Quick Update

Simplicate and add lightness…

  • Week of 14-20 January.
  • This post is late – I think it’s because I was never in the mood to blog over the last few evenings.
  • Monday, walked to the office, omelette at Knead, sunset audio book walk, watched Star Trek Beyond again, time well spent.
  • Discovered PureOS and Purism. That phone looks cool.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, lunch at Mary-Anne’s again – broc fix, work, nap, pipetrack hike with Nick, wagu biltong, sunset audio book promenade walk, browsed photos from ten years ago – found some photos from around 2009 – I met Paul around that time, also first trance party I went to with Andrew.
  • You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go – Madeleine Peyroux – earworm from 2009 days, I really loved this song for some reason.
  • Homo Deus is a great book. 15 hours well spent. You really need to hear his ideas of the future – especially the Dataism ideas.
  • IPv6: enabler of the 2nd phase of the dataism religion. When everything connects.
  • Uber drivers are training the AI that will replace them.
  • Suffering is optional.
  • Wednesday, work, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, data fixing, a drink at The Hotel on the Promenade, supper at Rafeal’s Lebanese Cafe.
  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, veggie food – broc fix, worked at La Vie, a long promenade walk with Al – chats about health hacking.
  • No Wolfkop this year. Tiny bit worried it’s getting rather big.
  • Friday, Naulene made it onto my todo list – fun and games visiting the Cape Town magistrates court, and then the Somerset West magistrates court, breakfast at Fred and Max, back to the magistrates court, then to the police station, gym visit – to write an email to family advocate and lawyer, fetched Mia from school and spent two hours with her at Lourensford, dropped Mia off at her gran’s, back to Laurensford’s night market with Dirk, good catch up.
  • Why all the court and police activity? Because Naulene, in all her wisdom, has preveted me from seeing Mia all December.
  • Saturday, woke up in Somerset West, braai and nerdy chats with Dirk, braved Somerset Mall to get some AirPods – late xmas present from me to me, a few beach walks: Llandudno, big and little Beta beach, Clifton 1-4 and back, sunset promenade walk, in bed early.
  • AirPods mini-review: pretty cool, 5 hours battery life might be a problem for longer walks, it’s a bit annoying that you can’t change the volume (by just using the AirPods) – but I worked out that you can use your Apple watch digital crown to change the volume. The double tap thing works ok – I don’t use Siri, but you can set it to pause/play and have skip to next track functions. Not having cables that keep getting tangled is amazing though. The trick seems to be to remember taking the little case with you… which kinda complicates your life a tiny bit.
  • Yeah, well spotted, this is a failure on the simplicate principle. Argh.
  • Remember the days you would listen to podcasts on an iPod? Feels like at least two lifetimes ago.
  • Inspiration is perishable.
  • Sunday, random tinkering and photo processing, gym – listened to the James Damore interview with Joe Rogan – he sounds like a sensible dude, swim, nap, a white russian at La Vie with Georg, burger and another white russian at Harvey’s, sunset beach chill on Clifton 1st with Georg, time well spent.
  • I seem to have a soft spot for A-ha and Fleetwood Mac.
  • Check out: This week in startups podcast.
  • I’m excited for Sivers’ next books.
  • Tune of the week: A-ha Unplugged 2017 – I´ve been losing you
  • Remember kids: Love the doing. Smart and interesting. Adventure. Meaning. Simplicate and add lightness.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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.

Quick Update

Happy new year, crazy kids…

  • Week of 31 December to 6 January.
  • 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 wrote a blog post: 23 Problems for the Next Decades
  • I updated my post from last week: 100 Things I Wish I Knew Before Turning 30
  • I seem to blog more when on holiday.
  • Time is luxury.
  • If most people have been silent on a topic they agree on, and a few brave people speak up, a lot of people will speak up and create a revolution.
  • Wednesday, read about the new VyOS, backups, blogging, gym, a G&T at Rockpool with Georg, offsite backups while taking a podcast nap, photo processing, sunset walk, curry supper at 91 – good value.
  • I processed all my 2018 photos. I only took 1728 photos. In 2017,16,15,14 I took 2674, 2833, 2631, 4001.
  • I listened to the two Naval episodes again.
  • Check out the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack on Spotify.
  • I now have a slash now page.
  • 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.
  • I blogged about SSH Key Management
  • 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.
  • The Introvert Door Slam
  • Everybody skim-reads these days. Bullet point blog posts for the win.
  • Cool A16Z interview
  • 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
  • I listened to Anything You Want by Derek Sivers again, great book.
  • Hope is not a strategy.
  • Tune of the week: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California

Have a fun 2019, crazy kids.

SSH Key Management

I did some annual SSH key housekeeping this week. Here are a few things you should probably do:

  1. Use the newer ed25519 keys, update them once a year
  2. Generate a key for each general use case / project
  3. Don’t be a muppet and have ssh keys in plain text on your laptop and in your backups
  4. Create a .ssh/config file, which points to your keys on an encrypted filesystem

Below are a few commands and examples to get you started.

Generate an ed25519 key, with your email address as a comment and save it to a key file for a project or company or some use case you might have:

ssh-keygen -t ed25519 -C 'you@your.email.address' -f swimgeek

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
    HostName myserver.swimgeek.com
    Port 2345
    User joe
    IdentityFile /Volumes/crypt-fs/ssh/swimgeek

Host projectabc-prod prod.projectabc.com
    HostName prod.projectabc.com
    Port 2567
    User root
    IdentityFile /Volumes/crypt-fs/ssh/projectabc

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.

Install mosh and add an alias to your .zshrc

alias moshprod="mosh projectabc-prod"


Quick Update

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

  • South Africa to 2030: A strategic intelligence briefing – Frans Cronje : The Enclave Scenario.
  • 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.
  • This is Water
  • The Dymaxion Chronofile: Buckminster Fuller Documented His Life Every 15 Minutes, from 1920 Until 1983
  • 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.
  • I wrote a long overdue blog post: 30 Things I Wish I Knew Before Turning 30
  • “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.
  • Tune of the week: Keep On Loving You – Cigarettes After Sex

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

23 Problems for the Next Decades

A few problems to work on. Take some time and make your own list.

From Seth’s Blog: Hilbert’s list – 23 problems we need to think about.

Here is a list I think is interesting:

  1. Highly efficient clean food growing, aquaponics probably
  2. Clean energy and greatly improved energy storage
  3. Carbon sequestration at scale
  4. Clean up the oceans
  5. Replace the University, vocational training with status
  6. Scalable basic education, particularly literacy
  7. Cost efficient housing at scale
  8. Constant realtime health monitoring and telemetry
  9. Effective treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease
  10. Figure out the human microbiome
  11. Alternatives to paid labour for humans – getting around the need to be needed
  12. Distributed living, ways to live outside big cities, smart towns
  13. Fibre internet to every home and business on the planet
  14. Re-decentralisation of the internet
  15. IPv6 everywhere and interplanetary internet
  16. Optical routing – silicon photonics
  17. Very high quality telepresence – no need to commute
  18. Some new way to stimulate startup innovation and generate more founder run small businesses, possibly fully automated, without employees
  19. Very low cost desalination and clean water
  20. Safe autonomous and inexpensive transport
  21. Air travel with much less impact on the environment
  22. An AI that does boring admin for you
  23. Take commies for helicopter rides

Basically: a world of abundance through technology.

Give this a watch: Reinventing Societal Infrastructure With Technology

Have a fun and meaningful 2019!

Things I Wish I Knew Before Turning 30

Somebody asked me to write this in 2017. It’s a bit late.

Here we go… a somewhat random collection of wisdom, in no real order:

  1. Start building companies in your 20s.
  2. Real wealth is not money, it’s what you can learn to build, with a team of cool people.
  3. “Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” — Naval
  4. Live on the border between chaos and order. Maximum learning.
  5. Stay an engineer. Don’t become a manager. Stay close to technology.
  6. Build recurring services businesses, things that make money while you sleep. They are easy to start and fairly easy to scale.
  7. What is the most important thing? – Adventure. We are wired for adventures and risk.
  8. Go to AfrikaBurn / Burning Man a few times. It will teach you about adventure. Have a few friends who enjoy these adventures.
  9. Fail spectacularly, once. It will take you a year or two to recover, but it will put things in perspective.
  10. Find great co-founders, it’s hard to overstate the value of this.
  11. First rule of startups: no assholes.
  12. Work on things that are fun. Life is too short for lame projects.
  13. How businesses are built: sleep, have ideas, make notes, discuss ideas, create two or three crappy things a day (not perfect just functional), remember that it’s your own little (Sivers) universe, learn, sleep.
  14. Creating something from nothing is very rewarding. Zero to one.
  15. Build your own dreams. Don’t be a sucker building other people’s dreams. Own a part of what you build.
  16. “To get things done, you must love the doing.” — Ayn Rand
  17. Wealth is a side effect of passion. Love the doing.
  18. Ideally you want to have 6 unrelated investments.
  19. Support the underdog, progress and change. Get involved in a few non-profit projects. Open Source etc.
  20. Getting there, is all the fun. “The road to the top is better than the top, don’t be in such a hurry that you don’t enjoy the ride.” — Dan Bilzerian
  21. Things that are annoying often make good opportunities.
  22. Learn how to code and how unix operating systems and networks work. Use Debian. Run your own email server, don’t use Gmail. Try to avoid “the cloud” as much as you can.
  23. Make regular off-site backups. Leave backup drives at friends’ houses.
  24. Pick a username, get a personal domain name. Have a personal website.
  25. Always be on the the right side of technological change.
  26. Find growth markets and waves to ride. Timing is the 4th dimension in the 4D chess of entrepreneurship. Lean to park some ideas, keep a text file with notes for project ideas.
  27. Keep a text file with all the projects and startups you have worked on over time. I’m on about 20 now. Aim for at least one per year. Don’t worry if half of them never make it past prototyping.
  28. Have strong opinions. Share them.
  29. Develop good writing skills and publish what you write. Blog, weekly. Writers get to live twice. Write drunk, edit sober.
  30. Stay healthy. Sleep. Eat clean. Fast. Mobility. Diet. Squats. Deadlifts. Low rows. Meditate.
  31. Never get more than 10 kg overweight. It’s hard to make your way back from there.
  32. Spend time in nature. Go for long hikes or beach walks. Try to live close to the sea.
  33. Keep in touch with friends. Often have dinner with close friends.
  34. Avoid sugar. You don’t need three meals a day. After a few fasts your relationship with food will change. Don’t smoke.
  35. Focus on health span. The idea is to feel young past 65.
  36. Figure out a morning mobility routine. Stretch. Get a foam roller.
  37. Get an electric toothbrush.
  38. Figure out a routine for taking supplements. Take some basics daily. Do a bigger batch weekly.
  39. When you are tired. Go sleep. Rest.
  40. Be kind to your joints. Don’t run.
  41. Go to gym early in the morning – much better than in the afternoons. Lift weights every 2nd day.
  42. Fast for one week every three months.
  43. Have at least one child, when you have the opportunity.
  44. Take a year off when your kid(s) are 3 or 4 yo.
  45. Never do anything for your child which they can do for themselves. Have dinner conversations which them to challenge them to think for themselves.
  46. Try not to rebel against all conventions.
  47. When people hurt you, they are probably just acting in their own best interest.
  48. Make notes. Develop a system for processing and filing notes.
  49. Get a great chair.
  50. Type Dvorak. Qwerty is lame.
  51. Learn to use some graphic design tools, at least the basics.
  52. Use 24 hour time when you write something. 09:00 or 21:00, not 9.
  53. Listen to podcasts. Found time.
  54. Calm is a superpower.
  55. Hang out with curious people.
  56. People you want around you: calm, technical, relentlessly resourceful, relentlessly optimistic, energetic, self motivated, infinite learners.
  57. “Work ethic, taste, integrity, curiosity – the rest you can learn.” — Matt Mullenweg
  58. Get a dog. I’m still working on this one.
  59. Give people a break. Sometimes they still have to learn.
  60. Search for meaning. Work on projects with meaning and a good story.
  61. Never go cycling in the desert at night after a breakup.
  62. Learn the multiplying skills: speaking, writing, psychology, design, conversation, 2nd language, persuasion, programming, meditation/focus.
  63. Life is a comedy adventure story, don’t be too serious, you probably don’t control as much of it as you may think.
  64. Have favourite song and a favourite album.
  65. Don’t be too busy. Make time to learn.
  66. Hell yes, or no. If you say no to lots of things, you have time to dive into interesting things.
  67. Make good art. Learn, create, repeat.
  68. Do meaningful work. Be useful.
  69. Write to get over things. Write to shape your future.
  70. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly.”
  71. Take photos. Have a system to keep them organised. Browse old photos from time to time, it’s a great way to travel.
  72. Desire one thing at a time. Focus.
  73. Live in the future. It’s a good way to find ideas for projects. Pay attention to what nerds do on evenings and weekends.
  74. Read a few marketing books early on. Something like The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries.
  75. Have side projects and hobbies.
  76. Watch lots of classic movies in your teens and 20s. Especially sci-fi movies.
  77. Read a lot in your 20s. Classics. Philip k Dick, Bret Easton Ellis, etc.
  78. Go to live music concerts.
  79. Fall in love with music, spend time exploring, make playlists. Make mix tapes for people you are in love with. You probably will not have this kind of time later in life. Listen to Disintegration by The Cure.
  80. Be a tourist in your own city for a few years, live in many different neighbourhoods.
  81. Travel.
  82. Figure out which wines and whiskys you like. Go for lots of wine tours.
  83. Stoicism: focus on what you can control. Don’t worry about the things you can’t.
  84. Get comfortable with discomfort.
  85. Take note of your instincts. Trust them.
  86. If you don’t know what to do, sleep on it. Take note of the three ideas you wake up with every day.
  87. Develop healthy routines. Especially a morning routine.
  88. Date nerds, smart and interesting people.
  89. Get comfortable being single. Dating is a huge waste of time and energy. If you find somebody really cool (smart and interesting), jump in and love them like crazy. Do this a few times.
  90. Optimal stopping theory: If you are destined to date ten people in your lifetime, the optimal thing to do is to reject the first four (37%), then stop as soon as you find somebody that’s better than the previous experiences.
  91. There’s no point to life. Life is the point.
  92. Meaning does not come from stuff.
  93. Practice mindful eating. Taste every bite.
  94. It’s totally fine to go eat at a restaurant on your own.
  95. Notice interesting things around you. Be hyper aware of small details. Take different routes through your day. Wonder the woods.
  96. Ask better questions. Ask why? three times.
  97. The best way to judge your days and weeks is simply to ask yourself it that was time well spent.
  98. Don’t add things that can cause unhappiness. The more things you have the more things can break. Don’t focus on getting more things, focus on removing things which annoy you.
  99. Use broad spectrum reflective sunblock, vit-c and vit-a face cream, and eat lots of collagen.
  100. In summary: learn, create, swim, sleep, take long walks, write, listen to podcasts, have adventures with smart and interesting people.

This is a work in progress. Obviously not all these ideas are mine. The original project brief was things before 30, but it’s probably relevant before 40 also.

I ended up making it a 100 item list. I’ll probably update this post from time to time and replace the weaker items with more interesting ones.

Make your own list.


Now go read How To Get Rich. Listen to Anything You Want and at least two Naval Ravikant interviews.

All I want for xmas is a John Oliver vs Jordan Peterson debate

Some criticisms of John Oliver I posted on FB recently – now on the open internet.

“John Oliver tells me what to do.”

I used to find Last Week Tonight with John Oliver amusing, but recently something about it has been bugging me.

He obviously has a liberal bias, which is fine.

He uses very selective editing. Sometimes he has to cut the clip half sentence to make sure none of the context leaks into his story (or joke rather).

With enough selective editing he can probably convince his audience of anything and make them laugh about it at the same time. Seems kinda dangerous to me.

He thinks he’s a comedian – but, his audience thinks he’s a journalist.

A scary number of people seem to post links to John Oliver episodes to motivate their position on a topic.

After reading this and watching a recent episode, I think it’s the recipe that’s the most annoying…

From Quora… here’s how he does it:

– Introduce topic, make a joke about it. Add it a lot of “F” bombs for effect
– make point #1. Joke
– Joke
– point #2. Joke
– Ludicrous metaphor, F-bomb, over the top joke, F-bomb, F-bomb, joke
– point #3. usually gets to the meat of his segment around this point. F-bomb, serious voice.
– points finger at the camera / audience. F-bomb. Joke. F-bomb
– conclusion. Joke

“Found this on the internet :) Oliver continues in the tradition of Jon Stewart, adding reinforcements to the “liberal” bubble. He coddles his viewers by convincing them (as if they needed more convincing) of how right they are, how wrong they are, how many more facts they know than them. The visual assault of fact after fact without any time given to admit the weak points in his argument robs his viewers of the opportunity to think, or have any deep understanding of an issue. Worse, the false sense of solidarity that comes with sharing an Oliver segment on Facebook is an invitation to apathy not resistance.” — Jacques

Too many jokes to be taken seriously. Too serious a topic to be a comedian.

From HBO – the tits and dragons company – you can now get your comedy and brainwashing at the same time.

Keep this in mind when you share the next John Oliver video.

Quick Update

Lonely perfection of my dreams…

  • Week of 17 to 23 December.
  • Monday, woke up in Tamboerskloof, lazy day with Paul, Shelley and Barbara – chilling on the trampoline again, chats about keyboard layouts and more than one bottle of bubbly, watched Ex Machina – well, maybe 1/2 of it.
  • Tuesday, omelette breakfast at Beleza in Tamboerskloof with Paul, played with a server and tried to get the Debian installer to set up raid1/lvm, beers with Nick, dinner at Kristy’s down the road – nice catch up.
  • Wednesday, slept fairly late, took a walk down Kloof Street, very tasty lunch at Loading Bay with Nick, walked around The Cape Quarter, Sea Point home visit – fetched a few things, late afternoon meeting, supper at The Blue Cafe, watched the 2nd half of Ex Machina.
  • Never take an ex back – boy, I have sucked at this.
  • My holiday calendar opened up fairly short notice. Dealing with unreasonable people makes you pretty good at the Stoic arts. Remember kids – you will encounter people without passion, people who are not life-long learners and who have no interest in creating anything of meaning, they will be sad and miserable and they will try to make the people around them unhappy. Nothing new, and nothing you can do about it.
  • Aliens, Preditors and Engineers
  • “No one understands the lonely perfection of my dreams.” — David

  • Never feed a stray cat.
  • WWDD – business without moral failure.
  • “Cause sooner or later in life, the things you love you loose.” — Florence

  • Thursday, slept late, walked down Kloof Street, annual vitality tests, breakfast at Wellness Warehouse, walked down Long Street, worked at Raw and Roxy (the old Fez?), Moro gelato, walked through the Company Gardens, a pilsner at Van Hunks, watered the plants at home, nap, a GnT with Paul, watched the first Renegade Report live stream on Youtube, watched Zodiac – well, some of it.
  • I did some cholesterol hacking for a few days. tl;dr – I think it’s a good idea to eat enough mono-unsaturated fat and vit-c + lysine.
  • Managed to get to Vitality Diamond status again, without completing any of their lame online forms, and without having to experience the lame attitudes of their Discovery shop staff.
  • I suspect I have a weakness for Emmental cheese.
  • 5 year plan: fibre, open source and open networking, devops, wwdd.
  • Xmas gift-zero. New minimalism level.
  • You need a welfare state to support people who are not competitive in modern society.
  • “It’s hard not to like a man of many qualities, even if most of them are bad.” — anonymous

  • “Each network has a personality. Always wear a black concert tshirt during change windows. Listen to 90s grunge, it soothes the network.” — Network Collective Podcast

  • Friday, slept late, said goodbye to Paul, general tinkering and a bit of admin, reached an important milestone, epic nap, speedy backup, found a salad at Knead, watched ‘Juliet, Naked’ at the Labia with a beer – good movie – always liked Nick Hornby, finally finished watching Zodiac at 02:00.
  • By now I was a bit napped-out, and not sure what day of the week it was.
  • It’s been pretty entertaining just being alone and chilling.
  • Pet hate: Cape Town shopping malls that switched off the taps in their bathrooms a while ago – and are too retarded to work out that the water restrictions have changed. Install water saving taps and switch them back on. Muppets.
  • Saturday, slept late, late lunch omelette at Knead at Wembley Square, caught up on some blogging with Yo-Yo Ma Bach Chello Suites, gym, swim, sauna, watched Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged doccie, watched Atlas Shrugged I (2011).
  • Pet hate: paper straws. A small number of countries contribute most of the ocean pollution (clue: not Cape Town restaurants). Also, giving me a (lame) paper straw, but giving me a big plastic cup seems a bit screwed up? Eco muppets. Your little guilt campaign and actual impact are oceans apart.
  • “Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.” — Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

  • Sunday, Waking Up app meditation, had a beer, listened to Ah-ha and played with IPv6, watched Atlas Shrugged II and III, watched Napoleon Dynamite – it had its moments.
  • I discovered iStat Menus and SimplePing for macOS. Pretty cool.
  • Reminder: How to be a Genius
  • I was a bit low on photos for the week.
  • Stating the obvious, but a good beer is delicious. Turns out that not drinking any beer for a year will make you miss it. Newlands Spring – Passionate Blond is great.
  • Tune of the week: Affection – Cigarettes After Sex
  • And another one: Yo-Yo Ma Bach Chello Suites 2018

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Quality nerding time…

  • Week of 10-16 December.
  • Yes, this post is late. Been busy with… nothing really.
  • Monday, office, dev catch up, lunchtime walk, I placed an Octotel order with our new API – we were a bit delayed in opening up the API, data fixes, braai at Nick’s house with Evan and Chris.
  • “Don’t go to sleep!” — Paul, I think that’s from last week’s notes.

  • I did a Udemy cource about GitLab and DevOps using their iOS app this week – it kinda works. Going to try a few more offline learning tools. edX and Coursera seem good. It’s tricky to make time for these courses. WWDD.
  • Tuesday, up early, gym, swim, sauna, German food at Raith’s at the Gardens Centre and a tin-tin hair cut, found some broad spectrum reflective sun block (face cream) and also got Mia some, beers at Nick’s, watched The Girl Who Played with Fire – not as good as the 1st movie.
  • Stating the obvious, but telecoms is much cooler than fintech. Urgh. Learnt that lesson the hard way.
  • Remember kids, use broad spectrum reflective sunblock, vitC and vitA. Listen to the Peter Attia podcast about skin care.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, nap, explored a bunch of new podcast shows – without much luck, sunset podcast promenade walk, played with ucrm.
  • Inbox-zero – for the first time in many weeks!
  • “The road to the top is better than the top, don’t be in such a hurry that you don’t enjoy the ride.” — Dan Bilzerian

  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, office, pretty much the last day of dev work – systems freeze, iOS and macOS upgrade day, dinner at Hugo and Dennis’ house with Georg and Romeo.
  • Friday, up early, took a podcast walk around Sea Point listening to Startup School by Seth Godin, inbox-zero-day-3, worked at Cafe Neo – nice salads, a Campari at La Vie with Nick and Simone, Jacques dropped off some hardware – I have a 500G external SSD backup drive now.
  • I decided to give up on emacs and just use Sublime and jed.
  • Saturday, notes and photo processing, used my new backup drive – seems to do around 100MB/s, gym, epic nap, house sitting in Tamboerskloof, supper at The Blue Cafe – old favourite, flaneuring walk, ice cream at Unframed, watched Eyes Wide Shut again – nice xmas movie.
  • I cleaned up my homebrew packages – how does homebrew not have autoremove!?
  • Going to gym twice a week makes a big difference – no need for more than that really. Florence makes for good gym music.
  • Can’t really think of any new years resolutions I made over the last year or two. I used to do that kind of thing. Nothing comes to mind. I guess I’m more into weekly cycles now. Hmm. My NY resolution is to become a bit more useful with software dev again.
  • Heros, past and present: Ma.tt, Tony Hsieh, A16Z, Jobs, Paul Car, Sivers, Dan Bilzerian, Tim, Attia, JP, Ripley, Elon… sure there must be more, but that’s what comes to mind.
  • How businesses are built: sleep, have ideas, make notes, discuss ideas, create two or three crappy things a day (not perfect just functional), remember that it’s your own little (Sivers) universe, learn, sleep.
  • Sunday, a bit of sysadmin tinkering, walked down to Blue Cafe again for a Full Monty breakfast, assembled a server with Giles, a drink with Paul, New Money Russia 2 at Wonderland club with Georg and Lauren – good fun, memories of lying on a trampoline and looking at the stars with Paul.
  • Easy way to go back to the Classic WordPress editor. GUIs are usually lame.
  • Tune of the week: a-ha – Take On Me
  • Tunes of they year: Stephan Bodzin

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

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  • Hello WordPress 5.0 – the new editor sucks for editing HTML.
  • Week of 3-9 December.
  • Monday, office, management meeting, data fixing, got some new gym gloves, podcast walk home, nap, sunset promenade walk, more tinkering with Docker and Django – managed to get Django running in a container on my Mac.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, Green Point Park walk, keto lunch, Rockpool, sunset podcast promenade walk, Hamiltons S2.
  • Subtract
  • Wednesday, walked to the office – but encountered some load shedding, joy, worked at Strolla, office, lots of email scrubbing, breakfast for supper, Campari at La Vie, podcast queue zero, long phone chat w Jacques in London.
  • The story of Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, caught the tail end of Cape Town Startup Week – VIP drinks at ICIC in Green Point, walked home, watched Jodorowsky’s Dune – good movie.
  • CTSUW seems pretty cool. Fresh take on a mostly meh tech entrepreneur ecosystem, if you ask me.
  • “Have the greatest ambition possible, do it, try, if you fail, it’s not important.” — Alejandro Jodorowsky

  • Friday, office, lunch at the Mojo Market, after work drinks in the office, extended nap, joined Paul and Nicci at the opening of new wine bar in Bree Street – I thought it was a bit average, drinks with Claus and Jani at House of Machines – they make a great Old Fashioned, quick Hanks visit.
  • What happened to October and November?
  • “What is the purpose of life – well it’s an adventure.” — JP about the call to adventure

  • “Are you doing the most adventurous thing you can be doing?”

  • If you listen to enough JP, all you hear is: meaning, responsibility and adventure.
  • “He doesn’t mid invading countries as long as tea time is at 16:30.” — Claus

  • Learn, create, make notes.
  • Do a small number of things with excellence.
  • For all my anti Instagram Story ideas… I do actually watch two fairly regularly.
  • Saturday, walked to the Waterfront with Paul, watched Bohemian Rhapsody at the VIP cinemas – great movie – go watch it, Belgium beer at Den Anker, afternoon of Elgin chardonnay and a good catch up with Paul, 13 hour sleep.
  • Sunday, brunch at La Vie, nap, sunset promenade walk to the Mojo Market, almost finished Hamiltons S2.
  • Tune of the week: Queen – I Want To Break Free

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

District 9 visit…

Guns n’ Roses

  • Week of 26 November to 2 December.
  • Monday, school run, gym, swim, sauna, keto breakfast, office, BIA machine visit, supplements shopping, swim, sauna, in bed early.
  • Tuesday, work, gym, swim, sauna, keto breakfast, office, Nu, in bed early.
  • We’re built for adventure not peace.
  • Wednesday, up early, flight to Joburg – read a book about Salt, dropped our bags at the Raddisson, Vodacom meeting, Cool Ideas meeting, catch up with Roelf and the team at their rooftop bar, big steak dinner at The Bull Run with Scott, Rob and Rory.
  • Thursday, Afrihost meeting, RocketNet meeting, hotel, burger at Craft in Parkhurst, watched the Guns n’ Roses concert with Trevor, Rob and Rory at the FNB Stadium (District 9 spaceship), big mission to find an Uber at 00:30 in JHB after a concert.
  • “Feed them some cat food.” — Michael

  • Friday, breakfast with Ernst at Tasha’s – nice to catch up – chats about flow stacking, Buddhism, the subconscious mind, the IDW, epigenetics – seems we’ve been listening to similar books, flight to Cape Town, long podcast flaneuring walk to Camps Bay – walked around Mainens Cove, dinner at The Raj with Georg, drinks with Adrian.
  • Saturday, managed to get a Salt python3 install working (but not with IPv6) – I can now do remote Debian package upgrades for a few VMs, afternoon on Clifton 1st, watched the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – good movie, 14 hour sleep.
  • Sunday, worked at La Vie with some Bodzin, a bloody mary and chicken skewers, played with Docker and Django, watched some Hamiltons Pharmacopeia, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, photo processing and blogging.
  • Tune of the week: alt-J – Adeline – “A Tasmanian devil falls in love with a woman as he watches her swim. The song describes his feelings toward her as well as his realization that he cannot be with her.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.