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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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  • Taiwan Trip Update for May 16, 2016

    May 17, 2016

    Semi-lost in Taichung Central District Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I’ve arrived in history-steeped Taichung, Taiwan. I had thought I would be writing more, but this trip has become more of a vacation than a working trip. In hindsight, I think I probably needed a break from all the plotting and planning I have been doing. I am fully caught-up with my demanding napping schedue, and have watched “RuPaul’s Drag Race” seasons 5 and 6 to see why people liked it so much (I am now a fan!)

    While I am maybe a bit slow in becoming the “adventurous digital nomad” that I thought I might like, I am at least learning a bit more about myself when visiting places away from home: I’m not much of a tourist, it seems. I just like to soak up the atmosphere at my own pace.

    Anyway, here’s a quick mini-report on what else I’ve been up! (more…)

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  • The Importance of Pizza Peels

    May 6, 2016

    In the continuing adventures with supermarket pre-made pizza dough, I have “successfully” constructed my first pie! Not everything went to plan, though:

    Pretty pizza!OH NOThe misshapen aftermath

    Making the pizza itself, spreading the dough out and adding some toppings, was not bad. However, I made it on top of a silicone grease splatter guard, it being the only pizza-shaped conveyance device I had in the house; when I tried to put the pizza laden with topping onto the pre-heated stone, it just flopped off all at once and lost its roundness. I was able to unfold it somewhat and recover the pizza later. It tasted OK, but it was really the failure to transfer the pizza that bugged me. It felt like failure, and perhaps this is what I tasted in the pizza afterwards…

    SO I GOT ONE OF THESE ON AMAZON

    Pizza Royale Pizza Peel It’s a pizza peel! You put flour on it before you put the pizza on, then you shimmy it left and right and slide the pizza right off it onto the stone with a quick pulling motion. That’s the theory as I understand it anyway. This one is made by a company named Pizza Royale, and it’s made of “ethically-sourced bamboo”. I like bamboo utensils, and I liked the way the company portrayed their mission to create an affordable, well-designed pizza peel so all could enjoy a fresh pie in their own home. It seems solid. I’m going to give it a try tonight.

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