Derek Kessler here.

You might be wondering what it is you’re looking at. Well, friend, this is Derek’s pitiful attempt at a blog. And yes, I’ve modeled my design after that of Daring Fireball. Great artists steal.

Assuming I can remember to consistently update this blog (it only took me 19 months of having this domain to finally get around to putting up something other than “coming soon”), you’ll see a mix of content. This is bound to become my outlet for all things random, so you can expect topics to bounce between technology, politics, cars, science fiction, military stuff, graphic design, and likely much much more. And you are correct, there are no comments here.

A little bit about myself, in case you don’t know who I am: I have two jobs. My “day job,” if you can call it that, is as a Specialist E-4 in the Ohio Army National Guard. Within the Guard I actually have two jobs: there’s the standard ‘one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer’ that I do as a clarinetist in the 122nd Army Band, where I make music, graphics, announcements, and computers not suck quite as much. During the rest of the month I’m a member of the state Military Funeral Honors team, which has me out nearly every day performing final military honors (flag folding, sounding taps, rifle salutes, the whole shebang) for veterans that have served our country with honor and distinction.

My other job is as the Managing Editor of PreCentral.net, the leading HP webOS news site and community on the internets. In that job I manage the site’s news content (writing some of it myself), to include news posts, device and app reviews, editorials, and the like. PreCentral actually takes most of my time, and I’m okay with that.

I’ve been a native Ohioan my entire life, currently residing in Cincinnati where I’m renovating a house designed by an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright (Wright-style, but without the multi-million-dollar premium). I should mention at this point that I likely qualify as an architecture buff. I studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University, but in the end it turns out I’m just not that good at being a student. I’m a doer.

I’m also a rambler. So let’s wrap this up, shall we? I am on the Twitter (@dkdsgn) if you’re into such things. Chances are that’s how you found this blog. If you’re looking for the RSS feed for my ridiculous blog and it’s not appearing in your address bar. here you go: http://dkdsgn.com/blog/feed/

So that’s that. I’ll see you around.