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How To Spot A Liar

I’m not going to get into the subjective nature of truth, what’s appropriate in theater, or Mr. Daisey’s seemingly pathological need to nail himself to a cross. I just wanted to share this one observation.

Making Wooden Business Cards with Ponoko

Ponoko is a New Zealand-based print-on-demand service for 3D objects. I decided to give them a try by making some…

10 Ways Newspapers Can Improve Comments

The other day Bob Garfield had a good kvetch about dumb comments on newspaper websites on his show, On The…

How to Write a Story (for Geeks)

So maybe you’re a geek and you want to write a personal story for someplace like Fray. Writing, like life,…

Making “Hand” Bags

A while back I scored a Gocco from a friend. A Gocco is a novel screen printing kit from Japan…

NaBloPoMo Q&A 6: Chopping Blocks

Or: How To Bust Your Creative Block Megan asked: Say someone’s in a rut. What advice would you offer for…

How to Shoot Events

A few weeks ago I found myself in Beauty Bar in San Francisco. I was standing on the bar, the…

NaBloPoMo Q&A 4: The Web Biz

Zazzy asked: I’m studying web development. Do you have any tips for crossing that hump between moderately-talented-amateur to professional (or…

How to Take Halfway Decent Photos with an iPhone

Heather and I think of our cellphones more as cameras with phone attachments than phones with camera functions. So when…

How to Write a Book in Three Easy Steps

My book, Design for Community, has just gone out of print. It lives on as a download, but it’s just…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I live in San Francisco and make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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