Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

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On Joining Exposure as Head of Product

I have spent a long time thinking about online photography communities. Between watching the rise and fall of Flickr (being…

Swan Swan Hummingbird

Could this be it? An insight to what those words mean, finally, after 20 years of them rattling around in my brain? Could I be right? Only Michael Stipe could know for sure.

Gelatinous Spooge, 1997-2011

In her prime, Spoo was a lap-warmer, fearless explorer, lover of boxes, occasional houseplant destroyer, hunter of moths, neighborhood cat brawler, and playmate to our dog, Chieka.

Chasing Hamburgers

My Grandfather Ben, Dad’s dad, survived the horrors of the Holocaust, as well as the endless heat and mini-malls of…

Powazek 2009 Year in Review

JAN: Nearly kill myself on a snowmobile. Begin posting Things I Learned the Hard Way. Still really proud of that…

Untitled June Update

My mom says she always knows when I get incredibly busy because I stop updating my website. Sad but true.…

I am a Jewish Atheist

And it makes perfect sense to me. The are large parts of Judaism that are about being a good person,…

2008 Personal Year in Review

January: DePo Skinny released, I geek out on copyright, Fray Busted ships, we get some press and have a reading,…

Tamed By the Beast

A snowmobile is basically the biggest, meanest chainsaw you’ve ever seen, with two skis bolted to the front and a…

Wishing You A Grisly Death in the New Year

Consider the following thought experiment. Imagine that suddenly everyone around you begins to act funny. First your coworkers start to…


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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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