S3 E25 — Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …

And why wouldn’t you feel happy, it’s Friday, after all.  You might have missed the outline for writing up my 1-year natural experiment last Friday.  Today the squirrels come home to roost, as Leo da V whispers to my inner ear, as if I’m a dog on the scent of drafting the report.

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Treat your mind by feeding it the stories and equations, art and movement that gets the mental wheels whirring. Your receptive synapses will spark with brilliant ideas.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 25 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 9th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E24Reunion on the Edge of the Pacific Ocean near Legoland? Hell Yeah!; S3 E23Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain; S3 E22What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll; S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment


Oh, and as a muse Leo’s not providing any answers, just endless questions attacking my self-confidence like wondering: 

Which came first the report or the Daily TauBits for the Taking?  

Does it appear at some point in the stream flowing towards wisdom?  After? 

Or is it described each day warts and all, or only the “5’s” included in the body of the report? 

Is the report a knowledge product offered as a separate manuscript?  Separate from the process now of going back and publishing the beginning days?  

Or will that process reveal the answer to Leo’s questions?   

I mean from a year timeline you can’t have a report until the experiment is finished, right?

Shut up Leo.  I’m sniffing out my introduction.

As a life-story writer I’m intrigued with living life as an art form in a natural experiment. About how we navigate through every day life weighing facts, yet making actual decisions based on our best intuition and logic.  How our brains work.  And finally passing TauBits of Wisdom on to others who find me but, mostly to my heirs who neglect my freely given advice. 

And, as a vehicle for returning to my first career. After earning a Masters Degree in experimental and clinical psychology and when I left off researching how two hemispheres of the brain inform our different selves — now that I’ve completed other careers. 

All of my careers shared a common theme tying people, places, things, ideas, information and trends together in new and original ways. You know, the real work of an idea packager steeped in teasing out patterns from trends or forecasts from data-driven or non-linear sources.

Art lives upon discussion, upon experiment, upon curiosity, upon variety of attempts, upon the exchange of views and the comparison of standpoints.— Henry James

I’m documenting my natural experiments in a way that could be repeated in a pre-pandemic, pandemic and post-pandemic world.

It’s a start.


However comma, Emma the Baroness and I feel disappointed that our legitimate Holiday Tau just didn’t measure up today.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

That just means we’ll shop around until we find something more suitable.  Don’t you wish today is your birthday and you get all those animated balloons flying up up and away in your iPhone from well-wishing text-ers?  Me neither.  However comma we should check back in time for summer money and each of the seven milestones.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

As for the long-term goal you’re devoted to, you’ll reach seven important milestones within the year. You will thrive in a community that assembles around you as you share what you love. There’s a method you’ll follow to money in the summer. Perfect the system and make it your own.

Patron Saint Time …  Hmm …  Your Holiday Tau certainly weighs in with a lot of sense.  Something to consider as the pandemic restrictions lift and we can grab a Starbucks at a table and just catch up.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’ll hit it off with new people. Don’t be afraid to be the first to call and establish a relationship beyond the original circumstance that brought you together.” Aries 

So it’t not just because of the variations in how you refer to yourself — Steve, Stevie, and Stephen — all names attached to me over my life so far, I resonate more deeply with your TauBit of Wisdom for today’s passion project.  Ruff, Ruff …

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Treat your mind by feeding it the stories and equations, art and movement that gets the mental wheels whirring. Your receptive synapses will spark with brilliant ideas.”  Taurus

Hey Aoki, are you in conspiracy with Leo da V? This is a project with steps I’m taking and tasks I’m executing and self-imposed deadlines I’m meeting, so there’s no time for beauty or birdsong or spring flowers blooming … or squirrels taunting me.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’ve a gift for seeing the potential in things and getting excited about their development. It’s not that you want them to be otherwise though. Every stage has beauty in it. Don’t push or rush to results.” Sagittarius

Here’s my ask:  since you both exist on a plane somewhere in quantum cosmic time and Walter Isaacson wrote books about both of you exploring your life and genius ways can you do something to shut Leo da V up for me?  Wait. What? Yeah I’ve seen him interviewed on Stephen Colbert the other night about it too.  I’m number 10 on my library’s 1 Kindle copy of the “Code Breaker.” Damn it Leo!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You become quite aware of the energy flow — who adds to it, who sucks from it, and how things tend to unfold depending on who gets involved. Think of this as good data. Collect it and refrain from judgment.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7650 to 7742 this week organically grown followers




    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent? “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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S1 E57 — More or Less in the Know

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

Summer June 2019

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Many people around you are seeing less than half of the situation.  For now, disseminate information on a need-to-know basis.” Scorpio

Are you kidding me again?  Are we all pessimists or just half wits on today, June 29th, Day 57 of My 1-Year Experiment?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Yes, there’s something to be said for time vigilance, but this doesn’t do it for me.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “Time is a nonrenewable resource.  Don’t let yourself get dragged into the sort of activities that can only eat away at your precious time.” Gemini

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62: “There are tasks you’ve completed a million times that never seem to get any easier.  The temptation is to outsource them or find a way around them.  Resist. These are the motions that keep you strong and able.” Capricorn

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Google Me Some Chopped Liver

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


June 2019

“What are we, chopped liver,” as my Scottish grandfather on my mother’s side of the family would say?  Where’s our Holiday Tau when it really matters?  We need good fortune and all the rest for June 6th on Day 44 of My 1-Year Experiment.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Oh, not much to steal here either.  How did the iconic musicians, W&W allow the comedian to slip in to bask in their Holiday Tau?  Some things are better left to mysteries. 

“2” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You don’t have to know everything.  That’s what search engines are for.  Having excellent judgment — that’s the rare thing.” Taurus


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Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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


February 2019

2/24/19 – I hate to disappoint, but I’m not channeling this Holiday Tau. 

“2”   Steve Zahn, 51: Nothing exists in one dimension for you, and three is also too few, because you are understanding things on levels unexplainable.” Scorpio

I can kinda agree with the first part — multiple dimensions appeal to me.  I even read a couple of books about theoretical physics with the emphasis on string theory by Brian Greene. I believe.  

He tried to explain how to get your brain around the mathematics it takes in 11 or 14 dimensions just to theoretically synchronize a universal theory of physics that eluded Einstein.  

But, I can’t really say I agree with the last part. I realize I can’t speak for Henry Winkler, but this just isn’t what I hoped for.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sure, ok.  Big deal.

“2”   Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):The most beautiful things have something unpolished about them to keep them accessible and imperfect.” Aries

I do claim the first part, but am too humble to claim the second.

“2”   Steve Smith, 30: “You’re observant, clever and convincing.  The bottom line is that you can sway people, and this is both a power and a responsibility.” Gemini

So, you’re saying there’s hope?

“2”   Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Accept that the way it is now isn’t how it will always be.” Leo

Well, let’s hope so.  But, is this really wisdom I can share and without feeling foolish?

“2”   Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “When you put your mind to it and plan well, you can pull off something amazing.” Virgo

Now, this seems the opposite of a quote someone else attributed to Einstein, I think.  So, nope, not going to claim it.

“2”   Steve Kerr, 54: “You follow the same path and end up somewhere different.” Libra

I’m not really sure who Aoki is, but his Holiday Tau just doesn’t do it for me.  I hope it works for him, you know?

“2”   Steve Aoki, 41: “You’ll so easily see how things are working and continue to work even better once you make adjustments.” Sagittarius

So day one, how’s this experiment progressing?  

I have to say below expectations. 

  • I felt a stretch trying to justify my TauBit for the day by mentioning my fascination with “The Elegant Universe,” I now remember being written by Brian Greene. 
  • But, I’m wondering if this sample of the Holiday Tau signals how this experiment will play out.  
  • And, to be honest I’m not certain what I really want to discover. How will I tie fortune and forecast to what I’m doing each day?  

For instance,  I’ve been curating articles about the Western states. 

  • One recent article describes the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado — the one you travel to visit Telluride, Silverton and Durango.   We took twice — once as a family and once with just Emma the Baroness and me.  
  • On the second adventure, we were hosted by Jay and Elle who had lived in Durango, but since moved back to Southern California. Here’s what I published about our road tripMore recently  Jay and Elle traveled with us to Italy four months ago.
  • Another curated article described how an artist living in the North Coast Region of California lost his home to the Calistoga wild fire that ravaged Sonoma County just north of the San Francisco Bay area.

Huh?  What if the Holiday Tau for  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69 signals that the way it is today doesn’t predestine me to having a second sucky day.

After all one year is a long time, if it ends up not being worth it.

Stay tuned.

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