Monthly Archives: September 2018

Quick Update

Wolfkop and tea…

  • Week of 17-23 September.
  • Health week: 5 of 6.
  • Monday, made a smoothie, Mia and I went for a high school interview and tour, omelette at Basic Bistro on our way through Stellenbosch, dropped Mia off at school, work, gym at Wembley Square, swim, work, vanilla bourbon tea at The Table Bay Hotel with Nick, iOS 12 and WatchOS 5 upgrade day.
  • Tuesday, up early, rainy day, office, sunset podcast promenade walk, dinner at Black Sheep with Georg, good sago pudding.
  • Holy shit, an AfrikaBurn ticket is R2k now.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, sunset audio book promenade walk, watched Empire of Dust.
  • Thursday, x-keto breakfast, gym, tea at the Cape Grace, dinner at Georg’s with some Kevin Arnold Shiraz.
  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

  • Wolfchops did not disappoint.
  • Tune of the week: NIN, Hurt

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Still here…

Green Point Park
  • Week of 9-15 September.
  • Health week: 4 of 6.
  • Monday, exogenous ketone breakfast, gym, feels like spring – finally, office, management meeting, lunchtime walk, found some new (non-Nike) entry level CrossFit shoes, audio book walk, nap, walked to the Waterfront.
  • Hoping crossfit shoe designers didn’t get the planned obsolescence brief, also Nike lost the plot, screw them.
  • Tuesday, mobility routine, tea, backups, work, cooked the More Life Labs Ultimate Brunch (TM), gym, spinning, swim, Green Point Park and sunset promenade walk.
  • I’m starting to think my omelette is the ultimate meal (see my Instagram feed). Easy to cook, nice to eat. Enough protein, enough fibre, enough monounsaturated fat (with some macadamia oil over the broc). Brunch of champions. One solid meal for the day.
  • How To Break Up
  • Hang more, from the pull-up bars. We were chimps once, we need to hang.
  • Wednesday, up early, gym, walked to the office, dev meeting, catch up with Jonathan, ribs special at Da Vinci’s, Moro gelato, watched the Apple event.
  • Watch S4 looks pretty cool. Now I just need to figure out two things. Will one of our super progressive mobile operators finally figure out how eSIM works (two years later), and can I deal with the ongoing annoyance of the Discovery emails telling me I have not reached they stupid ass goals. They do a really good job of making you hate them at least once a month.
  • I kinda remembered that the reason I don’t reach their goals might be that I never open their stupid app.
  • Thursday, up early, took my new trail shoes for a walk around Lions Head – had an almond milk flat white on the mountain, work, made the ultimate omelette again, work, gym, spinning, swim, Green Point Park walk, game steaks at Hussar again, yum, in bed early, time well spent.
  • I’ve been playing this game of… figure out which spinning instructors to avoid. So far I’m at 4/4. How hard can in be to play good music? 5fm listening muppets.
  • How to Fix Voting
  • Do what scares you!
  • “Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” — Naval

  • “My number one rule is never to compete with Elon in anything. I would never bet against Elon.” — Peter Thiel.

  • “The tracks stopped working.” — Peter Thiel, about not following all the usual paths.

  • If there is no risk, it’s not a real adventure.
  • “IYIs don’t deadlift.” — Nassim Taleb

  • After two weeks of fairly conservative political FB posts, I only lost about 0.6% of friends. I suspect the outrage-dimwits are a small percentage of people, at least in my experiment.
  • Friday, tea, mobility routine, catch up with Paul, walked to the office, telecon with Cumulus, meetings, epic nap, Wouter took a photo of my ‘just woke up from a nap’ look (see below), gym, swim, fetched Mia from a party.
  • Virgin Active announced that they will switch their saunas and steam rooms back on across the Western Cape from 1 October. Finally. I’d like to think my little campaign played some part in this. The Dictatorship Of The Minority – the most intolerant wins – Nassim Taleb.
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  • Saturday, extend breakfast with Mia at The Winchester with some Miss Molly, Moro gelato at the Granger Bay market, French earl grey tea at the Table Bay Hotel, watched The Predator at the VIP cinemas with a Jamey – entertaining, Radisson Red rooftop, some Chardonnay at the Silo hotel (Willaston) bar, book shop lounging, walked to Lily’s, great paleo burger and amazing gluten free desert (apple and pecan) – nice dinner conversations with Mia, sunset promenade walk, perfect weather, watched parts of Van Helsing, in bed early, time well spent.
  • I’ve started drinking earl grey without milk.
  • Important to know who you are, what you like, and what you stand for. Make notes. Write… and share strong opinions.
  • Sunday, gym with Mia – grid area, swim, vitamin shopping, Sunday lunch leg of lamb at Jacques’ with some veggies from his garden, Waterfront, braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke, updated my FB, TW, IG profile pic and bio – was long overdue.
  • Tunes of the week: Baby Driver Soundtrack, how rad is that opening scene.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

How to Fix Voting

Ask everybody in the country to transfer some money (say R100) to the bank account of a political party they would like to support. Give people an 8 hour window to do this. Let the banks recon/verify it all and share the results the next day. Repeat this every year.

For bonus points, we only count your vote if you are not in any social grants or welfare database, and you are over 30 years old.

We already trust the banks with money. You can do all this in 2 minutes from your phone.

This will work in any country.

So simple.

Quick Update

If you ever get confused…

Green Point Park
  • Week of 3-9 September.
  • Health week: 3 of 6. Keto week.
  • Monday, Mia made a breakfast smoothie, school run, gym, swim, a walk around Stellenbosch with Alan, BIA machine visit, office, lunchtime walk, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Tuesday, mobility routine, walked to the office, dev catch up, promenade walk, brazil nut shopping, made an exotic mushroom omelette, food coma nap, gym, spinning, swim, dinner with Wouter.
  • First spinning class in forever. It was fun.
  • “The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfilment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” — Stanley Kubrick

  • Watch: Tainted Heroes. If you grew up in South Africa in the 80s and 90s and you were too young to make sense of these events, it’s a very interesting two hours.
  • Wednesday, I threw away two pairs of Nikes, office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, green tea at Nu, game steak kebab at Hussar, yum.
  • I’ve been assisting Virgin Active with their “different initiatives” related to getting their sauna infrastructure back online. Virgin Active Muppets Part Deux – bring our saunas back!
  • Mia wrote her first exams this week.
  • “I promise I will never be your friend…no matter what…ever.” — Hotel Chevalier

  • Thursday, work, exogenous ketone breakfast, gym, salad at Rockpool, work, spinning, swim, Green Point Park walk, chinese food down the road.
  • Friday, office, dev catch up, walked home listening to the Joe Rogan – Elon Musk interview, took a podcast listening nap, Van Hunks with Georg and Al, The Vic Bar, Modular, good fun, time well spent.
  • “If you ever get confused, call me.” — Joe Rogan, to Elon Musk.

  • Special moment in podcasting, imho, Elon seems like he’s taking a bit of strain, but what a rad guy. Screw main stream media. Long form wins. Joe Rogan, you are a legend.
  • I’ve pretty much stopped eating saturated fats, coconut, butter etc.
  • Saturday, watched Dunkirk – not bad, caught the last 10min of the rugby with a bloody mary and chicken skewers at La Vie, watched The Orville ep1 – meh, watched Reign of Fire again – I always liked Christian Bale, nap, time well spent.
  • Sunday, made an omelette, walked to the Waterfront listening to the Joe Rogan – Dan Bilzerian interview, had the 1kg ribs and an Adi Badenhorst chenin at Da Vinci’s, dining alone, moro gelato, time well spent, nap, braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke.
  • The cortex is subservient to the limbic system.
  • My podcasting app says I’ve spent 33 days listening. Found time. It makes the world feel bigger.
  • Skin health tips. Broad spectrum reflective sun block. Topical retinol (vitamin A). Topical vitamin C. Eat enough collagen.
  • I’ve been listening to Skin in the Game. Make good art. Have soul in the game. Entrepreneur – skin in the game. Entrepreneur and innovator – soul in the game.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Virgin Active Muppets Part Deux

Dear Virgin Active SA,

please switch your saunas back on.

I’ve been asking your club managers from time to time, but they just repeat well rehearsed lame answers.

Here is my thinking:

  • You have saunas in all your clubs and we have been paying you for this service for ages.
  • We know sauna use is healthy. Especially for people of my age and gender. You don’t want me to die of heart problems do you?
  • Cape Town’s dams are 66% full now. We have way more water than when you switched off the saunas.
  • A sauna only uses maybe 20 litres of water per day: about 100ml every 3min while operational.
  • You keep filling up your swimming pools with WAAAAY more water. The pools seem to not be totally full, but magically never go below a certain level. Hmm.
  • If you are filling up the pools, then you can’t be that worried about Level 6 water restrictions anymore… or you buy water from some other source maybe.
  • Even just collecting rain water would be enough to operate the saunas, with enough water required for cleaning.
  • I’m obviously not talking about “The Fancy One” here. That was the topic of a previous post.

How about you figure out a way to provide the service your customers are paying you for?

If you are a club member, please go ask your club manager about switching the saunas back on.

ps. Please also get a hex bar for deadlifts.

UPDATE: 5 Sept

So VA responded with: “We hear you but the muppets, as you call us, are still bound by Level 6B water restrictions. Until the CoCT and National Gov make the official call, we stick by what they mandate.” and “Kindly note that we are not topping up our pools with municipal water.”


My response was: “Nice to hear that you applied some problem solving thinking to the swimming pool challenge. Keep going… where can you find 20L of water?” and “Swap some rain water in your cleaning routine for a bit of sauna water. How hard can this be? You are clearly just not interested in solving the problem.”

Queue some problem solving initiatives… I have some “leads” for them…

How about:

  • You limit the water usage of the sauna to 1/2 the standard rate. You would probably need to consult with your sauna vendor, but I can’t imagine it would be that hard to adjust the timer / control system.
  • You could even switch off the water control system of the sauna completely. Using filtered rain water, which I’m sure you have been collecting, you could provide some water to the one side of the sauna heating device. You would probably need to procure a beautifully handcrafted Sauna Bucket and Scoop. You could even limit the size of this bucket, to maintain a mood of scarcity and frugality. Yeah, that’s a good idea, make it a small bucket, with a tiny scoop.
  • You could introduce a sauna water tax, and require each person using the sauna to provide a bottle of pristine mineral water before entering the sauna area. This bottle will have to be sealed on entry, to be 100% sure that it did not come from a tap in the nearby area. Ideally this bottle should be from a source outside of Cape Town, so you might need to be checking the labels. I think about 1,000ml per person should be an adequate daily contribution.
  • You could get a sponsorship for this exogenous, alien if you will, water source. A big branded sign on the sauna door should do the trick. I’m pretty sure you could convince a prominent spring water brand to get involved in this project.
  • As part of the above sponsorship, the spring water partner brand could even provide free water to your customers as they enter the sauna area.
  • You could make this an authentic Scandinavian sauna experience by partnering with a related spring water brand.

Just imagine, we could be breathing Evian steam sipping cold Evian, celebrating your brilliant problem solving skills!

How about you just solve the problem?


UPDATE 10 Sept

The City of Cape Town has made the move to relax current water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1 2018. Dam levels have reached 70%.

UPDATE 14 Sept

Virgin Active announced that they will switch their saunas and steam rooms back on across the Western Cape from 1 October. Finally. I’d like to think my little campaign played some part in this.

Quick Update

Eating myself, Robben Island, kudu omelette…

Robben Island
  • Week of 27 August to 2 September.
  • Health week: 2 of 6. Fasting week. Squat, swim, walk and don’t eat.
  • Monday, green tea and a drop of MCT, mobility routine, office, dev catch up on the roof, meeting, troubleshooting VoIP over GPON in a newly built apartment building in Bantry Bay.
  • The simplest explanation of machine learning you’ll ever read
  • Tuesday, office, fasting day 2, BIA machine, went back to that building in my hard hat and figured out the VoIP issue, supplement shopping, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • I think I lost a few FB friends this week because I posted a few things which probably offended them. Meh.
  • Wednesday, tea, 10min mobility routine, gym, swim, office, catch up with Jonathan.
  • Thursday, swim, office, network tour with some bankers, got some BHB-Na, sunset podcast promenade walk.
  • Friday, up early, tea, mobility routine, tinkering, catch up with Al, office, dev catch up, end of the fast omelette – which as you can only imagine was rad, fetched Mia, ribeye steaks at Hussar, watched Mission Impossible – Fallout at the Waterfront – not bad (spoiler: Ethan Hunt finally gets a new GF), got some new trail running (read: hiking) shoes at 1/2 price – Saucony – screw you Nike and your lame planned obsolescence shoe design, Mojo Market.
  • This fasting week was pretty easy. Easiest one yet. Eating myself (autophagy).
  • Watch this: The Rules for Rulers
  • Saturday, mega breakfast buffet at the Winchester with Mia, promenade walk, One Juice ginger shots, a pinotage rose spritzer at the Meerendal farmers market with Jacques, low carb kudu potjie, time well spent.
  • Sunday, watched a bit of Disenchantment on Netflix – hmm – did not grab me, watched Allegiant with the girls, kudu omelette, Waterfront, we went for a 4 hour Robben Island tour – nice weather – fun outing, burgers at Gibsons, photo and notes processing, backups, in bed early, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.