacques in Dublin.

Have a fun week, startup kids.