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

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

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

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

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

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

In Know Laboratories:

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

In Best West Road Trips:

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

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

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E14 — How!

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

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

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 14 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 20th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Could it?  

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

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

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

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

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

Take that, Manifest Destiny!

Evidence

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E13 — Why?

Have you ever pushed the wrong button on your remote or tapped on a link by accident and found something very interesting?  No, me neither.   

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 13 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 19th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects;  S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt … 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

But, I’m so far behind in my publishing pipeline that my conscious mind detached from my finger and clicked on the bio of the source of the Holiday Tau — Holiday Mathis.

So?  I’m pretty sure this portion of her bio is what attracted me enough to engage in my 1-Year Experiment that wrapped up just as the pandemic forced a lot of us into remote work. 

And, here it is where the beginning to the end of life as we’ve known it may be a few more vaccine shots — Fauci Ouchies — away.

Here’s the portion I enjoyed.  

Life can seem at times to be chaotic and random. Humans are notoriously uncomfortable with randomness. Our brains have evolved to filter out most of it, so what gets through are the threats, the changes, and a small amount of “other” from which we are compelled to try make order, to look for a pattern, to come up with a theory, to construct a narrative, to dig into a belief about… is trying, like we all are, to find the pattern.

Evidence

So why is there no Holiday Tau for us — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Especially since Emma the Baroness returned yesterday afternoon from four days at Mammoth Mountain for the family ski trip.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks the Stevie — maybe from her years of singing love songs — here’s the missing Holiday Tau I expected.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The work of love isn’t a doing/acting/fixing job today. The work of love is a listening gig, an ‘entering in the spirit of another’ practice, a task that encompasses receiving and relaxing.” Gemini

And, maybe more profound, but on the same wavelength marries our hearts with our spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The silence between two people is as unique as the sound of their shared language. As you listen to a quiet punctuated by words, you’ll hear clearly the heart’s intention.” Sagittarius

The older we get, and as I advised Executive MBA students and cautioned executive new hires to reframe from was blurting out how we handled that at (my former company) you have to guard against, because it gets old quickly.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:What you’re hearing will mentally trigger a story about the time it happened to you, but you won’t tell that story. Instead, you’ll give your support generously without flipping focus your way.” Cancer

Maybe because I’m addicted to Michael Connelly’s Bosch series and more than I expected to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Microft Holmes series, I want to dig deeper.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S3 E12 — You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Trying to make sense about what is going on becomes a fuller time job than ever before and comes at a time when the pandemic may affect our brain’s ability to make simple decisions.  I track the chaos and volatility we face at my Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty website. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not only will you see what others overlook but you’ll also turn these details and aspects around in your mind until you start to see how they might fit together in a more useful, interesting or lucrative way.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 12 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 18th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me! 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

One of my more recent posts curated five of the most recent advances in the study of the brain. In the upcoming queue another disturbing article describes how cognitive fatigue changes functional connections in our brain’s fatigue network, and to be honest I didn’t know I had one.

However, what’s got my mind in a frenzied, muddled state is just now reading what’s in my upcoming “Disruption” queue,  the declassified version from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about the 2016 and 2020 election interference, the role of Russia, Putin and a key spy who gained access to and influenced Trump administration officials. Putin’s experts spread lies, misinformation and influenced the divisions already present in our country across social media platforms.

And, this nugget just adds to my brain’s fatigue network. 

Isn’t doing this an act of treason?  By Steve Benen today, ”[T]he fact is that [Russian operatives] were so comfortable using people like Devin Nunes that Andriy Derkach — a known Russian asset — sent information to Devin Nunes at the Intelligence Committee. We literally had the package receipt.”

Anyway, as an idea packager I’ve been working on my original research into a model of our whole lives played out against the backdrop of the key wildcard trends and disruptions swirling around us (politics and the pandemic have dominated, for example).

Which, of course, requires pattern recognition and anticipation for making better decisions, choosing options and unfolding opportunities. At least that’s the benefit.  And the fun for me.

Evidence

Skipping Zahn’s Holiday Tau because it just didn’t make any sense for today, I turned to the three remaining Steves instead.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now this TauBit of Wisdom for Jobs fits my idealized image of him, but gets to the heart of pursuing opportunities.  They’re hidden in plain sight.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Most of the opportunities blend into the background with the stylish camouflage of people wearing suits made out of the wallpaper they are standing in front of. If you scan the scene, you’ll miss it. You have to really look.” Pisces

So closer inspection of the scene is one thing , but quite another when you are lied to and have your “force field filter” activated.  Was it one of my favorite Steves, Colbert last night or a passage in “Mycroft and Sherlock” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on my Kindle, I don’t know, but the phrase stuck, something to the effect that you can’t cure stupid, but there’s a cure for ignorance. So whether everyone else overlooks opportunities, you can find them, play with them and find patterns that fit them together in more lucrative ways.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not only will you see what others overlook but you’ll also turn these details and aspects around in your mind until you start to see how they might fit together in a more useful, interesting or lucrative way.” Aries

But, surely I jest. Yup, and here’s coach Kerr to share his TauBit explaining why!

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: You need humor. It’s not an option; it’s a requirement. Laughter releases the tension, elevates your point of view, lifts your mood and aligns you with the people who get you on a soul level.” Libra

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E11 — Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

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

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 11 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 14th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

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

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

Evidence

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

Can you feel the intentions of last week…? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, I see wait for it …”

“Good lord was that you?”

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E10 — Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland

Our neighbor was called to duty in an effort to evacuate Silverado Canyon where he said a Tesla was nearly swallowed in what loosened from the wildfires a few weeks ago and liquified.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 10 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 13th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best; S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:When you think you might be missing something, you double back, pat yourself up and down, and ask questions out loud. Do that today even when you’re sure you’ve got it all together. There’s luck in the double-check.  Aquarius

Evidence

So what’s been going on?  I’m a creature of rabbits, so you know when they aren’t around to be shot with my hose early in the morning I’m feeling out of sorts.  No competitive juices surge at 5 am. 

Why? Easy to explain.  

They might have been drowned in the storm that pounded the southland.  

Our neighbor was called to duty in an effort to evacuate Silverado Canyon where he said a Tesla was nearly swallowed in what loosened from the wildfires a few weeks ago and liquified. Not everybody eagerly vacated their beloved forest compounds back in the boonies he said, but at least they were warned.

Instead of swearing at rabbits I turned my frustration towards relearning hard won efficiencies I habitually relied upon usually at 5:30 to 6 am.  

Through bleary eyes and yawns I try keep Sheila Peterson in mind, because she follows 22 of my digital magazines.  She’s easily the champion when it comes to following the majority of my 37 curations.  

Just checked the statistics and  I’ve been feeding that beast  — 57,026 articles for 7,529 followers like Sheila.

That hasn’t changed.  What has, is the behind the scenes personalization process I manage to deliver our daily digest fresh from the labs, literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll. 

But, I digress which is my superpower.  I don’t only miss my rabbit habit, but I’ll miss Emma the Baroness. 

She’s staging canned goods and meal ingredients in the corner of the kitchen between the stove and the refrigerator next to the toaster oven on the one inch thick white counter top and in front of the gray back splash under the custom white cabinets with the show off display windows at their top.  

Staging area two is on the second floor in Shaggy’s former bedroom on his bed laid out behind her office chair and white wood desk top which is home to the printer, her files and gray steel colored MacBook Pro.  

A third more serious staging area with skis, boots and poles will block entrance to that portion of the garage which normally affords access to the lawn mower, two ladders, and boxes that store all the outdoor wicker furniture covers, when for those three or four days at a time, the back patio converts into  holiday and festive barbecue gatherings where you can expand your vision across a natural canyon, now domesticated, to rolling hills, now developed, and to your left to the foothills and peaks of Saddleback Mountains.  

Then you enjoy a panoramic view, if three of the four tan umbrellas aren’t fully opened and I’ve trimmed our trees just enough to provide that California style of privacy from neighbors and a view of what had been a ranch before and long before that, Native American hunting grounds. 

But today, Emma the Baroness is packing for a winter adventure.  

I only hope when she hitches a ride with Jazzy and Delta Girl in his white Toyota long bed with shell they all consider how switching to Daylight savings time throws off their rendezvous time by one hour.  

Who can remember if it is an hour earlier or later? I’m not counting on the grass-eating escapees who break out from Barb’s Bunny Ranch and cross the border to my front lawn.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Man, this life of crime of shooting rabbits out of season can grow on you especially if what’s rightfully yours — a Holiday Tau — skips you, Zahn, Emma the Baroness and Winkler too.  So, Harvey, Aoki, Greene and Guttenberg and Nash, what did you get that I might beg, borrow or steal?  

Tell me about it, Steve.  It’s what feeds my superpower, if it weren’t for all those social influencers. Today it’s Emma’s agenda.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Your intuition is spot-on this weekend, so all you have to do is follow it. That’s harder than it sounds though, with social influencers around you trying to impose their own agenda.” Capricorn

So, hi Steve.  If I interpret this vague, but intriguing tale you offer up correctly I should keep my mouth shut when someone drops off his or her skis for transportation to the snow-laden mountain? 

“4” Steve Aoki, 41: “The day’s plot hinges on discerning truth. Lies of omission are harder to detect than those told out loud because they do not come with any tell-tale variances that give their recipient a fighting chance at detecting them.” Sagittarius

So does this mean I might get lucky tonight?

“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’re friendly to everyone and you don’t need a reason to be. There’s love in you and you want to give it — that’s reason enough. Tonight you get the feeling that your luck could spring from anywhere, and you’re right!” Virgo

Hold on here.  Are you suggesting this could be the beginning of a new Tik Tok dance craze or just simply I need to remember to bring my reservation invitation and CDC card for my 3:40 pm poke in the arm?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:When you think you might be missing something, you double back, pat yourself up and down, and ask questions out loud. Do that today even when you’re sure you’ve got it all together. There’s luck in the double-check.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E9 — Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best 

“No Irish Need Apply, Nor Worship in the Highlands or Somerset County,” is the chapter’s working title. The one part from yesterday that wasn’t a misrepresentation described how my grandfather served in World War I in the Navy and became a “spy” for the State Department.

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 9 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 12th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment

 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People only take risks in hopes of achieving goals they think are possible. You’ll paint a picture of your vision with well-chosen words and provide the inspiration others need to move forward.” Aries

Evidence

I have to correct an item from yesterday.  Here’s what my mother wrote initially:

Friday —

Hope you had a wonderful birthday (not today, but on Halloween — Scorpio Time) Well, I learned something this morning!! After our talk about family “history” last night, I read the large framed document in the guest room hallway — and — guess what, John McLennan was my grandfather.  The following is excerpt from the larger of the two documents.  

Supreme Council 33rd & 

Last Degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Council of Free Masonry. 

John McLennan, Native of Scotland 

born December 27, 1861, 

resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.  

Duly enrolled in our Grand Armyin Auroa Gratia Consigitory 

December 21, 1900.

Months later she wrote:

Also — it occurred to me that in your search for my Dad’s background I neglected to tell you that all of our ancestor’s names would begin with “Mc”!! 

My dad had it changed to “Mac” (Don’t know when), telling me he didn’t want to be confused as any ‘Irish Catholic”!!! Bigotry??!!

Somewhere in my digital files I remember the background, oh I remember now it’s in the queue for inclusion as a chapter in the “Volume Three Manuscript”. 

Here it is, the chapter’s working title is “No Irish Need Apply, Nor Worship in the Highlands or Somerset County.”

The one part from yesterday that wasn’t a misrepresentation described how my grandfather served in World War I in the Navy and became a “spy” for the state department.

My mom wished be a happy birthday (though not for today), and alas none of us enjoyed Holiday Tau today — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness nor me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So it’s only fair, this being the start of the weekend and the start of the end of the pandemic to appropriate Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Your creativity soars high. This year, you’ll follow a wild idea to full realization. The golden question is this: Which one? You have so many! The criteria your idea must meet to be successful: It helps others, is needed and doesn’t exist in the world already, and there’s a clear vision to the first dollar you’ll make to sustain it.

Yes I stipulate to many, many creative ideas so the question is golden. And, thank you for defining what my criteria should be.

Don’t you agree Steve’s Holiday Tau fits nicely with my soaring wild ideas?  It extends in more detail how to describe more clearly.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People only take risks in hopes of achieving goals they think are possible. You’ll paint a picture of your vision with well-chosen words and provide the inspiration others need to move forward.” Aries

And, then there’s this.  Howey’s Holiday Tau advocating achieving clarity of purpose by crafting an elevator pitch. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:If you don’t have an ‘elevator pitch,’ then this is the perfect time to come up with one. It’s not for the influential people you might meet; rather, it’s your clarity of purpose.” Cancer

I’ve struggled to figure out an efficient way posting a draft to Patreon or one of my websites.  And, then get good at remembering all the stuff that is quirky about each site. And, after that routinely pump them out. Stuff I have to work out: 205 curations, essays, chapters and essays at various stages in the pipeline and 97 Volume Two and Three manuscript chapter drafts. I’ve made headway these last two weeks by following CM&W’s Holiday Tau almost to the letter.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’re efficient and impressively productive, appearing to balance many things at once, when really you are balancing one thing at a time, giving your full attention to each, however briefly.” Leo

In a word, “iterate” is the working principle once I start something.  But, while that’s how I approach the tactical writing, staying in the moment, I keep an eye on what’s up ahead and navigate away from blind alleys or boxed in mazes of my own making.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s all about thinking ahead today. You’ll anticipate potential pitfalls and either avoid them or, if they are unavoidable, deal with them as quickly as possible.  Aquarius

Thanks Harvey, one of my most frequent testimonials from my clients has been your TauBit.  I hope to continue in this stage of my writing career.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re influential. Maybe you won’t detect it, but you can be certain that people believe something different after they’ve interacted with you than what they believed before they encountered you.”  Capricorn

And finally, if Smith and Nicks’ Holiday Tau told me if instead of hurling left-wing and right-wing arguments at each other, you looked one or two levels deeper under the name calling you’d find a commonly agreed upon problem statement, then yes I’d sign up.  Something could be accomplished,  After all it takes two wings to fly.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Both sides of the argument can’t be right, but there is a rightness in each stance. It will bring you good fortune to look for it. Do it quietly, gingerly and with great respect.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S3 E8 — Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?

What’s been going on?  Emma the Baroness received that life saver poke in the arm through the backseat driver’s side (no comment) window as we drove through Soka University.  It’s a life saver for two reasons.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 8 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 11th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 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; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; 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; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; 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; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Ever since the Big Bang, this plane of existence has been made up of contrasts, curves and cycles. You wouldn’t want it all one way. Embrace how it is now. It’s about to change.”  Aries

Evidence

One, for real and two the Pfizer’s second dose allows her to vacate with the boarders and skiers at Mammoth Mountain in the eastern sierras. 

Yay! However comma. 

Have you ever lost a document because it became so long that, when you tried to save your world-changing insights after hours of composing,  it crashed?  

Or the Apple circle of death icon spun and spun?  Some days it feels like I’m snake bit, as my old pappy would say.  

There’s always something that forces a resourceful work around — which frequently is temporary and which causes more harm than not — like going all in on start up technology that goes belly up.  

I’m looking at you Hypercard, delic-i-ous, Microsoft Entourage…

Why am I bitching and moaning? 

My latest work around threw all my hard won efficiencies out the window. 

    • One master document weighs in at 1.7 MB (by the way is that larger or smaller than say 254 KB? I can never remember.  
    • It’s like a brain stutter as I try to figure out if bond yields increase that’s somehow a bad thing), and 643.5 pages required a breakdown.  
    • Or else I’d suffer one.  
    • The short and the long of it means it takes me 2.5 x longer to accomplish simple tasks dipping into and out of nine smaller instead of one larger source.

Oh, I forgot.  

Biden’s $1.9 Trillion relief package passed the Senate and the House so he’ll put pen to paper and tip the first domino of recovery so it falls off the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and into your bank account in about 72 hours.

Now turning back to what is really important, me.  

Actually, what is important to Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  

While I am neither a spy or a secret society member, if my mother is correct my grandfather worked for the State Department in the Brooklyn Naval Yards and achieved one of the highest orders in the “Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonery.” 

I must come by it honestly — craving privacy.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Though you’re not a spy or a member of a secret society, and you’re not doing much today that you shouldn’t be doing, you still want privacy and appreciate most those who respect yours the best.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Note:  This is not my birthday, but I’ll sign up for it anyway, especially the June part. Maybe you should too. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Perhaps improving sleep, fitness and nutrition is not included on your list of ambitious and glamourous goals. And yet, self-discipline in this regard will be cosmically the birthday gift you’ll most cherish, as all you desire will be served on the shiny platter of good habits. An excellent rating gets you promoted in June.

Good habits, eh?  Sure, but will they help me when McQueens’ ominous warning comes true?  Near as I can figure after the Big Bang came Young Sheldon, but I’m a student of gaps, cycles, innovation curves and science and art contrasts.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Ever since the Big Bang, this plane of existence has been made up of contrasts, curves and cycles. You wouldn’t want it all one way. Embrace how it is now. It’s about to change.”  Aries

Somehow I’m getting Smith and Nicks are pointing to cult-like bias fed by certain social media platforms and geezer cable news channels.  Wait, you’re saying I should read it again?  Okay.  But I stand by my set up.  I’m inferring science asks questions, closes gaps in understanding in such a way that the answers can be repeated yielding the same results.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It really doesn’t matter how good a person is at formulating answers if all of the questions are pointless. This is why you examine your questions with the aim of up-leveling before you ask them.” Gemini

Here I felt the Holiday Tau kept me on a roll.  While I did achieve a period of lucid dreaming and value imagination more than you know, I’m not rating G&G’s as high as the other Steve.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You will travel through the magic of media and dreams. Your own fantasies provide the sweetest escapes but much more is possible. Learning to guide your imagination is a skill that will bring good fortune to hand.” Virgo

Oops, maybe I should combine Kerr’s with Greene and Guttenberg to reach a higher score.  And I use imagination after I stuff my mind with facts and figures in my meditations.

“5“  Steve Kerr, 54: You’ll be working your mind like it’s your job — because it is. While feeding your brain the facts and figures that will be necessary, also throw in the unnecessary stuff that makes it all go down a little sweeter.” Libra

I see how it is.  Ending today while reminding myself about my bitching and moaning about losing all your careful articulation and long hours and effort only to loose your precious document.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Communicating well will require careful articulation, patience and a level of attention emotional attunement that is, quite frankly, work. Nonetheless, everything good comes through good communication.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S3 E7 — Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?

San Harris’ podcasts  act like gravity pulling me back into that original career.  He made me curious again about how the brain works, what the current neuroscience tells us and what it can’t and who is the “I” when “I” write this or that?  And, who can resist those calls he records with Ricky Gervais?

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 7 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 7th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E6 — ; S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season 

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; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming 

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; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Who you are in any given moment is ever only part of who you are. Celebrate or forgive yourself as necessary, though without giving too much weight to any single expression of you. We are all works in progress.” Scorpio

Evidence

Can you say I tried to tidy up a bit?  Just a TauBit?

Yes.  In my mind I’d been juggling chapter starts and stops for three different and yet interrelated publications. Last week I bit the bullet and began “Volume Two Manuscript,” “Volume Three Manuscript,” “Tau of Steves Manuscripts”.

Early in the morning when I shopped for the Holiday Tau I found this introduction as a nice theme for my day and what I’ve been musing about.  Here’s today’s intro I feel sums up my intentions and expectations:

Expectations are often met, which is why we have them in the first place. (T)hey are also often not met. Watch out for negative expectations based in fear of hurt or loss. Hidden in the subconscious dark, those expectations are dangerously powerful. Illuminated, they might be downright silly.

Silly.  

I expect that applies to how I feel about The Tau of Steves — My One Year Experiment.  But I recalled how I once followed John Lilly’s 8-step program when I transformed myself from a psychologist career trajectory to a career as an internal consultant, organizational learning, knowledge creation and innovation advisor. 

Subconscious. 

The recent San Harris podcasts have been acting like gravity pulling me back into that original career.  He made me curious again about how the brain works, what the current neuroscience tells us and what it can’t and who is the “I” when “I” write this or that?  And, who can resist those calls he records with Ricky Gervais?

Reality.

I feel less silly about tracking horoscopes as a natural experiment when I recall Lilly’s method for suspending any preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later compare them to the consensual reality. 

How should I go about conducting this experiment?  Following his methodology, it’s all about the analytics as social media experts say.

I believe it opens the way for me to keep a straight face for launching my 1-year experiment.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Who you are in any given moment is ever only part of who you are. Celebrate or forgive yourself as necessary, though without giving too much weight to any single expression of you. We are all works in progress.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Maybe even more than today’s legitimate TauBit of Wisdom for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me, is Howey’s Holiday Tau.  His triggered a little memory to bubble up reminding me of a solution to silliness and fear of foolishness in John Lilly’s steps.  Thanks, Steve.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Instead of offering suggestions, be a model. Ideas, advice and semantics can always be debated, but a living, thriving example is a hard thing to argue with.” Cancer

As I researched how it’s okay to be introverted, the one major weakness we all share is feeling pressure to accept a social engagement we really, really don’t want to attend which will only drain our energy and is expected of us, so we don’t want to disappoint.  An introverted psychologist, Marti Olsen Laney, wrote about McQueen’s Holiday Tau in “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World.”

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There’s a way of saying no without disappointing anyone. Figure out what you’re willing to do and then emphasize that point as you get out of what you’re not willing to do.” Aries

The Tau for Smith and Nicks mirror meditative flows I’ve encountered leading to release of anxious thoughts.  Another? Just write them down and accept emerging solutions as you compose.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “To struggle against unwanted thoughts and emotions can sometimes exacerbate them. Other approaches to try include: leaning into them getting to the bottom of them or simply allowing for them.” Gemini

Should I or shouldn’t I?  My friend the social scientist frustrated with his friends who just don’t wear masks — the so-called Neanderthals, who by the way went extinct when they couldn’t or wouldn’t adapt to climate change (but that’s another story) offered to help like CM&W’s Holiday Tau suggests.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Your success will depend on your choice of partner. Seek a troubleshooter with a different skillset from your own. Positive results come from anticipating the negative.” Leo

So, I guess it comes down self-respect vs. stealing Kerr’s Holiday Tau.  You’re right I wouldn’t dream of stealing his victory, but I’ll take his assist, since I can’t really use his 3-point shooting ability back in the day.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54: To struggle with and overcome adversity is the cornerstone of self-respect. That victory is a prize you wouldn’t dream of stealing, nor would you want it stolen from you. There’s a fine line between assistance and robbery.” Libra

Okay, to me this seems like a sentiment that went out of fashion over the last four years of loyalty tests and zero-sum games.  Me, me, me.  I take it all and you get nothing and if you turn on me, I’ll hit back twice as hard.  To move past the feelings I’ll have to combine Nash’s TauBit with Smith and Nicks’

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Life is not a competition to be won at the expense of others, though many seem to think so. Avoid them. You can wish them well as you move past, seeking interactions more nuanced, inclusive and evolved.” Aquarius

Thank you Jobs.  Yes, I’ve veered, but I’m practicing one little bit at a time to start and then add an iteration on top of that to course correct my neglected publishing nightmare of a pipeline.

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Perhaps you’ve veered from the aims you made at the start of the month, but your goals are still doable. A course correction now will fix it. Have an honest and practical talk with yourself.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E6 — What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Isn’t incredible that so many  people do not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and my first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 6 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 6th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Evidence

I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today:

      1. History is an art, not a science.
      2. History is typically told by the war-winners, the power-players, the dominant forces on the scene. Therefore, history is never the truth; it’s only a truth.
      3. History changes and evolves with humanity.
      4. If you don’t take charge of your own history, someone else will. If you care about your story enough to shape it and tell it your way, then it will have a chance of living on in that manner. If not, your story is vulnerable to the whims of whoever tells it.
      5. History must be told again and again. No one remembers a story told to them once. Enduring history is told until it forms grooves in our individual and collective consciousness.
      6. Some believe that a person dies twice: once when they stop being alive and then again when they stop being remembered.
      7. To take up the cause of telling the story of the conquered, overlooked, oppressed and little-known is a noble cause.
      8. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana, philosopher.

Sobering, eh?  I’ve been having conversations kinda like those with my friend, Brook and with my self in an internal dialogue.  

But, today Emma the Baroness arranged for a pontoon boat excursion around our lake with SLO Girl and Shaggy to celebrate Delta Girl and Jazzy’s engagement — but the threat of Shaggy’s and Jazzy’s recent snowboarding expedition to Big Sky near White Fish Lake, Montana canceled it.  

With potential COVID contagion on airlines, in airports and ski lodges postponed the romantic event Jazzy and Shaggy advised against the risk.  

Although Emma the Baroness’ love story literally jolted us with our electric shoulder bumps and has grown in different ways over the years, we definitely could have passed on Zahn’s Holiday Tau — it’s not all roses given and received, don’t you know.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Don’t let the mythologies around love color your own ideas too literally. For example, ‘love at first sight’ is only one version. It is every bit as exciting to build a friendship into something more electrifying.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

As internal consultants pushing a boulder uphill during an organizational transformation  used to say, “Suspend your critical thinking” as a way to get past the it-will-never-work-because-we-already-tried-it status quo dismissals of new ideas.  Now, should we be saying, “Suspend your belief about …” 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You cannot make a point with someone who won’t, can’t or just isn’t listening. The growth of your influence depends on picking the right audience, something you have a talent for now.” Aries

Isn’t unbelievable that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Insights.  That’s what I’m all about. What is the half life of wisdom? For engineers the half life of their knowledge, I believe,  is five years — that’s the measure of how far they have fallen behind in their profession if they haven’t taken classes, engaged in self-study or dedicated time each day, week and month to invest in themselves.  Otherwise they loose their value in the employment marketplace.  Given the pace of life how long is it until half of what passes for wisdom no longer works?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Insight into who you are and why you make certain choices is no small gain. It’s knowledge not usually acquired in school or imparted by experts. Insights into self are the gold of true seekers. You’re to be commended.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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