S1 E176 — The Cliff Hanging Season One Finale

Nothing to see here.  Last week’s daily progress towards my Patreon goals was an epic FAIL.  So, there’s nothing left for me to do, but … no not that… 

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The opening gambit is usually fun, filled with hope and promises.  Things become less interesting after that.  So in the case that the beginning isn’t great, don’t stick around for the sagging middle.  On to the next.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Final Episode 176 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 23rd day of February in winter of 2020.


After all I’ve got all the Holiday Tau earmarked for Steves to look forward to, right? If you skip ahead, you’ll see we have way too many today.  Except for the official one Emma the Baroness and I can claim.

Oh well, let’s pull a “Groundhog’s Day” the movie starring Bill Murray, and focus once more on the following tasks of my project plan.

      • Sunday:  Plan Patreon Special Offer for Spring priced at $3 Cambria Tier 
      • Monday:  Prepare for interview with Steve B. questions (legacy) as a test case for the Tau of Steves — what’s in a name? DONE
      • Tuesday: Fix website access and embed Patreon badge 
      • Wednesday: Launch close friends trial email campaign; click, visit, share and follow for free 
      • Thursday:  Set up Facebook page and plan a Friends of Steves “Tau” group 
      • Friday: Publish “Nouns, Zips and Horoscope Heists” on Patreon


To inspire and enlighten us, we’ll swipe from today’s birthday and almost all of the Steves in our small corner of the cosmos.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Well there you go.  Funding.  Who doesn’t love funding?  Yay, springtime.  What can go wrong?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Funding comes for a project, and soon after you’ll enter a brief period of wonderful solo interior discovery.  Your focus on unraveling a problem will end in an exciting breakthrough and fresh interest. Then you will love — go all-in.  And then it’s springtime, your whole heart wide as fields, alive in flowers and buzzing bees.”

Look our Patron Saint is back.  Has he been looking down on our political scene?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re trying to get at the truth, some kind of understanding, an insight into the motives of others.  You can learn from those who argue with you.  It’s much harder to learn from those who dodge your questions.  Aries

I expect lyrics like these from two musicians, but your Holiday Tau is just a little too sweet for my taste today.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The best things in life — shifting clouds, opening flowers, children’s faces — are as familiar and comfortable as what’s always been, yet wondrous because they haven’t really and never will be this way again.  Taurus

Less sweet and more filling is how I’d sum up why I love your Holiday Tau today Smithy.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’re willing to work, and so you will get there.  The trick now is keeping to the course.  Faith helps and so will the reminders about why you embarked on this journey in the first place.” Gemini

So Howey, your Holiday Tau feels like two things don’t go together.  Where’s Elmo when I need him?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:You’re going to do things in the order that feels right to you, and that is the best order possible.  Things don’t have to make sense to be correct.  Don’t waste time explaining, arguing or doubting yourself.” Cancer

Okay, now you tell me after I wrote today’s opening gambit.  Maybe I’ll need to hang on to your Holiday Tau for the next time.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The opening gambit is usually fun, filled with hope and promises.  Things become less interesting after that.  So in the case that the beginning isn’t great, don’t stick around for the sagging middle.  On to the next.” Leo

Geez, how many Steves did I collect making up for no legitimate TauBit of Wisdom for me?  I don’t know about yours G&G,  A self-assessment near the end of this month seems dangerously close to procrastination and not in a good way. 

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:To put in the time without putting in the heart is waste; the reverse is equally wasteful.  You’ll do a self-assessment in the name of efficiency.  Action that fortifies you — that’s the goal.” Virgo

Hi Harvey.  I like your Holiday Tau, but can I swipe it for inclusion in my Volume Two manuscript about talent cultures (organization tribes) to find your best fit?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Every tribe has an indigenous language and culture.  You’re learning the rules of a new group.  You’ll watch and learn, taking small risks, asserting yourself to when you know you have something to add.”  Capricorn

Finally, counting down to the last two of too many Steves in one day.  

So this is your Trust the Force, Luke Tau Bit of Wisdom, eh?  Sure, the cost is one thing, but I’ve always taken the long way to understand how something works. 

“5” Steve Nash, 45:Though in reality help and options are there for you, you still feel there’s something you must do on your own.  Trust that instinct.  Perhaps you are sensing that the cost of ‘free’ help may be expensive.”  Aquarius

Now I get it.  The why of so many Steves on one day.  Distractions.  I’ve got many.  Figuring out how to make them work for me and differentiations between them makes your Holiday Tau worth a high ranking.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Time will reveal the difference between a beneficial and a detrimental distraction.  What’s good for one era of life brings little benefit to another era.  You’ll intuitively find the right thing to chase at the right time.” Pisces

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

    • 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 — 

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Speaking Volumes — 

    • My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • 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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