S2 E5 — Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment

Welcome to spreadsheet mania day, the bane of my existence. Look, all I want to do is monitor who I sent Patreon-interest emails to and track their responses. So far all I seem to do is do and undo spreadsheet rows or columns or cells.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You can’t remember everything.  Update your systems.  Write yourself some notes.” Leo


Hi and and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 5 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

I’ve run into imposed limits on the number of BCC messages you can send through iCloud mail.  Trouble-shooting why it didn’t work took half a day.  

I managed to send 92 variations to people I knew, and in the back and forth conversation my messaging will improve:

Maybe it’s a little too early for Spring cleaning, but I’ve put this off for way too long. 

It’s been over a year since I left UCI to pursue my passion projects and to dabble in other interests. 

I’d like to stay in touch with you, so I’m going through my contact list and realize this may or may not be your current email. 

Hopefully it is, you get this and you can update my information too.

What have you been up to?

All the best, 


Instead of quick responses asking about what I’m up to, I received a load of failed mail attempts.  I knew there was a reason I didn’t look forward to the “working on the business” part.

Haha.  Can I twist our Holiday Tau to remind me it’s better to beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Forgiveness is merely an agreement to move forward knowing that the judgment has not yet been rendered.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And that my Patron Saint friend, isn’t feeling all that good!

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The difference between assessing where you’re at and judging yourself will be most detectable in the way the you-to-you interaction feels.  Aries

OMG Smithy.  You’ve hit the nail on the head. Thanks for laying out the options for improving on our Patron Saint’s TauBit of Wisdom with ways of figuring out what to do about my assessment.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: That moment when you realize you’re not telling your story to the right audience is a decision point.  Do you double down on the moment?  Do you change the story? Do you bail?” Gemini

Yeah, this is what I’m shooting for — combining McQueen’s with Smith’s and moving forward with your TauBit of Wisdom for consistency and efficiency.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Figure out the steps and tricks that will help you slip into the right attitude, mindset and energy level to perform steady, consistent work.”Pisces

Is this day going to become a once in a lifetime when it comes to wisdom?  How’d you comedians (and an inventor) sense I struggled today with noting and updating my lists of contacts?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You can’t remember everything.  Update your systems.  Write yourself some notes.” Leo

Internal weather.  I like that Coach Kerr.  My variation on your Holiday Tau is it’s not weather you win or loose it’s how you play the game.  Haha.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Don’t forget that the internal weather system counts more than the external one.  And that is a weather system you have some control over.” Libra

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves


    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Progress and Procrastination

    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

    • 1,333  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 
    • Who is my target audience at Patreon?  
    1. Introverted creators who are the overeducated and the underpaid; everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs;  
    2. who shop at Trader Joe’s (or wish they could); 
    3. who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
    4. find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money, 
    5. within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that 
    6. offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle. 
    7. marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine. 
    8. a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous: S2 E4 — Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3 — Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2 — New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related: S1 E5 — Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4 — Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3 — Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2 — Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment


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