Monday, woke up in Stellenbosch, tea with Paul, podcast drive to Cape Town, podcast walk to the office, stayed at the office till after dark, it was raining, so I took an Uber to The Odyssey Gastropub, burger special night with Paul and some nice red wines.
Listen to: Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying No to Millions.
“I miss you already, I miss you all day.” — Pearl Jam.
Tuesday, office, ISP meeting, played photographer at Mia’s hockey tournament – she played for the A and B team again – 8 games in total, she scored 3 goals, Hussar burgers – I remember listening to Video Killed the Radio Star – Mia liked it – chats about doing things with passion, art, hockey and virtues, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, drove to Cape Town, in bed early.
I must say, since I’ve been into podcasts, driving is more chilled and slightly less painful.
The new hockey stick seems to work much better. Mia scored a very cool goal. Nice to see her dribble and not just whack the ball up the field.
Wednesday, podcast drive to the office, Dasan GPON gear demo, ISP meeting in the CBD, tinkered with our new office GPON lab, meeting with one of the more technical building trustees we’ve come across, Heavy Chef talk by Adriana Marais about going to Mars (and not coming back), Heavy Chef ~alum dinner at HQ with Dan, Fred, Don and Adriana (alpha female astronaut chats), dropped Don off in Green Point, tried to process some hockey photos, but fell asleep.
Really enjoyed the talk about going to Mars. Living with 1/3 gravity and eating insects for protein could be weird. Growing food on Mars must be a really cool challenge.
Thursday, podcast drive to the office, a beer at La Vie with Michael of Seedstars World fame, Bureaux Black office opening function – bumped into Melissa of Genevieve bubbly fame and had a nice sunset catch up chat, fetched Paul and Hilah, drinks at The Baxter Theatre with Claus and Janey, we watched Life by Rob Van Vuuren – standup comedy – bit of a delay getting in – I liked the part about podcast listening people, dropped Paul and Hilah off at Van Hunks, drove home, caught up on some notes processing, in bed fairly early.
“All I want to know is… how strong is your dagga?” — Rob Van Vuuren, about a bunch of people who bought tickets for the previous night of the show. Paul had the date wrong.
Friday, office, training and diagram drawing session with Conor over three cups of Camphill milk tea, after work drinks with rooftop views, Seedstars World Cape Town at Workshop 17 / Waterfront, a Mondiall wagyu cheese burger – legendary burgers, some photo processing at home.
I’ve been pondering AfrikaBurn project ideas. Nothing has stuck so far. Maybe… a big sign that says: “More life, fucker.” or “In Tyler we trust.” … or maybe build Sim Mars.
1500 FB friends, 982 Twitter followers (negative growth). Took me about 10 months to get the last 100 FB friends.
Saturday, tea and backups, brunch with Cath at the Granger Bay market, received a Telegram from Mia saying “Still vomiting” and had a bit of a moment, health drama number 9 – unhappy phone conversations with Naulene, Waterfront shopping with Cath – kinda got stuck at H&M and L’Occitane – found some Dermastine (apparently that’s better than bio oil, thanks Cath), found some half price cargo shorts for winter, Dog day afternoon at Jason on Loop – gourmet hot dogs and Steph Weiss (reminded me of Christina), good chats with Cath – and a few AfrikaBurn stories, dropped Cath off at her massage, notes processing and blogging at home, for some reason I was 100+ notes behind.
Random podcast notes collection for the week: Dream bigger. Find the courage to do more. You are whoever you pretend to be. Being really interested is remarkable. Scratch your own itch. Do things for the right reason. Hell yeah, or no. Do lots of things, but one thing at a time. The world needs to be jailbroken.
“The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow.” — Ray Bradbury
Sunday, breakfast with Wouter and Zander at Jarryds, not really sure what I did all afternoon, but it involved some organising of things around the house, keto supper experiment (sardines, oysters and avos – followed by keto mousse – with raw cacao and pasture fed cream), sunset podcast promenade walk, an hour long Facetime audio chat with Jacques (in London) – we mostly chatted health challenge ideas and aquaponics, blogging, watched Moon… good movie.
That point where you go screw this and go on a health mission… it’s been rainy and somehow its been a number of days in a row of eating out with wine etc. I have not been to gym in 4 weeks. It’s time. Harajuku moment achieved.
June is going to be a health month. Will track some metrics. Should be fun. Sounds like Jacques is joining the challenge.
Monday, school run, Waterstone gym, Mouille Point trenching project kick off walk, office, a whisky with Wouter, dinner at Hugo and Dennis’ in Clifton with Georg and Excelda – had a bottle of Saxenburg Private Collection Merlot – memories of drinking that around 2003 with Ernst in Bulduci’s, some notes processing.
Three more people joined Octotel this week. 20 people at Octotel now. 18 Active buildings. 6 ISPs connected.
I listened to that Ketosis podcast again – really worth it. 5 day fast every three months.
“There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.” — Thich Nhat Hanh.
Tuesday, office, extended city wayleaves meeting, fibre network design meeting at Jarryds – basically meetings and email for 8 hours, sunset promenade walk, cooked a healthy meal at home, watched 1/2 of King of Kong.
Good hobbies: Discomfort. Ketosis. Immediacy. Squats.
Weeks to death. Some Stoic thinking. I’ve done 420 weeks of weekly blog posts. I have around 1363 to go if I think 65 is a good age to retire. About 3189 weeks until death – if I’m optimistic and stay healthy till 100.
Wednesday, office, Charly’s Bakery chocolate cake for Rob’s birthday, catch-up chat with Michael of Seedstars World fame, a late afternoon breakfast bagel at Kleinsy’s and a catch up chat with Paul, dinner with Yolande at Mondiall, made some keto mousse, watched the 2nd 1/2 of King of Kong… very cool.
“Drowning, in the sea of love, where everyone loves to drown.” — Great lyrics, Sara
“Selina Kyle: It’s the so-called ‘normal’ guys that always let you down. Sickos never scare me. At least they’re committed.” — Batman Returns
Made it to Dec 2015, TimF show.
Just for fun I read my first few Quick Update posts this week. It all started around March 2008. It’s been 8+ years of weekly updates. I started when I was 30 – Mia was just about to turn 2. Seems it took me a month or three to work out the format, by July 2008 it was a weekly day-by-day log – pretty much how it’s been since then.
“Friendship is the most underrated relationship in our lives… it remains the one relation not bound by law, blood, or money – but an unspoken agreement of love.” — Hanya Yanagihara
Thursday, office, drove to Stellenbosch to watch Mia play hockey vs Rhenish, she played for the A and B teams and scored one goal, we went to get a Thule Vectros 13″ MacBook Pro Retina Bumper Case for my laptop (now I can drop it from 1m), we found Mia a new 36.5″ hockey stick, burgers at Hussar Grill in Stellenbosch, I took Mia to the finals of the LaunchLab Ideas 2016 pitching competition – we watched 4 pitches – Mia was a bit unhappy that all four pitches were from boys, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, podcast drive to Cape Town, upgraded the firmware on my SanDisk SDDR-289 USB3 card reader (yes, it’s a thing – it had issues with lots of big photo downloads), made some more dark chocolate keto mousse – this time 1/2 dairy and it worked way better – yum, processed some hockey photos.
Keto Mousse – whip some coconut cream and dairy cream (50/50), dark chocolate cocoa powder, whey protein powder, cinnamon, salt, stevia, freeze for 30min, grate some 90% dark chocolate over it. Basically a fat bomb – tastes good. If I had to live on a 70% fat diet, I could easily have this for dessert every night. I think I should switch to cacao powder (not cocoa).
Friday, podcast walk to the office, Camphill milk (in tea), network automation meeting, lunchtime walk with a NuWhey protein ice cream, after work drinks at the office – nice sunset views from the roof, walked home, sirloin, broccoli, keto mousse, whiskey and a catch up chat with Wouter.
Mia went camping at Tankwa for the weekend, and took exactly one photo – of an AfrikaBurn artwork, see below.
Really annoys me when a photographer puts a random black and white photo in a set. Or keeps two very similar photos in the same set – make up your mind. Can’t help it.
Saturday, reading (meditation book), backups, tea, helped Sam fix a leaking gutter, coconut ice cream, epic nap, took a bunch of photos with the 85mm at Melissa’s 30th birthday party in Stellenbosch, we had a healthy amount of NorCal Margaritas – kitchen drinking with Paul and Milly’s parents – cool party, thanks!
Number one way to eradicate poverty – educate young girls. Maybe a podcast? I talked to Mia about the idea but she was not that keen.
On becoming a student of life… I suspect I’m drowning in self improvement tips. I’ve been geeking out on the Tim Ferris podcast for the last 9 months. It all started when I lost 10kg around August 2015 and managed to get to 10% body fat around October 2015. Now, I feel like I’ve grown into somebody that’s a whole lot wiser – and I know myself much better. Good journey so far. Not sure where it’s going.
As I like to remind Mia, the first step is always to care and be interested. Be really interested.
Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, drove to Paul’s house and chilled on his lawn, Pearl Jam and pizza for supper, a Jamey Black Barrel at Balboa with Paul and Dennis, watched The Departed again – epic movie, weekend well spent.
Complete silence is the revolution.
Life starts feeling kinda disorganised if I’m a week late with a blog post. Hash-tag first world stress. A friend messaged me this week saying “I see you’ve stopped blogging?” – and I was only 4 days behind at that point! I guess I can relax again.
I have decided to swap the photos for these posts – I figure it makes more sense to see the nine square snaps after reading the week’s bullet points.
Ok, off to a hipster weekend market – this post might need some editing.
Monday, city wayleave meeting, GPON vendor meeting, beef moussaka at CaffeNeo, I ended up joining Apple Music (pretty cool, but I think I’m not really going to use it enough), Wouter cooked his signature temperature probe rib eye steaks with veg and a nice Ken Forrester Grenache Mourvedre, watched the other 1/2 of Love and Mercy.
“Life is simple: avocados, eggs, activities.” — spotted on Instagram
Tuesday, office, lunchtime walk, met Georg for a NorCal Margarita at Bungalow (tequila, soda, 2x fresh limes), conveyor belt sushi at 1890 in Obs – Georg loves that place, Suntory Yamazaki 12yo out of Riedel glassware at Kyoto Garden Sushi and a catch up chat with Scott – our old neighbour, dropped Georg off in Clifton.
I deleted my Google account, Google+, etc, everything. Meh. So long evil empire.
Wednesday, office, wayleaves meeting, sunset podcast promenade walk, avo and grapefluit for supper, Tuning the Vine (inner city wine route) with Paul, Village Idiot with Paul, Van Hunks with Al, Hilah, Georg and Paul – had a NorCal Gin (gin, soda, 2x fresh lime).
Desire one thing at a time. Gamify it. Remember why you started.
My hand is pretty much back to normal. Face has a minor scar. Wrist and shoulder is still a bit stiff. Knee is fine again. I’ve been drowning in bio oil.
“Make good art. Make your art.” — Neil Gaiman
Thursday, micro-trenching workshop in Ndabeni, fetched Mia, fresh juices at Fred&Max, watched Mia’s hockey vs Beaumont – she played for the B and C team and scored one goal, took Mia for supper at had some tiramisu for dessert – safe to say I have a thing for tiramisu, bought Mia a book – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea / Jules Verne (her Kindle is missing), dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, podcast drive to Cape Town, processed some hockey photos.
I’ve made it to November 2015 with the Tim Ferriss podcasts. Podcast listening has stalled a bit recently.
Since my recent AfrikaBurn visit I really try and practice immediacy – just taking a few moments in the day to be very aware of the present / now. Try it. This might be the main thing I found at the burn this year.
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” — Awesome photos from AfrikaBurn.
“Build the future you envision.” “Optimists welcome the future.” — Zero to One
Friday, office, fetched Mia, we found Mia some new shoes, early supper at Apres in Stellenbosch – old favourite – I asked Mia 20 questions – I’ve been trying to get into the habit of asking her meaningful questions at dinner, Myog, braai at Margot’s house in Mostertsdrif with Paul, Hilah, Al, JD and Nerina – and some Creation Chardonnay, listened to some Nick Cave and had some dark chocolate with Mia until she fell asleep on the drive home.
I’ve been interested in Vlogging (Video Blogging) after listening to a podcast interview with Casey Neistat. One 5min video per day seems like a crazy amount of work though. After 400+ weeks of this weekly update thing, I guess I like this whole online diary / life recording thing. Still pondering how to do video. For some reason I just don’t like the idea of starting and then quitting. Need to work out the format and effort involved. For now I’ll just be happy with some bullet points and my new 10 photos per week standard. Check out Ben Brown and Casey Neistat.
Saturday, had a long chat with Mia about the cause and symptoms of her post nasal drip and her cough, brunch with Mia at the Granger Bay / OZCF market – and some brownies and the usual batch of olives, I showed Mia the Teen Brain video, we watched Ghost Busters (1984) – Mia enjoyed it – Sigorney Weaver is hot, I played with Beme, sunset promenade walk with Mia (see below), cooked a super healthy supper, NorCal vodka and grapefruit drinks with Wouter, watched The Truman Show with Mia – she liked it, put Mia to bed and sorted 7 years of photo projects into per-year folders in Aperture – the new logic should last me another few years – itch scratched.
I figure it’s time to show Mia a series of interesting classic movies – thing like The Truman Show and Back To The Future.
Mia seems to be really into The Foos game on her iPad – designing platform games for Zander to play.
Sunday, catch up chat with Dan, breakfast at Bootleggers / Bantry Bay with Mia, Wouter and Zander, spent about 2.5 hours with Mia at the Cape Town Science Centre in Obs – very cool place, chilled at home in the autumn sun, sunset promenade walk with Mia – we chatted photography and art – she has to enter a photo into an art exhibition thing for school soon, burgers at Hussar Grill / Mouille Point with Mia and Georg.
Week of 2 to 8 May. I wrote most of this on a flight to Cape Town.
Whenever I’m on a plane which is accelerating to take off the following words go through my head: “Punch it, Bishop.” – I can’t help it.
Monday, public holiday, Mia made us some fruit salad, the last AfrikaBurn photo processing, we drove to Strand Beach for some putt putt – nice 18 holes (better quality / design than the Sea Point one), soft serve ice creams and a walk on Strand Beach, I dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, some quick shopping for a dish Wouter was cooking, nice dinner with Gerald, Sarah and Wouter, we phoned Paul on speaker phone – he stopped for a burger in Ceres on his way home from AfrikaBurn – after finding his car keys at lost and found, good chats, in bed fairly early.
Tuesday, walked to the office, processed 11 days of email backlog, stayed at the office till after dark, braai at Jacques’ new house and a good catch up chat, they have a new dog called Nesquik – super cute.
Wednesday, office, city fibre meeting, spent a bit of time of the roof of our office building to install a new dish for our home wireless link, watched The Jungle Book with Jacques, Marietjie and Charlotte at the Waterfront, take-away Wagyu burger from Mondiall, phone chat with Mia, a G&T with Jacques, tinkered with the wireless link config at home.
Thursday, finally managed to get the new wireless link running, walked to the office, Bantry Bay trenching project kick-off meeting, climbed on our roof at home to align our wireless dish, managed to get the link to be pretty stable at around 20Mbps (-53db), post-burn catch up chat with Paul at Knead, home, great dinner at Carne on Kloof with Hilah, Al and Diabi – very nice rib eye and a bottle of John X Merriman, tiramisu (not bad, but Wouter’s is better), Van Hunks with Al and Hilah, bit of an odd feeling when you want to just drive home to listen to a new album on the way.
For some reason I’ve been in this super chipper mood all week. Must be the six days of great Cape Town weather, or a post-AfrikaBurn glow. Feel like I’ve processed a lot of stuff.
Counter-intuitively, I think, sometimes it’s easier if things end badly.
Impressive how the body heals in two weeks. Almost back to normal. I’ve pretty much been left-handed for two weeks.
Friday, walked to the office, a ten minute packing session, drove to the airport, flew to Joburg and caught up on some Pocket reading and blog notes, I suspect I don’t travel enough for my Pocket habit, Gauntrain to Rosebank, Uber to Ernst’s house, worked on the porch at Ernst’s house – inbox/rss/photos/notes zero, tapas and gin at Workshop 55 with Ernst and Lisa, we had some Monkey 47 and Gin Mare – the holy grail of gins, good fun, nice to see Ernst.
Pocket reading list went from about 155 to 120.
So much for that Greek coffee, Ari!
I think I’m pretty comfortable with my Intermittent Fasting lifestyle these days. Two meals a day is all you need, kids. Don’t eat before 13:00.
Tune of the week: yeah, still Lonely Town. Safe to say I love this album… The Desired Effect.
I really hate voice notes in messaging apps. Feels like voicemail.
Saturday, tea with Georg and Ernst, caught up on some blogging, brunch with Al and Georg at Vovo Telo in Parkhurst, catch up chat with Dan, epic nap, Wilderer and Swaan G&Ts with Lisa, Anton’s 40th birthday party at Anton’s house – nice to see Georg, Andrew, Kloppies, Cath etc, ended up staying there till about 3:00, Anton made a nice speech – the bit about immediacy was cool, I obviously made everybody listen to that album I’d been listening to all week.
Sunday, tea with Ernst, we fetched Georg from Anton’s house, Ernst drove us to the airport (in his rather awesome new car), a beer at the airport with Georg, flight to Cape Town, dropped Georg off in Clifton, watched a Netflix documentary about algorithms while blogging, backups, in bed early, watched 1/2 of Love and Mercy – the Brian Wilson movie – very good.
There was this moment on Thursday night before driving to AfrikaBurn, chilling on the couch and chatting with Paul. A moment before it all. Very cool.
From a chat with Nikki… people I motivated to go to AfrikaBurn for the first time: Paul, Ernst, Nikki, maybe Wouter – and Mia obviously.
Monday, day 4, all the stresses melt away, medics visit, bumped into Richard (at the Rhino camp), cycled to the gate to go leave a note for Wouter and co about how to find our camp, (green 10×12 stretch tent), chilled afternoon alone in the camp – mostly reading this Osho meditation book on a mattress I dragged out into the middle of the camp with a view of the airfield while listening to Radio Free Tankwa (from the neighbours), epic nap, our neighbours played this great classical guitar music so I went to go chat with them, Gerald and Sarah arrived, I went for a photography cycle and bumped into Laura and friends, we watched the sunset from the top of the nest-like artwork (the Khoisan language shrine), the medics took my head-gear off so I did not look like the English Patient any more, dinner with Gerald and Sarah, an evening walk with Gerald and Sarah and the 85mm – got a few nice evening shots, in bed by 0:00.
Nice to be alone with pretty much nothing to do for three days, good time to meditate. Meditation in a strange thing, so much text to describe something so simple.
Being relaxed is a hobby. You have to enjoy being calm. You have to care and be interested. Stating the obvious, but I think a lot of people who want to be calm don’t care enough about being calm to be calm.
AfrikaBurn is a social thing, the key is to be engaged in building something, so not really doing anything is a new experience, I don’t think I’ll do it again, but it was a needed experience. I missed Mia.
Tuesday, catch up chat with Andrew (of Mxit days), shower, medics – they took my bandages off and gave me a few layers of spray plaster – which burnt like hell, Wouter arrived, spent some time at the Tankwa library, took a photo walk and a mutant vehicle ride around, sunset street party at the Bekfokte Crew camp, in bed by 23:00.
Timeless things for chilling in the desert: G&T with lots of ice and fresh lime, Alt-J.
Pro tip: keep your cuticles hydrated in the desert.
Wednesday, Tammy’s crew arrived, medics, I found Paul randomly driving around close to our camp, chilled at the camp, more G&Ts, sunset walk to the G&T Garden camp, we found Tammy’s tent, catch up chat with Paul – I seem to remember we covered the topic of Aliens and Sigorney Weaver, spent some time at Tammy’s camp, fell in bed just in time.
“Is that for the ducks?” — Wouter, about some bread at our camp.
Thursday, no notes for Thursday it seems – hmm – epic sunset party at the G&T Garden camp again, I remember walking home next to this mobile karaoke machine singing along to Mr Jones / Counting Crows, best (random) memory: jamming to a Fleetwood Mac song at the G&T bar at sunset with Paul.
Friday, woke up in a somewhat broken state, very windy day, really not much fun packing up in the wind with a screwed up hand, finally left with Nikki around 13:00, we stopped at the Tankwa padstal briefly and again in Ceres, I passed out pretty soon after we arrived at Nikki’s house, great sleep.
No real damage done, than I know about. Nothing lost or broken.
I took about 900 photos at AfrikaBurn this year – and published about 260. Almost enough. I seem to always feel I should have spent more time with my camera, but I have less of that feeling this year. I just shot in JPG – as I did not want to worry about running out of space with RAW photos. You notice the difference in the post processing though.
My highlights were: the drive up and the two G&T Garden sunsets.
Sometimes you just have to go and be alone in the desert for three days, and do some hyperventilating breathing.
Big thanks to the medics at AfrikaBurn.
AfrikaBurn was very healthy for finally getting over Nikki. Only took 8 months. Not sure if I’m getting better or worse at this post relationship emotions thing.
AfrikaBurn takes practising discomfort to a new level. Or if you are used to practising discomfort its an interesting environment to test your thinking.
I actually gained 2kg at AfrikaBurn. Must be all the avos.
Saturday, woke up in Franschhoek, played with the dogs, fetched Mia, drove to Cape Town, another epic shower, Waterfront, Mia and I had steaks at Den Anker – good to have some red meat, we found Mia a new Superdry hoodie for winter (green this time), we watched Ratchet and Clank… not bad, food shopping, downloaded around 900 photos from AfrikaBurn, more spray plaster, did some basic first round photo processing, 11h sleep.
Touch typing with one somewhat screwed up hand is tricky.
Sunday, Mia helped me make a pretty impressive bacon, eggs, mushroom etc. breakfast spread, I processed AfrikaBurn photos, watched an Aperture tutorial and mostly tried to avoid unpacking – but I finally unpacked my car and found most of the things I hoped were not missing, burgers at Hussar Grill in Mouille Point – I suspect Mia likes going there because of the olives, 11h sleep again.
Mia is still browsing through all those photos I added to her phone a while back.
Nice to see Mia. I really missed her.
Kinda surreal writing this. Seven days in the desert go by very quickly.