September 25, 2007
The Company/Idea, Overall Motivator
Competitive microblogging for personal victory.
To get what the website would do, manufacture your own example using these steps.
- Pick something you want to do that you’ve been having a hard time doing.
- Think of a way you can craft that into a competition with your friends.
- Set up goal to achieve, something objective to reach.
- Enter in your progress every week.
- See how your friends are doing relative to you.
- Party once you’ve reached your goal.
The Current State
I have a specific prototype in mind that I am currently building. I have no money at the moment.
The Current Goal
- Develop the product more to make sure I’m not drinking too much of my own Kool-Aid and to explore if there is some better variant.
- Make this startup a full time job by getting money from a seed funder such as Ycombinator (http://www.ycombinator.com/w2008.html)
- Find a partner who I can take this to success with.
What I’m Offering
- 50% equity split
- Myself, a well-spoken hacker
What I Think is Required of Potential Partners
- Ruby on Rails experience (know how to take an app from prototype to production)
- MySQL experience
- Stories that exemplify your ability to learn rapidly (knowledge of your failures)
- Stories that exemplify your ability to take risks (the necessity of a personal startup culture)
- Living in the Bay Area
September 23, 2007
So in 2008 another President is elected. He isn’t anyone related to a former President. The United States is heading away from Aristocracy.
“Peace is prosperity,” he tells us. Troops move out of occupied nations and the diplomatic core is doubled in size and quadrupled in training. Sanctions drop away and the words between nations are those of disciplined civility.
“Freedom is fortune,” he announces. People start to get their say about their rights. Courts make good decisions to repeal unjust laws. People feel safe again because they know the law protects them from those who would silence them or would send them to jail without getting their say in court.
“Frugality is wealth,” he proclaims. America begins to grow rich again as she stems the flow of money into money-destructive activities. We manufacture livingry as we drop away our obsession with weaponry. Sustainable energy research makes us an energy-exporting nation as military subsidies to external governments stop. We invest in our children by not robbing them through deficit spending.
After four years of this and encountering lots of resistance, the President declines a second term. People have not been lolled into complacency over the forward progress that has been made, and a new President is elected that carries forward the same goals of peace and prosperity.
September 18, 2007
I went to Educamp this weekend and was hyper-stimulated by all of the great ideas and different people speaking on education.
Education is a sore spot for me because of how depressed I was while at school. School was mainly a place I was waiting to get out of. Though it was a rarity, I had the best time at school in sixth grade, when I was working so much on computers and AV stuff that I didn’t attend much class. Highschool was a long wait for college. And college was a real let down.
I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out a design for school that would iron out these problems. I presented this design at Educamp and you can see Chris Messina’s notes on my presentation here.
At Educamp, we all recognized the inherent oppression, coercion, and ironic mind-numbingness of school. Each of us brought a technique, a back-door, a loop-around, a design, an anecdote, a suggestion, or a word of encouragement. It was a fantastic event. I hope to attend more like it.
September 5, 2007
The four central human systems required for the maintenance of civilization are:
- Change (Technology)
- Irrationality (Religion)
- Human Relationships (Law)
- Resource Exchange (Markets)
These are societal systems, encompassing all of humanity. Various societies manage these systems with varying degrees of success and intensity.
The society that will manage the four systems most successfully will put its resources and scientific attention on the education of its people. Even if the four systems are currently balanced and vital in society, an inability to update education to respond to modern development will result in its decline.