For the past three days Kristopher Tate and I have been working on releasing the next version of Zooomr, Zooomr Mark III. It’s actually been a lot harder on Kristopher than it has for me. Although we’ve collaborated on a lot of the ideas for this next version of Zooomr he’s really the one who does all the work. He’s the one who knows how to code things and I think is the most brilliant software developer I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.
After being up for three days straight working on our conversion Kris finally hit a wall last night. Normally Kristopher sees a screen of code and just starts typing non-stop. Last night, after three days of no sleep the lines of code just melted into jibberish.
So we caved and both got some sleep. It’s amazing how wonderful sleep can feel when your body really needs it, when you’ve gone through extreme levels of sleep deprivation.
Back in college I edited my college newspaper. It was one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done in my life. It was really the fact that I missed that part of my life so much that got me into blogging. Back in college we’d publish the paper once a week on Fridays. I’d begin every Wednesday morning fresh enthused. We published the paper on a bunch of old Macs. Mac Pluses, Mac SE/30s, and boy were they slow in comparison to the firepower of the MacBook Pro that I’m writing this on right now. Then 48 hours or so later I’d drive the paper to Goleta where they printed it up for us in a few hours, then drive back and get it out.
Anyways, this has been Kristopher’s life for much of the past six months. Working 18, 20 hour days trying to build something that we both love and our passionate about. But last night was just too much and so after three days he crashed.
So a few minutes ago I woke up on Kristopher’s couch and looked outside his window and saw the most beautiful colors over the San Francisco Bay. And so I did what I do and went out on the balcony and took this self portrait. My hair’s a tad messed up, but I think it shows the beauty of not only what a San Francisco morning looks like, but what a fresh start and a new day looks like.
Kristopher is back inside coding like mad right now. Both of us with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication and intense desire to build something really cool for the world of social photo sharing.
Hopefully we get this puppy out today.