More failing with the netbook

Stupid GRUB cannot boot from ext4 -_-’

After trying to install Arch i586 to my netbook for several times i have to redo the whole thing now. First i had windows, then got an SD with wattos in the mail that i popped into the netbook. I have now borked that installation partly, i cannot connect to the internet, and are trying to install arch. My first try, with a .img file, failed, it were for i686. My second try failed, with a i586 .img. Error in the image. I have then tried installing directly to the card through wattos. Failed due to ubuntus (and it’s clones) and my own stupidity. I then tried installing to the card from my computer and realized just now that grub cannot boot from ext4 (that i had formatted the whole stick as). Damn. Gotta start over all again =p

New blog

Just in case somebody missed it, I’m blogging about polyphasic sleep at Cya there!

Erased .bashrc with a faulty pipe

Yesterday was shit, I were gonna insert a streamripper command into my .bashrc so I could put it at the right place in the config later. The problem was that i typed
echo streamripper -to never -d ~/Music/hardstyle > ~/.bashrc
instead of
echo streamripper -to never -d ~/Music/hardstyle >> ~/.bashrc
That resulted in that instead of adding that row to the end of the file, it replaced the whole file with that single line! That messed up everything for a second, but luckily i had an old backup of my .bashrc created by nano that contained the most important things, my PS1 and the majority of my aliases.
I gotta sit down and rewrite everything that’s lost now :(

Update at all fronts

I came across a mailing list for polyphasic sleepers, , and a forum, that’s soon to be more than a forum, , registered, and after 3 posts they brought up age limits =P
I’ll try to make it possible for me to post, while saying I’m 16, without being banned and have to re-register and lie about my age. There will be blogs at trypolyphasic too, sooner or later, so I’ll stop talking about everyman here. When i get a blog there i will posts here.

I got a present from my brother yesterday, a C++ programming book. He works at a bookstore and can have all half-broken books that’s going to be thrashed, but this one came from his time in school. It’s from 1998 and at swedish, it even got a floppy attached =P I’m sure it will be good when I decide it’s time to move on to C++.

The Python book is boring, and they told me in a thread at that all programming books are like that, and that i should just start read their dedicated server scripts and get started. I’ll do that…someday =P

I’ve recently got a Casio GC9850FX plus (i think) and with my shallow C++ skills and some manual reading I’ve programmed a short text-based adventure on it. You start in a prison cell and the guard forgets to lock the door, you are faced with the destination to go out or wait for a better opportunity. If you stay you starve to death and if you go out you win the game. =P That took about 20 minutes, but I’ll probably add more the coming math lessons!

The Arch Linux front is as boring as ever, nothing ever breaks or anything. But i decided to download uzbl and i like it quite much. I just have to get down to business with the scripts some day to be able to start using it seriously. I had some problems with the XDG base directories but the #archlinux channel helped me.

Summary for Everyman

Now don’t get scared away. ;)
I recently slept on the everyman sleep schedule for almost a month, from july the 30th to august the 17th. And after that a failed attempt at changing the times for it to fit with school. I will now write some of my thoughts about sleeping like this and give some tips and tricks if anybody else would like to test it.

It all started with a mention of the uberman sleep schedule in the “You know you are a geek when” thread on Ubuntu forums. I googled it, and started to read about it. I found a lot of info, although much was several years old. There is a whole bunch of sites where you can read about it, and I won’t add links to them as probably a whole lot will disappear every now and then, and they are easy to find by googling for uberman.
I originally thought that i would wait with it until i turned 18, cause of all people warning about that your body might explode or similar if you do it before your body has finished growing. But my curiosity thrashed that.

After all that i went to Italy for two weeks, adopting their siesta and feeling how wonderful that was. Increasing my will to change my sleep schedule even more. After some more trips i were alone at home for a week, and i decided on the first day to start sleeping different. Going after a chart where one 30min nap==1h of sleep i went with a 4h core, from 1-5. And two naps at 11 and 19. From the beginning i planned to go 2-6 in the night, but realizing on the first night that i couldn’t possibly keep myself awake until 2 that night i went to bed at 1, and continued like that.
Having the naps at 11 and 19 was also quite useful, because that linked them together with eating times, so i ate directly after the 11 nap, and before the 19 nap. I didn’t start with the schedule right on, but rather gradually went into it. Started with sleeping to 7 for a few days, then 6, and at last 5. It took more than a week to get down to getting up 5 every morning.
When my parents came home they met my sleep schedule with mixed opinions, i didn’t tell them at first, and they didn’t really notice cause I’m always in my room by the computer, but I told them after a few days. My dad came to the conclusion that it certainly could work, but the thought that i would have to increase the core by an hour. My mom was, is and will probably always be against it to some degree, in the same way she doesn’t like that i sit by the computer all the time. She doesn’t sleep very well, and complained some times about being awaken at 5, but i fixed that by changing alarm tone. But for me it worked socially with my family, i even got more time with them due to that i didn’t really feel for sitting by the computer 18 hours a day. 19 hours awake minus the time during eating and such.
It was heaven to go up at 5, go out and take some fresh air in a dead city, and eat some light breakfast. Then to the computer and do something, then go down and eat breakfast with somebody else at 7/8. I usually have problems with enjoying breakfast right after gettin out of bed, but going up two hours earlier made it really enjoyable. I had a friend at my house for a few days, and he immediately jumped on the everyman train, but only temporary. When i later visited him we did the same. Playing Maplestory 19hours a day in a party of two made us level to lv 40 in a couple of days =D
But the summer vacation doesn’t last forever, and two days before school started i decided to try to continue with everyman, but i would have to change the times. I promised my parents and myself that i would stop if it interfered with school in any way. So two days before school i changed my times to 3-7, 15 and 21. It was damn hard to change it in two days, and the first days of school was filled with activities that made you tired like hell. That made me fail to get up at 21, and sleeping to 7. After a few days i gave up because all my orchestras on my free time made it very hard to get naps some days. But this isn’t the end to my sleeping adventures! I think it’s a great way of living, especially if you’re not a very social person like me =p. The next vacation, I will probably try to sleep less, and I will maybe try to make a school-suited schedule so i can continue with it when school starts again.

Tips, of course not all of these may work for you, but hopefully some.
*It is possible to gradually get used to a different sleep schedule, it will take longer time but you won’t be as much of a zombie.
*Try to put the times correct from the beginning.
*Listen to what your body says, you don’t have to follow it, but listening to it can guide you.
*You can do it before turning 18, one guy took the example of babies sleeping like this, but you have to be extra careful with what your body says.
*Have several alarm clocks, and preferrably far from your bed, or in my case under the bed, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

I have discussed this with my older brother, and when/if he gets a baby, he will follow it’s sleep schedule. Many parents complain that you cannot sleep as much with a baby, but babies sleep more than a grown-up…Go figure. I thought this was a great idea that I haven’t thought of, and just wanted to share it with you.

I would love to get comments on this, and i would love to hear about your failed/succeeded attempts on sleeping less.

No netbook, but soon talisman.

“The CPU module is ready. I had thought this would be the slowest part. We actually have all of the electronics done. The issue is the bottom case. In order to make the units fanless, the bottom of the case had to be made from metal instead of plastic. The first metal mold wasn’t as good a fit as we wanted so the bottom was remolded. I am told that on the outside, 20 September is the ship date.

I know it is frustrating but we are not trying to just push out cheap junk. This will be a remarkable prouct when completed.

We are selling preproduction units with fans but it is really better to get the production units now that they are so close to being out.”

Was Michael Mbarnes response to my latest mail, and i really hope that the computer will live up to my expectations, else i will commit suicide or something like that. From the start they said june, now its late september.

The Reaper sold out in a few hours after it was restocked, so there ain’t gonna be any reaper for me, but Talisman and Talisman Dungeon is soon ready to be shipped, i cannot wait until they are here!

My graphics card died a few days ago, and after going to the stores and getting to know that i would be forced to pay about 200$ for a new one, because it’s a darn good AGP card, and those are out of date by now. I found a better card for 40$ at a local geek =D It’s an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra AGP, and it’s working to perfection after i found out which driver it was that i needed, thanks to our wonderful wiki.
Too bad that suspend stopped working, and as I’m an avid user of that I’m quite unhappy. Hopefully the forum guys will be able to help me with that.

Stopped with everyman

I decided to stop with everyman, for two reasons:
1. I don’t really have very much power over my schedule, so it is quite hard some days to get a nap.
2. I never really got back to everyman after changing times, in order to adjust you have to be a zombie for a few days, and i cannot do that with school going on.
3. I play in a lot of orchestras, and they love moving around their times, sometimes causing me to not being able to take a nap.

I still like everyman very much, and i will probably go back to it the nearest holiday, i think it’s the perfect way to extend your holidays, and work/school days if you haven’t got too much activities after school.
I’ll hopefully pull my brain together and write some tips for people that wants to try everyman.

Slept 10 hours.

The latest 3 days i have been “kicked in” in my school. We have done various events in our class while the older students have been terrorizing us and sprayed water at us. It have overall been hell of a tired, and all of my class have slept way longer than what they are used to. And I’m not different.
The latest two days i haven’t gotten up at 21:30 after my evening nap, but continued sleeping until 7. My mother (who doesn’t like my sleep schedule the slightest) thinks that it is a “sign that i must sleep more” i almost yelled at her for the first in a long time that i knew how she felt and that i knew better myself how i feel.
But now the kick-in is ended, and I’ll try to sleep less again. It was damn stupid to change the times two days before school, i should have done it at least a week before.

My “home-teacher”, the teacher that’s in charge of our class is pretty nice. She is one of the teachers involved in my schools webpage, and i convinced her to let the class to one of the computer rooms to check the e-mail adress we got. She wasn’t late to ask me if i was interested in computers xD. She blogs daily and we have got to read the blogs in class. We were also to write a reply to her on paper, and there i mentioned my blog. That was yesterday so today she commented on my sleep, although she misunderstood most of it and probably didn’t read especially much she just thought i had problems to start going up early in the morning.
I commented on her blog and we’ll see if she’ll comment back =D

Still no netbook

Gaaah, there is still no sign of that my netbook have been shipped yet, the president of nohrtec told me that everything would be done the third week in august, too bad that half of the workdays in the third week of august already passed.
There is no sign that Talisman is back in stock either, i mailed them earlier and one guy said it would be back in stock the 13th, I fired off another mail now saying that was a week ago.

Tonight i slept 7 hours, just in case, because i didn’t want to be a zombie the first day of school. After seeing my schedule i have delayed my first nap to 15:30 and i slept very good today.

A pure hell

Today was pure hell, was tired from around 10 and it have been like that the rest of the day. I haven’t done almost anything at all. I also overslept my second nap but i cannot blame myself for that. As it is school tomorrow and i don’t wanna be tired i will go to bed earlier tonight. Either 1 or 2, depending on how tired i am.