Today I read a poem that resonated with me, in this pandemic time, in this ever speeding "Moore's law continuum". To me, it says - a new human, a cyborg.
We are not creatures of the light To run, play, dance in the sun Gleaming pillars of ego And daycare And flesh. For our world doesn't exist yet, Except in hidden places. The engine of a train The 50hz hum of mains The kernel of a computer, the Internet, my heart Reducible to bits and bytes. Including people. Some day. We will live in an uploaded world Ageless, all knowing Thinking with the speed of the network The speed of silicon Explore the universe as beings of metal and intent. But not today. Today we build. And look up from time to time To see a world not yet born.
Poem by Joseph Gentle.
Boy, today is your birthday, you are turning 32. - said my mind.
I don't overthink birthdays too much; in reality, we are getting older every second, and we should cherish life every day.
I don't feel like reflecting too much, but I will say this.
The previous year was hard.
The next year will be even harder. My goal for next year is to stay true to my inner self, say "No" more, and the consequences of COVID-19. It will be hard. It will be interesting.
I did not sleep well tonight. The whole day was lazy, or to say better, I only did things on my checklist. I did not have the energy to go the extra mile, nor the focus.
Anyways, I had calls with several people, some of them were propositions for working together. Some were OK, some good and one was great. Sadly the "great one" went against me. I remembered my internal list of -"who are you not" (I should probably put it on paper, for even better self-understanding). I asked the questions; it was clear - I wrote a rejection letter.
I try to be me, choose me, and I did.
So yesterday, I was very hyped about the product idea that I came up with. Today the hype is more or less gone. I think it is because I started "to action" the creation, and thus the motivation-hype declined as my perfectionist self added many technical and not technical things onto the to-do list before the launch. Undoubtedly some of them will be scratched away to remain lean and agile.
On a different note; Today I discovered or rather never tried it before (because for some reason, I thought it would suck, but it is a super productivity tool for me), and that is AirTable's "Web Clipper Block". Now I can have custom clippers for different purposes, i.e., article bookmarking, tweet saving, and so on.
I also reintroduced IFTTT_LINK into my workflows, its super useful tool to connect services. In a team environment, I would most likely use Zapier.
I upped my tooling for the upcoming value-content that I plan to output. The tools mentioned above help me with discovery, research, productivity, content spread. Once I'm used to the new workflows that I'm establishing now, I will write and share a more in-depth article.
Today I decided to start a project or rather a light-product. When I say "light-product", I mean that eventually, it should generate money to expand the project's scope and to sustain it. The primary goal will be NOT to earn money.
The project is based around questions and answers, the ones that matter to you, and the key takeaways you get from them. If you read my previous dailies, you could even already gather more dots about this mysterious project 😉.
It won't remain mysterious / hidden / stealth for too long, as I plan to document my journey of its creation, my motivation, manifesto, technical choices, etc., with my audience.
The "documentation" part will be spread across multiple social networks, to get more eyes on it, so that when it launches, it would be at least a minor hit.
You could call me the lord of side trash projects. I have started so many of them. Some went a long way, and lots of time was lost. I sometimes wish that with at least with a couple of my ideas / projects I would have gone through, rather than abandoning them ( i.e., I was creating Shopify, before Shopify... 😔 ) I hope I can sustain my current motivation, and hopefully, the public documentation will also push me to try even harder.