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

It took seven years from the time I wrote Mad Men until it finally got on the screen. I lived every day with that script as if it were going to happen tomorrow. That’s the faith you have to have.

— Matthew Weiner in an excerpt from Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal

“When I wrote the pilot of Mad Men, I was saying, I’m already successful, why am I not happy?”

Traffic in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Midnight ramen at Afuri in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Keelung night market in Taiwan

Previously: Watercolors #2 (2013)

Street vendor at Shilin District night market in Taipei, Taiwan

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?

— Jean Cocteau

Early morning drizzle in Taipei, Taiwan

A rainy night in Taipei, Taiwan

We’ve been at this a long time, but damn.

Two things I never imagined I’d be able to say: Today marks 12 years of business for a tiny freelance design studio I started when I was 17-years-old. And I’m writing this from Taiwan.