Quick Update

Biltong, butter and standing desks…

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  • Week of 30 November to 6 December.
  • Health week 1/3, kinda.
  • If I include the fasting week, it’s pretty much been three weeks without any real exercise routine. That seems to be a bit long. Note to self, don’t do that again.
  • Monday, school run, gym, office, lunch at Sobaba, fetched 2kg of biltong, semi-aimless podcast sunset walk to Clifton, caught up on some reading.
  • Limit your options to synthesise happiness.
  • I suspect relationships, like businesses, die when you feel like you are the only one fighting for them, or when you have a chat with your friends for advice and they don’t seem to encourage you to keep fighting for them. Sad.
  • Radical Candor
  • How to make your phone battery last longer.
  • Tuesday, 10min mindfulness meditation, swim, office, late lunch omelette, podcast walk, we moved offices again (same building) – much better views (see above), quick sunset walk and Camphill milk shopping, cooked up an obsessively healthy steamed broccoli, kale and avo supper.
  • Finally flushed my Pocket reading list! – which sounds easy, but I had to read faster than I was adding things – well, I really just stopped adding things like a crazy person.
  • “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take order, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” — Robert A. Heinlein… be too complex to categorise.

  • I realised I’m not the smartest guy in the room. I need co-founder(s).
  • Wednesday, office, catch up with Gys and David – we chatted ISP apps, not the most productive day… a very late and unproductive city fibre planning meeting, epic 6 salad platter at Caffe Neo, two building manager meetings (painful), nice after work chat with Cath – we talked startups and relationships over a glass of wine, another broccoli, kale and avo supper, catch up with Wouter over a Jameson and some dark chocolate – we chatted about Tim F – his (hectic) search for self improvement and how he can’t seem to keep a girlfriend.
  • Health first. Seems to be a re-accuring thread.
  • Made it to ep 33 of the Tim Ferriss podcast – that’s 20 podcasts in a week. I might have a bit of an obsessive podcasting phase going.
  • If self improvement is masturbation, then walking around with headphones on all day listening to Tim Ferriss podcasts is super human masturbation.
  • Note to self: must listen to Hardcore History podcast soon.
  • “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

  • “We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and in spite of True Romance magazines we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely at least, not all the time but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.” — Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway

  • Thursday, investigated standing desks, office, Web Africa meeting, took some shades to get new lenses fitted (Paul incident), ended up getting Mia some new sunglasses, I hope she likes them, Myog, borrowed a standing desk from the guys next to us – pretty cool, but you can’t really stand for more than 20min, Yellowtail and some Ataraxia Sauv for dinner at Willoughbys with Mladen and Colin – reminded me of the first time I had sushi (ever) there – it must have been early 2000ish with Theo.
  • Try biltong and butter. New fav snack. Fills the toast and butter gap.
  • How cool would it be if Cape Town could become a City-state?
  • Played with @HotorBot on Telegram. Not very popular in Cape Town in seems.
  • “Figuring out, is what your life is about.” — Kevin Kelly

  • Kevin Kelly makes a pretty good argument for having (more) children – he thinks the world population is going to shrink dramatically soon.
  • Note to self: try the digital Sabath thing, one day without any screens, I’m going to avoid all screens on Sunday.
  • Release the bots. I’ve been pondering some business automation ideas. Auto salad bars, bots, unit tests and APIs.
  • Don’t sell out. Be idealistic. Resist and Thrive. Read: create something sustainable.
  • Friday, tried my first Headspace app meditation – pretty cool, made breakfast at home, office, dropped off some keys with Aiden, lunch with Fred at La Bottega in Woodstock – we mostly chatted about his conferencing project, Wembley Square, haircut at Yogi’s, walked down Long Street and grabbed a smoothie at Orchard on Long – try the Hullabaloo, BitX office opening party in Loop Street – nice to see Carel and Maia, collected some Ultra loyalty points, got home – jumped in the pool (32deg day) – opened an AndUnion Unflt Lager, watched Ex Machina – long, but pretty good, Watched Burning Man – Beyond Black Rock – about Burning Man around 2003.
  • “When you get ready to go to Burning Man – as soon as you leave the door of your house you are at Burning Man.”

  • “Freedom lies in being bold.” — Robert Frost

  • The most important question in business is probably – would you like to work with that person again?
  • Why can’t you do it sooner?
  • First you need to master a set of skills, then find a passion that suits your skills. Who am I? What skills have I mastered? What is my passion?
  • Engineering is the only profession that creates things. The rest is support.
  • “In the pursuit of experiences beyond the mainstream.”

  • Get out of your comfort zone at least once a day.
  • “If you’re gonna exist, why not enjoy it.”

  • I want to do more things to inspire people.
  • Where do you meet cool woman anyway? – yoga? business school? trance parties? Caprice? Bubbly festivals?
  • Saturday, Headspace session 2 (I think I had a bit of a breakthrough with the meditation thing – hard to be sure), made breakfast, backups, inbox- rss- pocket- photos- notes- zero, gym, swim, a short visit to La Vie with Aiden (he was a bit fragile – not sure if it was sun stroke or that last night in Dublin), Steph Weiss, random tinkering and server upgrades.
  • I think it’s important to have some rituals that make you grateful for living in Cape Town… like a cold Steph Weiss on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
  • I enabled the Linode backup service for my Linode this week, seems to work well. I also switched from Xen to KVM, and finally upgraded Ubuntu to v14.04, with a bit of Dovecot IMAP upgrade pains.
  • This week about six people asked me Why I Don’t Use WhatsApp, so I wrote a post on the topic.
  • Stop using Ad Block Plus, start using uBlock Origin – for Firefox.
  • Tel Aviv has one startups for every 431 residents – if you believe the Wikipedia stats, Stellenbosch only needs 182 startups to match that.
  • What is the most important thing? Adventure.
  • Sunday, only the brave… woke up at 7:00ish, listened to some podcasts on the way to Riviersonderend – Sunday Vortex adventure (the lesser known text neck cure), must say – I kinda missed the sunscreen lathering up routine, very cool venue – river etc (see below), somehow I found Daniel and Tash and Samantha, very cool sunset drive home – to be honest – all in all a bit of a lonely day – but, that’s how (self contained) adventures go – nice to get out on the open road and spend a day in nature, Aiden phoned, quick shower at home, ended up at Caprice with Aiden, Dan, Emily, Chris and Nick – and enjoyed it – Caprice on a Sunday with Dan and Aiden – is, well, a one of a kind experience, there was this girl at the bar with an open back dress… wow (Alex).
  • Tune of the week: Rocket Man “And all this science I don’t understand. It’s just my job five days a week.”
  • I’ve been thinking that this recent breakup has actually been very good for me. Lots of learning. That, and podcasts. Good ideation time. I have no evidence to support this idea – but it feels like I’m becoming a bit wiser.
  • Re-watch and re-read. You pick up different things as you progress.
  • Nick says he swims with his Apple watch.
  • “Tony collects people.” — Burning Man 358 (the other 7 days he is at Burning Man)

  • Dan wants to do a podcast – that could be cool.
  • Has anybody actually loved somebody enough to stop a wedding?

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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