S2 E40 — The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns

What do you mean when you say you curate nouns? That’s just plain weird.  What’s the point? It’s how they are interdependent that interests me.  How one, two or three react together in a positive or negative spiral.

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Change is necessary, and you feel driven to break up the monotony but only to a certain degree. Too much novelty is destabilizing, so you’ll seek just the right amount of excitement.” Cancer

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 40 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 3rd day of May in the spring of 2020. 

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E39The Best Tau for the Pandemic Year, Don’t You Agree?; S2 E38What Should You Do If You Stumble Across Loaded Information?; S2 E37How Deep is the Chasm? What Do We Do? 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On; S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook?; S1 E3838 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment


Today, in response to the unfolding pandemic and the consequences we face I’m revisiting content I want to cover.


Yeah, I should say nouns come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but I’m only interested in tying people, places, things, ideas, information and trends together in new and original ways.”

It’s how they are interdependent that interests me.  How one, two or three react together in a positive or negative spiral.  


What do people do?  They live. They love. They work. They play. They invest. They leave a legacy. They navigate  their own lifecycle:  birth, childhood, adolescence, marriage, career, retirement, death.


They evolve slowly.  They come in urban and rural geographies and densities.  


Navigating stages: Start up, Emerging Growth, Rapid Growth, Sustained Growth, Maturity, Decline and Reinvention. 


They come in too many variations. And, at an ever accelerating pace.


They are received and shared through bubbles, bias and rampant gullibility.


Noise and Data. Wisdom and Transformations. Ecosystem of conspiracies filled with misinformation, disinformation and useless information.


Fads explode and then fade. Generations latch on to some. Technology drives others.  Influencers sneeze and infect fads and fashions. Paradigms usher in sets of trends at unconscious levels.


Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

Social influence happens every moment of every day whether you’re with people or not. 

Even if you’re alone and not consuming mainstream media or social media, the social influence is still present — in language, the design of a living space, the items around you that were made by others, the way you get your food. 

It’s inescapable. On a day-to-day basis, we operate largely unaware of the extent of our wider social bonds and roles.

This is what makes it absolutely essential to notice our participation in the hive mind and wake up to our individual thought processes to whatever extent we can.

“4”  Steve Zahn: “You’ll be in the grip of conflicting tensions, and though this is a little uncomfortable, there’s something terribly interesting, creative and romantic about it, too.” Scorpio

Yeah, I have so much content.  Too much.  Just wrangling it into something digestible for readers and followers requires time and energy and concentration to pull off.  And then it becomes OBE — overtaken by events.  This damn coronavirus.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Success won’t come from doing anything too grand. It just comes from doing what you say you’re going to do. Promise small and deliver on it, and you’ll win the day.” Aries

Boy was this a hard lesson to learn.  I always tended to underestimate how long tasks would take on a project plan while working with organization clients.  I ended up eating a lot of my fees, because I over promised and barely made deadlines.  

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll get specific about what you want and need, because the typical answers are so ubiquitous that they no longer mean anything to you. What would be good for you is different from what would be good for someone else.  Taurus

Oh, and I’m easily distractible flying off into seductive curiosities like a dog picking up the scent of a squirrel and ripping the leash out of a dog walker’s hand to give chase.  As an INTP (Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator) I realize there only about 3 to 5% of us — so yes, we are different and crave unique nuts to squirrel away. 

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Imperfection and flaws are part of the deal. The better you are at living with things you don’t like without giving them too much of your attention, the more time you’ll have to do something great.”Gemini

Isn’t that the Zen principle of detachment?  Let those imperfections and flaws flow through your consciousness to let go of them.  You don’t want to become a victim of how we described some engineers 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Change is necessary, and you feel driven to break up the monotony but only to a certain degree. Too much novelty is destabilizing, so you’ll seek just the right amount of excitement.” Cancer

The key is to define “certain degree” and most often the you know it when you feel it.  We only have so much energy we can expend towards disruptive change thrown at us. But, like exercise, controlling the novelty you seek helps create the stamina and resilience required to thrive.

“4”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The significance of committing to one thing is that you are also giving up your option of doing the other things. What comes without sacrifice quickly becomes worthless.” Leo

But what about all those other squirrel projects?  Isn’t that called concurrent program management or at least multi-tasking?  

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Committing to your own growth will mean doing things that don’t necessarily come easily to you, but that doesn’t mean they have to be very hard, either. Small changes will add up.” Virgo

That’s what I’m talking about.  The compound interest strengthens our resilience — the capacity to adapt or adopt new changes in our habits.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your ability to compartmentalize will allow you to do incredible things. There are times when you take your ability to focus on the task at hand for as long as it takes to accomplish it as a given.” Sagittarius

And, I’d say that time is just about up.

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 1760 to 2,170.




    • 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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