Monthly Archives: July 2020

Quick Update

Civilization and growth hacking the revolution…

Walk
  • Week of 20-26 July
  • Bug out, week 18 – return of haircuts.
  • Monday, woke Mia up for school and got back in bed, home exec tasks, photo processing and blogging, afternoon podcast walk.
  • Tuesday, meeting, walk, meeting, walk.
  • Wednesday, managed to put out the garbage and recycling just in time – small wins, extended sunset walk with Mia and chats about Marxism, meeting.
  • Thursday, clubhouse breakfast with Mia – while she attended school on her iPad – social science class – she asked for the teacher’s views on an independent Cape – I was impressed with the answer, took a drive to Babylonstoren – while Mia attended school via the car’s wifi, helped Mia with her Afrikaans oral, Paarl Mall, bday present shopping for Elze, Mia had a haircut, Mia optometrist visit – while I had a haircut, La Paris deli carrot cake, extended afternoon podcast walk, watched Youtube live stream.
  • First haircut since week of 10 Feb – can’t really have civilization without haircuts.
  • I suspect Babylonstoren and Noble Hill are the same thing!
  • A good sleeping bag really is rad – useful for winter movie watching and computer tinkering.
  • What’s the most important thing? – adventure? yeah, feels like it at the time, but maybe it’s the story of the adventure.
  • “What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman

  • Is that classical music?
  • How to stop being rich and happy
  • Listen to The Knowledge Project interview with Derek.
  • The lockdown project has almost 20k FB likes now. Kicking ass and taking names. It’s been fun.
  • Updated my Fighting the Commies post.
  • Friday, interesting meeting, afternoon walk, soup, jamey, jacuzzy bubble bath, watched American Psycho again – well maybe half.
  • Saturday, woke up at 07:00 with the lights on – hate it when that happens, house hunting, 6 course lunch and non-alcoholic pairing at La Petit Colombe in Franschhoek with Adrian and Al – Adrian is going to Spain for a few months, woke Mia up from a 15 hour sleep, braai.
  • Stop everything – watch this! Subscribe to the channel.
  • Sunday, woke up at 3am and wrote most of this post, bacon and eggs brunch, watched Parasite – good movie.
  • I recently tried to listen to U2 again – fond memories of their Achtung Baby album – but I just can’t take them serious after they pre-loaded their lame album on iPhones and Bono turned out to be a real chop.
  • I think I’m pretty over lockdown and winter now – need to make a few changes – move house, take on a new project, start mountain biking again, shed a few lockdown kgs.
  • Tune of the week: Monalisa and Mad Hatters – flashback to 2015.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Blah…

Walk
  • Week of 13-19 July
  • Bug out, week 17
  • Monday, had a bit of a moment – cold, bad news from the night before and a hangover, nap.
  • Dear DA, Stop Complaining and Lead the Cape to Independence
  • Tuesday, mid-day meeting, afternoon podcast walk, we made soup, evening meeting.
  • Wednesday, up early, photo processing and weekly blog post, afternoon podcast walk, two video meetings – with some loadshedding.
  • What South Africa can learn from Brexit
  • Thursday, morning podcast coffee walk, sushi night.
  • South Africa’s 3rd Dispensation Pt. 2 – The Rainbow Nation
  • Friday, video meeting, audio book walk, another meeting.
  • Started listening to Hell Yeah or No – Derek’s new book.
  • Saturday, dropped Mia off at a picnic, Waterfront shopping, braai.
  • Sunday, house hunting, weekly shopping outing, home-made pizza, watched Snowpiercer – pretty out there but entertaining movie.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Soet slaap onder sonde…

Winter
  • Week of 6-12 July
  • Bug out, week 16 – seems most of 2020 is going to be locked down
  • Monday, two meetings, morning walk and Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, set up a SnapScan code, it was cold so I took a bath.
  • Tuesday, up early to process photos and catch up with my weekly blog, morning podcast and coffee walk, fetched Mia, weekly shopping outing, video meeting, made supper, watched a Youtube live stream interview.
  • Wednesday, Mia’s first day of online school again, woke her up and got back into bed, we made pasta for lunch, afternoon walk, clubhouse Sushi, evening meeting.
  • Watch: Lectric Licks – Afrikaburn 2020 E-compression
  • “I am, at the federal level, Libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a Socialist.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game

  • Thursday, rainy day – so we made pancakes.
  • Jones likes sushi.
  • Friday, cold and wet morning – two hoodies and shorts weather, rainy coffee and podcasts walk, we drove to Stellenbosch to fetch pizza – with a Pink Floyd soundtrack, loadshedding is back – so I could use my battery packs – works well – I have an LED lamp which I can power off DC or AC, watched Game Night – fun movie, watched I, Pastafari – rad doccie – watch it.
  • Heated car seats are rad.
  • Thanks to the ANC for 13 years of loadshedding. Hopeful you will sort this out in a few more years.
  • The pet project passed 10k FB page likes.
  • Saturday, random tinkering, we took a drive to Fhk – for Bastile festival – but it was pretty dead, pizza from Wilderer / Grappa Pappa – loadshedding supper with headlamps – watched the Fokofpolisiekar live stream show – not bad – 1.3k people watching.
  • Facebook growth hacking is rather addictive. CrackBook on crack.
  • Sunday, watched a live stream – we’re on lockdown level 3 + 2 again – curfew back and immediate alcohol ban, joy – had a bit of a wobble about that – rather demoralising.
  • This lockdown in starting to give me Howard Hughes vibes, weird sense of isolation, 2 days without a shower at times, maybe a bit over focused, often catch myself going – wow it’s 3pm already, need to work on better routines.
  • WHAT I BELIEVE: Stefan Molyneux
  • Tune of the week: Fokofpolisiekar Tiny Town

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Independence Day…

Clouds
  • Week of 29 June to 5 July.
  • Bug out, week 15, 1/2 the year has passed, eek.
  • Monday, podcast walk – got some coffee at the clubhouse – long phone chat with Ben, video meeting, nap, another video meeting, played with Facebook ad configs.
  • Tuesday, podcast walk – Facetime chat with Dirk – coffee at the clubhouse, video meeting, had some fun with the Renaldo Youtube show.
  • Good article from late 2019: Dreaming of a Cape Republic: Secession may promise liberal salvation, but faces high hurdles
  • Wednesday, morning walk – Facetime chat with Dirk, I was a guest on a webinar, sunset podcast walk, extended evening meeting.
  • Thursday, morning podcast walk – phone chat with Fred, set up a Telegram channel – as an experiment, rainy afternoon – figured out some Facebook ad optimisation things.
  • Friday, Frogfoot turned 20 years old (from whois data at least), podcast walk, made a G&T, watched yet another Youtube live stream interview.
  • Saturday, birthday braai with Al and Adrian in Stellenbosch, time well spent.
  • I have this quirk that I always want to backup my computers before leaving the house.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the technology around you.
  • The pet project has 8k likes now.
  • Vue 3.0 should be ready in August.
  • Sunday, got a snack at La Paris, nap, sunset podcast walk, watched a Youtube live stream interview.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Stormtroopers play rugby…

Shooting Range
  • Week of 22-28 June
  • Bug out, week 15, this is a strange year
  • Monday, home exec tasks, morning podcast walk, pizza for brunch, random tinkering, sunset walk with Mia, we made soup, watched Apple WWDC, time well spent.
  • Apple going ARM – probably a good idea for Macbooks, seems Intel lost its way.
  • “What if this was easy and simple? What is the one thing that can make the rest easy?”
  • Tuesday, weekly shopping outing, rotisserie chicken for supper – living dangerously, watched a live stream interview.
  • Live stream interviews – the new live sports.
  • People who wear masks alone in a car – or when walking with nobody near them – low on critical reasoning ability.
  • I bought Derek’s new book, and listened to it. It was a happy 2 hours. You also get the Afrikaans version if you buy it. Pretty cool.
  • I listened to the whole Sivers season 2 podcast series in lockdown.
  • Wednesday, meeting, dropped Mia off at a picnic, live stream, walk, meeting, live stream, we made hot chocolate.
  • Thursday, morning walk, successful fundraising day, updated my bio for the first time in ages, afternoon podcast walk, more Babylonstoren hot chocolate.
  • Word of the day: defeatist. Seems to annoy people.
  • It was time to update my bio: Flâneur, serial entrepreneur, impatient idealist, imagineer, podcast nerd, Techstars alum, enjoys Campari. All progress depends on the unreasonable man.
  • Friday, braai – with some solid red wines.
  • Saturday, False Bay shooting range with Jacques and Adrian, made a beef stew, time well spent.
  • Sunday, watched parts of Money Heist – pretty good, beef stew and eggs for brunch, sunset walk, photo processing.
  • Jacques pointed out that Stormtroopers (clones) probably have good natural rugby playing talent. Jango Fett was from NZ.
  • Tune of the week: A Long December – Counting Crows

Have a fun week, crazy kids!