Quick Update

Surveillance for ants…

Berg River Dam walk
Berg River Dam walk
  • Week of 23-29 March.
  • Health week 6/10.
  • Monday, school run from Franschhoek – 1 hour drive, work, gym, swim, haircut at Yogi’s (who removed SnapScan because of “tax reasons”), nap, very nice 2 hour walk from Bantry Bay to the Bakoven and back, watched the sunset from the Beta Beach big rock, post-sunset swim at home, tea, dark chocolate, photo and notes processing.
  • We had this idea for an NSA ant farm with CCTV art project at AfrikaBurn. “What is this? Mass surveillance for ants?”
  • Tuesday, walked to work, catch up meetings with Giuliano and Ben at Bootleggers, watched the last over of the cricket, investor meeting, sunset swim at home.
  • “Is FB flakey one level above CPT flakey?” — about Cape Town people attending events.

  • Seems Teraco was sold for around 140m USD.
  • “You have to die a few times before you can really live.” — Charles Bukowski

  • Wednesday, up early, walked to the office, Anton bought Mia a pink rabbit onesie for AfrikaBurn / her birthday, great lunch at La Perla with Chris, sunset swim at home, 90% dark chocolate and tea and blogging.
  • Naulene phoned me, she seems to have made up her mind that Mia should stay with me soon – …or maybe Mia engineered this.
  • Thursday, interesting meeting… learnt a bit more about fibre link budgets, drove to Franschhoek, afternoon catch-up walk with Nikki, some AfrikaBurn planning, we managed to order all the things for the Vegas Sign… laser cutting etc, dinner with some Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2013 – best Chardonnay in the world… very good – I like it.
  • I think I’ve gone more than a week without taking my phone off silent – who needs ringtones?
  • ERnst. HilAH. – hehe.
  • Really wish there was an 85% dark chilli Lindt version – 70% seems sweet.
  • Friday, some remote working, sunset walk with T10 G&Ts with oversized ice cubes.
  • “I don’t want more choice, I just want nicer things!” — Absolutely Fabulous

  • Saturday, a morning walk with Nikki and the dogs in the hills around the Berg River dam (see above), lots of swimming, sunset walk.
  • Sunday, more swimming.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Onward to the dust…

Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay
  • Week of 16-22 March.
  • Health week 5/10.
  • Monday, fibre route planning meeting, read all the Constantia Fibre responses – very interesting and kinda ironic that of the bunch I think Octotel and Frogfoot are the only real Open Access options, a sunset promenade walk, some blogging at home.
  • Mia went on a Grade 3 camp.
  • Techstars London Summer 2015 applications opened this week.
  • In case you were wondering, I’m back in the telecoms game. Open Access fibre networks. Looking to launch the new products soon.
  • I might actually unpack my things in Bantry Bay soon, when I’m bored one evening.
  • Tuesday, walked to work, in the office till 19:00ish, post-sunset swim at home, some theme camp related tinkering – we have a new colourful logo now, kinda missed St. Patricks day, productive day… happy that we found a creative crew name – at last – and a theme/story that can have some continuity in coming years, bugged me for months (read: years).
  • Very cool to have people to be creative with. Pro tip: date a geek.
  • We renamed the theme camp / creative crew / collective to Atomic City (go like our page). Think 100 years after the 50s – how would you have imagined the future way back then? …”welcome to the 21st century, Marvin the Martian”.
  • Should GUST become open source? Johann’s idea.
  • Wednesday, walked to work… scenic route next to the sea, R16 paleo Checkers breakfast, busy day – bit of a blur… lots of context switching, at the office till after 19:00 again, post-sunset swim, tried to catch up with some reading.
  • Interesting read: Why women leave men they love.
  • The beginning of impossible things happening…”

  • “Pablo Picasso said it best: The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.” — from here

  • Pre-registered for my 6th Rocking the Daisies.
  • Bucky Fuller Rogers… having fun with this retrofuturism thing.
  • Thursday, walked to work, a swim at home, sunset walk to Clifton 1st and back, the usual tinkering, tea and dark chocolate, ordered some LEDs and ELwire from China, blogging.
  • This paleo + 16h IF weekday routine seem to match my (probably sub) 9000kj mcJob activity levels. Lost about 8kg since London… 85kg now, another 2kg for 25 BMI, lightest I’ve been since about 2002.
  • Seems Jacques and Georg are not going to AfrikaBurn anymore. It’s not for everybody.
  • Jacques sent me this recently – kinda related to why I think things like Burning Man are cool – getting back to building stuff and understanding the fundamentals – like growing food…

    “The skills are never going to be equal and there will never be a totally technology age. Even in ancient Rome, the further you moved from the center, the more primitive it became. We have that today. Those in cities would starve for they know nothing about growing food etc. The city dweller may be at the head of technology, but they are also the first to crash and burn in the decline for they leave behind important basic knowledge. Ask yourself, do you know the phone number of everyone you call? I have a BMW with all the gadgets. The light come on automatically to the point I do not need a key to get in or start the car. When I have to rent a car someplace, I suddenly see how dependent I have become on that technology. As we advance, we leave behind skills that we still really need.

    So look to technology, but do not forget your basic engineering skills. Develop both. The top jobs will be in computer skills, but you still need to understand what you are programming about.”

  • Friday, woke up after a fog horn interrupted sleep, two interesting meetings, crazy traffic leaving Cape Town – passed 3 accidents, fetched Mia from school, we drove to Franschhoek, some tennis with Mia, sunset swim.
  • “The thing is, Joe, we never do fly off to Rome on a moment’s notice.” — Sally

  • Saturday, Campari and tennis with Mia, swim, Nikki baked (great) scones, registered our AfrikaBurn art project – a “welcome home” sign, watched Avatar again with Mia (should have rather had a nap), sunset walk with Nikki, Mia and the dogs.
  • Looks like I’ll be spending a winter in Cape Town.
  • Some wise guys stole Nikki’s Telkom copper lines – but they were caught a few days later… ran out of fuel on the way back home, slept in the car and got woken up by the police who spotted the cable in the back. *grin*
  • Sunday, vitamin and immune booster party with the kids, watched The Wind Rises (Ghibli)… beautiful but boring, afternoon around the pool, some more LED/ELwire ordering from Andrew in China, impromptu sunset tennis party with my favourite Chardonnay in plastic cups, sunset walk, lettuce shell ~tacos.
  • “Ten years in the sun, did you live them well?” — The Wind Rises

  • Mia managed to swim a full length underwater after I gave her some tips on breathing and keeping her heart rate down – she looked very happy with herself.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Sim Farm legend…

Franschhoek – Stellenbosch fires/smoke in the background
  • Week of 9-15 March.
  • Health week 4/10.
  • Monday, school run from Franschhoek to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody (Mia’s selection), work, swim, car wash, fixed the Kano at Mia’s school, watched Mia swim in the zonal gala… she swam freestyle, backstroke, freestyle relay and the ladder relay, omelettes for supper while Mia finished her homework, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, arrived home to Wouter’s mad scientist (temperature probes) steak dish, babies don’t sleep this well.
  • Discovered a big Philip K Dick book collection at home. Must make time to read some of them.
  • “There is life and there is death – and in the middle there is maintenance.” — o/h at the swimming gala.

  • Tuesday, walked to work, catch-up meeting with Simon, sunset walk along Kloof rd and back via Nettleton rd, some Vegas sign design work.
  • Takes me 8 minutes to walk to work.
  • What new thing/industry are you going to be learning this year?
  • Wednesday, GPON vendor meeting, meeting with Naulene, parent-teacher meeting… a fairly painful experience, had supper with Mia while she finished some homework, we shared a dark chocolate bunny, a sunset walk around Radlof park with Mia while teaching her some Afrikaans, dropped Mia at her mom’s house, a 1k swim at gym… only person in the pool, back to Cape Town, Wouter made what he calls “rich as fuck biscuits” with berries and ice cream, wrote a letter – which was nice.
  • Seems Mia is stressed and her teachers are worried. She is very mature for her age, but she should be pretty care-free at this point in time and not dealing with her mom’s stresses. The teacher even said that Mia gets stressed because she worries about my reaction to Naulene not doing anything about her toe. The German baker is back in Germany not paying any maintenance. Not ideal.
  • Thursday, walked to the office, nice sales meeting, painful equipment vendor meeting, had to go dig around in storage for camping gear for Mia’s school camp… no fun, watched Mia’s last gala for the season… she won her backstroke race, Anton phoned… he thinks all our customers are porn surfers, a walk and a sunset swim in Franschhoek (see above).
  • Friday, woke up in Franschhoek, Constantia Fibre proposal writing, tea and home-made hummus and seed crackers… yum, theme camp stamp design session, inbox zero, sunset swim, we watched Romancing the Stone… classic – have not seen it in ages.
  • Saturday, morning swim, AfrikaBurn theme camp planning day with Nikki, Paul, Wouter, Seraina, Storm and Angelique, swim, home made pizza party (which almost became a steak night)… lots of fun.
  • Sunday, great brunch with Nikki and Paul, a stroll around the farm, Backsberg picnic concert with Mr Cat and the Jackal… nice size event with bad craft beer, Dane made paleo burgers.
  • Turns out Nikki is a Sim Farm legend.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Atomic City…

  • Week of 2-8 March. Yeah, this post is a bit late – it feels so long ago.
  • Health week 3/10.
  • Monday, fetched a new car tyre, work, swim, rare fillet Bearnaise at Hussar Grill / Camps Bay with Wouter… chatted material design options for the theme camp’s Vegas sign, my first night in the new house in Bantry Bay.
  • 8 short weeks to AfrikaBurn.
  • Tuesday, walked to work, sunset swim at home, unpacked a bit.
  • Been pondering AgTech and venture builders again recently.
  • “If you’ve watched Interstellar, you’ve seen a vivid portrayal of the desperate times a global food shortage could cause. If any entrepreneurs out there are on the fence about whether to get into AgTech, I hope that film and today’s announcement convince them there’s something more important to build than social games and photo apps.” — Farm2050

  • Read a painful report from Mia’s school shrink this week. *sigh* Might need to make some changes to her monthly routine.
  • Wednesday, city fibre meeting, lunch-time Vegas sign material and price scouting mission with Wouter, sunset promenade walk, catch-up supper with Andreas at Fishmonger in Camps Bay, more Vegas sign 3D CAD tinkering.
  • Funny how ideas which at first seemed radical can be pretty normal and popular 5 years down the line. No sugar, IF, etc. I’ve been trying IF for 16 hours (from about 18:30 to 10:30).
  • Thursday, walked to work, a swim at home, epic long sunset walk from Bantry Bay to Clifton 4 and back, tea and moar Vegas sign design work with Wouter.
  • Getting a crash course is industrial design – building a 6m high sign (on the cheap) is no trivial project. Nice to be creative and work out ways to build it.
  • Inbox zero for the first time in about eight months! …and RSS feed reading all up to date.
  • Bad cop, without a good cop.
  • 12/20 theme camp members now.
  • “Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.” — Matt

  • “There are three things I love in this world: Kylie Minogue, small dimples just above a woman’s buttocks, and the fear in the man’s eye who knows that I’m about to hurt him.” — The Other Guys… about dimples at outdoor events.

  • Friday, up early, beautiful Cape Town day, fetched Mia from Mtech – sense of humour failure… her big toe was infected and Naulene had know about it for 6 days while not taking Mia to the doctor, chemist visit… where they tried to give Mia “homoeopathic antibiotics”, a quick visit to the biltong shop, doctor visit, chemist again… more antibiotics, drove to Franschhoek, dinner at Ryan’s kitchen with Nikki… great berry souffle.
  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

  • No coffee, no sugar, no carbs, no alcohol – eventful week.
  • I can’t wait for self driving cars.
  • Saturday, watched some polo at Val de Vie… mildly under-dressed (zx spectrum tshirt), briefly met Ryk, braai, favourite Chardonnay, good conversation, fun evening.
  • Sunday, swim, nap, watched the end of the last Harry Potter movie, sunset swim, we never played that planned game of tennis because of Mia’s sore toe.
  • We had an idea that maybe next year we should reuse our wedding chapel and make it part of a bigger theme camp idea… something like an Atomic City… remember that scene at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Where he ends up in the fridge with the atomic bomb test? Like that, but with a bit of retrofuturism… the way people would imagine the future in the 50s. I also like the idea of celebrating ambitious (and somewhat failed) design… The DeLorean, the Dymaxion Car etc.
  • Retrofuturism is a thing.
  • “Safety third.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Herding kittens…

  • Week of 23 February to 1 March.
  • SleekGeek week 2/10.
  • “Fight Club became the reason to cut your hair short or trim your fingernails.”

  • Monday, at the office by 7:00ish… after ironing a shirt, upgraded Mia’s laptop to OSX 10.10 and installed Prey, sunset promenade walk (feels a lot like Tel Aviv actually), watched 1/2 of The Dark Knight Rises again – good ending, watched Next… not bad.
  • Tuesday, good meeting in Newlands, had to get a car tyre swapped, drove to Franschhoek to see Nikki – back from her travels.
  • Wednesday, scrambled eggs with cream, interesting meeting at the airport – which ended up in a job offer (in Joburg) – which is not going to happen, visited Jonathan’s new office at The Old Castle Breweries, my first AfrikaBurn town hall meeting – listened to Larry Harvey talk (Burning Man founder)… very interesting.
  • “Belief is thought at rest.” — Larry

  • Immediacy: “Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.”

  • Rule 1 of startups: no assholes, I was reminded of this again recently.
  • I was driving today and thought about that How the CIA made Google article. Really hope Elon Musk is not similar to Peter Thiel and others involved in things like Palantir. That would suck.
  • Thursday, tinkered with some gate handout copy for our theme camp – Atomic Love Factory by the Sunshine Deluxe Collective, Mia’s failed swimming gala, she forgot her swimming costume at home… I fetched it from Naulene’s house – last minute, then could not find Mia at school, drove to the gala hoping she found a lift, could not find her there, sense of humour failure, found her at school, had a long chat with her over an early supper at Lourensford – we talked about awareness and the impact our actions have on others, self reliance and talent vs. work – in short, if she does not clean up her act she’s not going to AfrikaBurn, hated my life for a few hours while avoiding packing up everything at home with tea and dark chocolate, Ernst phoned – attempted to have a conversation with bad signal and heavy wind blowing outside the house… Vredehoek fun.
  • Our theme camp gate handout copy reads:

    Atomic Love Factory

    Get hitched! Indulge in the fast-food experience star-crossed lovers have been waiting for. Celebrate your lurve at our Vegas-style wedding chapel.

    Introducing the Seven Day Marriage of Highly Effective AfrikaBurners. Change your husband/wife as often as you change your underwear. Why? Because you can. It’s all about experiencing the Polygamy of Instantly Gratifying Love in a non-judgmental space.

    Bring your friends and make it official with our speedy non-binding sunset wedding extravaganza.

    Various wedding packages available
    Get a polaroid to remember your special day/days
    Bookings/enquiries: @4ish / directly with Elvis

  • Yes, you can still join the theme camp, but time is running out.
  • Friday, up at 5:00, big packing and moving day, dumped a lot of stuff in storage, dropped off some stuff at Wouter’s house, Up Yours / Yours Truly with Paul, Marilize, Claus and Janey, watched Beast at Assembly (above photo)… very good show – love the opera sounds in between the rock music, House of Machines with Paul, Evol with Paul, Janey and Hilah… not the best place to go.
  • Saturday, woke up at Hilah’s house, finished moving (big *sigh*), Constantia Fresh at Buitenverwachting with Paul, Olivia, Joanna and Ross… good fun, Peddlers on the Bend with Michael and Nicole, found some more theme camp members, Paul decided not to go to the party on Sunday and then woke up at 6:00ish the next day wanting to go again.
  • “Sauvignon Blanc is the Iceberg lettuce of wine.” — Ross

  • Vader Sessions – brilliant. Thanks Michael. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball…”
  • “You must avenge my death Simba. Luke, I am your father. This is CNN.”

  • Sunday, woke up on Olivia’s couch, Masqued Ball in Coolbay (Kogelbaai) with Olivia, Michael and Nicole… good fun – but windy – not as good as 2013, a swim in Franschhoek, Nikki made great paleo burgers.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Back on a health mission…

Vredehoek fire
Vredehoek fire
  • Week of 16-22 February.
  • Monday, investor pitch day… it went well, Lions Head walk, broccoli for supper, watched The Family… pretty good, Vrehedoek almost burnt down (see above – photo from our house).
  • I’m pretty excited to tell you what we’ve been busy with recently, it’s still a bit stealthy, but soon…
  • The SleekGeek diet starts, week 1 of 10. Also, stopped drinking alcohol for a while. Found this again.
  • Tuesday, meeting in Newlands, fetched snail mail (for about 11 months) and renewed my PO Box, house viewing around Tamboerskloof, a juice with Wouter at The Power and the Glory – the service there is a joke, a swim at home.
  • I suspect I’ve been sharing a lot less stuff on social media recently – and sharing more things only with my Telegram (close) friends.
  • Started reading Microselfs again, could not really get into David and Goliath.
  • “South Africa is the world’s most ambitious experiment in democracy.” — Simon

  • Wednesday, site survey walk, work, watched Mia’s girls relay swimming gala – she swam in the u9 (and u10) freestyle, medley and ladder relays, we had an early supper at Lourensford while Mia did her homework, some JIT saving the day – helping Mia with her show and tell oral – her life timeline slide deck – at least I don’t have a shortage of photos in that department, dropped Mia at her mom’s house and had a nice sunset drive back to Cape Town.
  • *sigh*, you would think I would have learnt by now, I’ve been bugging Naulene for weeks to get my laptop (which she needed to borrow for work) and my 200mm lens so I could take photos at the gala, Wednesday morning she lets me know she’ll be at the gala, I ask her to please bring the lens and laptop, I arrive at the gala – after a while I realise she changed her mind and did not come, no photos then, then Mia tells me her show and tell oral is due the next day – not the first time, or the second time this has happened – no communication about this at all, later – I fetch my lens and laptop and she tells me there is a DVD stuck in the laptop and she has no idea how this happened – she left the kids in front of the laptop. Some people.
  • Thursday, at the office early, updated our investor deck, Lions Head was burning so I went to gym… so this is what the gym looks like.
  • “Sent using paws.” — email .sig

  • Jacques seems keen to start an aquaponics farm in London and Michael managed to find some Tilapia to eat which cost around R270/kg – seems there is a business in fish.
  • Friday, interesting meeting in Wembley Square, watched Mia’s swimming gala – this time with my 200mm lens, she won the trophy for best swimmer in her grade – she won all her races, we walked through The Art of the Brick LEGO exhibition at the Waterfront… pretty cool, I have my slops back! (from Ernst’s wedding, thanks Lisa), Mia shopped for some shoes, gala photo processing while watching Evan Almighty again, Mia took her new trophy to bed with her.
  • Mia’s best freestyle time so far: 19.72.
  • Last weekend in the Vredehoek house.
  • Saturday, woke up next to Mia, a round of Star Wars top trumps cards, I made omelettes while Mia watched the end of Field of Dreams, we almost finished a bag of grenadillas , OZCF market at the Zille Villa, took Mia to the toy shop in Gardens – have not been there in ages, Deer Park, Mia watched Wall-E, nap, some Dvorak touch typing training for Mia, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, Mia fell asleep in the car on the way home, watched Dallas Buyers Club again, watched the end of Scent of a Woman.
  • That spork scene in Wall-E is pretty cool.
  • Sunday, AfrikaBurn theme camp planning (with Google Earth / to figure out where the sun sets), showed Mia this Afrika Burnt video, a nice long swim at gym, a late lunch at Da Vinci’s, a Kloof Street walk and some Myog frozen yoghurt, I helped Mia wash her hair, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house, sunset drive back to Cape Town, a smoothie at Wouter’s house.
  • Looks like our theme camp membership numbers are growing fairly quickly.
  • “You may already be a member.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Guns, whiskey and solar panels…

Our AfrikaBurn theme camp concept
Our AfrikaBurn theme camp concept
  • Week of 9-15 February.
  • Well look at me, blogging all done by the Sunday evening already.
  • Monday, up before 6:00, swapped one of my off-site backup drives, JIT school run from Franschhoek after some confusion about 7:30 vs 19:30, Mia ended up having biltong for breakfast, Waterstone gym, signed up the first customer for the new business, promenade walk, fish and chips at Sidewalk Cafe with Georg.
  • “Bad cop, worse cop.” — Georg

  • It’s pretty cool how, in only two weeks, you can make something out of nothing and create a new business.
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about good posture and good attitude recently.
  • Tuesday, work, some drama about Mia not having her swimming goggles and cap for swimming time trials, Mia phoned me – she came first in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly (breast stroke needs work)… says she was about 1/4 of the pool ahead of the 2nd swimmer in the butterfly. Joy. Worth the fuss about the swimming gear earlier, a walk around Bantry Bay, sunset supper on the balcony and Wouter’s house – trout and a beer, we finished our AfrikaBurn theme camp sign design, looking good (above).
  • Yes, we’re still looking for cool people to join oun AfrikaBurn theme camp.
  • I read this and thought – I really should try and make time to write something useful on the topic of tech entrepreneurship at some point – in long form – but I’m just not feeling very inspired at the moment.
  • Good read on how startups die.
  • “But you know what they say. There is no easy in fantastic.” — Nikki

  • Recent stories about Eskom really make me want to think of starting companies outside SA again.
  • Mia’s swimming times… Freestyle: 20.66, Backstroke: 26.18, Butterly: 26.78, Breaststroke: 33.46.
  • Wednesday, flagged a lot of old emails and RSS feeds as read – goodbye 2014, struggled with some weekend planning and logistics (can’t say I’m a big fan of Valentines Day), ribs at Carlyle’s with Al and Georg.
  • “Hoe voel dit om ‘n langbroek te dra?” — Al

  • Time to clean up my own back yard again – eat better, get more exercise, a few SleekGeek diet weeks coming up.
  • Let’s Encrypt, free CA by the EFF, very cool.
  • Week two without coffee.
  • Thursday, made myself a six egg breakfast with chia seeds, work, hair cut at Yogi’s, fetched my bicycle (three weeks late), a beer with Carel in the Gardens Centre – he wanted the blockchain 101 intro, kinda locked myself out of the house, so waited for Georg at Carlyle’s and had some pizza.
  • Friday, some reading about fibre types, a beer at Fireman’s Arms with Nick, Georg, Aiden – who told a scary story about his 11 kidney stones, Up Yours and Yours Truly with Paul, Claus, Janey, Hilah and Al, fun evening.
  • “Why are you here, did you do something wrong?” — Aiden, about new relationships.

  • I watched The Imitation Game at the Labia this week… brilliant.
  • “Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.” — The Imitation Game

  • Saturday, watched Fantastic Mr Fox again with some tea while doing some prepper news reading, photo and notes processing, blogging in loadshedding time, watched Rambo First Blood again… classic, watched some rugby with Georg – we have DSTV again.
  • “Mrs. Fox: [to Ash] We’re all different.
    [indicates Mr. Fox]
    Mrs. Fox: Especially him. But there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?”

  • Read this: How the CIA made Google – hmm, what to do? Give money to the EFF?
  • Funny how we forget, we read about Assange and Snowden, the worst parts of mass surveillance and the military industrial complex are all true, but then we get busy and we forget and people happily keep using their gmail (skynet) accounts. We’re all sheep. See you in the Matrix cave.
  • Skynet is going to have to run on solar in SA anyway.
  • “But if the reservations of billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk are anything to go by, the Pentagon’s hubris is deeply amiss. Musk, an early investor in the AI company DeepMind now owned by Google, has warned of “something dangerous” happening in five years due to “close to exponential growth of AI at the firm – and some AI experts agree.”

  • Sunday, almost had breakfast with Ernst, made myself another six egg breakfast with chia seeds, processed the 2014 photos on Mia’s school DVD – pretty bad state of photography (kept about 70/1700 photos), drove to the airport to have tea with Nikki – who is off to the US for a while, epic 4h afternoon nap, pizza at Carlyle’s with Georg, watched The Bourne Legacy… good movie.
  • “I got ya, Vanilla.”

  • Tune of the week: Telemiscommunications, Deadmaus5, the curse of being busy…
  • “Guns, whiskey, solar panels.” — Jacques, about AfrikaBurn prep and electricity in SA.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Mr. Fox…

Sea Point Pool
Sea Point Pool
  • Week of 2-8 February.
  • Monday, work, sunset Promenade walk (photo above), a swim at home.
  • Tuesday, at the office by 7:00, mostly finished an investor deck and we created a logo for the new company, wine tasting evening at Carlyle’s with Georg, Ania and Lyle.
  • Wednesday, (post-outdoor party) car wash, work, business card design, nap, great ribs at Carlyle’s with Georg during load shedding time.
  • Probably time to resign from the only child club and the league of emotionally unavailable gentleman.
  • Thursday, very interesting meeting/workshop about Carrier Ethernet and new GPON toys, fetched my new business cards, big backup mission for my 6-monthly offsite backups and some blogging, cheese and wine for dinner.
  • I stopped drinking coffee again.
  • I’ve not been swimming in about a month!
  • I’m not going to miss Vredehoek’s crappy Vodacom Edge speeds.
  • Friday, at the office by 7:00, GPON workshop, phone chat with Ernst, fetched Mia from a choir party, played ADSL support guy in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, sunset swim.
  • All startups are train wrecks inside, some are graveyards, but they still get more Twitter followers.
  • Saturday, AfrikaBurn theme camp building (mostly design) day with Wouter, Al (who finally met Nikki), Storm, Michael, Nicole and Paul (who managed to arrive before dark), braai, ice cream in cones with Horlicks.
  • Discovered Rhino3D.
  • Sunday, swimming, Mia watched some Harry Potter (5/8), a walk to get limes, fetched pizza from Col’Cacchio, early night.
  • Seems I have a new nickname: Mr Fox.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

AfrikaBurn ticket logistics and startup ideas…

Franschhoek Valley
Franschhoek Valley
  • Week of 26 Jan to 1 Feb…
  • Monday, a misty drive over Kloof Nek rd to work, office space shopping, set up new company email, 1 hour sunset promenade walk, a swim and a braai at home, watched Iron Man 3 again.
  • Funny how your startup-ideas.txt files grows a lot quicker when your head is not in a startup.
  • “You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.” Empirically, the way to have good startup ideas is to become the sort of person who has them. “Live in the future and build what seems interesting.” — from How to Get Startup Ideas

  • I’m starting to think Gust Pay was maybe a “sitcom” startup idea. A bit like Oop! from Microserfs.
  • Tuesday, work, a sunset walk up Lions Head.
  • Good read: This Industry Is Still Completely Ridiculous
  • Wednesday, work, bought an AfrikaBurn ticket – JIT Joe style, site survey walk, another site survey walk, looks like you need walking shoes for this job, a walk around Beta beach, bumped into Tori, picnic on the big rock in Bakoven, a swim at home, last minute AfrikaBurn creative crew ticket admin – managed to assign 20/22… herding cats.
  • Let me know if you want to join our theme camp?
  • Thursday, work, survey walk, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, sunset walk.
  • “What’s for you will not pass you by.” — Moloko

  • Friday, work, watched Mia’s inter-house athletics, Franschhoek, great bottle of Sadie Family Palladius… ;-P
  • Feels pretty good having an income again. Near miss. Jackrabbit country.
  • Saturday, scrambled eggs with cream, babysat 5 dogs, nap, braai.
  • I’ve been thinking… the easy business recipe is: Start with cool co-founder, split the shares 50/50, do something you can start with a small amount of capital, find a recurring revenue (passive income) business model… easy? Yeah, pretty much what I did first – but you only realise this stuff, looking back, after you try doing things the hard way.
  • Sunday, Origin with Nikki, stopped for a photo of the Franschhoek valley (above) on the way back, a drink at LQF, epic day.
  • Tune of the week: The Veldt, Deadmau5.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Joe 5.0…

Moon and star
Moon and Signal Hill star
  • Week of 19-25 January.
  • Monday, tea, photo and notes processing, weekly backups, nap, bumped into Paul in Vredehoek, blogging, Michael came to fetch the aquaponics book.
  • Tuesday, last day of Mia’s school holidays, dropped off a laptop, fetched Mia, we found her some new school shoes (size 4) and tekkies (only had to visit 5 shops), scones with jam and cream, music appreciation drive with The Cure and Roxette, wine tasting at Glen Carlou, a swim, a walk and a very recently harvested mostly Chardonnay tasting from stainless steel tanks in Franschhoek with Nikki, dropped Mia at her gran’s house, Mia was a bit sad that school is starting, but I figure she needs to get swimming again, nice sunset drive back to Cape Town, Georg made me watch some Homeland S4 – so we did some Cape Town scene spotting, nice day.
  • Writing Your Way to Happiness
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day in grade 3, meeting in Sea Point, swim, took my bicycle for a service, afternoon at the Batstone pool on the roof of the Cape Quarter mall… nice space, Modern Alchemists Meetup at Miao in De Waterkant… I kinda like De Waterkant, Georg gave me a lift home, swim, broccoli salad, a drink at Carlyle’s, found some dark chocolate M&Ms at the party-Engen.
  • “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh, Zappos founder and CEO

  • Pro tip: it might sound like a good idea to take the December holiday to work out what you want to do next, but financially it’s not that smart… that scene from Rushmore with Bill Murry underwater in the swimming pool.
  • Thursday, drove to the office via Kloof Nek road, first day on the new project… can’t tell you much about it yet, but there are nice sea views from the office and 100Mbps internet, sunset Promenade walk, a quick salad and a ginger shot with Cath at Plant Cafe… funny – seems like as I’m getting off the tech startup kool-aid fuelled hamster wheel – Cath is getting on, a swim at home.
  • I managed to figure out what I want to do this year – and what I don’t want to do. Maybe chasing the crazy tech startup stuff is not the best route… maybe having some stable running project, with a venture builder model on the side makes more sense.
  • Joe 5.0 – depending on how you count, today was the start of my fifth job/career cycle. 1) Two jobs in Stellenbosch, 2) two jobs in Cape Town, 3) the Frogfoot, Amobia and Teraco days, 4) then the TrustFabric and Gust Pay days. The new project actually has a product people understand and want and soon it will have customers and employees, very refreshing.
  • Friday, work – employee number one, a walk around Sea Point, Hilah’s birthday drinks at Up Yours (rooftop bar above Yours Truly) in Kloof Street with Paul, Claus and Janey, a drink at Yours Truly, grabbed a slice of New York Pizza, 31deg heat after 22:00, a swim at home, woke up at 2:00 and took another swim.
  • Claus suggested I make a presentation for Mia about after school activities and things she can learn and what she can do with them… career paths etc. Choir vs robotics vs touch typing vs drama class.
  • Saturday, fetched Mia, minor dentist disaster – had to go find one after 13:00 on a Saturday – sense of humour failure about Naulene not communicating things again, drove to Franschhoek with Mia, swim, afternoon walk, 22yo French Chardonnay.
  • “Same shit, different Friday.” — Paul

  • Sunday, swimming, AfrikaBurn theme camp registration (creative writing) – managed to get 22 creative crew tickets, moar swimming, afternoon walk, picked some figs, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house – Mia borrowed the Roxette / Look Sharp CD *grin*, nice drive home, pizza at Carlyle’s with Georg and a triple whiskey Dom Pedro, watched some of The Campaign again.
  • “Can’t is a real C-word.” — The Campaign

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Spaceship Earth…

Sea Point
Sea Point
  • Week of 12-18 January.
  • Monday, tea, cleaned the house with Mia and Francis to the tune of some Sisters of Mercy (after Jacques recently reminded me how we used to listen to them on Scuba trips), dropped Mia and Francis at their mom’s house (after spending 10 days with Mia), meeting, Caffe Neo, nice sunset Promenade walk, swim at home, broccoli salad, watched Gone Girl with Georg… meh.
  • Tuesday, lunch at The Red Sofa cafe in Vredehoek, Al’s birthday drinks at Van Hunks with Lientjie, Hilah and Georg, fun evening.
  • “To not give a fuck about adversity, you must first give a fuck about something more important than adversity.” — from here

  • “The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

  • I sometimes look at older blog posts or my personal website from long ago and I think, who was that guy? This kinda explains it…

    20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life…

    “The tragedy of life is that we seek to understand the goal and not the man. We set up a goal which demands of us certain things: and we do these things. We adjust to the demands of a concept which CANNOT be valid.

    When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.

    Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.

    So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day?”

  • Wednesday, took out the garbage – because like this blog, it needs to happen once a week, swim, found a lock for my bicycle (thanks Mia) and cycled to The Yard for some pulled pork tacos and a beer and a Deluxe latte… hipster yum, cycled through the Company’s Gardens and had a cool idea for a treasure hunt game, booked a (free) bicycle service, haircut at Yogi’s… cool guy, told me the story of how the shop has been in the family for four generations, nice haircut, tried to find Bullion bar, but failed, cycled up Long street and stopped for a fresh juice at Orchard, cycled up the hill back to Vredehoek in probably 36deg heat, swim and another swim, braai at home with Georg, Excelda and Karla.
  • I think I’d like to do more than one project this year – doing just one thing is risky. It’s nice to have a primary project, but also nice to have some interests developing in parallel over time.
  • Which Wes Anderson Movie Are You?

    I’m Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    “Animated and wild, you’re loved for your crazy antics and out-of-the-box ideas. You always come in at the last minute to save the day and would do anything for your loved ones. Although your sense of curiosity can sometimes get you in trouble, you’re always able to solve every problem in the end. The bottom line: You truly are fantastic.”

  • I’m starting to think Mia should get her own blog.
  • Thursday, came up with a name for a new business (OctoTel), some Carrier Ethernet research, processed some notes, a long walk up to the King’s Blockhouse and back to the Murray & Stewart Quarry, bumped into Mantooth, wrote a long sad retrospective email, watched Fight Club again with the knowledge that Bob and Marla don’t exists… so Jack Durden was basically dying of cancer and invented three personalities? The Paper St house does not exist, Project Mayhem does not exist.
  • “Prepare to evacuate soul.” — Marla

  • “Welcome to the 21st century, Buck Rogers.” — from This is the End.

  • Friday, business meeting, breakfast in Camps Bay, early supper with Nikki at Plant Cafe… great salads, a G&T at The Mother’s Ruin gin bar… not bad, a drink at Hilah’s place, Aces ‘n Spades with Nikki, Hilah and Paul, until they closed, loads of fun, as always.
  • How to have a happy life… only keep good memories. I think this was one of Jacques’ theories. I can look at my TV screen saver for a few minutes and think the last two years have been awesome – easy to forget the hard and bad parts with a few photos of good memories.
  • “Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it.” — Buckminster Fuller

  • “You must choose between making money and making sense. The two are mutually exclusive.” — Buckminster Fuller

  • His life, he said, was an experiment.

    When he was 32, Buckminster Fuller’s life seemed hopeless. He was bankrupt and without a job. He was grief stricken over the death of his first child and he had a wife and a newborn to support. Drinking heavily, Buckminster Fuller contemplated suicide. Instead, he decided that his life was not his to throw away: it belonged to the universe. Buckminster Fuller embarked on “an experiment to discover what the little, penniless, unknown individual might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity.”

  • Saturday, swim, veggie burgers for lunch at the OZCF market at the Zille Villa with Nikki… nice new layout, nap, swim, a drink at Chris’ birthday braai.
  • Sunday, lunch at Malu’s in Noordhoek with Nikki, Hilah and Paul, shucked my first oyster, home made burgers with anchovies and jalapenos in the burger meat, yum, nice sunset drive back via Chapman’s Peak, drinks and pizza at La Vie with Aiden, Camilla (who is going to be living in Tanzania for 6 months from the end of the month), Nikki, Georg and Excelda, watched Interview with a Vampire again.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

A magic 8 ball kinda week…

Glen Beach
Glen Beach
  • Week of 5-11 January.
  • Monday, rainy day – last day of holiday, Mia did some Dvorak touch typing training and watched an (un)healthy amount of Clone Wars, I found Naulene’s last letter to me and read it again – I understand it now – it made no sense at the time, took Mia for a fairly long walk around Vredehoek, bumped into Milton, broccoli salad for supper, helped Mia find Wally a few times in her Where’s Wally book.
  • Life seems really full compared to ten years ago – I was looking at the rate at which I create photo albums and it feels like there are so many more events in a year.
  • Tuesday, up at 6:30, tea, Mia watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom again, shook a magic 8 ball about a tricky decision – it said: “Forget about it” (thanks magic 8 ball girl!), swimming at gym with Mia – she did a 26sec 25m butterfly, dropped Mia at her mom’s house – for Francis’ birthday party, I told Naulene I read her last letter again and gave her a hug, a beer with Michael and Jordan at Rick’s, watched When Harry Met Sally again with some Moreson Cabernet Franc – must have seen the movie about 10 times and only now I see the 2nd relationships theme.
  • No more GUST.
  • So many movies Mia needs to see when she turns 13.
  • “…or C, desperately want to talk to me, but trapped under something heavy.” — When Harry Met Sally

  • Marla and Bob are not real.
  • Wednesday, walked to the gym (for the first time), admin and emails, first 1km swim of the year, phone chat with Ernst, Devil’s Peak area walk with Georg, a beer and a swim at home.
  • Remember, everything has already happened.
  • I’m very keen to build an aquaponics farm in 2015.
  • Weeks like these you go back to your startup-ideas.txt file.
  • I started thinking up names for startups 11 and 12 this week, maybe even 13.
  • Thursday, fetched Mia and Francis, they decorated some biscuits with icing, we watched some old Asterix and Obelix movies, some aquaponics research, marathon hair washing and hair drying and detangling session with the girls.
  • I’ve kinda stopped using the ringtone on my phone.
  • Friday, watched Paddington with Mia and Francis at the Waterfront – pretty good, lots of familiar London sights – there was a line in the movie ~”it took my heart a bit longer to arrive” – kinda made me think that it takes a while to get used to London and the culture and feel at home there, Deer Park afternoon with Jonathan, ice cream, King’s Craft beer, burgers, nice day, picked up some dark chocolate on the way home, chair races, bath, read, sleep… had an idea for Gust at around 1:00 and could not sleep for an hour.
  • Saturday, a failed outing to the Oranjezicht City Farm market at the Zille Villa – only starts next weekend, I made us my own version of the Daily Deli Full Monte for brunch at home, swim, Moreson Chardonnay and Rummy Cub – Mia cheated and made up her own creative rules, Francis was smart enough not to play, nap, very nice afternoon on Little Beta Beach with Mia, Francis and Georg and some Moreson bubbly – Mia kept two hula hoops going at the same time – very impressive, broccoli salad while watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… that atomic bomb scene is pretty cool, watched Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, bath, read, sleep for the girls, watched The Interview… entertaining, that Katy Perry tank scene is hilarious.
  • Never thought I’d say this, but I’m tired of holidays and G&Ts for now.
  • Sunday, Deer Park with Mia, Francis, Wouter and Xander, fresh juice at the Erf81 market in Tamboerskloof, had a nice Matilda soundtrack sing-along down Kloof road with Mia and Francis (who also knows the words now), nice braai and a swim at Wouter’s house in Bantry Bay with his sisters and their kids, Clifton 4 to 1 beach walk and back, Glen Beach and awesome sunset Camps Bay beach walk, watched some Cosmos at home with ham and pineapple pizza for the girls, bath, read, sleep, great day.
  • Nice read: “I don’t want to start another company until I find a problem that I care about.”
  • How to fall in love.
  • Tune of the week: Katy Perry – Firework

Have a fun week, crazy kids.