Thursday, office, watched Mia’s swimming gala, Melkbos beach with Mia, Jacques, Marietjie, Charlotte and Nesquik (the lab), early supper at Damhuis, dropped Mia off, a glass of wine at Anton’s house, Van Hunks with Anton and Georg, time well spent.
Friday, office, fetched Mia from school and had a quick meeting with one of her teachers, biltong shopping, chilled afternoon, dinner with Wouter, Rene and John.
Saturday, birthday present shopping with Mia in the Waterfront, a quick visit to Jacques and Marietjie’s for Charlotte’s birthday, road trip to Bettys with Mia, nice dinner and 30 Seconds game.
Sunday, woke up in Bettys Bay, nice brunch, Elgin Railway Market with Mia, gourmet burgers, Chardonnay and liquorice ice cream at The Pool Room in Grabouw, Clifton 1st with Mia and Georg, two swims, epic sunset, photo processing, time well spent.
“That’s why we have these pointy teeth.” — About eating meat.
IDW – the new Linux, for podcast nerds.
Culture wars. Equality vs liberty. Justice vs progress. That NPC meme is funny.
“Do things differently in ways that work.” — About creativity.
Handy list of civil rights groups and a podcast to support in South Africa
After a bit of research, I’d strongly suggest you go support these guy, especially if you live in South Africa. I’m giving them money every month, you should too. Go like their Facebook pages, follow them on Twitter and give them money.
Tuesday, work, backups, mobility routine, gym, swim, Green Point Park walk, podcast promenade walk, game steaks at Hussar.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, Stellenbosch visit, late afternoon La Vie drink with Nick, sunset promenade walk.
Thursday, office, dinner at the Waterfront again, made a cocktail or two.
Friday, work, gym, ribeye steak at Primal Eatery with Adrian and Georg, a Talisker at Hanks, HQ.
Saturday, general tinkering, walked to the Waterfront, watched Recce – good movie, a Belgian beer at Den Anker, Clifton 1ts sunset with Georg, Aris Souvlavki, Tiramisu and Cointreau at La Perla, time well spent.
Sunday, braai at Justin’s place in Constantia – with a small pig and techno, epic nap, blogging.
This post is late, sorry dear blog readers, I’ve been distracted. I’ve been fighting commies, I think.
Monday, school holiday, woke up in Bakoven, work, Mia and I took Romeo for a walk on Beta beach and then Camps Bay beach, braai with Georg in Bakoven with some Fleetwood Mac, time well spent.
Lesson of the week: what gets measured gets managed.
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” — Mark Twain
Tuesday, just a random Tuesday, let’s be honest, I had at least two, maybe three things to feel bad about, things I said, hmm, Hussar steak for lunch with Mia, work, watched Whiplash – great movie, we watched The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Theatre on The Bay – good show, go watch it, time well spent.
I think it’s good to badly embarrass yourself from time to time. Keeps you humble.
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good Job’.” — Whiplash
Wednesday, work, we made scrambled eggs and avo, watched Infinity Express at the planetarium with Mia, Jacques and Charlotte, a walk around the museum, Company Gardens cafe, braai with Jacques, time well spent.
The upgraded planetarium is rad.
“Only the Sith speak in absolutes.” — Jacques
Thursday, up early, data fixes, work, we took Romeo far a walk around Oudekraal beach, Posticino pizza in Hout Bay, Hout Bay beach walk, we watched Moon, time well spent.
Friday, we made scrambled eggs and avo, watched Venom – very entertaining, found Mia a new book to read, dropped Mia off with her mom, chardonnay and Bodzin – what an epic set, time well spent.
Not my circus. Not my Monkeys.
Saturday, fruit salad, meeting day, hacked together a little python script, Georg, Adrian and I tested our limits with some Indian food, Bodzin and wine, time well spent.
Sunday, woke up at around 14:00, new record, mostly listened to some Bach (which made me want to watch Seven) and tried to find my elbow, Clifton 1st beach day with Romeo, braai with Dennis and Hugo, time well spent.
Monday, public holiday, packed up at Wolfkop, roadtrip with Paul, we stopped at our regular brunch spot – De Tol Padstal, Chardonnay on Paul’s lawn in Stellenbosch, pizza, NIN, watched Ray – good movie.
Tuesday, rainy day, woke up Stellenbosch, omelette at Basic Bistro, dumped some camping gear in storage, macOS 10.4 upgrade day – pretty painless, seem that after being away for a few days it takes 1/2 a day to get everything checked, synced, processed, read, downloaded, backed up, charged, upgraded and published again, watched 13 Hours – good movie.
I downloaded a podcast at Paul’s house on his 4 Mbps wireless link… we quickly forget how far we have come with fibre internet.
Mojave dark mode takes some getting used to – the light borders are a bit odd and it’s strange if some parts are fully white while the rest is dark – like web browsing and mail. Aperture still works fine.
I added 10 FB friends this week, but in general my FB friends number has not been growing for the last year or two… hmm, wonder if I’m less social these days.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, data fixing, Teraco tour, chateaubriand steak at Hussar Mouille Point.
Thursday, office, dev meeting, data fixing, omelette for supper, podcast-nap, sunset podcast-walk, I’m behind with podcasts again.
Friday, work, fetched Mia, brunch at Vergelegen – start of the school holidays tradition, Waterfront, we watched Johnny English Strikes Again – not bad, lupper at Seelan, Kea tinkering, OS upgraded for Mia’s devices.
Brunch and lupper are the most important meals.
Been pondering some learn-create-multiplication-skills projects with Mia.
Saturday, school holiday planning, gym – grid area – and swimming with Mia, fetched some keys, Blues and Chenin at Al’s event it Constantia, 4th annual Van Hunks potjiekos competition, Moro gelato, epic nap, watched The Greatest Showman – not bad for a musical.
Kinda forgot to add this to last week’s post, but I had a nice chat with Ben Brown at Wolfkop.
Sunday, we walked to La Perla, Campari for breakfast, great lunch, gelato, epic nap – kinda missed the beach mission plan, bubbly in Bakoven – looking after Romeo again, watched Mr Nobody on an Afrikaans ‘smart tv’ – odd movie.
Campari beats Aperol.
I think I value consistency, more than most people. But, in behaviour not thinking. We are too attached to what we believe. When last did you change your mind about something?
“As long as you don’t choose, everything remains possible.” — Mr Nobody
Slept a lot this week. Feeling good. I love sleeping.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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…
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.
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).
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.
Health week: 1 of 6. How to be super good… starts with 3 week KFK: keto, fasting, keto. Then a few weeks of cyclical ketosis / lean gains, two cycles per week. For the first keto week I pretty much took my existing diet, removed all fruit and dairy, replaced with nuts, avos, chia, more eggs, brocolli, olives and macadamia oil… lots of monounsaturated fat, and as little carbs as possible. My new plan is to do KFK weeks every quarter.
The BIA machine says I’ve transformed 2kg so far; fat lost + muscle gained. Feels good to be a bit leaner. Nothing tastes as good as thin feels (without endorsing eating disorders obviously).
Monday, made Mia a big fruit salad, podcast school run, work, gym – first real gym day in a while, swim, hair cut at Yogi’s – summer hair cut, cooked a keto lunch, Brazil nut shopping, podcast queue zero, nap, sunset audio book promenade walk with Monkey Island clouds, some creative writing.
I’ve been listening to lots of Pearl Jam recently.
“I changed by not changing at all.”
Tuesday, mobility routine, work, cooked a keto meal, iWeek/AfPif at CTICC, catch up with Paul – Paul challenged me to get into the dating game again – outside of the SWI category, catch up with Jonathan, a non-alcoholic beverage at Beers for Peers at Cartel Rooftop Bar, evening swim at the gym.
Wednesday, mobility routine, gym, swim, iWeek at CTICC, a bunch of meetings, some good talks about how ITP costs are coming down in SA and the rapid growth in internet traffic from Africa, catch up with Nick, more meetings, moar meetings, keto dinner, in bed early.
We only remember the good parts of the story.
Keto snack: avo filled with macadamia oil. You can pretty much drink macadamia oil. Easier than olive oil.
What’s the most important thing? For Mia I always say: caring (enough to do something). For me: adventure. For the world: intelligence.
I think South Africa is screwed. It’s turning into a socialist mess.
“The movement has to be fun.” (burning man vs occupy wall street)
Thursday, iWeek/AfPif at CTICC, watched a super boring talk about “the cloud” for about 10 minutes, epic mega keto buffet hotel breakfast, good session about WDM tech, Voyager and open networking, session on SR / segment routing, lunch with Nick, meetings, Arista workshop, more meetings, gym, Green Point park walk, general tinkering.
Friday, walked to the office, long meeting, lunchtime walk, supplement shopping, extended sunset promenade walk and explored the Waterfront – took a bunch of photos, 20km of flaneuring, 11h sleep, time well spent.
Saturday, general tinkering, gym, keto mushroom omelette, nap, dinner with Wouter and Rene, heavy rain, notes and photo processing – while watching The School of Rock again, reading, 11h sleep.
Sunday, cold rainy day, tea and backups, mobility routine, keto omelette brunch, nap, gym, swim, had my last meal for the next week, general tinkering.
Are you learning enough from the people and projects you spend most of your time with / on?
Tuesday, worked at home, watched Mia’s hockey match and took her an electronics kit, ribeye steaks at Hussar for supper, sunset Strand Beach walk, went on a quick GPS phone hunt, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, podcast drive to Cape Town.
I’ve not been giving my blog much attention lately. Just recording the daily things. Also not very many photos taken.
I think I find Spotify a bit overwhelming. Back to audio books for a while.
Wednesday, office, got a new battery for an iPhone, catch up with Jonathan, ribs special at Da Vinci’s, a glass of wine with Wouter and Rene.
I’m still happy with the iPhone X. You get used to not having the home button very quickly.
As an experiment I stopped taking supplements for July. I feel better when taking supplements.
Time for the yearly health sprint again. I had a Harajuku moment this week, so I’ve been plotting a health experiment – over the next 6 weeks. Keto + carivore + fasting. Maybe it’s because I listened to a bunch of The Peter Attia Dive podcasts. I’m planning to start with a keto week, with mostly monounsaturated fat, lots of olives and nuts. Becoming super good in six weeks.
Thursday, tea, breakfast, supplements, backups, promenade walk, work, gym, swim, nap, Monks chinese with Wouter and Rene, food coma.
Ernst became a dad this week.
Debian turned 25. I started using Debian when it was 4yo. I was a Debian developer for a while.
Friday, office, fetched Mia, supplements shopping, Waterfront, mussels special at Den Anker again, I managed 2kg mussels this time, chats about Interview with a Vampire, found Mia some new shoes.
Saturday, brunch with Jacques, braai at Jacques’, time well spent.
Almost forgot to add, I’ve been on a gluten-free diet for a whole year now.
Sunday, kinda watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jacques brought Mia a new laptop bag, low carb brunch at Jacques’, photo and notes processing, swim with Mia, I always liked the gym on Sunday evenings, keto supper with extra macadamia oil.