Quick Update

What nerds do on evenings and weekends…

Ocean View Drive
Ocean View Drive
  • Week of 20-26 June.
  • 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.
  • Album of the week: Drive soundtrack.
  • 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.
  • Tune of the week: The plastic bag scene.
  • 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, but habit (your mind) trumps the feeling of being full, a purpose/commitment and mindfulness works to avoid unhealthy food. It’s a mind game.
  • “Strong Opinions, Loosely Held.” — Marc Andreessen

  • “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. Seems to be a theme from My Fair Lady.
  • 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.
  • The Silicon Valley of hardware: WIRED’s Shenzhen documentary.
  • 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

  • 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.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Tiramisu, fish tanks and Apocalypse Now…

School run
School run
  • Week of 13-19 June. Not really a health week.
  • 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.
  • Octotel signed up another 12 buildings this week.
  • How Romanticism Ruined Love.
  • “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.
  • Fasting Diets Are Gaining Acceptance.
  • “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.
  • Yak Shaving. Wouter likes to use this lingo.
  • “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.
  • Tune of the week: Ride of the Valkyries.
  • What have you done that’s new and interesting in the last year?
  • Ok, so… I’m off to my first yoga class now, bye.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Fasting week…

  • Week of 6-12 June.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, office, city wayleave meeting, Mweb meeting, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • “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.
  • “Walk through walls.”

  • 13 Virtues of Ben Franklin.
  • 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.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Things to make and do in keto week…

New Office
New Office
  • 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?).
  • Olympus Mons is the largest volcano in the solar system.
  • “Life is the little things, repeated.”

  • Hedonic treadmill theory.
  • 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

  • Your human-size life.
  • “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…


Quick Update

Harajuku Moment…

Bantry Bay Views
Bantry Bay Views
  • Week of 23 to 29 May.
  • 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.
  • Why can’t a self teacher leave students?
  • 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.
  • Avoid Trans Fats.
  • 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.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Keto mousse and sober raves…

Milly 30th
Milly 30th
  • Week of 16-22 May.
  • 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.
  • Life is short. Too short for BS.
  • My Instagram hobby seems to be going strong. Pretty much daily snaps.
  • 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.
  • Tune of the week, Everywhere Fleetwood Mac – memories of the G&T Garden at AfrikaBurn with Paul.
  • “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

  • Love is not the answer. Art is. — from the Alain de Botton interview, 10 Nov 2015, Tim Ferriss show.
  • Humans need routine, guidance and social support. I found this video about type2 diabetes, affects about 270 million people – can all be fixed, crazy.
  • Check out The School of Life – cool videos.
  • Higher Consciousness
  • 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).
  • I’m going to make a fortune selling cacao keto mousse at sober raves (-;
  • Try the new lime Lindt dark chocolate.
  • 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.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

NorCal drinks and Bio Oil…

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Remember why you started…

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

AfrikaBurn X… the kid in lonely town.

AfrikaBurn 2016
AfrikaBurn 2016
  • Week of 25 April to 1 May. This post is a bit late, I wrote it on a flight to Joburg.
  • btw. I updated last week’s post. You might want to read that first.
  • There was this moment on Thursday night before driving to AfrikaBurn, chilling on the couch and chatting with Paul. A moment before it all. Very cool.
  • From a chat with Nikki… people I motivated to go to AfrikaBurn for the first time: Paul, Ernst, Nikki, maybe Wouter – and Mia obviously.
  • Monday, day 4, all the stresses melt away, medics visit, bumped into Richard (at the Rhino camp), cycled to the gate to go leave a note for Wouter and co about how to find our camp, (green 10×12 stretch tent), chilled afternoon alone in the camp – mostly reading this Osho meditation book on a mattress I dragged out into the middle of the camp with a view of the airfield while listening to Radio Free Tankwa (from the neighbours), epic nap, our neighbours played this great classical guitar music so I went to go chat with them, Gerald and Sarah arrived, I went for a photography cycle and bumped into Laura and friends, we watched the sunset from the top of the nest-like artwork (the Khoisan language shrine), the medics took my head-gear off so I did not look like the English Patient any more, dinner with Gerald and Sarah, an evening walk with Gerald and Sarah and the 85mm – got a few nice evening shots, in bed by 0:00.
  • Nice to be alone with pretty much nothing to do for three days, good time to meditate. Meditation in a strange thing, so much text to describe something so simple.
  • Being relaxed is a hobby. You have to enjoy being calm. You have to care and be interested. Stating the obvious, but I think a lot of people who want to be calm don’t care enough about being calm to be calm.
  • AfrikaBurn is a social thing, the key is to be engaged in building something, so not really doing anything is a new experience, I don’t think I’ll do it again, but it was a needed experience. I missed Mia.
  • Tuesday, catch up chat with Andrew (of Mxit days), shower, medics – they took my bandages off and gave me a few layers of spray plaster – which burnt like hell, Wouter arrived, spent some time at the Tankwa library, took a photo walk and a mutant vehicle ride around, sunset street party at the Bekfokte Crew camp, in bed by 23:00.
  • Timeless things for chilling in the desert: G&T with lots of ice and fresh lime, Alt-J.
  • Pro tip: keep your cuticles hydrated in the desert.
  • Wednesday, Tammy’s crew arrived, medics, I found Paul randomly driving around close to our camp, chilled at the camp, more G&Ts, sunset walk to the G&T Garden camp, we found Tammy’s tent, catch up chat with Paul – I seem to remember we covered the topic of Aliens and Sigorney Weaver, spent some time at Tammy’s camp, fell in bed just in time.
  • “Is that for the ducks?” — Wouter, about some bread at our camp.

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Mild sense of panic setting in…

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Trying a bit of a new format with the photos…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The life of Joe…

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

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

  • “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

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

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

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

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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

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