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New in Fray: Busted in Jena

When a group of black students in Jena, Louisiana, defied tradition and sat under a “whites only” tree, no one…

NaBloPoMo Q&A 8: Never Tell a Story Like It’s Not About You

Louise asked: I was wondering if you have ever regretted your transparency on the web. Has it worked as a…

All of This Has a Perfectly Reasonable Explanation, Part 4

Continued from yesterday. Heather looked at me with a mix of exasperation and unblinking disbelief. But she is my spouse,…

All of This Has a Perfectly Reasonable Explanation, Part 3

Continued from yesterday. I’m almost to the explanation now. Next thing I know, it’s 6am and Heather is poking me…

All of This Has a Perfectly Reasonable Explanation, Part 2

Continued from yesterday. I’m explaining. Just hang with me. The second thing you should know is that I’m kind of…


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





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