Monthly Archives: June 2018

Quick Update

Isle of Dogs, and cat…

Sea Point
  • Week of 18-24 June.
  • This post is late. I’ve had the flu. Really sucks all the life out of you.
  • Monday, office, troubleshooting fibre issues, sunset podcast promenade walk, dinner with Wouter and Rene.
  • We are too stupid to make sense of everything around us, so we all live in a simplified imaginary reality. Your reality is a collection of shortcuts.
  • “Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” — Naval

  • “Planets are nature’s way of doing something interesting with sunlight.”

  • Tuesday, work, gym, swim, dinner at Nick’s.
  • Wednesday, office, meeting at Nu, drinks with Wouter and Rene.
  • “Who ever tries the most stuff wins.” — Tom Peters.

  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, catch up with Paul, dinner in Bakoven with Dennis, Hugo and Heleen.
  • Friday, office, dev meeting, visited the Octotel East CBD node to do some troubleshooting, nap, random tinkering and reading.
  • I think I’m fortunate to have spent most of my working life building things I figured the world needed.
  • Saturday, general tinkering and reading, gym, swim, watched the SA vs England game at Newlands with Georg, visited Dennis and Hugo, The Corner Bar with Georg, Alex and Brian – not the best bar in Sea Point.
  • I’ve been swimming more. Feels good.
  • Sunday, fetched Mia from her gran’s house, biltong shopping, Wellness Warehouse browsing, found Mia some books – Asimov Foundation series and Sapiens, clothes shopping for Mia, we watched Isle of Dogs at the Labia – entertaining – but not as good as Fantastic Mr Fox, tea at Melissas in Kloof street, dog and cat sitting in Bakoven again, extra milky rooibos tea, in bed early, photo processing, time well spent.
  • “You are not our leader, we all are.” — Isle of Dogs

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Windy, wet and cold…

Sea Point
  • Week of 11-17 June.
  • Kinda weird week, over before it started.
  • Monday, audio book listening school run, gym, a walk with Alan around Stellenbosch – got a cap, office, sunset audio book listening walk, general tinkering and tea, some reading about small towns, in bed early.
  • Tuesday, published a blog post, walked to the office, catch up with Kenny and Nick, Sababa lunch, catch up with Nigel, catch up with Roelf at Strolla, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg and Chris.
  • Wednesday, office, Sababa lunch, after work catch up with Nick and Michael at Nu, dinner at 91 with Heleen.
  • Time in REM sleep heals all emotional wounds.
  • Thursday, rainy and windy day, worked from home, Sabada lunch with Heleen, cooked some mexican food.
  • School should start later, 08:30 or 09:00.
  • Friday, office, dev meeting, after work drink on the roof, pizza at Da Vinci’s with Heleen, watched some Soccer World Cup at Harvey’s.
  • Saturday, tea, backups, gym, Green Point Park walk, nap, watched the rugby at Rockpool with Georg, Harvey’s.
  • Sunday, rainy day, breakfast at Clark’s with Heleen, random reading and tinkering, cold and windy sunset walk – mostly because I needed two photos for this week’s blog post.
  • No time well spent this week, sadly.
  • This is gold! Read it twice. How to Get Rich

    Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

    Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you. Ignore people playing status games. You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity – a piece of a business – to gain your financial freedom. You will get rich by giving society what it wants but does not yet know how to get. At scale. Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.

    The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet. Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

    Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity. Don’t partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.

    Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.

    Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage. Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you. Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now. Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to others. When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools. Specific knowledge is often highly technical or creative. It cannot be outsourced or automated.

    Fortunes require leverage. Business leverage comes from capital, people, and products with no marginal cost of replication (code and media).

    Capital means money. To raise money, apply your specific knowledge, with accountability, and show resulting good judgment. Labour means people working for you. It’s the oldest and most fought-over form of leverage. Labour leverage will impress your parents, but don’t waste your life chasing it. Capital and labour are permissioned leverage. Everyone is chasing capital, but someone has to give it to you. Everyone is trying to lead, but someone has to follow you. Code and media are permissionless leverage. They’re the leverage behind the newly rich. You can create software and media that works for you while you sleep. An army of robots is freely available – it’s just packed in data centres for heat and space efficiency. Use it. If you can’t code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts. Leverage is a force multiplier for your judgement.

    Judgement requires experience, but can be built faster by learning foundational skills. There is no skill called “business”. Avoid business magazines and business classes. Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers. Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching. You should be too busy to “do coffee,” while still keeping an uncluttered calendar.

    Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true. Apply specific knowledge, with leverage, and eventually you will get what you deserve. When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize that it wasn’t what you were seeking in the first place. But that’s for another day.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The attempt to be here and now, and sleep…

Cape Town Lights
  • Week of 4-10 June.
  • Monday, gym, work, catch up with Pieter at Foodlovers Market, a bloody mary at Van Hunks with Anton, Wellness Warehouse, paleo burger at Da Vinci’s, non-vegan ice cream at unframed, a Bains at Harvey’s with Georg and Anton – chats about life, the universe and the 9th planet, La Vie.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, upgraded to an iPhone X, lunchtime walk, after work drink at La Vie with Heleen, date night dinner at HQ with 7 guys, romantic cable car road drive to watch the city lights (not with the 7 guys).
  • Remember Strega and Pu Na Na bar?
  • iPhone X mini review: Works well. No home button or headphone jack, but you get used to that quickly. It’s a tiny bit big for one hand use, I guess I need a bigger hand. Face ID works well, in low light also. Dual camera portrait mode photos are cool and good fun to play with (more than one portrait photo this week, see below) . The screen is great, quality and size. I’ll need Airpods soon, to get to Apple fanboy level 10 status. The iPhone 8 is fine but it’s not the future. The new needs friends.
  • Must say, may latest iPhone upgrade process was fairly painless, more apps seem to keep their data and state in backups now, still took a while to move to a new device.
  • “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu

  • Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, Sababa lunch, Piazza St John, Nu with Michael and Nick, take-out from Food Inn India, in bed early.
  • Been listening to Why We Sleep, good book. I’m very happy that I’m a good sleeper, and always have been. Take afternoon naps. You will live longer.
  • Maybe sleep is our default mode. You only wake up to eat, so you can go back to sleep. I’ve been thinking, humans are maybe just some elaborate distributed analogue computer, we wake up – gather ideas, stories and images, then process these in REM sleep – in a range of combinations and permutations. The human colossus. Opportunity finding machines. Remix, defrag and reorganise – Dark City. I expect to see more research on psychedelics and sleep coming out soon. The line between our conscious and unconscious is fascinating.
  • Thursday, catch up with Jonathan and Ian, office, stayed in the office till well after dark, La Vie winter pizza special with Heleen.
  • Friday, office, fetched Mia, watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the Waterfront with Mia – not bad, entrecote steak special at Den Anker, gelato.
  • Saturday, rainy day, milky tea, backups, configured my new phone – did some phone housekeeping to make all my apps fit in two screens again, omelette at gym, grid area workout, Granger Bay market, Moro ice cream – best ice cream in Cape Town, took a few photos from the roof of our building, a glass of Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay at 12 Apostles Leopard Bar, podcast listening drive through Constantia via Hout bay, a Botanist G&T at the Secret Gin Bar, Mia and I shared the 1kg ribs at Da Vincis and watched the 2nd half of the rugby, in bed early, photo processing, time well spent.
  • Sunday, smoothies at Wellness Warehouse, watched Please Stand By at the Labia – nice movie – LLAP, Company Gardens walk, watched The Search for Life at the Planetarium – Harrison Ford narrated NASA film – pretty good, Company Gardens Cafe, burgers and a sunset grapefruit mimosa at Mantra Cafe in Camps Bay, updated my geeky movies list, photo processing, in bed early.
  • The new Planetarium is pretty cool, go check it out.
  • I’m in the mood for health sprint soon.
  • I think we’re ready to call the recent Jolp app release Version 1.0.
  • Fat people need more sleep.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Cities suck, Wacky Wine, paleo breakfasts…

Simonskloof
  • Week of 28 May to 3 June.
  • Monday, school run, work, Technopark visit, gym in Stellenboch, catch up with Alan, watched Deadpool 2 at the Waterfont VIP cinemas – it was okay’ish, in bed early, read Fred’s book.
  • Learn + do + share = mastery.
  • Start and build momentum.
  • Tuesday, office, catch up with Rahul, breakfast for lunch at Knead, sunset pipe track walk with Heleen, ribs special at Van Hunks.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, mexican food for supper at the Mojo market, podcast walk home, watched a documentary video about Quake – I spent many hours playing Quake around 1997/98/99.
  • Also, watch the one about Polybius.
  • Cape Town dam levels seem to be up to around 25% again, but they need to be over 40% to get us through the next summer.
  • RSS is cool, manipulated feeds are lame.
  • Thursday, half price Bootleggers flat white, work, gym, catch up with Tyler at Newport, dinner at Heleen’s, heavy rain.
  • Make things people want, and you do too.
  • Only worry about things you can change.
  • No Matjiesfontein adventure this year. FOMO level 5.5.
  • Friday, work – some ISP onboarding, drove to Simonskloof Mountain Retreat with Heleen, some after dark dirt road navigating.
  • Cities suck.
  • Saturday, mega paleo breakfast, read Fred’s book, many cups of tea, super chilled day – no electricity, no phone signal, late afternoon braai, sunset farm walk, in bed early, 12h sleep.
  • Sunday, mega paleo breakfast, tea and cake in Motagu, caught the tail end of the Wacky Wine Weekend, tasting at De Wetshof – tasted the oldest Chardonnay (block) in South Africa, late lunch at Van Loveren, drove back via Villiersdorp, Franschhoek pass lookout, drove to Cape Town, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.