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.
Ask everybody in the country to transfer some money (say R100) to the bank account of a political party they would like to support. Give people an 8 hour window to do this. Let the banks recon/verify it all and share the results the next day. Repeat this every year.
For bonus points, we only count your vote if you are not in any social grants or welfare database, and you are over 30 years old.
We already trust the banks with money. You can do all this in 2 minutes from your phone.
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.
Tuesday, up early, office, lunchtime walk, a drink at Surfa Rosa with Georg, dinner at Dias Tavern, babies don’t sleep this well.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, dentist, ribs special at Da Vinci’s, a glass of wine at Anton’s house.
Thursday, long weekend, tea, backups – updated some backup scripts, omelette, gym, Green Point Park walk, house and dog sitting in Tamboerskloof, dinner with Georg and Adrian – we ordered the family meal from Curry Club – very good.
Friday, got out of bed at mid day, had the biggest baddest gluten free pizza at Da Vinci’s and a Bloody Mary with lots of lime, a walk around Kloof street while arranging a VLAN migration, nap, cheese and wine and watched Westworld (1973) with the dog by the fireplace – the dog stole a big part the cheese, time well spent.
Saturday, omelette at Lazari’s, g&t at Noordhoek farm village with Georg, we drove past the 3 Arts Theatre in Plumstead, Builders Warehouse in Paarden Island to get a braai grid and some electronic components for Mia’s school project, transported a braai in Anton’s DIY lift, braai in Tamboerskloof with Georg and Adrian.
Sunday, breakfast for lunch at Bootleggers, epic nap, cold and rainy sunset podcast promenade walk, played with Grafana, notes and photo processing.
Monday, office, dev catch up, some network caveman drawings, lunchtime podcast walk, some sysadmin tinkering, made sure Mia’s new laptop bag was on its way from London, a hike up the Vredehoek side of table mountain with Georg, ribs special at The Bombay Bicycle Club, set up a mail server, time well spent.
Jacques is on a new carnivore diet. He wants to lose 1/3 of himself. He gained 21kg since his wedding.
Tuesday, work, sunset podcast promenade walk, celebratory glass of wine, dinner with Wouter and Rene – which ended up in some initial AfrikaBurn planning, Jamey.
Wednesday, up early, wrote a newsletter, office, dev meeting, lunchtime walk, long phone chat with Jacques in London, afternoon nap, catch up with Nick at Nu, sushi with Georg at 1890.
Thursday, work, gym, sunset walk, played with UNMS, La Vie winter burger special for two for one and some ruthless notes processing (150 to 18), dining alone again.
Been using Dropbox Paper a bit recently. Pretty cool.
Friday, office, fetched Mia, took a walk to the Waterfront, winter steak special at Den Anker, gelato, we watched The Black Hole (1979).
Saturday, promenade walk, big eggs and avo breakfast at Knead, shopping with Mia, extensive upgrades and backups of phones and laptops, found Mia some geeky movies to watch, dinner at Anton’s and great red wine – chats about life, adventures and friends in rehab, nice to catch up.
I decided to share a Spotify premium account with Mia, so I can share some good music with her, just in case she is under the strange impression that all music is as lame as modern radio music. Kinda High Fidelity.
Sunday, tea, grapefruit, Mia watched Last Action Hero while I made some offsite backups, lunch at NV-80 with Mia and Georg, photo processing, watched Jaws, nap, some creative writing with a Jamey.
Wednesday, catch up with Paul at Bootleggers, office, dev meeting, catch up with Jonathan at his office, ribs special at Da Vinci’s, Georg’s birthday party at Van Hunks.
“What is it about IPv6 that attracts religious nuts?”
Learn to like maintenance.
“Comparison is the death of joy.”
Make profit without risk.
Thursday, office, telecon, fetched Mia’s laptop, restored a backup, took Mia her laptop and watched her hockey game, double Spur burgers, Strand beach walk, dropped Mia off, podcast drive to Cape Town, photo processing, watched Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse again.
Friday, work, gym, Green Point park walk and a long phone chat with Jonathan, finally managed to get macOS routing to play nice with Zerotier, dinner with Wouter, Rene and Tom.
Saturday, up early, reading, breakfast at La Vie, deep nerding session, a drink at The Silo Hotel bar with Georg, mussels special at Den Anker, gelato, time well spent.
Found time. The joy of podcasts. Podcast queue down from over 50 to 10ish. Check out The Drive With Peter Attia.
Sunday, up early, website migrations and more deep nerding with about ten cups of tea, late afternoon promenade walk, photo processing, kinda watched some Altered Carbon.
Thursday, work, gym, Green Point Park, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched Thor: Ragnarok while working.
Friday, office, fetched Mia, Clifton beach walk, early supper at Hussar Grill, Moro gelato, Mia watched Captain America: Civil War while I worked, time well spent.
Saturday, Granger Bay market, smoothie bowls, Mia and I watched Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the VIP cinema in good old 2D – not too painful for a musical, general tinkering, sunset promenade walk, Ossobuco for supper at Lili’s, Mia watched Man of Steel while I worked.
Sunday, Mia’s laptop did not start so we took it for repairs, we drove out to Spice Route with Georg, it was a bit manic so we went for a wine tasting at Simonsvlei, then lunch at Boschendal, wine tasting at Glen Carlou – great Chardonnay, epic nap, sunset promenade walk with Mia, Mojo Market – Mia had her first oysters – she did not really like them, but she had 4, ice cream, time well spent.