Errands are so effective at killing great projects that a lot of people use them for that purpose. Someone who has decided to write a novel, for example, will suddenly find that the house needs cleaning. People who fail to write novels don’t do it by sitting in front of a blank page for days without writing anything. They do it by feeding the cat, going out to buy something they need for their apartment, meeting a friend for coffee, checking email. “I don’t have time to work,” they say. And they don’t; they’ve made sure of that.

— Paul Graham in his essay, Procrastination

It’s going to end
up a bit clumpy, but those
clumps are delicious.

—Found haiku in Ask MetaFilter comment for Small food things that are appreciated. (source)

Ina at dance practice in Crozet, Virginia

Previously: “Daisy’s 8-year-old sister showed me her website this morning…”

Daisy at Monterey State Beach in Sand City, California

Monterey State Beach in Sand City, California

Previously: Wave runners

What’s urgent are emails, texts, tweets, calls, and news.

What’s important is spending a thousand hours to learn a new skill that will really help you in your life or work. What’s important is giving your full undistracted attention to the important people in your life. What’s important is taking time to get exercise, or to collect and share what you’ve learned.

But none of these things will ever be urgent.

So you have to ignore the tempting cries of the urgent, and deliberately choose what you know is important.

— Derek Sivers on the meaning of life

Monterey Bay Aquarium with Daisy

Previously: Fisheye (2012)

Reflections at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Daisy at Point Lobos near Carmel, California

Previously: Fin

How would you like to
have sex with me and then wish
you hadn’t later?

—Found haiku in Louie (Season 1, Episode 10)

Daisy at Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove, California

On Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove, California

Previously: Night quest

Making films is all about — as soon as you’re finished — continually regretting what you’ve done. When we look at films we’ve made, all we can see are the flaws; we can’t even watch them in a normal way. I never feel like watching my own films again. So unless I start working on a new one, I’ll never be free from the curse of the last one.

— Hayao Miyazaki in his book Turning Point: 1997–2008

Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove, California

After sunset at Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove, California