Sensitive Hearing and Fireworks

Will Leffert Editorial

First of all: Happy 4th of July. Second of all, let me tell you about my sensitive hearing, and fireworks being the bane of my existence. I’ve had slightly weird hearing for a long time now. As a teenager in High School, I had earned the nickname “Human Tuner” given to me by some of my peers because I was …

Gambling On Life: Pain Management Side Effects

Will Leffert Gambling On Life

This is part 4 of a series called “Gambling On Life”, my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 3 here. Pain Management: Side Effects I’m no stranger to medication; I’ve been taking various kinds of pills for nearly all my life. I’ve been on all sorts of drugs; from standard anti-histamines to Valium. Every drug can make you …

Gambling On Life: Pain Management Costs How Much?

Will Leffert Gambling On Life

This is part 3 of a series called “Gambling On Life”, my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 2 here. Pain Management: Costs It had been almost a month since my first visit with Jordan at QMG. I had been taking the Gabapentin like clockwork, and was up to 200mg morning and evening for a couple weeks now. …

Gambling On Life: Pain Management First Visit

Will Leffert Gambling On Life

This is part 2 of a series called “Gambling On Life”, my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 1 here. Pain Management: First Visit My first visit with pain management was interesting. I checked in 15 minutes early, knowing I’d most likely have some paperwork to fill out. I am used to this sort of thing, but probably …

Gambling On Life: The Cost of Treatment In the US, Part 1

Will Leffert Gambling On Life

It has been just over 6 months since my last redesign; with each one, I have a theme. Previous themes include touching on the definition of color (as well as interpretation of humanity), the state of my own mind, and appreciating more abstract forms in life. This time, I’m making public my experiences in the US healthcare system, especially in …

Should you report that weird kid in school?

Will Leffert Editorial

In 1999, we had the Columbine massacre. The two who committed the atrocity were considered “outsiders”. They wore black, listened to music like KMFDM, and played violent video games like “Doom”. People blamed the music. They blamed the games. They started pointing fingers anywhere they could. Other kids became suspects, themselves, for sharing similar characteristics. I was one of those …

Is Web Design Art: Black is the absence of light

Will Leffert Web & The Internet, Web Design

Is web design art? I’ve had a passion for web design for many, many years. I’ve had some works gain more attention than others on various feature sites, as well as one design that got some kudos from Smashing Magazine years ago. Let me state the premise first: Web design IS art. The web is my preferred medium. I love …

Internet & Net Neutrality For Dummies

Will Leffert Editorial, Web & The Internet

Pretty much everybody is talking about it right now, but there is a lot of misinformation about Net Neutrality. I’d like to talk about what it is, and what the real problem is with it’s repeal. Note: I’ve got credentials. I’ve got a degree in Computer Information Systems, have worked as a Systems Manager handling the network for businesses, have …

Documenting Depression: Visiting The Psych Ward

Will Leffert Documenting Depression

If you’ve got someone you’re close to with depression, there is a chance you’ll visit them in the psychiatric ward of a hospital. Visiting the psych ward is an experience, and each one is different. This is my experience. All names have been changed for privacy purposes. Carrie: Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety. Committed due to alcohol abuse & hearing voices. Joe:  …

Living with TMJ Disorder

Will Leffert Personal

Do you have TMJ disorder? Do you have friends or family who do? Here’s a story about living with TMJ disorder. Like many illnesses, everybody experiences different symptoms with TMJ disorder. Many of the people I know personally who suffer from TMJ disorder tend to deal with just a few simple symptoms; clicking of the jaw, occasional pain from overexertion, …