Monthly Archives: November 2017

Quick Update

10 Years of Quick Updates, brain food and heavy machinery…

Sea Point
  • Week of 20-26 November.
  • Health week 3/4. Actually I took a bit of a break, because of some bio marker processing.
  • Seems this past Sunday was the 10 year anniversary of my first Quick Update blog post, 20 November 2007. 10 years, 499 Quick Updates – I skipped a few week early on. In April 2016 I discovered Instagram, and started adding 10 photos per week to each post. Should have done that sooner.
  • Monday, podcast listening school run, gym, catch up with Theo in Stellenbosch, office, I somehow discovered the Cavium ThunderX platform and had to nerd out on that for a while, a whisky at Harvey’s with Heleen.
  • Some bio markers can be a bit demoralising. Make sure you want to know and hack them. The ones that change slowly or point to genetics are tricky. You can fix things like VitD, VitB and fat loss in 4 weeks, but connective tissue, muscle strength, cholesterol, testosterone seems to be a 90 day project, at the very least. My brazil nuts and B3 hack did not work. New plan next week.
  • I think I need to get my Apo E genotype data.
  • Tuesday, worked at home for a while, walked to the office, dev meeting, phone chat with Jonathan – the official start of a new project, lunchtime walk, cooked some broccoli with Heleen.
  • Wednesday, walked to the office, new software release to test, phone chat with Jacques, post-sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Listen to Showcase.
  • Thursday, office, showed somebody Jacques’ car, worked fairly late, watched Glazunov’s Violin Concerto at the Town Hall with Heleen – thanks for the tickets Georg.
  • “Better to look fit, than be fit.”

  • Friday, gym and some stretching in the outdoor area, office, site survey and a meeting in Newlands, I introduced Dirk to Sababa lunches, Myog, after work drinks on the roof, took Heleen some flowers, kinda wanted to go to the beach but it was pretty windy, sunset drive with Heleen, ended up having some oysters at the Mojo Market – brain food, vodka grenadine shots at La Vie.
  • 6 weeks of Vitality active rewards in a row.
  • Can you squat with your heels together, and your heels on the ground, bum all the way down, and stay there for 30sec? Narrow stance squat, but feet touching.
  • Saturday, slow morning, did some reading and hardware shopping, lunch at Harvey’s, Wine at The Winchester festival with Paul – fun afternoon – very good Oak Valley Chardonnay, La Vie.
  • Sunday, lunch and more brain food at The Roundhouse with Heleen, we walked around the Volvo Ocean Race exhibition at the Waterfront and I completed the excavator race in 68 seconds – seems operating heavy machinery is fun, vegan ice cream, nap, watched Murder on the Orient Express at the Labia – perfect Labia movie, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Strobe – deadmau5, memories of 2010 days.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Beagles love blueberries…

Sea Point Sunset
  • Week of 13-19 November.
  • Health week 2/4.
  • Monday, walked to the office, server hardware list reading, gym, promenade walk with Heleen, cooked some broccoli, some reading about Salt.
  • Heleen first kiss 2016, a year ago on Monday.
  • “If you are depressed you are living in the past.
    If you are anxious you are living in the future.
    If you are at peace you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu

  • I think I need to get my avg weight to 85kg.
  • “The future is the future we will.”

  • I started reading Hackers again. The hacker ethic.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, dev catch up, One Juice smoothie, mini nap, went to go claim some Vitality Rewards vouchers at Kauai at the Waterfront – because that’s the closest one, a drink at Van Hunks with Anton, Georg and Heleen.
  • “Which business are you most proud of?” Heleen asked me this. I could not really answer, sadly.
  • I figured out again that I must learn Salt. I have a project in mind.
  • “The world runs on luck.”

  • Wednesday, walked to gym, office, podcast promenade walk, cooked some broccoli, ate 20 brazil nuts before bed.
  • “Busy is a decision.”

  • Thursday, blood tests, office, lunchtime walk, dev meeting, podcast promenade walk.
  • Blood tests – 3 months gluten-free, 1 month functional medicine treatments, 6 weeks since last test. This round I just tested vitD, cholesterol, lipoprotein(a) and testosterone. I should really only test every three months, but I figured a few interim data points could be interesting.
  • You should stop eating by 19:00 daily.
  • Must listen: Joe Rogan and Chris Kresser
  • “Get a dog. Get married. Sauna.” — Jacques’ idea of health hacking cardiovascular risk.

  • Friday, gym, fetched Mia, Dirk visit, rib eye steaks at Eikendal with Mia – watched Mia eat a 500g rare steak – I guess she needs the protein, health nerd podcast drive, sunset promenade walk.
  • Saturday, up early, tea, phone OS upgrades, backups, papaja, avo and blueberries breakfast, smoothie at One Juice, fetched my blood data – vitD looks much better (55) and total testosterone is up, but the rest needs work, gift and biltong shopping at the Waterfront, took Mia to a friend’s birthday party, worked on some design ideas at the Waterstone Woolworths – I’m still enjoying Sketch, fetched Mia, dark chocolate, in bed early.
  • Safe to say my brazil nuts and niacin / B3 hacking did not work.
  • I should probably add that, even though I’m not super happy with my latest blood tests, I’m feeling a lot better than a few weeks ago. I guess it takes 3 months.
  • Mia is now 165.5cm tall.
  • Sunday, up early, processed some notes, catch up with Ben and Warwick at Geovanni’s – our usual chat about deep buffer switches and packet loss, brunch at Knead with Mia, Clifton 1st afternoon with Mia, Heleen and Georg – and a beagle that kept sniffing for snacks, gluten free pizza at Posticino’s, Mia and I watched As Good As It Gets with a tub of blueberries, time well spent.
  • Reason and accountability (-:
  • I suspect I have a thing for olive-green swimsuits.
  • Tune of the week: The Killers – Rut – also listen to the Song Exploder episode.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

AfricaCom week…

Cape Town CBD / CTICC
  • Week of 6-12 November.
  • Health week 1/4. Aiming for single digit body fat.
  • Monday, grapefruit with Mia, school run, gym – 100kg bench ORM, office, late afternoon nap, Korean food and Soju at Galbi for Heleen’s birthday.
  • Do low rows at gym.
  • Interesting how everybody knows their fat percentage, but not their muscle percentage. I’m 47% muscle, if I trust the BIA machine.
  • Tuesday, worked from home, haircut at Yogi’s, AfricaCom visit, La Vie with Heleen and Nadia, windy Seacom party at The Grand Beach.
  • On raising kids: Jeff and his wife let their kids use sharp knives since they were four and soon had them wielding power tools, because if they hurt themselves, they’d learn. Jeff says his wife’s perspective is “I’d much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid.”, “I multi-task serially.” — 15 life hacks from Jeff Bezos

  • Pro tip: be afraid if your girlfriend starts talking about cutting her hair short.
  • Wednesday, gym, AfricaCom visit, catch up with Dave, Cumulus Networks, Workonline yacht cruise from the Waterfront to Clifton with Ed, Ben and Nick – which was very cool, phone chat with Mia, Teraco Open Access party an the aquarium – which was painfully lame – had to leave.
  • Nice read: I’m 32 and spent $200k on biohacking. Became calmer, thinner, extroverted, healthier & happier.
  • Thursday, up early, walked to the office, sunset promenade walk, hacked some UI designs with Sketch and Zeplin.
  • Hack yourself. Scale yourself. Be an engineer and an artist. Build creative teams.
  • I feel much stronger after last three weeks of gym and health hacking. No such thing as free will. Productivity is brain chemistry.
  • Friday, early Lions Head hike with Ian, office, dev meeting, mexican food with Paul at Fuego, gym, Clifton 2 walk with Wouter – interesting chats about datacentres, drinks with Georg and Al.
  • Saturday, tinkered with Docker, walked over the road for a late lunch with Paul at La Vie – nice Oak Valley Chardonnay, epic nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, low carb ice cream, some reading about Kubernetes and Terraform.
  • “First will what is necessary, and then love what you will.”

  • Listen to the Tim Ferriss interview with Tim O’Reilly.
  • Sunday, grapefruit, tea, photo processing, backups, mobility routine, gym, cooked some broccoli, bottled some vitamins for the week, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, blogging, in bed early, reading, time well spent.
  • Listen to: Grand Theft Life, With Tim Urban.
  • I’ve been gluten-free for three months now, and coffee and beer. Need to get my blood data this coming week.
  • “You got the grace of the storm in the desert.” — The Killers

  • Tune of the week: Some Kind of Love – The Killers

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Hello beautiful nerds…

Clifton 2nd
  • Week of 30 October to 5 November.
  • Health week 4/4. 3 Vitality Active Reward goals in a row.
  • I went full health nerd this week. Brocolli, Kale, Eggs, Brazil nuts.
  • Monday, mobility routine, chia, glutamine and collagen mix, walked to gym – the sunny outdoor gym area is fun, office, sunset podcast walk – 22k steps, podcast broccoli and kale cooking, glutamine, collagen, fish oil, reading, 150g of protein for the day.
  • I figured I should try some old school gym routines and supplement for a while. All those gym rats can’t be wrong.
  • Use the NoScript plugin for Firefox.
  • The future kinda arrived with the iPhone6 in 2014. Laptops have solid state drives. Since then, all we really got was Instagram Stories, and way too many podcast episodes to listen to.
  • Watch this: The Gut is Not Like Las Vegas
  • My podcast queue is down to 20ish. I think I’m a bit over Tim Ferriss, his last few shows have been pretty boring.
  • Tuesday, office, sunset podcast promenade walk, t-bone steak at the legendary Sea Point steak restaurant that is Buzbey Grill with Heleen – it was the chef’s last night.
  • If you can write, you should. So many people are scared of public writing.
  • I suspect I’m not very efficient, but I’m pretty effective.
  • Wednesday, up at 5:00, mobility routine and TiTea, gym – I can bench press my body weight again, office, a juice at Strolla and a walk with Michael, sunset promenade walk, cooked some broccoli.
  • What environment can I create for maximum learning in 2018? Goldilocks zone.
  • Thursday, walked to the office, dev meeting, caught the 5pm VIP cinema show at the Waterfront – mostly to just chill out and do nothing, Blade Runner 2049 again – I figured it was worth another watch – beautiful visuals – can’t say I changed my review ideas.
  • Data are. Data is. Messes with my head.
  • Friday, some early morning network testing, gym, dev meeting, another dev meeting, read about GIS servers, Myog, sunset podcast promenade walk, dinner at Heleen’s, attempted to watch some Netflix, but failed.
  • Health hacking is going well. 7.3kg transformation in 4 weeks. Not super amazing, but steady progress.
  • Saturday, kinda got the date wrong for Sam’s wedding, a walk down Sea Point main road to visit the Thai and Chinese shops – got some ginseng tubes, fetched Mia from a party, a quick catch up with Dirk in Stellenbosch, a visit to Joostenberg Bistro with Paul and Nicola, podcast drive back to Cape Town – I played Mia the MGMT Time to Pretend episode of Song Exploder, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s with a norcal margarita and some inception tic tac toe (see below), vegan ice cream at Unframed, breakfast food shopping – Mia loves making breakfast, we watched Star Trek again (the first recent reboot), time well spent.
  • Anti drama.
  • I think I need to update me personal website soon. Content is very old.
  • “You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” — Oogway, Mia and I had a chat about being present and being curious.

  • Sunday, up early, tinkered with an app idea, supplement shopping with Mia, Waterfront – we found some new beach hats, figured I needed some swimming trunks, extended book shop visit, found a pretty big watermelon and cut it up, Clifton 2nd with Heleen and some norcal marganitas – nice cold swims and a beach walk – Mia finished the book she bought earlier, rice free sushi at Nuri with Mia – she seems to like sushi now, low carb ice cream, in bed early.
  • My next blood tests are in 10 days time. I’m struggling to find other health nerds to do the blood biomarker tests. Track what you hack.
  • Tune of the week… is a podcast episode: Song Exploder – MGMT – Time To Pretend.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.