Quick Update

Getting our geek on at the Science Museum…

The London Eye
Top of the London Eye
  • Monday, started using wristbands for access control at the office, mentoring and pitch practice afternoon, Thai green curry around Whitechapel with Greg and Werner – long day.
  • “nerd catnip” — about Arduino and similar devices.

  • Tuesday, mentor day, booked a flight for Mia to visit London, pitched Gust Pay to the Barclays Group CEOs, attended a very cool B2B sales master class, weird hitpster pizza with broccoli in Islington.
  • Techstars: Disney World for tech startup geeks. I get the feeling 3 months is going to feel very short by the end.
  • Wednesday, Naulene left me a voicemail message to say she’s not bringing Mia to London anymore, a bit late to get to the office – had to run the last stretch… to find out our first mentor was late, Naulene changed her mind (again), Skype chat with Mia, long day at the office.
  • “Adults are obsolete children.” — Dr. Seuss

  • “Lone Ranger time… 9:50.”

  • Thursday, the last Techstars mentor day – finally, ~80 x 20min sessions done in three weeks, fetched Mia from London City Airport and had lunch with her, haircut at a local barber – 13GBP (R240) but, A+ for attention to detail, KPI / “all hands” evening at the office, an evening walk along Regent canal with Mia.
  • After a recent conversation and a recent birthday – I’ve been thinking, it’s probably not a bad idea to have a new sense of urgency for getting a few things done – the usual suspects: career, travel, a few brothers and sisters for Mia maybe, and I might even have to resign my membership from the league of emotionally unavailable gentleman – and not to screw it up again.
  • Friday, very cool mentoring session with Brian – geeked out on learning about card payment networks (x25 payment protocols etc), three Skype meetings, Mia and her mom visited the Tate Modern and got some tickets for Matilda around Covent Garden, met Mia and Naulene around Holburn station, we ate a whole bag of huge cherries (yum), took a long walk along the North Bank of the Thames, lupper by Tower Bridge, quick visit from Olwyn and Milk.
  • UK prepaid mobile services suck, T-Mobile, Orange and EE all had issues when starting to use them.
  • Saturday, a hot summers day, Hamleys with Mia… all 5 floors from the top – the life size Stormtrooper Lego was pretty cool, a walk down Regent st… what happened to the National Geographic shop?, took the mandatory tourist Piccalilli Circus photo, Big Bus (open top) tour, ice cream, home made burgers with Werner.
  • Sunday, another hot summers day, London Eye with Mia… good fun, London Sea Life Aquarium, open top bus ride to South Kensington, Science Museum, took a photo of the first (NEXT cube at Cern) web server, scones and cream and jam snack, 3D IMAX movie (nerd catnip level 9) with a big bag of popcorn… “The Hidden Universe” – a pretty epic documentary about astronomy, open top bus ride to Marble Arch, Naulene fetched Mia, watched the soccer with Werner at a local pub.
  • Blog post from our last London Eye day.
  • Loom Twisters seems to be all the rage. Seems to even distract from taking in the views of the London Eye.
  • The cluster of (free) museums in South Kensington is awesome – would be easy to spend a few weekends there.
  • I have this theory that a fear of heights, fear of flying and the fear of public speaking comes and goes. My fear of heights: all time low after that 30m high crane at BST and London Eye), fear of flying: way better than about 5 years ago: fear of public speaking: probably increased over the last 3 years – or maybe I’m just starting to pay more attention to what it takes to be good at it.
  • Progress on (what Werner affectionately calls:) KPI No4 has been a bit slow this week.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.