S2 E32 — Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?

“Consider what it means to feel trapped. If a person believes there is a lack of options, it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not; limits are in place. Ask the question and repeat: What is really true here?”

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Thinking of the future gives you pleasure. The difference between an escape fantasy and a powerful visioning session is the intent to realize the dream and the steps you take afterward.  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 32 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 19th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E31Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly; S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment;


On Patreon published, “Trapped and Bored. Or Are We Unleashing a New Wave of Creativity?

The Tau: Week Ending 4/18/20

Here’s a sample of headlines from a week’s worth of our daily “Top 30 Digest” of stories and trends, brought to you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll. 

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“Consider what it means to feel trapped. If a person believes there is a lack of options, it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not; limits are in place. Ask the question and repeat: What is really true here?”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

What if … ?


              • The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession 
              • Fears of Ventilator Shortage During Coronavirus Pandemic Unleash a Wave of Innovations
              • AI Uncovers a Potential Treatment for Covid-19 Patients
              • Special UV lights could kill coronavirus on surfaces
              • What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?
              • Apple CEO Talks Covid-19 Crisis, Return to Work Plan at Company-Wide Meeting
              • Apple, Google clarify how their coronavirus-tracing technology works
              • Yet Another Consequence of the Pandemic: More Plastic Waste
              • New Age Of Stock Market Volatility Driven By Machines

It’s OK to dream about future plans. When the time is right to escape, you’ll be more than ready to make your move.

Where … ?


              • Hoag Hospital seeks recovered patients’ antibody-filled plasma for coronavirus treatment
              • Help Us Keep Journalism Alive in Santa Barbara
              • Catalina Island Just Sent the Mainland a Moving Message
              • Napa Valley Opens the Wine Cellar
              • Download California Backgrounds for Your Next Zoom Call
              • So, what do kids say about living in San Francisco?
              • Open and shut: Ventura County farmers try growing with doorstep delivery, online markets


              • Online Outdoor Education Is Popping Up—For Free
              • 5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near Mammoth Lakes
              • Proposed water policy could change the future of water in Prescott”
              • ”Off-grid tiny house-style carpool kiosk is just the ticket

Islands and Currents

              • Scientists try ‘cloud brightening’ to protect Great Barrier Reef
              • New Species Of Melanistic Black Iguana Discovered in The Caribbean
              • Oasis Tiny Home in Hawaii by Paradise Tiny Homes
              • Restoring Kāneiolouma, an Ancient Hawaiian Village Lost to Time
              • These hotels offer guests the opportunity to give back through volunteering


              • What’s open and closed this weekend? Trails, parks, beaches in Southern California
              • Trout in doubt: Coronavirus could delay California’s fishing season
              • Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species
              • 12 photos: Coronavirus closure returns Yosemite to the animals
              • Angeles National Forest closes some popular trails until April 30”

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You are seldom more creative than you are just after being truly, deeply and profoundly bored.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : creativity, travel, trends, crisis, recession, influencers, jobs, opportunity, regions, mountains, islands, outdoors


Sorry Zahnny, your Holiday Tau isn’t the one I led with on Patreon, mostly because I really didn’t get it.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “In the past, you’ve assumed that if you weren’t succeeding with a person, there was something about you or your approach that you could change to fix it. Consider another way. What if you engineered what works for you?” Scorpio

Maybe if I were to reconsider my Patreon article, I would have added this forecast, though it clearly isn’t.  With Zoom Schooling taxing kids and parents alike the subtleties may fall on deaf ears, but I like the evolutionary perspective, learning versus schooling, curiosity and how to prevent reinventing the wheel. 

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

Learning is among the pleasures of human existence. To consider it a function of the higher mind isn’t quite correct, as even at our feral core we are wired for the specific thrill of figuring things out. It’s been this way since the beginning of our kind and is one of the most important adaptations to our survival as a species. We often confuse learning with schooling.” 

“Schooling has to do with accepting a series of disciplines imposed by others. Learning is organic and born of an inner spark of curiosity. One can be inspired by schooling to become curious, and this makes schooling easier to master. Or one can work from the spark and seek schooling to facilitate the thrill of learning.” 

“Schooling without learning is a joyless prison of a situation. Learning without schooling is natural, though it can be frustrating in a “reinventing the wheel” kind of way.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s note: It ain’t my birthday no how.  Right.  A sense of control over the year (I hope it won’t be that long), but I like the passion project sense to it.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You’re the boss! Enjoy an increased sense of control over the content and pacing of your year. Relationships are exhilarating; work is a slow and steady climb. A project will take you through much personal development. You’ll commit deeply to get the most out of each stage while staying on task and on purpose.

You nailed me guys,  your Holiday Tau describes my internal weather.  Publishing on Patreon is a start, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Thinking of the future gives you pleasure. The difference between an escape fantasy and a powerful visioning session is the intent to realize the dream and the steps you take afterward.  Taurus

Oh Howey, do you know Emma the Baroness?  If you did you’d understand how prophetic your TauBit of Wisdom really is!

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You will get to spend time with the one who makes you laugh and feel valued — the one you go to when you want to strategize or just dream. This relationship is worth more than gold.” Cancer

Hi there, Stephen and welcome to the Steves.  Why did you guys have to go and ruin the setup with a downer punchline highlighting my major weakness?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:The special project on deck will require you to be organized, forward-thinking and resourceful. You’ll have fun with this one — as long as you don’t wait until the last minute.” Virgo

You surprise me Coach Kerr.  I would have expected your TauBit of Wisdom from Sam Harris given the theme of several recent podcasts about consciousness and how we mistakenly believe we are just one person.  But Tau is Tau and I thank you for letting me steal it.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll be several people throughout the day — a quiet, contemplative conversationalist, the fun and silly one, the expert, the student. However you’re feeling, honor it and play to your strengths.” Libra

Is this the person I’m speaking to?  Who is the self in yourself? Ask Coach Kerr or better yet subscribe to Sam Harris’ podcast

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Being alone is an opportunity to have a meetup with yourself and catch up on the current status of your own head and heart. Ask, ‘How am I really doing?’ and ‘What matters now?’” Sagittarius

Talk about serendipity and coincidences I updated “How to Thrive in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty“ which originally appeared as “Why Careers are like Real Estate Markets” in the Wisdom and Strategies section of “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work”, co-authored by Steve Howard in 2009. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You don’t have to challenge yourself every single day. Today, it’s better not to force yourself to do the things that drain you. Go where you thrive, avoid where you merely survive.” Capricorn

Hey Coach Nash, is your Holiday Tau about what this pandemic is requiring of us like a transformation in our lives?  And, how we’ll be able to appreciate lessons we can’t yet now?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Relationships are teaching and changing you, though some of these lessons won’t be obvious to you until the transformation is complete and you can look back and see the ‘before’ and ‘after.’  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1594 to 1628




    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”
    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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