Quick Update

There is no middle ground…

Wally's Cave
Wally’s Cave
  • Week of 23-29 November.
  • Not a health week at all – did not make it to gym even once. I think the coming week needs to be a health week again.
  • Monday, office, late lunchtime podcast walk, a beer with Anton at La Perla, early supper with Nick at Primi in Sea Point – we talked London startups, breakups and fasting.
  • “Forget that you are afraid.”

  • Note to self: eat more green leafy veg.
  • Tuesday, up early for a Lions Head walk with Grant – who I met at the gym – also a swimmer – also a breakup story (we were both at gym a bit too often), cool guy, bit of an adventure to find Wally’s Cave (see above) on the side of Lions Head, rad walk – bumped into Chantal, Jason and Adriaan on the way – busy morning on the mountain, office, sales person interview, lunchtime podcast walk, after work drink with Anton and Gys at The Radisson – chatted about an idea Anton has been thinking about for ages, Gys is a very cool guy.
  • I installed the WordPress OSX app and Jetpack plugin (for my WordPress.org blog). Pretty cool – but the HTML editing features are totally missing – will have to keep using the web interface for a while. I just like to see the html tags I guess.
  • Wednesday, TiTea, Anton dropped some keys off, catch up with Roger and David in Green Point, office, painful meeting with a building manager trying to do his own fibre cabling solution, stayed at the office pretty late, ended up finally doing some server migrations (moved all the stuff I still needed off the Gust Linode), migrated the TrustFabric website to my personal Linode (a bit rusty with the Python/Django tinkering, thanks for the pointers Werner) – I even managed to get two SSL websites running on the same IP without much effort.
  • “No artist tolerates reality.” — Nietzsche

  • Check out: Startup Playbook
  • Thursday, podcast walk to the office, lunchtime podcast walk, a quick nap at home, cocktail party at Aston Martin in the Waterfront, Thanksgiving dinner / housewarming at Cath’s new place in Gardens – tin foil hats, strawberry lips, pumpkin pie, Colmant and 80s music – nice chat with Niel, great desserts – thanks Cath.
  • Tune of the week: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
  • Listen to episode 13 of the Tim Ferriss podcast – a very honest essay. Pretty short also. Productivity Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)
  • I’ve been a bit slack with the meditation. Morning routines seems to be a unique challenge.
  • “The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself… that is the moment, you might be starting to get it right.” — Neil Gaiman (of Stardust and Coraline fame)

  • I switched back to using iTerm2 – the OSX Terminal app was making me unhappy.
  • Who really has time for anything or anybody? I think the key is to see friends once a month and be cool with that.
  • Friday, office, some trench sharing letter writing, catch up with Nico and Naude in Stellenbosch, tea with Alex at Stomme Jonge, a visit to the municipality building, fetched Mia, failed attempt to see JM, a quick visit to The Thirsty Scarecrow, we drove to the top of the hill for a Chardonnay tasting at Uva Mira – always cool, we drove to the top of the other hill for a sunset supper at The Long Table / Haskell Vineyards (see below) – nice cheesecake, perfect afternoon with Mia, in bed early.
  • I kinda worked out why books have chapters… to motivate writers to write – units of progress.
  • Mia received two awards / certificates this week: best girls swimmer and most improved cricket player. She must have started showing some interest in cricket.
  • “Moenie worry nie AD, die Rand is so swak meisies trou nou weer vir liefde – my Ma” — Adrian, spotted on FB

  • F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
  • I’ve decided that I like writing. Now I just need to work out what to write about. I’ve been pondering writing essays. Some actual writing. Things people actually care to read – outside the realm of my 40 blog readers (-:
  • Mia finished reading all the Harry Potter books, she’s moved on to Nancy Drew. She finished a book over the weekend.
  • Saturday, slept till 9:00 – which was awesome, because I’d had three nights of not so great sleep in a row, backups, BIA machine visit – Mia lost 3kg from being sick recently, fresh juices and breakfast with Mia at Knead, shopping (Mia needed a new hair brush, hair bands etc – how do you lose a whole pack of hairbands? one a day I guess), frogurt, we watched Planes, Tranes and Automobiles on Netflix… classic movie – some great scenes, milk and chia smoothies, salad and Uva Mira Chardonnay, micro nap, I introduced Mia to Neil Diamond on the drive to a promenade walk – epic sunset – we talked about retaining muscle mass without gravity, how aliens might look in double or half our gravity and the benefits of meditation for kids, pizza at Posticino with Mia, Marc (of Obox/Layers fame) and Fran, bumped into Alan, very good Tiramisu… I might have a thing for Tiramisu.
  • Humans are strange. We cling to tiny bits of good in experiences, but we also focus on big bits of bad, uncertainty and stress in our everyday lives. Evolutionary bias towards fear. Basically we are programmed to eat too much and worry all the time. Pretty broken, really.
  • Alan says he keeps a flat in Sea Point – to escape the insular (snow globe) Stellenbosch vibes over weekends. Smart.
  • Life imitates AfrikaBurn.
  • I’ve been pondering the rarity of love. Tricky thing.
  • I need a haircut. This is the longest my hair has been since 1996.
  • Sunday, breakfast at Baked in Bakoven with Sanja and Mia – we chatted aB ARG design, Beta beach walk (my spiritual home / see below), bumped into Mark from Mxit days, milk and chia smoothie, showed Mia Vader Sessions – never gets old, epic nap, putt putt re-match – it was a tie again, promenade walk, long lazy afternoon at La Perla reading on the porch (mostly Nancy Drew and Paul Graham essays), I tried to introduce Mia to (white wine and saffron cream) muscles – she was not convinced – very good with some a Glen Carlou Chardonnay, catch up chat with Paul, made an attempt at cooking some healthy food for Mia.
  • If I put my laptop in the bread bin in the kitchen it works pretty well as a standing desk.
  • “Did you dry these in a rainforest?”

  • What if there was a drug to make people do things with passion? Hmm. I suspect the closest thing is cool people to work with.
  • I might need new/more friends. Should make more effort when meeting new people.
  • One day I’m going to read all the Paul Graham essays.
  • “It’s true that every great entrepreneur is first and foremost a designer.” — Extracts from Zero to One

  • “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?” — Peter Thiel’s favourite interview question.

  • Start of my next health mission. Three weeks.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Haskell Vineyards
Haskell Vineyards
Little Beta Beach
Little Beta Beach