Kailua Beach on Oahu, at sunrise.
This week, I’ve been thinking about some the creative things I’ve been working on. I started to fire up some video work from some of the footage captured in Hawaii last year, which reminded me that I’ve been enjoying posting a focused photo stream on Instagram at a recent account I created at @nazarinhamid.
I’m editing, processing, and posting moments of adventure that my wife Jen and I have experienced on Hawaii. The intent was for it to be from various travels, but Hawaii seems to be a dominant theme.
It’s a place we’ve thought about moving to over the years, but realize that the shift would be quite big, as you shift into “island time.” I also think it would necessitate or require a career and life change and various ideas have percolated over these discussions and daydreaming.
In the meantime however, we’ll continue to visit often and share in the beautiful Aloha spirit that Hawaii imbues you with. We have a bucket list hike of doing the Kalalau Trail on Kauai in full, and hopefully this year. We had originally curtailed our travel this year as we did so much last year, opting to go for road trips (a few of those coming up this Spring) and domestic. And now, ironically, or unfortunately, COVID-19 has helped reinforce that.
Go take a look and give a follow if you’re so inclined.
Here are a few shots with context that you get as a bonus.
Hiking the 1,050 steps of Koko Crater Trail is an intense experience, but one is rewarded with quite the view at the top.
We’re not typically guided tour people, nor particularly art-centric, but the Shangri-La, Doris Duke’s former home, and now a museum of some of the most amazing Islamic Art, is a sight to behold and experience. And requires a tour. It’s a remarkable house and the grounds are stunning. We missed out on the first visit to Oahu (you need to book these well in advance), but were fortunate on our trip last year.
A small bit of housekeeping: In my new resolve to write more often here, I realized that a lot of what had been holding me back is the system. I’ve long believed that your tools help to encourage creativity, or productivity, and Tinyletter had been stunted by lack of investment in the service. Most notably, I find myself writing these in Bear or Notes.app and then wanting to publish them from my phone.
I tweeted this recently: https://twitter.com/weightshift/status/1230545229922439169
I didn’t get much in the way of responses, though there were some Substack fans. Their recent Series A raise and their general business model (subscriptions and paid newsletters) gave me a bit of concern (nothing too alarming, but when VC money enters the fray, so do things like growth and scale), and when possible, I like to support the small independents.
Buttondown is made by Justin Duke, an engineer at Stripe, as a one-person show. I love that. He details his running costs, has a simple pricing model, and has a public roadmap. I can get on board with all of those things. And! It’s “just enough features.”
So, this is the first email from Buttondown. Let me know if anything’s amiss.
Thanks for reading,