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Two Photos and 7,000 Miles

The internet tells me I’m about 7,000 miles away from that moment right now.

Someplace Else

It’s a strange place. Totally unnatural, since only water is supposed to be there, but now it’s set free and wild.

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.

They Don’t Complain and They Die Quietly

Psst! If you’re interested in plants, check out Plantgasm, my gardening blog. When I was young, I knew two things…

Chasing Hamburgers

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

Speaking Disasters and Lessons Learned

Scott Bekun is writing a book for O’Reilly Media, due out in October, called Confessions of a Public Speaker. He’s…

Someone’s Always Listening

I was working for a tech company that will go unnamed a few years ago, and I had a bad day. A really bad day. So that night, I went out to a favorite restaurant with a couple of friends and got a bottle of wine.

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…

Regina Powazek 1919-2008

Regina Powazek is my father’s mother. She was born in Dobre, Poland, in 1919. When she was 20, the nazis…

White Folks for Obama

One of the many things I love about my dear wife is her patronage of the arts. After too many…


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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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