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

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Motto: It Makes a Fool of Us All

Life seems to me like a series of choices about what to do with your resources. Mostly those resources fall into energy, time, and money.

It used to be that I'd sit down to write most Columns not knowing what I wanted to write about. The net result would be whatever came to my mind between the time I sat down and the time I stood up. Nowadays I know essentially exactly what I want to say before I ever approach my computer. I write more Columns in my head than I ever get to put online - I just "don't have the time" to do it.

I have been saying for years that the "having no time" excuse is mostly bologna that old people say to make up for not using their time wisely. While I still think that's true to some extent, my tune has changed.

Actually. After doing an exercise to fill out this paragraph with, it looks a lot like this is still the case and I've just been woefully misusing my time. Maybe I should do another time stud…

#341 - Aaron Explains Income Tax

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Motto: GET READY FOR FINANCE, BABY
Taxes are needlessly confusing. At least that's how I always found them to be. Some relatively simple jargon like "deductible" kept me from understanding what's really a pretty basic concept. Here's what almost 30 year old Aaron wishes he could send back in time 10 years to almost 20 year old Aaron.

Top 10: Favorite TV Comedies... Updated from #302 10. Family Guy
9. King of the Hill
8. Last Week Tonight
7. Futurama
6. Parks and Rec
5. Scrubs
4. The Office
3. Arrested Development
2. Community

1. Rick and Morty

Quote: "Hold your poop in so it goes up... science." - Jon -
"The meat sweats are basically my normal sweats." - Jon -
"I got some vodka! I ain't worried." - Jon -
"Can you guys please wait until the song is over?"
- Derek, who was listening to Rebecca Black's "Friday" out loud at work, to some coworkers who started talking nearby -

#340 - Definition Vs Usage

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Motto: I don't know why she swallowed the fly

I'm literally not talking about the widely-recognized abuse of words like "literally". This is less of a Buzzfeed Listical and more of a series of topics about which I have been contemplating (in the near past) that can be presented under a common theme.

"Healthy" - without disease; promoting well-being
That's the best definition I know. That is, notionally, what "healthy" is supposed to mean. Sometimes it gets used that way. I think, though, that a majority of cases in which I come across the word it means "please buy my product - don't fee guilty!" or "please buy in to my way of thinking about this". To me, healthy is having the physical and emotional capability to do the things you want to do, to accomplish things that are important to you - that which makes you fulfilled, and continue that capacity in the face of reasonable obstructions introduced by the world and the reali…

#339 - Five Years Tracked

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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 you don't believe me you can read what I wrote about my new "Life Tracking System (LTS)" in Column #83. That was five years ago - meaning I've been doing this thing for five years now.
If you don't choose to read Column #83 (I don't blame you) - you should know that reading it now made me proud of what I've accomplished here. I set out to track my life, I defined what that meant to me - and really I did a damn good job of it. My original goals have only shifted slightly in the past 1827 days. 

Originally, I intended to track: 1. Diet 2. Exercise 3. Money 4. Daily Goals (which I stole from Demetri Martin) 5. What I did each day (high level list of events)

Looking at that list now, it's a pretty good cross-section of the things that are important in life. Especially when you consider I haven't had to change…

#338 - Avengers: Infinity War (No spoilers)

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Motto: Balance to the Universe
I've been unable to write this column for the past 50 hours since I watched Avengers: Infinity War for the first time. My brain has been trying to comprehend how incredible everything about this movie (and by extension, the franchise as a whole) is. In writing this, I hope to be able to move on a bit to what's next.

Marvel's Cinematic Universe is the single most impressive thing that's ever been done in movies. Sure movies like "Citizen Kane" are better movies - but that's not as impressive to me as making 19 blockbuster hits in a row over the course of 10 years. 19 consistently good-at-worst movies that tell a compelling continuous story, while being entertaining on their own. If you ask people what the greatest franchise of all time is - they'll probably say Star Wars, James Bond, J.R.R Tolkien's Middle Earth movies, or Harry Potter... but Marvel so clearly deserves to be at the top of that list. Star Wars is 9 movi…

#337 - Apple iCosystem

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Motto: girl scout cookies are a treat, boy scout popcorn is an obligation
First, because I never do, here's a short poem:
Running through the forest.
Dodging trees like a wild beast.
Light on foot.
That's where he pooped his pants.

That took me 10+ minutes to write.
In my last post I said my next post was going to be a retrospective of 5 years tracking my life. This is not that. I didn't expect to want to write again so quickly.
Recently I've been thinking through the real-world logistics of switching to Apple products. My entire adult life I've thought it will happen at some point. I'll wake up one day and throw my Android phone out the window of my new hot red convertible car (implying that it was part of some midlife crisis or something). 
It started with a thought exercise with where I tried to map out all of the use cases commonly covered by consumer electronics, rate (from 0 to 5) how well a bunch of different types of electronics enabled you to meet those uses, …

#336 - Memes & Pictures and Previews

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Motto: Shooter McGavin was in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

I haven't written much lately cause I've been busy.

I rewatched Thor: Ragnarok. I think it needs bumped up even higher in my MCU ranking. Previously it was at the top of my "Upper" tier - it's been reranked to middle of the "Elite" tier, passing Spiderman: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy. Thor's response to all this:

Next post will certainly be a retrospective of the Life Tracker - as my 5 Year Anniversary of tracking happens in two weeks. I have a preview of that post right here:

The post after that will be me screaming for an entire post about how good Avengers: Infinity War was. I have a preview of that post right here:

A post in the not too distant future will be me like this:

A post after that one will be more like this:

I guess what I'm saying in this post is that most of what I have to say I'm not ready to say yet.

Top 5: Things That Make Me Hip
5. I bought…