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 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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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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S3 E18 — My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!

Is this cheating?  It’s not like I’m not committing a crime already.  I mean let’s face it not that many TauBits of Wisdom I curate are legitimately mine. But at least of the ones I score each day, they hit the printed page on the day I note.  This, however, breaks that rule.  

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 18 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 27th day of March 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 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Which is the subject of Non Sequitur by Wiley, though not from today but from yesterday:

The first two scenes are at home.

“How was school Danae?  Anything fun happen?”

“Yes, thanks to you, Daddy!”

“Oh? How so?”

“I remembered what you said when you yelled at the TV about perpetuating a Big Lie.”

The scene shifts to school and a teacher. 

“…And even the President isn’t above the law.”

So Danae says, “Can you back that up with any President ever held liable of his crimes?”

In the last scene at home, “Um… How was that fun?”

“My teacher is sending you to detention.”

Since I’m on a crime spree, check out yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Patis:  

Pig climbs the side of the hill where a donkey sits on top. 

“Oh wise ass on the hill what great wisdom have you reached during the pandemic? That the future is uncertain? That loneliness can be crippling?  That life is fragile?” 

“That I can go five days without showering.”

At the base of the hill Pig turn to Rat, “This pandemic has been very enlightening.”

If you scanned my week for which talent projects I compulsively completed at the exclusion of everything else I was supposed to spend my time — like filing 2020 taxes — you’d see I composed seven days worth of the last month in my 1-year experiment.

Maybe not quite as bad as the wise ass on the hill, but just about as enlightening as great wisdom goes.

Evidence

And, that turns my attention to today’s Tau of Steves beginning with the only one for which I don’t have to break the law as a birthday impersonator.

Where is glory?  In Idaho somewhere?  I feel the weight-lifting strain without any glamour.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The building goes up one brick at a time and so does your success. There is no glamour in it today (each move looks and feels like a weight-lifting repetition), but eventually, you’ll dance in glory.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I feel less like a criminal ever since we declared Steve McQueen our Patron Saint.  His Holiday Tau for today, touches on Wiley’s Non Sequitur, but I can only wish for the punchline. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People are born with open mouths and minds. Many adults are better at closing their minds than they are at closing their mouths, but your disarming approach sparks imagination and brings people back to openness.” Aries

I felt so much better lifting WW&C’s TauBit because truth be told, I’m living in two different time zones.  Most of this week I’ve been stuck in pre-COVID 2020 February first through the second week the 15th.  Do you remember what life was like then? 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hmm.  Maybe I should combine your TauBit of Wisdom with Aoki since I’d circling around stories for my Memoir, a work-work-in-progress “Volume Two Manuscript.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “As for the rituals and beliefs you no longer participate in, it’s not because you lost them along the way, rather they got traded in the development of your soul. There’s no part of your story that doesn’t belong there.” Gemini

Does this count?  I left off at Day 171 of My 1-Year Experiment struggling with how to write about a decade for my memoir.  

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?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “When you can’t figure out what you want, start with what you don’t want. When you X out the negative space, form emerges. You’re like a sculptor chipping away at anything that is not the masterpiece.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “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.

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

S3 E17 — Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed

Last night Emma the Baroness and I gladly welcomed Jazzy to our family room and dinner table for his take on the size of the wedding budget, how many guests will be invited and the big reveal of who and how many Jazzy and our combined lists totaled.

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Don’t worry. You didn’t meet the right person at the wrong time because that’s not even a thing. There’s only meeting people when you do and making it mean something to you.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 17 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 26th day of March 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 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift  

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

He and Delta Girl agreed to hold the line to a smaller, more affordable and intimate sized affair.  Even though he slightly recalled names we wanted to add he said he was drawing the line at people he saw frequently in his life, not necessarily even parents of those buddies.  

I airdropped our spreadsheet of combined names, ranked with “5” as must haves to his iPhone and asked who and how invitations would be addressed.  Like somehow sending contact cards with addresses or on the final cut spreadsheet?  

He answered that it’s almost a year away and didn’t get the urgency of questions we asked.  

Haha I told him, you’re on a treadmill that is just now speeding up.  Emma the Baroness said postponed plans will lead to a rush of weddings and sold out accommodations for out of town relatives.

In kind of a coincidence, this morning I spotted this comic in the LA Times print edition.   It was a two panel sight gag in Blondie by Dean Young & John Marshall. 

In the first scene, a close up at the catering counter separating Blondie from a young blonde woman.  She says, “We had to postpone our wedding fo a whole year! But now we’re ready.” “Oh, Shayna, how wonderful that after all that time you and dean still chose each other.” In the second scene a long shot with Dean lying on the floor but being dragged to the counter by Shayna holding onto his shirt collar, “Oh yeah … We’re both really excited!”

Evidence

Any Holiday Tau worth reporting for us Steves?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if there ever was a Holiday Tau meant for Emma the Baroness and me, this would be the one, but with a slight twist.  We did meet each other at the wrong time, which is the subject of our life long love affair in Volume Three.  

And, then there’s the total improbability of meeting at all.  She was born in Lillehammer, Norway and I in Plainfield, New Jersey.  

She had taken a temporary job at the same state hospital where I had agreed to work on my psychology internship as a way for making money while also working for Dr. Sig half-time at the Behavior Modification Institute in Newport Center, across Pacific Coast Highway and up the undeveloped field filled with the kind of owls that burrow from Corona del Mar.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Don’t worry. You didn’t meet the right person at the wrong time because that’s not even a thing. There’s only meeting people when you do and making it mean something to you.”  Taurus

Hi, Steve.  I’m guessing as our Patron Saint you must be looking down on our humble effort here and bless our passion project. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Different people inspire you to connect to different parts of your nature. Who has you seeking your better angels? Those are the folks to fill your mind, heart and time with now.” Aries

I have to agree in principle, Steve.  But my real clutter has shifted to text messages and social media more so than email.  I hardly ever read my emails anymore (5500), since like text messages and home phone answering machine telling me my car warranty is about to expire I’ve beaten them into mind share submission.  Now, how about all those SPAM comments on my blogs?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Even though digital clutter doesn’t really take up much of your living space, it can rent a disproportionate amount of space in your psyche and to deleterious effect. Good email organization will revitalize.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “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.

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

S3 E16 — Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind

Like those false killer whales, Jazzy’s stopping by during his commute south on the 5 Freeway from work to Dana Point at 6 pm tonight. He’ll get fed by Emma the Baroness and in a “quid pro quo kind of transaction” for negotiating who from our side of the family makes the final cut on the guest list.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Make your presentation smooth and glossy. Getting the extra shine will take about the same amount of time as it took to build the thing to the level of “pretty good,” but it will be worth it to attain that wow factor.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 16 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 25th day of March 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 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!; S3 E13Why?; 

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading 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 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

Yesterday, Emma the Baroness and I arrived thirty minutes too early.  Shaggy and SLO Girl arrived 15 minutes early in his dark gray 4 Runner.  Jazzy and Delta Girl cruised up in this white extended cab TR4 Toyota Truck with a tricked out shell for storing skis, snowboards, surfboards and all the camping gear you could imagine you would need for Joshua Tree, just as it was time.  

For a party that big it will be a long wait the black haired obese Gen-Z host warned.  How late, like 9 pm I asked.  No, no he chuckled maybe half an hour.  

Perfect I thought, but that time passed plus another 45 minutes, mostly because it was Taco Tuesday and La Siesta on the western side of Camino del Rio was swarming in small groups for $2 Tacos and Margaritas — Skinny or House —passed through what once had been a window, but now was part of a large room being remodeled. 

It was Shaggy’s birthday and this was San Clemente. 

“So I heard you’re getting married,” I greeted Delta Girl. 

She filled me in.  It’s in Oceanside, on the anniversary of Jazzy’s ask and finger placement of the engagement ring at Hot Springs on their winter Mammoth weekend this last February.

Evidence

Let’s see who wins the competition for the strongest felt Tau today, shall we? First up is our legitimate Holiday Tau, the one for celebrity Steves like Zahn and the rest of us — Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.

As I’m holding back with making the decision about which platform, one of my websites or on Patreon to publish the results of My 1-Year Experiment first and then massage the content into chapters for my “Tau of Steves Manuscript” I’m feeling you Zahn.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Make your presentation smooth and glossy. Getting the extra shine will take about the same amount of time as it took to build the thing to the level of “pretty good,” but it will be worth it to attain that wow factor.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Again, this ain’t my formal day, but I’ll consider swiping it anyway.  Who can turn down a golden ticket ride into a different dimension?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’re inventive and will solve a problem that vexes many. In this regard, you’ll carve out a niche for yourself and get a golden ticket to a new realm. It’s not a one-shot opportunity though, so don’t be too quick to make a deal or be exclusive. Family successes make you proud, too. You’ll have plenty to celebrate together!

How does the competition stack up among the remaining Steves who made the cut for today? The first two apply to rocks and knife-sharpening.  And then other tools and utensils leading to creativity.

Haha, maybe this kind of invaluable training can’t be bought, but can it be sold?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Your instincts, like knives, will be sharpened by scraping the hard, flinty surface of an interesting, immobile-seeming problem. This is the kind of invaluable training that can’t be bought.” Taurus

Hi Steve, your Tau resonates strongly with me, because it fits with itineraries and finding where “birds-of—feather” like you flock to quality-of-life communities across the West — the last three books in my 5-book series of Volume One, The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy.  

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Sometimes, the rocky road leads to a beautiful vantage, and sometimes it’s a hard road to nowhere. This is something to figure out before you embark. Consult the maps and the seasoned hikers.”  Aquarius

I’m not sure which of you influenced today’s Holiday Tau, but I’m finding that when I’m faced with writing long-form manuscripts the energy for the whole passion project can deflate unless I just begin with the first bite and chew what’s in front of me and then the second.  

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You don’t have a problem with biting off more than you can chew because you have the equivalent of utensils at your disposal. You have the tools to take a big chunk, and then cut it down the perfect manageable size.” Gemini

Okay guys, you’ve got the last shot!  Who else needs to need this?  That’s the whole money question.  But, I’m not divining the answer.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’ve a creative way of explaining things, and people love to listen to the way you share what you know. Who else needs to know this? Your gift of teaching will augment your fortunes.” Virgo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “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.

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

S2 E17 — Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

It feels like a day is a week. And a week is a month and a month is a year.  If this lasts a year will it feel like what, a decade?  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 17 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 26th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in 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 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment;

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates, first from Colorado, and then a roundup from Southern California. 

From their mountain home in Dillon, Colorado — the Boomer couple report that the Summit County Mountain resorts are shut, tourists were sent home, boutique stores closed and it recently snowed — yay for them.

From a studio apartment off of 2nd street in Belmont Shores (Long Beach, California)  — social marketing manager and flight attendant report he’s working remotely from home, she’s on unpaid furlough with options to return, but had been harboring mixed emotions considering that passengers wore masks and the attendants weren’t allowed to, yay for him hopefully the airlines will change their policy.

Moving south, as if you could.

From their Huntington Beach home in Orange County — stay-at-home mom and firefighter raising year old boy, he’s concerned about being second responder and maybe being a virus carrier without knowing it and bringing it home, one or two cases have popped up in the Los Angeles district at large.  The district set up trailers for potential quarantined facilities away from the stations and from families

This from widowed OK Boomer  in Irvine, California — his fiancé, like Dillon sister-in-law suffered from migraines for the last two or three days so he’s been holed up, except for a trip to his local Costco to fill up his gas tank.  He reports something out of the ordinary when he noticed the tight bundle of vehicles parked right in front of the big box store unusual for the time of day before opening. 

Reporting from their South Orange County two bedroom apartment in San Juan Capistrano — couple newly moved in together with Moe, her dog. He’s been working remotely for a couple of years now as senior product manager for online advertising firm who like his Belmont Shores brother has seen their online consumer business pick up while other walk-in businesses have dropped. She’s been laid off at the non-profit Harbor museum  as staff was cut back to only those who care and feed the sea creatures in the aquarium,  while her school class visitor training suffered from the school closing ripple-effect. She’s waiting to hear if she’s been accepted from UCI for to earn her teaching credential.

And, not quite in San Diego proper, but North County, San Diego — suburban family with second child due in two weeks, husband home earlier than expected because of a Coronavirus-19 case reported in his office building, looking forward to the help from OK Boomer driving the hour (no freeway traffic) trip to baby-sit number one grandchild while mom and dad (if allowed) are at the hospital. Dad’s commercial real estate hotels and office building owners are freaked out about their business and meeting Dad’s loan payments.  

Wow, is our Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me more about the absence of physical connections?  Sign of the times?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You hear the song and then miss someone who doesn’t even exist.  That’s the power of art, of music and of your own capacity to connect.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hold on there, mister Patron Saint.  What if up until this time they couldn’t do what the wanted to do, but now can?  And if what the want to do is share interesting and challenging experiences?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Those who only do what they want to do are limited indeed.  Most of the good stuff comes from doing what’s right, helpful, challenging, interesting, gutsy.”  Aries

Like what we’re wanting — physical, touching — those kinds of relationships? Do Zoom meeting count for gathering intelligence?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Knowing what someone values is like having the keys to their kingdom.  Good relationships involve good intel.”  Taurus

So far I have to say your Holiday Tau carries the most wisdom so far.  Fake news, fake certainty, fake everything is not fake scary.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Humans crave certainty.  Where none is available, fake certainty will do.” Gemini

Guys, your Holiday Tau feels like the antidote fo Smiths scary uncertainty.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Hmm.  Hi Coach Kerr.  I want to agree, but right now I’m not sure if I regret doing something today.  This does seem like stellar Tau.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll see moments, wonder about how things might have worked if you’d have done it differently, and get golden insight and ideas for going forward.” Libra

Okay, look this is a TauBit of Wisdom I’d expect from Mr. Jobs, right?  If you don’t reverse engineer your success you won’t institutionalize the reinvention process as a core success process — an insight I’m working on for “Volume Two — Work” manuscript.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Sometimes you can reverse-engineer a thing that’s working well to duplicate the success.  Sometimes you can’t.  Try anyway because the alternative is to start from ground zero.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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 Trip

S1 E138 — The Inscrutable Paradox of Tom Petty and Joan Irvine’s Estates

Listen, Zahn I realize these pithy sayings can be inscrutable from time to time, but what the hell?  Like my dear old pappy would say, you know what a paradox is, right?

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 138 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 20th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: To see the world how it is, lift the lenses you’re looking through and take off the filters and rules you’ve superimposed.” Leo

Evidence  

Christmas decoration is almost complete.  I’m working on my outside chores, because living in California means you can congregate around the patio bar and fire pit.

Oh, and you do everything that’s humanly possible not to get in an argument about the current President and his administration. 

Unless the Santa Ana winds howl at 50 mph blowing the festive red and green decorations against our neighbors block wall. 

At least we’d have something else to talk about — Climate Change.

A few years back my and Emma the Baroness’ father-in-law asked the immediate two or three relatives surrounding him at our Christmas dining room table if we did the same thing he did living in Montana.  

What he meant was he read the paper and he spent more time scrolling through the obituaries to see if he knew anybody.  

We were all too young and who beside the Baroness and I still get a paper delivered?  

But, now I note stories describing how Tom Petty’s wife and daughters have reached an agreement in separate suits about the proceeds of his estate.

And, if that’s not all there’s the obituary about Joan Irvine — known to locals as the bitch of Orange County or as one of the most revered patrons. 

Her family owned the ranch from which most of the county’s development sprung.  

When I moved to Corona del Mar my landlord told the story about the Spanish owners saying anyone who could sail around a parcel could buy it.  

Her grandfather or great-grandfather put a sail on his wagon and claimed the ranch, my landlord said. 

Anyway, this now about my levels of support for my Patreon “passion project progress procrastination”:

      1. Share and Evangelize (Tell all their friends to check it out); 
      2. Access to Community (Participate in writing of Volume Two sharing stories about their work; for those I interview inclusion in acknowledgements;
      3. Contributor and Co-Author (experimental knowledge laboratory) to the Tau of Steves with exclusive access to either the Steves or the Friends of Steves (FOSs) community. 
      4. Local Correspondents (Contribute updates to second and third editions of Volume One) 
      5. Charter Members (advisory board for the Center of Knowledge Creation and Innovation)

Listen, Zahn I realize these pithy sayings can be inscrutable from time to time, but what the hell?  Like my dear old pappy would say, you know what a paradox is, right?  

Two M.D.s and right behind that not even waiting for the “da dum de dum” he’d follow  it up with  paradigms? 

Can’t even make a call from a pay phone with two dimes — mostly because there aren’t any left.  

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There’s paradox in wanting, as want motivates you while also limiting you.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Yup, you could say that about my motivation, McQueen.  I get that without calling any family doctors.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Maybe you’re tired of the way things are.  Or maybe you’re inspired by who you want to be. You’re determined to create something different.” Aries

Maybe what’s been going on as we enter the holiday season has gotten me down, too.

Wow, you guys.  Your TauBit of Wisdom ranks right up there with the best of all time, given what’s happening to our country.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: To see the world how it is, lift the lenses you’re looking through and take off the filters and rules you’ve superimposed.” Leo

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

S2 E16 — Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?

First comes that eagerly awaited sip of coffee in the dark blue mug.  Then I have to ask myself, “What would Leo da V do?” for the second day in a row. So, it’s only fitting I use that other hemisphere of my brain and plan out the other 5-days worth of tasks.

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 16 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 22nd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in 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; S2 E11 — Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …;

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; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment;

“5” Steve Howey, 42:An idea has already come to you in passive forms, in pokes and suggestions and nudges.  Now it comes as an intruder, a neon sign, an entity that refuses forgetfulness and will wait no longer.”  Cancer

Evidence

Beginning next week, it’s time to add one more thing to “Patreon Platform” versions. 

Tasks:

      1. Set up my facebook page with its Friends of Steves group and resend public Patreon posts from there
      2. Finish collecting emails from all LinkedIn contacts and sent emails 1 and 2
      3. After email two begin sending public posts and ease them into MailChimp
      4. For proteges describe Volume Two research project
      5. Emphasize Volume One as how communities responded during the Great Recession by comparing lifestyle profile shifts during the five years before and after.
      6. Will you be ready after the Great Reset? Have you been building bridges to the other side — but, as your own Chief Reinvention Officer?  Do you understand how to reinvent? When disruptive changes end, but we don’t return to the way things were before?

Meanwhile, let’s check in with today’s Holiday Tau.  Maybe this registers well with Winkler and Emma the Baroness, but not with me today.  

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When you see people doing what you think you should be doing, it stirs up an emotional brew that would be toxic to stew in.  Move quickly on to how you can make these things happen for yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Well, sorta.  I’m sure Leo da V is totally on board with your Holiday Tau, but am I?  Not that sure, but I am inspired by the wide-open future.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The range of potential outcomes is wide, so there’s plenty to be uncertain about — unnerving to some, not to you, not today.  You are inspired by the wide-open future.”  Aries

So, what you’re offering today for swiping is a TauBit of Wisdom that describes how tenacious Leo da V can be as my muse.  Today you might be referring to a post I’m scheduling for tomorrow, “Did You Miss It In Your  Haste to Catch the Island Ferry?” which will be shared on LinkedIn.

“5” Steve Howey, 42:An idea has already come to you in passive forms, in pokes and suggestions and nudges.  Now it comes as an intruder, a neon sign, an entity that refuses forgetfulness and will wait no longer.”  Cancer

Thanks, G&G.  You reminded me of Marshall McLuhan’s transformational process when a figure and a ground switch, but usher in something else.

“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Is the past ever quite over with?  Everything you do today will build on it.  Even the parts that have long been forgotten or shunned or rewritten are part of this ground.” Virgo

Okay, Coach Kerr your Holiday Tau is advice I need to have on hand so I can remind myself from time to time — especially the co-conspirator part.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’re making the Herculean effort.  You’ve got an amazing network to tap into.  Everyone you know could be a co-conspirator if you wanted them to be.  If you want help, then let people know.” Libra

I get your TauBit, Steve.  At first you were co-conspiring with Coach Kerr, but then it flipped into a cautionary tale for us introverts who need to conserve energy and un-cloud tradeoffs for decisions

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Being interested and curious puts you in the optimal state to forge connections.  Being extremely attracted puts you in a suboptimal state, as it amps up the nervous system and skewers judgment.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,372 to 1407.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”

What’s life like living and working on KnowWhere Atoll? I don’t recommend it for everyone.  Think of it as being forced to self-quarantine and stay at home all the time.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 15 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 21st in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in 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 E11 — Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your ability to project into the future is even better than usual, so use it to avoid getting into a position where the tide will come in over your head.” Aries

Evidence

What would Leo da V do? Prepare an essay for Patreon: 

What’s life like living and working on KnowWhere Atoll? I don’t recommend it for everyone.  Think of it as being forced to self-quarantine and stay at home all the time.  

And while it has its many advantages we aren’t desperately seeking tourists, especially those blotto Gen-Zs you encourage to party on your Florida beaches. I wouldn’t say we’re anti-tourist, oh wait I guess we are. 

Especially those selfish-ie driven who endlessly scout locations in the real world to only serve as backgrounds for their faces.  

And then flit off to somewhere else leaving their food wrappers, plastic cups and straws littered everywhere in their wake. Like leaving four tons of trash on Maui’s coast in a single July day last summer. 

And why Big Sur made the “Fodor’s Travel NO List” under the category of “places that don’t want you — or want you in smaller and better doses.” 

Or worse, role-playing a modern day version of those European explorers seeking all that glitters in the New World while cluelessly introducing pandemics for decimating the locals. 

Or, as Silk Road merchants introducing the Black Plague during the middle ages 150 years earlier that relentlessly spread throughout Europe and especially in Italy in Venice and Sienna.  

But, hey other than that we’re good. 

If history doesn’t repeat itself, surely it rhymes Mark Twain might have said.  Or was it Samuel Clemons? The lyrics may change but the rhythm remains. 

Sad.

Now here’s a great TauBit of Wisdom, I’d like to share.  Will I take it?  Maybe, I don’t have to steal or swipe it.  Haha.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When you get good advice, you’ll pass it on, but maybe you won’t take it.  You’re holding out for something that resonates on many levels.”Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now this is an example of the Patron Saint preaching to the choir!  Here’s my mantra — anticipate, innovate, iterate and improve.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your ability to project into the future is even better than usual, so use it to avoid getting into a position where the tide will come in over your head.” Aries

Unless it’s a Friday and their names are Jazzy and Shaggy, even though their parent made a great living selling high valued advice.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: Loved ones will accept your help and act on your advice.” Gemini

Wait, is this all about looking for the missing jigsaw puzzle piece?  Emma the Baroness and I engage in drive by placing what looks like a piece fits in a physical space, but alas, it doesn’t.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Reality is ruled by timing and the availability of resources.  Things that fit together in physical space will fit together in other ways too.” Virgo

Easy for you to say, since you anticipated the direction of innovation and beat everyone else there.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Social influence has your eye adjusting to new trends.  Fashions change, and you change right along with them.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • 1,372  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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 Trip