Matt Gornick

Going to Italy for a week this summer. Anyone have any tips?

Posted in Uncategorized by mgornick on May 10, 2010
I'm planning on going to Italy this summer (sometime after June 6 and before Aug. 1).  I want to go for about 7-10 nights and of course see as much as I can in that time.  I want to set a tentative budget for $1500 (is this realistic?).

Does anyone have any tips/websites on:
1. Cheap airfare or cheap dates to travel
2. Top things to see.  I'm trying to go to Rome, Florence, Venice, and maybe Milan.
3. Recommend staying in Rome for all 7 nights or switch between hotels and stay in a few different cities for the 7 nights

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Dispelling the Myth of the All Nighter

Posted in Uncategorized by mgornick on May 6, 2010

It is that time again!  The time when college students all over sacrifice sleep for studying.  The most likely offender is the 'all nighter' where students stay up for 24-48 hours prior to a final exam, research paper, or final project to squeeze in any last bit of information.  

"[Researchers] found that people who drive after being awake for 17 to 19 hours performed worse than those with a blood alcohol level of .05 percent" (via – Sleep deprivation as bad as alcohol impairment, study suggests).  DHH at 37signals wrote in "Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor" to "… get more sleep. Stop bragging about how little you got. Make your peak mental capacity accessible."

Personally, lack of sleep causes me to perform at subpar, lack creativity, and create mediocre work.  Most of the time, the all nighter is just a seemingly okay solution to a much bigger problem of time management.  I've found that simply organizing my 168 hours in a week better, you can mitigate the risks of having to pull an all nighter.

If you're working on a startup, studying for school, or working a 9-to-5 please take some time to get some sleep.  Everyone benefits from you putting out the best work that you can.

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