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.