Monthly Archives: October 2017

Quick Update

Africa for beginners…

Clifton
  • Week of 23-29 October.
  • Health week 3/4.
  • I’ve been experimenting with fairly high doses of: zink (75mg), vitD (15000IU), brazil nuts (about 10 per day), cod liver oil (1g twice a day) chia seeds (40g), fish oil (1.5g twice a day), glutamine (3g twice a day), vitB3/niacin (500mg twice a day), apple cider vinegar (15ml). In theory this is good for your gut lining, lipid profile and free testosterone count. Let’s see.
  • I avoided wine this week. Had a few vodka soda + fresh lime drinks and a martini. I’m starting to think wine as bad for me. Check the toxin list.
  • Monday, school run while listening to a Derek Sivers interview, Waterstone gym, office, meeting at Knead, sunset promenade walk and some broccoli cooking with Heleen, slept like a baby.
  • “Firms exist for two main reasons: to minimize transaction costs and to aggregate capital and people.” — from

  • My queued podcast list is back down to under 50. I dumped a few shows.
  • I’ve noticed my sleeping heart rate is a fair bit higher when I’ve has some wine. I think I had too much wine last week – and not enough good sleep.
  • I’ve actually achieved two weeks in a row of Vitality Active Reward goals. Going to try and get 4 in a row.
  • Challenge yourself to change, 3yr cycles seem good.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, played with QGIS, breakfast for lunch with Michael, bumped into Paul at La Vie, sunset promenade walk with Heleen.
  • Remember kids, don’t listen to your Queen records in reverse. Had a good laugh about this with Dirk recently.
  • Wednesday, worked at home – productive day, late afternoon gym session.
  • “Man does not create… he discovers.” — Antonio Gaudi

  • Don’t Build a Startup, Build a Movement
  • Thursday, office, played with Zenkit, sunset promenade walk, cooked some broccoli and kale.
  • Zenkit is cool. Just waiting for it to get Gantt charts.
  • Friday, wrote a proposal, office, dev meeting, afterwork vodka soda at La Vie with Georgi and Heleen, Piano Bar in De Waterkant, Kloof St House, vegan ice cream place on Kloof st, a martini at Harveys.
  • Found this post. Mostly because I was in De Waterkant. Good memories of a weekend with Ernst.
  • “Cape Town: Africa for beginners.” — Georgi, who is visiting Cape Town for a month. We met at Techstars in 2014.

  • Saturday, Granger bay market with Georgi and Heleen – good value chia and brazil nut packs, 5 hour Clifton 2nd beach session with Heleen, Georgi, Michel and Michelle – epic sunset, La Vie – chicken skewer and slaw again, slept like a baby, time well spent.
  • Sunday, three cups of tea, chia, glutamine, avo, photo and notes processing, backups, walked to Nu for a smoothie bowl, supplement shopping, mini nap, mobility routine, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, reading – Tools of Titans (finally), in bed early.
  • I’d love to know IQ, testosterone level and all cause mortality rate of people who feel compelled to do a noisy drive-by past Rockpool – 50kmph speed limit. Wonder if this differs a lot by value of the vehicle. Probably not. Muppets.
  • The clueless visionary.
  • “Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work.” — Jiro

  • You may want to disable sharing your heart rate data with the Discovery app.
  • Tune of the week: The Lumineers – Stubborn Love – great video.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Learn, create, learn, create…

Sea Point Sunset
  • Week of 16 to 22 October.
  • Health week 2/4.
  • Monday, walked to work, doctor visit – blood biomarker info gathering, set up a linode for the new Octotel website, upgraded our home wifi hotspots, sunset promenade walk, some biomarker spreadsheet updates.
  • Upgrade your wifi router.
  • Octotel has a new website.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, video conference, dentist – who did a great job, Sababa lunch, catch up with Warwick, Giles and Dirk at La Vie.
  • I’ve been eating lots of Brazil nuts. Still hacking HDL, VitD (daily 15k IU supplement) and Testosterone. All about lowering chronic inflammation. How old you feel is about energy and mobility.
  • Wednesday, walked to the office, tea with Michael, vitB shot, cooked some broccoli and swiss chard with Heleen, Skype chat with Dirk.
  • Octotel now has a quarterly magazine.
  • I’ve been nerding out on some Derek Sivers interviews. Love how he managed to create his own little world, with its on rules, until it all blew up. Take the good parts from the story, and build on that.
  • Thursday, walked to gym, office, lunchtime walk with Alex – we chatted about why companies exist, Clifton 2nd sundowners with Heleen, tom yum soup at Andy’s.
  • Friday, office, dev meeting, fetched Mia, braai at Dirk’s house.
  • “What I do for a living is notice things.” — Seth Godin

  • Saturday, woke up on the top level of a kids bunk bed in Stellenbosch, breakfast with Dirk and Mia at Stellenbosch Square – chats about Derek Sivers, lunch at La Vie with Paul and Mia, we finally installed that podcast app I sent Paul for his birthday – figured he really should use all that driving time more productively, epic nap, sunset walk with Mia, watched the end of Inception – great soundtrack.
  • Sunday, tea, Mia made us breakfast, backups, mobility routine, family braai at Jacques’ and a tour of his urban farm – some VitD production, sunset promenade walk and a smoothie with Mia, time well spent.
  • I like Derek Sivers’s idea that there should be an English word for the learn + create cycle.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Fasting, simpsons tea and afternoon naps…

Sea Point Sunset
  • Week of 9-15 October.
  • Health week 1/4. Fasting week.
  • I’m busy hacking my HDL, VitD and Testosterone blood bio markers. Think I need some blood tests in November again. Starting to think 2, 4 and 12 months are good intervals for the various tests.
  • Monday, school run, Waterstone gym, office, wrote a newsletter, watched Heleen cook broccoli and kale.
  • Firefox tip, type this into the nav bar… about:config
    Search for autoplay. Set media.autoplay.enabled to false
  • Tuesday, early gym with Heleen – outdoor grid area, office, catch up with Alex at Giovanni’s, catch up with Dave and Dirk in Stellenbosch, sunset promenade walk, foam rolling, tinkering.
  • I realised I’ve been using Linux for 20 years.
  • Wednesday, up early tinkering, magnesium sodium potassium cocktail, walked to the office, Reviv tour, catch up with Dirk and Jonathan at Roxy’s, tinkered with a financial model with Heleen.
  • After my recent 10 day fast, this 5 day fast feels like a walk in the park.
  • Thursday, mobility routine, Simpsons tea (Shrek tea without the matcha), magnesium, potassium, sodium, walked to the office, processed about 140 emails – mostly about 20 ISPs wanting to join the Octotel network, played with QGIS, walked home, quick nap, rice-free sushi at Nuri with Heleen and Nadia – took some MCT oil along.
  • ZenKit looks pretty zen.
  • Friday, mobility routine, gym, Camphill LOMAD, office, dev meeting, dentist, after work drinks on the roof, braai at home with Heleen – ostrich steaks with kale and brocolli.
  • Two interesting opportunities connected week.
  • Saturday, up early, walked to the Granger Bay market with Heleen, extended nap, Gibson’s – very tasty banting burger, vegan ice cream in the compact disc graveyard that is the Waterfront Market, Harveys.
  • People seem to love constraints – defining themselves by what they can’t do.
  • Been pondering complex business models vs simple scalable models.
  • Sunday, up at 5:30, tinkering – built a financial model as a mental experiment, matcha smoothie bowl at Nu with Heleen, more tinkering at Native / Waterfront, watched American Made at the VIP cinema – had to drink a bottle of wine to get past the Tom Cruise factor, but it was very entertaining, go watch it, extended nap, phone chat with Paul, sunset promenade walk with Heleen, notes processing with some Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay, Wouter cooked some Japanese soup – from Japan, time well spent.
  • Wouter is back from Japan.
  • Support your local tech startup – week 7… please go Like and Follow and Follow a project called Atomic.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Blade Runner, blood tests and BLE tags…

Waterfront Moonrise
  • Week of 2 to 8 October.
  • 8 weeks — no coffee, no beer, no gluten.
  • Monday, shrek tea, gym, walked to the office, fetched my blood test data — 28 test results, management meeting, promenade walk with Paul, dinner at La Vie, watched some Narcos with Paul and some J&B Jet.
  • Seems at least 5 of my 28 blood results need some attention. Vit D is low. Track what you hack.
  • Be present. Be curios.
  • Tuesday, up early, wrote a blog post, office, tea with Michael, breakfast for lunch, promenade walk.
  • The Importance of Staring Out Of The Window
  • If you only listen to two podcasts: 99pi and Radiolab.
  • Wednesday, shrek tea, gym, FTTH conference at CTICC, promenade walk.
  • Thursday, office, catch up with Dirk in Stellenbosch, fetched Mia, we found Mia a shotput practice ball, sunset moonrise walk with Mia and Cath to the Waterfront, dinner at Tasha’s, gelato, played with Intergalactic fizzy bath balls at Lush, time well spent.
  • Stating the obvious, but humans are deeply flawed.
  • I made a macro plan for 2020 this week. 10 items. Pretty much just two months remaining of 2017!
  • Friday, tea, backups, Mia finished watching Blade Runner, dentist visit with Mia — love that super clean teeth feeling, wine tasting and lunch at De Meye — excellent, bit of a rush to get to the IMAX movies on time, watched Blade Runner 2049 — good movie, go watch it — maybe not as good as the first one, but can’t fault it, sunset promenade walk with Mia, La Vie supper, watched Get Smart on Netflix, time well spent.
  • “Die verskil tussen mans en vrouens: ons vat nie alles so ernstig op nie.” — Dirk

  • Be indifferent to things you can’t control.
  • Been pondering rent-seeking capitalism vs productive capitalists.
  • Saturday, Mia managed an 11h sleep, extended buffet breakfast at Winchester Mansions with some Miss Molly, swapped Mia’s bank card again — banks don’t seem to be able to do bank accounts for children very well, BIA machine, shopping for new swimming goggles for Mia, Dischem, promenade walk, chilled at home, watched the rugby at La Vie, watched Inception again.
  • I bought Mia some protein powder last swimming season. She told me she finished it and she wanted some more, but this time she does not want the pure hippie whey, she wants something with a bit of flavouring. Cool. We get her some vanilla casein protein with as little weird ingredients as possible. Casein, because she’ll probably be drinking it before bed. With the protein tub comes a free shaker. Inside the shaker is a free tshirt. The curious part, is that this black tshirt, saying “100% FREAK” in yellow, fits her perfectly. How does a supplements company decide to ship small tshirts with their products? Surely their market is not 11yo girls.
  • Mia is now… 11yo, 165cm, 56.9kg, 24.5kg muscle.
  • A Five Minutes Guide to Better Typography. I have discovered the Em Dash!
  • Sunday, woke up with the Gun Run coming past, last day of Mia’s school holiday, made Mia some breakfast, first nippers training of the season on Strand beach — a bit windy, worked at a cafe nearby that played lots of Tom Petty (RIP), fetched Mia, Waterfront to collect Mia’s 4th School for Good and Evil book order, we found Mia a new iPhone charging cable, chilled at home, Mia disappeared into her book, sunset promenade walk.
  • I now have a Chipolo BLE tag keyring. Nice toy.
  • “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” — Dorothy Parker, Mia quoted this from a recent podcast we listened to.

  • My ten year milestone of weekly blog posts is coming up this November.
  • I’ve been using Simplenote app again — to collect blog notes, and keep blog notes out of my general notes.
  • Support your local tech startup — week 6… go Follow a project called TooMuchWifi.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Bad with directions…

Bettys
  • Week of 25 September to 1 October.
  • Monday, public holiday, rainy day, Mia and I made a list of all her swimming and athletics times and goals, I tweaked the Jolp website and Snap logo, WordPress upgrades, late lunch at La Vie with Mia, promenade walk, Mojo Market visit, we watched Bladerunner – because, well, the next one is coming out on 6 October, macOS upgrade day.
  • The song Weightless by the Marconi Union, resulted in a 65% decrease in the participant’s overall anxiety. They also had a 35% reduction in their usual physiological resting rates. The song was specifically designed to induce a feeling of relaxation. The musicians teamed up with sound therapists to create the song. Listen to it.
  • Tuesday, school run – listened to an interview about aquaponics, Waterstone gym, almond milk matcha latte, haircut at Yogi’s, Olami, office, walked home, shawarma plate for supper, read a bit about the YC application process, in bed early.
  • Approach Technology Like the Amish
  • I installed the Developer version of Firefox.
  • Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  • Wednesday, wrote a nerdy bio, watched a Bladerunner prequel, walked to the office, eggs breakfast for lunch, catch up with Jonathan and Ian at Roxy’s and Maria’s, burger in a bowl, Wouter arrived home a day early from Joburg – we went for a drink at Yours Truly on Kloof, tuns out we needed to be at Your Truly on Loop – to watch some band with John, met this girl who had “fuck cops” tattooed on her leg, caught an Uber ride with a guy who was really into Dolly Parton (3 songs), arrived home and was really happy to smell the ocean.
  • Blade Runner 2049 prequel.
  • Zen and the art of urban farming. Paleo diet, blood biomarkers and real food you grow yourself.
  • I think Douglas Adams was right – Earth is just an experiment. People are here to seek opportunities.
  • “The essence of creativity is fucking around.” — Tim Kreider

  • I’ve been posting to Instagram fairly regularly, from my laptop. Remember, kids – the mobile app is evil.
  • Children should sleep a lot.
  • Thursday, up early, gym, office, catch up with Michael – chats about crypto tokens, registered a batch of co.za domains, quick nap, attended Heleen’s water project talk at the Patagonia shop around Shortmarket street – and a catch up with Pete, in bed early.
  • I seem to have convinced Mia to read the Hackers book.
  • Friday, walked to the office, fasted blood tests at Pathcare – 7 vials of blood later, dev meeting, lunch at La Perla with Patrik and Bengt, after work drinks on the roof, rice-free sushi at Nuri with Heleen – seems you have to carry around your own gluten-free soy sauce, watched Icarus on Netflix with some J&B Jet.
  • I think my next startup, will be 10 startups. — Dec 2015
  • Mia was rather unhappy that her Google Play Music trial ended.
  • Saturday, backups, gym, road trip to Bettys with Heleen, braai with Cath, Robin and Heleen.
  • I suspect I’m generally bad with directions.
  • The beach house now has electricity :-/
  • Anton is moving to Cape Town soon.
  • Wouter is in Tokyo.
  • Sunday, chilled breakfast with Cath and Heleen, road trip to Cape Town, Bloedlemoen G&Ts, watched the sunset on Clifton 2nd with Heleen, gluten free pizzas at Postecino’s, time well spent.
  • Support your local tech startup – week 5… please go Like and Follow and Follow a project called More Life.
  • Tune of the week: Radical Face, Welcome Home

Have a fun week, crazy kids.