Quick Update

Homo Deus, Van Hunks, Kimchi, hovercrafts and eels…

Van Hunks
  • Week of 7 to 13 January.
  • Monday, a bit of work, gym, work, sunset podcast promenade walk, played with BeeWare and Toga.
  • I listened to the Andreessen and Sacca interviews again.
  • “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.
  • When Harry Met Sally NYE scene – I watched this around NYE, but it kinda got edited out of my notes. Such a cool end of a movie.
  • 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.
  • Corduroy – great song.
  • “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.
  • My hovercraft is full of eels.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.