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  • Virtual Coworking Updates

    June 10, 2016

    Virtual Coworking I’ve just created a Virtual Coworking with Dave information page to describe the various ways that one can participate in this experimental community. Coworking, if you aren’t familiar with the term, is a kind of “intentional community” of people who are independent workers (freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs) who work in the same physical space to have more interaction with like-minded individuals; read about it on Forbes and Harvard Business Review for the mainstream perspective on this trend.

    I haven’t found a coworking space that fits my needs and pocketbook, so I am trying to make a “virtual workspace”. There’s two main parts to the approach:

    • I’m livestreaming projects on my YouTube Channel, which is like “being in the room with me” as I blather on about my work. People seem to like having the video play in the background as they work, and can optionally interact with me via the YouTube chat window.

    • I made an open chatroom on the popular video game chat system Discord, which is free and has voice chat built-in (nice for audio-only hanging out). I’m in this room when I’m livestreaming too.

    I’m just getting this virtual coworking thing off the ground, but I am finding I do like livestreaming and will very likely stick with it. I think it could be a nice way for people to meet and talk about what they’re working on.

    Check out the Virtual Coworking with Dave page for more information. I know this is a somewhat weird project to many people, so feel free to ask questions in the comments below and I’ll try to explain it further.

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  • Changing Directions; Intellectual Nomadism

    June 7, 2016

    This is a revisitation of my June 6 Groundhog Day Resolutions Review post, restructured to clarify why I need to shut down the blog as it currently exists while embracing a seemingly less-responsible model of conducting my business.

    This post follows a number of insights I had on my recent trip to Taiwan. I start with the original goals and expectations I had for going on the trip in the first place, which didn’t quite go the way I imagined. By chance I happened to watch several television shows that put emphasis on “being weird” as a principled approach to life. After combining those new insights with past patterns of behavior, I come to the unexpected conclusion that I need to be less disciplined, less time aware, and less task oriented. (more…)

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  • Groundhog Resolutions Review #4 (June 2016)

    June 6, 2016

    Hong Kong International Airport I’m back in the United States after a month of visiting family in Taiwan, and it’s time to review my Groundhog Day Resolutions in the context of that trip! I had originally thought that I would be stretching my wings as a “digital nomad”, getting work done remotely and exploring the language and culture while spending time with my dad. To my surprise, the time spent abroad was far less about testing my mettle in exploration as it was about re-examining my priorities. A big takeaway is that I am going to close down the blog because it’s no longer working for me. Everything comes to an end, and I’m hoping that something else arises in its place. I have some ideas about this, but I’m getting ahead of myself. First, let’s review my Groundhog Day Resolution Goals, and then examine what I’ve learned from my Taiwan trip. (more…)

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  • Digital Nomad Self Assessment: Not Quite Adventurous

    May 23, 2016

    [UPDATE: I rewrote this draft in the morning when my head was a bit clearer]

    "I like a good clean hotel room" I’ve been practicing to be a digital nomad while in Taichung, a city of 2.7 million people in the democratic nation of Taiwan. I’ve been here long enough now to realize that the challenge is more than just having the right power adapters and high speed internet; I’m also working through some ghosts of my past and my own introverted nature. Here’s the breakdown. (more…)

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  • Limited Run of Emergent Task Planner Pads Restocked!

    May 18, 2016

    "ETP Pads in stock for limited time" For fans of the pre-printed Emergent Task Planner pads, I’ve produced a small run of ETP 75-sheet pads and ETP 50-sheet pads. There are about 90 units each on Amazon USA. The difference, other than sheet count, is that the 50-sheet pad is intended as a kind of “starter kit”; most people will find the 75-sheet pad to be a better value.

    Later this summer, I’ll be making a full-size ETP vinyl cover notebook (similar to the ETP5885 Half-size Notebook). I’ll also be testing selling packs of loose-leaf paper for people who would prefer to make their own notebooks (Arc® or Circa® users, for example).

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