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Daniel X. O'Neil
Chicago poet, essayist, and internet consultant. Father of two.
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So I ported this site, with more 1,200 posts over 8 years, over to Wordpress. The URL is the same (, but the RSS feed has changed ( I'll leave the lament for later (I was and sort of always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
I have always loved goofball architecture. I can't pass a Brutalist structure without stopping to marvel at it. And there was nothing goofier than the State of Illinois Building (160 North LaSalle St.) when it opened in 1985. I went... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
I love the New York Times archive. Since I get the paper delivered to my doorstep every morning, I get access to every word they've published since 1851. If I were a smarter person (or at least an actual coder),... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
There is a wonderful lushness to this marsh right now. The rain you served us well. The reeds are thin and green, but with one ripe orange one here: And here's what I'm pretty sure is a Black-headed Grosbeak: Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
There's a lot going on around Prentice Women's Hospital (250 East Superior Street) right now. It was made in 1974, but I think it deserves protection as a historic place. I love the sublime honeycomb structure-- it makes me remember... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
I had a fun time with my obsessive side project, AldermanicWebsites. I learned a ton about current modes of online campaign management, I spoke to lots of the candidates, and felt like I really had a handle on the issues... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Last week I took part in a great event at the White House. About 3 minutes into the program, I set aside my own personal joy and realized that there were a whole slew of awesome thoughts, projects, and policies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
This morning I am in Washington DC to take part in a White House Champions of Change event focused on open innovation. Instead of trying to characterize this event myself, I'll just copy/paste some text: You have been selected by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Yesterday Whet Moser of Chicago Magazine used an image of mine in a deeply researched post about the history of violence on Chicago's beaches. It reminded about these other photos I've taken there. I love the off-times. You zig, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
For open data geeks, there is much to be happy about in Chicago municipal government. John Tolva, a longtime open data advocate and city hacker, is now the Chief Technology Officer. Brett Goldstein, the early OpenTable technologist who most recently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Gil Scott-Heron, an American genius, is dead. I came to Gil Scott-Heron via Amriri Baraka. As a young poet in the late 80s in Chicago, I loved the visciousness that Baraka could bring to beauty. Knocking around the UIC Main... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Shawn-Laree and I saw Bill Cunnigham New York at the Music Box Theater last Friday. Go see it. Bill Cunningham is the greatest living Irish Catholic artist. There is such joy in his work, his methods, and his theory of... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Crazy, idnit?
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on Picturing Pitching O'Neils at Derivative Works (DXO)
Whilst traveling back from Wabash over the weekend, we stopped at a BP for gas &etc. Inside was this epic mural of architectural life in Knox, Indiana in the mid-1980s: Here's some detail, starting with an old school take on... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
SL and I went to Wabash, Indiana, for a family function over the weekend, and I took some shots of the Wabash, Indiana downtown. Really good stuff. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Best comment ever :-)
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on In Praise of Invasives at Derivative Works (DXO)
Naturalists like to talk about "invasives" in derisive terms. Here's a snip from the wikipeida entry for the term: They disrupt by dominating a region, wilderness areas, particular habitats, and/or wildland-urban interface land from loss of natural controls (i.e.: predators... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
I love nature-- experiencing the simple joy of flowers, shrubs, plants, clouds, lake water-- all that stuff. I also like to think myself a student of how we approach nature. I love how we fix it to be just so,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Wow-- thanks for the WhatWasThere link, Lynn-- really amazing site!
Lately, after having been schooled by architecture & design educator Jen Masengarb on the topic, I have had a mini-obsession with Sanborn Fire Maps in Chicago. She obtained a set of maps for the area around my apartment in Logan... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
I like to take pictures. I like my children. I like it when my children pitch. I like talking pictures of my children pitching. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Children play in an enormous puddle while adults play soccer near Lane Tech. Storm rolls in over construction site as well. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Last week Shawn-Laree and I were in Laguna Beach, CA and I took as many shots as a I could of the amazing oceanfront fauna. Here's the whole set. Correction: this, of course, is flora, not fauna. Thanks, Kathleen! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Derivative Works (DXO)
Hi, George. I don't have any further knowledge, but maybe some others here will. Sounds like a great heirloom!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2011 on Richard Koppe: 15 Drawings at Derivative Works (DXO)