April 23rd, 2008


Observations on drugged sleep

The night before last, I got hit with the super drowsy within ten minutes of downing the nyquil. Last night, it tool more like an hour, and was a much gentler "decent". But then again, the night before last I had an almost completely empty gut, and last night I had actually eaten a meal. It makes sense that buffering oral drugs with food would slow them down.

The dreams are best described at frenzied and constructive. I feel like I'm building, making, doing. It's the same feeling I get when I'm flowing with coding, or actually putting something together, but running on fast forward. If there was only some way to save the "work product". If I drug myself tonight, maybe I'll replace the pen and pad by my desk. OTOH, its not "ideas", or problems that get "an answer" puzzled out, but instead more like just the mental effort of actually line by line banging out code, so the quick write it down while i remember it probably won't work. But then, it may all be bollocks anyway, and is just mental texture and weird brain chemistry.

I can always tell the moment the drugs run out in my system, because I suddenly flash awake wrapped in cooling sweaty sheets. It happens the same time every night, about 4am. It's a rather unpleasent feeling. So far, I've not done the obvious thing, and dosed myself again, but instead just adjusted the sheets, toweled myself off, and feel back to the land of Nod, and the malestrom of "feeling like I'm making".

I will decide this evening whether I feel the need to drug myself for a 3rd night.

Three questions. Offices, Servers, Registration

Some pointed questions that an Angel or VC should ask anyone they are funding:

Why are you wasting my money renting expensive office space?

Programmers and designers can work from anywhere. When they need to work face to face, they can meet in homes, in cafes, and in co-working coops like CItizen Agency, Start Pad, Saturday House, etc.

If you feel you need to ride herd so closely on your staff that you need to put them in an office together, either you shouldn't have hired them, or you shouldn't be in the startup or tech industry.

Why are you wasting my money and our time buying servers and renting colocation space?

You can spin up a REAL real-world load-ready multi server and database LAMP application on AWS EC2 in just a couple of hours, and size it to exactly your load as you need it. And AWS isnt the only game in town. There are other cloud and grid app server systems entering the fray.

Why are you driving away our users with yet another "create an account / register on our site" page?

Instead ask the user "Do you have a yahoo, aim, gmail, or OpenID?" Log them in that way, make some heuristic guesses, hit the open social API, and learn everything you can about your new user without forcing another signup foirm on him. If they've logged into Linkedin, Plaxo, FriendFeed, Facebook, etc from that browser in the last few days, you can learn that from their browser via JS, hit their profiles on those sites, feed their profile URLs into OpenSocial, and build their new profile on your site faster than the user can groan "Do I have to fill this all in AGAIN?!"