What am I doing now?
Earlier this month I have started the closed beta of my website monitoring system, Bernard. After 6 weeks of crunch, I am now re-prioritising, figuring out the next steps and hopefully moving towards a healthier and less frantic pace. The reason I am doing this thing in the first place is not to have to spend 40 hours a week writing code. Planning to launch as soon as possible, but it doesn't need to be a grand ceremony: I'd rather go for a stealth launch, with a long, incremental effort to grow into a healthy business.
Still trying to build some good consulting relationships, and the state of the job market these days is a noticeable source of stress.
Ideas to explore
Homegrown systems to grow fleeting thoughts into established ideas. My thinking is non-linear, associative, ephemeral, and there is no technology good enough to collect this firehose of creativity.
Gemini, the small web, and where have all the niche interest groups disappeared to.
On my reading list
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman, now that I am spending a lot of time thinking of design and software usability.