Monthly Archives: January 2016

Quick Update

500 weeks of summer (life is short)…

Riesling Rocks 2016
Riesling Rocks 2016
  • Week of 18-24 January.
  • Monday, school run, Waterstone gym, brunch with Paul at Kleinsky’s… latke benedict with pastrami – very good, bumped into Nikki at Kleinsky’s – I’m not going to lie it was a tiny bit weird – after not seeing her since October, but great to see her and give her a hug – yeah, safe to say, I miss her, WordPress dev meeting, tea with Paul (he likes his tea strong… He-Man skin tone colour) – I helped him upgrade and backup his phone, I installed PyCharm, after work promenade walk with Paul, pizza at La Vie with Pieter, Jean and Paul, nice summer night promenade walk back to our cars, Wouter experimented with home-made fried chicken – very good.
  • “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world.” — Casablanca

  • “Maybe he’s on Bluetooth?” — Paul, about the homeless guy talking to himself as we walked back to our cars after La Vie.

  • Mia sent me a message with a photo of her ribbon for coming first in the shot put event – inter-house track and field finals. Eat your egg whites and cheese kids.
  • “You like to poke the bear.” — From a chat about Paul’s ERA outing and upsetting a friend.

  • Tuesday, podcast walk to the office, I installed Snapchat – amusing, wayleaves meeting, aimless podcast walk to Clifton, walked up and down 1st to 4th (17k steps for the day), watched the sunset with Philippa and Luke, braai at our house with about 12 people, swims, red meat, Chardonnay.
  • A reason to get up in the morning: Ikigai.
  • I’ve discovered the “my list” feature in the Netflix web interface – way better than trying to find content using the remote. Also have a look at this list of categories.
  • After pondering this for a bit… I think the best text neck cure is not swimming, standing desks, less smartphone time, walking 10k steps a day – it’s simply a good chair and sleep.
  • Wednesday, very cool day, Lean Startup Coffee in Green Point – interesting chats about the next ten years of bots and the redundancy of human labour, haircut at Yogi’s, PC Networks meeting, catch up chat with Joseph at Chop Chop – mostly chatted LoRa tech, Cor took me for a roof tour of the building, a swim at Wembley, Jonathan gave Michael and I a six-easy-lessons in Django dev, sunset on Clifton 1st reading Life Is Short, walked my 12k steps for the day, set up a new Django dev Linode with Debian 8.2 (RIP Ian Murdock).
  • I’ve been pondering the 10 years view of the world. I’s going to get pretty crazy I think.
  • Seems about 0.2% of the world’s population can code.
  • After listening to a podcast this week, I really need to start eating only grass fed beef and milk – avoid antibiotics in our food.
  • “Talent neglected or misguided, investigations into the nature of things not completed, what is right understood but not acted upon, and the lack of energy to rectify what is wrong, these are the things which pain my heart, which I exist to remedy.” — Kung-Tzu (Confucious)

  • “Calm is contagious.” — Pavel Tsatsouline

  • “These were not guys with fast thumbs, these were athletes.” — Pavel Tsatsouline

  • Thursday, podcast walk to the office, catch up chat with Daren – chats about how nobody wants to earn Rands anymore, installed Python 3.5 on my laptop and Linode, some blogging, phoned Mia and had a nice chat with her, long phone chat with Nikki, left the office pretty late, sunset walk towards Bantry Bay, a post sunset swim at home, Wouter cooked some lamb in his SousVide machine – very good.
  • Are you working on things that can change the world?
  • Kinda jumped in the deep end with my new year starting to code again project. I figured Python is the best option for web dev, Raspberry IP GPIO stuff, and teaching Mia to code.
  • Friday, gym – my first real gym session for the year, office, configured an NMS server, lunch with Fred at Basic Bistro – plotting a kids friendly AfrikaBurn – chats about, RSS vs Twitter, new directions and garden variety narcissism, watched Mia’s inter-house athletics for a while, a beer at Fred&Max and some email tinkering, back to the athletics to watch Mia run the 4×100 relay, Gardens Centre, a 21:00 swim at home with Mia – hot evening, perfect water temperature, 11h sleep.
  • “The only easy day is yesterday.”

  • Saturday, tea and Clone Wars (brings back memories of Stellenbosch days), photo processing, backups and upgrades, OZCF market with Mia at the Waterfront – we bought some of Richie’s smoothies – said hi to Philippa and Tash, Mia’s usual fix of olives, we drove to Stellenbosch, Riesling Rocks 2016 at Hartenberg with Paul, Frieda, Josh (see above) – my 3rd Riesling Rocks I think – the Groote Post Riesling was the gem of the festival – I took my camera with 85mm lens and had some fun taking photos, late afternoon Eerste Rivier walk with Mia, up to the cable bridge, chilled on the top soccer fields, pizza at Col’Cacchio in Stellenbosch – Mia was feeling adventurous and had a mix of Tropical and Hawaiian pizza (big step), listened to some Morcheeba on the way back to Cape Town, post sunset swim at home, 11h sleep.
  • I had a chat with Josh about the Secret Sunrise events. I should go.
  • “Soak up wisdom all year long, then take action…” — Morcheeba

  • I only took 2689 photos in 2015 (106 events), 2014 was 4000, 2013 was 2389, 2012 was 4286 – so it seems a slow year is around 2k and a good year is around 4k.
  • Mia is 153cm, 45kg, shoe size 6 now.
  • Note to self, I should just use UberXL to transport bicycles.
  • Sunday, 2am swim – perfect wind free night, but very hot, Mia made me breakfast, processed some photos, added some (˜70) books to Mia’s Kindle, Mia watched more Clone Wars (in her rabbit onesie), a swim and a nap, walked to Camps Bay for some calamari – I made Mia walk 13k steps for her supper, ice cream, sunset series of beach walks on the way back (see below), time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Sunday Walk
Sunday Walk

Quick Update

Memory design…

Kloof Street
Kloof Street
  • Week of 11-17 January.
  • Health week 1/3.
  • Yeah, this post is a bit late, I’ve been tinkering with Python / Django and PyCharm. I figured it’s a bit of a shame that I can actually write some code and I have a pretty good understanding of DevOps – but I never use these skills. So, this year, I’m going to write some code and build a few things. I’m enjoying learning Django. Thanks Jonathan.
  • A week without drinking, and driving… good use of the Oxford comma there.
  • Monday, podcast walk to the office, Michael cracked two ribs and took the day off, Daniella’s first day, Sababa lunch, post work swim at home, nap, watched some Mr Robot.
  • Tune of the week: Space Oddity, RIP David Bowie.
  • “You have to be odd to be number one.” — Dr Seuss

  • Very random observation, but I’ve been eating a lot more cheese than usual, and enjoying it.
  • “We will be able to create avatars of people who have passed away from all of the information they have left behind (their emails and other documents, images, videos, interviews with people who remember them). These will be compelling but not fully realistic, not until the mid 2030s, so some people will find this ‘replicant’ technology to be in the ‘uncanny valley,’ that is, disconcerting.” — What The Next Decade Will Bring – here is at least 402 weeks of info for you, dear future AI of myself.

  • “I’m going to be dropping pins like it’s nobody’s business.” — Paul, after working out how to send his location via Whatsapp.

  • Tuesday, podcast walk to the office, wayleaves meeting, a few rounds of business card design updates – scratched my OCD itch – Octotel now has 5 employees, lunch with Paul at Sababa (again), post work swim at home, watched the last three episodes of Mr Robot – it was okay – I guess I struggle with series, finally processed all my notes and photos from the holidays.
  • Bring back your personal website / blog. My personal site kinda got stuck in 2010 – but the blog lives. I might have to update the personal website content this year.
  • Too Many Cooks, 11 minutes well spent.
  • Mia has so many movies to catch up on. I’ve been making a list for her.
  • Wednesday, the health plan begins, podcast walk to the office, figured I needed some new trainers – Nike Free 5.0, post work swim at home, long aimless podcast walk to Camps Bay, another swim at home (hot day).
  • I’m at 86kg after the holidays – about 3kg gained – not too bad, considering I’ve not really cared much about what I’ve been eating (read: beer and pizza) since mid November with no real exercise plan, but my BIA stats have regressed – I probably gained 3kg of fat and lost a bit of muscle. Three week goal: lose 4kg of fat and gain 3kg of muscle. I’m keen to see if I can do it in under three weeks.
  • Made it up to ep. 54 of the Tim Ferriss show – I’m still a year behind. That’s 10 episodes for the week.
  • “Creativity is the new literacy.” and “The creative class flocks to a handful of happy cities, abandoning the rest.” — From The Refragmentation

  • 21 Self-Improvement Experiments – I’m pondering trying some of these. More in my 2016 goals post – to follow soon – after Origin.
  • Thursday, podcast walk to the office, aimless sunset podcast walk to Clifton and a bit of a beach walk, Wouter made some salmon and herb pea mash… very nice.
  • Nice conversation about the Burning Man experience and how to recreate it, ep53, about half way in. I listened to this and thought… that’s it, I’m going to AfrikaBurn 2016!
  • “The correct use of wealth is magnificence.” ~- Aristotle

  • Also from that podcast, the concept of memory design or designing the best/ most memorable house party. Great idea. Spread memories spatially – different themes, venues, music. Create unique memories in a short amount of time. I guess this kinda relates to designing a life of many different projects and experiences. Probably a good idea for dating. Have dates in various different places – design good memories. If it’s true that relationships need 5 good experiences for every 1 negative one, 5 new experiences for every 1 familiar one is probably also a good rule.
  • “Tech startups are the great driver in modern culture.” — ep53, also related to how the Silicon Valley startup scene influences Burning Man. Read: if you are going to live in our day and age, building tech businesses is the place to be.

  • Back to school for Mia this week and Thursday was her first day of taking her phone to school – nice to keep in touch with her – seems she did well in the high jump and shot put and was 2nd in the running event.
  • I agree with Peter Thiel on failure. It sucks. It’s a big loss of momentum / optimism / confidence. Interesting experience, but best to be avoided. It’s not the badge of honour which it seems to have become in a few tech startup circles.
  • Be mindful – make things interesting for yourself, be present.
  • After recently switching off FB notifications on my phone, I moved the Facebook app to the 4th screen in a sub menu. I’m trying to avoid it. Just eats battery, attention and data. I was planning to delete it – but I do like posting the odd photo. I also deleted Happn – dating apps are just hard work.
  • “Adults follow paths. Children explore.” — The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • I’ve been reading a chapter of a plain old paper book before bed each night. Seems to help me sleep. I should try and read more books this year.
  • Friday, up early, car service day, fibre splicing demo and node room tour, fetched my car, fetched Mia, Fred&Max with Paul P. – gave him some advice on building apps, stationary shopping with Mia at the Waterfront, Mia insisted I get a new Yoda phone cover, extended bookshop visit – Mia walked out with Tintin and the Crab with Golden Claws – I got Zero to One, burgers at Gibson’s – we had to try it since Paul gave it good reviews… pretty good, food shopping with Mia – including the usual Mini Babybels cheese – a favourite from when I was a child.
  • After my Saturday morning meditation on this topic, I have to say the best burger in Cape Town is at Da Vinci’s (burger in a bowl) – and Mondialle, if you like bread. Seems I have to go try Junior soon.
  • Mia had swimming trials on Friday and won the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke races – she says the breaststroke race was a very close finish – not sure who won.
  • My headphones really were a great investment.
  • Looking at my iPhone Health app, I seem to average more than 10k steps per day. In linking my health app to Discovery app I noticed I got 300 points for going clubbing at ERA recently. *grin*
  • I’ve started taking a lot less supplements – I now have multi vitamins (B/C etc) maybe twice a week.
  • Keeping with the memory design theme I figured we should go visit Llandudno and Hout Bay this weekend.
  • Saturday, tea, cherries and Netflix – watched Galaxy Quest (RIP Alan Rickman), the usual device backup and photo processing party (pocket, notes, photos -zero), stuck some tape over my laptop camera (after a podcast I listened to this week), Mia and I covered her school books and we compared notes on our shared calendar, drove to the Garden’s Centre to get some things printed, but their lame Windoze PCs could not read my exFAT USB drive (and yes, exFAT is an MS format), gym and swim at Wembley Square – I snapped the above photo on the way – I showed Mia the power plate machine and how to do squats (without weights on the bar) – she was complaining about her ankles hurting when running, I’m interested to see if powerplate and squats help stimulate the growth of the supporting muscles around her knees and ankles, we drove to Llandudno for a beach walk, early pizza supper at Posticino’s in Hout Bay – good pizza, sunset walk on Hout Bay beach (see below), 11h sleep.
  • I have Mia using Wunderlist now. If only her mother was this receptive to productivity apps.
  • Sunday, we made tea and breakfast, Mia watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while I processed some notes – I’m struggling with this screen-free day thing, gym and swim at The Point (more power plate and squats), quick Waterfront visit – to print Mia’s school book covers, leftover pizza with bucket loads of avo and humus (yum), five hours on Clifon 2nd for Michael’s birthday (see below), bumped into Grant who seemed to be well positioned to appreciate views of a group of very scantily clad models, long swims – Mia stayed in for about 25min (warm for Clifton), walked up and down the beaches with Mia, Nicole (she’s back) showed Mia how to paddle out on an SUP board (Mia went out on her own later), bubbly and some Sterhuis Chardonnay at sunset, I took my DSLR/85mm to the beach for a change, really magic sunset. Time. Well. Spent.
  • I think Mia enjoyed her (half) only child time.
  • This post is probably a bit long, 1600 words, new record I think, but I’m too lazy to make it shorter.
  • Mia seems to like my pasture fed milk and whey protein cocktails.
  • “You are everywhere I go, all the places we have been.” — from the epic audio masterpiece that is Over and Over by Moloko.

Go design some good memories, crazy kids.

I couldn’t really make up my mind about which photos to use. So this week we have four. A new record I think…

Hout Bay
Hout Bay
Clifton 2nd
Clifton 2nd
Clifton 2nd Sunset
Clifton 2nd Sunset

Quick Update

Batman of the Boland…

  • Week of 4-10 January.
  • Monday, pizza for breakfast, backups, struggled to enable iMessage on Mia’s phone for at least 15min, Georg dropped his keys off, Mia and I went to go buy her some new stationary for the year in the Gardens Centre, we watched The Good Dinosaur (3D) at the Waterfront – not bad… the story was very basic for a Pixar film, but the visuals were good, gelato and a walk around the Waterfront, post-sunset swim at home, I cooked Mia my signature single-dad high protein supper… very basic, but she likes boiled egg whites.
  • Turns out that to enable iMessage you need to be able to send international SMS messages, and you need “Airtime” for that if you are not on a contract that allows for credit. The error messages could be a little bit more helpful.
  • Recording a Second Each Day
  • Tuesday, Mia finished a whole tray of cherries while watching Batman (the first Tim Burton one) while I did some blogging, we fetched Jacques, cheese and wine tasting at Fairview, cheese and meat platter for lunch, we visited the Alpaca Loom and fed the llamas – very cute animals (see below), Spice Route visit – CBC Brewery and chilled under the trees at La Grapperia, Mia and I drove back to Cape Town and took a sunset promenade walk, take-away pizza supper next to the ocean on a bench above Queens Beach, a post-sunset swim at home.
  • Turns out you can keep llamas as pets, R6k each, but they only sell them if you buy at least two… because they are pack animals.
  • “I have this disease called more.” — from a recent podcast.

  • A four day Boland adventure – after just planning to go for drinks on Wednesday night…
  • Wednesday, I made Mia a super healthy lunch and we had a bit of a Tylor Swift youtube party in the kitchen, drove to Somerset West while Mia browsed a big collection of her old photos on an iPad, a swim with Mia at the Waterstone gym, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house, fetched a few things from Jonkershoek (misplaced on NYE), Trumpet Tree with Al and Hilah for Johann and Victoria’s Stellenbosch drinks, Balboa with Melissa and Jan, Henk’s house with Al and Eugene.
  • Thursday, woke up in Stellenbosch, swim, all day breakfast, watched Point Break (the remake) – not too painful for what it is, First Fizzday at Simonsig (see above) with Paul and Danel and Lisa Marie, nice music, bubbly and oysters, Danel showed off her MCC sabrage skills.
  • Tips on Sabering Champagne.
  • Friday, woke up in Stellenbosch again, Simonsig wine tasting with Paul – the extended one wine farm tour – great wines including The Garland – we pretty much had a full glass of everything in their range (and they have a big range of wines) – seems to be a bit of a liability knowing people who work in the tasting room, more Chardonnay and AltJ and Jack White – sitting on Paul’s couch on the lawn while watching the clouds roll in over the Stellenbosch mountains (see below), we watched Batman: The Dark Knight Rises – yet again – Paul seems to really like it.
  • “Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” — Alfred

  • Word of the week: frigid.
  • Paul has this theory that all his ex-girlfriends meet their life partners right after dating him.
  • “Dude, I did not sleep with your dad.” — Paul. We had a laugh about that story again.

  • Saturday, woke up in Stellenbosch, wine tasting at Villiera, breakfast at Joostenberg Deli and Bistro with Paul – nice place, beer tasting with Paul and Melane at the Stellenbosch Brewing Co – cool logo, picnic snack platter with JD and Charita, Vilierra wine tasting with Paul, JD and Charita, I drove back to Cape Town and did a wine delivery for Paul, catchup chat with Wouter, walked to Clifton, a long phone chat with Etienne on the beach, sundowners and pizza on the beach with JD and Charita, Charita managed to get us on the guest list for ERA, fun evening with JD and Charita and Babette.
  • Seems Call-a-Pizza is a way better option to get pizza on the beach… but Mia does not like their pizza bases.
  • You know you are rested and relaxed when you can do two hours of lucid dreaming.
  • “You guys are adulting hard, I dig it.” — Paul, after meeting some school friends who have kids.

  • The bottom layer of ERA reminds me of the Lighthouse at AfrikaBurn.
  • Tunes of the week: Alt-J – Something Good, Jack White – Trash Tongue Talker, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
  • To be honest, I’m a bit relieved the holidays are over. I need a break from my break. Three healthy weeks ahead. This hedonism thing is hard work.
  • Sunday, lazy afternoon on Clifton 1st with Cath, Mykonos Taverna with Philippa, Luke and Richard – nice place.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Llamas of the Alpaca Loom
Llamas of the Alpaca Loom

Quick Update

Staycation week with Mia and NYE adventures…

Clifton 1st
Clifton 1st
  • Week of 28 December to 3 January. Post number 400.
  • This post is a bit late, I’ve been spending time with Mia. Great to spend lots of time with her.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia at Knead, Myog, Mia explored every feature of her new phone and rearranged the apps a few times, mocktails and cocktails at La Vie with Georg… try the Cape Town G&T, putt putt game with Mia (I won, by one shot – unplanned), ice creams and a sunset promenade walk.
  • Cath wants to start doing Sweat 1000. I said I’d join her in checking it out.
  • Don’t be lonely. Have good quality relationships. Work on health and friendships.
  • Tuesday, Mia and I watched Steve Jobs at the Waterfront – her first Nouveau movie… good movie, I had a bit of a passive aggressive moment with the cinema manager not wanting to let us take our smoothies into the movie, we found some great chocolate cake and chatted about the story after the movie, extended book shop browsing session, afternoon shopping for clothes for Mia – I think we make a good team… good value, good taste, we picked up some Body Shop specials, an early supper at Quaglino’s in Mouille Point – I often drive past the place, so I figured I’d give it a try after reading about it on Tyler’s blog – not bad, the kind of place you never need to take your sunglasses off and you can sip white wine all day (Igby Goes Down style) – service was a bit B rate and slow, but the ice cream was great, Green Point park walk, promenade walk, some blogging, 1/2 an avo each – dinner of champions.
  • For some reason I feel kinda vulnerable in the hours after publishing these posts. Seems being a Neurotic Extrovert is a thing.
  • “Artists lead, and hacks ask for a show of hands.” — Steve Jobs movie

  • I showed Mia this TED video, and now she really wants to go to Burning Man.
  • Easy way to fall asleep, this works fairly well.
  • DStv can’t die soon enough. I hate the UI.
  • Wednesday, Mia watched Pirates of the Caribbean while I tinkered with some personal sysadmin’ish stuff, backups etc, for some reason I had to figure out some location tracking for Mia’s phone and set up a shared calendar, I cooked a ridiculously healthy lunch for Mia, afternoon on Clifton 1st, Mia found a friend (from Sunday) and ended up going to supper with them at Willoughbys – she does not usually eat sushi, but it seems a bit of peer pressure got her past that – this gave me a way to test my new location tracking apps, Georg and I walked to the Taj in Camps Bay and had some indian food – I was feeling adventurous and had a vindaloo option, interesting deserts (Klufi), welcomed Mia back at home.
  • Seems Life360 is the best app to track kids phones.
  • Somehow I managed to spend four days in board shorts…
  • Thursday, Mia and I walked down the hill to the Bantry Bay Bootleggers to have breakfast with Tyler – nice chats (startups and stoic philosophy) – good to catch up, pest control guy came to spray for cockroaches (must be the time of year), Georg and I dropped Mia off in Somerset West and we had a beer with JD at the Old Bridge Tavern, a beer with Al and Georg at the De Zalze clubhouse, a swim and braai at Melissa’s house just outside Stellenbosch – very cool house – built next to a river, general NYE mayhem with Paul, Al, Claus, Henning and about 15 other people (see below), very fun evening, thanks!
  • Friday, more swimming and post-NYE party at Melissa’s, ended up at Paul’s house in the late afternoon and watched Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Saturday, a day on the farm with Paul – swimming, bubbly, Campari, AltJ, watched Star Trek, perfect day, we kinda ended up missing Johann and Victoria’s party in Cape Town.
  • “Here’s to making days disappear…” — Spotted on Paul’s wall, a note Christina left there.

  • Sunday, watched Star Trek – Into Darkness again (no hair colour changes involved), drove to Cape Town and had a burger at Jerry’s in Park Rd… tasty, Naulene dropped Mia off after what sounded like an extended Deer Park visit, Mia and I walked to Clifton 1st – mostly for Georg’s going away sundowners, beach time and many swims with Mia, Cath, Georg and Melvi (see above, bottom left umbrella – that’s been our regular spot), warmer than usual water, I think I’ve reached my optimal summer tan level, pizza at Posticino’s with Georg, Mia, Victoria and Johann (the newlyweds) – good to see them, very nice pizza.
  • I should write a little summary of 2015… maybe read all my posts for the year again. Soon.
  • LLAP

Have a fun 2016, crazy kids.

NYE Stellenbosch
NYE Stellenbosch