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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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Yo Twitter

I’m bringing Ondesire back online! Please standby…

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Seen from Space

Here’s the re-entry guidance beacon I propose constructing on Crystal Lake for the Year of the Rabbit New Year Party. The moon is only 6% illuminated and sets by 8:30 pm, so we can expect a dark night perfect for … Continue reading

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Hello World returns

After 19 hours of round trip travel, Hello World has returned home. The plan was to put her on a trailer, but a snafu in the delivery of a hitch kit for the Honda Odyssey meant an unacceptable delay. After … Continue reading

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Expedition ends

Day 38 Here in The Palomino in Milwaukee sipping on a Blackout Stout. The ALM 2010 expedition is over, for now. In a couple of hours I’ll board the Lake Express ferry bound for Muskegon, Mi and catch a ride … Continue reading

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What does it mean when…

Day 36 Something bad has happened to the port hull, or maybe it’s starting to happen. The deck is sunken in all around the front pylon. I noticed it first just out of Chicago and confirmed it on the beach … Continue reading

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Out of Chicago

Day 35 I woke up pretty rested, it’s amazing what humans can get used to. Last night was 4th of July and after fireworks the harbor was jumping with boaters conducting alcohol inspired manuevers and tenders bringing revelers to and … Continue reading

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Calumet Park, Chicago, Illinois

Day 30 2:45 pm.

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Bye bye Jean Klock

Day 27 I didn’t sleep so well. I thought i’d disguise myself as gear again and just slip between the trampoline and the tarp, but the mosquito bloom and the dead air nixed that. I eventually threw caution to the … Continue reading

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Jean Klock Park

Day 25 and 26 Jean Klock park. Spent yesterday and this morning with Carol deconstructing the very sleezy maneuvers required to tear down exquisite wild dunes and privatize a community commons. Will a poorly designed golf course and an upscale … Continue reading

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Back to Saugatuck

Day 20 In Kalamazoo zoo zoo this morning with plans to see the Pekarovic’s goat ranch before jetting back to Saugatuck with Susan. 7:30 am departure turned into 9:30 am because I stayed up editing the Great Lakes Aquatics segment … Continue reading

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Welcome to Saugatuck?!

Day 15 So much blogging and not enough lime, I mean time. I’m in Wallys in downtown Saugatuck with minimal cell coverage. This place is brimming with hotties dressed for luau, a couple were doing a beer bong as I … 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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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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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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Pancakes and scrambled tofu hash with Erica and Faisal

Erica and Faisal came over for pancakes on Friday, 10/02/19. Faisal’s version of the DOG edit, ostensibly the reason for our reunion, remained untouched. Instead we talked… about advancing our craft, social presence, Around Lake Michigan, redefining projects, new collaborations … Continue reading

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Who will speak for the trees?

Burning forests is NOT environmentally friendly. That’s why Jeff Gibbs and M’Lynn Hartwell are organizing opposition to the boondoggle “biomass” electric generators being planned for Northern Michigan. You too can stand with the trees at the Traverse City Library, at … Continue reading

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Quotes for ALM

crosspost: holyboners.com to ondesire.com ••• You’re sure that’s Switzerland? Positive. It all looks the same. You can’t see borders, they’re human creations. Nature couldn’t care less. ••• Don’t shoot, their in Switzerland. Good for them. Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir ____________________ … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing/Open Social

One additional element you might want to address/consider in the objectives piece is the inclusion (or not) of open social.  IMHO your content is so ripe for interaction in some manner.   Only you know to what extent that should happen … Continue reading

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Evening of Exploration post press release

On November 28, 2009, 150 adventurers gathered at the Mills Community House Theater in Benzonia Michigan for an Evening of Exploration. Introducing new work by local artists in a historic venue, this event may herald an economic and creative renaissance … Continue reading

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Evening of Exploration debrief

About 140 people attended our Evening of Exploration. We had a great ukulele and vocal set with Melonie and Shaun, Gretchen danced Glorious Dawn and I presented a 45 minute rough cut of Around Lake Michigan. Afterwards, I asked everyone … Continue reading

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Homegrown Organic Eatery

A feature film in 5 days? A engaging, edifying, feature film in 5 days? How much sencha green tea will it take? Finally, the video the network has been clamoring for! The dynamic duo of digestion, Chris and Tanya Winkelman … Continue reading

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Saldaje to appear at Evening of Exploration

Gretchen and I are excited to welcome Saldaje to our Evening of Exploration. Shaun and Melonie do some spooky and magical things with ukuleles.

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North Manitou odyssey

Two – count ’em – two new chapters are available for your viewing pleasure, both documenting my two night sojourn on North Manitou Island. Disasters and blessings interpenetrate. 09-09-09 Crescent City under Hello World (newer OS) 09-09-09 Crescent City under … Continue reading

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Open source film making

Have I written about this yet, or have I just thought about writing about it? I admit I’ve been inventing open source filmmaking in a vacuum, I am only slightly aware of what other filmmakers are doing on this front. … Continue reading

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Invitations and press releases away!

No turning back now, the invitations and press releases for the November 28th event are public. There’s also a swell new image for my collaboration with Gretchen, check it on the ‘save the date’ page…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An evening of exploration with local artists Explore an evening of cinema and performance with filmmaker Dan Kelly and Dancer/Choreographer Gretchen Eichberger-Kudlak at the Mills Community House Theater in Benzonia, Saturday November 28 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The … Continue reading

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Sketch – Passage to North Manitou Island

Another working sketch posted, the transit from Sleeping Bear Point to North Manitou Island. The queasiness associated with exposing works in progress is becoming less of an issue. I think this sketch works and gets the idea across. There’s enough … Continue reading

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Breakfast and the rough cut

I continue to slam together a rough cut for the November 28 test screening event in Benzonia, Michigan. Why have I scheduled a test screening? Proof of concept A little more than a month has passed since I ran Hello … Continue reading

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Around Lake Michigan

The Search for Sustainable Civilizations. A Thousand Miles in a $400 Hobie Cat. In September 2009, Dan Kelly started production of Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations.  Dan and the 16 foot catamaran Hello World sailed 300 miles, querying … Continue reading

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Making a movie

I shot around 20 hours of video in September. Is that enough to build a coherent feature length movie? My original idea was to post video during the trip, but It turns out that sailing 20-30 miles, camping/packing, shooting and … Continue reading

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Save the date – November 28, 2009

If you’ll be in or near Northern Michigan on November 28, come to the On Desire / Around Lake Michigan SPECIAL EVENT! Join the amazing folks who participated and supported the Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations project. We’ll … Continue reading

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The Short Story about the Garbage Patch – More Brown Noise

This last trip was a luxury ride across a sacred place for me. We survived in spite of our lack of preparation. My main reason for this sailing gig, besides a ride home, was to have an opportunity to see … Continue reading

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Garbage Bits in the Pacific

Just a teaser… Story to follow… After a 2:00 am start C-130 calls us att dawn to help with rescue:: Overturned boat:: Man is rescued minutes before we get there after standing on the boat all night: We return to … Continue reading

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The cost of sailing

Just before launching last month, I took some pictures of the waste generated from Hello World’s renovation. Getting her ready required power, raw material and room in the landfill. Around Lake Michigan is a search for sustainable civilizations that utilized … Continue reading

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Debriefing continues

Talked with two of my bio brothers yesterday about the trip. Mike and I both have an affinity for the national parks and we discussed how I might craft a proposal based on ALM to increase access to parks without … Continue reading

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The Wind Blew Me Home – Chapter 2

It’s best to start the morning slowly after a 9 hour enchanted sail, to take a languid inventory of all of your parts, cozy warm in the sleeping bag. A trip down to the boat for toothbrush and iPhone charging … Continue reading

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Adhoc Workshop Poem

Trash, Throw away, toss Until the whole world is lost But wait! There’s no such thing as junk Only magical sustainable funk There’s an anonymous invisible army Finding rubber, glass and metal For creating amazing creatures That bark, buzz and … Continue reading

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Still in the UP

It’s 9:00 am at Rapid River, Michigan on the Stonington Penninsula. There’s a big wind ready to blow me south to Green Bay and beyond. Robot weather reports are out of commission as my little radio got wet on the … Continue reading

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Summer Islands and beyond

I spent the night at Dune Buggy Blowouts, my name for the sandy beach  I detoured to after yesterdays intense push to Summer Island. From a mile or two away, it looked very inviting. Upon landing, I found tire tracks … Continue reading

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Snorkling with Dick

Monday morning, while waiting to interview Dick Burris the stonemason,  I chatted with Doug Tilley, manager at the CMU research station over breakfast at the Dalwhinnie Bakery. Dick and I connected later, two interviews in one day! We ended up … Continue reading

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Old Mission to Barnes

Brisk north wind of 15 knots with gusts up to 25! Then there were the waves, crest to trough 4-5 ft at times. Sail up and over, big splash, do it again. After about 14 miles of tacking nw and … Continue reading

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Fruit fly friendship

My bare back is covered with fruit flies, a delicious tingle like static electricity. That’s this mornings update from the nitrogen accumulator, otherwise known as the dungomatic, TM. I’d anchored on a pretty wild beach and so was amazed to … Continue reading

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Keep Warm

The Science of Keeping Warm Dressing to stay warm is all about slowing the transfer of heat from your body to the outside environment. Basically you’re trying to put your warm body in the best thermos possible. The process of … Continue reading

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Slow motion start

The bustling urban mileau fades ever so slowly into a haze of jet exhaust and wood smoke. Bows angling toward the arctic, I slither forward on an occassional puff of wind. 30+ miles before I can clear Grand Traverse Bay, … Continue reading

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Back in Beulah

Caught some excellent interviews at the Schooner Festival yesterday with Tom Kelly, Master of the Inland Seas, Ray Minervinni of Grand Traverse Commons, Andy Gale from Bay Area Recycling for Charities and Tanya and Chris from Homegrown. I borrowed Jeff’s … Continue reading

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Grand Traverse Bay

Stuck, stuck, stuck this morning from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. When will I learn to turn on the radio? Poised to enter Grand Traverse Bay after an excellent night under the clay cliffs of Northport’s big lake shores, I … Continue reading

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Northport

It was late in the day when we approached Northport’s clay cliffs, reminiscent of crumbling citadels. Several spots looked agreeable and unpopulated from the water, but I decided to chase down a couple walking north along the beach and get … Continue reading

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Bliss and shadow

Decided to check out of the Crescent City condo and point the bows at Traverse City. A great start at 10:00, enjoying a steady push north from a south breeze. Rounded the north end of the island too close to … Continue reading

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South of Port Oneida

Here’s where i tack away from the mainland and run for the island.

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To North!

My own little spot of heaven, just south of Sleeping Bear Point. All sorts of interesting things to see just over these low dunes, but no time. Gotta move on, North Manitou Island awaits.

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Launch!

It’s 7:00 am UTC-4 or eastern standard time for you lubbers, and this is it finally, with luck. Hello World has lay quietly at anchor all night while multigenerational revelers ran slightly amuck. I’ve got a garage to clean, some … Continue reading

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The sun

Beautiful today. I need a nap and thought about a quick one on Hello World. Laying here in the sun is very nice. That’s Patrick on the sunken pirate ship mast, he just showed up. Guess I’ll make him drive … Continue reading

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Pushing off Friday, I mean Saturday…

Had enough lists yet? It looks like Friday’s the day, just waiting for confirmation from the portage team. I’m enjoying a quiet moment in the nitrogen accumulator and composting facility. It’s all good, I’m wanting a bit more sleep but … Continue reading

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Seeds of Change

There are seeds in my landfill lifestyle, seeds of change, seeds of a fuzzy future utopia. If we poke around, can we find some pre-sprouted possibility, can we find the incarnate potential, a hint of what IT might look like? … Continue reading

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Search for Sustainable Civilizations

Queue voice over by Rod Serling or Leonard Nimoy… not Twilight Zone or Star Trek, but the 70’s Cousteau docs of Serling’s and the 80s ‘In Search Of’ series hosted by Nimoy. Sustainable Civilizations has a mythic ring. They are … Continue reading

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Beaver Island

Dan… Stoney Bus is 231-448-3125. They are ready to do the movie, just give them a day or two advance notice. They will pick you up where you are on the island. Beaver Island Transfer Station – approx. 2 miles … Continue reading

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Checklist Master

That it should come to this. The dreaded pre-travel checklist, lifted from a post a few days back, except this one gets updated right up until launch. Underline items need attention. Last updated 08/30/09 Vision Search for sustainable civilization design … Continue reading

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Shakedown Version 2.0

Reassembly complete and who needs the fancy thread fixing tool when Patrick’s around? Give him a triangular file and 30 minutes – viola! Working threads. Here’s the last geeky maker shot – a whazit I invented to keep the threads … Continue reading

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Striker bar Sunday

I’m into this WordPress for the iPhone thang. Now outhouse reports can go directly to the big screen. It’s not polite to talk poop in public, unless you’ve been liberated by Joseph Jenkin’s Humanure Handbook, a fantastic tome that’s now … Continue reading

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Who needs Twitter?

Just activated WordPress for the iPhone, and that’s where I’m posting from. Who needs Twitter? A set back today in the reassembly of Hello World. I bunged the starter threads on both sides of the dolphin striker, so I’ve got … Continue reading

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Rainy preparations

This morning I pop riveted the stern/port trampoline casting that Chuck welded yesterday. I’ve got more riveting to do after I apply some adhesive to the mast base, but it’s wet out there – raining. I’ll go into town to … Continue reading

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History

The original On Desire concept featured two aspiring earth stewards sailing around the Hawaiian Islands aboard the 26′ sloop, Desire. The project title ‘On Desire’ referred both to the central theme of their talks and to their circumstances. The voyage … Continue reading

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Creative Commons License

Around Lake Michigan, The Search for Sustainable Civilizations by Dan Kelly, Trickster Pictures is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

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Collaborators

Collaborators fill holes in the project with goodness – expertise, advice, elbow grease and even poetry. Yes, there’s room for you here too! Non-profit Empire State Maritime Alliance – Guidance and expertise on working boats Northwest Michigan Folklife Center – … Continue reading

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