Category Archives: Rants

Quick Update

Windy, wet and cold…

Sea Point
  • Week of 11-17 June.
  • Kinda weird week, over before it started.
  • Monday, audio book listening school run, gym, a walk with Alan around Stellenbosch – got a cap, office, sunset audio book listening walk, general tinkering and tea, some reading about small towns, in bed early.
  • Tuesday, published a blog post, walked to the office, catch up with Kenny and Nick, Sababa lunch, catch up with Nigel, catch up with Roelf at Strolla, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg and Chris.
  • Wednesday, office, Sababa lunch, after work catch up with Nick and Michael at Nu, dinner at 91 with Heleen.
  • Time in REM sleep heals all emotional wounds.
  • Thursday, rainy and windy day, worked from home, Sabada lunch with Heleen, cooked some mexican food.
  • School should start later, 08:30 or 09:00.
  • Friday, office, dev meeting, after work drink on the roof, pizza at Da Vinci’s with Heleen, watched some Soccer World Cup at Harvey’s.
  • Saturday, tea, backups, gym, Green Point Park walk, nap, watched the rugby at Rockpool with Georg, Harvey’s.
  • Sunday, rainy day, breakfast at Clark’s with Heleen, random reading and tinkering, cold and windy sunset walk – mostly because I needed two photos for this week’s blog post.
  • No time well spent this week, sadly.
  • This is gold! Read it twice. How to Get Rich

    Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

    Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you. Ignore people playing status games. You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity – a piece of a business – to gain your financial freedom. You will get rich by giving society what it wants but does not yet know how to get. At scale. Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.

    The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet. Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

    Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity. Don’t partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.

    Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.

    Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage. Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you. Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now. Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to others. When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools. Specific knowledge is often highly technical or creative. It cannot be outsourced or automated.

    Fortunes require leverage. Business leverage comes from capital, people, and products with no marginal cost of replication (code and media).

    Capital means money. To raise money, apply your specific knowledge, with accountability, and show resulting good judgment. Labour means people working for you. It’s the oldest and most fought-over form of leverage. Labour leverage will impress your parents, but don’t waste your life chasing it. Capital and labour are permissioned leverage. Everyone is chasing capital, but someone has to give it to you. Everyone is trying to lead, but someone has to follow you. Code and media are permissionless leverage. They’re the leverage behind the newly rich. You can create software and media that works for you while you sleep. An army of robots is freely available – it’s just packed in data centres for heat and space efficiency. Use it. If you can’t code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts. Leverage is a force multiplier for your judgement.

    Judgement requires experience, but can be built faster by learning foundational skills. There is no skill called “business”. Avoid business magazines and business classes. Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers. Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching. You should be too busy to “do coffee,” while still keeping an uncluttered calendar.

    Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true. Apply specific knowledge, with leverage, and eventually you will get what you deserve. When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize that it wasn’t what you were seeking in the first place. But that’s for another day.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The attempt to be here and now, and sleep…

Cape Town Lights
  • Week of 4-10 June.
  • Monday, gym, work, catch up with Pieter at Foodlovers Market, a bloody mary at Van Hunks with Anton, Wellness Warehouse, paleo burger at Da Vinci’s, non-vegan ice cream at unframed, a Bains at Harvey’s with Georg and Anton – chats about life, the universe and the 9th planet, La Vie.
  • Tuesday, walked to the office, upgraded to an iPhone X, lunchtime walk, after work drink at La Vie with Heleen, date night dinner at HQ with 7 guys, romantic cable car road drive to watch the city lights (not with the 7 guys).
  • Remember Strega and Pu Na Na bar?
  • iPhone X mini review: Works well. No home button or headphone jack, but you get used to that quickly. It’s a tiny bit big for one hand use, I guess I need a bigger hand. Face ID works well, in low light also. Dual camera portrait mode photos are cool and good fun to play with (more than one portrait photo this week, see below) . The screen is great, quality and size. I’ll need Airpods soon, to get to Apple fanboy level 10 status. The iPhone 8 is fine but it’s not the future. The new needs friends.
  • Must say, may latest iPhone upgrade process was fairly painless, more apps seem to keep their data and state in backups now, still took a while to move to a new device.
  • “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu

  • Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, Sababa lunch, Piazza St John, Nu with Michael and Nick, take-out from Food Inn India, in bed early.
  • Been listening to Why We Sleep, good book. I’m very happy that I’m a good sleeper, and always have been. Take afternoon naps. You will live longer.
  • Maybe sleep is our default mode. You only wake up to eat, so you can go back to sleep. I’ve been thinking, humans are maybe just some elaborate distributed analogue computer, we wake up – gather ideas, stories and images, then process these in REM sleep – in a range of combinations and permutations. The human colossus. Opportunity finding machines. Remix, defrag and reorganise – Dark City. I expect to see more research on psychedelics and sleep coming out soon. The line between our conscious and unconscious is fascinating.
  • Thursday, catch up with Jonathan and Ian, office, stayed in the office till well after dark, La Vie winter pizza special with Heleen.
  • Friday, office, fetched Mia, watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the Waterfront with Mia – not bad, entrecote steak special at Den Anker, gelato.
  • Saturday, rainy day, milky tea, backups, configured my new phone – did some phone housekeeping to make all my apps fit in two screens again, omelette at gym, grid area workout, Granger Bay market, Moro ice cream – best ice cream in Cape Town, took a few photos from the roof of our building, a glass of Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay at 12 Apostles Leopard Bar, podcast listening drive through Constantia via Hout bay, a Botanist G&T at the Secret Gin Bar, Mia and I shared the 1kg ribs at Da Vincis and watched the 2nd half of the rugby, in bed early, photo processing, time well spent.
  • Sunday, smoothies at Wellness Warehouse, watched Please Stand By at the Labia – nice movie – LLAP, Company Gardens walk, watched The Search for Life at the Planetarium – Harrison Ford narrated NASA film – pretty good, Company Gardens Cafe, burgers and a sunset grapefruit mimosa at Mantra Cafe in Camps Bay, updated my geeky movies list, photo processing, in bed early.
  • The new Planetarium is pretty cool, go check it out.
  • I’m in the mood for health sprint soon.
  • I think we’re ready to call the recent Jolp app release Version 1.0.
  • Fat people need more sleep.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Cities suck, Wacky Wine, paleo breakfasts…

Simonskloof
  • Week of 28 May to 3 June.
  • Monday, school run, work, Technopark visit, gym in Stellenboch, catch up with Alan, watched Deadpool 2 at the Waterfont VIP cinemas – it was okay’ish, in bed early, read Fred’s book.
  • Learn + do + share = mastery.
  • Start and build momentum.
  • Tuesday, office, catch up with Rahul, breakfast for lunch at Knead, sunset pipe track walk with Heleen, ribs special at Van Hunks.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, mexican food for supper at the Mojo market, podcast walk home, watched a documentary video about Quake – I spent many hours playing Quake around 1997/98/99.
  • Also, watch the one about Polybius.
  • Cape Town dam levels seem to be up to around 25% again, but they need to be over 40% to get us through the next summer.
  • RSS is cool, manipulated feeds are lame.
  • Thursday, half price Bootleggers flat white, work, gym, catch up with Tyler at Newport, dinner at Heleen’s, heavy rain.
  • Make things people want, and you do too.
  • Only worry about things you can change.
  • No Matjiesfontein adventure this year. FOMO level 5.5.
  • Friday, work – some ISP onboarding, drove to Simonskloof Mountain Retreat with Heleen, some after dark dirt road navigating.
  • Cities suck.
  • Saturday, mega paleo breakfast, read Fred’s book, many cups of tea, super chilled day – no electricity, no phone signal, late afternoon braai, sunset farm walk, in bed early, 12h sleep.
  • Sunday, mega paleo breakfast, tea and cake in Motagu, caught the tail end of the Wacky Wine Weekend, tasting at De Wetshof – tasted the oldest Chardonnay (block) in South Africa, late lunch at Van Loveren, drove back via Villiersdorp, Franschhoek pass lookout, drove to Cape Town, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

IPv6, Solo, braai…

Mouille Point
  • Week of 21 to 28 May.
  • Monday, rainy day, walked to the office, late afternoon nap, server tinkering, banting wraps.
  • Started the week feeling somewhat inbox zero’ish, for a change.
  • “The more shots you take, the more shots you can take.”

  • On the #DeleteFacebook topic. I also did not see any real dip in friend numbers, but also not seeing any growth in FB friends over the last few months. When last did you see a check-in? Much less photos on FB. I totally removed FB from my phone. No more mobile browser use. I also totally switched off the app platform features: Settings > Apps and websites > Off.
  • Why You’re Wasting Your Life Away – Sam Harris
  • Tuesday, office, dev workshop, improved my website backup script, pipe track walk with Nick, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg and Anton – collagen meal, irish coffee at Harvey’s with Georg, tested the latest Jolp iOS app, watched The Secret of Monkey Island documentary – very cool.
  • I’ve become a believer in eating lots of diverse foods. I also take a wide range of supplements twice a week.
  • How I know I’ve had a sub-optimal week, I can’t add the “time well spent” flag to any day or I struggle to collect ten photos to post.
  • Wednesday, I enabled IPv6 on a web server for the first time, gym, Cape Town winter special dinner at Srolla with Nick and Michael.
  • IPv6 Excuse Bingo
  • With IPv6 there are almost limitless IP addresses, at two to the power of 128 addresses: 340 trillion trillion trillion. From scarcity to abundance.
  • Streetlight effect: A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if he is sure he lost them here, and the drunk replies, no, and that he lost them in the park. The policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, “this is where the light is”.
  • I’ve been listening to The Obstacle is the Way. Pretty good.
  • Thursday, office, lunchtime walk, newsletter writing, Fred’s book launch at Heavy Chef at Workshop 17 – well done Fred, late dinner at Ocean Basket with Heleen.
  • Note to self: hang out with more cool smart people.
  • Friday, work, gym, micro nap, sunset walk to the Waterfront with Heleen, fetched a copy of the Armada book for Mia, 2kg mussels at Den Anker – winter special.
  • Saturday, up early, drove to Jacques’ house, we drove to Hermanus, watched Mia’s hockey tournament – they won the u13B league and received medals (she’s u12), family braai at Rossouw’s house.
  • Sunday, Jacques’ dog woke me up – very cute, we watched Solo at the 3D IMAX – great movie, braai at Jacques’ house, we chased Jacques’ rabbits around the garden, Mia and I visited Moro in Long Street, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: A-Ha – I’ve Been Losing You

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

I’m just a student, not a guru…

Promenade
  • Week of 14 to 20 May.
  • Monday, made breakfast for Mia, podcast listening school run, gym, swapped an off-site backup hard drive, work, cooked a mean batch of green veggies and avo, power nap while listening to a podcast, sushi at 1890 with Georg in Obs, a white russian at Harvey’s.
  • Very cool aB after movie.
  • “Never tell me the odds.” — Han

  • I introduced Mia to The Matrix movies. I need to watch them again.
  • Tuesday, nerded out on some new server tech, work, cooked another batch of green veggies, some Jolp app QA, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg, caught up on some overdue blogging.
  • Worth a watch: Pyramids True Purpose: Advanced Ancient Technology
  • “That one person’s time can belong to someone else is actually quite peculiar.” — You’re Not Just Imagining It. Your Job Is Absolute BS

  • Wednesday, gym – nice sunny winter morning grid area workout, walked to the office, dev meeting, a glass of wine with Nick at Bootleggers.
  • Upgrade your Jolp app and check out the new content. New artwork and playlists.
  • Listen to the two recent interviews with Matthew Walker. Kevin Rose show and Joe Rogan.
  • Thursday, big round of backups, gym, Harvey’s with Warwick and Dirk.
  • My iPhone battery went lame at 23 months, pretty much exactly.
  • Friday, office, dev meeting, oyster special at Sea Breeze with Paul, one drink at Hanks, one tequila at Aces and Spades (yes, really), Sotano.
  • Was reminded of this: “Paul has two settings: Liza Minnelli or Weekend at Bernie’s.”
  • “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”, “Take drugs, not too much, mostly psychedelics.” — about Michael Pollan’s new book.

  • Saturday, gym, omelette at Nu, general learning and tinkering, sunset promenade walk – epic sunset, cooked steak and veggies with Heleen.
  • Sunday, backups, more learning and tinkering, notes processing, nap, audio book promenade walk, managed to write a blog post on time – for a change.
  • Enjoy the process of learning.
  • Podcast queue zero again. Time for audio books. Listened to Anything You Want again by Derek Sivers – only 90min, do it.
  • I started listening to Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday.
  • Eat more sodium.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

My hovercraft is full of eels…

Noordhoek
  • Week of 7-13 May.
  • Monday, walked to the office, installed a few dev tools, late afternoon promenade walk with Nick, dinner with Heleen.
  • Code founder-run calm companies.
  • I’ve discovered take-away omelettes at Woolworths.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, catch up with Jonathan, Anton’s house to fetch my wallet, Tuesday ribs special at Van Hunks with some white russians – dining alone again, La Vie with Heleen.
  • I went three days without my wallet. Did not really miss it. Smartphones are pretty useful.
  • “Courage is a love affair with the unknown.” — Osho

  • Protect the nerds
  • My skeertuig is vol palings
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, catch up with Nick and Michael at Bootleggers.
  • I installed the Jolp app for two security guards this week.
  • Thursday, gym, Green Point Park, office, sunset promenade walk, Mexican food at Heleen’s house.
  • Placebo is the most powerful force in medicine.
  • Friday, office, fetched Mia, biltong shopping, watched Avengers: Infinity War at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – nothing special, but the ending was a bit different, book shop, I convinced Mia to eat a salad at Col’caccios in Camps Bay.
  • Listen to this a16z episode about education: The Case Against Education.
  • In summary: we want vocational education with prestige. A bit like YC – prestige for hacker culture.
  • Saturday, Granger Bay Market with Mia – less crowded than usual, a walk around the Waterfront, book shop, 50min Facetime Audio chat with Jacques, upgraded the home wifi and swapped out a hotspot, drove to Noordhoek via Chapmans, chicken + sundried tomato + avo pizza at The Red Herring – memories from having that there around 2003 with Ernst, night cap at Harvey’s while Mia shopped laptop covers on Amazon.
  • How cool is that Buzz Lightyear Apple Watch face?
  • Sunday, Mia managed a 12h sleep, notes and photo processing, tea and grapefruit, device backups, brunch at gym – gluten free flapjacks, grid area, great swim, Green Point Park, we watched The Dark Knight.
  • Woke up from a dream with a Counting Crows song in my head.
  • Tune of the week: Counting Crows – Round Here – I would link to the music video, but it seems super lame. The words of the song are much better imagined. (Side note: play Mr Jones at my funeral one day.)

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Multi Pass…

Wildekrans
  • Week of 30 April to 6 May.
  • Yeah, this post is late.
  • Learn, create, repeat.
  • Monday, school holiday, made omelettes with Mia, drove to Botrivier, Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge at Wildekrans Wineyards, afternoon hike with Mia, pink g&t and pizza at Forage with Mia and Heleen.
  • Tuesday, public holiday, morning walk around the farm, extended breakfast, drove to Somerset Mall and found Mia some clothes, hair cut, wine tasting and cheese board at Uva Mira, a late afternoon walk around The Lord Charles Hotel garden, oversized chess game on the lawn – which I won, happy hour at St Andrews Pub, dinner at La Vigna while processing photos and notes – and Mia browsed her 17k kids photos, fun adventure.
  • Wednesday, hotel breakfast at The Lord Charles with Mia, short school run, catch up with Dirk at Waterstone WW Cafe, back to Cape Town, work, drinks at Bootleggers with Nick and Michael, notes processing and blogging.
  • Thursday, gym, walked to the office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk around Sea Point, read a batch of articles and stories about Larry Harvey, happy hour at Burger and Lobster with Paul, Tammy and Darryn’s going away drinks at Tigers Milk – off on a remote working adventure – very cool, Anton’s house.
  • “Belief is thought at rest.” — Larry Harvey

  • I remember going to one of Larry’s talks in 2015.
  • I was kinda in the news this week.
  • Law of Reversed Effort
  • Code calm companies.
  • Friday, office, Startup Chile: negative, dinner with Heleen.
  • Saturday, gym, pre-drinks at Tigers Milk, Goldswindler J00F Fifth Element party at Reset (old ERA) with Georg, Anton and Ollie, great fun – we all had Corbin Dallas tops on and I made a Multi Pass, 35k steps, time well spent – thanks for organising Georg!
  • Old school 90s clubbing.
  • Sunday, Anton’s house, Georg’s house, beach walk from Clifton 1 to 4 and back, chilled afternoon on the beach with Georg, pizza on the beach with Georg and Heleen.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Long weekend, rain, omelettes…

Sunset
  • Week of 23-29 April.
  • Monday, rainy day, walked to the office, watched Tom Raider at the Waterfront – not bad, Mexican food at Heleen’s house.
  • “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Steve Jobs

  • This is gold: Raccoon Crushed To Death By Garbage Truck Hits Jackpot With Reincarnation
  • Tuesday, work, gym, extended promenade walk with Nick, ribs special at Van Hunks with Georg.
  • The Cape Town water crisis in short: The city’s population doubled with no extra water infrastructure projects developed by national government over the last 30 years. Planning for the Berg river dam began in 1989. It’s the most recent water infrastructure project and holds about 14% of Cape Town’s water resource. 100% growth in population with 14% growth in water resource. We had less rain than usual for three years – but this was predicted for years. Local government did nothing and had no plan. They made it seem like the solution was for residential users to use 50 litres per person per day – while agriculture was using a big share of the remaining water. Fear, uncertainty, doubt. Really bad communication from the City of Cape Town. Very late and weak plans to invest in desalination (which probably failed because of mismanagement). Then, recently… agriculture stopped using the remaining water resources and it started raining again. Problem solved? Hmm. Well, now people leave the loo yellow, and many houses have greywater systems, and ways to collect rain water. All in all, probably a good thing to have changed people’s habits around water use, but… it’s clear government is useless and the problem is not going to go away.
  • “It’s significant because the crisis was actually precipitated by a standing ruling that farmers were entitled to 60% of the water from the THEEWATERSKLOOF dam and 40% for human consumption. While there was unrestricted consumption by people, the agricultural sector simply matched that consumption by drawing on their former 60% entitlement unendingly. In the face of imminent depletion of the reservoirs, the water bureaucrats were forced to reevaluate the 6/4 ratio allocation policy. This policy blindly placed agricultural consumption before human consumption.”

  • Wednesday, walked to the office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, nap, dinner at Heleen’s, lots of rain!
  • The incentives always win.
  • “Moderation is the only thing worth doing in moderation.”

  • Thursday, gym, omelette with Dirk, fetched Mia, drove to Cape Town, took a walk at the end of the cable car road, giant mushroom burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, ice cream at Moro in Long Street, time well spent.
  • Be more productive.
  • The struggle for interestingness.
  • When did you get these technologies? It’s probably been more eventful than you remember. Always on internet: 1999, ADSL: 2002, Macbook: 2003, WiFi: 2003, Linux Virtual Machines: 2005, WordPress: 2006, Facebook: 2007, iPhone: 2011 (a bit late maybe), SSD and retina screen: 2015, Gigabit fibre at home: 2017.
  • Friday, public holiday, Waterfront, gluten free carrot cake, clothes shopping for Mia, sunset promenade walk, watched The Dark Knight Rises again on Netflix – great movie.
  • Life is about acceleration, not speed.
  • Saturday, world championship 4 egg decadent exotic mushroom omelette cooking, Cape Town city walk with Mia, kombucha at the Labia to start our walk, coffee at the Company Garden Cafe, down Long Street, Bloody Mary at the Grand Daddy rooftop bar, soccer fan-walk bridge, De Waterkant, shoe shopping for Mia – found her a pair of size 8 trail running shoes, sunset drinks and snacks at Heleen’s house with Georg.
  • RIP Larry Harvey
  • Sunday, De Wetsbaai day with Georg and Mia, braai with Anton and Anton, perfect weather, great sunset, La Vie, time well spent.
  • Going to J00F?

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Fasting week…

Sunset
  • Week of 16-22 April.
  • Monday, woke up in Elgin, made Mia breakfast, podcast school run – Tim Urban interview, omelette at WW, gym, office, nap, Jolp tinkering at Heleen’s, p18 submission.
  • Your Pitch Deck Is Wrong
  • “I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” — Hunter S. Thompson

  • Tuesday, fasting day, walked to the office, Vox meeting, catch up with Nick at Mojo market, sunset walk, website tinkering, magnesium, potassium and sodium dinner.
  • I updated my last fasting post – higher doses of magnesium, potassium and sodium.
  • Nice read about OLPC history
  • Wednesday, the Jolp YC application was not successful – received the famous YC rejection email – amor fati, walked to the office, dev meeting, website tinkering, was feeling a bit slow from the fasting so I had a nap, late night promenade stroll.
  • Thursday, fasting day 4, work, gym, late afternoon podcast promenade walk, Green Point Park walk, big dose of collagen, game steaks and veggies at Hussar with Heleen – good refeeding after my fast.
  • Friday, gym – phone battery died – the gym is a strange place without podcasts in your ears, office, omelette for lunch with Nick, a drink at Van Hunks with Anton, Chris and Pierre, pizza at Da Vinci’s.
  • Saturday, omelette brunch at Bootleggers, La Vie with Paul and Shelley – good fun.
  • Had a good laugh about this again: Apple Unveils Panicked Man With No Ideas
  • Productivity
  • AfrikaBurn FOMO level: 2/10
  • Sunday, lazy morning, a cocktail at Hard Rock Cafe in Camps Bay with Georg, Caprice, Georg cooked a roast with veggies, La Vie, Maria’s going away dinner.
  • Jolp has 60 app installs now. Install the app!

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

What is the most important thing?

Camps Bay
  • Week of 9-15 April.
  • Monday, braai meat for breakfast, office, lunchtime walk, BIA machine, free smoothie at One Juice, photo processing, biltong shopping, wine drinking session disguised as a meeting at Nick’s.
  • Tuesday, 1g of asprin, office, Cool Ideas meeting, audio book promenade walk, nap, salad at Primi in Camps Bay with Heleen, we watched Lenny, Andrew, Steve and Me at The Theatre on the Bay – good show, always liked that venue.
  • Funny how quickly 10Mbps internet became slow. You must have at least 200Mbps now, kids. 😛
  • Teraco in the news – I remember adding the “Data Environments” part to the name. To be honest, I never really liked the Teraco name, nobody knows how to pronounce it, but it seems to work well enough.
  • Wednesday, gym, office, dev meeting, catch up with Ian, omelette for lunch, Kloof Corner hike with Nick (was not brave enough to walk with the tourists up Lions Head), sunset walk on Camps Bay beach – watch the sun set from my favourite spot, 20k steps, great salad at Col’caccios, cheese and wine with Wouter and Maria, time well spent.
  • Thursday, mobility routine, made an exotic mushroom omelette with emmental cheese, audio book walk to the office, stayed at the office till after dark, made a veggie Thai green curry with Heleen.
  • The Sapiens audio book is excellent.
  • Desire creates suffering.
  • Friday, wrote a blog post for the Jolp app launch, office, catch up with Warwick, health hacking meetup with Nick and Ian in Gardens, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s and some random blogging, watched Colossal at the Nouveau movies at the Waterfront – strange but interesting movie.
  • The Jolp mobile app for iOS and Android is now available. Install it!
  • Dear Mia, you kinda have your own app now, have a listen, hope you like it. (-:
  • Saturday, breakfast at La Vie, fetched Mia from a sleepover party, free smoothies, found Mia some new shoes, watched Ready Player One 3D at Cape Gate – very entertaining, Rossouw made an apricot oxtail potjie at Jacques’ house – which was excellent, we slept of over at Jacques’.
  • Sunday, photo processing and playing with Jacques’ dog, oxtail for brunch – ultimate keto collagen meal, helped Jacques with his gardening (urban farming project), we drove to Elgin – while listening to the Wood Wide Web episode using the Jolp app – I think Charlotte liked the story, wine tasting (and buying) at Oak Valley with Jacques and Marietjie, wine tasting at Charles Fox, late lunch at Old Mac Daddy Food Barn with some Oak Valley chardonnay – yum, afternoon walk with Mia, in bed early – Mia slept in the Airstream caravan, fun weekend, time well spent.
  • 2 days.
  • Adventure.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

The Thing I Hate The Most

Somebody recently asked me what I hate the most?

I had to think for about 11 seconds…

I really hate it, when people send me calendar invites, via email, without first communicating some context about a meeting – what’s the agenda? does the day and time suit you? maybe you should just read the documentation? maybe you have the wrong person?

First COMMUNICATE with somebody, then figure out if a meeting is needed, then agree a meeting date and time, then – send the ical file… sending a meeting invite and then having somebody reject it seems super lame.

99.8% of the time I’m actually happy to manage my own calendar, but if you send me a calendar invite .ics, ical, it will live happily next to the item I already added. I guess there is a small chance I screw up the timezone, so if you are flying in for this meeting, please send a calendar invite. Thanks bro.

Yeah, I should probably not drink wine and blog, but that’s the point of the strong opinions series, you get to strongly disagree with me. (-:

ps. a close second is probably sending winmail.dat attachments. Don’t do that.

Part of my series on Strong Opinions.

done.

“done.”

When you get something done, just respond with: “done.”, quickly.

Somebody ask you to fix something small?, do it now, respond quickly. Somebody waiting for an invoice to get paid?, don’t pay it and make them check the bank statement, just tell them it’s done. Somebody ask you to configure something, do it, confirm with: “done.”.

This is different to responding to every email with a “Thank You”, that’s pretty pointless.

Get shit done, close the loop, move on. Don’t send extra fluff.

Part of my series on Strong Opinions.