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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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  • 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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