S2 E35 — Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?

To be honest, I didn’t expect to continue this natural experiment beyond the first year, until COVID-19 isolated us and I just had to find out in what way would my Holiday Tau change? 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Emotions are more attention-getting than facts. So while the true bits are the most relevant and necessary parts of your story, mix in some emotion or no one will hear them.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 35 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 25th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?; S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?; S2 E32Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

It’s the end of this first month of this second year experiment. 

    • Yesterday I reached out to the first phase of my LinkedIn network for answers about how well each was coping with the new realities at home and work.
    • Today, I published a companion piece on Patreon and shared it on LinkedIn with tags. 

Here’s a sample of it:

Reimagining Life and Work. Will COVID-19 Accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution?

“Trying to push something out of your mind is a sure way to drain your willpower quickly. You’ll have greater wells of self-control when you face what’s going on and create some if/then strategies.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

The Tau: Week Ending 4/25/20

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Headlines from our daily “Top 30 Digest” of stories and trends brought to you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Helping you face what’s going on and create some of your own if/then strategies.

What if … ?

Trends

              • Why coronavirus will accelerate the fourth Industrial Revolution
              • 10 ways COVID-19 could change office design

Local stories from towns along Pacific Coast Highway, mountain resorts and lakes, islands and the great outdoors. Bucket list ideas for deferred itineraries.

Where … ?

Regions

              • Day Around the Bay: San Mateo County Orders Non-Residents Off Its Beaches
              • San Diego Parks Reopen, But Beaches Remain Closed

Mountains and Lakes

              • Following coronavirus closure, Mt. Baldy ski resort reopening in limited capacity
              • Lake Tahoe Luxury Estate From ‘Godfather II’ Lists for $5.5M!

Islands and Currents

              • “‘It’s beyond frustrating’: tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out”
              • Empty resorts spell long crisis for Caribbean as coronavirus hits

Outdoors

              • The New Rules of Hiking During Quarantine

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“Remember the time when the unexpected change shook up your perspective and then something truly positive came out of it? You’ll get more of the same.

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, crisis, deep learning, future, islands, lakes, life, mountains, regions, travel, trends, work

Evidence

Zahnny, Zahnny, Zahnny what am I going to do with your Holiday Tau? I mean a closet, a museum, and sifting through artifacts.  I kinda get it, but not enough to value it much today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Cleaning a closet can be more interesting than going to a museum. All the artifacts are specifically related to something you did in the past, even if that something is simply putting an item in a closet.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks, Steve.  Being someone who relies on my intuition, thinking and perceptions your TauBit of Wisdom probably identifies one of my weaknesses as a writer — one I need to incorporate for articles on Patreon, my blog, in my books and shared on social media.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Emotions are more attention-getting than facts. So while the true bits are the most relevant and necessary parts of your story, mix in some emotion or no one will hear them.” Aries

Okay, Aoki it seems like your Holiday Tau comes closed to what we identified as time-to-mastery once an offer had been accepted, an orientation completed, initial training and coaching initiated and for the newbie to contribute to the cause.  It certainly underlines my frustrations with mastering WordPress and now Patreon.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The more complicated a game is, the better off you’ll be when you understand every nuance of the rules. While it’s possible for a beginner to win a poker hand, the expert has the best chance at taking the night.” Sagittarius

I see how it is, Nash.  You and Aoki sit in the locker room playing cards — poker — and listening to country music about when to hold them and when to fold them.  Meanwhile Emma the Baroness and I have become the undisputed champions of jigsaw puzzles during this pandemic!

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:In cards and in life, much depend on the hand you’re dealt. If it’s crummy, you have to figure out other ways to play it. A bluff, a clever play, folding early and waiting for the next round… you’ll figure out the best move.”  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 1703 to 1735.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • 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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S2 E34 — Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day we welcome Stephen King to our list of celebrity Steves.  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 34 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 24th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?; S2 E32Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?; S2 E31Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Here’s the text of my group email I’m circulating with my former Proteges and Mentors after  yesterday’s marathon.

At our home we’ve earned our black belt in Zooming. 

But, this morning after writing portions of a chapter about organizations and what it takes to move from decline to reinvention, I just had to get out of the house.

I walked about three miles around a lake. 

Took a few video frames of a mallard duck family swimming across it’s surface in a mirrored reflection of fluffy clouds, local mountain peaks and lake-front homes.  

I also listened to Stephen King being interviewed in a Fresh Air podcast.  

He was asked about the pandemic (he wrote a book about one in the ‘90s, I think) and how did staying-in-place change his creative process, if he was in fact he was writing a new book now.

It did.  He is.

He had to revisit chapters already written (a process I know all too well) and figure out changes to the original setting of his story.  

He told Terry Gross it was supposed to take place on a cruise ship in 2020.  

I know, right?

But, he said he’s accelerated his writing progress, because being stuck at home he’s running out of things that normally tempt him to procrastinate. 

Temptations I know all too well.

And he said something else that now I’m wondering about.  

When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? 

I’m wondering if, given the rippling effects of interdependencies and supply chains, will anything in your life or industry or relationships with your clients or customers dramatically change as a result? 

Do you envision a new normal?

Or, will it be the same old, same old?

I’d love to hear what your take is.

Stay safe and healthy.

Steve

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I’m looking forward to everyone’s responses, as long as, I can keep my momentum going while simultaneously publishing now on Patreon. 

Evidence

And, I’m wondering how well our collective Holiday Tau steps up to meet our novel coronavirus challenges.

So, Zahnny you realize how high the stakes are for your Holiday Tau on this start to the weekend, right?  

You don’t want to disappoint the Fonz or more importantly my partner in crime, Emma the Baroness and me. I sorta, kinda get it, but I’m not fully appreciating a strong “5”.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51:“It’s fortifying to spend time with people who appreciate you or to spend time doing the things that really make you appreciate yourself. The opposite is detrimental.Scorpio:

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for those of who weren’t born yesterday, but a day later.  And, let’s check back in late August when things will be back to normal.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Love is the star this year. You want a deep relationship and you’ll get it; you’re able to be vulnerable and open to enrichment. You’ll connect with the emotions of others because you take the time to understand your own emotions better. You’ll soar on the confidence of a personal or professional win in late August.

So W&W I clearly see how this Holiday Tau fits you both, but I can only hope what I’m circulating in my group emails accomplishes any thing close to your standards.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll fill needs that people didn’t even realize they had. It’s also possible that you create need by providing something very interesting and getting people used to having it in their lives.  Taurus

Haha, you three had me with your opening premise about change, until you hit “ especially if the environment stays the same.”  Really? Stays the same. Really?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Trying to change too many habits at once almost always fails, especially if the environment stays the same. Your winning move involves taking on one behavioral change at a time.” Leo

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day when we welcome Stephen King.  So things are getting harder than they should be and they don’t seem to be getting easier any time soon (may be in August if Today is your Birthday), but I find your Holiday Tau timely.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

We used to imitate Steve Jobs with a similar motto, “It’s better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.” And, I like how you tweaked your Holiday ever so much with pointing out sometimes it’s far better to stray from the beaten path.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Don’t ask other people for green lights. Green lights don’t work that way. Usually, they are on timers. And often, when you hit one, you’ll start to hit them all. Or you can always take the backroads.” Libra

Now, don’t read this any other way than it is intended, Steve.  Your TauBit of Wisdom is a core value of mine being in the helping and developing professions as I changed careers.  But, today I’m just not convinced I should rate your contribution a “5”.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your positive attitude is grounded in this: Everyone is capable of improving. So whether a person is innately talented or disadvantaged is really beside the point and certainly not worth dwelling on.” Pisces

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 1654 to 1703.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • 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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S2 E31 — Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly

I’m exhausted as any introvert can be — energy, ambition and overall level of caring about this passion project depleted.  Just grunt work left.

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:We don’t get to decide what’s empowering. You’ll get a charge from unexpected places, and watch others be revved up by things you’d have expected to be draining.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 31 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 18th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Spent the afternoon yesterday using my LinkedIn network to update Contacts and “Friends of Steves” emails.

Boring.

Until, one of my former Executive MBA students reached out to me.  

She messaged me in LinkedIn because she noticed I landed on her profile and clicked on her contact information and copied and pasted her into my contacts.  

I thought she had moved back to Silicon Valley from Orange County but in a couple of message volleys discovered she’s operating from the UK, having relocated her strategic marketing and customer experience consulting firm.

The exchange boosted my energy level. 

But, what really got my creative juices flowing was stumbling across an article profiling the CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, who had been interviewed on my Sam Harris podcast.  

His company is behind WordPress and having acquired Woo Commerce and Tumblir and, get this, he’s got 1,1170 employees in 75 countries “speaking 93 languages … The company does not have an office.” 

Steve Glaveski wrote about him while introducing levels of remote work citing the pluses and minuses on Medium, The Five Levels of Remote Work — and why you’re probably at Level 2. 

In his three dimensional pyramid leading to a blue tip of the of Nirvana (which very few any reach, he works his way down to asynchronous communication 

(4) Nirvana 

(3) down to adapting to the medium and 

(2) down to recreating the office but online and

(1) at the bottom non-deliberate action. 

Of course you climb it from 1 to 4 if you know what you’re doing.  

You can probably guess tech companies like Automattic and “Box, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all told their employees some variation of ‘work from home.’” 

Evidence

Oh, oh.  How am I coming across?  Does Zahnny’s Holiday Tau hit too close to home?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “A story can be an instrument of control. That’s why you have to be very careful about how you cast yourself in your own stories. Make sure you’re the hero, not the victim.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  We all know this isn’t my birthday.  Not even close.  Nor is it Emma the Baroness’ but we’re not above faking it.  Not to the level of paying for fake IDs or passports, but more like a misdemeanor offense.  Chaos? Check.  Intention? Check. Transformation?  I’ll check into it and report later in the year.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You have everything you need to take on this exciting year. Do plenty of brainstorming and experimenting to figure out what you like and want to pursue. Once you have strong intent, all will organize around that. A patch of chaos you weren’t sure what to do with will turn out to be the source of an exciting transformation.

Again with your spot on TauBits of Wisdom, G&G.  Drudgery turned into an energizing coincidence via LinkedIn and then Glaveski’s Medium article about Matt Mullenweg’s approach to making Remote Work, well work boosted my serendipity-fueled adrenalin higher.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:We don’t get to decide what’s empowering. You’ll get a charge from unexpected places, and watch others be revved up by things you’d have expected to be draining.” Virgo

Would you agree with our Patron Saint, Emma the Baroness?  We started off that way, but have we settled into habits?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): For a relationship to succeed, all parties should be self-reliant and yet willing to ignore that and rely on one another anyway, not because they have to, but because that’s what relationships are for.  Aries

Wait, is this a companion TauBit of Wisdom to McQueens?  Are you three trying to tell me something?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s amazing how doing the right thing in general will lead to many very specific correct actions. The situation that most needs improvement will fall right into place.  Taurus

Needy is as needy does, but I’m not risking a small fine for stealing yours.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Approval, attention, affection, recognition — to pretend you don’t need these things is silly, but to appear to need them too much is off-putting. So you’ll play it rather cool, choosing your moments to be direct.” Leo

Hi Harvey, you Holiday Tau is timely and on display as MAGA folks demonstrate against anything forcing them to change their habits for the good of the Huntington Beach, California.  Separately, I’ll make sure I include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report of my 1-year experiment.  Thanks, Steve.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’re not looking to be consoled by things that affirm what you already believe, at least not consciously. To stay aware and honest, keep questioning what you think is true.  Capricorn

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.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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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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.

 Context

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

Evidence

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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S1 E174 — Isn’t the Lesser of Two Evils Still Evil?

Dang, my Toyota 4 Runner expired, or at least spending money on a rebuilt radiator and all of the belts and water pump that goes with it just didn’t make sense anymore.  I couldn’t drive it any further without causing engine damage.

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Before choosing, make sure the lineup of options is the best you can do. ‘Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.’ — Jerry Garcia.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 174 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 21st day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Is this a good enough excuse for only completing one out of six tasks on my Patreon project plan?

At 7 am I curated my digital magazine stories so any Tier One (Balboa Island) followers wouldn’t miss their daily digest “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

By 8:30 am I pulled Motor Trend comparison reviews for RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and the popular Honda CR-V.  

Beginning at 11am the lovely and talented Emma the Baroness spent the next 90 minutes negotiating the best deals she could from Costco’s auto discount center. After weighing all the options we showed up mostly bright eyed and bushy tailed, except my pants hid that, at Norm Reeves Honda with our Costco emailed copy of their best deal.  

I’m placing that at around 12:30 pm.  

We left and returned by 2:30 pm to negotiate our lease and warranty coverage for the entire time frame.  We closed the deal after threatening to walk away again at 5:30 pm.

It turned out Honda’s President’s Day discount for a lease bettered Costco’s for a purchase. 

    • Getting the maintenance package which we figured would be included cost us $2
    • Because we qualified with Emma the Baroness’ Acura family price instead of $400 plus a month.  
    • The trade-in amounted to $500. 
    • We came away with payments of less than the $357 or more we walked in with from Costco.

What a team effort by fellow lovers and Scorpios — Emma the Baroness and Me. 

Evidence

How did our Holiday Tau size up for the day, even though none of my week’s tasks were executed?

Dang, my Toyota 4 Runner expired, or at least spending money on a rebuilt radiator and all of the belts and water pump that goes with it just didn’t make sense anymore.  I couldn’t drive it any further without causing engine damage.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Getting out of a stuck place will be the same no matter what kind of ‘stuck’ it is.  Move until something about the situation changes.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s celebrate today’s birthday wish.  Extending a hand and adventure and all the great explorations we’ll notch under our belts this glorious year!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“In this year of exploration, you’ll see many things you never did.  The spirit of adventure will be your guiding light.  One key starting point will be the moment you extend a hand to someone outside your circle.”

Wow, getting the best advice from three iconic musicians is excellent today.  Choosing among vehicles turned out to be difficult, but none of them was evil, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Before choosing, make sure the lineup of options is the best you can do. ‘Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.’ — Jerry Garcia.”  Taurus

You have no idea how much I’ve been pushing on meeting the Patreon challenges over this last month.  Sounds good, right?  If it feels wrong, then it’s okay to procrastinate that one part of my brain whispers and that’s all I need.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The difference between challenging yourself and forcing things can be subtle.  Anything that feels pushed is probably wrong.” Gemini

Okay, Howey.  I’m not getting the connection to your Holiday Tau today.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Once the thing you love gets popular, you’ll have less access to it.  It’s pretty wonderful to love something that others don’t get yet.”  Cancer

If this is a health question, I’ve pretty much eliminated the play hard portion except for the pain.

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ve been working hard and the temptation will be to play just as hard.  What can you do to make both work and play easier on yourself?” Leo

Hmm.  Listen Steve I’m pretty sure I could have really used your TauBit as I worked my way up the corporate ladder.  Maybe I’ll earmark this for consideration in my Volume Two Manuscript.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: When you’re new, you have to work a little harder, smarter and more creatively.  There will be a way to defer to the big shots and still be powerful.” Sagittarius

Sorry Steve for the same reason I gave to Aoki, only not in a corporate work setting (Volume Two Manuscript), but in my Volume Three Manuscript instead.

“2” Steve Nash, 45:Thinking of who you might have been were certain turns not taken is only helpful if it changes your thought process for next turn.  Otherwise: no regrets.  Aquarius

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 … 

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.

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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S1 E173 — AI, EVs, MRIs, Me and Steves

Yesterday before changing the appointments for two, not just one MRI and then spending time at the Honda dealer and eventually at the RSM Toyota dealer, I had met Steve at Bagel and Brew.  

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 173 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 20th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I followed my game plan of establishing common ground — asking how long he’d lived in Mission Viejo and then sharing personal stories about me and Emma the Baroness.

How we lived in the Newport Beach neighborhoods known as Corona del Mar and Balboa Island before lucking out by “winning” three real estate lotteries from one in Irvine to two in Mission Viejo for Finisterra and Pinecrest.

He didn’t recall the name of one of original HR execs from his company (before his transfer from Texas) who contributed to the Orange County Development Round Table  (OCDRT), but said he leaned on corporate HR partners both in Houston and in California while progressing through sales. 

Now he said his son is in a corporate role of VMWare, which he had never heard of, and was experiencing the shifting sands of corporate life in sales management like he had.  

I told him about my trials and tribulations with WordPress (he hadn’t heard of it) and my 6 websites (he had someone else do his)  and self-publishing about where to live when we had considered our moves.

And about work — the results from the OCDRT collaboration project.

And, to leaving a legacy after talking about his last week’s visit to wrap up his mother’s estate, passing in her 90s.

“Yeah, we expected it, but you don’t really, right?”

It’s still a shock.  

Another HR guy from his work passed away too last week or so.

We got serious for a while describing my unexpected profound reactions to Italian history and art. 

And, he nodded in agreement with how you can’t miss the highlights if you’re vacationing in Italy — the Renaissance, Coliseum and Vatican in Florence, Venice and Rome.

I asked if he was Steven or Stephen.  Steven. 

Steven.

“What is it Dale Carnegy says, ‘A name is the most powerful … something,’” he volunteered in reaction to my segue to Thanksgiving with expectant Millennials and the absence of Steve on their list of names in consideration.

I drew blanks from him when I asked the do-you-know-many-Steves line of questioning.  

He didn’t really know where it came from or why his mother chose it. 

He remembered who the Steves were in the “Tao of Steve” film, but never saw the movie.  

His reaction conveyed how he might enjoy reading my books and signaled if I needed to follow up with him for input and stories for either “Volume Two Manuscript” or “Volume Three Manuscript” he’d enjoy it.

Returning to my office, I received phone call messages and texts about RAV 4 Hybrids from eager sales rookies.

So, I ended the afternoon getting my 4Runner ready for trade in.  

    • Simple Greened the white residue from cracked radiator on the rest of the engine. Waxed hood and roof above windshield.  
    • Washed floor mats. 
    • Used portable feature of vacuum cleaner for floors, seats and rear area.  
    • Used ArmorAll for all black trim.
    • Used Mothers as alternative to ArmorAll for four tires.

Evidence

So Zahn, is your TauBit of Wisdom for the day referring to my dearly departed and paid off, faithful “friend” of nearly 20 years and 178,000 miles or my problem of being overtaken by events? 

If it’s the 4 Runner, is it the way to better miles per gallon a functioning stereo system and an upgrade to Apple CarPlay?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You see the problem that is standing in your way but what you might not see is that this problem is the way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Don’t feel too bad Mr. Patron Saint, Steve remembered you, but not the independent movie about you — not the ones you were actually starring in — how cool all your moves were in the romantic sense. 

Since I’m no longer a leader in the world of work, I’m not ranking your TauBit as high as Zahn’s for today.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): None will question your ability to lead.  The thing is that you’re not yet sure about where, why and how you want them to go.” Aries

Smithy, my son, thank you for your Holiday Tau in tandem with Zahn’s.  I finally get the difference between EVs and hybrid vehicles and leasing options vs. buying options.  Fingers crossed.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Well, it certainly won’t be love, now will it!  And why is this your Holiday Tau instead of Winwood and Wonder’s? 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You think you know what enough love is, but you’re already loved so much more than that.  What will you get busy on, knowing that love is already covered?” Virgo

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 … 

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.

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

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S3 E20 — Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal

Yesterday marked the official one year anniversary of the end of the 1-year experiment. I celebrated by updating “February’s 2020” monthly summary to a running account of how the experiment evolved, what I learned along the way, and what surprised me.  

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The day runs a little like a heist. Much depends on who knows what at which point in the timeline. You may need to create a distraction to make a plan go smoothly.”   Aries

It’s Saturday,  Nope, Sunday.  Yeah that’s it. Oh okay, it’s Thursday, April Fools Day. And, Episode 20 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 1st 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 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!; S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Here’s the timeline I’m following in reverse chronological order:

Spring

March 2020

Extension of First Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/20/20

Winter 

Begin Second 1-Year Experiment 

Start COVID-19 2/15/20

February 2020

Pre- COVID-19

First Post on Patreon

January 2020

Launched my Patreon Page

December 2019

Fall

November 2019

Start of Scorpio Time — 10/24 to 11/21/20

October 2019

Origins of “Tau of Steves

September 2019

Norway Vacation

Summer

August 2019

July 2019 

Jeffersonville and Dexter Vacation

June 2019

Spring

May 2019 

April 2019

Mueller Report

March 2019

Winter 

February 2019

1-Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/20/20

Meanwhile, do we have any TauBits for the Taking today, which ever day it really is?

Evidence

Yes, the way your Holiday Tau (and Winkler’s and Emma the Baroness’ and mine) makes sense is it describes what I’ve done throughout almost all of my life,  starting way back in high school when friends felt they could lean on my shoulder and spill their guts out about their girl friends becoming their ex-girl friends.  I’ll dive into how this TauBit of Wisdom guided me throughout my work life and career in my “Volume Two — Work” manuscript and “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscripts.

 “5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It’s true that you often get more out of helping people than you do from being helped. Even so, you could use the lift, and you’ll get offers that would be a shame to pass up.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha. I’m not at liberty to say why our Patron Saint, here may have spilled the beans about the timeline of my heist.  Whatever you do, don’t look to Steve Jobs for any clues.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The day runs a little like a heist. Much depends on who knows what at which point in the timeline. You may need to create a distraction to make a plan go smoothly.”   Aries

Hello there Jobs.  Are you toying with me from above?  Yesterday I felt strung out like from when you’re almost finished with a project, but just another hour or so of effort will actually polish it off so you keep at it until your contact lens goo up and dry out.  Today, I’m consolidating “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book” with less than a month remaining in the 1-Year Experiment, while working through portions of chapters in “Volume Two — Work” manuscript and “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscript.  

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re on a creative and productive high and will make the most of it by bouncing between three different endeavors, spending two or three hours on each before moving to the next.” Pisces

Oh, that’s just so special of you, Steve.  Are you interpreting the meaning of your Holiday Tau as suggesting I can go right ahead and twist pieces to satisfy my authoring needs, say in a memoir? No, what then?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:You don’t always feel at liberty to bend a situation to your preferences, but in today’s case, you would be remiss not to. More than that, you will be helped when you apply your excellent taste to making this improvement.”  Aquarius

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” by David Enrich.  Before myriads of LLCs and questionable business dealings with Trump, Deutsche Bank wanted desperately to compete on Wall Street which grew out of “scandals related to money laundering, tax evasion, manipulating interest rates, manipulating the prices of precious metals, manipulating the currencies markets, bribing foreign officials, accounting fraud, violating international sanctions, ripping off customers, and ripping off the German, British, and United States governments.”  Enrich’s account fills in details missing from Mary Trump’s  “Too Much is Never Enough”, “A Warning” by Anonymous; “Very Stable Genius”  “Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis,  “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” by Jim Comey, “Devil’s Bargain” by Steve Bannon, and “Fantasyland” by Kurt Andersen
    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S1 E170 — Isn’t This Good-Bye?!

But, what about for our Patron Saint, Mr. McQueen? I’m liking the experiment reference and telling a story in my own style.  What could be a better fit for a 1-year experiment as it nears its conclusion?

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your story is yours to tell and yours to style, too.  Experiment with the way you see it.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 170 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 14th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I’ve been focusing of what I’m calling “Volume Two” of the Knowledge Path, and like the first volume I anticipate it will consist of a 5-book series too. Over the years I’ve posted research articles to my knowledge bank describing challenges facing employers at specific stages of growth.

Here is an example of an organization in the Decline stage — McClatchy Co. seeking bankruptcy protection written about by Michael Hiltzik — latest in the newspaper industry controlled by a hedge fund, Chatham Asset Management, tied to American Media’s National Enquirer which figured in Trump’s scandals.

What triggered the topics I worked on today was Alvin Toffler’s quote, “In the ‘Transient Age,’ when people, places, things, organizations and information accelerate as they pass through our lives … transience, novelty and diversity stretch and mutate our limits of adaptability.”

His prescription?

Time and emotion forecasts; intelligent strategies may well prove the only adaptive response to life stress.

So, that prescription triggered working through time frames.  Something like:

    • Short (6 to 9 months) — Reactive, defensive. 
    • Medium (1 to 2 years) — Building career equity, waiting, timing, pursuing opportunities.
    • Long (3 to 5 years) — Taking calculated risks, weighing major life trade offs, investing in your future.

Oh, I visited a specialist again to determine why I’m experiencing balance issues which kept me from joining in the yearly family ski trip to Mammoth Mountain.  

With Emma the Baroness at my side we reiterated my symptoms. Still puzzled he referred me to a more robust MRI in Huntington Beach for clues — a pinched nerve, anything in my head?  

Evidence

Any motivational or inspirational TauBits for Emma the Baroness and me given that this is Valentine’s Day?  Nope, not legitimately.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What about for our Patron Saint, Mr. McQueen? I’m liking the experiment reference and telling a story in my own style.  What could be a better fit for a 1-year experiment as it nears its conclusion?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your story is yours to tell and yours to style, too.  Experiment with the way you see it.” Aries

Well, sure I see where you musicians are headed with the Holiday Tau hand crafted for you.  Fun, that’s a good thing.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The best way to have fun with another person is to loosen the reigns on control a bit.  Do the things you think are fun.”  Taurus

I love the turn of a phrase in your Holiday Tau Smithy — a bit of chaos inside and internal weather.  I feel it fits nicely with how the age of transience stretches our adaptability limits. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Each person has a bit of chaos inside.  Sometimes the internal weather is more severe.  Whether you run from or chase the condition, it’s not hard to see the remarkable beauty in it.” Gemini

Do I make you horny? was Austin Powers’ catch phrase.  It is Valentine’s Day and Emma the Baroness and I have been separated for a few days, so your saying I should concentrate on the mood of the evening, then?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Attraction isn’t strictly about the essence of two people.  This is why filmmakers employ set and light designers.  These vibes don’t conjure themselves.” Sagittarius

For instance …

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:You can be thoughtful in the moment because you took the time to consider the moment before it arrived.  Aquarius

Seems like I saved the best of three Steves for last …

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You don’t exactly believe that love is a single soul in two bodies, but you cannot deny the connections with certain people.  On this holiday, celebrate loves’s depth.” Pisces

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

    • Tau is also used in some contexts to represent the golden ratio, defined as half of 1 + the square root of 5. This number, about 1.618, has shown up all over art and nature, including in defining the shapes of nautilus shells and plants with spiral forms in their leaves or petals. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-tao-of-tau/ 
    • Exulting in his impeachment acquittal, President Trump took a scorched-earth victory lap Thursday, unleashing his fury against those who tried to remove him from office while looking ahead to his reelection campaign.Trump, speaking to a room full of supporters at the White House, declared the impeachment proceedings a “disgrace” and complained anew that it was “a very unfair situation,” echoing his broadsides hours earlier that stunned the crowd at an annual prayer breakfast.“It was evil, it was corrupt,” Trump declared at the White House. “This should never ever happen to another president, ever.”

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 
    • Every time I get notified about a new software update I feel panic about what it will do to my inspiration files, where my next manuscript is mapped out,  like it did to my hypercard files.  The manuscript is now mostly upgraded to .isf formats, which will not be supported with the upgrade.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • There’s the quote today from Kevin Parker on Tame Impala, “The feeling that time has passed and you didn’t even realize it — that’s the driving emotion of this record.”  He spoke about being able to see “exactly which chapter I’d finished and which chapter was just beginning.” And, about a recent success that has given him a platform for artistic leeway to do only what he wants. 
    • The what’s-in-it-for-me in Volume Two is you’ll be able to choose the next organization that offers the right degree of challenge and opportunity in a work culture that brings out the best in you.  And, maybe just as importantly when you’re choosing between job offers which one to take and which one to avoid and why.
    • From Alvin Toffler’s classic book, “Future Shock” about the pace of change and turnover of people, places, things, (nouns)  lead to a hunger for the past nostalgia. “Time and emotion forecasts; intelligent strategies may well prove the only adaptive response to life stress.  Life stress is here to stay.  In the ‘Transient Age,’ when people, places, things, organizations and information accelerate as they pass through our lives.  Transience, novelty and diversity stretch and mutate our limits of adaptability.” 
    • Refreshing chapters from co-authored book scenarios for Work and Investment Decisions — Chapter 11* How to Thrive in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty*A previous version 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

Banking and ATMs — 

    • So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon? 
    • Encountering technical struggles with Patreon similar to the frustrating challenges I fought through with building my six WordPress websites.
    • Sobering plateauing of digital magazine followers (1215 to 1216) may be serious or a blip?  LinkedIn analytics (502 views) feel promising.

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S1 E169 — Lockouts and Taxing 1-Year Season Coming to an End

What’s been going on? Having immersed myself in piles of paper receipts, credit card statements and downloadable interest and dividend statements I got to wondering if I need to claim a business in 2019 given the anticipated renewal of $250 for web hosting due this year? 

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

“5” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Your creativity comes from the connections you make between things, what you choose and how you bring them together.” Taurus

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 169 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 13th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Simultaneously I’ve encountered being locked out of the remaining five websites other than Know Laboratories, which is I’m the master administrator of the multi-site network, by WordPress / Zip Pack.  

What else piles up?

Is the ride over or was it just a bad day and night?  @knowlabs, my master digital magazine which drives “Fresh from the Labs …” as a benefit for Tier 1 “Balboa Island” Patreon supporters picked up just one new follower moving from 1215 to 1216 this morning.  

It wasn’t that long ago when only 800 or so people chose to find my magazines in their personalized feeds.  

What’s going on? 

Sometimes I’m surprised, but the pattern I notice is competing activities combined with slower story feeds pick up towards Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

The topics change according to regional and local news.  I blend vacation (Chamber of Commerce Visitors) with local, more mundane stories about what’s it like to live there year round (Realtor Neighborhood Comps).  Still when I share stories to LinkedIn here’s what they draw:

LinkedIn Analytics

1842 Followers “A New Year’s Wish” 1 mo. 502 views

Evidence

You know, I’ve always liked your TauBits Steve.  And, it’s not just because you’re the celebrity icon representing Emma the Baroness and me.  I’m pretty sure you deserve a high score for this Holiday Tau if I understood just exactly it means.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’re a creative person trying to communicate about a need that goes beyond what word, images, music, tastes or anything you’ve experienced could possibly fulfill.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note: Nope, this isn’t my birthday — still eight and a half months away. Is this meaningful work what Zahn is referencing?  I like it.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Here comes the meaningful work — work that’s measured in how far it can take you, also in how far you can take it.  Where stop will be an important thing to sense, as you’ll be switching vehicles for the next leg of your journey.  Your grateful heart and exemplary hosting skill will contribute to many happy occasions.”

Spot on.  I’ll add the pattern and pace of people, places, things, organizations and information accelerating as they pass through our lives.

“5” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Your creativity comes from the connections you make between things, what you choose and how you bring them together.” Taurus

Thanks Coach Kerr, I believe anticipation leads to resilience and makes it easier to adapt to whatever change is required rather than falling victim to energy depletion stress brought on by having to always catch up when time runs out.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Change will be a mixed  bag.  Relax. It’s better when you expect the work without dreading it.” Libra

Good God, I certainly hope you’re right, Steve. 

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:The habit you’re trying to form will be worth the persistence.  Also, it will get easier.”  Cancer

Haha.  My LinkedIn Analytics support your supposition, but the peaking of my digital media followers at 1216 gives me pause.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: It feels good to deliver something that people want.  This is just the beginning.” Sagittarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

    • Tau is also used in some contexts to represent the golden ratio, defined as half of 1 + the square root of 5. This number, about 1.618, has shown up all over art and nature, including in defining the shapes of nautilus shells and plants with spiral forms in their leaves or petals. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-tao-of-tau/ 
    • Exulting in his impeachment acquittal, President Trump took a scorched-earth victory lap Thursday, unleashing his fury against those who tried to remove him from office while looking ahead to his reelection campaign.Trump, speaking to a room full of supporters at the White House, declared the impeachment proceedings a “disgrace” and complained anew that it was “a very unfair situation,” echoing his broadsides hours earlier that stunned the crowd at an annual prayer breakfast.“It was evil, it was corrupt,” Trump declared at the White House. “This should never ever happen to another president, ever.”

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 
    • Every time I get notified about a new software update I feel panic about what it will do to my inspiration files, where my next manuscript is mapped out,  like it did to my hypercard files.  The manuscript is now mostly upgraded to .isf formats, which will not be supported with the upgrade.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • There’s the quote today from Kevin Parker on Tame Impala, “The feeling that time has passed and you didn’t even realize it — that’s the driving emotion of this record.”  He spoke about being able to see “exactly which chapter I’d finished and which chapter was just beginning.” And, about a recent success that has given him a platform for artistic leeway to do only what he wants. 
    • The what’s-in-it-for-me in Volume Two is you’ll be able to choose the next organization that offers the right degree of challenge and opportunity in a work culture that brings out the best in you.  And, maybe just as importantly when you’re choosing between job offers which one to take and which one to avoid and why.
    • From Alvin Toffler’s classic book, “Future Shock” about the pace of change and turnover of people, places, things, (nouns)  lead to a hunger for the past nostalgia. “Time and emotion forecasts; intelligent strategies may well prove the only adaptive response to life stress.  Life stress is here to stay.  In the ‘Transient Age,’ when people, places, things, organizations and information accelerate as they pass through our lives.  Transience, novelty and diversity stretch and mutate our limits of adaptability.” 

Banking and ATMs — 

    • So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon? 
    • Sobering plateauing of digital magazine followers (1215 to 1216) may be serious or a blip?  LinkedIn analytics (502 views) feel promising.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S1 E168 — A Mammoth Thank You to Kobe and Steve Jobs

This is what has become of the President’s Weekend extended family ski (and snowboard) trip to Mammoth Mountain.  Emma the Baroness hitched a ride with Shaggy and SLO Girl as I waved “Good-Bye” and they disappeared out of sight when they turned the corner in Shaggy’s 4-Runner onto Longleaf.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The joys of reuniting are not possible if you never part ways.  So while you can’t be with your loved ones at all times, you’ll hold in your heart the wonderful anticipation of being together again soon.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 168 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 9th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Shaggy and I talked a little bit about the text I shared with Shaggy and Jazzy about Dave McCoy’s passing.  After they left for Mammoth, I flipped “McCoy” into my Western Skies & Island Currents digital magazine, which somehow got tagged @skiing and identified it as “theknowledgepath.com— by Steve Howard.”  

Los Angeles, is in the throws of mourning and favorite moments of Kobe Bryant’s legacy and now this news. Dave McCoy lived to be 100 and his passing was expected and not shocking like Kobe’s.

On top of that, every time I get notified about a new software update I feel panic about what it will do to my inspiration files, where my next manuscript is mapped out,  like it did to my hypercard files.  The manuscript is now mostly upgraded to .isf formats, which will not be supported with the upgrade.

Thank you Steve Jobs.

So, now I feel an urgency to write Volume Two. How will the “Work” chapters in “Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest and Leave a Legacy” unfold? 

The what’s-in-it-for-me in Volume Two is you’ll be able to choose the next organization that offers the right degree of challenge and opportunity in a work culture that brings out the best in you.  

And, maybe just as importantly when you’re choosing between job offers which one to take and which one to avoid and why.

Initial outline:

      1. “01113 SPIP Idea Packagers” 
      2. What do you further need to understand to make sense? 
      3. Code: explain the three dimensions with medium and high degrees 
      4. Organization Type: One of four, Talent Culture with many types, but two major previous growth stage stuck in control crisis favoring two other (Brand-as-Experts and Institutional Traditionalists) — 
      5. Decline Stage as best fit addressing a crisis compared to the previous stage
      6. Control to strengths exercised beyond their usefulness and effectiveness leads to Red-Tape Crisis 
      7. Bring in Idea Packagers and Thought Leaders to overcome blindness and dug in resistance to change. From outside of the organization.
      8. Thought Leaders hail from Paradox-Moron with a different Code; Talent Culture; complementary talents and approach. 
      9. Worse Fit (Sustaining-Associates, Rapid Growth, Autonomy Crisis) 
      10. Thought Leaders and Idea Packagers coach and advise through the transition to reinvention from decline or the organization may not make it in its present form.
      11. Reinvention Growth Stage (back to as “clients they’re motivated to change in a decline” in “011 Introvert Secrets”).
      12. Advising CROs Reinvention Team, one each from each Talent Organization Type, Inner- and Outer-Directed; High and Medium Degrees of all Dimensions;

At the core of the manuscript two At-a-Glance descriptions — Profile-at-a-Glance describing you and talent cultures, and Organization-at-a-Glance describing your best fit and worse fit type of employer.

Profile-at-a-Glance

Talent Profile

Degrees of:

Code

MBTI Equivalent — Introvert or Extravert

Inner Directed or 

Outer Directed

Organization-at-a-Glance

Best Fit

Organization Type

Stage of Growth

Crisis Challenge

Worse Fit

Organization Type

Stage of Growth

Crisis Challenge

Turning to my Holiday Tau, what inspiration or bit of wisdom can I lean on?

Evidence

Since I’m home alone, Zahn’s addresses Emma the Baroness and my situation apart with a hint of joy at the end of the extended vacation I can’t enjoy.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The joys of reuniting are not possible if you never part ways.  So while you can’t be with your loved ones at all times, you’ll hold in your heart the wonderful anticipation of being together again soon.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note: I know, I know.  Look it might be easier if and when today’s birthday is actually my birthday.  Here’s a hint.  Whenever people congregate outside at night they wear masks.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Your dreams swirl into a desire to be of service, producing some of your best ideas yet.  The practical help and mentorship you seek in the next 10 weeks land at the intersection of usefulness, creativity and commerce.  A thriving relationship will spread joy all over your life.”

Fewer Steves equated into a better chance to win the Tau competition.

Look, if any famous Steves would bring the strongest TauBit of Wisdom, I figured it would come from an inventor and two comedians.  Alas …

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You are not a train on the road of life — an engine that moves in predestined grooves.  You are free to make the turns, merge to the onramp, leave the town or country and know new lands.” Leo

Hey G&G for my home alone panic and sense of urgency, I’m swiping your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:When things get a little tense, it might help to think of this as an adventure, or the movie you are starring in.  If you take a moment to sense it, you’ll get the feeling there’s an invisible audience out there rooting for you.” Virgo

Wait, this might be a three-way tie.  Has the Apple upgrade upset my well, Apple cart?  Volume Two — Work manuscript wasn’t on the front burner at all, because it had already been theorized with a team of experts and then field tested over the last decade with Executive MBA students stuck at a point in their career while aspiring to qualify for the C-Suite in their current of another organization. 

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: It takes many years to know yourself well enough to pace yourself.  Of course, this is different depending on the particular endeavor and your time of life.  When you overdo it, just know that it’s part of learning.” Sagittarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

    • Tau is also used in some contexts to represent the golden ratio, defined as half of 1 + the square root of 5. This number, about 1.618, has shown up all over art and nature, including in defining the shapes of nautilus shells and plants with spiral forms in their leaves or petals. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-tao-of-tau/ 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 
    • Every time I get notified about a new software update I feel panic about what it will do to my inspiration files, where my next manuscript is mapped out,  like it did to my hypercard files.  The manuscript is now mostly upgraded to .isf formats, which will not be supported with the upgrade.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • There’s the quote today from Kevin Parker on Tame Impala, “The feeling that time has passed and you didn’t even realize it — that’s the driving emotion of this record.”  He spoke about being able to see “exactly which chapter I’d finished and which chapter was just beginning.” And, about a recent success that has given him a platform for artistic leeway to do only what he wants. 
    • The what’s-in-it-for-me in Volume Two is you’ll be able to choose the next organization that offers the right degree of challenge and opportunity in a work culture that brings out the best in you.  And, maybe just as importantly when you’re choosing between job offers which one to take and which one to avoid and why.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon?

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips