Monthly Archives: February 2018

Quick Update

Lions Head, Kalk Bay, brain food and burgers in bowls…

Lions Head
  • Week of 19-25 Feb.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, gym, had a car window fixed, office, sunset Lions Head hike with Tom and Heleen – watched the sunset from the top – I should go hiking more often, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
  • Tuesday, work – mostly ISP onboarding, afternoon catch up with Shawn, La Vie, workshop, phone chat with Mia – she took two wickets with her bowling in her afternoon cricket match, a night cap at La Vie with Dirk and Nick.
  • Octotel now has 30 ISPs on the network. 60k homes passed in about 2 years. 44 vehicles on the road. Doing over 1000 installs per month. 1000+ buildings connected.
  • Wednesday, work, catch up with Joseph and Heleen at Jason bakery, brain food (oysters for breakfast) at Sea Breeze, office, sunset promenade walk with Bienne and a glass of wine at Lily’s.
  • Thursday, work, gym, after work nap, sunset promenade walk, burger in a bowl with Georg.
  • Remember to eat enough protein.
  • Friday, office, dev meeting, fetched a Radiolab tshirt, catch up with Warwick and Giles, audio book walk home, worked a bit at La Vie and published a blog post, in bed early.
  • I’m busy listening to Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and reading 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
  • Saturday, tinkered with a Jolp project, gym, more creative writing, epic nap, sunset audio book promenade walk – aimless walk, mexican food at the Mojo Market, time well spent.
  • Sunday, more Jolp tinkering – what nerds do on evenings and weekends, oysters at the Roundhouse – but had to leave because of an unreasonable manager, drove to Kalk Bay, late lunch at Harbour House, sunset promenade walk, poke bowl at Nuri, time well spent.
  • Unless you enjoy dealing with unreasonable management, I’d suggest you avoid the Roundhouse restaurant.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Waterfront
  • Week of 12-18 Feb.
  • Yes, this post is late.
  • Monday, office, started the process to onboard seven more ISPs onto the Octotel network, sunset promenade walk.
  • Mia is in the U13 2nd cricket team (one of two girls), and was invited to the WP trials.
  • Tuesday, gym, office, some last minute planning, very good negroni at the secret gin bar, dinner at Fork, The Waiting Room rooftop.
  • Is it possible to be addicted to learning?
  • Wednesday, work, office, workshop at Nick’s house, bubbly with Wouter and Rene.
  • BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal
  • Thursday, work, salad at La Vie, five star Platter’s wine tasting at Caroline’s in the CBD with Paul – some great wines, oyster shots and seafood at Seabreeze in Bree street, Moro, La Vie.
  • Paul and I agreed that we’d be happy to take shelter at Caroline’s for the zombie apocalypse. Just need some cheese.
  • Zuma has fallen.
  • Friday, breakfast with Paul at Coco Safar – new place nearby, walked to the office, sunset promenade walk, a rib eye at Buzbey’s with Heleen, ice cream at the Mojo Market, Harvey’s.
  • Saturday, drove to Elgin with a new audio book, fetched Mia from a party, breakfast at the Peregrine Farm Stall, drove to Stellenbosch, found a gift for Jacques at Simonsig, sabraged a bottle of bubbly, family braai at Jacques’ for his 40th birthday, lots of red meat and spinach from Jacques’ urban farming project, time well spent.
  • Jacques brought me an autographed copy of 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson – cool gift, thanks!
  • Sunday, breakfast at Melissa’s Kloof Street with Mia, backups, configured Mia’s laptop and phone while she watched Meet Joe Black, we walked to the Waterfront, swapped Mia’s laptop case, book shop, sushi and hot sake at Balducci’s Sushi Bar with chats about Ayn Rand books, ice cream, installed Civilization V and Sim City 4 on Mia’s laptop (Steam sale).

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Podcast queue zero, flow hacking and the 150ms rule…

Sea Point Sunset
  • Week of 5-11 February.
  • Monday, gym, office, I presented a little training session, podcast promenade walk, phone chat with Mia – she won the trophy for most points in her school gala, mostly processed email and watched a webinar.
  • Gluten-free bonus.
  • Looks like Mia’s nippers friends group has deflated. I’m a bit sad. Also, all the inter-school galas have been cancelled because of the water situation.
  • Tuesday, random admin, walked to the office, got stuck in traffic, workshop in Gardens – pizza, wine and watched the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch with Nick, Simone, Chris and Dirk – nothing short of awesome, time well spent.
  • I actually managed to get to podcast queue zero this week. That’s a first.
  • Wednesday, up early, good mood – sense of meaning, office, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Dan and his new girlfriend, and some rooibos gin, stayed on the beach till after dark, time well spent.
  • Thursday, work, gym, had some of Maria’s Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee – nice, sunset promenade walk.
  • I’ve been playing with the Monday.com app. Pretty cool.
  • Friday, up early, office, dev meeting, Sababa lunch, walked home, processed around 200 notes, drove to Clifton, Georg cooked a roast leg of lamb with some great red wine (thanks!), rainy evening – nice to get some rain.
  • I’ve been listening to Stealing Fire – since I ran out of podcasts. Rad audio book. Flow hacking is the next big thing. The transcendence industry is big business – keeping our pre-frontal cortex from over-thinking things all the time. Bit of an evolutionary defect there, can’t switch the sucker off easily. Pretty sure that the smarter you are, the more risk you have for a potentially wonky pre-frontal cortex.
  • Pretend You’re Good at It
  • “Two crappy pages per day.”

  • Remember the yellow square in the National Geographic logo? Have you ever wondered why that simple logo appears to be so appealing? The answer is, as you might know, the Golden Ratio! The length and width of the square have a ratio of 1.61.
  • Skills. Network. Ideas. Capital. In that order.
  • The curse of note taking. Sometimes you just have to process all those old notes.
  • Saturday, tea, backups, tinkering, wrote a letter to Radiolab (about bacteria from space), epic nap, worked a bit at La Vie – with the usual bloody mary and chicken skewers, processed another 100 notes, another nap, sunset audio book promenade walk, in bed early.
  • My latest long term health ideas… avoid gluten, white carbs, and sugar. Figure out your daily supplements. Eat enough protein, especially collagen. Walk 10k steps per day and lift weights every 2nd day. Have a daily mobility and stretching routine. Sleep more than you think you need. Fast for a week every 3 months. Know your blood biomarker data, 4x per year. Avoiding gluten has probably been the best of my recent hacks – a simple code for avoiding bad food, and big enough cultural norm to make it easy to explain.
  • Sunday, general tinkering and moar notes processing, Wembley Square gym, Van Hunks with Anton, mini nap, promenade walk – finished listening to Stealing Fire – great book, started listening to Anything You Want again, watched three episodes of The Tim Ferriss Experiment.
  • I migrated away from Zenkit – web based kanban kinda things like Zenkit and Trello just feel slow. Takes more than 150ms to do something. Same thing with Slack, everything takes seconds. Lame. Real nerds use Telegram, Simplenote, Wunderlist and Monday (so far pretty good).
  • Read Why Procrastinators Procrastinate and How to Beat Procrastination.
  • “A big list is perhaps an early phase of planning, but planning must end with rigorous prioritizing and one item that emerges as the winner – the item you’re going to make your first priority.”

  • “Business is not about money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself. When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.” — Derek Sivers

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Groundhog Day, cargo shorts and naps…

Three Anchor Bay
  • Week of 29 January to 4 February.
  • Monday, school run, gym, catch up with Nico in Stellenbosch, catch up with Dirk and Michal, office, nap, sunset promenade walk, burger at Lily’s, Moro ice cream, time well spent.
  • Tuesday, office, dev meeting, had the slowest haircut in the world, podcast promenade walk, epic nap, another walk, last minute Startup Chile application for Jolp – again, this time we actually managed to submit the application – Jolp is getting a mobile app soon.
  • Wednesday, office, coconut Myog with Michael, tinkered with python csv tools, extended promenade walk with Tom to Clifton, Mojo Market burrito bowl.
  • Calm, technical, relentlessly resourceful, relentlessly optimistic, infinite learners. Work ethic, taste, integrity, curiosity. The rest you can learn.
  • If Derek Sivers had Roman Mars’ voice… read that about page link.
  • Thursday, where did this week go?, gym, office, installed a NIC, catch up with Warwick, Giles, Tom, Nick and Nigel, Rhodes Memorial, ate 1/2 a chicken and went for a comatose nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, firmware upgrade tinkering.
  • Mia had an eye test this week and needs to wear glasses now. -1.50.
  • The answer is cargo shorts, and abundance through technology.
  • “I figured out how to monetize SJWs.” — JP.

  • Friday, official Groundhog Day, office, catch up with Joseph, built a VM in record time, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, processed some photos and listened to podcasts.
  • Saturday, morning walk with Georg to the Waterfront and back to Clifton, breakfast at Bootleggers in Bakoven, took Georg’s new car for a test drive, worked on a side project with Heleen, Anton’s house warming in Tamboerskloof – good fun.
  • Sunday, gluten free blueberry pancakes, epic nap, helped Georg fetch a car, bloody mary at La Vie.
  • Tune of the week: Bob Seger – Fire Inside
  • Dear nature, it would be rad if it rained more in Cape Town.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.