S3 E19 — Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs

The huge circle, looking faded as if erased, caught my eye as we pulled out of our neighborhood in Emma the Baroness’ yellow pollen-dusted silver Acura heading south.  By the time we returned north on the 5 freeway the full moon’s intensity glared like a street lamp in the blackened sky. 

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Analysis can only bring you to a point of decision; it cannot decide for you. There’s a point in every situation in which logic will take a back seat to more insistent contenders such as emotion or the master driver of them all, action.  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 19 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 28th 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 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; 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

Context

So, it’s only fitting that I’d resonate with today’s Holiday Tau Theme:

The full moon in the sign of the scales reminds us that all things hang in a balance with other things, and every move we make affects the rest of the picture. Our gestures and conversations are creating relationships. Our life’s daily efforts and arrangements represent the level of artistry we care to apply. Honor the Libra moon by applying a lot!

But you know what that means, right?  There’s a cost to be exacted.

OMG I’ve been converted.  

Feeling settled and warm and slightly inspired in that amateur artist kind of way, I’ve lost my reason and submitted to whatever it is I look forward to.  

Most people like Emma the Baroness and I can tell you what their sign is in that ‘70s greetings kind of way.  Other people like President Ronald Regan’s wife Nancy, the First Lady, consulted his Tau each day to assess which activities he should accept or to Just Say No.  

Me, I began this as a lark out of that ‘70s greetings kind of way noting mine and Emma the Baroness’ if for some reason it caught my eye for the few seconds it takes to read three lines.  

And that was that.  Until.  And, that’s a big until.  

Until that fateful day on February 24 in 2019.

Now I’m all in.  

For next week I needs me some cosmic swirling, more morphing, some thought flickers, a smidge of alchemy, but most importantly a lot more dream and a heavy dose of imagination.

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

According to Plato, the four elements of air, water, earth and fire are all derived from the same source, the prima materia or first matter, which blossomed from the heart of chaos.

Which came first? Did chaos create prima materia or did chaos merely form around prima materia in the manner of an oyster making a pearl out of sand? Whatever the origin, the prima materia holds the alchemical properties of the ages and is the power source of the legendary “Stone of the Philosophers.” Any elements touched to the philosophers’ stone turn to gold. All who ingest the stone’s dust are healed, indeed, immortalized… recalls how one thing can morph into another, all because of something as small and bright as the flicker of a thought across the screen of the mind.

Nothing embodies the catalytic properties of the Philosophers’ Stone like a dream. Indeed, it could be argued that imagination is the prima materia, the essence intrinsically linked to chaos, that galvanizes the cosmic swirl into something solid, beautiful and golden.

Evidence

How can there not be more Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Oh well, maybe that’s the price we have to pay. But, we might be able to make up loss by stealing from your birthday and those other Steves

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I’m interpreting your birthday’s message as meaning one day you’ll emerge from this year long pandemic without any lingering agoraphobia. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A tone can be lovely on its own, but it is only a melody when you line it up with other notes, and only harmonious in relation to other tones. This year, you sing out alone, and then become part of a greater symphony. Meeting people takes effort and is always a risk. Your courage in this regard pays off many times over.

Look, there can’t be any rhyme or reason or tone or rhythm for denying that the Holiday Tau for two musical icons and a talk show host pays off many times over.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Analysis can only bring you to a point of decision; it cannot decide for you. There’s a point in every situation in which logic will take a back seat to more insistent contenders such as emotion or the master driver of them all, action.  Taurus

This is so true, especially for Emma the Baroness and me, except we’ve grasped it and bottled it for sale. Haha.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The subtle and wonderful aspects of a relationship can be felt but not kept. The rush of experience is as ungraspable as the waterfall — possible to touch but impossible to hold.” Gemini

OMG.  Hey Harvey, is this why I got converted?  At least for today?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “The good thing about the sort of vague and contradictory input you’ll receive today is that it frees you to make your own assertions. Being both creative and willing to grapple with contradictions, you’ll excel.”  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7650 to 7742 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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S2 E27 — Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You

I let Leo da V do out on a leash and he pointed out how lately I’m automatically judging and labeling and categorizing and attaching an emotion to an article’s headline.  Or to a topic in conversation.  Or off in the distance to someone walking the wrong way around the lake in a red hat.  

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll cut through the noise. Instead of trying to prove a point, you’ll appeal to the emotions of others and let the point arise naturally in a story that proves itself.” Cancer

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 27 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 11th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

He didn’t let me dwell very long on my self-development challenges.  Instead he triggered a replay with Emma the Baroness from last night.

“Wait, you’re saying I was right?” 

Friday night.  Happy Hour. 

The three Zooming Boomer chicks laughed, asked what was that about, traded pajama-all-day stories, capped on a super organized friend who has completely rearranged every closet, every drawer, every room, in her house.  

They’ve known each other since post-college Orange County Beach Town days.  

Two husband-less.  One widowed.  One divorced. One living alone.  

One wondering when she would shed an elder millennial recently divorced and who moved back home away from his ex and his kids. 

A blur in the background of the smallest Zoom window sings out, “See you Mom I’ll be back a little later.” She swivels slightly as he reaches for the front door’s handle. 

“Ok, what do you want for dinner?” 

Two Boomer chicks Zoomed before including my chick, Emma the Baroness, but she had never hosted.  

About 15 minutes earlier when they were about to go live Emma the Baroness wanted me to help her make certain the rookie would be able to make her way through the confusing mine field of interpreting prompt after prompt in the newer safety upgrades new Boomer Zoomers face. 

Time was running out. “Now you’re saying she shouldn’t just click on the active link I sent to her yesterday in the email?” 

Emma the Baroness wanted to text a confusion-busting message to make it easier. 

I could sense her panic while I tried not to judge, label, categorize and attach my growing annoyance to our exchange. 

“Just call her. We’ll walk her through.” 

“But, you said she didn’t have to set up a Zoom account, yesterday.”  

“Yes, but it might be easier if she had already signed in.” I said.  

“I’m going to call Shaggy, our millennial.” she said.  

Ten minutes until we go live. 

“You, said …” and the Emma the Baroness rattled off all the anxiety-reasons the social meeting would begin in disaster. “I’m calling returned-home-millennial mom because she’s done it.” 

She did after putting rookie Boomer chick on speaker phone.  

Five minutes left. 

We three hit a snag over which password, new or the one she uses for her email stopped us in our tracks. “I’m going to call mom of returned-home millennial and have her call you.” Baroness said.  

Two minutes.  If looks could kill.  

“I don’t even have my wine poured yet.” 

One minute. 

“I’m clicking on the email link and I hope they worked it out.” One was already in the waiting room the screen I showed Emma the Baroness. 

She clicked.  

Something was wrong on our end with the Emma the Baroness’ MacBook Pro.  She couldn’t use her computer’s audio like we had done in two earlier events. 

I ran to my office, grabbed my MacBook Air, instructed the Emma the Baroness to email me the invitation, clicked on the link.

Two screens of us sitting in front of our picked-up remodeled kitchen with the mood lights turned on greeted us. 

Emma the Baroness asked about the third Boomer chick, the rookie.  

“She’s here, oops what happened to her? I see you in two screens. Oh, there she is.” 

“So you were able to …” 

“I’m here, but why do I see you two?”  I told her about the gallery view and she clicked on it.  “How did you sign in?” the Baroness asked.  

“Oh, it was easy.  I didn’t have to become a member.  I didn’t have to use my email password. I just clicked on your email link you sent us and at the website clicked on join the meeting and here I am.” 

Two last things.  

I gave Emma the Baroness my computer with the audio working fine while closing hers and walked deeper into the kitchen to pour her a glass of happy hour wine saying in passing, 

“So, you’re saying I was right?!” 

“Yes dear.”

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Seeing no Pandemic TauBits for Emma the Baroness and me, let’s move on to our Patron Saint. Wait, Steve you’re saying enjoy the Zoom?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The situation seems far from ideal. What if you thought of this as perfect how it is? Imagine it would be ruined by any addition, subtraction or change. Suddenly, there’s a lot to love about it.” Aries

Wait, did I just do that with the Zoomer Boomers, Howey?  There you go.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll cut through the noise. Instead of trying to prove a point, you’ll appeal to the emotions of others and let the point arise naturally in a story that proves itself.” Cancer

I know I’m getting busted by Emma the Baroness anyway, so why not own up to not paying attention to deadlines imposed by others, social arrangement meeting times or planned events in the not too distant future?  Emma the Baroness can’t help but attend to them.  So, what you three amigos are saying is my strength she would point out how it irritates her.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: If you do things when you think of them, you save yourself the stress of having one more thing on your mental list. In general, anything you can get out of your mind and into the world will make your life easier.” Leo

For a gameshow host usually the answers on the board to questions make sense, but I’m not getting your Holiday Tau today.

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62:There are a wide variety of interruptions that might restore you, so long as the ruckus is outside of your ordinary pattern, and also out of your alternative pattern to that.”  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E18 — My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!

Is this cheating?  It’s not like I’m not committing a crime already.  I mean let’s face it not that many TauBits of Wisdom I curate are legitimately mine. But at least of the ones I score each day, they hit the printed page on the day I note.  This, however, breaks that rule.  

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 18 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 27th 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 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

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 E15 — Behaving 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 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Which is the subject of Non Sequitur by Wiley, though not from today but from yesterday:

The first two scenes are at home.

“How was school Danae?  Anything fun happen?”

“Yes, thanks to you, Daddy!”

“Oh? How so?”

“I remembered what you said when you yelled at the TV about perpetuating a Big Lie.”

The scene shifts to school and a teacher. 

“…And even the President isn’t above the law.”

So Danae says, “Can you back that up with any President ever held liable of his crimes?”

In the last scene at home, “Um… How was that fun?”

“My teacher is sending you to detention.”

Since I’m on a crime spree, check out yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Patis:  

Pig climbs the side of the hill where a donkey sits on top. 

“Oh wise ass on the hill what great wisdom have you reached during the pandemic? That the future is uncertain? That loneliness can be crippling?  That life is fragile?” 

“That I can go five days without showering.”

At the base of the hill Pig turn to Rat, “This pandemic has been very enlightening.”

If you scanned my week for which talent projects I compulsively completed at the exclusion of everything else I was supposed to spend my time — like filing 2020 taxes — you’d see I composed seven days worth of the last month in my 1-year experiment.

Maybe not quite as bad as the wise ass on the hill, but just about as enlightening as great wisdom goes.

Evidence

And, that turns my attention to today’s Tau of Steves beginning with the only one for which I don’t have to break the law as a birthday impersonator.

Where is glory?  In Idaho somewhere?  I feel the weight-lifting strain without any glamour.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The building goes up one brick at a time and so does your success. There is no glamour in it today (each move looks and feels like a weight-lifting repetition), but eventually, you’ll dance in glory.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I feel less like a criminal ever since we declared Steve McQueen our Patron Saint.  His Holiday Tau for today, touches on Wiley’s Non Sequitur, but I can only wish for the punchline. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People are born with open mouths and minds. Many adults are better at closing their minds than they are at closing their mouths, but your disarming approach sparks imagination and brings people back to openness.” Aries

I felt so much better lifting WW&C’s TauBit because truth be told, I’m living in two different time zones.  Most of this week I’ve been stuck in pre-COVID 2020 February first through the second week the 15th.  Do you remember what life was like then? 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hmm.  Maybe I should combine your TauBit of Wisdom with Aoki since I’d circling around stories for my Memoir, a work-work-in-progress “Volume Two Manuscript.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “As for the rituals and beliefs you no longer participate in, it’s not because you lost them along the way, rather they got traded in the development of your soul. There’s no part of your story that doesn’t belong there.” Gemini

Does this count?  I left off at Day 171 of My 1-Year Experiment struggling with how to write about a decade for my memoir.  

Is it about encountering 2008 and 2009 graduates who felt they were sold a bill of goods?  Or about how the requirements changed and I chafed at those requirements?  

Or is it about how my guidance provided insight into how plateaued professionals might advance once they better understood the lay of their land and how to propose value-adding strategies of overcome their type-casting weaknesses?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “When you can’t figure out what you want, start with what you don’t want. When you X out the negative space, form emerges. You’re like a sculptor chipping away at anything that is not the masterpiece.” Sagittarius

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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S2 E26 — Rethinking the N-Word

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up. Not quite awake, I found myself swimming in “introversion,” “thinkers,” “INTP” and idea packaging. But, mostly intuition, the “N-word” in INTP, not to be confused with the “I-word” meaning introverted.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 26 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 10th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere AtollS2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up.  

It was paper day, but maybe an hour before I could reasonably expect one to arrive, if at all, on this continuing COVID-19 day for the delivery guy to maneuver through the storm surge.

What I’d been writing about was how well my idea packaging description (113 SPIP) syncs with my Myers-Briggs Temperament, INTP.  

But, why should you care? 

If you know your MBTI type already — one of 16 — as my Executive MBA students do, then you translate it into my Talent Profile system — one of 16 — and can identify the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.

The MBTI is the theory of psychological type as originally developed by Carl Jung and “operationalized” by two American mother and daughters, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

A quick Google search finds:

“The INTP type describes a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).”

Add to Google with a quick Wikipedia inquiry and you find more about “P”.

Sensing and intuition are the information-gathering (perceiving) functions. Those who prefer intuition tend to trust information that is less dependent upon the senses, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. For them, the meaning is in the underlying theory and principles which are manifested in the data.

For most of my last career, I realized intuition and the process of visualizing something in advisory sessions helped me gain a perspective or framework for offering recommendations and original connections. 

Further, except for the I or the E, the NTP mirrored each other as did the other sets of 8 combinations I identified yesterday. 

According to a dictionary thinkers conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea. Somehow an idea enters your mind “… with or without deliberate consideration or reflection.” 

Ideas stimulate or challenge your intellect or mind.  If you’re thinking you have an idea, belief, or thought about something.

Intuition I believe is more influential.

The two combine for me when I hear enough in a 1-hour advisory session or in a Starbucks conversation over coffee or breakfast (remember those) to trigger a picture which frames my response and quickly captures a solution to a problem they bring.  

Or how in sitting and reflecting on trends and combinations until, like during this rain storm, a picture emerges and triggers an “aha” moment. 

My brain unconsciously keeps chewing on the noise, data, information, knowledge and wisdom I’ve been exposed to — thinking — for a long time until the insight arrives.

    • Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge from direct access without the need for conscious reasoning, likely from an instinctive feeling. 
    • You know, like in those detective books, TV shows and the Harry Bosch Amazon Prime series — hunches and assumptions formed on the basis of past experience and cumulative knowledge. 
    • Intuitive hunches arrive wholly formed and quickly, without conscious awareness of the underlying mental process of information. 
    • Intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it, more like a direct perception of truth, fact, who a person really is, how a situation will play out, what the future has in store for us.

Evidence

So what does the immediate future have in store for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me?  Oh, great like all the tasks required for managing a self-publishing pipeline?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Whatever you accomplish, no matter how difficult or improbable it may be, it will be added to your regular duties. Consider the expectation you’ll be setting up and manage accordingly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

On intuition I grabbed this even though it’s not my birthday.  I don’t know why.  If it’s your birthday, enjoy.  Or just drink Red Bull, because it gives you wiings, eh?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A bird’s first flying lessons are really about how to get pushed out of a nest and fall without getting too hurt. You’ve had those. This is the year you’ll take to the sky. There will be no competition for what you want. You’ll be driven by a hunger for accomplishment and adventure. You’ll swoop up a new role.

Okay.  This is one lesson I need to cultivate, so thank you for your Holiday Tau.

“5” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s good to know where the natural endings are. Sense them and get out while the getting is good. You’ll avoid the ruin and waste that can come with overworking things.”   Aries

If only Smithy.  I’m not getting out that much these day and it’s not because of my introverted temperament.  So, sorry you receive a lower ranking for you Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll be socially adventurous and gain great benefits from mixing in different circles. New situations are a chance to try out roles you don’t normally get a chance to play.” Gemini

Hi Howey.  I get it.  Life life like an art form! I might include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report on the 1-year experiment.  Or, not.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:As you decide moment to moment how you’d like to live, you’re forming who you are. This process is so immersive that there’s no time, reason or room for worry.” Cancer

Again, this what I’m talking about.  And as usual, it takes two comedians and a founder to spell it out for me.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hey G&G, your Holiday Tau hooked me at “experiment” and “tools”.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:In light of the day’s attitudes, it’s important to remember that the version of yourself that is measured in likes is not the real you; it’s a clever projection, an experiment and, at best, a tool for learning about yourself.” Virgo

You know for a TV gameshow host, I learn a lot from your Holiday Tau, Steve.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You appreciate those who express themselves with great originality, and you strive to be such a person. It’s accomplished by listening to your thoughts and feelings and relaying them with specificity.  Capricorn

So, I’m piggy-backing your TauBit of Wisdom with your co-founder’s, the Woz!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’ll seek a sense of accomplishment and completion, as well as the confirmation of certain ideas and beliefs. What you won’t seek is happiness, which is a byproduct of a goal, not the goal itself.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”
    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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S1 E163 — A Balboa Island Thank You

I only have this morning to consider if the Tau is strong for me today. And to set in motion next week’s “Working on the Business” which is managing my Patreon Page. 

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

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Go back to the source; repeat what’s worked.  Save what didn’t work, but you still have a feeling about it.  You’re usually ahead of your time, after all.” Sagittarius

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 163 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 1st day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Emma the Baroness and I will be driving to the beach, to Huntington Beach to help celebrate a one years old birthday party extravaganza given by millennial parents and attended by other millennial parents with their own set of “Rug Rats.

Somehow I have to find my way back to my launched page (from an email string) in order to test my link to @ Knowlabs on Flipboard which greets new followers at the Balboa Island ($1 Tier) in the “Thank You”. 

For the cost of ferrying across Newport Harbor from the Island to the Peninsula, receive a free subscription to the “Fresh from the Labs. Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll” newsletter.

And, for my roughly 1800 potential fans who will receive my emails, I can change my signature line to include …

Follow me on the Patreon platform:

 Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

So, before I leave I’m setting goals for next week:

I should tell a little Balboa, Cambria and Big Sur story in addition to the link and the “Thank you for each tier.” 

I need to daily monitor email, Patreon, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter or Instagram, maybe?  

And set up a Facebook page to connect to Patreon.  

And, I need to write my version of Sam Harris’ appeal to like, share, etc. as a variation on the party line description Patreon brands for itself.

Evidence

How’s our Holiday Tau for today?  Oh, right.  When I compose this is exactly what I do and want to do more of once this Patreon passion project can be beaten into submission.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “To be truly brilliant, you can’t be thinking too much about what you’re doing.  Just let it come through you.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Need I remind everyone that today is NOT my birthday, never was and never will be.  Unless …

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Your heart will be so open this year.  Feelings will jump off of media, people, even objects, and have such an impact on your experience.  Also notable:  Your private life will be fascinating to outsiders.  You may consider writing a book, and it would be well received.  You’ll be asked to speak and counsel.”

Hey, I know McQueen’s TauBit is fundamental to my creative and procrastination process.  Who knew it could lead to so many other undesirables?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Boredom will cue you to do something different.  Take the hint or boredom will develop into irritation, anger, frustration and resentment.”  Aries

Yeah, right.  But, don’t you have to Amazon Prime?  Oh, now I get it.  Smith’s Holiday Tau is really instructive for me as I describe each Tier of patronage and benefits that can accrue.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Life works like an Amazon wish list.  If you want something, and make it specific, public and convenient for others to give it to you.” Gemini

Sure, I get it — or like the shoving some creativity into it phrase, but I’m not in the longing for marketplace today.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:The void of longing is a tough one to fill, as it only wants the thing it longs for.  Try shoving some creativity into it.  That is at least moldable.  Cancer

How indeed G&G?  By supporting my Patreon Page your anxiety will be erased?  I’m certain of it, no?

“3” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:People can be really patient when they know that in the end, there will be the exact thing they want.  It’s uncertainty that causes anxiety.  How can you make them more confident?” Virgo

Really?  Doesn’t this play into my weakness as an introvert?  Before I can publish I’m compelled to re-read everything I’ve ever taken notes on during my research phase and then fear I’ve missed something that forces me to re-research until even I become confused.  Oh. No?  I should try it then.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Go back to the source; repeat what’s worked.  Save what didn’t work, but you still have a feeling about it.  You’re usually ahead of your time, after all.” Sagittarius

What’s this about Harvey?  Are you now a spokesperson for Red Bull?

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:If you want to go high or fast or gracefully, you’ll have to lighten your load.  Capricorn

So, you’re actually saying listening in on someone at the Ralphs on the next aisle over — iPhone ease dropping — diverts you from your appointed round, which is why you should always buy groceries that match what’s on your list, right?  And, don’t ease drop on your empty stomach as you graze up and down the aisles other.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:The brain is a master predictor.  This is why it’s so annoying to hear half a conversation.  It involuntarily busies people’s brains to solve an unsolvable puzzle.  Aquarius

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S4 E9 — Did the Luck of the Irish Run Out This Time for Old Orange Hair?

Enter Deutsch’s rainmaker, Rosemary Vrablic. In 2014, Trump and Ivanka sat down with Vrablic. DBTCA—soon agreed to lend $170 million to the Trump Old Post Office LLC, a newly incorporated company in Delaware. But, Trump was personally on the hook for most of the money, this time.

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

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Evidence tells the story of the detective who collected it. True facts can be arranged to form untrue stories. Just because a thing can be proven doesn’t mean it’s the only or the fullest version of the truth.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 9th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 17th day of March in the spring of 2022.

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E8A Suicide and an Epic Trail of DestructionS4 E7And What’s Up with the Justice Department?S4 E6Hey Listen Up. Is This What You Need to Succeed?

Related from 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?; 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

Context

Follow the money is what David Enrich does in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction”

Remember the controversy over that castle-like structure which had been the U.S. Postal Service Building? Back before Trump had fake questioned President Obama’s place of birth the Trump Organization felt, “(T)he National Historic Landmark was a colossal waste of a beautiful property in a prime location.”

Enrich explains how in 2011 the Trump Organization proposed transforming the building into a luxury hotel to the U.S. General Services Administration with:

260 rooms, a ballroom, a spa, restaurants, shops, 315-foot clock tower afforded panoramic views of the entire capital.

Trump had been in negotiations with Deutsche for two other loans — Doral and Chicago — when in February 2012, the GSA named him the winner.  Trump took on a business partner, billionaire Tom Barrack running Colony Capital.

The deal called for the partners to pony up with $200 million.  Enrich details the transaction — invest $200 million, sixty-year lease, and pay $3 million a year.

Penciling it out, it became clear that the hotel …

… would have to charge an exorbitant $700 a night Colony Capital, with its deep well of funds from private investors, soon backed out. That left Trump on the hook for the $200 million

Remember all the speculation about how indebted Trump was during and after his time in office?

Enter Deutsch’s rainmaker, Rosemary Vrablic.

    • In 2014, Trump and Ivanka sat down with Vrablic. DBTCA—soon agreed to lend $170 million to the Trump Old Post Office LLC, a newly incorporated company in Delaware.
    • But, Trump was personally on the hook for most of the money, this time.
    • As far back as 2009, Trump’s son Don Jr. had started a company,
    • By 2011, the business was unraveling — $4 million mortgage, repayable in three years.

Maybe not money laundering, but more like a shell game using LLC’s instead of cups and a ball. 

Elder Trump used a specially created LLC—DB Pace Acquisitions—to buy the loan from Deutsche Bank (hence the DB).  Don Jr. predictably defaulted, DB Pace foreclosed on the warehouse, keeping it in the hands out of reach of Titan Atlas’s other creditors.

Meanwhile, Jared had worked with Vrablic’s group.

He owned The New York Observer, an influential weekly tabloid,

In 2015, Vrablic’s group extended a $15 million personal credit line to Jared and his mother, largest lending facility they had, (But, they) quickly borrowed $10 million at a very favorable interest rate, because the loan was coming due. 

Which brings the story up to the presidential campaign.

Trump was pumping huge sums of his own money into his presidential campaign, and rustling up the cash to repay Deutsche for the maturing loan.  On August 7, an entity called Trump Endeavor 12 LLC took out a new $19 million loan from Deutsche.

Evidence

Aside from wearing green and engaging in a fun pup crawl we might draw inspiration from the Holiday Tau curated for today.

Holiday Theme for The Day:

Saint Patrick of Ireland was kidnapped, enslaved and starved before finally being reunited with his family and ultimately leading his people to overcome horrific circumstances. With such heroic grit at the heart of the story, the role of luck is debatable here. In celebrating the luck of the Irish, we also celebrate fortune’s favoritism of perseverance.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The backup plan is taking up too much room. It’s like an unused computer program occupying valuable megabytes that could be spent on a program you do use.” Scorpio

So are you saying the effort I’ve made to lay down the links to stories, before I launch the real plan, doesn’t yield the return on effort I’ve spent?  Hmm.  I may need to take your Holiday Tau and combine it with Winwood, Wonder, and Colbert’s to form a more meaningful TauBit of Wisdom I can use.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Anger is a searing emotion that is dangerous to wield yet hurts to hold on to. Sometimes you just have to drop it like it’s hot. It is! Don’t get burned. What would it take to cool this off?” Aries

I see somebody in a red hat and a scruffy beard from 100 yards away and I’m triggered.  My anger begins to boil.  It’s not until I can name it as I walk along in rhythm on Olympia bordering the north shore of our lake, that I can detach from it and drop it.  In almost every case I cool down as we meet and pass with a smile and a nod.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The challenge gets harder. This is happening right on time — you were in danger of becoming bored, or worse, letting your skills get dull. Now you have something to sharpen yourself on and exciting reason to try your best.” Taurus

Look, three seasons between 2019 to 2022 turned out to be such a long haul, that yes I became dangerously bored.  If I can keep up my daily publishing commitment in such away that the lyrics keep on coming efficiently that I can now turn to the rhyming and rhythms.  More to come.  And hum.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “As you are well-aware, things are not always what you expect. Anticipation can be half the fun — sometimes it’s 90% of it. For this reason, you savor these moments of not knowing what’s coming next.” Gemini

Sure, I’d say you nailed it for me on a professional career level and in my personal life, but on the national and now international stage, I’m not amused or savoring what comes next.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Evidence tells the story of the detective who collected it. True facts can be arranged to form untrue stories. Just because a thing can be proven doesn’t mean it’s the only or the fullest version of the truth.” Libra

I believe this is exactly what stories about the mafia and the twice impeached, disgraced former president lead us to believe.  At least political operatives spin so much untrue stories about the facts and repeat them over and over again that roughly half of our population believes the opposite of what can be proven.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12148 this week to 12252 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 236 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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S3 E17 — Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed

Last night Emma the Baroness and I gladly welcomed Jazzy to our family room and dinner table for his take on the size of the wedding budget, how many guests will be invited and the big reveal of who and how many Jazzy and our combined lists totaled.

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Don’t worry. You didn’t meet the right person at the wrong time because that’s not even a thing. There’s only meeting people when you do and making it mean something to you.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 17 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 26th 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 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; 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  

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; 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

Context

He and Delta Girl agreed to hold the line to a smaller, more affordable and intimate sized affair.  Even though he slightly recalled names we wanted to add he said he was drawing the line at people he saw frequently in his life, not necessarily even parents of those buddies.  

I airdropped our spreadsheet of combined names, ranked with “5” as must haves to his iPhone and asked who and how invitations would be addressed.  Like somehow sending contact cards with addresses or on the final cut spreadsheet?  

He answered that it’s almost a year away and didn’t get the urgency of questions we asked.  

Haha I told him, you’re on a treadmill that is just now speeding up.  Emma the Baroness said postponed plans will lead to a rush of weddings and sold out accommodations for out of town relatives.

In kind of a coincidence, this morning I spotted this comic in the LA Times print edition.   It was a two panel sight gag in Blondie by Dean Young & John Marshall. 

In the first scene, a close up at the catering counter separating Blondie from a young blonde woman.  She says, “We had to postpone our wedding fo a whole year! But now we’re ready.” “Oh, Shayna, how wonderful that after all that time you and dean still chose each other.” In the second scene a long shot with Dean lying on the floor but being dragged to the counter by Shayna holding onto his shirt collar, “Oh yeah … We’re both really excited!”

Evidence

Any Holiday Tau worth reporting for us Steves?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if there ever was a Holiday Tau meant for Emma the Baroness and me, this would be the one, but with a slight twist.  We did meet each other at the wrong time, which is the subject of our life long love affair in Volume Three.  

And, then there’s the total improbability of meeting at all.  She was born in Lillehammer, Norway and I in Plainfield, New Jersey.  

She had taken a temporary job at the same state hospital where I had agreed to work on my psychology internship as a way for making money while also working for Dr. Sig half-time at the Behavior Modification Institute in Newport Center, across Pacific Coast Highway and up the undeveloped field filled with the kind of owls that burrow from Corona del Mar.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Don’t worry. You didn’t meet the right person at the wrong time because that’s not even a thing. There’s only meeting people when you do and making it mean something to you.”  Taurus

Hi, Steve.  I’m guessing as our Patron Saint you must be looking down on our humble effort here and bless our passion project. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Different people inspire you to connect to different parts of your nature. Who has you seeking your better angels? Those are the folks to fill your mind, heart and time with now.” Aries

I have to agree in principle, Steve.  But my real clutter has shifted to text messages and social media more so than email.  I hardly ever read my emails anymore (5500), since like text messages and home phone answering machine telling me my car warranty is about to expire I’ve beaten them into mind share submission.  Now, how about all those SPAM comments on my blogs?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Even though digital clutter doesn’t really take up much of your living space, it can rent a disproportionate amount of space in your psyche and to deleterious effect. Good email organization will revitalize.” Sagittarius

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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S4 E8 — A Suicide and an Epic Trail of Destruction

Deutsche Bank like others changed their lending practices.  They became less likely to finance oligarchs or tobacco and gun companies or Malaysian billionaire playboys or genocidal governments. Add to this change of heart, Trump’s “… rich history of defaults and his increasingly polarizing politics were becoming a ‘reputational problem’” even though Ivanka Trump, thanked Deutsche for being so easy to do business with.

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Though your past has a lot to do with your present, it doesn’t have to impact your future. There are many reasons to interrupt a pattern. You’ve outgrown it; it doesn’t feel right; it’s boring… The list goes on.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 8th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 13th day of March in the spring of 2022.

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E7And What’s Up with the Justice Department?; S4 E6Hey Listen Up.  Is This What You Need to Succeed?; S4 E5New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos

Related from 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?; S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!

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;

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;

Context

David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.”

Around the time of Broeksmit’s suicide, Hellenic Bank in Cyprus, grew suspicious.

It took a lot to make a Cypriot banker queasy, but nearly $700 million had flooded into these particular Russian bank accounts.”

They forwarded their concerns on to Tim Wiswell in Moscow (the source was Deutsche Bank), but he knew all about these mirror trades.

In fact, Wis’ wife had offshore bank accounts too. 

Meanwhile back in the states Bob Roach’s Senate committee had been investigating how Deutsche had enabled giant hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies to avoid billions in taxes.

“… Senate’s report was unveiled with fanfare in July 2014, congressional hearings—just as co-head of Renaissance, Robert Mercer, was beginning to bankroll right-wing initiatives, such as Breitbart News, and Trump declared his candidacy to be the forty-fifth president.”

Trump had been spreading the lie about Barack Obama’s citizenship as a way to grab attention and to inflame passions,

“Trump had recognized that there was nothing stopping him from mining the potent seams of race and ethnicity for his political advantage.”

On the downside, even Deutsche Bank like other banks started evaluating reputational risks as an important factor. 

…less likely to finance oligarchs or tobacco and gun companies or Malaysian billionaire playboys or genocidal governments”.

Add to this change of heart, Trump’s “… rich history of defaults and his increasingly polarizing politics were becoming a reputational problem,” even though Ivanka Trump, thanked Deutsche for being so easy to do business with.

In 2014, the Buffalo Bills football team came up for sale for $1 billion, and Trump wasn’t about to pony up his own money, so would Deutsche be willing to front him some cash?

It was supposed to be business as usual.  Use other people’s money (OPM) standard real estate transactional arrangements.  

But, Trump’s bid for the Bills was rejected.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You can’t become mighty, clever or confident without fortifying your weaknesses. And you don’t know what your weaknesses are until you make mistakes. This is why it’s better to take on the harder challenges.” Scorpio

So this TauBit of Wisdom goes against what’s been taught in leadership classes forever.  Sure, take calculated risks, but focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses to talented people you’ve hired and groomed.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Creativity is one of your love languages. You’ll be inventive and make things for people. These contributions mean so much more than anything that can be bought at a store. Often the thing you make is not a physical item, rather it’s an exchange or an experience, every bit as alive as something you can hold.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Though your past has a lot to do with your present, it doesn’t have to impact your future. There are many reasons to interrupt a pattern. You’ve outgrown it; it doesn’t feel right; it’s boring… The list goes on.” Aries

This has been running through my mind over the last 30-days as I was overtaken by events — the anniversary of the launch dates for the past three seasons.  

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Just when you think you have it all figured out, experience will bring you something baffling and new. You won’t mind today’s pickle, especially since you’re in it with an interesting someone.” Leo

Can’t say Emma the Baroness would appreciate the last sentence, but over the course of this passion project just as a I finished “The Normal Year” the COVID pandemic hit and I just had to see what if any difference in the corresponding TauBits of Wisdom would show up for “The Pandemic Year.”  And then, who didn’t ask if the pandemic was over and we would return to the original normal or a new normal?  So, as we just finished the “Paradoxically Normal Year,” here we are with something baffling and new.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You make friends easily, yet good friendships are still hard to come by. You’re about to encounter that magical blend of mutual interest, logistical convenience and the indescribable X-factor.” Virgo

Okay, yes I do.  Yes, they are, Yes, I look forward to that magical blend — maybe I will find it by serendipity or synchronicity or as my next stealth enterprise unfolds as Phase Two. 

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12148 this week to 12252 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 236 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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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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S2 E24 — Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question?  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right. “Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 24 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

Usually like Paul Simon I get all the news I need from my AccuWeather app, but today I’m drawn to the Comics page.

You won’t be able to see the big picture today and that’s perfectly fine. … growth happens one cell at a time. Focus on what’s next. Your intuition will help you this. Ask a question about what to do, and then accept the answer. The big picture is made up of several small pictures.” Holiday Mathis

I’m almost never disappointed in the wisdom traded between Frazz, a school janitor  song writer, and Caulfield, a precocious student and smart ass beyond his years.

“… When you just ask for answers, and you get your answers, then you bypass the search for patterns.  And patterns are where you find the answers, and the search is where you do the learning.” From Frazz by Jef Mallett

Other than hanging out with Comics, how should I be spending my time?  

Carefully breathing life into more than a dozen unpublished drafts about Italy in the Western Skies and Island Current queue, write the origin story of South Orange County neighborhoods which illustrates two-way migration to and from hundreds of similar lifestyle profiled neighborhoods across regions of the US for my website, Knowledge Banking, and then crank up tentative drafts of Norway.

That’s the writing and editing fun stuff.  

But I need to keep all of these documented daily habits on track to crescendo into self-publishing five books, regardless of questionable results from my scheme to draw rave reviews from Patreon fans.  

Which is another way of saying I shouldn’t hang out so much with Comics, because I need to work on the business by protecting the pipeline, and the writing process without allowing distracting, slip-sliding-away procrastinations (frequently interjected by Leo da V) “this close” to gating the flow from inspiration to publication, promotion and beyond.

Speaking of Leo da V, he turned out to be useful.  

“Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.  

Driving all the way over I was in my head, nervous and anxious about how I would do.  I almost missed the last turnoff.  The steering wheel stiffened. My keep-the-driver-in-the-middle-lane feature jarred me out my fear induced revery.  

Would I be late? Where is the building and parking lot? Did I wear the right clothes — not too casual, not too formal? Would they notice the zit in the middle of my forehead? What would they expect of me?  What if no one else showed up? 

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question.  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right.  I picked up the Crystal Geyer water bottle in a silent nod to the eager student and gestured a just-a-moment, and with a smile first, took a small swig to lubricate the dryness in my mouth, pausing for effect and after twisting the cap back on replied, “I’ve always been told that Art comes from Tupelo or Tallahassee one of those ’T’ places.” 

A polite laugh from the attendees allowed him enough time to ask his follow up question, “Haha. No I mean where does your art come from?”  

To which I replied with a twinkle in my eye, “Oh, actually from KnowWere Atoll.” And, I meant it.

Evidence

One of the fun things about quality control and efficiency and laziness emerges from my process of finding the Holiday Tau online after checking each contender, on the section next to the Comics page,  so I can cut and paste.  I’m usually in a hurry which is my excuse for not noticing these gems until today:

Holiday Forecast for the week ahead:  

… brings us into full awareness that we don’t know everything we want to or need to know to move forward. Many will be enticed to sign up for formal coaching or classes. Those who love a good plan will ready themselves, believing that a difficulty you expect is much easier to handle and master than one you don’t. But if the luxury of formal education isn’t within your reach, don’t worry. Learning on your feet might be frustrating but it makes you stronger than any other kind of learning. Life isn’t a controlled environment in which the tests and lessons have been laid out logically, leading to the mastery of one skill set. Life is more of a jungle free-for-all where the rules, if there are any, keep changing. The prizes change, too.

This one, unlike the forecast is legitimately for Emma the Baroness and me.  About love.  We’re all about love even after all these years.  As a lover and a husband, what would happen if  I didn’t rank Zahnny with a power “5”? You (I) don’t want to find out.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Loving is easier than communicating love, which can be tricky, laden in expectation and the pressure to get things right. For today, stop trying to communicate and just focus on loving.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So you’re saying if I really buckle down and actually spend the time like I should, instead of listening to Leo da V, July and September will be golden — if only this was my birthday, which it is NOT!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

 … and you’ll hang your star on ideas you hadn’t thought possible. Make vision boards, to-do lists, bucket lists and the like. Motivation and plan will come together with a satisfying click. You’ll have money to invest in July. September brings a sweet happening in your personal life.

You know, like mom I always liked you best — all of you, but equally.  Two comedians and an inventor.  Just creative enough and inventive enough to recognize a kindred spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Yup.  Not only tribes I belong to, but improving the moving among tribes and the talent cultures the form in different organization and at each unique stage of growth.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You improve the world by doing as much as you can in the tribes you belong to. If you feel limited by the group, then you’ll join another. Your capacity for friendship and service is bigger than most.” Sagittarius

Following Leo da V’s musings is more fun, but what I’m getting from your Holiday Tau today, Steve, is track where he nudges me to spend my time, and slowly but surely reinforce myself for time in service of closing the gap accomplishing both doing the work and working on the business.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When you follow your own leadership, reward, encourage and treat yourself. The more you reinforce a preferred behavior, the more likely you are to exhibit it.” Aries

Is this some kind of intervention?  Or are you two musicians in cahoots with our Patron Saint, McQueen?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll ask yourself, ‘Is this who I want to be?’ and then make little adjustments from there to either reinforce your choice or turn it in a new direction.  Taurus

What about you Smithy?  Are you ganging up on me, too?  Wait, your Holiday Tau says I don’t have to panic like everyone else did making a run on Costco toilet paper?  

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sky is not falling. It makes some people feel better to join in a panic, and there’s always one going on somewhere. You can choose to participate in it or not. Do what’s right for you.” Gemini

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 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”

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