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A snapshot of what I use to do stuff

12 September 2020


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#389 - Quarantine

7 minute read

Don’t waste this opportunity for introspection, learning, and personal development.

#374 - Feature: Google Lament

7 minute read

Motto: Okay Google... what's your goal here?IntroThis post is going to be an expansion on something I wrote about in Column #354. It will (hopefully) complet...

#371 - AIM Immediate Followup

3 minute read

Motto: Cause Nothing Ever Stays "Good Enough"I left the last post off saying I'd write more about Notion. This is going to be that + me revisiting notetaking...

#368 - Feature: Whole30 Review

10 minute read

Motto: You can probably just stop reading here, too.Today is day 30 of our Whole30.If you don't know about Whole30, it can be summarized pretty simply as a (...

#367 - Short Book Review: Broken Angels

7 minute read

Motto: You can probably just stop reading.This post is not for anyone. I wanted to write it, though. TL;DR - I read two books, one was good, one was not. Als...

#363 - Time & Date

3 minute read

Motto: This Column was Meant to be about Many TopicsI have been thinking some about how stupid our conventions are for times and dates. I wonder if I could c...

#362 - Things I like. Things I don’t.

1 minute read

Motto: Do You Have Any Apple Fritters?I read an article (like this one) about a psychology study in which the takeaway was: telling somebody you were going t...

#359 - Retrospective

3 minute read

Motto: This Should have been Column 365. Shucks.It's 2019. It's the start of a new year and a chance to take a fresh look at life.I already have my obligator...

#358 - More iOS vs Android Thoughts

9 minute read

Motto: THOUGHTS! OPINIONS! WORDS IN AN ORDER TO CONVEY MEANING! This post is literally only about my continued review on iOS vs Android. I thought of more s...

#354 - King Dad & Fallible Google

4 minute read

Motto: Mic Check One Thousand Two Hundred TwelveI have a kid. He's really cool. He sleeps a lot. He eats a lot. He's very large for his age. His temperament ...

#353 - Lyrics to No Song + Hollow Knight

3 minute read

Motto: This is Shooting-From-The-Hip Poetry at Its NothingestBefore we start - expectations be framed.Each bits of this is self-contained. I've wri...

#352 - Make Stuff

2 minute read

Motto: Hamburgers are Fun on a BunFile this Column under "Aaron tells other people what they should be doing", which I realize is too common of a theme.You k...

#351 - Self Help (Yourself)

5 minute read

Motto: Make HappyI write the first half of this Column from a position of privilege. Actually I write every Column from that position, now tha...

#348 - Last Post Pre-Baby

2 minute read

Motto: Let's Get It Started In HereOur baby is going to be induced two days from now. Tomorrow we go in for pre-induction medical magic. That means basically...

#347 - Thirty

2 minute read

Motto: Optimism Meets Realism Meets WritingFifteen million seven hundred sixty-eight thousand minutes!Fifteen million seven hundred sixty-eight thousand ...

#342 - Time, Energy, Money (mostly time)

3 minute read

Motto: It Makes a Fool of Us AllLife seems to me like a series of choices about what to do with your resources. Mostly those resources fall into energy, time...

#340 - Definition Vs Usage

4 minute read

Motto: I don't know why she swallowed the flyI'm literally not talking about the widely-recognized abuse of words like "literally". This is less of a Buzzfee...

#337 - Apple iCosystem

2 minute read

Motto: girl scout cookies are a treat, boy scout popcorn is an obligationFirst, because I never do, here's a short poem:Running through the forest.Dodging tr...

#333 - Just Press 3 for a While

5 minute read

Motto: Don't say cheese, just smile. Life is Good. This is the kind of stuff I think about.What is "smart"? What makes somebody smart? Is it just.....

#327 - You Lack Discipline

3 minute read

Motto: Discipline Beats MotivationLately I have had trouble doing new Aaron things.The ideas haven't gone. It's the follow through. I sought to remedy this s...

#325 - Loops

5 minute read

Motto: Round and Round We GoRoutine.Imagine life without it. It would be chaos. Everyone has routines they go through every day. You do the same things in th...

#323 - Remembered Stuff I Forgot

3 minute read

Motto: I Forgot to RememberLast time I wrote about stuff I had been putting on the back burner for a while. I forgot this stuff.SCIENCE AND HUMANITY AND STUF...

#322 - Fixing Sports, Definitions, Pictures

4 minute read

Motto: DC, KC, ABQ, and stuffPart of the reason I don't write "Features" all that much anymore is that they take me a LONG time, and they push out other thin...

#321 - Stocks, GoPro, Nintendo Switch

6 minute read

Motto: I wanted to Share this with youThe Stock Market doesn't make any sense, I can't believe it's a thing. It seems to me like a form of gambling, tha...

#319 - Limited Choices

5 minute read

Motto: Let the Chips Fall Where They MayI have ecosystem anxiety. A long time ago, I jumped into the Google ecosystem with both feet. I even went so far...

#318 - A Series of Disassociated Thoughts

3 minute read

Motto: The words need to fit together. The paragraphs do not.Writing.Every time I start a Column it starts with the single word "Writing". I go in and change...

#317 - Internal Dialog, but Written Down

5 minute read

Motto: After Writing All of This I Realized Most of it is EmbarrassingHello internet. I'm writing this in my basement on the couch, waiting for Shadow of the...

#316 - Good Mood Rant

6 minute read

Motto: Hello! My Name is... Mr. ComplainerI'm in a good mood. I've switched NSAIDs and my back feels great. I've had some great times over the past week and ...

#312 - Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy

10 minute read

Motto: No shirt. No shoes. No thanks.Columns will go on as long as they have to.This Column was supposed to be a "fun" one, cause I feel like the last one I ...

#309 - Intent: Android

4 minute read

Motto: Sentences that Begin and End with the Same Word are My Favorite Sentences.Before this 30 Day Challenge I wouldn't really have understood the title I u...

#307 - MCU Lows, CostCo Challenge

5 minute read

Motto: Dr. Jan ItorFollow through... follow through is the topic I want to talk about for this Column.Actually let's talk about something else.It goes withou...

#306 - COMEBACK CITY

2 minute read

Motto: Think Outside the Box, but Color Inside the LinesThe title of this post is not a reference to the Super Bowl. I didn't watch it. I have heard how it w...

#302 - The Bones of a Column

1 minute read

Motto: Hey Google, tell me about my dayI'm just going to post this as is - everything in italics is how my Posts start, before I fill them out with words.Goo...

#301 - A Lot on My Mind

3 minute read

Motto: I'm Here to Make a BargainI have had a lot on my mind lately. An almost inexplicably large amount for a person whose so far into the steady-state port...

#300 - Short & Sweet

2 minute read

Motto: THIS IS SPARTAI've written 300 of these. That's a round number which seems significant. It's not, though. If humans had 12 fingers instead of 10, I'd ...

#298 - Same Old, Same Old, Different New

6 minute read

Motto: WHOA IS ME!This Column will have some of the same old stuff I usually talk about presented in the same old ways. It will also have some different new ...

#295 - I’M AN ADUUUULT

3 minute read

Motto: WELCOME TO MY NATION OF ARTICULATIONI'm an adult, dude.I'm sitting at the table in my kitchen, the one that used to be my only table. I own a table. I...

#294 - My 27th Year

4 minute read

Motto: Jason UnbourneI haven't written in a while because I haven't had internet in a while. Melissa and I are moving to a full-blown house in less than a we...

#288 - Everything is Awesome

3 minute read

Motto: and now, for something completely different!My wife's name is Melissa. She and I met 6 3/4 years ago at KU in training for our new job. I was fairly r...

#286 - Meet Me in St. Louis

2 minute read

Motto: What's Left to Write? (this is a very similar pun to the one I made 4 Columns ago, sorry)I'm writing this from a hotel in St. Louis. Melissa and I are...

#285 - Batman Vs Superman Vs the Trailers

4 minute read

Motto: :-(21 hours ago I walked into a theater to watch one of the most anticipated movies... ever. The levels of hype varied from source to source - but all...

#282 - Monitor & Videogames

1 minute read

Motto: Writing WrongsThat monitor situation I talked about in my previous post got resolved. I successfully returned the 4K monitor, lessons learned. Earlier...

#278 - One Thousand Days

1 minute read

Motto: I have two on-going projects over 1,000 days old because I've only ever had two good ideasThis post going to be very short. I just wrote and published...

#277 - Year = Year + 1

4 minute read

Motto: 2015 was cool. This Column is going to be written over the course of a few days. There's too much going on for me write now. I'm at the Hill house. A...

#276 - THINGS ARE STILL GOOD

2 minute read

Motto: BUM BUM BUM, BUM BUMBUM, BUM BUMBUM, BWAM BWAM BWAM BWAM BWAMBWAM, BWAM BUH BWAM. DUHHHH DUH DUH DUH DUH DA DUHDUHDUHTo set the scene: I'm watching a ...

#275 - THINGS ARE GOOD

1 minute read

Motto: IN AND OUTThis is going to be a super quick update before the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. midseason finale. I'm very excited for that.I'm very excited abou...

#274 - Vacation: Full Stop.

5 minute read

Motto: Hi guys!I had a week vacation. Although I went into the week with some loosely-defined goals & objectives, when it came time to put the wheels on ...

#271 - 2045

3 minute read

Motto: GREAT SCOTT! Yesterday was “Back to the Future” day. That is popular knowledge right now. I’m not stating that not so much to inform you now, but mor...

#270 - #HYPE

2 minute read

Motto: GET ON MY LEVEL The initial reviews for the Nexus 6P are coming back. I'm buying into the #HYPE. Initial. Reviews. Are. All. Positive. Seriously....

#260 - New Look & Phone Tree Rant

3 minute read

Motto: If Not Now, When? Hey, this looks different!Yes, I've slightly changed the look & feel of the Column to celebrate my move from aarongilly.blogspo...

#259 - Follow-up to My Previous Post

2 minute read

Motto: I found a homogeneous mixture composed of only one phase<div style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></div><div style="font-fa...

#255 - He’s a Twit

2 minute read

Motto: Twitter sucks #ProbablyJustJealous I don't have a Twitter. I don't like the idea of a stream of small text posts. So here's everything I would have tw...

#245 - Not Your Usual Column

2 minute read

Motto: Take a jaunt. <div>This post will contain nothing about Marvel, coding, Life Tracker, second-a-day videos, Google, technology, or me. It wi...

#240 - Not in My Experience

3 minute read

Motto: I'm going to call Ratcatcher to trash this Copper <div>This is likely the last post I will write before Melissa and I go on our vacation to...

#239 - 1 Down… Many to Go

3 minute read

Motto: You Can Survive Anything for Just 10 Seconds! <div>Melissa and I went on our first real bike ride yesterday. We went on a 2.92 mile jaunt around...

#237 - Social Networks, Fitness

5 minute read

Motto: You Don't Exercise because You Have Energy, You Exercise because it GIVES You Energy <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; m...

#235 - New Place

3 minute read

Motto: Right about now, the funk's your brother. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Seve...

#233 - Time is Dumb & Phones are Dumb

6 minute read

Motto: This Turned Out Longer than I Expected <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Convent...

#230 - Failio & The Perfect Bag

3 minute read

Motto: Get Over It, Dude <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">January 2014 Melissa and I did the Paleo + CrossFit 30 Day Challen...

#229 - Why Doesn’t Everybody…

10 minute read

Motto: The Desolation of Smug <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This post is going to come across as snooty, maybe, but I don...

#226 - Build It Yourself

3 minute read

Motto: Coincidental Minds Think Alike <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">If it’s been a...

#217 - Short Google Fit Rant

3 minute read

Motto: Google Fit, Not Quite Fit for Duty (HEADLINES, SON) <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This entire update is about Goog...

#213 - The Avengers Trailer

3 minute read

Motto: No Strings Attached <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Being a critic is not one of my skills. Howev...

#210 - Just a Theory

3 minute read

Motto: Tonight's a Twofer <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I have a theory about stress, not all types of...

#209 - Life: The Guide

3 minute read

Motto: Tangent <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Systems analysis - that’s got to be a passtime of mine. ...

#208 - To Whom It May Concern

2 minute read

Motto: I Like Posts Like This <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">If you’re reading this, there’s a zero percent chance any of ...

#207 - What’s Next

5 minute read

Motto: The Quantified Masses, The Hunt for Ripped October, The Yes Man Cometh, All Other Potential Names <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-b...

#201 - Feature: Thought Experiments

8 minute read

Motto: "What running features should each Column have?" Five months ago I wrote a feature post titled "Minimalist Thought Experiment". In that post I gave a ...

#192 - Feature: Dominion

19 minute read

Motto: Hello Melissa! Hello Danielle! This post is not for everyone. The first part is for everyone who's at all interested in this game I've been playing a...

#190 - My 25th Year

3 minute read

Motto: It's My Party and I'll Cry to Make a Throwback Joke <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-h...

#187 - LightWORKS

3 minute read

Motto: IT'S ALIVE!!! <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This is a continuation of my previous few Columns. Re: Linux & vi...

#186 - Fitness Baseline

3 minute read

Motto: Bro, do You Even Lift? (or run? or stretch?) <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I...

#185 - Editor Rant

5 minute read

Motto: This is a Column for Me, Not so much You <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><pre style="line-heig...

#183 - Lonesome George

3 minute read

Motto: The Tyrannosaurus Wrecks His Car <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Despite the t...

#179 - Feature: Transportation

12 minute read

Motto: Cars Go Fast <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">This Column is long, but I think ...

#172 - The Ring

2 minute read

Motto: 7 Days (equals one week!) <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’ve been married fo...

#169 - Wedding Talk

3 minute read

Motto: That's MR. Gillespie to you. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">The original titl...

#168 - The Wedding at the End of the Tunnel

3 minute read

Motto: Details Details Details I sometimes have a tendency to get excited about something, then forget that anything exists beyond that thing. I was excited ...

#166 - Attack Mode

3 minute read

Motto: So Much to Do and so Little Time <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Writing Columns is something I d...

#165 - Multimedia Solution

3 minute read

Motto: I Just Want to Play What I Have on What I Have <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">There was a time w...

#155 - I Thought it was Funny

2 minute read

Motto: It's All Good (Except for the Bad Stuff) <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">When I was in middle sch...

#154 - Advantages & Android Wear

2 minute read

Motto: The Point of this Post is to Make You Hate Me <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">...

#153 - Man Week

1 minute read

Motto: It's What You Make of It <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Melissa is in Wichita...

#152 - Continuing Education

1 minute read

Motto: Not Sure <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I have no plans for this post. It’s 10PM. At some point in time over the pa...

#150 - Meta Cheese

2 minute read

Motto: It's Good for You <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">One hundred fifty. I’ve written one hundred fif...

#149 - Today’s Writing Exercise

2 minute read

Motto: Seriously. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’m sorry if my “write every day” g...

#148 - Mission: Impossibly Convenient

less than 1 minute read

Motto: When "Running to the Store" is Literally Possible <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I’ve lived in f...

#146 - New Rotation

1 minute read

Motto: The Times, They are a Changing September 2012 I started my first real job. I entered into an engineering technical development rotation program. For ...

#143 - Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

1 minute read

Motto: I just now learned Timbuktu is a real place <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-height: 1...

#141 - Ad Nauseum

4 minute read

Motto: I'm Really Proud of the Title of this Post, Too On the first of this month I wrote about my experiences while on a Paleo diet. I mentioned that I fel...

#134 - A Menagerie of Goodness

5 minute read

Motto: Mod podge <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I keep a backlog of ideas for the co...

#129 - 24th Year Swell and Engagement Photo

1 minute read

Motto: the Approval of Random Internet Strangers Three months ago, I put this video on YouTube:Up until 14 hours ago, that video had been watched 232 times. ...

#128 - Nexus 5, Android 4.4, Battlefield 4

5 minute read

Motto: EVERYTHING IS SO NEW AND SHINY I took a week off. Life happens. I’m going to make this update into 3 short updates in one.<div dir="ltr" style="mar...

#127 - October Project Ended 4 Days Shy

3 minute read

Motto: If you can't eat it you don't need it. I’m ending the October Project a few days early. First I’m going to post the picture you’ve probably already no...

#126 - Late is Better than Never

2 minute read

Motto: I wish they played basketball in the NBA <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’ve ...

#123 - Disc Golf Video (and a Column)

1 minute read

Motto: Owed In Son Today is Monday. Today is not Sunday. I didn’t get my workouts done consistently last week. I’m going to lift as soon as I post this. Th...

#122 - Make-up Post

4 minute read

Motto: Darn the Bad Luck There <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I got sick. It ruined ...

#115 - An Internet Video & Picture

1 minute read

Motto: dnekeeW sdrawkcaB A <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I don’t have much to say t...

#112 - KitKat & Dominion (short post)

1 minute read

Motto: CANDY SOVEREIGN TERRITORY <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Two days ago the wor...

#111 - WVZ7X7 (and more)

1 minute read

Motto: WVZ7X7 <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is my new thing - my unique identifier in the s...

#106 - Experimental Phase

4 minute read

Motto: The Regularity <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Life gets boring if you let it...

#105 - Nothing in Particular

3 minute read

Motto: You're Not Special <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is both a reoccurring theme from Fig...

#103 - 25 Years of Awesome

1 minute read

Motto: It has been a Very Interesting Quarter-Century <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">...

#101 - Tackling the Backlog

6 minute read

Motto: Catch up and mustard <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I am alone. My best friend is back home with...

#99 - Feature on Tools

4 minute read

Motto: A Tool is Only as Useful as Its Operator’s Ability to Use It<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-heig...

#96 - Feature: Intelligence

4 minute read

Motto: Knowledge is Power! <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Today’s post is an article...

#92 - One Month Tracked

5 minute read

Fact: I've tracked 35 days Motto: Know Thyself <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A little over one month ago I put into acti...

#91 - Creativity & JIF GIF Revisited

3 minute read

Motto: 3 Day Weekends are the Best <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I have several things on my writing d...

#88 - Fishing Trip

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: Float On</div><div dir="ltr" style="f...

#86 - Good Weekend

3 minute read

Motto: 10PM and all is well!<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">I’m publishing this update ...

#85 - Predictions for Google I/O

4 minute read

Motto: “I/O” stands for “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! OH MY GOD!”<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">...

#81 - Back to Normal

4 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: Just a Normal Day at the Office (Chair)</div><div dir="ltr"...

#79 - Pros & Cons

9 minute read

Motto: Mottos are good for intros, but can be vague or confusing<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This column...

#77 - Pre-Trip Madness

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: AAAAAAAAAAA!!!</div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0...

#75 - Sleep & Adulthood

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: So it goes.</div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;...

#74 - Simplicity. Dogs. XKCD Part 2

4 minute read

Motto: Keep It Simple, Stupid (alternatively: Simon)<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"></div><div dir="ltr" style="ma...

#73 - Lots

4 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: I’ve got nothing to say - but I’m going to say a lot</div>...

#69 - Stolen Ideas

2 minute read

Motto: Today was a two-ferI was thinking recently about some of my favorite things I’ve ever created. This list includes (but is not exhausted by) the checkl...

#67 - Great, Terrible, Great

2 minute read

Motto: Whatever I feel like. That’s the whole idea.It’s been a little while since I updated. My mind has been on other things.A while back my cousin had me w...

#63 - Creativity, Autopilot, Racists

5 minute read

Motto: Original, PleaseThe first thing I’d like to talk about in today’s column relates back to Column #61 - Movie Mode. It concerns creative output and it o...

#62 - No Facebook, Phonetic Alphabet, Pride

7 minute read

Motto: Aesthetic, Aesthetic, Rho, Owe, No, Gary, Me, Larry, Larry, Ewe, Site, Pneumatic, Me, EweI have a plan for this post, so it might be more coherent tha...

#61 - Movie Mode

3 minute read

Motto: Throwing Everything Possibly Deep at a Wall to See What SticksThis weekend was dedicated to me. Aaron took a weekend for Aaron - probably undeservedly...

#57 - Too Long Makes for Too Long

9 minute read

Motto: Better late than never!<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white;"></div><div class="MsoNormal">     I have sat down to ...

#52 - The Man with the Golden Phone Number

3 minute read

Motto: This Motto isn’t Orange, it’s Golden.Yesterday a few things happened. My new Nexus 4 became my official “make calls on” phone. My Galaxy Nexus went to...

#47 - A Hit Out on Facebook

5 minute read

Motto: Rubber ducky, you’re the one..This is my 47th column since its rebirth. I should emphasize again that this is not the 47th column I’ve ever written - ...

#46 - Early Morning Thoughts

3 minute read

Motto: “That which goes up, must also come down” is a wildly inaccurate statement.About the motto: first off, “up” and “down” are dependent upon your frame o...

#42 - Life, The Universe, and Everything

3 minute read

Motto: Don’t Panic.<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-a...

#39 - Tech Cool Down

3 minute read

Motto: The word “Sasquatch” is somewhere in this sentence, see if you can find it!I have written a lot about consumer technology lately. This isn’t a blog ab...

#35 - Google Drive & List 2.0

2 minute read

Motto: Save ALL the things!Due to my geolocational luck, I have recently had the pleasure of signing up for Google Fiber. Due to my extraordinary luck, the 1...

#34 - Three Weeks of Work

2 minute read

Motto: Aaron’s Telecommunications & Technology jobThree weeks of work down, hopefully many many more to come. Once again, I intend on keeping where I wor...

#33 - One Week of Work

3 minute read

Motto: I sat in the theater of Looper with a camera. I looked at myself in the camera and watched myself watching myself watch myself watch Looper.Life is to...

#31 - Kansas City

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Motto: Movin on up.Since the last update I moved to Kansas City. Since I moved to Kansas City I’ve spent an inordinate amount of money on rent and furnishing...

#29 - The Wait (Irishfest, Tech Factionism)

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Motto: Aaron Go Brag (somewhere else)The motto is my Anglicised form of Erin Go Bragh. Which apparently truly Irish people don’t say, or at least don’t spell...

#26 - Employment

2 minute read

Motto: You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying!The motto is a quote. Name the movie and...

#25 - Finished Desk + Melissa’s Return

2 minute read

Motto: having a girlfriend you can see >> having a girlfriend in elsewherevilleThe first segment of this column was written 4 days ago. Until further n...

#23 - A Well-Documented Life

2 minute read

Motto: Don’t eat an apple a day. Doctor visits are necessary.Since my birthday (2 days ago) I’ve started doing 2 new things: First, I started writing in a “5...

#21 - My Last Summer’s Last Week

1 minute read

Motto: Short and Sweet.The last summer of my life is coming to a close. I know this because the lease on the apartment I’m in is about up. We are moving out ...

#20 - Metawriting

2 minute read

Motto: Knowledge comes from experience. Experience comes from doing things.You like that motto? I thought of it myself. It actually has been my motto over th...

#18 - XKCD, DRM, other letters

4 minute read

Motto: What Would Clint Eastwood Do?<div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;">Randall Munroe is the newest addition to my list of heroes. He is...

#16 - Crackers & Aging

1 minute read

Motto: Thunder Buddies for Life First off, I feel its necessary to give you an idea of what is going on right now: I'm not doing anything. Now that you're ...

#15 - Jelly Bean

3 minute read

Motto: My phone is running Android 4.1, you jelly?There is no target audience for this post. Unless you care about the new android update intensely, you shou...

#13 - and he said “Yes” and it was good.

1 minute read

Motto: Three days in…I have been taking this “Yes” thing more seriously than I expected. So far I haven’t turned down an opportunity, invitation, or suggesti...

#11 - Good weekend and notes

3 minute read

Motto: I keep looking up the definition of insanity, it always says the same thingI’m back in Lawrence. Worked out yesterday in the most “old-fashioned” way ...

#8 - Donnie Darko, EDC fruition

1 minute read

Motto: 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 secondsAbout the motto - I’m watching Donnie Darko. So you might have to take this entire post with a grain of sal...

#7 - Futurama

2 minute read

Motto: Productivity schmoductivityFixation is a state to which I have a natural predisposition. The search for perfection is as close to perfection as you ca...

#6 - Time.

3 minute read

Motto: BwhaaaaaaaaaamAbout the motto - I’m watching Inception. So you might have to take this entire post with a grain of salt. Maybe a brick of salt.I have ...

#3 - late night homework was bittersweet

2 minute read

Motto: Hasta La Vista, homeworkApparently my tablet's Blogger app doesn't support colored text. I guess it will be pretty obvious which columns I write on my...

#1 - Why do this thing again?

1 minute read

Hello there.I decided to roll back to a previous habit in my life - this thing I did during high school to help pass the time and get my thoughts out of my h...

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#376 - New Column!

3 minute read

I said I was interested in changing up The Column. This is me doing that. For future reference, this is the first post I’m writing after my move from Blogger...

#374 - Feature: Google Lament

7 minute read

Motto: Okay Google... what's your goal here?IntroThis post is going to be an expansion on something I wrote about in Column #354. It will (hopefully) complet...

#371 - AIM Immediate Followup

3 minute read

Motto: Cause Nothing Ever Stays "Good Enough"I left the last post off saying I'd write more about Notion. This is going to be that + me revisiting notetaking...

#367 - Short Book Review: Broken Angels

7 minute read

Motto: You can probably just stop reading.This post is not for anyone. I wanted to write it, though. TL;DR - I read two books, one was good, one was not. Als...

#366 - Feature: Google Takeout

9 minute read

Motto: Google is GodThere's a Google product you should know about; it's called Google Takeout. It is not a food service, so don't get excited. Don't ma...

#363 - Time & Date

3 minute read

Motto: This Column was Meant to be about Many TopicsI have been thinking some about how stupid our conventions are for times and dates. I wonder if I could c...

#358 - More iOS vs Android Thoughts

9 minute read

Motto: THOUGHTS! OPINIONS! WORDS IN AN ORDER TO CONVEY MEANING! This post is literally only about my continued review on iOS vs Android. I thought of more s...

#351 - Self Help (Yourself)

5 minute read

Motto: Make HappyI write the first half of this Column from a position of privilege. Actually I write every Column from that position, now tha...

#341 - Aaron Explains Income Tax

less than 1 minute read

Motto: GET READY FOR FINANCE, BABYTaxes are needlessly confusing. At least that's how I always found them to be. Some relatively simple jargon like "deductib...

#338 - Avengers: Infinity War (No spoilers)

4 minute read

Motto: Balance to the UniverseI've been unable to write this column for the past 50 hours since I watched Avengers: Infinity War for the first time. My brain...

#336 - Memes & Pictures and Previews

1 minute read

Motto: Shooter McGavin was in an episode of Star Trek: The Next GenerationI haven't written much lately cause I've been busy.I rewatched Thor: Ragnarok. I th...

#333 - Just Press 3 for a While

5 minute read

Motto: Don't say cheese, just smile. Life is Good. This is the kind of stuff I think about.What is "smart"? What makes somebody smart? Is it just.....

#328 - Feature: The MCU, Revisited

18 minute read

Motto: What a Marvelous ContinuationPreface:Nearly 4 years ago, I wrote this long post about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as it existed then). In...

#309 - Intent: Android

4 minute read

Motto: Sentences that Begin and End with the Same Word are My Favorite Sentences.Before this 30 Day Challenge I wouldn't really have understood the title I u...

#307 - MCU Lows, CostCo Challenge

5 minute read

Motto: Dr. Jan ItorFollow through... follow through is the topic I want to talk about for this Column.Actually let's talk about something else.It goes withou...

#301 - A Lot on My Mind

3 minute read

Motto: I'm Here to Make a BargainI have had a lot on my mind lately. An almost inexplicably large amount for a person whose so far into the steady-state port...

#300 - Short & Sweet

2 minute read

Motto: THIS IS SPARTAI've written 300 of these. That's a round number which seems significant. It's not, though. If humans had 12 fingers instead of 10, I'd ...

#299 - Homegym + Andromeda + Luke Cage

2 minute read

Motto: Upon this rock, I will build my church.If the motto is sacrilegious, I apologize. I'm not referencing Matthew 16:18, I'm referencing Ultron. Ultr...

#298 - Same Old, Same Old, Different New

6 minute read

Motto: WHOA IS ME!This Column will have some of the same old stuff I usually talk about presented in the same old ways. It will also have some different new ...

#288 - Everything is Awesome

3 minute read

Motto: and now, for something completely different!My wife's name is Melissa. She and I met 6 3/4 years ago at KU in training for our new job. I was fairly r...

#285 - Batman Vs Superman Vs the Trailers

4 minute read

Motto: :-(21 hours ago I walked into a theater to watch one of the most anticipated movies... ever. The levels of hype varied from source to source - but all...

#282 - Monitor & Videogames

1 minute read

Motto: Writing WrongsThat monitor situation I talked about in my previous post got resolved. I successfully returned the 4K monitor, lessons learned. Earlier...

#281 - New Monitor’s Resolutions

3 minute read

Motto: Rambling for Rambling's SakeYesterday I bought a brand new 28" 4K Samsung computer monitor.Today I am writing this Column on it.Tomorrow I'll be retur...

#278 - One Thousand Days

1 minute read

Motto: I have two on-going projects over 1,000 days old because I've only ever had two good ideasThis post going to be very short. I just wrote and published...

#275 - THINGS ARE GOOD

1 minute read

Motto: IN AND OUTThis is going to be a super quick update before the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. midseason finale. I'm very excited for that.I'm very excited abou...

#274 - Vacation: Full Stop.

5 minute read

Motto: Hi guys!I had a week vacation. Although I went into the week with some loosely-defined goals & objectives, when it came time to put the wheels on ...

#272 - Android TV Experiment

3 minute read

Motto: Well That's Disappointing In 2014, when Google announced the Nexus 6 that was a huge personal disappointment, they announced a few other things that ...

#271 - 2045

3 minute read

Motto: GREAT SCOTT! Yesterday was “Back to the Future” day. That is popular knowledge right now. I’m not stating that not so much to inform you now, but mor...

#270 - #HYPE

2 minute read

Motto: GET ON MY LEVEL The initial reviews for the Nexus 6P are coming back. I'm buying into the #HYPE. Initial. Reviews. Are. All. Positive. Seriously....

#268 - I Forgot to Name

2 minute read

Motto: IT MIGHT SEEM CRAZY, WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY... I’m about to write something I promised myself I wouldn’t ever write:“It’s been so long since I wrote, ...

#264 - Maths: Dimensional Analysis

5 minute read

Motto: Knowledge = Voltage × Current! This column is going to be fun, but first you've got to earn that fun through some learning. I'm going to start this ...

#259 - Follow-up to My Previous Post

2 minute read

Motto: I found a homogeneous mixture composed of only one phase<div style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></div><div style="font-fa...

#250 - Life Tracker Refactor

6 minute read

Motto: Diagnostics, on a Personal LevelBecause I anticipate this is a boring subject for many/most of you - I've included a TL;DR just above the Top 5 to whi...

#239 - 1 Down… Many to Go

3 minute read

Motto: You Can Survive Anything for Just 10 Seconds! <div>Melissa and I went on our first real bike ride yesterday. We went on a 2.92 mile jaunt around...

#238 - Print “#238”

1 minute read

Motto: Zen Mode Engage<div>I have decided to learn more about computer science. I’ve done some “coding” for several years, but it’s pretty much always ...

#237 - Social Networks, Fitness

5 minute read

Motto: You Don't Exercise because You Have Energy, You Exercise because it GIVES You Energy <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; m...

#233 - Time is Dumb & Phones are Dumb

6 minute read

Motto: This Turned Out Longer than I Expected <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Convent...

#228 - Windows 7 Ate 9

4 minute read

Motto: Vegas is Paying Out Big Money to Some to Some Lucky Betters This weekend I built a computer. Let me answer some anticipated questions: Q: Why did you...

#227 - Feature: A La Carte Television

6 minute read

Motto: Liberty and Monarchy, that's my Free King Motto <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Because I sorta w...

#226 - Build It Yourself

3 minute read

Motto: Coincidental Minds Think Alike <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">If it’s been a...

#213 - The Avengers Trailer

3 minute read

Motto: No Strings Attached <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Being a critic is not one of my skills. Howev...

#211 - New Stuff: Impressed/Not Impressed

8 minute read

Motto: I Like These Oddly Formatted Columns. Expect More of Them.ImpressedRobert Downey Jr. is rumored to be joining the cast of the upcoming Captain America...

#210 - Just a Theory

3 minute read

Motto: Tonight's a Twofer <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I have a theory about stress, not all types of...

#206 - First Watch Update

2 minute read

Motto: Focus, by Marc Jacobs <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’m writing this post in...

#205 - Life Tracked

10 minute read

Motto: Aaron, Meet Aaron <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This post is going to be long, but it’s kind of a big deal. Hopefu...

#203 - Moto 360

4 minute read

Motto: Infall Klocka <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Two weeks ago I wrote about how excited I was for ...

#201 - Feature: Thought Experiments

8 minute read

Motto: "What running features should each Column have?" Five months ago I wrote a feature post titled "Minimalist Thought Experiment". In that post I gave a ...

#199 - Feature: Tech Setup

12 minute read

Motto: I wrote this on a laptop <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I’ve been interested in consumer technol...

#193 - He’s Coding

5 minute read

Motto: Clean your weight, deary <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This post isn’t a feature. It’s mostly a...

#192 - Feature: Dominion

19 minute read

Motto: Hello Melissa! Hello Danielle! This post is not for everyone. The first part is for everyone who's at all interested in this game I've been playing a...

#178 - Linux & “the Cloud”

5 minute read

Motto: Open is as Open Does <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This Column is about computer stuff. It is g...

#175 - List of Projects

7 minute read

Motto: The Project Project is Projected to be a Success <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;"&...

#174 - The Walled Garden of Eden

3 minute read

Motto: WWDC stands for Wow. What a Developer's Conference <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Everything I’m about to say might...

#167 - Feature: Password Security

11 minute read

Motto: My Heartbleed's for You <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is not grammatically incorrect....

#166 - Attack Mode

3 minute read

Motto: So Much to Do and so Little Time <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Writing Columns is something I d...

#165 - Multimedia Solution

3 minute read

Motto: I Just Want to Play What I Have on What I Have <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">There was a time w...

#159 - Future Tech & Android Wear

3 minute read

Motto: Watch What I'm About to Do Here <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Predicting the future of technology has been a stapl...

#151 - Feature: Fonts

2 minute read

Motto: It's not what you say or how you say it; it's what it looks like. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This Column is mos...

#148 - Mission: Impossibly Convenient

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Motto: When "Running to the Store" is Literally Possible <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I’ve lived in f...

#143 - Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

1 minute read

Motto: I just now learned Timbuktu is a real place <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-height: 1...

#136 - Chrome, in All It’s Forms

4 minute read

Motto: Boldly Going Where Chrome has Gone Before Chromebooks are specialized laptops that run Google's Chrome OS. For those of you who don't know about Chrom...

#128 - Nexus 5, Android 4.4, Battlefield 4

5 minute read

Motto: EVERYTHING IS SO NEW AND SHINY I took a week off. Life happens. I’m going to make this update into 3 short updates in one.<div dir="ltr" style="mar...

#124 - Mid-October

2 minute read

Motto: the Fattening The October Project is half over. Brief recap - I'm doing a month long project that can basically be summarized as "Eat more, workout mo...

#111 - WVZ7X7 (and more)

1 minute read

Motto: WVZ7X7 <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is my new thing - my unique identifier in the s...

#106 - Experimental Phase

4 minute read

Motto: The Regularity <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Life gets boring if you let it...

#104 - Creating Multimedia/XKCD Volume 0

3 minute read

Motto: Putting the "Multi" in "Multimedia" This column is an exploration of all the different forms of multimedia I can create; it’s also an experiment to do...

#96 - Feature: Intelligence

4 minute read

Motto: Knowledge is Power! <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Today’s post is an article...

#94 - Feature: Path of Least Resistance

4 minute read

Motto: Facts are Overrated Anyway <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">For over a week I’ve had two Feature P...

#92 - One Month Tracked

5 minute read

Fact: I've tracked 35 days Motto: Know Thyself <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A little over one month ago I put into acti...

#85 - Predictions for Google I/O

4 minute read

Motto: “I/O” stands for “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! OH MY GOD!”<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">...

#83 - One Week Tracked

5 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: “If I had an hour to save the world I would spend 59 minutes definin...

#82- Superheroes

9 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: SUPERnerdy</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margi...

#70 - Pi Virus

4 minute read

Motto: My health? It’s gone viral.I fell ill Monday night. At 8pm on Monday I decided I needed to go to bed because I was tired. Then I realized I was freezi...

#54 - Morning After Christmas

2 minute read

<div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: none; direction: ltr; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px;...

#52 - The Man with the Golden Phone Number

3 minute read

Motto: This Motto isn’t Orange, it’s Golden.Yesterday a few things happened. My new Nexus 4 became my official “make calls on” phone. My Galaxy Nexus went to...

#51 - Turn It Up to Eleven

3 minute read

Motto: Purity is in the eye of the column writerLast night I was looking through the column on my (old) Galaxy Nexus using the Google Currents app. Currents,...

#49 - Full of Nerd

4 minute read

Motto: Nerds rule the world.The other day I hopped on the elevator at my apartment/condo complex and something statistically unlikely happened. Two more gent...

#47 - A Hit Out on Facebook

5 minute read

Motto: Rubber ducky, you’re the one..This is my 47th column since its rebirth. I should emphasize again that this is not the 47th column I’ve ever written - ...

#42 - Life, The Universe, and Everything

3 minute read

Motto: Don’t Panic.<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-a...

#35 - Google Drive & List 2.0

2 minute read

Motto: Save ALL the things!Due to my geolocational luck, I have recently had the pleasure of signing up for Google Fiber. Due to my extraordinary luck, the 1...

#21 - My Last Summer’s Last Week

1 minute read

Motto: Short and Sweet.The last summer of my life is coming to a close. I know this because the lease on the apartment I’m in is about up. We are moving out ...

#18 - XKCD, DRM, other letters

4 minute read

Motto: What Would Clint Eastwood Do?<div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;">Randall Munroe is the newest addition to my list of heroes. He is...

#12 - Yes Man, Top 5 Apps

3 minute read

Motto: Say “Yes” MoreRecently, I have pulled together the messages from different movies, stories, books, and cliches into a new self-manifesto. I am vowing ...

#11 - Good weekend and notes

3 minute read

Motto: I keep looking up the definition of insanity, it always says the same thingI’m back in Lawrence. Worked out yesterday in the most “old-fashioned” way ...

#9 - Visions of a Googley Future

3 minute read

Motto: My own personal JarvisI read a fascinating article this morning making predictions about Google’s upcoming developer conference: Google I/O. At this c...

#7 - Futurama

2 minute read

Motto: Productivity schmoductivityFixation is a state to which I have a natural predisposition. The search for perfection is as close to perfection as you ca...

#6 - Time.

3 minute read

Motto: BwhaaaaaaaaaamAbout the motto - I’m watching Inception. So you might have to take this entire post with a grain of salt. Maybe a brick of salt.I have ...

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#384 - 2020 is the Future

7 minute read

Doesn’t it seem like 2020 has always been “the future!”. Technically as of this writing that’s still true… but almost assuredly for you reading this it is no...

#372 - Gillespie Summer Vacation 2019

2 minute read

Motto: This is essentially just FacebookMy little family unit just took our first 3-person vacation... and we liked it so much we decided to go for immediate...

#350 - Griffin

2 minute read

As a Father: THE THERMOSTAT IS NOT TO BE TOUCHED  On 8/8/18, Griffin was born. I was born on 8/1/88, which is his birthday backwards. I think ...

#343 - The Parable of the Rowing Machine

4 minute read

Motto: Everybody Needs a HobbyI have put a lot of the three major resources into crafting a home gym. I'm proud of it and it's one my favorite things about m...

#322 - Fixing Sports, Definitions, Pictures

4 minute read

Motto: DC, KC, ABQ, and stuffPart of the reason I don't write "Features" all that much anymore is that they take me a LONG time, and they push out other thin...

#313 - A Great Time

4 minute read

Motto: Balance in the ForceThis post will serve as the "yong" to the previous post's "ying". First I'll start by saying I'm back on prescription anti-in...

#312 - Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy

10 minute read

Motto: No shirt. No shoes. No thanks.Columns will go on as long as they have to.This Column was supposed to be a "fun" one, cause I feel like the last one I ...

#301 - A Lot on My Mind

3 minute read

Motto: I'm Here to Make a BargainI have had a lot on my mind lately. An almost inexplicably large amount for a person whose so far into the steady-state port...

#297 - Building Stuff/Aaron’s Desk

3 minute read

Motto: Mr. Handy Man CanMy grandpa was a carpenter. My dad builds stuff. It turns out I build some stuff too.Am I great? No.Am I capable?Arguably.My who...

#293 - One Big Chicken

2 minute read

Motto: Is the "Of Pisa" really necessary?Stuff's happening. I'm very likely buying a house. Melissa and I will quickly become homeowners. LIVING THE AMERICAN...

#290 - Post Vacation Life

3 minute read

Motto: Meet Dr. TryhardMelissa and I took a long vacation. For photos, see Facebook. If you don't know me well enough to see my Facebook, that's too bad. I'l...

#288 - Everything is Awesome

3 minute read

Motto: and now, for something completely different!My wife's name is Melissa. She and I met 6 3/4 years ago at KU in training for our new job. I was fairly r...

#287 - Re: LAX (don’t do it)

3 minute read

Motto: This post started so positive, then went down in flamesI wrote the majority of this post a week ago, but then lost internet connectivity and had to pu...

#284 - General Life Update

3 minute read

Motto: lightly flavored carbonated water ≠ sodaHI!I don't write as much any more. That's just the way things are, and the way they will likely continue to be...

#281 - New Monitor’s Resolutions

3 minute read

Motto: Rambling for Rambling's SakeYesterday I bought a brand new 28" 4K Samsung computer monitor.Today I am writing this Column on it.Tomorrow I'll be retur...

#280 - Good Routine ⇾ Good Life

6 minute read

Motto: Set Achievable Daily Goals and Achieve Them DailyI've struggled not to start every Column I've written over the past few months with "everything is re...

#279 - A, L, B, U….. QUERQUE!

2 minute read

Motto: Baskin Robbins always finds outI spent a couple of nights in Albuquerque earlier this week. It was my first time (in memory) down around that state. T...

#278 - One Thousand Days

1 minute read

Motto: I have two on-going projects over 1,000 days old because I've only ever had two good ideasThis post going to be very short. I just wrote and published...

#274 - Vacation: Full Stop.

5 minute read

Motto: Hi guys!I had a week vacation. Although I went into the week with some loosely-defined goals & objectives, when it came time to put the wheels on ...

#268 - I Forgot to Name

2 minute read

Motto: IT MIGHT SEEM CRAZY, WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY... I’m about to write something I promised myself I wouldn’t ever write:“It’s been so long since I wrote, ...

#257 - Four Great Days

3 minute read

Motto: The Theme is "Worlds"... which Passes as a Theme I Suppose The past 4 days have been awesome. Here's why, with pictures & captions! Melissa and...

#253 - The Video Everyone’s Waiting For

1 minute read

Motto: Get really excited. Here it comes. You excited? I turned 27 yesterday. That marks my 27th* year on this earth, and my 3rd year's Second-A-Day video. ...

#241 - Colorado Vacation

2 minute read

Motto: I Might Be Inclined <div>Melissa and I are back from vacation. It was great.I’m sitting at the table. It’s late at night. Melissa is grading. Th...

#231 - Notes from the Previous Two Weeks

3 minute read

Motto: Bill Plates - President of Macrohard <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">My 30 Day...

#226 - Build It Yourself

3 minute read

Motto: Coincidental Minds Think Alike <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">If it’s been a...

#204 - Winfield

1 minute read

Motto: My Grass is Blue <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><pre style="line-height: normal; white-space:...

#194 - Tireless Writing

2 minute read

Motto: I'd make another wheel-based pun, but I won't because I'm 3/4ths tired. <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0p...

#186 - Fitness Baseline

3 minute read

Motto: Bro, do You Even Lift? (or run? or stretch?) <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I...

#171 - The Greatest Week of My Life

13 minute read

Motto: Whoa. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Just to set the scene properly for your ...

#170 - The Greatest Day of My Life

2 minute read

Motto: Have You Ever Had a Perfect Day? I had a perfect day. It happened about 3 weeks ago.Melissa and I were married on Saturday the 3rd of May in Lawrence,...

#168 - The Wedding at the End of the Tunnel

3 minute read

Motto: Details Details Details I sometimes have a tendency to get excited about something, then forget that anything exists beyond that thing. I was excited ...

#163 - The Buzz Heard Around the World

9 minute read

Motto: I Hate Getting My Hair Cut. <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Yesterday was the worst day I’ve had ...

#156 - Showered and Writing

2 minute read

Motto: Feel the Love I'd like to start this post by saying wedding showers are awesome. I suggest you have one as soon as you can. I have access to all sorts...

#147 - Toshiba Chromebook

2 minute read

Motto: Writing about Chrome, in Chrome <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A couple of months ago I wrote ab...

#141 - Ad Nauseum

4 minute read

Motto: I'm Really Proud of the Title of this Post, Too On the first of this month I wrote about my experiences while on a Paleo diet. I mentioned that I fel...

#100 - One Hundred

1 minute read

Motto: Things are Crazy, and Crazy is Good <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">It’s been ...

#98 - Further Down the River

1 minute read

Motto: Float On <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">This weekend was Nick’s bachelor part...

#95 - Basketball Tournament & Royals Games

2 minute read

Motto: Take Me Out to of the BallgameI'm writing this post in lieu of going out to play laser tag. I know what you're thinking, "Aaron, that's not very 'Y...

#93 - Cousin Week

4 minute read

Motto: Too Much of a Good Thing is a Great Thing <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Fact: I Already Don’t ...

#88 - Fishing Trip

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: Float On</div><div dir="ltr" style="f...

#81 - Back to Normal

4 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: Just a Normal Day at the Office (Chair)</div><div dir="ltr"...

#75 - Sleep & Adulthood

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: So it goes.</div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;...

#71 - Premature Victory Dance

1 minute read

Motto: ~145 hoursThat’s how long it’s been since I initially thought this:“I’m really really tired… and it’s freezing in here… and I’m sore everywhere for no...

#70 - Pi Virus

4 minute read

Motto: My health? It’s gone viral.I fell ill Monday night. At 8pm on Monday I decided I needed to go to bed because I was tired. Then I realized I was freezi...

#67 - Great, Terrible, Great

2 minute read

Motto: Whatever I feel like. That’s the whole idea.It’s been a little while since I updated. My mind has been on other things.A while back my cousin had me w...

#66 - KU, Scroogled, Snow

3 minute read

Motto: I need to lift more.This post is being written almost entirely to share a video I just made. You can find this video down below, in the Top 5. Some pr...

#65 - The Adventures of Aaron

7 minute read

Motto: For your treatment I prescribe several highly concentrated doses of life.I did an experiment concerning confirmation bias. As it turns out, everything...

#63 - Creativity, Autopilot, Racists

5 minute read

Motto: Original, PleaseThe first thing I’d like to talk about in today’s column relates back to Column #61 - Movie Mode. It concerns creative output and it o...

#62 - No Facebook, Phonetic Alphabet, Pride

7 minute read

Motto: Aesthetic, Aesthetic, Rho, Owe, No, Gary, Me, Larry, Larry, Ewe, Site, Pneumatic, Me, EweI have a plan for this post, so it might be more coherent tha...

#61 - Movie Mode

3 minute read

Motto: Throwing Everything Possibly Deep at a Wall to See What SticksThis weekend was dedicated to me. Aaron took a weekend for Aaron - probably undeservedly...

#60 - 184 days, in 4 minutes

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Motto: 6 Months Down, Six Months to GoI have a lot of time to kill before I can put a wrap on this post. I just started the render for the updated version of...

#58 - New Broken Computer & Some Pictures

3 minute read

Motto: One man’s trash is another man’s trash I just got my new computer. It is a refurbished ASUS that I got a great deal on. It is sleek looking. It is lig...

#57 - Too Long Makes for Too Long

9 minute read

Motto: Better late than never!<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white;"></div><div class="MsoNormal">     I have sat down to ...

#56 - A Three-Post Post

4 minute read

Motto One: Three column’s in one.Motto Two: Not too long, though.Motto Three: I promise.A lot has gone on since my last update. Realistically, I should could...

#54 - Morning After Christmas

2 minute read

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#51 - Turn It Up to Eleven

3 minute read

Motto: Purity is in the eye of the column writerLast night I was looking through the column on my (old) Galaxy Nexus using the Google Currents app. Currents,...

#50 - Odd Happenings & Pretentiousness

3 minute read

Motto: Randall Munroe is my hero.Yesterday I got stuck on the elevator in my building. I was trapped, alone in a 4x6 cell for 45 minutes. The worst part of i...

#48 - is a Weird Post.

1 minute read

Motto: Prevention is 16 times more effective than cure, by weight.Working out: What happened? I have been throttling my workouts on a bi-weekly basis. Every ...

#45 - Speaking of the Column

4 minute read

Motto: Using segways to make random topics seem related…To get started, here’s a few brief update bullets about my life: 1. Thanksgiving happened. This means...

#33 - One Week of Work

3 minute read

Motto: I sat in the theater of Looper with a camera. I looked at myself in the camera and watched myself watching myself watch myself watch Looper.Life is to...

#29 - The Wait (Irishfest, Tech Factionism)

6 minute read

Motto: Aaron Go Brag (somewhere else)The motto is my Anglicised form of Erin Go Bragh. Which apparently truly Irish people don’t say, or at least don’t spell...

#28 - TL;DR: California is Awesome.

9 minute read

Motto: Beverly Hills- that's where I want to be. I’m going to keep this as short as possible. There is a LOT to cover if I want to cover everything, so I sho...

#24 - Practice

1 minute read

Motto: Practice makes perfect.I am officially back home. I’m not sure for how long, though. I am here until after Melissa gets home and I can do some soul se...

#19 - Nexus 7 & Nebraska

4 minute read

Motto: Corn is Always InterestingTwo big things since my last update:1. My Nexus 7 arrived, straight from Google2. I went to Kearney, Nebraska to visit my si...

#17 - Amy’s Wedding

2 minute read

Motto: Upping the Entertainment Value for My Lovely AudienceAs per usual. I have all of the rest of this column done already (the motto, top 5, and quote are...

#14 - Indiana, probable home of Ricky Bobby

4 minute read

Motto: Hoosier Daddy?I went to Indiana this weekend. It was good.Anyway, on to other things…Not really. More about Indiana. I had never made a trip like that...

#10 - Quick. Then Redone.

1 minute read

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#372 - Gillespie Summer Vacation 2019

2 minute read

Motto: This is essentially just FacebookMy little family unit just took our first 3-person vacation... and we liked it so much we decided to go for immediate...

#350 - Griffin

2 minute read

As a Father: THE THERMOSTAT IS NOT TO BE TOUCHED  On 8/8/18, Griffin was born. I was born on 8/1/88, which is his birthday backwards. I think ...

#322 - Fixing Sports, Definitions, Pictures

4 minute read

Motto: DC, KC, ABQ, and stuffPart of the reason I don't write "Features" all that much anymore is that they take me a LONG time, and they push out other thin...

#305 - Sketch Comedy

6 minute read

Motto: I Guess Ryan Gosling is OkayThis year I am back to my 30 Day Challenges. They bring a variety to life that I quite enjoy. I missed the feeling that th...

#301 - A Lot on My Mind

3 minute read

Motto: I'm Here to Make a BargainI have had a lot on my mind lately. An almost inexplicably large amount for a person whose so far into the steady-state port...

#297 - Building Stuff/Aaron’s Desk

3 minute read

Motto: Mr. Handy Man CanMy grandpa was a carpenter. My dad builds stuff. It turns out I build some stuff too.Am I great? No.Am I capable?Arguably.My who...

#294 - My 27th Year

4 minute read

Motto: Jason UnbourneI haven't written in a while because I haven't had internet in a while. Melissa and I are moving to a full-blown house in less than a we...

#288 - Everything is Awesome

3 minute read

Motto: and now, for something completely different!My wife's name is Melissa. She and I met 6 3/4 years ago at KU in training for our new job. I was fairly r...

#287 - Re: LAX (don’t do it)

3 minute read

Motto: This post started so positive, then went down in flamesI wrote the majority of this post a week ago, but then lost internet connectivity and had to pu...

#276 - THINGS ARE STILL GOOD

2 minute read

Motto: BUM BUM BUM, BUM BUMBUM, BUM BUMBUM, BWAM BWAM BWAM BWAM BWAMBWAM, BWAM BUH BWAM. DUHHHH DUH DUH DUH DUH DA DUHDUHDUHTo set the scene: I'm watching a ...

#273 - 30 Day Challenges are Challenging

2 minute read

Motto: I have half an hour to write thisIt's the beginning of the month. That means I'm transitioning between two 30 Day Challenges. Here's where I reflect o...

#257 - Four Great Days

3 minute read

Motto: The Theme is "Worlds"... which Passes as a Theme I Suppose The past 4 days have been awesome. Here's why, with pictures & captions! Melissa and...

#253 - The Video Everyone’s Waiting For

1 minute read

Motto: Get really excited. Here it comes. You excited? I turned 27 yesterday. That marks my 27th* year on this earth, and my 3rd year's Second-A-Day video. ...

#241 - Colorado Vacation

2 minute read

Motto: I Might Be Inclined <div>Melissa and I are back from vacation. It was great.I’m sitting at the table. It’s late at night. Melissa is grading. Th...

#231 - Notes from the Previous Two Weeks

3 minute read

Motto: Bill Plates - President of Macrohard <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">My 30 Day...

#206 - First Watch Update

2 minute read

Motto: Focus, by Marc Jacobs <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’m writing this post in...

#203 - Moto 360

4 minute read

Motto: Infall Klocka <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Two weeks ago I wrote about how excited I was for ...

#201 - Feature: Thought Experiments

8 minute read

Motto: "What running features should each Column have?" Five months ago I wrote a feature post titled "Minimalist Thought Experiment". In that post I gave a ...

#176 - Feature: Gone Pro (or Insane)

6 minute read

Motto: The World's Most Versatile Column <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text...

#175 - List of Projects

7 minute read

Motto: The Project Project is Projected to be a Success <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;"&...

#171 - The Greatest Week of My Life

13 minute read

Motto: Whoa. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Just to set the scene properly for your ...

#170 - The Greatest Day of My Life

2 minute read

Motto: Have You Ever Had a Perfect Day? I had a perfect day. It happened about 3 weeks ago.Melissa and I were married on Saturday the 3rd of May in Lawrence,...

#136 - Chrome, in All It’s Forms

4 minute read

Motto: Boldly Going Where Chrome has Gone Before Chromebooks are specialized laptops that run Google's Chrome OS. For those of you who don't know about Chrom...

#134 - A Menagerie of Goodness

5 minute read

Motto: Mod podge <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I keep a backlog of ideas for the co...

#129 - 24th Year Swell and Engagement Photo

1 minute read

Motto: the Approval of Random Internet Strangers Three months ago, I put this video on YouTube:Up until 14 hours ago, that video had been watched 232 times. ...

#127 - October Project Ended 4 Days Shy

3 minute read

Motto: If you can't eat it you don't need it. I’m ending the October Project a few days early. First I’m going to post the picture you’ve probably already no...

#125 - The Mighty and the Mischievous

1 minute read

Motto: He then let out a mighty, roaring mew <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Melissa and I each got a ki...

#122 - Make-up Post

4 minute read

Motto: Darn the Bad Luck There <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I got sick. It ruined ...

#120 - The October Project

2 minute read

Motto: Like Before, but More <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">It’s October. That means a few things - Halloween is coming, i...

#111 - WVZ7X7 (and more)

1 minute read

Motto: WVZ7X7 <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is my new thing - my unique identifier in the s...

#107 - New Car Smell

1 minute read

Motto: Yaaaaaaay Debt! <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">It’s Sunday night. This is the second of the sch...

#104 - Creating Multimedia/XKCD Volume 0

3 minute read

Motto: Putting the "Multi" in "Multimedia" This column is an exploration of all the different forms of multimedia I can create; it’s also an experiment to do...

#102 - List of Words

2 minute read

Motto: You with Your Long Words and Your Short Difficult WordsThe following is a list of words I like, but don't hear much (and my loose definition of said w...

#101 - Tackling the Backlog

6 minute read

Motto: Catch up and mustard <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I am alone. My best friend is back home with...

#100 - One Hundred

1 minute read

Motto: Things are Crazy, and Crazy is Good <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">It’s been ...

#99 - Feature on Tools

4 minute read

Motto: A Tool is Only as Useful as Its Operator’s Ability to Use It<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-heig...

#95 - Basketball Tournament & Royals Games

2 minute read

Motto: Take Me Out to of the BallgameI'm writing this post in lieu of going out to play laser tag. I know what you're thinking, "Aaron, that's not very 'Y...

#93 - Cousin Week

4 minute read

Motto: Too Much of a Good Thing is a Great Thing <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Fact: I Already Don’t ...

#92 - One Month Tracked

5 minute read

Fact: I've tracked 35 days Motto: Know Thyself <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A little over one month ago I put into acti...

#88 - Fishing Trip

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: Float On</div><div dir="ltr" style="f...

#86 - Good Weekend

3 minute read

Motto: 10PM and all is well!<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">I’m publishing this update ...

#83 - One Week Tracked

5 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: “If I had an hour to save the world I would spend 59 minutes definin...

#80 - Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

4 minute read

Motto: If pictures are worth 1000 words, this is a REALLY long column<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I am ...

#74 - Simplicity. Dogs. XKCD Part 2

4 minute read

Motto: Keep It Simple, Stupid (alternatively: Simon)<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"></div><div dir="ltr" style="ma...

#73 - Lots

4 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: I’ve got nothing to say - but I’m going to say a lot</div>...

#65 - The Adventures of Aaron

7 minute read

Motto: For your treatment I prescribe several highly concentrated doses of life.I did an experiment concerning confirmation bias. As it turns out, everything...

#63 - Creativity, Autopilot, Racists

5 minute read

Motto: Original, PleaseThe first thing I’d like to talk about in today’s column relates back to Column #61 - Movie Mode. It concerns creative output and it o...

#58 - New Broken Computer & Some Pictures

3 minute read

Motto: One man’s trash is another man’s trash I just got my new computer. It is a refurbished ASUS that I got a great deal on. It is sleek looking. It is lig...

#56 - A Three-Post Post

4 minute read

Motto One: Three column’s in one.Motto Two: Not too long, though.Motto Three: I promise.A lot has gone on since my last update. Realistically, I should could...

#55 - Schfifty Five + the Year in Review

5 minute read

Motto: I can count… allllll the way… to schfifty five.To start this column off, I’m going to link to an old internet favorite. This video is every bit as stu...

#53 - Bullet Points and Gifs

3 minute read

Motto: The movie “Big Fish” sucked.I don’t want to start the column off with a downer, so how about a short joke? What’s brown and sticky? A stick. Now t...

#52 - The Man with the Golden Phone Number

3 minute read

Motto: This Motto isn’t Orange, it’s Golden.Yesterday a few things happened. My new Nexus 4 became my official “make calls on” phone. My Galaxy Nexus went to...

#51 - Turn It Up to Eleven

3 minute read

Motto: Purity is in the eye of the column writerLast night I was looking through the column on my (old) Galaxy Nexus using the Google Currents app. Currents,...

#39 - Tech Cool Down

3 minute read

Motto: The word “Sasquatch” is somewhere in this sentence, see if you can find it!I have written a lot about consumer technology lately. This isn’t a blog ab...

#33 - One Week of Work

3 minute read

Motto: I sat in the theater of Looper with a camera. I looked at myself in the camera and watched myself watching myself watch myself watch Looper.Life is to...

#29 - The Wait (Irishfest, Tech Factionism)

6 minute read

Motto: Aaron Go Brag (somewhere else)The motto is my Anglicised form of Erin Go Bragh. Which apparently truly Irish people don’t say, or at least don’t spell...

#28 - TL;DR: California is Awesome.

9 minute read

Motto: Beverly Hills- that's where I want to be. I’m going to keep this as short as possible. There is a LOT to cover if I want to cover everything, so I sho...

#25 - Finished Desk + Melissa’s Return

2 minute read

Motto: having a girlfriend you can see >> having a girlfriend in elsewherevilleThe first segment of this column was written 4 days ago. Until further n...

#24 - Practice

1 minute read

Motto: Practice makes perfect.I am officially back home. I’m not sure for how long, though. I am here until after Melissa gets home and I can do some soul se...

#21 - My Last Summer’s Last Week

1 minute read

Motto: Short and Sweet.The last summer of my life is coming to a close. I know this because the lease on the apartment I’m in is about up. We are moving out ...

#19 - Nexus 7 & Nebraska

4 minute read

Motto: Corn is Always InterestingTwo big things since my last update:1. My Nexus 7 arrived, straight from Google2. I went to Kearney, Nebraska to visit my si...

#18 - XKCD, DRM, other letters

4 minute read

Motto: What Would Clint Eastwood Do?<div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;">Randall Munroe is the newest addition to my list of heroes. He is...

#17 - Amy’s Wedding

2 minute read

Motto: Upping the Entertainment Value for My Lovely AudienceAs per usual. I have all of the rest of this column done already (the motto, top 5, and quote are...

#14 - Indiana, probable home of Ricky Bobby

4 minute read

Motto: Hoosier Daddy?I went to Indiana this weekend. It was good.Anyway, on to other things…Not really. More about Indiana. I had never made a trip like that...

#13 - and he said “Yes” and it was good.

1 minute read

Motto: Three days in…I have been taking this “Yes” thing more seriously than I expected. So far I haven’t turned down an opportunity, invitation, or suggesti...

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GOOGLE

#374 - Feature: Google Lament

7 minute read

Motto: Okay Google... what's your goal here?IntroThis post is going to be an expansion on something I wrote about in Column #354. It will (hopefully) complet...

#366 - Feature: Google Takeout

9 minute read

Motto: Google is GodThere's a Google product you should know about; it's called Google Takeout. It is not a food service, so don't get excited. Don't ma...

#319 - Limited Choices

5 minute read

Motto: Let the Chips Fall Where They MayI have ecosystem anxiety. A long time ago, I jumped into the Google ecosystem with both feet. I even went so far...

#316 - Good Mood Rant

6 minute read

Motto: Hello! My Name is... Mr. ComplainerI'm in a good mood. I've switched NSAIDs and my back feels great. I've had some great times over the past week and ...

#299 - Homegym + Andromeda + Luke Cage

2 minute read

Motto: Upon this rock, I will build my church.If the motto is sacrilegious, I apologize. I'm not referencing Matthew 16:18, I'm referencing Ultron. Ultr...

#298 - Same Old, Same Old, Different New

6 minute read

Motto: WHOA IS ME!This Column will have some of the same old stuff I usually talk about presented in the same old ways. It will also have some different new ...

#290 - Post Vacation Life

3 minute read

Motto: Meet Dr. TryhardMelissa and I took a long vacation. For photos, see Facebook. If you don't know me well enough to see my Facebook, that's too bad. I'l...

#272 - Android TV Experiment

3 minute read

Motto: Well That's Disappointing In 2014, when Google announced the Nexus 6 that was a huge personal disappointment, they announced a few other things that ...

#256 - Tech News

3 minute read

Motto: Google's Indexing the Internet, AlphabeticallyI'm embarrassed by that motto.Trebuchet is my favorite font. Presuming your browser didn't hijack my typ...

#239 - 1 Down… Many to Go

3 minute read

Motto: You Can Survive Anything for Just 10 Seconds! <div>Melissa and I went on our first real bike ride yesterday. We went on a 2.92 mile jaunt around...

#233 - Time is Dumb & Phones are Dumb

6 minute read

Motto: This Turned Out Longer than I Expected <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Convent...

#217 - Short Google Fit Rant

3 minute read

Motto: Google Fit, Not Quite Fit for Duty (HEADLINES, SON) <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This entire update is about Goog...

#211 - New Stuff: Impressed/Not Impressed

8 minute read

Motto: I Like These Oddly Formatted Columns. Expect More of Them.ImpressedRobert Downey Jr. is rumored to be joining the cast of the upcoming Captain America...

#203 - Moto 360

4 minute read

Motto: Infall Klocka <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Two weeks ago I wrote about how excited I was for ...

#180 - Google I/O 2014 & Computer Reset

5 minute read

Motto: El Google Google I/O happened. I had to work during most of the keynote, but it was still fantastic.Here's the changelog:Material Design is Google's n...

#178 - Linux & “the Cloud”

5 minute read

Motto: Open is as Open Does <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This Column is about computer stuff. It is g...

#159 - Future Tech & Android Wear

3 minute read

Motto: Watch What I'm About to Do Here <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Predicting the future of technology has been a stapl...

#154 - Advantages & Android Wear

2 minute read

Motto: The Point of this Post is to Make You Hate Me <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">...

#149 - Today’s Writing Exercise

2 minute read

Motto: Seriously. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’m sorry if my “write every day” g...

#147 - Toshiba Chromebook

2 minute read

Motto: Writing about Chrome, in Chrome <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A couple of months ago I wrote ab...

#144 - 30 Days, 3 Books, Google Storage

3 minute read

Motto: Reading is for Nerds <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Yesterday marked more than just the first day of a new month, i...

#136 - Chrome, in All It’s Forms

4 minute read

Motto: Boldly Going Where Chrome has Gone Before Chromebooks are specialized laptops that run Google's Chrome OS. For those of you who don't know about Chrom...

#128 - Nexus 5, Android 4.4, Battlefield 4

5 minute read

Motto: EVERYTHING IS SO NEW AND SHINY I took a week off. Life happens. I’m going to make this update into 3 short updates in one.<div dir="ltr" style="mar...

#122 - Make-up Post

4 minute read

Motto: Darn the Bad Luck There <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I got sick. It ruined ...

#115 - An Internet Video & Picture

1 minute read

Motto: dnekeeW sdrawkcaB A <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I don’t have much to say t...

#112 - KitKat & Dominion (short post)

1 minute read

Motto: CANDY SOVEREIGN TERRITORY <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Two days ago the wor...

#109 - Ecosystems Revisited

2 minute read

Motto: The Horse is Never Dead <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I love technology. Peo...

#106 - Experimental Phase

4 minute read

Motto: The Regularity <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Life gets boring if you let it...

#101 - Tackling the Backlog

6 minute read

Motto: Catch up and mustard <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I am alone. My best friend is back home with...

#87 - Google I/O

6 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: 3.5 hours of completely undivided attention</div><div dir="...

#85 - Predictions for Google I/O

4 minute read

Motto: “I/O” stands for “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! OH MY GOD!”<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">...

#77 - Pre-Trip Madness

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: AAAAAAAAAAA!!!</div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0...

#73 - Lots

4 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: I’ve got nothing to say - but I’m going to say a lot</div>...

#62 - No Facebook, Phonetic Alphabet, Pride

7 minute read

Motto: Aesthetic, Aesthetic, Rho, Owe, No, Gary, Me, Larry, Larry, Ewe, Site, Pneumatic, Me, EweI have a plan for this post, so it might be more coherent tha...

#55 - Schfifty Five + the Year in Review

5 minute read

Motto: I can count… allllll the way… to schfifty five.To start this column off, I’m going to link to an old internet favorite. This video is every bit as stu...

#52 - The Man with the Golden Phone Number

3 minute read

Motto: This Motto isn’t Orange, it’s Golden.Yesterday a few things happened. My new Nexus 4 became my official “make calls on” phone. My Galaxy Nexus went to...

#51 - Turn It Up to Eleven

3 minute read

Motto: Purity is in the eye of the column writerLast night I was looking through the column on my (old) Galaxy Nexus using the Google Currents app. Currents,...

#49 - Full of Nerd

4 minute read

Motto: Nerds rule the world.The other day I hopped on the elevator at my apartment/condo complex and something statistically unlikely happened. Two more gent...

#45 - Speaking of the Column

4 minute read

Motto: Using segways to make random topics seem related…To get started, here’s a few brief update bullets about my life: 1. Thanksgiving happened. This means...

#44 - Master Tech Comparison Column

21 minute read

Motto: Pick your poison… and by poison I mean most interesting and useful thing in the modern world..<div class="MsoNormal" style="display: inline !import...

#41 - Forum Snobs and the Google Kool-Aid

4 minute read

Motto: Sub Sandwiches are so named because they are the same basic shape as a submarine.The motto was something completely obvious that I didn’t’ realize unt...

#39 - Tech Cool Down

3 minute read

Motto: The word “Sasquatch” is somewhere in this sentence, see if you can find it!I have written a lot about consumer technology lately. This isn’t a blog ab...

#35 - Google Drive & List 2.0

2 minute read

Motto: Save ALL the things!Due to my geolocational luck, I have recently had the pleasure of signing up for Google Fiber. Due to my extraordinary luck, the 1...

#29 - The Wait (Irishfest, Tech Factionism)

6 minute read

Motto: Aaron Go Brag (somewhere else)The motto is my Anglicised form of Erin Go Bragh. Which apparently truly Irish people don’t say, or at least don’t spell...

#19 - Nexus 7 & Nebraska

4 minute read

Motto: Corn is Always InterestingTwo big things since my last update:1. My Nexus 7 arrived, straight from Google2. I went to Kearney, Nebraska to visit my si...

#15 - Jelly Bean

3 minute read

Motto: My phone is running Android 4.1, you jelly?There is no target audience for this post. Unless you care about the new android update intensely, you shou...

#9 - Visions of a Googley Future

3 minute read

Motto: My own personal JarvisI read a fascinating article this morning making predictions about Google’s upcoming developer conference: Google I/O. At this c...

#6 - Time.

3 minute read

Motto: BwhaaaaaaaaaamAbout the motto - I’m watching Inception. So you might have to take this entire post with a grain of salt. Maybe a brick of salt.I have ...

#4 - Awesomeness

1 minute read

Motto: As Google as it getsA long time ago, somebody asked me “what was I passionate about”. I didn’t have a good answer for them then. I think I stuttered s...

#3 - late night homework was bittersweet

2 minute read

Motto: Hasta La Vista, homeworkApparently my tablet's Blogger app doesn't support colored text. I guess it will be pretty obvious which columns I write on my...

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#386 - Data Journal Pivot

4 minute read

January’s 30 Day Challenge was to refactor the old “Life Tracker” into the “Data Journal” component of my new overall system. I wasn’t sure how much effort t...

#384 - 2020 is the Future

7 minute read

Doesn’t it seem like 2020 has always been “the future!”. Technically as of this writing that’s still true… but almost assuredly for you reading this it is no...

#378 - Apple Ecosystem

6 minute read

Last November I bought an iPhone. I spent much of the previous 10 months adapting to both it and the Apple ecosystem. If you had my browsing history (say, fr...

#377 - 30 Day Challenges

10 minute read

In late 2013 I watched a TED Talk that changed my life. Attributing a life change to a TED Talk feels somewhat embarrassing in 2019, but it happened to me. T...

#371 - AIM Immediate Followup

3 minute read

Motto: Cause Nothing Ever Stays "Good Enough"I left the last post off saying I'd write more about Notion. This is going to be that + me revisiting notetaking...

#368 - Feature: Whole30 Review

10 minute read

Motto: You can probably just stop reading here, too.Today is day 30 of our Whole30.If you don't know about Whole30, it can be summarized pretty simply as a (...

#357 - We Scene a Movie

1 minute read

Motto: Just one. That's all it takes.I, Aaron Gillespie, self-proclaimed best-guy alive, along two other best guys alive, started a movie podcast! It's calle...

#354 - King Dad & Fallible Google

4 minute read

Motto: Mic Check One Thousand Two Hundred TwelveI have a kid. He's really cool. He sleeps a lot. He eats a lot. He's very large for his age. His temperament ...

#352 - Make Stuff

2 minute read

Motto: Hamburgers are Fun on a BunFile this Column under "Aaron tells other people what they should be doing", which I realize is too common of a theme.You k...

#349 - Sixth Second-A-Day

less than 1 minute read

Motto: Life, One Second a TimeI had a kid. I'll write about that next time. It's tough to try to get everything I want to say about that together and typed a...

#343 - The Parable of the Rowing Machine

4 minute read

Motto: Everybody Needs a HobbyI have put a lot of the three major resources into crafting a home gym. I'm proud of it and it's one my favorite things about m...

#339 - Five Years Tracked

5 minute read

Motto: Gentleman on the Streets, Freak in the Spreadsheets The Life Tracker. It was never given a better name - but it started with a worse name. If y...

#325 - Loops

5 minute read

Motto: Round and Round We GoRoutine.Imagine life without it. It would be chaos. Everyone has routines they go through every day. You do the same things in th...

#323 - Remembered Stuff I Forgot

3 minute read

Motto: I Forgot to RememberLast time I wrote about stuff I had been putting on the back burner for a while. I forgot this stuff.SCIENCE AND HUMANITY AND STUF...

#320 - My 28th Year

less than 1 minute read

Motto: 365 Out of 31536000 Seconds Last Year Let's get right to it. I've been doing that for 5 full years now. It would take 40+ minutes to watch all 5 ...

#305 - Sketch Comedy

6 minute read

Motto: I Guess Ryan Gosling is OkayThis year I am back to my 30 Day Challenges. They bring a variety to life that I quite enjoy. I missed the feeling that th...

#297 - Building Stuff/Aaron’s Desk

3 minute read

Motto: Mr. Handy Man CanMy grandpa was a carpenter. My dad builds stuff. It turns out I build some stuff too.Am I great? No.Am I capable?Arguably.My who...

#294 - My 27th Year

4 minute read

Motto: Jason UnbourneI haven't written in a while because I haven't had internet in a while. Melissa and I are moving to a full-blown house in less than a we...

#286 - Meet Me in St. Louis

2 minute read

Motto: What's Left to Write? (this is a very similar pun to the one I made 4 Columns ago, sorry)I'm writing this from a hotel in St. Louis. Melissa and I are...

#278 - One Thousand Days

1 minute read

Motto: I have two on-going projects over 1,000 days old because I've only ever had two good ideasThis post going to be very short. I just wrote and published...

#277 - Year = Year + 1

4 minute read

Motto: 2015 was cool. This Column is going to be written over the course of a few days. There's too much going on for me write now. I'm at the Hill house. A...

#250 - Life Tracker Refactor

6 minute read

Motto: Diagnostics, on a Personal LevelBecause I anticipate this is a boring subject for many/most of you - I've included a TL;DR just above the Top 5 to whi...

#242 - Feature: The Life Tracker

9 minute read

Motto: This Column May Set a Record for the Greatest Number of "I" Uses. Not proud. This Column is going to take a deep dive “Inside Baseball”. Moreso t...

#239 - 1 Down… Many to Go

3 minute read

Motto: You Can Survive Anything for Just 10 Seconds! <div>Melissa and I went on our first real bike ride yesterday. We went on a 2.92 mile jaunt around...

#232 - Mostly Updates to Projects

2 minute read

Motto: Your Projected Projects Project Your Identity <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">...

#230 - Failio & The Perfect Bag

3 minute read

Motto: Get Over It, Dude <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">January 2014 Melissa and I did the Paleo + CrossFit 30 Day Challen...

#206 - First Watch Update

2 minute read

Motto: Focus, by Marc Jacobs <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’m writing this post in...

#205 - Life Tracked

10 minute read

Motto: Aaron, Meet Aaron <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This post is going to be long, but it’s kind of a big deal. Hopefu...

#191 - Fruition

4 minute read

Motto: No Half Measures <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Let’s take a quick look back at Column #175 - “L...

#190 - My 25th Year

3 minute read

Motto: It's My Party and I'll Cry to Make a Throwback Joke <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-h...

#189 - The Month of Many Challenges

2 minute read

Motto: No hablo Espanol <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This is going to be a short and sweet Column. T...

#187 - LightWORKS

3 minute read

Motto: IT'S ALIVE!!! <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This is a continuation of my previous few Columns. Re: Linux & vi...

#183 - Lonesome George

3 minute read

Motto: The Tyrannosaurus Wrecks His Car <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Despite the t...

#182 - 30 Day Challenges are Not Dead

4 minute read

Motto: Matt Cutts I've been lazy with the 30 Day Challenges lately. I'll admit that. But I have not given up on them entirely. They've definitely been in the...

#175 - List of Projects

7 minute read

Motto: The Project Project is Projected to be a Success <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;"&...

#161 - Writing Wrapup

3 minute read

Motto: Give it a Break Already <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">My Feature on constrai...

#140 - From 25.0 to 25.5 Video

2 minute read

Motto: We're Going Through Changes <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">One week ago was 2...

#138 - The End of the Paleolithic Era

10 minute read

Motto: I'm Really Proud of the Title of this Post <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Mel...

#137 - Post about Posts

1 minute read

Motto: These Mottos Do Not Accurately Reflect Anyone's Actual Motto <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-hei...

#136 - Chrome, in All It’s Forms

4 minute read

Motto: Boldly Going Where Chrome has Gone Before Chromebooks are specialized laptops that run Google's Chrome OS. For those of you who don't know about Chrom...

#127 - October Project Ended 4 Days Shy

3 minute read

Motto: If you can't eat it you don't need it. I’m ending the October Project a few days early. First I’m going to post the picture you’ve probably already no...

#124 - Mid-October

2 minute read

Motto: the Fattening The October Project is half over. Brief recap - I'm doing a month long project that can basically be summarized as "Eat more, workout mo...

#121 - Future Projects

3 minute read

Motto: Otto Octavius was in a skydiving accident. Sadly, he's now an octoplegic. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div st...

#120 - The October Project

2 minute read

Motto: Like Before, but More <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">It’s October. That means a few things - Halloween is coming, i...

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#271 - 2045

3 minute read

Motto: GREAT SCOTT! Yesterday was “Back to the Future” day. That is popular knowledge right now. I’m not stating that not so much to inform you now, but mor...

#250 - Life Tracker Refactor

6 minute read

Motto: Diagnostics, on a Personal LevelBecause I anticipate this is a boring subject for many/most of you - I've included a TL;DR just above the Top 5 to whi...

#247 - I’m Annoying

3 minute read

Motto: I’ve got a long way to go<div style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></div><div><div style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'...

#231 - Notes from the Previous Two Weeks

3 minute read

Motto: Bill Plates - President of Macrohard <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">My 30 Day...

#229 - Why Doesn’t Everybody…

10 minute read

Motto: The Desolation of Smug <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This post is going to come across as snooty, maybe, but I don...

#228 - Windows 7 Ate 9

4 minute read

Motto: Vegas is Paying Out Big Money to Some to Some Lucky Betters This weekend I built a computer. Let me answer some anticipated questions: Q: Why did you...

#226 - Build It Yourself

3 minute read

Motto: Coincidental Minds Think Alike <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">If it’s been a...

#218 - $1500

3 minute read

Motto: Consumerism at its Finest <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Whoa! Dude! There’s ...

#211 - New Stuff: Impressed/Not Impressed

8 minute read

Motto: I Like These Oddly Formatted Columns. Expect More of Them.ImpressedRobert Downey Jr. is rumored to be joining the cast of the upcoming Captain America...

#175 - List of Projects

7 minute read

Motto: The Project Project is Projected to be a Success <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;"&...

#174 - The Walled Garden of Eden

3 minute read

Motto: WWDC stands for Wow. What a Developer's Conference <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Everything I’m about to say might...

#160 - Feature: Constrained Writing

6 minute read

'Tis in a Motto: Ottoman I Sit <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Writing with constrain...

#158 - Lists.

3 minute read

Motto: If you are listless, you lack energy or enthusiasm. Prepare for energy and enthusiasm. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"&...

#148 - Mission: Impossibly Convenient

less than 1 minute read

Motto: When "Running to the Store" is Literally Possible <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I’ve lived in f...

#142 - Products I Like

less than 1 minute read

Motto: Fight Club Reference <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-height: 1.15;">The following ...

#138 - The End of the Paleolithic Era

10 minute read

Motto: I'm Really Proud of the Title of this Post <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Mel...

#134 - A Menagerie of Goodness

5 minute read

Motto: Mod podge <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I keep a backlog of ideas for the co...

#121 - Future Projects

3 minute read

Motto: Otto Octavius was in a skydiving accident. Sadly, he's now an octoplegic. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div st...

#120 - The October Project

2 minute read

Motto: Like Before, but More <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">It’s October. That means a few things - Halloween is coming, i...

#112 - KitKat & Dominion (short post)

1 minute read

Motto: CANDY SOVEREIGN TERRITORY <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Two days ago the wor...

#109 - Ecosystems Revisited

2 minute read

Motto: The Horse is Never Dead <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I love technology. Peo...

#107 - New Car Smell

1 minute read

Motto: Yaaaaaaay Debt! <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">It’s Sunday night. This is the second of the sch...

#106 - Experimental Phase

4 minute read

Motto: The Regularity <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Life gets boring if you let it...

#105 - Nothing in Particular

3 minute read

Motto: You're Not Special <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is both a reoccurring theme from Fig...

#102 - List of Words

2 minute read

Motto: You with Your Long Words and Your Short Difficult WordsThe following is a list of words I like, but don't hear much (and my loose definition of said w...

#92 - One Month Tracked

5 minute read

Fact: I've tracked 35 days Motto: Know Thyself <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A little over one month ago I put into acti...

#85 - Predictions for Google I/O

4 minute read

Motto: “I/O” stands for “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! OH MY GOD!”<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">...

#83 - One Week Tracked

5 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: “If I had an hour to save the world I would spend 59 minutes definin...

#79 - Pros & Cons

9 minute read

Motto: Mottos are good for intros, but can be vague or confusing<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This column...

#77 - Pre-Trip Madness

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: AAAAAAAAAAA!!!</div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0...

#70 - Pi Virus

4 minute read

Motto: My health? It’s gone viral.I fell ill Monday night. At 8pm on Monday I decided I needed to go to bed because I was tired. Then I realized I was freezi...

#60 - 184 days, in 4 minutes

6 minute read

Motto: 6 Months Down, Six Months to GoI have a lot of time to kill before I can put a wrap on this post. I just started the render for the updated version of...

#59 - Blog Update about a Blog Update

2 minute read

Motto: The times, they are (not) a changin’It’s already a half hour past when I told myself I’d be going to sleep. I am not tired. That could be because I’ve...

#57 - Too Long Makes for Too Long

9 minute read

Motto: Better late than never!<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white;"></div><div class="MsoNormal">     I have sat down to ...

#55 - Schfifty Five + the Year in Review

5 minute read

Motto: I can count… allllll the way… to schfifty five.To start this column off, I’m going to link to an old internet favorite. This video is every bit as stu...

#54 - Morning After Christmas

2 minute read

<div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: none; direction: ltr; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px;...

#53 - Bullet Points and Gifs

3 minute read

Motto: The movie “Big Fish” sucked.I don’t want to start the column off with a downer, so how about a short joke? What’s brown and sticky? A stick. Now t...

#45 - Speaking of the Column

4 minute read

Motto: Using segways to make random topics seem related…To get started, here’s a few brief update bullets about my life: 1. Thanksgiving happened. This means...

#41 - Forum Snobs and the Google Kool-Aid

4 minute read

Motto: Sub Sandwiches are so named because they are the same basic shape as a submarine.The motto was something completely obvious that I didn’t’ realize unt...

#28 - TL;DR: California is Awesome.

9 minute read

Motto: Beverly Hills- that's where I want to be. I’m going to keep this as short as possible. There is a LOT to cover if I want to cover everything, so I sho...

#11 - Good weekend and notes

3 minute read

Motto: I keep looking up the definition of insanity, it always says the same thingI’m back in Lawrence. Worked out yesterday in the most “old-fashioned” way ...

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#349 - Sixth Second-A-Day

less than 1 minute read

Motto: Life, One Second a TimeI had a kid. I'll write about that next time. It's tough to try to get everything I want to say about that together and typed a...

#321 - Stocks, GoPro, Nintendo Switch

6 minute read

Motto: I wanted to Share this with youThe Stock Market doesn't make any sense, I can't believe it's a thing. It seems to me like a form of gambling, tha...

#320 - My 28th Year

less than 1 minute read

Motto: 365 Out of 31536000 Seconds Last Year Let's get right to it. I've been doing that for 5 full years now. It would take 40+ minutes to watch all 5 ...

#301 - A Lot on My Mind

3 minute read

Motto: I'm Here to Make a BargainI have had a lot on my mind lately. An almost inexplicably large amount for a person whose so far into the steady-state port...

#294 - My 27th Year

4 minute read

Motto: Jason UnbourneI haven't written in a while because I haven't had internet in a while. Melissa and I are moving to a full-blown house in less than a we...

#276 - THINGS ARE STILL GOOD

2 minute read

Motto: BUM BUM BUM, BUM BUMBUM, BUM BUMBUM, BWAM BWAM BWAM BWAM BWAMBWAM, BWAM BUH BWAM. DUHHHH DUH DUH DUH DUH DA DUHDUHDUHTo set the scene: I'm watching a ...

#254 - My 26th Year

2 minute read

Motto: 14 million 208 thousand 480 minutes! 14 million 208 thousand 480 moments of rife! 14 million 208 thousand 480 minutes! How do you measure, m...

#253 - The Video Everyone’s Waiting For

1 minute read

Motto: Get really excited. Here it comes. You excited? I turned 27 yesterday. That marks my 27th* year on this earth, and my 3rd year's Second-A-Day video. ...

#237 - Social Networks, Fitness

5 minute read

Motto: You Don't Exercise because You Have Energy, You Exercise because it GIVES You Energy <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; m...

#233 - Time is Dumb & Phones are Dumb

6 minute read

Motto: This Turned Out Longer than I Expected <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Convent...

#231 - Notes from the Previous Two Weeks

3 minute read

Motto: Bill Plates - President of Macrohard <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">My 30 Day...

#190 - My 25th Year

3 minute read

Motto: It's My Party and I'll Cry to Make a Throwback Joke <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-h...

#176 - Feature: Gone Pro (or Insane)

6 minute read

Motto: The World's Most Versatile Column <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text...

#168 - The Wedding at the End of the Tunnel

3 minute read

Motto: Details Details Details I sometimes have a tendency to get excited about something, then forget that anything exists beyond that thing. I was excited ...

#157 - GoPro Basketball Video

1 minute read

Motto: En Route, En Queue, In English <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">As Danielle pointed out to me this...

#142 - Products I Like

less than 1 minute read

Motto: Fight Club Reference <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div><div style="line-height: 1.15;">The following ...

#140 - From 25.0 to 25.5 Video

2 minute read

Motto: We're Going Through Changes <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">One week ago was 2...

#131 - Save the Date Video

less than 1 minute read

Motto: In Two Weeks, Someone Will Make a New Year's Resolution Joke with the Punchline "1920x1080" I wrote one post in the past month. If you asked why that ...

#125 - The Mighty and the Mischievous

1 minute read

Motto: He then let out a mighty, roaring mew <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Melissa and I each got a ki...

#123 - Disc Golf Video (and a Column)

1 minute read

Motto: Owed In Son Today is Monday. Today is not Sunday. I didn’t get my workouts done consistently last week. I’m going to lift as soon as I post this. Th...

#104 - Creating Multimedia/XKCD Volume 0

3 minute read

Motto: Putting the "Multi" in "Multimedia" This column is an exploration of all the different forms of multimedia I can create; it’s also an experiment to do...

#103 - 25 Years of Awesome

1 minute read

Motto: It has been a Very Interesting Quarter-Century <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">...

#100 - One Hundred

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Motto: Things are Crazy, and Crazy is Good <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">It’s been ...

#93 - Cousin Week

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Motto: Too Much of a Good Thing is a Great Thing <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Fact: I Already Don’t ...

#88 - Fishing Trip

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<div dir="ltr" style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: Float On</div><div dir="ltr" style="f...

#86 - Good Weekend

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Motto: 10PM and all is well!<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1;">I’m publishing this update ...

#69 - Stolen Ideas

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Motto: Today was a two-ferI was thinking recently about some of my favorite things I’ve ever created. This list includes (but is not exhausted by) the checkl...

#66 - KU, Scroogled, Snow

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Motto: I need to lift more.This post is being written almost entirely to share a video I just made. You can find this video down below, in the Top 5. Some pr...

#65 - The Adventures of Aaron

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Motto: For your treatment I prescribe several highly concentrated doses of life.I did an experiment concerning confirmation bias. As it turns out, everything...

#60 - 184 days, in 4 minutes

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Motto: 6 Months Down, Six Months to GoI have a lot of time to kill before I can put a wrap on this post. I just started the render for the updated version of...

#56 - A Three-Post Post

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Motto One: Three column’s in one.Motto Two: Not too long, though.Motto Three: I promise.A lot has gone on since my last update. Realistically, I should could...

#50 - Odd Happenings & Pretentiousness

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Motto: Randall Munroe is my hero.Yesterday I got stuck on the elevator in my building. I was trapped, alone in a 4x6 cell for 45 minutes. The worst part of i...

#32 - Work in the Morning

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Motto: The next step. (watch yourselves, he’s all deep and stuff)I can now say something that I’ve been simultaneously looking forward to and dreading for th...

#19 - Nexus 7 & Nebraska

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Motto: Corn is Always InterestingTwo big things since my last update:1. My Nexus 7 arrived, straight from Google2. I went to Kearney, Nebraska to visit my si...

#12 - Yes Man, Top 5 Apps

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Motto: Say “Yes” MoreRecently, I have pulled together the messages from different movies, stories, books, and cliches into a new self-manifesto. I am vowing ...

#4 - Awesomeness

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Motto: As Google as it getsA long time ago, somebody asked me “what was I passionate about”. I didn’t have a good answer for them then. I think I stuttered s...

#2 - Officially Blogger

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FEATURE

#386 - Data Journal Pivot

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January’s 30 Day Challenge was to refactor the old “Life Tracker” into the “Data Journal” component of my new overall system. I wasn’t sure how much effort t...

#381 - Atomic Habits Review

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Oh hey. I’m writing. I’m also watching “Frozen” for the first time in forever. Disney Plus is incredible and an absolute no-brainer as a person with a very y...

#374 - Feature: Google Lament

7 minute read

Motto: Okay Google... what's your goal here?IntroThis post is going to be an expansion on something I wrote about in Column #354. It will (hopefully) complet...

#368 - Feature: Whole30 Review

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Motto: You can probably just stop reading here, too.Today is day 30 of our Whole30.If you don't know about Whole30, it can be summarized pretty simply as a (...

#366 - Feature: Google Takeout

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Motto: Google is GodThere's a Google product you should know about; it's called Google Takeout. It is not a food service, so don't get excited. Don't ma...

#328 - Feature: The MCU, Revisited

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Motto: What a Marvelous ContinuationPreface:Nearly 4 years ago, I wrote this long post about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as it existed then). In...

#280 - Good Routine ⇾ Good Life

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Motto: Set Achievable Daily Goals and Achieve Them DailyI've struggled not to start every Column I've written over the past few months with "everything is re...

#242 - Feature: The Life Tracker

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Motto: This Column May Set a Record for the Greatest Number of "I" Uses. Not proud. This Column is going to take a deep dive “Inside Baseball”. Moreso t...

#227 - Feature: A La Carte Television

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Motto: Liberty and Monarchy, that's my Free King Motto <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Because I sorta w...

#218 - $1500

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Motto: Consumerism at its Finest <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Whoa! Dude! There’s ...

#205 - Life Tracked

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Motto: Aaron, Meet Aaron <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This post is going to be long, but it’s kind of a big deal. Hopefu...

#201 - Feature: Thought Experiments

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Motto: "What running features should each Column have?" Five months ago I wrote a feature post titled "Minimalist Thought Experiment". In that post I gave a ...

#199 - Feature: Tech Setup

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Motto: I wrote this on a laptop <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I’ve been interested in consumer technol...

#192 - Feature: Dominion

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Motto: Hello Melissa! Hello Danielle! This post is not for everyone. The first part is for everyone who's at all interested in this game I've been playing a...

#179 - Feature: Transportation

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Motto: Cars Go Fast <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">This Column is long, but I think ...

#176 - Feature: Gone Pro (or Insane)

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Motto: The World's Most Versatile Column <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text...

#167 - Feature: Password Security

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Motto: My Heartbleed's for You <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is not grammatically incorrect....

#160 - Feature: Constrained Writing

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'Tis in a Motto: Ottoman I Sit <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Writing with constrain...

#151 - Feature: Fonts

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Motto: It's not what you say or how you say it; it's what it looks like. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This Column is mos...

#109 - Ecosystems Revisited

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Motto: The Horse is Never Dead <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I love technology. Peo...

#99 - Feature on Tools

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Motto: A Tool is Only as Useful as Its Operator’s Ability to Use It<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-heig...

#96 - Feature: Intelligence

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Motto: Knowledge is Power! <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Today’s post is an article...

#94 - Feature: Path of Least Resistance

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Motto: Facts are Overrated Anyway <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">For over a week I’ve had two Feature P...

#82- Superheroes

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<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: SUPERnerdy</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margi...

#44 - Master Tech Comparison Column

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Motto: Pick your poison… and by poison I mean most interesting and useful thing in the modern world..<div class="MsoNormal" style="display: inline !import...

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META

#389 - Quarantine

7 minute read

Don’t waste this opportunity for introspection, learning, and personal development.

#383 - Mailing List

1 minute read

This Column exists mostly as a test of the new mail letter. Thanks to Google Plus shuttering its doors and my recent switch of hosting platform, I didn’t rea...

#376 - New Column!

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I said I was interested in changing up The Column. This is me doing that. For future reference, this is the first post I’m writing after my move from Blogger...

#260 - New Look & Phone Tree Rant

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Motto: If Not Now, When? Hey, this looks different!Yes, I've slightly changed the look & feel of the Column to celebrate my move from aarongilly.blogspo...

#221 - According to the Rules

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Motto: #hashtag <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I write these posts according to my own (previously) unw...

#184 - Writing for Writing’s Sake

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Motto: This Column is about Nothing <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">This is the first...

#175 - List of Projects

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Motto: The Project Project is Projected to be a Success <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;"&...

#157 - GoPro Basketball Video

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Motto: En Route, En Queue, In English <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">As Danielle pointed out to me this...

#150 - Meta Cheese

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Motto: It's Good for You <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">One hundred fifty. I’ve written one hundred fif...

#137 - Post about Posts

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Motto: These Mottos Do Not Accurately Reflect Anyone's Actual Motto <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-hei...

#117 - Minor Changes

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Motto: I Hate Writing about Writing. This Motto is Writing about Writing about Writing. Metametawriting. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-...

#111 - WVZ7X7 (and more)

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Motto: WVZ7X7 <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is my new thing - my unique identifier in the s...

#92 - One Month Tracked

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Fact: I've tracked 35 days Motto: Know Thyself <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">A little over one month ago I put into acti...

#91 - Creativity & JIF GIF Revisited

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Motto: 3 Day Weekends are the Best <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I have several things on my writing d...

#89 - Short, Revised Formatting

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<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: HTML Stands for “Hard To Make Look (Good)”</div><div dir...

#79 - Pros & Cons

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Motto: Mottos are good for intros, but can be vague or confusing<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This column...

#59 - Blog Update about a Blog Update

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Motto: The times, they are (not) a changin’It’s already a half hour past when I told myself I’d be going to sleep. I am not tired. That could be because I’ve...

#57 - Too Long Makes for Too Long

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Motto: Better late than never!<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white;"></div><div class="MsoNormal">     I have sat down to ...

#39 - Tech Cool Down

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Motto: The word “Sasquatch” is somewhere in this sentence, see if you can find it!I have written a lot about consumer technology lately. This isn’t a blog ab...

#34 - Three Weeks of Work

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Motto: Aaron’s Telecommunications & Technology jobThree weeks of work down, hopefully many many more to come. Once again, I intend on keeping where I wor...

#20 - Metawriting

2 minute read

Motto: Knowledge comes from experience. Experience comes from doing things.You like that motto? I thought of it myself. It actually has been my motto over th...

#3 - late night homework was bittersweet

2 minute read

Motto: Hasta La Vista, homeworkApparently my tablet's Blogger app doesn't support colored text. I guess it will be pretty obvious which columns I write on my...

#2 - Officially Blogger

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#1 - Why do this thing again?

1 minute read

Hello there.I decided to roll back to a previous habit in my life - this thing I did during high school to help pass the time and get my thoughts out of my h...

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NONGOOGLETECH

#378 - Apple Ecosystem

6 minute read

Last November I bought an iPhone. I spent much of the previous 10 months adapting to both it and the Apple ecosystem. If you had my browsing history (say, fr...

#358 - More iOS vs Android Thoughts

9 minute read

Motto: THOUGHTS! OPINIONS! WORDS IN AN ORDER TO CONVEY MEANING! This post is literally only about my continued review on iOS vs Android. I thought of more s...

#351 - Self Help (Yourself)

5 minute read

Motto: Make HappyI write the first half of this Column from a position of privilege. Actually I write every Column from that position, now tha...

#298 - Same Old, Same Old, Different New

6 minute read

Motto: WHOA IS ME!This Column will have some of the same old stuff I usually talk about presented in the same old ways. It will also have some different new ...

#281 - New Monitor’s Resolutions

3 minute read

Motto: Rambling for Rambling's SakeYesterday I bought a brand new 28" 4K Samsung computer monitor.Today I am writing this Column on it.Tomorrow I'll be retur...

#273 - 30 Day Challenges are Challenging

2 minute read

Motto: I have half an hour to write thisIt's the beginning of the month. That means I'm transitioning between two 30 Day Challenges. Here's where I reflect o...

#228 - Windows 7 Ate 9

4 minute read

Motto: Vegas is Paying Out Big Money to Some to Some Lucky Betters This weekend I built a computer. Let me answer some anticipated questions: Q: Why did you...

#226 - Build It Yourself

3 minute read

Motto: Coincidental Minds Think Alike <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">If it’s been a...

#211 - New Stuff: Impressed/Not Impressed

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Motto: I Like These Oddly Formatted Columns. Expect More of Them.ImpressedRobert Downey Jr. is rumored to be joining the cast of the upcoming Captain America...

#199 - Feature: Tech Setup

12 minute read

Motto: I wrote this on a laptop <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I’ve been interested in consumer technol...

#187 - LightWORKS

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Motto: IT'S ALIVE!!! <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This is a continuation of my previous few Columns. Re: Linux & vi...

#185 - Editor Rant

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Motto: This is a Column for Me, Not so much You <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><pre style="line-heig...

#178 - Linux & “the Cloud”

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Motto: Open is as Open Does <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This Column is about computer stuff. It is g...

#174 - The Walled Garden of Eden

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Motto: WWDC stands for Wow. What a Developer's Conference <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Everything I’m about to say might...

#136 - Chrome, in All It’s Forms

4 minute read

Motto: Boldly Going Where Chrome has Gone Before Chromebooks are specialized laptops that run Google's Chrome OS. For those of you who don't know about Chrom...

#126 - Late is Better than Never

2 minute read

Motto: I wish they played basketball in the NBA <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I’ve ...

#109 - Ecosystems Revisited

2 minute read

Motto: The Horse is Never Dead <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">I love technology. Peo...

#105 - Nothing in Particular

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Motto: You're Not Special <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The motto is both a reoccurring theme from Fig...

#101 - Tackling the Backlog

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Motto: Catch up and mustard <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I am alone. My best friend is back home with...

#66 - KU, Scroogled, Snow

3 minute read

Motto: I need to lift more.This post is being written almost entirely to share a video I just made. You can find this video down below, in the Top 5. Some pr...

#47 - A Hit Out on Facebook

5 minute read

Motto: Rubber ducky, you’re the one..This is my 47th column since its rebirth. I should emphasize again that this is not the 47th column I’ve ever written - ...

#46 - Early Morning Thoughts

3 minute read

Motto: “That which goes up, must also come down” is a wildly inaccurate statement.About the motto: first off, “up” and “down” are dependent upon your frame o...

#44 - Master Tech Comparison Column

21 minute read

Motto: Pick your poison… and by poison I mean most interesting and useful thing in the modern world..<div class="MsoNormal" style="display: inline !import...

#29 - The Wait (Irishfest, Tech Factionism)

6 minute read

Motto: Aaron Go Brag (somewhere else)The motto is my Anglicised form of Erin Go Bragh. Which apparently truly Irish people don’t say, or at least don’t spell...

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30DAYS

#389 - Quarantine

7 minute read

Don’t waste this opportunity for introspection, learning, and personal development.

#377 - 30 Day Challenges

10 minute read

In late 2013 I watched a TED Talk that changed my life. Attributing a life change to a TED Talk feels somewhat embarrassing in 2019, but it happened to me. T...

#368 - Feature: Whole30 Review

10 minute read

Motto: You can probably just stop reading here, too.Today is day 30 of our Whole30.If you don't know about Whole30, it can be summarized pretty simply as a (...

#359 - Retrospective

3 minute read

Motto: This Should have been Column 365. Shucks.It's 2019. It's the start of a new year and a chance to take a fresh look at life.I already have my obligator...

#309 - Intent: Android

4 minute read

Motto: Sentences that Begin and End with the Same Word are My Favorite Sentences.Before this 30 Day Challenge I wouldn't really have understood the title I u...

#307 - MCU Lows, CostCo Challenge

5 minute read

Motto: Dr. Jan ItorFollow through... follow through is the topic I want to talk about for this Column.Actually let's talk about something else.It goes withou...

#305 - Sketch Comedy

6 minute read

Motto: I Guess Ryan Gosling is OkayThis year I am back to my 30 Day Challenges. They bring a variety to life that I quite enjoy. I missed the feeling that th...

#304 - 2017 is a Prime Number

1 minute read

Motto: New Year, Same General IdeaThere's not much time to write this. My laptop is dying. It's already fairly late.Last year my resolution was to run 12 "ch...

#286 - Meet Me in St. Louis

2 minute read

Motto: What's Left to Write? (this is a very similar pun to the one I made 4 Columns ago, sorry)I'm writing this from a hotel in St. Louis. Melissa and I are...

#277 - Year = Year + 1

4 minute read

Motto: 2015 was cool. This Column is going to be written over the course of a few days. There's too much going on for me write now. I'm at the Hill house. A...

#273 - 30 Day Challenges are Challenging

2 minute read

Motto: I have half an hour to write thisIt's the beginning of the month. That means I'm transitioning between two 30 Day Challenges. Here's where I reflect o...

#241 - Colorado Vacation

2 minute read

Motto: I Might Be Inclined <div>Melissa and I are back from vacation. It was great.I’m sitting at the table. It’s late at night. Melissa is grading. Th...

#230 - Failio & The Perfect Bag

3 minute read

Motto: Get Over It, Dude <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">January 2014 Melissa and I did the Paleo + CrossFit 30 Day Challen...

#222 - Two Two Two

2 minute read

Motto: Optimis Divisible Only by Himself and OneThe thirty day challenge I embarked upon for the month of November was simple - live on a budget. I wanted to...

#207 - What’s Next

5 minute read

Motto: The Quantified Masses, The Hunt for Ripped October, The Yes Man Cometh, All Other Potential Names <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-b...

#189 - The Month of Many Challenges

2 minute read

Motto: No hablo Espanol <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">This is going to be a short and sweet Column. T...

#182 - 30 Day Challenges are Not Dead

4 minute read

Motto: Matt Cutts I've been lazy with the 30 Day Challenges lately. I'll admit that. But I have not given up on them entirely. They've definitely been in the...

#175 - List of Projects

7 minute read

Motto: The Project Project is Projected to be a Success <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;"&...

#169 - Wedding Talk

3 minute read

Motto: That's MR. Gillespie to you. <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">The original titl...

#161 - Writing Wrapup

3 minute read

Motto: Give it a Break Already <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">My Feature on constrai...

#144 - 30 Days, 3 Books, Google Storage

3 minute read

Motto: Reading is for Nerds <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Yesterday marked more than just the first day of a new month, i...

#138 - The End of the Paleolithic Era

10 minute read

Motto: I'm Really Proud of the Title of this Post <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Mel...

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DRAWINGS

#341 - Aaron Explains Income Tax

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Motto: GET READY FOR FINANCE, BABYTaxes are needlessly confusing. At least that's how I always found them to be. Some relatively simple jargon like "deductib...

#340 - Definition Vs Usage

4 minute read

Motto: I don't know why she swallowed the flyI'm literally not talking about the widely-recognized abuse of words like "literally". This is less of a Buzzfee...

#306 - COMEBACK CITY

2 minute read

Motto: Think Outside the Box, but Color Inside the LinesThe title of this post is not a reference to the Super Bowl. I didn't watch it. I have heard how it w...

#305 - Sketch Comedy

6 minute read

Motto: I Guess Ryan Gosling is OkayThis year I am back to my 30 Day Challenges. They bring a variety to life that I quite enjoy. I missed the feeling that th...

#104 - Creating Multimedia/XKCD Volume 0

3 minute read

Motto: Putting the "Multi" in "Multimedia" This column is an exploration of all the different forms of multimedia I can create; it’s also an experiment to do...

#67 - Great, Terrible, Great

2 minute read

Motto: Whatever I feel like. That’s the whole idea.It’s been a little while since I updated. My mind has been on other things.A while back my cousin had me w...

#59 - Blog Update about a Blog Update

2 minute read

Motto: The times, they are (not) a changin’It’s already a half hour past when I told myself I’d be going to sleep. I am not tired. That could be because I’ve...

#29 - The Wait (Irishfest, Tech Factionism)

6 minute read

Motto: Aaron Go Brag (somewhere else)The motto is my Anglicised form of Erin Go Bragh. Which apparently truly Irish people don’t say, or at least don’t spell...

#25 - Finished Desk + Melissa’s Return

2 minute read

Motto: having a girlfriend you can see >> having a girlfriend in elsewherevilleThe first segment of this column was written 4 days ago. Until further n...

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POETRY

#353 - Lyrics to No Song + Hollow Knight

3 minute read

Motto: This is Shooting-From-The-Hip Poetry at Its NothingestBefore we start - expectations be framed.Each bits of this is self-contained. I've wri...

#337 - Apple iCosystem

2 minute read

Motto: girl scout cookies are a treat, boy scout popcorn is an obligationFirst, because I never do, here's a short poem:Running through the forest.Dodging tr...

#160 - Feature: Constrained Writing

6 minute read

'Tis in a Motto: Ottoman I Sit <div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.15;">Writing with constrain...

#156 - Showered and Writing

2 minute read

Motto: Feel the Love I'd like to start this post by saying wedding showers are awesome. I suggest you have one as soon as you can. I have access to all sorts...

#104 - Creating Multimedia/XKCD Volume 0

3 minute read

Motto: Putting the "Multi" in "Multimedia" This column is an exploration of all the different forms of multimedia I can create; it’s also an experiment to do...

#90 - Row Your Boat to the Column

2 minute read

Motto: Don't be an Oxymoron <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">The entire body of this update between thi...

#89 - Short, Revised Formatting

1 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: HTML Stands for “Hard To Make Look (Good)”</div><div dir...

#75 - Sleep & Adulthood

2 minute read

<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">Motto: So it goes.</div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;...

#20 - Metawriting

2 minute read

Motto: Knowledge comes from experience. Experience comes from doing things.You like that motto? I thought of it myself. It actually has been my motto over th...

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JOKES

#219 - Brief Selections from My Moleskine

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Motto: Just Cause <div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;">I love a good notebook. If you have a notebook, you ca...

#65 - The Adventures of Aaron

7 minute read

Motto: For your treatment I prescribe several highly concentrated doses of life.I did an experiment concerning confirmation bias. As it turns out, everything...

#63 - Creativity, Autopilot, Racists

5 minute read

Motto: Original, PleaseThe first thing I’d like to talk about in today’s column relates back to Column #61 - Movie Mode. It concerns creative output and it o...

#62 - No Facebook, Phonetic Alphabet, Pride

7 minute read

Motto: Aesthetic, Aesthetic, Rho, Owe, No, Gary, Me, Larry, Larry, Ewe, Site, Pneumatic, Me, EweI have a plan for this post, so it might be more coherent tha...

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#384 - 2020 is the Future

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Doesn’t it seem like 2020 has always been “the future!”. Technically as of this writing that’s still true… but almost assuredly for you reading this it is no...

#377 - 30 Day Challenges

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In late 2013 I watched a TED Talk that changed my life. Attributing a life change to a TED Talk feels somewhat embarrassing in 2019, but it happened to me. T...

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