Author Archives: Dan from ondesire.com

Fall for Sailors, Divers, and Aquaphiles.

A brisk but wide sky fall morning here at the secret base of the tramp Hobie fleet. We’ve got some water work to do – bring in the doom raft and the mega buoy, stash the Hobies and their cribs.  … Continue reading

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Engine Room

I liked this so much for michiganmoviemakers.com, I’m posting again for ondesire.com! _______________ “Cough, cough! Sure is dusty in here. Just gotta lift this rusty girder up so it’s not jamming that giant titanium gear… OK, 1, 2, 3, heave!” … Continue reading

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Beachat 7mm

Bit of night free diving in a Beuchat 7mm. 8 lbs of weight on the belt and still popping up like a cork. Had to pressurize while pulling myself down hand over hand along the buoy chain, which is rigid … Continue reading

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The Aquatic Arts

What’s that big raft anchored at the blue line all about? That big raft belongs to 4077 Crystal Drive, Dan Kelly’s house. It’s anchored in deeper water than most swimming rafts because it’s also a diving platform – both scuba … Continue reading

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Camping inventory

Didn’t have much luck sleeping, so I guess it’s time to be up, clean the house and pack. I’m surging with energy after an apple, a pair of pizza sandwiches and a pawful of brazil nuts. shop candle lantern – … Continue reading

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North Manitou this Sunday

We didn’t get Hobie 16’s ready in time to sail, they are all pretty much still in pieces up at the shack. Instead, we’re taking Manitou Island Transit this Sunday. Still some significant packing left to do, but we’re all … Continue reading

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North Manitou countdown

July 7, just less than 20 days until launch. Preliminary to do list Gear inventory and pre-pack sleeping bag liners extend frazzled Cat’s Meows power and solar panels Menu plan (Indian/Dan cooking lessons) Manitou Island Transit Departure on Sunday is … Continue reading

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North Manitou expedition

Artist house, Inc. / Trickster Pictures is having a company picnic and sleepover on North Manitou Island from July 26-31. You are invited. Ben Woody, Bri Mathias and Dan Kelly plan to sail Hobie 16s from Point Betsie to Crescent … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping

I was in the potting shed the other morning which is situated very close to the road. Two neighbors walking their dogs were passing my property in opposite directions and had a conversation which I couldn’t help but hear… Woman … Continue reading

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Why I Spoke Out by Jeff Gibbs

Some supporters of “25 x 25″ have wondered why I spoke out just now about Proposal 3 or “25 x 25.”  I will tell you why. But first about the points I made. Now as before they say little bio-massacre … Continue reading

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Michigan “25 x 25” is a Bio-Massacre by Jeff Gibbs

This is an email that Jeff is circulating regarding Michigan’s Proposal 3. I’ve bloggified it for social media links. Michigan “25 x 25” is a Bio-Massacre by Jeff Gibbs In Michigan right now ballot Proposal 3 known as “25 x … Continue reading

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Dear Earth

English Dear Earth, We, the people of the USA, are finally getting our shit together. We’re actually practicing democracy by taking direct responsibility for ourselves. We’ve always been in power here but have inappropriately allowed our beliefs and behaviors to … Continue reading

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On Desire Thoughts

  I have thoughts about On Desire. For now, just know that I am thinking. Continue reading

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Functional sculpture

In preparation for the epic Year of the Rabbit New Year Party on February 5th,  Joe Cissel, Liz Paladino and I started construction of the combination skating ring (k) / ice diving stage in the form of a yin yang … Continue reading

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Yo Mr President!

“We do big things. From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.” … and don’t forget a heaping helping of genocide on our … Continue reading

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How to download Wikileaks Insurance

DISCLAIMER and WARNING – I was arrested in March of 2001 for protesting the impending Iraq war. Subsequently, I found out that I have an FBI record that is “secret”. The reason I know this is a long story, I’m … Continue reading

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PSA Music

I wrote this originally for Gretchen Eichberger’s “Music for Sleepy Beings” CD, but it didn’t make the cut. Even though I’m an old wolf with no kids, I know what it is to be up late and wishing I could … Continue reading

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Live Fully, Pay Attention, Power Down

Play movie for computer, phone or youtube An ALM inspired public service message about giving up jet travel, whipped up in response to a regional fund raising effort that seemed inherently contradictory. The more I learned the more I felt … Continue reading

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PSA V2

I tested my PSA yesterday – me doing a talking head with ALM b-roll. It’s got potential. This morning I simplified the narration. I am Dan Kelly In 2008 I was invited to sail around the Hawaiian islands and make … Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement

I’ve been away from ondesire.com for a couple of months, reconstructing my land based life and recovering from an NYC exit. Let’s return now to the Around Lake Michigan archives for further extraction and posting. I’m starting with a PSA … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Ready to go for real

Day 5 was the second and for real launch. June 1st was the official day of getting Hello World into the Big Lake and starting to sail but the truth was we weren’t ready. A few days of puttering around … Continue reading

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Musings in the morning

With ALM, I have three basic flows for telling the story – raw video, motion graphics and posts (text). Though I wasn’t as faithful with imaging everything, I was fairly thorough in my writing. I captured details that I certainly … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Adjustments in Arcadia

An easy afternoon on the beach making adjustments to Hello World, mostly the straps and plates that secured the waterproof rifle cases. There’s also insights about yawning. Behind the scene details were posted on June 6. 10-06-04 Adjustments in Arcadia, … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Elberta to Arcadia

Sailing from Elberta to Arcadia on Day 2 was much easier than getting from Point Betsie to Elberta on Day 1. In this episode, I discuss the plan to beach Hello World and run some errands while still within range … Continue reading

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What I did with the 2nd half of July

I took advantage of the 2010 expedition’s abrupt end by soaking up the rapture oozing outta Hello World’s home base, the Artist house on Crystal Lake. Truth be told, the spring had sprung so sweetly last May that it was … Continue reading

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What does it mean when this happens?

Somehow the front aluminum pylon is sinking or twisting inside the hull. It might have happened while moored in Chicago’s Monroe Harbor, perhaps from an impact by another boat. Or it could be a sign of some internal problem that … Continue reading

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This and that

Day 34 I had ambitions last night, but today just flitted away. I tinkered with the camera on the boat and made a spectacle of myself chillin’ in the tent. I got looks from tender passengers and a “love your … Continue reading

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Monroe Harbor

Day 32 Not enough sleep after dozing in the conference room while cloning drives, but me and the z-bike were on the Metra heading south by 9:00 am. When I peddled up the beach was clean, sunny and deserted. I … Continue reading

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Facebook catch-up

This is for the Facebook people who’ve been missing out on recent posts due to the unpredictable behavior of the sharing application. I’ve gone back to a less fancy but very reliable solution. Day 27 Day 28 Day 29 Day … Continue reading

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Salute! Saugatuck (and Douglas)

Day 24 There’s steady WNW wind this morning, good for heading south. I’ve got a stop I might make along the way to Benton Harbor today. I’m looking to round out the Lake’s bottom before the month ends. What’s in … Continue reading

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Fritz’s

Day 23 Woke to big thunder and flashes. Wind is less than ideal. Planning to hang here at Fred’s for another day and edit. Jet in the AM for Benton Harbor and St Joe.

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Map and updated itinerary

Julie gave me a hard time about getting a map going and today I finally did all the digital magic. There’s also an updated itinerary at You are here.

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Movie – ALM excerpt

Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations Watch the movie excerpt – 13:30 minutes. This is intended to give the basic premise of the project. What artifacts of future sustainable civilizations can be found in Ritch Branstrom’s interview? The full … Continue reading

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Visiting Kalamazoo

Day 15 – 16 Paused in the Pine Motel parking lot on the way back from Wallys, riding the Zilliax Miyata back to Oval beach in the rain. It was a warm rain and I wanted to add a little … Continue reading

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Where are the posts?

Watch for a flurry of blog and video posts in the next 24 hours. I’ll be in Kalamazoo with Susan and Vince until Sunday morning then heading back to Saugatuck Dunes Natural Area where Hello World is parked.

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Do Ludington

Climb the bluff carefully for a thrilling view of the big lake and better cell reception. Nearby construction along the bluff edge reminds me of my reason for sailing around Lake Michigan. Activating global consciousness to steward and EXPAND the … Continue reading

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The revolution is here

I can’t help but feel as I kick back with my 1/2 french press and cardamom bun ($4.50!) that we truly are on the cusp of realizing sustainable civilizations. Who’d of thought that in downtown Ludington, Michigan there would be … Continue reading

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A thousand words

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Shakedown

Morning of Friday May 28, three weeks after the original launch date. If I can get on the water in the next few days, I’ll likely be sailing into late August early September. I’ve still got a 3 month window, … Continue reading

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Wild beach

I started the staging area in March and completed it yesterday with the help of nefs and their pa. Steve zapped the stumps from the two big poplar trees. Jonathan, Patrick and I moved the logs to the lake to … Continue reading

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Soon

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Questions

Sarah Castle recently tweeted an New Scientist article by Deborah Mackenzie, Living in Denial, Why Sensible People Reject the Truth. This may have been a continuation of our exchange over my Stephen Hawkin inspired ET conquistador proposal, so I’ve been … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 3 (bloody hell)

There’s a terrible tragedy at this end of this post, so if you’re the weepy type close your browser and check back tomorrow. How to glue pennies to the bottom of a Hobie Cat, the completion of Hello World’s armor … Continue reading

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Into mystery

Getting ready for my swim this morning, here’s what’s waiting. Maybe I’m still dreaming…

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Swimming

Yesterday afternoon I tested both the Aquapac underwater camera solution and my Gul skin out wetsuit with a swim to the blue line. A classic tao situation. All the cheese and yogurt I’ve been eating is starting to show – … Continue reading

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Wanna get out there…

Started to run Indian Trails this morning when the strange cramp in my starboard calf returned with a vengeance. I’m getting fat, now what? I walked out of the woods and onto the dunes to try a little tai chi … Continue reading

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Watching paint dry

That’s how much fun I’m having right now. Hello World’s first finish coat was applied this morning. Speaking of Malcolm X (today’s his birthday, he’d be 85) here’s an insidious bit of racial marketing I came across. The VOCs from … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 2

Here’s the back page from the vintage Hobie Cat brochure that came with Hello World. Hobie had an intriguing angle on catamarans in 1979 – camping. Perhaps being a subsidiary of the Coleman Company had something to do with it. … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 1

When Hello World came down from the rafters I was dismayed to find she was still wet. Before lofting her last October I had drained the standing water from the hulls. Though I suspected her fiberglass / foam sandwich was … Continue reading

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I know the journey has started when…

I know the journey has started when I don’t know when it’s going to start. The moment when the handcrafted Hello World slides into surf cannot be predicted. I’ve been back in the water since the year flipped. I’ve shared … Continue reading

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-5 days – fly true

Despite precautions, when I crawl into bed I feel the prickle of tiny glass fibers on my naked skin.  I mingle with Hello World, we become one flesh. Hello World is more than my production platform, transport and home. The … Continue reading

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-4 days – child’s questions

A cup of ginger tea before donning the yellow hazmat suit and starting the day’s fiberglass fun. The Brunton inverter is whirring away somewhat creakily as it charges this iPhone. Most of the gear has already been checked for solid … Continue reading

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-3 days – soaked

Sorting and packin x Dreams of flying last night. A decisive ignorance of gravity and intense experience of remembering.  When I’d stretch into a laughing loft or a lazy backflip I’d feel a body rush / energy shiver flash from … Continue reading

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1 day – intrigue

“Our long years of negotiations with foreign countries… have yielded no results this far. With the oil revenues we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people. Another important consideration is that by the … Continue reading

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8 days – drydock

Yesterday Hello World had a soft landing and went into drydock. Movie! 10-04-28 Hello World soft landing and drydock variable / full screen 10-04-28 Hello World soft landing and drydock fixed size

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Democracy Now and James Cameron

James Cameron’s life is shifting because of his super blockbuster, Avatar. Democracy Now interviewed Cameron yesterday. Here’s where to find it. WBAI NYC archive for Tuesday April 27, 2010 8:00am (audio) Democracy Now archive Tuesday April 27, 2010 (audio or … Continue reading

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10 days – errands

A day driving around and hooking up with experts. I dropped in to see Chuck of Northern Welding Specialties first, but he wasn’t there. He told me via cell that he was teaching at the college and perhaps we could … Continue reading

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11 days – shopping

Heading into Traverse City to shop and run errands. Here’s my list… Oryana bug repellent (no deet) [Green Ban] (1) food Backcountry paddle head or new paddle sawdust bag (waterproof) The UPS store 14th or garfield the ups store return … Continue reading

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13 days – dreams

It’s 5:15 am, a bit early for me to be up. On my way back to bed after taking a leak I knocked over a mason jar of water. Groping in the dark for some clothes, towels – anything to … Continue reading

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Abundance

Are we feeling it? Today was the last day of asking for a while. I’ve contacted Apple, Brunton, Verizon, Patagonia and Light and Motion asking for help with ALM, gear mostly. Patagonia already said no. In the process I learned … Continue reading

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Itinerary Version 1.0

Around Lake Michigan route 2010, version 1.0. Subject to change by whim, weather, clues, portents and synchronicity. Actual Point Betsie to Elberta Beach, Elberta, Michigan arrive 10-06-01 Arcadia Lake, Arcadia, Michigan arrive 10-06-02 depart 10-06-05 North of Portage Lake, Michigan … Continue reading

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Checklist sundries

revised 10-05-23 Light √ flashlight [Sure Shot] √ dive flashlight [Intova] √ x4 lighter √ x3 chemical light sticks √ candle lantern √ x5 candles Hygiene Health and First Aid √ scissor √ tweezor √ utility knife √ finger nail … Continue reading

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Checklist clothes

revised 10-05-31 √ x2 socks wool [Icebreaker] √ x2 underwear poly/merino √ x2 underwear cotton (1) √ merino top [Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 XL] √ x2 merino bottom [Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 L] (1) √ black cargo pants √ pile pullover √ … Continue reading

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Checklist production

revised 10-05-13, 10-05-31 Camera A √ multiple card reader [Kingston Technologies MobileLite] ~$20.00 √ extender cable √ x2 16 gb class 6 SDHC [Delkin Technologies] ~$80 √ 16 gb class 6 SDHC [Delkin Technologies] ~$40 √  HD video/still camera Vixia … Continue reading

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Master Checklist ALM 2010

revised 10-05-19 This is based on the 09-08-31 Master Checklist, posted only 5 days before the September launch. We’re posting this 18 days before launch – that’s progress. revised 10-05-31 Launching 23 days late and this will be the final … Continue reading

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19 days – Order of Operations

Time for a list of lists, a preliminary inventory. With 19 days left, we’ve got to design the optimal sequence of actions. To avoid the carbon cost of airplane flight, new gear needs to be shipped ground which means ordering … Continue reading

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20 days and swim for 101 Facebook Fans!

The On Desire tribe reached it’s objective yesterday of 100+ fans for the Facebook page and the Around Lake Michigan movie project. “This milestone demonstrates that we’ve got a solid core of kick ass collaborators,” said Dan Kelly, ALM’s guide. … Continue reading

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We need Facebook fans – today!

This is an all points bulletin. Facebook fans are needed at… http://facebook.com/ondesire The Facebook interface is halt and lame – I can’t argue with that. It’s a sinister black ops app, designed to identify stylish shamans and target them for … Continue reading

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21 days – Artifacts

Here’s a rough sketch of an introduction to artifacts, one of the components that’ll help explain and set-up the Search for Sustainable Civilizations. I’m running late on the mini-movie / extended trailer, let’s see what happens this weekend. Without further … Continue reading

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23 days and 8 minute miles

I just ran 4.5 miles in 36 minutes, so I’m down to 8 minute miles. Steadily building my wind – feels good. I have a tentative date with Brook this weekend to do the entire Swami Bua workout. I’ve being … Continue reading

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Winslow’s bell

Winslow the blacksmith has been talking about a bell for Hello World on Facebook, but I kinda hate FB’s interface so I thought it would be easier to post some illustrations here and then make some comments. It’s important that … Continue reading

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Party pix

Pix from the party under the catamaran on Friday March 26. Jim, Dan, Patrick and Robert out by the cauldron. Kate, Dan, Vince and Susan under Hello World.

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Road rushing

I got back from NYC on Tuesday. The round trip from Beulah to Brooklyn is 1800 miles. Each 900 mile leg is about 14 hours of driving. In contrast, 900 miles of leisurely sailing might take 2 months or 1440 … Continue reading

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For Facebook fans

The On Desire Facebook page now has an easy link http://facebook.com/ondesire. If you’re on Facebook, go ahead and fan On Desire for an RSS feed from this blog and contributions from other Facebook folks.

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Starting the search…

I watched one of the worst movies last night, one that I had seen long ago – Dino De Laurentiis and David Lynch’s Dune. There were so many awful things, but especially bad were the voice overs of characters thinking. … Continue reading

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Hilarity ensued

Good times under the catamaran last night. A core cadre libated and kibitzed until the wee hours. Pictures to follow. Patrick stayed over and helped clean up. Now the lake temple is once again presentable. Can a party have a … Continue reading

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You’re being followed… on Twitter

Either by… http://twitter.com/OnDesire or http://twitter.com/FutureArtifacts Thanks for taking the time to check us out. My name is Dan Kelly and I am working on the documentary movie. From May – August of 2010, I’ll be sailing a 16 ft catamaran … Continue reading

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The freaking Facebook ® fan page

Is the social phenomena getting out of hand? I trust that I’ve peaked on the Facebook learning curve with the establishment of the On Desire fan page – complete with RSS feed. I’d like to shift gears and get back … Continue reading

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You are here

On Desire • our collective destiny – Desire • philosophy (coming soon) • open process (coming soon) • history • guestbook • definitions (coming soon) • open process projects and events • Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations •  … Continue reading

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Welcome FB refugees

If you are landing here from Facebook, relax – you’re safe now. OK everyone, this is going to be our first old fart singalong. Instructions: click this… lyrics then this… music If you don’t read music don’t panic – right after … Continue reading

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Premise with character development

I am a real person but for the ALM movie it’s useful to think of myself as a character, to take a director’s eye view and reveal unexamined assumptions that might be important to the story.  I don’t mind the … Continue reading

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Premise

We know sustainable civilizations will show up within the next 10-15 years because if they don’t, we are doomed. Since we expect to survive, sustainable civilizations are a given. Obviously civilizations don’t just pop into existence overnight, they take time … Continue reading

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What’s worth listening to…

I am a fan of WBAI FM in NYC. Fortunately, I don’t have to be in Brooklyn to enjoy the broadcast.  Not only is WBAI streaming on the web, but archives are available for 90 days. WBAI is totally listener … Continue reading

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Deconstructing doom

Jonathan has been questioning the veracity of the doom assertion in the ALM / artifact premise. A premise or pitch is a shorthand introduction to a project – typically delivered in less than 15 seconds (and often in an elevator). … Continue reading

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Prime Directives from artifacts

A sustainable civilization is a diverse proposition that includes all our future activity and experience. An artifact of a sustainable civilization is any object, process or behavior that points to the fundamental operating principles of a sustainable civilization. These principles … Continue reading

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Action for everyone

Sign a petition and help Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox to protect Lake Michigan by closing the locks in Chicago. http://StopAsianCarp.com

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Guys in camo, the Asian carp video

Great Lakes Restoration has posted video from a February 12, 2010 meeting on Asian carp. With luck, I’ll approaching carp entry points by the end of May. My brother in Arizona can’t stand my singing, and he’s about the same … Continue reading

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Social presence and priorities

Today I am thinking about the indivisibility of story and audience. Which comes first? In May 2010, Hello World and I return to the Big Lake. I’d like to start with a more robust social presence than the project had … Continue reading

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Holy carp!

Two words – asian carp.

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Blog and Twitter heros

Wanted: Folks publishing with integrity and insight about the connections between environment, sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Comment with your recommendations.

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In training

Getting fit for my return to the water in May, just 66 days away. Not only do I need to be eye candy, but I’ve gotta muscle 300 lbs of sailboat ashore over sand or stone. Anastasia opined that I’m … Continue reading

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Feedback for movies, finally

Since the Around Lake Michigan movies are presented in a resizable window outside of the blog proper, folks couldn’t comment – doh! Just created a stack of posts to fix this slight oversight… and away we go! Watch the movies … Continue reading

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