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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…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Instagram and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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