Sunset at Haleiwa Beach Park in Hawaii

Early morning at Laie Point in Hawaii

Night time at Yuandao Guan Yin Temple near Danshui, Taipei, Taiwan

There’s a lot that happens with collaboration in movies and TV that is phenomenal. But at the same time, there’s some perfecting that goes with it. You all get together and work on stuff and make it perfect, but sometimes perfect looks the same as other perfect. [...] When you write from your gut and let the stuff stay flawed and don’t let anybody tell you to make it better, it can end up looking like nothing else.

— Louis C.K. in an interview with Pitchfork

5 years ago — My visitor contribution to an art exhibit in New York.

No dreams, only goals. Next week I’m going from Taiwan to Hawaii to Portland to New York and back to Portland.

Sunset at a beach in Yilan, Taiwan

Previously: The beach blues

[That scene took] more than 120 takes. Those kinds of things [make people say], ‘Oh, Jackie’s good.’ It’s not good. You can do it. Except do you have the patience or not?

— Jackie Chan in an interview featured in the video essay, How to Do Action Comedy

If you need me to disrupt your local housing market with my presence, I’m available for a reasonable fee.

You know the cliché: You’re out on the town, you’re doing drugs, you’re drinking, you’re running on the walls, you’re pissing on the fireplace. It’s a cliché. Often you run into artists who live that life—and at one point, you find out that they’re not actually producing that much art. They’re living the life of the artist without the work.

— Dorthe Nors in What Great Artists Need: Solitude

At the beach in Yilan County, Taiwan

Trees pulled from the ground and thrown in the street during a typhoon in Taiwan

Saturday night in Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan

Mingde train station entrance in Taipei, Taiwan

  • Isaac: Someone holds the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’?
  • Dan: They’re representatives of Patty and Mildred Hill.
  • Isaac: Took two people to write that song?

— From an episode of Sports Night

I have the same reaction whenever a musician is exposed for using ghostwriters.

Another office cat in Taipei, Taiwan

Previously: Official office cat