Monthly Archives: August 2017

Quick Update

Wack yak wack…

Jonkershoek
  • Week of 21 to 27 August.
  • Week two without coffee or gluten.
  • Monday, office, catch up with Dave, wrote a newsletter, walked to gym, general tinkering with a WordPress site.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, egg breakfast for lunch, had a salad at Hail Pizza with Wouter and a group of Dutch friends, jazz night at Hank’s Olde Irish and a Gentleman Jack Old Fashioned – very cool music and venue, time well spent.
  • I’ve been playing with Sketch. My inner designer likes it.
  • Wednesday, Octotel shareholder meeting, doctor visit, fetched Heleen from the airport, a short promenade walk, early supper at Mantra Cafe in Camps Bay with Heleen, somebody broke into our flat and stole Mia’s Macbook Pro, my 5DmkII camera with two L-series lenses, iPad and a Kindle… eek.
  • Pro tip: just locking your door with a single latch lock is not enough.
  • Sad to lose all those things, but I have to admit – I did not really use them very often.
  • I cancelled my Silo VA gym membership. Yes, because they will not switch the sauna on.
  • “We like to hang out with people who get our jokes.” — from a Sam Harris podcast

  • Thursday, walked to the office, catch up with Greg, Vox meeting, a walk around the bottom of Lions Head from the top of Fresnaye with Heleen, nice sunset.
  • I suspect I’m a master yak shaver.
  • We submitted a Flow Farms pitch video for the WeWork Creators Awards this week.
  • Friday, promenade walk with Heleen, office, suggested some yak shaving options for Michael, got a quote on a list of blood tests, smoothie with Heleen, watched Mia’s hockey match, sunset promenade walk, La Vie with Heleen, Micah, Nadia and Mia.
  • Our little health hacking group has been more active. Jacques seems to be getting busy.
  • Saturday, woke up at 5:30, photo processing, Granger Bay market with Mia and Heleen, shopping with Mia, dog walking around Green Point Park, Kloof Corner hike and sunset Chardonnay with Heleen, Butcher Shop and Grill in Mouille Point – good ribs, time well spent.
  • Chia and collagen. Breakfast of champions.
  • Sunday, woke up at 6:15, drove to Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek tweede waterval hike with Heleen and Mia – very cool, dropped Mia off, had some fish at The Thirsty Oyster in Gordons Bay, nap, La Vie with Georg, Melvi and Heleen, perfect weather, time well spent.
  • Note to self: go on more hikes.
  • “Smells like memory eraser to me.” — Melvi, about tequila.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Relentlessly resourceful infinite learners…

School Run (photo by Mia)
  • Week of 14-20 August.
  • Health week 1 of 11.
  • Start of my 80 day keto eating plan. No gluten. No dairy. No coffee. No legumes. No soy. No alcohol (well, very little – only vodka soda).
  • Monday, school run, keto breakfast, gym, office, after work walk with Alan, keto supper, in bed early.
  • Tuesday, TiTea, gym, office, smoothie, podcast promenade walk – nice photo weather, phone chat with Heleen from Istanbul, updated my keto eating foods list, had a lazy keto meal, watched some Jordan Peterson videos.
  • I’ve been nerding out on keto diet info with Jonathan. Updates here.
  • I bought two full Self Authoring Programs. Turns out it’s a lot of work. 16 hours.
  • I’ve been getting into the Sam Harris podcasts. Three this week. Check out episodes: 67 and 71.
  • “Have one foot in what you know, and one foot in what you don’t know. Maximise information flow.” — JP

  • Wednesday, TiTea, office, smoothie, lunchtime walk, early keto supper, podcast promenade walk, tinkered with a website for our aquaponics pet project: Flow Farms.
  • Thursday, TiTea, gym, office, sunset podcast promenade walk, cooked some eggs.
  • “Where are all the fat old people?” — Wouter, about Jacques not wanting to do the future authoring course.

  • Friday, TiTea, office, catch up with Greg at the Woodstock Exchange – nice tuna salad at Ocean Jewels, after work drinks on the roof, helped Wouter glue gun some cable to a wall, sunset podcast promenade walk, tinkered with some UniFi devices – we now give the security guards free wifi.
  • I set up a (hosted) UniFi controller for our home wifi this week. Enterprise wifi at home. The UniFi iOS app is pretty cool.
  • “If you give people responsibility you double their intelligence.” — Tim Ferriss

  • “We’re sorta like 7-Eleven. We’re not always doing business, but we’re always open.” — The Boondock Saints

  • Saturday, backups, Silo gym, swim, nap, walked to La Perla and watched the rugby with Nick and friends, walked to The Butcher Shop & Grill in Mouille Point and had a rib-eye, yum, time well spent.
  • Relentlessly resourceful infinite learners. Note to self, have a dinner conversation with Mia about this.
  • I think I’ve convinced Jacques to learn Django while doing a 21 day fast. Real Jedi stuff.
  • Sunday, made a logo with Sketch (cool app), brunch at Clark’s with Wouter, more Sketch tinkering, phone chat with Heleen from Cappadocia, took a long podcast walk to Clifton, Wouter cooked his famous (sous-vide) rib-eye and broccoli.
  • I think Tim Ferriss should have a child – if enough nerds follow (just to get all the parenting tips timeously) we should have a nice bump in global IQ.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The last pizza and two pizza teams…

Clifton
  • Week of 7-13 August.
  • Monday, office, smoothie with Heleen, supplement shopping for a new project, walked from Sea Point to Camps Bay with Heleen – nice sunset on the way, a very tasty burger at Mantra Cafe / Melissas.
  • “Ken sent me.”

  • “If an argument lasts more than 5 minutes, both sides are wrong.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • Moments are momentary
  • Tuesday, car service day, office, dev meeting, beetroot latte at Knead with Niel, wrote a newsletter – we launched a new Octotel app for ISPs, promenade walk with Heleen, we walked to the Waterfront and found a gift, a glass of wine at Georg’s, a drink at HQ with Georg – joined Heleen’s woman’s day dinner, nightcap at Harvey’s.
  • Wednesday, public holiday, installed Firefox v55, promenade podcast walk, a Cape Town G&T at La Vie with Georg, Pierre and Stefan, an Old Fasioned cocktail at Ricks with Heleen, we watched Baby Driver at the Labia – very good – go watch it, a Porn Star Martini at Asoka – I had not been there in ages – still a very cool interior.
  • How To Be A Genius
  • Watch the video above. Kinda weird how you don’t really get around to doing things you know are good for you. Learn to stick with your ideas.
  • “Wisdom is learning to take your own advice.”

  • Our real wealth is in what we can learn to build.
  • Thursday, chia and yoghurt for breakfast, daily supplements, office, got some house sitting instructions from Cath, IFM doctor visit with Heleen – very interesting, some collective document editing and tinkering on a project with Heleen at Hail Pizza – cool place – Heleen’s last pizza for a while, house sitting in Gardens – fed the cat.
  • Seems I’m more allergic to Cath’s cat than most cats.
  • Check out IFM.
  • I updated my daily supplements list… since I’m kinda health hacking Heleen at the moment (read: health coaching).
  • I found this post again. Worth a read.
  • Friday, haircut at Yogi’s, worked at Clark’s, got my lip zapped with a laser three times, office, supplement shopping with Heleen, walked home (car still being fixed), Van Hunks happy hour with Georg, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s with Heleen.
  • Listen to the Joe Rogan interview with Dom D’Agostino – it’s only 3 hours. Very inspirational.
  • Saturday, up at 05:50, dropped Heleen off at the airport – she’s on holiday for a few days, some cat typing at the Waterstone gym with a Cigarettes After Sex soundtrack, omelette at Lourensford, fetched Mia from her gran’s house, tea with Dirk in Stellenbosch, clothes shopping for Mia, Route44 market biltong stop, we took the coastal road to Muizenberg, beach walk, chai latte at Empire Cafe, walked up and down Kalk Bay main road, harbour wall stroll, we shared some mussels at Olympia Cafe, nice drive back via Boyes Drive, Gardens Centre, managed to figure out how a Chromecast works, watched For the Love of Spock, watched Jumper, fun day, time well spent.
  • I posted my 500th Instagram photo this week.
  • I stared playing with Sublime Text 3. Tired of fat and lazy Java.
  • We’ve Lost the Internet
  • I’m pondering an experiment with a gluten free, dairy free, coffee free, keto diet for 10 weeks. The cure for chronic inflation. Living well in old age and low orbit.
  • Sunday, tea, photo processing, chilled sunny winter Sunday, we made favicons, I showed Mia the end of The Interview (she’s a Katy Perry fan and was asking about North Korea), Mia remembered what she did with her phone after losing it recently – only took me about 10 minutes of asking questions, we walked to Bacini’s for lunch – my last pizza for a while, promenade walk, Mia watched Edward Scissorhands, updated my blog with some of Wellington’s finest.
  • Tune of the week: Shakira – Try Everything

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Hugs, hugs, hugs…

Sea Point Sunset
  • Week of 31 July to 6 August.
  • This blog post is pretty short again.
  • Monday, Mia was still sick so I let her finish watching The Dark Knight Rises while working from home, brunch at CaffeNeo with Heleen, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house – chats about multiplying skills, worked at Waterstone, sunset glass of wine on Clifton 2st with Heleen, Nuri sushi in Sea Point, watched The Breakfast Club – good movie, had not seen it in ages.
  • Tuesday, office, stayed at the office fairly late, dinner at El Burro with Jess, Max, Amanda and Heleen – Techstars London catch up, some tinkering with a logo over a Jamey.
  • I’m tying to get Heleen, Michael, Dave and Jacques to learn Django.
  • You really have to enjoy learning to keep up with the pace of technology.
  • Wednesday, walked to the office, Sababa lunch, stayed at the office fairly late, finished a WordPress project, supper at Soju Korean restaurant – very good.
  • Listen to Tom’s podcast, first episode is out. I liked the idea of setting macro goals.
  • Thursday, office, sunset promenade walk with Paul, dinner at Dennis and Hugo’s house with Heleen and Georg, fun evening, thanks!
  • I think I’ve inspired Jonathan to play with fasting and ketosis.
  • Friday, office, catch up with Greg at Bootleggers, after work beers at the office, sunset promenade walk with Heleen, dinner at The Duchess of Wisbeach with Georg, Sonja and Heleen – very good, The Creamery, a white russian at Harvey’s, time well spent.
  • “Could you just put the rest of this conversation in a podcast?” — Georg about active wear.

  • Saturday, photo processing and backups, nap, promenade walk, Green Point park, watched The Interview again with Heleen.
  • Good read: 4 rituals that will make you happy. 1) Gratitude. 2) Label negative emotions. 3) Make decisions – even if they are not perfect. 4) Hugs, hugs, hugs.
  • This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months
  • Sunday, lazy morning, Hout Bay market with Heleen – try the zoop soup, Glen Beach walk, nap, I made a salad and had some Chardonnay, in bed early.
  • Tune of the week: Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby

Have a fun week, crazy kids.