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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S3 E24 — Reunion on the Edge of the Pacific Ocean near Legoland? Hell Yeah!

Emma the Baroness and I checked out Botanica outside of Oceanside near Vista so she could take pictures, in her former wedding coordinator way. I wanted to see the lay of the land, figuratively, as in we’ve got my side of the family flying in with “delayed reunion” in everyone’s mind.  

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You’ve been unaware of the subtle pressures around you that were influencing you to be one way and not another. But something happens today to wake you up and help you better understand the dynamics affecting you.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 22 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 3rd 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 E23Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain; S3 E22What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?; S3 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy Dog

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll; S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment

 

Context

Where will they stay? 

Vista?

Oceanside?

Carlsbad?  

We chat up Laura. 

Emma the Baroness wants to see where the bride and bridesmaids will hangout.  What about the bar?  The reception area? The photo background for photos?  

I’m asking about lodging nearby.  

We get the text.  

Shaggy and SLO Girl just met the realtor, and are now on Pacific Coast Highway in Oceanside coordinating with us for lunch.  

I’m really feeling grateful for CarPlay so I can touch the map Shaggy sent and directions show on the dashboard display from Botanica to the restaurant.

Funny how with coronavirus restrictions still in place this restaurant doubled or tripled their seating are under a large white tent covering their former parking lot.  

SLO Girl says this place checks most of their boxes.  

Shaggy’s feeling like they haven’t physically seen any Zillow places they’ve monitored from San Juan Capistrano and the referred real estate agent can’t cancel their Padres game Easter present for her boyfriend.  

We plug in the map directions and tag along with Shaggy and SLO Girl for an inspection of the house on the hill overlooking a distant hill like at their SJC apartment with a view of the ocean.  

A converted 1-car garage into a man cave means up a steep driveway they’ll have to park his dark green 4-Runner  and their newly broken in van and her car where the asphalt meets a dirt section instead.  The property extends down a hill, which might be where they want to grow crops in a much larger area, if they had access to it.  

We agree the place needs work, not having been spruced up for sale.  The realtor used to live three or four houses further up the hill and describes the neighborhood as a mix of seniors and new couples and families with kids. 

Where will they keep Mo?  If he gets out he’ll either scamper  down the backside to a street or down the driveway like he could in San Juan Capistrano where they live up the hill just a block from the original Mission in San Juan Capistrano.  

This place has the same vibe, which is why Shaggy likes it.  

And it meets the real estate criteria I sent him.  Camp Pendleton and the Pacific Ocean in Oceanside butte up against upper scale neighborhoods in Carlsbad on the hill across the way.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hey there Smithy and Stevie.  I’m not sure what to make of your Holiday Tau, do you get it?  Unless those pressures come from having to tell all those relatives coming from Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana expecting Jazzy and Delta Girl’s wedding to me reunion on the edge of California’s Pacific Ocean near Legoland that their Rugrats exceed the number of invitations and cost too much to be included at the wedding?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You’ve been unaware of the subtle pressures around you that were influencing you to be one way and not another. But something happens today to wake you up and help you better understand the dynamics affecting you.” Gemini

Okay, this is definitely about my fellow Scorpio (couldn’t Zahn’s TauBit of Wisdom delivered the same message?) and lover, Emma the Baroness as she feels anxious about the first real estate investment Shaggy and SLO Girl may make which increases the distance, maybe doubling the miles, between us.  

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You want to feel another person’s pain so they won’t have to. Scientists, spiritual gurus and co-dependent experts agree that it’s not possible. But can they prove it? Your solution may be counterintuitive or ill-advised, but it’s yours.” Cancer

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

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent?

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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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S4 E15 — So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All

The January 6th Insurrection exposed the very concrete acts of violent authoritarianism and domestic fascism operating in the US — as if our Constitution had been shredded and replaced by a regime more like one run by autocrats and demagogues.

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

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Everyone has faults and it would be a waste of time to address them all. What’s relevant to the current situation? What can be improved and how? You’ll put your energy into making a good thing better.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 15th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 26th 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 E14 Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat; S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?; S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E15Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14How!; S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

What else could go wrong?

During his one term administration Trump embraced and praised authoritarian thugs all over the world like:

    • Erdogan in Turkey
    • Duterte in the Philippines
    • Xi in China,
    • Vladimir Putin
    • Kim Jong-un

“Why is the president so attracted to autocrats?” asked Anonymous, later revealed to be Miles Taylor in his book, “A Warning” written from his inner circle perspective.

“The president sees in these guys what he wishes he had: total power, no term limits, enforced popularity, and the ability to silence critics for good.”

Other than having things his way by following the “Autocrat’s Playbook,” what else could go wrong?

Sure, as Taylor said, “Trump’s affinity for autocrats means we are flying blind through world affairs. The moral compass in the cockpit, is broken.”

“There is only the ever-changing negotiating positions of a grifter in chief, which will not be enough to win what is fast becoming the next Cold War. Our enemies and adversaries recognize the president is a simplistic pushover.

Basically, Taylor agrees with what a lot of the outsiders (late night TV show hosts) have been joking,  he can be played and moved by flattery.

More importantly our competitive enemies like Xi in China believe he is weak, can take advantage of him or simply ignore him.

Or he exposes sensitive discussions we have with them, and he tries to bully them into submission.

The world depends on the United States to shape history.

But, Taylor asks if  President Trump decided we are on the wrong team.   We should be in a small club of thugs instead a big club of free nations?

The cult of Trump converged on Washington, D.C. to fight the new and improved “Lost Cause.” 

Raskin reiterates strands of the messaging that brought them to:

Destroy corrupt politicians of both parties, traitorous police officers, lying media, agents of George Soros, defenders of the Clintons and the Obamas, other sinister, shadowy forces identified by conspiracy theorists in QAnon and by Trump’s authoritarian polemicists like Steve Bannon.

And this wasn’t their first Rodeo.

Footage gathered on the storming of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on April 30, 2020 showed.

Rioters and militia groups armed with AR-15s showed up in response to Trump’s call to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” with plans of disrupting legislative renewal of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 stay-at-home policy order.

Heavily armed and masked, wearing combat fatigues, and striking the poses of gangsters or terrorists, attempt to physically charge the Michigan State Capitol.

“… the Democratic Party, whatever its faults, is the party of democracy and that the Republican Party is the party of Trump — authoritarianism, corruption, and insurrection. 

No, it didn’t happen overnight.  But, the following quote does seem prescient —

“If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.” —Ulysses S. Grant

Evidence

However, Ulysses was no Steve, unless that’s what his middle initial stood for.  And there is no legitimate Holiday Tau for us, so we turn to swiping yours.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Everyone has faults and it would be a waste of time to address them all. What’s relevant to the current situation? What can be improved and how? You’ll put your energy into making a good thing better.” Aries

I’m struggling with this one, because on a national political level I feel the Republican enablers chose Trump over their oath to the Constitution and relied on sentiments like these to excuse him.  But then there’s Miles Taylor one of the many people in his administration that wrote a book.  And, on a personal level, I subscribe to the wisdom  captured within the TauBit.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The best way to get the attention you need will not be to ask for it directly. That would be like a comedian standing onstage and asking people to laugh. You’ll think in terms of playfulness, entertainment and enticement.” Taurus

Haha. Laugh dammit.  

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “People remember their first time in a place. The chance to show someone around is an opportunity to make a memory. So, what kind of memory do you want to make? You have the power to make a little magic happen here.” Aquarius

So out of context for this episode, but I feel the TauBit for Nash is worth remembering.  Make magical memories.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 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 within 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 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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S3 E23 — Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain

Isn’t this 8-step method what we all need for suspending your preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later comparing them to the consensual reality?  

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Anyone who’s ever undergone a construction project knows that destruction is part of expansion. The mess goes on and on until that grand moment… out of the rubble rises a new frame. You’ll see it today.”  Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 23 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 4th 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 E22What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?; S3 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy DogS3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

On Easter Sunday at 6:30 am I asked “What would Leo da V do?” having partially finished curating news for California Tip to Tip while waiting for today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times to drop.

And, boy did I get an inner earful from Mr. da V.  Witness some loose fitting musings:

An introvert’s mind mirrors a universe that mirrors an introvert’s mind.  Necessary fictions.  A UCI mindfulness expert … triggered sequence of learning something like just-in-case of education turns into knowledge by applying what you’ve read or viewed through experience.  What then is wisdom?  How does it get entangled up into dogma and devolve into cultish restrictions and power plays?  Why or which part  or our brain embraces packaged wisdom uncritically.

But it didn’t stop there.  He and I played an if this then that game. 

If all of this is true, then understanding hidden connections that trigger negative consequences in our lives which are so predictable could surface through identifying rippling effects.  And if that’s true, then couldn’t we say wisdom is a reliable signal and response to normally unseen threats?

And what about threats?  

From the external world — the real world — what lessons do we draw from loss and grief and disruption which call into question or safety and security at the base of Maslow’s hierarchy? Wouldn’t it be wise to understand what happened, so the way that threat threw us for a loop or a loss, could be prevented or avoided?

Evidence

Yup, right?  Turning now from Leo da V to the Tau of Steves can we add to experience, knowledge and wisdom?

Huh.  I get the metaphor, but I’m not putting the brakes on the 1-year experiment as much as I’m five days away from the end of the twice extended 1-year experiment, which overlaps with the beginning of the second, setting up a preview chapter for year two — the pandemic year.

“5” Steve Zahn, 51: “You can put the brakes on a project if you want to. Things will definitely slow, but the screeching sound will attract much attention and, as it goes with this sort of thing, give the impression of an impending accident.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

Chimpanzees, dolphins, a few birds and the tiny fish known as the cleaner wrasse have this in common: a similar relationship to the mirror as your average human being. 

Other than an elite slice of the animal kingdom, most of the creatures take no part in the strange phenomenon that is self-consciousness. Sure, many animals see themselves in a mirror; they just don’t recognize that presence as themselves… the phrase “I am” takes on different dimensions. 

The desire to be attractive has a way of making people second-guess their choices. As we mentally angle ourselves to figure out what others are seeing when they look our way, we naturally drift to an outsider’s point of view. 

Discomfort comes part in parcel with a consciousness that is out exploring instead of centered around the core of one’s being. To mentally “leave home” in this way — being willfully uncentered and out of body whilst objectively viewing one’s own human casing — is in and of itself a very strange and complex phenomenon. 

Just know that self-observation is typically distorted. Don’t forget that you’re an animal, too. When the mirror gets to be too much, not noticing or caring is always an option.

“Wait, what was that about dolphins?”  Leo da V faintly whispered again.  Okay, I see where this is going.  John Lilly’s method, and if so, should that be how the 1-year experiment ends with a tool for resolving competing wisdom packages?  Surfacing lies that we can believe in, but maybe shouldn’t?

Our — Emma the Baroness and my,  ongoing battle against ants on it’s 4th day in a row takes on a little different meaning — how explorer ants leave trails for others to follow, how well organized they are — and thanks to Leo da V’s clues, lead to a book on my office shelf,  “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights, but didn’t stop there.

Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields.  He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture.  He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave drawings to “Lolita”.

Ranging the spectrum of human knowledge and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, ‘Consilience’ is science in the grand visionary tradition of Newton, Einstein, and Feynman.

But, Leo wasn’t done pointing out fodder for my own feeble attempts at consilience.  

He reminded me of the beginning of the Sam Harris podcast I heard on my way to pick up dinner at In-n-Out.  Harris interviewed an early psychedelics researcher, who years ago wrote a guide for taking a successful trip and more recently authored a book about multiple selves, James Fadiman. 

In 2020 he wrote, “Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are” which was the topic of a book on consciousness in paperback that I can no longer locate. I blame it on Shaggy. 

Welcome our Patron Saint back to our TauBit of Wisdom discussion.  So you’re saying this 1-year experiment has been nothing but rubble, but out of it crystalizes my new frame just in time for making sense?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Anyone who’s ever undergone a construction project knows that destruction is part of expansion. The mess goes on and on until that grand moment… out of the rubble rises a new frame. You’ll see it today.”  Aries 

No, the Holiday Tau for you three describes how fun, but vexing the challenge has been.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Intellectual challenge will be part of the fun. You’ll be sharpened by dealing with problems. Seek input from those who’ve been there already and who have something to teach about that.”  Taurus

Michael Hartl chose tau to represent 2pi because it nicely ties in with the Greek word “tornos,” meaning “turn,” looks like a pi with one leg instead of two and in math is superior to its vastly better known cousin because pi creates unnecessary complications in many formulas. A more appropriate number to work with when it comes to circles would be 2pi. So in a geometric way your Holiday Tau signals I’m coming full circle to a moment of clarity.  Am I right?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Galileo declared that the universe was written in the language of mathematics, without which we cannot understand a single ‘word’ of it. A bit of math in your personal universe can be worked out for game-changing clarity.” Cancer

Is it because I’m under Leo da V’s influence today, or are Steves TauBits of Wisdom pointing to it also?  John Lilly’s 8-step method for suspending any preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later comparing them to the consensual reality.  Thanks, Coach Nash for nudging me towards my own consilience. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What you’re working on now is not a quick fix but a solution with many steps that will unfold over time. First things first: awareness. It’s hard for people to change things they know nothing of.”  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 
    • “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates. I love how he starts off with “There are two numbers you need to know about climate change.  The first is 51 billion.  The other is zero.  Fifty-one billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases … zero is what we need to aim for.” 
    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.”

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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. 

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

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

What if … ?

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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S4 E14 — Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat

There’s something about how we are wired, how we evolved as the Homo Sapient species which renders human memory to be a “fragile instrument and that what we ‘remember’ of an event can easily be influenced by what others tell us to believe by the constant repetition of lies about it.”

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minefields just look like fields until something blows up. It’s a good day to respect hidden history, read all the signs, follow all the rules and heed all the warnings.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 14th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 25th 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 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?; S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?; S4 E11Were Putin and Trump Dipping into the Same Piggy Bank?; S4 E10Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell? 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The “stolen” election is the new-and-improved Lost Cause myth, according to Jamie Raskin in his book,  “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.”

As a key member of Congress during both impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives — the first directly related to the Quid Pro Quo withholding of defense funds earmarked by Congress for Ukraine, and the second for the Incitement of Insurrection on January 6th in 2021 Raskin fills in many of the missing pieces in what now is widely seen as a vast conspiracy by Trump to hold onto power for a second term.

    • He describes four years of continuous norm destruction and daily shredding of the Constitution by Trump that went far beyond the threat and  danger was on the eve of the Civil War, in February 1861.
    • Abraham Lincoln’s electoral count was never violently challenged by his vehemently pro-slavery vice president of the United States, John Breckenridge.
    • Breckenridge carried “the electoral votes from the Senate over to the House and proceeded to execute his duties faithfully.”
    • Even though John Breckenridge went on to take up the cause of the Confederacy as its Secretary of War.

The Trump Years showed how he and his fervent followers in his administration and on Fox News were “willing to make war on scientific facts relating to climate change or COVID-19, and on historical memory.”

Raskin’s own colleagues in the House of Representatives began and continued “denying, obscuring, or lying about specific historical events—like the Holocaust, slavery, the 2020 presidential election or the January 6 insurrection.”

There’s something about how we are wired, how we evolved as the homo sapient species which renders human memory to be a “fragile instrument and that what we ‘remember’ of an event can easily be influenced by what others tell us to believe by the constant repetition of lies about it.”

… unrepentant champions of the Confederacy and apologists for slavery promoted what came to be called the Lost Cause myth … glorified Confederate generals and soldiers; romanticized life in the antebellum South (and) falsely claimed that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery.”

Lost Cause myth became ideological cover for the country’s abandonment of Reconstruction and its embrace of Jim Crow apartheid, according to Raskin.

History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes or at least beats to the same rhythms  so much so that Trump’s outrageous lies about the 2020 election mirror the basic form of the Lost Cause myth.

Trump’s political purposes and propaganda connect directly to the substance of the Lost Cause myth.

One campaign strategy which continues is to speak for an aggrieved, downtrodden (and obviously white) majority of the country seek permission to believe their votes were canceled.

The ‘stolen’ election is the new-and-improved Lost Cause myth Raskin says citing one of Trumps many Tweets —

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”

Trump’s multimillion dollar investment in mobilizing and “valorizing a movement unified diverse white supremacist groups to work together toward common goals.”

“… went from being a band of 500 isolated extremists at the ‘United the Right’ Rally in Charlottesville in 2017 to the front lines of a mass right-wing street movement of 40–50,000 people in 2021.”

Raskin didn’t want to believe that it was possible for our democracy would ever flirt with  becoming an authoritarian society, a dictatorship, or a failed state.

Me neither. 

But will it happen? 

How close are we? 

Can we overcome what is already in place to overcome the true results of the 2022 Midterm Elections and the 2024 Presidential Election?

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You could use some faith. While a naive abandon of thought process isn’t your style, you could surrender your skepticism for a more practical reason. It’s heavy. Traveling light is faster.” Scorpio

Okay, the day is still before me, so I’ll look forward to faster, lighter traveling.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Like the snap of a puzzle piece coming together or the satisfied rush that comes with a row of green Wordle squares, you’ll often have the thrill of filling life’s blanks. Your wins will build up and you’ll get to wear them like a cape of confidence. You’ll be made a leader and you’ll use your power to make things better.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The other person’s account of the events in a relationship may differ substantially from your own. Be receptive to the other person’s point of view.” Aries

Nowadays it’s a miracle we can agree on anything, right?  But, even as we filter our experiences on a daily basis with loved ones who remember the highlights completely different than you did.  I first “discovered” the phenomenon in Law School of all places.  I sat near the back of a shell like lecture hall with the professor in black rimmed glasses and curly short black hair pacing slightly trying to make a point. 

“Did you like the movie?” he tried as an example.  Our impressions come first.  But then if you probe with “Why did you like the movie?” you may be hard pressed to remember specifics to defend your first answer.  And they may be entirely different than your date’s or spouse’s recollections, so much so that you walk away wondering if you saw the same movie.  “I don’t remember that.” 

His point was about how we as lawyer wannabes can take advantage of the discrepancies between our Experiencing Selves living in the moment free of any thing else and our Narrating Selves which will edit and tell a story worth remembering in the future.  Craig Ferguson, former late night talkshow host summed up it better when his memoir was challenged by someone he wrote about over an incident that the celebrity claimed never happened that way.  Ferguson dismissed his allegation by saying, “This is my memoir, if you don’t like it write your own.” 

Of course, this flies in the face of “Be receptive to the other person’s point of view.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “A curious, experimental mood takes hold. You won’t have to pursue it for long before you find yourself in a magical place. Perception alters the lighting scheme of the world.” Gemini

It’s not even 8am, so I’m looking forward to finding myself in a magical place.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minefields just look like fields until something blows up. It’s a good day to respect hidden history, read all the signs, follow all the rules and heed all the warnings.” Pisces

There’s something else about not wanting to believe what we see because what we see is so outlandish it can’t add up to what we don’t want to believe is really happening.  The signs were there warning us that the long fuse had been lit, but we were too busy to notice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 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 within 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 President. 

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S3 E22 — What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?

Bunny Foo-Foo, the second of our back patio baby rabbits, hit the road for greener pastures. The first died on our cement up against a 12 inch green hedge.  Maybe Foo-Foo’s joining the nomads who left Barb’s Bunny Ranch when Bronco, the new sheriff hit town? Yip, Yip, Yippie.

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The solution comes from seeing the problem in different ways. One new idea is a start — proof of the magic difference perspective can make. Don’t stop there. At 25 alternatives, you’ve only begun to scratch the surface.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 22 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 3rd 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 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy Dog; S3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal; S3 E19Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

How did the day start?  Killing ants. It gives me no thrill like shooting rabbits does.  The ants are winning in record numbers.  

And, Emma the Baroness frowns upon my attempts to drag the green yellow striped hose from the back yard inside to shoot the ants, like I do at our front yard grazing rabbits, in the remodeled kitchen.

Bunny Foo-Foo, the second of our back patio baby rabbits, hit the road for greener pastures. The first died on our cement up against a 12 inch green hedge.  Maybe Foo-Foo’s joining the nomads who left Barb’s Bunny Ranch when Bronco, the new sheriff hit town? Yip, Yip, Yippie. 

Record numbers remind me about making sense of the evolving 1- year experiment.  

This is the section of the experiment’s outline labeled Methodology:

    1. Each morning with blurry eyes I scanned through the days offerings in the print edition of The Los Angeles Times. Old rabbits die hard.  
    2. We might unsubscribe later, because we dip into their online edition to save articles however comma I couldn’t during the course of the experiment, for consistency’s sake.
    3. For those of you who expect a full accounting — 365 days worth of Tau — I apologize, but for reasons I’ll disclose in the full report, only the four days a week — Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — of home delivery provided the data. 
    4. Spending less than a 3 to 5 seconds per 12 Holiday Tau possibilities or skipping over some without even reading after a few lines, I marked those that struck a cord in me. 
    5. Both Emma the Baroness and I kinda like the texture and the layout of each newspaper page as we turn each and fold them in our hands.  And cover our identity by washing the ink from our fingers in case the FBI comes searching for finger prints.
    6. But, to limit selection or celebrity biases, like today,  I then compose, by day and date, what was happening without re-reading the Holiday Tau’s message.
    7. Finally, I pull up each of Steve’s Holiday Tau and compare the saying to my situation and score the most relevant “5”. Usually the “1”s and even the “2”s as time marched on didn’t make it at all. 

Evidence

So, yesterday turned out to be a Holiday Tau bonanza with 5 out of 8 “5”s and 3 “4”s.  Today, there ain’t no TauBits of Wisdom for us four — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness or me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What’s the opposite of a bonanza?

Haha guys, this must be one of those days.  I’m not feeling the rain yet.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “It is possible to go through days without feeling completely awake. Today, when your brain enlivens and the ideas drop in, it’s a gentle high — like the plants must feel when the rains begin — perked up, more than alive.”  Taurus

So, is it because Nicks, Wonder and Winwood could finish the lyric, “Raindrops keep falling on my head …” name the singer and movie it was featured in?  And you’re saying I need at least 25 idea drops?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The solution comes from seeing the problem in different ways. One new idea is a start — proof of the magic difference perspective can make. Don’t stop there. At 25 alternatives, you’ve only begun to scratch the surface.” Gemini

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. 
    • “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates. I love how he starts off with “There are two numbers you need to know about climate change.  The first is 51 billion.  The other is zero.  Fifty-one billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases … zero is what we need to aim for.”

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S2 E30 — It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?

Was it triggered by all our neighbors working remotely and their kids attending “zoom school”?

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The messiness of life is the best part. Maybe it won’t make the edit for social media, and that’s why the insider’s view is always the best. Intimacy is about knowing another person’s mess.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 30 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 17th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; 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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Cox WiFi kept dropping — it’s been off more than it’s been on — so yesterday I worked on correcting bogus “Contacts” emails one-by-one via LinkedIn changing them in my “Friends of Steves” master spreadsheet.  

    • I still required online capabilities for copying and pasting them through the hot spot feature on my iPhone — as my sister showed Emma the Baroness and me when we last visited months ago in Michigan.  
    • Later in the evening I  tested Internet access with Apple TV.  Why did Amazon Prime work, but Netflix didn’t?  Maybe it wasn’t WiFi in that case, but Netflix popularity and T-Mobile capacity?  Netflix is free on T-Mobile as a perk for signing up.

Meanwhile I wasn’t looking forward to my next call with BC (which turned out fine as a Zoom video session) and, to be honest, my mild anxiety compounded my low-ebb feelings from the mind-numbing WiFi work arounds.

Sure, BC lashed out about his favorite local restaurant’s forced closing potentially for good.  

He dropped by for lunch in the charming plaza in La Quinta where he moved from Newport Beach.  

His move was longer go than I realized triggered by two events, his mother passed away and he had heart by-pass surgery.  

“What happened? I don’t recognize my country,” he said.

His local La Quinta gym closed where he treated his ailing back in its jacuzzi and swam laps. 

For as long as I knew him he competed in the Masters program at the University before his relocation to the exclusive California desert.  

Once we got past our rants and reactions to coronavirus business closures, it only took a couple of minutes to find our conversational groove like old times.  

Mostly through his love of rock and roll and former training in anthropology from Stanford and my wondering aloud if there was a half-life for wisdom.  

He thanked me at the end of the call for realizing as an executive coach, why I had recruited him in the first place, he found an angle for approaching the local restaurant owner and offering business advice.

I should have thanked him for the boost in energy I felt from reestablishing a common ground in our personal and professional relationship.

Enough to slog though the excruciatingly slow process of listing emails of my 1840 LinkedIn 1st degree network in my “Contacts” once again.   

But the boost dissipated as I realized it will take 4 or 5 weeks at 5 days a week just to complete my LinkedIn updates.  

Ouch.  Yawn. 

So, somehow I need to schedule that without stopping Patreon postings and with adding consistent email messaging to Proteges, Mentors and Friends.  

Yawn again.

Evidence

How about a Holiday Tau boost?  Game. Set. Match.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Visualizing alone can’t make things true, but it can motivate action that feels natural and familiar instead of labored and difficult. As you visualize the future, you lay its groundwork.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I know this is Friday, so Steve is this a randy suggestion — your Holiday Tau — one I should whisper to Emma the Baroness tonight?  Or are you hinting at something else entirely?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’ve been thinking about how to get what you want, and it’s clear you’ll need to make a special request. Timing is everything. It will be better to ask after nightfall or tomorrow.” Aries

So, Smithy I’ve tried several attempts to understand the gist of your Holiday Tau.  I stood up, stared at the middle ground out my office window, walked to our front lawn, bent down and pulled a dozen weeds, came back to my office and reread it, but I can’t quite grog it.  Sorry.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You are coming back to a part of yourself that has been long abroad. It’s not that you outgrew or rejected this aspect of you, but you have not been able to prioritize it. That will change.  Gemini

Aha.  Funny this is your Holiday Tau, Howey.  As I was walking, staring and weeding while contemplating Smithy’s TauBit of Wisdom I settled on the essence of your’s instead.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life has its own set of navigational rules. To understand it, you have to look backward; to live it, you can only go forward. Also, you can only feel what it’s like to be inside it when you’re standing still.” Cancer

Wait guys.  Is this all about the time I was out of work for almost a year?  That stretch defined a long, very long learning curve about transferrable skills and understanding new careers operationally, but most importantly by learning new jargon for describing what I had accomplished in previous jobs — you know like how long it takes to learn a new language.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: There was a time you didn’t believe that you could actually change your circumstances by merely observing them differently. Now you believe it, and you do it on a daily basis. Today brings proof.  Leo

Okay G&G your Holiday Tau can be taken two ways.  The last part about knowing and enjoying another’s mess intimately is about our life long love affair — me and Emma the Baroness.  The second could be about what I took away from a chapter in “Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives” about how Brian Eno lives his life like and art form developing several passion projects at the same time.  If one doesn’t work out he jumps to another.  Either way, it works.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The messiness of life is the best part. Maybe it won’t make the edit for social media, and that’s why the insider’s view is always the best. Intimacy is about knowing another person’s mess.” Virgo

Here’s how I’m relating to your Holiday Tau couch Kerr, I mean coach Kerr.  I’m trying to squeeze about 1840 people into a room through that small Interned door when Cox WiFi keeps shutting it on and off all day.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It’s like you’re trying to move a couch into a room with a small door. Once inside, everything will work out nicely. But getting through this tight squeeze will take some doing. What needs to be released in order to move forward?” Libra

Ha.  Easy for your Holiday Tau to say.  I realized it will take me four or five weeks of swimming trying to keep my head above water once I dive in to get it done!

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Why return to projects that were not enormously successful the first time around? You’d rather move on, and move on you will, after a brief bit of business is handled. Dive in and get it done.” 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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