I’m Aaron Gillespie. I’m the tall guy in that picture down there. This website is my internet-facing presence. I maintain it for fun and to keep myself producing creative content. I’m a married father of two. I am an Electrical Engineer by education, but have spent more energy learning to code and build things since my graduation from college. I’m an advocate of self-tracking, knowing what’s important to you, making life fun, and getting things done.
The Column has existed in one form or another for most of the past two decades, from a “The Column” section of the Xanga page for a band the author was in for 3 weeks in middle school, to a WordPress page hosted by a friend, to a Tumblr right after college, to a Blogger blog for the past 7 years, and now on GitHub Pages. Its purpose is solely for its author’s entertainment. If you enjoy any portion of reading it, that’s a happy side effect. Columns cover whatever topic I feel like writing about at the time. As such, their content is usually contemporaneous to the time and always informal.
- personal projects
- consumer technology
- quantified self stuff
- musings on life
- movies, mostly Marvel movies
- whatever else Aaron feels like on a given day
Gillespedia is a section of this website holding articles I wrote that fulfill a different role. Articles located in Gillespedia are not about my life, or current-day topics. They are, instead, book reviews, philosophical writings, and analyses of more general topics. Gillespedia is not two decades old. It’s been around since roughly mid-2019, and has only existed in this form since April 2020. It is a part of my application of the Feynman Technique.
In May 2020 I began cataloguing a “Creation of the Week”. I like to think of myself as a well-rounded creative person, but as time has gone on, each of my little projects have gotten lost or forgotten about. The aim of the CotW is to be a repository of my creative efforts for posterity and to function as motivation to continue creating things.
- Gillespedia articles
- coding projects
- video/podcast production
- woodwork, and other physical products
- music (maybe someday)
I have an expanding body of atomic notes about topics like Productivity, Philosophy, Health, Happiness, and much more.
My longest-running personal project. It’s a quantified self journal which has evolved over the past 8 years, growing with my needs and also my increasing technical competence.
I’m an advocate of measurement, personal growth, and transparency. The confluence of those three things = annualized reviews.