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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S1 E164 — Picking up Followers While Cascading Down the Face of the Falls

Think of the central one as being the top of Yosemite Falls and the act of flipping it into “High Country Eagles” as cascading down the face of the falls.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re starting to see how your life would be different if you changed a certain set of daily behaviors.  This block will change together because each action is a cue that triggers the next action.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 164 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 2nd day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

So, I’m cascading Flipboard stories which involves adding an article to one central digital magazine and then flipping it into a more defined magazine which is a subset of the central magazine.

One story can start in “Best West Road Trips” and while staying there also be flipped into a region, like South Coast Region and then flipped again into Orange County Beach Towns and finally into Laguna Beach for its final “resting place”.

Flipboard alerted me to a jump in total followers of my digital magazines, from 1099 last Sunday to 1149 today.  

It looks like cascading triggers a trend of when a new Flipboard person picks a region and then one or more counties and specific towns at once.  

Maybe 2 or 3 at a time.  For instance:

“Kate is now following your magazine  ‘San Francisco Region’,  ‘Santa Barbara County’, and ‘North Bay Region’ 58 minutes (ago).”

“Raven Wulf signed up for  ‘Humboldt County’, ‘Mendocino Coast’, ‘North Bay Region’ and ‘California Coast: Tip to Tip’ 9 hours (ago).”

So my flipping strategy pays off.

Going forward, I’m wondering if there’s a template of topics I can fill in over the course of a week and publish on Friday? 

And, then pick the top 5 from each week for the monthly thrown in with my long-form progress, bonus offers, etc?

Tau — 

Trends — 

Council Post: Five Digital Transformation Trends That Will Shape 2020

Short-Form — 

On a winter weekend getaway, you’ll find there’s more to Julian than apple pie

Long-Form — 

Books and Research from Photo Album and Kindle (setting up Affiliate income)

Progress and Procrastination — 

“What would Leo da V do?”

Speaking Volumes — 

1, 2 and 3: Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest, Leave a Legacy 

Banking and ATMs — 

Working on the Business 

Evidence

Let’s try out the Tau, shouldn’t we?  First up, the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’re purchasing life with life, trading effort for result.  You need evidence (preferably sensory evidence) that you’re headed in the right direction.  Ask for it!  Get a “receipt” you can feel.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Do any of the TauBits of Wisdom for the remaining Steves compete with Zahn’s today?

Ooh.  Maybe, because this is my approach and has been in my professional career as well.

“5” Steve Smith, 30: If you’re wondering why people tell you their problems, it’s because you look them right in the eyes and make them feel seen, like they belong and like there’s hope where they’re headed.” Gemini

Uh-Oh.  The Holiday Tau for two comedians and a company founder compete as well.  Kind of like in a house of mirrors with my added template.  Wow either this is a bountiful day or the task may be harder than it seems.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re starting to see how your life would be different if you changed a certain set of daily behaviors.  This block will change together because each action is a cue that triggers the next action.” Leo

Sorry G&G in the grand scheme of the Tau, not everybody’s contribution can be a five.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Amusement lives outside of expectation.  Where the outcome is predicted, there is no delight.  So you’ll include a surprise — nothing big, and the size isn’t the point.  The point is that they don’t know it’s coming.” Virgo

So, this way harder than I figured.  For me, and maybe for you too, Coach Kerr’s TauBit of Wisdom deserves a five.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The to-do list is long.  Choose fun ones to cross off first.  Activities must be very satisfying for you or you’re not going to do them with any kind of regularity, if you do them at all.” Libra

On a different day, Steve, your Holiday Tau might have topped the list.  But, it can’t compete today.  Sorry.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Once things get rolling, you’ll have no problem keeping up with them.  So don’t worry your pretty head about the future.  Just start building something to put on the wheels.” Sagittarius

Gut Bomb!  Intuition rocks.  Just not as much as the other Steves — Kerr, Carell,  Martin and Wozniak, Smith or Zahn.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Whether you run this day via a system of logic or you run it with the intuition of your gut, you’ll end up in the same place.  Though you’ll get there much faster with intuition.  Aquarius

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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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S1 E162 — Why Do Her Covert Back Channels End in Discord?

Can I get a hooray?!!  Is it a Freudian thing?  Or was my brain too exhausted to scheme through another day of pre-launch Patreon?  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You know how to take care of yourself, but you don’t always do it.  Well, that’s going to have to change.  It’s not just about you. you know.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 162 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 31st day of January in winter of 2020.

Context

Accidentally, when I (who is the I that is composing this) sent what was supposed to be a preview link to my two trusted millennial know-it-alls, Jazzy and Shaggy I activated the page.  

Now it feels like I’m in an endless loop with my Patreon Page being reviewed as I edited my first posts open to the public so the top lines would seem intriguing as the text greyed out like in choosing a Kindle book description.  

Somehow I stumbled onto Discord as an integrated app.  

Now what? 

Here’s what Patreon sent me the second time:

Hey Steve Howard ,

You’re all set! Your creator page has been approved! You can prepare your launch here.

Once you launch, your membership program will be publicly visible, and you can start making posts and promoting your page.

You can learn more about being a creator on Patreon in our Creator Guide.

How do I get back to Discord and publishing my link to “Fresh from the Labs …”?  I also want to finish my other post about being zips, horoscopes and nouns.

Trust the process, Luke is what I said to myself (the I who just wanted to go out and play, I think).  

Evidence

Is there a Holiday Tau for that, too?

Apparently not officially for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Just because you are a certain age, race and socioeconomic standing doesn’t mean your appeal stops with that same demographic.  Diversity is the magic of the human race.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha. I used to so look forward to receiving your Holiday Taus, since you are kinda the Patron Saint of this year long experiment.  But, growing is not what I felt your TauBit would recommend for a Friday.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You have a conscience that disallows you from missing out on the most important thing a human can do, which is to grow.”   Aries

Has Emma the Baroness set up some covert back channel to you guys to influence your Holiday Tau to influence me?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You know how to take care of yourself, but you don’t always do it.  Well, that’s going to have to change.  It’s not just about you. you know.” Virgo

Why?  Sorry that was so yesterday.  The how and not the what, huh?

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:In art, the choice of material matters, but not nearly as much as the way you put it all together.  It’s the how not the what.”  Aquarius

What? What really matters to me?  How rough?

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Focus on what really matters to you.  Rough edges?  That’s life.  You can clean them up later.” Pisces

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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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S1 E159 — 5 Wise Guy Rankings, Why?

When you get stuck one of the highest ranked TauBit of Wisdom advised you to ask yourself “Why” at least five times. That would be today.

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

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You’re the prophet of your story, generating predictions and seeing many come true.  Wisdom comes of you being willing, even excited, to be proven wrong.” Sagittarius

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 159 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 25th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context  

 I’m stuck. I feel a little disappointed and at a standstill.

Why?

Slip sliding away?  Probably.  I’m at a familiar point, not having activated my Patreon page from which a lot of activity will require my attention.  Much like editing and polishing the selected posts to be published on the designated website blogs.  And where I stopped just on the brink of self-publishing my “test” book on Apple Books.  I’ve forgotten my game plan and missed goals. Tuned into Senate Impeachment presentation by the House and watched some Australian Open Tennis.

Why?

Slightly began my scheme to reconnect with Mentors and Proteges and Friends via email.  It’s not going as I planned.  I have to remind myself to get them to Facebook and then to Patreon.  Remember they’re either on my list for my future Volume Two manuscript or Tau of Steves manuscript.

Why?  

I lost my momentum.  The character Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch, in the popular Amazon Prime series based on my new favorite author’s books, Michael Connelly, keeps figuring out the next play and keeps going.  It takes so long to reconstruct and regain what excitement you once had.

Why?  

Fear that I won’t attract many Patrons.  That what I write under the shield of Patron won’t keep those who do pledge monthly amounts.  Or, if I’ve organically grown my contributors, I’ll come to an end of stuff I could write and do and they’ll keep funding without getting the value they expect.

Why?  

I feel like a used car salesman promoting my intentions.  But, “My Wish” with the Best West Road Trip photo over 3 weeks ago at the beginning of the New Year attracted 466 views, 1 comment (Del), now with a drop to 1841 followers and 26 who viewed my LinkedIn profile. My Flipboard followers have been averaging about 5 or 6 new ones each day.  I went from under a 1000 just before Christmas a month ago to 1098 today.

Why?  

Bosch regains his momentum when he viscerally feels adrenalin kicking in.  I don’t feel it enough to propel me into creative action.  However comma I feel a surge when I trip over something that fits and moves me along.  Like when I rediscovered updated versions of chapters, the latest — “13 Ways to Stay Off the Endangered Species List” which fits The Knowledge Path, Volume Two manuscript.

So what?  My adrenalin finally kicked in when I realized for Patreon benefits I can offer the following five chapters free from the book I co-authored:

      • 13 Ways to Stay Off the Endangered Species List
      • Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True 
      • How to Thrive in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty 
      • Create Your Dream Job, Save the Planet 
      • Leap but Don’t Trade Your Dream for a Nightmare

Evidence

So at the end of the day, you might say the 5 Whys Holiday Tau was well worth it.  How about for today?

Again nada, zip, nothing for Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.

Moving on, then. Any wise guys among you remaining Steves?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Why? Haha. Your Holiday Tau is interesting, but not so valuable to me for today.  No hard feelings, right?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Each person travels in a cloud of their convictions.  You’ll know right away which personal atmospheres will be intolerable (In which case don’t argue, just leave.)” Taurus

I am grateful for my complexity.  Why? My mind remains engaged and stimulates me to create unique solutions.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: You’re grateful for your complex problems.  It’s a sign that your basics are solid.” Gemini

Not a goal? Why? You don’t climb a ladder to reach for it?  Or what?  Enlightenment just is?  Why?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Enlightenment is a terrible goal, as it can’t be achieved or discovered.  Your peace will come in the moments you inhabit.  No striving.” Virgo

So, we come to you once more Mr. Aoki.  Wisdom comes from willingness to be proven wrong?  Why?  Is it a terrible goal? Why? It’s just not as prophet-able? Haha.  Ok, I like this one.  Thanks Steve, I’m swiping it.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You’re the prophet of your story, generating predictions and seeing many come true.  Wisdom comes of you being willing, even excited, to be proven wrong.” Sagittarius

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S1 E158 — Car-Crash Addiction or Integrated Self?

Weekend, yay! So there’s that, but I feel I’m being pulled into different directions.  I monitor email newsletters like one from Taylor Peterson that he calls “Interesting Times Monthly.”  

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Psychologists refer to the ‘integrated self’ as if it’s possible for an infinitely complex creature to be united in thought, emotion and action.  We do our best.  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 158 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of January in winter of 2020. 

Context 

Peterson structures it into three paragraphs with some quotations and a section on books he’d been reading. His articles include three calls to action. So, that’s one direction.  

I’m pulled to Sam Harris’ podcast for two reasons, the first for conversations with his guests, like today’s with Richard Lang promoting the “Headless Way” which bring forward my understanding of neuroscience and philosophy and meditation from where I left off in my first, psychology career — and, second how he markets himself.

The third direction pulling me is the car-crash addiction to the case against Trump and speculation about how it will play out in the United States Senate.  Interesting aside, Sam Harris coined the phrase, “Welcome to Trumpistan.”

Evidence

Let me turn to Steves Holiday Tau and find nothing worth noting for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  Oh well …

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hi Steve, what’s your TauBit for today?  Wait, is this true or is this just so much wishful thinking I’d gladly give up my car-crash television addiction? I’ll take it!

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just as you toil to present your best self and build a relationship, the other person toils to receive your ideas and meet your expectations.  Aries

Now we’re talking.  Two musician icons pay it forward for someone like me.  Thanks for the TauBit of Wisdom W&W.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Psychologists refer to the ‘integrated self’ as if it’s possible for an infinitely complex creature to be united in thought, emotion and action.  We do our best.  Taurus

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S4 E7 — And What’s Up with the Justice Department?

I can’t say it looks that way — unless justice comes so delayed.  With Putin’s war in Ukraine sucking up all of the headlines and hours upon hours of on the streaming coverage on the ground, the congressional committee investigating The January 6th Insurrection seems to be relegated to a back burner status.  And what’s up with the Justice Department?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There will be evidence that, contrary to popular belief, life may really be fair after all. Justice comes in many forms, including poetic or delayed. Things turn out the best way possible.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 7th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 12th day of March in the spring of 2022.

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E6Hey Listen Up.  Is This What You Need to Succeed?; S4 E5New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos; S4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?; S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details its Russian money laundering operations

    • Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis.  
    • Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus.

Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.

By 2014, tens of billions cycle through the Laundromat, according to Enrich. 

Looking for desperately needed profits Tim Wiswell, Enrich identified, cooked up a new scheme to help Russians secretly whisk their money out of the country. Deutsche engaged in a practice known as Mirror Trades.

A Russian customer paying in rubles at a Russian brokerage firm buys shares of a blue-chip stock offered through Deutsche’s Moscow office.

That same brokerage—using a legal entity like Cyprus—would sell the same quantity back to Deutsche’s London arm, which would pay the Russian brokerage in dollars.”

The trades canceled each other out, but now Russian currency was in dollars rather than rubles.

The next step was to transfer to a bank account in a Western democracy in the original Russian customer’s name.

Enrich said, “… more than $10 billion, would flow from Moscow to London, through DBTCA in New York, converted into dollars and transferred back to Cyprus’s customers who were Putin’s relatives and close friends.

To add another layer of opaqueness to these transactions, Deutsche computer systems in Moscow and London and New York didn’t communicate with each other at all.

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

…all the reason you really need. Love, art, exploration and many other endeavors can seem, on their face, to be pointless. There is no logical purpose for embarking, only a magnetic pull where the logic should be. Maybe you only do the thing because you can’t not do it.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There will be evidence that, contrary to popular belief, life may really be fair after all. Justice comes in many forms, including poetic or delayed. Things turn out the best way possible.” Scorpio

I can’t say it looks that way — unless justice comes so delayed.  With Putin’s war in Ukraine sucking all of the headlines and hours upon hours of on the ground streaming coverage, the congressional committee investigating the January 6th insurrection seems to be taking a back burner status.  And what’s up with the Justice Department?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Success is not an award, a number on a chart or an amount in the bank. Success is a feeling, and one you’ll cultivate and recreate many times over. You’ll revel in certain aspects of your work and tend to details that elevate you to excellence. A study will thrill you and you’ll travel to pursue deeper knowledge.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Uninspiring work makes you lethargic. Perhaps it has to be done, but does it have to be done by you? Once you get into an interesting project, it will be like you’re plugged into a power plant.” Aries

So, is this another delay like justice being served?  So far today I’m not feeling the power plant juice. 

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “People everywhere are engaged in their own internal battles. Sometimes these conflicts go undetected to even their nearest and dearest. Whether you are on the giving or receiving side of help, things are improving.” Gemini

Why is it that we all know this, but forget about it.  Introverts seem to be at the top of his list with their internal battles.  But, obviously it ain’t easy to detect the conflicts lying beneath the surface when just the iceberg tip is what we see.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “There’s an ace up your sleeve and you’re about to play it. Once you do, the game is yours. Apply your winnings to improving your favorite thing. It will be a thrill to watch something go from good to fabulous.” Leo

It may be too early to publicize my stealth project — other than to say it’s a work in progress known simply as Phase Two.  Stay tuned.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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S1 E155 — Distraction or Viewing Addiction?

What happened to my drive?  There’s so much to do and so little time left over from my impeachment viewing addiction.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If someone tells you that you can’t, it only strengthens your will to prove them wrong.  Whatever has been bottled up will now pop out.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 155 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 18th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context  

Here’s what I’m loosely thinking about for gaining a little more self-control:

I’m feeling the need to band my days; schedule types of activities old and new as I launch and maintain Patreon, schedule benefits delivered to each tier, promote assertively to attract awareness, interest, liking and desire.  

I’m thinking those activities are low energy sucking, almost routines that require little to no inspiration beyond daily habits near the end of the day.  

Then there’s the before and after walking, until around 12:30 or 1 pm which is for imagining, conceptualizing, pre-writing in What would Leo da V do? Time before walking and then drafting, editing and publishing until 1pm.

But, there’s flipping, cascading and pin boarding in early mornings that would both inspire and replace What would Leo da V do? Time, or at least sap energy from it. 

I’m thinking of color coding the time boxes which wouldn’t replace the color text I’m using.  Eventually the two text and time slots would match up.

Evidence

Is it any wonder, then that we — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I — don’t have any Holiday Tau to bring me to my senses?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  This ain’t no birthday of mine.  It may be yours and you should claim it, but may steal it before you can find it.  It’s got all the key words I like about me — brilliant, plan, treasures and path.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Brilliant and driven, you will surge with the power of a plan.  Things will derail and adjustments must be made.  You’ll get so good at getting back on track.  Persistence allows you to claim the many treasures along your path that weren’t necessarily what you were aiming for and are all the more delightful.”

I don’t recall either of you working your Holiday Tau into any of your albums.  Speaking for Emma the Baroness and me our beginnings resembled more like lighting kindling, because it was so combustible we felt we could hardly contain it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The beginnings of a relationship are like a winter morning walk.  Give it a few laps to see if internal temperatures adjust for a pleasantly invigorating experience.  Taurus

So, you’re saying taking three mile walks is a good thing? Or, are you saying that my addiction to the impeachment hearings requires a break from time to time or I’ll continue to wake up at 3 am every night?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:The energy of anticipation can go awry and must be managed.  Step away, distract yourself, calm down and come back.”  Cancer

Money is riding on it?  How?  You mean my viewing addiction to find out who knew what and when distracts me from what I intended to complete with my Patreon page?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Sometimes you like finding out what people know that you don’t because it’s interesting.  But right now money is riding on it.  Ask outright.” Leo

Respect and trust flew out the window when it comes to the current president in my view.  That’s how I answered Emma the Baroness’ cousin’s husband while we men sipped our beer in the afternoon sun around small tables waiting for the cousins return from their Norwegian shopping in Lillehammer.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Respect is the bedrock of good relationships; it makes things easier, allowing you go give and receive the benefit of the doubt.” Sagittarius

Sure, that works.  Maybe I should get someone to say that, or tell myself that.  Will that work to get me back on track?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If someone tells you that you can’t, it only strengthens your will to prove them wrong.  Whatever has been bottled up will now pop out.” Pisces

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S1 E154 — Ever Gotten That 3 am Call from Gilligan?

My best intentions drifted away. Instead, the televised impeachment inquiry proceedings mesmerized me. And my podcasts broadcasted all the dirt on the Trump and the Kushner families’ alleged corruption.

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:There is an island within you where you can take refuge.  You don’t have to wait until things get difficult to go there.”  Capricorn

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 154 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context 

So it was no mystery I woke up to light drizzle click, click, clicking on a metal vent sticking out of the wall at the base of our house somewhere near the empty fireplace in the family room with a bubbling out of unconsciousness thought-snippet of: 

The Knowledge Banking core process  for taking clients, customers, subscribers and members (Patrons) on a journey: 

      1. Guided. This or that? Assistance from an advisor to get you started.
      2. Sort Through, Search Again. Do your own research as you weigh your options.
      3. Subscribe to your niche. Receive knowledge critical for your success.
      4. Tagged Member Profile. Gain from a like-minded community.

How close am I to activating it with Patreon using resources integrated with WordPress or not? Pretty sure that was the question that kept me tossing and turning awake at 3 am.

While barely awake and reading mostly in the dark in low screen light so as not to disturb Emma the Baroness another question hijacked my consciousness.

Why did my Kindle’s lower left screen notify me I still had hours left when I’d already finished the book?  

Two reasons.  

Stuff I can use.  

The author included chapters from his other three books after the notes and acknowledgements. 

And, he included questions for book clubs, like the ones Emma the Baroness finds on line to take with her to her book club occasionally, but not  yesterday when she car pooled to San Diego to meet with the rest of her sorority sisters.

Don’t get me wrong.  I accomplished nothing. 

My TV addiction pulled me to channel surf while I scrounged little TidBits until the next installment began when the House of Representatives formerly delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate floor with Adam Schiff reading them.  

      • Later John Roberts, the Chief Justice, was sworn in and he then had the senators swore an oath to do their duty as prescribed by the constitution and then sign their oath.  Hmm.  
      • Meanwhile, the Rudy operative was interviewed on CNN claiming Trump and Rudy were quid pro quo-ing all over the place.  
      • He was on the ground and John Bolton was in the administration, so they should, could be called as witnesses to connect all the dots.  Will Mitch McConnell and the Senate do the right thing?

Evidence

Could the Steves Holiday Tau make a difference and pull me back on track?

And, probably from a peaceful night’s sleep, right Zahn?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Why bother integrating your mind and body?  Because any division that exists here cuts you off from your joy.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So you’re saying there’s still hope?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: It’s not so easy to express the emotions that come up.  This could be the perfect storm from which comes great art.” Leo

If I cast my net too wide, I won’t able to pull it in.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Here comes a scenario you’re overqualified to deal with, and yet solutions elude you.  It’s an opportunity to cast your net wider.” Virgo

I planned on skipping through your Holiday Tau too because of how the first two sentences read.  But, the third reminded me of a song, maybe from Paul Simon which described how people only hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest.  Isn’t that happening on the national political stage?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Sometimes you talk and it doesn’t come out the way you want it to.  But most people hear your intentions.  Or they hear what they want to hear, which you can’t control.” Libra

Haha, Steve, you had me with the premise, but lost me in the long-term.  Sorry.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: To go for the short-term gain will be a mistake in the long run.  The mature choice seems less appealing, but the immature one will be embarrassing in retrospect.” Sagittarius

Would this so-called island be called Gilligan’s Island, Harvey?  It certainly feels like our politics makes people like me yearn for an island refuge, but isn’t that maybe why I’m waking up at 3 am?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:There is an island within you where you can take refuge.  You don’t have to wait until things get difficult to go there.”  Capricorn

Okay, it’s not concentration because I’ve got none today.  Maybe serendipity?

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your powers of concentration will be exceptional today.  Wield this well to digest weighty matters.” Pisces

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