I’m trying to see if I can do a 10kg transformation (muscle gain + fat loss) in 3 weeks. It’s a bit nuts, but let’s see.
Monday, podcast walk to the office, busy day, left the office after dark, phone chat with Mia, keto supper, some reading.
I think my t-shirt should say: hacker for good.
Tuesday, up early, TiTea, gym, visited the #TableTopTuesday crew at Strolla again – catch up chats with Max, Dave and Heleen, office – two interviews, haircut at Wim Coiffeur – probably the best haircut I’ve ever had – like something out of a Wes Anderson movie, sunset walk to Clifton, cooked a healthy veggie meal for Wouter and Zander, tinkered with a blog post, read a book.
Wednesday, 24h fast day, swim, steam bath and cold showers, Lean Startup Coffee at Truth, catch up chat with Max and Max and Chregan at Origin, office, rainy day run back to my car, did some reading about co-living trends, I updated my Health Hacking posts.
What are you hungry for? (not a food question)
By recording everything you are missing everything.
I’ve been trying a few different podcasts. I like Bulletproof Radio.
Thursday, office, interviews, updated the Octotel website and wrote a newsletter for the ISPs, we installed 100Mbps fibre for Pieter vH – he sounded super happy, dinner with the Treeshake Network at Mr Chan in Sea Point – cool group of people – Dave, Heleen, Johann, Tim etc – super geeky, always nice to be around smart people, good fun.
Dave had an interesting comment, he thinks it’s actually good to be a bit jaded with your day job.
Ketosis is the new Linux – I sat next to a guy who has been on a keto diet for 6 years – obviously a Slackware kinda guy.
INBOX ZERO! – it’s been a while.
Friday, TiTea with turmeric and matcha, gym, a few cold showers, office, I ran out of podcasts to listen to, fetched Mia, our usual biltong stop, drove to Cape Town, cocktails and mocktails and cheesecake at Strolla with Georg and Mia, Mia and I went to go see My Fair Lady at Artscape – all dressed up, good fun.
Saturday, Mia and I attempted to go and open a bank account for her again at Standard Bank – Thibault Sq – rocked up with all the right paperwork, but no – brain dead logic, matcha flapjacks with coconut blossom sugar and a raw organic cacao jar at Sheckters RAW organic – yum, BIA machine visit – Mia is now 156cm 46kg, device upgrades and backups, nap, Mia made a birthday card for Georg, we fetched Anton from Van Hunks, Georg’s 40th birthday party at Ricks with all the usual suspects, lots of fun, thanks Georg – happy birthday, time well spent.
Sunday, tea, Day of the Tentacle Remastered – such a cool game, sunny winters day, Mia watched old Hardy Boys episodes while Michael and I did some aquaponics hacking – we ditched the bell siphon idea and finished all the plumbing – works well now, I cooked a super healthy lunch with some keto mousse, nap, cocktails and mocktails and pizza with Georg and Al and George at La Vie, more keto mousse, we watched The Royal Tenenbaums again (and skipped a few scenes), Mia really liked it, kinda forgot to iron Mia’s school clothes – bad dad.
Fun weekend with Mia.
“I’m not talking about dance lessons. I’m talking about putting a brick through the other guy’s windshield. I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up.” — Royal Tenenbaum
Robotics, Wes Anderson movies and writing in bars…
Week of 11-17 July.
Monday, dropped Mia off at an EDRO robotics workshop in Woodstock with some left-over pizza as a snack – winning at this dad thing, office, fetched Mia from robotics, a healthy lunch at Suprette, sunset walk to Clifton with Mia, more Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, a drink at Caprice and more IJFA while I updated my blog, Col’caccio’s with Mia and Dan – we chatted farming and off-grid living.
Tuesday, Earl Grey tea with Mia at Superette, dropped Mia off at her robotics workshop, bumped into Dave and Max and had a chat at Strolla (TEN / Treeshake Network), office, fetched Mia, paleo lunch at Food Fitness Factory in De Waterkant and some plumbing supply shopping, tea with Eugene, some aquaponics tinkering with Michael – we added a snorkel to our bell siphon design – needs more work, Mia finished her Indiana Jones game – cool ending.
“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein
Wednesday, dippy egg soldiers with Mia at Superette, dropped Mia off at robotics, catch up chat with Max at Rise, Angelberry stevia froghurt around the Civic Centre, wayleave meeting at the City transport department, office, sunset promenade walk (10k steps).
You hunt, I’ll gather. I read this and I thought, somehow we’ve build a society where it does not make rational sense to have children.
Thursday, podcast drive to the office, pastrami breakfast at Kleinsky’s at 13:00ish, had a Newlands Spring Passionate Blond craft beer at Savruga in the Waterfront – I sat at the bar and typed up this Mindful Hedonist article which I’ve been meaning to write for ages with a Drive movie soundtrack.
“The new needs friends.” — Anton Ego
Friday, up early, gym – seems my wrist has healed again, office, Mondiall burger with Jacques and Niel, vitamin shopping, after work drinks on the roof, back to the Savruga bar for some writing – when the barman start to know you…, Cape Town Club with Philippa and friends, Ricks with Al, Hilah and Josh, Van Hunks.
Saturday, woke up at Hilah’s house, breakfast and Bloody Marys at Manna (the whitest place in Africa), took a walk down Kloof Street and had Porn Star Martinis at Asoka, we went on this mission to find Outrage of Modesty, House of Machines, Alexander Bar, dropped Hilah off, in bed early, watched The Royal Tenenbaums again – after listening to the soundtrack in the car over the last few days. Nice to hang out with Hilah, time well spent.
Sunday, super chilled day, sunset promenade walk with Paul, drinks at Winchester Mansions with Hilah and Paul, phone chat with Mia, watched Life Aquatic again.
Monday, my birthday, podcast walk to the office, lunchtime walk, quick catch up with Paul (who was having tea at our house when I arrived home) – somehow it felt like the end of a very long weekend, fixed my bicycle, took a sunset bike ride with Philippa along the promenade (my first cycle since I fell on my face at AfrikaBurn), we stopped for a drink at Strolla in Bantry Bay, dinner at Tash’s house with Philippa (Little Tel Aviv alpha female club) – chats about keto diets, birthday cupcakes with a candle to blow out – thanks! – had to cycle up the hill in the cold to get home – makes you feel alive I guess.
I might soon expand my dinner conversation past a) growing vegetables without soil, and b) eating only fats and protein.
Seven new people started working at Octotel this week, two in our office.
I bought some adventure games for Mia (and me) on Steam: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, LOOM, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Grim Fandango Remastered, The Dig… all for ~R175. Bargain.
“I want to be proud of what I do.” — Tash, about careers.
“Cocaine enthusiasts soft rock.” — Paul, about Fleetwood Mac
Tuesday, rainy day, podcast drive to the office, lunch special at Goloso with Pieter – we chatted innovation games, some blogging and red wine on a cold rainy night at Shin Thai, in bed early.
Wednesday, podcast drive to the office, catch up chat with Joseph, some aquaponics tinkering at home with Michael – Anton joined us, after I bumped into him on a promenade cycle – the new pump works much better.
Thursday, podcast drive to the office, Shrek flapjacks for lunch, fetched Paul, awesome Chardonnay tasting at Caroline’s in Strand Street – including four Grand Cru French Chardonnays, Paul’s birthday dinner at Hussar Grill in Mouille Point with Al and some great red wines.
I generally think I get a bit grumpy round about this time of winter.
Friday, some strange and interesting lucid dreaming, podcast drive to the office, interviews, a quick lunch with Paul, fetched Mia, we got some biltong, fetched Mia’s phone, a walk around Jan Marais Park in Stellenbosch – I figured I was a bit tired of the snow globe by the sea – so we should hang around the snow globe in the winelands for a while, a drink at Stomme Jonge, a drink at De Warenmarkt, calamari and tiramisu at De Cameron (old favourite) – a few interesting dinner questions, back to Cape Town, Wouter made hot chocolate, Mia and I played a bit of Grim Fandango, 11h sleep.
“If you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future. If you’re at peace, you’re living in the present.” — Lao Tzu
“Bad decisions make good stories.”
Saturday, more Grim Fandango Remastered, Shrek flapjacks at Sheckters RAW organic gourmet with Mia (Matcha flapjacks), a sunny promenade walk – general Ward 54 snow globe thing to do on a sunny Saturday, I did some aquaponics tinkering while Mia played Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis again – I managed to get most of the plumbing done after Michael dropped off some parts, another one of Paul’s birthday dinners at Charango in Bree Street – Mia took her laptop along and played more IJFA – the tuna tacos were really good, 11h sleep.
Nice hanging out with Mia. She’s cool.
Mia says her spirit animal is a chameleon.
Sunday, mid-winter summers day, tea, IJFA, I introduced Mia to Shazam and installed a few apps on her phone, lunch at The Camps Bay Retreat with Mia – she linked it – she forgot to save and had to play a big part of the game again – which I think was cool – she could have just quit, Al joined us for a beer, a walk around the garden with Mia, an epic nap, nice sunset, fetched some certified docs from the Camps Bay Retreat (which Al brought, and I forgot), pizza at Col’Caccios in Camps Bay with Mia – Mia preprepared four dinner questions and they were very good – including: What things did our civilization do wrong?, gelato, time well spent.
Yeah, this post is late, had a bucket load of notes to process.
Monday, dropped Mia off at a school thing (she arranged a sleep over with a friend), gym, sauna, cold showers, podcast drive to the office, a walk around the Waterfront, a Newlands Spring beer at Quay 4, moules frites winter special at Den Anker with Paul – very good mussels and Belgium blonde beer, chats about how love needs to be a struggle and how Cape Town girls are probably too busy for dating because they are making cat suits at home, gelato, time well spent.
I finally caught up with listening to all the episodes of the Tim Ferriss show.
“It’s profoundly counter-intuitive for us to think of ourselves as mad. We seem so normal and mostly so good to ourselves. It’s everyone else who is out of step… and yet maturity begins with the capacity to sense and, in good time and without defensiveness, admit to our own craziness. If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.” — Alain de Botton
Tuesday, woke up at 3am in my work clothes – you would think I’m grown up enough to not do this kind of thing anymore, podcast walk to the office, lunchtime walk – found a heater for the aquaponics farm, ice cream sandwich from Crumbs & Cream, left the office after dark, winter special dinner at La Boheme with Gery, Wouter and Stephen… nice to see Gery – he still wears both his AfrikaBurn wristbands – nice Dorrance Chardonnay, tiramisu, time well spent.
“You have to enjoy your life. Life is an adventure.” — Gery
Wednesday, I was feeling a bit under the weather, coffee with Gery, dropped some stuff at storage and fetched Mia from the movies, aquaponics shopping at Builders Warehouse with Mia, got some biltong, storage visit, podcast drive to Cape Town, assembled two metal shelves for the aquaponics farm with Mia, we watched That Sugar Film… worth a watch.
Stephen suggested I look into stretching my pec minor muscles to relieve shoulder tension – so I bought a broom and started doing this in the morning. Works well.
S.O.L.H. – works well as a general disclaimer. It’s fine to change your mind.
Note to self: go get lost in Japan.
Thursday, dropped Mia off for a holiday programme outing – we worked through some interesting questions on the drive there, like – why it’s important to be calm and what it means to be reasonable, drove to Cape Town, interviews, lunch with Philippa at Simply Asia – we solved most of the world’s problems, Techstars Cape Town demo day at The Lookout, Techstars event on the 31st floor of the Absa building with Cath and Paul, Aces with Paul and Laura.
Friday, drove to Hemel en Aarde valley with Paul, stopped for a springbok pie at Peregrine farm stall, braai with Al, Hilah and Paul – Al booked the same cottage as last year, birthday cake and candles – thanks!
Saturday, chocolate cake for breakfast with a Crowded House soundtrack, weekend market at Hermanuspietersfontein, wine tastings at Bouchard Finlayson and Sumaridge with Paul, Al, Hilah and Lientjie, awesome lunch at Creation – eight course food and wine pairing – Michael, the wine maker opened some of their flagship wines for us, Claus and Daniel (aka Sim City and Sim Farm) joined us for drinks at the cottage, Al opened two bottles of Graham Beck Cuvee Clive, fun evening.
The Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnays are nothing short of spectacular.
Note to self: book a house in Hemel en Aarde for my 40th. I still have not been to Spookfontein.
Sunday, took a morning drive with Al, wine tasting at Domain Des Dieux with an Edith Piaf soundtrack with Paul, Fleetwood Mac and Pearl Jam drive to Cape Town – chats about Point Break and a pretty scary story about how one of Paul’s girlfriends actually almost killed him, peperoni pizza at La Vie, phone chat with Mia, super weekend – time well spent.
Monday, podcast drive to the office, aquaponics design chat with Michael, brunch at Kleinsky’s with Paul… Latke Benedict with actual bacon, sunset walk to Clifton and a phone chat with Mia, beginners yoga class at The Yoga Life – pretty cool – I can see why people like it (and the instructor was super hot), sardines and avo for supper.
In fact, the instructor reminded me of Mia’s mother a long time ago. Maybe if she kept doing yoga she would be less angry at the world now.
Wouter gave me one of his prototype yoga mats, one of only three in the world (-:
Note to self: watch a lot of Youtube clips about how all these yoga poses are supposed to work.
I’m kinda taking on more of a marketing role at work soon, should be fun.
Tuesday, took some photos of the office for an article, radio ads meeting, lunchtime walk, investor meeting, swapped a fish tank, tested the pump – I think I need a bigger one, reading and research.
Choose projects you can’t fail at, even if you fail.
Wednesday, TiTea with Turmeric, gym, swim, sauna, cold showers, office, lunchtime walk, Vumatel meeting, MFN meeting, some marketing campaign design tinkering, (hot room) power yoga at The Yoga Life with Hilah – very zen moment after the class was over – they played the music from the plastic bag scene – I think I can get into this, cooked an uber healthy veggie meal at home (which in theory I could all have grown in an aquaponics farm – except for the avo), tinkered with a name for a startup idea but kept getting stuck on a Blade Runner theme.
Power yoga is not for sissies. That room is pretty hot.
“The courage of exploring vs. the commitment to staying.”
Seems fat + fructose causes resistance to hormones that regulate hunger and habit (your mind) trumps the feeling of being full, but a purpose/commitment and mindfulness works to avoid unhealthy food. It’s a mind game.
“Cult and fringe …what the nerds do on nights and weekends.” — Marc Andreesen
I’m starting to think that if you want to build (technology) businesses, you don’t really want a woman in your life. I just find I get so much more useful thinking done. Love is not the answer. Art is.
Create new things. Experience new things.
Thursday, office, catch up breakfast with Gavin – mostly blockchain thinking, VoIP PBX meeting, chats about Soylent diets around the office, bumped into Dave D and took a walk around Bantry Bay with him, epic sunset as we left the office, Michael and I had some beer while operating power tools – to build a bell siphon for our aquaponics farm – we managed to get it working, I cooked another uber healthy supper to mimic what I can grow in an aquaponics farm (but swapped the tilapia for sardines), phone chat with Mia.
Friday, podcast drive to the office, fetched Mia from school – start of the school holidays, lunch at The Millhouse Kitchen at Lourensford with Mia – we had a chat about her school report, dentist visit with Mia – teeth feeling super clean, office, promenade walk with Mia, a drink at La Vie, pizza at Posticino’s with Mia and Philippa (who now has an office in our building) – we did the usual dinner questions – chats about meditation, what is happiness?, why touch typing from a young age is a good idea – and the balance between the courage to explore new things and sticking around, we picked up a selection of dark chocolate on the way home and watched The Last Star Fighter (1984)… wholesome sci-fi classic, Mia liked it.
Open plan offices can be pretty painful if there are 3 conversations going on at once.
He-Man coloured tea is overrated. I like my tea like a 3yo likes it. Milky and creamy, with pasture fed milk, in a bigger than usual cup.
My new theory is that the fat on top of the Camphill milk keeps it fresh. Seems to last 2+ weeks.
What are you most excited about? Which ideas would you die for?
Saturday, tea and reading, introduced Mia to the Headspace app, I explained bell siphons to Mia, Knead with Cath and Mia – we made some keto diet notes, Myog, BIA machine party at the Discovery shop, promenade walk with Cath and Mia – we chatted diets and app ideas, watched the rugby at Pastis with Dan and Claus and Mia – and played some Star Wars Top Trumps, watched My Fair Lady with Mia and Philippa – epic 3 hour classic.
“That’s my profession, also my hobby.” — My Fair Lady
Seems Gery is staying with us for a few days.
Sunday, tea and photo processing, breakfast at Newport Deli with Mia and Wouter, some blogging while we watched The Gremlins (1984)… Mia liked it, Mia watched The Goonies again – I motivated myself to finally (!) sort through my AfrikaBurn crates, sunset promenade walk with Mia, Wouter made a very nice Spaghetti alla Carbonara again, we watched The Gremlins 2, time well spent.
Monday, school run, gym, blogging, city wayleaves meeting, I discovered an AngelBerry shop (froghurt) – try it, office, watched the Apple WWDC event.
I think I’ll wait till September to get an Apple Watch 2.
“Embody what you want your children to embody.”
“Fancy gets broken.”
“Don’t be afraid to show your scars.”
My face seems to be healing pretty well.
Tuesday, breakfast with Elan of SleekGeek fame at Sotano (try the Mediterranean breakfast), civil engineering meeting, catch up chat with Dan, ISP meeting, winter burger special at Engruna with Pieter – we chatted innovation districts and connecting academia and startups, tiramisu.
I bumped into Allan. He said my fasting blog post changed his live. Cool.
“Fewer, better things.”
Winter has arrived in Cape Town.
Tell me about the thing you are most passionate about?
Wednesday, up early, TiTea with Matcha and raw cacao, gym, swim, steam bath and cold showers, podcast drive to the office, breakfast with Nick – we chatted health apps, some aquaponics tank and grow bed shopping with Michael, watched 24h party people… amusing.
My Instagram feed is now CC BY-NC-SA, just because.
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” — Robert A. Heinlein, not that I agree with this, but it seems to be true.
Thursday, public holiday, pet shop and hardware store visit, watched Apocalypse Now (for the first time!)… epic 3 hour movie – how have I not seen this before?, winter special at Goloso (Wouter had a Tinder date over for dinner), tiramisu and some blogging and photo processing.
What is your theme for 2016? It’s probably something you’re already busy with. I’m thinking: health, food and fibre.
Keto tiramisu would be cool. Hmm.
Plans are in motion to build a small aquaponics farm. Michael and I are finally getting around to it.
Thought while watching Apocalypse Now: Get together, get things done, get weird, get outside, experience new things, find adventure.
“What good is a story without zigs and zags?”
Would it sound weird if I say – my life feels strangely together. Might need some misadventures soon. I need to Forest Gump my way into some new and interesting things.
Note to self: get a dog, at some point. Go to Midburn – or Nowhere next year.
Friday, podcast walk to the office, I have a new desktop monitor – pretty cool, got a fish tank pump and some clear pipe, fetched a box of Ethical Co-op stuff, after work beers on the roof terrace and chats about aquariums and fish, some aquaponics book reading and notes making.
New desktop monitor: LG 25UM57, 25inch UltraWide, 21:9 aspect ratio, reasonable price and the pixel size is pretty good.
“Just because it’s futile does not mean it can’t be fun. Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t suck at it.” — Mike Rowe
Seems connective tissue takes 6 months to regenerate – explains why my shoulder and wrist are not back to normal yet.
How often do I journal? Hmm. I never really stop.
Saturday, breakfast at Loading Bay with Wouter and Zander – Zander and I hung out while Wouter fetched yoga mats, I made some Matcha lattes with the most groovy milk in the universe – it even comes in glass jars – Wouter was unimpressed, some notes processing, a Guinness at Ferrymans – watched about 30min of the rugby, a Newlands Spring Passionate Blonde at Sevruga (undercover SAB craft beer – very good – try it), watched The Nice Guys at the Waterfront… good movie – one for the Ryan Gosling fan club – the (flawed) father / daughter theme was cool, a Martini at Mondiall – try the fish tacos – most excellent, tiramisu at Balducci’s.
“2 x Milk, Cow, Full Cream, Raw 1 litre *PET MILK* (in glass jar) – Camphill Dairy (R25.00 each)”
Pro tip: show up 15min late for movies – skip the ads.
“That is the way to learn the most when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” — Albert Einstein
Sunday, rainy day, notes processing and research, TiTea, gym, swim, sauna, massage – neck and shoulders needed it, nice to see Ingi, some Giovanni’s shopping with Wouter – fresh pasta etc, Wouter made an epic Linguine alla Carbonara with real pancetta and Boschendal free range eggs, Paul brought some wine… Neil Ellis Chardonnay and Shiraz, time well spent.
I’ve started a Telegram group to get a few people testing my keto diet ideas.
Health week 2/5. My 4th fast, pretty easy this time actually, water and green tea.
10k steps every day this week.
I started the week at 86.1kg and was 82.2kg on Friday.
Monday, Matcha TiTea, school run, gym – my wrist is better – a cold shower or two, found a Thule Atmos X4 iPhone6S case – I can now drop my phone from about 2m, office, lunchtime walk, green tea, left the office after dark, watched this very hippie movie.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” — Johan, city wayleave meeting.
Wednesday, swim – more like a stretching session and a meditation, steam bath and cold showers, podcast drive to the office, found Mia an iPhone5S – she wanted a white one – very specific about the specs – small hands etc – bit of a delayed birthday present I guess, wayleaves meeting, lunchtime walk, pet shop visit, sunset promenade walk.
I figured out I had bought an old model Atmos X4 case and asked for an updated design case. Thule was really quick in responding. Good service.
My DebConf bio… Lives in Cape Town. Types Dvorak. Uses Mutt. Enjoys Studio Ghibli movies, Campari, and Chardonnay. Teacher of self. Student of life. Geek of health.
Octotel added 11 new buildings this week – landowner consent agreements. The new business dev team is doing well.
I seem to hover around 5mmol/l ketones when fasting, day 2 onwards.
Sitting on about 15k vitality points so far, only 15k to go.
Thursday, office, catch-up chat with Sarah at Workshop 17, researched BIA machines, sunset promenade walk and a phone chat with Ernst, some blogging at home.
Naulene seems to have just stopped all communications for a week, which kinda makes it hard to plan school things for Mia. Some people…
I made it to March 2015 with the TimF show, almost up to date.
Friday, Matcha TiTea, swim, steam bath and cold showers, office, catch-up chat with Greg – pondering getting a BIA machine for the office, did a SIM swap for Mia, fetched Mia, we went on a bit of an adventure to find Philippi Village, bit of a detour getting there – pretty farming area in general, the Philippi Village building is pretty cool – library etc, found the aquaponics farm, I had to phone Pieter to get directions – turns out they changed the sign outside Technopark because I complained about the font – funny enough, I actually drove by there recently thinking – thank goodness they changed that font at the entrance, Mia and I had sliders at Hudsons in Green Point – my first meal since Sunday – walked out of there pretty stuffed, gelato, in bed early.
Hyperventilating in a cold shower after five days of not eating. Makes you feel alive. Try it (-;
“Cultivate empty space.”
Saturday, woke up at about 5:30 for some reason and figured this is a good time to upgrade my main Linode to Ubuntu 16.04, also upgraded to php7, a device upgrade and backups party, we tried to open a bank account for Mia at Standard Bank but they had some brain dead FICA rules – yeah, this ten year old is a big threat – muppets, breakfast with Wouter at the new Baked in Sea Point… not bad, got a new Thule phone screen cover (thanks Richard), Mia and I went to the Waterfront to print her photography competition entry photo (A4) and find her a new phone cover, watched the SA vs Ireland rugby game at Newlands with Pieter and Mia – good fun, Mia’s first live Springbok rugby game, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s and some tiramisu.
It seems some girls are cool enough to want to go to rugby games.
Mia seems happy with her new phone. I added a podcast or two for her to get into.
Sunday, up pretty early again, a bit more sysadminy work – fixed a very annoying mosh segfault issue and had a quick intro to systemd in the process, Zander’s 5th birthday party, a walk around the Waterfont with Mia, kinda got stuck at the L’Occitan shop again, an extended Sunday lunch at Bulducci’s with Mia and Paul, gelato and a stroll around the harbour, sundowners at La Vie with Mia, Hilah, Paul and Al, watched Sneakers with Mia – with some dark Toblerone, time well spent.
Week of 30 May to 5 June …mostly digging up roads and listening to podcasts.
Health week 1/5.
Yeah, this post is late. Notes backlog and not eating. Can’t think of any better reasons right now.
Week of ketosis without fasting, well I skipped breakfast (IF), but I don’t really count that as fasting anymore. Just a change in diet – protein, fat, fibre.
Monday, podcast drive to the office, cholesterol test (like real blood test at PathCare – costs R377 – pretty quick and easy – there is a PathCare in our building), BIA test at the Discovery shop, went to go buy some coconut oil for the office (cold pressed, extra virgin), catch up chat with Jack (Stellenbosch underwater hockey coach) – we’re going to try and test ketogenic diets for underwater hockey players for longer breath hold times, catch up chat with Michael about an education project idea, sunset promenade walk with Dan – we mostly chatted swimming and farming, early supper at La Vie with Dan and a fresh lime and soda (why have I not thought of this drink before?).
Tuesday, TiTea, gym – squats day, my wrist is still not totally happy – I figured 4 weeks of resting would fix it, but I guess not – can’t really bench press, podcast drive to the office, got my cholesterol results (not bad), another BIA data point collected, had a bit of a moment with Naulene again for not taking Mia to the doctor and rather giving her “organic” medicine – she finally took Mia to the doctor – 7 days after she started to vomit and after 4 days of missing school – brain hurt, some GPON lab testing, quick sunset promenade walk, Octotel Mouille Point community information evening, had a broccoli, kale, avo, grass fed steak and keto mousse supper with Wouter… astronaut food.
Cholesterol test results:
Total 6.5 (not great)
LDL 4.3 (not great)
HDL 1.8 (good)
Total Cholesterol to HDL ratio: 3.5 (good)
Kinda woke up thinking, thank goodness I’m over my end of 2014 wobble.
“If there are answers at the back of the book, it’s not a good problem.”
Stating the obvious, but zero alcohol for a few days makes a difference, to sleep quality and mood.
Wednesday, podcast walk to the office, green tea with coconut oil (new IF routine), fetched my new iPhone 6S, city fibre meeting (one of the better ones), walked home for a late lunch, catch up promenade walk with Dan, quick visit to Dan’s new Camps Bay house, early supper of sardines, oysters, avos and keto mousse, I had to make myself a new phone background for some reason, mostly reading and notes processing.
Octotel moved office again (see above). We are now in The Bureaux Black space on the 8th foor (and we still have an office on the 6th floor). Makes way more sense to be on the 8th floor (-:
The iPhone migration was pretty painless, except for having to log into 16 apps again. Meh. Still super impressive that you can, in one day, totally migrate over to a new phone. I can’t say the whole 3D Touch thing is useful (yet), new policy: maximum two screens of apps – without folders – except one folder for all the useless apps you can’t delete. I have to say the iPhone6S is very much on the edge of being too big – if you want to operate it with one hand (yeah – I know about that double tap screen scroll down thing). The camera is great – pretty much makes my little Canon S90 redundant.
Thursday, podcast drive to the office, first morning in the new office, coconut green tea, some GPON lab testing, went to go listen to Pieter’s lecture based on his PhD research in the CBD, took Philippa for a quick tour of our new office and had a late lunch catch up at Knead (omelette at 15:00)- chats about AfrikaBurn, the recent Baxter show and Matcha green tea lattes, epic sunset, I cooked a healthy veg meal at home, chats with Wouter and some keto mousse.
Mia was sick at home from Tuesday to Thursday. Sounds like she read about seven books.
“Innovation = New things that work.” — Pieter
“Get together and get things done.” — Edward Norton
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” — Bob Marley
Friday, TiTea, gym, office, fetched Mia from school, Gardens Centre, I had a haircut while Mia had her first manicure – she walked out with purple nails, found some Matcha tea, food shopping, sunset Glen Beach and Camps Bay walk – Mia had a series of riddles for me to answer – good fun, healthy supper, Mia and I made some keto mousse, we watched Back To The Future Part 2… time well spent.
Our home recycle programme has expanded to include composting.
Saturday, I experimented with making Matcha lattes – pretty good – 1/2 coconut milk – Mia liked it, Mia made us breakfast with a Tyler Swift soundtrack – I introduced her to the new Brandon Flowers, grapefruit, we fetched Cath and went to this dress shop in Bree Street, a visit to Michael’s house in Constantia and a tour of some land soon to be a weekend market, Kamers (at the Castle) with Mia and Cath – not really my vibe, but Mia liked it, pizza at Col’caccio’s in Camps Bay, dropped Cath off at home, Mia and I watched Back To The Future Part 3, sunset walk to Clifton, we watched The Goonies – Mia loved it… really make you crave adventure.
“From the hills of Kyoto comes Matcha, a tea steeped in Japanese lore. Matcha is a finely ground tealeaf that was first used by Zen monks as they believed it invoked mental clarity and physical energy. The Japanese regard Matcha equivalent to 10 cups of green tea. It is the perfect tea for when, just like the monks of old, you need to dedicate yourself to the task ahead.”
Been doing my 10k steps per day. Nice to have some health stats on my phone again.
^5 to the guy/girl who invented the grapefruit knife.
NuMetro finally fixed their iOS app. Was broken for weeks. I had to bug them. Now I can see what’s showing at the pretty much the only cinema I seem to ever go to.
I’m looking for people to test my ketogenic diet ideas. I have two volunteers so far. Do you feel like losing 5kg fat and gaining 3kg muscle in 5 weeks? Get in touch.
I realised this week that I pretty much have a work uniform. Chinos and blue shirts – when I’m not wearing the work golf shirts.
Sunday, we drove to the Root 44 Market with Dan – pretty cool A5 Cab, mini golf, eisbein and Darling Bone Crushers with Dan, Caley, Fred, kids and co, we arrived back home and devoured a bag of grenadillas, sunset promenade walk with Mia, Paul and Philippa, burgers at Hussar / Mouille Point with Mia – usual table – usual batch of dinner questions for Mia – different waiter, in bed early.
I’ve been making lists of dinner time questions for Mia through the week. Some interesting topics so far.
Cape Town Soda: pint glass, ice, juice of one fresh lime, soda, tiny bit of salt. Yeah, I just made up the name, but try it.
I think I should maybe write a TV show. Single dads in tech, with unhinged exes and interesting cooking tips. Sitcom or cooking show?
Have a fun week, crazy kids.
Just for fun, let’s post a zen home screen, I’m sure it will be good for a laugh when looking back at this in a few years…
Monday, woke up in Stellenbosch, tea with Paul, podcast drive to Cape Town, podcast walk to the office, stayed at the office till after dark, it was raining, so I took an Uber to The Odyssey Gastropub, burger special night with Paul and some nice red wines.
Listen to: Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying No to Millions.
“I miss you already, I miss you all day.” — Pearl Jam.
Tuesday, office, ISP meeting, played photographer at Mia’s hockey tournament – she played for the A and B team again – 8 games in total, she scored 3 goals, Hussar burgers – I remember listening to Video Killed the Radio Star – Mia liked it – chats about doing things with passion, art, hockey and virtues, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, drove to Cape Town, in bed early.
I must say, since I’ve been into podcasts, driving is more chilled and slightly less painful.
The new hockey stick seems to work much better. Mia scored a very cool goal. Nice to see her dribble and not just whack the ball up the field.
Wednesday, podcast drive to the office, Dasan GPON gear demo, ISP meeting in the CBD, tinkered with our new office GPON lab, meeting with one of the more technical building trustees we’ve come across, Heavy Chef talk by Adriana Marais about going to Mars (and not coming back), Heavy Chef ~alum dinner at HQ with Dan, Fred, Don and Adriana (alpha female astronaut chats), dropped Don off in Green Point, tried to process some hockey photos, but fell asleep.
Really enjoyed the talk about going to Mars. Living with 1/3 gravity and eating insects for protein could be weird. Growing food on Mars must be a really cool challenge.
Thursday, podcast drive to the office, a beer at La Vie with Michael of Seedstars World fame, Bureaux Black office opening function – bumped into Melissa of Genevieve bubbly fame and had a nice sunset catch up chat, fetched Paul and Hilah, drinks at The Baxter Theatre with Claus and Janey, we watched Life by Rob Van Vuuren – standup comedy – bit of a delay getting in – I liked the part about podcast listening people, dropped Paul and Hilah off at Van Hunks, drove home, caught up on some notes processing, in bed fairly early.
“All I want to know is… how strong is your dagga?” — Rob Van Vuuren, about a bunch of people who bought tickets for the previous night of the show. Paul had the date wrong.
Friday, office, training and diagram drawing session with Conor over three cups of Camphill milk tea, after work drinks with rooftop views, Seedstars World Cape Town at Workshop 17 / Waterfront, a Mondiall wagyu cheese burger – legendary burgers, some photo processing at home.
I’ve been pondering AfrikaBurn project ideas. Nothing has stuck so far. Maybe… a big sign that says: “More life, fucker.” or “In Tyler we trust.” … or maybe build Sim Mars.
1500 FB friends, 982 Twitter followers (negative growth). Took me about 10 months to get the last 100 FB friends.
Saturday, tea and backups, brunch with Cath at the Granger Bay market, received a Telegram from Mia saying “Still vomiting” and had a bit of a moment, health drama number 9 – unhappy phone conversations with Naulene, Waterfront shopping with Cath – kinda got stuck at H&M and L’Occitane – found some Dermastine (apparently that’s better than bio oil, thanks Cath), found some half price cargo shorts for winter, Dog day afternoon at Jason on Loop – gourmet hot dogs and Steph Weiss (reminded me of Christina), good chats with Cath – and a few AfrikaBurn stories, dropped Cath off at her massage, notes processing and blogging at home, for some reason I was 100+ notes behind.
Random podcast notes collection for the week: Dream bigger. Find the courage to do more. You are whoever you pretend to be. Being really interested is remarkable. Scratch your own itch. Do things for the right reason. Hell yeah, or no. Do lots of things, but one thing at a time. The world needs to be jailbroken.
“The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow.” — Ray Bradbury
Sunday, breakfast with Wouter and Zander at Jarryds, not really sure what I did all afternoon, but it involved some organising of things around the house, keto supper experiment (sardines, oysters and avos – followed by keto mousse – with raw cacao and pasture fed cream), sunset podcast promenade walk, an hour long Facetime audio chat with Jacques (in London) – we mostly chatted health challenge ideas and aquaponics, blogging, watched Moon… good movie.
That point where you go screw this and go on a health mission… it’s been rainy and somehow its been a number of days in a row of eating out with wine etc. I have not been to gym in 4 weeks. It’s time. Harajuku moment achieved.
June is going to be a health month. Will track some metrics. Should be fun. Sounds like Jacques is joining the challenge.
Monday, school run, Waterstone gym, Mouille Point trenching project kick off walk, office, a whisky with Wouter, dinner at Hugo and Dennis’ in Clifton with Georg and Excelda – had a bottle of Saxenburg Private Collection Merlot – memories of drinking that around 2003 with Ernst in Bulduci’s, some notes processing.
Three more people joined Octotel this week. 20 people at Octotel now. 18 Active buildings. 6 ISPs connected.
I listened to that Ketosis podcast again – really worth it. 5 day fast every three months.
“There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.” — Thich Nhat Hanh.
Tuesday, office, extended city wayleaves meeting, fibre network design meeting at Jarryds – basically meetings and email for 8 hours, sunset promenade walk, cooked a healthy meal at home, watched 1/2 of King of Kong.
Good hobbies: Discomfort. Ketosis. Immediacy. Squats.
Weeks to death. Some Stoic thinking. I’ve done 420 weeks of weekly blog posts. I have around 1363 to go if I think 65 is a good age to retire. About 3189 weeks until death – if I’m optimistic and stay healthy till 100.
Wednesday, office, Charly’s Bakery chocolate cake for Rob’s birthday, catch-up chat with Michael of Seedstars World fame, a late afternoon breakfast bagel at Kleinsy’s and a catch up chat with Paul, dinner with Yolande at Mondiall, made some keto mousse, watched the 2nd 1/2 of King of Kong… very cool.
“Drowning, in the sea of love, where everyone loves to drown.” — Great lyrics, Sara
“Selina Kyle: It’s the so-called ‘normal’ guys that always let you down. Sickos never scare me. At least they’re committed.” — Batman Returns
Made it to Dec 2015, TimF show.
Just for fun I read my first few Quick Update posts this week. It all started around March 2008. It’s been 8+ years of weekly updates. I started when I was 30 – Mia was just about to turn 2. Seems it took me a month or three to work out the format, by July 2008 it was a weekly day-by-day log – pretty much how it’s been since then.
“Friendship is the most underrated relationship in our lives… it remains the one relation not bound by law, blood, or money – but an unspoken agreement of love.” — Hanya Yanagihara
Thursday, office, drove to Stellenbosch to watch Mia play hockey vs Rhenish, she played for the A and B teams and scored one goal, we went to get a Thule Vectros 13″ MacBook Pro Retina Bumper Case for my laptop (now I can drop it from 1m), we found Mia a new 36.5″ hockey stick, burgers at Hussar Grill in Stellenbosch, I took Mia to the finals of the LaunchLab Ideas 2016 pitching competition – we watched 4 pitches – Mia was a bit unhappy that all four pitches were from boys, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, podcast drive to Cape Town, upgraded the firmware on my SanDisk SDDR-289 USB3 card reader (yes, it’s a thing – it had issues with lots of big photo downloads), made some more dark chocolate keto mousse – this time 1/2 dairy and it worked way better – yum, processed some hockey photos.
Keto Mousse – whip some coconut cream and dairy cream (50/50), dark chocolate cocoa powder, whey protein powder, cinnamon, salt, stevia, freeze for 30min, grate some 90% dark chocolate over it. Basically a fat bomb – tastes good. If I had to live on a 70% fat diet, I could easily have this for dessert every night. I think I should switch to cacao powder (not cocoa).
Friday, podcast walk to the office, Camphill milk (in tea), network automation meeting, lunchtime walk with a NuWhey protein ice cream, after work drinks at the office – nice sunset views from the roof, walked home, sirloin, broccoli, keto mousse, whiskey and a catch up chat with Wouter.
Mia went camping at Tankwa for the weekend, and took exactly one photo – of an AfrikaBurn artwork, see below.
Really annoys me when a photographer puts a random black and white photo in a set. Or keeps two very similar photos in the same set – make up your mind. Can’t help it.
Saturday, reading (meditation book), backups, tea, helped Sam fix a leaking gutter, coconut ice cream, epic nap, took a bunch of photos with the 85mm at Melissa’s 30th birthday party in Stellenbosch, we had a healthy amount of NorCal Margaritas – kitchen drinking with Paul and Milly’s parents – cool party, thanks!
Number one way to eradicate poverty – educate young girls. Maybe a podcast? I talked to Mia about the idea but she was not that keen.
On becoming a student of life… I suspect I’m drowning in self improvement tips. I’ve been geeking out on the Tim Ferris podcast for the last 9 months. It all started when I lost 10kg around August 2015 and managed to get to 10% body fat around October 2015. Now, I feel like I’ve grown into somebody that’s a whole lot wiser – and I know myself much better. Good journey so far. Not sure where it’s going.
As I like to remind Mia, the first step is always to care and be interested. Be really interested.
Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, drove to Paul’s house and chilled on his lawn, Pearl Jam and pizza for supper, a Jamey Black Barrel at Balboa with Paul and Dennis, watched The Departed again – epic movie, weekend well spent.
Complete silence is the revolution.
Life starts feeling kinda disorganised if I’m a week late with a blog post. Hash-tag first world stress. A friend messaged me this week saying “I see you’ve stopped blogging?” – and I was only 4 days behind at that point! I guess I can relax again.
I have decided to swap the photos for these posts – I figure it makes more sense to see the nine square snaps after reading the week’s bullet points.
Ok, off to a hipster weekend market – this post might need some editing.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.