Letter to Congress, Re: International Parcel Delivery in Taiwan

Congressman,

I am writing about a matter concerning trade and USPS shipping with Taiwan. Having recently learned about Taiwan’s regrettable behavior with US goods and shipping, I am angry and I request that the US negotiations with Taiwan concerning trade take into consideration my request.

It has come to my attention that Taiwan has been issuing fines and strange requirements on individual goods and items purchased by end consumers in Taiwan, having originated in the US.

I myself ordered a set of skateboard parts (for one skateboard only) seven months ago. They were shipped via USPS, but I have not had any word. I told the company I purchased them from that they had not arrived, so they shipped another set to a US address, which was then shipped to me well over a month ago. That second package, from home, included some airline ID cards which still has not arrived and I have received no word concerning the status of that shipment either.  · · · →

Getting Email Private Email Servers

Email is a “thing” everyone deals with, so I actually decided to blog about this because there is so much to say.

I run my own VPS software to manage email, cloud backup & sync, and online shopping stores—all in one place at one low price. It’s called “Verb™” and you can see the project here on GitHub if you’re interested: https://github.com/inkverb/verb.

So, you set up your blog and online store, but where do you send your email from? Many people consider sending from within Gmail. But, “Sending from” a non- gmail.com address within Gmail is a premium feature. Quirks in email setups are a normal thing no matter which rout we take. Google actually has a paid service just for managing your email for you and that has its own quirks which my sister had trouble with.

If you use Gmail to “Send from” a non- gmail.com address, when you make major updates to your private email server, you will have trouble sending via Gmail until you set it up again.  · · · →

Written for Jordan Peterson Enthusiasts

It’s been about a month since it was released: Watch Stand Pray 365. It’s in Amazon paperback and Kindle, and the first 1,000 are free in most other ebookstores. I was inspired by what people said about Jordan, though I had never once heard him talk. Except one short critique on his now-famous interview, I had never see or heard one word from Jordan. That was to make sure the book wasn’t the least bit tainted. Now that I’m finished and am listening to Jordan, I see he and I had a lot in common in our thinking.

So, here it is… Watch Stand Pray 365

Three hundred sixty-five positive, pithy, practical, heart-probing, moral-focused reads, three hundred sixty-five words each  · · · →

Business Guilds, Sunday Morning & Boring Glory

Businesses know it is bad business to badmouth other businesses. Competition between coffee shops and skate shops can get downright ugly, but there is a line of negativity that these entrepreneurs know must not be crossed. Those who cross it ensnare their customers in a guild feud and their business walks out overnight.

In business, this is easy to understand: Respect your competition.

This fully applies to Sunday morning “fellowship” congregations, but only in practice, never in name. If you see the business guild on Sunday morning for what it is, “respect between competitors” is easy to navigate. Pastors “respecting each others’ parishioners” makes perfect sense, you will know what to say and not say and when to say and not say it. The entire collection of Sunday morning territorial turf battles are perfectly sensible, if seen from the vantage point of respect between business competitors.

But, pastors can’t explain it so cut and dry.  · · · →