Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


2nd thoughts archive

Desk Scraps #3

Another calendar quote unearthed itself today: Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. - The Talmud  

March 16, 2012 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Desk Scraps #2

  The artist is a young woman of 6 or 7 whose father worked the coffee bar at a former place of employ. This mariposa she gave to me in exchange for a nickel after a good deal of bargaining down from $100, perhaps my savviest bit of haggling yet.

Desk Scraps #1

Quotes from a tear off calendar my mom gave me a few years ago. These are ones that I saved. I don't necessarily remember why I saved them all. I don't even know that anyone anywhere fact checked these. Some I liked and still like. Others must have just hit me. All here in no particular order except the order they've been in on my desk the last couple of ... +more+

February 27, 2012 | 2nd thoughts,Spare Parts


Red is my favorite color. Always has been. It's the color I most often see when I close my eyes and the color I most often want to see. Red. This weekend I made some minor tweaks to this site's theme that felt long overdue:

  • Tweaked the fonts using TypeKit - a nifty new gizmo that helps you increase your options for real fonts on the web - it has
... +more+

May 9, 2010 | 2nd thoughts,Tech

Address Unknown

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. - Blaise Pascal Like everyone, I have a few favorite ideas that I can't help returning to. One of those is getting lost, wandering around somewhere that might have once seemed so familiar, and then finding my way home again from a whole new angle. Note: I didn't say it was entirely ... +more+

March 18, 2010 | 2nd thoughts,The World

Planet Slum

Caracas Venezuela at night by Jonas Bendiksen

"What I really wanted to focus on was not the extremities, the worst poverty, or the worst slums, but on how people manage to construct daily lives in the midst of such challenges."
Planet Slum by Jonas Bendiksen

March 8, 2010 | 2nd thoughts,The World

Lou Charbonneau from Haiti

Lou Charbonneau from Haiti today:

I and other reporters traveling with Ban saw few, if any, U.N. peacekeepers on the streets of Port-au-Prince who weren’t actively involved in trying to keep ordinary Haitians away from the U.N. delegation’s convoy. But the search-and-rescue teams were visible. I saw at least half a dozen rescue squads from France, Israel, Germany and elsewhere in normal residential areas picking their way methodically through heaps of
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January 20, 2010 | 2nd thoughts

Confessions of an Audience Member

I should know better. As a guy with two theatre degrees, I know first hand the terrors (and joys) of putting oneself and one's work before an audience. You can try to tell yourself that you don't 'need' or even 'want' their approval, but the truth is you wouldn't be there at all if you didn't. Rod Serling's voice is under any live presentation saying "submitted for your approval" to ... +more+

November 25, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Tech,Theatre

All About Coffee

Simplebits pointed me to this great bit about coffee on theoatmeal.com. Great graphics, funny bits, and educational too. I've been cutting back on my coffee drinking for the last few months - switched to green tea, which isn't quite the rush, but keeps the caffeine withdrawal at bay. Without the medical evidence we have now, I'd probably go out with a 16 cup a day habit ... +more+

November 13, 2009 | 2nd thoughts

Radical Converts part 1

For my money, the Radical Convert is where the action is. These include people like Che Guevara, St. Augustine, Tom Cruise, Chairman Mao, Ghandi, and John Coltrane. All of these people could point to a day or even a moment when everything changed, each one saw the light and knelt down on their own personal road to Damascus. Recovering from that blinding insight meant changing themselves and everyone ... +more+

November 12, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations