Monthly Archives: March 2018

Quick Update

Delete all the apps...

  • Week of 19-25 March.
  • Monday, podcast listening school run, gym, found my passport, office, a glass of wine at Michael's, dinner with Dirk at Mykonos Taverna, more than one Johnny Black.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, Knead omelette, dev meeting, late afternoon nap, sunset promenade walk, phone chat with Mia, curry at 91 with Heleen, Harvey's.
  • Nikki launched a very good looking new gin.
  • Wednesday, public holiday, lazy gym session, Clifton was a bit windy so spent some time on Moses Beach, sushi at Nuri.
  • Would you date yourself?
  • Thursday, major backups day, La Vie with Aiden and Bill, No Name bar with Aiden and Georg, Alexander Bar.
  • "I've hit the 100g sugar mark." -- Aiden, about his sugar sweet spot when going out.

  • Friday, watched The Aviator again - good movie, watched Minority Report again, sunset walk, brain food and bubbly at the Mojo Market, watched Take Your Pills on Netflix.
  • Video of Heleen's Heavy Chef talk from last week.
  • Two tricky questions from the YC application...

    Please tell us about the time you most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage?

    Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this startup that you have built or achieved?

  • Saturday, reading, nap, gym, sunset promenade walk, watched Enemy Mine (1985) again - I watched this more than once as a child, somebody must have had this on VHS tape at some point.
  • a16z - Meaning in Products, Business, Life. The search for meaning. Curiosity creates meaning.
  • Sunday, moar backups, exported 17k photos for Mia - all Mia's photos from 2005 - she asked for photos on her laptop, gym, made a big bacon and eggs breakfast for lunch, afternoon franeuring walk through Green Point Park, flushed my Pocket reading queue (of 66 articles), sunset walk, zaatar humus shopping, blogging with a Singleton, time well spent.
  • My full digital footprint from the last 20 years fits in just over 1TB... the stuff I care to keep, mostly photos and email backups.
  • Podcast queue zero, audible zero, pocket zero.
  • I deleted all the time wasting apps off my phone again - I pretty much just have my RSS and podcast app to keep me entertained now.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Android ROM, Downsizing and video making...

Camps Bay
  • Week of 12-18 March.
  • Monday, gym, office, I got an Android phone for testing the Jolp app, nap, post-sunset promenade walk.
  • Tuesday, up early, misty morning, took a walk around the neighbourhood, Bootleggers, nagged Bienne to listen to two Radiolab podcasts, worked at home, extended sunset audiobook promenade walk.
  • The adventure will provide.
  • Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, omelette for lunch, watched Downsizing at the Waterfront VIP cinema with a Johnny Black - arrived exactly on time, after all the ads - interesting movie - bought some Sunbird Rooibos tea, helped Heleen with her Heavy Chef presentation making at La Vie - well, not sure I actually helped, but I had a White Russian.
  • I think I'm finally happy with the Jolp website.
  • Started taking Glucosamine. Seems like a good idea, so far.
  • People who extend their fingers outward to scroll down on their laptop trackpads really need to ponder some basic ergonomics. Your screen is not your trackpad.
  • Thursday, gym, work, tinkered with an Android phone custom ROM - installed the Jolp Android app, Heavy Chef at Workshop 17 - Heleen's presentation went really well, Harvey's, gluten free pizza.
  • I installed LineageOS 14.1 on a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android 7.1). Install KingoRoot Apk > Install TWRP app and flash new recovery image > copy and Open Gapps images to /sdcard with adb via USB cable - reboot with vol-up+home+power and install both. That only took me 2 hours to work out. Android is special.
  • Jolp for Android is now available.
  • You get what you celebrate.
  • Friday, fetched Mia after her camp, afternoon at Dirk's new house, 1kg ribs at Da Vinci's with Mia, Moro gelato in Long Street, time well spent.
  • The most important thing for startups: progress.
  • Saturday, we walked to the Granger Bay market for breakfast, book shop - found Mia two books: Ready Player One and Atlas Shrugged (that should keep her busy), watched Black Panther at the VIP cinemas - it was okay, clothes shopping for Mia, sunset promenade walk with Mia, ribeye steaks at The Shop (used to be Buzbey).
  • Sunday, fruit salad breakfast, backups, Mia played camera operator and we recorded a 1min Jolp video - featuring my retro ZX Spectrum tshirt from Camden Town, some iMovie tinkering, some website tweaks, some YC application editing, Glen Beach and Camps Bay beach walk with Mia - 10k steps, pizza at Col'caccio Camps Bay, Mia finished reading Ready Player One, productive Sunday, time well spent.
  • We overestimate what we can accomplish short term, and we underestimate what we can accomplish long term.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Aimless walks, dining alone, and triangles...

Camps Bay
  • Week of 5 to 11 March.
  • Monday, breakfast with Mia, school run, gym, hair cut at Yogi's, office, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Tuesday, office, podcast walk home, epic nap, dined alone at La Vie.
  • Why Having the Balls to Dine Alone Makes You a Better Human
  • Go for walks
  • Wednesday, gym, tinkered with some design things - triangles, epic sunset, braai at home.
  • Thursday, up early, worked at Bootleggers, helped Bienne setup a router, office, walked home, nap - was tired for some reason, sago pudding, some Jolp tinkering.
  • Friday, gym, office, dev meeting, catch up with Warwick and Giles and Piazza St John, La Vie with Nick and Tom, promenade walk with Nick, burger at Hussar - more alone dining.
  • Jolp went from 40 to 80 FB likes this week. Go like the page! and check out the Instagram content.
  • I've been listening to The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin, pretty cool.
  • Saturday, very lazy gym visit, took an extended flaneuring walk - while listening to two Alt-J albums - Clifton 1st to 4th, Glen Beach, Camps Bay Beach sunset, 20k steps, gluten free pizza and a nice wooded Chardonnay - dining alone again, watched The Shape of Water - again - at the Labia - with some Jamey, unframed ice cream, time super well spent.
  • I solved the Camps Bay Col'cacchio noise problem. Always bugged me. There is a small outside balcony by the bar.
  • They don't serve White Russians at The Labia. Seems like the perfect match.
  • Stating the obvious, but the future is here - phones are pretty rad. Went for a long walk listening to music and an audio book, took photos, ate a pizza, took an Uber ride, watched a movie - with just a phone in my pocket.
  • I think, the reason I'm not that interested in AfrikaBurn this year, is that I'm not learning anything from it anymore.
  • Be in the soft zone.
  • Always optimise for learning, but make time to appreciate the things you have found.
  • "Triangles are my favourite shape."

  • Sunday, slept late'ish, woke up with the Argus coming by, Bootleggers around the corner for some Jolp tinkering with Heleen, burger in a bowl, epic nap, post-sunset audio book promenade walk, processed some photos and notes with a Chivas while watching some Netflix with one eye.
  • Why podcasts can change the world
  • Tune of the week: Tessellate - Alt-J

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

The See Below Problem

After getting way too many people reporting problems in lazy ways, I now have this template. Feel free to use it. Hash Tag What Would Derek Do. #WWDD

The See Below Problem Response Template:

I'd like to help, but you are getting this standard response (yes, I cut and paste this), because I'm finding it hard to work out the details of the problem you are reporting.

You probably spent a few minutes investigating this problem already, and you have an idea of what the cause might be. I often get emails forwarded to me with a one line top-post saying - "see below, go fix!", which I then have to reverse engineer and harvest for details, many layers deep, to try and begin to understand the problem. This is far from productive, so please help by sharing your understanding of the problem and your theory on what might be causing the problem. Here are a few things to ponder:

* Please describe the problem like I'm a 5 year old.
* Please use accurate and specific names for the various systems or services.
* Please make sure you have read all the documentation related to the system you are using.
* Please feel free to include screenshots and error messages, but also include the text versions of any service IDs, line numbers or customer details - so I can cut and paste these when searching.
* Please make sure you put all of this in the body of the email - subject lines are for subjects.
* Most important: write your questions and comments in a way you would like to receive them.

Thanks. Happy to help, just need a solid starting point, please.

Quick Update

Kirstenbosch, potatoes and cognitive load...

Promenade Walk
  • Week of 26 February to 4 March.
  • Monday, gym, office, car wash, visit to Paul's dad's house, office, audio book promenade walk, epic nap, had a bit of a battle with the home wifi network - swapped the one hotspot and disabled our free wifi service after 17:00.
  • Tuesday, office, podcast walk home, mini-nap, promenade walk, cooked 3kg of potatoes.
  • Resistant starch potato diet, Joe Rogan podcast # 1037 - fibre only diet.
  • I've been pondering cognitive load. I think our prefrontal cortex can probably only really perform around 4 new useful things per day - above the noise of small habit tasks.
  • Wednesday, gym, office, chatted cashless payments with Jaco at Knead - from a past life, tested a new wi-fi router, potatoes, sunset promenade walk, 91, Harvey's.
  • Thursday, potatoes, walked to the office, BIA machine, lunchtime walk, sunset promenade walk, some Jolp tinkering.
  • BIA: 88.6kg, 17.5% body fat.
  • Friday, gym, office, dev meeting, fetched Mia, took Mia to WP cricket trials, lifesaving club visit, catch up with Dirk in Stellenbosch, dinner at Posticino with Mia.
  • Saturday, Granger Bay market - Moro ice cream, Waterfront - finally found Mia a phone cover, found a thunderbolt Ethernet dongle, back to the market for lunch, epic nap, backups and upgrades, sunset promenade walk.
  • Sunday, Mia made breakfast, chilled morning at home, ribs at Hussar Mouille Point, watched Goodluck and The Kiffness at Kirstenbosch, time well spent.
  • Jacques showed up with a batch of gluten free snacks. The JP diet.
  • Go Like and Follow and Follow a project called Jolp.
  • Tune of the week: Fokofpolisiekar - Komma

Have a fun week, crazy kids.