Quick Update

Edge of a new frontier…

Walk
  • Week of 27 July – 2 August
  • Bug out, week 19
  • Monday, growth hacking for the revolution, clubhouse coffee, podcast walk, podcast nap, made soup.
  • “Sail right into the wind, Joe. That’s what you do.” — Aiden

  • I had the best intentions of asking somebody out this weekend – sent a message saying – do you have plans for this weekend? – she said yeah, I’m getting a cat – hmm… cool, cool-cool.
  • Oh bother, I looked at some of my older Quick Update blog posts and I think I’m slacking. Those were way more interesting.
  • Tuesday, clubhouse coffee and morning podcast walk, meeting, afternoon podcast walk, celebrated a growth hacking milestone with a bit of sushi and bubbly – 20k likes, watched Black Hawk Down again – epic movie.
  • Wednesday, designed some billboards – I’m considering a billboard saying ‘In Tyler We Trust’, pizza night.
  • “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” — Steve

  • Thursday, pizza for breakfast, afternoon podcast walk, random tinkering, watched the 2nd half of American Psycho.
  • Friday, watched the 2nd Marhobane interview on Jerm Warfare, clubhouse omelette with Mia, golf gear on special at the pro shop – I think I’m going to start playing golf again, nap, weekly shopping outing to Franschhoek, quick visit to Nikki and Hanrick, made some pasta, G&T, watched Snatch again.
  • Wealth is a side effect of passion.
  • “Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.” — Naval

  • Saturday, nap, sunset walk, cooked some oxtail overnight.
  • Sunday, early morning walk, 14 hour slow cooked Oxtail lunch, we drove to Muizenberg to have dessert at Case Labia with Jacques and family, took a walk on the Kalk Bay harbour wall, sunset podcast walk, tinkered with Facebook ads.
  • Sexual Harassment and You – Saturday Night Live
  • Tune of the week: New Frontier – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Civilization and growth hacking the revolution…

Walk
  • Week of 20-26 July
  • Bug out, week 18 – return of haircuts.
  • Monday, woke Mia up for school and got back in bed, home exec tasks, photo processing and blogging, afternoon podcast walk.
  • Tuesday, meeting, walk, meeting, walk.
  • Wednesday, managed to put out the garbage and recycling just in time – small wins, extended sunset walk with Mia and chats about Marxism, meeting.
  • Thursday, clubhouse breakfast with Mia – while she attended school on her iPad – social science class – she asked for the teacher’s views on an independent Cape – I was impressed with the answer, took a drive to Babylonstoren – while Mia attended school via the car’s wifi, helped Mia with her Afrikaans oral, Paarl Mall, bday present shopping for Elze, Mia had a haircut, Mia optometrist visit – while I had a haircut, La Paris deli carrot cake, extended afternoon podcast walk, watched Youtube live stream.
  • First haircut since week of 10 Feb – can’t really have civilization without haircuts.
  • I suspect Babylonstoren and Noble Hill are the same thing!
  • A good sleeping bag really is rad – useful for winter movie watching and computer tinkering.
  • What’s the most important thing? – adventure? yeah, feels like it at the time, but maybe it’s the story of the adventure.
  • “What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman

  • Is that classical music?
  • How to stop being rich and happy
  • Listen to The Knowledge Project interview with Derek.
  • The lockdown project has almost 20k FB likes now. Kicking ass and taking names. It’s been fun.
  • Updated my Fighting the Commies post.
  • Friday, interesting meeting, afternoon walk, soup, jamey, jacuzzy bubble bath, watched American Psycho again – well maybe half.
  • Saturday, woke up at 07:00 with the lights on – hate it when that happens, house hunting, 6 course lunch and non-alcoholic pairing at La Petit Colombe in Franschhoek with Adrian and Al – Adrian is going to Spain for a few months, woke Mia up from a 15 hour sleep, braai.
  • Stop everything – watch this! Subscribe to the channel.
  • Sunday, woke up at 3am and wrote most of this post, bacon and eggs brunch, watched Parasite – good movie.
  • I recently tried to listen to U2 again – fond memories of their Achtung Baby album – but I just can’t take them serious after they pre-loaded their lame album on iPhones and Bono turned out to be a real chop.
  • I think I’m pretty over lockdown and winter now – need to make a few changes – move house, take on a new project, start mountain biking again, shed a few lockdown kgs.
  • Tune of the week: Monalisa and Mad Hatters – flashback to 2015.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Blah…

Walk
  • Week of 13-19 July
  • Bug out, week 17
  • Monday, had a bit of a moment – cold, bad news from the night before and a hangover, nap.
  • Dear DA, Stop Complaining and Lead the Cape to Independence
  • Tuesday, mid-day meeting, afternoon podcast walk, we made soup, evening meeting.
  • Wednesday, up early, photo processing and weekly blog post, afternoon podcast walk, two video meetings – with some loadshedding.
  • What South Africa can learn from Brexit
  • Thursday, morning podcast coffee walk, sushi night.
  • South Africa’s 3rd Dispensation Pt. 2 – The Rainbow Nation
  • Friday, video meeting, audio book walk, another meeting.
  • Started listening to Hell Yeah or No – Derek’s new book.
  • Saturday, dropped Mia off at a picnic, Waterfront shopping, braai.
  • Sunday, house hunting, weekly shopping outing, home-made pizza, watched Snowpiercer – pretty out there but entertaining movie.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Soet slaap onder sonde…

Winter
  • Week of 6-12 July
  • Bug out, week 16 – seems most of 2020 is going to be locked down
  • Monday, two meetings, morning walk and Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, set up a SnapScan code, it was cold so I took a bath.
  • Tuesday, up early to process photos and catch up with my weekly blog, morning podcast and coffee walk, fetched Mia, weekly shopping outing, video meeting, made supper, watched a Youtube live stream interview.
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day of online school again, woke her up and got back into bed, we made pasta for lunch, afternoon walk, clubhouse Sushi, evening meeting.
  • Watch: Lectric Licks – Afrikaburn 2020 E-compression
  • “I am, at the federal level, Libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a Socialist.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game

  • Thursday, rainy day – so we made pancakes.
  • Jones likes sushi.
  • Friday, cold and wet morning – two hoodies and shorts weather, rainy coffee and podcasts walk, we drove to Stellenbosch to fetch pizza – with a Pink Floyd soundtrack, loadshedding is back – so I could use my battery packs – works well – I have an LED lamp which I can power off DC or AC, watched Game Night – fun movie, watched I, Pastafari – rad doccie – watch it.
  • Heated car seats are rad.
  • Thanks to the ANC for 13 years of loadshedding. Hopeful you will sort this out in a few more years.
  • The pet project passed 10k FB page likes.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, we took a drive to Fhk – for Bastile festival – but it was pretty dead, pizza from Wilderer / Grappa Pappa – loadshedding supper with headlamps – watched the Fokofpolisiekar live stream show – not bad – 1.3k people watching.
  • Facebook growth hacking is rather addictive. CrackBook on crack.
  • Sunday, watched a live stream – we’re on lockdown level 3 + 2 again – curfew back and immediate alcohol ban, joy – had a bit of a wobble about that – rather demoralising.
  • This lockdown in starting to give me Howard Hughes vibes, weird sense of isolation, 2 days without a shower at times, maybe a bit over focused, often catch myself going – wow it’s 3pm already, need to work on better routines.
  • WHAT I BELIEVE: Stefan Molyneux
  • Tune of the week: Fokofpolisiekar Tiny Town

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Independence Day…

Clouds
  • Week of 29 June to 5 July.
  • Bug out, week 15, 1/2 the year has passed, eek.
  • Monday, podcast walk – got some coffee at the clubhouse – long phone chat with Ben, video meeting, nap, another video meeting, played with Facebook ad configs.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk – Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, video meeting, had some fun with the Renaldo Youtube show.
  • Good article from late 2019: Dreaming of a Cape Republic: Secession may promise liberal salvation, but faces high hurdles
  • Wednesday, morning walk – Facetime chat with Dirk, I was a guest on a webinar, sunset podcast walk, extended evening meeting.
  • Thursday, morning podcast walk – phone chat with Fred, set up a Telegram channel – as an experiment, rainy afternoon – figured out some Facebook ad optimisation things.
  • Friday, Frogfoot turned 20 years old (from whois data at least), podcast walk, made a G&T, watched yet another Youtube live stream interview.
  • Saturday, birthday braai with Al and Adrian in Stellenbosch, time well spent.
  • I have this quirk that I always want to backup my computers before leaving the house.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the technology around you.
  • The pet project has 8k likes now.
  • Vue 3.0 should be ready in August.
  • Sunday, got a snack at La Paris, nap, sunset podcast walk, watched a Youtube live stream interview.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Stormtroopers play rugby…

Shooting Range
  • Week of 22-28 June
  • Bug out, week 15, this is a strange year
  • Monday, home exec tasks, morning podcast walk, pizza for brunch, random tinkering, sunset walk with Mia, we made soup, watched Apple WWDC, time well spent.
  • Apple going ARM – probably a good idea for Macbooks, seems Intel lost its way.
  • “What if this was easy and simple? What is the one thing that can make the rest easy?”
  • Tuesday, weekly shopping outing, rotisserie chicken for supper – living dangerously, watched a live stream interview.
  • Live stream interviews – the new live sports.
  • People who wear masks alone in a car – or when walking with nobody near them – low on critical reasoning ability.
  • I bought Derek’s new book, and listened to it. It was a happy 2 hours. You also get the Afrikaans version if you buy it. Pretty cool.
  • I listened to the whole Sivers season 2 podcast series in lockdown.
  • Wednesday, meeting, dropped Mia off at a picnic, live stream, walk, meeting, live stream, we made hot chocolate.
  • Thursday, morning walk, successful fundraising day, updated my bio for the first time in ages, afternoon podcast walk, more Babylonstoren hot chocolate.
  • Word of the day: defeatist. Seems to annoy people.
  • It was time to update my bio: Flâneur, serial entrepreneur, impatient idealist, imagineer, podcast nerd, Techstars alum, enjoys Campari. All progress depends on the unreasonable man.
  • Friday, braai – with some solid red wines.
  • Saturday, False Bay shooting range with Jacques and Adrian, made a beef stew, time well spent.
  • Sunday, watched parts of Money Heist – pretty good, beef stew and eggs for brunch, sunset walk, photo processing.
  • Jacques pointed out that Stormtroopers (clones) probably have good natural rugby playing talent. Jango Fett was from NZ.
  • Tune of the week: A Long December – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids!

Quick Update

Blah…

Podcast Walks
  • Week of 15-21 June
  • Bug out, week 14, bit of a blur really, home alone mostly.
  • Monday, mobility routine, morning walk, work, I made eggs and avo, afternoon podcast walk, installed the new Capture One and processed some photos from my Sunday road trip.
  • Tuesday, public holiday, sunny winter morning podcast walk, nap, had some success with fundraising, afternoon podcast walk, made soup.
  • Sing when you are winning. Remember why you started.
  • Wednesday, meeting, afternoon walk, another meeting.
  • Thursday, walk, nap, bath, watched a live stream interview.
  • Political debates are a bit like sword fighting in Monkey Island, you just need to keep track of the insults and the responses.
  • Friday, flaneuring walk and Facetime chat with Jacques.
  • How to nip the Cape independence movement in the bud
  • Saturday, Joostenberg shopping, epic braai, time well spent.
  • Sunday, rainy day road trip with Mia, Boschendal, Babylons Toren, Spice Route, drove up to the Taal Monument, drove to Wellington, listened to lots of Smashing Pumpkins, got pizza in Paarl, sunset walk, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Smashing Pumpkins – Galapagos

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Have you seen me lately?

Road Trip
  • Week of 8-14 June.
  • Bug out, week 13, 90 days – yikes
  • Monday, played with some video making ideas, tea, podcast walk, we made pasta.
  • The world went crazy in 2020, maybe social media is the problem.
  • Tuesday, wrote a blog post, enjoyed some Facebook crack, Facetime chats with Dirk and Jacques, shopping outing to get supplies (drinks), Lynx estate to get wine, sunset podcast walk, made a white russian – the Dude abides.
  • Pro tip: in a good white russian, you can taste the vodka and the cream – I use mostly milk but I add a bit of cream.
  • Our First 4 Weeks as an Advocacy Group – things to do while in lockdown.
  • “Heretical thoughts, delivered in a way that capture the attention of the minority – that’s the path that works.” — Seth Godin

  • “Jy kla oor die toestand van ons land. Wel fokken doen iets daaromtrent.” — Brand Suid Afrika

  • I finally reached 300 Instagram followers, that only took about 5 years.
  • Wednesday, rainy morning, tea, winter braaibroodjies, meeting, we made soup, another meeting.
  • Thursday, slept late, rainy day, mostly random work avoidance, took a social media break, Mia made smoothie bowls, Facetime chats with Dirk and Jacques, we took a sunset drive to Stellenbosch to get sushi – pre-holidays treat – nice drive – I introduced Mia to a few Counting Crows albums – watched Star Trek 2009 again with a Jamey.
  • “Impatient idealist” — something Dominic used to call me.
  • “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

  • Cape independence is feasible – an open letter to John Steenhuisen
  • Friday, Mia’s last day of her term of online schooling, podcast walk, caprese salad, dropped Mia off, nap, podcast walk, La Motte red and gnocchi, watched Star Trek – Into Darkness again, watched Star Trek – Beyond again.
  • Beastie Boys Sabotage features in 2/3 recent Star Trek movies.
  • “To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair.” — Dr. Leonard McCoy

  • Saturday, lazy morning, watched a live stream interview, podcast walk, watched another live stream, jacuzzi bubble bath.
  • Pro tip: seems you can drop your airpods in the bath and they are fine.
  • Sunday, woke up at 10am on the couch with the lights on, Franschhoek visit – spotted a logo I designed 20 years ago – with Gimp and Debian, took a road trip to Worchester via Franschhoek pass and back via the N1 – with a Counting Crows soundtrack – to go snap a pic of the snow on the mountains – see above, watched a live stream interview, watched The Big Kahuna again with a Chinas – rad movie – watch it.
  • The pet project passed 4k FB likes.
  • Tune of the week: Have you seen me lately? – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

All progress depends on the unreasonable man…

Bench
  • Week of 1-7 June, wow it’s June already, how did this happen?
  • Bug out, week 12, well – back to self-isolation.
  • Monday, lockdown Level 3 – we can go outside again, late afternoon walk with Mia, creative writing.
  • Lockdown seems pretty over for now. Hope you managed to build something, start a project, have something to say for the lost time.
  • Good thing I like nagging – a teenager seems to need nagging.
  • Tuesday, got up early to write the weekly blog post, we made winter braaibroodjies – in the oven – they were epic, walk, jacuzzi bubble bath with a beer – aw yeah.
  • Eternal struggle, if you go sit in front of a computer first thing in the morning, you don’t get any exercise.
  • Funny, now that I can buy alcohol again I’m less motivated to.
  • Wednesday, Robomop and I cleaned the house, afternoon meeting, pesto pasta, afternoon walk with Mia.
  • I listened to The Moment podcast again about finding a scene.
  • DAs Silent March Towards Self-Determination In The Western Cape
  • We added 1000 independence fb page likes this week. Ideas are bulletproof.
  • Thursday, morning walk, mild slump, weird day, tired of my routine, avoided social media for the day, took a long sunset walk, emailed Derek, watched a live stream interview, watched Blow again – rad movie.
  • Most of us have too many goals.
  • “Life passes most people by while they are making grand plans for it”

  • Technology that has been around the longest has the best chance of sticking around.
  • I figured out I can put keep my phone in airplane mode in the mornings with wifi on – feels a bit more peaceful.
  • Friday, sunset walk, we took a drive to Stellenbosch to get pizza – the Stellenbosch streets were pretty empty.
  • Saturday, pizza for breakfast, weekly shopping outing, g&t, we made ostrich burgers on the braai.
  • “When you want to upset a conservative lie to them. When you want to upset a liberal… tell them the truth.”

  • Playing simPolitics is rather absorbing – it’s a bit like the Hunter S. Thompson books on politics – I get it now.
  • I’ve discovered a problem with Robomop – it’s not designed for homes where somebody has long hair.
  • Sunday, watched The Dark Knight, extended afternoon walk, jacuzzi bubble bath, we watched The Dark Knight Rises again – epic movie.
  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw

  • ps. Got a mail back saying: “Wow! Fuck yeah! What a cool project!” – which kinda made my week.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

I’m Bending Spoons…

Podcast Walks
  • Week of 25-31 May
  • Bug out, week 11
  • Monday, pizza for breakfast, it rained, I napped, tested some new server hardware – pretty impressive.
  • Tuesday, rainy podcast walk, dropped off a present, broke some IPv6 routing, fixed some IPv6 routing, Takealot order arrived, Mia gave me a haircut with the clippers that arrived, we used the floor sweeping robot to clean up.
  • I’ve been making Caprese salads for afternoon snacks fairly regularly recently – yum.
  • Wednesday, meetings, played with a FB poll, evening meeting, I was having my own little Spacex launch party with bubbly and everything – and then they cancelled the launch because of weather :-/
  • RIP Johan Lombard.
  • Thursday, rainy walk, watched a live stream, Mia baked muffins, nap, watched Robomop clean the floors.
  • Watch via Peertube: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Schwartz
  • Friday, woke up to a nicely mopped kitchen floor – thanks Robomop, watched a live stream interview, Mia went to go visit her mom for the weekend – after about 11 weeks, cucumber g&t, I watched Burn After Reading again.
  • “On a long enough timeline people want to be free – Death Stars always get destroyed.” — Jacques

  • Saturday, progressing fairly well with one of the 5 year mission items, weekly shopping outing, Boschendal farm shop visit – yeah, I was bored, cucumber g&t, braai, watched the Spacex launch, video conference catch-up with Al.
  • Watch these interviews about Cape Independence!
  • Sunday, slept late, watched A Serious Man – more Coen Brothers.
  • I made it through the lockdown with some drinks in my house – yay.
  • Tune of the week: R.E.M. – The Great Beyond

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Cooking like a pirate…

Waterfront
  • Week of 18-24 May
  • Bug out, week 10
  • Monday, tested my lithium battery pack to run the iMac for 2.5 hours – 150min discharge at about 4 amps – and then 105min charge time back to 100% – not bad, watched No Country for Old Men – great movie.
  • Luxury is doing one thing at a time.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk, watched a Youtube live stream, completed a website building project, some FRR housekeeping for simISP credits.
  • Wednesday, extended podcast walk, meetings, nap, made oxtail, and had some oxtail for lunch with a tasty Chenin, watched The Big Lebowski again.
  • I’m still listening to lots of Derek Sivers interviews. At one point he talked about having an office job for about two years. I remember having an office job from the end of 1999 to somewhere in 2001 – by 2002 I was mostly working from home anyway. The dot-com days were fun.
  • Thursday, quick walk, bit of a blur – made a social ad, helped Dirk set up IPv6, 12 hour slow cooked oxtail for lunch, watched Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV+ – rad – watch it!
  • Towards the end of Beastie Boys Story, they say something like – be the kind of friend that inspires people to do things. Read about Adam Yauch.
  • How much of an Aliens fan am I? Well, I named my three computers Ripley, Newt and Hicks.
  • Friday, weekly shopping outing, watched a Youtube livestream, oxtail for lunch, then took the remainder of the 14 hour oxtail – added more meat and cooked it another 12 hours – I imagine this is how cooks on pirate ships used to keep a stew going.
  • I got a new headset for teleconferencing – Sennheiser SC-665 – with ultra noise-cancelling mic – and I bought an LED desk lamp – with adjustable brightness and colour temperature. Seems those are the two important remote meeting items you need – I listened to an interview with Ma.tt – about remote work.
  • Getting pretty ready for a haircut at this point – ten weeks.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, long Facetime chats with Jac, Dirk, Paul – while cooking oxtail.
  • Sunday, Waterfront – got a car wash, 10k steps walking around the Waterfront, got new hoodies for Mia and I, ordered 5 pizzas from Baccini’s – first pizza in a very long time, fetched the new server.
  • Walking around the waterfront was special, the shops give you hand sanitizer when you walk in and out of every shop. Not sure it’s the best thing for you skin microbiome.
  • As I’m writing this, about one week later, the pet project from last week has 1.7k FB likes and 4.7k Youtube views.
  • Tune of the week: Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The Chickens are Restless…

Commie Virus Walks
  • Week of 11-17 May
  • Bug out, week 9, health week 4
  • Monday, I woke Mia up with tea, so she can roll out of bed an join school with her iPad, podcast walk, worked on a website.
  • Atomic ad on Morning Shot.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk, weekly shopping outing to Franschhoek, we made fresh pasta with pesto, set up two Facebook ads, configured a new wifi router – keyboard and mouse sharing latency over 5Ghz is much better, I finally watched Flash Gordon again – epic movie.
  • My podcast listening routine seems to have changed, less time walking – I’ve mostly been listening to Derek Sivers interviews. I think I’m interested in the overlap between Sivers, Ravikant, Hsieh (Zappos), and Mullenweg. Start here.
  • Wednesday, podcast walk, website tinkering.
  • Thursday, podcast walk, campaign launch day, nap, we watched Star Wars Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back – that Hoth battle is rad.
  • eCommerce is open again.
  • Friday, cloudy podcast walk, started cooking oxtail, shopping outing to Joostenberg, rainy drive back – free car wash, nap, 7 hour slow cook oxtail with a great Oldenburg cab – yum, watched Solo again.
  • Saturday, oxtail round two – even better, braai.
  • The recent pet project racked up 1000 FB page likes and 1400 Youtube views in a week – not bad.
  • How often do you get to help create a new country? Only two ways out of this mess, of which one involves moving to another country.
  • Sunday, bubbly and eggs for brunch, assembled a gas braai, nap, braai, time well spent.
  • The chickens are restless… surreal time – illegal to transport a box of wine – can’t go for a sunset walk – government destroying the economy and thinking it’s a good idea. Cared to death. The irony.
  • I think I enjoyed the early lockdown days – everybody was in a mild panic and more social – long Facetime chats and phone calls with old friends – now it’s just business as usual – with similar restrictions.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.