S1 E175 — Where’s the Finish Line? Is This Ever Going to End?

Today’s one of those low ebb kind of days after trading in my friend of 20 years for a new model.  Except the sexy new thing didn’t perform as expected.  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 175 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I couldn’t get CarPlay functioning.  Nobody at the dealership could either after troubleshooting my iPhone 8 power cord with their power cords and newer model iPhone.

Look it said so in the features on this vehicle when I conducted my comparison searches.  I asked Siri for a solution.  She was no help.  I typed in the problem statement a variety of ways into the Google browser.  

Lot’s of similar problems, but not with an iPhone 8.  

Story of my life.  

I returned to making sense out of publishing articles to Patreon, desperately trying to reference posts like about Dave McCoy, the entrepreneur who build Mammoth Mountain. Well, the mountain was already there, but you get the picture.

Didn’t complete any goals for the week, except for meeting with Steve B, but I didn’t follow up with him. I gave up and returned to the LA Times.

So I turned to Michael Hiltzik who wrote about a 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,”

Evidence

Yesterday turned out to shine as far as our legitimate Holiday Tau — Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  How about today? I wonder why I’m so reluctant to follow today’s TauBit?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Every stage and room of life is different.  What plays well on one doesn’t look so great on another.  Get help setting things up.  Another eye on things won’t be a bad idea.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Most of this is true for me except for the last sentence, but the least amount of truthiness is this is my birthday.  You already know it’s not.  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll discover secrets inside yourself and others.  Knowing how things work makes you more powerful in the world.  You’ll love what it feels like to go where you only dreamed of going before.  A relationship grows more dear to you.  And this team will create interesting things together.”

Rooms, what’s with rooms today?  A cage?  Sorry Jobs, I don’t get it.  But, you certainly did at Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Center) when Larry Tesler hosted their GUI interface.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): As beautiful or gilded as a room may be, if you can’t get out when you want to, it’s still a cage.  It’s a day to test and protect your freedom.” Pisces

Don’t I wish your Holiday Tau rang true during this low ebb day.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: To know you’re getting something good even when the indicators are mixed — this is the art and talent you’ll have today.”  Taurus

Okay, my mother behaved in a way consistent she said with our heritage — neither one of us wants to throw money at something if we can get it cheaper or figure out a better way.  Thanks for your TauBit of Wisdom guys.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Making room, a room can be a cage, every room and stage of life is different.  Is that the theme for today’s Holiday Tau?

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: There are things you have but no longer need, things you need but don’t have.  Get rid of the excess to make room for the new.” Sagittarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 
    • Michael Hiltzik wrote about 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,” 

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.
    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept. 
    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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