It was time for a bit of a health mission. I was almost 97Kg at the start of May, not good. Too much beer after my year of going gluten-free maybe. Time to stop the self destruction. Eight week plan: detox, keto, fast, keto, fat loss etc. This week was clean eating: no- alcohol, coffee, gluten, sugar, processed foods.
Monday, mega green smoothie, rainy day, office, BIA machine visit, podcast nap.
Tuesday, office, network ops lunch and a turmeric shot, tea at Strolla.
I took a break from FB and Instagram most of this week. Even took a break from some Telegram groups. I still post Instagram photos with a macOS app though.
1650 FB friends, seems I’m not making that many new friends – the social boom feels over.
Wednesday, work, green smoothie, Arista workshop at The Hilton hotel – I won the lucky draw, turned out to be a google home device – so I gave it back, at least the event tshirt is cool, walked to De Waterkant, sushi at Beluga.
“If you survey enough people, all their advice will cancel to zero. Reject most advice. Have your own point of view.” — Naval
“If you want to be a philosopher king, first you have to become a king.”
“Go slow to go fast.”
Be politely persistent.
Leverage automation, access, money, labour, in that order.
Thursday, work, gym, sauna, work, nap, purposeless walk to the Waterfront, watched John Wick 3 – not bad for what it is I guess.
I recently asked Mia why she keeps staying she did not like Interstellar – I always figured she thought it was boring, turns out she did not like it because it was so sad.
Friday, office, BIA machine, dev catch up, breakfast for lunch, ginger and turmeric shot, dev meeting, promenade walk, bearnaise game steaks skewer at Hussar, yum, played with Mu Editor and PyGame Zero, watched Pulp Fiction again.
“Dance like it hurts. Love like you need money. Work when people are watching. — Dogbert’s Motto” — Scott Adams
Have 3 hobbies: one that makes you money, one that keeps you fit, one that keeps you creative.
Saturday, felt really chipper, made some strategy notes, random tinkering and reading, gym, swim, sauna, rotisserie chicken and avo, nap, extended purposeless walk (flaneuring) to the far end of the Waterfront harbour wall and back, stopped for a turmeric shot half way, perfect weather, 20k steps, time well spent, I watched Interstellar again – epic movie.
Podcast queue zero, all 36 shows I follow, so I started listening to Pocket articles audio, works pretty well. Managed to trim Pocket from 45 to 3.
Sunday, cloudy morning, took a purposeless walk to find breakfast, stopped for a random turmeric shot, tinkering, gym, reading, helped Wouter with a photography project, backups, in bed early.
RIP Jurie. Another cancer case, leaving us way too soon. I still have a can of spray plaster in my first aid kit because of Jurie. Works really well – though Mia never liked the sting. Do your quarterly 5 day fasts.
Braai broodjies for breakfast, dinner reboots, and beers for peers…
Week of 13-19 May.
Monday, school run – while Mia took a nap, I took Romeo on a play date to go visit Dirk’s dogs, quick stop for a Beta Beach swim, work, nap, sunset Camps Bay beach walk with Romeo.
I think Romeo likes jazz music.
Tuesday, fed the pets, office, dev catch up, Teraco beers for peers at Arcade in Bree st, lots of nerdy chats.
Wednesday, up early, random admin, took Romeo for a Beta beach walk, office, dev catch up, Bootleggers with Matthew, the first Scenius Dinner (working title) at Leeuwenhof Estate (Villa Zille) – good fun – reboot of the GeekDinner and 27 Dinner movements, lots of cool catch ups – thanks for hosting Thomas and Tom.
Thursday, work, took Romeo for a Clifton beach walk, braai with Paul, Tammy and Darryn – a few AfrikaBurn stories.
Friday, braai meat for breakfast, tea with Paul, office, after work beer at the office, braai with Al, Adrian and Anton.
Saturday, braai broodjies for breakfast, took Romeo for a Camps Bay beach walk, dinner at Anton’s.
Sunday, podcast walk, random tinkering and research, gym.
Monday, office, dev catch up, datacentre admin, a few productive phone calls, gym, Van Hunks with Anton.
Inspiration is perishable. Impatient with action. Patient with results.
“That’s how you’re gonna beat ’em, Butch. They keep underestimating you.”
Tuesday, up early, spreadsheet tinkering, creative writing, office, breakfast for lunch at Knead, Milton visit, sunset podcast promenade walk, saganaki salad.
You are the drug.
Wednesday, voting day, rainy and cold, creative writing, green smoothie, phone chat with Dirk, went to vote, went for a walk, nap, gym, promenade walk, phone chat with Jacques in London, dinner chats with Wouter and Justin.
Passed 50 days in my podcast app. 7th dan black belt in radio listening.
I voted for ZACP and Cape Party. Moo. They ended up with 16k, 10k votes each.
Friday, video conference, lunch with Dirk, tea at Morgenster, fetched Mia from school, conveyor belt sushi at Cape Gate, watched Avengers End Game IMAX 3D – pretty good, Mia enjoyed it, Moro gelato, house and dog sitting in Bakoven, watched some random Friends episodes with Mia, time well spent.
I generally think DC is better: Batman, Aquaman, Superman etc. I enjoyed the Ironman movies, Ant Man was not bad, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 was excellent, but I’m not a fan of crystals, gods and blended storylines.
Saturday, we went to go find Mia some new slops in Camps Bay, breakfast at Melissa’s with beach views and a grapefruit mimosa, a series of conversations about the Naval podcast, braai with a Bodzin soundtrack, Mia made the braai brooodjies, nap, watched The Godfather part 1, Mia managed a 13h sleep, tws.
Sunday, braai broodjies for breakfast, general tinkering and chats with Jacques, backups, outing to Hout Bay with Mia and Romeo, pizza at Posticino’s, Hout Bay beach walk, watched Shrek, tws.
Monday, we made green smoothies, school run, breakfast with Dirk at W Cafe, office, vidcon about whitebox switches, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched some videos about ONL/SONiC.
Tuesday, work, gym, sauna, nap, dinner with Wouter and Rene.
I played with Minds.com and Librem.one this week. Also Swoot.com and PodBean.com.
Wednesday, public holiday, random tinkering, rotisserie chicken and avo lunch, nap, sunset promenade walk, watched The Mexican again – while blogging, watched a Spacex Falcon Heavy launch video – Arabsat-6A from 11 April, first time they managed to land all three boosters.
Days are feeling shorter, wintery.
I seem to rarely just watch a movie these days, I’m always doing something else while watching.
“Look, in my business you’re surrounded by loneliness, and finality. Now I don’t care what your take is on an afterlife, when people die, it’s scary. They go alone. Now the people that I send off, that have experienced love, they’re a little less scared. I mean they’re still scared, but there’s… a calmness to ’em, and I think that comes from the knowledge that somebody, somewhere loved ’em, and cared for ’em, and will miss ’em. Now I see that from time to time, and I am awed by it. I don’t think I’d be telling you any of this if it wasn’t for Frank. Anyway, it’s a loaded question. Look, when two people love each other – Totally, TRUTHfully, all the way Love each other – the answer to that question is simple, especially in your case. When do you get to that point where enough is enough? Never… Never.” — Leroy (James Gandolfini), The Mexican.
Thursday, green smoothie, office, BIA machine visit, dinner with Al and Adrian at El Burro.
Friday, green smoothie, office, Hokey Poke bowl for lunch, a few long phone chats with Jacques, sunset promenade walk, time well spent.
“Maybe you don’t want to dance in the burning ruins.” – JP
Saturday, random tinkering, gym, Chateaubriand at Hussar with Georg, nap, a drink at Van Hunks with Georg, dinner at Chris’, Georg is off to Nigeria for two weeks, seems Georg is the Curry Club’s number one customer.
Sunday, random reading and tinkering, brunch at Coco Safar, made some notes about a reboot of an old project – startup scene stuff, extended sunset podcast promenade walk, brain food and bubbly at the Mojo market, epic sunset, app research, time well spent.
Remember to vote for the Purple Cow (ZACP) and the Cape Party this coming Wednesday!
Green smoothies, brain food, bicycle for the mind…
Week of 22-28 April.
Monday, public holiday, finished some creative writing, beer tasting at Signal Gun with Georg, ribs at Da Vinci’s, nap coma, blogging at La Vie.
Tuesday, office, helped a friend with some wifi advice, gym, sauna, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Matt Buckland passed away. Stomach cancer. 44yo. Very sad. Thanks for all the adventures between 2007 and 2010ish. Made me pretty nostalgic this week. Good memories.
Made me think about the blogging and geekdinner scenes of 2006-2010. Linux user group scenes 1997-2009. ISPA/WAPA scenes. Nerds like scenes. The latest WC-NOG gatherings are pretty cool. Looks like the Cape Town ~geekdinners might get some form of reboot soon.
I think podcasts are a new kind of bicycle for the mind – plus you get to ride while doing other things.
I deleted the Google Maps app off my phone. Last week was Java and Flash off my laptop. Apple Maps app works well, shows traffic etc.
I think my carbon footprint is pretty small at the moment.
Wednesday, office, datacentre migration admin, Mojo market supper, prom walk, listened to all the Naval podcasts, creative writing with a Famous Grouse.
“In modern society, the downside is limited, the upside is unlimited.” — Naval
Mia phoned me on Wednesday night. She said her school principle told them about the Purple Cow party. I said, funny you should mention that, because I’m kinda busy working on something related at the moment.
Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, video conference, sunset prom walk.
Love the doing. Have a bias for action.
I did an experiment, stopped taking a bunch of supplements: omega, creatine, collagen etc. I found my joins did not feel great, gym was not a lot of fun. Then I started taking them again and I have to say I can feel the difference. Who knows if this is a mental game, but I think it works.
“Liberals start companies, conservatives run them.” — JP
I suspect I’m much better at starting companies than running them.
Friday, office, fetched Mia from school, late lunch at Vergelegen, Moro gelato, sunset promenade walk, we waked to the Mojo market – brain food and bubbly, Mia managed 6 oysters, nightcap a La Perla, time well spent.
I’ve been getting into green smoothies again. Seems like an easy way to eat kale and broccoli.
Saturday, tea and tinkering on side projects, green smoothies, BIA machine visit, brunch at Knead with Mia, supplements shopping – and smoothie ingredients, Nick’s birthday braai with Georg, Anton visit, listened to Electrolite driving over Kloof Nek, ice cream with Mia – while she watched Guardians of the Galaxy I again, upgraded some servers.
No AfrikaBurn for me this year. Feel like I need to clean up my own back yard a bit first. Create something interesting. Prepare well. Contribute something interesting.
Sunday, green smoothies, omelette at the CTICC2, FanCon visit – very geeky – Mia enjoyed it, Kalk Bay harbour walk, brain food at the Brass Bell, gelato, He-man colour tea at Groot Constantia and a stroll, device upgrades and backups, in bed early, time well spent.
Monday, walked to the office, dev catch up, had a Beyond Burger (vegan) at Scheckters Raw – not bad.
Tuesday, creative writing, work, gym, swim, sauna, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched some videos about Salt.
We launched a survey for a new project idea. Data is looking pretty good.
Wednesday, office, dev meeting, breakfast for lunch at Knead, data centre migration admin, a beer at The Mojo Market, steak dinner at Carne on Kloof with Adrian and Georg with malbeck and tiramisu – time well spent.
Thursday, meeting at Bootleggers, office, kimchi, ramen and beer, after-work beers at the office, nap, watched a video about IPv6 address planning over IPv6.
An IPv6 site, /48, has 281 trillion internets of address space.
Friday, public holiday, creative writing, gym, sauna, chicken lunch with some bubbly and deep nerding, sunset walk, watched The Intouchables again.
I kinda live between the office and the gym. Snow globe is getting a bit small again.
I uninstalled Java from my laptop. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I also removed Flash.
My podcast app says I’ve listened 1155 hours of podcasts.
Genius is: being stubborn, unreasonable, and lucky.
Somehow I worked out that I stared 3x R1B+ companies, I figure my hit rate is 5/20. The big lesson, which, let’s be honest, I fucked up, is that value building is a ten year game. The VCs are right 20 bets. I think I can still manage 10/20. Eternal optimist.
Find a scene. A nerdy scene. As Brian Eno likes to say: Scenius.
Become obsessed with something.
Joe’s MO: Telecoms. Startups. Collecting nerds.
Code and media: products with no marginal cost of replication. Permissionless leverage. Recurring revenue models, scale effects and network effects.
I installed a DNSSEC plugin for Firefox this week, seems very few places use DNSSEC.
Saturday, lazy day, deep nerding, nap, afternoon walk, salad at Mykonos Taverna, watched Passengers – good movie.
I wrote a little business plan for the new podcast app idea: a2d2, actually 6 docs, was supposed to be a quick hack, ended up taking two weeks. Oh well, fun experiment.
Sunday, more deep nerding, backups, brunch at La Vie, general tinkering on side projects, windy sunset podcast promenade walk.
Monday, rainy morning, work, Mia and I made omelettes, random email scrubbing, windy afternoon, book shop and food shopping at the Gardens Centre – to get Mia two new books, Mia and I cooked a roast chicken and veggies while watching Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Steve Martin – great movie, we probably had more dark chocolate than was really necessary, time well spent.
The Renegade Report was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called The Capitalist Party.
Tuesday, iOS and macOS upgrade day, Mia made breakfast, a swim at Wembley gym, sauna, smoothie, we took Romeo for a Pipe Track hike – he was pretty spent after that, I took Mia to Borrusos in Kenilworth – to experience their Pollodoro pizza with avo – I had not been there since maybe 2005/6 days, Moro gelato, time well spent.
Enjoy the work. To be a good writer, first you must be the kind of person who enjoys writing.
Wednesday, work, Mia managed a 15h sleep, food shopping in Gardens with Mia, we watched Logans Run, steak braai with Paul and Mia, time well spent, nice wines, braaibroodjies – good catch up – some AfrikaBurn conversations – probably not going.
Thursday, random tinkering, catch up with Dennis and Hugo, lupper at El Burro with Mia – introduced Mia to enchiladas, semifreddo dessert at La Perla.
La Perla has been there since 1969, 50 years. Impressive.
Design your own Groundhog day. Have tea.
Useful link to check your email gets delivered: Mail Tester – if you want to play with SPF, DKIM and DMARC.
‘I hope this lame-ass email fiends you well?’ – why do people put this in their emails?
Friday, road trip to Grabouw with Mia, another birthday lunch for Mia at The Pool Room, nap, sunset walk around Gordon’s Bay, indian food starters selection at Indian Curry – introduced Mia to poppadoms and mint dip, watched some DStv movies – man, Blood Diamond is painful to watch.
When will we reach peak-smartphone tech? Are we 95% there?
Saturday, woke up at a guest house on Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay – 185 on Beach, breakfast overlooking the harbour, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house – after a long chat about how mobile phones work and some thermodynamics basics, home, nap, tinkered with a Debian install and EFI boot partitions, sunset podcast promenade walk, in bed early.
“The remaining 10% takes 90% of the time.”
Mia turned 13. Time does not stand still.
Sunday, tinkering, phone chat with Mia, gym, Green Point Park walk, more tinkering, sunset podcast promenade walk, watched some Netflix sci-fi.
Tunes of the week: mostly Cat Stevens songs, again.
The moments that make up your life till you wake up…
Week of 18-24 March.
Monday, woke up to loadshedding – which was fun, Somerset West with Milton, coffee with Dirk at Merkava, work, to avoid loadshedding Wouter and Rene and I went to Magica Roma in Pinelands – been meaning to go check it out for a while, good food – had a mega-umami porcini mushroom veal dish.
Tuesday, work, office, meeting at the Waterfront, loadshedding at 20:00, blogging in the dark, podcast listening in the dark, in bed early, great sleep.
Podcasts work well during loadshedding… the trick is to not fall asleep, too quickly.
Luxury is time. Podcasts create time. Podcasts create luxury.
Wednesday, work, phone chat with Jack from the Cape Party – nice guy, gym, swim, sauna – no, wait – no sauna because loadshedding, some website tinkering, house and dog sitting in Bakoven, Romeo and I had a romantic candle-light red wine drinking session – 2016 L’avenir Stelllenbosch Classic, in bed early.
Who knew creative writing would be this useful? Use the active voice kids.
Thursday, public holiday, up early-ish, Bakoven adventure with Romeo – an ~hour phone chat with Dirk while walking around little beach, big beach, Camps Bay beach, braai with Georg, Al, Mimi and Stephan Bodzin (sans Adrian – who had a social hangover), gourmet braai broodjies, food coma nap, fed the dog and two cats, watched Love, Death, Robots on Netflix – not bad, time well spent.
Having a social hangover is a thing, it seems.
Friday, I managed to set off the alarm – which was amusing, general tinkering, fetched Mia from her gran’s house, took her for an early birthday lunch at Waterkloof – excellent deserts – nice views, Clifton 1st beach walk with Mia and Romeo, loadshedding and candles, watched a bit of Netflix, time well spent.
Saturday, notes processing and blogging, made breakfast with Mia – after her 12h sleep, planned the holiday, braai and gourmet braai broodjies, Bodzin, perfect weather, nap, we took Romeo for a walk from Bakoven to Glen Beach and back – epic sunset – chats about compounded vs linear growth and network effects, time well spent.
I updated my list of groups you must support in South Africa: Fighting the Commies : Like, follow and subscribe: 1) The Renegade Report, 2) ZACP – Capitalist Party of South Africa, 3) The Cape Party, 4) AfriForum.
Sunday, fed the three pets, woke Mia up from her 14h sleep, braai with Jacques and Marietjie, followed by and another Clifton 1st visit with Romeo, tinkering, chilling, blogging, red wine, watched a live Youtube debate, time well spent.
Monday, breakfast with Mia – the usual fruit and greek yoghurt, school run, work, school meeting, gym, swim, sauna, work, late lunch in Stellenbosch, two meetings, supper and tinkering at Mojo Market.
Steampunk is dumb.
Tuesday, up early, Bootleggers special, worked a bit at Tea in the Park, office, dev catch up, data fixing, podcast walk, dinner at NV80 with Georg, catch up with Wouter.
Wednesday, gym, swim, sauna, office, dev meeting, tea at The Yard at the Waterfront, Strolla, sunset podcast walk.
Everything has already happened… we have very little free will, we just bump into things on some path / general vector.
At least we have functional saunas this autumn / winter.
Let the Podcasts roll!
Listen to the Marc Andreessen interview on The Moment with Brian Koppelman.
Thursday, walked to the office, Mojo lunch, loadshedding in Sea Point, presentation tweaking with a Hoegaarden at Harveys, Amber Weiss at La Vie, nap, gave a talk about Open Networking at the first WCNOG meeting at The Hyde Hotel in Sea Point – got a tshirt.
“I am Jack’s lingering sense of hope.”
“I’m fading out, in stereo.”
Friday, office, walk, braai at home, time well spent.
Confidence, to just do things. Been pondering this lately.
Saturday, tea, backups, general tinkering, epic nap, gym, sunset podcast walk, rotisserie chicken with avo and good chardonnay, notes processing, in bed early, time well spent.
“The most successful innovators are the creative imitators, the Number Two.” — Wired Magazine (1996)
Find a scene. What nerds do on evenings and weekends.
Sunday, rainy day, random tinkering, rainy podcast promenade walk, pancakes, watched the Youtube live stream of The Capitalist Party launch event, St Patrick’s day Guinness at Van Hunks with Georg, Ryan and Paul, time well spent.
South Africans have some new sane options to vote for on 8 May!
National: Capitalist Party
Western Cape: Cape Party – Free The Cape!
Tunes of the week: NIN, The Downward Spiral
Actually, that’s not true, I listened to Possibly Days and unhealthy number of times.