These days I spend most of my time in Taipei 台北, the capital of Taiwan 台灣, where I enjoy a low cost of living, relatively high quality of life, and an almost endlessly stimulating urban environment. Taiwan is a productive place of exile—there’s a wide variety of working cafes where I can get things done and it’s bike-friendly enough that I get around on two wheels. Most of my time is spent on professional development and a number of creative projects:
- Developing the theme for this blog, which is also the foundation for a number of other web sites I manage.
- Processing release applications and posting new music on the Creative Commons music portal I have been operating for more than a decade now. This can consume 40+ hours of my week if I let it get out of hand. Last summer I started a Patreon page to recoup some of my costs from this project and it’s going well. (I will be more enthusiastic about sharing this project once the redesign is complete—the current site predates the advent of smartphones and it’s downright embarrassing!)
- Blogging up a storm! I have an immense backlog of stuff I’d like to share and generally spend at least half an hour each day (and sometimes significantly more) preparing content for this blog in no particular order. Browse around and you’ll see!
Now for some of the more irregular activities I engage in from time to time:
- DJing about once a month or so. I generally post upcoming gigs on Facebook and live recordings on Mixcloud after the fact.
- Exploring the many ruins and historic buildings of Taiwan. I am working on a number of specific themes related to this interest in forgotten and overlooked places, almost too many to mention here. One of the most enduring is an inventory of old school movie theaters, of which I’ve visited more than 50 by now.
- Hunting for Hu Ye 虎爺, the tiger god commonly found in temples all around Taiwan 台灣. I’ve taken dozens of photos of different representations of Hu Ye and hope to author a big post about it sometime this year.
- Maintaining a personal treasure map related to my many explorations of Taiwan. I follow a bunch of Facebook groups (for example here) where people share photos from historic sites and abandoned places and thoroughly enjoy using Google Maps and whatever clues are available to figure out location details.
- Maintaining this public map of working cafes.
- Sharing slices of everyday life on Instagram. It may seem silly to mention it here but I actually put a fair amount of effort into making my stream informative and entertaining without being all fake and inauthentic about it.
- Learning Chinese, mostly through osmosis at this point. I look forward to being able to engage in a more formal program of study sometime this year.
- Keeping an eye on new developments in the Ethereum community.