These days I spend most of my time in Taipei 台北, the capital of Taiwan, 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 and co-working spaces where I can get things done. It’s also bike-friendly enough that I get around on two wheels without feeling like a second-class citizen. Most of my time is spent on web development:
- Developing powerful and highly-optimized WordPress themes and plugins. I regularly use this blog as a testbed for new ideas. These days I am working with Timber and Twig to produce clean, readable code. I am also continuing to improve my PHP, Sass, and related skills as I make progress on this codebase.
Now for some of the more irregular activities I engage in from time to time:
- Publishing photos and notes from my travels. I have an immense backlog of stuff I’d like to share and generally spend a few hours every week (and sometimes significantly more) preparing content for this blog. Browse around and you’ll see!
- Research and documenting vintage movie theaters in Taiwan, a project that roughly mirrors the Southeast Asian Theater Project.
- Hunting for Hǔ Yé 虎爺, the tiger deity commonly found in temples all around Taiwan. I’ve taken dozens of photos of different representations of Hu Ye and hope to author a big post about it sometime this year. This is all part of trying to learn more about temple culture in Taiwan.
- Maintaining public maps of working cafes and food/drink recommendations in Taiwan.
- Learning Chinese, mostly through osmosis at this point. I look forward to being able to engage in a more formal program of study when I have some spare time.