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 spent 3 hours (yeah, I got the time to spare, baby) making a sweet alarm clock system. I have a little wireless controller next to my bed. I press a button and the lights dim slowly as the candle turns on. Then a short confirmation tone is played so that I know the volume is loud enough to wake me up.
25 minutes later, I hear eminem yelling at me. The coolest part is that to turn it off, all I have to do is get out of bed and a motion sensor detects that I'm up and about.
I'm also trying to eat tons of food today to see if that helps me get through the night.
Nick is coming into town tonight, which should bring a lot of enthusiasm and good ideas to the project.
Also, he likes playing xbox so I'm setting that puppy up to keep us awake all night. Maybe I will finally try this Halo 2 game.
I like the wakeup ritual too. I wonder what the neighbors think of me walking around in my PJs. Actually, they're hibernating peons so I don't really care.
Despite ongoing oversleeps, I feel like I'm making tons of progress. I've still probably averaged 4 hours / sleep per night. My window of drowsiness constantly decreases.
Thanks to motion sensors all over my house, I can figure out what's causing these oversleeps.
Last night I sleep walked (4 times) to my office computer, connected through it to the alarm laptop, and then shut off the alarm.
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"