Monthly Archives: October 2016

Quick Update

Nerd day, jock day…

  • Week of 17-23 October.
  • No sense in health weeks when Jacques and Georg are in town.
  • Monday, grapefruit, vitamins, school run listening to The Girl Who Doesn’t Exist – Mia found it very interesting, breakfast photo and notes processing at The Spur – had ~160 notes to process, gym (sauna), podcast drive to Cape Town, office, promenade walk, fetched Cath, TRE workshop with Cath and Tom, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • The TRE session was pretty cool. Check it out. Thanks Lynne.
  • Somehow I joined zatech on Slack.
  • Paul and Hilah broke up, again, for good. Hmm. Sad. With some optimal stopping theory thinking, I suspect she will probably marry the next handsome young man she dates.
  • “Build your tribe.” — Naval. (get a dog)

  • Use Via and HT.
  • Radiolab: Space.
  • Tuesday, woke up early, wrote two blog posts (I was a bit behind), office, vitamin and toothbrush head shopping, podcast promenade walk, dinner with Georg at Ash – very tasty beef burger, Outrage of Modesty (meh), a Negroni at Mothers Ruin, dropped Georg off at Van Hunks, today was my 300th Instagram post.
  • “It’s better to be single than in bad relationship.” — Georg, so simple and so true.

  • Wednesday, office, catch up with Joseph, Martin and Christopher – we mostly chatted about podcasting, interesting telecon about OSEOs, catch up with Michael over lunch, some automation system design, Heavy Chef with Justin Spratt.
  • Thursday, Shrek tea, gym, sauna, office, tinkered with an Intel NUC, lunchtime podcast walk, 17k step promenade walk with Heleen to Clifton and back (see above) – chats about the days personal homepages were cool, sushi at 1890 in Obs with Georg – good value, Van Hunks again.
  • I’m enjoying my new zsh and emacs configs.
  • Friday, office, catch up chat with Paul, fetched Mia (Naulene was not too happy with that for some reason), the usual biltong shopping, drove to Cape Town, pizza with Ian and Kaya at Posticino – we chatted fibre and podcasting for kids, ice cream, Mia and I watched The Internet’s Own Boy – very good movie (thanks Heleen) – watch it! – made me read about YC again.
  • Saturday, nerd day: Mia made raw cacao coconut cream smoothies, robotics course, CTSC (Africa Code Week), wetsuit shopping with Mia – and we found her another swimsuit and pair of goggles, back to the Cape Town Science Centre so Mia could do a Swift Playgrounds workshop while I had sushi with Georg at 1890 again – bye Georg, fetched Mia, nap, braai shopping.
  • Sunday, jock day: Mia did another 400m swim at the Strand pool, nippers at Strand lifesaving club – I took my 200mm lens, catch up chat with Will on the beach, a braai at the clubhouse, a long swim in the waves with the girls, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The Wood Wide Web and thanks for all the braais…

Strand Beach
Strand Beach
  • Week of 10-16 October.
  • This post… is not, that late.
  • Monday, office, lunch with Michael, stayed at the office fairly late, 1kg ribs at The Butcher Shop and Grill with Georg, I switched podcasting apps – I’m now using Pocket Casts – the ads in Overcast were annoying.
  • Listened to this again: Naval Ravikant – The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice.
  • “I’m not a planner.” — Naval

  • “Treat your time as a search function.” — Naval

  • “If you can’t see yourself working with somebody for life then don’t work with them for a day.” — Naval

  • The Day You Became a Better Writer.
  • “Bandwidth you can buy, but latency you get from god.”

  • Tuesday, office, Octotel switch upgrade day at Teraco Newlands – some impressive toys there, a visit to the aquaponics farm at Woodstock Peace Garden with Michael – very cool, La Vie with Georg, Van Hunks with Georg, Al and Hilah.
  • Al, Jacques and I are doing a health challenge soon. Aiming to lose about 60kg of fat between the three us.
  • Wednesday, did not feel well, mostly spent the day in bed, did some reading about SDN, OpenFlow and Open vSwitch, dinner with Georg.
  • “The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” — Woody Allen

  • A see a Nike Apple Watch Series 2 in my future. And now… you can swim with the thing. Whoot. So amazing. A waterproof wrist accessory, for knowing the time, and telling you when you sit still for too long.
  • To be honest, of late, I think I’m feeling a sense of overwhelm. Moving is no fun. Feel like I’m a month behind with email :-/ Meh.
  • The best jobs for your personality type.
  • Thursday, office, lunchtime walk with Heleen to Sababa, Octotel ISP whisky evening, Carlyle’s with Georg and Alex.
  • Make your life an adventure. Make it interesting. Make it funny.
  • “The most complicated skill is to be simple.” — Dejan Stojanovic

  • Funny read about startups.
  • Octotel now has around 135 apartment buildings connected.
  • Friday, office, fetched Mia, a beer with Christopher at Trumpet, a quick catch up with JM at Die Akker, early supper with Al, Wilbur and Mia at Trumpet, nice sunset drive back to Cape Town, loaded about 60 books on Mia’s new (8th gen) Kindle, thanks Jacques.
  • How Being Alone May Be the Key to Rest.
  • Saturday, grapefruit, tea making experiment with a thermometer (2deg warmer if you add the milk before you wait 5min), swimsuit shopping with Mia (she must have tried on about 10 swimming costumes), she bought herself a new cap and goggles, we fetched Jacques from the airport, Charlotte’s 7th birthday party and a braai at Jacques and Marietjie’s house – and a big water slide with lots of bubbles, we watched Back To The Future again.
  • “As ek eendag in regte moeilikheid is, bel tog net vir Wouter Basson.” — Jacques, about health.

  • “Moenie hoë torings bou met mense wat nie jou taal praat nie.” –Jacques, about relationships.

  • “Dr. E. Brown Enterprises, 24hr Scientific Services” — side of the truck in Back to the Future.

  • “I have a rule.” — Jacques, about giving irrational answers.

  • Note to self: read How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.
  • Sunday, up early, Mia’s nippers qualifying swim at the Strand pool – she was not used to the 50m pool – but accepted the challenge like a trooper, she swam 400m in 8min 14sec (which is under the u14 time), Mia’s first nippers training at Strand Beach – good fun – Mia loved it – she got a minor blue bottle sting, but it sounds like we’re doing lifesaving/nippers on weekends from now on, drove back to Jacques’s – chats about how payment card networks work, braai at Jacques’ house with Petro, Elise and Rossouw (who I had not seen in about 15 years) – nice to have all the cousins at a braai, cocktails and mocktails at La Vie with Mia, Georg and Heleen, Mia and I listened to the Wood Wide Web episode with some dark Toblerone – she loved it – trying to get her into more podcast listening.
  • My new new weakness seems to be dark Toblerone.
  • In other news, my recent DARG (dog) bite scar is not too bad.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Girls who glide and Campari for kids…

  • Week of 3-9 October.
  • This one is late, this one is late, this one is late… did you dry these in a rain forest?
  • I seem to have a bit of anxiety when not getting around to publishing my weekly blog post.
  • Monday, school holiday, grapefruit for breakfast, Waterfront, Mia watched The Secret Life of Pets while I worked at Exclusive Books, dentist visit, late afternoon visit to The Camps Bay retreat with Georg, curry at Raj in Camps Bay with Georg, Nick and Mia.
  • Tuesday, grapefruit for breakfast, walked to the office, Mia watched Back to the Future 1 and 2 (we tried to find some Robotech on Netflix, but failed), lunch at La Vie with Georg and Mia, Olwyn fetched Mia and her bicycle from CaffeNeo, stayed at the office till fairly late, epic weather – summer is in the air, supper and some notes processing at Simply Asia, tiramisu.
  • Mental fitness.
  • Wednesday, haircut at Yogi’s, FTTH conference in Century City – bumped into Abz, late afternoon massage in Wembley Square – bumped into Janey, office, sunset promenade walk with Georg, Lucky Fish and Chips, office.
  • I realised I suck at personal admin, which causes stress. So I made a new todo list. One thing per day. Let’s see if this works.
  • Listening to this again: Naval Ravikant, 2nd episode.
  • Found this again: Hacking Human Suffering is the Only Real Growth Industry.
  • Thursday, office, FTTH conference again – interesting morning panel discussion, another chat with Abz – somewhat ironic after a recent chat with Heleen about not really staying in touch with ex co-founders, office, catch up Myog with Michael, sunset promenade walk with Ian, Hussar Grill / Camps Bay with Georg, Belvedere vodka Martini.
  • “Two pizza teams.” — about getting things done.

  • “Though INTPs may scoff at the notion, they actually function best when paired with another person.” — 16 Personalities, about working with people.

  • Friday, office, catch up with Joseph at Nu – chats about podcasting and tracking sheep, lunch with Paul at Giovanni’s and some Campari for kids, fibre lab tinkering, after work beers on the roof and chats with Pawel, Village Idiot with Claus, Mida and Paul – spotted this girl who looked like she was gliding, chats with Claus about YC, smart cities and work pods (drawings on napkins), bumped into Diabi, Hilah joined us, fun evening – sadly the girl who looked like she was gliding was merely plodding along after a few drinks, in bed early.
  • “My hovercraft is full of eels.” — Claus, his test for really knowing a language.

  • “Asbestos – the people’s product. Can you say that in Bulgarian?” — Claus to Mida.

  • Are you in love? Had a chat with Hilah about this scene. You glide. Very cool.

    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: Are you in love?
    Dagney: Well there is someone…
    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: But?
    Dagney: We date… I have memorized his phone number, but I won’t use his toothbrush… We’re somewhere in between and he’s crazy about me.
    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: As he should be. You glide.
    Dagney: I glide?
    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: You glide. It’s a very attractive quality. Most girls, they merely plod along. You, on the other hand, you glide… Tell me about it. What’s his name? Chip?
    Dagney: Alex…
    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: Same thing. Does he make you thump?
    Dagney: Define “thump”.
    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: Thump. When you think about him, you can’t eat You can’t sleep. You forget about man’s inhumanity to man. Does he do that for you?
    Dagney: That’s a ridiculous concept. No one can do that.
    Jimmy ‘The Saint’ Tosnia: Girls who glide need guys who make them thump. Have dinner with me.

  • Somehow I’ve become an advisor to two startups recently.
  • Interesting advice: Optimal stopping theory.

    “…if you are destined to date ten people in your lifetime, you have the highest probability of finding The One when you reject your first four lovers (where you’d find them 39.87 percent of the time).

    Get a feel for the market and a realistic expectation of what you can expect in a life partner. Once this rejection phase has passed, pick the next person who comes along who is better than everyone who you have met before.”

  • Saturday, Old Bilcuit Mill with Paul and Denise (and lots of Dutch girls in k-way jackets), Stellenbosch outing with Paul, Simonsig (Pinotage festival), Trumpet Tree – watched the 1st half of the rugby with JD, Nerina, Al and Hilah, Balboa.
  • “Nevermind inside or outside, there is no box.” — Paul, about JD.

  • Sunday, chilled on the lawn at Paul’s house – memories of the most fun day ever – aB 2014 the Sunday – AltJ, Campari (for big kids), Batman, drove back to Cape Town, dark Toblerone, time well spent.
  • Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2?
  • “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” — Alfred

  • Remember kids, “with no power comes no responsibility.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Favourite Podcast Episodes


After re-listening to a few good podcasts recently, I think it’s time to start keeping a list of really good podcast episodes.

Here is my current list of regular shows (Nov 2016):


See my previous post about podcast shows.

Quick Update

Calm as a Hindu cow…

Clifton 1st
Clifton 1st
  • Week of 26 September to 2 October.
  • Two months till December. November will mark 10 years of blogging for me.
  • Monday, woke up just before 7:06 (when the aquaponics farm pump stops), walked to the office, …when you have to use a VPN to download a podcast – lame corporate thinking firewalls, catch up chat with Caley, Octotel automation project workshop, stayed at the office till well after dark, phone chat with Mia, inbox zero, watched the other half of The Secret In Their Eyes (2009) – good movie.
  • Tuesday, office, Octotel automation meeting, MWEB meeting, Mondiall wagyu burger, watched War Dogs at the Waterfront… very cool movie – that scene where the US military saves them was brilliant.
  • Wednesday, early Lions Head hike with Ian (and 3yo in a backpack), office, Myog, promenade walk, extended phone chat with Jonathan while walking around Sea Point, supper at Jarryds, walked home – 21k steps for the day.
  • Thursday, shrek tea, gym, office, fibre planning meeting, installed PyCharm, catch up chat with Martin, beers with Ian, Jonathan, Joseph and Barry at Village Idiot, published some notes on Ubuntu server tweaks.
  • What if something could be 10kx better?
  • “…what you are good at, what you like and where you can create value + similar people doing good things.” — Sam Altman : How to Build the Future – I guess, for me, that’s just going to involve telecoms in some way, actually the two themes seem to telecoms and education, soon. Finding good people to work with is really hard.

  • “Building railroads vs clipping train tickets.”

  • I seem to have a weakness for dark chocolate Kit Kats.
  • Friday, office, Cool Ideas meeting, a G&T at La Vie with Georg (who is in town for a few days), an extended (12km) sunset promenade walk with Heleen – good chats, pizza at La Vie, a Belvedere vodka Martini at Harvey’s.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Georg in Camps Bay, fetched Mia – we were going to go buy a goldfish, but that never happened, G&Ts, a late afternoon hike, braai.
  • “I live the way I type; fast, with a lot of mistakes.” — interesting chats on Saturday, reminded me of this quote.

  • Pet shops should have a bottomless goldfish deal.
  • Nice read on personality types – yeah, I’m INTP… like Yoda (-:
  • “INTP personalities are so prone to reassessing their own thoughts and theories, worrying that they’ve missed some critical piece of the puzzle, that they can stagnate, lost in an intangible world where their thoughts are never truly applied. Overcoming this self-doubt stands as the greatest challenge INTPs are likely to face.”

  • Interesting, seems Mia is pretty much the opposite of my personality: ESFJ (for now).
  • Mia seems keen to do nippers soon.
  • Sunday, the plan was to go hiking, but two kids were sick, Mia seems to like Wired magazines, protein pancakes in Camps Bay with Mia, Fred’s house, Hout Bay market – dads and daughters outing, beach afternoon – Clifton 1st picnic and sundowners with Georg – perfect weather, time well spent, the cat ripped apart our catnip growing operation, 11h sleep.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.