take a break

Random thoughts

I hope to be doing some more web stuff this weekend and have something to report by the end of the weekend. However, this little event might make that a little tougher than I thought.

Anyway, the goal will be to get the new site to a point where I will be wiling to share it. Basically this means it will be out of the rough design stage and up to a level that actually looks a little respectable. It is close now, I just need to get some CSS stuff sorted out and get a little bit of content on the page.

This morning I have been reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich specifically his "Your College is not a Technical School" article. I generally agree with Ramit. Going to College/University is not about the stuff that you learn there. It is about teaching you how to think and how to learn so you can apply those skills in any area of your life you choose to. In that article Ramit encourages people (students) to get good grades but put in the effort to get 'good enough' grades, not exceptional grades. The return on investment of moving from a A- to an A+ isn't that high. So Ramit encourages people to spend some time on other things.

This is the part that feeds into the way that I have been feeling for the last year, and even more so in the last 6 months or so. I'm currently not doing what I really want to be doing. I want to do more of what I want to be doing. I feel that the easiest way to move towards what I want to be doing is to decouple my income from the things that I don't want to be doing. Actually, it isn't even really my income, it is my expenses. If I know what my expenses are on a monthly/yearly basis and I know what my non-cubicle dwelling income is (from both investments and from personal projects) I then have a way to know when moving out of the cube is financially safe. I can estimate the level of risk by how big the gap between 'personal income' (non-cubicle dwelling income) and my regular household expenses are.

For me the best case would actually be getting to a point where investment income was equal to expenses. That way I could truly do whatever I wanted. The problem with this of course is that it removes a good portion of the drive for a startup. If I were in the position where my investment income matched my regular living expenses I think I would spend a good chunk of my time on the kinds of things that I am working on through this site but I think I might lack the focus to get anything actually to the market. So I think I have to find a balance between investment and ISV income so that I actually keep the focus on the ISV side of the income equation.
category: General posted on Friday November 18, 2005 at 10:39:50 by: 0xCC

Lest We Forget


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scare heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrelt with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
Though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae.


World War One, the war to end all wars ended today in 1918 with the signing of the Armistice. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Today we honour those that served, those that are serving, and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
category: General posted on Friday November 11, 2005 at 11:00:00 by: 0xCC