Monthly Archives: September 2017

Quick Update

Something from nothing…

Sea Point
  • Week of 18-24 September.
  • Monday, woke up in a bed full of sea sand, wrote my weekly blog post, walked to the office, dev catch up, worked fairly late.
  • I made an About page for the Flow Farms site.
  • Tuesday, gym, office, catch up with Michael, processed about 60 backlogged emails, Village Idiot with Ian, Jonathan and Jim – and some interesting stories of the early Cisco days, Jolp tinkering with Heleen.
  • “Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of, that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.” — Ryan Holiday

  • Wednesday, up way too early, logo tinkering, iOS and watchOS upgrade day, backups, Audi visit, office, Sababa lunch, sunset promenade walk with Heleen, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, set up a WordPress site far a new project: Snap Studio.
  • Thursday, morning in Somerset West, lunch in Woodstock with Heleen, Toyota dealer visit, logo tinkering, quick nap, Roast & Co launch party in Heritage Square with Paul, good fun.
  • Friday, walked to the office, dev meeting, fetched Mia, visited Dirk in Stellenbosch, sunset promenade walk with Mia, took Mia for a ribeye steak at Hussar – interesting dinner chats, ice cream at The Creamery.
  • Saturday, epic paleo buffet breakfast at the Winchester Mansions with Mia, Wouter and Zander – with some Miss Molly, Mia got a replacement bank card, promenade walk, backups and upgraded Mia’s phone, watched A Hand Full of Keys at The Theatre on the Bay with Mia and Heleen – good show, rice-free sushi at Nuri, time well spent.
  • I seem to have a keen interest is graphic design and vector drawing tools recently.
  • Sunday, some Sketch tinkering – Mia added some design ideas, breakfast at Jarryd’s with Mia and Wouter – I figured Mia deserved some banana bread waffles after her four A’s in the recent test week, we watched The Dark Tower at the Waterfront – very entertaining, lazy afternoon in the book shop, hake and calamari at Cape Town Fish Market, vegan ice cream, we baked gluten free cookies at Heleen’s (as an Afrikaans lesson for Mia).
  • Calm, technical, relentlessly resourceful, infinite learners.
  • We tweaked the Jolp website content. Thanks Cath.
  • Support your local tech startup – week 4… please go Like and Follow and Follow a project called Snap Studio.
  • Tunes of the week: The Killers, Wonderful Wonderful.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Turmeric vegan ice cream and creative vs technical…

Sea Point
  • Week of 11-17 September.
  • Monday, up way too early, published my weekly blog post, school run, Waterstone gym, biltong shopping, catch up with Gavin, vegan smoothie with Heleen in Woodstock, office, sunset promenade walk with Heleen, Shawarma Express, general project tinkering.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, fetched a new bank card, Knead omelette for lunch, Myog with Michael and a chat about lifelong learning, investigated our home free wifi hobby project – seems to be going well, sunset promenade walk, watched the Apple event, made an About page for the Jolp website.
  • Wednesday, car shopping at VW and Honda – cars are crazy expensive now it seems, catch up with Sarah at Workshop 17, vegan ice cream at Unframed – very good, office, promenade walk, short nap, sushi at Codfather with Georg, a Belvedere martini at Harveys.
  • On being a resilient person
  • Transcending Time – Interstellar’s Hidden Meaning Behind Love and Time
  • “It seems that the only thing we can do is to commit to memory all that will be lost, be it the sounds of earth in deep space or the testimonies of our lives and in doing so keep pushing the boundaries of this strange dimension.”

  • Thursday, walked to the office, tea with Michael, Sababa lunch with Heleen, Vodacom meeting, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s with Heleen, turmeric latte vegan ice cream at Unframed in Kloof street.
  • New Age Bullshit Generator
  • The Food Pyramid. Energy equilibrium. Run more. Low fat diet. Cholesterol causes heart disease. Santa. The Easter Bunny.
  • Friday, walked to the office, dev meeting, catch up with Dave, dinner at He Sheng Chinese restaurant with Heleen – good value.
  • Saturday, did a Sketch tutorial, breakfast and rugby at La Vie with Heleen, Cape Town G&T, more Sketch learning – watched about 20 treehouse videos, made a fox logo.
  • Happiness is… getting things done without it feeling like work.
  • You are either creative or technical, right? Turns out IQ is an intelligence factor made up of a number of elements: verbal comprehension, abstract reasoning and induction, maths and memory, spacial visualisation etc. But, it’s not a trade-off. If you are good one you are good at the others – if you have an above average IQ – that’s how they came up with the idea of IQ. You are creative and technical. Interesting to understand in the times of DevOps and Full Stack developer thinking.
  • Sunday, up early, bit of a design workshop with Jonathan, we went to the finish of the Cape Town marathon in Green Point, managed to get a photo of Heleen finishing the 42km race, extended afternoon beach session on Clifton 1st with Cath, Heleen and Georg, supper at La Vie, fell in bed just in time, time well spent.
  • Support your local tech startup – week 3… please go Like and Follow a project called Atlas.
  • It’s been a while since I found a song to add to the blog. Hmm. I might be listening to too many podcasts.
  • I’m still avoiding gluten and coffee. Think I might just stick with this plan.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Let’s go bowling…

Lunchtime Walk
  • Week of 4-10 September.
  • Monday, walked to the office, lunchtime walk and a salad, supplement shopping – found some magnesium glycinate, walked home, working supper with Heleen – Korean food at Soju – fermented food is healthy kids, general tinkering, script writing and a bit of design at La Vie – made a logo for Jolp.
  • 4 weeks without beer, coffee, gluten, pizza.
  • “Just put the moodboard in a spreadsheet.” — Heleen. Sure way to scare away designers.

  • Tuesday, some early morning film making – good fun, windy and rainy day, office, lunchtime podcast smoothie walk, tinkered with a WordPress site and did some creative writing, jazz night at Hanks with Etienne and Wouter, bit of a list minute scramble to get Jonathan to submit a recommendation – which kinda failed.
  • We missed the Startup Chile entry deadline, mostly because of lame UX.
  • Wednesday, up early, walked to the office, catch up with Dan, catch up with Greg, after work promenade walk with Paul, a glass of wine at La Vie with Paul, dinner with Heleen and her parents.
  • 4th week without coffee for me. This was the first week I did not have any cravings to go get a cup of coffee. Not sure if it was a chemical thing or just mental habit, but for the first two weeks coffee kept popping into my head. So long coffee.
  • Thursday, cold and wet day, office, egg breakfast for lunch, processed about 200 notes, watched a classical music concert at the Town Hall with Georg – very good Sibelius piece, Van Hunks with Georg and Chris.
  • The first version of the Jolp website is live.
  • Friday, up early, wrote an overdue blog post, tea with Heleen, office, two meetings, dentist, Lancet lab tour, fetched Mia, had a minor wobble about the state of Mia’s toe, walked around the Waterfront and spent some time in the bookshop – Mia was hoping the next School for Good and Evil book would be out, Shawarma Express with Mia and Heleen.
  • Saturday, supplement sorting and bottling, breakfast at La Vie with Mia and Georg, promenade walk with Mia, took Mia to the Dischem nurse, watched the rugby at La Vie with Georg, potjiekos competition day at the Camps Bay community bowling club with Mia, Georg, Dennis, Hugo and Romeo, patched Mia’s toe, nap, photo processing, calories well spent.
  • Sunday, backups, migrated my photos from July and August, patched Mia’s toe again, brunch at Newport with Mia, a walk through Green Point park, extended afternoon on Clifton 1st with Mia, Heleen, Georg, Cath and Etienne, La Vie supper with Mia and Georg, great weather, time well spent.
  • Support your local tech startup – week 2… please go Like and Follow and Follow a project called Flow Farms.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Arniston visit and a spider bite…

Arniston
  • Week of 28 August to 3 September.
  • This post is a bit late. Also, I should probably make better notes of interesting things I discover.
  • Monday, processed some notes, worked from home, all kinds of yak shaving, sunset promenade walk with Heleen to the Waterfront and back, 2-for-1 steak night at HQ with Wouter – good food.
  • Tuesday, sick at home – suspect a spider bite on my ankle, lots of sleeping and caught up on a few JP videos – generally just feeling sorry for myself, Heleen brought me some tom yum soup – thank you (-:
  • Engage your core when you sit.
  • Wednesday, feeling way more human, VitB shot, doctor visit, Dischem, office, catch up lunch with Dave, after work drink with Jonathan and Ian, burger in a bowl with Georg at Da Vinci’s, the Dutches with Georg and Heleen.
  • “Berlin. Ostrich. In a bowl. Double.”
  • Pro tip: when you get a weird insect bite (spider), make sure you get something like Bactroban on there, else you might get a secondary infection (and be taken out for a day).
  • Thursday, wound healing cocktail with extra collagen and glutamine, office, phone chat with Ernst, afterwork drink with Jonathan and a tour of Ian’s new office project, Georg cooked a roast with a nice Saronsberg red, we watched Semi-Pro again – very funny.
  • Mia did very well in her test week. Three A results so far. (-:
  • Friday, doctor check up, office, gluten-free and dairy-free snack shopping, road trip to Arniston with Heleen.
  • I managed to not take a big batch of antibiotics.
  • I’ve been collecting a list of blood tests / bio markers to do fairly regularly, but that project has been delayed because of the spider bite infection.
  • Saturday, epic buffet breakfast, bicycle ride around Arniston, harbour visit, sunset beach walk.
  • The Arniston Hotel is good value.
  • Sunday, woke up early and watched the sunrise, Arniston cave exploring, buffet breakfast with some bubbly, a visit to the southernmost tip of Africa / Agulhas, calamari at Pelicans, podcast road trip, Perigrine farm stall visit and cider tasting, Clifton 1st sunset with Heleen, Cath and Georg, photo processing, fun weekend, time well spent.
  • Heleen’s no gluten diet seems to be working well for me.
  • I did not go to Wolfkop this weekend, but I am making some good progress with a project I kinda started at Wolfkop last year, thanks Tash. Actually two projects.
  • Support your local tech startup – week 1… please go Like and Follow and Follow a project called Jolp.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.