S2 E6 — No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data

Maybe we can shift suppliers and bring you lime-scented messages at a lower cost without having to abandon our unwavering commitment to virtual bottles instead of using harbor and ocean-clogging plastic. Hmm … ?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You need to keep some in the reserve today.  Hold back because your expenditures, mostly emotionally speaking, will be a little more intense than anticipated.” Scorpio

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 6 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 6th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Having almost figured out my publishing options on the Patreon Platform I managed to post my fourth essay, Keeping It Fresh in the Message Bottling Lab and the first in March. I’m working on a companion piece:

Do we share your data without you knowing it?  Look, this is literally a manual operation. 

It’s low tech.  

Living this far out of the main stream and at a great distance from fashion currents we have to hump our way all the way down to the sea to collect your returnables. 

And then hike all the way back up to the labs, grab the next set of virtual bottles and toss them off the coastal cliffs far enough out to catch the slipstream hoping the tide will deliver them to you. 

All day long we have to huff and puff down and back up to the lab. 

Like I said it’s a manual operation.  And, yes it’s true several key pages from the manual blow away from time to time if we leave the glass stained windows open like we did just last week.  

So, no we don’t share your precious little frickin’ data with anyone else. It’s our policy. We stand by it. And, we literally don’t know how.

This week’s normally hidden rippling effects surfaced as viral fears gripped citizens. 

      • Fewer cruise ship tourists enjoyed the added bonus of two weeks at sea.  We here at the labs noticed a slight dip in the availability of virtual glass bottles from our suppliers. 
      • While Costco members rammed each other like shopping-cart pirates, Seth Meyers reported that out of growing panic the sales of Corona long necks dropped in demand.  
      • We noticed the falling out-of-favor trends weeks and months ago outback, but chalked it up to shifting Millennial demand for Pacifico.  

Is there an opportunity here we should pounce on, literally?  

Maybe we can shift suppliers and bring you lime-scented messages at a lower cost without having to abandon our unwavering commitment from virtual glass instead of literal harbor and ocean-clogging plastic. Hmm …?

Can we find lime-scented Holiday Tau for Steves today?

Hmm… Steve I don’t quite get what our TauBit of Wisdom is supposed to mean for today, do you?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You need to keep some in the reserve today.  Hold back because your expenditures, mostly emotionally speaking, will be a little more intense than anticipated.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is this an ad for solar energy?  Who wouldn’t want a long-term project conclude lucratively?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: “You’ll savor the long stretch of peace that comes at the top of this solar return.  Serene moments will be shared with a tight group.  A long-term project will end lucratively.  There’s a fair exchange that leads to something much more interesting, and as you apply your talent, business keeps favoring you.”

And, what does our Patron Saint have to add to our Holiday Tau? Sure, but which other compensation forms are you referencing?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It may help your attitude to consider that there may be other forms of compensation in play that cannot be tallied at this time.  Aries

Does Smithy have the answer?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The question of doing things for love vs. money will come up.” Gemini

Now, Howey why is it that I chose to include your Holiday Tau?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Getting out of a rut will be a matter of leverage and different sorts of movement.  Cancer

But, what if after you do all that coach you write a book about it?

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Get the experience — the face-to-face, sweat-on-the-pavement experience.  There’s no story, movie, class or book that could teach you the same thing.” Libra

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities 

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Working on the Business

    • 1,337  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 
    • Who is my target audience at Patreon?  
      1. Introverted creators who are the overeducated and the underpaid; everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs;  
      2. who shop at Trader Joe’s (or wish they could); 
      3. who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
      4. find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money, 
      5. within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that 
      6. offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle. 
      7. marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine. 
      8. a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:  S2 E5 — Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4 — Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3 — Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2 — New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related:  S1 E6 — Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5 — Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4 — Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3 — Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2 — Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S2 E5 — Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment

Welcome to spreadsheet mania day, the bane of my existence. Look, all I want to do is monitor who I sent Patreon-interest emails to and track their responses. So far all I seem to do is do and undo spreadsheet rows or columns or cells.  

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You can’t remember everything.  Update your systems.  Write yourself some notes.” Leo

Evidence

Hi and and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 5 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

I’ve run into imposed limits on the number of BCC messages you can send through iCloud mail.  Trouble-shooting why it didn’t work took half a day.  

I managed to send 92 variations to people I knew, and in the back and forth conversation my messaging will improve:

Maybe it’s a little too early for Spring cleaning, but I’ve put this off for way too long. 

It’s been over a year since I left UCI to pursue my passion projects and to dabble in other interests. 

I’d like to stay in touch with you, so I’m going through my contact list and realize this may or may not be your current email. 

Hopefully it is, you get this and you can update my information too.

What have you been up to?

All the best, 

Steve

Instead of quick responses asking about what I’m up to, I received a load of failed mail attempts.  I knew there was a reason I didn’t look forward to the “working on the business” part.

Haha.  Can I twist our Holiday Tau to remind me it’s better to beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Forgiveness is merely an agreement to move forward knowing that the judgment has not yet been rendered.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And that my Patron Saint friend, isn’t feeling all that good!

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The difference between assessing where you’re at and judging yourself will be most detectable in the way the you-to-you interaction feels.  Aries

OMG Smithy.  You’ve hit the nail on the head. Thanks for laying out the options for improving on our Patron Saint’s TauBit of Wisdom with ways of figuring out what to do about my assessment.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: That moment when you realize you’re not telling your story to the right audience is a decision point.  Do you double down on the moment?  Do you change the story? Do you bail?” Gemini

Yeah, this is what I’m shooting for — combining McQueen’s with Smith’s and moving forward with your TauBit of Wisdom for consistency and efficiency.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Figure out the steps and tricks that will help you slip into the right attitude, mindset and energy level to perform steady, consistent work.”Pisces

Is this day going to become a once in a lifetime when it comes to wisdom?  How’d you comedians (and an inventor) sense I struggled today with noting and updating my lists of contacts?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You can’t remember everything.  Update your systems.  Write yourself some notes.” Leo

Internal weather.  I like that Coach Kerr.  My variation on your Holiday Tau is it’s not weather you win or loose it’s how you play the game.  Haha.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Don’t forget that the internal weather system counts more than the external one.  And that is a weather system you have some control over.” Libra

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Progress and Procrastination

    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

    • 1,333  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 
    • Who is my target audience at Patreon?  
    1. Introverted creators who are the overeducated and the underpaid; everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs;  
    2. who shop at Trader Joe’s (or wish they could); 
    3. who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
    4. find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money, 
    5. within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that 
    6. offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle. 
    7. marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine. 
    8. a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous: S2 E4 — Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3 — Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2 — New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related: S1 E5 — Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4 — Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3 — Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2 — Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S1 E97 — My Top 19 Reasons for Failing

So, there’s working in the business — which I love.  And, there’s working on the business — which I hate.  But you can’t always have your own way if you’re counting on eating.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Push your perception into things that are far away and try to feel how they would be close up.  Then do the same in reverse.  The exercise strengthens you intuition.” Leo

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 97 in Season 1 of my “1-Year Natural Experiment” on October 5th in the fall of 2019.

All that shoveling and taking showers percolated schemes in my mind that forced me to dry off and write them down or else I’d live to regret it later trying to reconstruct them.

Fired up my organic spreadsheet that tracks such things — and oops — looks like in April and then again in August were the last times I worked on the business. 

Do I have an excuse?  

Yeah, I’m a procrastinator like Leo da V, but here we go picking up tasks identified before both the Norway and Indiana trips and abandoned like orphans:

    1. Rationalizations for halting Self-Publishing like IRS and Banking info needed; understanding formatting and image specs, diving into agreements, creating your book, iTunes Connect vs. iTunes Producer (ISBNs are optional), how to view sales and trends; payments and financial reports and details about ratings and reviews. 
    2. Taxes and Legacy. Focus on uploading books through Apple, then Amazon. Set up subscriptions behind the wall through Patreon and from my website with a link on Flipboard and LinkedIn.
    3. Focus primarily on Book One, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” (with the lead in to “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”) reusing the Volume One sales letter. Continue with Two, bundle with one, Three, bundle with one and two, Four, bundle with Three, Five, bundle with Three, bundle with Five. And, finally offer all five as Volume One collection, pre-selling The Knowledge Path – Volume Two.  Which I write and edit in 5 books, while I compose The Knowledge Path: Volume Three – Notes to My Future Self. 
    4. Selecting a Pages template for writing (final editing of Books one through five) and each of the chapters in Volume Two and Three; 
    5. Prepare for publishing and uploading EPUB files with Cover Image, ISBN-13, etc. following the submission checklist; with pre-order and pricing.  
    6. Get paid directly and indirectly in The Affiliate Program
    7. Use Apple Book Marketing Tools to build awareness through an engaging, accurate and effective campaign
    8. Actively use Apple’s Toolbox for creating links, badges and text lock-ups look-ups (whatever that is). 
    9. Figure out how to display books on Apple Books for sales with bundle pricing as I roll each out with a preview of the next in the last part of the book.  
    10. Update with reports and in-depth trips converting EPUB into Multi-Touch Versions.
    11. For moral support view anti-procrastination sayings I’ve curated in my knowledge bank on Pinboard.
    12. For Volume Two: Finally designated SPIP as Systematic-Professionals Idea Packagers = INTP. Pinboarded an article about asking “why” when you were a INTP as a child.
    13. My goal: stop the 7-day blog publishing schedule I’ve followed over the last few years tracked on “Know Platform MVPs” and replace the habit with 5-days of self-publishing and promoting.
    14. Focus first on publishing Book One as highest priority before investing energy into Volume Two and Volume Three (upended with Indiana trip).
    15. Open, unfinished projects: LinkedIn posts from published on my website blogs — Knowledge Laboratories, Best West Road Trips and Western Skies and Island Currents — compose the migration from zip code 92692 to other South County towns with overlapping lifestyles and long lists of places coded — already published in  Knowledge Banking.  Doing so launches a foundational story and one leading into Volume Two.
    16. Start with Knowledge Laboratories, since it is the master administrative site in my multi-site configuration, and build it out as a website using WordPress pages.  Get it up and running and then convert the others one day a week.
    17. On Patreon figure out a less time intense strategy for: a) Steves and Friends of Steve in a way that I do very little on  social media platforms; b) encourage locals reviewing Volume One,  The Knowledge Path’s destination reports and expand to digital magazines profiling locations along the California coast in a way that I do very little on social media platform (Facebook, Groups?); c) create a promotion drawing inspiration from Sam Harris’ “If you find this … valuable, there are many ways you can support it, which he lists. And, other assertive language requesting support from sources like Wikipedia / Marketplace.
    18. Set up Patreon for subscription support while writing Volume Two and Three with the costs tabulated for what I’ll do with the support.  
    19. And set up Affiliate income (?). Wash and repeat with Amazon.

I’m feeling overwhelmed.  Isn’t time to escape on another holiday?

Normally, Emma the Baroness and I agree this Holiday Tau makes us happy, especially the financial kicker at the end.  But, honestly I’m not getting it for today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is no good reason to shy away from what makes you laugh and smile.  Bonus: The fun you’ll have will inspire your financial sector.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Ha ha, nice! Maybe tomorrow, but not for today.  Don’t get me wrong, if you feel McQueen’s Holiday Tau helps you, help yourself to it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The shortcuts that are heavily advertised are almost never going to get you there faster.  Lot’s of people will take the publicized route, thus creating a traffic jam.” Aries

Ok, let me say this about that.  I’m pretty sure this was the process I’ve been following subconsciously over the last couple of days during showers and blistering my hands gripping shovels.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Push your perception into things that are far away and try to feel how they would be close up.  Then do the same in reverse.  The exercise strengthens you intuition.” Leo

True.  But, I’m stipulating that isn’t anything new for me or unusual today.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “You have a better than usual influence over your mental state and will be able to consciously move your attitude to where it needs to be.” Libra

Love this metaphor especially as it pertains to item #3, #14 and #15.  Thank’s Steve for letting me swipe this from you today.  Feel free to take mine.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Sometimes just looking at the bigger picture found inside a map starts to bring paths and destinations to mind.” Sagittarius

I’m totally on board with Harvey’s Holiday Tau as it applies to making Patreon work, promoting self-published books and marketing campaigns. Just keep Leo da V away from me who keeps me away from following through.

“5” Steve Harvey, 62: “When your idea doesn’t land the way you want it to, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Tinker with the variables before throwing it out.” Capricorn

Wow.  Let’s hear it for Nash’s Holiday Tau.  Reminds me of climbing Maslow’s pyramid — his hierarchy leading to self-actualization.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Everyone gets to tap his or her own potential. It is up to each person to figure out how to get to their good stuff.” Aquarius

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E93 — Why is it easier to Hate than to Love the other Half?

Here’s the problem.  Sleep disturbance. Between digging into our 500-year history detailed in “Fantasyland” in which Kurt Andersen explains why 50% of us hate the other 50%, and then binging on the whistleblowing impeachment inquiry where it all unfolds, I’m dead tired at 4:30 am.

Evidence 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

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

Yay! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 93 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

And, of course, returning from a three-week vacation forces time zone reckoning that lingers and lingers.

In the days following  vacation, reestablishing a schedule is always a challenge when you’re exhausted.

So I ignored the challenge and followed my intuition instead.

I surfaced a thread I want to pull on in Kurt Andersen’s work — heroes like Daniel Boone who left Tennessee for Missouri just like my great, great, great grandfather did — and Buffalo Bill Cody who turned a short stint in the Pony Express delivering mail from Independence, Missouri to stops on the way intended for California residents.  

Cody figured out how to mix real — Sitting Bull, with fantasy shows to bridge the coming industrial age. And a little later on that string if you pull hard enough you surface PT Barnum, the Donald Trump of his time.

And, then there’s another thread connecting the KKK, beyond the Confederacy to include Baptists, and so much more.

I feel I’m about ready to circle back and close loose ends across many of my open passion projects.

But, instead I asked myself, “What would Leo da V do?” There’s just no accounting what he’ll whisper at 4:30 am when I could sleep no longer. 

    • Flashes about launching a Patreon campaign with a dream-like Marc Marin-style interview of me as a typical Steve. 
    • The LA Times interviewed Zack Galiflianakis in kinda that way.  I guess I’m after the kinds of humorous questions to ask which would draw in supporters of the whimsy project and prompt them to recommend Steves to be considered for email interviews. 
    • Maybe answering just one question at a time is more inviting than filling out a survey of questions. 
    • Kinda like the when the Writers Cooperative announces a monthly topic for all writers to address. Should that be a MailChimp campaign-like thing?  
    • A new Steve signs in and gets question one to respond too, while others who have been around get their 10th or 11th, depending upon where they are in the time sequence of signing in.  
    • Each week, then they’d get a new question to answer and hopefully look forward to, and want to share, and see in Patreon — behind the wall, of course, unless they’re already a member.

I couldn’t let Leo da V off the hook, or maybe it was the other way round.  In an “If that, then this …” spirit I continued:

    • So I need to write a Maron dream and answer my first of 10 weekly questions as a Steve would. 
    • I have to set up MailChimp or a campaign like that to send out the questions with a deadline (?) for a response, before they can receive their next question.  
    • Maybe, write invitations to women who have Steves in their lives to recommend them as new members.  
    • Play off of what’s in a name? Again, the first-time parents considering names and what they mean.  What they represent, right?  
    • Maybe directed to mothers of Steves soliciting why they named their sons Steve. 

Shh, Emma the Baroness is still sleeping.  So, no need to wake her about our lack of Holiday Tau — again.  How many day in a row has it been? Never mind. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes, turning to Leo da V helps me avoid what needs to be done. Other times it’s my super power. But this Holiday Tau for CC&W reminds me of a workable approach to most things in life, especially when it comes to launching a new venture.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

Yeah, I guess so, especially for us introverts in an extrovert world.  But I’m not feeling your Holiday Tau today, specifically after beating the sun up at 4:30 am.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “If you find that you’re not the master of the way you think, feel and behave, it means you’ve given your power away and need to get it back.” Cancer

Well, I’ve filled my days with stuff I love to do, but at what cost?  I’ve got other passion projects at various stages of completion and they aren’t on my list of things to accomplish yet,

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You manage your emotions well now, partly because you’ve made it a priority to fill your days with the things that make you feel good.” Virgo

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E92 — Shh … Secrets Husbands Try to Keep to Ourselves

Bam!! We rushed around in panic.  The deadline crashed into us before we were ready.  If we didn’t leave now we’d risk everything …

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re feeling pulled in different directions at once internally, and this makes it more challenging to decide how to spend your hours.” Cancer

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Friday again and welcome to Episode 92 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

We were down to minutes left before we had to hit the 405 and catch our flight to Norway, factoring in what could go wrong according to Murphy’s law.

There’s TSA security and traffic and customs delays, if any, at LAX international terminal.

I backed my 4 Runner up close to our garage to load it up.

A little too close.  OK way too close! Major damage close.

I dented at least two of the white horizontal panels.  

It still opened ok, so as any husband would do I kept that information to myself and hoped Emma the Baroness wouldn’t notice since she had at least five or six things on her last minute mind about Norway.

Ah, a wonderful relaxing vacation.  

And then, like any good husband would do when driving back into our driveway I confessed.  So, this was the week when we discovered we had to replace the entire door — after considering AAA’s suggestion to claim it would raise our homeowner’s premium.

Gulp.

I know honey, but wasn’t it a wonderful vacation?  Wouldn’t you’ve worried about the cost, if you knew about it before I left?  I was only thinking about your happiness.

But, enough about me.  How about Donald J. Trump?  

Did it work? 

Can I remind you about 5 months of impeachment inquiry and the Mueller investigation and more recently a whistle blower complaint?  

I’m having a hard time wrapping my vacation re-entry mind around just what the hell is going on.

How can you put it all into perspective?

One article I read, pointed my pitiful brain to the slight-of-hand employed by magicians and how a bigly number of  people are so gullible.  

I didn’t want to be one of them, so I continued with 17 hours  of note-taking on what Kurt Andersen had written in “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.”

What about any Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Sorry.  Moving on then.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

No way.  WW&C’s Holiday Tau nailed it, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Your possessions take up a lot of your time today because you understand that ownership always comes with the responsibility of maintenance.” Taurus

So, here’s my proposal, I feel synchronicity if I combine the Holiday Tau for Aoki, Howey and McQueen as a strategy package.  Hearing no objections, make it so.

I’m researching Fantasyland to frame my picture of current events.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You can’t control the entire picture of life, but you do get to control how you frame your part of it.” Sagittarius

Ditto.  While I feel the urgent pull of competing passion projects, I really need to crystalize the frame.  So I’m spending a ton of hours on Fantasyland. Can you spell P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re feeling pulled in different directions at once internally, and this makes it more challenging to decide how to spend your hours.” Cancer

And, as I’m want to do, I’ll leave my Fantasyland obsession emotionally and physically depleted and step away to meditate to allow my intuition to take over.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “To tune into your intuition, you need your busy mind to hush down to library-level quiet.” Aries

Thanks, but today wasn’t the right time for mischief.  Just saying …

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You’ve an unrelenting positive attitude, and yet you feel the need to mix in a little mischief just to keep it interesting.” Virgo

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

 

S1 E89 — Because If You Don’t Someone Else Will. It’s Worth It!

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

Seeing none, let’s move on to a life of petty thievery.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “It may feel like you are working hard for something that is irrelevant to the bottom line of your worth.  Please know that you are loved in a way you don’t have to earn.” Virgo

Evidence 

Sixth on my list of interesting things to do today, on Saturday, before I devote the rest of it to completing chores left undone while we vacationed in Norway, was to Google “Steves” to frame a Patreon campaign description.

Welcome to Episode 89 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 21st day of September in the fall of 2019.

Discovered a sight that lists of Steves by horoscope! 

I’ve found Steve Howard’s on LinkedIn and Facebook.  I’ll probably want to have them react to the generic contributions from all Steve’s participating in the Patreon-supported Research Study as a “control” group kinda. Also a much broader searches of just “Steve” on Facebook and LinkedIn.

At this stage, I don’t want to interview, take notes, write and then edit contributions.  “For Research Purposes” I will only use submissions to standard questions I provide after they fill in a profile. My form letter should be simple, “Dear Steve.”

So given today was a chores day and a hazy strategy session, what about the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Seeing none, let’s move on to a life of petty thievery. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

First up, Mr. McQueen.  I’ve always loved your classic movies and black and white television shows.  But, I’m just not feeling you today.  Maybe tomorrow?

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Each has his or her own financial values.  Differences come to the fore, and mutual respect on the matter is necessary to prevent conflict.”Aries

So what’s this?  A reality check from WW&C?  Actually if you don’t mind I’ll swipe your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’ll realize that some things you spend time doing are well worth it and bring you much happiness, and some are quite the opposite.” Taurus

Wait, how about I swipe the Holiday Tau from this trio as well? We’re talking about this “Tau of Steves” project, right?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “It may feel like you are working hard for something that is irrelevant to the bottom line of your worth.  Please know that you are loved in a way you don’t have to earn.” Virgo

Let’s add the Holiday Tau for Harvey, and I just might combine all three into a more defined plan of action.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’ll probably need an outside eye to tell you when you’ve hit the point of diminishing returns.” Capricorn

So true.  However, I’m not in the market for your Holiday Tau this weekend.

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “Those who are busy convincing themselves that they are right are wrong.  The gray area demands navigation.” Cancer

I suppose so, but I’m not seeing much more than a vivid inner life here.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “A vivid inner life can cause great emotional charge in any direction, so direct it well.” Sagittarius

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S1 E88 — Who’s Marc Maron and What’s da Vinci got to do with him?

Then for the next hour I recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?”

What about famous Steves?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

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

Welcome to Episode 88 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 20th day of September in the fall of 2019.

Evidence

Over three nights, whenever I needed to sleep, but couldn’t I’d play around with questions in my near sleep, “Do Steves have anything in common, like a common personality by virtue of their name — and, taking into account how others react to them and how they react to others?” 

Ahh, the second night home and asleep in my own bed. Wait, what’s this? 

On the bed stand next to my beautiful Norwegian, Emma the Baroness, lay a clock with a digital read out that seared my brain — “2:30” (AM) and then “3:30” and then a surrender to awareness.  

Got up at 5:30 am, watched TV images on mute, heard the LA Times splat on our driveway and read it for a half hour.  

Nothing of interest piqued my curiosity. 

Then for the next hour recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” 

He reminded me that I had laid awake in Oslo, Norway, listening to the rain and heavy breathing next to me, 2 am local time.  

That’s when it came to me.  

The Book of Steves. 

A Mark Maron-type of interview played out in my partial sleep night after night after night. And finally, I recalled the whimsy of a Patreon project with behind the wall research and ongoing comments funded by Steves and friends of Steves fed by LinkedIn and Facebook.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes I feel the need to hold myself back from reading too much into one of Steves Holiday Tau.  Back from a vacation, finding a little fun project might help me shake the low energy sleep deprivation off just enough to proceed, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Have fun finding your new motivation.  Expose yourself to possibly exciting prospects to see what works.” Capricorn

Maybe.  McQueen’s Holiday Tau could describe how I searched for a “Book of Steves” on Amazon and in Google.  Wow, I’m not seeing it, though.  As always if you can use Steve’s TauBit, feel free to take it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ll be answering questions of scale, figuring out what size of life feels comfortable and enlarging it just a bit from there.” Aries

Can you believe the Holiday Tau two musical icons and a comedian share?  Except for you, I haven’t shared this passion project to anyone else.  It fits, and I want it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

Thank you two Gs & a K.  So, you’re saying if I use my time wisely this Saturday, by Tuesday will return?  I’m all in!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “This is a fine time to start a good habit.  Things you do will have a cumulative effect.  Your energy three days from now will depend a lot on how you conduct yourself today.” Virgo

You know, I couldn’t agree with your Holiday Tau, Steve but I just not in the market for it after my second day of sleep deprivation. Except for the least resistance part.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “The struggle is real, but only as real as you want to make it.  Or go with the thing that offers no resistance.  Neither is better, they’re just different journeys and lessons.” Gemini

So, I have to say I misread the Holiday Tau for two comedians and a founder.  I read it as ‘when you find your way’, but it grabbed and held onto my interest just as I was about to down grade its wisdom.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “What used to be challenging becomes more palatable when you find your ‘why.’” Leo

I’m pretty sure what I need, both rest and inspiration, so I’m leaving your Holiday Tau alone for you to enjoy.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’re not sure what you need more — rest or inspiration, food or fasting, attention or the fire that builds from knowing you are on your own.  Life will give you just what you need.” Sagittarius

Give me some sleep, then wake me up on Tuesday and offer your Holiday Tau again.  Thanks, Steve.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t underestimate the power of your body to assist you.  Try new health methods and activities.” Pisces

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S1 E87 — Pipe Bombs Destroy Vacation Bliss

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Yes, if you noticed we left a hole in our tracking of the Holiday Tau between 8/31/19 and today, September 19th.  Why?  

Evidence

We knew our vacation bliss had evaporated with the news of pipe bombs being planted at Donald Trump’s political enemies’ homes and offices played on the radio in the shuttle car on the 405 freeway.

Emma the Baroness and I with her brothers sampled the best of Norway mixed in with intimate time with her cousins and their children and in some case grandchildren.  

Our plane touched down at LAX on schedule yesterday at 5 pm Pacific Coast Time — which is, what, nine hours difference? 

We flew from Oslo to Heathrow and to LAX  and suffered reentry transition trauma to our sleep patterns. 

As much as I could mentally expend the energy, I realized I had become my mother writing everything down. She took short hand to type up later. I waited until after the experience — day-by-day in the evening after a days adventure,  while she wrote during vacations and missed witnessing the sights. Sis and I teased her on Hawaiian bus tour when she couldn’t match up her notes to the photographs we took for her vacation album. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hello again Steve.  Your Holiday Tau intrigues me — our plans had been interrupted and disrupted frequently in transit.  Airlines mostly. But, you learn to go with the flow except for a few times when a member of our party, who is easily angered, lost it several times.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Hi Steve, I get it and will look forward to experiencing it, but honestly I’m too tired and burned out to appreciate your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “Oddly enough, putting too much thought into a thing can make it less effective.  The slapdash version will contain the most honest information.” Cancer

Hi Steve, Steve and Steve.  I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau, but will need to come back to it sometime in the future.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Don’t aim your message to all.  Aim it from the most specific part of you toward something particular in another person.” Leo

First reaction?  Returning to both freeway traffic jams and pipe bomb news crushed my vacation bliss.  I’m too tired to react anyway but cynically today.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Some interpret news hopefully, and others defensively or cynically.  Optimism and pessimism are just different interpretations, though optimistic people are usually happier.” Capricorn

Nash’s Holiday Tau shimmered enough so I could glimpse it before my brain and entire body shut down as I contemplated where I had left off in each of my passion projects.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’ll be busy with many areas of life at once, but you’ll also have a sense of spiritual alignment that makes this easier than it sounds.”Aquarius

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S1 E92 — Shh … Secrets Husbands Keep to Ourselves

Bam!! We rushed around in panic.  The deadline crashed into us before we were ready.  If we didn’t leave now we’d risk everything …

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re feeling pulled in different directions at once internally, and this makes it more challenging to decide how to spend your hours.” Cancer

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Friday again and welcome to Episode 92 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

We were down to minutes left before we had to hit the 405 and catch our flight to Norway, factoring in what could go wrong according to Murphy’s law.

There’s TSA security and traffic and customs delays, if any, at LAX international terminal.

I backed my 4 Runner up close to our garage to load it up.

A little too close.  OK way too close! Major damage close.

I dented at least two of the white horizontal patterns.  

It still opened ok, so as any husband would do I kept that information to myself and hoped Emma the Baroness wouldn’t notice since she had at least five or six things on her last minute mind about Norway.

Ah, a wonderful relaxing vacation.  

And then, like any good husband would do when driving back into our driveway I confessed.  So, this was the week when we discovered we had to replace the entire door — after considering AAA’s suggestion to claim it would raise our homeowner’s premium.

Gulp.

I know honey, but wasn’t it a wonderful vacation?  Wouldn’t you’ve worried about the cost, if you knew about it before I left?  I was only thinking about your happiness.

But, enough about me.  How about Donald J. Trump?  

Did it work? 

Can I remind you about 5 months of impeachment inquiry and the Mueller investigation and more recently a whistle blower complaint?  

I’m having a hard time wrapping my vacation re-entry mind around just what the hell is going on.

How can you put it all into perspective?

One article I read, pointed my pitiful brain to the slight-of-hand employed by magicians and how a bigly number of  people are so gullible.  

I didn’t want to be one of them, so I continued with 17 hours  of note-taking on what Kurt Andersen had written in “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.”

What about any Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Sorry.  Moving on then.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

No way.  WW&C’s Holiday Tau nailed it, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Your possessions take up a lot of your time today because you understand that ownership always comes with the responsibility of maintenance.” Taurus

So, here’s my proposal, I feel synchronicity if I combine the Holiday Tau for Aoki, Howey and McQueen as a strategy package.  Hearing no objections, make it so.

I’m researching Fantasyland to frame my picture of current events.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You can’t control the entire picture of life, but you do get to control how you frame your part of it.” Sagittarius

Ditto.  While I feel the urgent pull of competing passion projects, I really need to crystalize the frame.  So I’m spending a ton of hours on Fantasyland. Can you spell P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re feeling pulled in different directions at once internally, and this makes it more challenging to decide how to spend your hours.” Cancer

And, as I’m want to do, I’ll leave my Fantasyland obsession emotionally and physically depleted and step away to meditate to allow my intuition to take over.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “To tune into your intuition, you need your busy mind to hush down to library-level quiet.” Aries

Thanks, but today wasn’t the right time for mischief.  Just saying …

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You’ve an unrelenting positive attitude, and yet you feel the need to mix in a little mischief just to keep it interesting.” Virgo

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S1 E90 — Day 90 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment

Yup, you could say I’m addicted  to my muse especially on a day like this.  Now that’s what I’m talking about.  Is that serendipity or synchronicity?  Who cares? The essence of Steve McQueen for all to see  in his Holiday Tau.  Could anything be better?

Evidence

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You can chalk some things up to compatibility or incompatibility and leave it there, no analyzation necessary.” Aries

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

Welcome to Sunday’s Episode 90 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 22nd day of September in the fall of 2019.

Having nothing better to do — that I really really should do, but don’t want to do — I ask my simple question “What would Leo da V do?” and wait for a flow to start with a drop.  

Then a drip, drip, drip and … but this time he answered with a provocative question of his own.

Is there a “Tao of Steve”?  Don’t you remember that independent film, he whispered, that we see every few years on a movie channel about seduction and “coming of age?” Here’s the official review:

A wonderfully funny romantic movie whose plot follows the application of a pseudo-philosophical approach to seducing women.

Yes, the method combines a supposedly Taoist recipe of fictional ingredients taken by the character, Dex (not a Steve) from what he loves about Steve Austin and Steve McGarrett, TV characters in popular shows at the time, and embodied by Steve McQueen a famous actor — but is that all there is to it?

Is there really a Tao of Steve — something more shared by all Steves?  If there is, shouldn’t mothers know about it?  Especially expectant mothers and for that matter all first time parents like Jamie and Paul know it ahead of time? “Mad About You.”

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.  The essence of Steve McQueen in his Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You can chalk some things up to compatibility or incompatibility and leave it there, no analyzation necessary.” Aries

If I’m asking myself “why” about this project, then WW&C’s Holiday Tau is as close to an answer as I can surface today.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The best teachers share knowledge that shines a light on possibilities and makes exploration possible.” Taurus

Well, I suppose so, but I’m focused on this passion project — unless near the end I encounter, but miss self-defeating behaviors raising their ugly heads.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “The first step in changing self-defeating behaviors is in realizing that this is indeed what they are.” Gemini

Have I already found my groove?  Thanks, CM&W for your Holiday Tau reminder. 

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ve already found what works for you.  You won’t be afraid to experiment.” Leo

The new, hmm what is Aoki’s Holiday Tau all about and how does it apply to me?  Learning about Patreon”

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’ll be learning something new.  Start with the basics.” Sagittarius

As much as this one tantalizes me, I’m not getting it.  Feel free to enlighten or motivate yourself. 

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you change, what will happen as a result? Surprises and unexpected delights are around the bench.” Pisces

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