“Individuals frequently tailor their choices to what appears socially acceptable. In other words, they convey preferences that differ from what they genuinely want. Kuran calls the resulting misrepresentation ‘preference falsification'”. — Preference falsification
Tuesday, work, gym, lunch at Rockpool with Al, Henning, Georg and Karen, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, Korean food for supper – kimchi fix, a Johnnie Black.
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Strong opinions, loosely held.” — pmarca
I started listening to Homo Deus, it was time. Great book.
Innovation will probably speed up – because there are so many more technologies you can combine to create new things, solutions, 10x efficiencies.
Wednesday, work, biltong shopping, a beer at The Hotel on the Promenade, braai at home, watched Decoding Watson – a doccie about James Watson.
Pro tip: drink red wine out of a small glass.
Recent lesson: good intentions mixed with bad ideas stir up deep emotions. I seem to be good at creating 200 comment threads on FB these days.
Thursday, work, gym, work, nap, took a 4 hour walk to find a salad in Camps Bay while listening to Homo Deus.
Friday, work, breakfast with Johann in the Company Garden’s and a walk up Kloof Street – chats about DevOps, supplement shopping, Rockpool with Georg and Karen, Van Hunks, nap, watched Bigger Stronger Faster – watch it.
Saturday, long phone chat with Jacques, gym, swim, sauna, late lunch at Mary-Ann’s – the new vegan place in Mouille Point, nap, 6km sunset audio book promenade walk, watched Let’s Play Two – Pearl Jam doccie, time well spent – and then Rene decided she wanted to go clubbing.
“People feel bound by democratic elections only when they share a basic bond with most other voters. If the experience of other voters is alien to me, and if I believe they don’t understand my feelings and don’t care about my vital interests, then even if I am outvoted by a hundred to one, I have absolutely no reason to accept the verdict. Democratic elections usually work only within populations that have some prior common bond, such as shared religious beliefs and national myths. They are a method to settle disagreements between people who already agree on the basics.” — Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
The narrating-self and experiencing-self can be in conflict, and often are. Why your new diet fails.
Avoid boring people: Stay away from people who are not interesting.
Avoid boring people: Don’t be boring to people. Be interesting.
Eliminate non-essentials. Especially in todo lists.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw
Sunday, Wonderland club, Modular – lots of fun, listened to Affection as the sun came up, slept like the dead, woke up with a bloody mary craving, ventured out to the shops, made some gourmet bloody marys – moar lime, Al’s birthday party at The Roundhouse, Van Hunks with Al, Georg, Karen, Johann, Victoria, Adrian, Hilah, Kate, Jonny, Ryan – lots of fun, many good catch ups, time well spent.
Monday, start of a whole new week – last day of 2018, woke up craving a bloody mary, ventured out to the shops, made some gourmet bloody marys with Paul, made some scrambled eggs, La Perla with Mariana, Mojo market, had some of my favourite bubbly: Graham Beck – Brut Zero 2012, nap, watched half of Bird Box on Netflix, watched 6 Days to Air – nice doccie, NYE countdown with Paul and Nicci, went to bed at 01:00ish.
“The price you pay for the life you choose.”
Tuesday, watched THX 1138 – not bad for a 1971 movie, wrote a blog post, lunch at La Vie with Paul, Nicci and Wouter, watched the rest of Bird Box over IPv6 – not bad, sunset podcast promenade walk, steak dinner at Hussar, watched American Graffiti – entertaining movie.
I’ve developed this new habit of only watching 1/2 a movie at a time. Not sure it’s a good idea.
Thursday, breakfast at Vovo Telo at the Waterfront with Georg, tinkered with ssh keys, Clifton with Zee – they mayor of 2nd beach and Georg – they mayor of 1st Beach, steak dinner at NV80 with Georg, time well spent.
Pet hate: restaurants that stop serving breakfast at 11:00.
I installed some new ed25519 ssh keys on some servers I admin. Make sure you store your SSH keys on an encrypted filesystem.
Friday, general tinkering and blogging, Clifton 1st afternoon with Georg, Adrian, Dan (the stunt man), Biggie and Leo (the dogs), supper at Ari’s – an after-beach summer dining institution, time well spent.
How to be happy: go to beach, close your eyes, don’t think about the past or the future.
Saturday, gym, braai at Anton’s with Georg and Alex, dinner at Sidewalk Cafe in Vredehoek with Johann, Victoria and their daughter, Eugene and Al, nice catch up.
Sunday, walked to the Waterfront, found a CR2025 battery for my bluetooth keyring, lunch at Den Anker with Georg, a Hoegaarden with Al at La Parada, nap, sunset walk, supper at Raphael’s Lebanese Cafe, watched Equals – not bad.
Nerdy info: CR2025 is a button cell battery: C = lithium, R = round, 20 mm diameter, 2.5 mm height
Create an ssh config file for your keys and various servers, with user account, port and where the key lives.
Create a .ssh/config file
Host swimgeek-myserver myserver.swimgeek.com
Host projectabc-prod prod.projectabc.com
Note that these keys are not in your home directory. They live on an encrypted filesystem, which is not mounted at boot time, and not backed up in plain text.
Suntory time, Dymaxion Chronofile and Coughlin law…
Week of 24 to 30 December. Last week of 2018.
Monday, woke up in Tamboerskloof, some blogging, wine shopping, xmas dinner at Jacques’, had a Nikka whisky with Jacques, Suntory time.
“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” — Warren Buffett
In my 40s I have made peace with not getting an engineering degree. Engineering is for workers, not dreamers and hackers.
“There are two kinds of people in this world, the workers and the hustlers. The hustlers never work and the workers never hustle.” — Doug Coughlin
“Anything else is always something better.” — Doug Coughlin
“Hy hou nie van mense as hy nugter is nie.” — Jacques
Tuesday, some reading – Pocket queue zero, family xmas braai at Rossouw’s, watched a movie with Jacques.
“You have to reconcile the conscious and the subconscious mind.” — Jacques, on JP and the ongoing internal struggles some people don’t know they are dealing with.
Wednesday, watched Aquaman at the 3D IMAX – rad movie – perfect for imax, Ocean Basket lunch, back to TBK, went for a rainy podcast Lions Head walk, a steak at Nelson’s Eye – which was good, but it’s become a bit of a tourist trap.
“Capitalism has a diabetes problem, socialism has a hunger problem.” — Jacques
Funny, I remember having all kinds of plans to install FTTH in Stellenbosch in 2012, had a few meetings with suppliers, never went anywhere. Timing.
The Other Golden Rule: Do unto yourself as you do unto others.
Thursday, breakfast at The Blue Cafe down the road, caught up on some notes processing and reading, some learning about machine learning, did some major yearly spring cleaning of notes files and todo lists, finished watching Napoleon Dynamite, burger in a bowl and Da Vinci’s, a beer with Anton, sunset podcast promenade walk, played with radvd.
Finally switched off all GustPay email, and retired a few other email configs from past projects.
Friday, gym, made a mega keto brunch, fetched my laptop charger from Anton, took a walk down Kloof street, Moro gelato, fun and games with happy eyeballs (fast fallback to ipv4) – I’ve become that guy that’s unhappy if IPv6 is not working, 8km sunset walk to Camps Bay, pizza at Col’caccio, nightcap at La Vie, time well spent.
Enjoy the doing. Zero to one. Something from nothing.
On days you are not loving the doing; learn.
I have some grand plans to meditate more often – the Waking Up app seems pretty cool.
Try mindful eating. Really taste every bite.
Notice interesting things around you. Be hyper aware of small details. Take different routes through your day. Wonder the woods.
Maybe not getting comfortable keeps you young.
Saturday, some notes processing and todo list trimming, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, caught up on some blogging.
“China – commie capitalists, they gave up on socialism, embraced capitalism but decided to give democracy a skip. South Africa – after a long walk to freedom, the ANC decided to give freedom a skip, and are flirting with socialism and confiscation without compensation.” ~- Jacques
I posted something on FB which now has 190 comments. New record. Seems socialism is an interesting topic.
When you convince FB to enable IPv6 in SA. Only took me three emails.
R. E. M. – Electrolite – such a cool song. Play that at my funeral.
Sunday, gym, swim, nap, Clifton 1st swim with Paul, Wouter and Rene, time well spent.