Detail of "Baruch" by Gustave Doré

Phil Harwell

Orthodox Christian. Husband. Daddy. Hipster. Hippie. Musician. Artist. Writer. Geek. Nerd. Beard-haver. Multiple Sclerosis.

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In Progress

Finally getting some real work done on this site. It’s still gonna take a while (see previous post’s ETA), but at least I’ve actually worked on it and not just thought about it.


Wanting to revamp the website. This blog may or may not be a part of what I want to do, except for maybe archival purposes.

ETA: glacier.

Overdue report

Things have not gone well this year. The Christmas of Almost Total Family Illness set me back quite a bit; it took me months to get over it. Furthermore, I had a core meltdown in May when I didn’t have my anxiety medication for several days. Thought I’d run out, but I had one more dose that I didn’t discover until it was too late. But it only would have delayed the inevitable, which was an anxiety attack that lasted for 3 or 4 days. I haven’t been the same since. Still dealing with a lot of stuff. No longer taking Adderall so I have been the living dead for months. Started some new meds and retired one. Side effects kick in waaaaay before benefits do. Saw psychiatrist earlier this week, and next neurologist appointment is in October, though I’m considering an attempt to get one sooner.

Love to all.

Maurice says hi

Maurice says hi.

in the works

Working on a concept for may wind up being a comic of some sort. If you all behave, I won’t publish it.

New MRI made fresh this morning Yep it&#8217…

New MRI, made fresh this morning. Yep, it’s still in there!

How I feel in the morning sometimes 1…

“How I feel in the morning (sometimes)”

My first drawing in a while. The red streaks represent the nerve pain. Also there’s a haze over me. I’m on my side since I have to lie in bed while my pain medicine kicks in.

To-Do List

Hey there everybody, everybody.

I’m back to this Tumbl-O-Blog once again, in a flood of internet activity. For the first time, I’ve actually participated in Trek debates online. Well, one debate and one “article deletion” discussion on Memory Alpha. I have been more active with non-Facebook/Twitter internet interactions in the last couple of days than in the last severalyearscombined! *sniff* It’s like I don’t even know me anymore! *sniff*

Anyways, on to buisness. Back at the main site, I promised updates, and so here I am, trying to make good on that. :)

First off: thanks to everybody to who liked / reblogged my last post! I wasn’t expecting such a response. You guys made me smile. For real. (Especially some of the replies… funny stuff!) This is more notoriety than I’ve ever gotten for anything I’ve posted online. And hello to my new follower! Hope you like what you see here, and don’t forget to check out the main site. If you like Star Trek and parodies, maybe you’ll get a few chuckles there.

NOTE TO SELF: write about Riker’s beard more.

Now that I’m several paragraphs in, I’ll get to what the title is, and that’s my to-do list for the new season, which actually shares more than I’d like in common with my to-do list for Season 2. What can I say? A nerd at rest tends to stay at rest. (Huh?)

First of all, the site, for me, has pretty much always felt incomplete. Much of the layout has needed revision, I still haven’t done any SEO for it, and navigation hasn’t been optimized. Really, the whole sitedoesn’t look how I’d like, as I wanted to completely redesign it between Seasons 1 and 2. That’s still my goal this time. “This time for sure… presto!” If you have any trouble reading it, or getting around the site, I apologize. If you don’t like how it looks… know that I don’t either. This will be hard, as I’m more of a programmer than a designer, so making a site look goodisn’t one of my strong suits. I’ll try my best… or see if I can get a friend to help!

Second, I’m still not in the habit of writing episodes in advance. *Sigh* That’s been the reason for many of the lapses (or, “unintended breaks”) where I’ve gone up to a few weeks without getting that next post out, due to laziness, health issues, or both. Part of my goal with having a three-month break again was so I could write far enough in advance so that publication would be more regular / timely. Gotta get on that first episode, because I already know it’s gonna be a doozy. And my other outlines need more fleshing out. I’ve reached the point with the story that I can’t fly by the seat of my pants anymore like I did in the early days.

Finally, there are other miscellaneous tasks that need to get done simply because of this blog having survived this long. Mainly, it’s cataloging of data and doing more in the way of catching new readers up besides just having a link to Episode 1. I figure doing season summaries is a good idea, as well as some sort of “users guide” that would include a general description of things, have brief character bios, and describe the conventions / mechanics of the blog (my writing style and so on).

So, I’ve got a long way to go in the next month and a half. Anyways, have a good day, and Live Long and Perspire!

Question of the Day: Mirror Universe Riker

Question of the Day: Would “Mirror Universe” Commander Riker have a beard in the first season, then be clean-shaven for the other six, or would he just have a goatee the entire time?


I’m still here.

Just in case you were wondering.

[edit]: but I’m oh so tired. Exhausted by life.

Fat Elvis Costello wonders “Have I been waiting…

Fat Elvis Costello wonders: “Have I been waiting too long… or not long enough?”

Photos and Stuff

Oh man. You guys. I gotta get my old pictures back on the Internet. My photoblog has been dead for a long time. Got disillusioned when Twitter bought Posterous and took it all down. Anyways, I figure Tumblr’s the right place to bring this stuff back.

And I totally gotta get on some new stuff. Haven’t been doing as much lately. Still post to Instagram on occasion, but it’s rare. I miss messing around with photos and all.

Seriously. Don’t let me forget.

God Bless your day!

They say I got brains but they ain&#8217…

They say I got brains, but they ain’t doin’ me no good… I wish they could…

The Beach Boys, “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”

Sometimes there just aren&#8217 t enough levels of…

Sometimes there just aren’t enough levels of undo.

A Great Way to Start Your Day

I heard about this from Fr. Seraphim Holland of McKinney, TX. It’s called “The Four Bows”, and is a great way to start the day. Make bows or prostrations while praying these four prayers:

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
  2. Most Holy Theotokos, save us.
  3. Holy Saint [your patron saint], pray to God for me.
  4. Holy Angel of God, my guardian, pray to God for me.

(For #3, I say St. Philip the Deacon)

Admittedly, I don’t always think to do it, and I usually am sitting up in bed when I do (because of reasons excuses that would take too long to explain here), but I do try to do this, and I do believe it is a great way to begin one’s day.

Of course, we should always be praying (I Thess. 5:17), but if we do nothing else, this short set of prayers is, for lack of a better phrase, “better than nothing”, and is a great way to dedicate the day to God.

Cells 11 7 2012


Multiple Sclerosis? There’s an App for That

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is one of many companies who are taking medical care into the digital age. I gotta give them props for this app I got from them. It’s been out for a while, but I didn’t know about it until a few weeks ago or so, when my wife saw an ad for it on the back of an MS magazine.

It’s called My MS Manager, and it’s an extremely handy tool for keeping track of things. You can log your symptoms, medications, etc., track your history as you go along, add contact information for your doctors and caregivers, and so on. The feature I’ve used most is called “My Exacerbations” , which is where you log your flare-ups. You set the symptoms, add notes to it, and give dates to it, etc. Very handy.

I’ll admit that I haven’t used it as much as I really should, because I’m often too lazy or forgetful (or procrastinating) to get everything put in, but I’m slowly making it part of my life. Since I pretty much always have my iPod Touch with me, it can be one of the most integral parts of my health tracking and maintenance, since I’m so forgetful about things, when they happen, and so on.

For the most part, it’s a very well-made and designed program. It has its shortcomings, and I’m even considering writing to them about potential improvements. But for what it is, it is great, and just the fact that it exists at all really makes me happy. For a gadget geek like me, this can be a great help, or even a lifesaver.

As I’ve always said, I do things in the nerdiest way possible. :)

Sometimes I feel like writing.

The last thing this world needs is another science fiction novel, but I’m over 200 words in on something I just thought up a few minutes ago. I don’t have a plot yet. Just a scene.

I do this a lot. I’ve got lots of “Chapter Ones” that are just scenes I think up that don’t really go anywhere. I love to invent scenarios to put characters in. I’m better at that than finding something for them to do.

Will I follow through? I don’t know. Doesn’t matter. A little smattering of writing here and there helps keep me sane, I guess. :)

Flare-ups, Etc.

Hey everybody. Just a quick update here.

Lately I’ve been having more frequent flare-ups of symptoms, usually numbness, heat, nerve pain, and other symptoms which I have no words for (which is frustrating, since they’re hard to describe). I have been missing work due to these flare-ups. And that, of course, takes away some of what little income I have.

I thank you for your prayers, and ask that you please continue to do so, not only for me, but for my family as well. Thanks!

Flame 10 27 2012 I actually drew this…


I actually drew this before “Sea” but didn’t think to publish it until afterwards.

all posts

30In Progress

8Overdue report
16Maurice says hi
25in the works
24New MRI made fresh this morning Yep it&#8217…
14How I feel in the morning sometimes 1…

12To-Do List
7Question of the Day: Mirror Universe Riker
3I’m still here.
16Fat Elvis Costello wonders “Have I been waiting…
14Photos and Stuff
13They say I got brains but they ain&#8217…
13Sometimes there just aren&#8217 t enough levels of…
12A Great Way to Start Your Day
7Cells 11 7 2012
1Multiple Sclerosis? There’s an App for That
31Sometimes I feel like writing.
29Flare-ups, Etc.
28Flame 10 27 2012 I actually drew this…
27Sea 10 27 2012
27Glory to God in the Highest and on…
27Self Image 10 27 2012
16Reading Time
10The Big Catch-Up Post I Said I’d Do
9Morning(ish) Routine
22Phase II Complete
20Free So Free
25Uncomfortably Numb
22So Happy, I’m Sad
8Next Step Complete