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#312 - Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy

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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 wrote was a bit of a drag to read. WELL GUESS WHAT! It's not going to be. I'm going to open up a vent and blow out all sorts of pressure (insert fart joke here) that's been building in me for the past 7 years about my incurable autoimmune disease.

If you'd like to skip the upcoming dreck and refuse, you can skip ahead to the Top 5 which I do hope you'll find delightful.

I'm going to write about what it's like to have a
progressive,
incurable,
painful,
disabling,
autoimmune disease.

I'll be using works like "pain" and "general suckiness". So calibrate yourself. You've been warned. I might insert jokey jokes for the purposes of sanity here and there - but there's really a ton pent up processing I have that I'd like to vomit all over this Column.

Pain.

I told you…

#311 - Melissa's Favorite Number / I Write About Existential Bologna

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Motto: I Will Never Understand You. When Will I Stop Trying?

311 is Melissa's favorite number because she likes (or liked?) the band "311". #FunFactRightOutTheGate #MisplacedHashtags

It's rare that you know you're making a mistake while you're making it. 

Often times it takes years to realize you probably shouldn't have done X or Y. You make a choice and take an action, see the consequence and immediately write it off as the only possible eventuality that could have occurred. You're a rational person. You made the choice. So it had to be a rational choice, right?

You aren't perfect. You learn that growing up, time and time again. You look back at the choice you made and see where the path could have diverted. You could have gotten from there to here with less pain. You could have gotten to some other place that you'd rather be. 

It happens as you get older.
First, you look back at yourself in elementary school or middle school and think "WHY!?&…

#310 - Different Layout, Plus Iron Fist Kinda Sucked, also /r/place

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Motto: IRON FIIIST

I changed the layout to the Column. This is how it looks now. I guess that's all there is to say about that.

In 18 days the Life Tracker will turn 4 years old. My earliest data are dated 04/22/2013. That doesn't mean I'll have 4x365+1forleapyears = 1461 day's worth of data, unfortunately. It used to be that if I missed a single day, I had to nuke the entire week's data. That happened something like 35 times during those 4 years, so my extensive journal only has just shy of 1200 days in it. Regardless - it's pretty INSERTWORDHERE* that I'm still doing this after so long.

*INSERTWORDHERE - pick any of the following: cool, sad, impressive, boring.

I imagine I'll write more about the Life Tracker after it's 4-year-iversary, but now it's time to talk about Marvel stuff.

Iron Fist was pretty bad. I didn't want to write this because I just talked about MCU lows a few Columns ago, but because I'm such a fan/Marvel apologist I feel …

#309 - Intent: Android

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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 used for this Column.
Writing an Android App. That's the goal for March. Technically I accomplished that within the first day, within the first hour. Although "Hello World!" isn't much of an app. I've been working through Udacity's Android Basics nanodegree. Well, the coursework that one would do to earn said nanodegree. I'm more interested in the knowledge than the resume boost. 
Anyway it's been really good! It's aimed at people who have never coded before - so parts of it are definitely too easy... but that means I'm not getting left behind, like I did last time when I tried going straight into the Android Developer nanodegree. I'm now starting to get comfortable playing around in the IDE, making my phone do stuff I want it to do. It's my goal to write an app that's actuall…

#308 - A Brief Selection from My Irish Notebook

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Motto: Sometimes I Impress Myself
In Columns #219 and #289 I shared a series of snippets from the Moleskine I had been writing in for the past year or so. Last night I re-discovered the green "Irish" notebook that Melissa gave me for our 1-year anniversary (of dating, not marriage). Reading through it last night was one of the more entertaining things I've done in a while. I'd like to share with you a brief selection of things I wrote about from ~January 2011 to ~February 2012. This is from a time in my life before I graduated college, got a job, got married, and started doing all the projects that I write about here in the Column (also it's from before the Column). FYI - I'm going to write these quotes in the color they were in the notebook.
Let's begin.
Things I'm likely to learn from the time log: > You have too much time on your hands > The implications of E=MC2 > Other stuff ----- - ----- It's beginning to look like the best system is just …