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

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

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

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

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

Context

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

What else piles up?

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

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

What’s going on? 

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

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

LinkedIn Analytics

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

Evidence

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

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

Progress and Procrastination — 

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

Speaking Volumes — 

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

Banking and ATMs — 

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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

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

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

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

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

Context

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

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

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

Thank you Steve Jobs.

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

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

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

Initial outline:

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

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

Profile-at-a-Glance

Talent Profile

Degrees of:

Code

MBTI Equivalent — Introvert or Extravert

Inner Directed or 

Outer Directed

Organization-at-a-Glance

Best Fit

Organization Type

Stage of Growth

Crisis Challenge

Worse Fit

Organization Type

Stage of Growth

Crisis Challenge

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

Evidence

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

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

Progress and Procrastination — 

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

Speaking Volumes — 

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

Banking and ATMs — 

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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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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S1 E161— Secret Combinations only Life Hacking Marketeers Know

I’m under review.  It’s not like the FBI is watching or the IRS is auditing or anything like that.  But, I still feel in limbo.  

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: One way to look at it is that they either want what you’re dishing or they don’t.  If they don’t you gain little by having them as a customer.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 161 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 30th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context  

Yes, it’s true with one day left in the first month of what my horoscope said will be my best year yet I checked off all the Patreon boxes and submitted my page into the virtual unknown.

What would Leo da V do?  Imagine what a Patreon day-in-the-life would be.  

Why?  

I’m starting with zero fans and followers.  But, it’s a chicken and egg thing I already wrote about in Knowledge ATMs.  So, it is what it is.  I have promotional tasks to initiate and maintain on a weekly and monthly basis.

Why?  

Here’s my feeling about LinkedIn.  My absence has resulted in fewer followers.  Maybe under 1850 after I had tried while at UCI to top it off at 2000 which “they” say you need as a fan base to support your Lifestyle Business (LifeStyleBiz).  I conclude that those followers are more career or self-promoting themselves and won’t necessarily be interested in supporting me. All of a sudden my Flipboard followers jumped to 1010 now.  It’s not clear how to entice both “audience”  sets to visit my Patreon page.  And then move them through awareness, interest, liking, desire and buying. However, I’m not in a desperately, urgent financial situation and don’t have to depend on the income stream.  But I feel I need to meet a certain level of competence, especially for those who pay me $1, $3 and $5 dollars a month, right?

Why? 

I don’t know how to Patreon.  I don’t know how to promote via other LinkedIn tools.  I don’t know how to activate a Flipboard link to Patreon. I don’t know how to Facebook.  I don’t know how to Apple Books (Amazon). I don’t know how to WooCommerce and badge up on my websites.

Why? 

My strategy depended on a) enticing a % of 2000 curious acquaintances to become patrons; b) my patrons loving my first of 5-books enough to review, share and recommend them; c) writing what I wanted and picking up with vacations where I left off, but getting paid to blog; d) gaining experience of self-publishing to Apple Books in ebook form and publishing multi-touch reports, itineraries, and guides; e) activating book reviews as part of the Apple Affiliate program and adding the Patreon, my Apple Books links and descriptions and affiliate badges on my websites; f) following up with Amazon.

Why? 

My self-publishing pipeline would be build and tested with each book one at a time, then bundled in different configurations in the Volume One series.  It would become more efficient to me while concurrently I’d be writing Volume Two and Volume Three series books which is what I want to do.  

How? 

I’d continue to spend my mornings flipping and cascading, so the top 30 “Fresh from the Labs” digest would be updated with each flip and reflip cascaded; I compose a weekly and then a monthly Patreon post loosely following Taylor Pearson’s email topics highlighting the best stuff I’ve come across — articles, books, papers, podcasts, etc. before I publish to the public.  The public versions have Pearson’s and Sam Harris’ ways of supporting as a Call to Action and link to my Patreon; sprinkled with Patreon-only drafts of Volumes Two and Three and ways they can help — especially tied to bonus reasons to increase $ and — the Facebook launch of “The Tau of Steves”.

Evidence

But, a noun is a noun unless it’s not known then it’s what … none? I should say nouns come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but I’m only interested in tying people, places, things, ideas and trends together in new and original ways. 

I collect nouns, zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays just appropriating predictions and sayings I want to believe in. 

Life-hacking marketeers and insiders know zip codes reveal the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  

But, they are harder to steal with a straight face.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “One person, place or thing is not inherently more important than another person, place or thing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

This is literally music to my ears — I know cheap shot.  But, hey your Holiday Tau for even on a Thursday is actually why I let my muse loose and asked “What would Leo da V do?” in the first place.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Usually, your to-do list is a mighty fine thing to keep track of, just not today; as you might get discouraged by the mountain that it is.”  Taurus

So you’re talking about my second “Why”, yes?  I like this attitude.  It’s so swipe-able.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: One way to look at it is that they either want what you’re dishing or they don’t.  If they don’t you gain little by having them as a customer.” Gemini

Why?

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:That spinning, centrifugal ride at the fair might be fun at first, but if you stay on it too long, you’ll get sick.  It’s the same with circular thought processes.”  Cancer

Two thoughts, why and which is it?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Some things seem like good ideas in the dark and terrible ideas in the light of day.  Artists try to look at things in lots of different lighting.” Leo

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S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  But it’s Shaggy’s birthday.  Emma the Baroness and I dutifully await the appropriate time to text fantastic birthday wishes on an early sleep-in morning-after Sunday. 

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

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st 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 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

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; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, I still have a lot of publishing to do. I’d be dishonest if I told you I mastered my new intention of publishing daily, especially after breaking up what I considered my source document.  

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  

In Know Laboratories:

      • “Research and Development”
      • “Artificial Intelligence”
      • “Innovation”
      • “Disruptions”
      • “Remote Work”
      • “Trends”
      • “Hacking”
      • “Brain” again
      • “Planet” again

In Best West Road Trips:

      • “South Coast Region” 
      • “Central Coast Region”
      • “Peninsula Region”
      • “San Francisco Region”
      • “North Bay Region”
      • “North Coast Region”

But, the number one question on my mind is if the ex will be able to serve out his time in Moscow del Lago or not, as Putin wants to debate Biden and Fox News bets on Putin.

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank you Steve.  Your Holiday Tau describes a core approach I’ve taken over the years.  Share what works as you create new knowledge and innovation so you can anticipate what’s next and make better choices.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While there’s nothing you can do to ensure tomorrow goes to plan, keeping track of what did and didn’t work in the past gives you greater control over the impactful elements.” Pisces

Wildcards.  Thanks Smith and Nicks for your TauBit of Wisdom.  If wildcards continually surprise you and stop you in your tracks, then try Jobs’ prescription for anticipation.

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Normally, I’d agree with McQueen’s Holiday Tau — diversity of opinions keeps Paradoxy-Moron organizations inventing and building their capacity for cutting edge innovations.  But, at the macro-political level, not so much.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just because nobody objects to an idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Controversy gives things heat, which makes things happen. You’ll thrive on the energy of diverse opinions and opposing points of view.”  Aries

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.

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S3 E14 — How!

The excitement of March Madness kicks off today.  Or should have. I wonder if Emma the Baroness’ “little” brother will miss attending the pandemic-restricted event with his longtime friends — not that he really likes basketball all that much, certainly not as much as teaching kids how to ski at Copper Mountain.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 14 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 20th 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 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

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;

Context

I bang away on my black keyboard keys while sitting on my black diamond-shaped patterned futon with green and brown and reddish streaks under the black diamonds.  

My black office chair blocks a certain view of the mess across from me — including yellow towels, folders and tax receipts.  But, here’s really what you might miss in the desk disarray. 

An old, small, brown slim book with barely held together in its original binding.  Ironically it sits just to the left of “Killers of the Flower Moon” second from the end of a book end held in place with a gray pewter college mug.  

Could it have been what launched a lifelong obsession and fascination with Native Americans?  

One with a through line that includes a book about Crazy Horse, maybe by Shannon Garst,  read during my bout with childhood chickenpox or measles in Warren Township, New Jersey, fed onward with “White Eagle, Indian Chief” comic books about the plains Indians, and my 9 and 10 years-olds adventures with Billy into the woods bordered by Dock Watch Hollow Road.

Like mixed metaphors we pretended to be Crazy Horse of the plains roaming Sioux, yet searched for the any signs of the Leni Lenape (Delaware People of the Northeastern Woodlands) along forest trails.

Later as an adult, at midlife, I rekindled my spirit by reading “Bury Me at Wounded Knee” allowing me later to emphasize how Native Americans were tricked and treated as the white- justified “Manifest Destiny” historic theme unfolded in the first ever blog I wrote,  The Journal of 2020 Foresight”.

Could it?  

I mean this fragile, mysterious little book, “Wanamaker Primer on the North American Indian: Hiawatha Produced in Life — Wanamaker — Originator  brought it all back.

If you turn to the inside cover you find only a symbol of Wanamaker – Originator with a 1909 Copyright.  

And you’ve got a 112 year old mystery on your hands. Hiawatha and Wanamaker?  How did it make its way to my messy desk top?

And, yet even more remarkable, President Biden, appointed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. 

“Haaland was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo.The Pueblo people have lived on the land that is now the state of New Mexico since the 1200s and Haaland identifies herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican.” 

Take that, Manifest Destiny!

Evidence

Haha, so convenient.  Zahn’s back and his (our) Holiday Tau couldn’t be any more apropos, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if you were still alive, Steve you might have felt the longing that we pandemic-bound whiners cry about.  Will we remember to stop and smell the roses shown on the other side of a zoom screen?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Even as you long for things to be different, recognize the preciousness of this time. Long stretches of sameness are a necessary backdrop to change. The movement and the stillness are equally lovely.” Aries

Thanks WW&C.  Your Holiday Tau reminds me of a scene I witnessed in high school.  My best friend had his back to the hallway while he switched out text books between classes when from behind he got shoved near his neck — which had been broken not quite a year earlier.  He felt the rage and pivoted around in a whirl, but encountered one of our friends instead of the school bully.  

In microseconds his rage vanished into laughter.  Funny how one detail changes everything in the moment. Today, however I am woefully behind by at least 26 article drafts waiting for final editing before being published.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re focused on what you get to do instead of what you have to do. Of course, they are the same action items, but that one-word change makes all the difference.” Taurus

I like this sentiment, Ms Nicks since I figure you’ve written so many songs and performed so may times loosely documenting your love interests and relationships that the TauBit of Wisdom means a little more to me and Emma the Baroness.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “In relationships, what succeeds or fails isn’t in the actual real-world exchanges but in the participant’s heads. You’ll increase the impact of your actions by focusing beyond them and into the mind of your counterpart.” Gemini

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.

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S1 E 153 — Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True.

Yesterday morning I woke up with Neil Young’s song lyric, “Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you …” running through my dream.  Makes me want to  compose something about his song.  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 153 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 16th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

Evidence  

Now, what I’m realizing is why it stuck in my mind.  The original “Journal of 2020 Foresight” blog written at midlife, could be rewritten as a road trip for finding the best place for you to live, which begins and ends with Neil Young.  

For me, Greendale and It’s a Long Road … (“The Painter”) bookend that journey.  

“Greendale. We’re going on a little trip, folks…. So these songs are about a place called Greendale and it’s a green dale…. There’s a lot going on in town. It seems to be a pretty mellow place, really. In town there’s about 20 to 25,000 people and it’s not a very big place at all… “

“If there is a huge map, which there is, that just shows Greendale, very little over here, there’s mountains and farms, over there, there’s an ocean…. Well, Greendale is a nice town, but it has its quirks….“ 

Now put all that into perspective with “Old Man” and it might drive what I’m calling “Volume Three Manuscript” about legacy. 

I can’t say why, but for some reason these small pieces begin to flow together. And, finally, I just rediscovered “Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True,” in an updated chapter from 2009 co-authored book, “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work”.

But, Young’s chorus from “The Painter” still sums it up

It’s a long road 

Behind me 

It’s a long road 

Ahead 

If you follow every dream You might get lost” 

Exhilarating for me, how was it for you? Haha. Let’s check in with the rest of the Steves 

Hmm.  No nightmares for me.  So, sorry Zahn I’ll pass.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While you’re trying to improve, don’t turn your internal world into a battlefield where the you of your dreams fights the you of your nightmares.  Accept yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

God, I hope not.  If I do, just shoot me.  Sorry Steve you can keep yours too.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Questioning your beliefs regularly is important.  You’ll ask ‘is this true? at least 10 times today.  Aries

It only makes sense that two iconic musicians would have any TauBit of Wisdom that resonates with me today, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

So, how’d I do today Steve?  I didn’t ask Leo da V anything other than what was that lyric that played in my head.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It’s important to keep to one story for everyone today when consistency matters.” Gemini

I’m sorry G&G, but when I ask Leo da V what I should do I hope for genius, but often I fall susceptible to distractions and side trips taking me away from the tasks at hand.  Leonardo turned out okay, right?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Most bad habits can be more easily bent than broken.  Perhaps what’s needed isn’t blunt force but a twist.” Virgo

Wait, what?  Coach Kerr are you in on this too?  Thousands of years, eh?  I’m only traveling back about 500 years to Leo and his gang during the Italian Renaissance.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It is likely that the very particular and unique feelings you are having have been processed by humans for thousands of years.” Libra

Don’t worry, Steve I won’t.  Emma the Baroness is all I need in the love department.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: When you act out of curiosity, a need for a challenge or a desire to grow yourself, all works well.  Don’t take action because you think it will bring you love.” Sagittarius

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S1 E151 — Stepping onto the Pitch with a Lean MVP

Now I’m on Patreon  second guessing the level and pricing since Shaggy suggested I start with a lean — minimum viable product.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 151 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 11th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

Evidence  

That would mean to give up some features I’d probably need, like the integration with my websites, apps for a community, which I hope will give the capability of grouping Friends of Steves (FOSs) and Steves.  

As far as I can tell the difference in plans doesn’t cost more, it just means they take more out.

Chris Erskine’s column inspires me to use beach locations for Patreon pricing tiers.  

      • Like maybe the first half-hour of parking for $1 in the Laguna Beach public parking lot near the library a block off of Pacific Coast Highway. 
      • Or what it costs per person if you cross Newport Harbor between the island and the peninsula on the Balboa Ferry. 

Today, I jumped from 1001 to 1010 followers of “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.” Do those followers provide any promising naming clues?

How do my 36 magazines with 1012 followers rank by their followers? 

      • South Coast Region, 134; 
      • San Luis Obispo County; 128; 
      • Orange County Beach Towns, 112; 
      • North County, 110; 
      • Central Coast, 106; 
      • San Francisco Region, 102;

Haha.  After finding menus and double checking prices, will this work?

1st Tier: Balboa Ferry cost of $1, newsletter; 

2nd Tier: $3 for a chocolate shake or side of rings at the Main Street Grill in Cambria, newsletter and exclusive preview copy of the first of a 5-book series, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”; 

$5 for a cost of a Big Sur Golden ale at the Big Sur Tap House; newsletter, exclusive preview copies of 2nd in 5-book series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere” and access to my community of like-minded people willing share their stories, be interviewed for volume two book series.

Are there any answers embedded in the Tau of Steves?

No, not the legitimate one it looks like.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is a rather powerful intimacy in conflict.  Consider carefully how you want to involve yourself in this way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Like last time, and the time before, and before that one today is still not my birthday, if it is yours you are way more entitled to benefit from this little bit of wisdom.  Help yourself, I did.

Wow, since you put it that way I’m really looking forward to how 2020 unfolds with a great travel adventure and accomplishing the passion project that means the most to me.  Who can resist swiping this one?  I can’t.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Never doubt your competence this year.  You’ve been in charge of taking care of yourself for several thousands of days, and you’ve done an amazing job, all things considered.  You’ll take that experience and turn it into a remarkable relationship, a travel adventure and progress with the project that means the most to you.”

By changing times, just what do you mean? Is your Holiday Tau a warning or an opportunity?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Changing times cause you to consider yourself a little more than usual and make decisions about who you want to be going forward.”   Aries

Am I too proud to ask for help?  Shaggy gave me good advice again, although in the not too recent past he alerted my tingly Spidey sense when he said I should advertise to find followers.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

I’m pretty sure your Holiday Tau, G&G applied to me when I offered consulting and advise more than now in this incarnation of my life.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Though you know just what another person needs without hearing it verbally expressed, taking action will be delicate and tricky.” Virgo

Good to know, Steve.  I feel I’m just not there yet.  I’ll check back again in the near future.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: You could pull out all the stops and show the full force and variance of your talent.  Diplomacy is showmanship. Hold back a little something.” Sagittarius

Better to know.  But, not necessarily the TauBit of Wisdom that will help me today.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Laughter is restorative as is the idea that you’re accepted for who you are, no pretense or cover necessary.”  Aquarius

Not quite as good to know, if you get my drift.  If not see Aoki and Nash.

“2”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your joy cannot be derailed.  You don’t even bother to turn your head toward anything that might detract from your happiness.” Pisces

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S3 E11 — Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

It’s time for a celebration — “Pi Day” and daylight savings day, the one that steals an hour from your night time rest.  

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 11 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 14th 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best; S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work? 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When opportunity knocked confidently at your door, you answered. Opportunity’s current signal won’t be so easily detected; it’s the flicker of feeling across someone’s face, a clip of passing dialogue. It’s as subtle as a pulse.  Taurus

Evidence

I gotta be honest, I love the Holiday Tau Theme for the day:

Can you feel the intentions of last week…? 

Tomorrow brings … change that will have you witnessing your progress in a different way. 

If you were to, very scientifically, log recent happenings by writing them down, taking pictures, etc., you will have an accurate (and repeatable) record of your success climb.

So what kinds of happenings should I be on the lookout filming and recording? Check out the Holiday Forecast for the week ahead: 

“… ‘I am.’ In that spirit, individuality and identity are a cosmic focus. 

In every line of work and play, from corporate work to romantic relationships to hobbies, cultivating an original perspective is the difference between doing a good job and being an undeniable master. 

Each person has a set of experiences and inherent qualities that is unduplicated anywhere in the world. 

To bring all of that to noticing the world is to set oneself up for excellence at the task at hand. 

However, being a first-class observer takes a great deal more intention and self-discipline than it ever has before. 

We live in an age where our every digital move is tracked, but people in our vicinity are so distracted by their own digital worlds that much happening in the real world goes undetected. 

The old-school notion of the “nosy neighbors” is practically anachronistic, as few can be bothered to look up and note the comings and goings of those in close vicinity. 

We do, on the other hand, religiously creep one another’s social media pages, seeking the true and inside story, as if that could actually be found in such a forum. 

In the weeks to come, we will answer ‘I am…’ blending an awareness of who ‘I am not’ and a leaning toward who ‘I want to be.’”

For a comical aside, three strips come to us today, the first from Doonesberry by Garry Trudeau.

Hello you’ve reached MyFacts, the leader in alternative realities! How may I direct your cry for help?”

“Yeah, I’m looking for a new predictive belief system.”

“I can assist you with that sir.  What have you embraced in the past?”

“Well, I fell for 1987’s Harmonic Convergence, the 1994 Rapture, both of the 2011 Raptures, and the 2012 Mayan Long Count … Then I bought into the Qanon Storm of January 6 and the reset on March 4.  I’ve been burned a Lot!

“I can understand your frustration, Sir.  Let me check our end times inventory … Okay, I’m seeing an Apocalypse in July.  Does July work?”

“No, the kids are home then.  Anything in the Fall?”

The next in Candorville by Darrin Bell takes place in Dr. Noodle’s psychiatry office as the patient speaks.

“How do we know the past ever existed?  I mean … we can’t go there to make sure it’s real.  I know we have photos and other stuff that supposedly document the past.  But do you know how I know we have that stuff?  It’s because I ‘remember’ seeing it! How do I know those ‘memories’ are real?  We all just agree that the past happened, but how do we know that’s not some massive, collective delusion?!”

“… As I said … we’ll have to leave it there.  Our hour is up.”

“Don’t you see? You have now way of proving that!”

And, this describing the significance today’s celebration in Frazz by Jef Mallett.  Frazz, the school janitor explains to Caufield the precocious student.

“The ratio of any circle’s circumference to it’s diameter … is commonly rounded off to 3.14 … and iconically represented by (the pi symbol) … which linguistically sounds like ‘pie.’ Hence 3-14 is Pi Day.

“Everybody knows that Frazz. What’s your point?”

“Is Pi Day a language gag or a math gag?”

Oh, I see wait for it …”

“Good lord was that you?”

“I fed cheese pizza to the dog.  Now it’s a biology gag.”

Being those as they may, let’s return to the task at hand — practicing as a first class observer, recording my success record, on this PI Day, preserving today as a past from something in the future and staying clear Biden’s Neanderthals.  

Hi Steve, where’s your Holiday Tau been recently.  You know Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I eagerly wait for your TauBits of Wisdom. Wait, what kind of group?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “A group is going to help you with what you wish to accomplish. It will be up to you to seek these connections, to participate in different gatherings, to find the right fit or to cherry-pick your team from different places.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, not so fast McQueen.  Did you check out today’s “Doonesberry?” Throw in some critical thinking and then I’m looking forward.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Power depends on alignment. Misaligned values provide a friction-filled experience. But when belief, word and deed coincide beautifully, all rolls smoothly forward.  Aries

Hi Winwood, Wonder and Colbert, thanks for offering me your Holiday Tau.  You probably can tell by now that opportunity signals is what I’m all about. Monitoring what’s just around the bend so you can activate “If This, Then That” decisions in enough time to capitalize on the opportunity. 

A little foresight couldn’t hurt, right? There’s the trend research and there’s the good old fashioned gumshoe business intelligence interviews.  You wash, rinse and repeat until you reach that synchronicity moment when what you seek is within the grasp of your reach. At least that’s what hundreds of my executive MBA students found following my advice.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When opportunity knocked confidently at your door, you answered. Opportunity’s current signal won’t be so easily detected; it’s the flicker of feeling across someone’s face, a clip of passing dialogue. It’s as subtle as a pulse.”  Taurus

Here’s what I’ve always like about Aoki’s Holiday Tau, they combine with our TauBits of Wisdom to make the commonalities greater than the sum of the parts.  I whole-heartedly agree with iterating new habits which can be efficiently deployed in service of a goal, even one strategically more difficult — personal redefinition.  And, is what a career transformation requires.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You have the opportunity to redefine yourself. One small habit opens the gate. Amazing things will be accomplished with mundane but decisive acts that have been systemized to the point of being automatic.” Sagittarius

Hmm.  Uh-huh.  I see your value.  But, other than acknowledging there’s a rhythm of life and a pace to loving relations, I’ll pass today.  Except Emma the Baroness is on the road with Jazzy and Delta Girl without me for 5 hours until they can say triumphantly, we are here, yet.  Does that count for being slightly less available?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Relationships get better when you slow them down a bit. Some strategies to consider: talking less, listening more, being slightly less available, making fewer, but more interesting, plans.” Leo

I fear I’ll have to downgrade your Holiday Tar for today guys compared to yesterday’s.  I’m feeling a worsening fear.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The fear you avoid worsens. Confront it, and it will be scary at first, and then gradually get a little better each time until you genuinely can’t relate to the “you” who was afraid of the thing.” 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.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E19 — What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Are we a dying breed? On the endangered list? We long-form columnists, essayists, authors, freelancers, reporters, journalists, bloggers and self-publishers? Sustaining a lifestyle business takes time and persistence.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 19 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 28th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in 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? 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

Evidence

What would Leo da V do? Today he’s got me musing about endangered long-form writers ….

    • And, about the plight of bookstores and book publishing and why I’m learning as I go iterating with all the moveable parts building a knowledge bank  — taking concepts, putting them into practice and becoming more efficient at producing better practices towards self-publishing
    • A phrase from my way back and connected to Xerox PARC surfaces.  It’s what inspired me to create and share new knowledge. 
    • It’s how they described their research and development process — we experiment with each new tool (new prototype in the lab) to see what it makes us become, and then we innovate again and repeat the process.

And, of course Leo da V’s got me off wondering if it’s true that innovation like rust never sleeps?  

    • What lies in our imagination now?  
    • What’s percolating in our collective unconscious as we stretch and use limited resources in new and different and resourceful ways? 
    • As we improvise? 
    • As feelers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their hearts and souls in altruistic, unselfish ways.  
    • And thinkers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their minds and viewpoints to see new knowledge created and patterns that signal solutions never tried before to address complex challenges from a different angle. 
    • Take the why of curiosity to the what if of experimentation.

Turning to today’s Holiday Tau how strong is it, our legitimate one, for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Not much, I’m afraid.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51:“You don’t feel comfortable in every environment but you’re willing to try until you feel the level of comfort that helps you navigate it.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, this couldn’t be better if it really was my birthday, but it isn’t  If it’s yours I see good things coming your way, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You’ll meet the person who can help you launch your life in the direction of your dreams.  You’ll connect in different social circles in the next 10 weeks.  Next month places you in opportunity’s path, and you’ll turn an ordinary situation into an extraordinary moneymaker.  Friends and family will celebrate you.

Wow, Steve I now know why we appointed your our Patron Saint.  You couldn’t more on target for today.  And you’ve got me recalling my conversation with Brook when we wondered out loud if there was a half life of wisdom, like there is for engineers?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The world is changing fast.  What worked for you parents won’t work for you.  Past generations have much to offer you, and vice versa.” Aries

Hey G&G, while you might not be our Patron Saints, your TauBit of Wisdom fits for an innie Like me!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

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 1452 to 1461.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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