S2 E37 — How Deep is the Chasm? What Do We Do?

When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? This TauBit of Wisdom may turn out to be the most profound expression of what it will take if things get much worse with the pandemic.

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

“5”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When we believe a thing, it seems like a fact, and when we disbelieve, we assume it’s a theory or an opinion. Your golden move today will be in being slow to decide what you believe. Let all the ideas entertain you.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 37 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this thirtieth day of April in the spring of 2020. 

Season 1 and 2 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 E36Turning Lemons into Margaritas; S2 E35Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?; S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Six days ago I asked a wide range of people the following set of questions:

    1. When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? 
    2. 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? 
    3. Do you envision a new normal?
    4. Or, will it be the same old, same old?

Dave, a former client and one of the executive mentors I recruited had this to say:

Steve, How quickly our world can change. When you sent me this email we all thought the world was normal. Today we long for that normalcy, but look through fog into a future that is most certainly uncertain.  I long for more than one-dimensional contact. Are you up for a Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype video chat? Let me know when would be a good time for you.

Evidence

“3” Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ll give of yourself, and your kindness will elevate anything you add it to. Add it to words to make confidence. Add it to moments to make profound memories.” Scorpio

This TauBit of Wisdom may turn out to be the most profound expression of what it will take if things get much worse with the pandemic.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There comes a point in every commitment when the newness has worn off and the grind begins. Stop and take a walk up the proverbial mountain so you can look down on this with the benefit of a sky-high perspective.  Aries 

I guess I included McQueen’s today for two different reasons.  

The first sentence does describe the lifecycle of love affairs and the early stage of startups.  I recall a serial entrepreneur telling me that the US is great at getting to one, but sucks at what it takes to go from 2 to a 1000.  In other words, the newness of the venture wears off as the company struggles to make its way in the marketplace and take on lots and lots of paying customers.  

The second reason is I use the metaphor of looking out over the ridge of a mountain to encourage strategic and scenario thinking.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “You’ve been through challenges that other people can relate to. You’ll notice a recurring theme here. You’ve dared to want more for yourself than was offered. Keep believing you can have that.”  Taurus

I’m guessing this might have been the underlining reason I reached out to my community and to tap into their collective wisdom.

“5”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When we believe a thing, it seems like a fact, and when we disbelieve, we assume it’s a theory or an opinion. Your golden move today will be in being slow to decide what you believe. Let all the ideas entertain you.” Leo

I want to believe this — haha.  It’s a serious reason I’ve undertaken this experiment, which unexpectedly extended into a pandemic version.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ve an unconventional approach to a very conventional activity. This will be a fun thing to share with others, and you could even become very well-known for it.” Libra

One can only plan for the worst and hope for the best, when it comes to surviving pandemics, right? Tracking TauBits of Wisdom is something even I scoffed at in the beginning.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Sometimes knowing the theory behind a thing can help you learn it more or less completely. But mostly, experience is the best teacher. It puts things not only into your mind but also into your being.” Sagittarius

Later on in his life, I read, Leonardo da Vinci reversed this TauBit of wisdom.  He famously experienced all he could before disciplines of knowledge began to segment what was experienced into subject.  Later in life he turned to theories to better understand all that he had experienced.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ll show up today in a way you can be proud of later when you’re telling the story. These are, after all, notable times. The way you play it will go down in the history books.”  Capricorn

Maybe the way a game show host plays it will go down in the history books or a documentary on Netflix, but not so much for me.  Notable times, now that’s an understatement, right?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no point to interacting on autopilot. Fresh topics, interesting questions and receptive, curious interactions will cause the spark that leads to exciting relationships.” Pisces

Especially when shut-in and trying to figure out how all of this plays out over time.

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 1735 to 1760.

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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S4 E16 — The Collateral Damage Triggered by the Reflexive Control Playbook

We’d long been confused by the former President’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv.

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

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “Events unfold similarly to the rhythms of yesterday, but you’ll ride them differently because you know them better. You’re getting into the deeper levels of things.” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 16th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 27th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E15So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All; S4 E14 Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat; S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!; S3 E13 — Why?; 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

United States is elementally unlike the Soviet Union, unlike Putin’s Russia wrote Alexander Vindman in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story.”

Presidents sit at the head of this table (in the Situation Room). It was the room where President Obama and his team watched the Osama bin Laden raid being carried out.

We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary.

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. 

By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass.

Vindmin says the biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression.  Our diplomacy had been based on that fact.

That was until the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars, creating shock and dismay in the minds of the professionals tending to the global order on behalf of America.

Enter Rudolph Giuliani into the mix — as a direct representative of Trump taking advantage of the confusion over the White House’s behavior toward Ukraine.

Vindman, in his book and in testimony at the first impeachment hearings of Trump, concluded that Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s proposal, acting on behalf of Trump, to the Ukrainians was clearly improper, but at least Sondland wasn’t a freelancing outlier like Giuliani

If you were glued to the hearings like Emma the Baroness and I were, you’ll recall that prior to serving in the Trump Administration, Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels. 

According to his Wikipedia page, he served as the United States Ambassador to the European Union from 2018  to 2020. 

Vendman recalls how he crashed smack dab into “that false narrative, one concocted for the shabbiest of reasons unimaginably remote from anything I was working on for high-level global U.S. strategy.”

Helsinki would be the first face-to-face between the new president of the United States and President Putin:  felt my stomach sink as I thought about the U.S. interpreter, public attempts to determine the content of the presidential meeting.

Trump, through Giuliani, was clearly demanding a public commitment by Zelensky to investigate Burisma (a Ukrainian gas company where Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden had sat on the board) and the 2016 election as a prerequisite to receive a White House invitation or phone call. 

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo? The answer is yes,” he said in his opening remarks. The quid pro quo in question was relating to the public commitment by Zelensky to investigate Burisma and the 2016 election as a prerequisite to receive a White House invitation or phone call. — Wikipedia

Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and actor ran on a platform of 

    • reform,
    • anticorruption, and 
    • public trust in government for 
    • real improvement within Ukraine,

Trump, on the other hand, it became clear ran on the platform of re-electing Trump at all cost.

Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, worked closely with Bill Taylor, the Vietnam War–era infantry officer.

Didn’t matter how capable she was, she was collateral damage.

 Trump recalled her on the basis of a smear, according to Vindmen. 

President Trump’s instincts for how to handle Russia strategy —what I saw was disappointing. Russians were relying, as usual, on our not knowing what to do in the face of their belligerence.

The pros knew how adept the Russians were at a technique—it’s part of a uniquely Russian doctrine called “reflexive control”—which conveys information that inclines an opponent to overreact. It’s kinda like the old saying the easiest mark for a sale is another salesperson.

Trump fell into a classic state of decision paralysis. Vindman reflects on his motivations based on Trump’s behavior — 

(It) seems possible that President Trump simply didn’t care about the U.S. interests and was more concerned about not upsetting President Putin.

Meanwhile Giuliani’s moves were bewildering.  He freelanced with his own strange agenda:

Rudolph Giuliani inserted himself into diplomatic matters once William Barr mischaracterized the findings Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in early 2019 as an exoneration of the president for colluding with Russia during his campaign and implicated Ukraine instead.

Giuliani as the mouthpiece for his “client” spun the same story the Russians had now been pushing for two years, according to Vindmen.

In March, negative stories began circulating about the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Masha Yovanovitch, based on Lutsenko’s accusations (Lutsenko would later recant this falsehood.) 

Vindman says he did his best to try to get NSC to go out on a limb to support Ambassador Yovanovitch, while Donald Trump Jr. approvingly retweeted a Daily Wire article repeating slanderous claims about her.

Once the narrative was in place at the end of April Trump directed Secretary Pompeo to recall Ambassador Yovanovitch — to remove some impediments to whatever Giuliani was trying to get going in Ukraine.

Evidence

Now what about Steves?  What’s going on here?  Alas. Nothing for me or Emma the Baroness today.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “What makes you want to hug someone, and what makes you want to yell? You’ll become more conscious of your triggers and start to develop plans to avoid unwanted states.” Aries

I feel like I’m the only one heeding your advice.  After the Pandemic, the Impeachments, the Insurrection and now the Invasion — I’ve got so many triggers I don’t know what to do.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “The world is not divided into two teams. Thinking in terms of winners/losers, right/wrong, my way/your way is too reductive to solve today’s problem or seize the current opportunities.” Virgo

Haven’t we all been conditioned to view the world through for me or against me lenses?  No wonder I’m triggered so much.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54: “In life, challenge is given. In a sense, you’re in a privileged position today because you have the luxury of choosing the sort of challenges that are aimed at getting you to a much-desired place.” Libra

Yeah, I see how this might be true.  And I feel blessed that I have some choices while others less fortunate don’t.  So, let’s hope for the best and plan for the worst and collectively work our way through our challenges together.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Fear is like a wild horse. If you’re going to ride it, you must first become its master. Today you’ll get in touch with your inner rodeo star and you’ll find a way to communicate with the wildness inside you.” Sagittarius

I love the first sentence.  I hadn’t thought of fear being like a wild horse.  Unless it’s all about that old TV cowboy motto, when the horse throws you out of the saddle you have to jump back up and on or you’ll be too afraid to try again in the future.  In my career I chose public speaking and training groups.  Like the majority of us speaking in front of an audience is our number one fear.  It was for me until I mastered it.

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “Events unfold similarly to the rhythms of yesterday, but you’ll ride them differently because you know them better. You’re getting into the deeper levels of things.” Aquarius 

Is this still about riding that wild horse again to communicate with the wildness inside me?  Or is it a recognition that history doesn’t repeat itself because we live in totally different times, but the rhythms and rhymes echo emotional feelings from our past.  Or as Jamie Raskin explains the Lost Cause Myth spun in the Confederacy South after its defeat still rhymes with the vein Trump taps into as the aggrieved victim who had everything unfairly taken away from what was rightfully his — the second term in office.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “One person’s waste of time is another person’s passion. No need to judge the matter; it’s a personal choice. As long as you follow what interests and engages you, your time is well-spent.” Pisces

Even if no one follows you on Patreon?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12344 this week to 12458 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 196 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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

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

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

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

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

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

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

The Tau: Week Ending 4/18/20

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

Join 1654 followers and see what you may have been missing.

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

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

What if … ?

Trends

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

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

Where … ?

Regions

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

Mountains

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

Islands and Currents

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

Outdoors

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

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

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

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

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

Evidence

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

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

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

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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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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S2 E29 — Three Months That Changed the World

“Ripple Effects” dominated my 5:30 am only partially conscious brain.  Sipping my first cup of Folgers in my favorite dark blue mug which belonged to my mother-in-law, Emma the Baroness’ mother.  

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are enacting patterns that served another situation and no longer apply to the current one. There’s nothing to work on here. As you get used to the way things are now, the unnecessary things will fall away naturally.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 29 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 16th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

In an If-This, Then-That logic path, my thoughts trigger “assimilation” and “adaption” or “disruption” and “accommodation.” 

      • We’re witnessing the speed at which each part of specific supplier chains come unlinked. 
      • How will they reconnect, some no longer in the same chain, or any chain? 
      • And how the money in circulation slows. 
      • And how consumers representing the buying power of 66% of the US economy will lose confidence, save like never before and fear for their jobs while income streams dry up as their bills come due. 
      • Are we entering another Great Recession or another Depression? 

And I admit to mild anxiety about our nest egg and no matter how diverse our portfolio is, everything like before devalues together.

While flipping Apple News I came across a “Prepper” article reviewing a book published just as the COVID-19 pandemic broke, but not including it.  

The gist of it laid out how “the paranoid conspiracy believers” want to live through chaotic, disruptive times.  

Why?

Some brand reputation repair, maybe? Thriving while everyone else suffers, they’d  be able to show to their detractors they aren’t so weird,  just reasonably prepared.  Like, “Who’s laughing at us now?”

I guess their scenarios may be possible, even probable, since the virus won’t disappear for at least another 6 months.

Terry Gross interviewed Stephen King on her Fresh Air podcast to which I listened while walking about 3 miles around the lake. Yes, the reason was to promote his next book whose plot took place on a cruise ship in 2020. 

Oops.  

Given these changing times, and the date, who would believe the rest of the frightening story now, he asked Terry?

And that meant King had to reimagine the setting in 2019,  before the reality of hundreds of vacationers actually became horribly trapped.  If that, then it meant his publisher’s deadline accelerated.  

Meanwhile, I’m spending high amounts of energy and time with low return (ROE) by updating spreadsheet and contacts lists — getting to the “Ds” in alphabetical order.

Last night, one of my mentors left a message on my phone to kick around thoughts he’d been working in his head about mutually common interests.

Evidence

If all that, then what?  Any sage advice for a mildly anxious anticipator of vicious cycle ripple effects? So Zahnny, is your Holiday Tau describing a snake shedding its skin — unnecessary things naturally falling away?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are enacting patterns that served another situation and no longer apply to the current one. There’s nothing to work on here. As you get used to the way things are now, the unnecessary things will fall away naturally.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, shed my metaphorical skin and make room for doing more skill sharpening all in the name of efficiency?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You may not do what you set out to do, but that is hardly the point. The more you try and accomplish, the better your skills get. Soon your ability will be so sharp that all connected work will be done in a fraction of the time.  Aries 

Now we’re talking Smithy.  I guess your Holiday Tau really describes the pattern of swirling clouds in my Folgers at 5:30 am. Now it’s up to me to assimilate?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll have a heightened awareness of what arises from your subconscious, whether it be in the form of dreams, creativity or the assimilation of subtle clues you’ve picked up along the way.” Gemini

You mean trapped inside these four walls for ever more?  Okay, I’ll bite. What is really true here? What is really true here? What is really true here? How long will this pandemic last?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Consider what it means to feel trapped. If a person believes there is a lack of options, it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not; limits are in place. Ask the question and repeat: What is really true here?” Leo

Hey G&G are you two being diplomatic during a pandemic with a virus which appears to be spreading exponentially?  

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Problems just get knottier when left to nature. The thinking — or more likely the unthinking — that created a tangle cannot also unravel it. You’ll employ your higher mind.” Virgo

Haha.  Don’t encourage me okay, Aoki? Am I interpreting your Holiday Tau as a sign that there’s a natural progression of interest — “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The historic cases of subjects falling in love with their biographers are numerous — a natural progression, as there is nothing more seductive than interest. Use the concept to your advantage.” Sagittarius

Great, just great.  Something to look forward to in our imperfect place quarantined with imperfect people — not you Emma the Baroness — huh?  Like can you explain the last beat for me?  

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Places aren’t perfect because people aren’t perfect. Wherever they go, they are there inside an imperfect vessel. While it’s futile to look for the ideal spot, today you’ll find one that’s much better than the last.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “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.”

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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 Trip

S1 E171 — When’s the Best Time to Air Dirty Laundry?

Too many questions. Is it about airing my dirty laundry? Is it about me? Yesterday I lost my way sketching out my Systematic-Professional story for the Volume Two Manuscript.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Often the answer isn’t to talk about things.  Brainstorm other ways to make a point.  If you find you still want to talk, your success depends on timing and framing.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 171 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 15th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Is it about lessons in mentoring and building a pool of executives from Right Management Consultants? 

      • Is it about shifting expectations any INTP 113 Systematic-Professional Idea Packager would have?  
      • Is it about encountering 2008 and 2009 graduates who felt they were sold a bill of goods?  
      • Or about how the requirements changed and I chafed at those requirements?  
      • Or is it about how my guidance provided insight into how plateaued professionals might advance once they better understood the lay of their land and how to propose value-adding strategies of overcome their type-casting weaknesses?  
      • Or, had my platform where I could test out my ideas and refine them in a curriculum that Tom said could replace what they’re teaching in the Executive MBA program glaringly stood apart from the cookie-cutter approach, binder-driven, same-old same-old service?

Patreon. 

      • Am I wrong in assuming my potential patrons are serial givers interested in the creative process and how creators do their work? 
      • What happens when they join Patreon by pushing that button?  Is my broad appeal now about giving back by supporting creatives?  
      • By promoting the Patreon brand, and by association my brand? And, by taking the first line about we … endangered long-form writers?
      • My updates should reveal my challenges and time to devote to mastering my craft of writing. 

My process of “What would Leo da V do” to 

      1. Imagine and Conceptualize; 
      2. Pre-Write;  
      3. Draft;
      4. Edit several times; and finally
      5. Publish. (Recall tips from TrainingSells about instructional design or following an outline, etc.) 

I have so many questions, what can I learn from the Tau of Steves?

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Often the answer isn’t to talk about things.  Brainstorm other ways to make a point.  If you find you still want to talk, your success depends on timing and framing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Nope.  My birthday is still eight and a half months away.  Did you guess when?  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll learn what most excites and interest you and take action on your self-discovery.  It will be as though your feelings are wired to an intensity-controlling dial that you can move for your benefit, adventure or comfort.  New friends contribute to your joy, as do people you help, especially through work.”

Haha And on Monday, what, rest?  Seriously, you’re probably cautioning me against airing dirty laundry in my Memoir, aka “Volume Three Manuscript”?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Raising the standard will help you make a change.  Bump it up a little today, maybe a bit more tomorrow.”  Taurus

Howey, I know your TauBit of Wisdom offers hope, I’m not feeling the virtuous spiral up when it comes to breaking in that bucking bronco of a platform named Patreon.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Though spirals generally go downward, they also can go upward.  You’re moving through an endeavor this way.”  Cancer

I don’t say it often enough.  Or maybe I always look towards an inventor and company founder plus two comedians to advocate for perspective.  So, back away from the chapters recalling the decade between 2009 and 2019? 

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Take a step back and a look around.  You’ll see a few better options that could make a world of difference for you.” Leo

Or, maybe I should combine an NBA coach with an inventor and company founder plus two comedians to recognize I’m stuck in the trees and may need to shift my scope to the hill overlooking the forest and then begin with one tree at a time.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Regarding the thing you’re trying for.  You can do this.  You’re strong and able.  It’s just that the scope may be a little off, at least for these early stages. Start easier.” Libra

I half expected another NBA star to pile on with an NBA coach with an inventor and company founder plus two comedians like they do when they win a championship.  Instead, I realize your Holiday Tau, Steve, is what I wait to occur when I’m in so many advisory and coaching sessions, especially between 2009 and 2019.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Before events occur, you’ll imagine them by running a film across the projector of your mind.  This happens  automatically, though adjusting your expectations will be a deliberate act.”  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. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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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.

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