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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S1 E175 — Where’s the Finish Line? Is This Ever Going to End?

Today’s one of those low ebb kind of days after trading in my friend of 20 years for a new model.  Except the sexy new thing didn’t perform as expected.  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 175 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I couldn’t get CarPlay functioning.  Nobody at the dealership could either after troubleshooting my iPhone 8 power cord with their power cords and newer model iPhone.

Look it said so in the features on this vehicle when I conducted my comparison searches.  I asked Siri for a solution.  She was no help.  I typed in the problem statement a variety of ways into the Google browser.  

Lot’s of similar problems, but not with an iPhone 8.  

Story of my life.  

I returned to making sense out of publishing articles to Patreon, desperately trying to reference posts like about Dave McCoy, the entrepreneur who build Mammoth Mountain. Well, the mountain was already there, but you get the picture.

Didn’t complete any goals for the week, except for meeting with Steve B, but I didn’t follow up with him. I gave up and returned to the LA Times.

So I turned to Michael Hiltzik who wrote about a 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,”

Evidence

Yesterday turned out to shine as far as our legitimate Holiday Tau — Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  How about today? I wonder why I’m so reluctant to follow today’s TauBit?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Every stage and room of life is different.  What plays well on one doesn’t look so great on another.  Get help setting things up.  Another eye on things won’t be a bad idea.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Most of this is true for me except for the last sentence, but the least amount of truthiness is this is my birthday.  You already know it’s not.  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll discover secrets inside yourself and others.  Knowing how things work makes you more powerful in the world.  You’ll love what it feels like to go where you only dreamed of going before.  A relationship grows more dear to you.  And this team will create interesting things together.”

Rooms, what’s with rooms today?  A cage?  Sorry Jobs, I don’t get it.  But, you certainly did at Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Center) when Larry Tesler hosted their GUI interface.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): As beautiful or gilded as a room may be, if you can’t get out when you want to, it’s still a cage.  It’s a day to test and protect your freedom.” Pisces

Don’t I wish your Holiday Tau rang true during this low ebb day.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: To know you’re getting something good even when the indicators are mixed — this is the art and talent you’ll have today.”  Taurus

Okay, my mother behaved in a way consistent she said with our heritage — neither one of us wants to throw money at something if we can get it cheaper or figure out a better way.  Thanks for your TauBit of Wisdom guys.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Making room, a room can be a cage, every room and stage of life is different.  Is that the theme for today’s Holiday Tau?

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: There are things you have but no longer need, things you need but don’t have.  Get rid of the excess to make room for the new.” Sagittarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 
    • Michael Hiltzik wrote about 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,” 

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.
    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept. 
    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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

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

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

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

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

Context

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept. 
    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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

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

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

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

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

Context

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s still a shock.  

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

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

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

I asked if he was Steven or Stephen.  Steven. 

Steven.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept

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S1 E172 — Got it, Nash.  Rules, Heart, Mouth, Action.

I feel like an exhausted marathon runner who sprinted his last mile just to finish ahead of a man or woman 10 years his senior.  I coin this as “Working on the Business.” 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Estimation is an art.  To overestimate your ability to do a thing in a certain time frame will bring pain.  Give yourself three times the amount you assume you need, and you’ll assume you need, and you’ll be comfortable.  Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 172 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 16th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

So, yay! The big news last week was the finalizing of my Patreon Page.  

Nobody is following it or pledging support yet. Hopefully that will change over time if I can keep my motivation and focus on the following tasks on my project plan.

      • Sunday:  Plan Patreon Special Offer for Spring priced at $3 Cambria Tier 
      • Monday:  Prepare for interview with Steve B. questions (legacy) as a test case for the Tau of Steves — what’s in a name? 
      • Tuesday: Fix website access and embed Patreon badge 
      • Wednesday: Launch close friends trial email campaign; click, visit, share and follow for free 
      • Thursday:  Set up Facebook page and plan a Friends of Steves “Tau” group 
      • Friday: Publish “Nouns, Zips and Horoscope Heists” on Patreon

Evidence

Was it because of so many typos?  Or the glitch in the delivery of the printed edition of The Los Angeles Times? That’s not what’s really important.  What is, I had Googled Holiday Mathis and found her online at Creators Syndicate Inc. 

But, even more important than cutting and pasting and thus removing errors and speeding up my efficiencies was the discovery of “Forecast for the week ahead.” It blew my mind.  

Will it tell me how I will successfully execute on my project plan?  

Here’s today’s for all the Steves no matter when they plopped out of their mother’s wombs.

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

We will grow ourselves through whatever endeavors we take on this week, though they’ll be completely unrelated to our conscious aims and declared goals.

Well, is that a yes or a no?

Hi Steve unfortunately I get our TauBit of Wisdom for living a good life, but it’s not what I need today. 

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When people don’t treat you right, it’s usually more about them than it is about you.  However, you can’t control the ‘them’ part.  Do all you can about the ‘you’ part and life will be good.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Nope.  My birthday is still eight and a half months away.   

I wish my mother plopped me out on this date, so I wouldn’t feel bad swiping your birthday Holiday Tau.  I so wanted this to be about my Patreon adventures taken in fear, uncertainty and doubt so far but in the form of the forecast for my next week’s project plan.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You will cross into the territory you have been dreaming about.  Your journey will be smooth.  Shortcuts will work out.  It’s as though you were meant for this experience, and you’ll be welcomed and served accordingly.  Later, you’ll teach others and you’ll care for them with all the grace and warmth you were shown.”

Oh, that’s just great.  I know you’re the Patron Saint and all, but couldn’t you have mentioned this TauBit say, oh I don’t know maybe 6 months ago!!!!?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Estimation is an art.  To overestimate your ability to do a thing in a certain time frame will bring pain.  Give yourself three times the amount you assume you need, and you’ll assume you need, and you’ll be comfortable.  Aries

And what’s up with you two musicians?  Your Holiday Tau is not what I want to hear or need at this stage of my Patreon project.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’re going to do a thing eventually.  If you don’t do it today or in three weeks, don’t despair.  Despair takes a lot of energy in the wrong direction.  Taurus

Yeah, but how?  Contrasting in a double negative kind of way how does an INTP introvert who does nothing much but explore his inner life celebrate it and use it — profitably?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: There are those who recoil from facing themselves on a page or in a mirror.  Contrastingly, you’ve no fear when it comes to exploring your inner life.  That’s something to celebrate and use.” Leo

See, this is exactly what I’m talking about.  INTPs might as well be the endangered species poster children of the Myers Briggs Temperament Profiles, because we populate less than 5% of the total profiles.  Which when you extrapolate it as a TAM (total available market) you’ve to kiss a hell of a lot of frogs to get the princess to purchase — warts and all. Maybe I solicit help from Steve B. on Tuesday?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Today’s problem will not be universal.  In fact, it’s extremely specific to you.  So there are very few who will empathize, sympathize or even help, but that will not stop you from solving it, not at all.” Virgo

Hey Coach Kerr, are you teaming up with the two musical icons to offer your Holiday Tau as a conspiracy to distract me by filling my head with Caribbean Dreaming escapes?  Cut. It. Out.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:What’s going on isn’t so bad, but you still need a break from it.  The important part about this flight of fancy — or this flight of vacation or even this flight of escape — is that it includes a return flight.” Libra

Yeah, I get your Holiday Tau Steve.  I do this all the time and never figured out why I feel the way I do, as I am want to avoid eye contact.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You don’t always love running into people you know in places you weren’t expecting to see them, but it’s a good test of how close you’re being to the person you’d like to be seen as.”  Capricorn

Got it, Nash.  Rules, heart, mouth, action.  

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ll make new rules, first in your heart and then with your mouth and finally with action.  You’ll follow up on the things you decide today, so make sure they are things you want to happen.  Aquarius

Hmm.  What is your Holiday Tau implying?  Normally as an INTP I require time to myself, some meditating, some exercises.  What else is there?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): How are you going to recharge? This is the question, and you’ll answer it in interesting ways as you get energy from things you weren’t expecting would revitalize you.” Pisces

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 

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

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

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

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

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

Context

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

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

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

Thank you Steve Jobs.

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

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

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

Initial outline:

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

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

Profile-at-a-Glance

Talent Profile

Degrees of:

Code

MBTI Equivalent — Introvert or Extravert

Inner Directed or 

Outer Directed

Organization-at-a-Glance

Best Fit

Organization Type

Stage of Growth

Crisis Challenge

Worse Fit

Organization Type

Stage of Growth

Crisis Challenge

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

Evidence

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

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

Progress and Procrastination — 

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

Speaking Volumes — 

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

Banking and ATMs — 

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

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S1 E166 — Falling Down the Time Sucking Rabbit Hole

I  continued with my website makeovers after hunkering down while 40 to 50 mph Santa Ana winds wrecked havoc. Oh, and after I assessed damage, then swept up leaves, twigs and branches. 

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 166 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

It dawned on me I should figure out which published “Best of Essays” are for attracting potentials to Patreon and which are for the tier-paying Patrons behind the gate — like specific checklists and steps? 

Looked at each website’s blog archive for one or the other audience.

      1. The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.
      2. Western Skies and Island Currents: From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between.
      3. Best West Road Trips: Natural Beauty. Awesome Adventures.
      4. Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself
      5. Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives.
      6. Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty

Taking a deeper dive into Knowledge Banking I focused of 4 components of a system to guide future posts.

    1. To 4 ways of repurposing Knowledge Product offerings, illustrated by @knowlabs: Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.
      • Guided — This or That?
      • Experimental Trial & Error —Sort Through, Search Again
      • Repackaged Segment — Subscribe to Your Niche
      • Personalized — Tagged to Membership Profile
    1. One post should transition from your bucket list of best places to “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

3.  To Volume Two (Work) “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variation in your new employer by:

      • MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed
      • Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery
      • Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis
      • Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

4. To value creation stages

      • Commodities or Noise
      • Goods or Data
      • Services or Information
      • Experiences or Knowledge
      • Transformations or Wisdom

You know I concerned myself about falling down the rabbit hole into major time sucking morass before I limited my comparison process.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I get what wavelength your Holiday Tau resonates with, but for my tasks at hand, I’m not choosing yours for the Tau of the Day.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The right tune will enhance what you’ve got going on today, though the wrong one will help you appreciate the value of silence.” Virgo

Hey Coach Kerr, how competitive do you feel your Holiday Tau is today?  Guess what?  You bricked it like a Shaquille O’Neil free throw.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:If a compliment is like honey, criticism is like vinegar.  Taken the right way, both enhance what’s healthy.” Libra

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

    • Michael Connelly has become one of my favorites for his style of writing found in his Bosch series, including “Lost Light” for his turn of a phrase like, “At night when I try to sleep but can’t … It is when all the pathways seem to connect and I see the people I have loved.” Or, like, “Like trying to figure out Vietnam in 1967 by watching Walter Cronkite at night.” I view his writing as essential for my efforts at writing my Volume Three series about legacy.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • Volume Two (Work) — beginning to wrangle key concepts: MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed; Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery;  Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis;  Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

Banking and ATMs — 

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

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S1 E165 — 11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve

I’ve been crafting “Patreon Brand Promise” for my 6 website makeovers and weekly campaign deliverables and benefits. But, is it time to pivot instead?

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If it’s been a long while and you’re still not achieving your goal, it might be the wrong aim.  Get out and find something new to want.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 165 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Friends of Steves (FOSs) Preview:  emails for a soft launch and you’re invited.  

      1. It’s been a long time; 
      2. After trips to Italy and Norway, I’ve been busy putting pieces in place for my career transition; 
      3. I’ve always valued your opinion and advice; 
      4. if it’s not an imposition, I’m wondering if you could take a few minutes to preview my work and offer suggestions for fine-tuning it; 
      5. You know me, I’m not from a sales, marketing or advertising background and I am a rookie when it comes to social media, so any recommendations for promoting my new work will be greatly appreciated.
      6. Feel free to offer me your first impressions so I can incorporate them into my next release.  
      7. Follow and share. 

I began a 2-day analysis of my websites and change them while identifying potential knowledge products for Patreon as bonus offerings. 

Comparison of Know Laboratories against the “Patreon Brand Promise”: 

    1. The menu doesn’t add value and just takes you to places away from one click to Patreon. So, I can eliminate them.  Add “New technologies and artificial intelligence take away the market for your skills and talents” from Knowledge Banking.
    2. I need to select three more blog posts to update “INSIGHT AND FORESIGHT” — testing the Patreon integration. 
    3. Rewrite “ABOUT THE KNOW LABORATORIES” pulling from “How to Thrive in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty” in “ePub Formatted Chapters” folder

Here’s a short list of knowledge products triggered by the brand promise comparison and website makeover:   

List of Steps. 

Vacation Checklist. 

Profiles-At-A-Glance. 

Updated editions of 2009 book chapters.

“11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” can become a missing chapter from the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note: Need I remind everyone that today is NOT my birthday, never was and never will be?  But, I do like the self-expression in a variety of mediums, reaching those hard-to-find folks, and who wouldn’t love a financial element, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“This solar journey emphasizes self-expression you’ll share in different mediums, genres, colors and tones.  One of your many gifts will be communicating with your hard-to-reach people.  Your willingness to bridge gaps will grow your influence.  There’s a financial element to this you’ll love.”

But, now let’s turn to today’s Holiday Tau to let the competition begin for the most relevant.

Sorry Steve, our Patron Saint, yours doesn’t rise to the occasion. 

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Can love that’s not put in motion really be love?  Yes.  What’s happening is internal — ideas and intentions in a stew of potential that could be turned into love as a verb.”   Aries

Smithy, what do you have for us?  Really, that’s all.  Sorry, off with your head — just kidding in the Alice in Wonderland kind of way.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You can make a difference just by talking about what you know and love.  The passion you feel is tangible.” Gemini

Hey, Steve your’s must be for my Friends of Steves soft launch campaign, right?

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:It’s not that you need to network or want to be more popular.  You’re genuinely curious, and people will return the interest today.”  Cancer

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When what you’re selling makes sense, and people want it badly, the sale is merely a transaction.  You provide it, they buy it, no convincing involved.” Leo

Catchy, I’ll give you that G&G, but I have to ask if the opposite is true?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Don’t let anyone waste your time with catastrophizing a noncatastrophe. ” Virgo

Yours makes a lot of sense and is what I’m hoping occurs, but when does the shear weight of the list sap my motivation?

“4” Steve Kerr, 54:With the right sort of tasks on the list, you can schedule yourself densely and be massively productive, gaining vitality as you go.” Libra

And, the winner is, Mister Apple (and Pixar) for keeping an eye on the length of delayed gratification as a virtue or a weakness.  Both seem to be part and parcel of being a card carrying introvert.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If it’s been a long while and you’re still not achieving your goal, it might be the wrong aim.  Get out and find something new to want.” Pisces

Tau — 

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If it’s been a long while and you’re still not achieving your goal, it might be the wrong aim.  Get out and find something new to want.” Pisces

Trends — 

MIT Published a List of the 9 Megatrends That Will Shape the World in 2030. Here’s What They All Have in Common 

Short-Form — 

I had tons of fun riding an e-bike in a national park. I also broke the law. Oops 

Long-Form — 

Michael Connelly has become one of my favorites for his style of writing found in his Bosch series, including “Lost Light” for his turn of a phrase like, “At night when I try to sleep but can’t … It is when all the pathways seem to connect and I see the people I have loved.” Or, like, “Like trying to figure out Vietnam in 1967 by watching Walter Cronkite at night.”

Progress and Procrastination — 

Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 

Speaking Volumes — 

Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example.

Banking and ATMs — 

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When what you’re selling makes sense, and people want it badly, the sale is merely a transaction.  You provide it, they buy it, no convincing involved.” Leo

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S2 E26 — Rethinking the N-Word

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up. Not quite awake, I found myself swimming in “introversion,” “thinkers,” “INTP” and idea packaging. But, mostly intuition, the “N-word” in INTP, not to be confused with the “I-word” meaning introverted.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 26 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 10th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere AtollS2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up.  

It was paper day, but maybe an hour before I could reasonably expect one to arrive, if at all, on this continuing COVID-19 day for the delivery guy to maneuver through the storm surge.

What I’d been writing about was how well my idea packaging description (113 SPIP) syncs with my Myers-Briggs Temperament, INTP.  

But, why should you care? 

If you know your MBTI type already — one of 16 — as my Executive MBA students do, then you translate it into my Talent Profile system — one of 16 — and can identify the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.

The MBTI is the theory of psychological type as originally developed by Carl Jung and “operationalized” by two American mother and daughters, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

A quick Google search finds:

“The INTP type describes a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).”

Add to Google with a quick Wikipedia inquiry and you find more about “P”.

Sensing and intuition are the information-gathering (perceiving) functions. Those who prefer intuition tend to trust information that is less dependent upon the senses, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. For them, the meaning is in the underlying theory and principles which are manifested in the data.

For most of my last career, I realized intuition and the process of visualizing something in advisory sessions helped me gain a perspective or framework for offering recommendations and original connections. 

Further, except for the I or the E, the NTP mirrored each other as did the other sets of 8 combinations I identified yesterday. 

According to a dictionary thinkers conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea. Somehow an idea enters your mind “… with or without deliberate consideration or reflection.” 

Ideas stimulate or challenge your intellect or mind.  If you’re thinking you have an idea, belief, or thought about something.

Intuition I believe is more influential.

The two combine for me when I hear enough in a 1-hour advisory session or in a Starbucks conversation over coffee or breakfast (remember those) to trigger a picture which frames my response and quickly captures a solution to a problem they bring.  

Or how in sitting and reflecting on trends and combinations until, like during this rain storm, a picture emerges and triggers an “aha” moment. 

My brain unconsciously keeps chewing on the noise, data, information, knowledge and wisdom I’ve been exposed to — thinking — for a long time until the insight arrives.

    • Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge from direct access without the need for conscious reasoning, likely from an instinctive feeling. 
    • You know, like in those detective books, TV shows and the Harry Bosch Amazon Prime series — hunches and assumptions formed on the basis of past experience and cumulative knowledge. 
    • Intuitive hunches arrive wholly formed and quickly, without conscious awareness of the underlying mental process of information. 
    • Intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it, more like a direct perception of truth, fact, who a person really is, how a situation will play out, what the future has in store for us.

Evidence

So what does the immediate future have in store for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me?  Oh, great like all the tasks required for managing a self-publishing pipeline?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Whatever you accomplish, no matter how difficult or improbable it may be, it will be added to your regular duties. Consider the expectation you’ll be setting up and manage accordingly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

On intuition I grabbed this even though it’s not my birthday.  I don’t know why.  If it’s your birthday, enjoy.  Or just drink Red Bull, because it gives you wiings, eh?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A bird’s first flying lessons are really about how to get pushed out of a nest and fall without getting too hurt. You’ve had those. This is the year you’ll take to the sky. There will be no competition for what you want. You’ll be driven by a hunger for accomplishment and adventure. You’ll swoop up a new role.

Okay.  This is one lesson I need to cultivate, so thank you for your Holiday Tau.

“5” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s good to know where the natural endings are. Sense them and get out while the getting is good. You’ll avoid the ruin and waste that can come with overworking things.”   Aries

If only Smithy.  I’m not getting out that much these day and it’s not because of my introverted temperament.  So, sorry you receive a lower ranking for you Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll be socially adventurous and gain great benefits from mixing in different circles. New situations are a chance to try out roles you don’t normally get a chance to play.” Gemini

Hi Howey.  I get it.  Life life like an art form! I might include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report on the 1-year experiment.  Or, not.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:As you decide moment to moment how you’d like to live, you’re forming who you are. This process is so immersive that there’s no time, reason or room for worry.” Cancer

Again, this what I’m talking about.  And as usual, it takes two comedians and a founder to spell it out for me.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hey G&G, your Holiday Tau hooked me at “experiment” and “tools”.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:In light of the day’s attitudes, it’s important to remember that the version of yourself that is measured in likes is not the real you; it’s a clever projection, an experiment and, at best, a tool for learning about yourself.” Virgo

You know for a TV gameshow host, I learn a lot from your Holiday Tau, Steve.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You appreciate those who express themselves with great originality, and you strive to be such a person. It’s accomplished by listening to your thoughts and feelings and relaying them with specificity.  Capricorn

So, I’m piggy-backing your TauBit of Wisdom with your co-founder’s, the Woz!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’ll seek a sense of accomplishment and completion, as well as the confirmation of certain ideas and beliefs. What you won’t seek is happiness, which is a byproduct of a goal, not the goal itself.” Pisces

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 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”
    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S1 E163 — A Balboa Island Thank You

I only have this morning to consider if the Tau is strong for me today. And to set in motion next week’s “Working on the Business” which is managing my Patreon Page. 

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

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Go back to the source; repeat what’s worked.  Save what didn’t work, but you still have a feeling about it.  You’re usually ahead of your time, after all.” Sagittarius

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 163 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 1st day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Emma the Baroness and I will be driving to the beach, to Huntington Beach to help celebrate a one years old birthday party extravaganza given by millennial parents and attended by other millennial parents with their own set of “Rug Rats.

Somehow I have to find my way back to my launched page (from an email string) in order to test my link to @ Knowlabs on Flipboard which greets new followers at the Balboa Island ($1 Tier) in the “Thank You”. 

For the cost of ferrying across Newport Harbor from the Island to the Peninsula, receive a free subscription to the “Fresh from the Labs. Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll” newsletter.

And, for my roughly 1800 potential fans who will receive my emails, I can change my signature line to include …

Follow me on the Patreon platform:

 Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

So, before I leave I’m setting goals for next week:

I should tell a little Balboa, Cambria and Big Sur story in addition to the link and the “Thank you for each tier.” 

I need to daily monitor email, Patreon, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter or Instagram, maybe?  

And set up a Facebook page to connect to Patreon.  

And, I need to write my version of Sam Harris’ appeal to like, share, etc. as a variation on the party line description Patreon brands for itself.

Evidence

How’s our Holiday Tau for today?  Oh, right.  When I compose this is exactly what I do and want to do more of once this Patreon passion project can be beaten into submission.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “To be truly brilliant, you can’t be thinking too much about what you’re doing.  Just let it come through you.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Need I remind everyone that today is NOT my birthday, never was and never will be.  Unless …

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Your heart will be so open this year.  Feelings will jump off of media, people, even objects, and have such an impact on your experience.  Also notable:  Your private life will be fascinating to outsiders.  You may consider writing a book, and it would be well received.  You’ll be asked to speak and counsel.”

Hey, I know McQueen’s TauBit is fundamental to my creative and procrastination process.  Who knew it could lead to so many other undesirables?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Boredom will cue you to do something different.  Take the hint or boredom will develop into irritation, anger, frustration and resentment.”  Aries

Yeah, right.  But, don’t you have to Amazon Prime?  Oh, now I get it.  Smith’s Holiday Tau is really instructive for me as I describe each Tier of patronage and benefits that can accrue.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Life works like an Amazon wish list.  If you want something, and make it specific, public and convenient for others to give it to you.” Gemini

Sure, I get it — or like the shoving some creativity into it phrase, but I’m not in the longing for marketplace today.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:The void of longing is a tough one to fill, as it only wants the thing it longs for.  Try shoving some creativity into it.  That is at least moldable.  Cancer

How indeed G&G?  By supporting my Patreon Page your anxiety will be erased?  I’m certain of it, no?

“3” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:People can be really patient when they know that in the end, there will be the exact thing they want.  It’s uncertainty that causes anxiety.  How can you make them more confident?” Virgo

Really?  Doesn’t this play into my weakness as an introvert?  Before I can publish I’m compelled to re-read everything I’ve ever taken notes on during my research phase and then fear I’ve missed something that forces me to re-research until even I become confused.  Oh. No?  I should try it then.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Go back to the source; repeat what’s worked.  Save what didn’t work, but you still have a feeling about it.  You’re usually ahead of your time, after all.” Sagittarius

What’s this about Harvey?  Are you now a spokesperson for Red Bull?

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:If you want to go high or fast or gracefully, you’ll have to lighten your load.  Capricorn

So, you’re actually saying listening in on someone at the Ralphs on the next aisle over — iPhone ease dropping — diverts you from your appointed round, which is why you should always buy groceries that match what’s on your list, right?  And, don’t ease drop on your empty stomach as you graze up and down the aisles other.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:The brain is a master predictor.  This is why it’s so annoying to hear half a conversation.  It involuntarily busies people’s brains to solve an unsolvable puzzle.  Aquarius

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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