Monday, made breakfast for Mia, podcast listening school run, gym, swapped an off-site backup hard drive, work, cooked a mean batch of green veggies and avo, power nap while listening to a podcast, sushi at 1890 with Georg in Obs, a white russian at Harvey’s.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, catch up with Nick and Michael at Bootleggers.
I installed the Jolp app for two security guards this week.
Thursday, gym, Green Point Park, office, sunset promenade walk, Mexican food at Heleen’s house.
Placebo is the most powerful force in medicine.
Friday, office, fetched Mia, biltong shopping, watched Avengers: Infinity War at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – nothing special, but the ending was a bit different, book shop, I convinced Mia to eat a salad at Col’caccios in Camps Bay.
In summary: we want vocational education with prestige. A bit like YC – prestige for hacker culture.
Saturday, Granger Bay Market with Mia – less crowded than usual, a walk around the Waterfront, book shop, 50min Facetime Audio chat with Jacques, upgraded the home wifi and swapped out a hotspot, drove to Noordhoek via Chapmans, chicken + sundried tomato + avo pizza at The Red Herring – memories from having that there around 2003 with Ernst, night cap at Harvey’s while Mia shopped laptop covers on Amazon.
How cool is that Buzz Lightyear Apple Watch face?
Sunday, Mia managed a 12h sleep, notes and photo processing, tea and grapefruit, device backups, brunch at gym – gluten free flapjacks, grid area, great swim, Green Point Park, we watched The Dark Knight.
Woke up from a dream with a Counting Crows song in my head.
Tune of the week: Counting Crows – Round Here – I would link to the music video, but it seems super lame. The words of the song are much better imagined. (Side note: play Mr Jones at my funeral one day.)
Monday, school holiday, made omelettes with Mia, drove to Botrivier, Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge at Wildekrans Wineyards, afternoon hike with Mia, pink g&t and pizza at Forage with Mia and Heleen.
Tuesday, public holiday, morning walk around the farm, extended breakfast, drove to Somerset Mall and found Mia some clothes, hair cut, wine tasting and cheese board at Uva Mira, a late afternoon walk around The Lord Charles Hotel garden, oversized chess game on the lawn – which I won, happy hour at St Andrews Pub, dinner at La Vigna while processing photos and notes – and Mia browsed her 17k kids photos, fun adventure.
Wednesday, hotel breakfast at The Lord Charles with Mia, short school run, catch up with Dirk at Waterstone WW Cafe, back to Cape Town, work, drinks at Bootleggers with Nick and Michael, notes processing and blogging.
Thursday, gym, walked to the office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk around Sea Point, read a batch of articles and stories about Larry Harvey, happy hour at Burger and Lobster with Paul, Tammy and Darryn’s going away drinks at Tigers Milk – off on a remote working adventure – very cool, Anton’s house.
Friday, office, Startup Chile: negative, dinner with Heleen.
Saturday, gym, pre-drinks at Tigers Milk, Goldswindler J00F Fifth Element party at Reset (old ERA) with Georg, Anton and Ollie, great fun – we all had Corbin Dallas tops on and I made a Multi Pass, 35k steps, time well spent – thanks for organising Georg!
Monday, rainy day, walked to the office, watched Tom Raider at the Waterfront – not bad, Mexican food at Heleen’s house.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Steve Jobs
Tuesday, work, gym, extended promenade walk with Nick, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg.
The Cape Town water crisis in short: The city’s population doubled with no extra water infrastructure projects developed by national government over the last 30 years. Planning for the Berg river dam began in 1989. It’s the most recent water infrastructure project and holds about 14% of Cape Town’s water resource. 100% growth in population with 14% growth in water resource. We had less rain than usual for three years – but this was predicted for years. Local government did nothing and had no plan. They made it seem like the solution was for residential users to use 50 litres per person per day – while agriculture was using a big share of the remaining water. Fear, uncertainty, doubt. Really bad communication from the City of Cape Town. Very late and weak plans to invest in desalination (which probably failed because of mismanagement). Then, recently… agriculture stopped using the remaining water resources and it started raining again. Problem solved? Hmm. Well, now people leave the loo yellow, and many houses have greywater systems, and ways to collect rain water. All in all, probably a good thing to have changed people’s habits around water use, but… it’s clear government is useless and the problem is not going to go away.
“It’s significant because the crisis was actually precipitated by a standing ruling that farmers were entitled to 60% of the water from the THEEWATERSKLOOF dam and 40% for human consumption. While there was unrestricted consumption by people, the agricultural sector simply matched that consumption by drawing on their former 60% entitlement unendingly. In the face of imminent depletion of the reservoirs, the water bureaucrats were forced to reevaluate the 6/4 ratio allocation policy. This policy blindly placed agricultural consumption before human consumption.”
Wednesday, walked to the office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, nap, dinner at Heleen’s, lots of rain!
The incentives always win.
“Moderation is the only thing worth doing in moderation.”
Thursday, gym, omelette with Dirk, fetched Mia, drove to Cape Town, took a walk at the end of the cable car road, giant mushroom burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, ice cream at Moro in Long Street, time well spent.
Be more productive.
The struggle for interestingness.
When did you get these technologies? It’s probably been more eventful than you remember. Always on internet: 1999, ADSL: 2002, Macbook: 2003, WiFi: 2003, Linux Virtual Machines: 2005, WordPress: 2006, Facebook: 2007, iPhone: 2011 (a bit late maybe), SSD and retina screen: 2015, Gigabit fibre at home: 2017.
Friday, public holiday, Waterfront, gluten free carrot cake, clothes shopping for Mia, sunset promenade walk, watched The Dark Knight Rises again on Netflix – great movie.
Life is about acceleration, not speed.
Saturday, world championship 4 egg decadent exotic mushroom omelette cooking, Cape Town city walk with Mia, kombucha at the Labia to start our walk, coffee at the Company Garden Cafe, down Long Street, Bloody Mary at the Grand Daddy rooftop bar, soccer fan-walk bridge, De Waterkant, shoe shopping for Mia – found her a pair of size 8 trail running shoes, sunset drinks and snacks at Heleen’s house with Georg.
Wednesday, the Jolp YC application was not successful – received the famous YC rejection email – amor fati, walked to the office, dev meeting, website tinkering, was feeling a bit slow from the fasting so I had a nap, late night promenade stroll.
Thursday, fasting day 4, work, gym, late afternoon podcast promenade walk, Green Point Park walk, big dose of collagen, game steaks and veggies at Hussar with Heleen – good refeeding after my fast.
Friday, gym – phone battery died – the gym is a strange place without podcasts in your ears, office, omelette for lunch with Nick, a drink at Van Hunks with Anton, Chris and Pierre, pizza at Da Vinci’s.
Saturday, omelette brunch at Bootleggers, La Vie with Paul and Shelley – good fun.
Monday, braai meat for breakfast, office, lunchtime walk, BIA machine, free smoothie at One Juice, photo processing, biltong shopping, wine drinking session disguised as a meeting at Nick’s.
Tuesday, 1g of asprin, office, Cool Ideas meeting, audio book promenade walk, nap, salad at Primi in Camps Bay with Heleen, we watched Lenny, Andrew, Steve and Me at The Theatre on the Bay – good show, always liked that venue.
Funny how quickly 10Mbps internet became slow. You must have at least 200Mbps now, kids. 😛
Teraco in the news – I remember adding the “Data Environments” part to the name. To be honest, I never really liked the Teraco name, nobody knows how to pronounce it, but it seems to work well enough.
Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, catch up with Ian, omelette for lunch, Kloof Corner hike with Nick (was not brave enough to walk with the tourists up Lions Head), sunset walk on Camps Bay beach – watch the sun set from my favourite spot, 20k steps, great salad at Col’caccios, cheese and wine with Wouter and Maria, time well spent.
Thursday, mobility routine, made an exotic mushroom omelette with emmental cheese, audio book walk to the office, stayed at the office till after dark, made a veggie Thai green curry with Heleen.
The Sapiens audio book is excellent.
Desire creates suffering.
Friday, wrote a blog post for the Jolp app launch, office, catch up with Warwick, health hacking meetup with Nick and Ian in Gardens, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s and some random blogging, watched Colossal at the Nouveau movies at the Waterfront – strange but interesting movie.
Dear Mia, you kinda have your own app now, have a listen, hope you like it. (-:
Saturday, breakfast at La Vie, fetched Mia from a sleepover party, free smoothies, found Mia some new shoes, watched Ready Player One 3D at Cape Gate – very entertaining, Rossouw made an apricot oxtail potjie at Jacques’ house – which was excellent, we slept of over at Jacques’.
Sunday, photo processing and playing with Jacques’ dog, oxtail for brunch – ultimate keto collagen meal, helped Jacques with his gardening (urban farming project), we drove to Elgin – while listening to the Wood Wide Web episode using the Jolp app – I think Charlotte liked the story, wine tasting (and buying) at Oak Valley with Jacques and Marietjie, wine tasting at Charles Fox, late lunch at Old Mac Daddy Food Barn with some Oak Valley chardonnay – yum, afternoon walk with Mia, in bed early – Mia slept in the Airstream caravan, fun weekend, time well spent.
I really hate it, when people send me calendar invites, via email, without first communicating some context about a meeting – what’s the agenda? does the day and time suit you? maybe you should just read the documentation? maybe you have the wrong person?
First COMMUNICATE with somebody, then figure out if a meeting is needed, then agree a meeting date and time, then – send the ical file… sending a meeting invite and then having somebody reject it seems super lame.
99.8% of the time I’m actually happy to manage my own calendar, but if you send me a calendar invite .ics, ical, it will live happily next to the item I already added. I guess there is a small chance I screw up the timezone, so if you are flying in for this meeting, please send a calendar invite. Thanks bro.
Yeah, I should probably not drink wine and blog, but that’s the point of the strong opinions series, you get to strongly disagree with me. (-:
ps. a close second is probably sending winmail.dat attachments. Don’t do that.
When you get something done, just respond with: “done.”, quickly.
Somebody ask you to fix something small?, do it now, respond quickly. Somebody waiting for an invoice to get paid?, don’t pay it and make them check the bank statement, just tell them it’s done. Somebody ask you to configure something, do it, confirm with: “done.”.
This is different to responding to every email with a “Thank You”, that’s pretty pointless.
Get shit done, close the loop, move on. Don’t send extra fluff.
Wax museum with a pulse, Bakoven and a Table Mountain hike…
Week of 2-8 April.
Monday, public holiday, hotel breakfast in Hout Bay, stopped at Oudekraal on the way back to Cape Town, Company’s Garden Cafe, Wellness Warehouse in Gardens, watched The Post at The Labia – excellent movie, photo processing, sunset promenade walk to Clifton with Heleen, extra hot vindaloo curry at 91.
Tuesday, bulletproof mushroom coffee, work, gym, Van Hunks with Georg and Anton, dinner at Nick’s.
Wednesday, Jolp iOS app testing, took Heleen some flu meds, walked to the office, lunchtime walk and salad, lots of audio book listening, website content pondering, blog tinkering.
Wheat domesticated sapiens, and not vice versa. Listen to the Sapiens book.
Thursday, mushroom omelette, bit of a blur of random work, gym, last minute Morcheeba ticket shopping, Theatre on the Bay ticket shopping, game steaks and veg at Hussar (Kudu, Eland, Wildebeest) and a bottle of La Motte Rouge – dining alone again – great meal, a whisky at La Vie with Anton, Werner and Anton.
Stoic training: co-parenting with an irrational person.
Liberty vs equality – the primary modern political debate.
I’ve been doing more dead lifts – lower weight, more reps.
Friday, mushroom coffee, mobility routine, work, I made an exotic mushroom omelette for lunch, drove to Hout Bay with Heleen, pizza at Posticino’s, Morcheeba at Kirstenbosch – wax museum with a pulse – rather average, martini at Harvey’s.
Morcheeba at Kirstenbosch review: It was nice to see the original vocalist perform. The pre-act was lame elevator music. Morcheeba kinda never got going – not bad – but boring and lots of slow tracks… then about half way in they say: everybody get up let’s dance – play one song with a beat and then go back to a boring song – which was my queue to get out of there. Maybe I was expecting something different after the recent Pixies show at that venue. But, I still have a phone, so I should probably be happy.
“Occured to me later that the crowd would probably be full of girls in their mid-to-late 30s and early 40s who had probably given up on all expectations of men by now.” — Paul, about the Morcheeba show
Saturday, Granger Bay market, Waterfront, watched 7 days in Entebbe at the VIP cinema – good movie, promenade walk, sunset bubbly on the big Bakoven rock with Heleen, failed at finding something to watch on Netflix.
“I only fear a life without meaning”. — 7 Days in Entebbe.
Sunday, up before 7:00, Table Mountain walk with Heleen – pipe track, up Kasteelpoort, coffee by the reservoirs, a glass of wine at the cable car station, 20km hike, 27k steps, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, nap, sunset braai on Heleen’s deck, took some glutamine and three types of collagen, slept like a baby, time well spent.
I now have a Cable Card. I’ll have to go for more hikes soon.
Friday, helped Al install a router, rainy day, walked through the company gardens, breakfast for lunch at Jarryd’s with Heleen, catch up with Michael and Nick at Tiger’s Milk in the CBD, promenade walk with Heleen, Strolla, sundowners at The Radisson, watched The Darkest Hour at the Waterfront Cinema Nouveau – not bad.
We’re busy testing the Jolp iOS app. Should be available in the next few days. Go like the Jolp social pages.
Saturday, gym, last minute hotel booking, drove to Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak Hotel, beach walk, brain food at Mariner’s Wharf, ate a Lindt dark easter egg bunny, watched War Dogs again – epic movie, 10 hour sleep.
Sunday, hotel breakfast, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Monkey Valley visit, Smitswinkel Bay stop, drove to Simon’s Town via Cape Point, mussels at Bertha’s, wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards – cool venue, hotel pool deck nap, epic sunset views, beach walk, pizza at Posticino’s, a Famous Grouse, time well spent.
Sense of relief not worrying about going to AfrikaBurn this year.
YC announcement is on the 18th at 07:00 SAST.
Successful Easter weekend – feel like I managed to escape Little Tel Aviv and experience a few diverse places. Nice little reboot. Time well spent.
Sunday, moar backups, exported 17k photos for Mia – all Mia’s photos from 2005 – she asked for photos on her laptop, gym, made a big bacon and eggs breakfast for lunch, afternoon franeuring walk through Green Point Park, flushed my Pocket reading queue (of 66 articles), sunset walk, zaatar humus shopping, blogging with a Singleton, time well spent.
My full digital footprint from the last 20 years fits in just over 1TB… the stuff I care to keep, mostly photos and email backups.
Monday, gym, office, I got an Android phone for testing the Jolp app, nap, post-sunset promenade walk.
Tuesday, up early, misty morning, took a walk around the neighbourhood, Bootleggers, nagged Bienne to listen to two Radiolab podcasts, worked at home, extended sunset audiobook promenade walk.
The adventure will provide.
Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, omelette for lunch, watched Downsizing at the Waterfront VIP cinema with a Johnny Black – arrived exactly on time, after all the ads – interesting movie – bought some Sunbird Rooibos tea, helped Heleen with her Heavy Chef presentation making at La Vie – well, not sure I actually helped, but I had a White Russian.
Started taking Glucosamine. Seems like a good idea, so far.
People who extend their fingers outward to scroll down on their laptop trackpads really need to ponder some basic ergonomics. Your screen is not your trackpad.
Thursday, gym, work, tinkered with an Android phone custom ROM – installed the Jolp Android app, Heavy Chef at Workshop 17 – Heleen’s presentation went really well, Harvey’s, gluten free pizza.
I installed LineageOS 14.1 on a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android 7.1). Install KingoRoot Apk > Install TWRP app and flash new recovery image > copy lineageos.org and Open Gapps images to /sdcard with adb via USB cable – reboot with vol-up+home+power and install both. That only took me 2 hours to work out. Android is special.
Friday, fetched Mia after her camp, afternoon at Dirk’s new house, 1kg ribs at Da Vinci’s with Mia, Moro gelato in Long Street, time well spent.
The most important thing for startups: progress.
Saturday, we walked to the Granger Bay market for breakfast, book shop – found Mia two books: Ready Player One and Atlas Shrugged (that should keep her busy), watched Black Panther at the VIP cinemas – it was okay, clothes shopping for Mia, sunset promenade walk with Mia, ribeye steaks at The Shop (used to be Buzbey).
Sunday, fruit salad breakfast, backups, Mia played camera operator and we recorded a 1min Jolp video – featuring my retro ZX Spectrum tshirt from Camden Town, some iMovie tinkering, some website tweaks, some YC application editing, Glen Beach and Camps Bay beach walk with Mia – 10k steps, pizza at Col’caccio Camps Bay, Mia finished reading Ready Player One, productive Sunday, time well spent.
We overestimate what we can accomplish short term, and we underestimate what we can accomplish long term.