Season One: The One-Year Natural Experiment

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

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Season One: The One-Year Natural Experiment

S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment

S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment

S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E38Day 38 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook? 

S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On 

S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream 

S1 E42Love on the Run 

S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day 

S1 E44Google Me Some Chopped Liver 

S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk 

S1 E49 — Magnetize the Version You Imagine 

S1 E50The Bias Brothers or Just Plain Losers? 

S1 E51Brief, Broad, Fast, Wow and Delight 

S1 E52Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken 

S1 E53High 5’s for Tau Secrets Revealed 

S1 E54A Version That’s a TauBit Grander 

S1 E55All Roads Lead to the Future 

S1 E56It’s Frickin’ Summer and So Are You 

12 Hidden Secrets and Stolen Wisdom – Month Two 

S1 E57More or Less in the Know 

S1 E58Judging a Stroll from the Hotel Santa Barbara to the Lobero Theater 

S1 E59Where Did All the Dillon Millennials Go? Eureka! 

S1 E60Overlapping Cycles of Life 

S1 E61 — Investment of Time and Effort 

S1 E62Next Reality? 

S1 E63Day 63 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E64 — Father and Son Rituals out of Storage 

S1 E65Focus Your Mental Energy 

S1 E66Do Your Proposals Lead to Contracts? 

S1 E67Don’t Misunderstand Me 

S1 E68Overcompensating for Disappointing Results? 

S1 E69Anniversary Trip of a Lifetime Deep in the Heart of Tuscany 

S1 E70Lingering Fear My Cover Was Blown 

S1 E71Isn’t There a Placebo for This? 

S1 E72It’s Taken so Long, I Could be Wrong 

S1 E73Do You Need a Little Leo da V Time Too? 

S1 E74You Know What To Do, Yeah Right! 

S1 E75Dreams and Schemes and Workarounds 

S1 E76“The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”

S1 E77Why This Caper Is Breaking My Mind 

S1 E78Drag Me to Obsolescence, Clear the Way to the Future 

S1 E79Can I Keep It Up? For a Year? 

S1 E80I’ll Give You Adverse Conditions, Steve 

S1 E81— Is This My Wake Up Call, Steve? 

S1 E82Why Writers Aren’t the Only Endangered Species. Sigh. 

S1 E83The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book 

S1 E90Day 90 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment 

S1 E84Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do? 

S1 E85What happens when the fear subsides? 

S1 E86Day 86 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment 

S1 E87 — Pipe Bombs Destroy Vacation Bliss 

S1 E88Who’s Marc Maron and What’s da Vinci got to do with him? 

S1 E89Because If You Don’t Someone Else Will. It’s Worth It! 

S1 E90Day 90 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment 

S1 E91If that, then this … ? The daily double?

S1 E92Shh … Secrets Husbands Keep to Ourselves 

S1 E93Why is it easier to Hate than to Love the other Half? 

S1 E94Wasn’t There a Movie about the Tau of Steve? 

S1 E95No Back to Work Days or Hump Days Allowed 

S1 E96Old Rabbits Die Hard 

S1 E97 My Top 19 Reasons for Failing 

S1 E98Why Can’t I Leave 26 Orphans for a Well Deserved Vacation? 

S1 E99What’s in a Name? Baby Boy Names? 

S1 E100Running out of Determination and Grit by the 100th Day 

S1 E101From Saint to Soul Mate and Trusted Friend 

S1 E102Why Is It Always Hidden in the Fine Print? 

S1 E103Innies and Outies and Other Potential Catastrophes 

S1 E104How Yesterday’s Success Triggers Tomorrow’s Failure 

S1 E105Will Fortune Smile on Us Later in the Evening? 

S1 E106 — Attempts to Upset 9 of My Life Stages Apple Cart 

S1 E107How Do You Rate Your Sense of Curiosity? 

S1 E108After So Many Defeats is it Time to Catch a New Trajectory? 

S1 E109Do All Introverts Take the Long Acetylcholine Pathway? 

S1 E110Love, Longing, Belonging, Connection and Loss 

S1 E111Is There Half-life of Wisdom? 

S1 E112 —  When Was the Last Time You Wrangled Your Past? 

S1 E113Is This an Omen? 

S1 E114Setbacks, Frustration, Epic Fails but How Was Your Day? 

S1 E115Meandering Minds, Falling Branches and Strange Pacing Until … 

S1 E116The Jolt of Lightning that Changed Everything 

S1 E117Poets and Priests and Testifying Under Oath … 

S1 E118Swiping Your Birthday Is What I Do, So Sue Me 

S1 E119What Happens When You Hold an Idea? 

S1 E120Metamorphosis, Exhilaration and a Life of Crime 

S1 E121When Should You Work Backwards and When Should You Shop? 

S1 E122Is the Next Best Thing a Friend with a Bad Memory? 

S1 E123Knowing it Wasn’t a Good Choice, But … 

S1 E124No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity 

S1 E125No Names Again this Year but Pass the Gravy 

S1 E126Who Wouldn’t Want to Choose Steve, Stephen or Stevie for Your Newborn Infant? 

S1 E127Why Does My Horoscope Suck Compared to Yours? 

S1 E128Messy, Creative Leonardo-like Procrastinations 

S1 E129 — An Elephant, A 500 lb. Gorilla and a Chicken Walk into the …  

S1 E130How Do You Go On When Sheer Panic Sets In? 

S1 E131Brain Rattling, Self-Criticism and Second Guessing 

S1 E132Freudian Pink Slips for Endangered Writers and Bloggers 

S1 E133Why Don’t More Creators Write or Blog? 

S1 E134What Will This Force Me to Become? No Black Cats Allowed 

S1 E135The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book 

S1 E136Just How Do Zip Codes Prevent Homebuyer Remorse? 

S1 E137Shouldn’t I Bet It All on the Four 5s I’ve Been Dealt? 

S1 E138The Inscrutable Paradox of Tom Petty and Joan Irvine’s Estates 

S1 E139  — Crap, OTE, Just Crap 

S1 E140Chasing Squirrels While Barking At Nothing 

S1 E141Be Your Inner Artist and Let Her Fly 

S1 E 142Wisdom Arrives by Putting Knowledge into Action 

S1 E143 — The Grand Prize Winner 

S1 E144 — Down to Final Two Days Left 

S1 E145Three Miles of Coincidental Dancing 

S1 E1463 am Dreams Lend No Support 

S1 E147Whistleblowing, Melancholy and Curbing Fallen Needles 

S1 E148 — Unforced Errors, Disruptions and Discord 

S1 E149Tales and Trails and Mind Blowing Dents 

S1 E150Two Tiers Shed for a Dying 4Runner Classic 

S1 E151Stepping onto the Pitch with a Lean MVP 

S1 E152 — Why? Again. Why? 

S1 E153Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True. 

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

S1 E155 — Distraction or Viewing Addiction? 

S1 E156Hope? Placeholder? Sign? 

S1 E157Schemes, Plots and Plans 

S1 E158Car-Crash Addiction or Integrated Self? 

S1 E1595 Wise Guy Rankings, Why? 

S1 E160Mourning Kobe 

S1 E161Secret Combinations only Life Hacking Marketeers Know 

S1 E162Why Do Her Covert Back Channels End in Discord? 

S1 E163A Balboa Island Thank You 

S1 E164Picking up Followers While Cascading Down the Face of the Falls 

S1 E16511 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve 

S1 E166 — Falling Down the Time Sucking Rabbit Hole 

S1 E167Why is Tau the Golden Ratio Showing Up in Nautilus Shells?

 S1 E168A Mammoth Thank You to Kobe and Steve Jobs 

S1 E169Lockouts and Taxing 1-Year Season Coming to an End 

S1 E170Isn’t This Good-Bye?! 

S1 E171 — When’s the Best Time to Air Dirty Laundry? 

S1 E172Got it, Nash.  Rules, Heart, Mouth, Action. 

S1 E173AI, EVs, MRIs, Me and Steves 

S1 E174Isn’t the Lesser of Two Evils Still Evil? 

S1 E175Where’s the Finish Line? Is This Ever Going to End? 

S1 E176The Cliff Hanging Season One Finale

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S2 E48 — Tracking Millennials from One Resort to Another

We’ve seen this pattern before.  We discovered it and tracked a migration of 20-something lifestyles (Gen-Y, Millennials) who disappeared from one resort town and reappeared in another resort town as the effects of the Great Recession slowly diminished.  

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “A walk can be a creative and mystical experience. You’ll see sights that affirm your physical course along the way and your general trajectory on the path of life.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 48 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 17th day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E4727 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List; S2 E46Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?; S2 E45Wildcard What Ifs and Doobie Bros Bias

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk; S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Santa Cruz’s unemployment surges as workers counting on jobs materializing or reopening on the historic boardwalk get the bad news.  

The same occurs across the West in towns blessed and yet dominated by resort attractions — summer and winter adventures in mountains, on rivers and lakes.  

The tourist seasons deliver severe blows to the younger quality-of-lifers in their early and mid-20s.  

We discovered it and tracked a migration of 20-something lifestyles (Gen-Y, Millennials) disappeared from one resort town and reappeared in another resort town as the effects of the Great Recession slowly diminished.  

But, this time around there might be hope for Millennial remote-workers. 

Those with jobs in the distributed working knowledge industries — who, unlike their younger brothers and sisters just graduating from college and high school yearn for adventures.

Where?  Anywhere away from the suburbs and urban centers — just to get away, but who become dependent on the tourist trade.  

Working remotely gives you a steady income while those less fortunate around you in pristine resort towns fall victim to the ripple effects and can’t make it on subsistence wages.  

Have you noticed all those Zoomed entertainers with rustic wood backgrounds wishing everyone else safety and health like they enjoy all hunkered down in Montana? 

In a vicious cycle, the invasion of celebrities triggering the increase in second-home property values spike homeowner property taxes.

The effects ripple from there. 

The locals are forced with gut-wrenching decisions like the three long-time locals in Whitefish, Montana we profiled.

Their dilemma led to our discovery of lifestyle profile shifts in neighborhood communities and that led to figuring out how to use birds-of-a-feather bucket lists to find a new town and community waiting for them with open arms.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “No matter how high you rise in position, you retain the no-nonsense outlook you started with. You are skeptical of values based on anything other than human worth.” Scorpio

Well, yes if there is a pattern I follow it, definitely  honoring the development and worth of those I advise or instruct.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “A walk can be a creative and mystical experience. You’ll see sights that affirm your physical course along the way and your general trajectory on the path of life.” Aries

I’m a firm believer in body and mind fitness for mental health. Plus an opening poem in the first chapter of my first book begins with a “hole” in a sidewalk and progresses to choosing a new path to follow in your life.

“4” Steve Kerr, 54:There is success in your current course of action, although you will need to remind yourself of this and also incentivize and motivate yourself to continue in kind. Consistency motivates success.” Libra

I’m sure this is true for other days, but I don’t feel the need today.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: You’ll solve problems all day long — problems of different scope and complexity, some easy, others expensive, some that seem pervasive, others you feel privileged to have.  Sagittarius

Sorry, this bit of wisdom sounds just too generic for me today.

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You will stick to your values even when you don’t want to, it’s hard or the rewards don’t come. Your reason? It’s the adult thing to do. The depth of character it takes to stick to values is a reward in and of itself.” Pisces

To be honest, I just don’t see any other way.  Yes it is the adult thing to do, but what else is there?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: Beware of quick fixes, as today they are likely to fall down in both quickness and fixing. Small changes made consistently over a long period of time will give you the best results.” Virgo

I agree, but why do we fall for the temptation to cut corners only to fall victim to things that seem too good to be true and are?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S4 E19 — The Reason Character and Honesty Don’t Count Anymore

There’s a reason I bring it up.  I feel that’s what’s missing.  It’s seen as a sucker’s game in politics.  So, haven’t we devolved?  Ethics is the study of how a person should act, particularly toward others. That is where character comes and character is “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual,” he writes.

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Intensity is up and a strong sense of urgency has you in a flurry of productivity. Much will be accomplished. It’s a good day to put an idea to the test. You won’t have to ask too many questions to get to the truth.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 19th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 2nd day of April in the spring of 2022.

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E18Hopelessly Naive or Too Numb to Know Any Better?; S4 E17We Regret to Inform You …; S4 E16The Collateral Damage Triggered by the Reflexive Control Playbook

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E19Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs; S3 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!; S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

In a LA minute the radio show, Character Counts, or maybe that was the tagline, came and went.  

In fact, as an aside one of “my” Executive MBA students who sought my advice over her two years in the program, taking one or more classes from Peter Navarro,  told me her husband who lived in LA while she commuted to Irvine from the Bay Area of San Francisco (that’s another story) had been employed as an executive for the show until its plug was pulled.  

The reason I bring it up, is I feel that’s what’s missing.  It’s now seen as a sucker’s game in politics.  So, haven’t we devolved? 

Miles Taylor, author of “A Warning” by (Anonymous ) witnessed the devolution in the Trump administration.

He contrasts what the White House once stood for.  It’s similar to the response I gave to Emma the Baroness’ cousin’s husband when he asked what we Americans thought of Trump while we huddled around a small table in one of Lillehammer’s cafe savoring our beers while the Norwegian women cousins shopped the quaint shops in 2019.   

“The presidency used to stand for something,” I answered “but not anymore.”  

My older brother-in-law tried to wedge a distinction between what had been accomplishment versus how Trump behaved.  He could tell his opinion filled the minority when the rest of us rolled our eyes and met him with silence.

Taylor says it better. 

Built in the early 1900s to accommodate a growing staff, the West Wing houses the offices of the president and senior advisors, the Situation Room, the Cabinet Room, and more.

He goes on to describe, the presidential seal carved into the ceiling to the Resolute desk, a gift from Queen Victoria in 1880

And summarizes with my point, “The Oval Office fills visitors with a sense of respect.”

Or it did.

Not everyone sees the full Trump, especially the one who is red-faced, consumed with fury, and teetering at the outer limits of self-control.

Near the beginning of his time in office Trump’s apologists referred to his “strange stream-of-consciousness commentary as the result of (electing) a ‘disruptor’.” 

Taylor said they “used to tell ourselves, there have been a number of chief executives who’ve acted unscrupulously in office.”

    • Lyndon Johnson’s vulgar comments and crude advances,
    • John Kennedy’s and Bill Clinton’s assorted trysts,
    • Richard Nixon’s efforts to obstruct justice and seek vengeance against his enemies.

But, Taylor draws the line when he writes, “Trust me, though. This is not the same.”

Ethics is the study of how a person should act, particularly toward others. That is where character comes and character is “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual,” he writes.

Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle answered agreed on what makes a person “Good” Taylor recalls:

    • Wisdom, 
    • Temperance, 
    • Courage, and 
    • Justice.

And Taylor draws upon Cicero “a revered Roman luminary” to define a “statesman’s character from the time when the Roman Republic was also in crisis, overrun with arrogant and dishonorable men. Here’s what it takes according to Cicero:

    • Understanding and acknowledging truth; 
    • Maintaining good fellowship with men, giving to every one his due, and keeping faith in contracts and promises; 
    • Greatness and strength of a lofty and unconquered mind; and 
    • The order and measure that constitute moderation and temperance.

Character is tested when a person is given power. As a nation we should invest in someone whose virtues outweigh their vices, right?

Donald Trump?

If Trump is flawed, or deeply flawed, does it really make a difference? The answer to both questions is “yes.”

Taylor says, “As you read this chapter ask yourself: Is this who we are? If not, is this who we want to be?”

He concedes that wisdom doesn’t require knowing all the facts up front, but it does consist of “learning the truth,” with an eagerness to seek the facts and to get to the root of an issue.

Let’s start with a curious mind.

It’s not that he (Trump) came into office with so little information about how it runs. It’s that he’s done so little to try to learn more in order to do his job.

Trump is not a curious person. He barely reads in contrast to previous Oval Officeholders — both of President Trump’s predecessors, Bush and Obama, were voracious readers.

Instead, he:

Gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored. Was unable to point to a single Bible verse that he found inspiring, Doesn’t start the day in the Oval Office until 10 or 11 a.m. Spends his time bingeing on cable news, tweeting, and making phone calls.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Give yourself the time and space to do what you want to do. It sounds simple enough, and yet it hasn’t happened in a while. Why? You’ll unravel the puzzle and give yourself some peace.” Scorpio

Au contraire, my friend.  I do give myself lots of time and space — which is my tried and true solution for solution-finding by putting my unconsciousness play with components enough to rearrange them into new configurations.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “What people say they want isn’t what they really want. It’s not because they are lying; it’s because they don’t know themselves as well as they think they do. To know yourself, look at your unguarded, unwatched behaviors.” Aries

When was it?  At Jazzy and Delta Girl’s wedding weekend at than mom and pop Mexican restaurant in Oceanside?  Or …, who knows?  But Shaggy and I agreed that he and Jazzy grew up in our unconsciousness — Emma the Baroness and mine — as he and I found Marshall McLuhan’s theory to fit. It’s not do as I say, but as we do in our unguarded, but watched behaviors as parents.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “People can be like wallpaper in a design catalog: the same patterns repeating page after page. Maybe the colors change, the scale is different, but at some point, you know what you can expect when you turn the page.” Taurus 

Note to self — from Aldwyth’s documentary I need to track down a comment from her contemporary who quoted another artist which begins with the “same patterns repeating …” but leading not to what you can expect, but something else creatively and delightful.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “One person may spark your good mood. You’ll keep the flames alive even after this person has left. The love around you will not be an abstract concept, but a reality you can feel.” Gemini

That someone is Emma the Baroness, my drug of choice.  She’s the spark and the flame keeper we can both feel.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’ll be tempted to reveal your heart. What happens next is a defining moment. Will you be strategic or messy? You cannot make a mistake either way — it’s just a matter of style.” Cancer

Hmm.  Not so much standing alone for me today, but if you combine it with that missing Aldwyth’s quote, then maybe a defining moment will be revealed.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Intensity is up and a strong sense of urgency has you in a flurry of productivity. Much will be accomplished. It’s a good day to put an idea to the test. You won’t have to ask too many questions to get to the truth.” Virgo

OK, can we talk?  I do feel a certain amount of foreboding about how the upcoming elections and actions taken in certain states don’t bode well for our last phase of democracy.  So bear with me as I continue to work through the lessons revealed over three now entering four seasons.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Origami artists and physicists agree that the essence of life is folding. Things crease and collapse onto one another, forming new shapes. From DNA to paper to the social fabric, much will change today with a deliberate fold.” Libra

Wait.  First of all do they agree? This is the first I’ve heard of folding as the essence of life.  I’d thinking of the wrinkling of our brain’s cerebral cortex as a kind of folding.  Does that count?  I kind of buy how things may crease and collapse onto one another, but not fully understanding the meaning.  I get new shapes being formed.  But what should I deliberately fold today to bring on the change?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Reading is not a tangent or indulgence, though it sometimes feels that way. You’ll absorb what you read. Your knowledge of people and command of language will increase your power and influence.” Aquarius

There’s a part of my working memory that dredges up concepts which help explain Trump’s behavior.  Marshall McLuhan’s “Medium is the Message” said when everything is sped up near the speed of light society flips into something else entirely — like passing through a metamorphosis.  When reason and critical thinking based on reading a page from top to bottom, left to right, sentence after sentence gives way to rhythms and patterns and peripheral perceptions.  We’re glued to instantaneous preferences with no attention span left over to read long form explanations, theories or fundamental understanding of how history got us here — especially anything that happened before the day we were born.

Today’s Holiday Theme: 

Multitasking is a myth. The multitasker isn’t doing everything at once; rather, they are switching quickly between tasks and there’s waste in the transition. Pay attention to one issue at a time. It’s sweeter on the brain … It’s also easier on the people you are working closely with.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12344 this week to 12458 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 196 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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S2 E43 — See What You’ve Been Missing …

Patreon’s limited editing capabilities suck.  Their format choices totally changes how each of my publications originally appear in my WordPress blogs.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 43 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this ninth day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E42It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt; S2 E41A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?; S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day; S1 E42Love on the Run; S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On

Context

My new end of the week publication habit works.  Here’s what my early experimental attempt for Patreon became:

The Coming Millennial Migration — Will Remote Work Set You Free? 

“More sunsets are caught than sunrises because a greater number of people are awake in the evening than are watching for the break of dawn. Get on an early tract. There’s something spectacular in it for you.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Photo: Yang Lu

The Tau: Week Ending 5/9/20

New horizons. Grab some bucket list ideas to go — for deferred itineraries and remote-enabled resort towns. Curated from stories about local communities stretching along Pacific Coast Highway, in mountain resorts and on lakes, islands and in the great outdoors. 

But, here on the Atoll,  we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

See what you’ve been missing. 

Check out this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” delivered, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Where … ?

PCH Regions

          • San Diego mayor: Compliance with new beach rules bodes well for state business reopening
          • Pismo Beach: Where To Eat, Stay, And Play
          • Whale that washed ashore in Ventura County towed out to sea
          • Wineries Sue Over Cannabis Operation
          • The Malibu Beach Inn Is Offering a Unique Social Distance Dining Experience for Mother’s Day
          • Video captures coyote going for a morning stroll by Levi’s Plaza in SF during shelter-in-place order

Islands and Currents

          • Hawaii’s Proposals To Safely Reopen Travel…
          • I Was Stranded in Hawaii by Coronavirus — and the Magical Islands Completely Stole My Heart
          • Hawaii wants to ensure a sustainable relationship with tourism post-COVID19
          • Hawaii arresting rogue tourists for violating mandatory quarantine
          • 30 Best Bucket List Trips For Your Lifetime: Sailing The Hidden Caribbean
          • Here’s how Sandals plans to re-open its Caribbean resorts to guests
          • I’m Quarantined on a Yacht in the Caribbean. It’s Not What You Think
          • Squid are back in abundance along Central California coast
          • On Catalina Island, Unemployment Is 90%. A Local Food Pantry is Making Sure No One Goes Hungry

Mountains and Lakes

          • Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer
          • Prediction tool shows how forest thinning may increase Sierra Nevada snowpack 
          • 9 Things To Know About The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail
          • Cute Video: Mama bear rescues cubs, swimming them to safety one-by-one in South Lake Tahoe
          • Introducing The Mountaineers Statement on Climate Change

Pristine Treks

          • Outerbike cancels Deer Valley mountain bike demo event
          • How To Spend A Weekend In Historic Truckee, California
          • This Colorado Doggo Has Hit More Than 5,000 Summits
          • California Snowpack Already Nearly Bare As Drought Worsens

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

          • Western Slope Farmers Forge On Despite Losing 90 Percent of Peach Crop
          • An Ace Hotel Gift Card Is a Win-Win Purchase
          • Live out your Santorini dreams in this Palm Springs house asking $3M
          • Take a Peek Inside Walt Disney’s Former Technicolor Dream House

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’ve been happy with your choices, but now you’re starting to notice that there are new options on the horizon.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, deserts, horizons, islands, lakes, migration, Millennials, mountains, Pacific Coast Highway, rafting, ranges, regions, rivers, remote, road trips, slopes, sunrises

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Pain is a signal. It is possible to feel pain and not be hurt by it. For example, endurance sports enthusiasts may experience this as they push through a workout. Pain is part of the process. Hurt is a judgment.” Scorpio

I’m guessing that pain means frustration on my part.  If so then, yes, it definitely part of the process.  I get that.  There are no short cuts, there is only doing.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You know your limits and your triggers, which makes you more powerful, not less. But take into account that things like that change. You get stronger and braver. Test and push yourself today.” Sagittarius

I detect a theme.  Quit bitching if you’re so powerful.  Push through today.  OK. Got it.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Your confidence comes from a wellspring of integrity. You know what you’ve done, what you have and who you are. You don’t require constant reminders of your greatness or tons of reinforcement to feel good.  Taurus

Don’t be so sure for this career reincarnation. Some reminders of greatness would be nice.  Or maybe just 500 pounds of reinforcement.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You think about things in a certain way that you may not even be aware of until you express what you’re thinking to a friend. The act of articulating yourself brings about new insights.”  Aquarius

Not only for me, but I noticed this early on in my one-on-one advisory career with “C-Suite” executives.  I put on a brave face before each engagement fearing my lack of answers for someone operating at the top tier of an organization.  Until, that fateful day when I simply asked a VP what she had been doing already about the problem or challenge she faced.  Then, my natural instincts and intuition kicked in.  Get them to tell you and in the telling their answers reveal themselves.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces

Theory is one thing.  Explanations and instructions are just that.  Until you take all the teachings and advice and apply them is when the true knowledge is revealed.  No hacks or shortcuts to building your own experience into wisdom.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2,170 to 2300.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S4 E18 — Hopelessly Naive or Too Numb to Know Any Better?

When will it end? We’re coming up on just 3 weeks into this 4th season and dipping back and forth among episodes in roughly the same time frames starting with the “Normal Year” which feels hopelessly naive …

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You might think that people who are a little like you will follow the same lines of thought, but they won’t. Your mind is more unique than you know. No one is you; don’t forget it.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 18th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 1st day of April in the spring of 2022.

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E17We Regret to Inform You …; S4 E16The Collateral Damage Triggered by the Reflexive Control Playbook; S4 E15So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!; S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

When will it end? We’re coming up on just 3 weeks into this 4th season and dipping back and forth among episodes at roughly the same time frames from the “Normal Year” which feels hopelessly naive. 

I thought my work wold be done until the final weeks began bleeding into the “Pandemic Year.” Weren’t we holding out hope for some semblance of a return to normal?

And then something about blew all that out the window with the “Paradoxically Normal Year which seemed to end in the beginning February.  

But then, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine makes me afraid for our future and especially anxious about our fragile democracy given how bad actors have faced no accountability in this, “Our Disruptively Resilient Year.

S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season:  Oligarchs hiding paintings off shore

S4 E2 — Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season: Quick paragraph summaries of previous seasons 

S4 E3 — Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All:  Vindmen’s talking points that turned into Quid Pro Quo call instead

S4 E4  Wedding window after Pandemic, but before Ukraine Invasion

S4 E5  Comparisons from 3 Seasons

S4 E6  Putin, Ukraine seen through Vindmen’s eyes

S4 E7  Russian Oligarchs, Money Laundering, Deutsch Bank

S4 E8  Deutsch Bank cuts off Trump

S4 E9 — Rosemary Vrablic’s Deutsch Bank group point person

S4 E10 — Deutsch Bank’s internal compliance: Kushners, Epstein and Trump

S4 E11 — How Deutsch laundered mirror Russian funds

S4 E12 — Mueller’s Volume II subpoenaed some Deutsche  records

S4 E13 — Trump’s admin emboldens Putin to invade Ukraine again

S4 E14 — Lost Cause explanation for extreme Trump authoritarians

S4 E15  Dictator, Trump and insurrectionists; Michigan rehearsal

S4 E16 — 1st impeachment Giuliani’s freelancing Ukraine role, 2020 election

S4 E17 — Profs from Chapman University and UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Any lessons for today from which we can build more resilience?

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’re sensitive to the energetic reality around you. You feel the shadows and either do something to lighten them or avoid them altogether. Be spiritually generous, but also know your limits.” Scorpio

If I’m tuned to energetic reality I’m certainly not conscious of it.  Or is that the message? What limits would they be?  How will I know if I cross spiritual boundaries? Maybe this is an April Fool’s prank?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You give yourself more space and more grace this year. You let yourself have plenty of time to do what you want. You are kind to yourself inside your head, allowing for the mistakes that are a natural part of being human. A seemingly counterintuitive approach will solve a problem.

Wasn’t there an old sitcom named “Grace and Space”?  Or was I just tripping in the studio of my mind?  But, there might be hope for you because of a counterintuitive solution to one of your problems — and — basically because this today ain’t my birthday.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You might think that people who are a little like you will follow the same lines of thought, but they won’t. Your mind is more unique than you know. No one is you; don’t forget it.” Gemini

And my position hasn’t really changed much from yesterday.  Here’s my same answer. You won’t get an argument from me — with only 3 to 5% of introverts and extroverts with like minds I appeal to a narrow audience.  But does it matter today?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Negativity can be literally cleared away as you clean the environment. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when everything is in its place and the surfaces are cleaned.” Sagittarius

I know this to be true in real life — but, is that why I chose to list all of the shifts in context that influenced me and you over the past three years?  Is that part of cleaning my environment or trying to put things in place to feel better?  I’m venturing a guess — at least for me — the literal cleaning of our democracy will only be achieved through accountability for bad actors.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Just as the wind moves stagnant energy outside, new influences move the stagnant energy of the mind. Reading, conversation and intellectual experiences are key to optimal health.” Capricorn

Who better to swipe this TauBit of Wisdom from than super smart Stephen Hawking?  Maybe his work should be added to my Kindle Long Form reads.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12344 this week to 12458 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 196 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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S3 E16 — Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind

Like those false killer whales, Jazzy’s stopping by during his commute south on the 5 Freeway from work to Dana Point at 6 pm tonight. He’ll get fed by Emma the Baroness and in a “quid pro quo kind of transaction” for negotiating who from our side of the family makes the final cut on the guest list.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Make your presentation smooth and glossy. Getting the extra shine will take about the same amount of time as it took to build the thing to the level of “pretty good,” but it will be worth it to attain that wow factor.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 16 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 25th 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 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!; S3 E13Why?; 

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; 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; 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; 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;

Context

Yesterday, Emma the Baroness and I arrived thirty minutes too early.  Shaggy and SLO Girl arrived 15 minutes early in his dark gray 4 Runner.  Jazzy and Delta Girl cruised up in this white extended cab TR4 Toyota Truck with a tricked out shell for storing skis, snowboards, surfboards and all the camping gear you could imagine you would need for Joshua Tree, just as it was time.  

For a party that big it will be a long wait the black haired obese Gen-Z host warned.  How late, like 9 pm I asked.  No, no he chuckled maybe half an hour.  

Perfect I thought, but that time passed plus another 45 minutes, mostly because it was Taco Tuesday and La Siesta on the western side of Camino del Rio was swarming in small groups for $2 Tacos and Margaritas — Skinny or House —passed through what once had been a window, but now was part of a large room being remodeled. 

It was Shaggy’s birthday and this was San Clemente. 

“So I heard you’re getting married,” I greeted Delta Girl. 

She filled me in.  It’s in Oceanside, on the anniversary of Jazzy’s ask and finger placement of the engagement ring at Hot Springs on their winter Mammoth weekend this last February.

Evidence

Let’s see who wins the competition for the strongest felt Tau today, shall we? First up is our legitimate Holiday Tau, the one for celebrity Steves like Zahn and the rest of us — Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.

As I’m holding back with making the decision about which platform, one of my websites or on Patreon to publish the results of My 1-Year Experiment first and then massage the content into chapters for my “Tau of Steves Manuscript” I’m feeling you Zahn.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Make your presentation smooth and glossy. Getting the extra shine will take about the same amount of time as it took to build the thing to the level of “pretty good,” but it will be worth it to attain that wow factor.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Again, this ain’t my formal day, but I’ll consider swiping it anyway.  Who can turn down a golden ticket ride into a different dimension?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’re inventive and will solve a problem that vexes many. In this regard, you’ll carve out a niche for yourself and get a golden ticket to a new realm. It’s not a one-shot opportunity though, so don’t be too quick to make a deal or be exclusive. Family successes make you proud, too. You’ll have plenty to celebrate together!

How does the competition stack up among the remaining Steves who made the cut for today? The first two apply to rocks and knife-sharpening.  And then other tools and utensils leading to creativity.

Haha, maybe this kind of invaluable training can’t be bought, but can it be sold?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Your instincts, like knives, will be sharpened by scraping the hard, flinty surface of an interesting, immobile-seeming problem. This is the kind of invaluable training that can’t be bought.” Taurus

Hi Steve, your Tau resonates strongly with me, because it fits with itineraries and finding where “birds-of—feather” like you flock to quality-of-life communities across the West — the last three books in my 5-book series of Volume One, The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy.  

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Sometimes, the rocky road leads to a beautiful vantage, and sometimes it’s a hard road to nowhere. This is something to figure out before you embark. Consult the maps and the seasoned hikers.”  Aquarius

I’m not sure which of you influenced today’s Holiday Tau, but I’m finding that when I’m faced with writing long-form manuscripts the energy for the whole passion project can deflate unless I just begin with the first bite and chew what’s in front of me and then the second.  

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You don’t have a problem with biting off more than you can chew because you have the equivalent of utensils at your disposal. You have the tools to take a big chunk, and then cut it down the perfect manageable size.” Gemini

Okay guys, you’ve got the last shot!  Who else needs to need this?  That’s the whole money question.  But, I’m not divining the answer.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’ve a creative way of explaining things, and people love to listen to the way you share what you know. Who else needs to know this? Your gift of teaching will augment your fortunes.” 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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S1 E149 — Tales and Trails and Mind Blowing Dents

I can’t seem to get it together enough to launch Patreon. Even though we are living at the beginning of a new year with endless possibilities lying ahead, I’m just not feeling it. 

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 149 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 9th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A project frustrates.  Get away from your work for a while, and then you’ll come back with an idea.” Aries

Context

Why?

Is it time to fire up the way back machine?  Because, what I do now began long ago.

    • I wrote about the Daniel Boones and Davey Crocketts who captured my black and white television soaked mind as a kid in Dock Watch Hollow and Doepke Lane as proxies for the Howards migrating westward from the Carolinas to Tennessee and Missouri.  
    • Following trails and rivers was the only transportation available.  Pushing the frontier west from the East  into the Midwest up against the Mississippi River and out of heavily forested areas whole populations settled and farmed living the good life until the Gold Rush triggered a stampede across the plains.  
    • Using locations in the Journal of 2020 Foresight — Basecamp, The Ridge, The Outpost and Tribal Territories — I mixed and mashed too many threads into an odd fitting fabric of then and now (actually then).  
    • The eternal now lies somewhere between understanding the past and projecting into the future.  
    • Acknowledging I felt the pull of trends and accepted paradigms.  
    • Mark Twain wrote about the Sierras.  
    • Buffalo Bill Cody briefly delivered the mail on horseback between Independence, Missouri and California. 
    • I made that trip, following portions of Route 66 through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.  Two or three times hauling furniture and dreams. 
    • It ended at the Pacific shoreline.  
    • After a brief period in Pico Rivera, and a 100-resume broadcast to every type of psychology-related employer I could locate in Southern California from Huntington Beach to Coronado, we found Corona del Mar for my commute to Fairview State Hospital and the Behavior Modification Institute across Pacific Coast Highway. 

Two take aways.  

Harry Dent blew my mind in two ways.  

    • Demographic trends (economic impact of generations hitting their mid-40s peak spending) and
    • The migration of boomers to the boonies because the internet sets them free to do so. 

Evidence 

And, now we are here.  Did it really help with my slip sliding away?  Not really.  Is there anything in today’s Holiday Tau that can?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday:

You’re so adept at making your own luck that it will probably catch you off guard when you don’t have to.  Fortunate surprises will happen while you’re relaxing.

Wow, Steve.  Thank you for your bluntness.  I’m going to take you up on today’s advice

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A project frustrates.  Get away from your work for a while, and then you’ll come back with an idea.” Aries

Okay Howey, what do you have for me?  I look forward to monitoring the performance of my Patreon offerings — once it goes live.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll objectively figure out why what you’re doing is right for certain people and not others so you can broaden or narrow  your appeal according to your goals.  Cancer

Hmm.  Your Holiday Tau, while not what I expected for today and not even on my mind, is so profound I’m going to give it a “5” because it is so important.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: One way to tell love from its imposters is that love is happening in the present.” Leo

Intuition, you say?  Since nothing else seems to be working, maybe I’ll combine your Holiday Tau with McQueen’s and fast forward to the end point.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:Decisions don’t have to make sense to be good.  Have the guts to follow through on your intuition, and you’ll look back with a grateful heart.” Capricorn

Is it because I high “5-ed” your buddy Wozniak’s Holiday Tau that you think I’ll do the same with yours?  Guess again, Steve.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You are trading dysfunctional patterns for routines and habits that better support your well-being.” Pisces

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

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

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

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

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo? 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1452 to 1461.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E17 — Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

It feels like a day is a week. And a week is a month and a month is a year.  If this lasts a year will it feel like what, a decade?  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 17 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 26th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment;

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates, first from Colorado, and then a roundup from Southern California. 

From their mountain home in Dillon, Colorado — the Boomer couple report that the Summit County Mountain resorts are shut, tourists were sent home, boutique stores closed and it recently snowed — yay for them.

From a studio apartment off of 2nd street in Belmont Shores (Long Beach, California)  — social marketing manager and flight attendant report he’s working remotely from home, she’s on unpaid furlough with options to return, but had been harboring mixed emotions considering that passengers wore masks and the attendants weren’t allowed to, yay for him hopefully the airlines will change their policy.

Moving south, as if you could.

From their Huntington Beach home in Orange County — stay-at-home mom and firefighter raising year old boy, he’s concerned about being second responder and maybe being a virus carrier without knowing it and bringing it home, one or two cases have popped up in the Los Angeles district at large.  The district set up trailers for potential quarantined facilities away from the stations and from families

This from widowed OK Boomer  in Irvine, California — his fiancé, like Dillon sister-in-law suffered from migraines for the last two or three days so he’s been holed up, except for a trip to his local Costco to fill up his gas tank.  He reports something out of the ordinary when he noticed the tight bundle of vehicles parked right in front of the big box store unusual for the time of day before opening. 

Reporting from their South Orange County two bedroom apartment in San Juan Capistrano — couple newly moved in together with Moe, her dog. He’s been working remotely for a couple of years now as senior product manager for online advertising firm who like his Belmont Shores brother has seen their online consumer business pick up while other walk-in businesses have dropped. She’s been laid off at the non-profit Harbor museum  as staff was cut back to only those who care and feed the sea creatures in the aquarium,  while her school class visitor training suffered from the school closing ripple-effect. She’s waiting to hear if she’s been accepted from UCI for to earn her teaching credential.

And, not quite in San Diego proper, but North County, San Diego — suburban family with second child due in two weeks, husband home earlier than expected because of a Coronavirus-19 case reported in his office building, looking forward to the help from OK Boomer driving the hour (no freeway traffic) trip to baby-sit number one grandchild while mom and dad (if allowed) are at the hospital. Dad’s commercial real estate hotels and office building owners are freaked out about their business and meeting Dad’s loan payments.  

Wow, is our Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me more about the absence of physical connections?  Sign of the times?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You hear the song and then miss someone who doesn’t even exist.  That’s the power of art, of music and of your own capacity to connect.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hold on there, mister Patron Saint.  What if up until this time they couldn’t do what the wanted to do, but now can?  And if what the want to do is share interesting and challenging experiences?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Those who only do what they want to do are limited indeed.  Most of the good stuff comes from doing what’s right, helpful, challenging, interesting, gutsy.”  Aries

Like what we’re wanting — physical, touching — those kinds of relationships? Do Zoom meeting count for gathering intelligence?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Knowing what someone values is like having the keys to their kingdom.  Good relationships involve good intel.”  Taurus

So far I have to say your Holiday Tau carries the most wisdom so far.  Fake news, fake certainty, fake everything is not fake scary.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Humans crave certainty.  Where none is available, fake certainty will do.” Gemini

Guys, your Holiday Tau feels like the antidote fo Smiths scary uncertainty.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Hmm.  Hi Coach Kerr.  I want to agree, but right now I’m not sure if I regret doing something today.  This does seem like stellar Tau.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll see moments, wonder about how things might have worked if you’d have done it differently, and get golden insight and ideas for going forward.” Libra

Okay, look this is a TauBit of Wisdom I’d expect from Mr. Jobs, right?  If you don’t reverse engineer your success you won’t institutionalize the reinvention process as a core success process — an insight I’m working on for “Volume Two — Work” manuscript.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Sometimes you can reverse-engineer a thing that’s working well to duplicate the success.  Sometimes you can’t.  Try anyway because the alternative is to start from ground zero.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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 Trip

S1 E137 — Shouldn’t I Bet It All on the Four 5s I’ve Been Dealt?

Why am I researching first electric vehicles and now hybrid SUVs?  The writing may be on the wall.  I’ve driven my silver green 2000 Toyota 4-Runner for almost 200,000 miles.  I noticed a puff of smoke leaking out to the grill the last time I returned from Home Depot.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 137 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 19th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Change can be hard.  So when you go through the trouble, you want the changes to be for the better, and not just for the different.”  Aries

Evidence  

No payments, right?  But, after a while you have to recognize how much you’ve been spending on repairs — a water pump here, a rebuilt transmission there?

    • Other stuff commanding my attention like a dog when he smells a squirrel — Trump’s Impeachment inquiry and a podcast Sam Harris conducted with a guy who is revisiting the potentially constructive use of LSD to treat addiction.  
    • What a listening surprise for me on my way to Home Depot to buy “rabbit-be-gone” stuff.  
    • During my first career in psychology, Timothy Leary peddled the recreational use of it when he lived in Laguna Beach just before the time I moved to Corona del Mar, but used the Laguna Beach post office for my business mail.
    • And Marc Maron interviewed a photographer who self-published a book about the ‘60s.

But, here’s what I worked on for today’s Patreon passion project:

How your contributions make a difference. It takes six and a half days a week to produce these labors of love, beginning each day at 5:30 am. We need to cover our travel budgets for Western Skies and Island Currents giving you the inside story of what it’s really like to live like the locals. 

We subscribe to media so you don’t have to, to curate quirky headlines and highlights: From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between. We deposit those stories and related research into our knowledge bank as background context for our blogs published across our six websites. 

Each website incurs registration and hosting fees.  And, as we self-publish we’ll pay for ISBN registrations and promotional marketing expenses for the first five books in Volume One, The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy. 

With your kind and generous support we will be able to expand and concentrate on producing future book series in Volumes Two and Three and itineraries, travel guides and bonus reports. 

And maybe, just maybe we’ll be able fund a life-long dream, The Center for Knowledge Creation and Innovation.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Getting to the effortless flow like water trickling in a brook makes all the difference in the world when it comes to transformational change.  But, it ain’t easy even if it’s blowin’ in the wind.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Change can be hard.  So when you go through the trouble, you want the changes to be for the better, and not just for the different.”  Aries

Wow, thanks W&W.  You’re talking about that professional state some people describe when you are in the flow, more like jammin’ and playing jazz.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: To form a new habit, you must put your mind to it, then get your mind out of it.  Don’t overthink it.” Taurus

Okay, Smith your Holliday Tau describe my whole adult life — working on a body of work or knowledge, but having to more practical things like switch jobs or market and promote to clients who have challenges I can help them through while I work on the real essence of what I’m about.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: The highway to success has many exits.  Detours happen.  Do what you have to do, then merge right back on.” Gemini

Is it that obvious, Steve?  I going with the flow here hoping to hit my stride and then I’ll return for some serious editing.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The early stages of an endeavor tend to be rough.  It’s prudent to keep going and, when you’ve hit your stride, return to the earlier work to update and improve it.”  Capricorn

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