Evening at co-working space in downtown Portland, Oregon

After working with Justin at GitHub’s office. Thanks for letting me steal some desk space!

Ira Glass talks about Terry Gross’ interview style:

There’ve been times when I’ve relistened, just to hear the order of the questions and to figure out what was planned and unplanned. Like a magician sitting in on another guy’s act for two nights so he can figure out the trick, to steal it.

— Ira Glass (Terry Gross and the Art of Opening Up)

Fossilized crocodilian bones illustration by Daisy

Just as food engineers have figured out how to make food hyper-palatable by manipulating fat, salt and sugar, similarly the media has become expert at making irresistible mental stimuli.

— Matthew Crawford (Distraction is a kind of obesity of the mind)

Representing the hometown Campbell, CA (408) in Portland, OR (503)

Three years behind schedule, I finally moved back to Portland.

Huge thanks to Justin, Heather, Dorinda & Zack. Without their help, there’s no way Daisy and I could have organized this move from across the country in between travel and work. Glad to be back in your fine company.

Previously: Ghost (2012) and Moving markets (2015)

After the afterparty in East Village, New York

At the Rice, Noodle, Fish book launch in New York

Roads & Kingdoms team from around the world, together in New York

The books

Whiskey from Balvenie

Chef Toshio Matsuno and team from Kyoto’s Tempura Matsu

Photos by Shane Carpenter / ReadyLuck

Previously: Booked travel

Back in time for fall in northeast Portland, Oregon

“The world needs needs Roads & Kingdoms. It needs this book.”

— Anthony Bourdain

In 2012, I helped launch Roads & Kingdoms. The rest of the team did all the hard work: they published the best food/travel/culture writing, they won awards to back up that statement, they brought on Anthony Bourdain as a partner and investor, and now they’re releasing their first book with HarperCollins.

I’m still trying to figure out how the hell Douglas Hughmanick found the time to design every stunning page of this book — in between buying a house, having his first child and growing a successful design agency. Doug, whatever unholy scheme you’re taking part in to obtain unlimited energy… I want in.

Late night pool party at Xun & Toby’s wedding in Hauula, Hawaii

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.