Today, I announce the birth of digital twins. The first is the very site you see before you now. Gone is the cartoon Deke against the green background with the interchangeable socks. (Though I have to say, those were some great socks. Kudos + my unending gratitude to my brother, Daniel, for creating that site, dekemc.com, and keeping up with it for more than a decade.) In its place is the more streamlined and expansive deke.com, which offers access to short-topic bursts (dekeBlog), long-topic articles (dekeStuff), irreverent videos (dekePod), and much more.
Which brings me to my second cause for celebration: In mid-2006, I published a podcast (dubbed dekePod, after the name I had inscribed on the back of my personal iPod, below) devoted to the topic of scanning, opening, and printing money. The movie was shockingly popular. Problem was, dekePod cost a lot to produce and I had no realistic means to replicate it.
As I scrambled to assemble funding, I received almost daily emails asking me for more. (Honestly, it was a one-off people. Assume your previously occupied lives.) But that was okay. The two-year respite was good. As I retreated into my cave, I developed ideas, wrote scripts, urinated into jars, watched dailies, bought more airplanes.
When I emerged, I had “101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes.” I really don’t know what else to say. That’s what two years in a cave got me. Kids, don’t go into a cave for two years — clearly, that’s the moral.
And that’s just the beginning. “Metadata Forensics: What a Crock,” “Stealth ‘Shop: The Virgin Histogram,” “Don’t Fear the Lab Mode,” “Spirograph on Steroids,” and much much more. Oh, and wait until you see our special Halloween episode. I talk to a skull and howl like Scooby Doo — it’s really scary!
But why spoil the surprise? I’m just saying, I’m excited. I hope you are too. You’ll let me know. You always do.