Quick Update

It’s good to have you with us, even if it’s just for the day…

Sea Point Walk
  • Week of 9-15 January.
  • Monday, first day back at the office, lots of random little bits of admin and email scrubbing, a late lunch at Giovanni’s with Paul, a fairly long and somewhat windy promenade walk with Paul, watched the 2nd half of About Time with Heleen – love that movie.
  • “The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.” — from About Time

  • Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen
  • New year resolution – more software dev, think global.
  • Tuesday, office, smoothie with Heleen, set out to find some photos of the last 10 years of suicide gorge walks for a blog post, took a long aimless walk around Sea Point – the area I don’t usually see – phone chat with Paul – felt like a tourist having a good flaneuring walk around a holiday town – nice weather, started phoning Heleen every 10 minutes because she went for a run up Table Mountain and it was already dark, found some Chinese food and a beer, mild panic, she finally phoned back – almost had a sea and mountain rescue in the same week.
  • I wrote a post about 10 Years of Suicide Gorge hikes.
  • Wednesday, office, catch up chat with Michael, a smoothie with Heleen – I took her a somewhat late (and nerdy) xmas gift, misty sunset promenade walk with Heleen (see above), made a salad, we watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower – very cool movie – seems we were both wallflowers, cool scene driving through the bridge.
  • Belief is irresistible.
  • “We accept the love we think we deserve.” — The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • Memory journeys.
  • Thursday, office, salad with Heleen, had plans to go to First Fizzday in Stellenbosch but just went for a promenade walk and fetched my hoodie from Wouter’s house, made banana bread with Heleen – well, I watched her bake.
  • Friday, banana bread for breakfast, office, coffee with Heleen, fetched Mia, found some biltong, clothes shopping for Mia, almost got an Apple Watch Series 2 – but they only had a white model, drove to Stellenbosch and viewed an apartment, a drink at Trumpet Tree for Al’s birthday – we bumped into Anjela, a swim and a steam bath with Mia, Hussar burger, a walk around inner Stellenbosch.
  • “Daai girl lyk nie soos trou materiaal nie.” — Heleen’s comment on a photo of Paul’s date.

  • “What’s for you will not pass you by.” — Moloko.

  • Saturday, breakfast at Eendracht Hotel, I read the Eikestad Nuus while Mia had a jacuzzi bath, shopping outing – mostly to get a present or two for Al – Mia really loves the Typo shop, swim, steam bath, cold shower, Al’s birthday braai with Mia, Heleen, Margot, Eleonora and Corlia at De Zalze, swims and great filet steak and a very nice Uva Mira red – thanks Al, Mia insisted on an evening dark chocolate run.
  • Happy birthday, Al!
  • Sunday, breakfast at the De Zalze clubhouse with Al and Mia, a more nippy than usual nippers – windy – but, not sure why I buy the wetsuits – Mia never wears them, road trip to Elgin with a Sam’s Town / Killers soundtrack, ribs at The Hickory Shack with slaw and Texas toast, Houw Hoek Hotel, nap, late afternoon walk with Mia, she found a small boat and navigated a pond with lots of water lilies, watched the end of the last Matrix movie – which was very confusing for Mia – who is this Neo guy and why can he use “The Force”?, calamari and Ataraxia Pinot, I think we might have been the only people in the hotel, last minute mission to get a school uniform washed and ironed, time well spent.
  • What kind of music do you usually have here? – “We got both kinds, we got country and western.” — about the music at The Hickory Shack

  • Killers. My soundtrack for life it seems.
  • I have not been wearing a watch since November. Kinda makes me less worried about time I think.
  • Tune of the week: Why do I keep counting – The Killers

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

10 Years of Suicide Gorge

I did my first Suicide Gorge hike in 2006 and I recently did my 10th hike in 2016, so to celebrate I figured I’d go dig up some old photos and share them.

Suicide Gorge is an epic adventure. Probably the best, and most fun, day-outing around Cape Town. Very beautiful. I’m very happy, and somewhat surprised, that in all our hikes nobody got hurt.

It’s become a bit of a yearly institution. Thanks Anton!

I could only find photos for 8 of the hikes – the earlier ones were before convenient waterproof cameras. Here you go…

#1 2006 February 19th

This was the first one. Good fun, but we managed to get a bit lost early on.

#2 2007’ish

Can’t find photos for this one, but I think it involved Anton getting his bakkie keys wet, getting a lift to Stellenbosch and then going all the way back to fetch the bakkie after dark.

#3 2008 January’ish

I can only find a blog post about this one.

#4 2008 March 29th

Team Amobia

This was one of the longer hikes with the Amobia guys. I had to leave a bit early, but they only left after dark.

#5 2008 December 16th

Tour Guide

At some point people randomly contacted me after they found a blog post about the hike, so I agreed to play tour guide and take some of my friends along.

#6 2009 January 24th

Parking Area

Not sure who organised this one.

#7 2010 December 12th


This was the only one where people turned back after starting the jumps.

#8 2012 December 21st

Zen frog

This was Frans’ first one.

#9 2014 November 22nd

ERnst Bachelors
Bottom of the kloof

Great fun for a pre-bachelor party hike, if you can keep your eyes open later.

#10 2016


Number 10, probably the quickest finish of the lot.

Quick Update

Dry needling and a sea rescue…

Pringle Bay
  • Week of 2-8 January. Last week of the holidays.
  • Monday, extended beach walk with Mia and Charlotte, made omelettes with the girls, sea swims, browsed the sad world of DStv – 400 channels of lame, more sea swims, braai, we all took a walk to the beach to go see the green fluorescent bacteria in the shallow water and on the sand.
  • Tuesday, notes and photo processing, watched Jupiter Rising – not bad, a walk around the Harold Porter Gardens, hake and calamari at the Kleinmond Harbour, nap, watched Tomorrowland – pretty good, braai – great braai broodjies.
  • “WWIJD: What would Indiana Jones do?” — Jacques, on relationship advice.

  • “Designed to find dreamers.” — Tomorrowland

  • Wednesday, managed to publish a blog post with Edge internet speeds, afternoon swim and rugby ball kicking into the waves while the girls and the dogs fetched the balls, braai – moar great braai broodjies, thanks Georg!
  • Thursday, packed up and left Pringle Bay – so long holiday house – it was an awesome few days, a quick car wash, lunch at Jacques’, a salad at La Vie with Heleen.
  • What is the opposite of AfrikaBurn? Must be a cruise ship holiday. ERnst is missing the burn it seems.
  • Friday, swim, quick catch up with Heleen at Strolla, my first dry needling session at Sparc, a beer with Georg at Van Hunks, VitB shot, a beer with Paul at Up Yours – after waiting about 90 minutes – being bored is good right?, some wine on the lawn at Nadia and Micah’s house in Sea Point, Posticino pizza.
  • The dry needling worked really well for my neck – a delayed xmas gift from me to me.
  • Saturday, a swim at Clifton 1st with Jacques – his new favourite beach for the dogs, fetched Heleen after her morning run, Granger Bay OZCF market, a salad at Hemelhuijs and an interesting cucumber juice and gin cocktail, The Creamery, nap, Clifton 3rd with Heleen, Nick, Michel and Nadia, minor sea rescue emergency involving a SUP and inflatables, curry and coconut naan at Kushi in Sea Point with Heleen, watched a bit of Snowden, time well spent.
  • Do you think the girls are okay? … “Yeah, the best thing about these Afrikaans girls is that they can look after themselves.” — Nick, around about the time the three girls were being rescued by the Clifton lifeguards because they were being blown deep into the ocean by a strong wind.

  • I’ve been using Mutt for about 20 years now… the email client.
  • Sunday, built some Lego with Heleen, we did an awesome little hike from the top of Fresnaye around the sea side of Lions Head, Matcha lattes and brunch at The Charles Cafe in De Waterkant with Heleen, nap, photo processing and backups, a swim and a Campari on Little Beta Beach with Heleen and Roxy, Posticino pizza, watched the first half of About Time again.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Pringle Bay and my 10th Suicide Gorge adventure…

Pringle Bay
  • Week of 26 December to 1 January. First post of 2017.
  • Monday, Jacques made his special Spanish omelette dish, listened to some Wham!, chocolate and wine pairing at Durbanville Hills with Mia, Charlotte, Georg, Marietjie and Jacques, epic nap, Spur burgers and Dom Pedros.
  • Willpower is not enough.
  • Jacques gained 20kg in one year, after getting married. Impressive.
  • Jacques’ chocolate Labrador is very cute… Nesquik.
  • I’ve been hanging out with Walter from The Big Lebowski. He keeps saying he wants to buy me a Desert Eagle. I keep saying I think “Natural Selection” beats “Selective Breeding” when it comes to dogs. The 3rd World Dog is a super hero.
  • “Sy blog is ‘n favourite met die aliens wat in-tap op ons internet.” — Jacques, about my blog.

  • “I’m going to need at least three of those Barbie sized wines.” — Paul, about air travel and wine and rough mornings.

  • Tuesday, Cape Town day with Georg, Van Hunks with Al and Elsa, pancake night at Jacques’.
  • Wednesday, watched a bit of Zootopia again – great movie, shopping with Jacques – found some new hiking shoes and a hat, drove to Pringle Bay, a beer with Anton, sunset beach walk.
  • Spent a lot of time on a deck of a beach house this week, looking out over the sea. Pringle Bay is cool. I think it was good for Mia to just be a child for a while – no school or sport pressures.
  • “Niemand kan meer as Joe slaap nie.” — Jacques

  • Thursday, up at 5:00, my 10th Suicide Gorge walk, fetched Anton in Bettys, started walking at around 8:00 with Anton, Tom, Matt, Alex and Anton’s cousins, epic day – but I forgot to take a camera, we finished in record time – turns out I still fit in a wetsuit I bought 10 years ago, one of our quicker hikes 8:00-15:00, a springbok pie and a cider at Peregrine Farm Stall – a post-hike tradition, a beer at De Wetsbaai, braai in Pringle, watched some of Batman Begins with Mia, time well spent.
  • My first Suicide Gorge hike was in 2006. Thanks for organising then, Anton! Note to self: write a blog post about ten yours of Suicide Gorge adventures soon.
  • Friday, beach outing and body surfing with Mia till mid-day, wine tour around the Elgin valley with Mia and Georg – Iona, Oneiric and Graham Fox, Kleinmond watermelon shopping, sunset beach walk with Mia – chats about why boredom is good, braai, drinks with Madeleine, Diane and Albrecht.
  • My cocktail of Magnesium, Colagen and Glutamine seems to work well for being stiff after a long day of hiking and kloofing.
  • Pro tip: avoid iMessage in areas with bad GSM signal.
  • Saturday, last day of 2016, lazy day, vodka tonics on the deck with Georg, nap, extended late afternoon swims with the kids, NYE crayfish braai with Rossouw, Elise, Marius, Georg, Jacques, Marietjie, Niel, Charlotte and Mia – Neil Diamond soundtrack and watermelon, I somehow did not make it to 0:00, 11h sleep.
  • iTunes killed the mix tape.
  • RIP Leia.
  • Sunday, super chilled day, had some Charles Fox MCC to celebrate the new year, photo processing with an Above and Beyond soundtrack and Chardonnay with Georg, listened to some Stevie Nicks, nap, Georg made a roast leg of lamb.
  • Have a super 2017!

Happy new year, crazy kids.

Quick Update

White Russians and windswept side-boob…

  • Week of 19-25 December. Holiday mode.
  • Monday, woke up in Cape Town, said goodbye to Heleen for two weeks (off on a desert adventure), lunch at Jacques’, just in time hot water springs booking, epic nap, braai, 10h sleep.
  • It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks. Good fun.
  • Tuesday, woke up at Jacques’ house, blogging, road trip to Montagu with Mia – RHCP and chats about “hell yeah!” moments over the last few weeks – I managed to list five – Mia could think of two, MCC tasting at Graham Beck – I really liked the Brut Zero, breakfast for lunch in Montagu, some bulk biltong buying at the local butcher, Avalon Springs, epic nap, phone chat with Heleen, swim and super tube ride, minor drama with a bee stinging Mia – in her mouth – after hiding in her virgin frozen pina colada, pizza in Montagu, evening swims in the hot water spring pools with mocktails and White Russians and Lebowski colour bath robes, time well spent.
  • Avalon Springs reminds me of the desert casino in Intacto… that luck movie.
  • “I may be lucky, but it’s not an accident.” — Chris Sacca

  • Crossfit and yoga – the modern religions.
  • Top risks leading to death – and why smoking is a bad idea.
  • Wednesday, hotel breakfast buffet, swims and super tube rides, back and neck massage while Mia had a manicure, epic nap, Skype chats with Heleen and Georg, more evening hot water spring swims with White Russians and bath robes.
  • Pro tip: you should probably not go for lame hotel massages after getting used to deep tissue Thai massages.
  • “Once you know the rules well enough, you can break them.” — Mia, no idea where she gets this from.

  • Thursday, up early – lots of driving, road trip to Cape Town with Mia with a Moloko soundtrack – chats about Kubrick movies and how MCC is made – we had to phone Paul to check some facts, fetched a repaired surf/kloofing wetsuit from Coral Wetsuits – found this old Stellenbosch underwater hockey photo on their pinboard, fetched my weight belt, a swim with Mia at Waterstone VA, smoothies, dropped Mia off at her mom’s house for xmas, bought a new shirt and a cap for L&L, drove to Stellenbosch, Skype chat with Heleen, soaked up the views from the lawn at Paul’s house, early xmas “blow out” bearnaise steak dinner at Hussar Grill with some great La Motte red – thanks Paul, Balboa.
  • “She’s unlucky in love.” — Paul in Balboa, I don’t remember who he was talking about.

  • Friday, watched Only God Forgives – interesting, rainy and windy day – David Bowie and Brut Zero, I somehow managed to convince Paul to do a last minute stoic adventure to our ~9th Love and Light party, it’s become a bit of a summer institution, rainy, but great fun, cool people, sadly I lost a favourite green hoodie in an Uber, time well spent.
  • “Siri, search closest windswept side-boob party.” — Paul

  • “Do you remember that Denzel Washington movie with the submarine? – Yeah, which one?” — Uber ride on the way to L&L.

  • Saturday, Zen Dog day, mostly chilled on the lawn with some Leonard Cohen and Cat Stevens, epic nap, watched the end of Neon Demon – yeah, it’s pretty whack, Skype chat with Heleen, watched Sunshine – good movie – thanks Wouter.
  • RIP Bowie, Cohen, Brubeck, George Michael.
  • Sunday, fetched Mia, drove to Pringle Bay, awesome weather, xmas braai with Jacques, Marietjie, Georg, Elise, Rossouw and Marius – major crayfish braaiing operation – I managed to eat one crayfish (allergy thing – maybe I just had too much in my student days), Mia and Charlotte discovered a quad-bike, sunset drive back to Cape Town, 12h sleep, time well spent.
  • “It is better, in the long run,
    to never get there,
    and let the journey decide.” — Moloko

  • Tune of the week: The Only Ones – Moloko

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The unexamined life is not worth living…

  • Week of 12 to 18 December. Winding down the year.
  • Monday, office, wetsuit fitting, fetched Mia’s wetsuit, lunch at The Kichen in Woodstock, PO Box visit and renewal, beach walk, took my laptop to the beach and process some notes, epic sunset and some Springfield Chardonnay, watched The Neon Demon with Heleen… odd movie.
  • Last week’s post was a bit odd (read: lame). It was pretty much about Campari and reading articles about relationships. Must have been stress about moving and making changes. Oh well, only the mediocre are always at their best.
  • “Let me remind the reader that I am only an experimenter. Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle anything as true or false. I unsettle all things. No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no past.” — The Creative Value of Unproductive Time, and the Power of Not Knowing

  • “You are reorganising your brain when you write, autobiographically.”

  • Tuesday, early beach walk with Heleen – she had a swim (see below), office, lunchtime swim, vegetarian xmas dinner at Chris’ house with Heleen – chats about our mutual crush on Roman Mars from 99% Invisible with Haley over some Famous Grouse Smoky Black and a George Michael Christmas soundtrack.
  • “Being anti-capitalist, while on my iPhone, while flying.”

  • Wednesday, Octotel strategy day in Noordhoek, lunch at Cafe Roux, Georg’s Clifton pad finally got fibre internet – 4Mbps – double irony.
  • Thursday, Heleen brought me some coffee, I moved house – backups and laundry and packing, dumped some stuff in storage, fetched an old surf suit for repair – for Suicide Gorge, fetched my new open water swimming wetsuit, introduced Heleen to deep tissue Thai massages and the famous burger in a bowl – beer with Nick, watched Intacto.
  • Mia was very happy to discover the LLAP emoticon emoji in iOS.
  • Taste, curiosity, work ethic, integrity. I keep pondering this. Makes so much sense.
  • Friday, my first open water swim, with Heleen, at Clifton 3rd – Freedom Swim Series – 1.6km, 11degC water temp… I managed to finish in 24min – the first 200 meters were insanely cold, Heleen won her race, a celebratory beer with Heleen, fetched Mia, dinner at De Cameron – I introduced Mia to beef carpaccio, ended an epic day with some tiramisu.
  • “When you can write well, you can think well.” — Ma.tt

  • Saturday, up early, photo and notes processing – a few gaps in my notes – distracted I guess, epic breakfast with Mia at Coopmanhuijs… she opted for her usual berries and french toast, we found Mia a nice summers dress, a swim and steam bath at the Stellenbosch VA with Mia, lunch at Muratie with Jacques, Marietjie, Charlotte and Mia – good Chardonnay and nice desert wine, Jacques showed me his house cleaning iRobot, Mia and Charlotte played Lego Star Wars on the Xbox, we walked the dogs.
  • Sunday, up early, 3SOMS Clifton 4th beach swim with Mia, she came first in the ~500m open water swim – I was 2nd… her support crew, Heleen came 2nd in her race (1900m), figured out I’m not very good at SUPing – yet, Clifton 1st with Jacques and his dogs, Mia and I went smoothie and ginger shot shopping, we watched Star Wars Rogue One in 3D IMAX – perfect sound: 2/3rds to the back in the middle of the cinema, braai at Jacques’ with Heleen – some watermelon hacking, time well spent.
  • Turns out we went to the same high school, she plays squash, she likes diving for crayfish, and she’s very good with cutting up watermelons.
  • I’m excited about the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie… “there are two types of beings in the universe, those who dance, and those who do not.”
  • I added the Jordan Peterson and Josh Waitzkin episodes to my Favourite Podcast Episodes list.
  • After the Jordan Peterson podcast I’ve been pondering… the hell of chaos vs the hell of order and living in the middle of the Yin and Yang. Dogma vs spirituality and how they need each other. HT to Wouter for pointing me at this episode.
  • This week’s little matrix of photos has captions.
  • Tune of the week: Wham! – Last Christmas

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

To a universe we choose…

Clifton 1st
  • Week of 5 to 11 December.
  • Monday, woke up in Elgin, school run, installed Headspace for kids for Mia, notes and photo processing, drove to Cape Town, WebEx meeting, lunch at La Vie with Heleen, Myog, a few hours of We Learn Nothing audio book listening – great book.
  • “Second nature is very hard to teach.”

  • “The essence of creativity is fucking around.” — Tim Kreider

  • “I’ve demonstrated an impressive resilience in the face of valuable life lessons, and the main thing I seem to have learned from this one is that I am capable of learning nothing from almost any experience, no matter how profound.” — Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

  • “Most of what we do doesn’t matter. I am not busy. I am the laziest ambitious person I know. The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. My role in life is to be a bad influence. Life is too short to be busy.” — Lazy, a Manifesto

  • Tuesday, Headspace, office, catch-up chat with Johann, smoothie with Heleen, swim, Heavy Chef with Heleen, Villa 47 and a nice bottle of Kevin Arnold Shiraz.
  • The Heavy Chef chat reminded me of watching Alt-J at Daisies 2013.
  • Found this again: Amor Fati, Thomas Edison’s Formula for Greatness
  • Wednesday, shrek tea, gym with Ian, office, epic nap, sunset podcast beach walk, sudden urge to listen to Alt-J, watched Citizenfour… good movie.
  • Seems she is ISFP.
  • MBTI notes:
    Favorite world: Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I*)
    Information: Sensing (S) or Intuition (N*)
    Decisions: Thinking (T*) or Feeling (F)
    Structure: Judging (J) or Perceiving (P*)
  • Mission to make people smile. Create useful things.
  • Thursday, 15min Headspace meditation, 1km swim and Tea in the (Green Point) Park with Heleen, office, watched more of Citizenfour.
  • As Jacques liked to say, the ultimate company: no investors, no employees and no customers.
  • Lesson learnt: breakups are great for your health, dating and infatuation – not so much.
  • Memories of Amazon Cape Town in 2005 days.
  • Friday, rainy day, 15min Headspace meditation, swim, cold showers and j-curls in the steam bath, office, breakfast for lunch with Heleen, manicure, a drink with Paul at Village Idiot, a beer with Carel at the Bitx year-end party, a beer with Paul at the Cartel Rooftop bar – some other year-end party, Village Idiot again for some Don Julio tequila… very smooth, tasty Greek food at Mykonos Taverna with Heleen, an 18yo Jameson at Harveys.
  • “What the f… happened to you?” — Paul, from a story about bicycles, hot water springs, first-name basis with medics and relationships.

  • Found this again: Why We Fall in Love
  • Saturday, breakfast for lunch at the Granger Bay market with Heleen and Paul, a cold weiss beer in the warm sun at Den Anker with Heleen and Paul, Clifton 1st with Heleen, Michel & Michelle, Roxy and Robyn, and some Campari, time well spent.
  • Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad
  • Sometimes you just have to hang out with somebody that’s nothing like the previous people you’ve dated.
  • Try mixing blood orange San Pellegrino with Campari, and a bit of T10, and a squeeze of lime.
  • For some reason I thought about this book again: Casspirs en Campari’s
  • Sunday, early beach walk, breakfast at Camps Bay Retreat with Heleen, nap, some (stoic) Ataraxia Chardonnay with Wouter at La Vie, a picnic at the Arno Carstens show at De Waal Park with Heleen, Wouter, Zander and Roxy – fun afternoon.
  • “There are a surprising number of people walking around which are totally bananas.” — Wouter

  • All the Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need
  • Ataraxia is an untroubled and tranquil condition of the soul. Stoicism often made use of the term, as they too sought mental tranquillity and saw ataraxia as highly valuable. In Stoicism, however, ataraxia is not an end to be pursued for its own sake, but is rather a natural consequence that occurs in a person who pursues virtue.
  • “I know.” — Han Solo

  • Tune of the week: Another Universe

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Astronauts, swimming and Rushmore…

Beach Office
Beach Office
  • Week of 28 November to 4 December.
  • Health week 5/5. Fasting week. My 6th 5-day fast, I think.
  • Monday, office, lunchtime 1km swim with Heleen, researched open water swimming and triathlon wetsuits, afternoon podcast beach walk around Clifton, took my laptop to the beach and worked a bit, wrote a health blog post – nice sunset, watched a video about Total Immersion swimming.

  • “How the gym gives back.” — ERnst

  • I published a blog post about fasting. I think I’m fairly happy with the More Life Labs blog now.
  • I had about 180 unique IPs read my health guide in November.
  • Go like the More Life FB page.
  • Discovered this again: To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This
  • One of the Octotel fibre floaters was rather unhappy when his new name badge title was: “Floater”.
  • Top 4 Wes Anderson movies: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr Fox. I can’t seem to find a 5th one to make it a top5 list.
  • Goals vs. Systems
  • “The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.” — First Follower

  • Obvious to you. Amazing to others.
  • “Embrace your funk.”

  • “I think this a song of realization, specifically the brutal reality of New York or any major city. The realization of the fact that people are overrun by the power of money and selfishness. I feel that the rose trees are symbolic for the growing of relationships, which would explain “I thank they Lord there’s people out there like you” showing the appreciation for whomever he speaks of. I think the chorus shows what these people are missing, “turn around and say good morning to the night” shows how these people are letting life pass them by, and “for unless they see the sky, but they can’t and that is why, they know not if it’s dark outside or light” shows that they don’t even know what they’re missing. And the major point of what they are missing is the rose trees, friends, lovers, whatever Taupin means by the rose trees.” — about Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters

  • Been listening to: We Learn Nothing
  • “Every company is a technology company.”

  • “Jedi and Christianity is compatible.” — Jacques

  • I booked some IMAX Star Wars tickets.
  • Remember to put sunblock on your lips this summer.
  • Tuesday, swim, office, afternoon podcast beach walk around Clifton, took my laptop to the beach and processed some notes to an AltJ soundtrack, chilled on the beach till after sunset with Heleen – chats about Total Immersion swimming and lucid dreaming, nice sunset.
  • Wednesday, office – green tea, ketone high, lunchtime 1km swim with Heleen, nap, podcast sunset beach walk, phone chat with Ernst – who now uses the word “bro” a lot because of Crossfit, phone chat with Mia – chats about the podcast research project.
  • Good listen about rapamycin and metformin.
  • Thursday, Headspace app meditation, office, doctor visit, catch up green tea with Jospeh and Ben, 1km swim with Heleen, watched The Arrival at VIP cinemas in the Waterfront… good movie – not what I expected – check it out, First Thursday adventure around Bree Street and a Bardough visit with Heleen, Nick, Michel, Nadia, Lulu, Paul.
  • Turns out a night of walking around First Thursday is not much fun on day 4 of a fast.
  • I suspect I might be more prone to ear worms than most people.
  • Anton made a Suicide Gorge booking for December. Walk #11, I think.
  • Nobody is going to help you. Does that encourage you or discourage you?
  • I’m busy perfecting the ultimate morning mobility routine… J-curl + squat combo. 3x in the morning.
  • Friday, woke up in ~Fresnaye, Headspace meditation, swim, office, Vitality test, a fast-ending smoothie really hit the spot – and a ginger shot – good re-feeding, fetched Mia, the usual biltong stop, drove to Cape Town – chats about “hell yeah! or no”, T10, Mia went for a SUP with Heleen off Clifton 4th, yoga session on Clifton 2nd with Hilah – good fun – took Mia a while to work out if she was up for it – but she joined in and enjoyed it, quick change from beach gear to dinner outfits – Mia refused to let me wear this one shirt (because, she said I looked like a Pokemon) and chose a better one, very nice dinner at La Mouette with Heleen and Mia – beautiful summers night in the courtyard, very tasty Jordon Chardonnay, time well spent.
  • There was a moment while doing yoga on the beach that I thought… life is good.
  • I finished our November health challenge 5kg lighter and racked up 52k Vitality points. I guess you can’t really have a health blog if you are not at least platinum Vitality status.
  • Digitise, dematerialise, demonetise and democratise.”

  • Saturday, early beach walk from Clifton 1st to 4th and a catch up phone chat with Paul, Shrek flapjacks and cacao nut mylk with Mia, Mia did robotics while I had my hair cut at Red Rum, two fittings at Coral Wetsuits, shopping for watermelon and limes, super chilled afternoon on Clifton 1st with Mia and Heleen, Mia SUPed, swim, watched some Star Wars / Clone Wars episodes, ended up not going to the Wavescape film thing.
  • Being, not having.
  • Turns out she’s a Star Wars fan, did synchronised swimming, and she always wanted to be an astronaut.
  • Sunday, early beach walk, breakfast with my mom, nippers, drove to Elgin while listening to an audio book, lunch at The Pool Room with Heleen and Mia – good Chardonnay, walk, tea and crossword puzzles, watched Gattaca… such an epic movie – astronauts, jazz clubs, swimming and cool architecture, watched Rushmore – Mia liked it, time. very. well. spent.
  • “What’s the secret, Max? Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out. The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s going to Rushmore.” — Rushmore

  • Tune of the week: Ooh La La, The Faces / Rushmore

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Fondue and lawn bowls…

Gardens Bowling Club
Gardens Bowling Club
  • Week of 21 to 27 November.
  • Health week 4/5. Kinda.
  • Monday, school run, compressed some podcasts and loaded them on headsets, gym, swim, dropped off the headsets, office, late afternoon 20k steps promenade walk with Heleen… chats about meditation, side projects and lossy life, dinner at Maria’s, a drink at Roxy’s.
  • Tuesday, office, lunchtime 1km swim with Heleen at the Sea Point pool – I think I got a bit sunburnt, stayed at the office till after dark, processed some notes and nippers photos, catch up Skype chat with Georg.
  • Turns out they don’t allow any kissing in the Sea Point pool.
  • Georg says he pays more for a Heineken than for a tank of petrol in Bahrain.
  • “Be a force for good.”

  • This no-internet at home thing is becoming painful.
  • My rate of making notes might be getting a bit out of hand.
  • Wednesday, woke up at 4am, interesting lucid dreaming, gym, office, lunchtime walk and Sababa lunch with Heleen, catch up drink with Jonathan at The Village Idiot – chats about his trip to SF, worked a bit at La Vie, watched Italy in a Day, watched (half of) Lars and the Real Girl… good movie.
  • Listened to Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers.
  • Thursday, swim, office, installed the new PyCharm, lunchtime walk with Heleen, Myog, finished watching Lars and the Real Girl, I finally watched High Fidelity again, managed to singe my hair with some fire poi on the beach.
  • “No woman in the history of the world is having better sex, than the sex you are having with Ian… in my head.” — High Fidelity

  • Friday, swim, office, after work beers on the roof, nap, catch up chat with Hilah, fondue night at Gerald and Tom‘s place in Fresnaye with Paul, Wouter, Martin and two air hostesses, watched Taxi Violence at Mercury with Paul and Martin – good fun.
  • “Cape Town is Rome.”

  • “3. Share strong opinions.
    Strong opinions are very useful to others.
    Those who were undecided or ambivalent can just adopt your stance.
    But those who disagree can solidify their stance by arguing against yours.
    Even if you invent an opinion for the sole sake of argument, boldly sharing a strong opinion is very useful to others.”
  • “3. Learn the multiplying skills.
    Speaking, writing, psychology, design, conversation, 2nd language, persuasion, programming, meditation/focus.
    Not pursued on their own, they’re skills that multiply the success of your main pursuit.(A pilot who’s also a great writer and public speaker.)
    (A chef with a mastery of psychology, persuasion, and design.)
    These skills multiply the results of your efforts, and give you an edge over others in your field.”
  • “6. Avoid planning.
    For maximum options, don’t plan at all.
    Since you have no idea how the situation or your mood may change in the future, wait until the last moment to make each decision.”
  • “Eat real food. Nothing with a label.”

  • Possible futures
  • Saturday, bloody mary and grapefruit breakfast, dropped Paul off at his car, lunch at La Vie with Heleen, Janey’s 30th at the Gardens Bowing club – G&Ts, dorky white tennis outfits, Talking Heads and some actual bowling, watched Perfect Strangers at The Labia with Heleen as part of the Italian film festival, bubbly at La Perla with a Neil Diamond soundtrack – have to love La Perla on a warm summers night, time well spent.
  • “Something out of a Wes Anderson movie.” — Claus, about Heleen’s bowling outfit.

  • “If you could design an app about where your ex girlfriend ain’t at.” — Paul

  • No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.” …treat your life like a search function.
  • Sunday, walked to Clifton 4th to watch the open water swimming, brunch at La Vie with some notes and photo processing, nap, afternoon on Clifton 1st with Heleen, stayed on the beach until dark, time well spent.
  • Tune of the week: Talking Heads – This must be the place

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do’s and don’ts.

Sea Point Pool
Sea Point Pool
  • Week of 14-20 November.
  • Health week 3/5.
  • Monday, office, mid-day swim, office, yoga with Cath at Yoga Life, watched an episode of Black Mirror… not bad.
  • Woke up thinking, this mobility thing really works.
  • “Everybody who’s interesting generally got there by doing some whack shit.” — Wouter, quote of the year goes to Wouter.

  • I’ve been pondering curiosity and discomfort. Humans have become successful because of curiosity and the ability to endure discomfort. Without curiosity we’d be cockroaches.
  • Tuesday, gym, swim, BIA measurements, AfricaCom – chats with Cath about restaurants, SDN/NFV session, lunch conversations about automation software, IFC meeting at The Western, catch up chat with Ben and Ed at The Cullinan, Seacom party at The Grand Beach, bumped into a number of old ISP industry friends, Heleen arrived in a very pretty black dress, fun evening.
  • The making of a great compilation tape.
  • I’ve been making a mix tape. A collection of ear worms and B-sides for Heleen, things that would be cool to discover, things she might like while running.
  • “Treat your time as a search function.” — this really resonates at the moment.

  • I’ve been swimming ever day for the last three weeks.
  • Check out windy.tv
  • Wednesday, swim, AfricaCom, catch up lunch with Joseph, another SDN session – very few geeks in the SDN/NFV sessions, catch up chat with Heinrich and Joseph, Tasha’s, watched Dr Strange – my first 4DX movie – it was pretty cool – not convinced the strobe light is a good idea though.
  • I published a blog post about my recent TRE session experience.
  • Thursday, swim, office, Michael managed to kill his laptop with a mug of tea, dinner at Galbi in Long Street with Heleen – nice Korean food, kimchi etc, Piano Bar in De Waterkant, many chats about music and movies.
  • Alpha gal likes cats, but we agree that Fantastic Mr Fox is in the top 5 Wes Anderson movies.
  • Friday, shrek tea, arrived at gym to find out it was closed because somebody had died, ended up going to the Sea Point Pavilion swimming pool for a swim – water was a bit nippy, office, fetched Mia, braai at Jacques’, he brought my RPi3 from London.
  • We tested a 1Gbps link for Afrihost this week and managed to get around 940Mbps. Not bad.
  • Saturday, early beach walk… phone chats with Heleen and Cath about podcasts for girls, Mia did robotics while I hacked some mp3 files with Audicity, a swim at the Foreshore VA and some freestyle stroke correction, we watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the Waterfront in 4DX… good fun – Mia loved it, gelato, Mondiall burger, sunset beach walk.
  • I made a podcast compilation for Mia and her friends. 5 really cool episodes.
  • Mia randomly asked me to explain 2001 Space Odyssey to her.
  • When curating, less is more.
  • What’s happening with the aquaponics farm? It’s at Michael’s house waiting to be set up again.
  • Sunday, we walked to Clifton 4th, Mia’s first Nippers competition, I played photographer, Mia took part in four events and did very well in the open water swim (4th), afternoon on Clifton 1st with Mia and Heleen, pizza at Posticino, had to dig a thorn out of Mia’s foot, time well spent.
  • I’ve really been embracing my inner nerd recently, less time in bars. “That’s not who I am anymore.” (-:
  • I’ve been pondering lossy life. I used to think things should be lossless. When a task gets created it should get done. People are busy. Things get ignored and lost and sometimes ignoring something is the best way of dealing with it. Like software has freedoms, maybe tasks or todo list items or meeting requests should have freedoms. If the timing is not right and they don’t create the right excitement, maybe they should just get lots, for a while. Hell yes, or no.
  • Tune of the week: Don’t Stop Me Now

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Do things that don’t scale…

Clifton 4th
Clifton 4th
  • Week of 7 to 13 November.
  • Health week 2/5. 2nd week without any coffee.
  • Monday, shrek tea, grapefruit, school run chats with Mia, gym, DevOpsDays Cape Town – pretty cool – chats about Docker and Kubernetes – nice to see Adrian, inbox zero, Clifton 1st – I’m the weirdo with the lifesaving hat btw, some Springfield Chardonnay with Heleen to celebrate her birthday, first sea swim of the season, some Fantastic Mr Fox style J.I.T. flower shopping, Heleen’s birthday party at La Vie – chats about Buchu Rooibos, camping, podcasts and secret health groups, time well spent.
  • I can connect to Wouter’s home Wifi from La Vie.
  • Space trash multiplies
  • Tuesday, swim at the Foreshore VA (only person in the pool – very zen), DevOps Cape Town again, deep tissue Thai massage, vitB shot at Wellness Warehouse, published a blog post about Mobility, sunset beach walk from Glen Beach to the end of Camps Bay beach and back, photo processing.
  • 2010-2016, my average photos (kept) per month seems to be about 300.
  • I think I should write one health blog post per week.
  • The secret health group seems to be doing well… read: guinea pigs (-;
  • Wednesday, morning beach walk and a few stretches on Clifton 2nd, swim, steam bath, cold showers, office, car licence renewal day – fairly painless, found a new swim cap and wet/mesh bag (so I don’t lose swimming gear again) – catch up drink with Anton at Ferryman’s / Waterfront, Cath’s house, a drink at Roxy’s / Dunkley Square with Cath and Anton, super tasty dinner at Maria’s / greek food – epic lamb dish, time well spent.
  • Interesting having dinner with somebody that listens to very similar podcasts… listened to this one?, yes, how about this one?, yes…
  • IM is an interesting creature. For some people you generally quickly read their messages, because they generally send interesting and friendly stuff. Some people you kinda avoid because you fear it will be something you don’t really want to deal with. Keep sending friendly IMs, kids.
  • Dreamers stick together
  • “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” — Bertrand Russell, The Triumph of Stupidity

  • Wouter had a cool idea for an AfrikaBurn artwork. We’re starting to put together a camp.
  • Thursday, shrek tea, gym – 80kg squat, 90kg bench, 100kg dead lift, swim, cold showers, office, BIA test – health metrics looking good, catch up chat with Joseph, super windy afternoon, a glass off Chenin with Paul at La Perla, notes processing at Balducci’s with some spicy edamame, warm sake and sashimi, a catch up chat with Ian at Bootleggers.
  • BIA stats looking pretty good: ~6kg transformation so far.
  • Friday, swim, office, launched my new health hacking blog, manicure, beach time, walked up and down the Clifton beaches a few times after 23 hours of fasting, watched The Tiger and the Snow… very amusing – Fantastic Mr Fox meets Woody Allen, in Italian – good ending.
  • 10 years ago, this week, I published my first blog post. 982 posts on this blog. What nerds do on evenings and weekends.
  • I did a ketone test a few hours into my fasting day. Just the basic urine strips nothing very accurate, but I think the 40 hour fast in my ML Hearth Guide is long enough.

    9h: 1 mmol/l
    24h: 2.5 mmol/l
    35h: 5mmol/l

  • What side project(s) are you busy with? You have probably already been working on the thing that will be your next wave. Maybe most people are just waiting for their next wave.
  • Saturday, early beach walk, 1km swim 40hours into a fast, office, catch-up chat with Dan, lunch at La Perla with Michael, Patrik and Oyvind – nice Glen Carlou Chardonnay, picked up some T10, watched Mine Vaganti with some Talisker – very good – like 9/10 – yes, more Italian films, thanks Heleen.
  • G&Ts are much better when you make them yourself, with enough lime.
  • Ketosis swimming, strangely meditative. Try it. (probably about 6mmol/l ketones)
  • Need to plan a Suicide Gorge walk soon.
  • “Change came in disguise of revelation, set his soul on fire.” — from A Dustland Fairytale, love that part.

  • Find Your Soundtrack—And Put it on Repeat
  • I’ve been pondering the idea of mindful eating. Eat slower.
  • Sunday, shrek tea, gym, swim, steam bath, cold showers, walked to Bungalow with Heleen, more Glen Carlou Chardonnay at Camps Bay Retreat – love that place – chats about BBS days, Monkey Island and the importance of curiosity, a drink at La Vie with Nick and a group of girls, bubbly on the beach, time very well spent.
  • 15 Oct 2015, an email about Kayaking.

Happy health hacking, crazy kids.