I just took my 9pm and I feel pretty good, but not 100% - just like usual. I don't think that oversleep really affected my progress much.
I did make the Overkill Alarm Clock (tm) - It's a laptop that does nothing but run a cool alarm clock program. It's hooked up to a separate stereo system with a speaker on each side of the bed. I've preprogrammed all of my waking up times, so I don't even need to remember.
Hung out with Manish and Neetu and they are doing well too. We're all going downtown now to help stay awake. I feel like tomorrow or the next day may be when it finally snaps into place and I feel as good or better as when I was sleeping normally.
The grapes i'm eating are dirty. I've tried washing them, but the dirt is stuck to the skin. Luckily they're organic, so I'm just asuming that massive character is being built. You know, because I still need more character after SEVEN DAYS OF STAYING AWAKE.
I'm feeling pretty great today. The reason? Projects. Let's start with the only project I've done so far:
PROJECT ULTIMATE ALARM CLOCK
I always have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I don't mind waking up at 4 am or 5 am because once you start moving around you feel less tired. The problem that I always have is waking up. I absolutely hate the feeling of waking up, I'm sure everyone knows exactly the feeling I'm talking about. Your eyes are heavy, you feel like a rock, you start arguing with yourself, and once you do that, you're never getting out of bed. The initial resistance is what keeps me from waking up early in the morning.
Designing a "good" alarm clock is a very tricky thing. Most alarm clocks are loaded with fancy features but in the end only done one thing right (and sometimes that even goes horribly wrong); blast a sound at a certain time.
To design a proper alarm clock, one would have to look at the issue of waking up. Which isn't an easy problem to solve.
I've recently stumbled upon a fantastic iPhone alarm clock app. It's called "Wake N Shake"