Monthly Archives: April 2018

Quick Update

Fasting week…

  • Week of 16-22 April.
  • Monday, woke up in Elgin, made Mia breakfast, podcast school run – Tim Urban interview, omelette at WW, gym, office, nap, Jolp tinkering at Heleen’s, p18 submission.
  • Your Pitch Deck Is Wrong
  • “I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” — Hunter S. Thompson

  • Tuesday, fasting day, walked to the office, Vox meeting, catch up with Nick at Mojo market, sunset walk, website tinkering, magnesium, potassium and sodium dinner.
  • I updated my last fasting post – higher doses of magnesium, potassium and sodium.
  • Nice read about OLPC history
  • Wednesday, the Jolp YC application was not successful – received the famous YC rejection email – amor fati, walked to the office, dev meeting, website tinkering, was feeling a bit slow from the fasting so I had a nap, late night promenade stroll.
  • Thursday, fasting day 4, work, gym, late afternoon podcast promenade walk, Green Point Park walk, big dose of collagen, game steaks and veggies at Hussar with Heleen – good refeeding after my fast.
  • Friday, gym – phone battery died – the gym is a strange place without podcasts in your ears, office, omelette for lunch with Nick, a drink at Van Hunks with Anton, Chris and Pierre, pizza at Da Vinci’s.
  • Saturday, omelette brunch at Bootleggers, La Vie with Paul and Shelley – good fun.
  • Had a good laugh about this again: Apple Unveils Panicked Man With No Ideas
  • Productivity
  • AfrikaBurn FOMO level: 2/10
  • Sunday, lazy morning, a cocktail at Hard Rock Cafe in Camps Bay with Georg, Caprice, Georg cooked a roast with veggies, La Vie, Maria’s going away dinner.
  • Jolp has 60 app installs now. Install the app!

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

What is the most important thing?

Camps Bay
  • Week of 9-15 April.
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, office, lunchtime walk, BIA machine, free smoothie at One Juice, photo processing, biltong shopping, wine drinking session disguised as a meeting at Nick’s.
  • Tuesday, 1g of asprin, office, Cool Ideas meeting, audio book promenade walk, nap, salad at Primi in Camps Bay with Heleen, we watched Lenny, Andrew, Steve and Me at The Theatre on the Bay – good show, always liked that venue.
  • Funny how quickly 10Mbps internet became slow. You must have at least 200Mbps now, kids. :-P
  • Teraco in the news – I remember adding the “Data Environments” part to the name. To be honest, I never really liked the Teraco name, nobody knows how to pronounce it, but it seems to work well enough.
  • Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, catch up with Ian, omelette for lunch, Kloof Corner hike with Nick (was not brave enough to walk with the tourists up Lions Head), sunset walk on Camps Bay beach – watch the sun set from my favourite spot, 20k steps, great salad at Col’caccios, cheese and wine with Wouter and Maria, time well spent.
  • Thursday, mobility routine, made an exotic mushroom omelette with emmental cheese, audio book walk to the office, stayed at the office till after dark, made a veggie Thai green curry with Heleen.
  • The Sapiens audio book is excellent.
  • Desire creates suffering.
  • Friday, wrote a blog post for the Jolp app launch, office, catch up with Warwick, health hacking meetup with Nick and Ian in Gardens, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s and some random blogging, watched Colossal at the Nouveau movies at the Waterfront – strange but interesting movie.
  • The Jolp mobile app for iOS and Android is now available. Install it!
  • Dear Mia, you kinda have your own app now, have a listen, hope you like it. (-:
  • Saturday, breakfast at La Vie, fetched Mia from a sleepover party, free smoothies, found Mia some new shoes, watched Ready Player One 3D at Cape Gate – very entertaining, Rossouw made an apricot oxtail potjie at Jacques’ house – which was excellent, we slept of over at Jacques’.
  • Sunday, photo processing and playing with Jacques’ dog, oxtail for brunch – ultimate keto collagen meal, helped Jacques with his gardening (urban farming project), we drove to Elgin – while listening to the Wood Wide Web episode using the Jolp app – I think Charlotte liked the story, wine tasting (and buying) at Oak Valley with Jacques and Marietjie, wine tasting at Charles Fox, late lunch at Old Mac Daddy Food Barn with some Oak Valley chardonnay – yum, afternoon walk with Mia, in bed early – Mia slept in the Airstream caravan, fun weekend, time well spent.
  • 2 days.
  • Adventure.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

The Thing I Hate The Most

Somebody recently asked me what I hate the most?

I had to think for about 11 seconds…

I really hate it, when people send me calendar invites, via email, without first communicating some context about a meeting – what’s the agenda? does the day and time suit you? maybe you should just read the documentation? maybe you have the wrong person?

First COMMUNICATE with somebody, then figure out if a meeting is needed, then agree a meeting date and time, then – send the ical file… sending a meeting invite and then having somebody reject it seems super lame.

99.8% of the time I’m actually happy to manage my own calendar, but if you send me a calendar invite .ics, ical, it will live happily next to the item I already added. I guess there is a small chance I screw up the timezone, so if you are flying in for this meeting, please send a calendar invite. Thanks bro.

Yeah, maybe this does not suit your company culture, but that’s the point of the strong opinions series, you get to strongly disagree with me. (-:

ps. a close second is probably sending winmail.dat attachments. Don’t do that.

Part of my series on Strong Opinions.



When you get something done, just respond with: “done.”, quickly.

Somebody ask you to fix something small?, do it now, respond quickly. Somebody waiting for an invoice to get paid?, don’t pay it and make them check the bank statement, just tell them it’s done. Somebody ask you to configure something, do it, confirm with: “done.”.

This is different to responding to every email with a “Thank You”, that’s pretty pointless.

Get shit done, close the loop, move on. Don’t send extra fluff.

Part of my series on Strong Opinions.

Quick Update

Wax museum with a pulse, Bakoven and a Table Mountain hike…

  • Week of 2-8 April.
  • Monday, public holiday, hotel breakfast in Hout Bay, stopped at Oudekraal on the way back to Cape Town, Company’s Garden Cafe, Wellness Warehouse in Gardens, watched The Post at The Labia – excellent movie, photo processing, sunset promenade walk to Clifton with Heleen, extra hot vindaloo curry at 91.
  • Tuesday, bulletproof mushroom coffee, work, gym, Van Hunks with Georg and Anton, dinner at Nick’s.
  • Wednesday, Jolp iOS app testing, took Heleen some flu meds, walked to the office, lunchtime walk and salad, lots of audio book listening, website content pondering, blog tinkering.
  • Wheat domesticated sapiens, and not vice versa. Listen to the Sapiens book.
  • Thursday, mushroom omelette, bit of a blur of random work, gym, last minute Morcheeba ticket shopping, Theatre on the Bay ticket shopping, game steaks and veg at Hussar (Kudu, Eland, Wildebeest) and a bottle of La Motte Rouge – dining alone again – great meal, a whisky at La Vie with Anton, Werner and Anton.
  • Stoic training: co-parenting with an irrational person.
  • Liberty vs equality – the primary modern political debate.
  • I’ve been doing more dead lifts – lower weight, more reps.
  • Friday, mushroom coffee, mobility routine, work, I made an exotic mushroom omelette for lunch, drove to Hout Bay with Heleen, pizza at Posticino’s, Morcheeba at Kirstenbosch – wax museum with a pulse – rather average, martini at Harvey’s.
  • Morcheeba at Kirstenbosch review: It was nice to see the original vocalist perform. The pre-act was lame elevator music. Morcheeba kinda never got going – not bad – but boring and lots of slow tracks… then about half way in they say: everybody get up let’s dance – play one song with a beat and then go back to a boring song – which was my queue to get out of there. Maybe I was expecting something different after the recent Pixies show at that venue. But, I still have a phone, so I should probably be happy.
  • “Occured to me later that the crowd would probably be full of girls in their mid-to-late 30s and early 40s who had probably given up on all expectations of men by now.” — Paul, about the Morcheeba show

  • Saturday, Granger Bay market, Waterfront, watched 7 days in Entebbe at the VIP cinema – good movie, promenade walk, sunset bubbly on the big Bakoven rock with Heleen, failed at finding something to watch on Netflix.
  • “I only fear a life without meaning”. — 7 Days in Entebbe.

  • Sunday, up before 7:00, Table Mountain walk with Heleen – pipe track, up Kasteelpoort, coffee by the reservoirs, a glass of wine at the cable car station, 20km hike, 27k steps, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, nap, sunset braai on Heleen’s deck, took some glutamine and three types of collagen, slept like a baby, time well spent.
  • I now have a Cable Card. I’ll have to go for more hikes soon.
  • 9 days.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Breakfast for lunch, Easter weekend, War Dogs…

Waterfront Walk
  • Week of 26 March to 1 April.
  • Monday, made an over sized paleo breakfast, walked to the office, myog with Michael, tea shopping, sunset promenade walk, cooked dinner with Heleen.
  • Two pizza teams, best way to make progress.
  • Worth a watch: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
  • Tuesday, mobility routine, mushroom coffee, gym, over sized paleo breakfast for lunch, I read the startup playbook again, walked to the Waterfront with Nick.
  • New hobby. Breakfast for lunch.
  • Mia had the mumps. She turned 12 this week.
  • I started listening to Sapiens on Audible, good listen.
  • The Octotel automation system now has 292 users.
  • Wednesday, bulletproof mushroom coffee, walked to the office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, dinner at Syriana – which was a bit average.
  • You are happier when you do different things.
  • New record for Instagram likes: 39 – Cape Town rain.
  • Wish I was as confident in decision making as when I was younger.
  • Thursday, mobility routine, gym, work, drinks with Jonathan and Ian at Roxy’s, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, Van Hunks with Georg and Al.
  • Octotel in the news – plans to pass 100k homes.
  • Friday, helped Al install a router, rainy day, walked through the company gardens, breakfast for lunch at Jarryd’s with Heleen, catch up with Michael and Nick at Tiger’s Milk in the CBD, promenade walk with Heleen, Strolla, sundowners at The Radisson, watched The Darkest Hour at the Waterfront Cinema Nouveau – not bad.
  • We’re busy testing the Jolp iOS app. Should be available in the next few days. Go like the Jolp social pages.
  • Saturday, gym, last minute hotel booking, drove to Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak Hotel, beach walk, brain food at Mariner’s Wharf, ate a Lindt dark easter egg bunny, watched War Dogs again – epic movie, 10 hour sleep.
  • God bless Dick Cheney’s America. Great scene.
  • Sunday, hotel breakfast, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Monkey Valley visit, Smitswinkel Bay stop, drove to Simon’s Town via Cape Point, mussels at Bertha’s, wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards – cool venue, hotel pool deck nap, epic sunset views, beach walk, pizza at Posticino’s, a Famous Grouse, time well spent.
  • Sense of relief not worrying about going to AfrikaBurn this year.
  • YC announcement is on the 18th at 07:00 SAST.
  • Successful Easter weekend – feel like I managed to escape Little Tel Aviv and experience a few diverse places. Nice little reboot. Time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.