Quick Update

A super fun road trip, and pondering my purpose…

Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch Street Soiree
  • Week of 25-31 January.
  • This post is late. I had to process two weeks of notes :-/
  • Monday, rainy school run, Waterstone gym – such an odd place, left the office at 20:00ish, sunset stroll around Bantry Bay.
  • Interesting read on our inner storytelling process.
  • Tuesday, 1km swim, office, DFA meeting, ended up reading about TCP buffers and theoretical maximum throughput per TCP session as a function of latency – in summary, latency is a bitch (double the latency, 1/2 the throughput), I installed Simplenote – pretty cool, pocket, notes, photos -zero, sunset walk, read 1/2 a Python book – this programming thing is actually cool – I only scored like 100% for my matric year end comp sci exam – not sure why I’ve been avoiding it for the last 6 years.
  • Fred said something interesting last Friday: ~in our world of being overwhelmed by information, the people who are going to win, are the ones which just jump in and do.
  • I’ve been hungry to learn recently. It’s a nice feeling. Mindful, interested and engaged. Keen to start building.
  • I started reading Letters from a Stoic – after discovering I bought it more than a year ago on my Kindle.
  • Don’t share your journal with anyone. Yeah, whatever – amateurs.
  • I’ve been typing Dvorak for 14 years now. I switched in January 2002. That’s probably saved me a about the distance to the moon in finger travel, give or take.
  • Sounds like we must go to the next Wolfkop Weekender. Should be around Sept.
  • I’m feeling a lot stronger after just two gym days.
  • “Slow down.” — ma.tt (and chase quality)

  • Wednesday, Lean Startup Coffee… we chatted about mindfulness, the future of parking lots and pair programming, gym, ZTE office visit, ZTE Camps Bay GPON site visit – very interesting, big Chinese food lunch at Tao Yuan in Sea Point, fetched my car, found a new watch battery and a 2kg shot put ball (for Mia) at Sportsmans Warehouse, Stellenbosch Street Soiree (see above) with Paul, Janna and Tasha… I’m happy I was not this cool when I was a student – I would never have discovered the joys of Slackware (Linux) and HAM radio, Balboa with Paul and Janna, dropped Mia’s swimming gear off at Naulene’s house.
  • “In China, we say the two most important things are: a) your purpose, b) the way to your purpose.” — Arthur, the ZTE GPON engineer I spent the day with – interesting chats about meditation and life in China – and some tech.

  • On the topic of purpose. What is your purpose? The Xprize guy has a recipe for answering this, he asks: What has been your passion since you were a child? What would you do if you had 1 Billion USD to spend? What are you doing to change the world? (I added that last one).

    Hmm, let’s see… and I’m probably going to look back at this at some point and scratch my head. Those of you that know me, know that I’ve been talking about all of this for a while. No, I’m not high… and since only two people actually read this blog, I figured I’ll write this down:

    As a child: I loved computers, sci-fi and adventure games, hacker/maker, figuring out how stuff works, writer, and a bit later photographer. Geek of all trades, kinda – but in the end: tech and adventure.

    What would I do with 1B USD?: Building tech products and tech companies… and help others build tech products and companies – kinda like Fight Club – for freedom, but without blowing up buildings.

    What do I want to do to change the world? (impact): grow food + build companies that don’t need humans. More about this next week.

  • Thursday, 10min Headspace app session, podcast walk to the office, sunset podcast walk around Bantry Bay, more Python reading.
  • I made it up to ep 66 of the Tim F show (7 for the week).
  • Friday, 10min Headspace app session, podcast walk to the office, fibre installer interview, tinkered with some Postfix virtual domain stuff, finished reading A Byte of Python, after work beer and braai at the office, watched some Python coding videos, walked to Camps Bay via Clifton 1-4, had a beer at Vicky Christina’s – which I suspect will not be there for very much longer, 18k steps for the day.
  • I’ve been geeking out on Python, Django, PyCharm, GeoDjango, OOP, pair programming, test driven design, git, Bootstrap, Django-REST, Nginx, Gunicorn, Postgres etc. It’s all still a bit messy, but I’m beating it into shape.
  • I like this coding thing – it feels like I’m doing it for me.
  • “Most of what we do does not matter.” “The goal of the future is full unemployment.” “Life is too short to be busy.” — Lazy a Manifesto

  • This will be my 5th Origin, I had to look it up… 2010 Georg, 2011 Anton and Georg and Luke, 2012 missed it (Naulene related – talk about time I will not get back), 2013 Ernst (could be the best one so far?), 2014 I was in Geneva, 2015 Nikki, 2016 Paul.
  • Saturday, Headspace session, TiTea, gym, Paul and I collected some Ultra loyalty points and drove to Elgin, we had lunch at The Pool Room at Oak Valley Wine Estate (see below) – great Chardonnay, we chilled by the pool till after they closed and had a walk around, made our way to Botrivier with a Pearl Jam soundtrack, many moments in the now, a swim at the Botrivier Hotel, epic day.
  • “Sometimes realise, I could only be as good as you let me.” — Pearl Jam, Hail, Hail (the lucky ones, I refer to those in love).

  • “It’s like the Bermuda Triangle down here.” — Paul, on the way to Botrivier.

  • “The microbes made me do it.” — lame microbiome joke

  • Sunday, Origin with Paul (only left at 10:00ish, minor navigation snag – arrived at about 11:00 – so much for my grand plan to stay near the party), we tracked down Philippa and Pieter – bumped into a lot more people and had a great time, drove back with Paul, Philippa and Tash, we stopped at the top of the Franschhoek pass (see below, good memories from last year, the photo looks rather similar – maybe not as good), Pixies soundtrack on the way to Cape Town – much singing along – all in all – a good memory design weekend, we stopped for pizza at Bella Italia in Sea Point, Tash’s house, Pieter’s house, somehow I was asked on a date (twice) but Paul ended up staying at her house *grin*.
  • Yield was released 18 years ago (February 3, 1998).
  • Tune of the week: Pixies – Dig For Fire

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Oak Valley
Oak Valley Pool Room
Franschhoek Pass
Top of the Franschhoek Pass

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