Monthly Archives: April 2016

Quick Update

Mild sense of panic setting in…

  • Week of 18-24 April.
  • Health week 3/3. Well, mostly.
  • Monday, office, wrote a newsletter, booked a flight to Joburg for Anton’s birthday party, sunset podcast walk to Clifton and a stroll from 1st to 4th beach (see below), made a healthy dinner while chatting to Jacques via Facetime for about an hour, catch up chat with Paul.
  • Tuesday, office, an extended city wayleave meeting – all about trench sharing, sunset walk around Nettleton rd, cooked a healthy supper, Wouter made tiramisu – yum.
  • Wednesday, podcast walk to the office, migrated a bunch of forms on the Octotel website, Wellness Warehouse visit and a VitB shot (I should do this more often), DStv over fibre training workshop, dropped a tent off with Darryn, drove to Canal Walk, haircut – tried something new – I guess it’s a Brandon Flowers man-crush hairstyle, planned all the things I needed to get for AfrikaBurn in about 25min – mostly by dragging around items from previous Wunderlists, shopping- I actually had to go get a map of Canal Walk to make sense of the place, packing and making more lists at home.
  • Thursday, bumped into Paul at 6:30 in the kitchen, TiTea, gym – while listening to Sam’s Town – always makes me happy for some reason, office, lomad and chia day, manicure, Seacom meeting, met up with Paul for a coffee and a walk, catch up chat with Dan, a burger at Hudsons with Paul (see above), drove home listening to some Nick Cave and had some dark chocolate with Paul, kinda delayed my packing but managed to get all the important stuff in place, minor Youtube party.
  • “Martial arts on Valium.” — Paul, about Pieter’s Tai Chi.

  • I’m starting to think I should aim for 9 square photos per week and one 16×9.
  • Suffering really is voluntary.
  • Cool new Brandon Flowers video – Lonely Town
  • “Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.”
    — Alfred North Whitehead

  • I’ll have to fill in the rest when I get back from the burn.
  • Ok, here we go – the update. Bit of a dalay, but better late than never.
  • I made some studio Gibly posters of Kiki’s cat and the Bath House ghost as signs for our camp and had them laminated. No-face and Jiji. We never worked out an actual name for the camp, but the visuals had to do (see above).
  • AfrikaBurn X, number 5 for me.
  • Friday, up at 6:00, backups, packing with Paul – thanks for the help, drove to Franschhoek, quick re-packing, drove to Ceres with Nikki, nice drive, good chats, dramatic weather, stopped at a padstal and had rye and beef sandwiches (thanks Charley), drove along the R355 in a bit of a dust storm with some Fleetwood Mac tunes, stopped at the Tankwa Padstal while the worst of the dust storm passed, stopped to take in the views – rain storms in the distance, nothing short of spectacular, we arrived at AfrikaBurn just after sunset, had a vodka tonic or two with Chris and the Pompeii crew, nice rain, took a walk around the desert with Nikki, memories of listening to that Lonely Town song more than once.
  • How to survive on avos, biltong, coconut water, almonds, protein powder and chia seeds… but mostly avos for 7 days. I figured I should stick to healthy eating for this burn.
  • I actually made a lot of this week’s notes in a paper notebook. Reminded me that I don’t like my own handwriting – especially with a somewhat broken hand.
  • Saturday, Nikki set up her personal mini-theme-camp, I went to go claim some space for our camp in the quiet zone around 6ish, met our tent setup crew, tried to keep space for Tammy and co, took a nap, fetched my bicycle at Nikki’s camp, took a long night-time ride and went a bit too fast over a patch of mud which had some dried car tracks through it from the recent rains, took a nasty tumble, drove back to my camp and figured I needed some help, Nikki cleaned off the worst dirt and patched me up (thank you), in bed early.
  • Sunday, visited the medics, they cleaned me up and covered everything again, my knee, shoulder, hand and face lost a fair fit of skin, took a cycle around (looking like The English Patient) and took some photos, nap, finished reading Zero to One – the founder paradox chapter was very interesting, took a hot shower at New Beginnings, nice chat with Carel, Maia, Otto etc, had a beer on the sundowner deck next to our camp and took an evening walk around the Binnekring, mostly felt a bit sorry for myself and took some photos of the rising moon with my tripod.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Trying a bit of a new format with the photos…

  • Week of 11-17 April.
  • Health week 2/3. – 7kg transformation so far – aiming for 9kg in 3 weeks.
  • Monday, podcast walk to the office, two new people started working at Octotel, gym, killer abs, spinning class, swim, phone chat with Mia, cooked a healthy dinner, we booked our stretch tent for AfrikaBurn (just in time Joe, JITJ).
  • Tuesday, early morning walk up the hill to try and find a wireless dish, office, wayleave meeting with the city – could have turned out a bit better, quick visit to the Audi garage – seems some child (no idea who this could have been) stuck a marble in one of the back seat vents and it’s making a weird noise, made a rather unique spreadsheet, lunch time Instagram walk, aimless sunset podcast walk to Clifton, Wouter cooked his signature temperature probe perfection ribeye + broccoli + avo dish.
  • I made it to Sept 2015 on the TimF show. 100th shows I’ve listened to.
  • “Practice discomfort.”

  • I gained about 80 Instagram followers this week – never realised it was this popular.
  • Wednesday, gym – benched 90kg again – cold shower, office, lomad and chia day, figured out a diagram with Michael, left the office after dark, swim, cold shower, phone chat with Mia.
  • When you stick around the office pretty late – lie on your back and do 20 deep breaths, and squats – and then have a 5min nap. Works well to get motivated again.
  • Breathe! Wim Hof interview TimF show 7 Sept 2015. 40x deep breaths in the morning while relaxed.
  • The Wim Hof method.
  • When you don’t fear discomfort, you can be relaxed. Being comfortable is not the same as being happy.
  • “Are you high? – no, I’m just relaxed.” — chat at our recent braai.

  • Thursday, swim – how the gym gives back (inside reference – for the more seasoned blog readers, on that point, it seems ERnst does not read my blog anymore), three cold showers, office, took a nice walk with David around Century City, meeting with the Mobinomics guys, left the office pretty late, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • Try three cold showers and steam bath sessions – 20 deep breaths while in the cold shower. Really makes you feel alive. Practice discomfort.
  • Build the things you want to see in the world.
  • Keep looking for luck.
  • Meditate, hang, journal, put coconut oil in your tea… quick summary of the TimF morning.
  • “Be useful.” — Scott Adams

  • “Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • “Love is metaphysical gravity.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • “Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • Friday, TiTea, gym, office, lomad day, watched three of Mia’s hockey games – Mia scored two goals, catch up with JD, sunset Fleetwood Mac appreciation drive back to Cape Town – good chats, stopped at my storage unit and loaded all my AfrikaBurn gear in about 5 min – still nicely packed and at the top of the pile, Mia and I browsed Giovanni’s for a shopping list from Wouter and Mia taste tested all the different types of olives, Wouter cooked this Itallian crumbed chicken tomato and mozzarella creation and we had a bottle of Moreson Chardonnay, good catch up Facetime Audio chat with Jacques for maybe 2 hours – technology is kinda cool – 10,000km away and we can still be brothers, good chats about business, relationships, health, family and teenagers.
  • “You’ve got people who are making plans with a clear focus, in a world which no longer supports a clear path to anything.” — Scott Adams

  • “Fail in a way you learn something.” — Scott Adams

  • “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” — Winston S. Churchill… Jacques likes this quote.

  • I think, maybe the biggest thing I fear is the day Mia and I don’t get along as well as we do now – because now, we are like peas in a pod. Ok, maybe more like Sith master and apprentice – which is why I’m pondering this. Always two there are. I’m pretty sure I can work this out. It’s a game right? It’s been played for many generations. I just have play 80% better than the legacy. No problem. I can do this. I’m an optimist.
  • Can I just say, thank goodness I switched to a useful touch typing setup a long time ago.
  • One of the (hot) moms at Mia’s school walked up to me an said: get off your phone – why do I always see you at the gym on your laptop?… well, firstly – ok, ok – I’m not going to reason my way out of this – it was lame to be on my phone while Mia is playing hockey and I drove all the way to be there – but Paul needed something. Sorry. This is just after I explained the concept of karma to Mia. Maybe this is some form of karma.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia at Jarryds – the fritatta is great, we found Mia two gumguards for the hockey season (because I know she’s going to lose at least one), catch up with Dan while Mia did some Dvorak touch typing training – I got her to read the DVzine – I think it’s important to tell kids WHY before you get them to learn anything – ask why three times (she actually uses this trick on me from time to time), we moulded the two gum guards with some hot water, Myog, little geek and I watched Eddie the Eagle at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – epic movie – go see it (really) – great seats for a Saturday movie chill – really sucks you in, a burger at Gibsons – the gorgonzola burger is nothing short of spectacular, a stroll around the Waterfront, a lady of leisure tea at Melissas, 11h sleep.
  • For some reason I was suddenly interested in activity trackers and geeked out on some research. The Polar A360 and A300 seem nice. I’m most interested in the sleep tracking and optimal waking up features. In the end – I guess we just need to see if the next Apple watch is waterproof.
  • Seems Mia likes comics – Wouter gave her the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novel to read, and she loved it.
  • Smart interesting people. I keep coming back to this. If you have read this far, and you are not a robot, I’d like to really emphasise this point. Find the smart interesting people around you.
  • Sunday, tea, gourmet fruit salad, backups and hockey photo processing, dropped Mia off in Obs, a glass of wine at Tammy’s, good pizza and tiramisu at Da Vinci’s, catch up with Wouter and Pieter – and re-packing some AfrikaBurn essentials, blogging.
  • Maybe I should just learn to make tiramisu. I keep finding okay versions – but nothing special. I can maybe add it to my list of things I actually care about. It’s a short list, on most days.
  • A little bit of drama as I dropped Mia off – she was very sad not to go to AfrikaBurn. I tried. I really tried. So, after about 7 weeks of trying to convince Naulene to let Mia go to AfrikaBurn – and many, many emails later – today she suddenly agrees to let Mia go (and miss school). Why now? Honestly. Everything has already been planned. Face-palm.
  • Mia is now 155cm, 46kg.
  • Just remember, in an Interstellar kinda way, everything has already happened.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The life of Joe…

  • Week of 4-10 April.
  • Health week 1/3. Muscle gained + fat lost = 4.4kg.
  • Monday, walked to the office, interview, lunch with Mia, putt-putt with Mia in Sea Point – Mia won – I might have been a bit distracted with my new Instagram photography craze (see above), supper at La Vie and a glass of Miss Molly to celebrate Mia’s win, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house – after her last day of school holiday, podcast drive back, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • We connected IS / Web Africa to the Octotel network this week. Looks like MWeb will be on the Octotel network soon.
  • I think I might have listened to too much Nick Cave last week.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk to the office, some postfix tinkering, catch-up with Sarah and chats about network automation systems, supplement shopping, took a walk around our neighbourhood looking for a new wireless dish causing noise on our link – walked right up the hill to where the Lions Head footpath starts – nice views, ended up having curry at Laura’s house and agreeing to install wifi repeaters for her mom – good chats about AfrikaBurn and her fax-spam-king friend.
  • “Instead of trying to make a better robot, try to make a better man.” –Shimon Peres

  • “Is it possible to be a mindful hedonist?” from 31 Jul 2015 TimF show.

  • “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

  • Wednesday, up early, gym, chia + lomad day (Camphill milk delivery date changed to Thursdays now), tinkered with LayersWP, left the office after dark, asked Wouter to help with a small design project.
  • Maybe you are awesome? Maybe this is paradise? …from listening to the Tara Brach interview TimF 31 Jul 2015.
  • “Make new mistakes.” — Kevin Kelly

  • Will this laptop migration ever end? I keep finding little things which I need to install or configure.
  • Thursday, swim, steam bath, office, good meetings with Seacom and Vox, Facetime audio chat with Jacques – Facetime audio works pretty well to London, catch up chat with Nikki, left the office after dark, Wouter cooked an epic pasta – we chatted startup ideas and we did a bit of a design experiment.
  • “I remember when, I thought I knew everything.” — Pearl Jam

  • Friday, swim, steam bath, office, breakfast for lunch with Carel at the new Jason bakery – we chatted Bitcoin and AfrikaBurn, inbox zero, an after work beer at the office, Clifton beach walk, sundowner with Pieter, La Vie (/Rockpool) with Pieter and Rodney – maybe not the best idea in hindsight.
  • Woody Allen says – “eighty percent of success is showing up” – I’ve learnt that sometimes you should not show up. Just don’t go.
  • Saturday, some design tinkering, Granger Bay market with Wouter – always a nice vibe, catch up chats with Jacques and Dan, sunset podcast walk towards Clifton (see below), watched American Sniper… great movie.
  • General sense of optimism this weekend. Nice feeling. The two most important things.
  • We stand for adventure. The joy and the rush of the new.
  • Sunday, TiTea, gym, lomad day, some reading, sorted a list of ideas, notes and photo processing, backups, I put Mia’s photos from 2010-2014 on her iPad (~12k – she now has about 34k photos in total), I deleted about 200 apps from my iTunes library – man, I collected a lot of crap over the years, some blogging and chats with Wouter.
  • Manage desire. Try and desire only one thing at a time. Accept. Be present. Habits are everything. You become your habits. Are you happy doing just one thing? … listening to the interview with Naval Ravikant, TimF show 18 Aug 2015.
  • Tune of the week: Heart is a Drum – Beck. This whole album is great.
  • Which book has had the most influence on your life? I think my answer is Hackers by Steven Levy.
  • The Day You Became a Better Writer.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Sorry, I kinda saved most of the week’s photos in a square / instagram format – short on 16:9 photos.

Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay

Quick Update

The other parts of the perfect world…

Wintery Promenade
Wintery Promenade Walk
  • Week of 28 March to 3 April.
  • It’s certainly not summer any more in Cape Town – but it’s been a nice change.
  • Monday, public holiday, woke up with this Paradise song stuck in my head, wine tasting with Paul, a burger at Hudsons in Stellenbosch, we watched Half Nelson (with an intermission) – one more movie from Paul’s Ryan Gosling collection – very good, listened to some NIN Downward Spiral – Hurt, such a good song.
  • Best weekend in a long time.
  • “Just pop it in the gas microwave.” — from one of Anton’s stories.

  • “Why is it always so late?” — Paul

  • Turns out worms are optimists and even they like adventure.
  • “We’re wasting time.” — in a Point Break kinda way.

  • Some people bring out the best in you. Over time, I think you learn to appreciate this much more.
  • Tuesday, woke up in Stellenbosch, back to work, two interviews.
  • “I’d rather be a comma, than a full stop.”

  • I installed Instagram this week. Interesting how the square format forces you to be a bit more creative.
  • Wednesday, first rainy Cape Town morning in a while, listened to some Nick Cave on the drive to the office – Darker With The Day – great song, another interview, I managed to get telegram-cli to work, cold’ish sunset promenade walk (see above), cooked myself a healthy supper, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • “Well, it’s rarer than you think.” — Wouter

  • Good read: Julie Rubicon (reads a bit like Microserfs).
  • If you ever want to backup Telegram conversations.
  • Two people have recently suggested I should read the Ian Banks books.
  • “The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

  • Thursday, gym, office, I managed to work out our home wireless link is screwed and it’s not going to get any better – might need to get fibre, new Tenda wifi and GPON toys arrived, I walked our Beach Road trench over lunch, stayed at the office pretty late, some AfrikaBurn tent admin, notes, rss and inbox zero, promenade walk, healthy supper with Wouter, caught up on some reading.
  • I really miss my childhood days of adventure games.
  • New health mission for April: 21 days of health, lose 5kg fat, gain 4kg muscle.
  • Note to self: I should really try and limit adding todo list items and pocket reads. I’m still about 100 articles behind.
  • Mia turned 10 this week. Only 8 more years of officially needing to deal with her mother.
  • Write for yourself. Design and create for yourself! – it’s the best way. Success is all about consistency and a deep need to work – from Tim Ferriss show 24 July 2015. Good listen.
  • I asked Naulene twice through the day to get Mia to switch her phone on so I can at least phone her for her birthday, but no – and obviously Naulene does not answer her phone either. Nice, really classy.
  • Hmm… I’m starting to suspect I might have some note making disorder – and it’s getting more random (as I write this) – I don’t remember my head being this busy ten years ago.
  • Friday, swim and a steam-bath, office, fetched Mia – chats about what it means to be a geek on the way to Cape Town, epic post-rain sunset promenade walk – great light for some Instagramming and a freak wave splash, I cooked Mia a healthy supper, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • So, after trying for about six weeks to convince Naulene that Mia can go to Anton’s birthday in Joburg – and go to AfrikaBurn with me, she’s just making it impossible, and she does not want Mia to miss any school, fair enough. Sorry Mia.
  • Since that cryo-sauna experience I’ve been doing three cycles of the steam bath and cold shower every now and again. Works well. Try it.
  • Why the seventh Star Wars movie was a copy of the first.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia and Wouter at Jarryds – good breakfast – try the Huevos Rancheros, catch-up with Dan while little geek hacked some PyCharmEdu, promenade walk, lunch at Rockpool with Mia (the old La Vie), another promenade walk, backups, nap, more PycharmEdu, Mia had a moment, I cooked Mia a healthy dinner, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • I deleted all the games off Mia’s phone and she had a bit of a moment about that – but, it had to happen and we had a long chat about it on Friday. So long Minion Rush.
  • Ever notice that love is only the third layer of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? I guess it’s a bit like the OSI networking stack – nobody really talks about anything above layer 3.
  • “Copyright is for losers.”

  • Funny how making mistakes makes you look at things in a different light. Make a ton of creative mistakes before 30, crazy kids.
  • “The meaning of a thing is the change it causes in the world.” — from this article.

  • Sunday, super chilled day at home, configured Aperture on my new laptop, I imported about 33k photos (2000-2010), and put about 19k photos from between 2005-2010 on Mia’s phone for her – had a good nostalgic browse, we made kiwi and strawberry ice cream, (virgin) G&Ts by the pool – with the cat, some blogging, Mia refused to eat more of my veggie dinners, so we had a Nick Cave appreciation drive to Hussar Grill (Mouille Point) for some burgers, a night time promenade walk with Mia past Three Anchor Bay beach – I pointed her at the Chris Chameleon album on her phone and we talked about why Ingrid Jonker walked into the sea at Three Anchor Bay beach, big overnight backup – around 1.2TB – including every photo since around 2000 and a few before that.
  • So, no more phone games, Mia – sorry, but an extra 19k photos and 16 home videos – I should make more home videos – I have lots of footage.
  • “I thought of my friends who had died of exposure, and I remembered other ones who had died from the lack of it.” — Nick Cave

  • I found some interesting photos on Sunday. Nice to have all my photos in one place now. Why did I not do it sooner? – well, my old laptop did not like big volumes of photo imports. Let’s just say my idea of a photo worth keeping has moved on since early 2000 – nevermind camera quality improving a lot.
  • You have to appreciate how special Mia’s mother is. She has an iPhone, but I’m not allowed to phone her, or text her on that number. I am allowed, to text her on some random Nokia phone – but I can’t phone her on the Nokia either. So 5 hours go by on Sunday afternoon, with me trying to arrange when Mia can be dropped off. Then Naulene texts Mia’s phone – from her iPhone – saying she has no airtime on the Nokia phone – and she still refuses to answer text messages to the iPhone. Honestly, you just can’t make this stuff up.
  • I seem to be drinking way more tea than usual – must be a seasonal change thing. Units of work delimited by cups of tea.
  • “Love is not a maybe thing, you know when you love someone.” — see below

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Instagram walk
Instagram walk
Instagram walk clouds
Instagram walk clouds
Monday morning
Monday morning, spotted at Paul’s house