Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


2nd thoughts archive


Working with web tech as with any segment of the IT/Computing world it is easy to fall into what I call a user tunnel. A user tunnel forms when we use the same technology the same way again and again with great or at least reliable success. User tunnels may or may not include work-arounds that compensate for software shortcomings and bugs, but they do keep the user attached to ... +more+

November 11, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Tech,WordPress

Steve Carell Retrieval Problems

It was May of 1992. I was driving across the country in a tiny faded yellow early 80s model Honda Civic. We stopped in Chicago. While Los Angeles rioted over Rodney King and other cities reacted in sympathy, Chicago remained calm, cool, and good humored. I remember many things about that trip: meeting my first Pynchon fanatic, seeing the White Sox, drinking Old Granddad from a ... +more+

November 10, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Theatre

Plants Singing In Moonlight

I've been reading Wade Davis' book Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures in fits and starts over the last year or so. You cheat yourself of a chance to better understand just what you are if you choose to ignore his well researched insights into humanity's current condition.

November 6, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Books

NYC">WordCamp NYC

WordCampNYC – Nov 14-15I've been using, installing, administrating, figuring out, breaking, fixing, hacking, tweaking, and pushing WordPress since back in 2006 when I created this blog (I never bothered much with WordPress.com until much later when a client asked me to customize the look and feel of a site hosted there). I have used ... +more+

November 4, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Tech

Vitamin D

It's dark out when I wake up and dark out when I return home from work. And it's cold. Why am I smiling? I've become a user. A habitual daily user. Such nice tiny white caplets too. They go down easy with breakfast, dinner, or lunch. No ill side effects either. Vitamin D3. Watching The Botany of Desire this weekend on PBS, Michael Pollan, et al made it clear to ... +more+

November 2, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Food

For the Benefit of Yoko Ono

One of my favorite distractions is the Ukulele and one of my favorite things other people do with theirs is holding benefits for the rich. Playing a small instrument leaves you plenty of room for irony and good will toward others. Last year everyone pitched in and helped Warren Buffet (a pretty mean Uke player himself) and this year it's Yoko Ono's turn. I doubt I'll make it this ... +more+

October 30, 2009 | 2nd thoughts

Privilege: The Other Cancer – 2

Ten questions about the nature of privilege:

  1. Is it a privilege to question privilege?
  2. Is privilege an inevitable part of civilization?
  3. Is privilege inherently corrupt or corrupting (like power)?
  4. Can someone truly eschew privilege since having it in the first place is, in fact, a privilege?
  5. Does living in a wealthy 'developed' nation make one inherently privileged?
  6. Is freedom a privilege?
  7. Are human rights a privilege?
  8. Are political rights (citizenship, the right to vote, etc) a privilege?
  9. Who is
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October 29, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Privilege: The Other Cancer — 1

The following post is taken from notes I made January 3, 2007 (ho-hum and garment rending are duly omitted)

“’What is the Third Estate?’ asked the title of the most celebrated pamphlet of that winter, by the renegade clergyman Sieyés, ‘Everything. What has it been until now in the public order? Nothing. What does it want to be? Something.’ Anyone laying claim to any sort of privilege, Sieyés went on to
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October 28, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Keeping Your Head in the Game

I'm not doing so well at that whole head in game thing. Not today. I have a lot of distractions. Of course, it would help if I could decide exactly what my game is, I suppose. Then again, see also my post on specialization. Anyway, I've caused some minor disasters at work. Okay, maybe they aren't minor. I suppose that depends on who you ask, but we agree on the disaster part. So, ... +more+

October 23, 2009 | 2nd thoughts

InSight Phototography Project Needs You

Okay, maybe I wasn't clear about one of the greatest things about the  InSight Photography Project in my last post about it. John Willis, one of the co-founders reiterated last night at the board meeting that the point isn't just to provide young people an opportunity to learn about photography and themselves, but to provide that opportunity regardless of their ability to pay. That's ... +more+

October 22, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Vermont